Venting: The Power of Association
September 24, 2012
Very recently, I had quite an interesting meeting with a client who hated roses. Now, I always work to make a point not to judge the tastes and preferences of my clients, but her reaction was so strong that it left me intrigued. I decided to to do a gentle inquiry. That’s when she told me a very interesting story. It turns out that her ex-husband used to send her roses every time he cheated on her, and for this reason, she associated the flower with the pain of her betrayal.
I understood quite well the power of association. Whenever I see Birds of Paradise, I am reminded of the many stems that grew wild in my backyard in Panama. Back then, we considered them wild weeds. Once a month, I was in charge of cutting them down with a machete. It is no wonder that, in adulthood, they are one of my least favorite flowers to use in my designs.
Flowers affect us in a number of ways, and like fashion, they go in and out of style. In today’s blog, I would like to know which flowers are in and out of fashion in your particular area? Also, please share your own personal association with flowers. Is there one that has a significant meaning in your life? Please tell us why.
I will start. Phalaenopsis Orchids are very chic in New York while Casablanca lilies are now out of fashion.
I look forward to reading your responses!
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