Meet Our Favorite Local Farmers

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Muth Farms

                We pride ourselves in buying as locally as we can, and having the freshest flowers possible for our customers.  Muth Farm is located in Williamstown, NJ and owned by two sisters Mary Ellen and Margaret.  They had a passion for flowers since a young age.  Their flowers are carefully tended, and organically grown using sustainable methods, without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.  They love growing rare variety of flowers, along with the classics.  They grow many flowers such as: Lisianthus, Dahlias, Sunflowers, Zinnias, and many more unique wild flowers.  Their love and care for their blooms, show on each and every flower they grow.  They also grow and sell fresh produce, which is available at their farm stand May  to October.

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Formisano Farms

  Most flowers come from all over the world. Israel, Thailand, Holland, and South America to name a few.  But what people don’t know is some are grown here, locally in New Jersey.  We pride ourselves in the fact we buy local when we can, especially from New Jersey farmers.  Formisano Farms is located in Buena, NJ, the heart of Atlantic County.  Farmisano Farms has been in the Farmisano family for four generations, since 1908.  They grow seasonal flowers like dahlias, and sunflowers, as well as unusual pods and foliages  that add that unique touch to our arrangements. They also grow and sell produce as well.  We see this farm staying around for more generations to come. Read more about the benefits of supporting local farms here!

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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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Lovin’ Local Flowers

We love this time of year when our local flower farmers arrive with their homegrown beauties. The freshness of these flowers is amazing! We love that local flowers don’t arrive on a jumbo jet. They are fresh picked the same day or just the day before delivery. They last a lot longer in the vase too!

Flower farming is an art in patience, hope, forethought and intention. We notice that our farmer friends are smart planners and even scientist. They work with and against the weather including too much rain or not enough.

This is a refreshing change from the 80% of flowers sold in the US are actually grown thousands of miles away. Most are grown in Colombia, Ecuador, Thailand, and Kenya.

Local flowers are usually grown organically or with very minimal chemicals, and grown in a field, rather than a greenhouse, where the natural rain and sun support their growth.

The bees, butterflies and birds in the fields go on to pollinate nearby food crops.

Please support local farms whenever possible!

Below are a couple of farms who provide our flowers:

Muth Family Farm

Formisano Farms

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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

Valentine’s Day is Among Us!

As Valentine’s day approaches every year, here at the flower shop we start thinking about how it all began…

Valentines has been recorded in history since AD 269 in roman tradition.  Holy Moly!  Simple tokens of flowers and candy known as “confections” were given, and hand written valentines were sent.  As timeless as the idea of love, the tradition of Valentine ’s Day continues…

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Roses are not just red.. they are also available in white, lavender, pink, yellow, orange and peach!!

The premium long stem roses we offer are grown and shipped  from South America.  All year rose plants are tended, groomed, and trimmed in preparation for this “rosie”  holiday!

Upon arrival, we quickly unpack them, remove all of the thorns and leaves.   Now they are ready to be hydrated, cut under water and then dipped into a hydration solution.

Each bloom is given top quality care to ensure longevity. After these little babies drink in fresh water for 24 hours they are ready to be designed! A vase is chosen and now the roses are in the design room to be arranged by our floral designers. After finishing accents are added, your gift of flowers is ready to be delivered!!

Now you ask…How do I choose the best possible Valentine’s Day flowers for your sweetheart?

We can guide you through the process in our store or you can shop our website leighflorist.com.

From Sweet and cute to extravagant, sending valentines flowers is a thoughtful and heartfelt way to express your love this Valentine’s Day!!

 

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