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Tuesday September 25th 2018


Seeing marigolds appear here and there around my neighborhood is something I look forward to every fall. It is believed that the scent of the flowers help guide the spirits to the altars. The yellow and orange marigolds symbolize the sun and light. These brightly colored blooms never fail to inspire me, so it was no surprise to me when I learned that marigolds symbolize creativity. For this week's post, I looked a little deeper into the story behind this brilliant flower of October.

The Story of Marigolds

The Greeks and Romans admired these flowers for much more than their beauty. They used marigolds to dye fabrics, treat various skin conditions, make cosmetics, and serve as seasoning in recipes. In Mexico, marigolds play a leading role in the annual Dia de Los Muertos festivities: People make garlands of marigolds and put them on the graves of their loved ones.

Where Do Marigolds Come From?

Marigolds are from the Mediterranean, so it won't come as a shock to you that they thrive in the heat and need lots of sunlight. These flowers are also plentiful in southwest Asia and western Europe.

Caring for Marigolds

Choosing a color is probably the toughest part of caring for these low-maintenance flowers. Marigold colors include bright orange, yellow, gold, and white. I have a neighbor who has a line of pots on her front porch containing marigolds of every color. I'm with her: Why choose just one when you can have them all? She puts them in dark pots in order to highlight the brilliant colors of the flowers' petals. After planting your marigolds in a sunny area, water your marigolds thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry before watering them again. Well-drained soil is best for these blooms. Make sure to water the base of your marigolds and not the petals, as watering the petals can cause mold. Deadhead your marigolds to spur renewed growth.

Fun Facts

  • The first colonists in America dried marigold petals, crushed them, and used the powder to color cheeses and butter.

  • Marigolds symbolize passion, which is why many brides include them in their wedding bouquets, reception table vases, and other flower arrangements.

  • Marigold was a popular girls' name back in the 1920s. The young daughter of Edith Crawley on the popular television show Downton Abbey is named Marigold; the show is set in the early 20th century.

  • Some people think that deer and rabbits are repelled by marigolds, but this is not true. However, while they are not repelled by them, they won't eat them unless they are out of other options.

  • Marigolds are a natural repellant to mosquitoes, and they are attractive to pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies.

  • The petals of signet marigolds are a tasty edition to a delicious salad. They add a spicy element to the dish.

  • Back in the 1960s, David Burpee, president of the Burpee seed company, campaigned to make the marigold the national flower. The marigold lost out to the rose for that title.

Whether you plant your marigolds in your garden or put them in a pot on your patio, they will be large contributors to the swirl of fall colors around your home.

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Tuesday May 15th 2018

Birth Flowers for Mom

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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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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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.


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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Thursday November 14th 2013

With Love and Cheerfulness, A Chrysanthemum - The November Birth Flower

Fall is in full swing; the cold, dreary weather has set in for many of us and during this time of year sending flowers is the perfect way to brighten a birthday. The November birth flower is the chrysanthemum, and I am always reminded of the bright summer sun when looking at this flower. The name Chrysanthemum, in Greek, means "golden flower" as chrysanthemums in ancient times were mostly yellow. The meaning of the chrysanthemum is "with love and cheerfulness". In the Victorian language of flowers, sending someone a chrysanthemum sends the message "you are a good friend"; how perfect all of these meanings are for a birthday?

Image via Flickr by Colin

Birth Flower for November: Chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum, or mum, is synonymous with fall, largely because it is one of the few fall blooming flowers. I imagine this is why it was chosen as the November birth flower. It also comes in fall colors of creams, yellows, oranges, purples, and dark reds, although it comes in white and pink as well. This November flower is actually made up of a great number of tiny, separate flowers called florets. The center disc is made up of short, small florets tightly clustered together and is surrounded by long ray florets. The central disc is not always obvious. There are many different forms of chrysanthemum flowers, such as anemone, pom pom, spider, quill, spoon, single, reflex, and incurved. The flower forms can differ from one another so much that sometimes they look like completely different flowers; I especially love the incurved flower form, which is featured widely in traditional Chinese art.

Posted by Ava Rose in Birthday Flowers
Wednesday August 17th 2011

Make Someone's Special Day Better With Birthday Flowers

Birthday BouquetBirthday flowers have long been a popular choice for sending gifts. These are often sent with a card containing a message of best wishes. These may be sent to one's workplace, or delivered to their home.

There are few limits to what kind of flower may be used for bouquets. Birthdays often mean bright blooms but there are many more options. Specialty designs may also be created to make the special day perfect.

Posted by Mary Dimacali in Birthday Flowers