I think that DH in question was, in asking ... are you glad... looking for praise and did not receive the reception he was seeking.
I have always disliked cut flowers - always, always (especially the death flowers (mums, daisys) - with the exception of purple or blue orchids, which can last for weeks.
My DH, then boyfriend, bought me a bouquet of flowers for a Hallmark Holiday (jacked up prices beyond belief etc) and was rather proud of himself.
I thanked him, put them in a vase and then asked him to never, ever, ever buy me flowers again.
He was ASTOUNDED, to say the least. He thought that every woman expected to have flowers sent/received on these holidays and couldn't understand why I did not want them.
I explained that I did not want something that he wanted to show as our love to wilt and die so soon (as well as the jacked up costs), and would rather have something that lasted.
In the spring of the next year, he bought me as a surprise, a beautiful hybrid tea rosebush that to this day (15+ in the ground) gives out hundreds of gorgeous blooms during the summer. The scent is heavenly and I walk out the door in the morning and see his love for me.
BTW - what was strange, was that his dad has only ever given live plants to his mom. DH explains that she and I are alike and that he should have met me earlier and spent alot less on flowers on the girls before me