My husband and our close friend brought me an orchid and a bromeliad for Mother’s Day this year. My husband is a very brave man. I am a non-practicing florist (I worked at my parents' design school years and years ago), and for a man to bring home flowers to a well-educated florist is a scary endeavor. Even if I keep it to myself, he can usually be prepared for some sort of speculation about his purchase when he brings me flowers, and we haven’t stayed in one neighborhood long enough yet for me to just point him in the direction of a local florist who will make sure that my husband always gets it right. He did awesome with the orchid this year though. I was very happy.
In modern society a large majority of people underestimate the power of flowers. If you have the time, stop and do an experiment: put fresh flowers in a room where there weren’t any before, and observe how differently the room feels with the addition. Flowers can make a space feel more alive, more vibrant and organic. They can add a large amount of positive energy to a space. I have even heard an account from a teacher who worked with mentally challenged children who explained to me that she could never have fresh flowers in the schoolroom because the flowers were too loud and they distracted her students. Some of the kids even covered their ears when flowers were present…I find that pretty fascinating.
In a lot of places in Europe it is considered rude to have guests and not have fresh flowers in the house. I try to keep to that rule. It is a bit of a commitment, but I feel that it shows respect in a way. I have never had much luck keeping plants alive, so I usually stick to cut flowers. Never underestimate how much someone will appreciate receiving flowers. I can remember times when I have taken flowers to a hostess and rendered the woman literally giddy. I like to challenge people to gift a man with flowers because it can be an intimidating thing to do, but I can’t imagine that most men don’t privately appreciate it, because how can you really not like flowers?
One of the most disappointing events I have ever attended in my life was a wedding that was completely devoid of flowers. They had chosen to substitute candles instead, and the wedding was not even at night. To me it made the occasion less joyous, because to me flowers bring joy. If you do not often purchase flowers I strongly urge you to give the practice a try, and I will be completely honest in telling you that developing a relationship with a local florist will earn you a much higher quality product than you will ever get at the grocery store. In addition to that, you will be supporting a local, independent, artist. I love it when I feel good about the purchases that I make, especially when those purchases are gifts. After years of delivering them, I can’t quite completely explain the looks of joy that I have seen upon peoples’ faces when they receive flowers. It is a gift that compels a person to be in the now so that they can enjoy their present…because those flowers are precious; they will not be around forever.