When you see a person walking down the street with a colourful bouquet, what do you feel? You might feel a moment of happiness, or perhaps a touch of envy because you’re not the lucky one taking them home? So why do we like to give and receive flowers?
Flowers can evoke within us all sorts of emotions for all sorts of reasons. Mostly sending or receiving flowers is related to a specific life event, occasion, or milestone. The most common reasons are birthdays, anniversary, newborns, presentations, corporate, weddings, romance, sympathy, and just because.
In the last few months we have seen how giving and receiving flowers are an important part of expressing our emotions and sentiments for particular occasions. Let me take you on a journey of emotions through the flower world, and see how and why flowers are used to express our feelings.
Valentine’s Day gave men the opportunity to let the flowers do the talking. A bunch of beautiful red roses speaks volumes in the love language, and takes some of the pressure off the guys to find the right words. Hearts are softened and warmed. I know the ladies who received the bouquets I delivered showed a mixture of surprise, warmth, and pure jumping for joy excitement!!! (This is why I love my job.) Seeing how the act of giving flowers builds bridges between two people will always inspire me and bring joy and to others.
On the flip side of emotions, we recently saw the significance of flowers during ANZAC Day services and ceremonies, with the laying of wreaths placed on memorials far and wide across Australia and New Zealand. Floral tributes in times of remembrance and loss are a tangible expression of our grief and respect for those who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms we now enjoy in our country.
We also express our sympathy by sending sympathy flowers and floral tributes to families who have lost a loved one. When a grieving family receives flowers from friends and relatives, they know the sender is offering their comfort through this thoughtful and sensitive act of love and kindness. This caring gesture is an important part of the grieving process, as showing support assures loved ones they are not alone. It is now common in funeral services for the families to place a single stem flower on the casket, along with the casket spray.
Now from grief, we turn to a love and respect as we give flowers to our Mum or Grandma for Mother’s Day. A bright and beautiful bouquet would have to be the EASIEST gift for Mum, and will certainly be well received. What woman doesn’t love flowers??? Maybe it’s been a tradition to give Mum flowers over many years. If not, now is a good time to start.
Why not give the gift that keeps on giving, because showing appreciation for Mum should be more than just one day. I am offering a gift voucher that provides a bouquet or arrangement for 2, 3, or 4 consecutive weeks, personally designed and delivered to your Mum. This is great value offer available now for Mother’s Day. Feel free to contact me for prices. This voucher offer is also available for businesses and hotels, as corporate arrangements present a professional image to clients, staff, and the public.
For those of you whose Mum has passed it can be a difficult day, especially if your loss was recent. Many people choose to honour their Mums by leaving flowers on the grave when visiting. It’s a gesture of love that can bring some comfort us in a small way.
As you can see, this journey of giving and receiving flowers has taken us on a roller coaster of emotions, from happiness, love, grief, surprise, joy, respect, and much more.
This is backed up by behavioural research findings at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The study concluded that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. When a person received flowers, they expressed true delight and reacted with an instant smile. Participants also reported feeling less depressed or anxious after receiving flowers, and also the presence of flowers created a sense of intimacy in relationships with family and friends. (Source; Society of American Florists).
Different colours and tones can be used to express particular emotions, such as soft pastel shades of peaches, creamy tones, lemon and soft pinks to express sympathy or nurturing. These soft shades skilfully combined portray a message of sensitivity and caring.
Bold colours such as rich reds, purples, oranges and hot pink add a touch of romance and sophistication to an arrangement or bouquet.
I’ll leave you with this quote that sums it up best.
“Our response to colour is intensely emotional, and flowers can be a catalyst for feelings that stimulate more than just our sense of sight and smell.” (Source; Leatrice Eiseman, International Colour Expert.)
I hope it won’t be too long before your spirits are lifted by receiving flowers, or having a fresh bouquet brightening your home or office.
Wendy Drury is a Redlands florist and floral design specialist. Creating custom bouquets and arrangements is her passion and she delivers all throughout Redlands and surrounding areas.