Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

The word of the day: Fleur

Evidemment! The Compulsory accessory of the City of Love …

Your second word in French is Fleur. Yes, almost like your “flour”. Repeat after me: Fleur !

Just make sure you follow the proper etiquette when you buy roses. We French are pretty serious with their meanings…

Red is for passion: never on a first date or you’ll totally freak us out!

Yellow means asking for forgiveness. Associated with betrayal, if you see what I mean… Une affaire? Un 5 á 7 peut être?…

Pink is for appreciation. The typical “thanks a lot”. Would work even for your Mother in law. Harmless one;)

White is for purity, innocence: the bridal roses or the ones for funeral. Better go for the Champagne ones, so much prettier and classier (to me at least!)

Lavender symbolizes Love at first sight .

Always offer flowers in odd numbers. Even are used for funeral!

Not sure you can remember it all? If you want to see La vie en Rose, just mix all the colors and bring a good bottle! Whatever the initial intention, it should work out just fine …

Bonne fin de semaine 😉


9 comments on “The word of the day: Fleur

  1. desleyjane
    March 7, 2015

    So now I am waiting for an odd number of lavender roses 🙂

    • estelea
      March 8, 2015

      Hehehe…Wish you the most lavish bouquet! lavender first, then red, of course 😉

  2. Jeremy
    March 8, 2015

    Nice post 🙂

    • estelea
      March 8, 2015

      Thanks a lot ! I am sure you did not learn anything 😉

      • Jeremy
        March 9, 2015

        I did learn! But I think you have to keep reminding me 🙂

  3. LifestyleswithLia
    March 8, 2015

    So interesting! I like the idea of lavender roses symbolizing love at first sight! It’s interesting about odd numbers… In the US it’s usually one rose or else 6 or 12… Interesting how different countries select different numbers!
    Cheers! Hooray for all fleur!!!

    • estelea
      March 10, 2015

      Really? that’s very interesting.. In France, we use to say that it is rude if you buy 6 or 12 because it means you bought a lot, according to the fleurist by my place. Sounds cheap (how ridiculous is this reading!). Will tell my daughter in case she dates an American, not to bother with the numbers and just admire the flowers 🙂 Have a lovely day and huge roses for you!

      • LifestyleswithLia
        March 10, 2015

        Oh that’s very interesting what your florist said! So cool how cultural norms develop!
        Ps: great advice to your daughter !
        Bon mardi’!:)))

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