Molucella laevis, more commonly known as Bells of Ireland, are viewed as a symbol of luck. Their dramatic profiles make them one of the most recognizable flowers. Bells of Ireland usually grow up to 2ft tall or higher. It’s blooms, known as bells or calyx, are a beautiful shade of lime green. They grow up the length of the stem, and help conceal its defense mechanism, of little white spikes, that can be sharp. So, handle with care! It is open to debate whether or not Bells of Ireland are a flower, or foliage. Contrary to belief, Bells of Ireland are native to the Mediterranean coast lines. They are a part of the mint family. These gorgeous blooms help give a modern flair to any arrangement. They would be perfect in an arrangement to anyone who just bought a new house, or started a new job to wish them good luck!
Roses are the national flower of England, and represented two important families in the 15th century. The Lancasters (red roses) and the Yorks (white roses) competed against each other for rule of England in The War of The Roses.
Williams Shakespeare, one of England’s greatest writers was inspired by the rose. Romeo and Juliet has one of the most well-known quotes on roses, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet is reminding Romeo it doesn’t matter that they come from feuding houses because their love is real.
The Rose is one on the most popular and easily recognized flower out there. Many people see them as a gift of love and affection. Well, they are correct, but did you know that different colors and groupings of roses symbolize different things?
A rose’s symbolism changes based on the color and the number of them given. Below is a list of the most popular colors and what they represent.
- Red roses symbolize love and romance.
- Pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy.
- Orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and passion.
- Yellow roses symbolize friendship.
- White roses symbolize innocence and purity.
Did you know you can send a more specific message with the number of roses given?
- One rose symbolizes love at first sight.
- Two roses symbolize shared and deep love.
- Three roses says “I love you”.
- Six roses says “I want to be yours”.
- Seven roses says “I’m infatuated with you”.
- Nine roses symbolize eternal love.
- Ten roses says “You’re perfect”.
The trend of mix metals, and Edison lights have helped shaped this new wedding trend of an industrial wedding. More and more brides are looking for a blank canvas in order to create their own super modern vision. They seek out old industrial warehouses or more modern venues with more raw qualities. The result? An ultra-chic, modern wedding. It’s all about bringing the outdoor feeling of the city, indoors.
Choosing your venue – To achieve the industrial look, you must first start with your venue. Hosting your wedding at a warehouse venue, or even an ultra-modern one, with exposed metal or brick would be an ideal place to tie the knot if this is the look you want to achieve. Some off season farm warehouses will rent out a space for you to use for your reception. Be sure to consider the time of year and weather. If you don’t have a venue such as these around, you can always bring in some outdoor elements, to change the feel of the room.
Wedding Décor – You can achieve an industrial look by thinking outside of the box. When you think centerpiece, your first thought would be some pretty flowers in a vase but to achieve the industrial chic look consider this…place two cinderblocks on your table, with one its side and place votive candles in the open gaps, with moss around them. Then take little groupings of flowers and scatter them on top and in between the blocks. This will definitely be a great conversation piece among your guests and offer that chic look. You can even add bits of mixed metals, copper piping, and geometric shapes to add different textures. Something that is very popular is a DIY copper piping candelabra, which is a little more simple and classic but still adds that industrial look, you can find the inspiration on Pinterest.
Extra lighting – Instead of using traditional or existing lighting you can use Edison lights which have grown in popularity lately. They act as industrial décor as well as soft warm lighting for your reception. A great idea for your ceremony is to make a backdrop full of Edison lights and stand in front of it while saying your vows. It will silhouette you in a brilliance of light.
The most important thing in creating your ideal industrial chic wedding is to include the key elements of mixed metals, soft open lighting, and exposed concrete or brick. This can be a daunting task but there are tons of resources for you to use to help you plan. The industrial modern look is becoming more and more popular with the younger generation, who want to keep some things traditional but with an outdoor modern flare.
Amaryllis are one of the world’s famous flowers. You will most likely see them around Christmas time. The name Amaryllis means “to sparkle” in Greek – making them a great gift to give to friends and love ones. These plants are native to South America and South Africa. Nowadays most Amaryllis plants are grown in green houses around the world. Amaryllis plants can have single or double blooms, with petals that are frilled at the edges. They come in various
shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange.
The plants can grow up to 10 inches wide, with a top stalk being 18 to 36 inches tall. Amaryllis are most often grown indoors to provide bright colors in a winter home, but they can also be planted in the spring and bloom in the summer.
Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting soil. Plant the bulb up to its neck in soil, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting. You can dig up bulbs after the blooms die off and store them for future use. Amaryllis are a gorgeous flower to brighten up your life, no matter the season.
If you are looking for a long lasting bloom for your Fall/Winter flower arrangements and gardens, take a look at the ornamental cabbage. It has large, gorgeous blooms that last in cold weather. If the weather has a cold snap, it may not fare well, but if the weather decreases gradually, ornamental cabbage can last down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes it the perfect flower choice flower beds, for then end of fall, early winter when all other blooms are done for the season. We suggest planting them in late September for best results. Ornamental Cabbage looks great in holiday arrangements, for Halloween or Thanksgiving. These blooms come in a variety of colors, mostly in shades of purple, green, white, and pink. Order your thanksgiving centerpiece today!
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:
- 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.
- Taking a spa day and enjoying some mani pedis and cocktails is a fun bonding time with mom
- 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.
- 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
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!
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.
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!
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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.
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