At Zinnia, we care about relationships.  Why? Well, because we all have them, we all want them, we all need them.  We need to love and be loved.  However, let's be honest.  Sometimes it's work.  Like all work, sometimes it's wonderful.  Other times it's well......work.  

So, we want to help.  We are setting out to find some helpful tips, useful articles, general wisdom about how to be a better spouse/friend/boyfriend/son/daughter/grandpa/employee/shall I go on?  

So, to begin, we are actually going to go back. Way back. To the Victorian Era.  This article comes to you from the Art of Manliness:

Women often complain that the men in their lives are not romantic enough. But men sometimes have trouble expressing their feelings, often resorting to cheesy Hallmark cards or pricey bejeweled baubles to do the job for them. But there is a far better way to be romantic and it doesn’t involve spending a fortune or even opening your mouth.

In the days before courting consisted of hanging out and getting drinks, courting was a formal and dignified endeavor. Symbols were used to express feelings and thoughts deemed too special for mere words. During the Victorian Era, a whole romantic language developed around the giving and receiving of flowers. Everything from the type and size of the flower to the way it was held or presented conveyed layers of meaning and communicated a gentleman’s feelings and intentions. Each bouquet contained a secret message for a lady to eagerly interpret and endlessly dissect.

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