Not Your Everyday Arrangement!

Looking something different to send to your friend or loved one?  Mixed spring arrangements are always a great choice, but what if you want something a little different?  Why not try a BHF Lilies and Lemons arrangement? 

This arrangement will surely delight the recipient.  Heighten the senses and make them smile!

The Impact of Flowers

Flowers have a significant impact on feelings and emotions.  According to studies by Rutgers University:

Research Findings

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

  1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.”

Sharing Space

The study also explored where in their homes people display flowers. The arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors – such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms – suggesting that flowers are a symbol for sharing.

“Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.”

Want to learn more?  Visit www.aboutflowers.com

Easter Lily

THE EASTER LILY HOLIDAY TRADITION

Each holiday is marked by cherished traditions that bring joy, comfort, and warmth, and provide continuity from one generation to the next. Easter has its share of traditions: egg decorations and hunts; gift baskets and chocolate bunnies, sunrise church services, parades, and, of course, the Easter Lily. For many, the beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life – the spiritual essence of Easter.

History, mythology, literature, poetry and the world of art are rife with stories and images that speak of the beauty and majesty of the elegant white flowers. Dating back to Biblical lore, the lily is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. One of the most famous Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount, when Christ told his listeners: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet….. Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

Often called the “white-robed apostles of hope,” lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s agony. Tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress. Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by banking their alters and surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.

Since the beginning of time, lilies have played significant roles in allegorical tales concerning the sacrament of motherhood. Ancient fables tell us the lily sprang from the milk of Hera, the mythological Queen of Heaven.

The pure white lily has long been closely associated with the Virgin Mary. In early paintings, the Angel Gabriel is pictured extending to the Virgin Mary a branch of pure white lilies, announcing that she is to be the mother of the Christ Child. In other paintings, saints are pictured bringing vases full of white lilies to Mary and the infant Jesus.

The legend is told that when the Virgin Mary’s tomb was visited three days after her burial, it was found empty save for bunches of majestic white lilies. Early writers and artists made the lily the emblem of the Annunciation, the Resurrection of the Virgin: the pure white petals signifying her spotless body and the golden anthers her soul glowing with heavenly light.

It seems the thirteenth-century Barthololmeus Anglicus had this in mind when he wrote: ‘The Lily is an herbe with a white flower; and though the leaves of the floure be white, yet within shineth the likeness of gold.” So goes the saying, ‘To gild a lily is to attempt, foolishly, to improve on perfection.” To many artists and poets it seemed that, if any flower could have one, the lily had a soul.

In yet another expression of womanhood, lilies had a significant presence in the paradise of Adam and Eve. Tradition has it that when Eve left the Garden of Eden she shed real tears of repentance, and from those remorseful tears sprung up lilies. The spiritual principle held here is that true repentance is the beginning of beauty.

A mark of purity and grace throughout the ages, the regal white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater meaning of Easter. Gracing millions of homes and churches, the flowers embody joy, hope and life. Whether given as a gift or enjoyed in your own home, the Easter Lily serves as a beautiful reminder that Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating.

The following poem by Louise Lewin Matthews captures the spiritual essence of the Easter Lily:

Easter morn with lilies fair
Fills the church with perfumes rare,
As their clouds of incense rise,
Sweetest offerings to the skies.
Stately lilies pure and white
Flooding darkness with their light,
Bloom and sorrow drifts away,
On this holy hallow’d day.
Easter Lilies bending low
in the golden afterglow,
Bear a message from the sod
To the heavenly towers of God.

-Louise Lewin Matthews

Written and posted by http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/publications/lily/lily.html

2010 Floral Trends

Teleflora caught this and we re-blogged it so you could see….

Floral Design by Michelle Perry-White
Photography by Ron Derhacopian
Text by Bruce Wright

from the 2010 issue of Flowers& magazine
www.flowersandmagazine.com

Floral design – 2010 trends

The floral experts at Flowers& magazine (a magazine for the floral industry) have compiled an interesting and insightful combination of design trends for 2010.  We thought it was so interesting that we’re republishing those six trends here on Flower Blog! 

Trend 1 - Passion 

1. Passion – While passion usually runs high in the world of flowers, this year we think it will be even more pronounced with saturated colors in deep hues of red and purple – colors with names that sound passionate, like cassis, crushed berry and fuchsia.  Held in vessels made of metallics and clear glass, these colors really pop. 

Trend 2 - Gustavian bouquet 

2. Gustavian – This second trend borrows the name of a royal – King Gustav of Sweden – to describe a trend that is equal parts regal and Scandinavian in tone.  Using classical forms in a modern way, Gustavian bouquets are clean and fresh in tones of white, cream and blue while only incorporating a single color or type of flower in the bunch.  Vases or urns that are footed are particularly well-suited here. 

Trend 3 - Vintage Charm bouquet 

3. Vintage Charm – A yearning for happy memories of days gone by makes this trend timely in 2010.  Using well-loved (and well-used!) garden accessories like grandma’s watering can or a classic topiary form are a hallmark of this style.  Flowers in these arrangements are seen in primarily in pastel shades with a bright bloom or two for accent. 

Trend 4 - Global Connection Bouquet 

4. Global Connection – As the saying goes, the world gets smaller every day; this trend embraces that by bringing together a wide range of patterns and blooms from various locales in an eclectic, energetic style.  The color palette here is mostly earth and fire, shades of red, orange and yellow in the bouquet and a container of earthen-colors go brilliantly together. 

Trend 5 - Calculated Casual 

5. Calculated Casual – The comforts of home might show up in a greater emphasis on comfortable and easy-going design this year.  The range of light to warm yellows seen in these CalculatedCasual bouquets is friendly and cheerful yet not overly feminine or complicated. 

Trend 6 - Terra Firma Bouquet 

6. Terra Firma – The green movement is coming home – in a vase!  The environmental movement has unquestionably launched a unique design aesthetic of objects in cream, green and brown. These arrangements have that aesthetic at their base, quite literally in natural vessels and accessories, and then punch it up a little with a few vivid colors like amber and aubergine in blooms.  

http://www.teleflora.com/FLOWERBLOG/post/Floral-design-2010-trends.aspx

What are your New Years Resolutions?

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned. More socio-centric examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more economically or environmentally responsible. People may act similarly during the Christian fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. The new year resolution is one example of the rolling forecast-method of planning. According to this method, plans are established at regular short or medium-term time intervals, when only a rough long-term plan exists. There are religious parallels to this secular tradition. For example, during Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

Wikipedia…