A woman in a cream sweater holds a bouquet of maroon mums, cream and orange roses, blue hydrangeas, and other fresh flowers from Enjoy Flowers.

Weeding Out Fiction: The Truth Behind A Floral Lifestyle

Having fresh flowers around isn’t just a trend, it’s a lifestyle. From the allergy potential of flowers to pet-friendly varieties, we’ve heard all the myths—and now it’s time for us to set the record straight so more people can savor the lifestyle of flowers with peace of mind. Follow along as we weed out flower fiction from flower facts.

You shouldn’t have flowers around cats and dogs: It depends!

Contrary to popular belief, you can have your fresh flowers around Fido and enjoy them too—just not all varieties. It’s important to research each flower to ensure that it is safe to have with beloved pets nearby. Some safe farm-fresh favorites include gerbera daisies, roses, snapdragons, petunias, sunflowers, zinnias, orchids, pansies, and more. The bad news is that, yes, there are varieties that are very dangerous to have around pets, like lilies for cats or buttercups for dogs (among a number of others).* It can be a lot to track, so leave it to the pros. 

Looking for pet-friendly bouquets? Send an email to customerservice@enjoyflowers.com and we can make sure your bouquets don’t include certain varieties. P.S. There’s no extra charge for this assistance.

*Speak with your veterinarian for a definitive list and medical insight. 

Flowers can boost happiness: Truth!

And that’s not even the half of it! There is scientific proof that having fresh flowers around your home has a number of positive short and long-term effects. How? When you open the door to fresh flowers, dopamine is released, flooding your mind and body with instant happiness, naturally. And not just for some, but for all. Scientists tracked these emotions in all ages and genders. 

Long-term positive effects include feeling less anxious and down and experiencing more daily joy than those not surrounded by fresh flowers. Also, just the process of designing a bouquet, trimming stems, and preparing your vase is a creative, relaxing, and interactive process that can help you feel more connected to nature—even if you’re a city person through and through. 

If you have allergies, you can’t have flowers around: False!

Poor flowers. You have a sneeze attack and who’s the culprit? It’s always those dern flowers. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Many varieties are actually allergy-friendly; in fact, people typically aren’t allergic to the flowers, but to the pollen itself. Flowers that folks with allergies should avoid include daisies, baby’s breath, certain sunflowers, and chrysanthemums, to name a few. Some varieties that have a much lower risk of causing allergic reactions include hydrangea, zinnias, snapdragons, roses, orchids, lilies, and tulips. Not such a shabby list, eh? So go nose-first into this season’s fresh allergy-friendly flowers.

Having a monthly flower subscription is bad for the environment: False!

Enjoying a monthly flower subscription from Enjoy Flowers is actually one of the best ways to immerse yourself with fresh blooms without a heavy conscience. Every step of our process keeps the best interest of our planet in the forefront of our minds.

On our Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in Colombia, we collect up to 75% of the rainwater for use in irrigation. Plus, we recycle 24,000 tons of vegetable waste into 10,000 tons of compost each year. This makes our operation completely self-sufficient—which makes us, and our beautiful Colombian savannah, overjoyed. But it doesn’t stop there. Our bouquet packaging is also made with recyclable materials, so once you have unboxed your monthly bouquet, simply recycle the box and wrapping. See? No heavy conscience to be found! 

Follow the work we do to consistently develop new, sustainable procedures to minimize our impact on the earth on our social media and website

Flowers are only for women: Major FALSE

It’s 2022, folks. Flowers are for EVERYONE. Heck, maybe men need flowers more than anyone at this point. They can serve as a romantic gesture but are also a simple way to keep decor evergreen with very little effort (with our set-and-forget subscription model, all you have to do is well, set and forget). If the men in your life (or you, sir) want a hint of fresh sophistication, a whimsical pick-me-up, or a meaningful expression of friendship or admiration, fresh flowers are the way. 

Got someone in mind who you think would love flowers but this is their first floral rodeo? Consider starting with a subscription to our Monochromatic Collection. This sleek, sophisticated collection features all the fabulous flowers all genders deserve to enjoy, but without too many colors, so as not to overwhelm them. After a few deliveries of this collection, even the most macho man will be ready to explore our Designer Collection

 Got a Myth that Needs to be Busted?

We’ve covered flower freshness and lifestyle myths. Up next? Flower facts and fiction. Have any on your mind that you’d like our Mythbusters to bust open? How about ‘is it true that you should never remove flower petals?’ Or ‘is the color of a hydrangea really due to the aluminum level in the soil?’

 Send us yours via Instagram and we’ll be sure to cover them next Sunday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *