Monthly Archives: January 2018

  • 10 Ways To Incorporate Pink Lilies In Your Home Decor

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    Liles are beautiful flowers that have been celebrated by civilizations the world over since the Egyptians used its scent as perfume. They have been honored for their beauty and for their spiritual significance to Christianity (white ones symbolize the Virgin Mary) and Buddhism (tiger lilies symbolize mercy). These gorgeous flowers come in an assortment of warm colors, such as red and yellow, as well as white, purple, and today’s star, pink.

    Pink lilies are most commonly stargazer lilies, a hybrid of Oriental lilies that have pink petals with dark red freckles. With a pretty hue and the power of flowers, it is a cheerful bloom that can enhance the decor of almost anyone’s home or add a touch of feng shui (note that lilies are poisonous to cats, so cat-lovers might have to forego real lilies for artificial ones!).

    To use pink lilies in your home decor, there are a lot of options available to you. Here are 10 ways you can use pink lilies to brighten up your home:

    1- Wallpaper

    Whether you use real lilies elsewhere or not, pink lilies can easily be found on wallpaper that can give the room a warm and beautiful feeling. This can be one of the many options so that people with cats or allergies can still enjoy these gorgeous flowers, without the discomfort or danger natural ones might cause. While nothing can truly replace an actual pink lily, wallpapering a room can come close. Plus, you can tie the wallpaper with the rest of the room’s decor!

    2- Upholstery and Bedding

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    Flowers are all over upholstery as well, and it is easy to find chairs, sofas, duvets and pillows with beautiful lily prints on them. Matched to wallpaper, artwork, or even real flowers, decorating a den or bedroom with these beautiful blooms will give your room a happy, natural air to it that is bound to please.

    3- Pictures and Screen Prints

    One more option for cat lovers and allergy sufferers, pink lilies make beautiful still life paintings and photographs that can accent any room, from a bedroom or den to a kitchen or bathroom. Screen prints of lilies and other flowers have been created since the classical era of Chinese art, and provide a view that is different and even a little mystical.

    4- Vases

    Just because a vase of flowers is an old standby doesn’t mean it can’t provide a wonderful boost to your home decor. A well-arranged and colorful bouquet of pink lilies accented with other flowers and garnishes, such as baby’s breath or fern, can really tie together the theme of the decorating. A unique or interesting vase can add even more depth, especially one with a DIY touch to it. In fact, vases provide a great way to showcase artistic creativity or provide a personal flavor to a floral arrangement.

    5- Centerpieces and Arrangements

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    Crafty people might be more interested in arranging flowers themselves. Floral centerpieces or arrangements can be a starting point for great decorating. Rather than choosing flowers to match a room, the room becomes decorated to match the flowers. A versatile room with a solid color theme can be altered to accommodate live centerpieces or arrangements, giving it the atmosphere of a garden in bloom. Longer-term decorating can feature flowers that have been dried and treated so they last longer, especially for larger displays or those meant for special occasions.

    6- Wreaths

    Most people associate wreaths with Christmas, but they can be for any time of year, and beautiful pink lilies can look absolutely stunning in this design. Since pink lilies are most common in springtime, they can be added to a spring or Easter wreath. However, any occassion is a great reason to use pink lilies, because they are just so pretty and elegant. Mix and match with the flowers of your choice and celebrate nature with a pink lily wreath!

    7- Vertical Gardens

    Arrangements that climb a wall are becoming more popular as well as more innovative. Some people are now recycling things like shoe racks or pallets, mounting them on the walls of their homes, decorating them, and adding flower pots, giving the illusion that the flowers are growing right out of the wall! Even if you choose not to have a whole garden inside your house (lilies do grow to be rather tall), the same principle can be applied to accommodate vases and arrangements and create a splendid display!

    8- Garlands

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    Part of home decor is making the outside look pretty as well as the inside. For porches, patios, and decks, flowers can be more than potted plants. A garland of pink lilies can accentuate an outdoor area such as an arbor, door, or window. Decorating outdoor sitting areas with strings of lilies adds some creative flair and can serve as a pretty decoration for a party or other event. Of course, pink lilies are so beautiful that any event is a good reason for them!

    9- Dried and Framed

    Sometimes flowers can look beautiful even after they are no longer fresh, especially if they were well cared for during drying. Since lilies have such long petals, the best way to dry them is by hanging them upside down from a cool, dry place. Once dried, they can be mounted and framed. Another option is to press them so they are flat, like a picture. Flowers dried and pressed under glass have been used in decorating for centuries.

    10- In the Garden

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    Flowers always look best when they are fresh and vibrant, and lilies are no exception! They can make a great addition to your garden, especially since they are so versatile in so many climates. They grow from bulbs, which are best planted in the fall or early spring. They like cool, damp, shady spots to grow and thrive from, and can grow from 2 to 6 feet in height. They are perennials, which means they will grow for more than two years after being planted, bringing vibrant color and exotic beauty to your garden as well as your home!

    With all of these awesome things and more that can be done with pink lilies, there are certainly a lot of ways to use them to decorate your home. Since they have such an exotic appearance, they can accent any room in your home and provide an atmosphere that is fresh, fragrant, and even a little romantic. Using pink lilies in your decor is simple, and only limited by your creativity. With spring right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to decorate with pink lilies!

  • From Spring to Winter: Wedding Flowers by Seasons

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    No matter what time of year you choose for your wedding date, there are perfect blooms for your special day. From your wedding bouquet to arrangements lining the aisle to beautiful centerpieces, you’ll want to find the perfect flowers for your wedding day.

    Here are the best weddings flowers by season:

    Wedding Flowers for Spring

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    Spring is one of the most popular seasons for weddings, since the weather is neither too hot nor too cold for an outdoor ceremony. An added bonus to a spring ceremony is the array of flowers in bloom.

    • Peonies are at their best in the springtime. Their softness, texture, and wide array of pastel shades make them an ideal choice for a romantic spring affair.

    • Roses are available in so many colors, it’d be a challenge to not find a flower to match your color scheme.

    • If you want a flower with texture and oomph, consider the purple climbing sweet pea as a beautiful accent bloom.

    • Lilacs are historically associated with childhood, first love, and romance so they will thematically suit your special day to a tee.

    • If you’re looking for something a bit brighter and edgier, ranunculus are perfect a pop of color.

    • Tulips practically scream spring, and they’re available in everything from pale pink to bright yellow and orange.

    • Then there are gerbera daisies—one of the cheeriest and sunniest flowers of all. Like tulips and roses, they also come in a wide variety of colors—not to mention, they evoke sunshine and happiness.

    • On a budget or want something simple? Hydrangeas and calla lilies are elegant, affordable options. Both are stalwarts in spring gardens so they’ll fit your seasonal choices perfectly.

    • If you want to kick up the simple elegance a notch, magnolias, one of the most famous spring blooms; look gorgeous as stand-alone pieces in a bridal bouquet or lining an aisle.

    For the spring, popular flower shades include pink, purple, and white. Pastels are the best (and most available) choice for a spring wedding, reflecting the softer hues and temperatures of the season.

    Many spring weddings are often outdoor affairs, but depending on average temperatures where you live, you might want to opt for the heartier blooms like roses, tulips, and daisies as opposed to more fragile flowers such as peonies and magnolias. Capture the spring-like sensation of blooming wildflowers, romance, and more with the light hues and romantic tones of seasonal spring flowers.

    Wedding Flowers for Summer

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    Summer is all about long days and warm nights. Celebrate the season of your nuptials with blooms that are vibrant. Summer is the perfect time to opt for hand-picked blooms or wildflowers, since they are in such abundance at this time of year. In fact, more flowers are in bloom on the summer solstice than at any other point in the year, so the sky's the limit!

    • Wildflowers are the perfect way to opt for lighter hues if you’re not into the brighter blooms in season—choose peaches and cream garden roses, honeysuckle, and hyacinth for a wildly alluring summer bouquet.

    • Oriental lilies bloom in late summer and make for a contemporary, modern look for your bouquet..

    • Agapanthus are a beautiful blue choice for your bouquet—what’s more their name means “love flower” so they’re a perfect wedding pick.

    • If you need a scented accent that evokes the romance of your pairing, consider adding some lavender to your bouquet. The summer herb will add a splash of purple to any arrangement and the aroma is sure to be pleasing to all. You can even go a step further and have dried lavender surrounding your centerpieces or sprinkled down the aisle.

    • For a striking centerpiece consider delphiniums with their long floral spikes. They come in every conceivable shade of blue, as well as varying shades of white and pink.

    • Hydrangeas are still in season, but they are more fragile so be wary of using them in particularly hot climates or at a heavily outdoorsy wedding in the woods or at the beach.

    • Want something both striking and utterly eye-catching in color? Gladiolus or snapdragons are a favorite summer choice for their long, dramatic stems and their wide array of bright colors including magentas, purples, pinks, hot oranges and more.

    • Sunflowers are the epitome of the summer season, with their direct correlation to the sun. They suggest long, warm afternoons and happy, carefree days.

    Flowers can also be used to connect to your wedding theme, not just the season. Many summer weddings are tropical or have a beach theme. If you have a beautiful ocean view, make an archway of flowers, palm branches, and more to evoke a sunny, sandy feeling that compliments your breathtaking vista. If you want a heavy seashore vibe in your decorating scheme, adorn your bouquet and centerpieces with seashells and blue-green accents to pick up the hints of the waves. For a truly tropical feel, consider lush island leaves like areca palm, elephant ear, papyrus, and winding passion flower vine.

    Wedding Flowers for Fall

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    Many might worry that the fall is not an ideal time for wedding flowers—after all, we associate fall with the death of plants and the changing of the leaves. But never fear there are plenty of autumnal blooms to make for a perfect seasonal wedding. First off, you may want to consider selecting the colors of the season in your arrangements. Opt for browns, oranges, yellows, deep reds and more, colors we associate with fall leaves and the harvest.

    • Dahlias are a stunning fall bloom and commonly occur in shades of red, yellow, burgundy, and orange.

    • Chrysanthemums come in nearly every shade if you’re hoping to find a color scheme outside of golds, reds, and browns.

    • If you want more of a purple feel than the rustic shades of autumn, purple alstroemeria are a gorgeous fall bloom to shake up your arrangements with.

    • Thistle is a perfect accent bloom with its deep shades of purple. Similarly, eucalyptus leaves and branches are a perfect accent piece.

    • Don’t forget that roses are a perfect option year-round, so whether you want shades of pink and white or more on-point options of orange and yellow, you can’t go wrong with roses in your wedding flowers. Plus, they are a sturdier flower and will withstand any sudden drops in temperature should your wedding be outdoors.

    Fall weddings often have a rustic feel, and it’s easy to find blooms that reflect that. If you really want to double down on the fall theme, you can take it a step further and accent your arrangements with large colorful leaves, acorns, wheat, dried greenery, crab apples and more.

    Wedding Flowers for Winter

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    Finally, there is the winter wedding. Whether you’re having a cozy indoor fete or an outdoor wedding in a snowy landscape, there are still plenty of beautiful options available to you in the dead of winter. Whether you’re having a holiday wedding and want the greenery of the season mixed with red blooms, such as roses, or you want a more wintry affair, studded with silvers, blues, and whites, you can find the ideal flower for your winter celebration. Don’t feel you have to opt for a stark white feel either -- even if you want a wintry white color scheme, there are blooms in shades of antique white, ivory, and cream that will provide a lusher array of color.

    • If you want the look of peonies, which are not in season in the winter, try garden roses. They’re available year-round in a wide array of colors and they have a similar ruffled look as a peony.

    • You might think it’s difficult to find blooms that are in season in winter, but there are many flowers that bloom during these months, including anemones, ranunculus, and early blooming tulips.

    • Calla lilies begin to bloom in late winter so if you want something more streamlined and elegant, they are a lovely option.

    • Gardenias, with their lush scent and white blooms, are a beautiful and sensual winter choice.

    • Amaryllis is a lovely red bloom that suggests the festive holidays of the winter season.

    • Carnations are available in nearly any color, so don’t feel compelled to stick to white, blue, red, and silver color schemes.

    Of course there are typical seasonal accents like pine branches, white tipped pine cones, mistletoe, and holly leaves, but if you want something less on the nose consider silver dollar eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus, sage green lamb’s ear, blue-gray juniper boughs and silvery dusty miller. There are also pussy willow branches, with their soft, furry buds, they look like kitten pawprints. All of these add a frosty effect that reflects the winter season.

    No matter the season, there’s a perfect wedding flower for you! From the bouquets, to the boutennairs, to the centerpieces, every element of your wedding flowers should reflect how you envision your special day.

  • Carnation Flowers: The Birth Flower For January

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    Carnation flowers are perhaps some of the most widely recognized flowers out there, and they’re beautiful at that! Besides being extremely popular, they also represent all of those born in the first month of the year: January.

    The scientific name for these flowers is “dianthus”, coming from the Greek words “dios”, which refers to the legendary god Zeus, and the word “anthos”, which means “flower”. Thus, carnations are known as “The Flowers of God”.

    As mentioned above, these flowers have maintained their popularity for years on end. This is at least partly because of the wide variety they come in. Blooming in a wide range of colors, each different hue represents a different meaning. We’re exploring the symbolism of these pretty petals in today’s post, as it’s the perfect time to get to know the birth flower for January!

    The Symbolism of Carnation Flowers

    Carnations symbolize different things in varying geographical locations and within different cultures. In the United States, carnations are the official flower of Mother’s Day and they are typically worn in corsages and boutonnieres for special events.

    In Chinese culture these flowers are the most common flower used in wedding ceremonies. In Korean culture, carnations are used to foretell the future of young girls. This is done by placing three carnations in a young lady’s hair. Then, she must observe which of the three flowers will die first. Should the top flower be the one to perish first, it’s said to be an indication that the latter years of the young woman’s life will be filled with strife. If, instead, the middle flower is the first to die, it’s a foreshadowing that the subject will experience hardship during her younger years. If the lower flower is the first to fade, it’s an indication that there will be an abundance of challenges throughout this woman’s life.

    Meanings By Color

    Carnation flowers come in a whole rainbow of colors, which is one of the reasons they are so popular and widely purchased and gifted across the world! One of the most common hues of carnations is red. This color symbolizes a deep love and admiration towards whoever the flower is gifted to. Along the same vein, white carnations are said to symbolize pure love and good luck.

    Other carnation colors have widely different meanings. For example, pink carnations symbolize a mother’s love. On the other hand, yellow carnations are known to represent disappointment or rejection. On a more uplifting note, green carnations represent the popular holiday of Saint Patrick’s Day. As you can see, carnations don’t discriminate when it comes to their meaning and significance across the board.

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    Botanical Characteristics of Carnation Flowers

    Carnations  can be used to relieve stress, fatigue, depression, insomnia, and even some hormonal imbalances found in females. These birth flowers for January are also used in massage oils as well as in products that treat skin irritations and that work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

    These flowers are more than just a pretty face! Carnations are a versatile flower that have a range of meanings, have a presence in many cultures, and are symbolic of several holidays, too. Use these in your floral arrangements, gift them in a bouquet to a loved one, or enjoy them by themselves and you’ll love the look and meaning behind them!

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