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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 Yvette Irvin, Regalix 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.

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Anniversary Flowers
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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.

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Birthday Flowers
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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

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in General
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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 Yvette Irvin, Regalix 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.

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in General
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Tuesday August 21st 2018

6 safe plants to boost your dog’s health today

6 safe plants to boost your dog’s health today


I’m sure you’re already taking care of your dog very well, giving him all the attention he deserves. You take him on long walks in nature regularly. You play with him to stimulate his mind. You have him checked by a veterinarian at least once a year. You even trim his nails  yourself because who else could do it better than you?

You also give him plenty of fresh water and good quality food; naturally, you treat his stomach just like you treat yours. After all, true friendship is so hard to find, one needs to do the best one can to make it flourish.

There is another thing you can do for your four-legged friend that you may not have heard of until now. Use your garden, terrace or just the window sill to start growing herbs that will do wonders for your dog’s health.

That’s right! Certain herbs will work magic for your dog’s health. You can just sprinkle them on your dog’s regular food; they are totally safe. Breakfasts of champions really make champions, so start taking greater care of your dog’s tummy (and overall health) today.  

  1. Fennel

Fennel has great benefits for the digestive system and virtually any part of this herb is suitable for consumption. The seeds are particularly good at eliminating intestinal parasites, so definitely use it during cleansing treatments.

  1. Dandelion

You’re more than likely to find this plant in your nearest meadow or park. This plant is quite a powerful diuretic, so bear in mind you’ll have to walk your dog more often if you include this herb in his diet. Dandelion is rich in potassium so it will keep your dog’s kidneys and liver in the highest order.

  1. Sage

Sage is another herb that helps ease digestive issues and bloating. In fact, it’s excellent at boosting the immune system and overall health. Be sure to only feed sage leaves to your dog (can be both fresh or dried).

  1. Parsley

Parsley is packed with minerals necessary for the proper functioning of bladder and kidneys. It maintains the right pH levels which keeps your dog’s tummy happy. Parsley improves digestion as well.

  1. Milk thistle

Milk thistle has detoxifying qualities, which is why it’s particularly good for strengthening liver functions. Healthy liver means healthy skin, so indirectly, this herb can also help treat skin problems. The less-commonly-known benefit is that it calms your dog’s temper.

  1. Peppermint

It’s super easy to grow at home and very effective at treating nausea and indigestion. It may be the best thing to give to your dog after it consumes a random find in the bushes; we’ve all been there and we know how it ends!

We’d advise that you consult with your vet if your dog is experiencing any digestive or other issues. Herbs have enormous health benefits, but they won’t substitute medicaments.

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in General
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Tuesday August 14th 2018

Flowery essential oils that will help you unwind this National Relaxation Day

With National Relaxation Day coming up tomorrow, we’re giving you the perfect excuse to try some essential oils, which will take R and R to the next level.



I’m sure you’ve heard of aromatherapy before, but have you ever wondered how it actually works? Perhaps you doubt it works at all? It certainly does wonders, so if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s high time you do.But before we get down to the gist of this post, here’s a little anatomy lesson that will help convince those hardest to convince.

Aromatherapy starts with the olfactory nerve, responsible for sending sensory information related to smell directly to the brain. The nerve, strategically located deep in your nose, is connected with specific parts of the brain, namely the limbic system and amygdala, which are in charge of our emotions and mood.The two regulate our autonomic nervous system, the one which quickens our breath, increases the heart rate and raises blood pressure when we’re stressed or anxious. The autonomic nervous system also slows the heart rate and relaxes muscle tension.In short, certain smells will stimulate our nervous system - including the parts that are responsible for curbing stress - naturally!

Doesn’t it sound like magic? Check out the list of my favorite floral essential oils that help restore your inner zen.

Lavender
It’s particularly effective at reducing mild sleeping problems. An evening spent breathing in lavender scent will help loosen up those tense muscles and relieve stress, which is what most of us need after a busy day in the office. It’s one of the least expensive essential oils.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang is the flower of a tropical tree called cananga, which is native to Southeast Asia, therefore its odour is more exotic. This oil is known to relieve stress and lift your mood when you’re feeling down as it lowers blood pressure in an instant. It’s sometimes used by therapists working with patients who suffer from depression.

Chamomile

Chamomile is another oil that significantly lowers blood pressure and keeps the nervous system in good balance when used regularly. Relieves stress, convulsions and other hyper-reactions in children and adults.   

Clary sage

Clary sage is actually an herb. Its oil is a powerful stress reliever, one that helps release muscle tension. In addition to those wonderful qualities, it helps keep the hormones in balance, so it’s recommended to anyone who experiences hormonal shifts (yes, this includes menstruating women).  

Jasmine

This is a gorgeous fragrance; one that is a true mood booster. The National Center of Biotechnology Information recently released a study confirming that jasmine essential oil is excellent for fighting anxiety, insomnia, depression and low libido.A hot bath with a few drops of essential oils remains my favorite way to enjoy them. What’s yours?

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Anniversary Flowers
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Monday August 6th 2018

5 plants your cat will love you for this World Cat Day

It’s World Cat Day! The day to forgive your cute four-legged friend that wakes you at stupid o’clock for food, simply because he was hungry and just not satisfied with the leftovers in his bowl (I mean, who does that?!). You’ll also forgive his temperament and how he ignores your affection one moment and then begs  for a little belly rub the next.

Of course you will, because you’re a total cat person and you could spend all day rubbing and hugging and squeezing and petting your cutest little ball of fluff. And your cat has won the Cat of the Year title anyway (he actually wins it every day, doesn’t he? ;) ). You could have also spared him the lunch visit to the feline spa, but who doesn’t deserve a little hair trim and manicure every now and then?

I may be laughing just a little, but not at you; at myself. Sometimes I used to go over the top with kitty-cat love before I found out that some plants are natural pet charms. Did you realize that some floral species attract cats because of their pleasant smell? That they make cats happy? That kitties sometimes prefer to lie down next to a fragrant plant instead of your keyboard while you’re typing vigorously because you have a deadline in an hour ?

Here’s a list of plants -- to keep at home or in your garden -- that your cat will love you for. Observe increased rate of rubbing against your legs and belly-rub requests once placed in or near the household. Purr, purr, purr… please don’t mind the occasional bites on leaves and stems though!

  1. Nepeta, or catnip: the unbeatable winner in this category. This plant is rich in nepetalactone, a substance that is a feline pheromone. Most cats are obsessed with this flowering plant and will keep on rubbing, biting and playing with it to release the fragrance.

  2. Actinidia kolomikta: commonly known as variegated-leaf hardy kiwi, this is a gorgeous vine of pink and green leaves. Your cat will love to nap around this green vine because it’s rich in actinidin, which works just like nepetalactone in catnip

  3. Valerian: this perennial herb actually makes some cats go coo-coo once they get a whiff in their nostrils, but what they love most is biting on the roots.

  4. Wheat grass: it’s not only a feline delicacy but also what helps digest those pesky fur balls. Wheat grass is also full of nutrients, which is great news, because a healthy cat is a happy cat.

  5. Spider plant: this one works similarly to catnip, thanks to its beautiful but subtle smell. Just place one in your living room and observe.

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Special Occasion
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Monday July 23rd 2018

What Plant Does Tequila Come From?



There’s more to know about tequila than if you should have it in shot form or in a yummy margarita. The origin of tequila is a fascinating one that involves the agave plant. While liquors such as whiskey, vodka and scotch are made from plants like wheat, barley or corn; tequila is derived from the agave plant.


The agave plant is a succulent that grows in the desert. This succulent is native to Mexico and is also known as maguey. The easiest way to understand where the agave plant comes from is to know that it is part of the lily family. While there are around 166 different species of agave, the only one that can be used to make tequila is blue agave (or agave tequilana weber azul).


This specific green succulent that has a tint of blue to it can grow to be around six feet tall. If you are looking for blue agave, you will find in specifically in Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Colima and Nayarit. The best time to plant the blue agave is during Summer months and is harvested during the first half of the year.



Since Tuesday is National Tequila Day, we thought that it would be fun to share some random facts about tequila and agave.


  1. 1. Agave is an asexual plant.

  2. 2. The name agave derives from a Greek word that means ‘noble’ or ‘admirable’.

  3. 3. Blue agave is the only plant of its species that can legally be used to make tequila.

  4. 4. All tequila is mezcal due to the agave plant, but not all mezcal is tequila, due to the fact that tequila can only be specifically made from blue agave.

  5. 5. Blue agave grows well in volcanic soil.

  6. 6. Tequila does not have to be 100% agave to be considered tequila. Legally, tequila only has to be 51% blue agave.

  7. 7. It takes agave five to eight years to mature.

  8. 8. Tequila blanco is only aged 0 to 2 months; tequila reposado is aged 2 to 12 months; tequila anejo is aged 1 to 3 years.

  9. 9. Tequila needs to be twice-distilled before it is ready to consume.

  10. 10. Tequila is made by flattening and steaming large pinas.


So whether you are a tequila connoisseur or a novice, it’s great to know a little bit of history behind tequila and the agave plant.

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Special Occasion
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