Archive for May, 2009
The Society of American Florists conducted research to find out what flowers “mean” to different generations. Here’s an excerpt of that study:
“SAF’s Generations of Flowers consumer research study, completed in January 2009, explores the motivations and barriers of how different age groups perceive, buy, and use flowers and floral outlets. Three generations of consumers were assessed through qualitative and quantitative measures: Generation Y (ages 18-30), Generation X (31-44), and Baby Boomers (45-60). The study methodology included:
Interviews with generational and gift giving research giants, Iconoculture and Roper
Two online focus groups of 57 individuals
Online survey of 1,557 flower consumers”
Key Inisghts Included Flowers and Gifting, Flower Purchase Behaviors and compared Boomers, Gen X’ers and Gen Y feelings toward flowers in general.
For instance when it comes to floral purchases
Gen Y is “most likely to purchase flowers in person and deliver flowers themselves. This echoes a “personalization” trend in gifting characteristic of this generation.”
And Gen Y is also “more likely to purchase flowers to impress guests in their home, significantly higher than other generations. This indicates an opportunity to reposition the value of flowers for the younger consumer.”
Compared to Gen X which “most likely purchases flowers as a traditional holiday/occasion gift for someone else, as a “just because” pick-me-up gift, and for home decoration.”
The Baby Boomer Generation “is significantly more likely than other generations to keep flowers in their consideration set when purchasing a gift, and to find flowers appropriate for a broad range of gifting situations.”
To read the rest of the study visit http://www.canadiangardencentre.ca/content/view/2017/38/
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May 29th, 2009
Gemini: May 22 – Jun. 21
Gemini’s symbol is the twins. Geminis are versatile, highly adaptable and somewhat mysterious. Gemini are playful, youthful and fun-loving. Bordering on the mischievous, Geminis are expressive, clever and social.
You can choose narcissus or buttercup, roses or poppy. Lady Gemini like almost every flower and her preferences depend on her mood, that changes very quickly.
Geminis delight in fun loving, cheerful flowers such as daisies, gerberas, summery sunflowers or quiet sophistication of the rose. Geminis like nearly every flower so match the flower to the ever changing mood of the creative, lighthearted Gemini, are one of the most creative of all the zodiac signs. Roses are a perfect choice with the range of colors that symbolize friendship. love and even passion.
Geminis colors are bright yellow, black and white and their birthstone is agate.
May 22nd, 2009
Eden Florist just finished the latest wordsearch puzzle, Famous Mothers and you are invited to “play.”
Click on the link to download your copy now!
Mother’s Day FAMOUS MOTHERS’ Wordsearch 2009.
You will need a PDF reader to view the document.
There’s still time to order flowers for MOM. Just give Eden Florist in Davie, Florida a call at 800-966-3336 or 954-981-5515. You can also place your order online at www.EdenFlorist.com. But hurry, some styles are already sold out!
May 8th, 2009
Mother’s Day is the perfect time to pay visit with Mom, spend time with her, hold her hands, look into her eyes and say – “Thanks, Mom!”. Here are a few inspirational quotes and sayings about mothers and their love by some famous and infamous people throughout history. Choose your favorite saying and add it to the card message you include with your order of FLOWERS for that special Mom. To help you with your flower selection, call us at 954-981-5515 or 800-966-3336. Be sure to order early for best selection and preferred delivery times.
• “Mother is the name for god on the lips and hearts of all children.” ~ Brandon Lee
• “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~ Washington Irving
• “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” ~ Marion C. Garretty
• “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
• “Richer than Gold You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me.” ~ Strickland Gillilan
• “There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.” ~ Archibald Thompson
• “The Miracle of Life nurtured by a woman who gave us love and sacrifice…MOTHER” ~ Joel Barquez
• “This heart, my own dear mother, bends, With love’s true instinct, back to thee!” ~ Thomas Moore
• “A man loves his sweetheart the most; his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” ~ Irish Proverb
• “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” ~ Jewish Proverb
• “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to making leaning unnecessary.” ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher
• Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. ~ Lin Yutang
• “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” ~ George Washington (1732-1799)
• “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” ~ Sophia Loren, from Women and Beauty
• “Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
• “A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.” ~ Unknown
• “The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother–which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.” ~ Sidney J. Harris
• “Only mothers can think of the future-because they give birth to it in their children.” ~ Maxim Gorky
• “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” ~ Honore’ de Balzac (1799-1850)
• “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
• The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. ~ W.R. Wallace
• “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” ~ Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
• “Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.” ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
• A mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s grief and everybody’s joy found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. ~ Mark Twain
• Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see. ~ Pope Paul VI
• “Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.” ~ Sophocles
• A mother understands what a child does not say. ~ Jewish proverb
Visit Eden Florist online at www.EdenFlorist.com. We have a large selection of flowers for Mom. Give mom the give of love with flowers this mothers day from Eden Florist.
May 7th, 2009
Earlier today I posted mothers day traditions, trivia and facts around the globe and wanted to share a few more interesting mothers day facts with you. For instance did you know:
• In the Bible, Eve is credited with being the “Mother of All the Living.”
• During the 1600′s, England celebrated a day called “Mothering Sunday.” Servants would go home to see their families, bringing cakes and sweets to their moms. This custom was called “going a-mothering”. Each mother would recieve a simnel-cake (Latin for “fine flour) and mother’s would give a blessing to their children.
• Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began the campaign that brought about the official observance of Mother’s Day in the United states. Her mother died, and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered. She asked that white carnations be the official mother’s day symbol. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother’s Day a national holiday.
• Just nine years later, Anna filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother’s Day. She lost her fight. Now, cards, letters, candy and dinners out mark Mother’s Day for most families. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.
• Mother Earth is also known as “Terra Firma”. That title is a Latin translation of some lines from one of the Greek poet, Homer’s, greatest poems.
• In Yugoslavia on “Materitse,” “Materice,” or Mother’s Day, the children tie up their mother, releasing her only when she has paid them with sweets or other goodies.
• In France children Mother’s Day is refered to as Fete des Meres. It provides children and adults to honour their mothers and give her gifts and treats. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May. It is treated more like a family birthday. Everyone in the family gathers for a special meal.
• In Europe, people on Mother’s Day honor their mothers as well as the church. They respect the “Mother Church” – the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. The church festival got blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration.
• In Spain Mother’s Day is celebrated on 8th December. It is closely associated with Mother Mary – the mother of Jesus. On this children send special cards, chocolates, flowers and other presents to their mothers. But many children make their own presents for their mothers.
• In Sweden Mother’s Day is on the last Sunday in May and is a family holiday. The Swedish Red Cross sells small plastic flowers on the days leading up to Mother’s Day. The money raised from the sale of the flowers is used to help needy mothers and their children.
• Along with America, at least 46 other countries, including New Zealand, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Turkey and Belgium celebrate Mothers Day, most on the second Sunday of May. Many people follow the custom on Mother’s Day of wearing a carnation. A coloured carnation means that a person’s mother is living while a white carnation honours a person’s mother who is dead.
Be sure to order flowers for Mom EARLY! Just give Eden Florist a call at 800-966-3336 or 954-981-5515 or visit us online at www.EdenFlorist.com. We serve Hollywood, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale, Dania, Sunrise and all of Fort Lauderdale. We also serve most of Miami including Miami Lakes, North Miami, Miami Beach, Aventura, El Portal and all addresses in the North Part of Miami-Dade County.
May 6th, 2009
Did you know how Mother’s Day is celebrated in different parts of the world? Read below to find out some interesting facts about Mom’s the world over. And remember to order your special Mom FLOWERS early! You can order online or in person and you can us at: 954-981-5515 or 800-966-3336. Be sure to order early for best selection and preferred delivery times.
• Chinese family names are often formed (begin) with a sign that means “mother”. It’s a nice way of honoring their moms long past.
• The ancient Greeks celebrated Mother’s Day in spring, like we do. They used to honor Rhea, “mother of the gods” with honey-cakes and fine drinks and flowers at dawn. Sounds like the beginnings of the Mother’s Day tradition of breakfast in bed!
• Mother Shipton was a Prophetess in Britain 500 years ago. She could see the future, and predicted that another Queen Elizabeth would sit on the throne of England. (QE II)
• Japan’s Imperial family trace their descent from Omikami Amaterasu, the Mother of the World.
• Julia Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymm of the Republic and was a staunch fighter for women’s rights. She staged an unusual protest for peace in Boston, by celebrating a special day for mothers. Julia wanted to call attention to the need for peace by pointing out mothers who were left alone in the world without their sons and husbands after the bloody Franco-Prussian War.
• Hindu scripture credits the Great Mother, Kali Ma, with the invention of writing through alphabets, pictographs and beautiful sacred images.
• Mother Goose is one of the most popular of all children’s entertainers. Her books and stories have been loved for many generations.
• Native American Indian women have long been honored with the name, “Life of the Nation” for their gift of motherhood to the tribes
• Ancient Egyptians believed that “Bast” was the mother of all cats on Earth, and that cats were sacred animals.
• Buddha honored mothers when he said, “As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, loves and protects her child, so let a man cultivate love without measure toward the whole world.”
May 5th, 2009
Moms cannot be talked about enough. Here’s even more Mothers Day poetry to Inspire you and all the moms of the world.
When you need someone to stand beside you,
Mom is near …
When you need someone to hear your troubles,
She will hear …
When you need someone to share your burden,
She will share …
When you need to know that someone loves you,
Mom is there.
-Thomas J. Langley
A MOTHER’S LOVE
A Mothers’ Love is like an island
In life’s ocean vast and wide,
A peaceful quite shelter
From the restless, rising tide….
A Mothers’ Love is like fortress
And we seek protection there
When the waves of tribulation
Seem to drown us in despair.
A Mother’s Love a sanctuary
Where our souls can find sweet rest
From the struggle and tension
Of life’s fast and futile quest…
A Mother’s Love is like a tower
Rising far above the crowd,
And her smile is like the sunshine
Breaking through a threatening cloud…
A Mother’s Love is like a beacon
Burning bright with Faith and Prayer
And though the changing scenes of life
We can find a Haven There
For a Mother’s Love is fashioned
After God’s enduring love,
It is endless and unfailing
Like the love of HIM above…
A MOTHER’S LOVE
A mother’s love is something
That no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
And sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
And enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
Or take that love away…
It is patient and forgiving
When all others forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
Even though the heart is breaking…
It believes beyond believing
When the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
Of the rarest brightest gems…
It is far beyond defining,
It defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
Like the mysteries of creation….
A many splendoured miracle
Man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
Of Gods’ tender guiding hand.
WHAT IS A MOTHER?
A mother is someone to shelter and guide us,
To love us, whatever we do,
With a warm understanding and infinite patience
And wonderful gentleness, too.
How often a mother means swift reassurance
In soothing our small, childish fears,
How tenderly mothers watch over their children
And treasure them all through the years!
The heart of a mother is full of forgiveness
For any mistake, big or small,
And generous always in helping her family,
Whose needs she has placed above all.
A mother can utter a word of compassion
And make all our cares fall away,
She can brighten a home with the sound of her laughter
And make life delightful and gay.
A mother possesses incredible wisdom
And wonderful insight and skill -
In each human heart is that one special corner
Which only a mother can fill!
Katherine Nelson Davis
THANK YOU MOM
I know how often I took you for granted
when I was growing up.
I always assumed you’d be there
when I needed you…
and you always were.
But I never really thought about what that meant
till I got older and began to realize
how often your time and energy were devoted to me.
so now, for all the times I didn’t say it before,
thank you, Mom…. I love you so very much!
- Author Unknown.
God’s Masterpiece Is Mother
God took the fragrance of a flower…
The majesty of a tree…
The gentleness of morning dew…
The calm of a quiet sea…
The beauty of the twilight hour…
The soul of a starry night…
The laughter of a rippling brook…
The grace of a bird in flight…
Then God fashioned from these things
A creation like no other,
And when his masterpiece was through
He called it simply – Mother.
- Herbert Farnham
A MOTHER’S LOVE
There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a Mother’s faith
Can help us on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a Mother’s heart and a Mother’s faith
And a Mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above…
- Author Unknown.
And Grandma’s Too
“While we honor all our mothers
with words of love and praise.
While we tell about their goodness
and their kind and loving ways.
We should also think of Grandma,
she’s a mother too, you see….
For she mothered my dear mother
as my mother mothers me.”
Be sure to honor MOM with flowers this Mothers Day. Call Eden Florist at 954-981-5515 to send the perfect floral tribute to your mom!
May 4th, 2009
Want to find just the right poem for that special woman in your life. You’ve come to the right place! Make her happy with a beautiful classic poem written by famous people throughout history. Print them out, and include them with your order of FLOWERS for that special Mom. To help you with your flower selection, call us at 954-981-5515 or 800-966-3336. Be sure to order early for best selection and preferred delivery times.
M is for the million things she gave me,
O means only that she’s growing old,
T is for the tears she shed to save me,
H is for her heart of purest gold;
E is for her eyes with love-light shining,
R means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell MOTHER
Howard Johnson (c. 1915)
A MOTHER LOVE
If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in it’s place,
but have not love, I am a “housekeeper”-not a homemaker.
If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements,
but have not love, My children learn of cleanliness-not godliness.
Love leaves the dust, and goes in search of a child’s laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.
Love is present through trials.
Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.
Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child,
then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.
Love is the key that opens salvation’s message to a child’s heart.
Before I became a mother, I took glory in my house of perfection.
Now I glory in God’s perfection of my child.
As a mother, there is MUCH I must teach my child,
But the greatest of these is LOVE.
FOR YOU MOTHER
As my first friend, you introduced me to a life enriched
By your love and warmth …
You shaped the way I feel about the world and my place in it today.
Your confidence in me helped me to believe in myself,
and your praise and respect enabled me to appreciate my own worth.
You guided without control and encouraged without pressure.
You gave your best … to bring out the best in me.
You taught me to think my own thoughts and to follow my own dreams,
To be proud of my achievements and accepting of my mistakes;
To find peace in each sunset and joy in each sunrise …to love my life …
You knew what to say and how to listen to help me through the rough times
And to make the good times even more wonderful.
I took it for granted \that you’d be there when I needed you … and you always were.
As I grew older, I made many new friends, but of all the kindness they have shown me,
Your understanding is still the deepest, your companionship the warmest,
And your support the most generous.
I thank you, Mother, for all you have been to me
my first friend … and my best friend!
These warm words are from
Here’s a great Mothers Day Coloring Book for a child (or child at heart) to enjoy!
May 4th, 2009
History of Mother’s Day
It started in Rome and became a United States national holiday less than 100 years ago.
You may think it was all started by Hallmark in an effort to sell cards, but that’s not the case at all. Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient Romans and made its way to the United States in the early 1900′s and finally became a national holiday in 1914.
The earliest tributes to Mother’s Day date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day of sorts during a festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday.
In the United States it started with one woman named Anna Jarvis. Jarvis was an Appalachian homemaker and she organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions of her community. She thought the day would be best advocated by mothers and called the day “Mother’s Work Day”.
When Anna Jarvis died in 1905 her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Anna remembered that her mother said there were many days dedicated to men but not for mothers. Anna then began to lobby the politicians of the time to support a day dedicated to mothers. Anna Jarvis talked to many politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt hoping they would support her campaign.
Jarvis organized a church service to celebrate her mother in 1908 and Anna handed out white carnations to those in attendance because the white carnation was her mother’s favorite flower. Anna Jarvis’ hard work began to pay off five years after that service in 1913. The House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on the day many began calling Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May.
Finally on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
“Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the said Joint Resolution, do hereby direct the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings and do invite the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
That was the first official Mother’s Day and the tradition carries on to this day. In fact, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States . The second Sunday in May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers. (source: chiff.com)
Be sure to order flowers for your favorite MOM at Eden Florist.
May 3rd, 2009
According to a 2008 Survey done by Constant Contact (an email marketer) Flowers are still the most popular choice when it comes to honoring MOM. And according to the Society of American Florists, Mother’s Day is the top flower holiday of the year.
With the onslaught of advertising done by the Big Three (Teleflora, FTD and 800 Flowers) flowers for mother’s day are on the top of mind choice for most consumers, year after year.
And according to the National Retail Federation, the average spent on flowers by men is $139.00 and by women $110.00. That’s good news to me, because in my shop men have traditionally spent more on their wives and girlfriends for Valentine’s Day than on their Mom’s for Mother’s Day!
At Eden Florist you have a choice of several beautifully designed bouquets starting at $44.95.
Check out the Top Ten flowers Mom’s prefer for Mothers Day at http://www.edenflorist.com/article_info.php?articles_id=32
To check out our full selection of Mother’s Day bouquets, visit: Eden Florist today!
May 2nd, 2009