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Posts in Holiday Flowers

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Tuesday March 31st 2015

The Plants And Flowers Of The Easter Season

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Nothing announces the arrival of springtime like a colorful gathering of Easter flowers. I love to see all of the Easter flowers and plants blooming around my neighborhood. I always pause a few extra moments to look at the delicate white blossoms of the flowering dogwood trees in my area. In fact, these unique trees are a memorable sight during all four seasons of the year. Not surprisingly, there is a history behind a lot of the Easter flowers and plants that we get to admire. I thought I would use this week's blog to take a closer look at the histories of some notable Easter blooms. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday March 10th 2015

Native Plants Of Ireland

If you're one of my loyal readers, you know that I love flowers and plants of all types. I get excited whenever I can add a new entry to my mental encyclopedia of flowers. I especially like to learn about the history or meaning behind a particular bloom. Since St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd pass on a little information about some flowers that are native to Ireland. Enjoy!

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Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Friday March 6th 2015

Luck O' The Four Leaf Clover

I've always wanted to find a four-leaf clover. My dog Basil and I have searched through countless clumps of clover over the years. We've looked in the local dog park, the woods, and we even look at stray patches of clover along the sidewalks. No luck. But the day I find one, I'll waste no time putting it on the blog for all to see. Since St. Patrick's Day is approaching, I thought I'd share with you the history of the elusive four-leaf clover, along with some fun facts. Enjoy!

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Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Wednesday December 24th 2014

The History Behind Mistletoe

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Many of us have done it at one time or another: kissed someone under the mistletoe. Whether at a holiday party with a complete stranger or at home with a spouse, kissing under the leaves and berries of this partially parasitic plant is an ancient custom. Have you ever stopped to wonder how this odd practice got started? Actually, there is quite a bit of fascinating history behind this time-honored tradition. No one is exactly sure which myth led to the practice of hanging the mistletoe, but there are plenty to choose from. Here are some of the most popular legends. At this year's Christmas party, all attention will be on you as you share the stories behind the mistletoe.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday December 16th 2014

Tips for Decorating With Poinsettias

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Decorating a home with poinsettias during Christmas is a tried-and-true way to celebrate the holidays and honor tradition. To spruce up your holiday space, there are many unique ways to use poinsettias and help you to stand out from the rest of the holiday crowd. Consider the natural look of poinsettias and the different colors they can grow in for inspiration on how to tie them into your home décor. Find new ways to incorporate them into ornaments on trees and in living areas. Use them to beautify the exterior of your home and turn it into a classic piece of Winter Wonderland.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday November 25th 2014

Perfect Flowers For Celebrating Thanksgiving

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All around the world throughout history, different civilizations have had festivals of thanksgiving, generally revolving around the harvest which often occurred in fall. The first Thanksgiving in the United States in 1621 was also a type of festival celebrating the harvest and took place between September 21 and November 11. It is not surprising then that the most popular Thanksgiving flowers tend to be traditional fall flowers, or flowers that feature fall colors, and bloom at the same time as the harvest. One thing is certain about the different thanksgivings through time and cultures: they always have been a time to celebrate with friends and family.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Wednesday October 29th 2014

The Best Flowers For Halloween

With Halloween approaching, why not celebrate the season by decorating with Halloween flowers? For those of you who prefer to decorate in a more autumnal manner, using Halloween colors and fall accessories are both great ways to celebrate Halloween. For those looking to scare the pants off of guests, I have a few ideas for you as well. I also have a list of some naturally spooky and bizarre flowers that any Halloween lover will appreciate. Using floral centerpieces and bouquets to decorate for Halloween is a wonderful way to showcase your creative talents and add a natural touch to your home.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Thursday May 8th 2014

Popular Flowers To Honor Those Who Have Served Our Country On Memorial Day

This year, as you celebrate the Memorial Day weekend with barbecues and time off spent with family, don't forget to honor the fallen soldiers in your life. Memorial Day is yet another holiday with a fascinating history. As early as ancient times, Greeks and Romans decorated graves of the dead with flowers, and laying wreaths on graves signaled high honors. Memorial Day as we know it was formerly known as Decoration Day and began during the Civil War; it is said that Southern women were decorating the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers as early as 1861. By the twentieth century, Memorial Day honored all fallen soldiers. Today, we still celebrate Memorial Day by putting flowers on the graves of our fallen soldiers who have fought for our freedom. Flowers for Memorial Day tend to be red, white, and blue, the colors of our country; here are twelve of the most popular.

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Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Tuesday April 15th 2014

6 Popular Flowers for Easter

Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner, and along with Easter comes the blooming of many beautiful spring flowers; maybe that why so many spring flowers are associated with Easter; however, some flowers are considered Easter flowers for deeper reasons. In my family, flowers were always a big part of the Easter celebration and I have always automatically associated the holiday with flowers. I never stopped to think about why certain flowers are always given and used for Easter-have you? Here are six popular flowers for Easter and some interesting history behind them.

1. Easter Lily

The quintessential Easter flower is of course the Easter lily. I remember bringing my grandmother a pot or bouquet of Easter lilies every Easter. Why is the Easter lily such a popular Easter flower? It does not naturally bloom at Easter time, after all. It turns out this flower is full of religious symbolism and there are many religious myths about it. The Easter lily bulb is said to represent Christ's tomb, while the flower emerging from it represents Christ's arising from the dead. The flower is symbolic of love, hope, and purity. There is a myth that lilies grew where drops of Christ's blood fell as he hung on the cross.

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Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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Friday February 7th 2014

The 5 most Popular Flowers for Valentine's Day

Famous writer Emma Goldman once said "I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck", and I would have to agree with her, especially on Valentine's Day. For centuries giving flowers has been a way to communicate emotions. Red roses were believed to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, thus they became symbolic of love and passion. They became popular Valentines flowers in the 17th century and continue to be the most popular Valentines Day flowers today, but there are other flowers that make great Valentine's Day gifts as well.

Flowers: The Universal Language of Love

Roses

With 10 million, mostly red, sold each year on this holiday these flowers still hold strong. Roses excite the senses with their intoxicating scent, soft, velvety petals, and beauty-I don't think there is any gift more sensual than a rose. In the language of love, red roses symbolize passionate love, pink symbolize admiration and appreciation, and lavender symbolize enchantment and love at first sight; of course, there are many more colors, each with a different meaning.

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Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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