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Monday June 18th 2018

Pride Month: Flag History and Rainbow Roses DIY



Pride Month is well underway with celebrations scheduled all over the world. Many major cities in the U.S., including San Francisco and New York City, have their main Pride celebrations on the weekend of June 23- 24th. Pride is a time to for everyone to come together and support equality. A key symbol that represents Pride and the LGBT movement is the rainbow flag.


The rainbow flag became a symbol for LGBT in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker. The San Francisco resident intended for each color in the flag to represent something specific. Red, which is generally at the top, represents life. Orange represents healing, yellow represents sunlight, green represents nature, blue represents peace and harmony, and purple represents spirit. When the flag was first created it also included pink for sexuality and turquoise for art, but those colors were later removed  for design purposes. Now the six-colored rainbow flag is a recognizable symbol of the LGBT movement.




Since the rainbow flag is such a huge symbol, rainbow flowers have become very relevant during this time of year. The dye process of creating rainbow roses is really interesting and involves coloring through the stems as opposed to the petals. The best way to create a rainbow effect with roses is to use white roses. With white petals, the different colors of the dye will transfer strongly and can be more clearly distinguished.


All you need to create a DIY rainbow rose are the following items:


  1. 1. White roses

  2. 2. Four different colors of water-soluble dyes
    (preferably those of different contrasts and not colors that easily blend together).

  3. 3. A knife

  4. 4. Four cups

  5. 5. Water

  6. 6. Tape


The steps involved to make rainbow roses are quite simple:


First, take a white rose and cut the stem into four equal parts. Second, set the rose aside while you fill four separate cups with water. Fill each cup of water with a different colored dye until the liquid is opaque. Once you have all the cups set up, gather them together so that you can put each section of the stem in a different cup. Since the rose stem is split into four equal sections, balancing them into four cups should help the rose stand upright. Then all you need to do is let the rose sit and you will see the petals transform from white to a rainbow effect. Once the rose has changed colors (usually after 24 hours), you can piece the end of the stem back together with a little bit of tape. These roses are a great way to share your pride with others, and they put a colorful twist on roses.


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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in DIY Flower Crafts
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Monday June 11th 2018

Father's Day: Red and White Roses



With Father’s Day quickly approaching on Sunday, June 17th we can’t forget that flowers are a great option to show Dad our appreciation. Did you know that the official flowers for this day are both the red and white rose?


A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington first initiated Father’s Day in 1909 to celebrate her own father, William Smart. Sonora decided to set Father’s Day in June because that was her father’s birth month. Years later, Calvin Coolidge conveyed his support to make Father’s Day a national holiday. In 1972, the tradition of celebrating Father’s Day every third Sunday of June was established, thanks to Richard Nixon. Father’s Day isn’t only acknowledged in the United States; it is often celebrated in other countries, such as Asia and Canada. Other countries recognize Father’s Day during different times of the year. Belgium and Spain celebrate in March, New Zealand in September and Sweden in November.


Red roses are often worn to honor your father if he is still alive and white roses are worn if your father has passed away. While wearing either rose is a great way to recognize Dad, there are also other ways to incorporate roses while gift-giving for Father’s Day.




Adding a single rose to your father’s gift wrapping would be a simple but meaningful way to make use of roses for this particular holiday. Another way to to show your dad appreciation with roses is to add some petals to breakfast. If you want to go down a home-cooked breakfast route, rose petals are actually edible and would be the perfect decoration to have in his pancakes or morning coffee cake. If your dad is into art why not get him a piece with roses in it? It would be great decor for his office or somewhere around the house.


A final option is simply giving your dad some roses. It doesn’t have to be a full bouquet, but giving your dad flowers would be a choice that he could appreciate, even if it’s not as common as giving your mom flowers for Mother’s Day.


Red and white roses are popular for many occasions. Red roses can represent anything from love to passion. White roses can represent anything from respect to sympathy. Either way, why not include flowers as a way to show your dad that you appreciate him?


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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Holiday Flowers
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Monday June 4th 2018

Graduation Lei DIY


With most of May and June being graduation season, a really popular way to show your grad how proud you are is to gift them with a lei. Lei-giving is a Hawai’ian tradition that has also become popular for special occasions such as graduations.


The history of handing out leis goes back to when voyagers traveled from Tahiti to Hawai’i in canoes. These voyagers sailed day and night with the stars as their map. When they arrived at the Hawai’ian Islands, these settlers began their tradition of making and giving out leis.


While you can often purchase a pre-made lei from florists, it is also quite simple to make them yourself. If you do not have access to the more exotic flowers used for leis in Hawai’i (such as plumerias or hibiscus), popular flower options for graduation leis include carnations, orchids, daisies or even roses.


A freshwater lei is simple to make and requires these items:

  1. 1. A long needle (embroidery needles work perfectly)

  2. 2. Thin string (i.e., dental floss, ribbon, fishing line, etc.)

  3. 3. Your flower of choice

How to make your own freshwater lei:


First you gather around 40 to 50 flowers of your choice. Since the petals can be delicate you should have them resting in a cooler area on top of a plastic bag. Next, take your thin string and cut off around 30 to 40 inches depending on the preferred length for your grad. Once you’ve cut your string, make sure to knot one end a few times to act as a stopper for when you thread your flowers onto the lei. You will also need to leave some extra string below the knot to connect both ends of your lei. On the other end, tie your string to the needle you have picked out.


Now it’s almost time to start adding flowers to your lei! Before you start to string your flowers, make sure you cut the stems off. Once you’ve done this, you can start stringing each flower onto the lei. Be delicate with your flowers and slowly move them down one by one. Once you’ve added all your flowers, leave a little extra string before your needle and cut off the needle from your lei. Tie together both ends and you have yourself a grad lei!


You can make your grad multiple leis and even mix it up using different colored flowers. It’s really up to you. If you aren’t giving your homemade lei to your grad right away, you can store them loosely in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer of your fridge.


And there you go! The perfect DIY idea for graduation season. This idea is a great way to incorporate flowers into your grad’s life. This is a time for celebration and gift-giving.


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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in DIY Flower Crafts
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Monday May 28th 2018

Poppies and Memorial Day


The poppy is more than just an annual, biennial, or part time perennial. The red poppy plays a significant role for both Remembrance Day and Memorial Day. The history behind the meaning of the red poppy is rich and dates back to World War I.


While the key importance is often drawn to remembering those who have fought and died during World War I, it is also a time to recognize not only those who fought, but also those who supported the fallen soldiers during such a destructive time.


During World War l, a soldier by the name of John McCrae was influenced by how tenacious the red poppies of Western Europe were. Because of his inspiration, John wrote the recognized poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’. John’s poem reflected that, despite the devastation around him caused by the war, these red poppies could still survive.




Poppies are now symbolically worn by many, especially in the UK, Scotland and Canada. This tradition started thanks to a woman named Moina Michael. John’s poem inspired Moina to create silk red poppies for others to wear in remembrance of fallen soldiers.


Currently, wearing the red poppy is a great way to show appreciation to those who serve in the military, veterans and all family members. This year there is a poppy wall in the National Mall of Washington D.C. to show appreciation and respect during this Memorial Day weekend. This wall is a memorial that is filled with 645,000 synthetic poppy flowers. The exact number of flowers is suppose to represent every single fallen American during the time of World War l. These flowers that were donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion are a great reminder for those in the United States, where red poppies aren’t shown as much compared to the U.K., Scotland or Canada.


So when celebrating Memorial Day today, remember that if you see a red poppy, the history behind it is an abundant and respectable one.

Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Holiday Flowers
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Monday May 21st 2018

Creative Ways to Preserve your Flowers


It’s a busy time for flower deliveries. With Mother’s Day just past and graduations and Memorial Day coming up, a lot of people still have bouquets on-hand. Most people just end up tossing their flowers once they start to wither, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are many creative options when it comes to preserving these floral gifts.


One of the most common ways to preserve your wilting flowers is to spritz them with hairspray. The trick with this option is to not spray your flowers too much. You’ll want to make sure that you spray your flowers from a few inches away so that they aren’t soaked. Once you’ve coated your flowers in hairspray, you should hang them upside-down to dry out. Hang them near an entrance for a perfect greeting when you come home.



Another popular option for keeping your flowers around once they’ve met their life expectancy is to press them. Pressing flowers is a pretty simple process that involves a heavy book, parchment or waxed paper, and some time. Press your flowers while they’re at their most vibrant to preserve the color. All you need to do is press them between your paper and book for about a week. After a week has passed, check to see if they’re dried out. If not, you can leave them in your book for another week. The great thing about having your flowers pressed is that there are many innovative ways to display them once they’re dried. Once they’re all set and pressed, your flowers can be kept in a clear frame or made into bookmarks.You could even leave them in a book for sentimental reasons and surprise a loved one.


There’s also the choice of silica gel. Silica gel can be used in a more productive way than just sitting around in an old shoebox. This gel can be found online or at craft stores. All you have to do is fill an airtight container with silica gel, bury your flowers in it and let them sit for around a week. Once they’ve been immersed for a week, you can lighty remove the flowers and set them out any way you want.



The simplest way to preserve flowers is air-drying. All you have to do is flip your bouquet or bunch of flowers upside down somewhere in a relatively dark area. Let the flowers hang for a few weeks and they’ll be all set. After the flowers have been air-dried, you can decorate your house by scattering them around your tables or setting them in a clear, empty vase.


If you want to hold onto your bouquets a little longer, you have many options; these are just some of the most common techniques to help maintain them.


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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in DIY Flower Crafts
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Tuesday May 15th 2018

Birth Flowers for Mom

Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash


It may not be Mother’s Day anymore, but that doesn’t mean flowers aren’t still a great gift for your mom year ‘round. Birth flowers are always a thoughtful idea if you’re looking for a creative twist for flower-giving. We’ve mentioned birth flowers in previous posts in more detail but thought it would be great to share an overview of each month’s birth flower. Birth flowers are a more affordable alternative over birthstone jewelry.



January is the month for the carnation or snowdrop. While carnations are a common option at any florist, the meaning behind them are a sign of love and admiration. Snowdrops (or Galanthus nivalis) are not as popular as carnations but are another option for the January birth flower. These flowers are white, small in size and represent friendship in rougher times.


February is the month for the violet or primrose. The recognizable violet can represent faith and spiritual passion. Meanwhile, the primrose (or Primula vulgaris) can represent youth. Both flowers thrive in partial shade.


With March comes the daffodil. The bright daffodil (or Narcissus) represents regard and devotion. This pleasant flower was originally called an affodell but no one really knows why.


The April birth flowers are the daisy or sweetpea. The daisy represents innocence and is the epitome of spring. The sweetpea (or Lathyrus odoratus), tends to flourish more in cooler weather and should be kept away from heat.


The birth flowers for May are the lily of the valley or hawthorn. Our recent post on the lily of the valley sheds some light on what the lily of the valley is all about. The hawthorn comes in two different types the Crataegus or the Rhaphiolepis. The crataegus can be found in Northern Africa, Europe and North America. The rhaphiolepis is found in various parts of Asia.


June is the month for the most coveted of flowers, the rose. A rose represents love, passion and beauty. Did you know that the rose is the national flower for both England and North America? Roses are not only rich in color but rich in history.


July’s birth flower is larkspur (aka the delphinium). This fragrant flower can represent an open heart or a feeling lightness. You can find the larkspur in white, blue, red or yellow. Did you know that by mixing the larkspur seed with the chemical compound alum makes a blue ink?


The month of August brings the birth flower, poppy. Poppies have round petals and come in various colors. The meaning behind a poppy often symbolizes the remembrance of soldiers who fought in World War l. Many poppies have four petals and are delicate.




September brings to us the birth flowers of the aster or morning glory. Aster is Greek for “star” and is a suited name for these star shaped flowers. An aster is a talisman for love and patience. The morning glory also has a well-suited name. This flower blooms in the morning and withers by the time night has fallen. This means the flower blooms freshly each morning.


The October birth flowers are the calendula or cosmos. Calendulas are more commonly known as marigolds and can be used for various medicinal purposes. A calendula is great for topical ointments to help inflammation and skin irritations. You will usually find this flower in shades of yellow and orange. Cosmos are easy to grow annual flowers that represent joy or harmony.


The chrysanthemum, or “mum” for short, is November’s birth flower. The mum represents cheer and wealth. This flower is closely related to daisies and are native to Northeastern Europe and Asia.


The final month of the year is represented by the birth flowers narcissus and holly. The narcissus is trumpet-shaped in the center and surround by multiple petals. The holly is a more commonly-known flower that is related to December and represents good wishes. This festive flower is a common choice of decoration in Western societies during the holidays.


With so many options, why not give your mom some flowers year ‘round? Gifting your mom with birth flowers is not only thoughtful but more personalized. Show her you care all the time!


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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Birthday Flowers
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Monday May 7th 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash


May 13th is right around the corner and that means it’s almost Mother’s Day. In our perfect world, every mom has a bouquet of flowers! Flowers are the perfect gift for every type of mom. Whether you are sending flowers to your mother, step-mother or grandma, flowers are a classic way to make them feel special.


When you need them, you’ll find the perfect flowers here at Avas Flowers. All moms enjoy an attractive floral arrangement. Order some flowers and make her day extra loved.


When choosing from our selection of Mother’s Day flowers, consider the type of flower that you want to send. Different flowers represent different things. You could also pair a bouquet with another small gift to ensure that your mom has everything she needs for her special day.





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Our Precious Mom Bouquet is our go-to for that super mom. Whether she’s taking you to practice, making dinner or running errands, this bouquet does the trick. It’s versatile with roses, gerbera daisies, lilies and monte casino asters. But why stop there? Pair this bouquet with a bottle of red wine and make your mother feel even more appreciated.


https://www.avasflowers.net/product/golden-glow-bouquet


Let’s not forget about grandma! Our Golden Glow is a bouquet filled with the right amount of cheer to remind your grandmother just how much you care about her. Filled with roses, sunflowers and decorative golden fillers, the Golden Glow is a wonderful gift option. This bouquet would be even more superb with a framed photo of you both. Between the bouquet and the personalized picture frame, you would be set.




https://www.avasflowers.net/product/youre-an-angel-bouquet


All moms deserve to feel special. This is what Avas Flowers is here for. There’s a perfect bouquet for every mother. The You’re an Angel bouquet is filled with delicate colored carnations and white daisies. Simple and elegant is a nice way to show your step-mom that she matters. You could even make this bouquet extra special for her by pairing it with a gift card to one of her favorite places. Flowers and some makeup? Perfect. Flowers and a meal? Even better.


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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Holiday Flowers
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Friday April 20th 2018

May Birth Flower


May Birth Flower

Lily of the Valley

Photo contributor: dream wallpaper.com

Happy birthday to everyone born in May! If you’re looking for a gift for a May baby, continue reading to learn more about the birth flower of this month! Turn your gift into something truly meaningful by sending your loved ones their birth month flowers.

This month’s flower is the lily of the valley. This flower is notable for having curving stems that result in lantern-like blooms. Their blossoms are made up of two or three large oblong leaves that collectively make an upside-down bell shape. The lily of the valley is native throughout the cool temperate of the Asia and Europe. It prefers shade to sun and grows as a wild flower in England. Alternative names for this haunting beauty include: May lily, May bells, lily constancy, and ladder-to-heaven.

The lily of the valley is fragrant with a delicate scent. The sweet scent has inspired many perfume makers. Notably, Dior produced a fragrance simulating the lily of the valley, which was Christian Dior's favorite flower.

“Wars will never cease

Is there time enough for peace

But the lily of the valley doesn't know”

But the lily of the valley doesn't know." 

The Lily of the valley is popularly used in wedding bouquets. These have been sought after for their beauty and symbolism. For example, the Duchess of Cambridge’s bridal bouquet featured lily of the valley. It was also the flower chosen by Princess Grace of Monaco to be featured in her bridal bouquet. Truly a royal favorite! These are likely desired because of the flower’s beauty and symbolic meaning. People born in May are known for being humble and virtuous and, in accordance with this character, the May birth flower is symbolic of vitality and peace. In addition, lily of the valley is also associated with motherhood, purity and sweetness. It’s considered a sign that happiness is here to stay, rather than it being a fleeting glimpse. How ideal for a new bride!

Despite all the positive interpretations, we feel the need to give a word of warning. The lily of the valley is highly poisonous when ingested. For the daredevil in us all, this just adds to the prestige of owning the delicate bloom. Just watch out when keeping the lily of the valley in the home because they’re toxic for humans and pets. This dark twist may have inspired the iconic rock band Queen to write their song “Lily of the Valley” on their album Sheer Heart Attack.

What an interesting bloom for you May babies! Rock on!

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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Birthday Flowers
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Monday April 16th 2018

DIY Flower Arrangements

 DIY Flower Arrangements

Photo of “Pastel Grace and Wonder” by Avas Flowers

How to Put together  a Flower Arrangement 

1. Consider theme or Occasion:

As it’s Spring now, you may want to choose some yellows, purples or pinks, as in the bouquet pictured.

2. Pick your main flowers:

Maybe you want roses, maybe carnations, maybe peonies. This is the flower around which you will center the arrangement.

3. Select complimentary flowers:

These can be any smaller or less-colorful blooms. Mix textures and colors. Think of what would be a complementary flower for your main selection.

4. Pick some greens:

Don’t forget this step! Adding greens can really make your bouquet pop and look fresh!

5. Get Dirty:

Put those bad boys together. Cut them up, tie them down, and put them out to enjoy.

Photos found on UnSplash

You don’t have to be a professional to arrange your favorite flowers! The best thing about arranging flowers yourself is that you can make the bouquet whatever you want it to be. You can go minimalist or bold and bright. What inspires you you?

Pick your flowers:

Rose? Ranunculus? Poppies? Carnations? Tulips? Hydrangeas?

Consider the occasion for your bouquet when picking these flowers. Will these flowers be for a Spring event? Are they intended to relay sympathy, congratulate someone, convey feelings of love? These flowers are going to define your bouquet. Selecting the appropriate bloom and/or color can communicate quite a bit. In particular, the center of your bouquet will suggest the intent of the giver. They are the heart of any arrangement.

Your complimentary flowers are often there to add variety and texture to your arrangement. Select a bloom that is inline with your theme.

But if you’re arranging flowers for yourself, whether for your own dinner table centerpiece or your desk, just pick flowers that make you happy. What’s your favorite flower? What’s  your favorite color? You really can’t go wrong. All flowers are beautiful. Just find what means something to you.

Select some Greenery:

Lavender, Baby's Breath, Eucalyptus, Chamomile?

These delicate touches are meant to make your bouquet look full and fresh. Once you’ve chosen the flowers you want to use, pick some greens that will complement your flowers. It is important not to draw attention away from the center. These are there to support and flatter the main flowers. Once you’ve gathered all of your pieces, it’s time to put it together!

Once you’ve gathered all of your pieces, it’s time to put it together!

1. Cut the stems off of your flowers. This helps arrange the flowers at different levels and allows the flowers to absorb water more easily.

2. Clean your stems. Remove any leaves or thorns that would distract from your vision.

3. Fill your vase or vessel with water and use one flower food packet to keep your flowers fresher longer.

4. Begin your arrangement from the center, adding your main flowers first.

5. add your secondary flowers, layering those in as you go.

6. Add your greenery to frame your flowers.

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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in DIY Flower Crafts
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Wednesday April 11th 2018

Earth Day 2018


Photo contributor: Slava Bowman at Unsplash

“Earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Earth Day, world! March 22nd marks a day to appreciate Mother Earth! If you’re reading this, it means that you want to know how to celebrate Earth Day and tend to our precious home. Haven’t done it before? Let 2018 be the year that you go out, enjoy nature’s gifts and sow what you reap.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson. It was created as an initiative to protect the Earth. It now is observed in 192 countries. Earth Day is now the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.

Flowers are some of nature’s gifts and appreciating nature is the easiest way to celebrate Earth Day. Share some flowers with a loved one. Let them hold onto a bit of nature. Allow it to be a reminder of all the things the world has to offer.

Photo contributor: Ashim D. Silva at Unsplash

What can you do for the planet?

What’s a great gift for Mother Nature? Like any mother, Earth loves new flowers. Consider planting something native to your state’s climate -- something low maintenance like a succulent -- or be ambitious and plant your favorite harvestable. If you can dedicate the time to tend to a garden or plant something new, Mother Earth will be grateful.

However, if you don’t have the time to plant anything this Earth Day, that’s okay. There are other ways to celebrate.

Turn off the TV! Get outside!

Enjoy the day. Go out and appreciate nature’s offerings. Although this seems obvious, today’s kids spend about 52 hours watching a screen each week. So, taking the initiative to get outdoors is important. We recommend you go out on a hike, get some exercise and take in the views. Learn to appreciate what is typically taken for granted.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Learning about climate change and renewable energy allows people to be proactive in preserving the Earth’s natural resources. It wouldn’t be an Earth Day blog if we didn’t tell you to reduce, reuse and recycle. There are many things one can do in one’s daily routine to significantly improve the conditions of the environment. To name a few examples: take shorter showers, carpool to work or use public transportation, invest in a reusable coffee thermal. Simple solutions like these help expand the world’s life cycle.  

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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Special Occasion
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