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Wednesday November 14th 2018

Claude Monet’s Flowers

Claude Monet was a genius, an artist, a visionary… but most importantly - a fan of flowers just like us! In honor of this impressionist painter’s birthday on November 14, we’re celebrating him and the flowers that inspired some of his most famous works.

Monet’s Most Famous Flower Paintings:
This Water Lilies (Nymphéas in French) series of almost 250 oil paintings are perhaps some of Monet’s iconic works. They were his main focus during the last 30 years of his life, and were inspired by his flower garden in Giverny, France.

This series is not only widely recognized, but widely beloved, with fans willing to pay top dollar for access to these flower paintings. One particular piece, the Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, sold for almost 41 million British Pounds in 2008!

Where to see them
pieces from this series are displayed all over the world. Some of the most recognized museums include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the National Gallery in London, and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

Common Lily symbolism: Purity, devotion

Sunflowers
This still life series is comprised of two very themes of sunflowers, one with them depicted laying on the ground; the other with them arranged in a vase. For this series, Monet chose seven different types of sunflowers. Both versions were painted with Monet’s friend and fellow French painter Paul Gauguin in mind.

Where to see them
There are many different versions of these paintings all over the world; some can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, National Gallery in London, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Common Lily symbolism: happiness, adoration, loyalty, friendship

Vase of Peonies
While these works are far lesser-known than Monet’s other flower creations, he painted two versions of this beautiful bloom-inspired still life: one in 1882, and one in 1887.

Where to see them
The Foundation Beyeler in Bâle and in the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo.

Common Lily symbolism:
romance, good fortune, compassion, prosperity

Essential Places to Visit for Monet Fans
Giverny, France: Visit the home and gardens that inspired some of Monet’s most beloved works, including the aforementioned Water Lily series.

Paris, France: The “City of Light” served as the inspiration for many of Monet’s works; be sure to visit the Gare Saint Lazare, the Park Monceau, and the Marmottan Monet Museum.

Le Havre, France: This port city is the inspiration for the painting Impression, Sunrise. Although not one of his most famous works, it was a review of this particular piece that led to the coining of the term “impressionism,” the art movement of which Claude Monet would become the father of.

Rouen, France: This picturesque city is stunning for a visit on its own, but even better for Monet fans thanks to the sculpture of the painter’s bust, which can be found smack in the center of the city square. The Rouen Cathedral also served as inspiration for one of Monet’s stunning series.

Fun Facts about Claude Monet
Fact #1: Monet’s full name was Oscar-Claude Monet; his parents often called him Oscar as his father’s name was Claude.

Fact #2: He spent a lot of time in school making caricatures of his teachers - you never know what those mid-day doodles could lead to!

Fact #3: Monet spent seven years doing military service in Algeria due to a draft. While he had very little time and tools to study his craft during this time period, he shared in an interview that the colors of North Africa “contained the germ of my future researches”

Fact #4: Many of the pieces painted as part of the Water Lilies series were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.

View Claude Monet's Art at MoMA
Plan a day out with family and friends to see Claude Monet's famous Water Lillies paintings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and learn more about the most famous painter of flowers in the world.

Posted by Search Forecast in Anniversary Flowers
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Thursday November 8th 2018

How to Bring the Beauty of Fall Into Your Home - 6 Autumn Decorating Ideas You’ll Fall in Love With

The changing of the leaves, crackling fires under a chilly autumn sky, and a big mug of steamy apple cider in hand.. there’s no time of year quite as cozy as fall. Capture the spirit of the season by bringing the beauty of autumn home with these fall decorating ideas.

Seasonal Scents
Cinnamon, pumpkin spice, freshly-baked apple pie.. awaken that sense of with the perfect fall scent. If you unfortunately can’t have a constant rotation of fresh pies in the oven to fill the air, candles will do the trick.

All of the Lights
Why is it that the flickering light of a candle just screams fall? Candles are not only handy for filling the air with the scent of the season, but also creating that perfect fall mood. Stick with a basic colored candle and decorate the setting around it for a subtle, sophisticated touch, or go all out with a bold candle choice. If you are host to young children, consider flameless candles for some added safety.Alternatively, lanterns are the perfect way to spruce up your décor. Use them to line the path leading to your front door, or add a few on tables, mantles, and even bathrooms to bring the room together.

Fall Flowers
From chrysanthemums to sunflowers, there’s no better way to bring the spirit of fall home than filling the room with your favorite fall flowers.

Pumpkins on Tables
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving and eating. Bring that age old pop of orange into the display by using pumpkins in your décor; you can fill vessels with mini pumpkins, jazz up a table display with pumpkins scattered on the table, or why not go the extra step and turn a pumpkin into a stunning fall centerpiece.

Found Fallen Items
Leaves, acorns, pinecones… grab the kids, grandkids and even family pets on a search for the fallen heroes of the season. Get a bit creative and use these sprinkles of nature to decorate! Add some acorns to a vase, utilize fallen leaves to make a table runner, or perhaps fill a decorative bowl with acorns and cranberries. There’s no limit to what you can do with nature’s own beauty.

Fall Wreaths
Set the scene from the beginning with a fall wreath proudly displayed on your front door. You can use a variety of seasonal icons from small pumpkins to your favorite fall flowers to make a one-of-a-kind wreath that’s just waiting to greet your future visitors.

Decorative Pillows
Adding a pop of seasonal fun to your décor can be as easy as swapping your decorative pillows for a fresh new look! Avoid holiday-centric choices with a short life span, and opt for subtle pillows in the traditional hues of autumn.

There is no one correct way to decorate for fall; but no matter how you decorate, it’s the people that add that irreplaceable cozy feeling. So go ahead, invite the family and neighbors over for some mulled wine or cider, even if it isn’t Thanksgiving just yet.

Posted by Search Forecast in Autumn Fall Flowers
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Thursday November 1st 2018

Flannels in November

Photo by Alisa Anton

“How Beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color our their last days.” - John Burroughs

It’s so easy to get caught up in the fast-paced chaos of the holidays. We unintentionally set our expectations high trying to overload so much into our days that we lose sight in the wonders that surround us. We look into our backyards and see chores of having to rake up all of the fallen leaves, but if we could just slow down for a moment we would be able to see the leaves dancing in the wind.      

November is a month of self-reflection and preparation for the new year. It’s a month where our appetite for gratitude grows wild like the manly beards of Movember. Chrysanthemums bloom with loyalty and love while pumpkins magically turn into pies. Friends and family gather around backyards and bonfires sharing stories that we have all heard a hundred times yet they never get old. That faithful flannel manages to make its way out from the back of the closet and onto your arms still smelling like Grandma’s last hug.

Photo by Leon Contreras

Be still this month. Stop and acknowledge the beauties in life. Write down what you smell, what you hear beyond the noise, share a smile over some roasted marshmallows, take more walks, post more pictures, sing out loud, and embrace the very essence of you. Do what makes you happy and then do more of it.

We are so excited to celebrate November with you! We hope to contribute to some everlasting memories with you and your family over the holidays. Stay tuned in the following weeks for our DIY tutorials on how to use Pumpkins & Flowers for your Thanksgiving Decor.

Photo by Pro Church Media

Posted by Mike Bulaon in Special Occasion
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Tuesday October 23rd 2018

Halloween DIY: a different way to use pumpkins for durable, floral decor - step-by-step


The best thing about DIY decorations is the fact that you can create something different and unique for every occasion, using your favorite components that are guaranteed to please the eye.

This Halloween I decided to create a pumpkin centerpiece with flowers in addition to classic pumpkins with carved-out faces. Take a peek at how you can make this fancy decoration on your own, step-by-step.

Start out by preparing everything you’ll need at a comfortable workstation. You’ll obviously need a pumpkin to form the base of your decor. In addition, you’ll need some floral foam and cellophane or a plastic bag. The rest is up to you. Feel free to choose some farm-fresh flowers, whatever is currently growing in your garden (that includes flowers, grasses and herbs) and any dried flowers you can find at home.

I opted for fresh sunflowers, fresh chili peppers and fresh wildflowers I picked during my weekend hike. I’m also using dried hydrangeas. Don’t be afraid to play with colors and structures here; the pumpkin will be able to hold a lot! Make sure you also have a knife, scissors and garden shears at hand.

Start by cutting out the top of the pumpkin and de-seeding it.  

Next you want to cut out a piece of floral sponge that will fit inside the carving.

Soak it generously; the sponge will be keeping all the fresh flowers alive (let the sponge absorb the water on its own).

Before placing it inside the squash, wrap it in cellophane to protect the squash from absorbing the liquid.

Cut out any excess cellophane so it disappears from sight.

Our base is now ready and the fun part can begin: arranging the flowers in the pumpkin. Start with the largest flowers that will form the base of your bouquet and finish with the smallest ones. I’m starting with dried hydrangeas.

Next in line, my largest flowers are the sunflowers. Don’t forget about trimming excess stems with garden shears (we don’t recommend using scissors).

I’m finishing off the centerpiece with chili peppers and wildflowers.

Piping is the final touch that will make your pumpkin decor even more fancy. I totally love the look of this cotton piping on this autumnal arrangement.

Voila! The centerpiece is ready to fancy up any room in your home.

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Monday October 15th 2018

Halloween Flowers

October is all about Halloween! We can’t wait, and in anticipation of this quickly-approaching holiday, why not begin decorating with Halloween flowers? Using floral centerpieces and bouquets to decorate for Halloween is a wonderful way to showcase your creative talents and add a natural touch to your home

Use autumn colors and seasonal fall flowers for your home this month! And don’t forget to add spooky accents. Some of the best Halloween flowers are seasonal, in colors of black, orange, yellow, dark red and dark purple.

 

The sunflower is one of our favorite October flowers! They do an excellent job at brightening up the darkest of spaces; they’re like little bits of sunshine in the home. The French word for sunflower is tournesol, which literally means "turn with the sun", and sunflowers do just that. They capture all the sunrays so you can have them home when the sun isn’t around as much! Ideal for taking shelter from the fall chills.






Chrysanthemums are in season in the garden and they are also always available at florists. They come in all of these Halloween colors naturally except for black.




The dahlia is another fall flower that is available in Halloween colors. The perfect seasonal bloom to center a bouquet.




Roses and carnations are classic favorites always available at the florist and they can be dyed in any color you like, even black.

We also have a list of some naturally spooky and bizarre flowers that any Halloween lover will appreciate.

Some of the best October flowers are created by nature and need no further help to be bizarre or spooky. Just look at the bat flower: this nearly-black flower features "wings" like bat wings and long whiskers that make it look like something from an alien planet. Sometimes you can find these plants around Halloween.



Then there is the corpse-scented dark red and black voodoo lily that looks equally strange. The eyeball plant is an annual with flowers that look like yellow and orange eyeballs; it also numbs the mouth in case you have some mad, evil dentists running around your party.

I have to mention carnivorous plants like the Venus fly trap, nepenthes, and sarracenias; they may not be flowers, but their spook factor is high. Tuck them amidst some red cockscomb, which resembles a brain, or within some weird octopus orchids or bat-faced cup head. For a more light-hearted flower, choose candy corn vine; the flowers look just like the candy.

Posted by in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday October 9th 2018

21 flowers to mark wedding anniversaries

You may have heard of the silver wedding anniversary, celebrated after 25 years of happy marriage, or the gold wedding anniversary, which marks 50 years of this love bond, but did you know that wedding anniversaries are also marked by specific types of flowers?


Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a wedding anniversary gift or searching for a way to impress your other half, our comprehensive list will have you covered. Read on to learn which flower represents each anniversary and the symbolism of that flower.


Remember: if you choose your gift wisely, it’s going to be more meaningful, momentous and special!


First Anniversary - Carnation

Traditionally, the carnation was used to express the beginning of love. No wonder it’s the flower of the first wedding anniversary.

Second Anniversary - Lily of the valley

These gorgeous flowers symbolize purity and devotion.

Third Anniversary - Sunflower

There’s no better way to celebrate the cheerful occasion of the third wedding anniversary than with sunflowers. They are the symbol of lasting happiness!

Fourth Anniversary -  Hydrangea

Hydrangeas symbolize appreciation and gratitude. Isn’t it precisely what you’d like to express after four years of matrimony?

Fifth Anniversary - Daisy

On the fifth wedding anniversary, gift your loved one some daisies. They stand for loyalty, innocence and faith.

Sixth Anniversary - Calla Lily

It’s a truly elegant and sophisticated flower, and such a graceful way to celebrate the bond you’ve forged over six years. The calla lily represents pure love and growth.

Seventh Anniversary - Freesia

The gift of freesias stands for good spirit and trust; both are vital in an everlasting marriage.

Eighth Anniversary - Lilac

This cheerful flower represents confidence and youthfulness.

Ninth Anniversary - Bird-of-Paradise

The symbol of joy, magnificence and splendor; it’s the perfect analogy to your relationship after 9 years together.

10th Anniversary - Daffodil

A bouquet of daffodils delivered to your other half on the day of your tenth wedding anniversary symbolizes happiness and respect, ideal for another 10 years of your relationship.

11th Anniversary - Tulip

Tulips express elegance and grace. Send your loved one this tender message on your 11th wedding anniversary.

12th Anniversary - Peony

Having spent 12 years together, your relationship certainly becomes more sophisticated. Peony is the flower that symbolizes happy marriage and brings wishes of good life in happiness and health.

13th Anniversary - Chrysanthemum

An expression of abundance and optimism.  

14th Anniversary - Dahlia

Dahlias mean dignity and grace. It’s an elegant gift that foresees exciting moments that are yet to come.

15th Anniversary - Rose

After so many years together, you know each other so well and your love is as sensual as ever. The ultimate symbol of passion and romance commemorates 15 years of marriage.

20th Anniversary - Aster

The aster is the symbol of patience and wisdom, perfect after two decades of marriage.

25th Anniversary - Iris

Celebrate a quarter-century of marriage with irises. This strong and impressive flower stands tall and proud, promising many wonderful memories ahead of you.

28th Anniversary - Orchid

Orchids represent refinement, love and strength. In Chinese culture they symbolize many children, which means the time has come for both of you to relish the fruits of your relationship.  

30th Anniversary - Lily

This gorgeous flower expresses devotion, purity of heart and innocence.

40th Anniversary - Gladiolus

After 40 years of marriage, the sincerity of your bond is clear. Gladiolus symbolizes that sincerity, as well as generosity and remembrance.

50th Anniversary -  Yellow roses

Congratulations on this major milestone! The golden wedding anniversary will be best celebrated with yellow roses. The flower symbolizes inner joy and true love.

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Tuesday September 25th 2018

Marigolds

Seeing marigolds appear here and there around my neighborhood is something I look forward to every fall. These brightly colored blooms never fail to inspire me, so it was no surprise to me when I learned that marigolds symbolize creativity. For this week's post, I looked a little deeper into the story behind this brilliant flower of October.

The Story of Marigolds

The Greeks and Romans admired these flowers for much more than their beauty. They used marigolds to dye fabrics, treat various skin conditions, make cosmetics, and serve as seasoning in recipes. In Mexico, marigolds play a leading role in the annual Dia de Los Muertos festivities: People make garlands of marigolds and put them on the graves of their loved ones.

Where Do Marigolds Come From?

Marigolds are from the Mediterranean, so it won't come as a shock to you that they thrive in the heat and need lots of sunlight. These flowers are also plentiful in southwest Asia and western Europe.

Caring for Marigolds

Choosing a color is probably the toughest part of caring for these low-maintenance flowers. Marigold colors include bright orange, yellow, gold, and white. I have a neighbor who has a line of pots on her front porch containing marigolds of every color. I'm with her: Why choose just one when you can have them all? She puts them in dark pots in order to highlight the brilliant colors of the flowers' petals. After planting your marigolds in a sunny area, water your marigolds thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry before watering them again. Well-drained soil is best for these blooms. Make sure to water the base of your marigolds and not the petals, as watering the petals can cause mold. Deadhead your marigolds to spur renewed growth.

Fun Facts

  • The first colonists in America dried marigold petals, crushed them, and used the powder to color cheeses and butter.

  • Marigolds symbolize passion, which is why many brides include them in their wedding bouquets, reception table vases, and other flower arrangements.

  • Marigold was a popular girls' name back in the 1920s. The young daughter of Edith Crawley on the popular television show Downton Abbey is named Marigold; the show is set in the early 20th century.

  • Some people think that deer and rabbits are repelled by marigolds, but this is not true. However, while they are not repelled by them, they won't eat them unless they are out of other options.

  • Marigolds are a natural repellant to mosquitoes, and they are attractive to pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies.

  • The petals of signet marigolds are a tasty edition to a delicious salad. They add a spicy element to the dish.

  • Back in the 1960s, David Burpee, president of the Burpee seed company, campaigned to make the marigold the national flower. The marigold lost out to the rose for that title.

Whether you plant your marigolds in your garden or put them in a pot on your patio, they will be large contributors to the swirl of fall colors around your home.

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Tuesday September 25th 2018

Which flowers are in bloom in Autumn?


Autumn is already here. The days are becoming visibly shorter and colder, the summery colors are starting to fade away and many flowers have already withered; does it make you feel nostalgic too?


Vegetational activity is starting to slow down in preparation for winter days, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any flowers to enjoy in the autumn season. Some of them actually hold over from the summertime, helping us combat the first signs of the autumnal melancholy.   


Whether you’re looking to get a seasonal wedding arrangement or simply wondering which flowers can currently be purchased at the best price, we’ve prepared this list of flowers that can still please the eye in those darker, fall months.


  • Allium, also known as ornamental garlic


  • Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas


  • Anemone - which makes excellent cut flowers that should last in a vase for over a week


  • Aster - a beautiful perennial with yellow center and white, red, pink, purple, lavender or blue petals


  • Rudbeckia hirta, also known as Black-Eyed Susan is another strong plant that should last in a vase for up to 10 days


  • Carnation - an herbaceous perennial plant that comes in a variety of colors


  • Chrysanthemum - which can help reduce indoor air pollution


  • Cosmos - an herbaceous perennial from the sunflower family


  • Dahlia - an herbaceous perennial plant native to Mexico


  • Freesia - a very fragrant flower grown mainly for use as cut flower


  • Gerbera Daisy - florists’ favorite, right after roses and carnations; boasts a long vase life


  • Gladiolus - also known as the Sword Lily, is a perennial that signifies remembrance


  • Gloriosa - also known as flame lily is beautiful but toxic


  • Gypsophila - or Baby's Breath, is a bushy plant that survives after a week when cut and dries beautifully

  • Hydrangea - a popular flowering shrub that blooms from late spring to late autumn


  • Iris - a hardy herbaceous perennial that comes in many color combinations, including blue and purple, white and yellow, pink and orange, brown and red, and even black


  • Kangaroo paw - it has no fragrance, but makes an excellent cut flower; originates from Australia


  • Lily - an herbaceous flowering plant growing from bulbs. Its prominent flowers come in a wide range of colors including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples


  • Nerine - a pink, dashing autumn flowering bulb, which will flower for years once it accommodates in your garden


  • Orchid - very colorful and fragrant; popular potted houseplants


  • Red Rover Mum - blooms from late summer through fall; there are annual and biennial varieties


  • Rose - some of the garden varieties of this woody flowering plant bloom only in fall


  • Solanum dulcamara, or Bittersweet nightshade - a semi-woody herbaceous perennial vine


  • Sunflower - yes! The stunning suncatcher blooms through the fall season as well


  • Zinnia - an annual and perennial plant that blooms from mid-summer all the way until the first frost

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Tuesday September 18th 2018

Choosing the Right Hospital Flowers - everything you need to make an appropriate decision


Staying in a hospital is a low point in anyone’s life, no matter how good the conditions. Flowers are an excellent way to wish them quick recovery. Not only do they remind your loved one you’re thinking of them, but they also brighten the space and create a good energy that can actually boost recovery.  


A nice bouquet can thus make life somewhat easier for a recuperating patient. But is it always the case? Not necessarily. There are a few things that should be kept in mind while selecting an appropriate bouquet, whether you bring it by yourself or have it delivered to the hospital.  



  • Some hospital units, especially those that treat patients with lowered immune systems will not accept flowers. This will usually apply to intensive care and midwifery, as well as post-surgical wards and burn treatment. Some establishments have banned flowers altogether, so you should check with the hospital first before you order the flowers.


  • Avoid flowers with pollen that is exposed, e.g., lilies. Instead, opt for flowers which hide their pollen, such as roses, irises, carnations or chrysanthemums. Allergens are never a good idea in a hospital; even if the patient you’re about to gift doesn’t have allergies, others may not be as lucky.


  • Choose simple and smaller arrangements. They will be easier to move around if necessary. Remember that hospital shelves may be needed for meds as well as the personal belongings of the patient.


  • Flowers with harder or wooden stems, such as roses, carnations, sunflowers or asters will be better than the ones with soft stems, like gerbera daisies or tulips. Those harder stems won’t get soggy and thus won’t require changing water as often, leaving doctors and nurses more time to do their work.


  • Consider a durable vase. A glass vase may cause a serious hazard when flipped. If you can’t find a metal, wicker or plastic replacement, opt for a wide glass vase that guarantees stability.  



Posted by in Get Well Flowers
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Tuesday September 4th 2018

Looking for gifts for this Grandparent’s Day? 9 reasons why flowers are your best option


It’s obvious that as a floral business we’re quite biased on this opinion, but to make things clear, this post is based on some 35 years of careful observation, so I’m positive we’re giving you a solid reason to believe.  


I brought my grandparents quite a lot of different gifts during my lifespan, but from what I noticed, flowers were always the biggest hit. A thorough analysis of family gatherings helped me draw several conclusions. Here’s the entire list:

1. Your grandparents don’t really care about the gifts you get them. Thus, a piece of nature is the best thing you can give to someone who doesn’t really want anything.

2. Flowers will wither, but that’s why they’re better than gadgets that are likely to become redundant anyway; they won’t end up cluttering space and gathering dust.

3. There is no better looking gift than colorful flowers. They immediately transform any room and add positive energy to any space; that’s never a bad gift.

4. The flowers you give remind your dear grandparents you care about them, even when you aren’t physically there.

5. Flowers are eye candy, and eye candy is a great gift to anyone who regrets they can’t see you more often.

6.Flowers won’t make them put on weight. My Grandma would actually give me back the sweets I would bring her, leaving me feel stupid. Do you want to feel stupid?

7. I haven’t met a grandmother who isn’t happy about receiving colorful and vibrant flowers (I have a lot of friends who will back me up on this). When your grandmother is happy, your granddad is be too.

8. Not all grandads will admit to this, but they secretly like having something they can look after. In the end, their kids are grown and their mission is done. It may be why my Grandad does the best job at keeping alive the bonsai tree I gave him.

9. Even if your grandad won’t be happy with flowers or plants, he will give them to grandma, which will make her doubly happy. And you already know that when Grandma is happy, so is Grandpa. It’s a solid win-win.


One lifehack advice to the above list: there is nothing else that will make your grandparents happier than your company. Even a dozen of trolleys of flowers won’t beat it.

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