Graduation season is coming and one of the best gifts to give to the incoming graduate is a bouquet of beautiful flowers. The only question is… which flower to choose? There are several choices that flower shops may have to cater your needs. But there are a few ones that are the most popular and best fitting to this occasion. We have listed down the best choices and their hidden meanings – just so you can be guided well on what message to give. This is indeed a momentous event, so you have to make sure to give only the best.
Roses are the most popular and yet still one of the most beautiful and meaningful flowers to give. Little did people know that roses can also be given to other occasions aside from Valentine’s Day. It could mean romantic for lovers but also appreciation for family and friends. If you can’t think of other options, this is the safest bet. If you want to show appreciation and dedication to the graduate, giving them a bouquet of roses will indeed give that message. It is simple yet sophisticated. They show a feeling of love and affection that no other flower does. The different colors of roses also have their own meanings. White roses given to a graduation symbolizes the start of a new journey. Pink roses show happiness that is being shared with the graduate. Yellow roses are given mostly to friends and show strong bond and friendship. Last but not the least, red roses symbolize love and appreciation. You can never go wrong with roses for your graduation bouquet. It is timeless, beautiful, and stands on almost all occasions.
Coming from the Hawaiian tradition, leis are usually given to graduates to show appreciation and admiration. It originated from native Polynesians and other ancient Asians and serves as a depiction of their royalty and ranks. Nowadays, it is still given during graduation ceremonies to show honor and appreciation. They say that the more leis given to a person, the more love is shown to him/her. Some even fills up to the graduate’s head! Leis also have different versions using various flowers. The usual flower used are orchids that are stacked in a string that forms a necklace. Leis are a popular graduation gift not only in Hawaii but in other parts of the globe. It is easy to bring and maintain and can last longer depending on the flower used.
Graduation ceremonies usually happen in springtime, where peonies grow the most abundant. It is usually found in cheerful celebrations like birthday, gatherings, baby showers, and a lot more. In Chinese belief, peonies are known to be the King of Flowers as they symbolize both honor and wealth – a good message to give if you choose to give this as graduation bouquet. Peonies are not only popular in Chinese tradition but also during the Victorian times. They believe that peonies are a symbol of a happy and blissful life. These lush blooms are the perfect flowers if you want to express happiness and give honor to the graduate. They come in many colors which can also match his/her personality.
Carnations are believed to be the “flower of the gods” probably because of their beautiful ruffled shape that looks like no other. They also have a strong floral scent that gives a great impression to the recipient. During medieval times, Romans and Greeks use carnations as garlands to decorate palaces and homes. It is also popular during weddings and anniversaries where they are usually worn as a corsage. Carnations are also versatile as they can also be worn as a boutonniere or be incorporated in a bouquet with a few other filler flowers and greenery. Carnations are usually red, white, or pink with each having their own meanings. Give red carnations if you want to express admiration and love. Choose the white ones to show pure love and concern. If you want to express to someone that you will never forget them, go ahead and buy pink carnations.
Tulips were once considered as the most expensive flower during the 17th Century. As a matter of fact, it is so preciously priced that it costed ten folds the salary of an average worker! Tulips are popular and exported from the Netherlands, however it is believed that they are more abundant in Central Asia. Tulips are very unique and simple. The usual arrangement of tulips in a bouquet is very effortless and requires no elaborate designs or format. If you want to express uniqueness and simplicity to graduate, then tulips are the best bet. They also come in different colors that you can mix and match in a bouquet. Nothing will beat tulips when it comes to minimalism yet with elegance.
Lilies are very versatile and vibrant. They show femininity but also elegance and poise. They were once considered as one of the most famous blooms in the world as they grow all year round. There are also a variety of lilies in the world, each with their own meanings. If you want to express devotion and friendship, the beautiful Peruvian lilies are the perfect fit. The stargazer lilies symbolize wealth and prosperity – a good message if you want to wish fortune to the graduate. Lilies are very beautiful when used in bouquets mixed with other smaller blooms. They also come in vibrant colors that you may match with the personality of the graduate.
Graduation bouquets are indeed on the best gifts you can ever give to a graduate. They are very sophisticated, and they bring meaning unlike other material things. There are several flowers to choose from depending on the flower shops near you and the flower seasons as well. You can never go wrong with the flowers listed above. They will surely make the graduate happy, honored, and well-appreciated.