If you give me flowers, I will never forget your kindness. Mostly because I will never throw them out. They will sit in a vase — dead and dried — in my home for years where I will admire the now-papery petals and resist attempts by my roommates/partners/mother to dispose of them.
Why should I? They aren’t hurting anyone — or, at least, I thought they weren’t.
Recently, thanks my partner’s goading, I plugged “are dead flowers dangerous” into Google. I expected to find articles about mold. Instead, up popped blogs saying I was killing my “Chi.”
In its simplest definition, Chi is the Feng Shui energy permeating our earthly existence, particularly the structures and design of your home. You want your Chi vibrant, buzzing, lively. A lack of positive Chi will affect your productivity and health.
Flowers lose their “Chi” when they dry, draining a home’s vitality with visible death and decay.
Same goes for decorative branches and plastic flowers, as plastic is considered dead in Feng Shui practices. This can cause negative emotions, which (uncoincidentally?) I have bushels of.
Your wooden coffee table isn’t Enemy No. 1 though. Building and treating furniture to withstand wear . You also “charge” furniture’s Chi by dusting and cleaning it. If you are dusting dried flowers, please email me to tell me how that’s going for you.
The omen of bad Chi makes sense to me. Aesthetically, my dead baby’s breath definitely gives off “baby’s death” vibes. I have also kept dead flowers from people who have wronged me so severely that if this were a medieval romance flick, a knight would kill these past lovers to defend my honor — and then he’d probably court me with a carnation, which I would also keep forever. It’s a recipe for bad mojo jojo for my room.
There are loopholes to the bad Chi/dead flowers dilemma. To save a flower, one blogger , it should be “kept in a good manner as it would be special and dear to you,” with special care that it does not clutter your home.
That seems subjective. To me, a loved and dried rose is a loved and dried rose despite any poor cleaning habits.
On a more scientific level, improperly dried flowers can attract mildew. Leftover water in a vase , even if you probably won’t .
I guess at the end of the day, I can only come to one logical conclusion: It’s never a bad idea to stop, smell, and buy some new roses.