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Don't Give Me Red Roses

Updated on October 20, 2014

Please Don't Buy Red Roses For Valentines Day

A lot of women like red roses for Valentines Day and other holidays, but a lot of women hate red roses. I'm one of them. To me, red roses are over done, a cliche, are often bought out of desperation. Nothing is more shallow than an apology linked with red roses and for many years it was the only time I got flowers. So red roses make me cringe.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-valentines. I love flowers. I really do. I even like roses, anything but red. Red roses to me are easy, a cop out, over rated, gaudy,and require very little thought. Teacup pink roses, now that's something I could smile about. Miniature roses are dainty and very feminine and paired with baby's breath are very romantic.

For Valentines Day find out your sweethearts favorite flower, and her favorite color. Put the two together and you have yourself a sure fire combination of a flower she is sure to love, because you put time and thought into your decision.

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Fields of Europe Romance Small by 1-800 Flowers
Fields of Europe Romance Small by 1-800 Flowers

The more traditional pretty, feminine lady loves pink. If your girlfriends bedroom is decorated with lace, or has a Victorian theme this Romance flower arrangement is ideal.

This flower arrangement is also perfect for Moms and grandmothers, don't forget them this Valentines Day either.


Get In Touch With Your Feminine Side

Yes Men you Can Do It!

Valentines Day is all about being romantic, and quite frankly it's geared towards women. Yeah, I admitted it, how many masculine valentines gifts are advertised on TV?

Men, for the most part, are not prone to words of romance. Masculinity is what our guys are all about, they are wired for cars, motorcycles, hunting, and sports. A large percentage of women aren't all gung ho about grease under our fingernails and camouflage clothing.

Valentines Day is the opportunity for men to try and impress us ladies with the opposite of what we get the other 364 days of the year. Be romantic, be sensitive, watch a chick flick on the couch with your sweetie.

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Think Exotic Flowers, Not Roses

9GreenBox - Lucky Bamboo - Spiral Style with Silk Flowers and Black Ceramic Vase
9GreenBox - Lucky Bamboo - Spiral Style with Silk Flowers and Black Ceramic Vase

For the contemporary hip lady in your life who isn't all girly but who is stylish choose a non traditional plant.

Bamboo plants will live almost forever and grow into interesting shapes. It's a living gift of hope and good luck that will last all throughout your relationship.

Best thing about bamboo plants, they are hardy, require little care and can be moved from apartment to apartment to your new home.


Lots of Flowers For Valentines Day - Just NO Roses

Think creative, outside the box for Valentines Day. February 14th is a day set aside to think of the one you love. What colors do they like? Is she bold and adventurous, then think flowers with bright bold colors like purples and oranges. Is your Valentine lady like, dainty, petite, feminine and would like pastels like pink, cream and whites.

An easy way to tell, check her closet. What color clothes does she wear? What color is her coat? If her coat is bright purple and raspberry pink then forgo the lace and Victorian style gifts. Go for spunky flowers with attitude.


A Tulips black velvet center represent a lovers passionate heart

Mixed Tulip Silk Flower Arrangement - Pink/White
Mixed Tulip Silk Flower Arrangement - Pink/White

Fresh Tulips delivered to your sweethearts work will really make an impression. She will have a smile on her face all day.


Tulips, Tulips, Tulips

Say tulips three times and what does it sound like? Two lips. That's right, two lips for kissing, how romantic is that? Now why aren't tulips the flower of choice for Valentines Day?

There is a symbolic meaning behind every flower and I think Tulips are just about perfect for Valentines Day.

Red Tulip = Declaration of true love

Cream colored = I will love you forever

Pink = Caring and affection

Orange = desire and passion

Be Happy; Solar Powered Dancing Tulip, in Pink
Be Happy; Solar Powered Dancing Tulip, in Pink

Want something a little more whimsical? Tulips are happy flowers and imagine the smile it will bring when you place this on her dash in the morning and the tulip is bobbing it's little head.



An Expression of love, fascination and distinction.

Carnations are Rich With Symbolism

Carnations come in all colors so it's easy to find a carnation in your Valentines favorite color. Carnations are also inexpensive so even the most budget conscience can afford a bouquet of carnations. To make carnations even more special tie a love note around each stem with a reason why you love your wife or girlfriend. Guaranteed this will make her smile.

White = pure love

Dark Red = deep love and affection

Pink = a Mothers undying love (great for a Mom to give to her daughter)?

Tanday Beauty Carnation Silk Flower Bush with 7 Blooms
Tanday Beauty Carnation Silk Flower Bush with 7 Blooms

Write a small love note and tie one on each one of these seven flowers. Place them in various places in the house as a surprise throughout the day.

You will score points for the flowers and the creativity.


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    • ThreeQuarters2Day profile imageAUTHOR

      Dawn Romine 

      5 years ago from Nebraska

      @TransplantedSoul: Exactly, that's a great way to look at it, it's almost like, oops I forgot your birthday and I stopped by the grocery store and picked up the generic bundle of flowers. If you're going to do that then buy a pretty vase, a pair of scissors and a bottle of water. Put the arrangement together in the car and you better have a box of chocolates, or Hershey's kisses with those flowers. In fact a grocery store would be a great place to go shopping for Valentines Day, pick up some steaks, mushrooms, bottle of wine and flowers...hmmm will have to give that topic some thought.

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      5 years ago

      I see you rpoint! Red roses are sort of the default - "I did not really put much thought into this but here are some flowers" type of gift.

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      5 years ago

      You are a unique lady.

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      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      I had a beautiful day at the Spa!

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      5 years ago

      Chocolates and flowers are my favorite :)

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      5 years ago

      My life has been connected to roses, the most of sad times, and of happy times. Valentines Day, I'll be getting roses, and I love roses. I've had years of red roses for Valentine's Day, and for Anniversary. In recent years, my favorite has been yellow roses, and a mixed rose bouquet. I love the subtle, delicate fragrance of the yellow, and though when I was young, when my Daddy died, I chose red roses to drape him, I later learned, yellow was his favorite. It's true, red is often considered the favored choice, but if going with roses, they all are lovely. In 2000, when I was diagnosed with a progressive disease, I was so saddened, I told my husband, "no roses" only wildflowers." Later I looked at them and thought, poor little wildflowers, and cried. I love wildflowers in the fields, but roses on my table.

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      5 years ago from US

      I have to say I truly love tulips and lilies --love all flowers but ....those are my favs. ;) I understand what you're saying for sure.

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      malenk lm 

      5 years ago

      I am expecting red roses from my husband this Valentine, he always get me one...but hopefully I will get a different flower, like tulip perhaps, just for a change.

    • ThreeQuarters2Day profile imageAUTHOR

      Dawn Romine 

      5 years ago from Nebraska

      @techmom: Thanks, blush...

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      5 years ago

      I agree! Red roses are so overdone. I liked you for the Squidliking quest - Roses are Red. Hopefully good things will happen for you! :)

    • gregs411 profile image


      5 years ago

      My wife says the same thing.


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