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Fiesta Time – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco De Mayo
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Cinco de Mayo, meaning “the 5th of May” in Spanish, is celebrated each year on, you guessed it, May 5th. This date commemorates the impressive Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  In recent history, the holiday has grown in popularity tremendously in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. All over the country, people come together to throw fiestas and sing the praises of a colorful culture.

Want some ideas for your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta?  Check out this FSN party guide!


And what better way to add to festivities that sending bright beautiful blooms to be enjoyed by party-goers? Whether celebrating your roots or just appreciating someone else’s, contact your local florist to help add the perfect punch of COLOR!


Mexico’s Love of Flowers

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, FSN is taking a look at Mexico’s deep love of flowers. From the earliest cultures, to the latest generations, Mexico has always had a close relationship with their natural surroundings.

Xochipilli StatueStarting centuries ago with the Aztecs, who elevated the importance of flowers through religious ceremonies and royal privileges.

  • There were certain trees (particularly one native, very fragrant magnolia) reserved only for royalty.
  • Important peoples had plant/flower titles such as “Noble Lord Flower”
  • They even had gods who loved flowers, Xochipilli was the god of art, games, beauty and flowers.
  • They named many of the Days, Months and Years after flowers on the Aztec Calendar.
  • Over 3000 medicinal plants used by the Aztecs are still used today.

ChinampasThe Aztecs also enjoyed personal flower gardens complete with pools, terraces and fountains. However, the Aztec chinampas was where their true gardening talent shined through. Chinampas were their extremely fertile, floating gardens.

The Aztecs would fence off a small section in a shallow lake bed, then fill it with [Read more…]

Looks Like A Purple Crinum Lily

Crinum Lily

Crinum Lily

Ask the Expert: id a mexican flowering plant
If found this flowering plant in Matzaclan, Mexico. It maybe from a buld.  There was no one to ask what it was, so I took a picture of it. Maybe you can id it or let me know where I can go to get identified.

Plant Expert Reply:

It looks like a Crinum Lily – maybe a Crinum strictum or Crinum americanum.  Crinum strictum are native to Mexico and is sometimes referred to as Texas Swamplily.   It is a bulb which reproduces very slowly.  If left undisturbed will bloom with out fail for many years.