By: Susan Erler | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: February 2010
Owner Sheri McLaughlin holds an example of Art in Bloom’s Valentine’s Day bouquets.
What would the most romantic and heartfelt day of the year be without flowers? Flowers convey the sender’s innermost feelings, so choosing the perfect arrangement can be confusing and stressful. But, it need not be. Art in Bloom, located at 12806 E. 86th St. N. in Owasso, takes great pride in helping guide customers to a floral gift that says exactly what the sender intends it to say.
“Every flower has a meaning, and each color has one too,” explains owner Sheri McLaughlin. The most popular flowers ordered from her shop include roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, Stargazer lilies, tulips and Gerber daisies. “Carnations, for instance, have a history that dates back more than 2,000 years. It is not surprising that they are rich with symbolism, mythology, and even debate,” says Sheri. Some believe that their name comes from the word “coronation” because of the extensive use of this flower in Greek ceremonial crowns. Others propose that it is derived from the Latin word “canis,” referring to its original pinkish hue. Of course, carnations have now become one of the most popular Valentine’s Day flowers and come in a wide variety of colors.
Chrysanthemums are another flower that has a history filled with stories and symbolism. Named from the Greek prefix “chrys-,” meaning golden (its original color), and “-anthemum,” meaning flower, years of artful cultivation have produced colors ranging from white to purple to red. Daisy-like and typically with a yellow center, chrysanthemums symbolize optimism and joy.
Tulips are another extremely popular Valentine’s Day flower. “I think that is partly because you can’t find tulips at this time of year,” states Sheri. Originally from Persia and Turkey, in the 16th century tulips were brought to Europe, where they got their common name from the Turkish word “gauze.” Although different tulip colors carry distinct meaning – yellow tulips symbolizing cheerful thoughts, white conveying forgiveness and purple representing royalty – tulips are best known for their popularity in the Netherlands.
Then there is the most popular and well-known Valentine’s Day flower, the rose. Long a symbol of love and passion, the ancient Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus, goddesses of love. Used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words, they also represent confidentiality. In fact, the Latin expression “subrosa” (literally under the rose) means something told in secret. In ancient Rome, a wild rose was placed on the door to a room where confidential matters were discussed.
Each color of rose offers a distinct meaning: red, the lovers’ rose, signifies enduring passion; white means humility and innocence; yellow expresses friendship and joy; pink stands for gratitude, appreciation and admiration; orange shows enthusiasm and desire; and lilac and purple roses represent enchantment and love at first sight.
“You can’t go wrong whatever color you choose,” laughs Sheri. “Everyone who receives an unexpected bouquet of flowers feels special and loved. This is truly the best job ever!”
Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Sunday. This will pose no problem for Art in Bloom customers though. They will be open both Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th. One suggestion Sheri makes is to place your order early and have them delivered the week prior to Valentine’s Day. “Part of the excitement in receiving flowers is showing them off,” says Sheri. “If you send them to your sweetheart’s workplace, they will love being able to show them off to co-workers.”
Flowers are not the only gift that Art in Bloom offers. Plush animals, mylar balloons, and potted flowering plants are additional ideas for those wishing to send a heartfelt sentiment. Cost shouldn’t be a deterrent either. Art in Bloom offers gifts and flowers as low as $10 – that should fit nearly any budget. Another great idea for those wanting to give their love roses is the “come in and carry out” option. Customers can come by either Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and pick up a dozen roses at a great price for a time-honored Valentine’s gift.
To place your order, call Sheri at (918) 274-8800 and have a wonderful, fun and romantic Valentine’s Day!