No special occasion should be without flowers. There really is a flower for every occasion. Recently becoming a dad to my son Jesse, I am becoming an expert in what flowers are perfect for his big days.
Perfect for a baby shower
Starting with the perfect flowers for the perfect baby shower. In recent years baby showers have become more popular in England and have travelled across the pond as another excuse to have a party and celebrate having a baby.
Soft, light and delicate flowers work wonderfully for this type of celebration as they represent the tiny, precious miracle that is the birth of a little baby.
A real favourite for lots of occasions but perfect for a baby shower are peonies. And to avoid the ‘blue is for boys and pink is for girls’ argument I suggest cream coloured peonies are the perfect boy/girl flower compromise. The Chinese name for peony even translates to ‘most beautiful’ which of course, every baby is. The best time for British peonies is in the months of May – July.
There are no two ways about it, peonies are particularly popular and for good reason. Just look at their efflorescence of floral, ornate beauty. Aaaaand, they’ll go perfectly with the smashed avocado on sourdough being handed around. They are also very photographic, great for capturing those special memories.
Another flower which is just right for a baby shower is gypsophila or more commonly known as ‘Babies breath’. Other than its perfectly apt name it really is a beautiful flower for the day. Whimsical and delicate, it looks lovely as a big bunch in a tall vase.
Blooms for birth and Birthdays
The arrival of a baby is a time to celebrate, and what better way to mark this momentous occasion by sending flowers! Welcome the new little person into the world with some beautiful blooms. Celebrate one of natures greatest wonders with more of natures wonders.
What are the best flowers to give for the birth of a little baby?
Roses – Partners often give roses after the arrival of a new baby as they express appreciation, love and devotion.
Daffodils – Nothing represents a new birth quite like daffodils. They represent Spring and the new start of life. Of course, there are special birth flowers dedicated to each month of the year. Many people send the flower of the baby’s birth to welcome the little one into the world or to give them on their birthday.
January – Carnation or Snowdrop
February – Violet or Primrose
March – Daffodil or Jonquil
April – Daisy or Sweetpea
May – Lily of the Valley or Hawthorn
June – Rose or Honeysuckle
July – Larkspur or Water Lily
August – Gladioli or Poppy
September – Aster
October – Calendulas or Cosmos
November – Chrysanthemum
December – Narcissus or Holly
Christening and Baptism flowers
White flowers are usually the traditional route for christening flowers as the colour represents purity. To make the special day bloom I suggest ‘Magnum’ blooms, ‘Avalanche’ roses and ‘Rosita white’ lisianthus as three main flowers. Accompanied with lots of lovely foliage of course but these two flowers are perfect for filling up window and aisle spaces in the church. They are also real showstoppers when they open up.
Chrysanthemums generally symbolize longevity, fidelity, joy and optimism, whilst lisianthus symbolises appreciation, gratitude and charisma. Roses represent a different thing depending on the colour, but white is a pretty safe bet representing true love. Perfect for a new born baby!
First day at school
The day every parent dreads… the day their baby is about to start their first day at school! Where did the time go? How did that happen? Do they really need to start school now? Can’t I just keep them at home for a few more years? Meanwhile your child has been waiting in the car since the crack of dawn talking about all the friends they are going to make.
So which flower goes well for this big, big day? I recommend a single sweet pea. Not only are they representational for your little sweet pea but they also mean ‘good luck’. So with a little sweet pea you can send them off to the playground to wish them luck on their first day at school while you hide behind your tissues holding back the tears.
So there we go, a few ideas on flower selection for a few very important days. They grow up so fast so it’s important to remember the special moments with some lovely special flowers.
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