Thursday, January 29, 2015

Forever flowers: The staying power of flowers

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Roses never go out of style, although color preferences do change. CanStock photo

By Julia Price

Keeping up with what’s trending in the world is nearly a full-time job. Take a look at fashion: One minute, bell-bottoms are back in and the whole Flower Power movement feels as if it’s come back to life. But just as you’re weaving daisies through your hair, you open a magazine and see that sleek black-on-black is now the hottest look.

The fashion world isn’t the only place where change is constant. In fact, florists experience waves of different tastes depending on the year and season. Pete’s Flowers, a family-owned and -operated flower shop, has been in the flower business since the ’70s. Since they opened in 1977, they say their top-selling flower has consistently been the same as most flower shops across the country: roses.

Red roses are the fashion equivalent of the little black dress. They’re classic, and everyone knows they symbolize romance. On Valentine’s Day, you’d better believe that they’re the No. 1 seller. But while red roses are always in style, the latest fad consists of orange, yellow and even hot-pink roses ready to be wrapped in a bouquet. The brighter the better when it comes to roses.

If red roses are the little black dress of the flower world, then white lilies are your favorite cozy sweater that you just can’t live without. Lilies are known for their soothing power and rank just behind roses as the most desirable type of flower. Purple and lavender lilies are extremely popular right now, and many florists are finding that white lilies are also high in demand.

In fact, full arrangements of all white flowers are requested more often now than ever before. It’s common to see pearl-colored roses, white daisies and off-white gardenias bunched together. White flowers used to symbolize weddings, but now they’re accepted for nearly every occasion.

Wildflowers are the rebel of the classic floral world. You may attend a wedding where the bridesmaids are holding bouquets of wildflowers tied together with lace, cloth, straw or hemp. Wildflowers induce a country feel — as if you just walked into your very own backyard and picked them. However, if you purchase them from a florist, the colors will be much more vibrant than anything you would find on your own in the great outdoors. To complete the rustic country feel, display wildflowers in a tall Mason jar filled with water, and embrace your inner freedom.

Often confused as a flower themselves, orchids (which Pete’s Flowers explained are in fact plants) are everywhere! As they would say in the famous “Zoolander” movie that relentlessly pokes at the fashion industry, orchids are “so hot right now!” But just as it goes with anything in demand, if you want what’s hot, you have to pay for it. While you can certainly expect to shell out some cash for orchids, they also tend to last longer than other flower arrangements. Orchids have seen a steady rise to the top, and based on sales, it’s unlikely anyone’s ready to call them just another fad any time soon.

Flowers are unique because they symbolize so many different emotions, feelings or messages intended for the receiver or the home of the person buying them. They represent love, friendship, beauty and strength and are typically present at every momentous life event. So while the language of each specific flower is open to interpretation by both the giver and the receiver, the meaning for each individual will never go out of style.

Maybe in five years we will look back and wonder how anyone could ever have thought that brightly colored roses were attractive. But have you ever kept a flower long after it dried out? Just as an old pair of jeans can take you back to your teenage years and the way you felt wearing them, classic flowers like red roses can take you back to something that will never go out of style: the way you felt when you first received them.




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