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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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Valentine’s Day Flowers


The story of Valentine’s Day began in Rome when the emperor decided that single men made better soldiers. He completely outlawed marriages for young men, but a young priest, Valentine, being so upset by this performed marriages in secret anyway. Soon he was discovered by the emperor, thrown in jail and sentenced to death! While in jail, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. He sent her a love letter signed “From your Valentine” just before he was put to death on February 14, 270AD.

Young lovers, husbands and wives continue to honor Saint Valentine on this day, by expressing their love and affection towards one another. For years flowers have been the gift of choice for Valentine’s Day, symbolizing fertility, love, marriage, and romance in relationships.

Which type of flower should you go with? Red & pink roses have always been a favorite, but that is not to say that other types flowers would not be equally as delightful. Hot pink orchids, multicolored tulip arrangements, and carnations are all quite stunning this season. This fun creative idea from Martha Stewart, using flowers on top of gift boxes, is a good one to consider as well!

Please call or come by our flower shop anytime to get Valentine flowers for your loved ones. Now is also the time to book a florist for your spring wedding!

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Color Series: Orange & Peach Flowers

Women today seem to love the warmth and energy that the color orange presents. The  many wonderful tones, like terra cotta, peach and rust, are very appealing to many. This color stimulates activity and encourages socialization, so it perfect for a wedding or event! In addition, orange flowers visually tend to come forward, making a large room feel cozier.

Peonies are fantastic flowers to consider when one likes the orange color palette. Peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor, and are absolutely stunning in shades of peach. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as sign of good fortune and a happy marriage. Calla lilies and roses are also a favorite among the flowers in orange. Take a look at the flowers from this  “Orange Crush” wedding: http://simplyposhdesign.com/tag/orange-wedding-flowers/

Flowers are also such a delightful way to express gratitude or feelings of love, so sending peonies as a bouquet from our flower shop is admirable. The soft elegant feel of the peony in the color peach, is sure to make anyone melt!

More in this series: Blue, Purple, Pink, Orange & Peach, Red, Yellow, Green and Rainbow Multicolored Wedding Flowers. Now is the time to book a florist for your spring wedding!

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Flowers for Thanksgiving


The winter holidays are right around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about how to make this Thanksgiving just a little more special than the last. As we gather together in fellowship, like the Pilgrims first did, we give thanks to God for his many blessings.

A warm, inviting environment is a sure way to encourage great conversation and laughter! An elegant table setting with a mixture of a few staple items from the cupboard will do quite well, so no need to go out and spend a fortune. Mix and match plates and linens into your design until you get a nice color palette. Then layer in some fresh flowers from your florist for an extra special touch.

Arrangements with orange roses, red berries and mums will look fabulous, and be sure to keep them low on the table so guests can still see each  other. Flower shops can also do individual arrangements at each person’s seat which will also be fun, as an alternative to  doing centerpiece arrangements. That way each person can have flowers to take home with them! To view even more ideas, take a look at this website http://designtrendsblog.com/thanksgiving-table-setting-and-centerpiece-ideas-229

Friends and family will feel so welcome and loved by your extra effort. Just add in and an abundance of food, a nice toasty fire and everyone will be well on their way to a very memorable Thanksgiving!

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Great Potted Plants for the Fall: Chrysanthemums

As the weather gets cooler and autumn leaves begin to change colors, we should remember that there are still many opportunities to enjoy flowers in the fall. Potted plants are a fantastic option from your local flower shop because, they not only are substantial in size, giving you an abundance of blooms, but they will faithfully return back to you each year!

Mums were originally cultivated in China. They used the chrysanthemum as their symbol of royalty, and consider this bloom the highest of all flowers. The Japanese were so taken with this flower, that they embraced it as the crest and official seal of the Emperor. In addition, there’s even a “Festival of Happiness” to celebrate this flower each year. Later, mums were then introduced into the United States during colonial times. Their artistic allure has grown in such popularity that they are considered to be “Queen of the Fall Flowers.” On the contrary, in Italy, these flowers are associated with death.

Chrysanthemums are daisy-like having a decorative “pompon”. They are as durable as they are delightful and are one of the longest lasting of all cut flowers. Years of artful cultivation have produced a full range of colors, many of which are traditional for autumn. Deep reds, purples, oranges, yellows and bronzes are among their many colors. This season though, the most fashionable without doubt, is the vibrant yellow mum. We just can’t seem to get enough of this fun great color, as it has been spotted in nearly every fashion opportunity! Take a glance at “The Looks We Love” on J.Crew’s website: http://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/lookswelove.jsp, and also how this bride had her wedding planner use yellow mums throughout her wedding décor: http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/decorating-with-mums.

Symbolism: The chrysanthemum is a symbol of the sun. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life. Mums are Chicago’s official flower, the November birth flower, and the flower for 13th wedding anniversaries. Other meanings include: laughter, optimism, joy, cheerfulness, friendship, peace, loveliness, abundance and wealth. Red pompons profess love, yellow means new opportunity and white speaks only of truth.

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The Meaning of the Purple Rose: Love at First Sight & Royalty

 

Purple roses have a captivating spirit and are a great alternative for any romantic occasions. Their eye catching shades of purple are truly stunning. These roses have symbolism that is tied to enchantment, and have many time-honored meanings associated with them.

Purple roses have been a symbol of falling in love at first sight for many years. After meeting someone, these roses are sent by flower shops to show that the initial attraction has carved a deep impression on you, and that you feel the person is charming and simply irresistible. Expressing this beautiful feeling of falling in love, the hope is that the person will be much more familiar to you in the near future. So, as a recipient of purple roses, which are among the rarest, one should feel especially flattered having such beauty and charm, as to have captured the heart of the sender at the very first sight!

In addition, the color purple has always been a symbol of royalty, representing all things grand, glorious and noble. Therefore it makes sense that purple roses also symbolize these very things, as the mark of wealth and luxury. The first famous purple was a deep shade known as Tyrian purple. It was once reserved for rich and royal leaders like Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. Maintaining the air of noble regality and pure splendor, brides love to use purple roses in weddings. Even seen in the movie Bride Wars, actress Kate Hudson carried a simple bouquet of purple roses: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-finding-dress-replica.  The most fashionable arrangements and bouquets of roses by florists are grouped in a bold range of rich hues, including shades like violet, lavender, and lilac roses.

Meanings of the Purple Rose Include: Love at first sight, enchantment, fantasy, wonder, impossibility, grand, glorious, noble, wealth, luxury, dignity, pride, success, accomplishment, admiration, calmness, ease, regality, splendor, discretion, nobility, sacred, accomplishment and admiration.

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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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