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
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 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.
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!
Dry 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!
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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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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
To send flowers today please visit us at http://flowers.daflores.com