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Alternatives to Paper Poppies for Veteran’s Day

The tradition of wearing a poppy on one's lapel to honor veterans of war dates back to just after World War I. A Canadian physician, Lieutenant colonel John McCrae, had penned a poem after presiding over the funeral of a friend who had been killed in the Battle of Ypres, where over 120,000 casualties were estimated. The new graves of the many young men who had died stretched on through a field of bright red poppies, and his poem, in Flanders Fields, used the flowers as a metaphor for the spilled blood of war. Published back in London in 1915, the poem quickly became the most popularly recited verse of its era and the red poppy the symbol for the great sacrifices of the armed forces. In 1919, exactly one year after the war ended, November 11th was designated as Remembrance Day (in Commonwealth countries) by King George V and Veteran's Day in the United States, to honor members of the armed forces- particularly those that gave their lives in defense of their country. The red poppy was worn in recognition of the holiday, but since November is not the typical season for this summer flower, most are made out of paper. If you'd like to honor the service of veterans, past and present, with a fresh flower instead of paper, consider the following blooms that make excellent boutonniere's to pin to the lapel on this day of remembrance. Continue reading [...]

Say Hello to Summer and So Long to Friends with Zinnias

Found at the end of the alphabet and the last part of spring as it fades into summer, zinnias are the perfect flower for saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new. This brightly-colored and festive annual flower has a way of welcoming what's to come while wishing a fond farewell to that which has come to pass. Long, green stems topped with the fiery orange, red, yellow or pink petals of this full-figured sunflower relative has a way of marking both time and place and will make a wonderful gift for graduates, teachers, new business owners and prodigal visitors who come and go in your life. Continue reading [...]

Poppies are the Perfect Flower for Honoring Memorial Day

In World War I, soldiers from all over the world came home weary from a war they hoped soon to forget. As veterans, many brought with them the memory of wild poppies growing in the fields where fallen comrades lay; an image that was captured in a famous poem by Lt. Col. John McCrae, "In Flanders Fields." Taken up by the American Legion and recognized all over the world, the image of a poppy pinned to the lapel served to remind us of the service and sacrifice of soldiers everywhere. On the last Continue reading [...]

The Right Same Day Flowers

Needing same day flowers happens to all of us. We suddenly remember that it is a dear friend's birthday, Father's Day, or, God forbid, your anniversary! Fear not, a same day flower bouquet does not mean that you will have to pick through a sad collection of limp gas station flowers. There are many beautiful options for same day flowers through reputable flower companies, and often for a minimal extra fee as low as $1.99. Continue reading [...]

The Right Summer Flowers: Mokara and Dendrobium Orchids

The great thing about summer flowers is that, because they are in season, you can often snag them up for a bargain! One fantastic bargain to grab are orchids, specifically, mokara and dendrobium orchids. Unlike their planted counterparts, mokara and dendrobium orchids are spectacular for a perfect summertime bouquet. Continue reading [...]

The Right Summer Flowers: Monte Casino Asters

Asters are an unassuming flower that many don't think of when they are considering flower bouquets to send to someone. It could be because Asters are one of the few flowers whose symbolism is not necessarily as cheerful or loving as other flowers. Some believe that giving someone Asters means that you are questioning their faithfulness to you. Continue reading [...]

Beautiful Flowers for Memorial Day and Independence Day

Memorial Day and Independence Day are upon us and a perfect time to send beautiful flowers to a loved one who serves, or has served, in the military, as well as to leave as a token of appreciation and gratitude at the grave of someone who previously served. Flower experts FTD have partnered with the United Service Organizations, Inc. and rolled-out a line of beautiful patriotic floral arrangements. FTD has committed that 15% of the purchase price of these arrangements will go to the USO, and has guaranteed a minimum contribution of $10,000. Continue reading [...]

Memorial Day Flowers to Honor our Fallen

Memorial Day, May 31st this year (2010), is the time for the U.S. to commemorate servicemen and women who died while serving in one of branches of the military. This Memorial Day, honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country with flowers of gratitude, showing your appreciation with patriotic bouquets of red, white and blue flowers. Continue reading [...]