Monthly Archives: July 2009

HOW TO DRY FLOWERS

Three Dried RosesDry flowers are a long-lasting way to add some color and beauty to your house, and making them is very simple! Dry flowers can be made into wreaths, or placed in a vase as a decorative focal point. Here are some tips and techniques for drying flowers.

Air-drying method of drying flowers

1. Bunch flowers of the same kind together, tying them with string. Try to pick several different varieties.

2. Strip off the lower leaves, but keep the leaves near the head.

3. Hang your flowers upside-down from a clothes rod, coat hanger or anywhere that you have space. A closet is ideal. Make sure the flowers are not touching each other, and also make sure that they will not be disturbed often. If you can keep them in a shaded, dark location, better still.

4. It takes approximately two to four weeks for the flowers to fully dry. Dried flowers are delicate. When you arrange them, make sure you are very gentle.

Take a variety of flowers and tie them into an attractive arrangement with a ribbon, placing in a small vase. This makes an instant, easy gift.

Another way to dry flowers is to use a dessicant, or drying arrangement. This is a little less simple, but preserves the blossoms better.

Dessicant method for drying flowers

1. Line a box with silica gel, fine sand or borax.

2. Place the heads of the flowers face-down in the box. Gently cover more of your drying material (sand, etc.) over the heads until they are covered. You are essentially burying the flowers head-down.

3. Place the box in a dry, warm area for two weeks.

Some additional tips:

Don’t use fully opened flowers.

You can spray your flowers with hairspray to protect them further.

Choose only the best flowers, to avoid preserving imperfections.

We hope you have fun with your dried flower arrangements!

UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLOWER

Roses are not just for Valentine’s Day anymore! In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation that name the rose as the United States national flower. Since every state had already adopted a flower as its emblem, the United States needed one as well.

Ronald Reagan’s proclamation explains the choice of the rose. This flower has long been a symbol for “life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity.” All of these ideas are fundamental elements of the United States.

The United States has gone through many troubles, and yet has weathered its storms as a nation. The USA is a land rich in natural beauty, with the vast majority of its people decent, kind-hearted souls. There is no other flower that sums up the character of this nation so well. The rose’s many different colors and varieties can be said to symbolize the many different types and races of people who populate the USA’s land.

Roses have grown in the United States for millennia; archaeological evidence suggests that the plant may be as much as 35 million years old! George Washington, the first president, had a rose garden and a variety he bred and named for his mother, the Mary Washington Rose is grown to this day. There is an extensive rose garden at the White House, and some of the state capitols maintain rose gardens as well (one example is the International World Peace Rose Garden in Sacramento, California).

While not every rose grows everywhere, roses are cultivated in all fifty states, making the flower a fitting symbol for a diverse, though unified, country. Other countries have used the rose as a symbol of unity, and so it is in the United States. The rose is the perfect national flower for the diverse, beautiful, loving USA.

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Rose Traditions

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Roses have been around for many generations. During the Medieval Period, they were used for tea and other medicinal purposes. Many rose gardens were even used as a form of defense against invaders. By the 18th century, they were used romantically as courtship gifts, as chivalrous men send roses with white color to symbolize true love. But as time passed, red ones replaced it as a universal symbol of passionate love, while the white rose had become associated with innocence.

The most well known tradition involving roses is none other than Valentine’s Day. This day, which is commonly celebrated on the 14th of February, people give roses to their loved ones. Others would send roses together with sweet chocolates to convey romance and affection.

In Christian tradition, one of Virgin Mary’s titles is “Rosa Mystica” or Mystical Rose. That is why on the 8th of December, white roses are offered to Mary and to all mothers in Portugal and Spain. Meanwhile, in France, the last Sunday of May is the time when families hold gatherings in which a cake decorated with red roses is dedicated to mothers.

In America, National Rose Month is celebrated every month of June. People who enjoy tending to, planting, and caring for these beautiful blooms hold various festivities on this month. In California, rose lovers have even united to build the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, which was inaugurated on March 1995. It holds 4,000 plants and more than 3,000 varieties of this incomparable flower.

On Father’s Day, red roses are given to fathers. On Mother’s Day, many children send roses (usually a dozen of them) to express their love and gratitude. Husbands usually give two dozen roses to their beloved spouses to say, “I belong to you”. For the less extravagant, a simple long-stemmed rose is enough to say, “I love you” or “Thank you”. In some cultures, people send yellow roses to their friends as a birthday present.

Birthday Flowers

Birthdays are very personal and important occasions. It is the most special day for each and every one of us. And so are birthday flowers. That’s why each birthday has its own special flower or plant to represent it. A lot of us would like to send flowers with our own personal touch, so that we could show something about our personality and personal sentiments and also inform the celebrant something about herself. By choosing the most suitable flowers to send and adding our own touch to the delivery, the celebrant not only feels how special he/she is on receiving that birthday flower delivery—he/she also discovers a new insight about himself/herself based on the flowers you sent him/her.

What are the most special years in a person’s life where he/she undeniably deserves to receive flowers? For some, the very first year of life of a baby is great cause for celebration. When they reach five or seven years, parents celebrate how much their children have grown. When they reach 13, this is where their teen years begin. At 18 and 21 they reach adulthood. And after this, every decade of their lives are gifts to cherish. Wow! They reached 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80! And GREAT if so many of us reached our 100s! They would love to receive a surprise birthday flower delivery during these milestone years. And every year after a hundred is cause for celebration! Who would not like seeing their great-grandchildren give them flowers too? Wouldn’t it be very touching to send birthday flowers to let our loved ones know we love and care about them?

For that reason the birthday flowers you send should have your personal touch. As much as a flower delivery puts a smile on their faces, adding your ideas to it will make the flowers even more special. You may add some sweet chocolates to go with the flowers, a cute bear or two, or even fruits, or any other thing that you know would make the birthday flowers even more treasured by your loved one. It doesn’t have to be too flashy. A little love and a birthday flower delivery can go a long, long way

Online flower delivery service daFlores.com reaches 30,000 Facebook fans.

July 20, 2009 — Online flower delivery service daFlores.com recently gained its 30,000th fan on the social media site Facebook. One of the first online florists to offer delivery service to Latin America, daFlores continues to embrace technology and social media as part of its overall commitment to service and innovation. The company’s Facebook fan page gives customers a place to comment on the company and talk about the products.

“Facebook is a natural extension of our customer service,” says Francisco Bustos, CEO and President of daFlores.com. “The astounding growth of our Facebook page is a great testimonial to our service and products.” The company posts news about its offerings, YouTube videos and includes an online coupon for fans on its page. Every week, the daFlores fan page averages 1000 comments and thumbs-ups (known as “likes” in Facebook parlance).

With many years in the flower business, ten of those online, daFlores is one of the largest online florists specializing in service to Latin America. Facebook and other social media sites such as Twitter are an important part of the company’s outreach efforts. “We help people connect with their loved ones overseas,” observes Mr. Bustos. “Many of our customers have family and friends who live far away. Our flower service allows those people to keep in touch with their loved ones, and our Facebook page allows them to tell their stories.”

About DaFlores:
DaFlores is a leading international flower delivery service which delivers to Latin America, the United States and parts of Europe and Asia. The company works with a network of local flower shops, all of which must undergo a meticulous selection process and prove that their products and work are top-notch.

Flower Meanings

The Victorians perfected the art of Flower Meanings, with every blossom carefully chosen to send a particular message. Their restrictive social existence needed an outlet, and thus Flower Meanings, in bouquets or worn on a gentleman’s lapel, were important ways to say something  the bearer could not openly express.

So complex was this art that Flower Meanings dictionaries were published as reference manuals. Send yellow carnations, and you’re saying “No thanks,” while a spider flower means “Let’s elope!” In the British movie “Greenfingers” an ex convict loves the prison garden so much that he steals yellow roses to get back behind bars—sending a Flower Meaning message to his  prospective girlfriend the message that he’s only interested in something platonic!

Nowadays Flower Meanings may seem quaint and amusing, but it’s still worth looking into the language of flowers if you have something to say. Intent is a powerful energy, and if you are conscious of what you’re giving, the Flower Meanings behind your floral arrangements will have an added dimension.

Let’s just say that your daughter graduated from high school, and is about to go on to her degree. You’re proud of her, and you wish her luck and every success. If you wanted to express that with Flower Meanings, then you’d choose pink heather and stephanotis for luck,  and gardenias for joy. A tall amaryllis shows how proud you are of her efforts. (You can find many choices for your Flower Meanings bouquets at daFlores.)

Each culture has its own rules on Flower Meanings, so be sure you know what you’re saying and to whom. In many Eastern European countries, for example, you would not want to send red and white flowers mixed; these are a symbol of death and often used at funerals. In the United Kingdom, however, red and white roses have a different Flower Meaning: they are the symbols of two sides in a civil war, but they merge to form the famous Tudor rose and a message of unity.

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