First I imagined a bouquet of flowers with delicate baby's breath interspersed with sturdier blooms. However, L3 immediately sent me back to reread. Who is gossiping and what are the rumours? The staff? The other mothers on the ward? Are the rumours about this man being the secret lover of the mother and by coming to the maternity ward with flowers he is acknowledging the child and ignoring the rumours? Or it could be a very young couple and it is the awkward teen father who arrives bearing the floral gift? It could be the mother of the girl who has come to show support for her daughter, despite the rumours. And then, as Alan Summers has said, it could also be more sinister, maybe this man has groomed the young mother, perhaps she has been raped and decided to keep the baby or could the visitor be a pimp who is bringing flowers for one of his prostitutes (unlikely)
Endless possibilities for narrative with a lot of tension created in this one.