Meet the Desert Rose


"Meet the Desert Rose"Name: Desert Rose Cactus

Family: Crassulaceae (Echeveria)

Meaning: Endurance, fortitude

Common Names: Pinwheel Desert Rose, Irish Rose

History:

The word cactus is derived from the Greek word “Kaktos” and refers to a plant with spiny thistles on it. It has also been referred to as the “Mother-in-law’s Cushion”. The Desert Rose is a water-storing, evergreen perennial with tight rosettes that come in a variety of colors and are predominantly available in the winter and spring. The spoon-shaped leaves look like flower petals, which resemble a rose are native to semi-desert areas of Central America, from Mexico to north-western South America.

Because of its nature to withstand the test of time, the cactus symbolizes endurance and longevity.

The Desert Rose makes a perfect desktop gift for an office.

SHIMMERY NEUTRALS & ORGANIC, NATURAL ELEMENTS TOP 2016 WEDDING TRENDS


Wedding Expert & Author Maggie Lord of Rustic Wedding Chic Weighs in on What to Expect for Next Year’s Nuptials

weddingflowers“Shimmery neutral colors and beautiful natural settings and design elements will be popping up for weddings in 2016,” says wedding expert and author Maggie Lord of Rustic Wedding Chic. Wedding attendees, engaged couples and planners can plan to see these trends emerge next year:

Metallic Color Themes

Expect plenty of shimmer and shine from weddings this year. Brides are finding new and exciting ways to incorporate metallic colors into their weddings, from beautiful bridesmaid dresses that sparkle to gorgeous centerpieces that complement the newly popular industrial wedding look.

Cream-Colored Bridesmaid Dresses

Rather than sticking with the classic white-wedding-gown/brightly-colored-bridesmaid-dress contrast, brides are finding that cream-colored bridesmaid dresses can add subtle beauty to the wedding party.

Flower Crowns

More brides are saying goodbye to the traditional veil and having fun with alternative headpieces. A big trend, especially among rustic and boho brides, is flower crowns. They are a great way to incorporate natural beauty into your wedding.

Monochromatic Color Theme

Weddings are going monochromatic in 2016! Brides are discovering less is more when it comes to their wedding color theme. All you need is one color – in a variety of shades – to create a beautiful wedding.

brideandgroomNational Park Weddings

Rustic brides are taking their love for the outdoors to a whole new level by having their weddings in a national park. They’re the perfect backdrop for picturesque wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Long-Sleeved Wedding Gowns

Popularized by celebrity Ashley Williams, the long-sleeved wedding gown is taking hold, with brides everywhere jumping on the craze. We expect this wedding gown inspiration to last well into 2016.

About Rustic Wedding Chic

Rustic Wedding Chic has become the wedding blog of choice for brides planning a rustic or country wedding. Launched in May of 2009 by Maggie Lord, Rustic Wedding Chic and The Rustic Wedding Guideinspire and guide couples with a daily muse of photography and information along with a curated directory of resources. With 11 million monthly pin views, Rustic Wedding Chic loves to showcase “real” weddings- filled with creative, dreamy and inspiring photos. Lord is the author of three books, Rustic Wedding Chic, Barn Weddings, and The Rustic Wedding Handbook. For more information, visit www.rusticweddingchic.com or follow RWC on Instagram @rusticweddingchic and on Pinterest.

Get Out of the Doghouse with Flowers


"We Specialize in DOGHOUSE REPAIRS - doghouse logoWE SPECIALIZE IN DOGHOUSE REPAIRS

And today is the 15th Anniversary of the Get Out of the Doghouse Day and Month becoming an OFFICIAL HOLIDAY.  And it all started when a customer came into Eden Florist and said “”Help, I’m in the doghouse.”   I replied, “No problem, we specialize in doghouse repairs.”

This may come as no surprise to you that ever since the dawn of time, people (mostly men) have been in the doghouse.  Imagine how much trouble Adam would have been in if he had not eaten that apple!  He might have had to spend the night (or several) in the dogasaurus cave! But that’s another story….

For as long as I can remember, people (mostly men) have been coming into my florist and saying “Help, I’m in the doghouse.”

And so began what would one day become a national holiday. Of course, Get out of the Doghouse Day is not really a celebration.  I mean how could it be?  Its more of an observance. Because most of the time people (mostly men) are looking for something to “smooth things over.”  While flowers can certainly help get back in the intended’s good graces, it is easier to be forgiven when the offender is remorseful, sincere and he (or she) ads a dash of romance.

Now, I’m not suggesting you BEG Forgiveness (unless the situation warrants it), I am suggesting that bringing home a bouquet and being open to talking it out will give you a better chance of “getting out of the doghouse.”

In 2002 my staff and I conducted a survey and a majority of women said that although they preferred to talk about their troubles, they also thought flowers were a romantic way to ask for forgiveness. For men the answer was much simpler. They prefer make-up sex. Maybe adding a petals around the house and on the bed would satisfy both!

So next time you are in the doghouse think of flowers as a start… flowers suggest romance and let’s face it, romance is what most people (mostly women) really want.

So next time you are in the doghouse, bring home a bouquet and a willingness to talk things out and you could find yourself out of the doghouse and back in the Main House.

And remember, Eden Florist specializes in “doghouse repairs.”

 

To read some fun doghouse stories visit: http://www.tulipstalk.com/category/doghouse-stories/

To submit YOUR Doghouse Story (and enter our doghouse competition) visit: http://tulipstalk.com/DoghouseSurvey.pdf.

Favorite Date Ideas and Flowers


"Favorite Date Ideas and Flowers"Favorite Date

If you are interested in taking your date out to his or her favorite restaurant or you wanted to rent one of his or her favorite movies, you need to know what those are. During one of your dates, give your “date” a sheet of paper and a pen. Call out 10 or 20 categories for each of you to list your top 3-5 favorites. Suggestions would be restaurants, movies, musical artists, meals, television shows, books, and so one.

Be sure to list categories that would have relevance to your relationship – for example if you knew one of their favorite musical groups was coming to town, you could purchase tickets for an upcoming date.vAfter you finish your lists, compare notes and see if you have any favorites in common. Write down your sweetheart’s answers so you can have plenty of ideas for future dates and gifts.

Be sure to bring flowers to her (or him) when you pick them up for these special dates.

Buy flowers at Eden Florist in South Florida anytime!

Where did all those pretty flowers come from?


Wondering where all the pretty spring flowers come from?  Most of them come from the Dutch Flower Auctions and are shipped all over the world. Here’s a little bit about the Dutch Flower Auctions:

"Where did all those pretty flowers come from"The Dutch cut flower auctions form the distribution base for flowers and plants throughout the world. Their magnitude appeals to one’s imagination. The auctions have even become a major tourist attraction in Holland.

There is an endless stream of figures and facts designed to capture the magnitude of auctions. Here are interesting factual tidbits regarding the Dutch cut flower auctions in the world:

  • According to the Guinness Book of Records, the auction in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands is the largest commercial building in the world, comprising one million square meters. For that matter, the total floor space of the Flora Holland outlets equals 1,500,000 square meters or 16,145,865 square feet.
  • The Dutch auction at Naaldwijk has the largest floral cooling space in the world, measuring 43,000 square meters or 462,848 square feet – larger than 10 soccer fields combined. 
  • Over three-quarters of flowers and plants supplied to Dutch auctions are exported.
  • The auction clock was invented in Holland in 1902. The auction takes place by counting down from highest price to lowest price. The buyer stops the clock by pressing a button. If he is the first to press his button, he then purchases the flowers or plants being auctioned.
  • The auction in Aalsmeer draws more than 100,000 visitors annually.
  • At the auctions, the price of cut flowers is always a per stem price.
  • In 2006, Dutch auctions had combined sales of 3,975,400,000 euro – of which 2,500,400,000 euro for cut flowers.
  • Most Dutch cut flowers are exported to Germany, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Belgium.
  • At Dutch auctions, the most popular cut flowers sold are roses, chrysanthemums and tulips (in that order).
  • The export of cut flowers to Russia is the fastest growing (up 26% in 2006) export market for Dutch grown cut flowers.
  • Each year, the Dutch ornamental flower sector develops between 1,200 and 1,500 new flowers and plants.
  • Not all sales take place by the auction clock. The auctions also act as intermediary brokers between flower growers and buyers, without using the clock. This service started in 1972, and now makes up around one-fourth of total sales.
  • Dutch flower auctions use 12 million flower buckets and 800,000 flower boxes annually to get its flowers safely from the grower to the wholesaler.
  • Some 12,300 companies are involved in making deliveries to the Dutch auctions.

So next time you order spring flowers from your local florist, you have a little more insight into what goes into getting them from the earth to you!

Heidi

Be sure and order your next floral bouquet from Eden Florist.

A Garden is, Above all, The Humble Earth…


The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin

"A Garden is, Above all, The Humble Earth..."Gardening has many health benefits. Among them STRESS REDUCTION.  A garden can also put us in a better mood as it helps us achieve better mental health and reduce depression. A garden gets you outdoors to get sunshine, exercise and get your blood moving. According to some researc the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia. Growing your own food ensures you are eating the freshest food available. No more guessing how long it will last or how old something is. Some foods (like apples) are stored for months before being sold.

A garden is a living thing that can bring joy and good health to the person who tends it…

Excerpt from MY FRIEND THE GARDEN by Fernand Lequenne:

“The simplests peasant, the lowliest gardener, knows deep inside himself that the earth is not only the true source of man’s life but also his pedastal. The those who don’t like to dirty their hands think about this: Let them consider themselves a little like the sacrificial priest, hands red with sacred blood; let them think earnestly about the office they wish to fulfill.Then having learned to repress their fears, let them carefully wash their hands; they will then feel like the purest of men.”

He also said:

“If you really want to draw close to your garden, you must remember first of all that you are dealing with a being that lives and dies; like the human body, with its poor flesh, its illnesses at times repugnant. One must not always see it dressed up for a ball, manicured and immaculate.”