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Bouquets in the West and the Far East, What to Send?

bouquet in vaseFloral arrangements and bouquets can be found in every culture on the planet. The traditions and occasions may vary. The colours that are selected, the species that are chosen depend on the culture, the class, the season and perhaps event the position of the moon!

The celebrations and the etiquette surrounding the giving and receiving of bouquets and other plants and flowers differ. However the gifting and displaying of floral arrangements is a tried and true tradition that shows few signs of going away. Here’s a look into the customs and celebrations where floral bouquets and other arrangements are seen and their significance. Not just at home, but in the Far East as well.

Our Occasions for Floral Bouquets as Gifts

For Love

bouquet of red rosesFew things express true love like a big bouquet of red roses. If you are a man and have somehow angered your favourite female, a gift of roses (long stemmed of course!) may be just the thing you need to win back a place in your ladies heart.

Mother’s Day is a popular time of year to show how much you appreciate everything your Mum has put up with from you! Beginning with your birth (that’s got to have hurt!) through to your rebellious teenage years, scratching the car, unsanctioned house parties and so on. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest times for florists all over the country!

To Celebrate the Birth of a New Baby

baby flowersSending a family a baby bouquet is a lovely way to let them know they are in your thoughts. At such a busy time, it may be appreciated if the bouquet is delivered to the home by the florist as opposed to an impromptu visit. Some new mothers appreciate receiving visitors and flowers while still in the hospital. Others may need time to relax and recover before they are ready to entertain guests.

Of course pinks, soft reds and whites are great “girl” colours. Bouquets to welcome new baby boys will often make use of white, blue and purple blossoms. Some people opt to have a bouquet built from flowers that are “gender neutral” in colour. Yellows, greens and white can come together to make an awesome arrangement for a family welcoming a new member.

House Warming Gift Bouquets

arrangement in fish bowlHave a new arrival joining your neighbourhood? Sending a bright bouquet is a great way to welcome the family to the street. Bidding farewell to an old friend destined for a new neighbourhood far away? Sending a bouquet to the new address will surely put a smile on their face when they arrive.

Feeling under the Weather?

We sometimes like to send a bouquet to a friend or family member who may be feeling ill or in the hospital for treatment. Bright bouquets that are full of colour and creatively assembled can work wonders when our spirits need lifting. It’s made even better when we include a card to let our loved one know they are in our minds.

It is always a sad and troubling time when a friend or family member passes on. Flower bouquets are still sometimes given or brought to the funeral. These should not be showy affairs, and traditionally white flowers will form the bulk of the bouquet. If a family asks that charitable donations be made in lieu of flowers, it is best to respect their wishes.

Eastern Traditions and Taboos

basket arrangementWe live in an increasingly multicultural society and are privileged to have friends from the Far East. In China and Japan, bouquets and flowers are exchanged as gifts and used to celebrate important milestones. Wedding ceremonies between young Asians may be traditional or reminiscent of the Christian style celebrations that we are familiar with.
We are knowledgeable regarding our own etiquette with regards to giving and receiving bouquets and flowers as gifts. But you may be surprised at some of the “taboos” surrounding the selection of colour and the species of flowers included in a bouquet. A gift of cut flowers is sometimes entirely inappropriate!

Both the Japanese and the Chinese avoid the number four whenever possible. It is associated with death and misfortune because in Japanese and Chinese the pronunciation of the words four and death and the way they are written are very similar. Never give anything in fours or include four stems of a single type of flower in a bouquet. Nine is another number that is believed to bring hardship to the Japanese, so it’s best to avoid giving flowers or items in general in nines.

white arrangementFlowers or gifts that are white are also a bad idea. White is associated with death and funerals in China and Japan. Even when it comes to envelopes, wrapping paper and ornamental bows, white should be avoided. Gold and red are always excellent choices when considering a bouquet for a friend from the east.

Red and gold symbolize prosperity and happiness. Red has always been associated with fire in China which provides warmth and is believed to ward off demons and spirits that are up to no good. Brides in China will often wear a red wedding dress, although the influence of western culture is making white bridal gowns somewhat more acceptable. It is very common for families to display red talismans at the door to their house for good luck.

Even better than giving a bouquet to an Asian friend is to gift a live plant. In Buddhism all of life is sacred and so killing (even cutting plants) is undesirable. In China, any gift that is associated with cutting signals to the recipient that you want to “cut” or sever your relationship with them. Never give kitchen knives, scissors or any sharp object as a gift.

Lucky bambooBamboo and orchids are excellent choices should you decide to buy a live plant instead of a bouquet for a friend from the East. Lucky bamboo are often tied together and are especially prized. Outside of Asia, you may see them in groups of four, but in China and Japan this is not done. Many people around the world now include lucky bamboo plants in their homes. Maybe it will cause fortune to smile upon us! Or it may just make a lovely, green centrepiece.


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Floral Identity

flowers in vaseThere are some occasions that demand flowers. Weddings, funerals, hospital visits are all big business for florists. One of the busiest seasons for a floral shop is Mother’s Day, when children send a token of their love to their mums all over the world. There are varied reasons why the giving of flowers has become a tradition, and there are some psychological benefits to flowers that may have you considering sending a flower arrangement to someone on any average Tuesday afternoon – just to show them you care.

Impact of Flowers

According to some recent studies, the presence of flowers can set off a series of positive feelings. Flowers can increase the feelings of satisfaction with life, and make the recipient feel as though they are at the height of happiness. The impact of flowers can be felt immediately. When a person receives flowers, their eyes light up, they smile and their emotions have an instant response to the feelings of well-being and love that flowers bring. Flowers can help lighten a sense of depression, reduce anxiety and increase the bond between giver and receiver – a powerful result of a few simple blooms.

The Great Outdoors

receiving flowersIf you were to spend an afternoon wandering through a botanical garden, you would find that you smiled more, were generally happier and felt content. Even though nothing about your circumstances may have changed, the simple act of spending time among beautiful plants and flowers has a measurable impact on your mental health. That same effect can be seen with the arrival of a bouquet of flowers.

Product Placement

modern floral arrangement5Now that we’ve established that flowers can increase your mental health, it is important to know that where you place the flowers in your home or office can affect productivity and feelings of happiness.

Within the workplace, large flower arrangements near the entrance to an office can invigorate a workplace and help employees to feel content with their job and responsibilities. A small bouquet placed in the break room can give a sense of peace and tranquillity, lending the employee a few moments to gather their thoughts and return to their duties refreshed.

In the home, flowers in a main living room can add cheer and love to a room where families gather to spend time together. Larger arrangements near the front door are welcoming and speak of a peaceful home. Smaller bouquets placed strategically in bedrooms or guest rooms can speak of love and tranquillity.
Consider carefully where you decide to place that beautiful arrangement you receive – the power of flowers can’t be understated!

Flower Power

Basket of flowersNot only is the location and the occasion important, the type of flower given can provide important messages to the recipient. Roses have long been heralded as the sign of love, while a poinsettia seems reserved for the Christmas holidays. Finding out the message of the flowers you are including in any arrangement can be insightful and fun.
For example, did you know that the lily of the valley is a sign of increased happiness? Perhaps that is why Princess Diana included those flowers in her bridal bouquet. Interestingly, Kate Middleton chose the same flowers for her bouquet. These sentimental and romantic flowers send a message of true love and devotion.

With a little research, you can discover the secret world of flower messages. During the Victorian Era, entire books were written to decode the messages a lover might be giving by the simple bouquet. A few well-placed single blooms in a vase may signify steadfast devotion, while a flower lying on a book may indicate a desire to spend more time with the recipient.

These secret messages were a way for lovers to signal each other of their devotion and intention without having to use words that may be overheard by other members of society and then spread around as gossip.

The practice of giving a few simply flowers wrapped in a handkerchief began during this time, when the color and type of flower were a message about a meeting that should take place under the cover of darkness in a garden, out of the way of curious eyes.

Favourite Blooms

classic flower arrangementFinding out what your favourite flower may be is a way to identify interesting traits in your personality. A sunflower is a sign of cheer and happiness – indicating that you are generally a positive person who sees the brighter side of life. A peony may show that you are a romantic who prefers to spend your time with a cup of tea and a romance novel, while daydreaming of days gone by. A calla lily indicates a more modern viewpoint, who prefers to get straight to the point and doesn’t enjoy subterfuge.

Spend some time wandering through your local florist, and find what the flowers that most appeal to you may be. It may be a fun way to express your personality, and a fun way to find the hidden message that flowers may have for you. Most florists can also indicate what the meaning behind flowers is – letting you design your own bouquet filled with a secret message.

We often think of giving flowers only on big occasions, but we have seen that flowers can be used to lift the mood of people at any time – and that it increases the bond between people. What a simple and effective way to show someone that you care about them – and that you want to be thought of as a courteous and thoughtful person.

The next time you are in need of a gift, or simply want to brighten the day of someone, choose a random day and send a simple bouquet of flowers. The message you send may be exactly what they need to hear, and the impact will last long beyond the life of the flowers. Perhaps the recipient will follow another floral tradition and press the flowers between the pages of a book to keep the lovely flowers forever.

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Five Reasons to Send Flowers Online

flower delivery courierAre you on the beach and forgot to send a birthday gift? Or are you travelling and need to send flowers to congratulate someone for graduating? No matter where you are or what you are doing you can send flowers online from one convenient site. Online shopping experiences give us the chance to search a variety of products all from the convenience of our home or mobile device wherever we happen to be. Everyone enjoys the convenience of online shopping and being able to spend less time travelling to multiple stores trying to find the perfect flowers.

Number one – send flowers online to celebrate a birthday

birthday flower bouquet with balloon

Each year we celebrate the anniversary of our birth by recognizing our birthday but as we grow older we ask for a more subtle recognition of this day. Sending flowers online to recognize a birthday are a great and classy way to tell a person that you are thinking of them on this special day. You can choose flowers online that have a special meaning to the recipient like picking their favourite type of flower or picking a flower with a special meaning. No matter what type of flower you choose you can pick your arrangement and send it to your special person when you send flowers online.

Flowers are the gift that works for all ages from children to older adults. Children will appreciate an arrangement with a stuffed animal and adults will appreciate a decorative arrangement that they can appreciate even after their special day has passed.

Number two – cheer up someone who is down with flowers

Tulip in gloss cube

There is no better way to put a smile on someone’s face than to give them flowers. Do you have a friend who has been down in the dumps and feeling down? Do you know someone who has been having a run of bad luck and could use some cheering up? If so, then sending flowers online is a great way to send them some cheer and help them to feel better. Sending flowers online lets you pick an arrangement especially for the recipient or build your own custom arrangement from a large selection of options. You’ll be happy to know you sent some cheer to someone who could use a smile.

Flowers are a way to send constant cheer as they are displayed in a room. Your recipient will only have to glance at the arrangement to know that someone was thinking about them and wanted to send them some cheer.

Number three – express your sympathies and send flowers online

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If you have recently lost a friend or loved one then sending flowers online is a great way to express your sympathies. When you are dealing with loss it’s sometimes difficult to have to face people and have to order flowers in person. Even though people are well-meaning sometimes you are just not ready to deal with the questions that they bring up or to speak about the loss and how you are feeling. When you send flowers online you can shop in privacy from the comfort of your own home and you can pick the arrangement that truly expresses your feelings and conveys your grief about the loss. Sending flowers online lets you pick the best possible flowers or create your own custom arrangement to express your grief at the loss of your beloved friend or loved one.

Number four – send flowers online and tell someone you love them

12 long stem roses in box , chocolate, teddy

Is it Valentine’s Day and you don’t know what to send your special someone? Send flowers online and let them know that you are thinking of them. Flowers have long been the choice for people to show a symbol of love and roses are the flower of choice. When you send flowers online you can choose to send an individual rose or a large bouquet and let your romantic interest know how you feel about them. It doesn’t have to be a holiday or special occasion to send flowers online and tell someone that you love them, any day of the year is a good time to send flowers online.

Are you getting ready to propose? Then sending flowers online is a way to set the mood when you are going to pop the big question. There is no better way to propose than by having a large bouquet of flowers and that little velvet box as you get down on one knee as ask your love interest to get married.

Number five – celebrate a new birth with flowers

baby boy flowers

Did your family just celebrate a new birth? Did a friend just add a new child to their family? Flowers are a way to celebrate a new birth and to congratulate new parents on their successful birth. Flowers can be sent to new parents while they are still in the hospital and can help cheer up the room and celebrate the happy occasion. You can send flowers online and pick a blue based bouquet to celebrate a new baby boy or a pink based bouquet to celebrate and new baby girl. Or you can send a celebratory bouquet to the new mother for her large part in the entire event. No matter which style of bouquet you choose you can send flowers online from the convenience of your own home and then have them delivered to the new family in celebration of their happy occasion.

There is no end to the different reasons you can send flowers online from birthdays to holidays and even proposals. When you send flowers online you can choose the perfect arrangement that tells the recipient exactly how you feel and help them to celebrate their big day. Sending online flowers is convenient and easy to do from the comfort of your own home on any computer or mobile device that you have available. All it takes is a few clicks and you can send flowers online for any reason you may have at any time.