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November flowers

There’s a halfway-famous poem by Thomas Hood that goes (in part) something like this:

“No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! November!”

This gloomy 19th-century bit of writing describes how there’s really nothing cheerful about this month, neither warmth or comfort, at least if you’re in the northern hemisphere. We at daFlores have a few different ideas about what November could be like, so read on to find out more. Continue reading

Flowers building community

Over the years, we’ve come to the conclusion that people who give and appreciate flowers are overwhelmingly good, kind people. This latest story we’d like to share, out of Harlem, is no exception. It concerns a grassroots flower vendor who’s been selling flowers on a particular corner of a particular park for 23 years—until the Parks & Recreation department noticed he didn’t have a permit, and squeezed him out. Continue reading

Restricted flowers

This week we came across and article about what fruits and flowers could be taken from Hawaii to mainland America. Because of the destructive fruit fly, papayas, bananas and citrus just aren’t allowed. Other lovely flowers, like orchids and traditional lei, can go, but they have to be inspected first. Other plants just aren’t allowed, or have to be certified pest-free by the USDA. Continue reading

Thanksgiving flower tips

With just two weeks until Thanksgiving, now is the time to make sure you have ordered all your holiday flowers. Our Christmas selections are now available to make it easy to choose seasonal flowers, and we hope you’ll have a look through and get your orders in early. The holidays are among the busiest times for florists, on a par with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, so getting organized now is important. Continue reading

Reusing flowers: An unusual approach

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee has started a wonderful new initiative called Bouquets of Hope. Basically, they take left-over flowers from events, which would normally be discarded, and turns them into flower bouquets for gifting at hospitals, senior centers and hospices. Want to find out more about this lovely idea? Read on. Continue reading

Bees and flowers: A problem

Bees never cease to amaze, and climate change never ceases to trouble. Without bees, as we’ve said before, there would be no flowers. One set of scientists is now claiming that the warmer weather is causing male bees to be more interested in pollinating queen bees than flowers. Read on to find out the rest of the story… Continue reading

Poppies, symbols of World War I

On November 11, it will be Veterans’ Day, or Armistice Day, for all the countries that were involved in World War I. This Sunday in the United Kingdom the Armed Forces and Royal Family will take part in a commemoration of the war dead, called Remembrance Sunday. People will wear plastic poppies sold by the British Legion, the proceeds of which help support veterans. Continue reading

State flowers: Nevada’s sagebrush

We turn to the state of Nevada for our next state flower series. If you wonder what on Earth might grow in a desert state like this, remember that Nevada is a land of contrasts—valleys and mountains ridge the entire area. But even so, this state has picked the sagebrush as its flower, because there’s plenty of it and it grows pretty much everywhere. Continue reading

Get ready for Thanksgiving flowers

Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, and daFlores invites you to get ready for the holidays by ordering flowers now. The longer you wait, the higher the risk that our busy florists will need to use substitute flowers. While our substitution policy is very generous, it’s always better to get exactly the flowers you were expecting this holiday season. Continue reading

Flower district art

“Here today and gone tomorrow” is the theme of a new art exhibition in New York, which features flowers and greenery as art. One piece of art, “Farewell” by Katia Santibañez, shows a pencil drawing on the wall made in shades of gray. It will be erased when the art show is over, to show ways that flowers and foliage don’t last forever but bless us while they’re here. A secondary theme highlights how New York is constantly changing. Continue reading