Archive | February 2014

Valentine Trivia


Here’s some Valentine Trivia you may not know…

God loved the flowers and invented soil.  Man loved the flowers and invented vases.  ~Variation of a saying by Jacques Deval

Medieval Europeans believed birds mated on February 14th.73% of U.S. men buy flowers on Valentine’s Day.15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.Queen Victoria sent over 2,500 Valentine’s during her reign.

The Welsh used to give each other wooden spoons on February 14th. During the nineteenth century, romantic Brits would simply pick the first person they say on February 14th to be their Valentine.Finns celebrate Valentine’s Day by being nice to their friends.

Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on Valentine’s Day, 1876,  If it weren’t for Mr. Bell, we’d still be spending each Valentine’s Day waiting by the telegraph.

In the 17th century, a hopeful maiden pinned five bay leaves to her pillow and ate a hard-boiled egg before going to sleep on Valentine’s Eve.  It was believed this would make her dream about her future husband.

Red Hearts are an ancient symbol of love. Because the human heart beats faster when one is excited, the heart was thought to be the centre of emotion and feeling in ancient times.

Interlocking Hearts, also known as the true-love knot, represent two hearts joined as one. Sometimes the true-love knot is joined with a capital “A”. The “A” stands for the Latin phrase “Amor vincit omnia”, meaning “Love conquers all.”

Valentine candy boxes are heart-shaped and tied with red ribbon to symbolize giving one’s heart.

To be awakened by a kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered very good luck.

In the United States, 64% of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic valentines day with their Sweethearts.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are Men while 27% are women.

188 Million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually.

 

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!

VALENTINE TRIVIA


 

"VALENTINE TRIVIA"

My Heart is Yours Bouquet

Medieval Europeans believed birds mated on February 14th.73% of U.S. men buy flowers on Valentine’s Day.15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.Queen Victoria sent over 2,500 Valentine’s during her reign.

The Welsh used to give each other wooden spoons on February 14th. During the nineteenth century, romantic Brits would simply pick the first person they say on February 14th to be their Valentine.Finns celebrate Valentine’s Day by being nice to their friends.

To learn more about Valentine’s Day, take the Quiz!!

 

February’s flower is the Violet


Every flower has a history and symbolic meaning.  

 

Meaning: Modesty, faithfulness, virtue

February’s birth flower is the Violet.  It is also known as the African Violet. The flower is a five-petal velvety blossom that comes in shades of pinks, whites and purples. They are available as a houseplant or garden plant all year round.

Baron Walter Von Saint Paul Illaire is credited with discovering the violet plant in Tanzania in 1892.

Violet Facts, Trivia and Folklore:

 

The Greek word for violet is io. Io is a character in Greek mythology and the daughter of King Argos. Zeus loved her. However, Zeus was concerned that Hera (his wife) would discover their affair, so he turned Io into a heifer and then created the sweet-scented flowers that we now know as violets for her to graze upon.

 

 

Violets also have a unique method of reproduction, known as cleistogamy, which means to self-pollinate.    

 

During the Middle Ages, violets were a symbol for humility and modesty not only because of the blooming habits of the flower but also because of their association with the Virgin Mary. 
The god Hades fell in love with the maiden Persephone. One day while Persephone was walking through a field of violets, Hades carried her away to his land of death. The world mourned her death and became barren until Hades relented and agreed that Persephone could walk on the earth from spring through fall. Thus leading to violets symbolizing immortality, resurrection and spring. 

 

 

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia, upon learning of the death of her father, Polonius, speaks to the queen in the language of the flowers, quite common in the 16th century.  Her allusions are to the tragic event which has taken place and the emotions and attributes symbolized by certain flowers: rosemary for remembrance; pansies for love; fennel for flattery; columbine for ingratitude; rue for repentance; daisies for faithlessness; and violets for constancy or devotion.  In act IV, scene 5, she sings distraughtly while in the company of the queen, “

 

I would give some violets, but they withered all when my father died: they say he made a good end .”

The Greek dramatist, Aristophanes, referred to Athens in one of his plays as the violet-crowned city for King Ion (Ion means Violet).

 

When French composer Frederick Chopin died, one of his music students Jane Sterling bought all the violets she could find in the flower shops of Paris to cover his grave. So beloved is Chopin that, even today visitors daily place flowers (frequently violets) on this grave in Paris.

 

Josephine Bonaparte loved the scent of violets and thus they became her favorite perfume.  Before Napoleon was exiled in Elba, Josephine died and he picked a bouquet of violets for her grave. When Napoleon died, violets and a lock of Josephine’s hair were found in a locket that he wore.