All you need is Love?
By now many of us know or at least have an idea of the history behind this iconic ‘hallmark’ holiday. Dating all the way back to the early 1500’s we know that the roots of this holiday stem more from love and romance (or lack thereof), not flowers.
We also know giving your loved one flowers on this holiday comes from the old-fashioned custom of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages or also commonly known as the ‘language of flowers’. Introduced in the 18th century by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it, making it possible to have an entire conversation using only a bouquet of flowers - what a beautiful concept, don’t you agree?
Fast forward to the 21st century and what do we make of this holiday now? Some see a chance to express love, some see the opportunity to make a new admiration known, and the small few who choose not to participate….. Well we don’t see them around the flower shop anyways.
So for those that say yes to love, that say yes to believing in keeping romance alive, and choose to shower their valentines with blooms and use the ‘language of flowers’ this blog is for you. Here’s the top 5 tips to making sure the bunch your giving is everything it should be and will light up their smile and heart
1) Including a Vase - if you're among the group that are choosing to surprise your sweetie at work, dance class, school, or anywhere but home, consider sending it in a vase. The time span for flowers to survive without water isn't a long one, so make sure that the carefully thought out arrangement you picked out will make it home with them and last in the days to come! Don't leave them stranded to look for solutions to your thoughtful gift. Send the whole package, include a vase and wait for the gratitude when you see them later! Shop here for pre made bouquet and vase arrangements!!
2) Roses are overrated - yup I just went there. Of course roses are the traditional Valentines day blooms, we have Venus the goddess of love to thank for that (red roses were said to be her favourite) But we have come such a long way since then! We now have the ability to import flowers from around the world and can grow stems in greenhouses even out of season, leaving us with a bounty of selection! Take advantage of it, mixed bouquets or arrangements are starting to replace the traditional red dozen, and guess what... no one is upset about it! Due to the high demand from the holiday growers are forced to produce so many more roses over this time and costs go up, they have a lot of work to do to prepare for this holiday. So allow your budget to go beyond that of a red rose and send a gorgeous mixed bunch!
3) Order Early - please do this. Florists everywhere will be thanking you, but also more importantly you can thank yourself. Leaving this to last minute is not always wise when it comes to one of the busiest days of the year for a flower shop. Yes you and hundreds of others (who did not pre order) are all rushing in together and your left with a black friday first come first serve situation. Make sure that's not you and know with confidence because you ordered days or weeks ahead, your sweetheart is going to get her favorite pink gerberas, or all white arrangement or whatever it was you specifically requested. It will truly help you avoid the dog house. If your also among the group that want delivery on that day, perhaps your out of town, or away, please make sure they didn’t think you forgot and are set to arrive the 15th, order early. We said please right? contact us, we can help!
4) Rose meanings - if I didn't yet convince you and your set on an all rose arrangement, here's what they mean based on colour for those hopeless romantics out there! Want to check out our online rose selection, click here!
Red: Love and Romance - One of the most universal of all symbols, the red rose represents true love, be it love, longing or desire. Red Roses can also be used to convey respect, admiration or devotion.
Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Get Well- Yellow roses have one of the happiest rose color meanings. Throughout history, yellow has been closely associated with the sun, making these roses excellent for cheering people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. The color represents feelings of joy and delight.
Dark Pink: Gratitude and Appreciation - Pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance. Dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation and are a traditional way to say thanks.
Light pink: Gentleness and admiration - Light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration, and can also be used as an expression of sweetness and innocence.
White: Purity, Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality - Early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love.
Orange: Desire, Enthusiasm, and Passion - A literal mixture of yellow and red, orange roses were seen as a bridge between friendship symbolized by yellow roses and love represented by red roses. They can be an expression of fascination, or a gift to say “I’m proud of you.”
Purple: Love at first sight - Though purple roses are not nearly as common, they indicate a fascination or adoration. Purple roses are often associated with royalty and splendor and were often given to queens and kings.
5) Single or Taken - celebrate! This is a time to show love, not only romance. So say it to your best friend, coworker, mail man, or pet sitter - if you are grateful for someone in your life and want to express your love and gratitude, they too can be celebrated. Try a potted plant, or single stem anything that can show, “I care” and “you deserve it” trust us they will be grateful, and no good deed goes undone ;)