Valentine’s Day has been long overdue but it doesn’t mean flowers are limited only to that day. Incorporating flowers in our language sure is refreshing and the English language has a lot of phrases about nature.

These floral phrases and sayings would surely give a thrill to how you communicate with others. Who’s to blame? These expressions are sure to give you a refreshing feel.

“Stop and smell the roses.”

“(No) Bed of Roses”

This idiom is used to describe an unpleasant situation or activity. On the contrary, being on a bed of roses or “are all roses” means an easy and comfortable situation. In other words, you are in your safe zone.

Sample Sentence: Studying a language is no bed of roses.

Sample Dialogue:

A: Long time no see!

B: Yeah, it’s been a while. How are you and Tom?

A: I’m not sure. We’re having a rough time.

B: Oh, why so?

A: We have been arguing a lot lately, even about the pettiest things.

B: I see. All you need is a bit more understanding. You know, marriage is no bed of roses.

“Fresh as a Daisy”

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Daisy is a flower that grows all around the world. Traditionally, it became the symbol of purity and innocence. When someone tells you that you are looking fresh a daisy, it is a high admiring comment that means you are looking absolutely great that day. This expression came from the Old English lexicon, day’s eye. At night the petals of a daisy would close and then re-open in the morning when the sun is out. So, this expression implies that you are looking great after having a good night’s sleep.

Sample Sentence: She’s fresh as a daisy as always.

Sample Dialogue:

A: Good morning, Mel!

B: Good morning, Sarah! You’re fresh as a daisy today.

A: Oh, thank you. I just had a good night’s sleep last night. I have been sleeping late the past few days.

B: Why so?

A: Working on a big project.

B: Good luck, then.

“Nip (something) in the Bud”

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To nip something in the bud means to stop it (a problem) immediately so that it does not become worse.

Sample Sentence: Your habit of being late would become worse if you don’t nip it in the bud.

Sample Dialogue:

A: You’re late again. This is already the third time.

B: I’m so sorry, I woke up late.

A: Your habit of being late would become worse if you don’t nip it in the bud.

B:  But how do I do that?

A: The best option is for you to set the alarm clock. You also have to stop playing video games until past midnight, especially when you have to attend appointments.

B: Will do. Thanks.

“Shrinking Violet”

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This idiom is used to describe someone timid. 

Sample Sentence: Jovy’s son is a shrinking violet.

Sample Dialog:

A: What are you doing?

B: Just sketching to pass the time.

A: Can I take a look?
B: Sure but I’m not good at it.

A: Are you kidding me? This is great! Why don’t you join the art club?

B: W-what?! No!

A: Come on! I know you’re a shrinking violet but you need to get out of your comfort zone. That’s how we grow. Give it a thought, will you?

B: I guess I will.

“Take risks and for sure, you’ll come out smelling roses.”


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This expression is used to encourage a child who has fallen or is being lifted. In other situations, this is also said when you or somebody else has made a mistake, dropped something, fallen down, etc.

Sample Dialog:

A: It’s such a love day today. There’s not even a cloud in the sky.

B: You’re right, honey. The kids are loving the picnic here at the park.

A: Anna, be careful! (The child falls and cries) Hold on. (Approaches his daughter and lifts her) Ups a daisy! Be careful next time, okay?

C: Yes, Daddy.

“To Sow the Seeds of…”

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This idiom is used to express doing something that will bring about a particular result in the future.

Sample Sentence: Peejay has sown the seeds of his hard work; he won the competition after practicing almost every day.

Sample Dialog:

A: Have you heard the latest news?
B: I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

A: Dan has been promoted.

B: Oh, wow! Good to hear that.

A: Right. He has sown the seeds of his hard work here in the company.

B: I agree. He deserves it.

Yes, learning the English language is no bed of roses. It may take a long time before you can say that you’ve truly become proficient with the language. But sometimes, doing something difficult or uncomfortable is necessary. It’s how we grow.

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So, take risks and for sure, you’ll come out smelling roses. Yes, that’s another idiom meaning to come out successful after a difficult situation.