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Friday April 20th 2018

May Birth Flower


May Birth Flower

Lily of the Valley

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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”</p><p dir=">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! </p><p dir="ltr" style="18px!important">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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Friday March 30th 2018

April Birth Flower: Daisy and Sweet Pea


April Birth Flowers: Daisy and Sweet Pea

photo contributor: Wedbook.com

April is the month of two beautiful Spring blooms: the sweet pea and the daisy. Double the meaning and double the floral fun! Wonderfully paired together, bouquets of daisies and sweet peas are ideal for any occasion, both in April and throughout Spring.

Daisy

Daisies are delicate little flowers commonly found in full bloom on patches of grass. They most commonly grow in yellow or white, but can be found in pinks, purples and reds. The daisy, with its many petals, is perfect for your love-me, love-me not premonitions. After all, dasies are symbolic of loyal love.

Actually, daisies are symbolic of many things. They can convey loyal love, innocence, purity, sympathy and cheerfulness. They can be given as a gift among friends to mean “keeping a promise”. In latin, daisy literally means “pretty”. So take your pick; which means the most to you?

photo contributor: Piece of Eden blogspot

Sweet Pea

The other April flower is the sweet pea. Sweet peas are, as the name suggests, sweet-smelling flowers. They have delicate thin petals, soft to the touch. They grow in shades of violet, fuschia and pink. In the language of flowers, the sweet pea is symbolic of blissful pleasure, yeton the other hand they are also used to say good-bye.


The name sweet pea is believed to have first been used by the poet John Keats:

“Here are sweet peas, on tip-toe for a flight:
With wings of gentle flush o’er delicate white,
And taper fingers catching at all things,
To bind them all about with tiny rings.”

Excerpt from “I Stood tip-toe upon a little hill” (1884)

Lucky April babies: Happy Birthday, and enjoy your poetry-worthy sweet peas and your pretty little daisies!


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Posted by Yvette Irvin, Regalix in Birthday Flowers
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Tuesday March 20th 2018

Spring Wedding Flowers

"love is like a flower, with patience it blooms."  

Spring is here and weddings bells are chiming. The winter caps have melted away and flowers are in bloom all season long. What better time to have your wedding? 

If you’re anything like us, you believe Spring is all about flowers.There are an array of flowers to choose from in the Spring and there are so many places to incorporate flowers into your wedding! You can put flowers on food, drinks, party favors, tables or wear them in your hair.

If you’re ready to tie the knot, or know someone who is, here are a few tips on choosing the perfect blooms for the big day.

Roses, of course! You can never go wrong with something as classic and timeless as a rose. Roses are an international symbol for love and there are hundreds of species of roses cultivated all over the world. These may include the popular garden rose, which has a fluffier appearance due to a higher petal count, and the spray rose, which is a small bloom that grows in clusters and is mostly used as a filler flower.


Adorn your wedding with Peonies. Peonies are lush blooms with densely-packed petals that gradually open layer by layer. They come in various colors, ranging from white and pastel pinks to rich and vivid reds and yellows. Peonies are primarily sought-after for weddings due to their versatility and alluring fragrance, but they are also used because they symbolize romance. Peonies are native to Asian countries and are known there as “King Flower”.  

Embellish your wedding with tulips. Tulips are a perfect Spring bloom. They have a unique bell-shaped blossom that feels rubbery to the touch and they grow in various colors. They can be used as an accent in your bouquet, used alone in a delicate centerpiece or used boldly in a floral hair piece.


Accent your wedding with Sweet Peas. Sweet peas are, as the name suggests, sweet-smelling flowers. They have thin delicate petals, soft to the touch. They come in violet, fuschia and pink, so if these are your theme colors, this is a truly lovely flower to incorporate. These are great for a fresh Spring wedding.

Add Hydrangeas to your wedding celebration! They are popular wedding flowers known for their large globe-shaped flower clusters. These come in berry-toned colors and are great for filling up a wedding arch or any large areas. Use just a few in water, and you’ll have a luscious centerpiece for your guests to enjoy. Top a simple cake with a hydrangea and you’ll have an elegant and understated wedding cake.

These are just a few Spring blooms aimed to inspire. Spring is the season of hope, which makes it a wonderful time to say “I do.” We hope we’ve given you some ideas for your special day!

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Posted by Ava's Flowers in Wedding Flowers
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Monday March 19th 2018

6 Popular Easter Flowers and What they Symbolize

Photo contributor: Gary Bendig


Easter, the celebration of rebirth, is upon us! As your family embarks on the search for Easter eggs, look around and take in nature’s gifts. There are so many Spring plants traditionally associated with the Easter Season. Here’s a look at some of our favorites along with the symbolism behind them.



White Easter Lilies

Photo Contributor: unknown

The quintessential Easter flower is, of course, the Easter Lily. White water lilies are trumpet-shaped white flowers. They are symbolic of purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life, which makes them the go-to flower of Easter.



Tulips

Photo Contributor: Krystina Rogers

Tulips are a classic Spring bloom. They are often called the harbingers of Spring, as they are among the first flowers to bloom. Spring flowering bulbs such as the tulip seem to come back from the dead, which is one reason they are associated with Easter. They have a unique bell-shaped blossom that resembles the spherical shape of an Easter egg.

Daisies

Photo contributor: Kris Atomic

Daisies are small delicate flowers often blooming in white or yellow colors. Daisies are thought of as the floral archetype and are often the first thing children learn to draw. Daisies symbolize purity, innocence, gentility and loyalty. This flower can be found growing wild on grassy fields and will likely be cradling hidden Easter eggs during your egg hunts.


Azaleas

Photo contributor: unknown

Azaleas are evergreen shrubs with generous flowers growing in many colors including white, pink, salmon, lilac, purple and red. They are interpreted as having many different meanings, but the most relevant Easter meaning is, “caring for the family and self.” It’s no wonder these are associated with the lovely family gathering of Easter.

Daffodil

Photo contributor: unknown

Daffodils, along with other floral bulbs, are symbolic of rebirth and new beginnings. These are also known as “Lent lilies” in England because of their long association with Lent.

Hyacinth

photo contributor: unknown

There is nothing quite like the sweet scent of hyacinth flowers. Another early Spring-blooming bulb, the hyacinth can be given as a potted bulb and be planted in the garden after the blooms die. They come in pink, yellow, white and shades of purple, which are also the classic colors of Easter. You will see them widely available in stores in the Spring. In the language of flowers, the hyacinth represents sport or play, while the blue hyacinth means constancy.


Which ever bloom you choose this year, we hope you and your family have a fantastic Easter!

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Posted by Ava's Flowes in Special Occasion
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Sunday March 11th 2018

Tips for Perfect Flower Planting

Image captured by Tim Gouw

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” 

Ancient Indian Proverb

Today is “Plant A Flower Day”! What a perfect time to cultivate your inner green thumb and officially welcome the start of Spring. Would you try your hand at planting but aren’t sure how? Not to worry. Here are a few tips to get you planting like a pro.

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t grow flowers. 

  1. Choose your container. Most would say to start with the flower but we like to get adventurous and start with the container. Be creative! You can use a traditional flower pot, a fish bowl, a recycled mason jar, a tea tin, a light bulb... anything that captures your individual style. 

  1. Identify plants that will thrive in your container. Different plants (like people and puppies) like different things. If you’ve chosen a clay pot for instance, try flowering plants like petunias and geraniums. They tend to thrive in clay pots. If your container is on the smaller side, a plant that doesn’t grow quickly or too largely is your best bet. Check out your local nursery and bring your container along. They’ll help you find the best options for you.

  1. Do some soil searching. Okay, we apologize for the pun. But the soil you choose is critical to sustaining your plant. Depending on the plant you’ve selected, straight potting soil may not be enough. Do a little digging to find out whether you’ll need to mix in some top soil or supplement with specific ferterlizer.

  1. Get serious about what you’re capable (and willing) to do. If you’re someone who forgets to water, go with a cactus or succulent. These types of plants are very resilient and don’t need a ton of care.

  1. Finally, find a little nook to place your new friend. Place it on your desk at work, or in the center of your dinner table, in your garden, or in a window bed. Think of where you spend your time and how you can improve that space with just a simple plant!

Still not sure you have what it takes to be a plant parent? Here are a few low-maintenance plants you can start with: 

  • Tillandsia: a unique air plant that requires no soil, and grows vivid pink bracts
  • Echeveria: a succulent that blooms in various pigments with a gorgeous flower shape
  • Snake plant: a plant whose leaves grow straight up in wavy, ribbon-like way
  • Pothos: a quickly-growing plant that is great for hanging from high spaces. Watch as its leaves spread out over its pot
  • Philodendron: a house plant with large heart-shaped leaves
  • Aloe: a succulent that has medicinal properties. Its leaves are plump and contain a soothing gel that can soothe the skin 
  • Hosta: a shade-resistant plant that can vary greatly in size 

Bring life to your:

Happy planting!

Posted by Mary Dimacali in Plant Care
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Friday December 29th 2017

7 Ways To Reuse Christmas Decorations For Your New Years Eve Party

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Take a moment to look around your home. Did you spend a lot of time creating and putting up Christmas decorations this year? If so, there's no reason to put them all away: Many of them can be repurposed for your New Year's Eve party. Try out these easy ideas that will make your New Year's Eve décor a hit with your guests.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Thursday December 21st 2017

The Winter Solstice Is Coming

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Are you looking forward to the winter solstice? It's coming up on Thursday, Dec. 21, this year. You probably already know that the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. Today, I've got some more facts about this incredible event that may surprise you.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Wednesday December 13th 2017

How The Poinsettia Became The Flower of Christmas

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Poinsettias are a popular favorite around Christmastime. Going to church and seeing red poinsettias with their pots wrapped in shiny green foil makes me feel festive at this time of year. Chances are good that you have a lovely gathering of poinsettias in your home or office already. But have you ever wondered how this distinctive plant became so closely connected with the Christmas season? This week, I took a closer look at the poinsettia and its interesting history, and here's what I found.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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