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Tuesday December 18th 2018

12 Days of Family Friendly Christmas Fun

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… twelve holiday-themed activities for me and my family! This holiday season, grab the entire family - the kids, grandkids, favorite family pets - and celebrate with festive fun that’ll make this Christmas one to remember. Here are twelve ideas - think of it as an activity advent calendar. Do one each day leading up to December 25 or all in one go - get celebrating!

Hunt for Holiday Lights

Jump in the car and explore the neighborhood for the hottest holiday lights and decorations! Pack a thermos of hot chocolate to keep cozy, and a playlist full of holiday tunes for the ride.

DIY Christmas Stockings

Stuffing the stockings is only half the fun, this year, let the entire family get in on the fun by planning a day of arts and crafts with DIY stockings.

Holiday Movie Night

How many Christmas movies can you watch in one night? Get your winter pajamas on, prep some popcorn, and pop in your favorites! Take it to the next level by inviting everyone to dress up like characters from their favorite movie or bringing movie-inspired snacks to the showing.

Gingerbread House Building

Have a sweet day of building cool cookie creations with your loved ones. Depending on how many houses are being built, you can invite each participant to decorate a different house on the block! Take it to the next level by making a front yard or garden with frosting (or real flowers if you’re feeling fancy).

Christmas Karaoke

Channel your inner Mariah Carey, grab the mic, and belt out your favorite holiday tunes with a Christmas karaoke session. Build your own collect, print out the lyrics, and let the good times roll!

Sweets for Santa

Satisfy Santa’s sweet tooth with a home-baked treat you made as a family. The adults can make the batter and take care of the oven-related tasks, while kids can help use cookie cutters for the shapes and the icing/sprinkles for decoration. Taste is important, but don’t forget presentation! Decorate Santa’s spread with seasonal cheer; wrap the table in tinsel, add some red sprinkle, or serve it alongside your favorite holiday flowers.

Family Volunteering

Open your arms and hearts this holiday season with a family volunteering experience. From soup kitchens to food collections and banks, there are ways for every member of the family to get involved.

Make your own Tree Ornaments

This year, don’t just decorate the tree with store-bought ornaments - make your own! Scour the web for your favorite kid-friendly Christmas ornament crafts, set up a crafting station and get to it.

Easter Egg Hunt on Christmas

Why should Easter get all the scavenger hunt fun? Set up a Christmas-themed search with a festive twist. Use mini stockings or tiny gift boxes and fill them with a festive treat. You can also make it a scavenger hunt, hiding hints on where the Christmas gifts are hidden - the choice is yours!

Christmas Around the World

Research Christmas traditions around the world, and make this year’s celebration a global one! Some American holiday traditions are even borrowed from other countries - such as poinsettias for Christmas.

Family Photo Shoot

This holiday season is one of the scrap books, and you’ve got the photos to prove it! Organize a family photo shoot with some festive decorations (and snacks, of course). Make some DIY Christmas photo booth props, or make it a themed photo shoot such as Ugly Sweater, Christmas characters, or general holiday cheer. Why not let the youngest members of the family join in on the fun too? Grab an inexpensive disposable camera and let them behind the lens for a few shots. Make this a Christmas tradition and see how their photography skills develop and grow over time!

Holiday Cards for All

Unleash your inner artists with a Christmas card crafting station! Use photos from the family photo shoot, or simply draw, write, add glitter to Christmas cards for friends and extended family! You can also create cards for charity organizations that share the love with those who might not have family to celebrate or exchange cards with.

Posted by Avas Rose in Holiday Flowers
Tuesday December 11th 2018

How Flowers Improve Workplace Productivity

Flowers are much more than just something nice to look at. In fact, they can make you happier and healthier. Flowers can improve your mood, improve your health, and improve your productivity.

The Emotional Impact of Flowers

The emotional impact of flowers is huge. They can make a space feel more welcoming and positive. They can brighten up a drab room or brighten up a dark, cold day.

A Harvard study found that those who kept flowers in their home felt more kind and compassionate during the times that they kept flowers versus the times that they didn’t. They tended to worry less and be more relaxed. Also at work, people found that flowers made them feel more enthusiastic. Not to mention that when someone gives you flowers, you are more likely to feel happy. That being said, there’s no reason why you can’t buy some for yourself.

The smell of certain flowers can have emotional benefits as well. For example, lavender is known for promoting relaxation and rest. You can put some of these in the bedroom for a better night’s sleep. Some people even put them on their pillows. Magnolias and Ylang-Ylang flowers are also known for their relaxing smell. Jasmine can be stress-reducing and uplifting. In fact, many of these flowers are made into essential oils that some people use to reduce headaches, promote relaxation, or re-energize. There’s a reason so many perfumes are based off of floral scents.

Health Benefits

Plants, including flowers, absorb carbon dioxide in the air and produce oxygen, giving the space more fresh air. There is a myth that plants use up all the oxygen that they absorb during the night, but that’s not true. They actually produce more oxygen during the day than they take at night, leaving us with plenty! So when you bring flowers to a patient at the hospital, you may really be doing them a favor not only by improving their mood but by improving the air quality as well.

And if we’re talking about edible flowers, there are many benefits! For example, Mexican Marigolds are great for the immune system and contain antioxidants to keep you well. Roses (and rosehips) have vitamin C. So next time you’re feeling under the weather, try adding a few flowers into your salad! Just be sure that they are the edible kind and that they haven’t been treated with anything.

Benefits in the Workplace

Studies are increasingly showing how much of a difference flowers can make. A Surrey University study asked participants to take a difficult test - one set of participants took the test in a room filled with plants, while the other group took the test in a room without. They compared skin conductivity, heart rate, and blood pressure and found that participants were less stressed when taking the test in a room full of plants. Maybe the next time you have to study for a big test, you can surround yourself with flowers.

In the workplace, flowers can help you focus. They can lighten your mood and boost your creativity. Different colors can spark different emotions in us - use this to your advantage. For example, reds and yellows will make you feel more alert and creative, while blues and purples will be more relaxing. The cypress is one flower known for boosting creativity.

Research from the Texas A&M University found that flowers and plants in the workplace help to boost ideas. In the study, they found that men generated 15% more ideas than usual, and that women were better able to generate flexible and creative solutions to problems when plants were present. So next time you’re working on a difficult project, bring in an arrangement of flowers! Whether you spend most of your time at home, at work, or even in the car, a bouquet of fresh flowers can really make your day better. Which ones will you buy next?

Posted by Avas Rose in General
Tuesday December 4th 2018

6 Tips for Taking Care of Flowers in the Winter

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… especially when you fill your home with poinsettias or stunning arrangements of crisp white lilies paired with luxurious red roses. While winter flower bouquets are as stunning as the season, extra care needs to be taken to ensure these blooms survive that cold winter kiss. Here is 6 Tips on to take care of flowers in the Winter.

Keep away from Direct Heat Sources

Keep away from direct heat sources. There’s nothing like a crackling fireplace or highly heated home on a cold winter day - especially for your flowers. Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can be harmful to your fresh blooms, so be sure to keep your bouquet away from those open flames or radiators.

Invest in a Humidifier

The dry winter air can be ruthless, so prepare yourself with a line of defense by investing in a humidifier. Keep the air moist enough so the stems of your flowers don’t dry out, keeping them alive for way longer.

Steer Clear of Open Windows

First too hot, then too cold - flowers have a favorite temperature too! Just as you keep them away from direct heat sources, you should also keep them away from direct cold sources, like that draft coming from the window. You’ll still want to keep them by the window for those surprise rays of sunlight, just make sure they are full shut and insulated.

Cut Stems Weekly (Proper Cutting Etiquette)

Keep your stems fresh by trimming the ends every two to three days for optimal water absorption. If you skipped over our first two tips, this may have to be done more frequently if the stems are drying out too quickly.

Tip: Stems should be trimmed at an angle ideally while the bottom is submerged in water. Cut about one inch off during each trimming.

Keep an Eye on Water Levels

If the heat is turned up, the water in your vase may evaporate at a more rapid rate. Make sure to keep your winter flower bouquet hydrated and refill as necessary.

Tip: firmer stems require more water (about ⅔ of the vase), while softer stems require about ½ a vase full of water.

Change Water and Flower Food Regularly

Water starting to look a little murky? Revive your bouquet by replacing their food and water, because plants deserve a fresh meal too!

Tip: out of flower food? Make your own with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 teaspoon of sugar.

Looking for winter care tips for your plants instead? Check out our post on protecting your plants during the colder months.

Posted by Avas Rose in Winter Flowers
Monday November 26th 2018

Top Five Things to Know About Flower Giving

Do you want to send flowers, but don’t have the time to research what the best kind of flower is for the occasion? Or maybe you’re not sure what the etiquette is for giving flowers. If this is all new to you - or if you just want a refresher - read on.

1. Consider the Occasion

First and foremost, consider the occasion. Different flowers have different meanings, and you wouldn’t want to send along the wrong idea. And no, you don’t need to be a flower expert to decipher what they mean! A lot of it is common sense - for example, you wouldn’t want to give a black rose to a loved one, or a bright, happy boutique to a grieving family.

2. Send Flowers in a Timely Manner

Don’t wait two months after the event to send flowers. Whether it’s Mother’s Day or a college graduation, be sure to send flowers within a week or so of the occasion. When sending flowers, you should also send a short note so that the recipient knows who the flowers are from. A note also makes it more personal.

3. Consider the Culture

Consider culture, especially in the event of a funeral or a wedding. Some cultures and faiths may have different traditions for these occasions, and flowers may hold a different meaning. For example, in the Jewish faith, burials must happen within 24 hours of death, so people usually don't send flowers to the funeral home. You can, however, send flowers and fruit baskets to the family’s home. In most cultures, white flowers are acceptable for funerals, but red flowers are not. Keep that in mind when deciding which flowers to send.

4. Etiquette for Sympathy and Get Well Flowers

When giving sympathy or funeral flowers, it’s generally best to send them to the funeral home directly as opposed to sending them to the family’s home. If the family wants donations in lieu of flowers, you will want to respect their wishes and not send them.

However, depending on how well you know them, it may be okay to send a small bouquet a few weeks after the funeral to let them know that you’re still thinking about them. For a funeral, choose flowers with more subdued colors - lilies are a popular choice. If you want to send get well flowers to someone who is in the hospital, check the hospital rules first.

Some hospitals do not allow flowers because of allergies. In this case, you might want to send flowers once they’ve gotten home from the hospital. Or, if they are only having a short stay at the hospital, you could send flowers to their home as well. If they are staying somewhere that does allow flowers, choose flowers that are not overly fragrant, such as tulips and Gerbera daisies. Bright, cheerful flowers are great for get well arrangements.

5. Etiquette for Romantic Flowers

Red roses are the obvious choice here, but you don’t have to be traditional if you don’t want to. If you know that your special someone has a particular type of flower that they love, get them that, even if it isn't traditional. Tulips and carnations are excellent choices if you’re not sure.

If it’s a first or second date, you’ll want to be careful about the flower you choose. You won’t want to come off too strong or send the wrong message. Sunflowers or tulips are sweet but keep the mood light. No matter where you are in the relationship, think carefully before sending flowers to their workplace.

Some people love this public display of affection, but others may not. Either way, make sure that your significant other is comfortable with the idea before doing it. Now you’ll be able to go into your next flower-buying experience with some knowledge.

For quick reference, take a look at this list of flowers that are safe to send for each occasion.

Sympathy - Lilies, muted colors

Get Well - Tulips, gerbera daisies

Romance - Roses, tulips, carnations

Friendship - Yellow roses, alstroemeria

Congratulations - Yellow or orange roses, bright colors

Wedding - Roses, tulips, peonies

Posted by Avas Rose in Flowers Gift Ideas
Monday November 19th 2018

40 Everyday Things to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving may be the one day of the year when we focus on giving thanks, but why should this day get all the fun? Each and every day offers something special to appreciate, from that scent of fresh flowers in the morning to that surge of relaxation you get when your head hits the pillow.

Here are 40 everyday things to be thankful for, because you don’t need a Thanksgiving holiday to celebrate the little things everyday!

1. The sound of birds chirping early in the morning

2. The pinks, purples, and blues that consume the sky after sunset

3. That rush you get after an early morning workout

4. The smell of fresh coffee in the morning

5. Car rides with the perfect playlist (and company)

6. Nights spent stargazing with your loved ones

7. A moment of silence in the middle of a crazy day

8. Plopping down on your favorite couch after an exhausting day

9. A scalding hot shower on a cold winter day

10. The sound and feeling of crisp fall leaves under your shoe

11. The feeling of your cat purring on your chest

12. Hitting “book” on that holiday you’ve been saving for

13. Putting on clothing that’s still warm from the dryer

14. Your favorite team scoring that winning goal

15. That intoxicating scent of a fresh flower bouquet

16. Hot chocolate with marshmallows on top

17. A campfire on on a day you can see your breath

18. Waking up well-rested after a sensible evening

19. Rainy day puzzles with your family

20. The sound of your pet’s paws excitedly running to the door when you come home from work

21. When your local restaurant treats you with a free dessert

22. That first bite of a brownie a la mode

23. That scent that fills your home when you bake a cake

24. Teaching your kids or grandkids a new skill - and them finally getting the hang of it

25. The sound when you open a can of beer or pop open a wine cork

26. When your favorite musician releases a new track

27. The feel of a freshly sharpened pencil on paper

28. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore

29. The calm before a midsummer storm

30. Those first rays of sunlight that sneak through the shutters

31. Shadow puppets with the kids

32. Finishing the book that’s been keeping you up at night

33. Filling in the last box on a crossword puzzle

34. The sizzle your steak makes when you throw it on the grill

35. Clean clothes that still smell like your favorite fabric softener

36. Getting a surprise phone call from an old friend

37. The sound of popcorn kernels popping on movie night

38. Receiving that package you ordered weeks ago and forgot all about

39. Crisp, freshly-washed bed sheets

40. Seeing your loved ones smiling and enjoying the little things

No matter how hard the day or week has been, don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate life’s tiny moments that put a smile on your face. And as the age old saying goes, maybe even stop to smell a flower or two.

Posted by Avas Rose in Celebration Flowers
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

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 Avas Rose in Anniversary Flowers
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. Autumn decorating can be a very creative and fun task.

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 Avas Rose in Autumn Fall Flowers
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. November can be a great force of nature. 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
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. Try out Halloween DIY to accent your decorations.

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.

Posted by in Anniversary Flowers
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