Before Emily West became famous as a competitor (and later runner-up) in the 2014 season of "America's Got Talent," she was already a Nashville legend.
I had the biggest crush on her, and so apropos of nothing and without introduction, I brought a dozen white roses to a show she was playing at a sold-out club.
Her boyfriend wandered off, and West checked out with her items, still fuming. She stalked through the parking lot, and there in her car was the arrangement."Flowers aren't ever bad," West summed up. The uneasiness on the woman's face, juxtaposed with the eagerness and hope on mine, was quite a contrast."We see these 'grand gestures' all the time in romantic comedies," says Sara Johnson, a childhood friend. You put me in a position to deny you in a public forum? I never want to be in that situation."Flowers imply intimacy. Defer to the professionals."The great thing about flowers is that you don't have to be an expert," says Jennifer Sparks, a 26-year veteran of the flower industry and the vice president of marketing for the Society of American Florists.
We’ve discovered the top 10 most romantic flowers of all – and the secret symbolic meanings behind these beautiful blooms. We give flowers to show both intimate and platonic love, and in both happiness and sympathy.
Flowers are a big part of grand celebrations of love like weddings, and the flower/love motif is ever present in literature and art: think Robert Jordan writing ‘’You have made a place in my heart where I thought there was no room for anything else.
Floral arrangers are artists, she said, and they'll express your information through color, type, texture and design. If you've been buying flowers for years, tell your floral specialist about what has worked and what hasn't. Hey, a philodendron is always nice, too."Flowers die. I can see her point: Even those who are vigilant in changing the water and trimming stems every day or two will still be confronted with flowers' mortality.
Kyndal Smith, an interior designer who often incorporates walls of plants in her layouts, recommended low-light-loving foliage for their air-purifying and mood-enhancing benefits.
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But seriously, aside from the I-don't-need-these-things-to-feel-beautiful women, one cannot deny the role that flowers play in the picture. Though we love the idea of a forever kind of love, we still like the idea that you can give us something ephemeral and exciting.
Here's why: Some guys think that giving flowers is pointless because the flowers will eventually die. Even if it seems that your money is being put to waste, it's nice to know you spent it on something that will yield a guaranteed smile from us.
Dating in college is supposed to be sophisticated coffee dates at the local Starbucks, casual sushi dates full of get-to-know-you questions, late night adventures around campus full of deep conversations. Is this not what every chick flick and popular romance novel has taught us?
Dating in college is not [typically] any of those things.
We don't need to receive flowers daily, so on the special occasions when you take the floral plunge, buy the best, freshest, most fragrant arrangement. I know it may seem unproductive to you, but many of us like looking at the flowers on our bedside table, on our work desk or in the living room.