It is now less than a week to Thanksgiving. Where has the time gone, you might ask…where, indeed. In our busy lives, it’s often difficult to take care of everything, but if you’re reading this now, you can definitely still order Thanksgiving flowers from daFlores.
Here’s something we don’t come across too often: underwater gardening. A new exhibition at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers is seeking to change that with an entire garden that’s underwater. Sure, we’ve all seen a water lily or two, but we’re talking a carefully curated vision with water, plants, rocks and fish. Read on to find out more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.