October flower holidays

It’s that time again—we’re coming up to the month of October, so it’s time to take a look at some of the special flower-giving occasions coming ahead. First and foremost, don’t forget to send birthday flowers to your favorite October birthday people; Libras and Scorpios share this month, and flowers will always be a perfect gift. But there’s more, of course. Read on to discover… Read the rest of this entry »

Nebraska state flower: Goldenrod

Nebraska’s state flower is the goldenrod, which happens to be the same flower as Kentucky. As we already covered Kentucky in our state flowers series, we’ll take a look at the state tree, the pretty cottonwood, and the state grass, the little bluestem. (It seems appropriate, after all, that this prairie state has an official state grass.) Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate National Good Neighbors Day

September 28 is National Good Neighbors Day. This day is one where you can acknowledge your neighbors and get to know those around you. If you were lucky enough to live in a place where neighbors would keep an eye on things while you were on vacation, or where they sit outside and exchange stories on the porch, we’re glad. But not all of you have been so lucky, so Good Neighbors Day got its start to highlight why it’s good to make friends with your neighbors. Read the rest of this entry »

Australian Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba

We know how wonderful flower festivals are, so when we find a new one we like to talk about it. In this case, it’s the 65th Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba, Australia, about 80 miles west of Brisbane in the State of Queensland. The fact that Toowoomba is named The Garden City should give some clues as to why the festival took place there! Read the rest of this entry »

September solstice: Time to get ready for fall

The September solstice takes place on September 23, 2014, at 02:29 Universal Coordinated Time. For most of us in the Americas, that means it will be sometime tomorrow; you can easily look it up online if you don’t know what time that is for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Boston Flower Exchange may be sold

Flowers have a lot of value. For most, that value comes in the delight of their colors, aromas and receiving a giant, beautifully crafted armful of blossoms at the door. For others, that value has a whole different meaning. An unknown bidder recently offered $35 million for the Boston Flower Exchange. Read the rest of this entry »

Flower gardens for fall

This time of year is typically when people start to wind down their flower gardens, but in many of the milder climates you can grow flowers right through into November. Some flowers look delicate, but are actually quite hardy. If you want your garden to grow beautiful flowers later than you expected, you can pay a visit to your local garden center and ask what will grow locally. Below are some suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »

Making your loved ones loved

Today, September 11, is one of the saddest days in the American calendar. We all know that our lives changed that day 13 years ago; we all know that the world changed for the worse. It is a day that we approach with gentleness and compassion, and an opportunity to think about how we handle our days. Read the rest of this entry »

Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day is September 16th. For all the Mexicans in your life, whether they live in Mexico or abroad, this is a time to celebrate, party, and be proud of their country. Known as Grito de Dolores, this special day commemorates a day in history that brought Mexico to the position it’s in now—a sovereign country. Read the rest of this entry »

Montana state flower: Bitterroot

The last time we wrote about state flowers, it was about the state flower of Missouri. This time, we’ll talk about the state flower of Montana, which is next up on our list. That would be the bitterroot, a strange-sounding choice on the face of it, but it makes sense when you consider that it’s native to the state. Read the rest of this entry »