If you ask me have I ever envision myself to be doing what I'm doing now, the answer would be a straight no. I knew I wasn't suited for a 9-5 job but working as a florist?? Never held that thought. Or at least I thought it would just be a passing phase as a part time job. It's kind of like an innate girly girl thing to dream of working in a florist for at least once in my life but somehow I ended up falling in love with flowers. It provides so much comfort to me that even though it might be stressful preparing for an event, seeing how the flowers come together beautifully kind of erases all that stress. There's just something magical about flowers that provides comfort/happiness to others (maybe it's the power of mother nature or rather the lack of nature in Singapore) and for some, it's the meaning behind flowers that resonates with them. Here's the meaning of flowers in the eyes of an early interventionist:
"As an early intervention teacher who has studied on some aspects of special needs, I have learnt about how different people are – especially in the way they communicate. The most common way of communication is through verbal, spoken words. Some people, however, are non-verbal. That doesn’t hinder them from communicating with others, as we all know we are made to interact with each other. They communicate in various and diverse ways such as through gestures, sign language, written words etc. There is another way where we can communicate our thoughts, intentions, and feelings. It is through music, a touch/look or deeds. Today, I want to share with you how we can also communicate through flowers.
The language of flowers – something not many people take notice or are aware of. If I could describe my life in the first quarter of 2016 with a bouquet, it would look something like this: Almond blossom, Aloe, Red Carnation, Gladiolus, Jonquil, Impatiens, Oleander, Peony and Yellow rose. If you want to know what my life was like and all the intense emotions I had, then do your homework and go and check it up ;) I have zero skills in arranging a flower bouquet so this combination might look terrible, which is essentially in line with the meaning of the bouquet.
The second quarter of this year looks like this: Pink and yellow carnations, Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, Eucalyptus, Myosotis, Lavender, Marigold, Mimosa and Mistletoe. It means: Truth, Dignity, Protection, Forget me not, Mistrust, Grief, Sensitivity and I surmount all obstacles.
Its currently the third quarter of the year and the flowers I see blooming are: Daffodil, Gerbera, Geranium, Gardenia, Magnolia, Pink rose, Snowdrop and Violet. The meaning of it is: New beginnings, Cheerfulness, True friendship, Dignity, Grace, Consolation, Hope and Modest worth.
For the last quarter of the year, I truly hope it will be something amazing and beautiful. A bouquet that looks something like this: Baby’s breath, Daisy, Hydrangea, Lily of the Valley and Purple rose. I don’t know how that might turn out, but I’m hoping it will chase away all the petrifying memories and replace it with fresh, new adventures.
My love for flowers is inspired by the book “The language of flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND everyone to read it. I love it so much!!! And all the meaning of flowers that I wrote in this post is from the appendix of the book. I’ll make it easy for you all to do your homework, this is the link: http://www.languageofflowers.com.au/images/dictionary.pdf
Here’s to bringing meaning into your bouquets! ☺"
Written by the hao peng you Esther Sim aka the girl whom I photographed the most in taiwan.