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10 Weird Facts About Alstroemeria

We see alstroemeria in flower arrangements all the time. Their beautiful striped petals have a special way of lighting up a room! There are some weird facts about this flower that make it extremely unique. Keep reading to find out, you might be surprised at what you learn!

1. Alstroemeria is commonly called the Peruvian Lily,  Lily of the Incas or the Parrot Lily.

2. Not all Alstroemeria have striped petals.

3. Alstroemeria is a symbol of wealth, prosperity and good fortune!

4. Alstroemeria stops producing flowers if they get too hot.

5. Alstroemeria flowers have no fragrance. (Great flower if you have any pollen allergies!)

6. There are about 50 species of alstroemeria.

7. The flower is named after the Swedish botanist Baron Klas Van Alstroemer who collected the seeds on a trip to Spain in 1783.

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Baby Shower Flowers

A new baby is on the way and now it is time to celebrate! Along with the honor of hosting your loved ones baby shower comes the challenge of finding the right flowers to compliment your theme and satisfy the mom-to-be. With hundreds of flower options and arrangements it’s difficult to know which flowers would look the best. Here are some flowers we suggest using to make any baby shower perfectly beautiful!

Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila)
Baby’s breath, also known as Gypsophila, is a simple delicate flower that symbolizes innocence and purity. This flower is extremely budget friendly and long-lasting. From necklaces, to centerpieces, to chandeliers this flower is so versatile it can be used for decoration in so many ways! This flower has the “just picked from the garden look” and is typically paired with light colored roses, carnations, or lisianthus.

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October Flower Spotlight: Alstroemeria

These gorgeous flowers are native to South America though some varieties have now been naturalized to the US. There are two species of Alstroemeria, one native to Chile and one to Brazil. The Chile species grows in winter while the Brazil species grows in summer. That makes it the perfect flower for our October spotlight as this month falls squarely between the two!

History

Light Pink AlstroemeriaThe Alstroemeria was discovered by Baron Claus von Alstromer. He collected seeds from the flower while on a trip to South America in 1753, and sent them to his teacher, Linnaeus, who then named the flower after him. Because of its South American origins, it is also known as the Peruvian Lily, Parrot Lily or the Lily of the Incas!

Meaning

The Alstroemeria is often associated with friendship because of the way its leaves grow. They grow upside down, twisting and turning evoking the twists, turns and growth that friends experience over time. It can also mean prosperity and fortune. This flower is often found in everything from bridal bouquets to corsages and boutonnieres. It is also the perfect gift for a friend or someone going to a job interview or embarking on a new venture.

The Alstroemeria is a gorgeous bloom that should be available this time of year at your local flower shop. Go by and order a gorgeous arrangement featuring this magnificent bloom!

2012 Pantone Color of the Year – Tangerine Tango

Pantone 2012 Color of the Year
Pantone has just announced the color of the year for 2012, Tangerine Tango! What an exciting color to feature for the new year.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative attention-getter, Tangerine Tango is especially appealing in men’s and women’s fashion.

This color works well because of it’s versatility for both men and women. Dress it up for an exotic look, but can also work for a casual, friendly design. Tangerine Tango is full of energy just waiting to perk up your flower arrangements.

Celebrate this beautiful color choice with flowers!

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The Flower Meaning For Aspiring People

If you’re happy with the hum-drum, this flower isn’t for you.

"Flower Garden" Arrangement with Alstroemeria

"Flower Garden" Arrangement with Alstroemeria

When looking at flower meanings this month I ran across alstroemeria. I was impressed right away and instantly thought of someone that I wanted to give these flowers to. The flower meaning of alstroemeria is “aspiring.” You know what that says to me? It says that it is time to celebrate someone moving out of the hum-drum and into the ta-da!

I have a friend who just received a promotion. I think her work and her attitude have improved exponentially since starting with that company so I want to let her know how proud I am. There really is no holiday to speak of but there doesn’t have to be. Instead of sending a holiday message to her, I’m making it more personal by sending flowers with a special meaning. This occasion calls for flowers that motivate people with the drive to move forward. She’s that kind of woman so she deserves alstroemeria!

“Aspiring” can mean a lot of things though. This thoughtful gift can be sent to a little boy or girl going through a graduation at school. Many schools have elementary graduations that recognize children moving into junior high. What a perfect time to give flowers! A bouquet of alstroemeria and a kiss on the cheek are enough to make your baby the king or queen of the class.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

“Aspiring” can also work for a suite mate in the dormitory who is a drama major (aspiring actress/actor), business major (aspiring executive), or even a zoology major (aspiring Steve Irwin).

Whatever your friend or family member is into, let them know how proud you are with alstroemeria. Celebrate their ability to move forward in life, to make something of themselves, and to make everyone proud.

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Who Else Wants Pink and White Dreams?

Most people dream in black and white or cloudy shades of gray. My nights, however, are filled with Pink and White Dreams. I love the way pink and white melt together to represent tenderness, purity, sincerity, sweetness and gentle romance. Wow. I’d probably marry the man that incorporated those feelings into the message on the card.

I love the way that a simple arrangement of stargazer lilies, pink roses, pink larkspur, white mini carnations, pink snapdragons and white alstroemeria can really change the outlook on the day. Everyone has had a day where crawling out of bed really does seem like a crawl and quite a chore. Bright pink and white flowers put pep in the step and send happy thoughts reeling. I keep fresh bouquets of baby pink carnations on my bedside table just to prevent those morning blahs.

Pink and White Dreams Flower Arrangement Dream in Technicolor with the “Pink and White Dreams” arrangement.

What makes the “Pink and White Dreams” arrangement so much more special wherever it is around the house is that it is a constant reminder of the sender. He or she is probably someone who has laughed with you, cried with you, enjoys the opportunity to learn you better with each passing day, cares enough to send flowers to show it, and wants to sprinkle your nights with Technicolor dreams.

For the men reading this entry, feel free to fill your card with these thoughts. She’ll love them almost as much as she loves you.