Archive for March, 2009
Ribbons & Flowers
Florists’ Review, Berwick Offray and Lion Ribbon have joined forces to bring you an exciting new book that combines ribbons with flowers in projects for a variety of seasons and holidays. Here you will find our favorite design ideas and techniques in a how-to format, with the goals of encouraging you to re-create these designs and/or inspiring you to craft your own unique interpretations. 40 projects with easy-to-follow, step-by-step how-to instructions. Softcover. 98 pages.
To grab your copy, visit Florists Review Magazine
March 31st, 2009
Today is Cherry Blossom Day ~ On March 27, 1912, 1st Lady Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador planted a cherry tree on the bank of the Tidal Basin. This started a hundred plus year tradition in Washington D.C. known as the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Over the next 7 years more than 3,000 trees were planted which had been grafted from trees on the bank of the Arakawa River in Adachi Ward (Tokyo). Cherry Treas are one of the most prominent symbols of the U.S. capital today. In fact, visitors from around the globe travel to Washington, D.C. every spring to see the Cherry trees in bloom
Cherry blossoms can be used in teas such as Sachura Tea (made by pouring hot water over a salted cherry blossom, or in teabags containing dried flowers), deserts such as Sachura Mochi (filled with anko, or sweetened red bean paste) and as flavorings for other foods.
Cherry blossoms are a popular adornment for floral decor and used by florists everywhere.
March 27th, 2009
Aries, March 21 – April 20
Aries, born under the symbol of the sure-footed ram is a fire sign, powerful, unsentimental and confident. Aries are adventurous and seldom let any grass grow under their feet as they look for the next conquest or opportunity to be take the lead. The energetic Aries will often take the “road less traveled” to discover the unexpected.
Aries can be impulsive and egocentric, with strength of character and mental fortitude.
Aries prefer luxury bouquets with larger flowers in bright vibrant colors such as the exotic and colorful stargazer lilies and the powerful symbol of love, the tulips. Because of the child-like curiosity of the Aries, they also like the unusual such as the sweet pea.. Usually Aries are passionate and they will appreciate to get a bouquet in red tones: red roses, dark red tulips or poppies.
Their color is red and their birthstone is the Diamond.
March 21st, 2009
Trailing ARBUTUS or Ground Laurel
Meaning: On Earth
The name arbutus is given to several evergreen plants, all belonging to the heath family and ranging in size from the tiniest plant to a tall tree, the most common of which is the trailing arbutus. These fragrant clusters of waxy white blossoms (often tinged with a touch of pink), are considered one of North America’s most attractive wild flowers. These dainty flowers have strong heart-shaped leaves and “hairy” brown stems. The arbutus grows best in sandy or rocky soils, especially in pine woods, where it creeps along the ground, almost hidden beneath dry needles and leaves. It is also the provincial flower of Nova Scotia. The name Trailing Arbutus reflects its similarity to the trees in the related genus Arbutus, while being much smaller and prostrate on the ground. the trailing arbutus is listed as an endangered species in some U.S. states.
In Indian folklore there is a beautiful story about about the lovely spring flower, the trailing arbutus.
The story goes like this: Each year when the winter spirit, Peboan, fell asleep, his discarded furs turned to icy leaves. Coming upon the icy leaves, one beautiful spring day, Segun, (known as the summer spirit) put the leaves in her hair and they immediately came to life. She was so enthralled, she planted them in the earth and breathed upon them. At the touch of her warm breath, pink flowers appeared, giving off the scent of spicy perfume. “When the children find these,” she said, “they will know that Segun has been here, and that Peboan has gone away.”
The trailing arbutus, is also known as the mayflower, because it was the first flower to greet the Pilgrims after their fearful winter. The trialing arbutus or Mayflwoer grows abundantly in the vicinity of Plymouth, John Greenleaf Whittier, poet and Quaker wrote a poem called The Mayflowers which you can read here: http://www.geocities.com/ljacoby_2000/mayflowerpoem.html
Spring makes the world a happy place
You see a smile on every face.
Flowers come out and birds arrive,
Oh, isn’t it grand to be alive?
March 21st, 2009
You may have heard about the marriage proposal that took place Saturday (Feb 28) on the Brooklyn Bridge ~
According to Jill ”My brother proposed to his girlfriend on the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday. The plan was to have people hand balloons to her as they walked across the bridge, each with a note from my brother attached. It was so cute. We had a few friends help but mostly recruited strangers as they walked in their direction. She said yes!”
Getting Married in South Florida? Give Heidi a call at Eden Florist – 954-98… to help you plan YOUR BIG DAY.
March 1st, 2009
Saint David was recognized as a Catholic saint in 1120 as the patron saint of Wales. After the Protestant Reformation, Saint David’s birthday, today, March 1, became a national festival. It is celebrated by schools and cultural societies throughout Wales. One of the customs during Saint David’s Day is to wear a leek or a daffodil (two of their national emblems).
March 1st, 2009