Monthly Archives: September 2010

National Flower Week is Coming!

National Flower Week is a week-long, United States celebration of the bountiful beauty of nature. In 2010, this celebration takes place from 20 to 26 September and offers plenty of opportunities to have a bit of fun as the growing season winds to a close.

There are lots of ways to bring flowers into your life during National Flower Week. For a start, you can incorporate blossoms into your clothing. Cheerful blouses with floral patterns,  flower notions in your hair, or a buttonhole rose can all give a nod to this event.

Why would you do such a thing? Well, flowers are among the most beautiful miracles of nature, and the sight of them is guaranteed to brighten up someone’s day—yours included.

You can brighten up your home, too. Plant a few flower seeds, especially if you can find some that will grow happily indoors. Or, if you don’t have that much of a green thumb, try buying a potted plant or a framed picture to put on your walls. All of these will cheer you up during the barren winter months.

Head out to the local botanical garden or park to see flowers growing in a natural setting. You’ll appreciate the break and might get ideas for next year’s garden, too.

We at daFlores have plenty of flowers that you can send for National Flower Week. From table arrangements to bouquets, our beautiful flowers come right to your door. We have lilies and sunflowers, gerbera daisies and a wide range of stunning roses. Look around you and we’re sure you’ll find a place to put a flower arrangement.

Or you could send flowers to show appreciation to those who’ve helped you this year. Couple it with a flowery notecard: It’s always nice to receive hand-written letters!

Lots of ideas, lots of flowers. National Flower Week is an ideal opportunity to say farewell to the beauties of summer and surround yourself with flowers one last time. Cheer yourself and somebody else up with some high quality, gorgeous flower arrangements from daFlores today!  To send flowers to Chile or any country in the Americas please visit daFlores.com

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15, the independence day for five different Latin American countries. Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador all declared independence on September 15, 1821.

It’s because of this fact, and of other South American countries also celebrating independence days during September, that Ronald Reagan signed the month into law in 1988.

The National Hispanic Heritage Month lasts a full 30 days, ending on October 15. Through the United States, many celebrations are held and South American heroes honored. Schools run special classes and programs. Museums, like the Smithsonian, put on special displays. If you detect a theme here, it’s that this time of year is special.

DaFlores has its roots in Colombia, of course, and we started off as a company that worked within the Americas. We’ve grown in leaps and bounds, and are now expanding into Europe and Asia. We honor the over 48 million people of Hispanic heritage who now live in the United States.

While the national celebrations focus on the famous people, the movers-and-shakers and the groups of people who suffered hardships and fought for liberties, we at home can honor our own families’ movers and shakers too. Is there a teacher in your community who has fought hard for education and understanding? Has a local ombudsman gone the extra mile? Consider thanking these people with a personal note and token of appreciation.

At daFlores, we have a wide selection of all-occasion flowers that would be a perfect way to say thanks. Tropical flowers, gift baskets and more are all perfectly appropriate. White and yellow roses are all there to show honor and appreciation. A bottle of wine can be enjoyed at a later date; while our flowers are guaranteed to stay fresh for a week, it’s nice to have something left over to enjoy at the end. To send flowers to Colombia or any other country in the Americas please visit daFlores.com

The Meaning of Yellow Roses

The History and Meaning of Yellow Roses by daFlores.com

Yellow roses don’t usually occur naturally in nature, though a few varieties of the wild five-petaled rose do indeed show yellow. Because one did, a rose breeder was able to create yellow roses as we know them today.

The first yellow roses

Joseph Permet-Ducher of France had been trying to create a yellow rose for about two decades, following on from other rose experts of the late 1800s. He didn’t have any luck. Then, one day, he discovered a mutation in a field and started experimenting. In 1900, his introduction of Soleil d’Or (golden sun) launched a whole new set of colors. At first, they didn’t smell so great, but further crossing and refinement resulted in varieties that do smell just as gorgeous as your pink, red and white roses.

Victorians and the yellow rose

Yellow roses, thanks to their color, are associated with the sun. This in turn has led them to be associated with the “sunny” emotions of friendship and non-romantic affection. However, it was not always thus. The Victorians, ever-noted for their complex use of the “language of flowers,” associated pale yellow with pale, non-sturdy friendship. Perhaps they were associating it with the yellow of cowardice, too? Only in later years has the yellow rose shed that meaning and moved back to its warmer sense.

The Yellow Rose of Texas

The Yellow Rose of Texas is a folk song that tells the story of slave Emily West, who helped win the Battle of San Jacinto, the deciding battle of the Texas revolution. A modified version was popular during the Civil War. According to The Dallas News, historians searched to see if there were actually a real yellow rose associated with this song. They think it might have been Harison’s Yellow, an old-fashioned rose and natural hybrid that blooms for only a few weeks every year.

Sending messages with yellow roses

There is no romance conveyed with a yellow rose. It is a perfect expression of friendship, appreciation and caring. Yellow roses make good graduation gifts, thank-you gifts and cheer-up gifts. Any time you have a celebration, the yellow rose can brighten up the world. Because spring brings up yellow flowers like daffodils, they’re also lovely as part of a spring wedding bouquet.

The paler yellow cousins of yellow roses express peace and calm and are just fine in a sick room or the room of a student trying to study for exams. There’s even a variety called Peace. If you’re in a committed relationship, you can tell your sweetheart of your contentment with such pale yellow roses. Or, if you need to apologize, another meaning of yellow roses is of renewal, and a sense of starting over—rather like the sun every morning, in fact. To send flowers to Bogota or any other city in South America, please visit daFlores.com