Spring florals aren’t just for Mother’s Day. We’re here to show you why the newest 2021 trend is the well-being bouquet.
We often think of flowers as a gift for a special occasion like Easter, a birthday or (back when we had parties) a housewarming gift. But flowers can brighten any day and in pandemic times, a brighter day is something we all can use. There’s actually science behind this. Did you know flowers and plants can boost your emotional and physical health? It makes sense if you think about it. How do you feel when you get flowers? Excited, happy, loved, grateful and connected, right?
Don’t just take it from us though; floral shop Fiori Oakville said that deliveries have doubled since the pandemic! You can really spread the joy when you gift flowers to someone you care about and because of that there is a trend emerging: the well-being bouquet. The well-being bouquet is an anytime gift of flowers that has meaning, and the flowers and greenery you choose can represent different things and provide unique emotional and physical health benefits.
The first thing you should consider when creating a well-being bouquet is what colour flowers you want to use. Take into account who you’re making the basket for, and incorporate colours that they like, or that will fit well with their home décor. If you need some help with colour theory (don’t we all), here’s a quick cheat sheet:
- Lavender: A great pop of purple and the benefit of calming aromatherapy for someone in need of relaxation – great for a hard-working student
- Daffodils: Fresh whites and yellows, symbolizes new beginnings
- Purple hyacinth: A deep purple that can range from bright and vibrant to a deep midnight colour. It’s also known as the “please forgive me flower” – in case you owe someone an apology
- Dahlias: Vibrant reds, yellows and pinks, which symbolize dignity and pomp – great for graduation or new job
- Lilies: These have different meanings based on colours. White is purity, yellow is gratitude and pink is prosperity
- Chrysanthemums: Not only are these multi-coloured beauties versatile, they can also be air purifying. You can literally clean the air for a friend by sending them a well-being bouquet that includes these blooms!
There are so many options when it comes to flowers, so how do we know which one’s to put together to create a nice bouquet – and to avoid an overwhelming bushel of random flowers? Creating a bouquet is a lot less intimidating if you follow a few simple rules. First, it’s important to know that this year, florists are experiencing the same issues of product availability as other industries, so the selection may be different. A lot of flowers come on flights from other countries, and the lower amount of air traffic this past year has meant less flower deliveries.
For making your arrangement, think about the texture of the flowers and greenery and consider the surface you’re placing your bouquet on. You want the bouquet to be well balanced and stable. You also want to consider what the arrangement looks like from all angles. One good view won’t make up for 10 bad ones!
Have you put some thought into your arrangement now? Good! Here’s what to do next:
- Choose Your Vase – Vase selection is very important to the end product of your bouquet. A vase that’s too tall and skinny will create a column of flowers, and a too-shallow container will make your blooms droop.
- Know How You’ll Secure Your Flowers – You want stability and form for your bouquet. You can use floral foam or chicken wire inside the vase and tape a grid across the top to help.
- Greenery – For a spring arrangement like this, it’s nice to add greenery first, and build your flowers out as adornments to a green base.
- Accent Flowers – The long-stemmed, interesting flowers that you’ve chosen will be used as accents to your piece. Use them sparingly so that they stay as an accent and not a staple!
- Large Flowers – Take the largest flowers that you’ve bought and use them to fill in any glaring gaps in your arrangement. This can be a great way to ensure your arrangement looks full and bountiful!
- Filler Flowers – Take the smaller flowers and use them to finish off your bouquet.
- Bonus – A great tip is to use a lazy Susan to turn the bouquet as you’re building it. This helps you check that your bouquet is balanced on all sides.
Don’t you feel better already? Hopefully whoever you give this bouquet to will as well!
Join the conversation