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Flowers and Kids: Planting for a Fun Summer Project

Looking for fun summer projects to do with your little ones? Consider planting flowers with kids. Continue reading [...]
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How to Grow Flowers You Can Eat

If you want to grow a flower garden that will supply you and your family with yummy food to eat, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you how to grow some flowers that you can mix into salads, teas, lemonades, and even baked goods. Most of the flowers we’ll introduce you to can be cultivated easily in a home garden or indoor window garden. They don’t need a lot of care, they’re cheap to grow from seed, and they’ll give you colorful blooms that are nourishing and gorgeous to add to meals and drinks. Continue reading [...]
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About the Daisy

Have you been thinking about new beginnings and fresh starts like we have? Maybe because spring is almost here and the chill is going from the air, which means we’ve had more time to linger outside and notice the beauty that is all around, we’ve been appreciating the blue sky, the beach, and the flowers that are filling up the flower shops and farmers’ markets close to where we live.We’ve been noticing daisies, wrapped in bunches in plain brown paper or placed carefully into more formal arrangements. Thoughts have been going through our minds about how the daisy perfectly represents innocence and purity, and how it seems like the flower guides us into times that are ripe for whatever happiness we want to create. Continue reading [...]
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Rose Trivia

In honor of Valentine’s Day, and because there will likely be many roses sent and received for this special holiday, we thought we’d give you a bit of rose trivia to celebrate.Roses are universal symbols of love. Most everyone knows that roses represent adoration, desire, friendship, and other forms of love that one person can have for another. But, roses offer more meanings and they come with some interesting stories. The following are some pieces of rose trivia we thought you’d like to know about. Continue reading [...]
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More Flowering Herbs for an Herb Garden

We recently told you about some flowering herbs that we like to keep in our home or in our garden. But, later we realized that there were more herbs we wanted to share with you.Herbs are amazing plants because they offer so much beauty, and benefit, for us. They’re ideal for using in cooking, they provide healing in the form of natural medicine, and they lift our spirits when we think about the beautiful way nature provides for us through them. Continue reading [...]
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Creating a Flowering Herb Garden

Two things that we love about spending time in our homes are eating and enjoying the fresh flowers we’ve surrounded ourselves with. We figured out a way to combine both of these delights into one treasure, one that we think you’ll love to have around.We created a flowering herb garden. We made one that will supply us with beauty for the eyes, and for the palate, for a long time to come.A flowering herb garden can offer a pretty view when looking out the kitchen window. And, it can offer a delightful scene in a yard or on a patio. Flowering herbs make for tasty ingredients in homemade meals, both sweet and savory ones. They can also be used in healing juices, teas, and elixirs. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers that are Safe for Companion Animals

Having companion animals and flowers together in a house can make for a happy life. But, choosing animal friends and flowers that can coexist is essential to bring about all of this happiness.If you have cats or dogs who live with you, and you want to have a bit of floral beauty in your home, the following is a guide to which flowers you should choose and which should stay at the florist. Continue reading [...]
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Some Popular Flowers and Their Meanings

If you’re trying to choose flowers that say something specific to your recipient, whether it’s “I love you,” “Thank you,” “Get well,” or “I miss you,” there is a special bloom that will perfectly express your sentiment. Continue reading [...]
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The Beautiful Anemone

Are you a fan of the anemone? Have you seen this flower and the gorgeous dark inky centers that make it unique?The anemone is one of our favorite flowers. It’s a go-to for us when we’re decorating for a dinner party, baby shower, Christmas gathering, or special luncheon.The anemone brings grace and class to any function. It comes in many colors, but the white and purple blooms are to-die-for in our opinion. Continue reading [...]
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Flower Meanings by Color

Many people choose the colors of flowers they give by how the colors make them feel. For instance yellow brings happiness to mind for a lot of people, while red makes one think romantic thoughts.Sometimes, a flower buyer wants to select blooms in colors that actually signify deep meaning. They want to pick flowers in colors that will pass on long-standing traditional messages, whether those messages be of loyalty, friendship, or gratitude. Continue reading [...]
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Companion Flowers for a Garden Border

Did you know that using specific flowers to create a border around your garden can benefit the plants inside? Certain flowers offer perks to a garden, such as keeping birds or bugs away, or bringing beneficial critters to the garden. We’ve made a list for you of some of these flowers, so you can choose ones that you think might best suit your particular situation. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Companion Plant in a Vegetable Garden

If you have a vegetable garden and are looking for the right flowers to plant to keep critters away, we have some ideas for you. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Attract Wildlife

Do you love the idea of wildlife hanging out in your garden, or stopping by to visit your patio? We do. So, we did a little research to find out which flowers wildlife are attracted to.We wanted to get an idea of flowers that would be great for planting, or giving to someone, so that beautiful creatures would be enticed to come to our home or to our friend’s house. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

There’s something about a hummingbird that brings joy to a moment. When we see a hummingbird, in our garden or as we’re going about our life, we take pleasure in watching the little bird’s seeming playfulness and in feeling the joy that it appears to have as it goes about its activities.Without being inside the mind of a hummingbird, we can’t say for sure that it flits from here to there (and from flower to flower) with joy on its mind. But, it sure looks that way. In may cultures, in fact, hummingbirds do represent joy and they serve as a reminder to savor each moment. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Attract Butterflies

Do you love the sight of a beautiful butterfly? We do. They’re so graceful and light in their ways. They’re perfect examples, in our opinion, of how we might transform into people filled with grace and loving light. Continue reading [...]

4 Charming Floral Imports from China to Celebrate the New Year

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. Continue reading [...]

Killer Plants for Catching Fruit Flies

We've all done it. Arriving home after a trip you walk into the kitchen and a swarm of tiny, little flies come swirling from those bunch of bananas you never got around to eating. With a life span of only a month or two, it's still surprisingly hard to get rid of those suckers. While all sorts of traps and homemade solutions exist, why not turn your infestation into a small science experiment by using one of these crazy carnivorous plants. Not only will they help control your fruit fly population, but they'll be a unique addition to your houseplant collection for years to come. Continue reading [...]

Kiss the Night Away Under Fresh Mistletoe

A symbol of the season, mistletoe is the iconic plant of Yuletide affection. Tied with a ribbon and hung above a door or threshold, tradition holds that lovers (or those who time their entrances wisely) smooch under the sprigs of mistletoe hung there. While this might make the plant a favorite for paramours, it is actually a slightly poisonous, parasitic plant that sucks the sap from trees in which it grows. How then did this leeching evergreen find its way down from the boughs of host trees an into the lore of Christmastime lovers? Continue reading [...]

Decorate for Day of the Dead with Marigolds

Tracing back to the ancient Aztecs, the celebration of Dia de Muertos falls on November 1st and 2nd each year as a day to remember and honor the departed loved ones in your life. A national holiday in Mexico, but celebrated around the world, the Day of the Dead is a time to decorate small alters, clean and beautify grave sites and to gather with friends and family to reminisce and tell stories about those who have died. Favorite food and beverages, treasured belongings, freshly baked bread and candied sugar skulls are all a part of the fiesta, but one of the most important decorations are the marigold flowers. Said to be the favored flower of the dead, the Mexican marigold (Tagetes erecta), sometimes called cempasuchil or Flor de Muerto, is an essential part of the traditional celebration. Continue reading [...]

Add Flare to Fall Arrangements with Chinese Lanterns

Like tiny, orange paper lanterns strung together along a stem, the hanging fruit of the Physalis alkekeng, (called Chinese lanterns, winter cherry or Japanese lantern) will light up a bouquet of autumn flowers. These uniquely shaped plants offer a wonderful harvest look to any arrangement and are fun to tuck into a vase or add along the edges of a table or wreath. In great fall colors like burnt umber and pumpkin orange, these long-lasting stems are the perfect choice for an autumnal bouquet. Continue reading [...]
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Celebrate Native American Day with these Indigenous Flowers

In many states across the nation, the second Monday in October is somewhat contentious. While many calendars mark it as Columbus Day to celebrate his "discovery" of America, others see it as an opportunity to highlight the rich history and culture of the indigenous peoples of our country. Regardless of what title you give this holiday, it is a time to reflect on the natural riches and scenic wealth of our lovely lands. With thousands of native plants to admire, try out one of these two listed below for a bouquet or arrangement that was truly "made in America." Not only are these native plants lovely to look at, but many also have served other important uses to America's first peoples. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Labor Day with Lupine

One does not typically associate labor and toil with a day of festivities, but the invention of Labor Day in America was started as just that way back in 1882. Seen as the swan song of summer and the last long weekend for barbeques and bocci ball, celebrate this national holiday with the lupine flower. At its finest as the dog days simmer down into cooler nights and crisper mornings, this native wildflower works hard to look good in a vase next to the roasted corn and sweet iced tea. Continue reading [...]

Welome Back to School with Begonias

A teacher friend once described the month of August as one long Sunday night, with educators, students and parents all mentally preparing for the start of school. While you are busying packing up the pencils and notebooks for the new year, pick up a begonia as a gift for yourself, a teacher or student, as a reminder that there's always time to stop and smell the roses while this busy time of year begins. While the begonia does not have much of a fragrance, certain types are said to symbolize cleverness and popularity. Named for a 17th century governor, Michael Begon, by the famous French botanist, Charles Plumer, the begonia got a bad rap for having a name that sounded like the word "beware" in Latin. In the Victorian language of flowers that was all the rage at the time, the begonia was sent as a message of warning. With hundreds of different species in three different subgroups, it is unfair to associate all of them with caution and imminent danger. In the 21st century it's time to reclaim this large group of lush flowering plants and have them symbolize the upside of wariness, which includes adventure, opportunity, and the wonderful feeling that something big is about to happen. Continue reading [...]

Send a Student off to College with a Colorful Croton Plant

As bags are being unpacked and books bought for the new semester, a splash of color in a drab dorm room or tiny apartment will bring a smile to your favorite college-bound kid's face and brighten up their academic year. The croton is the perfect houseplant for sending a student off to college and will be a welcome reminder of home. Easy to care for with cheerful, multicolored leaves, the croton will thrive in a sunny corner from orientation until finals week. Continue reading [...]
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Killer Flowers that are Drop Dead Gorgeous

Beauty comes with a price. In the evolutionary arms race to both attract pollinators to their flowers and repel herbivores from munching on their leaves, many plants have developed an arsenal of chemical weapons. Carefully created compounds inside many plants' leaves, roots, seeds and stems give them a defense mechanism against passing grazers. What many of us don't realize, however, is that some of the loveliest flowers in a bouquet can also be some of the deadliest. While it would take quite a bit of munching on these drop dead gorgeous blooms to actually cause a human much harm, their toxic nature certainly lends a new respect to these frilly florist favorites. Continue reading [...]

DIY Guide to Farmers’ Market Bouquets

Nothing says summer quite like a lively bouquet of flowers picked fresh from the farm. Strolling through the stalls and sniffing on blooms brought in just that morning and tied with string is as much of a pleasure as the flowers themselves. Supporting local farmers and bringing a bit of the farm to your table is a great tradition May through October, but now you can put together these bountiful bouquets year round by following the advice below. Continue reading [...]

3 Reasons Why Pansies are the Perfect Flower for a Parent’s Birthday

Derived from the French word, pensée, which means "thought," the dainty and colorful blooms of the pansy are a thoughtful gift to bring mom or dad on their birthday. Sometimes called violas, these highly stylized, hybrid flowers have been a lovely addition to the garden since the late 1800's and are immensely popular as a bedding plant tucked into the border or in a pot all by themselves. Whether your parent likes to garden or simply sit and enjoy a nice flower, the happy, nodding faces of pansies turn towards the sun and brighten up any landscape. Pansies make an excellent gift tucked into a pretty new decorative pot on the porch and come with a whole lot of stories to tell. Whether mom or dad is into history, art or politics, celebrate their birthday with a plant that gets them thinking. Continue reading [...]

Make History with Vintage Roses

After literally thousands of years of cultivation, the wild, five-petaled rose found growing on the hillsides of Asia and Europe has been transformed into the botanical behemoth it is today. While progressive breeding and specific selection has given the rose both girth and consistency, many have found that those features have come at a cost to both fragrance and form. Fortunately, roses live longer than most people and many an old bush has been found growing in churchyards and along roadsides. Gardeners and florist have propagated these vintage blooms into a new market, calling them antique roses. Continue reading [...]

Best flowers for a Hawaiian-themed Celebration

If you are lucky enough to live in the land where palm trees sway, then lush, tropical flowers will simply be out your front door, but for the rest of us, there are dendrobium orchids. Whether it's for a graduation, a retirement, a welcome home or simply a party to welcome the coming of summer after a long, cold winter, a Hawaiian Luau just wouldn't be complete with some flowers tucked behind the ears, strung around the neck or scattered in vases around tables. While tropical flowers actually do grow on trees in Hawaii, they can cost a pretty penny in more temperate climates. Temper the cost by choosing the wildly exotic, but extremely affordable dendrobium orchid. Continue reading [...]
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Best Flowers to Send a Man to Celebrate a Promotion

Congratulating a man on his promotion may call for some slaps on the back and brews after work, but the best way to welcome him to that corner office on the first day is a vase full of anthuriums. These tall, tropical flowers, sometimes called Flamingo Lilies, have a certain stateliness to them and a rather masculine appearance that makes them appropriate for tough guys and softies alike. While the bright red variety gives off a sense of power, the meaning of this bloom in the language of flowers symbolizes hospitality. A vase or potted container full of anthuriums sends the message that he's the guy in charge, but the door is always open. Continue reading [...]

The Language of Flowers: a Brief History

The Language of Flowers, known as floriography, has a history much like any language with influences from its diverse background of speakers. The ability to convey messages through the scent, sight and gift of flowers has a tradition that has risen and fallen with empires and traveled from old world to new, picking up new meanings and losing some in translation along the way. Continue reading [...]