Stop and Smell the Flowers

I have been a little stressed the past few days.  And then sitting on our dining table, I glanced and noticed the bunch of yellow chrysanthemums sitting pretty by the window, as though smiling at me.  We’re abuzz with things to do, busy bees hopping from one flower to another, laboring for nectar, and we forget to just stop and smell the flowers!  According to a recent Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital study, people who made a point of looking at flowers first thing in the morning reported feeling cheerier and even more energetic throughout the day. More than the pretty petals, flowers do have distinct sensory qualities that have beenproven to awaken and rejuvenate, relax and brighten moods, and lift your spirits.  Rutgers University behavioral studies have proven that flowers provide a simple way to improve emotional health – that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.  Red roses and orange daisies for example, are known for awakening the senses, and increasing energy.  Men have known these for centuries.  No wonder they troop to the nearest flower shop as soon as wife or girlfriend is fuming mad.  All they have to do is show up with a bundle of red roses and all hate melts away.

Dr. Leatrice Eiseman has developed a Color Palette for flowers and emotions.  She says: “Our response to color is intensely emotional, and flowers can be a catalyst for feelings that stimulate more than just our senses of sight and smell.  An artful floral arrangement has the ability to convey a feeling or create a mood without using words, just color.  ”The following are Eiseman’s five emotional color palettes that are expressed through color combinations in floral arrangements and the flowers that bring them to life.


Nurturing: A true sense of caring is created by a combination of colors that are fragile, soft and tender. Arrangements in pastel shades and the softest yellows, peaches, warm pinks, creamy whit and subtle greens make us feel safe, snug and loved. Consider nurturing floral arrangement for a new mother, a sick friend or a grieving loved one – anyone who would benefit from a caring, loving embrace.
Romantic: A sensation of intimacy, nostalgia and comfort is captured in this color palette, a blend of delicate warm and cool colors with lavenders and pinks at its heart. Romantic arrangements express loving sentiments and admiration to mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, significant others and brides-to-be.
Sensuous: The rich, luxurious color combinations of the sensuous palette set the mood for sophisticated, passionate and even seductive settings. Robust reds and purples, hot pinks and spicy oranges are at the soul of this dynamic floral feeling. Consider a sensuous arrangement for a very special evening or an elegant dinner party – anywhere you want to feel magnetic and extravagant.
Tranquil: Serenity and relaxation are the essence of this color scheme. Its peaceful palette, reminiscent of sky and sea, is dominated by clear, light shades of green, misty blues and other cool hues. A vase of tranquility is perfect for busy moms, harried professionals and those who seek a moment of calm from life’s stressful situations.
Whimsical: Fun-loving, free-spirited, playful feelings are conveyed by the whimsical palette, which is characterized by bold, contrasting colors. Floral arrangements featuring these hues set an upbeat tone and are ideal for birthdays, graduations, promotions and other celebrations.
Feeling loving, passionate, serene or funny today or want to share the emotion?  We just might have the bundle of feelings from our farm!  Visit and send your warm greetings.

2 responses to this post.

  1. my mom would always frequently visit flower shops because she loves fresh flowers on our house ;`’


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