May 19, 2024

The Language of Flowers

One of the large floral delivery companies used this slogan: “Say it with flowers”. What’s that all about, and why would they say that?

If you are a person of a certain age, you will remember that the Bee Gees said it many years ago: “It’s just emotion, taking me over, caught up in sorrow, lost in a song”. We get a hint of the depression that plagued some of the Brothers Gibb, but notice also how the Bee Gees associate emotion and music.

Experts say that 93% of communication effectiveness is nonverbal. Think for a moment about the arts: music, sculpture, painting, drama, dance. Aren’t all the arts merely an effort to communicate without words? Inevitably, when we talk about art, we end up trying to describe it with words. We do this to make sure we are in agreement about what the art means. In a way we are reinterpreting the art back into our normal every day medium, language. Art critics make a living doing this.

So why are we discussing this on a flower shop website? Let’s say we agree that language has limits, especially in difficult or intensely emotional situations. Flowers convey emotions very economically and they do it in a nonverbal medium. Flowers are living art. In fact, people that create floral arrangements are called designers. When you receive a beautiful arrangement you notice the colors, the textures, the shapes, the aroma. So when we celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a birth, a love, a life well lived, we use flowers and bring our message directly to the parts of our brain that register emotions. This is the language of flowers and this is our mission at A New Leaf. We are here to help you communicate emotion in all the important events of your life.


written by Doug Frazeur


Spring, Summer and Fall are prime time for weddings! Here at A New Leaf Floral in Canby, we have been busy with all aspects of a wedding, which include consultations, preparations, and delivery. At A New Leaf we offer a free wedding consultation and quote, along with a free throw bouquet. Some things to remember  and think about when planning for your special day:




1. Find your florist and book your date! At A New Leaf, as well as other florist, dates fill up fast. At A New Leaf we only book one major wedding a weekend. If after your free consultation you decide to use A New Leaf Floral, there is a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your date. This is to help ensure we are properly able to schedule our wedding dates.

2. When you go in for your consultation have an idea of how many people are in your wedding party and what colors you are thinking of using. Fresh flowers or silk flowers or a combination? You don’t have to have an idea for what you want for flowers. We have plenty of pictures for you to look through, and we can help guide you through the process. Memory bouquet? Who is all going to get flowers?

3. Who do you want at your wedding consultation……….choose carefully 🙂

4. We prefer to communicate mostly through email because it seems to be more convenient for everybody and reduces phone tag.

5. Some brides think they have to get everything done in the first consultation! This isn’t the case! We can just get started on the first consultation and build on that as we get closer to the wedding date.

Refer to our wedding page for pictures, information, and a form that can be helpful.

At A New Leaf Floral in Canby we want your day to be awesome, and we want your flowers to compliment your special day just the way you like!