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.
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.
“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.
Halloween is almost upon us. For some, it’s a religious occasion, for others it’s an opportunity to have some fun with your kids and dress up in outrageous costumes. As we approach All Hallows Eve and Day, we at daFlores wish you a wonderful holiday. With it being Friday this year, there’s even an opportunity to make a weekend of it, with corn mazes and pumpkin carving galore.
Depending on where you are in the country, leaf peeping season is just starting, or it’s well underway. If you’re lucky, bright sunshine will heighten the vivid golds and reds that fall brings, before the leaves end up rustling underfoot. If you’re not so lucky, drenching rain makes this time of year a little unpleasant, but the sight of changing foliage is pretty, and marks the start of the holidays. When leaves stop producing green chlorophyll, they turn different colors…
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.
If there’s one fruit that tells you it’s fall, that would be the apple. The apple season is in full swing at this time of year, with fresh, crispy fruit appearing in abundance. Old games like bobbing for apples appear. Then there are apple festivals, giant vats of apple butter and sauce to be made, and there’s definitely that old adage about an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There’s a germ of truth in this, of course.
Halloween is now just around the corner, so it’s time to order your Halloween flowers if you haven’t, already. Halloween flowers can set the scene for a fun family get-together; trick-or-treating in the early evening, then a decorated table for a spooky dinner. That’s one way you can use Halloween flowers.
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.