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Tuesday January 22nd 2019

5 Flowers that Symbolize Love

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey" - Victor Hugo

Flowers speak a language all of their own. Some say “fresh start” while others are for luck; and there are some that speak the language of love, be it romantic love or the love shared between a parent and child.

Here are five flowers that signify love - pick your beloved’s favorite when choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day flowers.


Tulips

Tulips as a whole that represent the “perfect love,” and red tulips represent the truest love. There are many myths and traditions associated with tulips and love.

In Persian culture, young men offer red tulips when they are proposing marriage. Greek mythology tells the story of a girl named Tulip, who has caught the eye of the God of Autumn. She grows tired of his advances and asks the God of Virginity to transform her into a flower. She is changed into a Tulip, and thus in Greek mythology the flower becomes associated with seduction. Turkish lore tells of a couple named Farhad and Shirin; Shirin dies while digging a well, so Farhad throws himself off a cliff because he cannot bear to be without her. Red tulips start to grow around his spilt blood, making red tulips a symbol for passion.


Roses

No surprise here. Roses - especially red ones - are the ultimate symbol of romantic love. With their delicate petals and seductive scent, few can resist its lure.

Carnations

Sturdy like a lifelong relationship, a bouquet of carnations will instantly liven up a room. Be sure to choose the appropriate color to describe your one-of-a-kind romance.

White Carnations

For a relationship celebrating the purest of love, white carnations are the way to go. These beauties are also a symbol of good luck.

Dark Red Carnations

For fiery affection, dark red carnations are the symbol you are looking for. Why not combine white and red carnations for a message that screams passion and purity.

Pink Carnations

There are few things as strong and pure as a mother’s undying love - which is exactly what pink carnations represent! An age-old belief says claims that pink carnations first appeared on earth from the Virgin Mary’s tears.

Peonies

True love is long-lasting, like the peony. While this majestic flower may not be the first flower that comes to mind, peonies represent honor and a happy relationship. Peonies are also the traditional gift for the twelfth wedding anniversary.


Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum in general symbolize joy, a feeling you can’t help but feel when surrounded by your loved ones! For a symbol of love, opt for a red or white version of this bloom; red chrysanthemum symbolize love in general, while white chrysanthemum are symbols of loyalty and devotion.
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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 September 25th 2018

Which flowers are in bloom in Autumn?

Autumn is already here
Autumn is already here. The third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall. The days are becoming visibly shorter and colder, the summery colors are starting to fade away and many flowers have already withered; does it make you feel nostalgic too?

Vegetational activity is starting to slow down in preparation for winter days, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any flowers to enjoy in the autumn season. Some of them actually hold over from the summertime, helping us combat the first signs of the autumnal melancholy.

Whether you’re looking to get a seasonal wedding arrangement or simply wondering which flowers can currently be purchased at the best price, we’ve prepared this list of flowers that can still please the eye in those darker, fall months.

Allium, also known as ornamental garlic.

Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas.

Anemone - which makes excellent cut flowers that should last in a vase for over a week.

Aster - a beautiful perennial with yellow center and white, red, pink, purple, lavender or blue petals.

Rudbeckia hirta, also known as Black-Eyed Susan is another strong plant that should last in a vase for up to 10 days

Carnation - an herbaceous perennial plant that comes in a variety of colors

Chrysanthemum - which can help reduce indoor air pollution.

Cosmos - an herbaceous perennial from the sunflower family.

Dahlia - an herbaceous perennial plant native to Mexico.

Freesia - a very fragrant flower grown mainly for use as cut flower.

Gerbera Daisy - florists’ favorite, right after roses and carnations; boasts a long vase life.

Gladiolus - also known as the Sword Lily, is a perennial that signifies remembrance. 

Gloriosa - also known as flame lily is beautiful but toxic

Gypsophila - or Baby's Breath, is a bushy plant that survives after a week when cut and dries beautifully.

Hydrangea - a popular flowering shrub that blooms from late spring to late autumn.

Iris - a hardy herbaceous perennial that comes in many color combinations, including blue and purple, white and yellow, pink and orange, brown and red, and even black.

Kangaroo paw - it has no fragrance, but makes an excellent cut flower; originates from Australia.

Lily - an herbaceous flowering plant growing from bulbs. Its prominent flowers come in a wide range of colors including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples.

Nerine - a pink, dashing autumn flowering bulb, which will flower for years once it accommodates in your garden.

Orchid - very colorful and fragrant; popular potted houseplants.

Red Rover Mum - blooms from late summer through fall; there are annual and biennial varieties.

Rose - some of the garden varieties of this woody flowering plant bloom only in fall.

Solanum dulcamara, or Bittersweet nightshade - a semi-woody herbaceous perennial vine.

Sunflower - yes! The stunning suncatcher blooms through the fall season as well.

Zinnia - an annual and perennial plant that blooms from mid-summer all the way until the first frost.

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Tuesday September 4th 2018

Looking for gifts for this Grandparent’s Day? 9 reasons why flowers are your best option


It’s obvious that as a floral business we’re quite biased on this opinion, but to make things clear, this post is based on some 35 years of careful observation, so I’m positive we’re giving you a solid reason to believe.  


Grandma's are moms with a lots of frosting. I brought my grandparents quite a lot of different gifts during my lifespan, but from what I noticed, flowers were always the biggest hit. A thorough analysis of family gatherings helped me draw several conclusions. Here’s the entire list:

1. Your grandparents don’t really care about the gifts you get them. Thus, a piece of nature is the best thing you can give to someone who doesn’t really want anything.

2. Flowers will wither, but that’s why they’re better than gadgets that are likely to become redundant anyway; they won’t end up cluttering space and gathering dust.

3. There is no better looking gift than colorful flowers. They immediately transform any room and add positive energy to any space; that’s never a bad gift.

4. The flowers you give remind your dear grandparents you care about them, even when you aren’t physically there.

5. Flowers are eye candy, and eye candy is a great gift to anyone who regrets they can’t see you more often.

6.Flowers won’t make them put on weight. My Grandma would actually give me back the sweets I would bring her, leaving me feel stupid. Do you want to feel stupid?

7. I haven’t met a grandmother who isn’t happy about receiving colorful and vibrant flowers (I have a lot of friends who will back me up on this). When your grandmother is happy, your granddad is be too.

8. Not all grandads will admit to this, but they secretly like having something they can look after. In the end, their kids are grown and their mission is done. It may be why my Grandad does the best job at keeping alive the bonsai tree I gave him.

9. Even if your grandad won’t be happy with flowers or plants, he will give them to grandma, which will make her doubly happy. And you already know that when Grandma is happy, so is Grandpa. It’s a solid win-win.


One lifehack advice to the above list: there is nothing else that will make your grandparents happier than your company. Even a dozen of trolleys of flowers won’t beat it.

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Tuesday August 21st 2018

6 safe plants to boost your dog’s health today

6 safe plants to boost your dog’s health today


I’m sure you’re already taking care of your dog very well, giving him all the attention he deserves. "Man's best friend" is a common phrase about dogs, referring to their millennia-long history of close relations, loyalty, and companionship with humans.  You take him on long walks in nature regularly. You play with him to stimulate his mind. You have him checked by a veterinarian at least once a year. You even trim his nails  yourself because who else could do it better than you?

You also give him plenty of fresh water and good quality food; naturally, you treat his stomach just like you treat yours. After all, true friendship is so hard to find, one needs to do the best one can to make it flourish.

There is another thing you can do for your four-legged friend that you may not have heard of until now. Use your garden, terrace or just the window sill to start growing herbs that will do wonders for your dog’s health.

That’s right! Certain herbs will work magic for your dog’s health. You can just sprinkle them on your dog’s regular food; they are totally safe. Breakfasts of champions really make champions, so start taking greater care of your dog’s tummy (and overall health) today.  

  1. Fennel

Fennel has great benefits for the digestive system and virtually any part of this herb is suitable for consumption. The seeds are particularly good at eliminating intestinal parasites, so definitely use it during cleansing treatments.

  1. Dandelion

You’re more than likely to find this plant in your nearest meadow or park. This plant is quite a powerful diuretic, so bear in mind you’ll have to walk your dog more often if you include this herb in his diet. Dandelion is rich in potassium so it will keep your dog’s kidneys and liver in the highest order.

  1. Sage

Sage is another herb that helps ease digestive issues and bloating. In fact, it’s excellent at boosting the immune system and overall health. Be sure to only feed sage leaves to your dog (can be both fresh or dried).

  1. Parsley

Parsley is packed with minerals necessary for the proper functioning of bladder and kidneys. It maintains the right pH levels which keeps your dog’s tummy happy. Parsley improves digestion as well.

  1. Milk thistle

Milk thistle has detoxifying qualities, which is why it’s particularly good for strengthening liver functions. Healthy liver means healthy skin, so indirectly, this herb can also help treat skin problems. The less-commonly-known benefit is that it calms your dog’s temper.

  1. Peppermint

It’s super easy to grow at home and very effective at treating nausea and indigestion. It may be the best thing to give to your dog after it consumes a random find in the bushes; we’ve all been there and we know how it ends!

We’d advise that you consult with your vet if your dog is experiencing any digestive or other issues. Herbs have enormous health benefits, but they won’t substitute medicaments.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday December 6th 2017

8 Crazy Facts About Hanukkah

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This year, the celebration of Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 12, and ends on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Even if you're not Jewish, you probably know about the lighting of the menorah. You may even be familiar with some of the foods eaten during this celebration. But there are some things that may surprise you about Hanukkah. This week, I'm letting you in on some interesting facts connected with the celebration of Hanukkah.

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Thursday November 30th 2017

Get Your Shovels Ready For A Snowy Winter In 2018

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Are you going to get a lot of snow and extremely cold temperatures this winter? The answer to that question depends on where you live. As always, the Old Farmer's Almanac has a lot to say on the matter. What sort of weather are you likely to see outside your window while we're waiting for the spring growing season to arrive? Let's find out if you'll need your snow shovel, snow blower, salt, or all of the above for winter 2018.

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Wednesday November 22nd 2017

Bulbs To Plant Now For Beautiful Spring Flowers

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We've been blessed with a fairly warm autumn, so I hope you've been spending lots of time outdoors with family and friends. While there's still a little time before the ground freezes, why not dedicate an afternoon to a little gardening work? This week, I have some tips for planting bulbs this month that will yield a gathering of beautiful spring flowers next year.

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