Fun Flower Facts

Irish Flowers You Should Know

March 11, 2016

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-rosemary. Plant flowering close upIrish Flowers

1. Bog-rosemary

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.

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Holiday Decorations

Prepare A Traditional Irish Breakfast

March 10, 2016

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!
Irish Breakfast Green Roses in Tea Cup
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Fun Flower Facts

What Flowers Do Butterflies Like?

March 8, 2016

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.

Colorful Blue, Orange & Black butterfly on a red-orange flower

Butterfly Garden Plants

Aster

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…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

March 4, 2016

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.

Field of 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…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

International Women’s Day Quotes

March 2, 2016

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.

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How-To's

Tulips For Your Table

February 23, 2016

Tabletop Tips

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.

Burlap Table Runner with Tulip Arrangement Centerpiece

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Fun Flower Facts

What Do Flowers Symbolize?

February 22, 2016

Flowers are the perfect gift or offering for any occasion, but we all know that certain species are more appropriate for certain situations. For example, the rose is most commonly associated with a holiday like Valentine’s Day or an occasion such as a wedding anniversary. Why? Because it symbolizes love! But aside from the well known meanings, such as the one we just mentioned, are you familiar with what other types of flowers symbolize? If the answer is no, you came to the right place; we’re breaking down the meanings of several flower species below:

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Floral Events & News

Pantone Color of the Year 2016

February 18, 2016

Every year Pantone comes out with their “color of the year,” but this year they changed things up! For the first time ever, 2016 has two colors of the year: “Rose Quartz” in the pink color family and “Serenity” in the blue color family. These soft shades of pink and blue were selected based on trends in fashion and culture.

According to the Pantone website, these colors symbolize the gender blur in fashion and culture. In addition to the contemporary meaning of these colors, the balance of a warm rose and a cool tranquil blue symbolizes order and peace.

In honor of the “colors of the year,” we chose some of our favorite floral arrangements that remind us of Rose Quartz and Serenity. Check out some of our floral arrangements that best highlight these lovely colors of 2016!

Floral Treasures Bouquet

This Local Artisan floral arrangement (designed by talented local florists) is a perfect mix of both Rose Quartz and Serenity, featuring soft pinks and purples in lilies, daisies, alstroemeria, and more.

Flower arrangement with pink lilies, alstroemeria, daisies and purple accents

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How-To's

Revisiting The Waxed Roses

February 17, 2016

I know that some of you were curious as to how long the flowers that we waxed a few week ago would last on my How to Preserve Flowers with Wax blog post, so I thought I would share an update. This shot was taken almost 4 weeks to the day after I dipped each of the fresh fully-bloomed roses in melted soy wax. Isn’t it so amazingly gorgeous – still!

Waxed Roses 4 Weeks Later

I took this next photo 4 MONTHS after I waxed the roses, and they are still beautiful, just with a more rustic feel.

Waxed Roses 4 Months Later

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

February 12, 2016

Picture this: it’s the day before Valentine’s Day and you’re going over the romantic evening you’ve planned for you and your special someone when you realize you’ve forgotten one, possibly two, of the most important things…the flowers and a gift. At this point, you imagine your local florist must be backed up and you have absolutely no idea what to do to prevent your celebration from turning into a complete disaster. Don’t worry, deep breaths! For starters, there’s always same-day flower delivery when you order from someone like us. But, we also want to let you know that there are tons of other solutions that can put your mind at ease – here are some examples:

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