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The Meaning and History of Peonies


 

"Peonies and their meaning"

 

PeonyGood Life, Happy Marriage, Bashfulness
Botanical Name: Peonia                         Family: Paeoniaceae


”Bashfulness so oft applies thus peonies are for the sky.”

Named after Paeon, Physician to the Gods, the first modern peony was grown widely in medieval England, especially in monastery gardens, although ancient peonies were said to come from China. Legend tells that mischievous nymphs hid in the petals of the peony causing this magnificent flower to be given the meaning of bashfulness. In eighth century China, the red peony was considered the King of Flowers, symbolizing abundance. It is said he first obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the Mother of Apollo.

Peonies can live for a hundred + years if undisturbed.

ROSE Skin Tonics


"ROSE Skin Tonics"Rose Water Skin Tonic – one of the oldest skin-fresheners discovered by an Arabian dermatologist in the tenth century – in Victorian times rose water was mixed with glycerin for use as a skin softening treatment.
Rose Water is still used today in many beauty products from toners to soaps to lotions to sea salts and is very easy to make.

How to make:

Make rosewater from freshly picked roses either from your garden or from your local florist.

Remove the petals from the roses and thoroughly rinse in cool water to remove any debris and pesticides.  If you are unable to get fresh rose petals you can use rose hips or rose otto essential oil from any company that sells essential oils such as MountainRoseHerbs.com. If you use rose otto essential oil just add about 4 drops of the essential oil to 8 ounces of spring water and refridgerate.

Supplies needed: 

  • Between three and five roses (approx. 5 rose hips).
  • 2 cups of spring water
  • Heat resistant glass bowl or pouring cup and cover.  I use an extra-large pyrex measuring cups.
  • Wide mouthed glass jar
  • Cheesecloth, cotton gauze or kitchen strainer.

Instructions:

  1. Remove the petals from the roses to gather one, packed cup of rose petals.
  2. Put the roses petals in  heat-resistant glass bowl and cover with two cups of boiling water.
  3. Cover the bowl with a plate or cover to a pot. 
  4. Let the rose mixture sit for  25 – 30 minutes.
  5. Pour the water into the wide mouth glass jar straining the mixture in cheesecloth or kitchen strainer (to collect petals).
  6. Discard the rose petals. I throw in my yard.
  7. To keep rosewater longer, after it has cooled add 1 tablespoon of alcohol, (vodka works) to the mixture as a preservative – shake well.  Rosewater will keep for about 4 weeks on a shelf and longer if stored it in  refridgerator.  If no preservative is used, rosewater will keep for 7-10 days.

You can mix equal parts rosewater with glycerin and put in a decorative bottle, which also makes a nice gift. 

Rosewater can be stored in a plastic spray bottle for a refreshing mist, an excellent way to keep your skin hydrated.
 

Flowers at Work Increase Productivity


"Flowers at Work Increase Productivity"
As a designer, my surroundings are important to me. When the area in which we work is beautiful, and uncluttered, it relieves our minds to work on the important tasks of running our business. It also allows us to be more creative.

The Society of American Florists (SAF) did a study about Flowers & Plants on Workplace Productivity Study.
Here are the findings:

In 2003, SAF partnered with an internationally recognized research team at Texas A&M University to learn how flowers and plants in the workplace impact productivity and problem solving. The exciting results of this groundbreaking study:

Problem-solving skills, idea generation and creative performance improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

Specifically, both men and women who work in environments with flowers and plants demonstrate more innovative thinking as compared to environments with sculpture or no decorative objects.

Men who participated in the study generated 30 percent more ideas when working in environments with flowers and plants than ones without.

While men generate a greater abundance of ideas, the research shows that women generate more creative, flexible solutions to problems in workplace environments with flowers and plants.

As a result, flowers and plants prove to be natural additions to any work environment.

“The research shows that flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy,” says Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., behavioral scientist and the study’s lead researcher.

 “Productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, can mean the difference between mild and great success.”

(source: SAFNOW.org)

So I encourage everyone to surround yourselves with flowers, homegrown or flower shop purchase… does not matter. Flowers add beauty and as you have read, can increase your productivity, attitude and success.

So, if you want to be more productive or help someone be more productive, send flowers!

Have a beautiful day… and more!

 

Even More Valentine Symbols and Trivia


DID YOU KNOW?

"Even More Valentine Symbols and Trivia"

The oldest paper valentine still around is in the collection of the British Library in London . It was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife in 1415

Legend has it that Valentine’s Day is when birds find their matesUntil the 1800s, the English made Valentine cards and shipped them all over the world

In North America, Valentine’s is the 2nd most popular time to send cards (Christmas is the first)

In Japan, girls give gifts on Valentine’s Day and boys reciprocate the gifts on White Day (March 14th)

In old Wales, wooden love spoons were often presented to sweethearts on February 14th

Italian couples announced engagements on Valentine’s Day.

 

Be sure to order your Valentine flowers early at Eden Florist!

The Romance Calendar – February


Ooh I need romance babe , I hope you know it’s true
Hope you need romance babe, Just like I do too…
  


Okay, it’s not exactly the same lyrics to the Beatles song, Eight Days a Week, but it’s true (for most of us, that is). And just like the lyrics to the song “Eight days a Week, Is not enough to show I care…” Romance is not reserved for holidays and special days, it’s the wise person who is romantic on a daily basis.  And being romantic every day of the week is not that difficult.  It just takes a little forethought and imagination.  I call it planned spontaneity.  And let’s face it, sometimes we need a little help to add more romance to our relationship.

February

February may be a short month, but it is full of love. In addition to Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th) there’s also  Chocolate Day (Feb. 12th), Dream of Your Sweetheart Day (Feb. 13th), Cuddle Day (Feb. 25th) and Romance on a Budget Day (Feb. 28th)

 

Excerpted from Romance on a Budget.

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Top Ten Gifts To Give Your Valentine


"Top Ten Gifts To Give Your Valentine"

Top Ten Gifts to Give Your Valentine

 

February is the month of love.  Inside every romantic a fire is kindling, making us all aglow with feelings of love, passion and friendship.  True romantics really love to “show off” their romantic prowess.  If you are one of those dire-hard romantics or if you are a would-be romantic the right gift is sure to put you at the center of your intended’s attention.

1.      Flowers always top the list of most romantic gifts.  Everyone sends roses.  Sure roses are nice and “yes” they are the symbol of love and romance, however some people actually prefer other varieties. Why not be original this Valentine’s Week?  Find out what his/her favorite flowers are and send a dozen of those. A bouquet of birds of paradise, antherium or orchids with a card that says “my love (passion, feelings) for you is/are like a tropical heat wave” could be just the ticket to paradise.  Sunflowers are especially nice for a friend, to spread some sunshine in the world, to brighten someone’s day.  Visit www.EdenFlorist.com for more Valentine’s ideas. 

2.      Write a poem or a love letter.  The art of letter writing is almost extinct (especially with the internet).  Think about the last time you got a written note or card in the mail.  Did it bring a smile to your face?  Were you pleasantly surprised? Not a poet?  Check out http://www.webcom.com/wordings/artofwrite/poetrygenerator.html and http://www.romanceopedia.com/R-LovePoetry.html. Two great sources for finding and writing poetry for the object of your affection.

3.      Be original.  Why not hire an artist and get custom art created just for your intended?  You could find one near you by calling a local art institute, vocational technical school or even college level art students.  They will generally do it for the practice and a small fee (unless the one you choose is already famous).

4.      Be his/her loyal servant.  Everyone loves to be pampered.  Give your valentine a gift certificate (or several) good for a chore of your choice (or theirs if you are brave).  Check out http://www.edenflorist.com/ValentineCoupons.asp to download and print out some FREE gift certificates.

5.      Relax and spend time together.  Rent a movie, butter some popcorn, turn down the lights, ignore the phone, pager, and personal computer and cuddle together. Feed your valentine grapes, chocolate covered strawberries, or whatever will make him/her feel the romance. Make sure the movie is one they would really love to watch.

6.      Create Valentine Balloon messages.  Write special messages on little strips of paper (or create them on your computer) fold them and put them inside deflated latex balloons.  Blow the balloons up (with air) and drop them around the house for your valentine to discover. Tape a Valentine card to the front door with instructions and a pin so they can “pop” the balloons.

7.      Have a scavenger hunt.  Write little notes about how you feel or what he/she means to you.  “Hide” them around the house along with some candy or a special treat.  Add a clue at the end of each note about where to find the next one.  When she or he finds the last note, have a special something waiting there, say a candle-lit bubble bath and two glasses of wine.

8.      Room service.  Rent a fancy hotel room in your own town, order room service and watch movies for a whole weekend.  A variation of this might be a day at the spa or make your own spa at home, complete with massage oils…etc.

9.      Picnic for two, anyone?  It could be outdoors or right in your own living room.  Set the scene with candles, candies and his or her favorite food.  Let’s not forget the champagne!

10.  Write, “I love you” on the bathroom mirror, write little notes and stick them under the pillow, in their lunchbox, briefcase, car windshield, underwear drawer.  Create your own valentine box.  Ask your valentine to write a note every day from now until valentine’s and place it in the box.  You do the same.  On Valentine’s Day each of you take turns reading the contents over a romantic candlelit dinner or in front of the fireplace.  Who knows, you just might get lucky that day! Be sure to order your Valentine Flowers early.  Visit Eden Florist today!