3 Flowers for a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare had a way with words, but some of us need flowers to woo our women.
When the days are long and the nights hang with languid stars in the humid sky, a fresh bouquet of flowers that reflect the moonlight are the perfect way to entrance a lover. Chocolate melts, words may soon be forgotten, but the subtle scent of a summertime bloom will stay in the memory long after the flower fades and dreamer awakens. Choose one of these 3 midsummer flowers for a whimsical night when words alone simply won’t do.

Crosocmia are Unforgettable Funeral Flowers for a Person You’ll Never Forget

Flowers at a funeral remind us of the transitory nature of life; we all sprout, grow, flower and one day fade. Seeing our own life’s cycle repeated in nature is oddly comforting, making flowers an important part of many culture’s end-of-life traditions. When faced with the loss of a loved one, many of us are at a loss for what flowers, plants or gifts of comfort to bring to a funeral and often leave this decision up to the florist. However, many find spending a bit of time looking at flowers to find just the right one a part of the healing process. Choosing a bloom that was their favorite, reminds you of them or displays a characteristic that they embodied in life is a lovely gesture and allows you an opportunity to reflect on how this person has made an impact in your own life’s cycle. There are many beautiful choices out there, but for a one-of-a-kind person, consider the crocosmia.

3 Ways to Welcome Someone Home with Flowers

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Bienvenido, willkommen, ahlan wa sahlan, shalom or aloha; words of welcome are some of the sweetest any language has to offer, and even more so if they are welcoming a person back home. If someone you love has been away, the occasion of their return is a joy that will be anticipated and celebrated and there are several great flower choices that will help you communicate just how great it is to see them. The following flowers work well in a bouquet brought to greet them at the airport or in a vase left in the most wonderful place of all- their own front door.

DIY Dish Gardens are a Delightful Office Gift

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Shopping for coworkers is never easy, but promotions, retirements, new babies and get well soon’s happen a lot in a busy office. One of the joys of giving plants or flowers is that there is not an occasion when they won’t be received as a thoughtful and appreciated gift. Flowers dazzle and delight for the week or two they remain fresh, but why not pick up something for your colleague that the whole office can enjoy for many years to come with a few houseplants? Green, indoor plants not only add aesthetic value, they are also shown to reduce indoor air pollution by filtering toxins out of the ambient air during the process of photosynthesis. A mixture of several different kinds of houseplants together in a container is called a dish garden, and whether your office is bright and sunny or a little limited on windows, these do it yourself combination of houseplants are easy to put together and sure to please.

Roses for Ramadan

Much like the rose, which can be found growing in gardens and on the hillsides of almost every continent, Islam’s most holy holiday, Ramadan, is celebrated all around the world this month through fasting, prayers and special events and traditions. Observed on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims from many different parts of the planet look forward to breaking their fast each evening with family and friends and spending time contemplating spiritual matters. The end of this holy month is celebrated on Eid, which is a time of festivities and parties. Flowers, not surprisingly, play a role in Ramadan traditions across the world and are used to honor the graves of loved ones and are a welcomed gift at any iftar (the sunset meal) or Eid celebration. Steeped in history and recognized worldwide for its symbolism and myth is the perfect flower for this high holiday- the rose.

Celebrate a Summer Birthday with Sizzling Solidago

Growing up, there were certain trade-offs to having a summer birthday. True, you never got to wear the special birthday hat or bring in cupcakes to class like the kids born in February, but you also had a lot of options as to how to spend the long daylight hours of your special day. When it comes to flowers, folks born in the hot, sunny months of summer also have a lot of options. Long days and warm temperatures make summer the prime season for many locally-grown flowers and a great choice for a fancy birthday bouquet or vase of wildflowers is the bright and sunny solidago flower, more commonly known as goldenrod.

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