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Secretary, administrative professional, office support staff- whatever their title, this person deserves more than a vase of flowers once a year for putting up with you every day, so make it count with beautiful anemones. These spring-time lovelies are delicate and sweet, but can handle the day-to-day pressure of being a cut flower in a vase full of crazy leaves and will look stunning on that desk, even as it piles up with paperwork. At their prime in April, just in time for Administrative Professional’s Day, anemones will light up the office and the faces of your support staff.
Anemones are native to temperate regions all around the world, so they come in a diversity of colors and sizes. Deep reds, light pinks and dark purples look fantastic mixed together in a short, glass vase or tucked into a small arrangement. While these blooms are a bit pricier than typical carnations or daisies, you only need a few to make a big impact. One well formed anemone in a vase or mixed in with a few other stems will really tie the whole arrangement together and give it a classy look, much like a good administrative assistant.
Featured heavily in myths and literature, the anemone (sometimes known as windflower) has a wide variety of meanings and symbolism. In the language of flowers, the anemone is thought to represent anticipation and ward off evil. In Japan, this flower is associated with sincerity. Ovid tell in Metamorphoses how this flower was created by the goddess Venus and sprinkled onto the Earth. Who wouldn’t feel like a goddess with a vase of anemones on their desk.
The blooms of the anemone are both bold and fragile looking. The cultivars most florists carry have flowers that range between 2-3 inches across with soft, wide petals surrounding an often dark center. The contrast between the petals and center of the flower is striking and the red variety resemble poppies, but will last longer in a vase and carry less pollen in case allergies are an issue. Leaves are long and whimsical with palm-shaped blades and a frilly collar just beneath the flower head. They tend to last longer than most leaves and may be used instead of additional greens. While these blooms are hard to ignore, they are also less common than other cut flowers and will be sure to have people stopping to ask what they are on their way to the copy room.
We don’t always remember to say thank you to the folks that help make things happen at work, so leave a lasting impression of gratitude with a flower that speaks for itself.