Gifts That Speak
by Carole McCray
Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used herbs and flowers as floral symbols and
conveyors of messages. An
admiring maiden might have stitched a sprig of thyme for “courage” on a
cloth resembling a handkerchief and presented it to her brave knight.
Shakespeare used flowers extensively to convey special sentiments in
his plays and sonnets. The
practice became popular during the Victorian Era and was known as
florigraphy, the language of flowers. In
lieu of a greeting card or ready-made gift that are sometimes not specific
enough or very unique, give a garden gift with a message.
You will find flowers, herbs, trees or shrubs at your Growise Center
to help you express your special sentiments to someone.
Create a floral message to MARK SPECIAL HOLIDAYS
remember Mom, a grandmother, special aunt or godmother.
Dad, a grandfather, favorite uncle or godfather who enjoys cooking.
a terracotta planter or multi-pocketed strawberry barrel with these herbs
Celebrate a Wedding, Wedding
Anniversary or Engagement,
fill a hanging basket with some of these plants.
love; fidelity; marriage
Ivy Geranium—bridal favor
Verbena x hybrida— enchantment
Sweet Alyssum—worth beyond beauty
herbs in a window box container or large terracotta pot.
a Newborn’s Arrival
Growise Center has a wide selection of containers—some suitable as
and Peppermint—warmth of feeling
Oak leaf scented geranium—true
Peppermint scented geranium—cordial feelings
Strawberry scented geranium—gentle goodness
Rose scented geranium—preference
Scented geranium, Grey—recall
Camomile—may all your wishes come true
a collection of lavenders in a large container or fill it with an assortment
of scented geraniums. Mints
should be in different pots as they spread rapidly.
(Bee Balm, Monarda)—compassion;
share your sentiments
are in my thoughts
Get Well Wishes
Camomile—energy in adversity
ASSOCIATED WITH SHRUBS AND TREES:
Arborvitae—tree of life
Cherry tree—good education
wishes; domestic happiness
emotions of love
and friendship; yellow
- joy and gladness; burgundy—appreciation
include a card to the recipient to explain the meaning of the flowers or
plants in your gift.
housewarming, new job, graduation, a friend moving away or the loss of a pet
are other ideas. Visit your
Growise Center to select flowers, herbs or trees to convey your special
message. Your unique gift will
speak a language of its own.
Anniversary or Happy Mother’s Day or Happy Birthday