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Flower Blog - Floral Ideas and Arrangements

Friday June 28th 2013

The Florist's 411: Funeral Flowers

The expression of grief is a profoundly personal thing. Often, we find ourselves confused about how to express the right sentiment. Upon a loss, it's natural to want to console those left behind, but how can we do this appropriately, respectfully, and in a way which uplifts, encourages, and strengthens everyone?

Whether the person was religious or not, it is customary to acknowledge their heritage in the funeral proceedings. Choose the ideal floral arrangement to express your affection and respect.

Protestant Funerals


Image via Flickr by Valerie Everett

Posted by Ava Rose in Funeral Flowers
Thursday June 27th 2013

Graduation Flowers to Celebrate Your Student's Success and Bright Future

Making milestones special and memorable is my life's joy. It gives me such a sense of accomplishment when people are able to make great memories to treasure forever. One of life's most significant times is when someone fulfills her educational goals and embarks on a new chapter in her life! I've learned some great techniques for honoring graduates over the years, and it's my privilege to share them with you here.

Choosing the Right Arrangement


Image via Flickr by Raenef

Posted by Sophie Pierce in General
Friday June 21st 2013

A Hello from Sophie and How to Make Things Special

Greetings! My name is Sophie, and I'm thrilled to tell you about my latest life adventure. After years in the event planning business in New York, I've partnered with the innovative, creative Ava Rose and her amazing floral business. Together, we're redefining the boundaries of an ordinary floral shop and offering new, exciting ways for our clients to express their feelings. Whether it's congratulations, condolences, well-wishes, or just because, these floral designs allow you to say what you need to say with an array of beautiful plants and flowers.

How to Make Things Special

Posted by Sophie Pierce in General
Friday June 21st 2013

A Hello from Ava and Your Guide to June Birth Flowers

Hi! I'm Ava, and together with Sophie I'm helping you meet all of your special occasion needs with an enormous variety of flowers, bouquets, and gift arrangements. My love of plants and flowers transcends ordinary gift bouquets and comprises an appreciation for what it means to make someone's milestones truly special. Today I'd like to introduce something that may be new to you, but I think you'll love.

Buying birthday gifts can be tricky. Is your gift too elaborate? Perhaps it isn't lavish enough? Tired of worrying about the perfect gift for a special someone? Birthday month flowers are the ideal solution! Less expensive than a real birthstone, and more genuine than a knock-off, birthday flowers are the ideal balance between offering a fabulous gift and spending tons of money.

June Birthday Flowers

June Birthday Flowers

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Wednesday June 12th 2013

How to Keep Flowers Alive Longer

Do you worry that lacking a 'green thumb' will speed up the decaying process and prevent you from enjoying your flowers for as long as possible? Well here's a simple tip that should keep your flowers alive not only longer, but will also help them preserve their beauty for days to come... and it's a common household item!  The answer, my friends is ASPIRIN!

Roses and Aspirin

Posted by Jason Scott in General
Thursday May 2nd 2013

What's Hot #2

No surprise with Mother's Day right around the corner, what's hot is PINK! 

Pink Peonies, Pink Roses (especially with the Calla Lillies we mentioned in What's Hot #1

Avas Flowers - Pink PeonyAvas Flowers - Pink Roses and Calla Lily

And now, some background information: 

The Rose is a perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species! Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy and usually come in whites, yellows and reds. While most species are native to Asia, some are native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. Some rose plants can be as tall as 23 feet! 

Historically, Roses have been used in Medicines, Food and Drink and of course, Art.

The Peony is the only genus in the Paeoniaceae family. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.  The story goes that the peony is named after Paeon , a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.

The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture. It is a traditional floral symbol of China and is used symbolically in Chinese art. The Chinese Qing Dynasty declared the peony the national flower. However, today the People's Republic of China has no legally designated national flower. 

In 1957, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law to make the peony the state flower of Indiana, a title which it holds to this day. It replaced the zinnia, which had been the state flower since 1931.

Posted by in General
Wednesday May 1st 2013

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a week from Sunday - that's only 11 days away! Don't worry, we've got you covered with THREE special offers to choose from!

So don't delay and order early! Mom will love it!

Posted by in Holiday Flowers
Friday April 26th 2013

What's Hot #1

Here's the first installment of What's Hot!

Calla Lillies

Calla Lillies from Avas Flowers

So, legend has it when Hercules was born, Zeus wanted him to have divine powers. He drugged Hera and let the baby Hercules nurse from her. As some of milk fell on the earth they became calla lilies. 

They are a tall, sleek and beautiful cup shaped flower. Different flowers have different meaning and the Calla lily meaning is both rebirth and union - perfect for Spring!

Today, we're celebrating the Calla Lily with a sale. Click the link below for more details. 

Posted by in General
Friday April 26th 2013

What's Hot

Here at Avas Flowers we like new things. New flowers, new designs, new colors (not to say we don't like the classics too, red roses are always a great choice!)

But, back to "new things." Since I've been here (a whole week already!) I'm going to do my best to get the community involved. I want to hear your feedback. I want you to post on Facebook and Tweet us,  +1 us on our Google + page (all the links are on the bottom of this page.)

Today's new thing is a regular blog post called "What's Hot" - each post (about once per week) will talk about, right - you guessed it - what's hot in the world of flowers and plants. We'll vary the topics, and  provide new information. In fact, I'll be posting the first one later today.

Hopefully you like this idea. Either way, let us know and we'll continue to listen.


- Adam 
Director, Marketing

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Posted by in General
Wednesday April 24th 2013

History of Admin Day

Administrative Professionals Day (also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day) is an unofficial "holiday" observed (in North America) on the Wednesday of the last full week of April (April 24 in 2013). 

Mary Barrett, then president of the former National Secretaries Association, and C. King Woodbridge, then president of Dictaphone Corporation started the idea of the holiday. They served on a council addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers. The account executives at Young & Rubicam originated the idea for a National Secretaries Week.

Originally, "National Secretaries Week," was held June 1–7 in 1952, with Wednesday, June 4, 1952 designated as National Secretaries Day. The first Secretaries Day was sponsored by the National Secretaries Association with the support of corporate groups.

In 1955, the observance was moved to the last full week of April, and in 1981 the name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week. In 2000, another name change - this time to Administrative Professionals Week in order to include the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff. 

In the United States, the day is often celebrated by giving one's assistant gifts such as flowers, candy, trinkets, lunch at a restaurant, gift cards, or time off (we like the flowers idea, but we could be biased there.)

Posted by Adam in General