We human beings are just like flowers which need oxygen, light as well as water. When we are sounded by nature, we feel peace and calm because nature do have the magic power to let us relaxed and inspired once they are introduced to our home. There are five shrubs suggested for you in your landscaping project.
1. Red Flowers: Rose
Red flowers represent a sense of passion as well as enthusiasm while rose is the queen among the red flowers. As the embodiment of love and kindness, it is suitable to be put in the dining room or the kitchen when you are eating so that you and your family can enjoy a fabulous meal under a harmonious atmosphere and fragrant smell.
2. Blue or Purple Flowers: Violet
Blue stands for ocean and sky which contains a huge open mind and purple can keep up one’s spirits. The moment when you enter a house with such fabulous violet, however unhappy you are because of some unpleasant stuff, you can calm down and fall into your tranquil world.
3. Orange flowers: African daisy
What’s your feeling when you see orange flowers? Happy? Ardent? Excited? Yes, that’s what you can get from the orange African daisy. Matched with white and green plants; they stand for new opportunities and the power to grow. Put them right on your desk, you can stimulate your creativity and infinite possibility.
4. Yellow flowers: Chrysanthemum, Sunflower
Yellow flowers are the emissary of sun, full of power of life, by the way, they are also good to reduce your pressure and help you do an emotional regulation. Different style of flowers can have different healing power.
5. Guess what?
Guess what kind of flower do I forget to say? You! Yes, the hostess is the central of the house. How could a flowery house be lively without a floral fairy! In order to make a bulk effect of flower, the hostess can wear a piece of dress with floral pattern since the hot trend this summer is flower. The D & G 2011 summer show, the underwear, blouses, dresses, skirts, trousers, jackets, head scarves, handbags, flowers are everywhere, like in an ocean of flowers. Besides D & G, you can also take advantage of Karen Millen floral pattern dresses.
Flowers, connected with happiness, creativity, sympathy and tranquility, can make us healthier, more optimistic and more compassionate. Bring more flowers in your living space as well as working space, you can have a newly nice day!
Summer Flowers – Fall & Winter Splendour. While your garden and the local farmers market are abundant with flowers, take advantage of the blooms by preserving them for your fall and winter decorating.
To preserve your flowers, you will need the following materials:
1. Clean containers with tight-fitting lids (at least 6 – 8 inches deep) such as ice cream buckets
2. Large box of Borax crystals
3. Small funnel
4. Small spoon
6. Blooms of varying types from the garden.
Cut the blooms from their early bud stage to fully open. Keep in mind that a flower that is close to the end of its cycle will not preserve as nicely. Sort the blooms as to density. Pansies, buttercups and some poppies and other flowers with single petals can be dried together. Carnations and open roses together. Rose buds should be dried with any other tight buds.
Gently shake each flower to ensure all bugs are dislodged. Cut the stem about one inch from the base of the bloom. Remove any outside flower petals that may be damaged.
In the bottom of the container pour an inch and a half of Borax. Settle blooms into the container, with stems inserted into the crystals. Blooms should not touch each other or the side of the container.
Using a spoon, carefully sprinkle more crystals on each bloom and around it. Be sure to support any petals that may be odd-shaped by adding more Borax in/under those spots. Once you have approximately half-inch of crystals on top of the blooms, use a funnel to continue pouring the crystals evenly over the container until there is two inches as a top and all bloom petals are covered completely.
After three weeks, it is then safe to check your blooms. Some may be ready to be removed and some may need more drying time. Carefully spoon away top layer. Using the spoon or your hands, gently lift out flowers. Don’t lift by the petals. Holding the bloom by the stem, very, very gently shake to remove any crystals left.
Carnations, roses, and any types of buds may take longer to dry. When a bloom is dried, it will have a transparent look about it. Some blooms that have a strong scent may even retain some of that odour.
This process can be used to preserve a corsage and other flowers received for special occasions.
After you have removed your blooms from the Borax, pour the crystals through a colander to remove any leaves or petals you have missed. Place sifted crystals back in the bucket, leave the lid off for a few days. Stirring occasionally to ensure crystals are air-dried. Place lid on bucket and store in a cool dry place until you are ready to dry your next batch of blooms. They can be re-used three to five times.
The origins of flowers associated with each month of the year go back to the middle ages and beyond. Depending on the religion or culture of our global cousins, flowers have different meanings and symbolically represent different things. Below are just a few ideas that represent the months of the year and the flowers that are symbolic of that month…
January is represented by the carnation. Pink Carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the cross. Carnations represent love, fascination and distinction…
February is represented by the Iris. This plant symbolises the Fleur-de-Lis, Emblem of France; your friendship means so much to me, faith, hope, wisdom, and valour…
March is represented by the Daffodil, this hardy plant flowers in spring, it represents, regard, unrequited love, you’re the only one…
April is represented by the Daisy, it comes from the sunflower family, it symbolizes innocence, loyal love, I’ll never tell, and purity…
May is represented by the Lily; (white) represents virginity, purity, and majesty. The range of lilies extends across much of Europe across most of Asia to Japan, India, and the Philippine’s. They extend from southern Canada through much of the US…
June is represented by the Rose. Depending on the colour the rose has many meanings and messages. Roses for the bride mean happiness and love. A coral rose represents desire, whilst dark crimson can mean grief. The red rose signifies respect and love (passionate)…
July is represented by the Delphinium. The name comes from the Greek word Delphi’s, a reference to the flower’s resemblance to the bottle-like nose of the dolphin. It symbolizes an open heart and ardent attachment…
August is represented by the Gladioli; this amazing plant is sometimes called the sword lily, it is the flower of the gladiators, it symbolizes sincerity…
September is represented by the Aster. The name of this plant comes from an ancient Greek work meaning star. It symbolizes love and daintiness…
October is represented by the Marigold. It is a member of the sunflower family. Christians called Marigolds, Mary’s Gold. It symbolizes affection and grace. In some cultures it symbolizes cruelty, jealousy and grief…
November is represented by the Chrysanthemum. They come in many colours, with many meanings; they mostly symbolize optimism and happiness…
December is represented by the Poinsettia. It is also known as the Christmas Star. It is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. This gorgeous red plant symbolizes merriment and good cheer.
All flowers have meaning. They have their own language and people have been using them since the Victorian Age as symbols expressing their feelings. Today, these fragile blooms are used to express one sentiment or another as one leading psychologist states, “Flowers are a perfect replica of human life.”
And because different flowers have different meanings, it is important that when you give one to your loved one, you are sending them the right message. Here is a short list of our favorite flowers to send and their corresponding meanings:
The rose has several meanings, depending on the color, the occasion, and whether or not it is in full bloom or just a bud. Thus, a bridal rose symbolizes “happy love” while a Christmas rose means “tranquilize my anxiety” or simply, “anxiety.”
A damask rose on the other hand means “Persian ambassador of love”, a dark crimson rose symbolizes “mourning”, and a hibiscus rose means “delicate beauty.”
If someone gives you a rose leaf, it is like the giver is saying that “you may hope.” But if you receive a pink rose, it means either “perfect happiness” or “please, believe me.” A red rose, of course, means “love” or “I love you.”
If you get a bouquet of mature rose blooms, it means “gratitude” but if you only receive a single full bloom, it means “I love you” or “I still love you.”
Another favorite, tulip flowers in general mans “perfect lover, fame, flower emblem of Holland.” A red tulip can be equivalent to a single rose in full bloom in that it symbolizes a “declaration of love,” however it could also mean “believe me.” Variegated tulip flowers mean that the giver of the flower thinks you have “beautiful eyes.”
If the tulip is yellow, it means “there’s sunshine in your smile.”
In Japan, the chrysanthemum is the official crest of the Imperial family. But in the world of romance, the red chrysanthemum means “I Love You” while the white one means “truth.”
Watch out for that yellow chrysanthemum though because it means that you have slighted someone who is in love with you.
Hyacinths are flowers dedicated to Apollo, the Greek god of the sun who is also considered as the patron of the arts. Hence, the hyacinth in general is used to symbolize “games and sports” as well as “rashness.”
The blue hyacinth symbolizes “constancy” while the red or pink hyacinth symbolizes a playful nature. When you receive a purple hyacinth from your best friend or loved one with whom you just had a fight, consider the flower as their way of saying “I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me.” Both could also mean “sorrow.”
Here is a short list of flowers and their meanings:
Acorn - nordic symbol of life and immortality
Bachelor button – single blessedness
Aster - symbol of love, daintiness
Azalea - take care of yourself for me, temperance, fragile, passion, Chinese symbols of womanhood
Bells of Ireland – good luck
Carnation (general) – fascination, womanize love
Carnation (pink) – I’ll never forget you
Carnation (red) – my heart aches for you, admiration
Carnation (purple) – capriciousness
Carnation (solid color) – yes
Carnation (stripped) – no!, refusal, sorry i can’t be with you
Carnation (white) – sweet and lovely, innocence, pure love, womanize good luck gift
Carnation (yellow) – you have disappointed me, rejection
Hyacinth (general) – games and sports, richness, dedicated to Apollo
Hyacinth (blue) – consistency
Hyacinth (purple) – I am sorry please forgive me, sorrow
Hyacinth (red or pink) – play
Hyacinth (white) – loveliness, I’ll pray for you
Hyacinth (yellow) – jealousy
Hydrangea - thank you for understanding, frigidity, heartlessness
Huckleberry - faith
Peony - shame, gay life, happy marriage, compassion
Lilac - beauty
Lily (orange) – hatred
Lily (white) – virginity, purity, majesty, it’s heavenly to be with you
Lily (yellow) – I’m walking on air, false and gay, gratitude
Lily (calla) – beauty
Lily (day) – Chinese emblem for mother
Lily (eucharis) – maiden charms
Lily (tiger) – wealth, pride, prosperity
Lily of the valley – sweetness, tears of the virgin mary, return to happiness, humility, you’ve made my life complete
Gardenia - you’re lovely, secret love
When people look at online flowers, most assume the quality is going to be far less than those from a physical flower shop. The truth of the matter is that these online flower shop offer high quality flowers to you at a reasonable price. In some cases, they can even provide you with a higher quality arrangement of flowers for a fraction of the cost. With that in mind, you are going to want to consider some different factors.
One of the first things you will learn about online flower shops is they will work with different flower suppliers across the globe. Their goal is to get the best floral selections that they can find at a fraction of the price. This in turn means that while your local flower shop will have options, this online store is going to be able to provide you with some high quality flowers that you might not have otherwise had a chance to obtain.
Another thing to consider is that most online flower shops will have a considerable amount of quality assurance that ensures that before a bouquet leaves, you get the best flowers possible. While a florist will sometimes blend in flowers they need to push in bouquets, you will find that all the arrangements that are made for the online flower shop will take place in production. Once the bouquets are done, the company will have quality assurance people review each set of flowers to ensure they are acceptable. That means you won’t have to worry about a bad arrangement of flowers getting out that don’t meet the high standards of the company.
Of course, even with all the quality you find out there, the truth of the matter is you get better overall arrangements by ordering your flowers online. Since they do fine tune the arrangements to get you more for your money, you can be certain that after all are said and done, your flowers leave a lasting impression with the person who receives them. In some cases, you might even find that they are better received then the ones you used to pick up at the florists on your way home from work.
Since most people enjoy receiving flowers from people that mean the world to them, you can really make an impact with the online flower ordering that is available. No matter what time of day it is, you can easily order some of these brilliant arrangements in no time at all. Along with that, you are going to have the chance to save money in the long run and even remember important dates.
With so many benefits to ordering flowers online, you will want to be certain that you take the time to look over all the options you have. There is no doubt that with a little review, you can come up with some exceptional options and end up having some flower arrangements that will leave a lasting impression.
All flowers are popular in their own right depending on the use they’re intended for. No flower is left neglected especially when you’re making a flower arrangement. They’re all used in all aspect of the arrangement you intend to do based on the occasion the flowers are used.
However, no matter how important flowers in all occasions, there are some that shines over the others especially in their price value and the quality of their flowers. There are flowers that are short lived and long lasting. Others are low quality and high quality, some priced flowers intended for some special occasions used for dignitaries.
To give you some ideas regarding the popularity of flowers, I have researched the most popular flowers for your guidance.
1. Lily. This type of flower have a strong fragrance that is commonly used in sympathy tributes that’s why some people associate lily flowers with funerals. Though they have a strong fragrance some people don’t appreciate its scent especially those with allergies, while some people adore their strong fragrance. You’ll need to weigh those factors in when deciding whether or not to use lilies.
2. Rose. Rose is the most favorite flower because it symbolizes romance and it’s also edible. In every special occasions, roses are always used as decorative ornaments as the main decor for flower arrangement. Each rose color symbolizes different meaning, that’s why in every occasion you could always see a rose flower as a token.
3. Tulip. A perfect flower for people in love, this flower signify fame, charity and a perfect lover. When a guy is deadly in love with his woman, he would offer a red tulip to her arms to declare his undying love.
4. Orchids. Orchids is a well known flower that also signifies love, beauty and refinement. In China this flower is a symbol for children. It’s also an excellent ingredient in all kinds of flower arrangement in all occasions.
5. Sunflower. This flower is the favorite of home gardeners as an attractant for butterflies and honey bees because of its large size flowers, that easily catches the attention of friendly insects. Its seeds are also edible as a source for precious high quality oil. Sunflowers symbolizes loyalty and wishes.
6. Carnations. Carnation flowers are edible and has been used to make the French Liquor in the 17th century. It has different colors that symbolizes different meanings, but generally carnations is a sign of affection, health and strength.
7. Gardenia. Like roses, this flower also symbolizes love, so that when a man have a secret crush to a woman, he would send a gardenia flower to be recognized. Gardenia is a good combination with other flowers in forming a flower arrangement intended for all occasions.
8. Marigold. Marigold is a good companion crop in the garden because it’s considered as an insect repellent. It ward-off some destructive pests in the garden, since its flowers have an aroma that insect pests hates to smell. Besides being a popular garden flower marigold also signifies cruelty, grief, and jealousy. So, the next time you send a flower to your friend, be careful not include marigold, you might be losing a friend.
The joy of receiving a bouquet can easily turn into a real disaster if you are not aware of the cultural differences between the rest of the world and Eastern Europe. If you master the art of giving flowers the way people do it in Eastern Europe however, you will be able to multiply the pleasure of both yourself and your Eastern European girl.
Giving flowers is one of the best ways to show your lady that you care for her. However, you will have to learn these simple facts about the etiquette of giving flowers to a Eastern European girl to avoid awkward situations:
Never give your date an even number of flowers. This is very, very important. In Western Europe people often give flowers in half dozens or a dozen. In the majority of Eastern European countries, such as Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Litva and few more countries an even number of flowers is given only to the dead.
People in Eastern Europe bring even numbers of flowers when visiting the graveyard or when going to a funeral. These are the only occasions when you will see Eastern European girls giving flowers in twos, fours, sixes, and so on.
When you are giving a flower or a bouquet of flowers to a girl from Eastern Europe – be it on a date or when visiting her at home – always try to give uneven numbers. The only exception to this rule is the number 13. Even though it is an uneven number, it is believed to bring bad luck. You can buy either eleven or fifteen instead, but do not give thirteen flowers to your lady.
The color of the flowers you choose to give plays a very small role but it is still worth mentioning. Generally, it does not matter hugely what type of flowers you decide to give to your lady. However, there are still a few things you are best being aware of.
White flowers, especially calla lilies, are used mostly at weddings. However, white chrysanthemum flowers are most likely to be seen at a funeral. It is a good idea to avoid giving white and yellow flowers in the first place, and you will be sure to avoid any misunderstanding.
Good choices when it comes to flowers to bring on your first date are pink, purple and other strong colored blooms. Roses are always an excellent choice. Pay special attention to the fact that a red rose has a very strong symbolical meaning in expressing your love for someone, so do not bring a single red rose on your very first date with your Eastern European girl.
In the eras gone by, lovers would communicate with the secret language of flowers. Red roses for passion, jasmine for grace or a pink camellia for longing are just a few secret meanings that could be communicated between lovers.
The language of flowers also known as floriography, can be traced back to the early Chinese dynasties. However, it wasn’t until the 18th Century when Lady Mary Wortley Montague, wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople introduced the “Secret language of Flowers” to Europe that the language of flowers flourished between couples. European lovers embraced this book and thus, the tradition of sending secret messages through flowers began.
Here’s a list of some common flowers and their hidden meaning:
- Carnations – The white carnation was meant to signify you were remembered while a red carnation symbolized an aching heart.
- Sunflowers – The big and bright yellow sunflower was to signify adoration.
- Chrysanthemums – The white chrysanthemum means truthfulness, the red stands for sharing, the brown chrysanthemum means excitement why the yellow stands for a secret admirer.
- Forget-me-nots – They forget-me-not’s meaning is not so hidden as it means remember me forever.
- Magnolias – They stood for dignity and a love of nature.
- Daisies – The daisy could mean a number of things including innocence, purity, faith, cheer or loyal love.
Of all these flowers, the Rose is the most common choice of flower to be sent to express one’s love nowadays. While the red rose signifies passionate love there are a number of different meanings for the different colour of roses. The pink rose signifies friendship, a white rose signifies purity and a yellow rose signifies zeal. A combination of roses such as white and red can signify unity.
Flowers were also used as gifts to signify a married couple’s anniversary. A pansy should be gifted on the first wedding anniversary; a cosmos should be gifted on a second, a fuchsia on the third, a geranium on the fourth and a daisy on the fifth anniversary. Thereafter, a day lily would be appropriate for the 20th anniversary while an iris should be sent on the 25th anniversary and violets should be sent for the 50th anniversary.
However, over the years the true meaning of flowers has been lost and only a few people look at flowers beyond their beauty and fragrance. That’s not to say, the sentiments behind the flowers are empty. People have just found new ways to incorporate their messages through flower giving, through written messages, on special occasions or via a hand delivered bouquet. Flowers are still one of the most popular gifts given to that special someone.