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Friday January 4th 2019

7 Things You Need to Know About Buying Valentines Flowers

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means busy season for florists. Whether it’s your first time or tenth time buying Valentine’s Day flowers, it can be hectic. But don’t worry - these tips will guide you along the way and help you have an easy and fun flower buying experience.

Personalize your Flowers

You know your significant other the best, so why just get them something plain when you can get them a custom bouquet? Even if you’ve never bought flowers before, you can create an arrangement that your date will love. There’s no reason to get red roses if your date’s favorite color is actually blue. Many florists offer add-ons as well, like chocolates or balloons. This is a great way to personalize your bouquet and make it stand out. Don’t forget to add a note to the flowers too, especially if you’re getting them delivered directly to your significant other.

Start Planning Early

Florists are very busy this time of year, and by February 13th, they’re packed with orders and are likely running out of some of the most popular flowers. By planning ahead, you not only miss the rush of others looking for the perfect bouquet, but you can take your time to get the best flowers. And if you’re busy, you could even order your flowers online. You can order ahead of time and they can be delivered to you - or your date - on Valentine’s Day.

Roses are Optional

While there is nothing wrong with getting the standard dozen roses, it’s more fun for you and more meaningful for your date to get something a little different. Tulips, ranunculus, and alstroemerias are popular flowers for Valentine’s Day as well. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box, especially if that fits the person you’re buying flowers for.

Be Careful about Flower Meanings

Some flowers, like bright daisies and sunflowers, signify friendship rather than love. If you’re a getting Valentine’s flowers for your significant other, you’ll want to stay away from these and get something more romantic. Generally, brighter, vibrant oranges and yellows signify friendship, whereas reds and pink indicate love. And on the other side of that, calla lilies and hydrangeas are popular in weddings, and you don’t want to give out the wrong idea.

Bring a Friend

If you’ve never bought flowers before, ask a friend if they can help you look. Even better if the friend knows your date, because they can help you choose something based off of your date’s personality. You can go to florists in person or you can browse online selections. Either way, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whether it be about the meaning of a flower or how to take care of it, florists and flower enthusiasts will be happy to answer.

Plan when You will Give the Flowers

Taking a few minutes to think about the logistics of giving your date the flowers will save you trouble in the long run. It’s best to give them to significant other someplace where they will have a place to set them down and put them in a vase. In order for your flowers to last a long time, you’ll want to make sure they get into some water as soon as possible. If you’re not sure your date has a vase, you could even bring one with you in case.

Most of all, Enjoy the Process

It’s easy to get stressed out trying to find the perfect flowers for someone. By following these tips, you should be able to ease some of your stress and enjoy the process of buying flowers. It can be fun to think about what kinds of flowers might fit someone’s personality, or what sort of flower they might like.

Posted by in Valentines Day Flowers
Tuesday March 12th 2019

How to Choose the Perfect Flowers for Prom

There’s so much to think about and plan for with prom or homecoming. You’ve got the outfits, the dinner, and of course, the flowers. If you’re not sure whether you need a corsage or a boutonniere - or what these even are - we’re here to help.

First off, let’s go over a quick definition. A corsage is a flower display worn on the wrist by the girl. Her date buys this for her. A boutonniere is a single flower worn on the lapel of a suit or tuxedo jacket, and is bought by his date. Here’s how to buy the perfect corsage or boutonniere.

Know Your Color Scheme

The very first step to buying a wrist corsage is knowing the color scheme. What color dress is your date going to be wearing? If you don’t want to ask her directly, her friends will likely know. Choose a color that matches. For example, if she’s wearing a red dress, a red rose will match nicely. If the dress is multicolored, you can choose one of the colors and bring it out with the corsage. For example, maybe the dress is a multicolored blue, green, and white. You could bring out the blue by choosing a blue flower. If you’re not sure, white is always a classic choice. Corsages come with embellishments and adornments, so your other option is to choose a white flower and use the embellishments to add some color. You can even match these to your date’s personality.

Make a Custom Corsage

Feeling creative? Try making your own corsage, either on your own or with the help of a florist. You can create something totally unique that will match you and your date’s outfits and personalities. You’ll want to start out with deciding what kind of flower you want to use. You can’t go wrong with a rose, but if your date has a favorite flower or a favorite color, you can incorporate that into the corsage. Then, choose ribbons, smaller accent flowers, and any other embellishments you’d like, such as pearls.

Choosing a Boutonniere

If you are getting a boutonniere for your date, you will want to pay attention to your date’s outfit. It’s common for someone to choose a boutonniere that matches their date’s tie. Sometimes, couples will have matching boutonnieres and corsages. A single rose is a popular choice.

Plan in Advance

You will want to be sure to order your corsage, boutonniere, and/or flowers well in advance to make sure that they are ready on time. You may be able to order some of these online with quick delivery, but it’s best to know what your options are and start early. Custom arrangements can take up to two weeks to be prepared.


Is it common to also purchase a bouquet of flower for a prom or homecoming date? While it isn’t necessary, some people do opt to give their date a small bouquet of flowers. If you do this, be sure that you have a place to keep them during dinner and the dance. If you’re planning on going straight to the dance, perhaps keep the bouquet for another time. However, if you are meeting your date at their home, they would definitely appreciate a bouquet that they could keep at their home.

A Note About Storage

You’ll want to make sure that your corsage or boutonniere doesn’t wilt. In order to do this, don’t have it delivered too early - the day before or the day of is just fine. Keep it in its box for as long as possible. You will want to store it in the fridge in order to preserve it. In order to keep it looking good throughout the night, spray a flower sealant on it after you put it on. And if you’d like to preserve your corsage after the night is over, place a rubber band right underneath the stems, and hang it upside down in a dark place. This will allow it to dry out, letting you keep your flowers for a long time.

Posted by in Prom Flowers
Tuesday December 25th 2018

Holiday in Bloom: Christmas Flowers and Plants Around the World

Cookies for Santa, caroling, building gingerbread houses... there are countless holiday traditions around the world. One that has withstood the test of time has to do with our favorite subject: flowers and plants! Many countries and regions have their own traditional Christmas flowers and plants, depending on history as well as availability in the region - which holiday plant is your favorite?

And if you’re the holiday hostess with the mostest and hosting all of the holiday shindigs, treat yourself to one (or all) of these ideas!


Ye olde Christmas tree! A staple in almost every home around the world (that can access it) during the holidays. These days, the tree doesn’t just represent Christmas, making it a social symbol rather than religious one; families have adopted it as a Hanukkah Bush or New Years Shrub.


Holly and ivy are usually paired together, due to a belief stemming from the Pagans, which classifies holly as a male plant, and ivy its female partner. An old English tradition tells that depending on which plant (holly or ivy) were brought into the home first after Christmas, the ruling gender would be in charge of the household that year.


Mistletoe as a sign of love and friendship dates all the way back to Norse mythology. Kissing under this plant is a tradition that first started in England, and spread its roots throughout the western world.


Did you know the official plant of Christmas is native to Central America? An old Mexican legend tells the story of how poinsettias became associated with Christmas. According to the story, a poor Mexican girl named Pepita searched for the perfect gift to honor the baby Jesus. She had nothing of value to give so she picked some weeds and presented them at the altar. The weeds transformed into a stunning bouquet of red flowers. Those who witnessed this miracle began calling them the Flowers of the Holy Night, and thus - poinsettias became the official plant of Christmas.


Deck the halls with boughs of holly, the plant that represents the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at his crucifixion. In Scandinavia, the holly plant is also known as the “Christ thorn.” The use of holly during the holiday season pre-dates the Christian era; during ancient times Druids hung it on their windows to fend off evil spirits.

Jerusalem Cherries

Contrary to the name of this festive perennial, Jerusalem has nothing to do with this plant. Small in stature and resembling a miniature tree with its “cherries” acting as ornaments, this colorful shrub has won the homes of many in the USA. But fans beware: the cherries are in fact poisonous and inedible, just like real ornaments.

Christmas Rose

Sometimes known as the “snow rose” or “winter rose,” this flower blooms in Central Europe during the darkest times of winter. The tradition calls for planting the Christmas Rose near the door, with the idea of welcoming Jesus Christ into the home.

Christmas Pepper

Before poinsettias became the official Christmas plant in the Americas, it was the Christmas Pepper that dominated coffee tables everywhere. The pepper was a specific one: one that bore its ripest fruit in the winter, a pepper with a fiery kick.

Posted by in Christmas Flowers
Monday December 24th 2018

Unique Gift Ideas for the Holiday Hostess

Tis the season for holiday parties and celebrations! In between all of the prep work, cooking, cleaning and entertaining - hosting can be almost as exhausting as it is rewarding. This holiday season, show your favorite host or hostess appreciation by surprising them with an extra special thank you.

And if you’re the holiday hostess with the mostest and hosting all of the holiday shindigs, treat yourself to one (or all) of these ideas!

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.

Freshen up their day with a bouquet of flowers

Because you can be more creative than a bottle of wine. Put a smile on their face with a surprise bouquet of holiday flowers, or if your hostess has a brown thumb, a Christmas cactus might be a safer choice.

Surprise them with a spa day

That special host/hostess deserves some rest and relaxation. Treat them to a day of unwinding in luxury, with a spa gift basket full of spa-tacular goodies - from candles to bath salts to body lotions - delivered straight to their doorstep.

A Day at the Movies

Why not surprise them with a pass to the movies, snacks included?! Alternatively, queue up a few of their holiday favorite movies and winter treats so they can kick back and relax on their favorite armchair.

Start (or end) their day on a sweet note

Does your recipient have a soft spot for home-baked chocolate chip cookies? Or perhaps decadent brownies are their favorite. Make a batch of their favorite dessert - they deserve it! If you’re unable to hand-deliver their treats, consider a gift basket filled with an assortment of their favorite sweet treats.

Clean house, Clean mind

The holiday season paired with party planning can only lead to one thing: a cluttered home and mind. Help the hostess get the cleaning off her plate by lending a helping hand. You can either gather round the family and do it yourself, or scope out one of the many local home cleaning services available.

Give them the Gift of Silence

The holiday season can be a hectic one. Even if the holiday prep is done and the party planning is over, there’s still the day-to-day responsibilities that stay. The best gift you can give your host/hostess is the chance to do absolutely nothing, except relax and appreciate life’s little moments. If they have children, why not volunteer to babysit? Take their partner out for a night so they can have the house to themselves and listen to whatever cheesy holiday tunes they want without judgement. If there’s a dog that always demands attention, take them for a day at the park - remove your recipient of all responsibilities for the day. They will be eternally grateful.

Posted by in Holiday Flowers
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.

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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. A basket full of flowers in front of your office desk can help you. What are you waiting for? We deliver for FREE.

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?

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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

Winter is in the air. Do not forget, after the first frost, get rid of any dead flowers. 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 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. In Japan, you should never give a sick person a plotted plant. 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 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. And Good Health. Even if your health isn't great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for. So send a "get well soon" bouquet to your friends.

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 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!. Sunflowers were among his most popular and this work accompanied five others to the Impressionist exhibition of 1882. 

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.

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