Posts Tagged ‘Roses’

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Everything is Coming Up Roses

by Carol Caggiano on May 31, 2016 at 7:49 am

Keira Roses - David Austin RosesThis month everything is rosy… literally! As roses are at their peak of bloom in June it seems only fitting for it to be National Rose Month. The rose is beloved year round, yet it seems appropriate to give it some extra attention in June. So loved is the rose by Americans, that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the rose as our National Flower in 1986.

“Roses are red…violets are blue” is a quote familiar to all of us, yet until 1800 all cultivated roses in Europe were shades of white or pink. The beloved red rose first came from China the beginning of the 19th century. Unusual green roses arrived a few decades later. A Frenchman by the name of Joseph Pernet-Ducher is credited with the discovery of the yellow rose around 1900, and we have had yellow and orange roses ever since. Intensive cultivation has revealed all of the remaining colors, except blue or black. Black is considered less than an attractive rose color, but the pursuit of the blue rose has been likened to the “Holy Grail.” Many have tried but none have truly succeeded. Progress has been made, and the quest continues. Read More

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pink-rose-arrangement-You were one of the lucky ones who got roses for Valentine’s Day! Doesn’t it feel special to receive flowers? Guaranteed, you won’t soon forget the person who gave them to you, or that feeling of love and appreciation when you received them. After all, flowers are scientifically proven to make us happy! While the memory could last forever, here are tips to help you keep the flowers themselves around as long as possible.

First, make sure the vase or container is filled to the top with fresh water. Often the water level is lower to avoid spills during delivery. It is important that the water reach close to the top of the vase to insure all stems have access to water. Next, place the flowers in a cool place away from heat vents, air-ducts and direct sunlight. Check the vase daily and refill as needed. Often flowers drink faster that we realize.

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The Red Rose ... Valentine's Day ClassicEach and every February 14 the holiday celebration of Valentine’s Day encourages us to show our love and affection to the special people in our lives. Sure, many of you think the day was made up by greeting card companies, florists and candy makers. Believe me, that isn’t how it happened.

It all started way, way back, rooted in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually in February. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496. There were early Christian saints named Valentinus.

AnthuriumIn Rome, Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Before his execution, he wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer that he healed and signed it, “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Later, in Europe in the 1700s, it took on a more romantic love theme and began to look more like it does today. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that Valentine’s Day caught on in the United States.

Now we enjoy the day with gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates for the ones we adore. Your local professional florist can help you with all your blooming needs. They know what the ladies love and can deliver it for you. Bouquets of reds, pinks and whites reflect the emotion of the day. In the language of flowers, red roses symbolize passionate love.

IMG_2162What about the guys? What do you send him? He might love a nice blooming plant. There are many great blooming and green plants. Read More

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Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend

by Shelby Shy on February 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Red roses, chrsanthemums, hypericum berries This year Valentine’s Day is on Sunday, but why not make it a full on Valentine’s Weekend!

Whether you plan to celebrate at home, at a hotel, or out at a restaurant, you should always incorporate flowers. A delivery of flowers creates a “wow” factor that is not soon forgotten!

Home sweet home is always a place to celebrate your love.  Express your passion and send her a lovely mix of red and burgundy flowers.  Here is a cluster of burgundy dianthus, red hypericum berries, red roses and seeded eucalyptus.

White roses, hydrangea, calla liliesGet her out and about to a restaurant to make her feel special!  Make her feel one of a kind too by arranging for an elegant bouquet of all white flowers to be delivered to the table (since everyone else will be receiving pink and red flowers). This beautiful bouquet consists of white calla lilies, hydrangeas and roses.

Red rosesIf you’ve reserved a luxurious hotel room, go all out and have long-stemmed roses waiting. The more the merrier. Some lucky lady is receiving this 100-stem rose bouquet!

Whatever your fancy, your florist can help you enhance a romantic weekend with a floral surprise sure to knock her socks off. Plan ahead (translation: Call NOW!) and they will take care of all the details so you can be “Cupid Extraordinaire!”

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CRW_6388What’s your love score?

1-50 Points – You need a little help!  Better add your florist to the speed dial list.

51-65 Points – Warming up but, no prize for you!  Call your florist NOW!

66-80 Points – Getting closer. Call your florist and see what you can squeeze in before it is too late.

81-90 Points – Oh, so close!  Time to sprint to the finish.  One more dash to the florist and you could win!

91-100 Points – You’re Sizzling Hot! And, I bet your florist is ready to help you score again.

The game of life…it’s so competitive!  You’re not supposed to keep score but, we all do. How do you tally the points?  I took out the trash – you fed the dog. (Good – balanced points.)  I did the dishes – you did the laundry.  (Again, balanced and happy peoples.) I made dinner and I vacuumed and I put the kids to bed – what did you do?  (Ouch! Not so balanced.)  I’ll share a little secret. You can make a lot of love points this Valentine’s RosesInWoodenCaseDay with just a little effort. Love points can put you ahead in the game of life. In fact, you could make enough points to win at the game of LOVE!

February 14, 2016 falls on a Sunday and, even better yet, Monday is President’s Day. For many, that means a three-day weekend! What a grand celebration opportunity for Valentine’s Day. Plenty of time to win at the Game of Love. Start making plans now. Friday — Saturday – Sunday – Monday…four days to celebrate and add up those points.  This extended celebration of love does not happen every year. This Valentine’s Day, strive to win with the 100 points of romance.  It’s a fun game to play. Hit all 100 and you win!  Here’s how:

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