Knowing the right kind of flowers to deliver for different occasions is important — you’d hate to offend someone by sending the wrong flower to a funeral or a wedding. Since most of us aren’t certified florists or floral arrangers, we depend on flower shop employees to help us pick flowers to deliver. Want a handy guide that shows which flowers to deliver to which occasion?
Seasonal flowers are best for weddings. Select light colored and more delicate flowers at spring time, and darker, richly colored flowers in the fall or winter.
Picking anniversary flowers is tough — it is best to know the kind of flowers the receiver wants. Pick seasonal flowers combined with a fruit basket. Matching a flower to the receiver’s personality, and adding your own special touch, are key to pulling off anniversary flowers.
Yellow roses always mean “friendship.”
Roses are traditional, but you don’t have to buy red. Consider sending a group of roses of different shades, like red, bright white, or yellow.
Think Dad doesn’t want flowers on his special day? Think again. A big bouquet of strong and beautiful tropical flowers is perfect.
We know Mom wants flowers on Mother’s Day — send carnations, scented narcissi, or lily of the valley.
Brightly colored flowers are the best way to greet a new baby.
The best Turkey Day flowers are Chrysanthemums, but any of the following will work: gerbera daisies, roses, carnations, alstroemeria, lilies, wheat, solidago, monte casino, marigolds.
It can be difficult to find good Halloween flowers, so consider combining a small Jack o Lantern with a simple flower bouquet.
Bright and colorful flowers are best on birthdays. If you know the receiver’s favorite flower, send a bouquet of those.
There are some traditional Christmas flowers, including holly with green leaves and red berries, poinsettia plants with red or white flowers, and even Christmas cacti with green leaves and pink flowers.
Traditionally, White Zantedeschia aethiopica (also known as Calla Lily), a bouquet of white Roses, a trio of standard white Carnations, or lime green Euphorbia robbiae are the flower for Easter.
Funerals or other occasions for sympathy call for gladiolas, white Carnations, or white Daisies.
When you want to put a smile on someone’s face, send them a surprise bouquet. Send an assortment of traditional flowers such as chrysanthemum, mini carnations, and greenery.
Check with the hospital beforehand to make sure they don’t have restrictions on flowers. Otherwise, send bright flowers, red or yellow, in a pretty vase.
To beautify someone’s home, send them something simple and elegant. A large bunch of fresh seasonal flowers in a pretty vase makes an elegant housewarming gift.
There are two traditional flower gifts at graduation time — lilies of different colors combined in a bouquet, or a combo of red, yellow, and blue flowers of any type.
Will Roby contributes articles about flowers to deliver and other topics at the AskDeb.com questions and answers blog.
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Which Flowers to Deliver by Steve