To me flowers are a lot like Marmite.  You either love them or hate them.  That’s not to say I don’t like flowers themselves, but don’t buy me flowers.  Now before you think I’m ungrateful, here’s why…


Don't Buy Her Flowers

(Although I do love tulips…)


1 It’s a matter of taste

Take shoes for example.  Do you prefer flats, or heels, or maybe a wedge?  A sandal or a pump? What colour?  What size?  Flowers also come in so many varieties that there’s a high chance you are going to have a favourite.  And if you have a favourite there are definitely going to be some that you don’t like.    Why would you buy someone flowers if you didn’t know what their favourite flower was?  If you are wondering, I’m a no fuss keep it simple kind of girl when it comes to flowers.  I don’t really like big bunches of mixed flowers with lots of green stuff.  A simple bunch of tulips is my favourite, and I would always be happy to receive those.  


They come with added extras

Hay-fever.  I am a sufferer.  Certain flowers set me off.  Lillys are the worst.  Here, to thank-you for being a wonderful hostess I bought you these flowers.  They come with sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes too.  You’re welcome.


3 You are giving me work to do

I hate arranging flowers.  I’m really bad at it.  You know it’s an actual skill that people train for and get qualifications in.  I don’t have those skills.  In fact that beautifully presented bouquet you gave me, is now in a vase on my dining room table and looks a bit, well, shit!


4 It’s too much responsibility

If there was some kind of test that you had to take before becoming a parent, that entailed keeping plants or flowers alive, my two boys would not be here today.  Back when we were a childless carefree couple, my husband and I went to the somewhat alien world of a garden center and spent a small fortune on plants that we were specifically told would pretty much look after themselves with minimum input from us.  They didn’t look after themselves, and their definition of ‘minimum input’ was somewhat different to ours.  They died.  All £150 pounds worth.  Plants and flowers don’t like me.  I’m happy to report that contrary to flowers in my care, my boys are thriving and seem to like me.  Most days.


5 Buy me something I will genuinely love

For the same price as a bunch of flowers there are so many other gifts that I would appreciate and love.  As a self-confessed stationery geek, Paperchase gifts earn you major brownie points. Nail varnish, fashion jewellery, chocolate, wine!    


Sometimes a bunch of flowers is the safe bet. But if it’s for someone you know really well, unless you know their favourite flower, but them something else.


Eternity Rose Image

Eternity Rose


Ok so this one might be more expensive than your average bunch of flowers, but it lasts a lot longer 😉

For your chance to win an Eternity Rose click here.





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9 Comments on Don’t Buy Her Flowers…

  1. I do like flowers – they’re very pretty. But, at the same time, I have never been one of those people who particularly minds not receiving flowers often, and do agree with much of what you say! #thelist

  2. Couldn’t agree more! Oh I LOVE flowers, I love getting them, I love everything about them except I cannot keep them alive for more than 2 days – I’ve tried everything and failed! x x #TheList

  3. I’m the SAME way when it comes to flowers! Yes, they are pretty, but they are very high maintenance and I don’t really have a favorite one. My mom brought me roses once and I felt so bad because they started turning brown the next day. I had no idea what to do with them, but I found out that I was suppose to cut the ends of the stem so that the water could get through and feed the rose. I felt horrible.

  4. You know, one issue I have with flowers is that there’s just no real place in my house to put them! I love a small vase of daffodils or tulips which will fit on my kitched windowsill, but anything big and bouquet-y is just hard to find a home for! x #TheList

  5. Haha, I am with you flowers are so expensive and then they go and die on you really quickly. I am happy with a £1 bunch of daffoldils. That eternity rose is perfect though so I am going to try and win that little beauty 🙂 #thelist

  6. That eternity rose is absolutely beautiful! My husband used to buy me flowers, but I honestly told him not to anymore! They seem to die way too fast and, like you said, it’s so much work! With the watering, and the cleaning-the petals seem to start falling off just a few days in. I’d definitely appreciate chocolate more (: #brillblogposts

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