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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.

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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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Early Spring Flowers For Your Table and Garden

March 24, 2018

After months of the cold, dark days of winter, there’s nothing that brings a bigger smile to our face quite like the sight of blooming flowers. Whether on your walk to work or the living room, budding flowers are the universal symbol that spring has finally sprung!

In the Wild

While some wild flowers like to wait until we’re deep into the warmer months to bud, these flowers are so eager to see the sun, they open at the first sign of spring weather (and sometimes even before that!).

  • Daffodils: Perhaps the earliest flower to bloom, daffodils can sometimes be seen popping up through thin layers of late-season snow. Unlike their cultivated brothers and sisters, wild daffodils tend to be much smaller and more delicate than the ones you’d find in a flower shop.

  • Snowdrop: Named after its shape and ability to bloom as early as December (when there’s often still snow on the ground), the presence of snowdrops is a welcome sight for those who are not exactly fans of the winter months.

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The Beauty of Bulbs

March 22, 2018

When it comes to flowering bulbs, there’s a lot more to them than meets the eye. Also known as “packaged plants,” a flower bulb is a circular mass that contains food and tissue (it looks like an onion!). In layman’s terms, it’s a self-contained flower factory, with everything a flower needs to grow held right there in the bulb.

Little Known Facts About Bulbs

  • Though most all bulb flowers bloom in the spring, they should be planted in the late fall before the first hard freeze.
  • Without a few cold months to sleep and set, certain bulbs can’t bloom (sorry to those of you in perpetually sunny Florida and California — but on the bright side, we deliver!).
  • Tulips, arguably the most popular bulb flower, have been around for centuries, far longer than some other spring flower favorites. Tulips were first found sprouting in the valleys and mountains of West Asia where temperatures range from sweltering hot to ice cold.
  • Speaking of tulips, tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in 1600s Holland. This was during the height of tulip mania.
  • Though we don’t suggest trying it, some recipes still found today say you can substitute onions for tulip bulbs.
  • If you’re in the market for bulbs, always choose the largest, hardest ones — these are the healthiest.
  • Some bulbs have what appears to be two ‘heads,’ or points. These bulbs will sometimes sprout two flowers.
  • Several flowers that bloom from bulbs, including tulips, are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical.

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Violet – February’s Flower of the Month

February 19, 2018

With Valentine’s Day in the middle of February, it’s no surprise that people usually have flowers on the brain during the second month of the year. But roses aren’t the only flower we’re fawning over in February. Send someone you love a gorgeous bouquet of violets or purple flowers this month, in honor of their birthday, an anniversary, or just because!

violet flowers in heart shape in hand

The Meaning of Violets

Unlike many other flowers, the meaning and symbolism behind violets have changed a bit over the years. In the Middle Ages, violets represented chastity, modesty, and faithfulness. Years later, in the Victorian Era, violets we’re given by men to the women they admired, with purple violets meaning, “I’ll always be true to you,” and cream-colored violets meaning, “let’s take a chance on love together.”

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10 Reasons Why We’re Thankful for Flowers

November 17, 2017

Aside from your friends and family (because we know they’re number one and two on your list!) what are you thankful for? Did flowers make the cut?

Because their colorful blooms can be found in shops, on tables, and in sprawling fields, it can be easy to take flowers for granted. But with Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, we can’t help but think about the many reasons why we’re so thankful to live in a world full of flowers.

field of tulip flowers

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All About Chrysanthemums (Mums)

November 3, 2017

Long after most other flowers have called it quits, chrysanthemums are perennials that persevere long throughout the fall — which is of little surprise, seeing as how these flowers have fought to survive for thousands of years. It was 15th century BC that chrysanthemums were first discovered growing in their native land of China. But back then, you wouldn’t find these plants adorning walls or sitting atop tables. Originally, they were solely used as a medicinal herb. Over the years, they gained more and more popularity as a gift-giving flower, rather than a medicine.

In the 18th century, chrysanthemums made their first voyage from China to Europe, with small towns and river communities instantly falling in love with them. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that chrysanthemums made their way into the United States after Colonel John Stevens imported a rather rare variety of “Dark Purple” chrysanthemums from Europe.

purple orange yellow chrysanthemum flowers

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