From daisies to roses, pick­ing per­fect flow­ers for In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day

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Chicago Sun-Times - - SUBURBAN BEAT - By Lou Car­lozo

Aside from pre­par­ing us for the prom­ise of spring, March also marks a spe­cial time to honor all the spe­cial women around us: In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. Set this year for Tues­day, March 8, this in­ter­na­tional cel­e­bra­tion knows no bor­ders of ge­og­ra­phy, eth­nic­ity or age. And to be sure, the oc­ca­sion in­spires gifts of grat­i­tude for the wives, sis­ters, lead­ers and fe­male friends who shine a light and make a dif­fer­ence.

Yet of all the tributes pos­si­ble, noth­ing will cel­e­brate fe­male life and love quite like the gift of beau­ti­ful, artist-de­signed flow­ers.

Giv­ing flow­ers has al­ways rep­re­sented an ideal way to make a kind ges­ture or ex­press warm feel­ings. But given how it em­braces so many women, In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day of­fers ev­ery­one a chance to get cre­ative when they be­stow a bou­quet or ar­range­ment, says An­drea An­cel, lead flo­ral de­signer for FTD.

“There are so many ways and col­ors and va­ri­eties to com­bine, but a few are es­pe­cially mean­ing­ful for In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day,” An­cel says. “We’re al­ways fol­low­ing the trends and stay­ing in touch with sea­sonal avail­abil­ity. We are very mind­ful of who th­ese bou­quets go out to.”

Start with what you know about a re­mark­able per­son in your life. “Hy­drangea is one of my mother’s fa­vorites, so I love to send some­thing with hy­drangea to her,” An­cel says. “The col­ors are so soft and rem­i­nis­cent of a gar­den, there’s a rea­son why it’s com­fort­ing.” An­other com­fort flower, she adds, is lady’s man­tle.

You’ll also want to con­sider how the flower cor­re­sponds to the woman’s out­stand­ing at­tributes. “The Ger­bera daisy is very cheer­ful,” An­cel notes. “They have an in­no­cent qual­ity to them and they cer­tainly make peo­ple smile.” So if the re­cip­i­ent never fails to lift you up, it’s the right flower for giv­ing some ra­di­ance back.

If it’s joy you’re af­ter, think yel­low roses—a flower that’s con­nected to true friend­ship.

Alstroemeria, a lily-type flower, has a long-stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with friend­ship and de­vo­tion. “It has so many flow­ers and mul­ti­ple bloom son it and so much longevity ,” An­cel points out. “They’re all about friend­ship and be­cause they’re so long last­ing, they’re ideal for a longterm friend.”

And if you’re a hus­band thought­fully thank­ing the woman who stands by you through thick and thin? An­cel says you’ll never go wrong with roses, though plenty of other flow­ers will also make her heart leap.

“I’d pick some­thing they love to grow in their gar­den that isn’t yet in sea­son,” she ad­vises. Sun­flow­ers, like mar­jo­ram, are also as­so­ci­ated with hap­pi­ness: “They open up to the sun. They’re so amaz­ing and unique—and they would cer­tainly re­mind her that sum­mer is not too far off.”

With ar­range­ments, mix­ing sev­eral kinds of flow­ers calls for a sim­ple-yet-strik­ing lineup. “Pinks and co­rals make for more of a monochro­matic bou­quet that’s so­phis­ti­cated but has a great sense of color,” An­cel notes. “A bou­quet with roses, tulips and stock has beauty and fra­grance, and is gen­tly crafted in terms of the color pal­ette.”

No mat­ter the mean­ing­ful mes­sage you want your present to con­vey on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, the flo­ral and gift­ing com­pany you choose to help with that task makes all the dif­fer­ence.

For the past 106 years, FTD has de­liv­ered hand­crafted, artist-de­signed flo­ral bou­quets and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice, which has built the FTD brand to the trusted, premier flo­ral and gift­ing com­pany. Their mis­sion is to not only to of­fer great gift­ing so­lu­tions, but also to re­claim the spirit of cel­e­brat­ing one an­other and life’s most spe­cial mo­ments.

An­drea An­cel, Lead Flo­ral De­signer for FTD Com­paines.

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