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New Wedding Set-Ups by Flowers by the Falls

We just got got these beautiful white columns and any combination of arrangements/ferns can be delivered right to your wedding location. Call us about flowers for your wedding or special event.

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Mother’s Day Flowers…Here We Come!

The tradition of Mother’s Day has now gone on for over a hundred years. It began when Juliet Howe issued her famous Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870. This Mother’s Peace Day eventually led to mothers being honored from coast to coast. Expressing honor & love, families still gather to present mothers with flowers, serve them breakfast in bed or treat them to a special brunch, party or dinner celebration. It is one of the few days out of the year in which mothers can truly kick back and relax.

Flowers this spring have been bigger than ever, and you can hardly go wrong with flowers for Mother’s Day. To keep things simple, choosing just one flower type is always a delight. Orchids have an exotic feel, yet they are incredibly serene and relaxing. Roses have always been a favorite, blessing us with an array of delightful colors to choose from. Traditionally, however, red carnations have been the flower for Mother’s Day.

If you enjoy a mixture of colors, don’t be afraid to go with several different flower types. Arrangements come to life with soft blooms, such as ranunculus, poppies, and freesia. Another great combination is a mix of dahlias, peonies, tulips, and sweet peas.

Think of what type clothes your mom likes to wear, or better yet just glance at her closet. That will tell you everything you need to know about what color and style of flowers to buy her! If she loves to wear glitzy things with rhinestones and diamonds, go with that type of look. If she likes sleek and modern, keep the flowers simple. As a professional florist, we have lots of experience with just these types of decisions, and are happy to assist.

If your mom has allergies, there are several flowers you’ll want to stick with, so check with the flower shop. Because pollen is a big culprit for triggering allergies, avoid those with a lot of fragrance, which comes from the pollen. Hybrid versions of roses, like tea roses, are a good option, especially in the closed-bud stage. Spray roses are always allergy-free and are a great alternative to long-stemmed roses, which are not good for those with allergies. Lilies can be made allergy free by removing the flowers’ anthers, so pollen can’t be produced. Orchids, baby’s breath and potted flowers like hydrangeas and begonias are all good choices for mothers with allergies as well.

Flowers beautify the home and bring a burst of spring inside, but their benefits go far beyond just looks.  Studies have proven flowers to have an immediate impact on happiness, evoking delight and a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction. What better way than with flowers to express your love and adoration for your mom?

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Christmas Cactus

The unique tropical Christmas cactus has been kept as a beloved holiday houseplant since the 1800’s. It is quite a bit different from cacti that grow in the dessert, because it actually keeps its blooms longer in cooler temperatures, and even wilts if it does not get enough water! They are great in hanging baskets from the florist.

Schlumbergera truncata is the botanical name of the Christmas cactus. The name is derived from Frédéric Schlumberger, a well known Frenchman who collected cacti and grew them at his home. Flower shops have many colors to embrace such as red, fuscia, pink, purple, orange and crème, the flowers of the Christmas cactus are pleasant indeed.

As for the “Christmas Tree”… Pine and fir trees are evergreens found in cold climates, and these generally are used as Christmas trees. They bring people comfort from the cold harsh winter. However, since some countries like Africa and Australia have hot dry conditions, nature does not provide pine and fir trees. So the custom of decorating the Christmas cactus as Christmas tree came into being. They decorate the Christmas cactus just as we would, having the best of both worlds with ornaments and flowers!

Here is a neat article from HGTV on these delightful plants: http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/getting-the-best-out-of-your-holiday-plants/index.html

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The Meaning of the Orange Rose: Desire & Enthusiasm

 

The Meaning of the Orange Rose: Desire & Enthusiasm

Orange roses are the perfect way to express admiration and attraction. Similar to how the red rose means passion and the yellow rose means friendship; orange roses are a bridge between these two emotions. With their warm, vibrant tones, orange roses indicate a sense of enthusiasm that the sender feels for the recipient. They are vibrant, cheerful and express fascination when you give them to someone.  Orange roses make an excellent choice for a new relationship that you wish to pursue further, because they symbolize a happy, loving sort of enthusiasm, while indicating desire at the same time.

Peach roses are often sent from flower shops as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude as opposed to a token of love. The color of their bloom is a bit more gentle, so they are a perfect way to show how much you appreciate or miss a dear friend. Peach roses also convey sociability and friendship, sending the message “Let’s get together”. The palest peach shades, like champagne, convey a sense of modesty.

The wonderful thing about orange roses is that they come in all the colors of a romantic sunset, including those in tangerine colors, salmon, peach, apricot and tropical fruit colored varieties. The unique blends of these colors are incredibly alluring, and wedding planners have a lot of fun with this fashionable color palette.  Even Oprah is very fond of varieties of orange roses, as she has incorporated them into her rose garden and the décor of her California home, known as the Teahouse.  http://www.oprah.com/home/Oprahs-Teahouse/4

For those getting married in the later part of the summer, as an alternative the softer orange color palette helps give a late summer feel without a complete fall look. Here is a great website showing Nantucket weddings and how fall wedding flower colors can be kept on the lighter side http://nantucketweddingsunveiled.com/blog/tag/flowers/page/3/

Meanings of the Orange Rose Include:  Desire, Enthusiasm, Admiration, Attraction, Passion, Excitement, Warmth, Pride, Happiness, and Fascination

Meanings of the Peach Rose Include: Appreciation, Sincerity, Gratitude, Modesty, Sympathy, and Modesty

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The Meaning of the Yellow Rose: Friendship

 

Yellow roses have a variety of pleasant meanings. In Victorian times, yellow roses symbolized jealousy, but today these sun-filled blossoms symbolize friendship, affection and joy. Their cheerful appearance is appropriate for a variety of occasions. Yellow roses are often used in congratulations to express joy and pride in their achievement, like for weddings, graduations, and new mothers. Messages of goodwill, like “Thank You” and “Welcome Back” are also used.

In relationships, if you are thinking about giving yellow roses, keep in mind that their significant meaning is friendship. It would not be a great idea to have your florist send yellow roses, without much thought, to someone that you have romantic feelings for. Likewise, if you receive yellow roses, the sender is keen on friendship alone. Here, you will not find the heat of passion & love, only the warmth of a genuine and sincere smile. Because they also indicate a desire for freedom, if your significant other is sending you yellow roses, they might be giving you a subtle hint.

Another truly wonderful meaning of a yellow rose is that it indicates a determination to start over new and to begin fresh. If a misunderstanding or quarrel has disrupted any relationship, it can be mended and set right with yellow roses, by saying “Let’s put it all behind us and start a fresh page.”

Meanings of the Yellow Rose Include:  Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Warmth, Commitment, Sympathy, Promise of a New Beginning, Congratulations, Thank You, Welcome Back, Jealousy, Desire for Freedom.

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The Meaning of the White Rose: Purity & Innocence

As one of the most enduring symbols for love and appreciation, it is no surprise that roses are among the most admired of all flowers. Their unique beauty and subtle fragrance are guarantees delight for anyone who receives them.

White has always been a picture of purity and virtue, so accordingly white roses carry the very same meaning, always standing alone in their abundant beauty. They are often referred to as the bridal rose, and are traditionally associated with marriages & weddings, young love and new beginnings.  White roses glorify a love that is unaware of the temptations of the flesh, as opposed to the red rose which speaks more along the lines of passionate promises. Because of these reasons, all white bridal bouquets are becoming more and more popular, as seen on this website http://www.wedding-etc.com/2011/07/01/the-new-trend-in-celebrity-weddings-all-white-bridal-bouquets/. So, when affection is straight from the heart and as pure as the whitest snow, white roses are great to consider!

In true love, faithfulness and loyalty are constant despite distance or time, so flower shops often send white roses to loved ones who are far away. Additionally, throughout history the white rose sends a strong message, by symbolizing sound resistance and the will to stand firm in ones beliefs. Showing honor and reverence, your florist can make white rose arrangements, which are often used as an expression of remembrance.

Meanings of the White Rose Include: Purity, Innocence, Truth, Reverence, Silence, Humility, Loyalty, Faith, Heavenly, Youthfulness, Happy Love, and Charm.

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The Meaning of the Red Rose: Love & Romance

So often we think about the type of flower, how it looks and smells. Maybe even just the price alone is what we are concerned with, but do we think about the meaning? When at the florist, why are we even buying the flowers and what are we trying to say? The type of flower itself says a lot, and a rose embodies a wealth of significance. It is ultimately a symbol of love.

Red roses in particular have a primary significance of love, romance and passion. They were first introduced to Europe from China in the 1800’s, and have been expressed throughout history in numerous works of art, from classical paintings and poetry to modern day music and drama.

In Christian love, a rose bush grew at the site of Christ’s death on the cross. His blood is often associated with a red rose, combined with its thorns symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice.

Some of the earliest cultures often decorated wedding ceremonies with red roses. So they became known as a symbol for love and fidelity, as we see here at this beautiful red rose inspired wedding in Oahu, Hawaii http://www.oahuwedding.com/2007/12/inspired-by-rose-winter-wedding.html. As the custom of exchanging roses and flowers as gifts of affection continued, the red rose naturally became the preferred flower to send the strongest message of love.

Meanings of the Red Rose Include: Love, Romance, Beauty, Passion, Desire, Admiration, Immortal Love, Health, Memorial, Courage, Respect, Power, and Sacrifice.

Flowers by the Falls . Kings Mountain, NC  (704) 739-7331