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A Guy's Guide to Flowers

For the man who thinks "it's a jungle out there" when it comes to buying flowers, these simple tips will pave the way:

Couple holding a bouquet of flowers.

Be Spontaneous

Women may be used to receiving flowers on birthdays and anniversaries. They may even quickly notice the absence of flowers on these occasions. But flowers given for no reason other than "I was thinking of you today" make a huge impact because they are unexpected.

Get More Bloom for the Buck

In a classic case of supply and demand, the price of roses peaks on Valentine's Day. Roses are a great value during the summer months --all the more reason to give them spontaneously!

Don't Overlook Anyone

A bouquet can express a range of feelings -- from romantic to friendly or something in between. Your wife or significant other will love to receive a surprise gift of flowers. So will your mother, daughter, sister and female friends.

Flowers Don't Have to Mean Commitment

Relax, guys...women know that sometimes an arrangement simply means you care.

Try Something New

Women are keenly aware of the multitude of floral varieties and are eager to see new specimens first-hand. Giving roses of unusual hue or an arrangement of mixed flowers demonstrates an awareness of color and an understanding of botany that will not go unnoticed.

Flowers are NEVER Boring

Because of their infinite diversity and unique appeal, flowers can be given time and time again without losing their "specialness." Each new floral arrangement is a fresh and individual declaration of appreciation, reflecting positively on your imagination and thoughtfulness.

Get "Professional Help"

Selecting flowers may be a
bewildering experience for the uninitiated man. Fortunately, help is available: your floral consultant can create an affordable and personalized flower arrangement that will match both your sentiment (light or serious) and her personality.

Be Prepared

When calling your florist, have the name of the woman you are surprising, her delivery address and phone number, and method of payment ready. If you're not sure what you want to order, now's the time to ask for ideas. Don't worry, your floral consultant will walk you through the process...that's why they are there!

A Gift of Flowers Goes a Long Way

Every woman remembers the last time she got flowers. Just as you never forgot the first time a woman other than your mom served you a home-cooked meal, she'll treasure this gesture forever.

We'd like to thank our friends at the Society of the American Florists for the above information