Caring for Your Cut Roses…

cut rosesCaring for your cut roses…

·         If you have cut roses but won’t be arranging them until later, get them into warm water as soon as possible.  Roses need hydration!

·         Once you are ready to arrange your roses, always use a clean vase to prevent any bacteria from damaging the roses.

·         Fill the vase ¾ full with warm water.  Warm water can be absorbed easier by the roses, allowing for the nutrients to reach the bloom quickly!

·         Flower food is a key ingredient to helping your roses last longer.  Be sure to follow the directions on the package when adding the food to the water.  If you do not have any packaged flower food available, you can make your own using 3 teaspoons of non-diet lemon-lime soda and 1 teaspoon of bleach to one quart of warm water.

·         Remove any foliage that would fall below the water line.  Leaves cause bacteria to grow in the water which will shorten the vase life of the roses.

·         To cut your stems properly, you should hold the bottom of the roses under water and cut each stem at an angel, removing about an inch of stem.  It is best to cut the stems under water because this allows for the roses to start absorbing water immediately. 

·         For optimum vase life, repeat these steps every three days!

Keeping your roses looking beautiful…

·         Always avoid displaying your roses in direct sunlight and near any drafts

·         Keep your roses away from ripening fruit as these give off ethylene gas, which shortens the life of the cut flowers.

·         Gently remove any discolored or drooping petals.

If your roses wilt, they can be revived!

·         Submerge the entire roses under water, such as a sink or bathtub.  In about 30 minutes to an hour, the roses will have absorbed enough water to become replenished.  Before putting it back into the vase, remember to cut off one inch of the stem under water using a sharp knife or pair scissors. 

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Love Symbolism

Cupid,-god-of-loveWhen people are in love they just seem to automatically develop this type of dialogue. But why? We often refer to someone we care about as sweetheart or honey. Researchers have found that when we fall in love, a chemical called phenyl ethylamine or phenylalanine is produced. This drug us responsible for that erratic, psychotic love high that we all feel. When phenyl ethylamine or phenylethylamine is flowing through our veins it’s as if we are on amphetamines. We can stay up all night and work all day the next day. And a pheromone called androstenol is also released, which heightens our sexual attractions. We also end up producing what is called a sweet taste n our mouths and we start spouting off phrases like “luscious” and “sweet” and “honey” and other things that we like such as muffin or cupcake or pudding.

Believe it or not, chocolate contains the same chemical mentioned above called phenyl ethylamine or phenylaline that is produced in our brains when falling in love, and that give the same emotional high related to amphetamines. Many psychologists feel that chocolate is an instant “love booster” and an automatic sweet taste in our mouths. And with some people, both chocolate and love can be addictive.

For thousands of years, certain “pretty things” have often been associated with romance. Lace, because of its delicate nature, has come to represent something lovely to look at and thus represent love. Lace as long as 400 years ago because a popular trimming for clothing, especially clothing associated with love like lingerie and wedding dresses!

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Valentine’s History & Symbolism

<![endif]–>Originally the word Valentine meant the person whose name was picked from a box to be chosen as your sweetheart up until the 1500’s.  Around 1533, it meant the folded piece of paper with the sweetheart’s name on it.  By 1610 it then became the gift given to this special someone and by 1824 it then became a poem, letter or verse to a loved one.

Cupid's-ArrowsAlthough Valentines Day is celebrated on February 14th every year, it originates from the Roman celebration called Lupercalia, which was held on February 15th, a fertility festival.

When the Romans invaded France, they introduced this festival in which Roman boys drew names of Roman girls out of an urn and then the couple exchanged gifts on the festival’s day. This was considered a pagan celebration, so in 469 C.E., Pope Gelasius decided to put a Christian spin on this celebration by declaring that it was now to honor St. Valentine (A young Roman who was martyred by Emperor Claudius II who was said to have died on February 14th, 270 C.E., for refusing to give up Christianity.)

Rumor has it that St. Valentine was a priest who defied the emperor’s ban on marriage by marrying young people in secret. He was discovered, and put to death.

The Roman Catholic Church did their best to try to ban this pagan fertility/mating festival. However, it remained popular in the hearts of the people and so they finally decided that it was hopeless to get rid of it. So they decided to redefine it as a Christian Saint Day of St. Valentine.

In 1660 Charles II officially restored Valentine’s Day into England’s society and it is due to this that Great Britain is the country who is given credit for starting the printing of greeting cards, especially those expressing love, admiration, infatuation and other emotions of love.

St. Valentine’s Day did not come to America until 1629 with the Puritans and even here went against some of the church elders, but love prevails, whether openly or publically and the church could not hold back love and passion even in the new world. About 100 years passed before the first Valentine cards appeared in the United States. 

On February 14th, 1667, Samuel Pepys in his diary described a kind of valentine that he got from his wife. It was a sheet if blue paper in which her name was written in gold letters. This became the beginning of later valentines but the custom didn’t grow quickly. It took 100 years before it was common to leave a valentine love letter at the doorstep of your sweethearts home.

Valentine Symbolism

Cupid is the Roman God of Love and the most popular symbol for Valentine’s Day. The Romans had Cupid as the son of Venus. His arrows were invisible and his victims (which could also include other Gods or humans) would not be aware that they were shot until they fell deeply in love.

The most popular colors that represent Valentine’s Day are red, white and pink. Red symbolizes warmth and feeling. It is associated with the color of the human heart. White is a symbol of purity. In some cases also being the color of Faith, so it means the faith of the love two people share for each other. And pink, which is a combination of red and white, is a symbol of innocence or virginity.

The core symbol of Valentine’s Day is the heart.  A heart (red or pink) with an arrow piercing through it is the most common shape and look of the Valentines Day heart.  The heart is a symbol both of love and also vulnerability. When you send someone a Valentine, you take a risk of being rejected and your feelings hurt. So a piercing arrow is a symbol of death and the vulnerability of love. On the other hand, the heart and arrow also symbolizes the merging of the male and female as one.

The actual biological shape of the human heart does not look like the heart as we see it today. The Valentine heart-shape as we know it today was done by a doodler to represent the human female buttocks or a female torso with well-endowed breasts or the imprint of lips wearing lipstick made upon a piece of paper.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is an expression that comes from early 1800’s where young American and British men wore slips of paper pinned to their sleeves with their girlfriends name written on it. They did this for several days and so it started this term.

It was believed that birds chose their mates on February 14th. The dove was chosen to be the bird representative because it was sacred to the Roman Goddess Venus because it chose a lifelong love partner. Since all doves are part of the pigeon family, they mate for life and the male and female both share the same devotion in caring for their young. Their cooing sounds are often considered “love sounds” and today it is often said that when people in love talk rather sugary and baby-like it is “cooing” with each other. In the middle Ages it was felt that birds chose their mates on February 14th. So February 4th has been considered the official mating day for centuries.

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Meaning of Number of Roses…

red rose dayAs every flower lover knows, flowers have a language of their own…
Find out what the number of roses in an arrangement means!

1 Rose (love at first sight)
2 Roses (mutual feelings)

3 Roses (i love you)

5 Roses ( i love you very much)

6 Roses (i love you, i miss you)

7 Roses (i’m infatuated with you)

9 Roses (together as long as we live)

10 Roses (you’re pretty)

11 Roses (you’re my treasured one)

12 Roses (be my steady)

13 Roses (forever friends)

15 Roses (i’m really sorry)

20 Roses (i’m sincere towards you)

21 Roses (i’m committed to you)

24 Roses (you’re always on my mind)

36 Roses (i’ll remember our romantic moments)

40 Roses (my love is genuine)

99 Roses (i’ll love you ’till the day i die)

100 Roses (i’m totally devoted to you!)

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Romance with your Card Message!

Valentines-Day-CardThe British were the ones who popularized sending your feelings to someone via a printed card. The first Valentine card was created by Charles, Duke of Orleans, imprisoned in the tower of London for several years. He sent Valentine poems to his wife in France from his jail cell.

Some Valentines Day cards are home made, some include trinkets, some locks of hair. Valentine’s verses were romantic, whimsical and critical.
Acrostic Valentines – had verses in which the first letter of the lines spelled out the loved one’s name. Example of the name Amanda:

A – Another moment without you

M – More pain than i can bear.

A – And no other love will ever be

N – Nearer to my heart than yours

D – Days pass slowly until we meet

A – Again & our lives forever share.

Flowers were considered love tokens before there even was a St. Valentines. The Roman God, Bacchus (God of Wine and Joy) and Venus (Goddess of Love and Beauty) both considered the beauty and fragrance of flowers to be tied with romance and love. But since the time of Solomon, the primary flower linked to romance was always the rose. Cleopatra of Egypt covered the floor with roses before receiving Mark Antony. A Roman myth is that Cupid was carrying a vase of sweet nectar to the Gods on Mt Olympus and spilled it on the ground, from that spot of spilled nectar, roses began to grow.

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Say the right thing, with Flowers!

New Classic Collection CField of Flowers makes being romantic easy…

But what to say and with what flower?

Here are some traditional meanings for some other flowers often sent for Valentine’s Day or other touching moments:

Gardenia – I love you secretly
Gladiolus – you pierce my heart
Lilly of the Valley – let us make up
Rose – I love you passionately
Sweet William – you are gallant, suave and perfect
Violet – I return your love
Green Leaves – represented hope in a love affair. Often rumored to be the reason why British girls sprinkled bay leaves with rose’s water and put them on their pillows on Valentines’ Day Eve in hopes to see their loved one in their dreams.

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Meaning of Rose Colors…

assorted colored rosesRed: Love & affection, romantic & abiding love, true love, honest beauty; love stronger than thorns & can outline all obstacles.

Dark Red: Readiness for commitment, dying love, deep passion.

Light Pink: Gentleness, admiration, warmth & harmony.

Pink: Grace & elegance, beauty & refinement; sweetness.

Bright Pink: Appreciation & recognition.

Lavender: Love/enchantment at first sight, regal majesty, wonder.

Purple: Magnetism, majesty

Dark Purple: opulence, wealth

Blue: Mystery, the unattainable. “You’re extraordinarily wonderful!” mysterious beginnings of new things

Turquoise: Calm, fertility, abundance, self-respect, well being.

White: Purity & innocence, heavenly, new beginning, marriages, beauty & youthfulness.

Yellow: Friendship & “I care.” Gladness, warmth, good luck.

Peach: Modesty, closing of a new deal, great cheer, sincerity, genuineness, thank you.

Orange: Fascination, passion, desire, “I’m so proud of you.”

Black: Farewell & sorrow, loss & mortality, courage, resistance & Halloween.

Rose Color Mixes:
Red & White: Unity

Red & Yellow: Happiness

Pink & White: Forever Love

Orange & Yellow: Passionate Thoughts

Pale Colors: Socialibility & Friendship

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Orchid Plant Care pt 2

orchid pic1Vanda Orchid Plant

Temperature: can flourish in temperatures between 60° and 90°
Light: indirect, bright light
Water: water at the roots daily

Re-potting: remove all the old flower spikes, as well as any dead roots. Place your orchid in its new pot with a coarse potting media of your choice or Vandas can also happily grow a basket without any potting media, but this will require more watering.

Interesting Fact: some wild Vanda orchid species, including the blue Vanda, are considered endangered and it is prohibited worldwide to export them.

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Oncidium Orchid Plant

Temperature: can flourish in temperatures between 60° and 85°
Light: indirect, bright light
Water: soil to moderately dry between watering

Re-potting: carefully remove the plant from its original pot and loosen the root mass. With your fingers, remove the old potting media. Cut off any old bloom spikes and any dry, shriveled roots. Choose a pot for the plant that will allow for two years growth. In the bottom of your new pot add drainage material, such as pieces of a broken clay pot or styro peanuts. Place your orchid in the new pot with the oldest part of the plant touching the side of the pot. Add your potting media, stop at about 1/2 inch from the rim.

Interesting Fact: Oncidiums have been nicknamed, “Dancing Ladies” or “Dancing Dolls” because the long bloom sprays resemble groups of ballet dancers.

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James’ Story Orchid Plant

Temperature: can flourish in temperatures between 60° and 90°
Light: indirect, bright light
Water: water frequently, keep soil evenly moist

Re-potting: take the plant out of its pot and remove the old potting media, as well as any dead roots. Choose a pot that will allow for two years of growth. Place your orchid in its new pot with potting media, stopping just about 1/2 inch from the rim.

Interesting Fact: James’ Story orchids are the most popular orchid breed for wedding bouquets and centerpieces.

We are celebrating our annual Orchid Celebration.
1/18 – 2/1 at the Boca Raton, Davie and Palmetto Bay Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes and take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all designer orchid arrangements and stems!

Every Sat during our celebration there is a FREE 2pm Design Demo.  Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques for creating a stunning arrangement using orchids.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo; our designer will raffle off an arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

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Flowering Facts: Orchids

Orchids by the stem at Field of FlowersThe first orchid introduced from the western hemisphere to Europe was the vanilla orchid, reaching Spain in 1515.

With between 20,000 and 30,000 species, orchids are the largest family of blooming plants in the world.

 

 

We are celebrating our annual Orchid Celebration.
1/18 – 2/1 at the Boca Raton, Davie and Palmetto Bay Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes and take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all designer orchid arrangements and stems!

Every Sat during our celebration there is a FREE 2pm Design Demo.  Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques for creating a stunning arrangement using orchids.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo; our designer will raffle off an arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

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Flowering Facts: Orchids

dendrobium orchidsOrchids grow on all continents except Antarctica and occur in all of the major ecosystems and habitats on earth.

Orchid plants can last over a month and cut orchid stems can last up to 3 weeks with proper care and handling.

 

We are celebrating our annual Orchid Celebration.
1/18 – 2/1 at the Boca Raton, Davie and Palmetto Bay Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes and take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all designer orchid arrangements and stems!

Every Sat during our celebration there is a FREE 2pm Design Demo.  Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques for creating a stunning arrangement using orchids.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo; our designer will raffle off an arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

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