A Man’s Guide to Sending Flowers – the truth about roses…

Red tulips in a modern cylindrical vase with leaf wrap treatment
Red tulips in a modern cylindrical vase with leaf wrap treatment

All too often men (mostly) do not know what to send to their romantic interest, their partner, wife or significant other.   Often the “safe choice” is a dozen roses.  If we are in trouble then the safer choice is to two dozen roses!  It seems that we (men) have this philosophy that the bigger the problem that we are trying to overcome, the more roses we tend to send!

In many instances the thought goes something like – “Eh, I don’t know a thing about flowers, all women like roses, don’t they?”  That looks like a safe choice!  Well the truth is that everyone loves receiving flowers and nobody will ever doubt the sincerity of the thought that goes along with a bouquet of roses.  You thought about her!  What could possibly be wrong with that?

There is nothing wrong with it!  You can, however, do much better!  Often times, for less money and with more of an emotional impact and with a deeper display of emotion and sensitivity.  Take the time to educate yourself about flowers.  Learn about different varieties and what is in season.

With time, if you send flowers often (and you should!), you will not be as boring!  The question, the anticipation becomes “what flowers did he send me this time?”.  When you surprise her a few times a year with a bouquet of red roses (in between other flowers), the flower has a deeper impact.  You are no longer the guy that does not know a thing about flowers, you sent roses for a reason and they will mean so much more!

Take the time to learn about flowers.  You don’t need to spend a whole long of time doing it.  A few moments here and there on our website (www.starflor.com) will give you a great visual impact of what you may or may not like.  Reading our blog from time to time will spring an idea forward.

What colors different flowers come in and what their seasons are… There are tulips, orchids, amaryllis, sunflowers, hydrangea, peonies and so much more… Learn about these blooms and send a surprise!  Go to our website (www.starflor.com) and click on FLOWER ENCYCLOPDIA. You will not be the same old boring guy!  You will be sensitive, understanding, interesting and a real hero!  Try it once!

Here are a few more hints – now that I have your attention:  Talk to the florist who will make the arrangement.  Ask him/her for advice.  Ask what came in today, what is really fresh.

Never send a “contrived” arrangement that looks like grandma’s favorite in a cute but overpriced container!  Keep it simple.  Only send flowers, stems, vase and water (nothing else).  Make sure that you don’t mix too many colors and too many varieties in one arrangement.  It becomes more expensive but “cheapens” the presentation.  Mixed flowers are never as dramatic.

I have nothing against roses – they are an amazing bloom and you should keep them in your repertoire.  Just don’t send them exclusively!  If you sent roses last time, send a vase of purple orchids this time!  Get creative with the message on the card and watch what happens!  Let me know!!!!!

Flowers in a Basket? Flowers in a Vase?

Amaryllis in Peach
Amaryllis in Peach

The question comes up often.  We think about this when we want to send someone flowers for any occasion (I Love You, Just Because, Get Well, etc.).  If you want to send someone a bouquet that is going to last, if you want the flowers to appear fresh for a long period of time, ALWAYS-ALWAYS pick a vase over a basket.  Here are the reasons why:

Flowers drink water and in a basket they are arranged in a small square of a sponge-like material that is meant to absorb water and then let the flowers “drink” from its absorption.  It is highly unlikely that even half of the water that is in the sponge ever makes it to the flowers themselves.

The exact opposite happens in a vase.  There is an abundant quantity of water in the vase and ALL the water goes up the flower stem and to the bloom.  There is no question that the person who receives the flowers will enjoy them longer if the flowers are in a vase.  PLUS it is easier to see if the vase is low on water (add), or if the water is murky (empty and refill).  After the flowers have been in the vase for about 3-4 days it is a good idea to take the stems out one-by-one clean out the old petals and cut the bottom of the stem at an angle.  This cleans up any bacteria that has collected at the bottom of the stem and has “plugged up” the passage of water to the bloom itself.

Sending someone flowers is a very thoughtful gesture and is truly appreciated.  You should see the smiles that we see all day long as we deliver flowers to “Ms. Jones”!  That is only half of the flower receiving experience.  The other half is how long the flowers live.  Imagine getting a phone call a full ten days AFTER the delivery and the recipient of the gift says something like: “You won’t believe this, but your flowers are still amazing!”

There are really only three factors that can make this happen:

Selecting a florist that has fresh flowers.

Sending flowers in a vase of water and not a basket with a sponge.

Taking good care of the flowers by replenishing the water, fresh cutting the stems, etc.

Having flowers in the home is a little bit like caring for a micro-garden.  It is an extremely therapeutic and very rewarding.  Keeping flowers alive as long as possible is a pleasant challenge for the mind and the heart.  It really gives us pleasure and helps us take our mind off things.

So remember: Send lots of flowers to lots of different people!  AND make sure that the flowers you send are in a vase and not a basket! No sponge!

Visit our website at www.starflor.com, or give us a call at 800.520.8999 and all of us at Starbright Floral Design will be thrilled to hear from you and to help in every way possible.