The romance of flowers is a concept that has captivated people for centuries. It encompasses the idea that flowers, through their beauty, symbolism, and cultural significance, can evoke and convey romantic emotions and experiences. Here are some aspects that contribute to the romance of flowers:
Symbolism: Flowers are rich in symbolism, with each type of flower carrying its own meaning. Red roses, for example, symbolize love and passion, while white lilies represent purity and innocence. The ability to convey complex emotions and messages through the choice of flowers adds depth to their romantic appeal.
Aesthetics: Flowers are inherently beautiful and visually appealing. Their vibrant colors, intricate shapes, and delightful fragrances can captivate the senses and create a romantic atmosphere.
Gifting Tradition: Giving flowers as tokens of love and affection is a time-honored tradition. Whether as a single stem or a lavish bouquet, flowers have long been used to express romantic sentiments on occasions like Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and weddings.
Surprise and Thoughtfulness: The act of giving or receiving flowers, particularly when unexpected, can be a delightful and heartwarming experience. It shows thoughtfulness and care, reinforcing the idea that someone is thinking of you and wanting to make you feel special.
Language of Flowers: The Victorian era popularized the “language of flowers” or “floriography.” This involved conveying messages through the arrangement and choice of flowers. It added an element of mystery and intrigue to the act of gifting flowers, making it even more romantic.
Sentimental Value: Flowers often hold sentimental value in relationships. They may be associated with significant moments or experiences, becoming enduring symbols of love and cherished memories.
Sensory Pleasure: The scent of certain flowers can trigger powerful emotions and memories. Aromatherapy experts often use floral scents for relaxation and mood enhancement, contributing to the romantic ambience created by flowers.
Cultural Significance: Different cultures have their own unique traditions and beliefs regarding the romantic symbolism of flowers. These cultural nuances add to the depth and richness of the romantic associations.
Connection to Nature: Flowers are a natural part of the world around us. Bringing the beauty of nature into a romantic gesture can symbolize the organic growth and evolution of a relationship, adding a layer of depth and authenticity to romantic gestures.
In summary, the romance of flowers lies in their ability to symbolize and evoke emotions, create visual and sensory pleasure, and embody tradition and thoughtfulness. Whether gifted or used in romantic settings, flowers play a significant role in expressing and enhancing love and affection.
Human beings first used natural colors centuries ago. During those times synthetic colors were not available. Flowers were the main source of color. This article does not intend to go into how the colors were extracted and so on, but how colors of flowers can make our life a better living experience. Let us examine.
Look at flowers. You will find a range of colors -from purest white to black. Some flowers are single colored while many have colors so beautifully mixed that no painter can do something similar. The first observation we can make is – all colors look good on flowers. We may hate a color, for example you may dislike yellow. But if you pick up a yellow colored flower, you may not dislike it. Why? Because the color merges so well with the structure and texture of the flower that it does not remain separate but merges totally in the flower. I hope I am making myself clear. What I mean to say that even if you hold a yellow colored flower, you will not be noticing only the color, but the touch, the shape, the fragrance and the symmetry of the flower. Color has merged itself with other qualities to create something beautiful. Is this making sense?
Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world.” — Unknown
I have been talking about the colors. But I could have been as well talking about any other quality of the flower. My contention is simple. If a quality does not overpower other qualities but merges with them the result can be great. We as human beings can do the same – as the members of a family, a team or a part of business group or as citizens of our nation. Instead of overpowering others with our qualities, if we try to merge and create a whole, the outcome will always be much better. The focus is to dissolve one’s individual ego and work together in tandem.
Confucius acknowledged orchids saying, “the association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids”. In 1595 a Chinese flower-arranging book “A Treatise of Vase Flowers” by Chang Ch’ien -te said orchids were in the top ranking of desirability.
The orchid is also the World’s Most Diverse Plant Family
There are between 30,000 and 40,000 species of Orchids making them the world’s most diverse plant family. Almost every month new species are found and documented and very often they are found to be a completely new genus. (source: Bella Online)
And the world’s most Popular Orchid is the Phalaenopsis. In fact, more phalaeonopsis orchids are grown and sold than any other type in the world. They come in a wide variety of colors from whites to vivid purples and blooms can last up to four months.
Eden Florist is Celebrating Small Business Saturday with Flowers
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About Small Business Saturday:
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov 29.
The first-ever Small Business Saturday was held on Nov 27. It encouraged people across the country to support small, local businesses, and started a holiday shopping tradition. In 2011 From Washington, D.C., to Washington State, governors, mayors, senators, and even President Obama all voiced their support for Small Business Saturday. In 2013 More neighborhoods than ever celebrated Small Business Saturday, with individuals and local organizations pledging to support the day as Neighborhood Champions. (source AmericanExpress.com)
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In the 16th Century Christian Missionaries in South America named the flower (Passiflora spp) because they saw it as being a symbol of the death of Jesus Christ. It was the first flower they saw on their journey and they saw it as a good sign.
They thought that the five sepals and the five petals of the passion flower represented the ten disciples without Judas Iscariot and Peter.
They also thought that the double row of filaments (corona) on the passion flower represented the crown of thorns that Jesus was made to wear. It also resembled a halo.
The vine tendrils represented the whips that were used to scourge Jesus.
The styles of the flower represented the nails Jesus had hammered into his palms and ankles when crucified.
The stamens represented the wounds Jesus sustained when crucified.
Where Passion Flowers Grow
They grow naturally in the southern part of the United States and in South America. They are grown in plantations in Australia, Brazil, Hawaii and Kenya. They are also grown in artificial conditions such as The Palm House in Kew Gardens.
There are over 55 species of Passion Flower. Their fruit is edible.