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A floral gift this year could mean more than you might imagine

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Opinion: We have a week to think about who in our circle of relationships could really appreciate a flower gift.

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Brian Minter

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February 03, 2021 • • February 3, 2021 • • Read for 4 minutes • • Join the conversation Mixed bouquets are an excellent option for color and are inexpensive. Mixed bouquets are an excellent option for color and are inexpensive. Photo by Minter Country Garden /.PNG

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If you take a moment to contemplate the enormity of the harsh new realities created around the world by a microscopic virus, it is quite sobering. So many things have changed, such as interactions with family, friends, co-workers, and distant acquaintances.

How we celebrate traditional events is also different. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, people decide to mark the occasion in a distinctly new way. It is less about romance and more about the appreciation of those in our circle of relationships, especially those who live alone. anyone isolated due to COVID-19; People who are in difficult situations for a number of reasons; Front line people in the medical field; and employees who work in retail to provide daily services that we often take for granted. Any appreciation or appreciation, such as an uplifting email, card, small gift, or simply a heartfelt thank you, can give these individuals a much-needed boost during these challenging times.

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I think many of us overlook or underestimate the strong connection between people and flowers and plants and how that relationship can have a significant impact on us.

Mixed bouquets are an excellent option for color and are inexpensive. Mixed bouquets are an excellent option for color and are inexpensive. Photo by Minter Country Garden /.PNG

Science is discovering new and important relationships between plants and humans, and here are four points that emerged from Dr. Jeannette Haviland-Jones of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, summarized:

• Flowers have a direct effect on happiness. Study participants showed true or excited smiles when receiving flowers and showed extraordinary joy and gratitude. This response was universal and occurred in all age groups.

• Flowers have a long-term positive effect on mood. Study participants said they felt less depressed, anxious, and agitated after receiving the flowers, and showed greater feelings of joy and satisfaction with life.

Orchids are exquisite and very long-lived. Orchids are exquisite and very long-lived. Photo by Minter Country Garden /.PNG

• Flowers create close connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

• Flowers are a symbol to share. The study looked at where people displayed flowers in their homes. Upon receipt, arrangements have been made in areas of the house that are open to visitors – such as foyers, living rooms, and dining rooms – suggesting that flowers make a space more welcoming and create a shared atmosphere.

Roses, with their long, celebrated history, are a great example of this strong bond. They are valued for their beauty and perfume and have been grown in East Asia for over 5,000 years. Many of today’s antique roses had their origins in the Middle East. It was not until the early 19th century that rose breeding began in Europe in earnest, which led to the descent of today’s hybrids.

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The heart-shaped flowers of anthurium are an excellent choice for Valentine's Day. The heart-shaped flowers of anthurium are an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. Photo by Minter Country Garden /.PNG

The symbolism of rose colors, which has long been associated with human emotions, has changed over the years. Today’s consensus, however, is: red stands for passion; Yellow, happiness and friendship; Pink, appreciation; and white, purity and innocence.

The strong global demand for Valentine roses is driving prices higher, and there are even more problems this year. The pandemic is challenging South American producers, and the current restricted airline flights are exacerbating import problems. However, rose wholesalers assure us that there will be sufficient availability. In BC we have some local growers who do a great job. If you want to give roses as a gift for Valentine’s Day, remember that even one or three roses will be appreciated. However, order early.

There are many other wonderful flower options, and most are grown locally in BC Cut. Cymbidium orchid stems are elegant and last longer than virtually any other flower. It’s hard to find the perfume of oriental lilies, which come in many colors from pure white to all shades of pink and red.

While stocks aren’t particularly durable, they have a lovely scent and make a nice addition to mixed bouquets. Freesias have a nice scent too, but this year the supply will be a bit limited. Hyacinths as cut flowers are something relatively new and are available in pure white, blue and pink tones and even red. They have a special way of filling a room with fragrance.

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Mixed bouquets of alstroemeria, gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums, and carnations are popular for their artistic beauty and lasting elegance. Today, tulips have become one of the most sought-after cut flowers. They come in a wide variety of colors and are very inexpensive. We are fortunate to have excellent tulip growers in BC

Tropical houseplants are certainly on trend, and flowering tropics are a big part of that concern. Beautiful, easy-care anthuriums are among the most beautiful flowering plants. From traditional red to pure white, pink, burgundy, lavender, and orange, their heart-shaped blooms are so apt for this time of year. A new variety called “Livium” has stunning red and white flowers and has won several awards in Europe.

As with other plants, azaleas, cyclamen, begonias, and kalanchos are abundant. Potted miniature roses have also become a favorite for Valentine’s Day. Bred for indoor use, they come in a variety of colors. As soon as spring comes, you can look for flowers in the garden all summer. The only fragrant mini rose, a pink variety of Kordes in Germany called “RosAroma”, is one of today’s “beauties” – it can be a little hard to find, but it’s out there.

While indoor conditions for succulents aren’t the best at this time of year, hardy strains like haworthias, jade, and aloe veras do well. Two philodendrons, ‘Swiss Cheese’ and P. birkin, are also great gifts for Valentine’s Day.

For smaller gifts, there are many locally grown options, such as exciting new perennials like ‘coco’ primroses, double-flowered ranunculus, and lots of pot onions, which are highly valued as table or windowsill charmers. Miniature cyclamens, azaleas, and kalanchoes in tiny pots are inexpensive and cheerful.

We have a week to think about who in our circle of relationships really appreciates a flower gift. This year, especially other years, it could mean more than you can imagine and it could really brighten a person’s mood.

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