Monthly Archives: August 2009

Gerbera Daisies

DSCF1457The gerbera daisy is a cheerful, colorful blossom that has become synonymous with good cheer and welcome. Because daisies are also the quintessential children’s flower, the gerbera also comes with a message of innocence and is perfect for a child’s bedroom (so long as the child is old enough to handle having a vase in the room!)

Gerbera daisies come in many different colors—red, pink, white and yellow are just a few. A little similar to sunflowers in appearance, and related to sunflowers too, gerbera daisies can always be relied upon to bring a smile. This makes them great for “just because,” thank you and get well flowers.

Scotsman Robers Jameson first discovered the gerbera daisy in South Africa. It’s from him that the plant’s Latin name,  Gerbera jamesonii, is partially derived. The genus, or family name of the plant, along with the common name, comes from the German naturalist Traugott Gerber, who died young at the age of 33. It’s not quite known why the genus was named for him, since he did not discover it himself. There are around 30 wild species of the gerbera family.

Cultivation and breeding of the gerbera began in the late 19th century in England, producing the flower that we know today with its enhanced colors and shape. Today, the Netherlands and Colombia are the two biggest producers of gerberas, one of the most popular flowers used in arrangements today.

daFlores has a number of gerbera daisy arrangements that are guaranteed to please. Just pick out your favorite, click through on the thumbnail, and fill out the order form. If you want to let someone know you’re thinking of them, celebrate their birthday or any other special occasion, you cannot go wrong with a bouquet of beautiful, cheerful gerbera daisies. And if you order by noon local time for the country where the flowers will be delivered, we can in most cases deliver same-day!

The Power of Flowers

It’s been scientifically proven that flowers brighten up a person’s day. There’s just something about their natural beauty that uplifts and inspires. People who set up flowers in their bedroom or kitchen—the places you’ll visit first thing in the morning—report feeling less stressed out as they go to work or launch into their days.

Then there’s the psychological effect of having somebody send you flowers. It lets you know that they care about you and this can cheer you up no end. People who receive flowers in hospital or when they’re sick get the same benefits: Having something beautiful to look at along with the sense that someone is on their side speeds up healing.

In Minneapolis, there’s a Center for Victims of Torture that has at its heart a beautiful garden. The victims work and meditate in the garden and it gives them a focus and way to heal. The staff, who’ve been listening to horrific stories, go there to contemplate and unwind. Many of them end up being gardeners themselves, digging their unhappiness into the earth which can absorb and neutralize it. The cycle of flowers peeking up from the earth, rising from the dark, is deeply symbolic of the process of healing.

The different colors of flowers also have specific effects. Bright yellow can help you clear your mind and revive from burnout. Restful green helps you to relax, unwind and regain your balance. Blue, also, is a color of relaxation and peace, and can help you find the right words as well as learn.

Aromatherapy is a popular art and the scent of flowers helps too. Lavender is a relaxant and calms you down. Mint is refreshing and clean. Look into essential oils made from flowers to create a certain atmosphere in your home. Even the tiniest amount can make a huge difference to the emotional weather of your space. To send flowers to Bogota, Caracas, Lima, Buenos Aires or any other city in the Americas please visit us at www.daFlores.com

Plant Care

Watering flowers

Just like people, plants need three things to thrive: Light, food/water and air.

Light: Place your indoor plants where they get plenty of indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can actually harm sensitive plants, though some actually like the bright light. Part of plant care is to find that ideal location. If you lack such a space, try increasing light with plant lights or reflective backings. Be sure to put saucers or sheets under the plants so that mess is restricted.

Water: Give your plants water regularly, preferably in the morning before temperatures rise. A plant stores water to protect itself against changing conditions, but it only has a finite space in which to grow. Let the water soak down into a saucer or bowl and then the plant will suck the moisture back up again.

Air: Well cared-for plants like ventilation. An oscillating fan can help plants from drying out and of course keeps you more comfortable, too!

Keep Still: Do not move your plants. Plants can be shocked by moving so leave them where they are if they seem to be healthy.

Space: Another way to care for your plants is to make sure the plant has a sufficiently large pot. If it outgrows its space it becomes pot-bound and its roots are not as efficient. Either trim back the plant or replant it in a larger port. Be sure to add plant food to ease the transition.

Food: You can buy plant food in stick or powder form. Talk to your local nursery to determine what is best for to care for your indoor plants and follow the directions on the package.

Follow our plant care tips to ensure that your indoor garden remains beautiful and happy. daFlores offers a variety of beautiful indoor plants which you can send to your loved ones for a long-lasting gift. We hope you enjoy your indoor plants! To send flowers to Colombia, Mexico or Worldwide please visit us at www.daFlores.com

BLUE ROSES

blue-roses

The blue rose does not appear in nature; the rose does not have a natural gene that is capable of producing such a rich and unusual color. Thus, the blue rose has become a symbol of mystique and unattainability.

Blue roses have also been associated with magical effects such as staying young and granting wishes. To create a blue rose, the petals of a white flower must be individually stained, a painstaking and time-consuming process.

Until 2004, the closest anybody had come to creating a blue rose was to attain various shades of lilac and purple. However, in 2004, the first blue rose was created. It took thirteen years of experimentation and research to come to this point.

Genes from other flowers were artificially introduced into the rose plant, making this a genetic experiment rather than a straightforward rose breeding program. Even so, the process did not result in a true blue color, so experimentation and research continue.

Over the years, blue roses have appeared in many different movies and books, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the surreal Twin Peaks. There was even a Russian art movement named for the blue rose.

The Grateful Dead used the blue rose on one of their concert posters (the poster now sells for anything up to $1200 at auction). Perhaps the fascination with blue roses lies in their impossibility, and their symbolic sense of “This cannot be, but I wish it could.”

A blue rose is a thing of beauty, an elegant and unusual gift. It is quite amazing that science has determinedly marched on to create such a thing. If somebody sends you a gift of blue roses, treasure them. They are telling you that you are special, unique and magical. Maybe they think you are beyond their reach; maybe you think otherwise. Either way, blue roses are a magical and rare gift that should be honored and enjoyed. To send flowers to Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela or any country in the Americas please visit daFlores.com

How to make a long-distance relationship work

More and more, our modern lives take us away from our loved ones. Many of our daFlores customers have come to the USA to work, leaving sweethearts behind. While it’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, it’s also true that distance creates sadness. There are many things you can do that will help you keep the flame alive.

Send flowers and gifts

You can send flowers to your sweetheart and make sure she knows you haven’t forgotten her. Distance often creates doubts, and this is one thing you can do to say “I have no doubts.” Send her flowers every month or as often as you can afford; this is money well spent. You can add gifts like teddy bears, chocolates and wine to make the gift even more sweet!

Write letters and postcards

Nobody writes letters these days – except you! A hand-written letter is a real treasure when you’re far away from your loved ones. Don’t worry about being a good writer; it doesn’t matter. Write about what you can see through your window, the people you meet, about work. Tuck small mementos into the envelope: Photos, newspaper cuttings, anything you think your partner might enjoy.

The most “boring” life is fascinating to those who, for whatever reason, can’t be by your side just now. And besides, the letters you receive back will brighten your day, too.

If you really can’t deal with long letters, try sending postcards, but send more of them.

Use email and social media

If you have access to a computer, you can use email and sites like Facebook to keep in touch with your sweetheart. Even if you only post a few lines each day, it will let her know you’re around. Use the private messages box to send little love notes and post up pictures so she can see what is going on around you.

Call home regularly

If you have a phone, investigate good long-distance to get a deal on calls to the countries you need. When picking a cellphone, see if you can get a contract that favors the country you’ll be calling most often. With cellphones, you can send text messages and photographs, too.

If you don’t have a phone, you can buy phone cards which make calls to countries like Mexico very cheap. Call regularly – at least once a week. Speaking in person can alert you to any worries and problems that might be going on at home; if you pay attention, you’ll be able to pick out the worries from the tone of her voice.

The trick to keeping a long distance relationship alive is to never be forgotten and to never forget. Patience and an ability to listen is a huge help because the distance does cause problems. We at daFlores can help you with the flowers and gifts end of things, but the rest is up to you. So saying, we hope one day to provide you with your wedding flowers!

Friendship Day

Friendship Day is on August 2nd this year, and it’s the perfect opportunity to say thank you to all your friends and make sure they know how much they are appreciated. Of course, flowers make the perfect gifts for friends, so let us give you a few ideas.

You could throw a party for all your friends. Yellow and pink denote affection and friendship; try a pretty bouquet of yellow roses for your friendship flowers, or some pretty sunflowers and gerbera daisies. Order an Friendship Day flower arrangement for the center of your table. It will be surrounded by good food and good people. Or pick your best friends and send them a beautiful bouquet. You could couple it with a bottle of wine: What better gift for friends on Friendship Day?

You might have a friend who’s not doing so well. In these harsh economic times she might need a bit of cheering up. Friendship Day is a great opportunity to send some cheerful flowers as a gift for your friend. Who wouldn’t be pleased with a friendship gift full of such natural sunshine, beautifully arranged in an elegant vase?

If you know someone who’s sophisticated, try sending an arrangement of orchids, bird of paradise blossoms or other exotic friendship flowers. These elegant blooms will take pride of place in her – or even his! — home. If your friend has a sweet tooth daFlores can add in an extra box of chocolates to make this a perfect gift for your friend.

Friendship flowers are appropriate at any time of year, of course, but it’s nice to have a special day for the people so often referred to as “chosen family.” Pick out a lovely gift for your friends and let them know how much you care. daFlores makes it easy for you and has gifts for friends that will suit every budget.

August 2nd – Sister’s Day

This coming weekend, August 2nd, is Sisters’ Day. Whether you have a sister or a sister-in-law doesn’t really matter; she is part of your family, and a special one who deserves a special gift. Fortunately, we have plenty of gifts for sisters and flowers for sisters at daFlores.com!

Why would you want to send flowers to your sister? Well, this isn’t that hard to answer! Sisters are a kind of shield against the world, someone you can always trust to give you an honest answer or provide a shoulder to cry on. It’s perfect to have a special Sisters’ Day and send your sister a gift of flowers to let her know she’s appreciated.

Sometimes we don’t spend enough time letting our sisters know how much we love them, so especially if she’s far away a bouquet of lovely Sisters’ Day flowers for your sister would let her know you’re there in spirit.

If you want to surprise your sister, throw a gather and buy her some treats. Gifts for sisters include wine, flowers (of course) – or you could choose a delicious gourmet basket. You could also buy chocolates as a Sisters’ Day gift for your sister. Order a Sisters’ Day bouquet of flowers from daFlores and bring it along, or have it sent to her door.

Flowers for your sister can be almost anything. Pink roses show affection but bright, cheerful arrangements of sunflowers tell your sister that she brings sunshine to your life. Add in chocolates or wine as a gift for your sister and you’ll make her day. To pick out a gift for your sister on Sisters’ Day all you need to do is go to the daFlores.com website, click on the arrangement that you think will suit her best, and fill out the details.

Sisters’ Day is a perfect excuse to send your sister some flowers and let her know how much you care. Whether she’s right next door or lives a thousand miles away, we at daFlores have the perfect gift of flowers for your sister. Have a lovely day and make your sister smile with flowers on Sisters’ Day!