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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…

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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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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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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…

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What Flower are You Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

July 6, 2018

Whether you start every morning by reading your horoscope or you only look at it from time to time, there’s no denying that it’s fun to learn what the stars have in store for you. But has astrology made its way down from the sky to Earth?

While most people know they have corresponding traits, likes, dislikes, and even numbers associated with their zodiac sign, few know that they also have an astrological flower. Take a look below to see what your flower sign is and the traits you both share!

Aries: March 21 – April 20

Flower: Honeysuckle

As the first sign in the zodiac, Aries signifies the start of something new. With honeysuckle blooming in early spring, the season most associated with rebirth and new experiences, the two pair perfectly together!

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The Meaning Behind Our Favorite Floral Phrases and Sayings

April 13, 2018

When it comes to phrases that live at the tip of our tongues, we’re sure you’ve got some personal favorites that are the bee knees and sound as pretty as a peach. But being florists and all, we’re pretty partial to floral phrases — can you blame us? This season, why not add some of our favorite phrases and sayings into your vocabulary?

“Stop and smell the roses”

Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed? Overworked? If so, it may be time to “stop and smell the roses.” This means it’s time to break away from your hectic schedule and take a minute to enjoy the little things in life and the beauty of nature. And while there’s no denying that we love the expression, studies show there is some scientific truth behind it! Spending time outdoors among nature has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.

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Perennial Flowers that Bloom all Spring Long

April 11, 2018
Hummingbird Feeding at Bleeding Heart Bloom

If there’s one thing that remains a constant in this world it’s that April showers always seem to bring May flowers. With spring fast approaching, many perennials can’t wait to break through their dirt beds and stretch their leaves out in the world.

If you’re looking to save time, money, and energy on your spring garden, perennials are certainly the way to go, because when it comes to the world of flowers, perennials are the gift that keeps on giving. Check out this list of perennial flowers that will bloom all spring long!

Lungwort

Don’t let its less-than-appealing name fool you — lungwort is a marvelous, flowering plant that blooms at the first sight of spring. Starting off pink, lungwort gradually transitions to a dark purple flower, before dying once the sweltering temperatures of summer arrive.

Why We Love Lungwort

  • It’s a strong plant that’s highly disease resistant.
  • Even in partially shaded areas, it flourishes well.
  • Rabbits, deer, and other plants tend to leave it alone.

Flowering Pulmonaria officinalis also known as lungwort Continue Reading…

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How to Keep Your Home Pollen-Free This Spring

April 9, 2018

After the long, cold months of winter, there’s nothing better than swinging open your doors and windows on the first warm day of spring. That is, until you turn around and realize that sticky, yellow pollen has taken over every inch of your home.

Luckily, there are things even the most severe allergy sufferers can do to ensure they still get to enjoy the sights, sounds, scents, and serenity of spring in their home.

kids laughing and playing in spring dandelion field

Kick Your Shoes Off

The moment you come in from a day of hiking or exploring a spring garden, wipe and take your shoes off right away. If you want to go the extra mile, hose off the soles of your shoes outside before coming in. Continue Reading…

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9 Stunning Flowers and Plants that Have Gone Extinct

April 2, 2018

Having existed for more than 4.5 billion years, it’s no surprise that the Earth has undergone some major changes in its life — particularly in the types of greenery it plays home to. Whether due to climate change, geological shifts, or human or animal interference, below is a list of a few flowers and plants that have gone extinct both recently and billions of years ago.

1. Silphium

If you were somehow able to stumble upon this flower, you may mistake it for a daisy. With its many small, long, yellow petals, the silphium looks like the cousin of yellow daisies. However, the flower has not been seen by humans since it went extinct in the 1st Century B.C.

silphium flower close-up

2. Cooksonia

Believed to be one of the first plants on the planet, cooksonia lived more than 425 million years ago (to put that in perspective, dinosaurs lived around 66 million years ago). These water-loving plants could be found along coastlines all over the world. Even more interestingly, scientists believe these were the first plants to have a stem. Continue Reading…

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A History of Tulips in Holland and the Dutch Trade

March 26, 2018

You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone from anywhere in the world who takes one look at a tulip and doesn’t instantly fall in love with it. But the country of Holland may just take the cake when it comes to crowning the country that’s most in love with tulips. Let us explain…

History of Tulips in Holland

Tulips may not have originated in Holland, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming one of Holland’s main exports and one of the things it’s most well-known for.

It was in the 16th century that tulips were imported to Holland from the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey). Just a few years after arriving in Holland, tulips became the most sought-after commodity in the entire Netherlands, after Carolus Clusius wrote what’s considered the first major book about the flower. At the time, tulip bulbs were worth more than gold and were sold for 10 times what a commoner made in a year. Needless to say, the time period was appropriately named “tulip mania.”

Though they certainly don’t outweigh gold anymore, the Netherlands is still one of the largest exporters of tulips in the world. Today, roughly 60% of the country’s land is used for agriculture or horticulture, with much of that land dedicated to growing bulbs. And it’s a good thing because in 2014 the Netherlands exported more than 2 billion tulips worldwide.

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