Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Right Flowers for the Right Occasion

Different flowers convey different emotions and wishes and can add a deeper meaning to a floral gift. In Victorian times the flowers chosen were very important, but today flowers are more about the sentiment. Although there are no hard and fast rules in selecting the right flowers to send for a specific occasion, here are some ideas to bear in mind when choosing to send flowers in South Africa.

Spiritual and symbolic occasions
Gerberas are from the sunny lowlands of South Africa, and instill happiness. They contain a chemical compound called coumarin, which means they smell like freshly mown lawns. When simplicity is needed, lilies are the ideal flower.

Birthday bouquet and thank you presents
Orchids symbolise beauty and refinement. Orchids are a versatile flower that lasts a long time.
Romantic gift
Roses are the ultimate romantic flower. According to a French saying from la republique, white roses are for love, red roses are for passion, and yellow roses are for friendship. For happiness, give pink roses, which represent grace, gentleness and gratitude, and for love at first sight, give lilac roses.

General
Jasmine flowers are the present to give to someone when you want them to know that they are a fabulous person.

Get well soon
For a get well soon floral arrangement, use pastel colours, as pastel shades in particular create a cosy atmosphere that contributes to rejuvenation. Flowers have been shown to trigger happy emotions.

Weddings
In ancient weddings, the Roman brides and grooms wore flowers to represent new life and fertility. More recently, brides wore orange blossoms in their hair as a symbol of purity and fruitfulness. Current wedding favourites include: Arum lilies, roses, lillies, freesias, gerberas and ivy and jasmine.

Sympathy or funeral
When shopping for flowers for a funeral, the advice, if you are unsure, is to go with your own personal taste. Here are a few traditional sympathy flowers:Chrysanthemums are traditional funeral flowers in many countries of the world with white Chrysanthemums signifying truth and honesty. They are also available in yellow, burgundy, tan and pink as well as the more unusual green button chrysanthemums. White Chrysanthemums can be sprayed any colour where a design tribute is required, such as football shirts or crests or military badges.
Carnations are long lasting flowers, which also adds to their popularity. White carnations are meant to signify truth and red carnations passion or strength of feeling.As a funeral flower, there is nothing as beautiful as a rose. Red roses are the most traditional flower used, but white, yellow or pink are also used. One blue flower is the iris, which signifies faithfulness and hope.
Lillies are a very traditional, funeral flower and look best in a tied sheath because of the way they grow on the stem. Asiatic lilies are smaller flower heads and are used in sprays on based or massed tributes or where a smaller flower head is required.
Now that you know which flowers suit which occasion, send flowers in South Africa confidently and with all the passion you can muster, because nothing says ‘I care’ like flowers.

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