Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cities have flower shows, daFlores shows flowers year-round

We at daFlores.com love flower shows. Flower shows are fun, brimming with color and beautiful ideas. Last week, Greater Youngstown Area’s Garden Forum had its two-day flower show at the local visitor center. This is wedding season, so featured heavily here were displays of wedding flowers and other innovative designs. We at daFlores.com can supply the flowers for your wedding too, delivered to the door.

flower shows in the USAOur sprays of white and pink roses, lilies and other delicate delights provide tasteful accents for your special day. Each bouquet is lovingly handcrafted by experts, and constructed with the care that you need and have come to expect. We have bouquets for a bride and lovely designs that you can use to decorate an altar or center table. Need a formal setting for a bachelorette dinner? Look into our vases and pre-arranged options. You can even use flowers to thank your bridesmaids, new mother-in-law and other key people. How convenient is that?

The Garden Forum holds about five shows a year, which means it takes its blooms seriously. We at daFlores do that too, not just five times a year but every single day. We’re not noted for displaying our goods in flower shows, though; we’d rather hand-craft our beauties and send them to your loved ones! Whether you need flower deliveries for birthdays, anniversaries or to cheer someone up, we have the options you need. Choose the country and language you need, then browse our selections until you find something that’ll do the trick.

Choose daFlores for all your wedding and other floral needs, and you’ll never be disappointed. Lilies, baby’s breath and tender roses…we have them all, and all were growing fresh the morning of delivery. Pick daFlores for your special day, then sit back and relax as our experts look after you.

Alaska chooses a tiny forget-me-not as its special state flower

For all its grandeur and soaring mountains, the United States’ largest state chooses one of the smallest flowers as its state flower. The alpine forget-me-not, Myosotis alpestris, is a little blue flower that grows five to 12 inches high – appropriately enough, in alpine meadows. They bloom from late June to July – the best time to see Alaska, which has a very long winter. And you’ll find them in Denali National Park, which is one of the easier parks to reach and a little more geared towards  tourism than some of the wilder areas.

Tiny Forget me not

Tiny Forget-me-not

Legend has it that forget-me-nots were named by God when they, unnamed, cried out, “Don’t forget us.” Another says that they were created as a way to remind the world of the color of Mary’s eyes. Either way, these tiny flowers are among the few that bloom in a true blue shade. There are about 50 species in the Myosotis (mouse-ear) family, and not all are blue. You also find pink and white forget-me-nots. Little jewels in the grass, if you spot a forget-me-not it’s a sign that you’re in the moment and paying attention. If you’re distracted, then you’ll miss them. It’s a bit like stopping and smelling the roses.

Like roses, forget-me-nots have a romantic side, though you won’t find them in flower mixed bouquets – they’re really not grown commercially. In medieval times, knights are said to have used posies of forget-me-nots to remind their loves that they planned to come back from wars and battles. These days, we use roses, and of course daFlores has a wide range of beautiful roses that you can send to your own special amour (or your Mom or your kid sister). All are freshly arranged each morning to make the best, most beautiful impression possible.

 

Magical trees in a magical world

International Flower Delivery

Willow Tree

With the opening of the final Harry Potter movie, the Harry Potter era is finally coming to an end. The child actors are all grown up and launched into adulthood and successful careers. Voldemort is defeated and the Whomping Willow will whomp no more (in public). As our daFlores tribute to this special series of books and movies, let’s take a look at some magical trees found through the ages of fantasy novels.

Whomping Willow: The whomping willow is a particularly bad-tempered willow tree that Hogwarts students quickly learn to avoid. Those who come too close run the risk of being flogged by the swooping, swiping tree. Those who are clever (or wicked) can lure their enemies into the arms of the tree, which provides both humor and protection to the Harry Potter world.

Ents: In J.R.R. Tolkien’s magical world, ents are tree creatures, incredibly ancient, and a dying kind. In Middle Earth legend, the ent-wives left and are lost, never to come back. That means there are no entlings and no ent-romance. Ents move about as fast as growing oaks, which is to say not very fast at all, and the hobbits who encounter them are frustrated when they decide not to fight the evil forces. They show the ents the destruction done by Saruman, a good wizard turned bad, and the trees are infuriated so much that they start to battle the orcs.

Shannara: At the heart of the forest of Shannara is a single, amazing tree, the source of all life. The tree is dying. During the first Shannara legends, the hero quests to find the tree but it’s his companion who realizes that a sacrifice must be made to renew the magical tree.

Dryads: In Greek legends, dryads are tree-spirits. Taking a female form, the spirits dance and lure the unwary rather like sirens in the sea. Over time, the tree-spirits are said to have become sleepy and never dance any more. Tolkien also takes this idea and creates a magical forest that those nearby enter only at their own peril.

Ghost trees: In Rebecca’s World, there’s a city of glass, but all the trees have been burned down to make the glass. Unfortunately, by the time they realized that the trees kept evil Ghosts away from the people, it was too late. Only a few shelters remained. Rebecca has to find the last tree, harvest its seeds and make the trees come back. This 1970s children’s book is almost impossible to get hold of now, but its environmental theme is obvious.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick guide to magical trees. daFlores.com doesn’t sell whomping willows, fortunately, but we do craft magical flower arrangements with blooms that were growing that very morning. Visit daFlores.com  and see for yourself.