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Romance & Flowers | Keli Gwyn
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Keli Gwyn
Romance & Flowers

Are roses romantic?

Um, yeah! I smiled when Gwynly gave me a bouquet of red ones for our 24th anniversary last year.

But what about all the other flowers out there?

When my father-in-law was courting my mother-in-law, Dad gave Mother a gardenia every Friday when he picked her up for their weekly date. That, to me, makes a gardenia mighty special. The family members wore them at Mother’s memorial service to commemorate the special tradition.

Gwynly and I married on December 19, 1987. Normally I think the Christmas decorations show up way too soon, but that year I couldn’t wait to see them flood the stores.

And what did I want to see most of all?

The red, white, and pink potted poinsettias, because that meant Christmas–and our wedding–were getting very close.

We decorated the church with potted versions of the traditional Christmas flower and used a fabric version my mother-in-love made in the bouquets, boutonnières, and corsages.

Each year, when I see the first displays of poinsettias, such as the one in our local dollar store, I’m transported back in time to one of the happiest days of my life. And that is very romantic indeed.

 ❤ ❤ ❤

What flower(s) say romance for you?

Gardenia image from Wikimedia Commons
Keli Gwyn


  • Melissa Tagg says:

    Oh that’s so sweet! And I love the idea of a Christmas-time wedding. I’m not sure what flowers spell romance for me, but when I discover them, I’ll let you know. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melissa, I didn’t plan on a Christmas wedding, but that was the first break my school teacher hubby had after asking me to marry him during the summer. Once I got used to the idea, I found I rather liked it. Does make our calendar rather full that time of year, though. We start of celebrating our anniversary and Christmas. Then on New Year’s Day, we have our daughter’s birthday party. Ten days later it’s time to help Gwynly mark another year as well. I do add some variety to things, since my birthday is snack dab in the middle of the summer. =)

      • Linda A. says:

        Wow, Keli, it’s like deja vu reading this. I didn’t dream of a Christmas wedding either, but hubby was in school for Navy and that was the ONLY break we could be sure of, so Dec 23 it was. Now I can’t imagine it any other way. We still use a beautiful centerpiece from our wedding in our decorating every year, pine branches, pine cones, white carnations and some little red flowers stuck in. Also hubby’s bday is Nov, one son is new year’s eve and other son is Jan. And my bday is June. Lots of love and celebrating here in the winter!

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Linda, how neat that you’re a Christmas bride, too, and that we share in our winter family celebrations season while we have summer birthdays ourselves. Plus you have a New Year’s Eve baby. That sure is a lot of similarities. Love it!

  • Hot pink roses, because that’s what Mike got me while we were dating. 🙂

  • I love roses, too, Keli! They are indeed romantic!

    My fave flower (and romantic to me) has to be the peony. The white variety with the pink centers. And a close second would be lilac. Does that count? (It’s more of a shrub I know. 🙂 )

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Cindy, peonies are pretty. And I love lilacs. We have some in our backyard. They don’t bloom for long, but when they do, I delight in inhaling their lovely fragrance.

  • I love that tradition of the gardenias, Keli!
    I think lilies are beautiful and romantic.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jess, I love my in-laws gardenia tradition, too. It was all the more special because my father-in-law was an all-business guy, so learning about his softer, romantic sick was a delight.

      Lilies are lovely!

  • I love wildflowers or anything non-traditional. (although I don’t complain when my hubby brings me roses either :))

  • I’ve shared this before, but I think the delicate Lily of the Valley are romantic, because I picked them the day before our wedding and I had them in my wedding bouquet. 🙂 I also love Purple Wild Phlox, because they were the first flower Dave brought to me the week we started to date. He brought them to me in a vase with a purple ribbon tied around it. I dried those flowers and they fell off the stem and I put them in an antique glass decanter with a lid and they’re still sitting on my shelf to this day. Every time they bloom (about the same time as the Lily of the Valley) I smile.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Gabrielle, Lilies of the Valley are lovely. What a great flower for a wedding bouquet.

      It’s so sweet that you saved the first flowers your fellow gave you and have the dried petals to this day. I can tell you’re every bit as sentimental as I am. =)

  • Erica Vetsch says:

    Pink Peruvian lilies. My husband’s Valentine’s flower of choice. 🙂

  • Hi Keli,

    Fun post – Although I’ve ALWAYS loved roses (especially the blue or “black” varieties), as the years go by, I’m finding my tastes going more toward the eclectic. I love the different clematises, and almost any flowering herb – bee balm, salvia, alliums.

    I think flowers are God’s way of romancing us, don’t you?


  • Anne Payne says:

    The first flowers my husband gave me were red roses, but my favorite color for roses is yellow. The most lavish ones he’s given me were purple! They were spectacular 🙂

  • Beth K .Vogt says:

    The bouquets in Costco & Sam’s Club. Why? Because my husband likes to walk by the display while we’re shopping and select a bunch of flowers for me. It’s a regular routine, so much so, that when he’s not with me, my youngest daughter does it for him.

  • How fun you got married close to Christmas. Tulips say romance for me because they’re my favorite!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Cindy, tulips are so pretty. When we lived in Germany, we got to take Gwynly’s parents to see a major tulip garden in Holland. His mother loved tulips, and that trip was a lifelong dream of hers. We were so glad we were able to make it come true.

  • Keli, I knew when I read the title of this post, we would learn something romantic about your wonderful spouse. The gardenia story is very special. It was my mother’s fav flower and it also reminds me of Now Voyager (the movie) when the man she secretly loves sends her a gardenia every week 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Florence, I love the gardenia story. I wish I could remember why Dad chose that particular flower, but I don’t. I’ll have to see if Gwynly does.

  • Ganise says:

    How cool, Keli!
    I definitely think flowers are romantic, even though I don’t know their names when I see them! 🙂 I think it’s nice that you do. Even cooler : my parents also married on a December. Very close to the 19th:-)
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Tulips make me very happy and I find them to be very romantic. Maybe because I am a spring baby I don’t know. I am lucky yo live on the west coast where we have tulips available for a good part of the year

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Darlene, tulips are lovely, aren’t they? Do you have a favorite color, or do you like them all?