At times, I wonder whether we actually know what our flowers mean before we buy a bouquet for our loved one; or select certain seasonal flowers for an event decoration. In one of our previous articles, we commented that most flowers do not need any introduction; when presented appropriately, floral gifts put a smile on even a sad face, and they encode special memories for the both the giver and the taker. However, demonstration of knowledge of artistic symbolism for your floral gifts can show that you’ve not merely picked up something from the stands but that you’ve thoroughly judged the relevance of the same. What a great way to establish an artistic and emotional connect with your date, or a personal connect with your business client!
At Inspirations Florist, we believe in creating that personal touch for your gift recipient; you can choose from our standard or luxury bouquets, baskets, and orchid pots, and also order bespoke flower arrangements of single-type or multiple-type flowers. This is a lot easier to do when you know some artistic or scientific significance of the flowers. We’ve put together this article for you to be able to add relevant teeny-tiny personal notes to your chosen floral ensemble.
Carnation is truly a fascinating flower; one could pretentiously get lost in its whirlwind floral whorls. Its fragrance is often spicy or peppery. It therefore, does stand for fascination, impulsiveness and adventure. In a full-grown flower’s whorls, you could very carefully slip in little love notes and thus pleasantly surprise your better half (unless he or she is a person who doesn’t like to mess with the natural beauty of the flower). Carnation is rarely gifted as a single-type bouquet; you’d rather include other flowers like Gypsophila or lilies to make your bouquet more interesting. However, a singleton Carnation can be a sweet surprise gift at any time of the day. Carnation goes well with rounded corporate bouquets too.
Gerberas are the most non-fussy flowers in our opinion. They grow with ease and can be maintained easily. You’ll find these flowers in a variety of colours and quantities in our stores. A smile for every face, these flowers are great to cheer-up a person quickly; you don’t have to plan way too ahead of time in order to gift gerberas to a friend or a BFF. Gerberas stand for cheerfulness, optimism and innocence. At Inspirations Florist, you’ll find these flowers in most of our bouquets and baskets, and we often stitch select Gerberas and Gypsophila florets to create beautiful button-holes for your suit too. We recently did a bespoke white Gerbera and rose heart-tribute for a funeral service; I think no other flower could have had such a calming effect as this one.
Rose is undoubtedly the most famous symbol of love. The act of gifting a bouquet of red roses is often (and in many cultures) considered as equivalent to exchanging passionate kisses between lovers. White roses are great to be gifted to someone you love but not necessarily in a romantic relationship. It could be your BFF or mother or a sister or anyone you sincerely and eternally admire. Yellow roses are your best bet if you like someone but are not yet sure of how far the relationship might go. Traditionally, yellow roses stand for infidelity but you needn’t worry whether your yellow rose bunch gives out a message of flirtatiousness. The only thing that matters is that whether you admire her beauty or intellect, it should genuinely reflect in your personal notes or greetings. As with most flowers, you could slip in a rose of any colour in a multi-floral bouquet, and not worry about whether your recipient would misinterpret your ‘only admiration’ for ‘love’!
Who doesn’t go crazy over the charming fragrance of the large white lily at night? Roses may be the best symbol of love but lilies are the best symbolic gifts to indicate any positive pure, serene emotion. Lily buds in a bouquet often signify fertility of a kind: it could be celebration of the birth of a child; or it could even mean prosperity and luck in a new venture one undertakes. The calla lilies are the majestically royal ones; growing a calla lily potted plant is known to bring a positive aura in decorating your home or office space. Gifting lilies often signifies that it is your absolute pleasure to be sharing time with the recipient, and also indicates that you care for that person much more than they think you do. Unopened or half-bloomed lily pods can make good corporate gifts too: they stand long and tall, symbolising a long-term commitment with your client. Symbolically and aesthetically, lilies are my absolute favourites; so much that I sometimes gift white lilies to myself, especially when I feel a pang of self-indulgence or a need for self-appreciation!