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Consider the Tulip for Spring

If you’re putting together a spring floral arrangement, or looking to buy a spring bouquet for someone special, consider tulips. Tulips are popular flowers that have come to symbolize spring and the new life that comes along with the season. They’re gorgeous flowers that are available in many colors, and they’re ideal for modern or traditional bouquet and arrangements. Continue reading [...]

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 [...]

4 Flowers to Remind you Spring Will Come Again

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. Continue reading [...]

3 Alternative Flowers for a Nontraditional Valentine

If your valentine is anything but ordinary, why stick with the traditional bouquet of roses and baby's breath this Valentine's Day. Love comes in many shapes, sizes, sexes and situations. Thankfully, so do flowers. While red roses may be the standard way to say "I love you" on February 14th, evolution and careful cross breeding have brought us a wide array of blooms to express both budding love and more mature ardor. We can't always choose who we fall in love with, but we can certainly choose a flower that reflects how special and unique our love may be. Go boldly to the florist this Valentine's Day and walk out with one of these wonderful stems. Continue reading [...]

3 Flowers with the Best Value on Valentine’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue, everyone buys roses on Valentine's Day- but why should you? With a long-stemmed history as the flower one gives to a lover, the red rose is at it's peak sales day every February 14th. Along with the huge demand, the short, dark days of winter are also a factor in pricing roses at their all time high for the year. You don't want to be cheap, but if you share a checking account, an expensive vase might take the petal off the rose. Fresh flowers are the perfect way to romance a sweetheart and while roses may seem expensive every February, there are thousands of different stems to help you count the ways you love someone. Why not show your sweetheart you value their love by choosing a flower that shows both your creativity and your eye for value. Here are several stems that get overlooked, but not overpriced, on Valentine's Day. Continue reading [...]

6 Flowers for When you Can’t Stand Another Second of Winter

If the thought of having to scrape ice off another windshield while the hair in your nostrils slowly freezes makes you want to push the snooze button until spring, it's time for a little flower therapy. Winter can be tough. The days are dark and you might not see the sun between punching the clock in the morning and making your way precariously home through icy streets. It's hard to remember that this too shall melt and your frozen toes will one day walk barefoot on soft, spring grass. When you can't stand one more day of sub-zero weather, try one of these hothouse flowers that will melt your heart (even if they can't do much for your heating bill). Continue reading [...]

5 Flowers for a Fortunate New Year

As the ball drops and a new year begins, hopes and expectations for the year to come are high. If you have big plans and resolutions on your list for this year, hopefully one of them is to include more fresh flowers into your life. Known to increase emotional well-being and support greater creativity and productivity, adding flowers to your home or office is a great resolution that will be easy to keep. According to the Victorian language of flowers, the following blooms are bright symbols of good fortune for the year to come. Continue reading [...]

Bulbs for an October Birthday

Fresh flowers and potted plants are great gift ideas all year round, but for a birthday that falls in the fall, consider a gift that comes with the promise of a beautiful spring surprise- flower bulbs. October is the perfect month to plant a handful of spring-flowering bulbs in the ground for the positive anticipation of good things to come. Rather than a bouquet of cut flowers for an autumn birthday, choose one of the varieties described below or mix up a few different ones for a gift that requires a little delayed, but no less satisfying, gratification. Continue reading [...]

3 Ways to Say “You’re Beautiful” with Flowers

In the language of flowers, different blooms convey different messages from giver to receiver. To plants, however, flowers mean just one thing- sex. Long before the first flowers unfurled their tantalizing petals, plants had evolved a number of ways to spread their DNA around the planet, such as spores that could be carried on the wind or via water. These methods had drawbacks, the largest of which being the lack of diversity that comes from not being able to cast ones' seed far and wide, yet specifically targeted, amongst a wide variety of potential lovers. Flowering plants did not emerge until the first fluttering pollinators found them as the ideal site for acquiring nectar and pollen and serving as the perfect hang-out for meeting potential mates. In exchange, plants that were rooted to the ground and potentially geographically isolated from others of its species could send a message of love (i.e. pollen rich with their own DNA) via the fuzzy backs and legs of these insects. This allowed their genes to travel across the meadows and fields to an awaiting bloom to receive this genetic gift, fertilize their ovules and develop into a tasty fruit rich with seeds carrying their combined traits to all future generations of this flower. Not much has changed in the last millennia. Flowers still mean, ahem...well- they are still a great way to tell someone that you appreciate their fine-looking DNA. Continue reading [...]

5 Best Flowers for a Best Friend’s Birthday

"A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world"- Leo BuscagliaFew things in life are as singularly pleasing as the love and companionship of a true friend. The opportunities to let them know how much you value them come at least once a year on their birthdays when you can let the language of flowers tell them just how much you appreciate having them in your life. The following five flowers are ways to say "thank you for your friendship" in the Victorian language of floriography. Continue reading [...]

Tulips are the Perfect Flowers for Any Anniversary

Paper, wood, ivory, china: the best gift for an anniversary is one that requires water, a vase, and a sweet card from you. While cut flowers may not last, tell your spouse that your love always will with the lovely and elegant, cream-colored tulip. In the language of flowers, tulips are symbolic of a variety of things. The ivory shade of tulip sends the message "I will love you forever" and will look amazing in a vase made of wood, glass, china or any other material you may have picked up from a past anniversary. Even though they come every year, make this year's anniversary one of beauty and grace with fresh cut tulips from your local florist. Continue reading [...]

Perennial Spring Flowers

With spring upon us, many are excitedly awaiting the blooms of perennial spring flowers. Whether you are planning which arrangements you’d like to have at your spring wedding, or planning your own personal garden, there are plenty of beautiful perennial spring flowers from which to choose. Continue reading [...]

Funeral Flowers: How to Express Sympathy, Send Condolences and Offer Solace

Flowers express so many feelings, and funeral flowers can be chosen to show respect for the deceased while also offering support, concern and love for the bereaved. Carefully-chosen funeral floral arrangements can help to ease some of the pain at the visitation and during the service; and it's always appropriate to send flowers even some time after the service, to show the bereaved that you're thinking of them, that you care for them, and you understand that loss takes time to come to terms with. But which flowers send appropriate messages at such a difficult time? Continue reading [...]

Easter Flowers

Easter flowers celebrate new life, rebirth and hope. Full of religious symbols, Easter flowers (including the Easter lily) warm the hearts of all, not just those who follow the Christian faith. This article discusses the right flowers for Easter, including Easter flower meanings, so you can be sure to send the right message at this important celebration. Continue reading [...]

Give a Gift of Perfect Tulips, to Delight Without Dazzling

The tulip can express a wide variety of meanings; red tulips for true love; yellow tulips for cheerful thoughts. Their distinctive elegant shape makes tulips a well-received gift on any occasion; they are (with apologies to Goldilocks) "just right." To learn more about the meaning of tulips, read on. Continue reading [...]