We spent the Easter week in Norfolk. The sun shone, we mostly ate, drank wine and marvelled at our boys’ willingness to play together for a change.

And now I realise it’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve posted anything here. Where does the time go?

My book of choice during the holidays was The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a gentle and moving story about a foster child and her ability to connect with people through flowers.

The Victorians bestowed meanings to individual flowers, some of which we still recognise, the most obvious being the red rose for love. But did you know that a yellow rose indicates infidelity.

And be afraid if someone sends you a bunch of Tansies: they’re declaring war against you.

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A post about the language of flowers. Did you know for example that tansies are a declaration of war? Debenhams Flowers have some lovely bouquets.
No sooner had I finished the book than I received an email from Debenhams Flowers asking me if I’d like to offer Lifestyle Maven readers a discount on orders, and an offer to send me a bouquet as a sample. I chose a scented basket.

Being the sort of person who unintentionally kills all plants and flowers, even Cacti, (which signify indurance – ha!), I only recognised the Gerberas in this selection, so I looked up the Victorian meaning: white ones stand for innocence and yellow says ‘I’ll try harder’.

Orange Gerberas indicate ‘you are my sunshine’ – and now I have an image of Morecombe and Wise singing and skipping with one hand behind their heads.
A post about the language of flowers. Did you know for example that tansies are a declaration of war? Debenhams Flowers have some lovely bouquets.They were delivered the next day by my DPD driver, Val. Yes we are on first name terms – some days he’s the only adult I talk to during ‘office hours’.

The flowers arrived in mint condition in a sturdy box. The Gerberas lasted nearly a week.

Prices start at £16.99 and there are options to include gifts and chocolates. Order by 7pm for next day delivery anywhere in the UK. I find Interflora very expensive so this is a great alternative.

Lifestyle Maven readers are entitled to 25% off any flower delivery except for the Flowers by Post range. You can use the discount code as often as you like. Just enter DFBLOG25 at the checkout.

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If you know someone who likes to send or receive flowers, please feel free to share this discount code with them.

Much love, Vx

[Disclosure: with thanks to Debenhams Flowers for sending me the flower basket in exchange for a review]