He is always in your corner, he’s your biggest fan – he’s your dad. It can be hard to find the words to encompass all that he has done for you, but this Father’s Day we can help you out! Here’s fifty different ways you can say Dad (just remember to call him!
Our homes aren’t the only place that could use a little décor to help create a peaceful and serene environment–our place of work can benefit from the same. Aside from hanging pictures with positive sayings and decorating our desks with photos of family members, having plants throughout the office can also make us smile. Not only can they make you feel good, but studies have shown that employees are more productive when workplaces are decorated with some indoor office plants.
Could your office use a pick-me-up? If so, here are some of the best plants:
There may be a million different ways to say her name, but there’s only one special mom your heart belongs to. So this Mother’s Day, show her how one-of-a-kind she is: Instead of calling her the usual “Ma” or “Mom,” impress her by saying her name in her native language! Here’s how to say mom in different languages:
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.
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.
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…
Who could resist a rose called ‘Hot Lady’? It’s a spectacular hot pink rose, too, with two-inch-long buds that look good in a vase for at least 10 days. And the color! Hot, hot pink. It’s the kind of rose that florists love, not least because it appeals to the hot ladies for whom it was named.
As it happens, hot ladies have plenty of hot pink roses to choose from, thanks in large part to a century-old German firm called Rosen Tantau (Tantau Roses).
Just four men have run the company in that century, each one taking an inventive approach to rose breeding. Founded by Matthias Tantau in 1906 in a small town outside Hamburg, Germany, the firm became internationally known following World War II, when Jackson Perkins introduced ‘Garnette’, a popular red greenhouse rose, to the United States. It became a florists’ standard. Continue Reading…
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…
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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…