From ancient times, the lives of people were tightly interconnected with nature and growing plants. No wonder all cultures possess numerous folklore elements related to plants, including idioms, mottoes, and sayings.
We have gathered the most interesting “floral” idioms - check them out to expand your vocabulary!
A green thumb is someone who has a natural talent and passion for planting and gardening. In other words, this phrase can be used to describe all our subscribers? The idiom is popular across the US, while in the UK, the phrase is slightly changed - there you can be called a ‘green finger.’ Whatever variant you like more, you definitely do not mind having this nickname.
Fresh as a daisy
If someone states that they are fresh as a daisy, this means that they feel lively and highly energetic. We hope that this is just the way you are feeling today!
A tumbleweed moment
Do you know that awkward situation when someone says something particularly stupid, and everybody just stands there stunned and silent for some time? This is a tumbleweed moment. Try to avoid it?
To cut down the tall poppies
If someone cuts down the tall poppies, they criticize people for their success and put down those who stand out from the crowd. There is even a specific term, Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS), which defines the socio-cultural phenomenon of attacking, sabotaging, and holding back people of exceptional accomplishments or talents.
This poetic idiom refers to the complicated language with numerous literary expressions but lacks substance at the same time. It is about your nerdy classmate who used ornate expressions to talk about the simplest things?
In the tall cotton
Tall cotton means a good crop, and since it was a significant cash crop in the US, it has become a symbol of prosperity. The phrase ‘in the tall cotton’ is used to describe a successful and wealthy period.
Never a rose without the prick
Even the most delightful things always include a little drawback (just to keep the balance, we guess). If you want to point out such disadvantages of overall pleasing situation, you can say that there is never a ? without a prick.
Gild the lily
If you gild the lily, you decorate something that is already ornate—sending kisses to all the maximalists!?
If you are offered an olive branch, this is a gesture to indicate that your interlocutor wants to offer peace. This is an international symbol of reconciliation. The idiom has an interesting history - it dates back to ancient Greek culture. Olive branch was an attribute of Eirene, the goddess of peace?️
Oops a daisy
This is a phrase which can be used to express surprise. Haven’t read our blog yet? Oops a daisy!
Not a bed of roses
If something is not a bed of roses, it is challenging, demanding, or including unpleasant aspects. It is often used to describe a situation which seemed to be enjoyable at first, but then turned out to be...mmhm...not so enjoyable.
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
Even the most influential and serious things start from something really small. This is what this saying means. Thus, start that new project even if you don’t feel confident enough: new beginning will be the most challenging part of the process?
Jungle out there
Jungle out there is an idiom used to describe uncontrollable and even dangerous situations with no rules. There is only one law of the jungle, right??
This phrase describes an extremely shy and modest person who finds it difficult to express their opinions. The idiom was inspired by the nature itself - wild violets grow in shady places and ‘hide’ their flowers under the leaves?
Bouquet of orchids
Orchids have always been regarded as extraordinarily graceful and exquisite flowers. Thus, there should be a special occasion to be rewarded with these exotic plants: this idiom refers to someone who has done something praiseworthy. So if you have read the whole article up to this line - you deserve that bouquet? ??