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Say it with Flowers: The Perfect Way to Say Thank You

November 24, 2023
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Flowers have been the universal language of love, gratitude, and appreciation for centuries. They're like the emojis of the natural world, each bloom expressing a different sentiment. When words fail you, or you simply want to add a touch of elegance to your message, saying it with flowers is the way to go. But how do you choose the right bouquet to say 'Thank You'? Fear not, dear reader, for we are about to embark on a floral journey that will turn you into a veritable botanic bard.

Understanding the Language of Flowers

Before we dive into the specifics of saying thank you with flowers, it's essential to understand the language of flowers, also known as floriography. This is a means of cryptological communication through the use or arrangement of flowers. It's like Morse code, but with petals and stems instead of dots and dashes.

Each flower has its own meaning, and these meanings can change based on the flower's color. For example, a red rose symbolizes love, while a yellow rose symbolizes friendship. It's a bit like high school, where wearing different colors on different days meant different things. Remember those days? No? Just me then. Moving on.

The Meaning of Common Flowers

Let's look at some common flowers and their meanings. Roses, as mentioned, symbolize love, but they can also represent confidentiality. The term 'sub rosa', meaning 'under the rose', comes from the ancient Roman practice of hanging a rose over a meeting place as a symbol of secrecy. So, if you're planning a surprise party, roses are a good choice.

Daisies symbolize innocence and purity, making them a good choice for a child's thank you gift. Tulips represent perfect love and are a great way to say 'I love you'. So, if you're thanking your significant other, tulips are a good bet. Unless they're allergic, in which case, maybe stick to chocolates.

Choosing the Right Bouquet

Now that we've covered the basics of floriography, let's move on to choosing the right bouquet. This is where things get interesting. And by interesting, I mean potentially confusing. But don't worry, I'm here to guide you through it.

The first thing to consider is the recipient's preferences. Do they have a favorite flower or color? If so, that's a good place to start. If not, consider their personality. Are they bold and outgoing? Choose bright, vibrant flowers. Are they more reserved? Opt for softer, pastel colors.

Consider the Occasion

Next, consider the occasion. Are you saying thank you for a specific act or just expressing general gratitude? If it's the former, choose flowers that reflect the act. For example, if you're thanking someone for their help during a difficult time, choose flowers that symbolize strength and resilience, like gladioli or sunflowers.

If you're expressing general gratitude, opt for flowers that symbolize appreciation and thanks, like hydrangeas or pink roses. And remember, it's the thought that counts. Unless the thought is 'I picked these up at the gas station on the way over'. In which case, maybe rethink that.

How to Present Your Bouquet

So, you've chosen your flowers and you're ready to present your bouquet. But wait! There's more to it than just handing over the flowers. The presentation is just as important as the flowers themselves. It's like wrapping a gift. You wouldn't just hand someone a naked gift, would you? No, you'd wrap it up nice and pretty. The same goes for flowers.

First, consider the wrapping. This should complement the flowers, not detract from them. Choose a color that matches or contrasts nicely with the flowers. And remember, less is more. You want the flowers to be the star of the show, not the wrapping.

Add a Personal Touch

Next, consider adding a personal touch. This could be a handwritten note, a ribbon in their favorite color, or even a small trinket or charm. This shows that you've put thought and effort into the gift, and it makes it that much more special. It's like the cherry on top of a sundae. Sure, you could have the sundae without it, but it just wouldn't be the same.

Finally, consider the delivery. Will you present the flowers in person, or have them delivered? If the latter, make sure to choose a reliable delivery service. You don't want your beautiful bouquet ending up in the wrong hands, or worse, in a puddle on the sidewalk.


What flowers are best for saying thank you?

Hydrangeas and pink roses are traditional choices for saying thank you, but any flower can be used to express gratitude. The important thing is to choose flowers that the recipient will love.

Can I mix different types of flowers in a bouquet?

Absolutely! Mixing different types of flowers can create a visually stunning bouquet. Just make sure the flowers have compatible care needs, or some may wilt before others.

How do I care for a bouquet?

To keep a bouquet fresh, trim the stems at an angle, remove any leaves that will be below the water line, and change the water every two days. Also, keep the bouquet out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.


Saying thank you with flowers is a timeless tradition that never goes out of style. Whether you're expressing gratitude for a specific act or just showing appreciation for someone's presence in your life, a well-chosen bouquet can convey your message beautifully. So why not say it with flowers? After all, as the old saying goes, 'flowers speak louder than words'.

And remember, the most important thing is the sentiment behind the gift. As long as your gift comes from the heart, it's sure to be appreciated. Now, go forth and spread some floral joy!

About me
Liz Walker
Liz Walker
Hey there! I am Liz, a dedicated gardener and nature enthusiast with over two decades of hands-on experience.
Through my articles, I share insights ranging from organic pest control to creating stunning garden designs.
My aim is to inspire you with the joys of gardening, providing practical advice that makes nurturing your green space both fulfilling and enjoyable.
More about Liz
Liz Walker
Liz Walker
Hey there!

I am Liz, the founder of MyAeroGardening. 
Through my articles, I share insights ranging from organic pest control to creating stunning garden designs.
My aim is to inspire you with the joys of gardening, providing practical advice that makes nurturing your green space both fulfilling and enjoyable.
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