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To be irritated by receiving flowers

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DappledThings Wed 17-Jun-20 12:33:10

Firstly let be clear I did politely thank the sender, I'm not terrible. But I was sent flowers in the post yesterday and my only reaction was annoyance.

I don't own a vase so had to find a jug big enough for them. Loads of random wrapping that makes a big mess, loads of water in the wrapping that I didn't know about so flooded the table, spilt half the packet of the food liquid stuff which is very sticky, couldn't cut through the thick stems with first pair of scissors and had to use a knife.

Then they last a little while and don't even look that nice, and once they are past their best there's smelly, slimy water to deal with a drippy bunch of dead plant matter to chuck away.

I would happily never be sent or given flowers ever again. Just me or anyone else not like them?

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Sparklfairy Wed 17-Jun-20 12:35:09

I like them, although all the annoyances you mention are accurate. I think I just like them because no one ever sends me any sadgrin

heartsonacake Wed 17-Jun-20 12:35:15

YANBU. I hate flowers; they’re an expensive waste of money for something that causes a lot of fuss and dies after a few days.

I get people are trying to be thoughtful and I would always thank someone who sent me them but dear god they’re the worst gift in the world.

I also won’t buy anyone flowers because they’re such a waste of money. For the price I can buy a much better present they’ll prefer they can actually keep.

NiceLegsShameAboutTheFace Wed 17-Jun-20 12:35:49

I'd bloody love some blush

Winterwoollies Wed 17-Jun-20 12:36:06

I’ll have them then. I love to receive flowers and very rarely do. You also sound quite clumsy, which might account for your annoyance. The sender sent them to you thinking you’d be delighted so I think you’re being ungrateful and unreasonable.

However, MNers seems to hate nice things like this that might slightly inconvenience them for two minutes, so I dare say I’ll be in the minority.

Hedgehogblues Wed 17-Jun-20 12:36:38

...even if you don't like them I find it astonishing that you care enough to moan to the Internet about it.

Lottapianos Wed 17-Jun-20 12:36:42

I love flowers and buy a bunch for my hall table every week, but I get why you would find them a faff if they're not your thing

AriettyHomily Wed 17-Jun-20 12:37:02

I love them but I just cant help seeing them as a huge waste of money.

Bobbiepin Wed 17-Jun-20 12:37:22

Totally with you OP. my birthday was in lockdown and people sent me flowers, lovely gesture but such a pain to deal with. The people who know me best sent a hamper of food and one sent flowers that could be planted in the garden. I know who my real friends are!!

NiceLegsShameAboutTheFace Wed 17-Jun-20 12:37:26

For the price I can buy a much better present they’ll prefer they can actually keep.

I don't want to keep stuff: I have too much shit. I love flowers

DappledThings Wed 17-Jun-20 12:38:50

You also sound quite clumsy, which might account for your annoyance

This is definitely true. Dealing with them is just another chore because I do find it all quite awkward.

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AriadnesFilament Wed 17-Jun-20 12:38:52

I’m not generally a fan of gifts that involve me having to do work, unless I’ve asked for them. For me flowers fall into that category for all the reasons you’ve stated (unless they’re those ones that come in a box/bag where you don’t have to do any trimming/arranging and can just chuck them when they die with minimal hassle). I appreciate that for other people that simply isn’t the case, and I am grateful on the rare occasion that I’m given flowers.
A plant is marginally better, but that has ongoing maintenance and I’m not good at keeping stuff alive.

DappledThings Wed 17-Jun-20 12:39:50

even if you don't like them I find it astonishing that you care enough to moan to the Internet about it.
Ha! I'm at lunch between Teams meetings. I'm just passing the time.

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EatsShootsAndRuns Wed 17-Jun-20 12:40:10

I love flowers. Receiving them shows that the sender has thought about you and got you something that you might not necessarily buy for yourself.

Lockdownhairdontcare Wed 17-Jun-20 12:40:38

I love them and have fresh flowers in the house at all times.
Yes it’s a faff but in all fairness to the sender your drama putting them into water was a pretty extreme case .

SueEllenMishke Wed 17-Jun-20 12:40:57

I can't believe people actually moan about being sent flowers.....only on MN 🤷

Emmapeeler1 Wed 17-Jun-20 12:42:54

I love receiving flowers. Each to their own. You do sound quite ungrateful though. The things you mention are hardly a bother.

madcatladyforever Wed 17-Jun-20 12:43:01

I don't like flowers inside either, I'll be gracious about it but I'd rather have a garden plant that I can put in and it will last for years.

paddlingwhenIshouldbeworking Wed 17-Jun-20 12:43:33

I love flowers. I admit I technically prefer buying them myself than receiving them as often the bouquets are a bit dull and full of fillers but the thought is lovely and it does make me feel happy that someone thought about me.

Toilenstripes Wed 17-Jun-20 12:44:13

I love them so much I have a subscription to receive an arrangement every two weeks. 😁 But, yes, if you’re not prepared for them then they can be a hassle to sort out.

Knucklehead101 Wed 17-Jun-20 12:44:23

Blimey! I love flowers.

DappledThings Wed 17-Jun-20 12:45:10

* You do sound quite ungrateful though. The things you mention are hardly a bother*

I am ungrateful. I was sent something that was a bit annoying to deal with and will be annoying again in a few days when they die.

But I politely feigned gratitude to the sender as is the done thing.

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TickTockBaby Wed 17-Jun-20 12:45:21

YANBU.
I hate receiving flowers. They're just unnecessary work.

Now chocolate or gin? Yes please 😊

gingerscot Wed 17-Jun-20 12:45:29

My home isn’t right without a vase of fresh flowers 🤷‍♀️

Wingedharpy Wed 17-Jun-20 12:45:32

Where are you OP?
I'll come and relieve you of them.
I love cut flowers, but to truly appreciate them, you need to learn how to arrange them properly.
Dumped in a vase (or a jug), just will not do.
Get your creative juices flowing and do something artistic with them.

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