The Easter lily, a beautiful white blossom that is said to symbolize the purity, hope and new life of Spring, is a classic flower found in both homes and churches during this time of year. With such a rich history that dates back to 1777, the Easter lily has become one of the most popular flowers associated with the Spring season, and is certainly one that you’ll want to have in your home for Easter Sunday.
National Puppy Day is on March 23, 2016! Not only is National Puppy Day a day to celebrate your pup, but it’s also a day to promote adoption of dogs and cats looking for a good home.
To celebrate the occasion, some of our employees brought their furry friends in to hang out with some dog flowers from our a-DOG-able® collection. See the cuteness below:
Although it’s where most of us probably look, our gardens aren’t the only place where we can view some of the spring and summer’s best blooms – there are festivals and events for that too. Tulip festivals in particular, which are held not only in the U.S but also around the world, provide visitors with the opportunity to see some of the greatest varieties of this popular spring flower. Below, we’ve listed five of the best festivals right here in the U.S for you to consider attending this year:
We all have a few select people in our lives that we couldn’t live without, and though some of those people may differ from person to person, one thing we all have in common is our moms. As one of the most important women in the world to each and every one of us, it seems only natural that we treat her like a queen, especially on special occasions; after all, she did give us the gift of life!
For those of you who have a mom with a birthday coming up, we’re here to share some of our favorite gift ideas that you can give her in return for all she’s done: Continue Reading…
Out of all of the plants and flowers you can name, there’s one or two that we bet stand out when you think about Ireland and being Irish – the clover (particularly the four-leaf clover), and the shamrock. After all, the majority of green beauties such as the rare four-leaf clover can be found in Ireland, so it’s only fitting that you associate them with the country! But aside from the flowers and plants that make their way into almost every conversation over these next few weeks considering that St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, you should know that there are tons of others that thrive on Irish soil.
Bog-rosemaries are wildflowers native to Ireland, and are usually found in the centre of the country. They are extremely small in size, and considering their height, it isn’t unusual to miss them – especially since they grow in areas surrounded by mosses. Characteristically, Bog-rosemary flowers bloom in early May, and by June, they have usually settled into a nice pale pink color.
2. Easter Lilies
Scientifically known as lilium longiflorum, the Easter Lily is actually native of Japan. However, considering that Ireland was at one point completely covered by ice during the Ice Age, it makes sense that some of their most beautiful blooms originated in other countries. For the Irish, the Easter Lily is symbolic of peace and is typically worn by Irish republicans during the Easter season in remembrance of those who fought and died for their country.
Top O’ The Mornin’ To Ya!
March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to start the day than with a plate of hot homemade Irish soda bread scones, a cup of Irish tea, and an Irish Eyes cocktail? Add some unique Irish inspired floral decor and you’re ready for the perfect Irish breakfast!
“Green Tea” Roses & Irish Soda Bread Scones
In this case, the tea is a bouquet of fresh “green tea” roses, to go along perfectly with the Irish breakfast tea of your choice! Match your tea and the tea cup of green roses, with Irish Soda Bread scones (recipe below), and you have the perfect start for your Irish breakfast!
For anyone who loves to plant, grow and take care of a backyard garden like us, then you know that the right flowers and the right landscaping aren’t the only things that contribute to their success – other aspects of nature, such as beautiful butterflies, do too. And although you may think that some gardeners just get lucky to have butterflies attracted to their home, the truth is that there are some specific flower types that butterflies are more likely to cling to.
Butterfly Garden Plants
A classic plant for all of the fall gardeners, aster produces some of the most incredible red, blue, pink, purple and white flowers. Aster plants thrive best under sunny and moist conditions, and they can grow to be about five feet tall and two feet wide. And one thing’s for sure – butterflies love them! Continue Reading…
Now that the hustle and bustle of one of our favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day, is over, it’s time to look towards the future and start celebrating the next big observance that’s to come – St. Patrick’s Day! The one day of the year where just about everyone experiences what it means to be Irish. And even if you aren’t actually Irish at heart, we’re sure that you’re at least familiar with some of the symbols most commonly associated with the holiday, including four leaf clovers.
Speaking of these lucky charms, what do you know about them, besides what they look like? Before you go crazy digging out all of your green clothes and St. Patrick’s Day accessories, learn some facts about four leaf clovers by taking a look below: Continue Reading…
Each year on March 8th, people all across the globe come together to celebrate the achievements of women – socially, economically, culturally and politically – for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, Pledge For Parity (join in on the conversation using the hashtag #PledgeForParity), is designed to bring together both men and women in an effort to achieve gender parity and help young girls and women continue to follow their dreams and seek success.
As we get ready to honor this observance, today, we’re proud to share some of our favorite quotes from some of the world’s most influential women.
Sometimes your inspiration starts with just a sprinkle of an idea, or some beautiful linens, or heirloom china. Sometimes it’s the season or the special occasion. And for me, more times then not it starts with the flowers… in this case tulips! My tulips are so bright, fresh and colorful you can almost hear them say “look at me”, so I kept everything else neutral and organic.
Using a burlap table runner instead of a full tablecloth keeps most of the warm wood of the farm table exposed, adding to the rustic feel. Continue Reading…