Looking for something delicate, durable, and delightful to decorate your home with this season? Don’t be too quick to overlook carnations — one of the oldest and historically rich flowers around today. If you’re in the market for flowers, here are just a few of the many reasons why you should choose carnations.
If years of springtime watery eyes and a runny nose has turned you off to flowers or gardening, we’re here to offer some relief! Contrary to popular belief, there are flowers that even the biggest allergy sufferer can still enjoy. So until scientists can develop pollen-free house plants (which yes, they’re actually working on!) here are the most hypoallergenic flowers that will leave you breathing easy.
How Come Only Some Flowers Affect Allergy Sufferers?
When it comes to allergies, flowers have gotten a bad rap. For most allergy sufferers, they’re not allergic to flowers, but rather the pollen they attract. But just like some flowers have high pollen counts, others have very low (and sometimes no) pollen levels — meaning there are plenty of flowers that are allergy-friendly, you just need to know where to look!
Hydrangeas are a staple among gardening homeowners because they have the ability to re-bloom throughout the spring and summer — so we’re happy to say that they are allergy-friendly! Because their pollen is so sticky, even strong winds won’t blow it into the air.
While you’ve probably heard that the symbol for 25 years of marriage is silver, or that 50 years is celebrated with gold, did you know that most anniversaries are also honored with their own flower? If you’re about to celebrate an anniversary, commemorate your blooming relationship with its corresponding flower.
1st Anniversary: Carnation
Because of their youthful and vibrant full bloom, carnations have long been used to represent young, passionate love. And nothing says young, passionate love like newlyweds! The first year of marriage is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, hence why it’s usually referred to as, “the honeymoon phase.”
You probably know about the language of love, but have you heard of the language of flowers? Because tulips bloom in the spring, they are commonly used to represent new life and warmth, but every color also carries its own meaning and interesting superstitions. Let your flowers do the talking the next time you give someone you love one of these wonderfully meaningful colored tulips.
From bulb to bloom, the tulip is one of the most recognizable and popular household flowers. Read on for fun facts and history about tulips or for tips on how to handle this flower, visit this tulip care post.
You may have heard of Beatlemania, but have you ever heard of tulip mania? In 17th century Netherlands, tulips were so valuable and in demand that they actually caused a craze known as “tulip mania.” For years, people were so obsessed with tulips, that they actually traded their valuables and payed thousands of guilder (their previous form of currency) for the flower. Below is a brief history about what we think might just be the most beautiful form of currency ever to hit Europe.
In his beloved play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare taught us that, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In other words — a person or thing is special because of what it is, not what it’s called. And regardless of its name, we think it’s clear that a rose is pretty unique. Just seeing one conjures up images of love, beauty, and hope. In honor of spring’s bloom, here’s how to say “rose” in 45 different languages. Continue Reading…
As part of our “Now Blooming” collection, we’re excited to announce that this month’s limited edition flower is the Monsella tulip! For years, tulips have reigned as the most popular spring bulb, thanks to their beautiful petals and striking colors. So if you want to add some cheer to your house, look no further than the most sought after of all tulips – the Monsella tulip. This early blooming spring flower is unlike any other, because its beautiful, cardinal yellow petals are interrupted by bright red stripes. We doubt you need any more reason to love these beautiful flowers, but if you do, here are a few little known facts about Monsella tulips and tulips in general.
Introducing: The Now Blooming program! Each month, we’ll be featuring and selling a brand new flower as part of our “Now Blooming” collection. This March, we’re kicking off the spring season with the Hercules amaryllis! In honor of this beautiful, limited edition arrangement, here are a few little known facts about everyone’s favorite fuchsia flower.
Poor sleep can be caused by a number of things, like stress, too much caffeine and even late night cell phone usage (but let’s face it, when else are you going to catch up on your Facebook timeline?). This might be why the National Sleep Foundation found that lack of sleep is affecting more Americans than ever before – 130 million be exact. Believe it or not, there are actually a number of plants that have been proven to help induce sleep.
Simply smelling the flower has the ability to leave you feeling tired and groggy. After testing the effects of gardenia on mice, a German study found that these flowers had the same effects as valium on a neurotransmitter in the brain known as GABA. Many people in Europe have even began supplementing their sleeping pills with gardenia flowers.