Archive for January, 2009
Aquarius ~ January 21 – February 19
Aquarians are Idealistic, optimistic and honest. Aquarians try to see the best in others and if you are an Aquarian’s friend, you want to be a better person.
The Aquarian is a free spirited, intuitive, life-loving individual. Aquarians are inventive and can sometimes be seen as detached and unemotional. This is far from the truth. Aquarians are just on a mission in life to live it to the fullest and rarely let any grass grow beneath their feet.
Aquarian’s colors are electric blue and turquoise and their gemstone is aquamarine.
Give the Aquarian in your life deep blue delphinium (vulcan freedan) in a clear vase with turquoise rocks at the bottom.
January 21st, 2009
January 2oth had been designated as National Disc Jockey Day.
So my staff and I created a Tropical Disc Jockey Bouquet.
Here it is:
Each “record” in the arrangement is imprinted with ”National Disc Jockey Day ~ January 20, 2009″
If you’d like to order this bouquet, call us at 954-981-5515 or 800-966-3336 today!
January 20th, 2009
Although this has been around the “net” for a while, it’s worth repeating. With Valentine’s fast approaching, men are thinking about what to give that “special someone” in his life. However, did you know that ANYTIME is a good time to give flowers, not just special ocassions. That’s why the “Guy’s Guide to Giving Flowers” is so relevant.
For the man who thinks “it’s a jungle out there” when it comes to buying flowers, these simple tips will help pave the way.
You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to give flowers. In fact, flowers given for no reason other than “I was thinking of you today” mean much more because they are unexpected.
Don’t Overlook Anyone
A bouquet can express a range of feelings — from romantic to friendly to something in between. Your wife or sweetheart will love to receive a surprise gift of flowers. So will your mother, daughter, sister and friends.
Try Something New
Women are interested in a wide variety of flowers and colors. So, when giving roses, consider pink, peach, yellow, white, or assorted colors to catch her attention. And, remember, most women appreciate a beautiful assortment of fresh flowers, as well as roses.
Get More Bloom For The Buck
The prices of some flowers vary seasonally. Roses, for example, are usually a great value during summer months. In the winter, mixed bouquets may be a better way to go.
Flowers Are Never Boring
Because of their infinite diversity and unique appeal, flowers never lose their specialness. Each new floral arrangement is a fresh and individual declaration of appreciation — reflecting positively on your imagination and thoughtfulness.
Flowers Don’t Have To Mean Commitment
Relax, guys. Women know when an arrangement simply means that you care.
When ordering flowers, have ready the recipient’s name, address, and phone number. If you’re not sure what to order, contact EdenFlorist.com direct. Our experienced staff of professional floral consultants will be happy to help you.
Get Professional Help
Selecting flowers may be a challenging experience for the inexperienced flower-giver. Fortunately, help is available. Contact EdenFlorist.com directly for a special arrangement that will match both your sentiment & her personality.
A Gift Of Flowers Goes A Long Way
Every woman can remember the last time she got flowers!
Source: Society of American Florists
January 18th, 2009
International Floral Annual By International Floral Art 2008. It’s evolutionary and revolutionary and at present the only publication that shows the world what floral design is, has become and where it’s going. A must have.
In a recent issue of Flowers & magazine the Floral Annual Book was reviewed. I was blown away by the quality and depth of designs and just had to share with my readers. So I emailed the publishers and asked if they would send me some photos from the conent. That is what you see below.
International Floral Art. Hooray! This is another superb edition (perhaps the best yet) ~ 158 designers from 28 countries showing stunning compositions it’s a heady banquet. Quirky works, some stealthily classically, old wine in new glasses, unclassifiable, entertaining, never seen before, disturbing, gorgeous, bizarre. It’s a rocking 290 page world of ikebana meets commercial meets flower lovers who collide with florisSt and cooperate with designers who ALL invite land art, body art and natural art into a floral, vegetal and vibrant new world of design. It’s evolutionary and revolutionary and at present the only publication that shows the world what floral design is, has become and where it’s going. A must have.
The International Floral Art 08/09 edition is a publication of Stichting Kunstboek (ISBN 978-90-5856-270-8) and the cost is 59.59 Euros. This beautifully illustrated coffee table book is a true work of art.
You can read more about it at: http://www.floralannual.com/
January 16th, 2009
One of the simplest arrangments to make yourself is the pave’ style bouquet. Pave’ comes from the French word for pavement. A pave’ style bouquet means that the flowers are arranged in clusters closely together to give the appearance of a continuous surface of flowers. In traditional pave’ styles the flowers are all cut the same length.
In the box above the roses are all cut the same length about an inch longer that the height of the square glass box. These flowers are cut at a slight angel to allow water to rise to the head and there is about an inch in the vase. We have added some candles to give this centerpiece a romantic flair.
You will need a square vase (we used a 12 inch X 12 inch by 3 inch square) for the example. This container sells for approximately $25 – $30 in most stores. Eden florist has them on sale for $19.95.
We used 16 pink roses and 4 votive candles. You can use more roses, more candles or all roses to make this bouquet. Some variations: put one votive in each of the corners of the vase and arrange the roses around them, or put all four (or more or less) in the center of the bouquet.
When purchasing the roses ask for those slightly open so you won’t need as many. Also be sure to add a packet of flower food to the water to keep the flowers fresh longer.
Here’s another pave style bouquet called the Pave’ Zen Garden set in a black wooden box.
We used gloriosa lilies, roses, green button mums, purple chrysanthemums and green hypericum in this arrangment.
You can make these yourself or call Eden Florist (954-981-5515) and order these or another one of our popular Pave arrangments the Boxed Blooms Bouquet (shown below).
January 12th, 2009
In the Language of Flowers, the carnation changes its meaning according to the color. For instance: a red carnation means “alas for my poor heart,” a yellow carnation means “disdain,” a pink carnation means “I will never forget you” and a striped carnation means “refusal.” Generally speaking however, the carnation means admiration, love and gratitude.
Well, that being said, if you like carnations for the heartiness, and long-lasting nature, then you will enjoy giving and receiving them too.
The culitvation of carntions can be traced back two thousand years and is believed that the plant came to England with the normas. Carnations have been found growing wild in the walls of castles of Dover and Rochester.
The Athenians honored the carnation and called them Di-anthos (flower of Jove) and they used them in wreaths and garlands wearing them during special ceremonies and festivals. the word “coronation” is derived from “carnation.”
other Carnation facts:
Carnations are sometimes added to ales and wines to add a touch of spiciness.
Carnations are a popular flower to wear as corsages and boutoniers.
Carnations are still one of the most requested flowers for Mom’s to honor her on Mother’s Day.
According to a Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus’ plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love, and in 1907 was chosen by Ann Jarvis as the symbol of Mother’s Day, now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May. (source: Wikipedia)
A red carnation may be worn if one’s mother is alive, and a white one if she has died.
Nadashiko is the Japenese word for carnation
Carnations are the official flower of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, as they are the longest lasting flowers.
White Carnations are the offical flower of the fraternity Delta Sigma Phi.
The Carnation is the National flower of Spain and the scarlet carnation is the state flower of Ohio.
One fo my favorite poems written by Henry King could very well have been written about the Carnation:
A CONTEMPLATION UPON FLOWERS
Brave flowers, that I could gallant it like you,
And be as little vain;
You come abroad and make a harmless show,
And to yoru bed of earth again;
You are not proud, you know your birth,
For your embroidered garments are from earth.
You do obey your months and times, but I
Would have it ever spring;
My fate would know no winter, never die,
Nor think of such a thing;
Oh that I could my bed of earth but view,
And smile and look as cheerfully as you.
January 10th, 2009
CAPRICORN ~ December 22 – January 20
People born under the Sun Sign of Capricorn are goal-oriented, status driven individuals with high standards and ethics. Generally speaking, Capricorns are ambitious and disciplined enough to succeed at whatever they choose. Capricorns, while seeming serious most of the time, have a good sense of humor.
Capricorns look for opportunity in every aspect of life with their eye on the next mountain to climb or plateau to reach. Capricorns tend to be realists, looking at life as it is and seeing what can be accomplished. For the Capricorn, seeing is believing.
Capricorns gemstones are Amethyst and Turquoise and their colors are dark green, slate grey, browns and blacks. However, the more adventurous Capricorns love adding vibrance to these darker colors ~ a splash of red or turquoise makes them feel alive.
This month, give the Capricorn in your life long-lasting flowers such as carnations, orchids and alstromeria.
January 8th, 2009
Gladiolus are architectural flowers (linear) and are perfect as a focul point in any room, especially an entryway to a building or living quarters. You can make this arrangment yourself with gladiolus, a nice tall cylindrical or square vase and a few acoutrements such as lemons, limes and other veggitation.
Ingredients you will need:
7-10 gladiolus flowers (purchased at your local florist)
3-4 stems lemon leaf or 1/3 bunch pittosporum
10-12 limes or lemons (from the local grocer)
Wooden floral picks (enough for the number of lemons or limes used)
TALL cylindrical or square vase – glass, ceramic or metal with a 4-6 inch opening
1 packet of floral preservative
If you have a nice garden with interesting greens you can cut them, immerse in water and then use them to cover the base of the container.
Cut approximately 2 inches from the stem of the flower at an angel, then insert the gladioulus (about 7-10 stems) then add the greens around the base of the floral container (making sure the stem of the greenery is in the water). Note: if the container mouth is more than 6 inches across you will need more gladiolus to hold all materials in place.
Insert wooden pick into bottom of each lemon or lime and then add to arrangment around base of gladiolus as seen in the picture.
Check water level and add enough to fill to two inches below top of container.
Now there’s a statement!
If you would like to save the time of gathering all the materials needed for this arrangment, give Eden Florist a call and we will design and deliver it for you! Our number is 800-966-3336 or 954-981-5515.
WE are creating a series of video floral instruction guides which will debut on Tulips Talk/Eden Florist in February. Stay tuned!
January 8th, 2009