Posts Tagged ‘Tulips’

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TulipVarieties-BrianWheat-LafayetteFloristAs winter recedes across the land, the promise of new life emerges from the soil. The grass takes on a familiar hue, and the smell of spring wafts in the garden. As the growing tips of fall planted bulbs push skyward, their history is deeply rooted in folklore and stories of power and intrigue.

From healing powers in Greek mythology to the Dutch Tulip Bubble of 1637, it’s a story worthy of the movie of the week or at least an exciting novel. Fortunes were made and lost, and lives forever changed over simple tulip bulbs.

At the peak of Tulip Mania in March of 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman of the era. Exported from the Netherlands to the world market for a hefty price, a coveted luxury item is now a very affordable common, but impressive, part of the American garden scape.

Gorgeous spring gardens are enhanced by the power of the bulb, an underground fleshy storage, whose life cycle delights us. As temperatures and moisture content speak to the inner bulb clock, its timing is a wonder of nature. Blooming occurs when conditions are perfect from early spring, mid spring and late spring. Read More

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Bringing Spring Inside

by Carol Caggiano on March 18, 2015 at 4:37 am

Well, it is March and we are ready for spring. The only problem is that the weatherman isn’t always ready for spring, but there is a quick fix. We can’t control spring outdoors, but we sure can bring it indoors. With a few simple additions, spring is in the air.

We immediately associate bulb flowers such as iris, tulips, hyacinth and daffodils, with spring. Fortunately, both as cut flowers and plants, these gorgeous blooms are readily available and just waiting to become part of our introduction to spring. The great thing about bulb flowers is they are splendid on their own and don’t need a lot of fussing to make them look fabulous.

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Celebrating Easter with Forsythia

by Shelby Shy on April 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

A popular trend this spring for décor is flowering branches. One of my favorites is the forsythia with its bright yellow flowers. Here are a few ways to use forsythia branches to welcome family and friends to your home this Easter and celebrate the spring season.

Forsythia  - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.

Welcome guests with a wreath in spring colors. Here a few branches of forsythia artfully circle a curly willow wreath decorated with happy pops of pink spray roses, succulents, kale and yellow craspedia.

 Spring Wreath - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.-NEW

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The Flower Name Game

by Brian Wheat on January 31, 2014 at 8:25 am

Rose Color Meanings - Lafayette Florist & Greenhouses in Lafayette, Colo.“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the name of things do not matter, only what things “are.” There are a few names of flowers that “are” romantic, such as Love-in-a-Mist, Bleeding Heart, Forget-Me-Nots, Love Lies Bleeding, Cupid’s Dart and Heartleaf Bergenia.

Not just the name of the flower or plant conjures up feelings, but the significance of color comes into play. For instance, many flowers have meanings, the language of flowers to express emotions and feelings of hope, love, affection, indifference and even jealousy. Rose meanings vary according to the many colors and forms they possess. As a whole, the rose is symbolic of deep love, passion, concentration, balance and intelligence, though sometimes seen as a message of healing and courage. Roses are always appropriate when you are serious about your intentions. The red rose would signify passion or love, while a white rose would imply purity or innocence. Yellow roses represent joy and freedom. Lavender roses tell a story of enchantment. Pink shades express feelings of grace and thankfulness.

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Tulips and HyacinthsRecently, I was the matron of honor in one of my best friends’ wedding. When she was planning her wedding, one of the first things she made a decision on was her flowers. She put a lot of thought into them, and they were beautiful. However I don’t think there’s such a thing as an ugly flower. All flowers are beautiful and I guess that’s why throughout life, through good times and not the good times, flowers are the best way to say the right thing even when you are at a lost for words.

Now that spring has finally arrived here in Philadelphia, I’m ready to start working on my garden. I love including my daughter in picking out which ones will go in our garden and what colors. It’s different every year. I started thinking about how flowers have always been significant through many milestones in my life. Read More