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The florist and the language of flowers
Who better than a florist can suggest the most suitable flowers for every situation? The purchase of a flower, in fact, does not depend exclusively on economic availability or personal tastes, but also on the person to whom it is destined. The so-called florigraphy, that is to say the language of flowers, represents a real communication tool, widespread since the nineteenth century, for which the floral decorations are donated, given as gifts and used in order to express specific sensations. In short, each flower corresponds to an emotion, to a nuance of the particular language; and so is every color. In short, while red roses correspond to passion, white roses mean chastity and virtue, pink roses imply a deep but not sensual affection and yellow roses represent devotion or friendship. Sunflowers, on the other hand, correspond to respect and haughtiness, the iris indicates a message sent, the daisy is the symbol of purity and innocence. And again, the regard is symbolized by tulips, thoughts from violets, fidelity from a thread of ivy. In reality, the attribution of a precise meaning to plants and flowers dates back to the Middle Ages, a period in which, moreover, each flower was also the bearer of a moral meaning. Since the nineteenth century, then, interest in florigraphy has experienced a veritable explosion, due to the cultural climate of the time based on public communication of feelings. Even today, therefore, every respectable florist knows very well that the adoxa corresponds to fragility, acacia to a secret love and the yarrow to war. If we are given an acanthus flower, we are considered artists; the fir is a symbol of elevation, the maple of privacy and the adonide of suffering memory.
Each flower has its season: mimosa in spring, sunflower in summer, hydrangea in autumn, tulip in winter
But the job of the florist is also to know how to indicate the seasonality of the flowers, bearing in mind that an out-of-season flower has much more chance of withering faster than a seasonal flower. Therefore, the spring, the calla lilies, the peony (more and more requested), the mimosa, the buttercups, the lilacs, the lily of the valley, the anemones, the hydrangeas and the camellia. Typical of the summer months, on the other hand, are sunflowers, dahlias, again camellias and hydrangeas, lavender and sweet pea, whose flowers are shaped like a butterfly and feature pastel, lilac and pink colors. In autumn, however, there are calla lilies and hydrangeas, while winter sees the flowering of hyacinths, buttercups, tulips and amaryllis. Gerberas, roses, carnations, orchids, lilies, lisianthus, gypsophila and freesia are considered flowers for all seasons. Buying a flower out of season generally involves a slightly higher price than the others. Nostalgic roses, in particular, cost much more than normal roses, but the reason is due to their foreign provenance (especially from Germany and England, but sometimes even from Ecuador).
A curiosity not always noticed by all is that from the florist you can also do the shopping for ... cooking. Already, because the flowers can also be used between the stoves. Not only the flowers that we are already used to eating (even though we don't consider them flowers) like artichokes and cauliflower, but also roses, carnations and geraniums. If you don't believe it, try to prepare a pasta dish with the sauce with carnations. It is sufficient to prepare a mixture of carrot, celery and onion, to fry in oil until it reaches the right degree of browning. At this point, you need to combine the petals of three or four carnations, strictly washed under running water and dried carefully, together with some minced meat. The mixture must continue cooking and be blended with white wine and vegetable broth; then, after having been colored with tomato paste and adjusted with salt and pepper, it can be used to flavor any type of pasta, which can also be added with uncooked carnation petals. A much more classic recipe, instead, is that of risotto with roses. In a frying pan, sauté the onion, adding carefully cleaned porcini mushrooms and wild rose petals. Then, you can add the rice, to wet with red wine that must be allowed to evaporate. But it's not over, because with the flowers you can also prepare tasty salads (particularly tasty is made with olives, hard-boiled eggs and broom flowers), jams and liqueurs.Flowers: ideal element for parties, weddings, gifts, works of art
In short, when we go to a florist, let's not just consider flowers as a simple ornament for a room in the house or for a centerpiece: let's remember that each species has a specific meaning, and that it can be used in numerous ways, from the kitchen to the bricolage, from art to gardening (obviously). If, on the other hand, we are neophytes and little experts on the subject, we must not hesitate to seek advice from the florist, who will also be able to show us the most suitable flower for each occasion: a wedding, an engagement request, a party of birthday, a funeral, a simple gift for parents, etc.