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daFlores – How to Preserve Flowers

9 Easy Ways to Keep Flowers Fresh

You come home from a stressful day of work, dragging your feet and yawning your way up the stairs. Before kicking off your shoes and making yourself comfortable, you spot a stunning bouquet lying on the bed. Suddenly filled with appreciation and pure, indescribable happiness, you look up to see your significant other smiling behind it. There is nothing more beautiful than a fresh bouquet of blooms chosen just for you by the man, or woman, you love. Of course you want this token of adoration to stay alive as long as possible. Learn how to preserve your flowers with creative methods that utilize ingredients you can find in your pantry and easy techniques that require minimal effort.

Fresh Flowers from your Sweetheart

Getting Creative: How to Preserve Flowers with Common Kitchen Products

Soda as Flower Food

  • You owe me a Coke Soda tasting a bit flat? Add it to the water for your flowers. The acidic nature of the drink causes the water to move up the stem of the flower faster, while sugar acts as flower food. Together, the ingredients help increase the life span of your blooms. Splash a quarter cup of your carbonated beverage into your vase, and enjoy your beautiful flowers longer than expected. Lemon-lime sodas work best.

Preserve Flowers with Alcohol

  • Let’s get tipsy Alcohol discourages your plants from producing ethylene, the gas that causes your fresh blooms to wilt. Introduce a teaspoon of vodka to every liter of water in your vase every three days for optimal preservation. Pay close attention to your measurements. In order to keep your flowers alive, you must not test their limits.
  • Your flowers need to primp Give your buds a quick spritz with your hair spray for a good-as-new update. Make sure to stand about a foot from the arrangement while spraying.

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  • A spoonful of sugar… Create your own flower food with vinegar, sugar, and water! Just add 2 tablespoons of apple cider or white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water in your vase for longer lasting arrangements. The vinegar provides antibacterial properties to the plant.
  • Minty fresh If your vase is opaque, and you don’t mind a minty perfume masking the scent of your floral arrangement, try pouring a cap full of mouthwash into a liter of water. The bacteria-killing benefits of the mouthwash will keep your plant looking fresh and lively longer.
  • For the germophobics If you are feeling a little ambitious, or prefer your flowers squeaky clean, try adding bleach to your floral arrangement. A liter of water requires just a quarter of a teaspoon of bleach. Treating your bouquet once every three days should keep your water clean and your flowers bacteria-free. While your florals are not used to the chemicals and might look slightly wilted the first day, their appearance should improve two-fold by the following day, and the hues will remain vibrant into day five.

A Few Quick Tips to Keeping Your Flowers Fresh (without the Science Project)

  • General hygiene Make a habit of replacing the water in your vase every other day.
  • Bust the myth Contrary to popular belief, direct sunlight will actually decrease your blooms’ longevity. Choose a spot in your home that is not prone to drafts and clear from intense brightness.
  • Cold-blooded Having company? Keep your bouquet in the fridge before your guests arrive. Or, just place your arrangement in your refrigerator before you go to sleep each night. Colder climates preserve flowers longer. This method is often considered the most promising at keeping flowers alive.

Celebrating the Dead on Día de Muertos

Decorations for Dia de Muertos Altar

Okay, let’s get a few things straightened out. If you are not of Mexican heritage and wondering about the popular holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and a few other countries across the world, you may have been subjected to a few misconceptions about Dia de Muertos.

Day of the Dead is not how Mexico’s inhabitants celebrate Halloween. Although October 31st is considered Todos los Santisimos, or All Hallows Eve, and is celebrated in conjunction with Dia de Muertos, the 2nd of November is its own entity entirely. November 1st is commonly known as Dia de los Inocentes, Day of the Innocents, recognizing those who passed as children. It can also be referred to as Dia de Todos los Santos, or All Saint’s Day, a Christian holiday acknowledged throughout the world. Similar to Dia de Muertos, people erect and decorate alters and remember their loved ones on November 1st. The day sets the stage for the cheerful festivities of November 2nd.

Despite some preconceived notions, Dia de Muertos is not meant to worship death. Rather, Day of the Dead celebrations commemorate those who have passed and proclaim their passage into the afterlife. Instead of mourning and grieving, those who take part in the entertainment choose to rejoice. Learn how you can take part in Day of the Dead traditions to honor your loved ones in this lighthearted manner.

Day of the Dead Traditions for Exulting the Deceased

What’s a holiday if not an excuse to stuff your face with delicious treats and sip on copious amounts of alcohol? Like any other holiday, Dia de Muertos is accompanied by specific foods and beverages as well as several customs to help spread the joy.

Getting Crafty – Dia de Muertos Altar

Arguably the most important part of the holiday, Dia de Muertos altars are meant to bring the spirits of the deceased back to Earth. Vibrant and striking, each altar is unique to the family and its individual members. However, there are certain requisites expected of each display:

  • Papel Picado, or “pierced paper” to decorate the stand
  • Arch made of sugar to symbolize the entryway between the dead and the living
  • Tree resin incense which acts as a guide for the spirits from the living to the afterlife
  • Ofrendas de Dia de Muertos – Offerings include the following:
    • Pictures of the deceased
    • Candles for each soul to embody hope, spirituality, and a way to direct your loved ones to the light
    • A cross to represent their faith in Jesus
    • Water to quench their thirst after their trek back to the living
    • Toys for those who passed too young
    • Some of their favorite items – sports memorabilia, novels, cigars, shoes, or whatever it is they once cherished
    • Food and flowers

Significant Floral Decorations for Dia de Muertos

Marigold Flowers to celebrate Dia de Muertos

The most prominent flower used in ofrendas de Dia de Muertos is the marigold flower, known as the cempasuchitl in Mexico. The powerful aroma and bright, vivacious hue are said to help the deceased find their way to and from the living. Baby’s breath, celosia, gladiolus, and white mums are also commonly used for the Dia de Muertos alter due to their association with purity, rebirth, and remembrance. Looking for flowers to send to those who celebrate the holiday? Head over to our flower delivery service to surprise someone you love.

Time to Feast – What to Eat and Drink for Dia de Muertos

Not only do those celebrating the holiday add their loved one’s favorite foods to the altar as ofrendas de Dia de Muertos, but families of the deceased salute the holiday with traditional meals, candies, and drinks.

  • Common FoodsPan de muerto, a sweet bun-shaped roll with sugar on top and embellished with bone decorations, is a quintessential Dia de Muertos dessert. Also classic for the holiday are tamales with a sweet fruit filling or a hearty chicken stuffing and sugar Calaveras, which are candies shaped and adorned like the Catrina skull.
  • Common Drinks – Often, bottles of liquor are placed on the Dia de Muertos altar to welcome the dead back to the living. Conventional beverages for the celebratory festivities are pulque (composed of agave fermented sap), atole (a creamy drink made of corn and masa and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla), champurrado (the chocolate version of atole), and masa (alkaline soaked corn dough). While these indigenous beverages are typical of the ceremony, hibiscus tea is enjoyed during this time as well.

The Party has Started – The Ultimate Day of the Dead Celebration

Children Dressed for Catrina Parade on Dia de Muertos

Each year, the Catrina Parade is held in Mexico City. Those celebrating dress up like La Calavera Catrina (“The Dapper Skeleton”), a character from an etching by Jose Guadalupe Posada. Wearing an overstated hat with a wide brim and floral ornamentation, Catrina beautifies the dead. Now, for this Dia de Muertos parade, people wear similar hats; paint their faces to look like skulls with vibrant, exaggerated details; and are decked out in vails, flowers, sparkles, and frills. The scene is truly mesmerizing.

The Eve of Dia de Muertos

Lighting Candles for Day of the Dead

Vigils take place the night before Dia de Muertos. In Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, inhabitants ride mariposas (boats named after butterflies, another common motif of the holiday) to other islands to visit graves. Much less rowdy and animated than the Day of the Dead celebration, this time is taken to remember loved ones with candles and a tranquil atmosphere.

Wedding Flowers for Every Season

A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Flowers for Every Season

The first glance; the drumming of your nervous heart as you walk down the aisle, surrounded by familiar faces; the passionate brush of your lips against theirs – there are so many moments you will remember and cherish forever at your wedding. But the anxiety-provoking anticipation and preparation often overshadow the impending feelings of euphoria, the forever matrimony of yourself and your best friend. From carefully curating a flawless menu everyone will appreciate to finding the right hashtag that is both clever and cute (and not too cheesy), your to-do list is practically a death sentence. Your Pinterest board is an online labyrinth with way too many alternate paths. And your idea binder? It’s ripping at the seams.

Wedding planning should be fun. You’ve been dreaming about it since the second your mother showed you her wedding dress, when you bought all the wedding magazines at the nearest drug store and piled them high beside your scissors and a scrapbook – the original Pinterest. At this point, you have the perfect partner, and you said “yes” to the dress. Put off the boring details for now. It’s time for the florals.

Turn your wedding into a fairytale with an impeccable assortment of floral arrangements. All your blossoming accessories (your bouquet, centerpieces, etc.) should match your newlywed style. But dressing your wedding venue in fresh buds you love that also coordinate with the theme of the season can be a challenge. That’s what we’re here for. As your botanic wedding planners, we have cultivated the ultimate list of wedding floral arrangements for every season.

Spring Wedding Flowers

You really can’t go wrong with any flowers in the springtime. “Wedding season” is replete with the most vibrant of blooms. Nature truly comes alive during this period, making it the easiest time to find the right buds for your event. Check out our list of popular flowers for your spring wedding.

Pretty pink peonies

  • Peonies: Peonies might just be the most on-trend flower of the moment for any season; however, the soft, precious blooms grow freshest in the spring, and the subtle colors look sweet and poised in any bouquet.
  • Sweet Pea: With its lovely, captivating scent, the sweet pea romanticizes any occasion.
  • Succulents: Succulents aren’t just for trendy home decorating. The low maintenance plants are also a sophisticated addition to a floral centerpiece.
  • Cornflower: A radiant cobalt hue, cornflowers aren’t your typical wedding flower. However, the unexpected “something blue” mixes well with ivory and peach for a powerful fashion-forward statement or beside shades of purple for a more feminine appeal.
  • Tulips: A symbol of deep, perfect love, tulips are a spring wedding classic. Their fully bloomed, bulb-like shape is a reminder of the beauty of closeness and intimacy.

Blue Hydrangeas for Spring Wedding

  • Hydrangea: Whimsical in appearance and intriguing in texture, the hydrangea will complement the other flowers in your bouquet and centerpieces alike.
  • Magnolia: The pure, rich petals and luxurious scent of the magnolia will instantly charm your guests and create a scene no one will forget.

Baby's Breath Bouquet

  • Baby’s Breath: Any floral arrangement could use a touch of baby’s breath. Dainty and sweet, innocent and pure, the flower could even be braided into your hair for an outdoor wedding.
  • Calla Lily: The calla lily will brighten up any room with its stark white hue. Considered pure and often associated with Christianity, the calla lily is a beautiful decoration for an alter at a church wedding.

Summer Wedding Flowers

There’s something about the sunny, warm weather season that calls for bright, youthful decorations and flowers that match.

Dahlias for Summer Wedding Florals

  • Dahlia: The Dahlia flower represents change and the merging of two lives into one. The perfect depiction of matrimony.
  • Orchid: Each orchid is lively and unique, just like the love you share with your soon-to-be spouse.
  • Daisy: “He loves me; he loves me not.” This time, you know the answer. Youthful and nostalgic, the flower is guaranteed to make you smile.
  • Poppy: Bright and bold, the poppy brings life to any room or outdoor venue. The petals can be added as a punch of color to your bouquet or centerpiece or can be a cheerful accessory in your bridesmaids’ hair.
  • Marigold: The marigold brings so much energy to your palette, whether you add it to your centerpieces or in flower pots placed beside each row of chairs.

Sunflower Wedding

  • Sunflower: A classic summer bloom, the sunflower is a symbol of loyalty, a reminder of the honesty and dependability in your relationship.
  • Lavender: Well known for its soothing scent, lavender actually helps ward off mosquitos – a natural bug-repellant for an outdoor wedding!
  • Phlox: Airy and light, the phlox represents the linking of two souls in harmony, an accurate depiction of the vows between newlyweds.
  • Daffodils: Daffodils are a happy, cheerful color as bright as the sun that will be radiating off your skin.

Plumeria Flower for Summer Wedding

  • Plumeria: The plumeria is a gorgeous choice for a destination wedding at the beach. Simple yet tropical, the flower is buttery in color and texture and is the perfect hair piece or focal point for a bouquet.

Fall Wedding Flowers

Fall wedding flowers are a little trickier than their spring and summer counterparts. You don’t want floral arrangements that are dark and gloomy, but you also want your palette to match the trends of the season. We have a few ideas we hope will inspire you.

Rich Chrysanthemums for Fall Wedding

  • Chrysanthemum: Just imagine being surrounded by a field of Chrysanthemums. Recreate that fascination with flower pots filled with the flower. The layered petals will bring life and texture to your autumn shades.
  • Rose: Of course, the rose, conceivably the most romantic of all flowers, can be used in any arrangement for any season. Opt for rich, bold hues and thorny stems for a ravishing, mystical utopia.
  • Craspedia: The pop of golden yellow can be spotted from the other end of your venue. Use craspedia flowers as a fun, vivacious contrast to your darker buds.
  • Foxglove: Surround your guests in an enchanting floral oasis with these vertical bunches.

Pretty Pansies for Fall

  • Pansy: Pansies come in so many different color combinations. Find the variety that best coordinates with your wedding palette.
  • Black-eyed Susan: Traipse through a meadow of wild black-eyed Susans when you place the flowers in pots, centerpieces, bouquets, and flower walls.

Dianthus Flower

  • Dianthus: The dianthus is a butterfly magnet – welcome the beautiful wedding crasher to your outdoor venue.
  • Astillbe: Foliage acts as the best accent to subdued autumn shades. The astillbe adds a wink of color and a touch of texture perfect for any fall centerpiece.
  • Celosia: The contrasting texture of the celosia will complement the rest of your flowers, while the warm hues are evocative of the season’s welcoming nature.

Winter Wedding Flowers

The magic in the air and the enchantment in your heart are undeniable in a winter wedding. Frosted with white and glowing with sparkle, a proper winter wedding is unbelievably dazzling. Choose the right flowers to reassert that feeling, that allure.

Blue Scilla for Winter Wedding

  • Scilla: Create your own winter wonderland when you pair this flower with a variety of white bulbs.
  • Pinecones: Despite its hard exterior, pinecones add a soft, rustic appeal to any floral centerpiece.
  • Winter Jasmine: When placed correctly, the golden winter jasmine looks like twinkling fairy lights. Breathtaking.

White Winter Wedding Flowers

  • Snowdrops: Snowdrops are not only beautiful and pure but, as a sign of hope, the flowers are a meaningful sentiment to a happy, healthy marriage.
  • Cyclamen: Cyclamen, breezy and graceful, indicate strong feelings that last and the truest affection.
  • Hellebore: The dark, silky petals are a flawless counterpart to golden accessories.
  • Winterberries: The perfect complement to a winter bouquet, these tiny fruits are a bright pop of color against a darker palette.

White Snapdragon Flower

  • Snapdragon: Known for its association with poise and grace, the snapdragon is supposed to repel evil spirits (future in-laws do not apply).

daFlores – How to Make a Corsage

Flower Crafts 101: How to Make a Corsage

Wedding season, prom season, whatever you want to call it — spring is here, and florals are making a major statement. Not only are the gorgeous buds appearing in every spring designer line and blooming all around you, but flowers play a role in several upcoming events as well. We want to teach you how to make a corsage for the bridal party in your sister’s wedding, your daughter and her besties for prom, or your sweet mother for a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Constructing your own wrist corsage for prom or any other occasion is inexpensive and presents a broader range of customization relative to the corsages found at your local garden center.

DIY Wrist Corsage

With the right materials, your DIY wrist corsage will appear as if it was made by a professional.

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Corsage wristlet — can be plastic or metal
  • Your favorite flowers
  • Beautiful foliage to match

Choose your flowers and foliage that best coordinate with your dress. Carnations and roses are commonly used in wrist corsages for prom because they are less delicate than other flowers and will hold together through the night. A few additional suggestions can be found below, but feel free to set your own trends.

  • Popular flowers: orchid, carnation, lily, rose, baby’s breath
  • Unique flowers: hydrangea, dahlia, peony
  • Popular foliage: seeded eucalyptus, ivy
  • Unique foliage: Italian Ruscus, tiny succulents

Now that you have collected your materials, you are ready to create your very own, truly special, wrist corsage. Read the steps below to get crafting!

  1. Cut your stem about half an inch from the bud.
  2. Poke your wire through the top of the stem and fold it down.
  3. Tape around the wire and stem with your floral tape — this method provides flexibility and easy movement.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all flowers in your floral setting.
  5. Cut the leaves you wish to add to the assortment.
  6. Tape the leaves onto the stem, wherever desired.
  7. Once you have finished maneuvering your pieces to create the perfect setting, tape all flowers and foliage together.
  8. Dab hot glue on the plastic or metal piece of the wristlet.
  9. Immediately place the floral arrangement on the glue and press down gently for 30 seconds.

Your one-of-a-kind corsage is complete! Stretch your elastic band, slide it on your wrist, and admire your handiwork. It’s officially time to start the party! Cue the confetti!

daFlores – Flowers for Every Occasion

Through the Laughter and the Tears — Flowers for Every Occasion

Stumped on what type of gift is appropriate for a funeral? Want your partner to know you truly put thought into your V-Day present this year? Need a thank you gift that fully expresses your gratitude? Say what you really mean with flowers — for every occasion. Fresh blooms, in our humble opinion, are the best way to send a message, whether that message is heartfelt, empathetic, or even hopelessly romantic. Choosing the right bouquet can bring unexpected joy to those in mourning, add a pop of color to a sterile all-white hospital room, or turn unrequited love into a passionate affair.

Love Is in the Air — Best Valentine’s Day Gifts

It’s the first week in February, and heart-shaped boxes, truffle chocolates (the off-brand ones that no one actually likes), furry teddy bears that appear as though they were won from a claw machine, and bouquets upon bouquets of flowers surround you everywhere you go. It’s a nightmare for the chronic procrastinator and anyone without that special someone. Whether you are in love or simply enjoy the concept, we have compiled a list of the best Valentine’s Day flowers so you can give (or receive) the most appropriate arrangement for your relationship. We promise the flowers will be appreciated more than a guilt-ridden box of chocolates or a stuffed animal that will end up as a dog toy.

Lilac Flowers for Young Love

  • Young Love: The lavender rose suggests love at first sight, while the lilac and primrose are commonly associated with youthful affections.
  • Secret Love: This suggestion is only for the bold, courageous gifters who aren’t afraid of rejection. Choose the yellow acacia or the gardenia to let someone special know how you truly feel. It is custom for youth in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic to play a game they like to call Amigo Secreto, or “secret friend.” A name is chosen at random to be the recipient of a child’s floral gift.
  • Loyal Love: Let your love know you will never falter in your relationship. The blue violet, forget-me-not, chrysanthemum, daisy, and Alstroemeria all signify a faithful, dedicated love to another.

Passionate Red Roses for Valentine's Day

  • Passionate Love: Set the mood with a bottle of wine, a roomful of candles, and a trail of petals from flowers that indicate an ardent, passionate love. Jasmine signifies sensual feelings, while the red tulip represents the truest love. The yellow iris and orange lily symbolize passion. But, of course, you cannot go wrong with the always popular red rose. Another embodiment of passionate affection and an indigenous flower to the country, the orchid is the most popular flower to give for V-Day in Peru.
  • Unrequited Love: Maybe you want to remind that special someone that, despite his or her feelings, you will always have a place in your heart for him or her. The daffodil sends the message that you understand your love is not returned, while the yellow tulip signifies you are hopelessly in love with this person and do not care if he or she feels the same. Unrequited love, though, can work both ways. If you can’t think of the right words to say in a break-up, send a bouquet of white tulips to let your partner know his or her love is one-sided. If this gesture doesn’t go over as well as planned, send purple hyacinths to seek forgiveness.
  • Love for a Friend: Decorate your Galentine’s Day brunch with floral centerpieces that include yellow roses and alstromeria, flowers that indicate friendship. Send your besties the Adam’s needle to brighten their Valentine’s Day. In Guatemala, it is not only common to give flowers to friends during this special day, but purchasing flowers for coworkers is completely normal as well.

In Loving Memory Of — Best Flowers for Funerals

Expressing sympathy at funerals can be tricky, especially when it comes to gifting. In their state of grief, people can be sensitive and may take offense where it’s not intended. Avoid confrontation or hurt feelings by choosing the best flowers for condolences.

Gladiolus Flowers for Condolences

  • Flowers Encouraging Strength and Hope: In moments of grief, even the strength to feign a smile can be a daunting task. Let those hurting know, eventually, things will get better. Offer the gladiolus to encourage strength or the snowdrop as a token of hope.
  • Practical Arrangements: Opt for potted plants so those in mourning can take your flowers home in memory of their loved ones.

White Funeral Flowers

  • White Flowers: White flowers are commonly used for funeral arrangements and condolences due to their association with innocence and purity. The lily is especially common for its ties to rebirth and renewal. Also meaningful in times of sorrow is the orchid. Its fragile properties can be an analogy for life’s delicate nature, and it creates a lasting impression, as it has another meaning — “I will always love you.” On the other hand, yellow flowers are more commonly used in Central and South American countries. The yellow marigold, in particular, is considered a symbol of death in Mexico.
  • Florals that Recognize Grief: Sometimes, all anyone wants is a little empathy. Recognize the feelings of those who have lost someone special with a pink carnation, which means “remembrance,” a crimson rose, a representation of mourning, or a samoa, a gift of departure.

For the Most Deserving — The Best Thank You Gifts

The best thank you gifts are the ones that truly express your gratitude without saying a word. Deliver your appreciation with flowers that do the talking for you.

Sweet Peas to Say Thank You

  • A Casual, Everyday Thank-You: Whether you are thanking someone for taking care of your kids or pets while you were away, having the time or your life, or you want someone to know you thoroughly enjoyed your date the previous night, present the recipient with the sweet pea to say “thank you for a good time.”
  • Appreciated Empathy: Send hydrangeas to those willing to listen to you vent, friends and family who have been there for you in times of need, and others who have shown you understanding.
  • A Compassionate Thank-You Gift: Need a gift for your kids’ teachers that says, “thank you for putting up with them five days of every week”? A bottle of wine and a bouquet of azaleas sends that exact message. Has someone positively impacted your life as a mentor? Send them campanulas to express your thanks.
  • Show Them You’ve been Paying Attention: Check out their social media profile. Ask their friends for advice. A gift that shows you really care is one you know they will truly appreciate. Say “thank you” with their favorite flowers.

Uplifting Spirits — Get Well Soon Flowers

In ancient cultures, it was said that flowers had natural healing powers. Today, we still consider several flowers to have a variety of medicinal uses. Southern Ecuador, alone, has counted more than 200 plants as possible ingredients in medicinal treatments. However, you will most likely not be prescribing any home remedies. Choose flowers that embody this idea of mending the body and lifting the spirits of those who are suffering.

  • Flowers for Hospital Deliveries: Hospitals already have enough aromas permeating from room to room. Choose scentless flowers that are easy to keep alive in colors that are vibrant and full of energy. Gerbera daisies, dahlias, and tulips are the perfect compromise.
  • Promoting Health and Prosperity: While you might not have the ability to heal your loved ones, sending notes of healing and hopes for good health is just as generous. The verbena and the peony are depictions of healing, while white heathers are symbolic of fulfilled wishes and safety. Send azaleas to illustrate good health.
  • A Soothing Sentiment: Relaxation and serenity are crucial during the healing process. Provide your loved ones with lisianthus, cosmos, and morning glory to bring peace to their get well gift baskets. Or, simulate “energy in diversity” and relaxation with chamomile.

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.

Yule flowers

December 21 marks one of the turning-points of the year. The days seem more or less equal; the closer you are to the equator, the more true that is. For the northern hemisphere, we have our shortest night and we get a smidgen more light every night until the third week in June. In the southern hemisphere, it’s the exact opposite: the days get shorter and the nights longer. Continue reading

Christmas cactus

A Christmas cactus is part of a seasonally-named cactus group that springs into action about the time of certain holidays. (Easter and Thanksgiving cacti are two more examples.) But if your cactus never buds up or show flowers, here are a few ideas to give it a boost. Continue reading

St. Nicholas’ Day

Today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day. (Eastern Christians celebrate on the 19th.) In most of Europe, this is a religious festival, the feast day of St. Nicholas. However, Dutch kids will leave out clogs to receive candy and money, and many other kids will leave out shoes for the same purpose. It’s rather like the Christmas stockings we hang, in fact. Of course, there’s a tradition of leaving out carrots and cookies—though it’s not for reindeer, it’s for the saint’s horse. Continue reading

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