An American tradition for a century or more, homecoming was first celebrated at universities and colleges to welcome back alumni, but for many high school students it’s the first dance they’ll attend. Along with parades, football games against rival schools and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen, is also the first time many nervous young men will wait at the door with corsage in hand as their date comes down the stairs. Meet her (or him) with flowers that look fresh and fabulous all night long by choosing some of these spectacular stems that are the perfect choice for a corsage or boutonniere.
They say money can’t buy you happiness, but it can certainly spring for a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and if you are looking to attract a little wealth and abundance your way there is no better flower than the waxflower. With the wordy Latin name Chamelacium uncinatum, the waxflower, sometimes called Geraldton Wax as well, has the look, feel and smell of refinement and luxury- but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to fill a vase. In the Victorian language of flowers it is said to represent riches, and one can’t help but feel patrician with a few stems nearby.
In sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer- they certainly at least warn you that some years are going to be better than others. In a way, celebrating an anniversary after a particularly challenging year can be more meaningful because your vows have been tested through trials and tribulations and here you are, still together. Whether you have fought about money, struggled through loss or grief, or had health scares or trust issues, an anniversary provides a time for reflection to honor how much you’ve grown both individually and as a couple. Celebrate how this year’s challenges have helped you grow together as a couple with the simple, yet striking, aster.
Like a startled bird ready to flit from one tree to the next, creative inspiration comes suddenly, departs quickly and leaves you searching from one moment to the next. Artists of all kinds need external inspiration in order to light their inner creative fire, so the next time you or an artist you love need a little spark, consider these three flowers as potential muses. As the Arabian proverb says, “a fig tree, looking on a fig tree, becometh fruitful.” Look upon these magnificent blooms and be inspired.
Dust off the shofar and pick up some challah bread because Rosh Hashana falls between September 24th and September 26th this year. A time of both remembrance and renewal, the Jewish New Year is a time to ponder one’s actions from the preceding year and seek resolution for any conflicts or settle any debts, both figuratively and literally, so that one might start the year anew. In the language of flowers, the humble statice flower is symbolic of both remembrance and forgiveness and is the perfect bloom to bring home to the table to set out next to the apples and honey. Wrap up the last year and start the new one off right with a few stems of statice.