Spring is just around the corner (oh please…make it so!) and with that I’ve been pondering the flower boxes I’ll put on the railing of my tiny, but cute and functional deck as soon as the weather permits.
There is something about a lovely, fresh flower that brings joy to my heart. They are an affirmation, to me, of the beauty that God created for us to appreciate and enjoy. I’ve even purchased a few tiny indoor flowering plants, such as my favorite African violet, cyclamen and a darling, delicate shamrock.
Sending flowers to someone in honor or remembrance is a thoughtful gesture, too. Or is it?
Why might the gesture of sending or personally delivering fresh flowers to someone not be the thing to do? Well, it’s not about the gesture or the flower delivery itself. It’s about the selection.
What I mean is this. Every flower has a meaning. Flowers are like a second language. You may not have any idea what a particular species of flora represents. But, if you deliver said flora to someone who is ‘in the know’, the bouquet might deliver a message that is not what you intended.
For example, the Carnation is traditionally bestowed upon the love of your life at the one year anniversary. It is also a Mother’s Day gift that represents the love, gratitude and admiration you feel for your mom.
When a little one comes into the world, the Primrose (youth) , White Lilac (purity and innocence) and light pink Rose (youth, energy, joy of life) symbolize the precious new life that has arrived.
Sending a bouquet or vase of beautiful, fresh flowers is so easy to do these days, too. I’ve used SendFlowers.com for several years and always been very pleased with the results. Keep them in mind next time you need to send an arrangement.
Flowers and Their Meanings
Let’s take a look at some of the traditional holidays, special occasions and times of remembrance that would typically generate a thoughtful gift of sending flowers.
I curated these beautiful Infographics from our friends The Greenhouse People, so am sharing them as a source of helpful information and for your enjoyment.
After all, the flower police aren’t going to come knocking at your door if you send Peonies as a tribute to a friend who has passed on. But, if you want to be in the know and protocol is important to you, then read on, my friend.
While I’m not going to lose any sleep over my floral selections when sending flowers, I like to know what is ‘proper’ so will keep these infographics handy for future use. You are welcome to do the same!
Flowers to Send for Yearly Events
Flowers to Send for Life Events
Flowers to Send for Personal Events
Flowers to Send for Anniversaries
Sending Beautiful Silk Flower Arrangements
Sometimes it’s preferable to send a silk floral arrangement, like these beautiful custom creations from the artisans at Etsy. They will last almost forever, and depending upon the occasion, you might want to consider something that your friend or loved one can appreciate for years to come.
So, now we all know the ‘correct’ floral selections for honoring those we love. And you know what? If you want to send flowers because they’re pretty and they tug at your heart, I think that’s the perfect reason, too!