April 26, 2002
Flowers are romantic as a gift and beautiful as a decoration. Either way, severed from the bottom of the stem, they are fleeting and die within days. It is never conceived as an omen but symbolically, it can tell a truth when it comes to a short-term or long-term relationship. Potted plants make great gifts so long as the receiver can keep the plant alive properly. The care and tenderness one gives to that plant can echo the skill of the one tending it. Tendencies to die as surely as bouquets or single flowers plucked from the ground provide insight.