Holidays

  • How To Get The Most Out Of Your Poinsettia

    PoinsettiaThe Poinsettia Season is here!

    For many people, the holiday season means POINSETTIA SEASON! Poinsettias are a beautiful, festive plant that many use as Holiday Decor to bring some life and beauty into any room! Although poinsettias come in a variety of colors and sizes, they all seem to have one question unanswered- how do you get the most out of your poinsettia?!

    We have heard hundreds of stories of people purchasing a poinsettia at the beginning of the Holiday Season and it not lasting until the big day- Christmas! Well do not worry! We have some key instructions that will ensure that you are providing the proper care to your beautiful, little holiday addition that will make sure you get the MOST out of your Poinsettia!

    We'll start from the top! - Picking out your Poinsettia: 

    Choosing Poinsettias

     When deciding on which poinsettia is the one for you, there a couple things you should look for. The poinsettia's coloring should be vibrant and bright. In addition to the vibrant coloring, your poinsettia should also have a noticeable fullness.

    The leaves on your poinsettia should have a dark green appearance, any plant whose leaves are fading into a yellow, starting to drop, or even broken- that is not the poinsettia for you!

    Many have found just looking for those simple characteristics is successful in maintaining a season-long poinsettia. If you find that is too stressful, don't worry! Just give us a call and we'll send you a beautiful one!

     

    Once you have selected your Poinsettia, it's time for the proper watering! 

    So now you are home, or maybe in your office, with your new festive plant! The colors are radiating and the leaves are dark green and fresh- you can't wait to pick exactly where to place this new piece of decor to really bring in the holiday season! But first, let's make sure that it is watered correctly!

    Poinsettias don't like wet feet! First, you will start by removing the plant from the foil or decorative cover. Place that to the side to get ready to water your plant! Next, you will be watering your poinsettia thoroughly in a sink or a bath tub. You will start to notice that some excess water will drain out of your pot- that is GOOD! The soil is soaking up the proper amount of water that your poinsettia needs to thrive! Once that is done, you may place your poinsettia back into its decorative container/ cover!

    Make sure to take notice of the weight of your well watered plant!

    Now that you have a well-watered poinsettia, let's pick the perfect spot! 

    Your poinsettia is beautiful, watered, and ready to find its home! Maybe it will look great on an end table in your living room or next to a filing cabinet in your office! No matter where you're thinking of placing your poinsettia, here's some things to remember:

    Beautiful Poinsettia - Lighting: You want to keep your poinsettia in a bright location, but avoid direct sunlight!

    Temperature: You want to keep your poinsettia in an environment at room temperature- that is where they thrive the most! Try to avoid placing your plant in areas with cold drafts or hot air (heaters).

    ** You should never expose the plant to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. **

    Each day when you are admiring your beautiful, festive addition make sure to pick up your plant and take notice of the weight! Once it becomes noticeably lighter, its time to re-water your plant the same way as you did the first time! Continually repeat these steps! 

     

    PERFECT! You are all set! You have a perfectly watered poinsettia placed in a bright room at room temperature away from heaters and cool drafts! It is bringing the perfect amount of Holiday Spirit that your environment needed and you are getting millions of compliments! - WHO KNEW!

     

     

    Happy Holidays! 

    Lovely Poinsettias
  • Happy Mother's Day! Flowers, Gift Baskets, DIY, and More

    1 Did you know the very first national Mother’s day was over 100 years ago on May 9th, 1914? Woodrow Wilson established it in order to publicly thank all mothers. In those early days, most people observed Mother’s Day by writing letters or going to church (in fact, the actual first Mother’s Day was hosted by a church in West Virginia).

    While most of us still continue to write cards and letters the same way as a century ago, the tradition has expanded to include special Mother’s Day flowers, gifts, and more. Plus, Mother’s Day is not strictly limited to celebrating one person. You might be getting a gift for your mother, stepmother, wife, best friend, or a family member. The list goes on.

    So, with Mother’s Day is right around the corner, this is your time to show that someone special how important she is to you and we’ve got tons of ideas to get your gift-giving started!

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    Mother’s Day Flowers

    Flowers are the classic go-to for Mother’s Day. They are simple, beautiful, and an easy way to send a gift when you can’t be there in person to celebrate.

    Getting Started

    Many online florists offer a host of bouquet options to quickly send a floral arrangement. For your own mom, something traditional and colorful will really make her smile, while your spouse you might surprise her with a dash of romance. If you are having trouble deciding between different bouquets, many florists are happy to work with you to customize your order. Some things to think about as you shop…

    • What are her favorite colors or flowers?
    • Does she like to nurture the plants herself, or would she prefer flowers in a decorative vase or arrangement?
    • Is she allergic to any flowers or pollen? No mom wants to spend Mother’s Day with a runny nose!

    Luckily, you can still give the gift of flowers to someone who is allergic, as there are flowers that are non-allergenic, and some gorgeous artificial arrangements available, too. For moms who also love the garden, a potted plant is even better than a bouquet or arrangement. An aloe plant can nurture the whole family with its leaves or an orchid can provide an exotic accent to your mom’s life.

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    The Right Message

    Flowers have their own language! This is called the Victorian Language of Flowers, which was a system of codes used by lovers to convey messages to one another in secret. Each flower has a different meaning and symbolized something unique in the messages each bouquet sent. Many of these symbols carry on today, such as roses representing love or lilies and carnations representing motherhood. Getting to know the meaning of the flowers will help you find or build the perfect bouquet for your loved one.

    The Right Color

    On top of the symbolism behind each flower, there is also meaning behind the color. Pink and red, for example, are colors of love, while white can represent purity and innocence. A bouquet with pink roses and carnations can make a great gift from a husband, while young children might opt for white flowers instead. Even without all of this, a pretty combination of gorgeous color can brighten anyone’s Mother’s Day.

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    Mother’s Day Gift Baskets

    Let’s face it, flowers are great but sometimes you might want to give a little more. Moms love gifts, and moms also love to be pampered, especially on Mother’s Day! There are so many creative gift basket ideas that the selections can be dizzying. We’ve narrowed down some favorites she is sure to love:

    Pamper Her

    Whether a day at the spa or the spa at home, it can be very simple for Mom to pamper herself for Mother’s Day! You can create a DIY basket with bath salts, soaps, lotions, and aromatic candles so Mom can relax in the bath while the family handles the tough jobs. Treating her to a day out is as simple as putting together a few necessities for a day of pampering, crowned with gift certificates or cards covering the basics. You can also find all-inclusive bath and body baskets, like this one, that can be delivered.

    Treat Her (Literally!)

    The way to Mom’s heart can be through her taste buds. A basket of chocolates often makes an appearance for Mother’s Day, or you can get creative based on Mom’s tastes. A tea sampler basket can enhance a quiet morning, with a cute mug to drink it from.

    Give Her What She Wants

    An activity basket of her favorite hobbies, such as sewing samplers, recipes, or even wine is a great and simple way to show her you care. Toys and games will always have meaning, with the bonus that they can be enjoyed over again for years to come. Craft supplies, books, movie tickets--and at the end of the day the opportunity to spend time as a family is all she really wants in a gift basket.

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    Mother’s Day Gifts From The Kids

    Every mom has macaroni necklaces, hand-outline turkeys, refrigerator art, or something similar as tokens of her children’s creativity and affection. Get the kids involved in making a handmade gift for Mother’s Day! Besides the sentiment, crafting can lead to some fun group activities, especially if there is something meaningful behind the craft - for example, upcycling old fabric from worn-out clothing into keychains or jewelry, or or using copies of family photos to make a collage celebrating her vital role in the family.

    Older children and adults are not excluded from the fun; making something for Mom can include more sophisticated crafts, too. Creative expressions of affection for mom can include building her something, putting on a performance just for her, or sending her on a Mother’s Day scavenger hunt through her favorite places.

    The more personal the gift for Mom, the more she will love it. Whether you get something custom or make something yourself, knowing her favorite things will help make the gift the best gift ever.

    Moms nurture us like flowers, and when we bloom, it is in no small part because of them. They deserve our appreciation and love for the tremendous job they do for us, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time of year to celebrate the amazing women in our lives who do so much for us. Whether you buy her flowers and gifts or make something unique for her yourself, remember Mom this Mother’s Day and show her your love and affection.

  • Valentines Day Roses: How to Pick the Right Ones for your Partner

    Valentine's Day roses

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing—roses, lots of them!

    One of the most traditional gifts for the love-centered holiday is flowers, particularly roses. But how do you choose the right ones for your partner? Do you go with the traditional bouquet of a dozen red roses? That is a romantic and beautiful choice, but some might consider it unoriginal. And did you know that rose colors, arrangements, and more send very specific messages about your relationship?

    Yes, you can go with traditional red roses or choose a rose that is your partner’s favorite color, but if you want to shake things up here are the best ways to select the right roses for your special someone.

    Single Rose or Bouquet?

    Before we get into the significance of rose color, let’s talk quantity. Should you send a single rose or a dozen? Perhaps something else entirely. Did you know that the number of roses you choose to give also sends a message?

    A single rose is perfect for people early in a relationship because it represents love at first sight, but in later years, it can also mean “I still love you.” Of course, if your partner is a huge fan of The Bachelor, it might be fun to give them a single rose and re-enact some favorite moments from the show. Same goes for lovers of Beauty and the Beast.

    Two roses suggests mutual love and affection, while six roses imply infatuation. 9 roses symbolizes “forever” and ten tells them that you think your love is absolutely perfect. The reason 12 roses are the traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet is because a dozen roses says “Be Mine” and ratcheting it up to 24 (two dozen) means “I’m Yours.”

    Twenty-one roses sends a message of dedication. If you send 3 dozen roses (that’s 36), you’re saying that you’re head over heels in love. If you really want to tell someone that your love for them is infinite, send them 50 roses (or more).

    Colors

    Red

    Red is the traditional Valentine’s Day Color for a reason. They signify love and romance in all its most traditional forms. It can also mean beauty, perfection, and unconscious beauty.

    Pink

    If you’re really happy with your partner or perhaps are a quieter admirer from afar, pink is a lovely choice. Pink can mean admiration, happiness, grace, gentleness, joy, and sweetness. Send a pink rose to the sweetest person in your life or use them to say your partner makes you the happiest.

    Salmon/Orange

    A slightly different pink-ish shade, salmon is a surprisingly sexy rose to send. They indicate desire, enthusiasm, and excitement. If you want to take things to the next level with your partner, give them salmon roses and let them know how you really feel and how much you want them. Similarly, orange roses can suggest fascination and passion.

    Yellow

    Be careful when sending yellow roses. They can imply friendship and a warm bond (so not terribly romantic), but they also suggest infidelity. Likely not what you want on Valentine’s Day.

    Valentine's Day roses

    Peach

    Maybe you just want to send a warm “thank you” or suggest you’re thinking of someone on the holiday. Peach roses are a perfect choice because they imply gratitude.

    White or Cream

    White roses have a variety of meanings—they can imply innocence and purity, but they also suggest new beginnings so they might be a lovely choice for a new relationship. Some people consider them melancholy, however, as they’re also associated with remembrance. However, cream or ivory roses send a different message entirely (I know, it’s confusing)—they suggest charm and thoughtfulness, which is perfect for a platonic relationship, or something in early stages when you don’t want to send too intense a message.

    Lavender

    Lavender roses are a wonderful choice for the hopeless romantic. They suggest enchantment and love at first sight. If your partner is a sucker for anything romantic, these are a beautiful choice.

    Green

    Green roses might look odd at first, but they send a beautiful message of renewal and rejuvenation of spirit. If your partner has given you a new lease on life, this is a lovely way to tell them so.

    Valentine's Day roses

    Black

    Ok, so normally you wouldn’t send someone a black rose, but maybe your partner is a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas or really into Gothic romance. A black rose could be the perfect way to send them flowers while capitalizing on their interests.

    Tissue Paper Roses

    If your partner is extremely environmentally conscious, consider sending them handmade tissue roses. They will last much longer and are a beautiful alternative to typical flowers.

    Whatever rose you choose, at the end of the day Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love. A little something special can go a long way in reminding your significant other how important they are to your life. Find the perfect roses (and remember to take care of them!) for every Valentine’s Day to come.

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing—roses, lots of them!

    One of the most traditional gifts for the love-centered holiday is flowers, particularly roses. But how do you choose the right ones for your partner? Do you go with the traditional bouquet of a dozen red roses? That is a romantic and beautiful choice, but some might consider it unoriginal. And did you know that rose colors, arrangements, and more send very specific messages about your relationship?

    Yes, you can go with traditional red roses or choose a rose that is your partner’s favorite color, but if you want to shake things up here are the best ways to select the right roses for your special someone.

    Single Rose or Bouquet?

    Before we get into the significance of rose color, let’s talk quantity. Should you send a single rose or a dozen? Perhaps something else entirely. Did you know that the number of roses you choose to give also sends a message?

    A single rose is perfect for people early in a relationship because it represents love at first sight, but in later years, it can also mean “I still love you.” Of course, if your partner is a huge fan of The Bachelor, it might be fun to give them a single rose and re-enact some favorite moments from the show. Same goes for lovers of Beauty and the Beast.

    Two roses suggests mutual love and affection, while six roses imply infatuation. 9 roses symbolizes “forever” and ten tells them that you think your love is absolutely perfect. The reason 12 roses are the traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet is because a dozen roses says “Be Mine” and ratcheting it up to 24 (two dozen) means “I’m Yours.”

    Twenty-one roses sends a message of dedication. If you send 3 dozen roses (that’s 36), you’re saying that you’re head over heels in love. If you really want to tell someone that your love for them is infinite, send them 50 roses (or more).

    Colors

    Red

    Red is the traditional Valentine’s Day Color for a reason. They signify love and romance in all its most traditional forms. It can also mean beauty, perfection, and unconscious beauty.

    Pink

    If you’re really happy with your partner or perhaps are a quieter admirer from afar, pink is a lovely choice. Pink can mean admiration, happiness, grace, gentleness, joy, and sweetness. Send a pink rose to the sweetest person in your life or use them to say your partner makes you the happiest.

    Salmon/Orange

    A slightly different pink-ish shade, salmon is a surprisingly sexy rose to send. They indicate desire, enthusiasm, and excitement. If you want to take things to the next level with your partner, give them salmon roses and let them know how you really feel and how much you want them. Similarly, orange roses can suggest fascination and passion.

    Yellow

    Be careful when sending yellow roses. They can imply friendship and a warm bond (so not terribly romantic), but they also suggest infidelity. Likely not what you want on Valentine’s Day.

    Peach

    Maybe you just want to send a warm “thank you” or suggest you’re thinking of someone on the holiday. Peach roses are a perfect choice because they imply gratitude.

    White or Cream

    White roses have a variety of meanings—they can imply innocence and purity, but they also suggest new beginnings so they might be a lovely choice for a new relationship. Some people consider them melancholy, however, as they’re also associated with remembrance. However, cream or ivory roses send a different message entirely (I know, it’s confusing)—they suggest charm and thoughtfulness, which is perfect for a platonic relationship, or something in early stages when you don’t want to send too intense a message.

    Lavender

    Lavender roses are a wonderful choice for the hopeless romantic. They suggest enchantment and love at first sight. If your partner is a sucker for anything romantic, these are a beautiful choice.

    Green

    Green roses might look odd at first, but they send a beautiful message of renewal and rejuvenation of spirit. If your partner has given you a new lease on life, this is a lovely way to tell them so.

    Black

    Ok, so normally you wouldn’t send someone a black rose, but maybe your partner is a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas or really into Gothic romance. A black rose could be the perfect way to send them flowers while capitalizing on their interests.

    Tissue Paper Roses

    If your partner is extremely environmentally conscious, consider sending them handmade tissue roses. They will last much longer and are a beautiful alternative to typical flowers.

    Whatever rose you choose, at the end of the day Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love. A little something special can go a long way in reminding your significant other how important they are to your life. Find the perfect roses (and remember to take care of them!) for every Valentine’s Day to come.

  • The Most Romantic Flowers To Celebrate The New Year

    romantic flowers

    New Year’s Eve is always an exciting holiday to celebrate, filled with fun parties, bubbly champagne, and a sense of excitement for the year to come. Whether you’re celebrating by doing something fancy with a group of friends or if you’re spending an intimate night with your significant other, one thing to enhance your celebration is a vibrant arrangement of romantic flowers.

    In honor of the upcoming new year, we’re dedicating today’s post to deciphering which flowers make the best romantic bouquets to gift to a loved one as you ring in the new year and which to highlight in a special centerpiece to liven up any party.

    Romantic New Year’s Bouquets

    Celebrating a great year behind you and an exciting year full of promise ahead of you with a loved one is no small feat, and it should be done with style and a sense of adoration! The first flower that, of course, is highly romantic is a simple yet elegant rose. You can never go wrong with this floral staple, and for this holiday, we recommend pairing a mix of white and red roses (great colors for the season!) with lush greenery for something your significant other will truly treasure. Red roses are known to be a symbol of a lover’s flower as white roses signify humility and innocence - which is a perfect way to go into a new calendar year.

    Another romantic flower to feature in a NYE bouquet is the white chrysanthemum, which have a meaning particularly pertinent to the start of a new year. These flowers are said to symbolize optimism and joy, their petals standing for truth and loyal love. For this holiday, though, avoid the yellow version of these flowers, as that represents slighted love.

    romantic flowers

    Purple Paradise Bouquet

    The final recommendation we have to fill your NYE bouquet with is a white dittany. This floral variety holds the meaning of love, frequently gifted to someone as a symbol of their passion. The white color is great for the holiday, and paired with a bold color like red, purple, or yellow, this flower is sure to make a loved one smile their way into 2018.

    Flowers Fit for NYE Centerpieces

    Want some flowers that are perfectly suited to adorn a sparkly and seductive NYE centerpiece for your stellar party (or to bring to a friend’s party as the ultimate hostess gift!)?

    A centerpiece that includes white lilacs makes for the perfect NYE arrangement. Not only is this flower fragrant and beautiful to behold, but its color represents youthful innocence and purity, which provides a great outlook for the near year to come.

    romantic flowers

    White Lily Centerpiece

    To add a pop of color to your centerpiece, consider adding in gillyflowers. Their purplish hue will add an element of fun to your party, while their significance is a great one to incorporate into a New Year’s Eve celebration. These flowers are a symbol of a happy life as well as one that represent one being content with his or her existence. As an added bonus, this flower has a sweet and heavy scent for all of your guests to enjoy.

    The final flower we recommend as part of your centerpiece is a yellow acacia. This bright, happy, and versatile flower is one that will make a statement while simultaneously symbolizing the value of friendship. This meaning makes it the perfect addition to any celebration enjoyed with loved ones.

    To make your centerpieces swoon worthy and festive, adorn them with glittery accents or tie the base with a shimmery ribbon to really make a statement. Add in touches that match the season such as snow frosted pine cones or bursts of red berries. Surround your centerpieces with lit candles to create a seductive ambiance.

    Celebrating the new year is an exciting time, and adding flowers to your celebration will do nothing but make it that much more alluring! Ring in the new year with style, romance, and flair by creating the perfect bouquet or centerpiece for the occasion.

  • Tips For Sending Flowers Online When You Can't Be With Your Family For The Holidays

    sending flowers online

    Going on vacation this holiday? Or maybe your relatives will be too far away this year to visit.

    Whatever the reason, the holiday season is upon us and you will not see loved ones during this time. How do you let them know you are thinking of them during the holidays?

    A phone call is nice, but many of the winter holidays are centered around gift-giving, even when your relatives don’t ask for anything. As a result, one of the best ways to tell a loved one you love them for the holidays is to send them flowers. They are beautiful and decorative, and can say “I love you” in many creative ways.

    The best way to send flowers these days is online. It’s easy and allows you to choose whatever flowers you like, without the restriction of what’s in stock at a brick-and-mortar store. Many online florists even have pre-arrangements they make themselves for specific occasions, making it easier for you to choose one that your loved one will enjoy. Here are some tips for sending flowers to your loved ones this holiday!

    Find an Online Florist

    When looking for a reliable online florist, think about who you are sending your flowers to. This is important because some florists, even online, don’t deliver where you might need them to. Shopping around at national florists can be the best way to find one you like, and one that delivers where you need them to. It also doesn’t hurt to look at their selection, distribution, and fair labor methods, if these qualities are important to you.

    Writing the Card

    While the bouquet says a lot, the card is what you would say to your loved ones. Careful consideration must go into what you say and how you say it, especially if there is an unfortunate reason, such as illness, that you will not see this loved one. There are a lot of websites out there that can help you figure out what to say, but remember that the card is your personal touch, and make sure it represents you!

    What Kind of Flowers?

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    Winter Bright Vase

    This is a gift to another person, so consider them in your choice of flowers and arrangements. Will a nice centerpiece say the same as a vase or bouquet, or would that be impractical due to room constraints? Would a vase be more of a hazard than a gift? Will a flower that sheds create a nuisance, or does your family have pets that may be harmed if they eat the flower? Take your loved ones into consideration!

    Edibles and Flowers

    A creative way to send flowers to a loved one, especially someone who is allergic to actual flowers, is to send edible bouquets. Candy bar bouquets are a popular choice, but people have created arrangements with many types of foods, from fruit to bacon. Many holiday bouquets feature Christmas candies, such as candy canes and peppermints. Check with the online florist you choose to see if they offer these delicious gifts!

    Send Flowers Early

    Flower delivery is just as much based on availability as any other kind of delivery, and there are busy days for florists, too. It is a good idea to send your flowers a few days before the actual event. If you wait till the last minute, you might run the risk that your flowers do not get delivered in time for the holidays, but if you send them a few days early, not only will your loved ones have them for the holiday, but they get to enjoy them ahead of time!

    Sending flowers when you can’t be with loved ones for the holidays is the next best thing to actually being there. It is a thoughtful way of showing people you care about them. Now that you have some knowledge about how to send a bouquet to far away loved ones, the only thing left to do is find that perfect bouquet!

  • The History of Mother's Day Flowers

    Did you ever wonder about the history of Mother's Day’s flowers?

    Spring is usually associated with the revival of nature – beautiful flourishing gardens and green landscapes come to most people’s minds when they hear the name of this season. But besides the adorable gardens, people often think about one of the most popular spring holydays – Mother’s Day. The founder of Mother’s Day is Anna Jarvis who was born in West Virginia and remained childless her whole life. This lady organized the first Mother’s Day celebration and used carnations which were the favorite flowers of her mother to honor everything mothers do for their children and for the society.

    mini carnations Lightly fragrant long lasting miniature carnations

    Anna Jarvis’s mother – Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis inspired her to celebrate Mothers Day as she had often expressed her wish to honor all mothers’ contributions. So when Anna’s mother died in 1905, she decided to fulfill her desire and put an end to most American’s bad attitude to their moms. Carnations’ role in Mother’s Day begun when Anna sent 500 carnations to the church in West Virginia in honor of her mother. Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis found carnations as darling garden care flowers so her daughter used them to symbolize her love and sorrow of her mother. People were so impressed that they supported Anna and start lobbying with her for Mother’s Day to be announced as an official holiday. After the holiday was declared in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson florists and gardeners saw a great business opportunity and started selling excessive amounts of carnations a few days before the celebration. Anna Jarvis stood up against this practice and were really hurt by the commercialization of her mother’s favorite spring garden flowers. In 1923 she even tried to stop the celebration of Mother's Day by disturbing white carnations sellers, but eventually got arrested for her public order violation.

     

    standard carnation - mother's day flowers Carnations were the original symbol of Mother's Day

    Anna Jarvis undertook a campaign against the U.S. Postal Service’s stamp depicting white carnations that was published in the 1930s for Mother's Day. She wanted the words “Mother's Day” to be removed from the stamp, but did not have an objection about the carnations. Nowadays giving flowers for Mother's Day have become a traditional way for people to express gratitude for their mothers’ care, love and kindness. Carnations are still the most sought flowers for this holiday and have turned into its emblem. Their endurance and purity made them even more popular on Mother's Day. Gardeners cultivate new colors of carnations almost every year, but red, white and pink remain the most common ones. For instance, wearing a white carnation is to honor a deceased mother, wearing a pink carnation is to honor a living mother. The colored flowers are gifted to a living mother, while deceased mothers are most often honored with white carnations that people bring to their grave sites. In Japan, for example, red carnations are the typical Mother's Day flowers. In addition to the beautiful flowers, contemporary celebrations of Mother's Day including children serving breakfast in their mothers’ beds and giving them different types of gifts. This special day is very profitable not only for the gardening industry, but also for plenty of restaurants as families do not allow mom to cook the dinner.

  • Last Minute Lazy Christmas Presents

    Well it is finally that time of the year again, when landscaping and gardening take a back seat to the holiday cheer and winter time that bring about one of the most fun and exciting times around. The holidays are finally here. The clock is ticking down toward Christmas morning and that eventual gathering or party that you will need to attend; getting presents for all your friends, family and loved ones can be a real challenge. Purchasing a gift can take time and you may not have it right at this time, so you will need to find new solutions. For the most part this can be done in many ways and the good news is you can still come out as a great gift giver, but the truth is you will need to look carefully into specific presents for specific people you know as the situation usually warrants.

    Red Holly Berries Holly Berries

    Here are some ideas you can use in terms of presents that could make a difference in the long run, allowing you to make Christmas a time when you still enjoy yourself without worrying about that perfect present that needs to be given to your friends and family. You won’t have to do any great planting and gardening for the following examples, since you can find most of what you need without pulling it off with landscaping efforts. Just look for the closest florist for a great time. Despite this ticking clock you can still make this work with a few smart touches:

    Don’t forget the flowers!

    A pretty simple solution that is often overlooked, but holiday flowers are a major part of the celebration and cheer, as well as setting the mood for the days ahead. They bring out that very special festive air around the house and the office, bringing joy to the faces of most people regardless of whether we are men or women. Flowers are still one absolutely unforgettable part of the Christmas spirit, so you won’t make a mistake counting on them:

    • Mistletoe

    One thing we can be certain about is that mistletoe is still in style and chances are it will never go out of style at all. The tradition of hanging this plant that grows on apple trees and willow trees is dating back to the days of the ancient Druids. The plant is supped to possess magical powers bringing good luck to any home and to keep evil entities at bay. It was often used as a sign of friendship and love in Norse myths where the kiss under the mistletoe originates.

    • Decorating the table

    Decorating the table with some nice festive Christmas flowers and a centerpiece using white, green and red will make for a very nice present that doesn’t go too far in terms of preparation. As the day gets closer you will have a chance to make the perfect centerpiece in any way you want.

    Christmas table centerpiece Candle and greens centerpiece
    • Entertaining kids

    If you need to do this, then you can make use of plushies with a Christmas theme in your arrangements, such as the usual suspect – the red-nosed reindeer. Combine that with some flowers and card messages and you will have a nice set of quick gifts that don’t really require too much work to pull off.

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  • The Different Colors of Poinsettias

     

    Christmas is almost around the corner and you better have all your decorations set straight. You can get on with the holiday décor and keep up the holiday spirit up with plenty of colors strewn around the house. And if you want to combine those colors with the natural beauty of plants and make use of all the reliable gardening you did this past year, then put in use some of the poinsettias from your garden. The poinsettia is actually one of the best Christmas decors you can get and even give as a present, as is often the case, especially if you are aware of the traditional relation between the plant and the holiday. And the best about them beside the easy planting and growing? All the wonderful colors of poinsettias you can get.

    Two toned poinsettia Unique Poinsettia Colors

    The red poinsettia is the most common one. The red bracts (yes, they are bracts and not leaves or petals) can grow in any shade of the red spectrum, from crimson to scarlet to burgundy to bright red and so on. It is the color of passion and one much needed and preferred during the holidays to match the high spirits of the family and the celebratory mood. And surrounded by red poinsettias is probably the best place to stumble under a mistletoe.

    You can also have a blue poinsettia. Those are a rarer variety and hardly kept within the house, but with some care and a subtle knowledge of garden maintenance tricks, you can keep them away from the winter frost – yes, contrary to popular belief, poinsettias can actually live in the open cold air of the cold seasons, even if it does require a certain amount of work. And the blue bracts don’t necessarily have to signify glumness and sadness, it can merely reflect the outside season you are keeping away from the warm atmosphere inside.

    White Poinsettia Beautiful White Poinsettias

    And what a joy cream and white poinsettias are! Christmas is often associated with angels and cherubs and the white bracts can be bright enough to symbolize the winged creatures watching over the house while giving the home the brilliant aesthetics your Christmas mood requires.

    Then there are also the bright yellow to dark golden colors. They are also colors of Christmas, in a way. It is a sign of the wealth you have in terms of family and joy, and the one that awaits you come next year. The yellow poinsettia is a promise and therefore a symbol for hope – and just as Bob Cratchit would tell you, what better time to have hope than in the holiest of holidays?

    Poinsettias can also be orange, pink, pale green, and even purple. Those might not be associated with the holiday, but all of them are brilliant images that can occupy your home’s main décor in any other part of the year.

    Hot Pink Poinsettia Bright Pink Poinsettia Plant

    There you have it, a flower, as legend has it, practically made for the Christmas days up ahead. They barely need a lot of attention, with no need of weed control, nor wasting time in trimming and hedging. Give it some sun to shine upon the colorful bracts and water it occasionally, and your perfect decoration piece will flourish to gift you with its own holiday cheer.

  • The Best House Plant Gifts for Christmas

    As exciting as the holiday season can be, finding the right gift for your friends and loved ones can be a daunting task. If you’re looking for a house warming present, then a beautiful potted plant is a great idea, not only for those with a green thumb. A flower or a mini shrub is both a simple and unique gift that can last for years.  Looking for inspiration? Keep reading to find out the best house plant gifts for Christmas.

    Close-up of poinsettia flower Poinsettia Bloom

     

    Potted Plant Gifts

    Not all indoor plants are created the same. Unless you’re buying present for someone you know has an experience with gardening, you should to keep things simple. The best greenery to give as a gift should be both beautiful and easy to maintain. So what types of plants make a good present?

    Here’s a list of some of the most popular Christmas house plants that look great and require minimal care.

    Amaryllis– The amaryllis blooms in the winter and produces beautiful bell-shaped flowers in red and scarlet, as well as in pink, salmon, rose, white and bicolor.

    Succulents– Succulents are not only a huge trend right now, but also demand very little care. These plants are ideal for people who tend to forget about watering or have time for indoor gardening. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be collected into an attractive and personalized arrangement.

    Aloe– Speaking of succulents, aloe deserves a special place in this list. This popular plant can survive with little amount of water and has amazing hydrating and soothing properties.  You can use it to treat burns and bruises or to moisturise your skin.

    Cyclamen– This is another great option for the cold weather choice. With its unique and attractive look, cyclamen can be a stunning gift for someone special.

    Orchid– This elegant and sophisticated plant can please anyone, but only if the recipient is familiar with orchid’s specific care.

    Lucky Bamboo– Bring luck and joy to your loved ones by giving them this plant as a gift. Not exactly a bamboo so much as dracaena, the lucky bamboo plant can grow in a vase full of water or a decorative pot near a sunny window. It is believed that the greenery brings happiness and prosperity.

    Air Plants– Do you want to make a really unique gift? Air plants are the best choice for lazy gardeners because they require neither dirt nor watering. A regular misting will keep them healthy and happy wherever you place them.  Be sure to click this link of you are looking to buy Christmas air plants.

    Christmas Poinsettia Plant Christmas poinsettia in pot

    Poinsettia– An all time Christmas classic, the poinsettia will bring cheer and holiday spirit in every home.

    Lavender– Who wouldn’t love to have this beautifully fragrant plant at their place? The lavender blooms will add gorgeous purple accent indoors or in the garden.

    Potted Herbs– Combine functionality and aesthetics in one gift with a set of versatile potted herbs. Oregano, rosemary or peppermint can add some plant life into the setting and will provide fresh cooking ingredients.

    This Christmas, make a really meaningful and special gift with one of these beautiful house plants.

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  • 8 Festive Thanksgiving Centerpieces for Your Table Display

    Create a real feast for the senses by setting up rich, colourful and versatile Thanksgiving table this season.  These 8 festive Thanksgiving centerpieces for your table display will give you inspiration for the upcoming holiday. Provoke your perception with visually pleasing and delicious treats. If you don’t believe long-held wisdom that “you eat with your eyes” it’s time to put into test by incorporating these elegant and easy to make Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas. You will need a couple of natural elements, candle holders and some imagination.

     

    Festive Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Boots
    1. Fall Charm

    In the spirit of the season, decorate your table with typical for the season accessories like white pumpkins, pine-cones and gourds. If you don’t want to spend money on decorations, you can even use the remaining of your garden clean up. The pops of orange and gold will give a festive look to your Thanksgiving dinner.

    1. Pumpkin Vase

    If you are one of those passionate and expert gardeners, who have wide range fruits and veggies in their backyard, then you are lucky. You can use them not only as an addition to your festive meals, but also as amazing decorations. Here is a simple, inexpensive and eye-catching idea that will turn into the highlight of your holiday table. Take a medium pumpkin, carve the innards and put a vase in it. Fill it with gorgeous seasonal flowers like roses, mums and broom cob.

    1. Casual Set Up

    Who said that the festivities must be formal?  Give your Thanksgiving table a laid-back look with a diverse cheese platter, fruits and some Mason Jars filled with fall foliage and chestnuts. Then when you are done with the snacks you can swap the cheese plate with the turkey.

    Baskets of Goodies for Thanksgiving

     

    1. Bold and Dramatic

    If you don’t want to stick with the traditional autumnal palette, you can experiment with brighter and more intense tones. Create vibrant and beautiful table by incorporating unexpected colour combinations such as reds and pink. Add a bouquet of purple, orange, deep green and light pink. Spread around the table various fruits and veggies to evoke the feeling of opulence.

    1. Neutral Beauty

    Nothing screams class like an unobtrusive and elegant look like the muted and neutral shades. To create a classy fall table-scape pick tones like golden, white, silver, brown and beige. Don’t be too fast to throw everything after the garden clearance. Create a glorious centerpiece out of a golden mercury candleholder, stems and flowers that you like, fall pumpkin, gourds and other natural elements from your garden. Use floral cutters and stick everything to half round foam. This centerpiece will add class and style to every Thanksgiving dinner.

    Autumn Gourds in Centerpiece
    1. A Cosy Glow

    You don’t need expensive or over – ornamented holiday table, to create a cosy, intimate and festive atmosphere. A couple of scented cinnamon candles paired with season themed ornaments like pine-cones can set up the right mood. If you are going for more sophisticated look, pick glimmer mercury-glass tea lights.

    1. A Glassware of Seasonal Mementos

    Run out of ideas for details? Need to craft something effective without investing a lot of efforts and time? Here is the perfect solution for you.  Get glass containers that vary in shape and size and tuck nuts and pine-cones in them.

    1. Show Your Gratitude in a Centerpiece

    Remind your family about the true meaning of the holiday with this clever table centerpiece.  Have each member of your family to write down something about they are grateful on a leaf shape. You can cut them out of a construction paper in autumnal colors. Then make a hole in a each of it and tie on a string. Then hang each leaf on a branch that you can either paint white or leave natural. Place the branch in a tall vase filled with small rocks, nuts and acorns.

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