Archive for October, 2008
Did you know that November is Military Family Appreciation Month? Here’s what we are doing. In honor of the Men and Women who serve in United States Military, our shop Eden Florist is inviting all members of the Armed Forces and their families to order flowers online, on the phone and in person during the holiday season and pay absolutely no service or delivery charges when you do. When you order online simply mention what branch of the military you serve so you can take advantage of this offer. This offer is good for deliveries anywhere in the United States and Canada . In addition, if you are a service man or woman and want to send flowers to a loved one in South Florida, during the month of November we will send a single rose decorated with red white and blue ribbon absolutely FREE with our compliments. To see what we mean, visit: http://www.edenflorist.com/
NOTE: I had the privilege to witness the honor, courage and commitment of our young men and women in the military (from the USA and Europe) when I visited the U.S. Central Command in the Middle East. The trip, organized by the Department of Defense is known as the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference and included 45 Business Leaders from across the nation. To commemorate the trip, Eden Florist had a Soccer Ball Drive for the school children of Tadjoura, Djibouti (South Africa) – To see the pictorial essays, visit: http://www.edenflorist.com/photogallerytwo.asp
October 29th, 2008
QUICK AND EASY WAY TO SPEED DRY FLOWERS~ Put a small bowl of water in microwave
~ Put sand or borax in a microwave container
~ Cover the flowers face up in the drying agent
~ Sprinkle more of the drying agent over the flowers
~ Then nuke flowers for about three minutes~ Leave the flower in the container outside the microwave over night
~ To further preserve the flowers spray them with hair spray or a light clear coat of aerosol varnish
October 25th, 2008
Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 21) This month messages from your past could come back to help you gain new insights into challenges you have had with close relationships. Those lessons you thought you learned from these past challenges have to be relearned so you can apply them to your current situation.
The Gladiolus is your symbol of strength.
Need to order flowers for the Scorpio in your life? Visit EDEN FLORIST
October 23rd, 2008
Cloudy or discolored water in vases is an indication of decomposition and Bacterial growth. Change water in your container every day or two, using fresh warm water. This will open the stems, allowing the water to flow to the flower. Your fresh flowers will last longer.
Be sure and call or stop by Eden Florist for your next bunch of flowers.
October 20th, 2008
Sweetest Day, October 18th ~ is always observed on the 3rd Saturday in the month of October. Sweetest Day began in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922, during the Great Depression. About 60 years ago, Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland man and a candy store employee felt that the city’s orphans and shut-ins were often being overlooked and neglected. To instill in them a sense of being cared for, he handed out small gifts and candy to those who had fallen on hard times, with the help of his friends and neighbors, on a Saturday in October. Other Clevelanders soon followed suit, and the celebration came to be known as the “Sweetest Day“.
Sweetest Day tradition is observed by giving small presents, such as cards, candy and flowers, to family, friends, and lovers. It gives us an opportunity to reach out to the not- so-well-off sections of the society and spread happiness in their lives. Sweetest Day has no political, ethnic or religious roots, it is observed as an global recognition of humanity.
Be sure to order flowers early for Sweetest Day.
October 18th, 2008
The origin of Bosses Day dates back to 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Illinois, registered it with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Why October 16th? It was the bosses birthday and he was ….her father.
Show the boss what you really think of him or her ~ send flowers, candy or a lucky bamboo. After all, it only comes around once a year.
October 16th, 2008
Camelia ~ Adoration, longing, flame in my heart
Camellia is a flower of the Theaceae family. Camellias have been known for centuries in the Orient. Camellia sinensis, the “common tea plant”, was used as a beverage (tea) by the Chinese as early as 500 B.C. Tea was a rare commodity in Japan during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 905 A.D.) and as such the elaborate tea ceremony developed for the royalty and elite. Tea is thought to have come to England in the late 16th or early 17th century brought by traders who traveled to the Orient in search of silks and spices and was considered so valuable that it was kept locked in silver tea caddies or boxes in the homes of the wealthy only.
It is thought that the camellia first came to Portugal in the first half of the 16th century. The first species of camellia to enter the United States was the tea plant in the form of seed. Camellia japonica plants were imported from England in 1797 or 1798 by John Stevens of Hoboken, New Jersey and became popular in the Northeast as greenhouse plants. Camellias gained in popularity and by 1920 Sacramento was named “Camellia City”. Camellias were named in posthumous honor of George Joseph Kamel by Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who developed the binomial system of naming plants that is still in use today. Kamel, whose name in Latin was Camellus, was a Jesuit priest who served as a missionary to the Philippines.
In 1945 the American Camellia Society was formed. It has now grown to 4000 members in 44 states and 22 foreign countries with a permanent Headquarters in Fort Valley, Georgia.
LA TRAVIATA by Giuseppe Verdi is based on a play by Alexandre Dumas called LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS It served as a source of inspiration to the composer Verdi; which resulted in the opera ‘La Triviata’.
October 14th, 2008
Aster (Callistephus) ~ Symbol of Love, Daintiness ~ In 1637, John Tradescant the Younger, brought Asters back from Virginia to North America. They did not seem to be noticed until hybridized with European “starworts.”They were later renamed Michaelmas daisies because their flowering coincided with the feast of Saint Michael. They bloom in autumn as a “curtain” call to summer and a reminder of a new beginning after winter’s sleep.
Order Asters and other flowers at Eden Florist.
October 11th, 2008
What began as a way to say thank you to one special boss became a National Holiday. To honor bosses in southwest Florida, Eden Florist & Gift Baskets is hosting a contest!!!
In 300 words or less, tell us why your BOSS is BOSS OF THE YEAR. If your story is chosen, you will both receive flowers each month for a year and your BOSS will receive a beautifully engraved BOSS OF THE YEAR plaque! All entries will receive a beautiful BOSS OF THE YEAR certificate. While you’re at it, you may wish to send beautiful flowers or a plant for that special BOSS.
So stop by, mail, e-mail or fax us Deadline for Submission is 10/15/01(Fax: 954-905-4953) (E-mail: flower@EdenFlorist.com) If you stop by with your entry, we will give you a “Free Rose.”
Go to www.EdenFlorist.com to order flowers for your BOSS!
October 8th, 2008
Calendula ~ Admiration, Good Luck
(wor calendae, pot marigold) ~ Means “Winning Grace” and “throughout the months.”
The name Calendula stems from the Latin kalendae, meaning first day of the month, presumably because pot marigolds are in bloom at the start of most months of the year.” ( wikipedia.com ) Historically Known for its medicinal and culinary value, the calendula was called “Mary’s Gold” by Early Christians. The would place calendula by the statues of the Virgin Mary to honor her. The most sacred of flowers of ancient India, calendula were strung into garlands to adorn holy statues.
A member of the marigold family, calendula is traditionally known as an herb as well as valued for its medicinal and culinary uses. In ancient times, calendula blossoms were mixed in wine to relieve indigestion. Calendula petals were used in ointments to heal skin irritations, jaundice, sore eyes, and toothaches. It is used to stimulate blood circulation and lower fevers (by causing sweating). It can also be used to treat diaper rash, as it promotes rapid healing. Calendula oil can be used to treat earaches, is a natural antiseptic and even helps heal hemmoroids.
The Romans used calendula mixed with vinegar to season their meat and salad dishes.
A Mediterranean annual plant (Calendula officinalis) in the composite family, widely cultivated for its showy, yellow or orange, rayed flower heads that were formerly used in medicine, coloring, and flavoring of food.
Calendula is also October’s Birth flower and the International Herb Association declared calendula flower of the year for 2008. Calendula has great anti-inflammatory properties and vulnerary properties. Its uses are varied — from soothing minor skin disorders like pimples and dry chapped lips to curing chicken pox etc.
Check out Aromatherapy at Home ezine for a recipe to make Calendula Oil
October 6th, 2008