The Chinese Lantern Flower

Looking for a flower that will be eye catching and exotic for your arrangement or bridal bouquet?  Look no further than the Chinese Lantern Flower. These unique flowers have an almost papery texture to them and resemble the traditional Chinese lanterns. They come in colors of fiery reds and oranges. Nestled inside of the husk is a small berry.

Once it becomes ripe, the berry is edible. It has a refreshing and mild taste to it. The berries are often turned into sweets, jams and even dipped in chocolate. Chinese Lantern flowers are used in a lot of arts and crafts because they dry out very well. Some are even turned in amazing jewelry pieces.

The Chinese Lantern Flower offers the symbol of protection – the husk protects the tiny delicate berry inside. The colors of red and orange represents passion for life. Add a little flair to arrangements and bouquets these fun, unique blooms.

Photo Credit: Simply Beautiful World on Tumblr – http://simply-beautiful-world.tumblr.com/post/127104402557/chinese-lanterns

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.

Stephanotis flowers

Stephanotis flowers

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.

good day sunshine

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.

spring morning

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