My mum always preferred flowers to almost all other gifts, Mother's Day, without a celebratory bunch or two of yellow chrysanthemums, or red gladioli were her favourites.
Once after major surgery, my mother was moved to tears when a family friend had a bunch of gardenias delivered to the hospital, as they were the very flowers she carried on her wedding day; their fragrance and delicate beauty evoked special memories.
A dear friend cherished irises and to this day seeing an iris warms my own heart too, despite her being dead many years!
Never limit flowers as a gift limited as only appropriate for women. Many men love flowers too. What hospital room, home, or special occasion cannot be brightened even further by a carefully chosen bunch of flowers or potted greenery?
My dad loved to be given a bunch of flowers, amongst hs favourites were a simple bunch of nerrines picked from his own garden.
Another male friend of mine would swoon over a bunch of white roses, yet another over indigenous Australian plants!
Little wonder flowers are associated not just with romantic love, but as a traditional expression of many forms of love , but support, sometimes compassion and especially appreciation.
Red pelargoniums always graced our Christmas table and usually if there was something worth picking in the garden, there would be a bunch inside and
Some people are put off by the transience. of flowers, but in the end, all things in life are transient. This transience is one of flowers very attractions. Flowers can symbolise that neither good or bad things will last forever. Better still, the recipient is not left with a gift that will add to the clutter of their home. It is simple to either take a photograph, or press a flower should the recipient wish to save a little of their precious gift!