For Valentine's I got my wife a traditional gift - a bouquet of flowers - but not a traditional selection. I'm sure my wife likes red roses, but I think she appreciates creativity and originality a little more. [At least, I sure hope she does, because she ended up with me.]
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The first bouquet of flowers I got my wife might be considered a hodge podge. It was a combination that I put together at the grocery store: purple Dutch Iris with silver Eucalyptus branches. Call it a hodge podge, call it an arrangement; I just know that I liked the combination. Speaking of combinations, my wife sometimes compliments me on my "outfit." I always say, "My what?" Then she says, "Oh yeah, I meant to say that I like your random smattering of clothes." That's more like it. Guys don't have outfits. But I think guys can make flower arrangements for their wives. :)
I've liked Dutch Iris flowers for a long time and they were a favorite of my grandmother. I was unfamiliar with the Eucalyptus branches, but I liked the contrast when I held them up to my Dutch Iris blooms. So I wrapped them in tissue and took them to my future wife. That was nearly 9 years ago. (We've been married for almost 4 years.)
This year, I was trying to figure out what to get my wife for Valentine's Day and whether I should resort to the oh-so-common gift of flowers or not. I remembered the first flowers I gave my wife and decided I should try to find them again. I called a local grocery-store florist (actually the same one I originally used) and asked about the availability of these two items. They told me to try a different branch and the florist was very helpful. She specially ordered 8 stems of Dutch Iris and a half-bunch (5 stems) Eucalyptus branches for me.
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She loved them!