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The Flowers of Romance

Author: Ian McNeice Monday, March 13, 2006

Romance means flowers. They are beautiful creations of nature, colorful, delicate and small works of art. There are few women in this world who do not like receiving flowers and there are fewer still reasons why flowers should not be given throughout the year. Men still appear to have a problem with giving flowers and look completely lost in a decent florist. There are no excuses for this guys. So it is about time men got to grips with giving flowers to women more regularly.

The first thing that strikes me is that men often view flowers as superfluous, too expensive, a complete waste of cash or simply unnecessary. Well guys you are wrong on all counts. And just to be clear, the person writing this article is a man. A man who shows a knowledge of flowers and feels very comfortable selecting and purchasing for his lady is sexy, shows knowledge and confidence. He is happy with himself, his sexuality and his abilities. A man who doesn't know where a florist is, has hardly ever bought flowers, doesn't know pink ones from yellow ones is a pathetic creature who deserves to be single.

The worst kind of flower incident of the year has got to be Valentine's day. On this day the florists are crowded and the phone rings off the hook. The poor shops are under pressure from hoards of men who are clamoring for two dozen red roses for their loved ones. For the other 364 days a year such men don't even know where the florist is. Interflora and the many delivery firms are stretched to overload in delivering the same de rigueur flowers across the land. My problem is that there are so many beautiful flowers throughout the year that you could give and nowhere near as expensive as on 14 February. Your date would love to receive early spring flowers like tulips of daffodils. They would love to receive pink roses in June or even a single daisy in August.

The problem is that men often think that the act of buying flowers threatens their masculinity. They see the whole process as a chore, they often don't appreciate what they are buying and quite frankly it shows. It makes me angry when there are so many beautiful florists in each city that are largely ignored by them men of our world. I was not surprised to see in a local florists the other day an ad saying to women, he will never buy them so why not get your own. How sad an indictment is that.

I recommend that all men who have a problem with flowers should start getting their act together immediately. I am not asking that we should all know the Latin names of every plant out there but we should be getting to grips with the common varieties and exotic varieties now on offer and then get into the groove of buying them spontaneously. My sister's house always smells fresh and beautiful from the white lilies her boyfriend buys her very regularly. That's impressive. I recommend the following tips:

  • Locate a good local or city florist

  • Always keep a reliable delivery number in your wallet

  • Never send flowers every day, its cheap and tacky

  • Learn the basics about flowers and their colors

  • Know the seasonal flowers and the filler flowers like Gypsophilia

  • Get used to the fact that flowers cost money

  • Find out what kind of flowers your loved one likes

  • Join a short evening class at your local florist if possible

  • Never rely on red roses as being the only flower worth giving

  • Be adventurous and go for single exotic flowers occasionally

  • A single well chosen flower speaks volumes of romance

  • Never be afraid to carry flowers down a street, you look good my friend.

Flowers do not need to be expensive, they are only expensive at Christmas or on Valentine's day. Learn to go for the simple approach with flowers and select by color. Know which plants last longest also helps you get value for money. If possible get flowers in an arrangement that is made especially for you in the shop but don't go mad with size. Big is not necessarily best. Select arrangements that have a water ball at the bottom to keep them fresh.

And remember guys, you don't just need to spontaneously buy your girlfriend flowers, you can buy for your mum and her mum too. Flowers are an act of giving which display thought and good choice without being inappropriate or expensive. Show your class.

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