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The Romance of Flowers


The romance of flowers is a concept that has captivated people for centuries. It encompasses the idea that flowers, through their beauty, symbolism, and cultural significance, can evoke and convey romantic emotions and experiences. Here are some aspects that contribute to the romance of flowers:

  1. Symbolism: Flowers are rich in symbolism, with each type of flower carrying its own meaning. Red roses, for example, symbolize love and passion, while white lilies represent purity and innocence. The ability to convey complex emotions and messages through the choice of flowers adds depth to their romantic appeal.
  2. Aesthetics: Flowers are inherently beautiful and visually appealing. Their vibrant colors, intricate shapes, and delightful fragrances can captivate the senses and create a romantic atmosphere.
  3. Gifting Tradition: Giving flowers as tokens of love and affection is a time-honored tradition. Whether as a single stem or a lavish bouquet, flowers have long been used to express romantic sentiments on occasions like Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and weddings.
  4. Surprise and Thoughtfulness: The act of giving or receiving flowers, particularly when unexpected, can be a delightful and heartwarming experience. It shows thoughtfulness and care, reinforcing the idea that someone is thinking of you and wanting to make you feel special.
  5. Language of Flowers: The Victorian era popularized the “language of flowers” or “floriography.” This involved conveying messages through the arrangement and choice of flowers. It added an element of mystery and intrigue to the act of gifting flowers, making it even more romantic.
  6. Sentimental Value: Flowers often hold sentimental value in relationships. They may be associated with significant moments or experiences, becoming enduring symbols of love and cherished memories.
  7. Sensory Pleasure: The scent of certain flowers can trigger powerful emotions and memories. Aromatherapy experts often use floral scents for relaxation and mood enhancement, contributing to the romantic ambience created by flowers.
  8. Cultural Significance: Different cultures have their own unique traditions and beliefs regarding the romantic symbolism of flowers. These cultural nuances add to the depth and richness of the romantic associations.
  9. Connection to Nature: Flowers are a natural part of the world around us. Bringing the beauty of nature into a romantic gesture can symbolize the organic growth and evolution of a relationship, adding a layer of depth and authenticity to romantic gestures.

In summary, the romance of flowers lies in their ability to symbolize and evoke emotions, create visual and sensory pleasure, and embody tradition and thoughtfulness. Whether gifted or used in romantic settings, flowers play a significant role in expressing and enhancing love and affection.

Christmas Traditions, Facts and Symbols


Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday around the world, and it comes with a variety of traditions, facts, and symbols. Here’s a brief overview:

Christmas Traditions:

  1. Decorating the Christmas Tree: One of the most iconic traditions is decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments, lights, and a tree topper.
  2. Gift-Giving: Exchanging gifts is a central part of Christmas celebrations. Many people exchange presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
  3. Christmas Dinner: Families often gather for a special meal on Christmas Day, which may include roast turkey, ham, or other festive dishes.
  4. Christmas Carols: Singing Christmas carols is a popular tradition, whether it’s going caroling door-to-door or attending Christmas church services.
  5. Advent Calendar: Many families use an Advent calendar to count down the days leading up to Christmas, often revealing a small treat or surprise each day.
  6. Santa Claus and Stockings: Children hang stockings for Santa Claus to fill with gifts. The legend of Santa Claus, a jolly man in a red suit, is based on the historical figure of St. Nicholas.
  7. Christmas Cards: Sending and receiving Christmas cards is a tradition that allows people to exchange warm wishes and updates with friends and family.

Christmas Facts:

  1. Date of Christmas: December 25th is widely celebrated as Christmas Day, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
  2. Origins of Christmas: Christmas has both Christian and pagan origins. The date was chosen to coincide with various winter solstice celebrations.
  3. Christmas Colors: Red and green are the traditional colors of Christmas. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, while green represents eternal life.
  4. Mistletoe: Hanging mistletoe is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. It is often associated with romance, and it is customary for people to kiss under the mistletoe.
  5. Yule Log: The Yule log is a tradition that originated in medieval times. A large log is burned in the fireplace as a part of the Christmas festivities.
  6. Poinsettias: Poinsettias are popular Christmas plants. They are native to Mexico and were introduced to the U.S. by Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. Minister to Mexico.

Christmas Symbols:

  1. Christmas Tree: Symbolizes everlasting life and the promise of new life in the spring.
  2. Santa Claus: Represents the spirit of giving and generosity. The modern image of Santa Claus is based on various historical figures.
  3. Reindeer: Santa’s reindeer, particularly Rudolph, are popular symbols of Christmas. The story of Santa’s reindeer is derived from various cultural influences.
  4. Snowflakes: Represent the winter season and are often used as decorative elements during Christmas.
  5. Candles: Symbolize light overcoming darkness. Many Christmas traditions involve the lighting of candles.
  6. Nativity Scene: Depicts the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem and is a significant symbol in Christian celebrations.

It’s important to remember that Christmas traditions and symbols can vary across cultures and regions. These elements contribute to the festive atmosphere and the joyous spirit of the holiday season.

For more on Christmas Traditions read our section on Holidays and Flowers

Flowers – How Colors Make a Difference


"Flowers - How Colors Make a Difference"
Flowers – How Colors Make a Difference

Human beings first used natural colors centuries ago. During those times synthetic colors were not available. Flowers were the main source of color. This article does not intend to go into how the colors were extracted and so on, but how colors of flowers can make our life a better living experience. Let us examine.

Look at flowers. You will find a range of colors -from purest white to black. Some flowers are single colored while many have colors so beautifully mixed that no painter can do something similar. The first observation we can make is – all colors look good on flowers. We may hate a color, for example you may dislike yellow. But if you pick up a yellow colored flower, you may not dislike it. Why? Because the color merges so well with the structure and texture of the flower that it does not remain separate but merges totally in the flower. I hope I am making myself clear. What I mean to say that even if you hold a yellow colored flower, you will not be noticing only the color, but the touch, the shape, the fragrance and the symmetry of the flower. Color has merged itself with other qualities to create something beautiful. Is this making sense?

Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world.” — Unknown

I have been talking about the colors. But I could have been as well talking about any other quality of the flower. My contention is simple. If a quality does not overpower other qualities but merges with them the result can be great. We as human beings can do the same – as the members of a family, a team or a part of business group or as citizens of our nation. Instead of overpowering others with our qualities, if we try to merge and create a whole, the outcome will always be much better. The focus is to dissolve one’s individual ego and work together in tandem.

Flower Trivia – Answer to Yesterday’s Question


Double Phalaenopsis Orchid

The Orchid

Confucius acknowledged orchids saying, “the association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids”. In 1595 a Chinese flower-arranging book “A Treatise of Vase Flowers” by Chang Ch’ien -te said orchids were in the top ranking of desirability.

The orchid is also the World’s Most Diverse Plant Family

 
There are between 30,000 and 40,000 species of Orchids making them the  world’s most diverse plant family. Almost every month new species are found and documented and very often they are found to be a completely new genus.  (source: Bella Online)
 
And the world’s most Popular Orchid is the Phalaenopsis. In fact, more phalaeonopsis orchids are grown and sold than any other type in the world. They come in a wide variety of colors from whites to vivid purples and blooms can last up to four months.
You can learn more about orchids at Orchids Usa 
You can order Orchid plants and flowers at Eden Florist
This entry was posted on July 21, 2021, in Flowers.

Shop for Flowers During Small Business Saturday





Eden Florist is Celebrating Small Business Saturday with Flowers

"Eden Florist is Celebrating Small Business Saturday with Flowers"When you shop at Eden Florist from November 28 thru December 3rd you can save 10% on your floral order. Use code SBS2014 when you do. Shop small and save on Flowers during Small Business Saturday

About Small Business Saturday:

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov 29.

The first-ever Small Business Saturday was held on Nov 27. It encouraged people across the country to support small, local businesses, and started a holiday shopping tradition. In 2011 From Washington, D.C., to Washington State, governors, mayors, senators, and even President Obama all voiced their support for Small Business Saturday. In 2013 More neighborhoods than ever celebrated Small Business Saturday, with individuals and local organizations pledging to support the day as Neighborhood Champions. (source AmericanExpress.com)

JOIN THE MOVEMENT to shop small… Visit: www.EdenFlorist.com and use CODE: SBS2014 at checkout or when you order by phone 954.981.5515.

How Did The Passion Flower Get Its Name?





"How Did The Passion Flower Get Its Name?"In the 16th Century Christian Missionaries in South America named the flower (Passiflora spp) because they saw it as being a symbol of the death of Jesus Christ. It was the first flower they saw on their journey and they saw it as a good sign.

They thought that the five sepals and the five petals of the passion flower represented the ten disciples without Judas Iscariot and Peter.

They also thought that the double row of filaments (corona) on the passion flower represented the crown of thorns that Jesus was made to wear. It also resembled a halo.

The vine tendrils represented the whips that were used to scourge Jesus.

The styles of the flower represented the nails Jesus had hammered into his palms and ankles when crucified.

The stamens represented the wounds Jesus sustained when crucified.

Where Passion Flowers Grow

They grow naturally in the southern part of the United States and in South America. They are grown in plantations in Australia, Brazil, Hawaii and Kenya. They are also grown in artificial conditions such as The Palm House in Kew Gardens.

There are over 55 species of Passion Flower. Their fruit is edible.