It’s funny how we all pooh-pooh Valentine’s Day in public, but in private, don’t we secretly hope a little of its romantic-sparkle will land on us? Chocolates, flowers, a carefully worded note — these traditional tokens are important ways to confirm how you feel about the people closest to you. In fact, the only thing wrong with Valentine’s Day is that we tend to use it to pack these expressions of our feelings into just one day each year. Perhaps we could apply the Valentine approach to other special and spontaneous moments. Here are a few ideas to get us going . . .
LIVING FLOWERS: a wrapped and beribboned bouquet of flowers is a lovely way to present blooms. It’s the best practical way to manage flowers which, once cut, have already begun their journey to fading. A good florist will have de-foliaged, cut and conditioned each stem before making the arrangement. The cluster of finished stems will also have been given a wet-pack treatment before everything is dressed up in paper, cellophane and ribbon. But imagine instead that you were given some lovely flowers that were still attached to their roots. Something like a gorgeous, full of life and long-living rose bush. The flowers on this bush will mark the moment they are given, but also keep the memory alive with fresh buds year after year. Obviously not every flower in the florists’ buckets can be given as a living plant but many can, and the rose is probably the best example. Which rose is a good option for a live bush gift? Easy, the Flower Carpet rose because it’s a good looking plant, it covers itself in flowers for months on end, and there are enough color options to suit everyone and any sentiment.
WHAT ROSES SAY: If you didn’t already know it, you can communicate your feelings through the language of flowers. Not only does the type of flower tell the receiver something, but the color does as well. Since we’re talking about romance here, roses are the perfect flower form. As for color, when someone hands you a red rose – it means love. Pink means they feel like they are falling in love and hope that you feel the same way too. Yellow is a step back from that – consider it a friendship that has the potential to go somewhere romantic. Save the white roses for chaste love and respect – your nanna would be a good recipient, or forget the meaning altogether because this white rose is one of the best around and anyone would love to be given one.
PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING: As lovely as a living rose bush may be, it doesn’t hurt to give it the same treatment that the florist’s bouquet gets. Make sure the plant is well watered and drained, and nest the pot into a plastic bag. Then you can get creative with tissue, paper, and ribbons. Burlap over brown paper is a good look, or try all black or all white. If you plan to hand your lover a rose bush while out on a date, do the right thing and offer to carry it home for them. You could even offer to plant it for them right then and there (if the local climate is kind) or arrive with a spade when Spring arrives in your locale.
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