With Father’s Day looming ahead, you might be wondering what to get to express your love and appreciation for your dad. Unlike mothers, fathers don’t usually inspire gifts of flowers. But even macho dads might welcome such a gift if you could explain to them the message that you’ve endeavored to convey through your strategic choice of the individual flowers making up the bouquet. And if your dad is in a creative field, like mine is, he may appreciate the ephemeral beauty of a gift of flowers, too! As the old saying goes, it’s the thought that counts: and a bouquet of flowers filled with traditional meanings is more than just a thought.
When looking at meanings for flowers, don’t forget about the foliage! Foliage doesn’t always have a separate meaning from it’s flower, but if the flower meaning is apropos, than you can apply it to the foliage as well. Gardenias, for example, have amongst their many meanings one that is specifically geared towards men, “good luck to a man.” To give your dad that masculine “good luck” message, as well as letting him know that he is splendid, that you esteem him, that you are grateful for his lasting friendship with you and to recognize the strong bond of affection between you, choose gardenia foliage, freesia, sunflowers, bupleurum and stock. Sunflowers also stand for power, and even as adults, many children still think of their fathers as the most powerful men on earth!
There are a wide range of flowers that would be appropriate for an arrangement for dad, such as ginger, which can stand for strength, or gladiolus, which can mean “strength of character.” Whatever you choose for your father, don’t forget to tell him about the message behind the flowers- because that’s where the true meaning of the gift lies!
CREDITS | Photography by Bonnie Tsang | Floral Styling + Text by Lauryl Lane | Graphic Design by MaeMae Paperie| Location at Palihouse, West Hollywood | Floral meaning resources: Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers, Wikipedia Language of Flowers, FlowerMeaning.org.