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…
(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.
2 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.
Ok so this one might be more expensive than your average bunch of flowers, but it lasts a lot longer 😉
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