Archive | March 2008

Design Tips for Your Home


“The breeze and the dew make tranquil the clear dawn; Behind a curtain there is one who alone is up betimes. The Orioles sing and the flowers smile – whose then, after all is the spring.  Li Shange-Yin

Flowers enhance the appearance of any room

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Participants in the Harvard study reported the greatest mood-boosting effects when fresh cut flowers were placed in common areas of the home such as the kitchen, dining room and family room. To make a small room appear more spacious use bold colored arrangements near the entrance of the rooms and more subtle shades of the same color theme around the room.

Or brighten an office with colorful, spring flowers.  Here are just a few ideas

flowersinhome2.jpg Place bud vases in high traffic home areas – with even just a few flowers. Any decorative glass from the kitchen will do!

flowersinthekitchen.jpgThe kitchen table might be the best place for flowers, because it’s where people gather together.

Stop by a florist or supermarket, where you’ll find a wide selection of flowers from which to choose. kitchen-flowers.jpg

flowersontable.jpgDecorate any table in the house with fresh flowers to brighten a corner, or add life to a room.

 

flowersonwindow.jpg The foyer, entryway or sunny window always look good with a vase of fresh flowers. 

largevaseofflowers.jpg Fill open spaces bold flowers. An abundant arrangement of lilies, gladiolus, sunflowers and other large blooms create an inviting environment for an expansive entryway or dining room. flowers-in-the-bedroom.jpg A bouquet can also perk up personal spaces such as bathrooms and bedrooms. flowersinbathroom.jpg

flowers on a windowsill make a perfect accent to your view.  flowersinwindow2.jpg Those looking in and those looking out can enjoy the healing power of fresh flowers.

girlsmakingflowers.jpg Make it a family affair! Gather flowers from your favorite florist and let the kids help put them together.

 

For more information on how flowers in the home can lift the spirits, visit http://www.aboutflowers.com/decorating_b3.html

Stop by your local florist and pick up a beautiful bouquet (or several) of your favorite cut flowers.  If you are in South Broward (Florida) be sure to stop by Eden Florist (in lovely downtown Miramar).  Tell them Heidi sent you! (Society of American Florists – aboutflowers.com)

Today is Florists Day!


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Really, it is “Make up Your Own Holiday Day,” so I decided to call today March 26, Florists Day!

How can you celebrate?  By calling up your favorite florist and saying HI!  And thanking her or him for taking such good care of your business. 

You can send a card, postcard, a screensaver, an email greeting (or a check – *SMILE) if that feels right.

How about a virtual flower to your favorite florist? You can even build your own flower garden.

The other 364 days of the year are Customer Appreciation Days (and so is today) so you may be hearing from us

Have a happy Florists Day,

Heidi & Staff – Eden Florist & Gift Baskets (in lovely downtown Miramar)

History and Meaning of Lilies


Lily (lilium candidum) Purity

” My beloved has gone to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, 
and to gather lilies”
– Song of Songs 6:2 –

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The lily, regarded as the symbol of purity, is one of the oldest flowers in the world. It can be found painted on the walls of ancient Greek palaces where it was the personal flower of Hera, the moon goddess.  Legend has it that the first lily sprang from the tears dropped by Eve when she left the Garden of Eden. A garden is portrayed as the dwelling place of the gods in the religions and mythology of nearly every ancient nation in the world.  Indian literature states that the gods resided in the Garden of Indra, among fruits and flowers giving immortality to all who visited. Many sacred meanings – handed down from generation to generation – have been given to the plants that first grew in these incredible gardens, and since dedicated or symbolic to the gods and prominent figures of the world’s religions..

In biblical times all the way through the Middle Ages, the emphasis of flowers was for their fragrance, their healing powers, not for decorative purposes, and perhaps more so for their sweet smell since bathing was not a regular activity. Decorating with flowers is a relatively modern term. The bible only mentions picking of flowers once, as referred to in the above sited verse from Song of Songs.  And the Mishna speaks of the picking of lilies (Toh. 3:7). According to the Mishna, rose gardens existed for their fragrance and were used in preparation of perfumes.

Some of the flowers mentioned in the Talmud are the narcissus, jasmine and saffron, each widely used both for aromatic and medicinal purposes.

Abraham Ibn Ezra probably had the White lily in mind when he stated that the names Shoshan and Shoshanna are derived from the Hebrew word “Shesh,” which means six.  The white lily has six white petals, as well as a pistil and five staman – six in total.  This large, beautiful flower is often referred to today as the White Mountain Lily or Casa Blanca Lily and can still be found in forests in Galilee and Mount Carmel areas of Northern Israel.

“And the stately lilies stand
Fair in silvery light
Like saintly vestals, pale in prayer;
Their pure breath sanctifies the air,
As its fragrance fills the night.”

– Anonymous – 

Order a Lily bouquet from Eden Florist

To read more about the Language of Flowers visit Eden Florist’s Language of Flowers 

Florascope – Aries


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Aries – March 21-April 20th Aries are spontaneous, risk takers.  They love competition, always going for the gold. They champion the underdog and welcome a good debate. 

Aries flowers are amaryllis and tulips both, which compliment their confident nature.

Need to order flowers for the Aries in your life?  Visit EDEN FLORIST

Meaning and History of Daffodils


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Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils. Botanists differ, but there are at least 25 species, some with a great many different forms, and several natural hybrids. In addition to the species, the current printout of the Daffodil Data Bank lists over 13,000 hybrids which are divided among the twelve divisions of the official classification.

Between Mohammed and the 16th Centry, daffodils were relegated to the wild and were essentially forgotten. However, around or about 1629 a group of Englishmen took the daffodil out of the weeds and put it into the garden. Daffodils were in favor again.

Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought that the sap from daffodils had healing powers. Actually the sap contains crystals that can irritate the skin.

Greek mythology gives us the term narcissus. There was a young Greek named Narcissus. A nymph called Echo was in love with him, but Narcissus broke off the relationship. Heartbroken she hid in a cave and died. Later Narcissus, who was very handsome and quite taken with himself, saw his face in a pool, and as he leaned over to see better, fell in and drowned and became the flower.

(Source Suite 101,  American Daffodil Society, Urbanext)

Visit The American Daffodil Society for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Order Daffodils and other Spring Flowers from Eden Florist

The History of Easter


The History of Easter

Easter is a Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead three days after his crucifixion on Good Friday and marking the end of the Lent.

Easter is the holiest day in the Christian calendar, followed by Christmas and is recognized as a legal holiday in most countries with a significant Christian tradition, with the notable exception of the United States where Easter is only celebrated on Easter Sunday (and not also on Easter Monday).

The timing of Easter depends on the Jewish Pesach, in English Passover, which commemorates the sparing of the Hebrew first-born, as recounted in Exodus, since it is during this holiday that Jesus is believed to have been resurrected.

Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts, in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar (which follows the motion of the Sun and the seasons). (Source: Easter Corner.com)  easterbunny.jpg

The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit.

The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America . It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.

The Easter Egg

As with the Easter Bunny and the holiday itself, the Easter Egg predates the Christian holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians.

From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.

Today, children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs — those made of plastic or chocolate candy.

(Source: The Holiday Spot.com)

Order Flowers for your favorite somebunny today at Eden Florist!

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