All posts by Florist Margarette

Welcome Autumn with Chrysanthemums

Hardy chrysanthemums, also called mums, are a beacon of autumn in North America. Blooming in late summer through mid-fall, mums add a pop of color when other garden plants are dying back for the year. Continue reading [...]

“Exploding” Jewelweed is Popping with Fun

Jewelweed is a yellow or orange flowering plant whose claim to fame is that the ripe seed pods "explode" or burst open when touched. Much to the delight of children and fun-loving adults, these plants have a quite entertaining method of dispersing their seeds. Continue reading [...]

Venus Flytrap: The Perfect Gift for Curious Kids

The Venus flytrap is the most mysterious and notorious of house plants. These carnivorous plants were made famous (or infamous) in the cult classic movie "Little Shop of Horrors" and have been intriguing curious kids for decades ever since. Continue reading [...]

Easy-care Houseplants Send Well Wishes for Years

Low-maintenance houseplants are thoughtful gifts that don't require too much care. Whether you choose a flowering plant, a plant with a legend attached, or one that helps to heal, your gift recipient will appreciate your well wishes for years to come. Continue reading [...]

Prickly Cacti Make Perfect Presents

With over 1500 varieties, cacti are distinctive members of the succulent family. This diverse, yet easily identifiable, group of plants has become nearly synonymous with southwestern culture throughout the Americas. Continue reading [...]

Flavored with Flowers: Herbal Teas and Tisanes

Herbal tea is a beverage that doesn't contain any actual tea leaves. Also called tisane, these drinks are naturally caffeine-free and can be served either hot or cold. Tisanes can be used for their health benefits or simply for refreshment. Continue reading [...]

Cool Desserts with a Floral Twist

A fun way to add pizzazz to desserts is to infuse them with edible flowers. Adding both flavor and color, edible flowers can take a common snack and make it truly extraordinary. Continue reading [...]

Make it Yourself: Flower Infused Salt and Sugar

If your herb garden is overflowing and you'd like a unique way to share your harvest, consider making infused salt or sugar. Using the flowers and leaves from popular culinary herbs allows you to create thoughtful and fun gifts with little effort. Continue reading [...]

Make it Yourself: Flower Infused Vinegars and Oils

You may be familiar with chili-infused oil and tarragon-infused vinegar. But did you know that many herb flowers can be used to add flavor to condiments? Not only are the leaves and seeds of herb plants edible, many have flowers that impart delicious flavor as well. Continue reading [...]

Patriotic Petals: Check Out these National Flowers

The majority of the world's countries have a national flower that is meaningful to its people. These emblems may have been chosen by popular consensus, government selection, or a long-standing tradition in the history of the nation. Most national flowers are indigenous to the area that they represent. Many have played a role in a region's culture for hundreds of years or more. In general, the national flower is beloved by the people it embodies. Continue reading [...]

Statice, Feverfew, Baby’s Breath, and More: Festive Filler Flowers that Stand on Their Own

Filler flowers are flowers that add volume and texture to floral arrangements. They may tend to be muted in color and may not have a strong fragrance. Nevertheless, many filler flowers are beautiful enough to stand on their own or as a focal point in a floral design. Continue reading [...]

Fragrant Lilacs Symbolize Remembrance

The flowering lilac is a bush that seems to be everywhere in the spring in North America. The lilac's early bloom time makes it a welcome sight after a long winter. Its clusters of small blooms and sweet fragrance make it easily recognizable as a symbol of the season of renewal. Continue reading [...]

The Magnolia’s Long History of Symbolizing Grace and Beauty

The stately magnolia has been admired as a symbol of beauty and nobility for countless centuries. In fact, fossils indicate that the magnolia tree and its blooms have remained nearly unchanged for the last 100 million years! Continue reading [...]

Ranunculus Flowers are Whisper-Thin Gems in Your Garden

Ranunculus flowers are known for their brilliant colors and layers of paper-thin petals. They belong to the botanical family of the same name, which encompasses more then five hundred species. Continue reading [...]

Buttercups are Sunshine in Flower Form

Buttercups are brilliant yellow members of the ranunculus family. Buttercups make up nearly one fifth of the species of this family. There are variations in the number of petals and where the flowers grow, but almost all varieties share the distinctive butter-yellow petals for which they are named. Continue reading [...]

Delphinium and Larkspur Send a Message of Heroism

The statuesque delphinium is easily recognizable for its tall spike of five-petaled flowers. One of the birth flowers for July, these flowers are named for the Latin word for dolphin and their history goes back several thousand years. Continue reading [...]

The Many Meanings of Dahlias

As a cut flower or in the garden, the bold dahlia always makes a statement. The dahlia family boasts thousands of hybrids, making it possible to find the perfect flower for someone special. Continue reading [...]

Graceful Orchids are Perfect for Gift-Giving

Orchids have been highly prized since the time of the ancient Romans. Aside from the beauty of the flowers, orchids have several practical uses as well. There are medicinal and culinary applications that have long-standing traditions across the world. Continue reading [...]

The Stately Gladiolus Represents Integrity and Passion

The gladiolus flower is best known for its tall spikes of ruffled blooms. These stems can reach two to four feet in length with blossoms blooming in succession from the bottom up. Gladioli are a member of the Iris family and originated in Africa and the Mediterranean several thousand years ago. Continue reading [...]

Use Orange Flower Water to Create a Sweet Gift

Orange blossom water has diverse uses in cosmetic, culinary and aromatherapy applications. Orange flower water has been popular in Middle Eastern culture for centuries and has been highly valued by the French since the time of Marie Antoinette. Continue reading [...]

Hibiscus is a Bold Statement of Beauty

Hibiscus are a family of five-petaled flowering plants often associated with exotic tropical locales. The hibiscus flower is considered to be quite feminine, as the petals are often ruffled and come in warm shades of reds, pinks, and lavenders. Continue reading [...]

Rose Water is an Essential Gift for Rose Lovers

Roses have been cultivated for medicinal, culinary and cosmetic uses for over two thousand years. Steam-distilling methods have been used to extract the essential rose oil throughout most of this time. The by-product of this technique is rose water, a versatile liquid that can be used in culinary, beauty, and even religious applications. Continue reading [...]
M McConnell blue iris flower

A Gift of Irises Sends a Regal Message

Irises are a popular cut flower, often found in mixed arrangements with roses or lilies. They are also quite striking on their own. Dating back several thousand years, the iris flower has long been associated with both royalty and heaven. Continue reading [...]
Roses with perfume bottle

Floral Perfume is a Bouquet You Can Carry with You

If you know someone special who loves flowers, consider giving them the gift of a floral perfume. With a floral perfume, they can carry their favorite flower's fragrance with them throughout the day. Continue reading [...]

Alstroemeria is the Right Flower for a Dear Friend

Popular in cut floral arrangements, alstroemeria are small lily-like flowers that are native to South America. They are one of the most common cut flowers in Europe with an increasing following in the United States. Continue reading [...]
Thomas Wolter lavender freesia

Freesia is the Right Flower to Give to Someone Sweet

Freesia is a popular multi-bloom flower with a distinctive sweet scent. Freesia is available in gentle pastel colors such as white, yellow, pink and lavender. It is among the most popular choices for floral bouquets. Continue reading [...]
Pink snapdragon closeup

The Long History of Snapdragons as Cut Flowers

Snapdragons have been a popular cut flower for thousands of years. Snapdragons have long been highly regarded for both their beauty and the legends that accompanied them. Continue reading [...]
Bess Hamiti daisy closeup

Daisies Send a Message of Good Cheer

Daisies, both wild and cultivated, have a rich history of folklore and symbolism. The word daisy comes from the Old English "day's eye" because the petals open at dawn and close at dusk. Continue reading [...]
AeroGarden Harvest model

The AeroGarden is the Right Gift for Growing Flowers Indoors

Many people love growing flowers but have little or no green space in which to plant them. Others live in an area where their garden is dormant throughout the winter. An ideal gift for both of these gardeners is the AeroGarden and its companion seed kits. Continue reading [...]
pink flowering bonsai

Bonsai is the Right Gift for the Patient Gardener

Bonsai refers to a tree or shrub that is grown in a shallow vessel and pruned to retain a compact form. This process can take years or even decades to achieve the desired result. It is said to promote inner peace and tranquility. Continue reading [...]
Lily of the valley flower closeup

Lily of the Valley is the Right Flower for Special May Occasions

Lilies of the valley are the traditional flower for the month of May. This tradition began in the 1560s when King Charles IX of France was given a stem of lily of the valley as a May Day gift. The flower has since been said to bring good luck. Continue reading [...]
lavender flowers with bread

A Flowering Herb Garden is the Right Gift for Someone who Loves to Cook

Many gardeners who love to cook grow an herb garden. Few things make more of a flavor impact than fresh herbs. But did you know that many classic herbs also have edible flowers? Continue reading [...]
pink rose bush

The Right Perennial Blooms to Give for Mother’s Day

As Mother's Day approaches, many of us are looking for flowering gifts for loved ones. But many moms say they feel bad when the flowers fade after a few brief days of blooming. Consider giving them a perennial flowering plant instead of cut flowers. Continue reading [...]
Purple and white African Violet blossoms

Violets: A Popular Gift Since Ancient Times

Violets have been given as gifts of affection for hundreds of years. There are numerous myths about their creation and their significance as gifts going back at least two thousand years. Continue reading [...]
White Hellebore flower

Helleborus is an Early Messenger of Spring

Helleborus makes a thoughtful gift to a loved one's garden by providing color in winter and early spring. Usually found in shades of pinks and purples, their shape resembles a wild rose. Continue reading [...]

Daffodils Mean a Gift of Sunshine

Daffodils are considered by many to be an iconic symbol of spring thanks to their brilliant colors and fresh scent. Daffodils mean a gift of sunshine because of their cheerful colors in early spring. Continue reading [...]
Branch of forsythia

Forsythia are Beacons of Springtime

Forsythia are beacons of springtime. When the branches and buds start to turn a brilliant shade of yellow, we know that warmer weather is right around the corner. Continue reading [...]

Tulips and Their Meanings as Gifts

Tulips are so beautiful that one bulb was once worth one hundred times the annual wage of many of Holland’s residents. At the height of Tulip Mania in the mid-1600s, these highly coveted bulbs were exchanged for large quantities of food and livestock. Continue reading [...]

A History of Flowers as Gifts

There is a long tradition of giving flowers as gifts throughout history. People across the world have been using flowers to express their sentiments for thousands of years. In ancient Greece, Rome and China, flowers were believed to be divinely inspired and were laden with meaning when given as a gift. Continue reading [...]