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Thanksgiving Vegetables That Come From Flowering Plants

November 15, 2018

Have you ever eaten a flower? Before you quickly respond with a puzzled, “no,” take a minute to think about what a flower is. While most of us think of roses, daisies, and orchids when someone says “flower,” there are quite a few species we’re leaving out.

Because ‘vegetables’ is a culinary term, not exactly a scientific one, there are many things we consider to be vegetables but are, in fact, flowers. As you prepare your Thanksgiving table for a beautiful feast, consider adding these vegetables that double as flowers.

Artichokes

Leaving your vegetable patch unattended for more than a few days is usually a recipe for disaster — unless you’re talking about artichokes, that is. When left unpicked, artichokes open up to expose a beautiful purple, string-like flower. Beyond their beauty, it also makes a wonderful Thanksgiving appetizer or side dish.

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Flower & Plant Care

How to Care for Orchids & Keep Them Looking Their Best

November 5, 2018

Orchids are well-known for their striking beauty and unique petal shapes — something that entices orchid lovers but can scare away first-time growers. Despite what their exotic looks might suggest, caring for orchids is not much different than caring for ordinary houseplants. In fact, many people would say that orchids are an “ordinary houseplant,” as the desire for them has skyrocketed over the years thanks to their ability to bloom year-after-year. Though orchid care may be a little different than you’re used to, it’s by no means harder!

purple orchids placed in empty living room

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Fun Flower Facts

Facts About Sunflowers

September 17, 2018

One look at a sunflower and you’ll understand why it’s been drawn, painted, and written about for years. Standing tall above most other popular flowers, sunflowers bring a smile to everyone’s face.

While we all know sunflowers are beautiful, there’s a lot more to these showstopping flowers than meets the eye. Here are some interesting sunflower facts: Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Retirement Gift Ideas

August 15, 2018

Retirement is one of the biggest milestones a person will reach in their lifetime. This is an exciting time in your coworker’s life, so make sure you send them off with a retirement gift that they’ll never forget!

“Job Well Done” Gifts

Especially if they’re leaving the company after years of service, make sure they feel like their work has been appreciated and they’ll be remembered. Their time in your office may be over, but every home needs elegant stationary!

There’s no better way to say “thank you and good luck” than with a glorious bouquet of flowers. From seasonal designs to bouquets with “congratulations” balloons, flowers are a retirement gift staple!

Hobby Gifts

With all the time in the world now on their hands, many retirees like to take retirement as an opportunity to indulge in their hobbies.

Sports

The days of heading home before the game ends are officially over! Get the sports enthusiast in your life even more reasons to love his favorite game with popcorn tins featuring his favorite baseball or football team.

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Fun Flower Facts

The History of the Lei

August 10, 2018

Using only the stars to guide their canoes, early Polynesian voyagers who settled in Hawaii were some of the first people to create and wear leis. Little did they know that hundreds of years later, the tradition of wearing and giving leis would be stronger than ever!

A Brief History of the Lei

Initially, the first Polynesian settlers on Hawaii wore leis in order to make themselves more beautiful, distinguish certain groups from others, and as a sign of affection. When someone from another town would visit, presenting them with a lei was a way of symbolically welcoming them as a part of the group.

The Maile lei is one of the most significant leis in Hawaiian culture. Among its many uses, the Maile lei was most commonly used when worshiping the gods or given from one chief to another as a symbol of peace in times of war. For that reason, maile remains one of the most popular lei materials still used today. Continue Reading…

Wedding Flowers

The History Behind Your Favorite Wedding Traditions

August 8, 2018

From hundred-year-old superstitions to family traditions your grandmother insists on continuing, perhaps no one day is more wrapped in tradition than your wedding day. And while most of us know what they are, few of us know how these decade-old traditions came about and why they’re so symbolic.

Whether you’re tying the knot this year, know someone who is, or are just interested in learning more about wedding culture, take a look below at some of our favorite wedding traditions and the meanings behind them.

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Fun Flower Facts

Tropical Flowers that You Can Grow at Home

August 5, 2018

Many people have a bit of a love-hate relationship with tropical flowers. While many people are enticed by their unique beauty and fun colors, they’re also a bit skeptical to grow them. That’s why we’re here to set the record straight! Once you try growing these flowers, you’ll realize that “tropical” is in no way a synonym for “difficult.”

Defining “Tropical Plants”

Don’t let the word “tropical” scare you. In most cases, a tropical plant simply needs a good amount of water and a warm environment to grow in. See? That’s not that scary! If you have a sunroom or ledge that receives a lot of warmth, you’re well on your way to nurturing a tropical flower.

Best Tropical Flowers to Grow in North America

Anthurium

Looking like a cross between a poinsettia and an orchid, anthurium plants add an instant pop of color into any room. More than that, they’re a great conversation starter!

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Fun Flower Facts

Flowers & Plants That Repel Bugs

August 3, 2018

Nothing ruins a sunny summer day spent out on your porch like the constant buzzing of bees or the bite of a mosquito. But before you assume your garden is the problem, we’re here to tell you that it might actually be the solution — you just have to know what type of flowers to grow!

Plants and Flowers That Repel Bugs

Lavender

While us humans love the relaxing scent of lavender, bugs don’t care for it. In fact, they try their best to avoid it at all costs! If you’re looking to deter moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes from entering your home, try planting bushels of lavender at entryways around your house.

Chrysanthemums

If hard shell bugs are a problem by you, add chrysanthemums to your garden. These colorful little flowers repel everything from roaches and Japanese beetles, to bed bugs, spider mites, and ticks.

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Fun Flower Facts

Best Indoor Plants for Your Home

August 1, 2018

Feel like it’s time to update your home’s look, but you’re not sure where to start? Forget the hardware store — turn to the Great Outdoors for your inspiration! Indoor plants make functional decorations that add color and life to your home, while simultaneously cleaning the air.

Bring the tranquil nature of a garden inside this season by growing these indoor plants in your bedroom, kitchen, living room- any room!

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Fun Flower Facts

Flowers that Symbolize Friendship

July 26, 2018

You probably know that February 14th is Valentine’s Day — but do you know what August 5th is? Unbeknownst to many, August 5th is National Friendship Day!

With so many days dedicated to romantic love and family, it can be easy to forget that showing your friends you appreciate them is just as important as expressing love to your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse. In honor of this day for platonic love, we’re sharing a few flowers that are more than just beautiful — they’re highly symbolic of true friendship! Continue Reading…