What would it be like if you lived 80 years, bloomed briefly, and then died? All that time spent getting ready for your one main event…it’s kind of sad, when you think about it. Well, that’s the fate of a rare American agave plant that finally came into its own in Michigan. Read on to find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime event. Continue reading
How are you doing in the summer heat? Are you thriving, or wilting? Just as some people are designed for heat and others can’t bear it, so are flowers exactly the same. When you’re planting or maintaining a summer garden, it’s a good idea to know which plants thrive in the lovely summer and which don’t. Read on for some ideas. Continue reading
Missouri, right there beside the Mississippi River, has as its state flower the hawthorn. This prickly, practical shrub grows naturally wild in the state, and its colorful fruit, the haws, provide birds with much-needed food towards winter. So why did Missouri choose the hawthorn as its state flower, and what else can the plant do? Read on for the latest in our state flower series. Continue reading
Loneliness kills. It also depresses, hurts, and really has nothing going for it at all. It’s perhaps with this in mind that National Cheer Up Someone Lonely Day sprang into being, a day to help grow awareness of the lonely and to brighten up their lives a little. As with all these things, though, a day isn’t enough, so let’s talk about this some more and look at some ideas for keeping the sentiment going year-round. Continue reading
National Chocolate Day is coming up in just two days. If you order today or tomorrow, you’ll be able to deliver flowers and chocolates just in time for Monday. (If you’re quick, you could even order on Monday; we do same-day delivery here at daFlores. So what is National Chocolate Day all about, anyway, and how does one celebrate? Read on for more details. Continue reading
You’ve heard of towers of treats, haven’t you? We even offer a few variants on that, mostly in the form of gift baskets and sets. But we’re talking about those gift-wrapped stacks of boxes, all tied with a beautiful bow, that make you go “wow” when you see them. Well, there’s a gentleman we just found out about who made something like that—with flowers. Continue reading
Flowers are one of the most widely-used parade decorations.
It takes nearly a year to develop, design, build, and decorate a parade float, and thousands of volunteers to help put it together.
Parade flowers come from every continent on Earth, except Antarctica.
“Flower parades” are parades in which all the floats, vehicles, and participants are covered in flowers.
- Two of the most famous flower parades are the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and la Feria de las Flores in Medellín, Colombia.
- An average 50-foot float in the Rose Parade contains more flowers than the typical florist sells in 5 years.
- A float in a flower parade uses as many as 500 varieties of flowers.
What are some of the most commonly used flowers used to decorate parade floats?
- Roses – Elegant and lovely, this is a parade classic.
- Carnation – Carnations are durable and long-lasting, which makes them perfect for use on floats and parade costumes.
- Tulips – Despite their rank as a favorite, working with tulips isn’t easy. They must be kept in water.
- Gladiolus – The gladiolus’s big petals and bright colors make it a favorite of parade designers when “petaling”—a process were decorators affix individual petals to floats.
- Marigolds – It takes 36 marigolds to cover one square foot of float area.
- Iris – The iris is often the flower responsible for the blue hue needed to mimic waterfalls, streams, and fountains.
What are you favorite parade flowers?
A team of florists has got together this year to create images of sporting stars out of flowers. The floral artwork shows Wimbledon champion AndyMurray, athlete Jessica Ennis and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. The choice came from a poll voted for by the British public. Continue reading
Did you know that flowers had conventions? The 2014 American Horticulture Society convention started in North Carolina this week, bringing displays, stories and visitors in droves to the Asheville, North Carolina event. It was hosted by the Western North Carolina Daylily Club. Continue reading
A few days ago we talked about the rare flowering of a pair of corpse flowers. Now, the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens in California are also awaiting a happy event, of a puya. This member of the bromeliad family—we’ll talk about that in a moment—came from a seed brought out of Bolivia, and its flowering is a rare event indeed. Continue reading