Happy Mother’s Day

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 Mother’s day is one of the busiest day in a flower shop.  Gorgeous hyacinths, lavish hydrangea, and colorful tulip plants also make great gifts for Mom to show how much your appreciate her.  After you have given mom her favorite flowers, now it’s time to take on a mother daughter/son date. Here are some great ideas to do with mom:

  1. Going on a fun wine trail to local wineries and sampling some chocolate and cheese, is a great way to spend the day with mom.
  2. Taking a spa day and enjoying some mani pedis and cocktails is a fun bonding time with mom
  3. Go on a hike with mom.  Nothing is like mother nature to help you and your mom get some one on one time to talk.
  4. Take a fun cooking class.  Enjoying eating delicious meals, while learning how to cook some delectable dinners, is a great way to create some new memories with mom.

Lastly, take an easy day, by staying in and baking with mom.  Making cookies and cupcakes are a fun way for you and her to relive your childhood

New Years Eve Weddings

3,2,1 Happy New year!  The cheers of your family and friends all around you toasting to your health, wealth, and happiness! It’s your wedding! At midnight you Kiss your newlywed husband/ or wife and you start the New Year as the new Mr. & Mrs.

                Couples are rushing to book their wedding at the hottest venues, for their New Year’s Eve wedding. This kind of wedding is great for the couple whose friends and family don’t want to the party to end. The possibilities are endless with a New Year’s Eve wedding! Black tie, champagne, Glitter!  This is every bride’s excuse to include some glitz and glam to their wedding. In either the confetti, the centerpieces, or even the bridesmaid dresses. The hot new trend is to use mixed metallic color pallets, from gold to silver, or even rose gold.

Some centerpiece ideas even include clocks on the table, so that all the guests can see the time, and can countdown with the couple. Noisemakers, hat’s, and champagne make some great wedding favors for your guests, and have them joining in on the merriment! Hosting your wedding on New Year’s Eve will have you and your guest relive your wedding year after year with the amazing memories! Maybe now, you may even have a countdown of your own to your New Year’s Eve wedding extravaganza!  Check out our wedding page for more inspiration!

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The History Of Mistletoe

The holidays are upon us! Our trees are trimmed, the stockings are hung, and the smell of cookies and evergreens is all around.  It’s a Christmas party!  People drinking, being merry, and wishing each other a Happy New Year. Then, there alone in corner, a girl stands under the mistletoe waiting to be kissed. What does it mean if she gets a kiss? What does it mean if she doesn’t? How did this tradition begin?

                Mistletoe has been a winter tradition that began in Europe thousands of years ago.  The Norse, Germans, and Greeks viewed mistletoe as a plant that warded off evil spirits. They viewed mistletoe this way, because it defied odds and grows in the winter.  Through myths and legends it became the symbol of love. Men and women would stand under it, waiting to be kissed by their sweetheart.

When mistletoe came to Victorian England, any woman standing under mistletoe could be kissed by any man. If she refused, it was deemed bad luck.  A kiss could mean lasting friendship, deep romance, or even goodwill. If the girl remained “unkissed”, she cannot expect to marry until the following year.

Though these superstitions are long gone, today mistletoe adds a fun festive game to any holiday party.  Don’t forget to add a holiday centerpiece to your party this year!  Spruce up your winter décor with a fresh flower centerpiece from Leigh Florist – order here for local delivery.

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Whats a Zygote?

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The Christmas cactus, also known as a Zygote cactus, is a popular gift for friends and family. Their bright colored blooms make these winter plants a top choice for gifters. They come in a variety of colors: red, orange, cream, fuchsia, and purple. They originated from the mountain tops of Brazil, and now grow all over South and Central America.

The Christmas Cactus, is in fact, not a cactus. It is a succulent plant.  They prefer a more humid atmosphere, grown in a pot, in a bright location (but not in direct sunlight). Do not let the plant dry out, but be careful not to over water, doing so will cause the buds to fall off! The trick to a timely blooming, is to keep them outside just before the first frost, then take them inside. The heat inside will trick them into blooming Just in time for Christmas!

Order a Christmas cactus or shop our holiday favorites here! 

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree did not become a household tradition in the United States, until the late 19th century. Germany was the first country to be credited with the first Christmas tree. Christians would bring trees into their home, and decorate them. Martin Luther King, was thought to be the first who added candle lights to the Christmas tree, wanting it to look like the night sky. Later, once Queen Victoria placed a Pine tree in her court,(a tradition originally started by her German husband, Prince Albert) it became all the rage in Europe, and still continued today.

The first record of a Christmas tree on display in the US, was in the early 1800’s, by the Pennsylvania Dutch.  The lighting of Christmas trees are now more popular than ever.  Even the white house has a tree lighting ceremony. Thomas Edison’s assistants are credited for making the first string of Christmas lights.

Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states, even Alaska and Hawaii.  7 Million trees are planted every year. The bestselling trees are Pine, Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Balsam, and White Pine.  Christmas trees take 6-8 years to fully mature. Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the best times of the holidays. It was a tradition a long time in the making, and we believe it is here to stay.

Order a table top boxwood Christmas tree today, or shop our other holiday favorites here!

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What is the first word I think of when I hear Valentine’s Day?

Roses.

Maybe because I am a florist but I believe roses are the true expression of love and emotion.

Recently, I visited a grower’s open house to see new rose varieties. The majority of roses are grown in South America. The blooms and colors are awesome but the petal count and vase life are also improving. I try to stay up on the industry trends for my clients but especially for my brides. So many weddings include roses because of the meaning of love and romance but also the range of colors.

For centuries Valentine’s Day has been a time to celebrate love and show appreciation. You will hear women say they don’t care about Valentine’s Day, we find that this is a really just a cover up. They do care! Everyone wants to feel loved and appreciated. Just a single rose and a note will really go a long way.

I look forward to Valentine’s Day to help customers find the perfect expression of flowers!

Our most popular Flowers behind the rose is tulips, gerbera daisies, orchids, calla lilies and hydrangea. Here are the rose meanings to help you choose a good match for your Sweethearts.

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Rose color meanings –

Red – Love, Beauty, Romance & Passion

White- Purity, Innocence, & Peace

Yellow- Joy, Cheer & Delight

Pink- Appreciation, Admiration, & Sweetness

Peach – Appreciation, Sincere Love & Gratitude

Orange-Coral: Desire, Fire, Excitement

Happy Poinsettia Day!

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Today, December 12th, is National Poinsettia Day! To help celebrate this day, we compiled some care tips and facts.  

The rumors about toxicity of the poinsettia plants can spoil all the  holiday cheer! Is it all just a myth: the genus (Euphorbia) to which the poinsettia plant belongs does contain some highly toxic plants, however the popular poinsettia itself is not toxic. Some sources attribute the rumor about the dangers of poinsettia leaves to a case of poisoning in 1919 that led to the death of a two year-old child. At the time, the cause of the poisoning was incorrectly determined to be a poinsettia leaf.

Although the plant itself is not poisonous or deadly, the use of pesticides and fertilizers during growing could cause an upset stomach.

These tropical plants are native to Mexico – Euphorbia Pulcherrima

Here is how to care for those bright wonders:

Light – Place it near a sunny window. South, east or west facing windows are preferable to a north facing window. Poinsettias are tropical pants and will appreciate as much direct sunlight as you can provide.

Heat – For best results maintain a temperature of 65 – 75 degrees F. during the day. Dropping the temperature to about 60 degrees F. at night will not hurt the plant. However, cold drafts and extreme shifts in temperature will cause the leaves to drop.

Water – Water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but don’t let the plant sit in water. If your home tends to be dry and your poinsettia is in direct light, you will find yourself watering frequently, possibly every day.

Humidity – Lack of humidity during dry seasons, in particular winter, is an ongoing houseplant problem.

Easter Flowers and Tablescapes

Easter falls at the time of year when the cold, harsh winter is finally wiped away by the warm, blossoming days of spring. It is a time when a wide variety of flowers begin to bloom again, but one flower in particular is known as the Easter flower: the Easter Lily.

Originally cultivated in Japan, Americans began to grow lilies during the second world war. The lily has roots in the bible as the flower that sprang from the blood drops of Christ. It is also said that the white flowers bloomed in the tomb of the virgin mother, signifying her purity. In depictions of St. Michael telling Mary that she is to bear the son of God, he is often seen handing her a bouquet of white lilies. They are said to represent love and hope and their sprouting in the spring represents Christ’s resurrection, bringing purity back to the land.

Other popular flowers associated with Easter include daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and irises. Daffodils represent rebirth and are said to have bloomed during Christ’s resurrection. In Germany, they are called Osterglocken meaning Easter bells and in England, they are called Lent Lilies. Tulips represent great love. They aren’t directly associated with Easter but are often associated with the idea of Christ’s endless love. Hyacinths are perhaps most famous for their fragrance; a light and sweet scent reminiscent of warm, breezy days. Just like the lily and daffodil, the hyacinth represents rebirth. The iris, which comes in an array of colors, symbolizes faith, hope, and wisdom.

On their own or mixed with other blooms, these flowers make beautiful gifts for loved ones and can be used to decorate your home during the Easter season. One of our favorite ways to decorate for the holiday is to make Easter tablescapes. They don’t have to be big or flashy or expensive. Flowers in soft pastel shades reflect the gentleness of the season while bright, happy colors are perfect for adding cheer to your table. This is also a great time to display bulbs as centerpieces. If you do want something grand or dramatic, arrangements with long blooming branches or pussy willow are compelling while also maintaining a soft aesthetic. The season of rebirth is full of fresh foods and flowers and we love decorating our homes with them to chase away any remaining winter blues.

While it is officially spring according to the calendar, it never really feels like spring until Easter rolls around. The bright colors and fragrant blooms that are always incorporated into Easter décor are what really make the season come to life. Here are a few of our favorite Easter floral designs:

Sweet and Pretty

Sweet and Pretty

Spring Waltz

Spring Waltz

Spring Bling

Spring Bling

Country Morning

Spring Awakening

Country Morning

Country Morning

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-Lacey Bouchard

 

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5188760_types-easter-flowers.html

http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/easter_flowers.htm

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/lily/lily.html

http://www.proflowers.com/guide/history-and-meaning-of-iris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky Flowers for St. Patty’s Day

We all know to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day lest we suffer from the onslaught of pinches from our peers. We all know that everyone is Irish on St. Patties Day and that there’s chocolate within those golden coins. We all know four leaf clovers are good luck. But how many of us know why the clover is associated with St. Patty’s Day or what it means?

The legends of St. Patrick say that he was responsible for the spread of Christianity throughout Ireland. He is said to have used the clover during his lectures to demonstrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Many depictions of the saint show him holding the clover. The first leaf of the clover represents hope, the second is faith, the third is love and, if you manage to find the elusive four leaf clover, the fourth represents—you guessed it—luck.

Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t a traditional flower-giving holiday, but there are many arrangement options if you want to send someone a little luck. The lovely Stephanotis, the exotic amaryllis, and the delicate azalea all represent good luck. The marigold is also an excellent choice for it too means good luck and it represents the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

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If you’d rather stick to color than meaning, cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, and chrysanthemums all come in shades of green. Also, using berries and foliage can help add green to an arrangement.

For a touch of gold, sunflowers, black-eyed susans, goldenrod, daffodils, tulips, pansies, irises, day lilies, and the aforementioned marigold can give that sunny pop of color.

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If you want to go for an arrangement to represent Irish pride, A mix of white, orange, and green flowers reflect the colors of the Irish flag.

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Since it is customary for the women and girls of Ireland to wear green ribbon in their hair on St. Patty’s Day, be sure to tie off loose bunches with green ribbon.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day to You!)

-Lacey Bouchard

 

Source on clover info:

http://www.wsaw.com/seasonal/misc/40129602.html

Flower Meanings

Whether you find the act of giving a rose to a loved one a timelessly romantic act or just a cliché gesture, one thing is certain: the rose is a universal symbol for love and adoration. But roses aren’t the only symbolic flowers. In fact, each flower has its own secret meaning. Now, chances are you have no idea what message you are conveying when you give someone flowers. Depending on the type of flower or its color or how many stems you give, your gift offers more than just a pretty visual. While it’s not likely that the recipient will know anything about flower meanings either, knowing what the flowers mean can help you better communicate what is (or isn’t) in your heart. And hey, it’s always good to get the correct message across just in case the recipient is in fact fluent in flower symbolism.

If you want to tell someone that he or she beautiful, amaryllis or ranunculus will do the trick. Amaryllis symbolizes splendid beauty while ranunculus says you are attractive. Red carnations and chrysanthemums convey the idea of love while tulips are a declaration of love. Beware yellow chrysanthemums and carnations for they represent rejection, disdain, and slighted love.

Also, be wary of the yellow rose. The yellow rose represents great platonic love. To give a yellow rose is to say that you really care about a friend in a way that is not romantic. If you want to give roses to someone you do not have romantic feelings for, yellow roses won’t send those confusing mixed signals that might make for awkward situations. However giving yellow roses to someone you wish to court won’t convey those deeper feelings.

If you wish to present roses to someone you have deeper feelings for, the red rose is the best choice. It stands for love and admiration. Just be careful, a deep dark red can imply sorrow or regret. And the darker the red, the more black the rose becomes which translates to this relationship is over (talk about a huge misunderstanding, right?)

A single red rose says I love you while a dozen roses means be mine. If you really want to go for the gusto, 50 red roses means my love for you is limitless.

If your feelings for the recipient are not yet that strong, a pink rose will let her know that you like her. A single lavender rose means that she enchants you and a white rose means that your feelings are pure.

There are blue roses but they are not naturally made; they have to be dyed that color. Because blue roses are unattainable in nature, the message it gives is the same. Giving a blue rose to someone says, you are an unattainable dream or I want you but I cannot have you.

Valentine’s day will be here before you know it. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be sure to give your girl (or guy, let’s not exclude anyone) the perfect bouquet!

 

-Lacey Bouchard

http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/flower-meanings