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National Rose Day and Rose Month

June is National Roses Month, and June 12th is Red Rose Day. The rose is, of course, one of the most powerful and popular flowers to send, anything ranging from a single red rose to a whole armful of the lovely blossoms. June is the month of weddings, and the month that most of these flowers come into bloom, so it stands to reason that these flowers’ celebration should fall in the same month. Continue reading

Rose colors: Tell her just what you mean with roses

A day or so ago, we explained what the different numbers of roses meant when you send them to your loved ones. Today, we’re going to take that a shade further and tell you what colors to pick when sending roses, the most classically romantic flower of them all. From dark to light, use the daFlores quick and easy guide to picking rose Continue reading

Blanket your loved ones in rose bouquets

Did you see the Kentucky Derby on Saturday? The most exciting two minutes in sport was, as always, over in a flash, but it was noteworthy because the winner, I’ll Have Another, beat the leading horse on the final straight and the jockey, Mario Gutierrez from Mexico, was a first-timer at the Derby.

Send roses to your loved onesBut what caught our eye, of course, was the blanket of roses laid over the winning horse in the winners’ circle. That blanket of roses consisted of more than 550 red roses, woven into a beautiful blanket for the Kentucky Derby. We admire craftsmanship like that—it takes time, dedication and effort to create such an amazing masterpiece of floral skill. Something like 165,000 people watched that event from the site, not to mention the millions who watched on TV. We’d hope that means they all have a new appreciation for florists and rose bouquets.

While daFlores isn’t in the business of blanketing horses with roses, we do have some wonderful red rose arrangements that you can send to your loved ones. Most rose bouquets can be presented in different colors, including pink, yellow, apricot and white, so you can choose the color based on the message you want to send. Classic bouquets of 12 red roses convey love; we also have two dozen, three dozen and 100 red roses to make your message clearer. (And yes, we have 18 roses too.)

Whatever you choose, these rose arrangements send the perfect message of love and affection. In every country of the world, the language of flowers is never so clear as with sweet, pretty roses. And, while we can’t do a blanket of roses, never fear; there’s more than one way to approach a gift. If you send enough rose bouquets, it will be just as though you’re sending a blanket of red roses for the winner in your life.

Choosing the Right Flower for the Right Occasion




You can say a lot with a simple flower. In fact, you might be saying more than you realize. Flowers have a lot of meaning, and this “how to guide” can help you discover a little more about these beautiful gifts. The traditional rose, for example, can say many different things depending on the color and the number you send. This could be really important for your next international flower delivery to someone special.

If, for example, you were to send flowers to Colombia on Women’s Day, a light pink or peach-colored rose to symbolize honor and respect would be the perfect choice. On the other hand, if you are sending flowers to someone very special, a lavender rose might be a better choice to show that it really was love at first sight. Whether you are sending aster, roses, or tulips, be sure you know what you are really saying with a simple flower.

 

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Rockefeller, Sears and the Valentine’s Day wedding

Winthrop Rockefeller and Barbara Sears tied the knot on February 14, 1948. If those names ring a bell, they should; Winthrop was part of the Rockefeller oil empire and an Arkansas governor, while Barbara was a scion of the famous Sears family. They shifted their marriage up from Friday the 13th and within a year had a son and a divorce. But at least this grand society marriage started out right.

Send roses for Valentine's Day

We at daFlores don’t go back that far, but we reckon they should’ve sent more flowers, and our flowers are fit for the grandest setting. When flowers have their own language, sending them can help to bridge the gap in poor communication. And the fact that they chose the year’s most romantic date to marry speaks volumes about intent.

Valentine’s Day is the most common day to marry, and daFlores can help you with your wedding flowers. Whether it’s sprays of white roses to fill your church or centerpieces for your wedding table, our worldwide team of expert artisans has the skills and loving touch you need. Red roses, white roses, and delicate lilies are all perfect choices for your special romantic occasion. And, used often through the years, they keep that love obviously alive and well.

Fair warning, though: If you’re hasty like Rockefeller and Sears, we still can’t do same-day delivery on Valentine’s Day. Order early and we’ll move heavens and earth to make your beautiful flowers.

When you get married on Valentine’s Day, that’s a fairytale starting. The fairytale ending is really up to you. But we at daFlores are on hand 24×7 to assist in your long journey together. Never forget romance and never forget an anniversary when you use daFlores.com on your February 14 wedding day or anniversary.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner

Psst…forget something? The next-but-one Monday is Valentine’s Day. This means that you still have plenty of time to order Valentine’s Day flowers or gifts but time is running out. Fortunately, we make ordering incredibly easy for you. Just wander up to the daFlores.com website, pick your language and country, then browse to our Valentine’s Day section.

Valentine's Day Flowers

Valentine's Day Flowers

There, you’ll find a wonderful array of gorgeous red roses, fresh from the garden, along with gifts that you may add. Some of our gifts are combinations: take a look at our 18 red roses with chocolates and teddy bear, for example. Who wouldn’t love such a classic and cute combination on Valentine’s Day? But you can also add extras to any bouquet: these extras include plush toys, chocolates and delicious, crisp wine.

Everyone deserves special recognition on Valentine’s Day. Not only is it one of the most romantic days of the year, it’s a day for expressing love of all kinds. Send some pink roses or lilies to mom, or a big, sunny bouquet of tropical flowers to your best friend. They’ll know what you’re trying to say and appreciate it.

Our Valentine’s Day flowers are guaranteed to stay fresh for a week and, with care, can last  longer. All our florists use blossoms that were growing that very morning. But the warm, fuzzy feeling of being loved, acknowledged and thanked lasts much, much longer, remaining after the last chocolate is eaten and the last sip of wine enjoyed.

This message has been brought to you through your friendly local daFlores blog (and partner florists, who can’t wait to lovingly craft your gift of love, a Valentine’s Day bouquet). We can send Valentine’s Day flowers to dozens of countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Order by noon local time and, in most cases, you can still get same-day delivery of your Valentine’s Day flowers. To send flowers to Dominican Republic or any other country in  the Americas please visit daFlores.com

Meaning of Pink Roses

Meaning of Pink Roses by daFlores.com

Around 150 species of roses, in the rosa family, exist in nature. Early roses tended to be pink, white and magenta and they grow all over the northern hemisphere. It’s believed that the Chinese were the first to cultivate roses, something like five thousand years ago. The Romans also liked them, growing these flowers in the Middle East. Not only were they decorative, they were used as confetti, to brew medicine, and for perfume. Romans even started public rose gardens in the south of Rome.

Medicinal uses

In Persia, what we know now as Iran, rose oil and oil of attar were made from damask roses. These were highly sought-after commodities. The Greeks scented olive oil to use as perfume, as disease repellents and to bless their dead. Rosa gallica officinalis cropped up for the first time in the 1200s, and was turned into all sorts of powders and potions to cure all sorts of ills. (It probably didn’t do much good, but at least it smelled better than most medicine.)

Roses as money

In the seventeenth century, roses became popular enough to be counted as legal tender. They were used for rose water, perfume and just as flowers. You could actually barter with roses and pay bills with them. Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, established a huge rose garden at Chateau de Malmaison, near Paris.

What about pink roses?

Pink roses, the large blossoms that we tend to think of today, didn’t start to emerge until the late eighteenth century. Rose breeders started hybridizing natural roses to see what they could come up with. Well, we all know the answer to that one!

The color “rose” is a gentle pink. “Rosy-cheeked” implies health and vigor, and is a popular girl’s name.

Old-fashioned roses

The first modern rose is said to have been La France, introduced in 1867 (yes, it took growers that long to develop our big, stunning blossoms). La France, incidentally, is a pale pink large-blossom rose.

An Old Garden Rose is of a type that existed before that time. Damask roses belong to this class and arose as a natural cross between two species. Parson’s Pink China roses were introduced in 1793. There are many, many more varieties of pink roses, old-fashioned and modern. In more recent times, a revival of interest in these old garden roses has resulted in modern hybrids.

The meaning of pink roses

So now we come to the meaning of pink roses. They’re a gentler alternative to the passion or red roses in a romantic relationship. Pink roses speak of affection and can be sent to your beloved and also to female friends and family. Great for mom, each exquisite pink rose is a reminder of caring and remembrance. Light pink roses means gracefulness, admiration and sympathy, while you can express appreciation and gratitude with darker pink roses.  To send flowers to Lima or any other city in Latin America please visit daFlores.com

BLUE ROSES

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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

UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLOWER

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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