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Flower Spotlight: Delphinium

With their joyful colors and towering height, delphiniums make a great addition to any bouquet! Also known as larkspur, these tall, lively blooms elicit feelings of fun, warmth, and happiness. Learn more about their history and meaning, along with some interesting facts. [Read more…]

Flower Spotlight: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are the official birth-month flower of November and are especially popular in the fall months. Also known as mums, these hardy flowers are commonly found in gardens, but are also a great choice to include in flower arrangements. Mums offer a rich history and deep symbolism, so keep reading to learn some interesting facts about them! [Read more…]

Thanksgiving Flowers and Meanings

Thanksgiving is a time full of family traditions, get-togethers, and reflecting on everything in life we’re grateful for. Flowers can be a great way to symbolize the occasion and are a perfect gift to bring to the host or hostess on this holiday. [Read more…]

Flower Spotlight: Sunflower

Sunflowers are a popular flower all around the world! These bright and beautiful blooms bring a ray of sunshine to anyone who receives them. Learn more about their origin and meaning, along with some interesting facts. [Read more…]

Flower Spotlight: Dahlia

Dahlias are absolutely gorgeous flowers with strong symbolism. No matter what feeling you’re trying to convey with the flowers you send, dahlias are a great choice. Keep reading to learn more about the flower, its origin, and its color meanings! [Read more…]

5 Flowers to Send on International Kissing Day

Did you know there was such thing as International Kissing Day? If you didn’t, well, now you do! This is a day to celebrate this beautiful gesture of love by connecting with the people you feel close to, and why not, one or two strangers ;)

Flowers play a huge role when it comes to expressing love and appreciation. When you kiss somebody, you do it because you either feel some type of connection with them or (a kiss on the cheek) to express gratitude and celebrate friendship. Whatever the case may be, we’ve compiled a list of flowers that go hand in hand with this sweet gesture. These flowers may even help you get that kiss from the girl or guy you’ve been crushing over! Just saying.

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5 Reasons to Send Flowers November ’17

November is a time for giving thanks and celebrating the start of the holiday season. Naturally, flowers are a great way to show your thanks to friends and family, so you could send them just because if you really wanted. But in case you need a reason, we’re giving you five reasons to send flowers. Some you may know, and some you might not! [Read more…]

10 Weird Facts About Irises

Irises are beautiful flowers that are often used as accents in floral design. With a unique shape, they add a special element to any arrangement. They have a rich history and are great additions to any floralscape. Learn more fun facts about these beauties below! [Read more…]

Flower Spotlight – Stargazer Lily

 

When looking for flowers to dazzle, Stargazer Lilies seem to do that effortlessly. With their vibrant colors and delicious fragrance, it’s hard not to take notice of this oriental hybrid!

Origins and Symbolism
Originating from California in the early 70s, this perennial has added to the already famous legacy of the lily, so it’s no surprise that this striking bloom has a variety of meanings.

Used to congratulate or for sympathy, Stargazers symbolism varies due to their color. Whites represent purity, while bright pinks and reds express aspiration and prosperity.

To Consider
Although this beauty looks beautiful planted or cut, caution is given to those who have feline friends.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports this plant can be toxic to cats, causing vomiting, kidney failure and even death.

Availability
Named ‘stargazer’ because their blooms face the sky, these flowers are available late-summer.

Used in arrangements as well as bridal bouquets, they always astonish any receiver lucky enough to gaze at its star-like petals.

Make sure to head to your local florist to find this bloom in an arrangement!

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December Flower Spotlight: Poinsettia

As it is in keeping with seasonal tradition, this month’s flower spotlight should be no surprise to anyone. After all, what flower is most associated with the holiday season? None other than the Poinsettia, of course!

Origins

Poinsettia Topiary At The BiltmoreThis is yet another plant that comes to us from south of the border, and like the dahlia, it was once important to the Aztecs. Although the dahlia was a food source, (really!) the poinsettia was used to create red dye, and it absolutely should not be ingested.

Safety Concerns

It is commonly believed that the poinsettia is highly toxic, but those reports are overblown. Unless you sat down and ate a large number of plants, the worst you would suffer is possible vomiting and diarrhea.

Flower Symbolism & Mythology

As should be expected with a flower synonymous with Christmas, most of the poinsettia’s symbolism is very religious in nature. The red flower is supposed to symbolize Jesus’ blood, while the white blooms represent purity. The star shape of the blooms are supposed to represent the Star of Bethlehem which led the wise men to the baby Jesus.

Radiant PoinsettiaThe Aztecs also believed the flower represented purity, (Red meant purity to them.) but its connection to Christmas can be traced back to a Mexican legend originating in the 16th century.

The legend says that a young girl was too poor to purchase a gift suitable to leave for Jesus on the church altar. An angel told her to pick weeds from the side of the road, which she did. As she placed the weeds on the altar, red and green flowers burst forth. As of the early 17th century, Mexican monks began using the poinsettia in all Christmas celebrations.

Availability

You can find the poinsettia just about anywhere at this time of year, but if you want it professionally worked into a gorgeous arrangement, you’ll have to visit your local florist. They always do the best work and can make even the most abundant flower look uniquely beautiful.

Now when you buy your poinsettia this Christmas, you can share a bit of trivia with your family!