Hello again butterflies!
In the first part of this blog, we discussed the ways in which plants and flowers heal, feed and keep us, as well as, our wildlife healthy and safe. To continue on, we’ll look at few of the more decorative uses for flowers and plants. Even as ornamental and aesthetic gifts, flowers and plants have a massive impact on the way we think and feel.
Florists aren’t simply handing people flowers. We’re giving someone a message of hope, love and happiness. We’re comforting someone in a time of sorrow. We’re celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and births! Flowers have an emotional and mental impact on the mind and body.
Flowers give a long-term positive effect on the brain and an immediate impact on happiness. Bright flowers will excite and motivate us, while pastel flowers will calm us and provoke deep thought. There have been studies to show that flowers even create intimate connections between people. A home looks more inviting with some beautiful blossoms adorning the table.
At funerals, flowers bring an element of beauty and serenity in a sad time. According to doctors flowers can help reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. This makes flowers a perfect gift for hospital visits, new homes, funerals and even just to cheer a friend up!
Wedding flowers are a long-held tradition. There are various traditions throughout the world. For example, in the Middle East, the bitter herb Artemisia is incorporated into bridal bouquets to ensure that marriages will survive bitterness as well as sweetness. One of our brides requested two loose flowers in her bouquet so that she could remove them at the end of the aisle and give one each to her mother and mother-in-law to symbolize the joining of families.
Lastly, flowers and plants simply LOOK amazing. Whether it be gardening, photography, weddings, funerals or hospitals, flowers always add a brightness to the room and make it more welcoming. In landscaping flowers and plants add depth and interest. They are also great indicators of time and weather. You can tell when a season is near to changing by the flowers that bloom or die and by the plants changing appearance.
Studies say that for the best results in producing clean indoor oxygen, a house should have 4 shoulder height plants per person. With a family of 6, my home would look like a jungle! Even aesthetically though, flowers and plants still affect our health and mind. They can calm and relax us, cheering us up in sad times, but they also stimulate our senses and emotions.
Flowers and plants are incredible!
No matter the occasion, flowers can always brighten someone’s day and celebrate a new life as well as a life well lived. Plants transform our world into a living breathing place where we can see nature’s true colors at work daily.
Until our next adventure~
Westridge Florist Toowoomba
Author: Jessica Schoultz