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How to choose flowers for your girlfriend

If a picture can say 1,000 words, then flowers can talk the hind legs off a donkey when given at the right time. With an impromptu bouquet, chivalry can be reignited, any wrong can be righted, sex appeal can be propelled into a new dimension. Make sure you get it right, however, with these simple guidelines…

EXPECT TO SPEND, Decent flowers, gentlemen, usually come at a price. Never economise, never buy cheap arrangements and, crucially, never buy from the supermarket or garage – they may do more damage than good.

LEARN WHAT SHE LIKES, She may have a preference. Find out what she doesn’t like and cross them off for good.

TAKE TIME, When choosing, recruit the help of the florist on hand. Rather than grab at the first bouquet you like, consider her tastes and personality, and try and match that in your choice. Also, evaluate the occasion and pick flowers to suit – they may vary depending on how serious your relationship is.

ARRANGEMENT, Bouquets are made or broken depending on the finesse with which they are put together. Once again, it is advisable to seek help, ensuring the balance of colour is right – greenery is important to add bulk and complement the flowers themselves.

DON’T MISS, Her birthday, Valentine’s Day and your anniversary! It’s the bare minimum required when it comes to a trip to the florist.

WRITE A NOTE, Add to the gift with a heartfelt note – whether it’s something obvious or something hard to say aloud.

SURPRISE HER, Giving flowers is a sure-fire way to get into her good books, but when given out of the blue you will reap the rewards. You don’t need a specific occasion to give flowers.

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