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Flower Blog - Floral Ideas and Arrangements

Wednesday September 7th 2016

September's Birthflower: The Adorable Aster

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September's birth flower is the beautiful aster. I have purple asters in my garden that love to sunbathe all day long! Also, they're a big hit with all of the monarch butterflies in my neighborhood. As the fall approaches, you'll probably start to see more asters in your area. Many people choose these flowers because they attract butterflies and bees to their garden. A red aster may even catch the attention of a passing humming bird or two. I spent some time this week taking a closer look at this lovely late-summer bloom, and here's what I learned.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Monday August 29th 2016

37 Fascinating Facts About Flowers

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I love learning new facts about my favorite blooms. The other day, I learned that roses have perfume glands on their petals. I always wondered what made the lovely pink roses in my garden smell so sweet! This week, I dug up some more fun facts about flowers that I know you'll enjoy.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Tuesday August 23rd 2016

What Is Your Zodiac Sign's Flower?

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Do you know your zodiac sign? Maybe you read your horoscope each morning to see what kind of day you're going to have. I like to sit down each evening and read my horoscope to see if the prediction for my day was correct! There are many things connected with each zodiac sign, including lucky numbers, an element, and even a planet. But did you know that there are different types of flowers connected with each zodiac sign? Take a look at what I found.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Monday August 15th 2016

The Race to Designing the Olympic Victors' Bouquets

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Have you been watching the Summer Olympics? It's so exciting to watch all of the talented athletes excel in their sports. During an Olympics medal ceremony, the winners of a competition traditionally receive a medal as well as a bouquet of flowers. You may be surprised to learn that there's a lot of creative work that goes into making the victors' bouquets. This week, I thought I'd take a closer look at the history of these bouquets and what goes into creating them. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Tuesday August 9th 2016

August's Birthflower: The Glamorous Gladiolus

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It's very hard to overlook the stunning beauty of the gladiolus. This flower's sword-shaped leaves and brilliant color make it the perfect choice for the official bloom of August. The gladiolus is an ideal selection if you're looking to add large splashes of color to your garden. My post this week is all about celebrating this incredible flower. Enjoy!

Profile of a Gladiolus

There are about 260 species of gladiolus. It's a tropical flower originally from Africa and the Mediterranean. It was introduced to Europe in the 18th century and became a very popular addition to Belgian gardens in the mid-1800s. During this time, hybrids of this flower appeared all around Europe in various shades of green, purple, brown, and more. In the early 1890s, gladiolus plants began to grace many backyard gardens in America.

Gladiolus Colors

One of the best things about including this dramatic flower in your garden is the number of colors to choose from. I planted a row of yellow gladiolus plants next to a fence in my yard. The bright shade of yellow really lights up that area and supplies me with sunshine even on cloudy days. Plus, my fence provides the long stalks of the flowers with support as they grow taller. The gladiolus is also available in pink, red, white, blue, apricot, burgundy, purple, and orange. There are numerous multi-colored gladioli, including a white and red combination, red and yellow, as well as a blue bloom with streaks of white on its petals.

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Caring for Gladiolus

Gladioli are relatively easy to care for. They should be planted in the warm springtime soil in an area that receives full sunlight. Also, be sure to choose a place where your flowers will have protection from strong winds. When you plant bulbs, also known as corms, be sure to space them about six inches apart to give each one room to grow. These plants need two to four inches of mulch around them to keep the soil moist. Remember to water your gladiolus plants if there is less than one inch of rainfall during the week in the summertime.

Fun Gladiolus Facts

  • A gladiolus symbolizes many different things. This flower symbolizes strength due to its sword-like leaves. Furthermore, it is known as the flower of the gladiators. It also symbolizes sincerity, moral integrity, and remembrance. In the Victorian era, a red gladiolus symbolized passionate love because its leaves could pierce the heart of a lover.
  • Traditionally, gladiolus plants are given to couples celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
  • The roots of this flower have been used to make a poultice for removing thorns from a person's skin.
  • Watch out! Some parts of the gladiolus are poisonous and can irritate the skin.
  • The gladiolus is also known as xiphium. The Greek word xiphos means "sword."
  • Gladiolus plants are sometimes used in memorial services as a way of paying tribute to a lost loved one.

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So try putting some gladiolus plants in your garden and make your collection of flowers a standout in the neighborhood!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Monday July 25th 2016

It's Not Too Late To Start A Summer Garden

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We are approaching mid-summer, and you may be thinking that it's too late to start a garden. Well, you'll be glad to hear that it's not too late! You can still grow vegetables and have time to enjoy them as the fall season rolls around. Personally, I love the thought of throwing on a light jacket to go out to my garden and harvest a delicious gathering of spinach in the brisk fall air! I thought I'd give you some tips this week on how to make a success of your mid-summer garden.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Tuesday July 19th 2016

What's The Difference Between Annuals, Biennials, and Perennials?

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I've noticed that most people have certain ways they choose flowers for their gardens. Some look for fragrant flowers or blooms in their favorite colors. Other people select flowers that are known to attract butterflies. There are also people who select flowers based on their life cycle: When will they bloom and for how long? This week, I thought I'd share a little information about annuals, biennials, and perennials. Enjoy!

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Wednesday July 13th 2016

These Allergy-Friendly Flowers Are Nothing To Sneeze At

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Have you been sneezing a lot lately? Maybe your throat has been sore and itchy or you've felt congested. If you've dealt with any of these symptoms, you may have a pollen allergy. All of the pollen flying through the air in the summertime can really make it hard to enjoy the flowers and plants blooming all around us. Fortunately, there are some flowers that are considered allergy-friendly. This week, I'm taking a look at seasonal allergies and allergy-friendly (and -unfriendly) flowers.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Thursday July 7th 2016

July's Birthflower: The Lavish Larkspur

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All of my friends know that I love weddings and the whole wedding planning process, so when it was time for my girlfriend (and one of my bridesmaids) to get married herself, she asked for my help. I assured her that we would plan the most beautiful wedding she could imagine. She wanted to go with larkspurs for her flowers, since she was getting married at the end of July and both she and her fiancé were born during the hot summer month. I found out a lot of great and interesting information when researching the flower for her nuptials.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Monday June 27th 2016

Flower Crowns: How Summer's Hottest Floral Trend Came To Be

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I've seen a lot of flower crowns on brides and bridesmaids this summer. They are attractive and so easy to make. Along with being worn in wedding ceremonies, flower crowns are worn to parties, music festivals, outdoor theater performances, and many other types of celebrations. This week, I took a closer look at flower crowns and found out that they have a very interesting history. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in General