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Spotlight on Solidago AKA Golden Rod

SolidagoOn a recent road trip, I couldn’t help but notice the colors of fall already starting to show. One fall flower that really caught my attention was the golden rod or, as most florists call it, solidago. Our Arkansas landscape is currently covered in this bright yellow flower. We aren’t the only ones who enjoy seeing solidago on the horizon, this flower has been adopted as the state flower by Nebraska and Kentucky as well as the state wildflower for South Carolina. While solidago is considered a wildflower or even weed by those in North America, it is actually a favorite garden flower in Europe.

Golden Rod Allergy Myth

Many people shy away from this particular flower because of it’s bad reputation of causing hay fever and other allergies, but actually ragweed is the culprit with a similar blooming time to solidago (golden rod). Actually the pollen of solidago is too heavy to be wind-pollinated and must be carried by insects from plant to plant. Handling solidago may still cause problems to those with allergies, however.

Use In Floral Design

Did you know golden rods (solidago) are a common filler flower used by florists? That’s right, in many designs florists use a hybrid version of the common golden rod to add bright yellow color and interest to a flower arrangement. They have been hybridized to bring out all the best qualities of solidago.  This fall-bloomer is a great addition to your seasonal decor.

Here are a few favorite flower arrangements that feature solidago from our Flower Gallery:

Solidago Arrangement  Solidago Flower Arrangement Solidago Flower Arrangement

What Is This Golden Flower Blooming In Massachusetts In September?

Ask the Expert: Can you identify this wildflower?

Yellow Flower - Solidago - GoldenrodPicture taken at the end of September in Massachusetts. Plant less than a foot tall. In rich soil – not wet. Rays generally only 3. Looks like wingstem but there are no wings on the stem. Thanks! John Kimball

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

What you have is a type of Solidago commonly known as Goldenrod. The genus Solidago consists of over a hundred species of woody-based perennials. In Massachusetts, you will find the following Solidago are native:

  • Solidago caesia (blue-stemmed goldenrod, wreath goldenrod)
  • Solidago canadensis (meadow goldenrod)
  • Solidago juncea (early goldenrod, plume goldenrod)
  • Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod, old-field goldenrod)
  • Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod)
  • Solidago ulmifolia (elm-leaved goldenrod)

I’m not sure which of these species is the one in the photo.

A Few Solidago Facts:
Fresh Flowers with Solidago

  • All Solidago flowers are always yellow.
  • There are over 100 species of this woody perennial.
  • Solidago plant prefer full sun
  • Solidago is considered a wild flower in many places.
  • Solidago can be invasive.
  • Solidago spp is used in fresh flower arrangements as a filler.
  • Solidago can be dried and used in permanent arrangements.
  • Solidago has no fragrance.

Hope this information has been helpful.

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So Have A Cup O’ Cheer!

Oh yay! Oh joy! It’s that time of year again. Yes, Spring is almost upon us and it’s time to celebrate! It may not officially be Spring  until March 20th, but why wait to enjoy something so beautiful and revitalizing?

"Cup O' Cheer" Spring Flowers Bouquet

"Cup O' Cheer" Spring Flowers Bouquet

I’ll let you in on a little secret. People are starting to decorate their homes for spring. They’re bringing out decorations in cheerful colors to ward away the winter grays. Say goodbye to doom and gloom and bleak winter whites. It’s time for some spring flowers!

As our tribute to the freshness of Spring and the new life that emerges, Flower Shop Network is highlighting a bouquet of spring flowers that has brought our loved ones and friends more than few smiles. This year, drink in the joy of Spring with a “Cup O’ Cheer!”

It’s never too early to send spring flowers to someone who has been cooped up all winter. Wash away their dreary outlooks with some of the most cheerful spring flowers you can find. Our recommendation? The votes are in and local florists and flowers lovers all agree — the “Cup O’ Cheer” is a hearty breath of fresh air.

Even if it’s still a little brisk where you are, you can always warm up to spring. Skip, dance, sing over to your local florist and order the “Cup O’ Cheer” bouquet of spring flowers. It’s the perfect uplifting gift! Of course, you can always order from the coziness of a warm blanket. Just order flowers online. The cheeriness of spring is just a flower delivery away.

Why wait? Start Spring off with a boost of good cheer! Give your local florist the recipe below for a treat that everyone will love.

“Cup O’ Cheer” Recipe For Florists:

  • Ceramic Coffee Mug
  • Wet Floral Foam
  • Foliage: Eucalyptus, Leather Leaf
  • Blue Iris
  • Stem Yellow Button Poms
  • Purple ‘Monte Casino’ Aster
  • Stem Solidago
  • Stem ‘Misty Blue’ Limonium

5 Components of American Colonial Flower Arrangements

History: “American Colonial” generally refers to the period between 1700 and 1780 in America. During this time, American settlers were still considered colonies of England therefore received and brought back several English-inspired products and trends.

Among the English trends brought to colonial America was the use of five-fingered, fan shaped vases also knows as Quintal horns. These created a unique fan-shaped and narrow design style that usually included garden herbs and cuttings. They were later reproduced in the colonies and grew in popularity at that time.

As with English garden floral design and Victorian floral design, American Colonial flower arrangements relied on what was readily available. This usually extended to wildflowers found in home gardens as well as native shrubs and trees. Settlers often brought back herbs and plants that were then used in arrangements, but worldwide distribution and importing was no where near current availability.

Style: American Colonial flower designs tend to be symmetrical mass arrangements that are either rounded or in fan form (usually reserved to five-fingered vases). They are casual and open. The arrangements may feature either one type of flower with a filler flower or a variety of several blooms. Most American Colonial designs feature gourds or fruits such as peaches, pears, cherries, plums and apples.

Flowers Used: A combination of fresh and dried materials is often used in this style. These may include pods, grasses, grains and other materials.

Flowers that work well in American Colonial arrangements are roses, carnations, daisies, lilacs, marigolds, peonies, sunflowers and other mass flowers.

Bulb flowers are also appropriate in American Colonial design. Examples are daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, allium, ranunculus and lilies.

Popular wildflowers and filler flowers used in this style include baby’s breath (very popular), limonium, solidago, alder, sumac, cattails, several grasses and grains among others.

Basic Characteristics:

  • Usually includes a type of a fruit or gourd such as peaches, pears, cherries, plums and apples
  • Round or fan-shaped
  • Containers made from earthenware, stoneware, ceramics, or metals (copper, tin, silver, pewter, etc.)
  • Similar to but more “refined” and well proportioned than English Garden style arrangements

Containers Used: Since craftsman style trades were popular, containers often followed the styles being readily produced by local craftsmen. These included silversmiths, pewter manufacturers and glass blowers among others. Many types of containers were used but the containers themselves were mainly ceramic, earthenware or stoneware. Porcelain was a later import from England and China and increased the variety of containers during this style of floral design. Metallurgy was also a popular trade so pewter, copper, tin and silver vessels were also used.

Types of containers used included:  pitchers, pots, vases, jars, jugs, bowls and Quintal horns (five fingered vases).

What A Treasure, What A Gemini!

Geminis are fun people. Well, at least generally speaking. I have known and loved many a Gemini in my time and continue to fall in love with the unique personality each person has even though many Geminis share the same characteristics.

Born between May 21st and June 20th, Geminis are said to be talkative, energetic and intellectual. Yup, that’s spot on for most of the Geminis that I know. They can also be inconsistent, inquisitive, nervous and tense. Wow…that would be a bad day. I have an idea for curing those woes around their birthday this year. Send flowers! Some examples of Gemini zodiac flowers are:

  • Alstroemeria
  • Solidago
  • Daffodil
  • Cactus
  • Acacia

Truth be told, this idea was given to me last year and I liked it so much that I thought I’d share it again. (You can still view the 2008 zodiac flowers post.) I’m not much on astrology but I do see a lot of fun in sending astrological flowers for a person’s birthday or special day inside the month. It’s always interesting to have something unique to discuss. Bring up the type of zodiac flowers at the birthday party and see if you don’t get a rapid response.

Want to send a unique birthday gift like zodiac flowers but are afraid you’ll offend the recipient. Send birth month flowers instead! All the greatness, none of the guilt!

Top Perennial Choices For Washington DC By Season

Ask the Expert: What perennials bloom each season.
I live in the Washington, DC area and would like some flowers to blossom for each season, spring, summer, and fall. Can you help me? Cynthia


The possibilies are vast.  So, I’ll share a few of my favorites that will also work in your area.   Our hardiness zones are very similar  Paragould Ar is a 6b (6-7)zone and DC is a 7b (7-8)zone.  Knowing what zone you are in is important when selecting perennial.  The hardiness zone defines how cold the area will get and every plant has a cold hadiness thresshold.

For Winter -Gerberas (if you are lucky) and Hellebores.  I also plant tulips and daffodil.

For Spring- Iris, Verbascum, Peonies, Phlox subulata (creeping phlox), Anemone, Bergenia, Clematis and Dianthus.

For Summer – Phlox paniculata, Guara, Echinacea, Ascelepias, Liatris, Gallardia, Veronica, Platycodon, Monarda, Kniphofia and Alcea (hollyhock). I could go on and on but I these are my favorties.  I also plant Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies and Gladiolus.

For Autumn – Anemone, Solidago, Helianthus, Chrysanthemums, Dianthus, Rudebeckia and Geum.

Of course these are just a handful of the many perennial options for the Washington Dc area.  There are also an abundance of flowering shrubs for each season that can add color to your yard.  The thing to do is to pop into your local nursery & garden center – not a box store.  Most nurseries will have a perennial person (someone who is both knowledgeable about and has actually grown many of the perennials themselves).  I happen to be the perennial person for our garden center.  They will be able to give you the true ins and outs about which perennials perform well in your area.  Other factors such as humidity and rain fall can also determine the right perennials for your area and the staff at your local garden center will be able to help you with those issues.

Good Luck and let me know how your perennial garden does.

How My Floral Tapestry Helps Hide The Winter Blues

I adore winter. It’s my favorite season. Snow angels, snow boarding, snow crème, snowmen and most other cold weather treats delight my heart. However, it’s very common even for me to feel the same dreary blues associated with long periods of dreary winter grays. For this reason, I choose to have Floral Tapestry and other colorful vase arrangements decorating my home to drive away the snowy day blues.

The Floral Tapestry arrangement is absolutely gorgeous. I was viewing some of the new flower arrangements in our picture gallery when I scrolled over Floral Tapestry. The vibrant colors popped. The red gerbera daisies seemed to shine next to the purple, yellow, peach and green accents. Solidago, purple liatris, peach roses, purple “moonshade” carnations and other flowers leap off of the page next to the daisies. It’s one of those arrangements that you crave because you simply must know what it looks like in person. So, to breathe more life into the melancholy transition period between fall and winter, I’m decorating my home this month with the Floral Tapestry arrangement from my local florist.

Floral Tapestry Vase Arrangement Weave A Floral Tapestry of Smiles!