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Carnation-DonPedro-FlorigeneEvery year on the second Sunday in May, children of all ages celebrate their mothers. Flowers, breakfast in bed and homemade gifts are among some of the things children do to show their moms how much they are appreciated.

Did you know that the carnation is the official flower of Mother’s Day? Why you ask? Well, read on and I will tell you.

The history of Mother’s Day is fascinating. Starting in England during the 18th century, the household servants of the rich were given “Mothering Sunday” to return home to be with their mothers. This came to an end during the Industrial Revolution and it was re-established during the 20th century.

Mizuki-GoldenFlowers-Photoby-BetsyHansenFor the US and Canada, however, it was not until the 1900s that Mother’s Day became a recognized holiday. Anna Jarvis worked in her mother’s garden where her mom grew her favorite flower, the white carnation. After her mother passed on May 5, 1905, Anna swore an oath at her mother’s grave site that she would dedicate one day that honors all mothers, both alive and deceased. She asked the minister at her church to give a sermon in her mother’s memory and called it a special Mother’s Day service. They did this for 5 years on the same Sunday in May until in 1910 when the governor of West Virginia proclaimed Mother’s Day to be the second Sunday in May every year. In 1914, a bill passed through Congress proclaiming the second Sunday in May to be a National Holiday for Mother’s Day and was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.

Style: "Agfa"The carnation is still a popular flower for Mother’s Day. Churches buy red or pink for the mothers that are alive, and white carnations to give those who have lost a mother.

That being said, flowers of all varieties are being asked for. Children want to send their mom their favorite color or their favorite flower if it is not a carnation. Talking with your florist about your mom’s personality is a great way to customize a bouquet. Perhaps gardening is her passion? Your florist can create a garden-style arrangement to make her smile. Is she classic and sophisticated? Lilies, orchids or roses might do the trick. Florists are a great resource to create that extra special flower design for your mom. Be sure to order early so that you get what you want. Read More

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Flowers of the Zodiac

by Heather de Kok on March 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

Flowers, like us humans, come in a wide variety and endure phases and hardships that occur naturally over a life cycle. It is only appropriate that each zodiac sign has at least one flower to represent it. What is your flower sign?

5527248498_37b9289a18_zAries (March 21-April 20) Tulips

The charming and confident Aries is often associated with flowers that are equally enthusiastic and passionate. Such flowers include bright daises, spunky tulips, enticing honeysuckle, and complex thorn-bearing plants.

Taurus (April 21-May 21) Stargazer Lilies

A Taurus is known for being bold, yet dependable. Associated flowers are fierce, and yet quietly sensuous, including many lily varieties and hardy poppies.

Gemini (May 22-June 21) Lavender

Gemini are imaginative and lighthearted. The many different colors of roses reflect the complexity of a Gemini’s personality. The fragrant lavender plant is another favorite of the Gemini. Read More

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ExpressYourselfAre you trying to plan an amazing date for your Valentine? Well, look no further. I have the information you need.

Start by thinking about your sweetheart’s preferences. Does she or he like eating out or in? I like focusing on food, as sharing a special dinner is a wonderful activity for a date. Take the cell phones out of your pockets, put them face down on the side of the table so no one is tempted to take the attention away from the other person. I promise, friends, family and even work can wait one night.

Once you decide the where, it’s time for the finishing touches. Dress up. Show up for your date looking your best. Speak in gentle, loving tones. Hold your date’s gaze and smile.

Arrange a Valentine’s Day gift. There is nothing like the gift of flowers to show your sweetheart how much they are loved. A single rose when you pick up your date is beautiful. Consider having the other 11 roses at the restaurant on the table. I once had a date show up at my door with one rose, had five more roses at the restaurant and then he took me to a chocolatier for dessert and the last six roses were there waiting for us. (I eventually married the guy.) Read More

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Birth Month Flowers

by Heather de Kok on September 26, 2014 at 8:33 am

Many individuals are aware of their birthstone. However, each month also has at least one flower that has a specific meaning for individuals born during that month.


The carnation is one of January’s flowers. The color of the carnation is said to determine the meaning of the individual carnation flower. White carnations are associated with purity, love, and luck. Pink carnations are a symbol of femininity and motherly love.


The iris represents enduring faith and wisdom. Another flower associated with February is the violet. Violets are popular, partly due to their heart-shaped petals.  Read More

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Special Treat: Flowers in Your Kitchen

by Heather de Kok on August 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

Flowers in the Kitchen — Heather de Kok, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, of Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers in Edmonton, Alberta. are a lot of new interior kitchen trends today. Open floor plans, creative seating areas and huge islands. The No. 1 new trend is bringing nature into the kitchen, and there is no better way to do that than with flowers.

It doesn’t matter if you have a kitchen that is relaxing, stylish, functional, elegant or just family oriented, you can accent it with flowers to help inspire that atmosphere. There aren’t any rules, but here are some tips to help you get on your way.

Classic or strong colors and containers.

If you would like to be bold with color, choose two colors at a time. For example, yellow and orange flowers look amazing together.

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Another thing to remember is that with flowers, green is a neutral while white is considered a color. Read More