Superstitions. As the saying goes One for sorrow, Two for joy.

Superstitions extend to flowers to some degree. When hospitals allowed fresh flowers for patients, nurses often separated red flowers from white in different vases. The superstitions surrounding red flowers signifying blood & white flowers bandages.

Two Magpies. One for Sorrow Two for Joy

Two Magpies. One for Sorrow Two for Joy

When discussing floral choices for bouquets or table centres, its not my role to list any negative folklore, but I will often ask if there is anything a definite no-no.

Of course favourite flowers, themes & colours are what its all about, especially for the person holding the event. If anything, the opposite can occur when for something perceived different – the vibrant clashing colours of pink & orange that work so well a great aunt chose for her birthday party flowers. Her niece giggled with delight at how, when her great aunt worked at a florist some years ago, she said such colours would never be put together!

Lilac, Superstitions behind this beauty with bringing stems inside.

Lilac, Superstitions behind this beauty with bringing stems inside.

Lilac, such a beautiful tree, shrub & cut flower. A recent bride carried a glorious naturally scented deep purple lilac bouquet. Conversely, for some, & sometimes the older generation; will not have it in the house because of its associations with bad luck, even death. The same is said of snowdrops, to bring them into the house allegedly signals impending death. Country stories that have evolved to modern day superstitions possibly, but if they matter; then they absolutely matter.

Beautiful snowdrops, some prefer them left outdoors.

Beautiful snowdrops, some prefer them left outdoors.

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Lovely classic bridal colours of red and white with huge splashes of orange. Colours that worked perfectly for the day, the time of year & were complimented by all generations.

All subjective really I suppose and what I say to people who come and talk to me about the flowers they are planning, whatever pleases you then that is all that matters.