Monthly Archives: February 2011

Monarda (Bee Balm)


GENERAL INFORMATION Monarda didyma, pronounced mo-NAR-duh DID-ee-muh, is a square-stemmed perennial that has brightly-coloured, narrow, two-lipped, tubular flowers that form tiers around the stems. The shaggy, outwardly coiled blossoms resemble a beautiful spider or a “Raggedy Ann” doll’s hair. Hummingbirds … Continue reading

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Make AN Entrance


One of the first impressions of you and your personal style is the entrance to your home. As you walk in after a busy day it can set your mood to enjoy your home.  As the seasons change you may … Continue reading

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Alstroemeria, the Friendship Flower


Other Common Names: Peruvian lily, Parrot Flower, Parrot Lily, Lily of the Incas, and in New Zealand “Christmas Bell.” Appearance: Alstroemerias consists of many delicate, lily-like blooms in shades of pink, salmon, orange, red, yellow, purple, lavender and white, along … Continue reading

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Hypericum, an Olympic Flower


On year after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver the hypericum, is still winning a gold metal in the floral community. The presentation bouquets were predominately green bouquets contain eye-catching green hypericum berries, delicate green spider mums and broad leaf greens. … Continue reading

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Butterflies love the Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)


Scientific name: Buddleja History: A seventeenth-century amateur botanist named Reverend Adam Buddle was honored when the first butterfly bush reached England in1774. Though most of today’s plants have Chinese ancestors, this plant came from Chile. This flower is most commonly … Continue reading

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TREND: Sending Flowers to Men


MEN LOVE FLOWERS and plants! For the man in your life, consider sending: Red Ginger and red anthuriums pair wonderfully together Bromeliads have a sense of “cool” that is comfortable for any man to receive A flowering plant, such as … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Getaways


Flower Holidays, Occasions & Parties Valentine’s Day Flowers The Society of American Florists (SAF) asked some of the country’s top florists and floral designers to describe what’s in style for flowers this Valentine’s Day, from popular flowers, gifts and color … Continue reading

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Snapdragon: Flower or Parlour Game?


History: The  name antirrhinum is derived from the Greek word, “antirrhinon” to mean “like” and rhis for “nose” to literally mean “like a nose,  referring to the nose-like capsule of the flower in its mature state. Trivia: The  name snapdragon  … Continue reading

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Canterbury Bells -not found only in Canterbury-Campanulas


Campanulas are commonly known as Harebells in England, Bluebells in Scotland, and Canterbury Bells in specific areas in England. History: Campanula is a Latin word that means “Little Bell” derived from their bell-shaped flowers. The species Campanula Rapuculus , commonly … Continue reading

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Where do the flowers come from?


Although I just posted  here a couple of days ago, something occurred last night that got me thinking. While I was speaking with another parent at my son’s hockey game. it came up that I work for a flower retailer … Continue reading

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