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Flower power for gender equality on Women’s Day

Thanks to marching suffragettes a hundred years ago, women in the United States will be able to vote this election year. Carrie Chapman Catt would have liked to see that a woman, Hillary Clinton, is on the presidential ballot, just as Martin Luther King, Jr. would have liked to see the African-American Barack Obama get elected. Will this be the year that the nation defeats sexism in the White House, like it did with racism?

International Women’s Day is on March 8, exactly nine months before U.S. elections. The time is ripe to sow the seeds of gender equality and let them gestate.

Flowers send this message beautifully. A cheerful bouquet lifts the spirit and fill us with hope. The symbolism of planting gender parity is rich with opportunities in floral bouquets.

• Send bold colors like orange daylilies to encourage a woman to follow her aspirations.

• Fill a woman’s life with energizing sunlight and opportunity with a sturdy-stemmed sunflower.

• Tell her she is worthy of dignity and justice by sending flowers in purple, the official color of International Women’s Day.

A bouquet will make her day, but it’s the card tucked inside that will show you really mean it. Be sure to include an uplifting message with your floral delivery at daFlores.com. Here are some suggestions for all of the important women in your life:

• Mother: I appreciate everything you do for me. I’ll wash the dishes.

• Wife: I admire how you juggle so many responsibilities. Let me take care of supper.

• Coworker: I respect your ideas and value your contributions. Tell me more about your proposal.

After you honor their achievements, honor your promise to treat women equally for the next 364 days of the year.

Send flower power with daFlores for International Women’s Day and send messages of encouragement for the world to achieve gender equality.

Surprise that special someone living abroad with flowers from daFlores.com

Back before the instant connection offered by WhatsApp and Skype video calls, I had to wait by the mailbox to connect with my oh-so-far-away boyfriend. My hands trembled opening the envelopes. But when one day the doorbell rang and a beautiful bouquet was thrust in my hands, I thought my heart would thud out of my chest. Flowers, for me? Awww, he shouldn’t have…

No girl really means that. You most definitely should send flowers. And technology makes it so easy to do online at DaFlores.com. Just click the country from our long list of destinations. We send to over 4,000 cities across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

My heart goes out to all the couples in long-distance relationships. If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then distance makes the heart ache with longing.

Flowers defy the distance between lovers. Our florists work only with buds snipped that very morning and DaFlores offers same-day international delivery. That freshness erases your separation by 10 time zones. You couldn’t look as perky as those flowers after a trans-oceanic flight.

A rose wordlessly expresses the feelings you can’t communicate with caresses. Hugging a bouquet is almost as good as embracing your beau, and you can accompany the order with a plush teddy bear to squeeze at night. An arrangement sends messages of love, tenderness, and hope to share each other’s beauty in person soon.

valentine's day

Ladies, don’t leave Valentine’s Day gestures all to the men. Inhaling the aroma of flowers will remind him of your scent. Send your sweetie a vase to fill the room with fragrance in your absence.

Select from the popular arrangements DaFlores has prepared for Valentine’s Day, from the classic dozen red roses with a box of chocolates to colorful pink and yellow combinations.

A sentimental delivery to the doorstep of your special someone is just a credit card order away (so much easier and cheaper than buying a plane ticket!).

Let daFlores.com show up in person with a bunch of love in their hands on February 14th. We’ll leave the virtual part up to you two.

It’s Time to Celebrate! Flowers as Parade Decorations

Flowers are one of the most widely-used parade decorations.

It takes nearly a year to develop, design, build, and decorate a parade float, and thousands of volunteers to help put it together.

Parade flowers come from every continent on Earth, except Antarctica.

“Flower parades” are parades in which all the floats, vehicles, and participants are covered in flowers.

  • Two of the most famous flower parades are the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and la Feria de las Flores in Medellín, Colombia.
  • An average 50-foot float in the Rose Parade contains more flowers than the typical florist sells in 5 years.
  • A float in a flower parade uses as many as 500 varieties of flowers.

What are some of the most commonly used flowers used to decorate parade floats?

  • Roses – Elegant and lovely, this is a parade classic.
  • Carnation – Carnations are durable and long-lasting, which makes them perfect for use on floats and parade costumes.
  • Tulips – Despite their rank as a favorite, working with tulips isn’t easy. They must be kept in water.
  • Gladiolus – The gladiolus’s big petals and bright colors make it a favorite of parade designers when “petaling”—a process were decorators affix individual petals to floats.
  • Marigolds – It takes 36 marigolds to cover one square foot of float area.
  • Iris – The iris is often the flower responsible for the blue hue needed to mimic waterfalls, streams, and fountains.

What are you favorite parade flowers?

House of Flowers awards ceremony honors women in theater

The House of Flowers may bring up one image, but we’ve discovered a different interpretation that we thought you might like to hear about. Named for a 1954 Truman Capote musical, the House of Flowers is a special gala event that’s all about women’s empowerment. The idea, we hear, is to celebrate women’s empowerment, and to encourage further accomplishments by women in theater. Continue reading

Flowers on the water mark the start of National Domestic Violence Month

October is National Domestic Violence Month, a time that’s being used to heighten awareness of the social problem of domestic violence and its effects on the victims. One community in Indiana started off its observance with a solemn ritual that included throwing flowers down into a river. Around 30 members of local community groups took handful of flowers and tossed them into St. Mary’s River. Continue reading

Halloween flowers: It’s not too late to order flowers for Halloween

 

Halloween flowers can make a great addition to your October 31 celebrations. A couple of weeks ago, we suggested a few ideas to help you dress up your home with beautiful flowers for Halloween. It’s not too late to order Halloween flowers, but if you’re going to go ahead, now would be a good time. Substituting flowers is a last resort for us (take a read of our substitution policy sometime), but our florists do all need to plan ahead to create your Halloween flowers.

 

Halloween flowers: Choose golds, yellows and bronzes

 

As a reminder, yellow-colored roses are a popular choice for Halloween flowers. They have two things going from them (aside from their sheer beauty, of course): First, they are bright and sunny, a warming color for late fall days; and second, they have no romantic connotations at all. They’re safe and pretty to decorate your porch or form an attractive table centerpiece.

 

Lilies, gerberas and sunflowers also come in “Halloween” colors. You can add red tones for a little fire to go with your Halloween ghosts and ghouls. We can still arrange same-day delivery of your Halloween flowers if you order by 1 p.m. local time where flowers are to be delivered, but the earlier you order, the better.

 

Order Halloween flowers now for the best results

 

Whether you want to order Halloween flowers or flowers for a Halloween birthday, we have you covered with our generous guarantee and bilingual customer service. We send Halloween flowers to cities through the Americas and, increasingly, to Asia and Europe too. You and your loved ones must be 100 percent satisfied with our garden-fresh, gorgeous blooms — or we’ll work with you until you are.

 

That’s just part of the daFlores difference and we look forward to serving you with amazing Halloween flowers.

Three flower-themed Halloween costumes

 

Now, daFlores doesn’t sell Halloween costumes (there are times when the thought crosses our minds, but we do believe in focusing on what we’re best at). But we look out every year and see amazing flower-themed costumes, both home-made and store-bought. Our Halloween flowers lean towards gold, bronze and yellow, but there are no such restrictions in flower-themed costumes. Here are a few that we’ll describe for your Halloween fun. Give you some ideas? We’re all for turning people into fans of flowers!

 

The classic flower costume: The kid (or, sometimes, adult) waddles around in a green foam tube. Either the hands stick out of holes or sleeves masquerade as leaves. Sometimes, you see this variant in green fabric, allowing a bit more flexibility of movement. A home-made version could easily be crafted from green leggings and a green shirt, plus maybe a bit of fabric for the leaves. In the commercial version, the head is surrounded by a big cheerful flower. At home, that same effect could be built from green-painted cardboard or stiffened fabric. Ever seen a kid dressed up as a peanut or slice of pizza outside a mall, swinging a sign? You get the idea.

 

Bumble bee: We’ve never seen a homemade one of these. These foam outfits are rather bulky, cheerful and unusual. The kid usually has cheeks painted with big red circles, though no bee we’ve ever seen has such an embellishment. Either way, this sweet yellow-and-black striped costume is topped with curly antennae and a big, happy grin. With tongue firmly in cheek, we also reckon kids learn coordination by compensating for their sticking-out bustles…or should that be buzzles?

 

Flower power: Often seen on adults, some of whom we suspect aren’t really in costume, flower power outfits feature flares, long hair (sometimes wigs), big, loud sunglasses and bright colors. These hippie types wear headbands, floral patches or tie-dye. Guitars are a common accessory, though they’re not too great for collecting candy. Whether these costumes are fact or fiction, we at daFlores appreciate anyone who appreciates flowers!

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our ever-so-whimsical look at flower-themed costumes. DaFlores can’t do the costumes, but we can bring you bright, beautiful and lovely Halloween flowers to decorate your home and cheer your loved ones. Happy Halloween!

 

 

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.

Color and flowers to knock your socks off

A story about the Callaway Gardens in Georgia caught our attention: One of the people featured in the article said that, in spring, the azaleas had “colors to knock your socks off.” Colors to knock your socks off is something we provide when you send flowers to Colombia, Mexico and beyond. Our garden-fresh flowers were growing the morning we arranged them, and we won’t work with partner florists unless they promise that level of freshness. It’s how daFlores can keep on promising that your flower  delivery will last at least a week.

Callaway GardensCallaway Gardens opened in 1952. The founder, Cason Callaway, was a textiles millionaire and figured that all children should be able to see something so beautiful they’d never forget it. He donated 2,500 acres of land and got started on a huge park that had azalea gardens, a variety of different habitats and even a golf course or two. Since then, it’s grown to 13,000 acres.

At daFlores.com, we  want to provide you and the world with that level of beauty. We’re not in the business of building gardens, but we are in the business of filling your homes with gorgeous, colorful blooms. Whatever the occasion, birthday, anniversary or just-because, we have the yellows, pinks and purples you require. Vivid sunflowers, delicate pink lilies and a host of roses from snow white to blood red (not to mention peach, lilac, orange and yellow) are all at your fingertips.

Callaway Gardens is a four-season park. We are a four-season florist. We deliver flowers for every major holiday and quite a few minor ones too. From Christmas poinsettias to Easter-time lilies, daFlores is your source for satisfaction-guaranteed color, beauty and freshness. And, while you have to visit the gardens yourself, with a daFlores.com flower delivery, those beautiful garden flowers come straight to your door.

Camellia Japonica: The state flower of Alabama

Do you know where tea comes from? We do. It’s derived from the leaves of the tea camellia plant, Camellia sinensis. That plant first graced our shores in the 1600s, but wasn’t cultivated here until much later. Even here at daFlores that heritage is apparent: in a few of our gift baskets you’ll find sachets of gourmet tea!

 

We suppose that the ornamental versions would have gotten here sooner or later, but mixed in with those early tea camellias were a few that you couldn’t drink and it’s those, like Camellia japonica, that became beloved of growers in the warmer states.

 

Camellias flower brightly in pinks, whites, purples and mix-and-match. They grow tall and vine beautifully, which means you can train them into living fences. These gorgeous flowers come in simple forms and big, fluffy, many-petaled forms that look a bit like carnations. They also need a bit of warmth, so they grow just beautifully in Alabama.

 

Over the years, growers have perfected thousands of varieties of camellias. Some are cold hardy enough to survive zone 5 or 6 winters, but mostly they nestle in temperate to warm areas. There’s even a camellia society and growers who list hundreds of “introductions.”

 

Not all flowers are really suitable for bouquets. At daFlores, we guarantee that our flowers will last for a year, and camellias are too delicate to withstand such a promise. That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the huge variety of flowers around us.

 

If you need a stunning bouquet for a loved one, we can always help with that. Our all-occasion offerings pair with seasonal gifts for Valentine’s Day and the holidays – among others. And we work only with the best florists who commit to a high standard of quality and experience. Whether you want to send flowers to Alabama or any of our dozens of additional countries, daFlores is the place to come.