There is no job more fulfilling, or certainly more demanding, than that of raising children. For every endearing moment there are twelve others that have even the most dedicated parent wondering why they’ve chosen to breed. While flowers won’t help with the early mornings, endless tasks and constant demands of childrearing, a vase full of fragrant hyacinths can be a spot of peace and beauty where little ones run amok. These spring-blooming bulbs are small but mighty and a little vase in just the right place can have all the rejuvenating effects of a mid-day nap.
Leave it to a state as big as Texas to have two independence days.
Each year, along with shooting off fireworks on July 4th, the Lone Star State also sets aside March 2nd to honor the day back in 1836 when the state declared its independence from Mexico, sparking the Texas Revolution which ended in its annexation to the United States. What better flower to celebrate this historical holiday than one that appears in a song about a key battle for Texan independence- the yellow rose.
If the novelty of freezing temperatures and sloppy morning commutes has finally worn off and you find yourself cursing that groundhog and his “six more weeks of winter,” perhaps it’s time to take the seasons into your own hands. Bring a bit of spring to your house or office with one of these five, fabulous blooms that will thaw the chill right off and remind you that spring is just around the corner.
Today is the official start of the Year of the Sheep!
With one of the oldest human cultures in the world, the Chinese New Year tradition is the most important of the year and is celebrated by millions of people around the globe. Based on a lunar calendar and lasting for 15 days, many people travel home to be with family, eat special food and attend celebrations with fireworks, performances and friends. If you want to start the Year of the Sheep off on the right foot, consider decorating your home or bringing a gift of one of these important flowers that were first cultivated in ancient China.
After all the hearts and flowers of Valentine’s Day have passed, February 20th offers the opportunity to celebrate the relationship you may have with a furry, four-legged friend on national “Love Your Pet” day. This odd holiday makes purr-fect sense to those of you who count animals among your favorite company and should be celebrated with some tasty treats and a good scratch behind the ears. If, along with being an animal lover, you also have a penchant for green plants, keep in mind that some houseplants may not mix well with cats or dogs. Take a look at the list below before heading to the florist or garden center to make sure your pets and potted plants live in harmony.
We could sit around waiting for someone to bring us flowers.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to hope for a few blooms wrapped in tissue paper with a card full of hearts and sentiment. It makes us feel loved, or at least, it might obligate someone who loves us to bring home some blooms on this day meant for lovers. While it’s a blessing to have people to love in life, it is a true gift, one that comes with years of practice, to develop a love for oneself. The only person who will ever truly know all the good, all the bad and never, ever leave us- is us. Perhaps this Valentine’s Day you could practice a little self love and bring home a really kickass bouquet with one of these awesome flowers that only you would appreciate.