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Tuesday November 8th 2016

The History Behind The Thanksgiving Cornucopia

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A cornucopia is a common sight on many Thanksgiving dinner tables throughout America. At this time of the year, you're likely to see wicker cornucopias of all sizes filled to overflowing with apples, grapes, pears, leaves, and even small pumpkins. Some people get really creative filling their cornucopias with flowers, candy, or colorful veggies! I have a homemade cornucopia that I put on my Thanksgiving table every year. It's made of raffia, and I love filling it with sedums, yellow mums, and other fall blooms. Also, I've found that a small cornucopia filled with colorful blooms makes an appealing gift for the host of a holiday party. Have you ever wondered why cornucopias are so closely connected with the Thanksgiving holiday? If you have, this week's post is just for you. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
Wednesday December 16th 2015

How To Choose The Best Christmas Tree To Rock Around

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One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is drive out to a local tree farm with friends and choose my Christmas tree. I love seeing all of the families walking through the fields to find a lovely tree for their home. As a kid, my family always chose a Scotch pine. I've continued that tradition, and I always seem to find one that fits perfectly into my living room. This week, I thought I'd take a look at the different types of Christmas trees as well as how to care for them. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
Thursday May 7th 2015

The Poppy Flower And It's Significance To Memorial Day

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The poppy is one of my favorite flowers. Whether it's Himalayan blue, California yellow, or purple, these delicate flowers are hard to ignore. I must confess a special fondness for red poppies. Of course, they are beautiful to look at, but did you know they have a special connection to Remembrance Day and Memorial Day? Take a look at some facts about red poppies and learn how they became a symbol of soldiers lost in World War I.

Posted by Ava Rose in Holiday Flowers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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