Flower Culture

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Flowers for ballet

We’ve been fascinated to discover, recently, that when flowers appear at the end of a ballet, they’re subject to some very special, die-hard rules. For example, at London’s Royal Ballet, men don’t typically get flower bouquets unless they’re dressed up as female characters. There was a bit of a flutter recently when, after getting special dispensation from the director, men did, in fact, receive flowers on-stage. 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

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

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

Flowers and hope

Here at daFlores, we’re always looking out for interesting stories about flowers, from around the world. One such story that caught our eye recently was a tale about an art exhibition in Turkey, where a dozen or so different artworks depicting hands offering flowers were set up by Tankut Aykut’s gallery in Istanbul. Continue reading

Unusual flower fundraiser

Students in Christiansburg, Virginia have come up with an unusual way to fund-raise: they’ve asked students to donate the money they’d normally use for corsages to a well, instead. Specifically, they are trying to raise enough money for a village in Ethiopia to get a well, giving access to clean water and improving quality of life. Continue reading

Australian Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba

We know how wonderful flower festivals are, so when we find a new one we like to talk about it. In this case, it’s the 65th Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba, Australia, about 80 miles west of Brisbane in the State of Queensland. The fact that Toowoomba is named The Garden City should give some clues as to why the festival took place there! Continue reading

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