Making Cut Flowers Last Long

Flowers are like a vibrant life inspirations when they are around bringing on all the positive impacts on your moods and thus on the work that you will do whole day. When ever we prepare floral arrangements our self by picking up flowers from our gardens or when we get it as a gift from someone,cut rose 150x150 Making Cut Flowers Last Long in both ways they mean so much. Sometimes it’s as a gift that we get flowers while for many of the flower lovers it is a part of routine to get a bunch of flowers from the floral section whenever they go to grocery shops. Floral arrangements displayed at homes not only admired by you but also by the people who come to your place. Whenever the cut flowers are gifted or bought by one his or her self the very first thing that comes to mind is about preserving the flowers for longer period of time so they can just keep refreshing themselves and keep realizing how much the person who gifted these flowers love them.

  • Take some cool water but definitely not the freezing one and pour it into a clean vase in which you plan to keep your flowers in. Now take the pack of the commercial floral preservative that you got and add a small amount of it into the water and mix it properly in water either through your hands or with something else about which you can be sure that it would distribute the contents properly in water. If you have bought the flowers from flower stores after coming to home fill your sink with warm water and place the stems immediately into the sink.
  • Now be a little fast and put the cut stems into the vase with prepared solution immediately. Don’t wait till you are done with all keep putting each stem in vase that you are done with. Cut all the leaves that falls under the top of vase so they just do not remain soaked in water of vase because this will promote development of bacteria in the water and will reduce the flower’s life. Place your flower at a place that is away from direct sunlight or cold or warm breezes.
  • Change the water in your flowers every two days so that you can avoid formation of bacteria that may reduce the life of your flowers.

P.S. (You can prepare your homemade preserver and flowers food by taking two teaspoons full of sugar, half teaspoon of chlorine bleach, and one fourth teaspoon of alum. Well there is an alternate too if you do not have alum with you, you can add two table spoon of white vinegar too to the mixture.)

Roses Roses & Roses

wedding bouquet1 300x199 Roses Roses & RosesRoses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. Roses are often considered as the most perfect flowers for expression of love. Roses, in particular, define love so well because of all the various shades some of which are natural and some are man-made; that symbolize the various stages and emotions of love and romance. Here is some really interesting information about roses.

  • A single rose of any color in full bloom means “I love you.”
  • Two roses put together to form a single stem means an impending engagement or marriage.
  • A dozen roses in a bouquet represent a traditional romance, but can signify something more particular, such as a dozen ways that I love you.
  • Two dozen roses in a bouquet represent an even deeper attraction and can tell your beloved that you think of them every hour.
  • Three dozen roses symbolize a romance that is unlike any other.
  • Four dozen roses represent an unchanging and unconditional love.
  • One red rose combined with several yellow roses means joviality.
  • Pale colored roses symbolize friendship instead than romantic love.
  • Deeper colored roses symbolize a more romantic love with passion and intimacy.
  • All roses symbolize love, but certain colors of roses can take on special meanings. Opinions vary on the many meanings of roses, but here are some of the more common.

1. Red Roses                              love, passion, “I Love You”

2. White Roses                          innocence, purity, reverence, humility

3. Red & White Roses              unity

4. Yellow & Red Roses            friendship, falling in love

5. Pink Roses                            grace, gentility, perfect happiness, sweet thoughts

6. Light Pink Roses                   admiration, sympathy

7. Dark Pink Roses                   gratitude, appreciation

8. Peach Roses                          passion

9. Yellow Roses                        joy, gladness, friendship, platonic love

10.  Orange Roses                       desire, new beginnings

11.  Burgundy Roses                   beauty

12.  Black Roses                         death of old habits, renewal of spirit

13.  Blue  Roses                          mystery

14.  Green Roses                         calm, fertility, fruitfulness

15.  Purple Roses                         royalty, majesty, enchantment,

protection, paternal and/or maternal love

16.  Lavender Roses                   falling in love at first sight

17.  Tie-Dyed Roses                   fun, crazy in love

  • A bouquet of unopened roses or rosebuds is a symbol of youth and innocent love.
  • Red rosebuds symbolize youth and innocent love.
  • Pink rosebuds symbolize a love of youthfulness.
  • A combination or red and pink rosebuds means that you are youthful and beautiful.
  • One full bloomed rose given with two rosebuds symbolizes a undisclosed love.
  • White rosebuds symbolize a heart that is too young for romantic love or a heart that knows no love.
  • Moss rosebuds symbolize a first declaration of love.
  • White rosebuds that have dried or died symbolize short-lived beauty.

Roses And Romantic Flowers Trivia

love flower 150x150 Roses And Romantic Flowers TriviaRoses are believed to the best flowers for romantic message but there are some other flowers too that are used to express love. There are some unusual facts related to the flowers that express love.

  1. Acacia blossoms- Concealed or chaste love.
  2. Daisy – Loyal love
  3. Forget-me-nots- thoughts of true love
  4. Gardenias- secret love or a desire
  5. Red roses symbolize love in a number of forms Aster – Symbol of Love;
  6. Baby’s Breath – Everlasting love; happiness; pure in heart
  7. Camellia (Pink) – Longing for you
  8. Camellia (Red) – You’re a flame in my heart
  9. Camellia (White) – You’re adorable
  10. Carnation (pink) – I’ll never forget you, women’s love
  11. Carnation (white) -Sweet and lovely; innocence; pure love;
  12. Catchfly (red) – Youthful love
  13. Chrysanthemum (red) – I love
  14. Daffodil – unrequited love
  15. Fern (Maidenhair) – Secret bond of love
  16. Fuchsia (scarlet) – Confiding love
  17. Furze – Love for all occasions
  18. Gladiolus – Love at first sight;
  19. Globe Amaranth – Unfading love
  20. Gloxinia – Love at first sight
  21. Heliotrope – eternal love
  22. Honey flower – Sweet, secret love, generous affection,
  23. Japonica – Sincerity, symbol of love
  24. Lavender – Devotion, love
  25. Mimosa – secret love
  26. Moss – Maternal love;
  27. Myrtle – Love; love in absence; remembrance;
  28. Orchid – Love;
  29. Tulip (red) – Believe me; declaration of love
  30. Woodbine – Fraternal Love
  31. Zephyr Flower – Symbol of Love
  • In Scotland, if a white rose bloomed in autumn it was a token of an early marriage.
  • According to one myth, on the wedding day of Cupid (love) and Psyche (soul), roses were scattered all over the land, symbolizing a union.
  • It’s said that throwing rose leaves into a burning flame will bring you good luck.
  • In Greek and Roman mythology, roses were symbolic of love, protection, and rebirth.

Apologies and Hatred Expressed Through Flowers

It happens sometimes that we hurt our loved ones and than it becomes really difficult to express our guilt to apologize to them in such a time of need flowers can do the job greatly. For apologizing you do not certainly need a flower saying “I am Sorry” straightly but few flowers that may be saying good things to the recipient or the love message from you can work equally. There are hundreds of species of roses in the world and a great number of them can do the job for you.

Austrian Rose You are all that is lovely
Black Rose Foreshadow of death
Bridal Rose Happiness
Cabbage Rose Ambassador of love
Carolina Rose Love is dangerous
Christmas Rose Relieve my anxiety
Cinnamon Rose Without pretension
Coral Rose Desire
Dark crimson Rose Mourning
Dark pink Rose Thankfulness
Deep red Rose Shame
Garland or crown Rose Beware of virtue
Hibiscus Rose Delicate, beauty
Lavender Rose Enchantment
Orange Rose Fascination
Pale pink Rose Grace, joy
Peach Rose Immortality, modesty
Pink Rose Perfect happiness
Red Rose I love you
Tea Rose I’ll remember always
Thorn less Rose Love at first sight
White and red mixed Rose Unity
White Rose innocence and purity
Yellow Rose Jealousy
Rosebud red Rose Pure and lovely

When it is about expressing hatred or any of your negative expressions and you just do not find the way out to say it clearly too to any one, than find the flowers as the solution. There are flowers that can deliver your message of hatred and anger.

Basil I hate you
Begonia beware
Oleander caution
Peony anger
Primrose (evening) inconsistency
Snapdragon falsehood, deception
Carnation (yellow) disappointment, rejection

Flowers And Occasions

Flowers And Occasions 150x150 Flowers And OccasionsSince ever flowers have been believed to be the best gift for all occasions and events. Flowers are used not only to express happiness but all the human feeling can be expressed easily through flowers and that is the reason why one can see flowers in a wedding and on someone’s death too. Ancient Greeks lined out a complete language of flowers and since than it became easier to choose flowers to gift someone. Still there are many people who are not aware of the fact very well and do not consider the message that is delivered by a particular flower. Here is a small guide for all of you as to which flowers may be gifted over different occasions or events.

Weddings:

Weddings flower 150x150 Flowers And OccasionsFor wedding in decorations, for bridal bouquets and for gifting the traditional flowers used are:

  • Roses
  • Dahlias
  • Sunflowers
  • Tulips
  • Orchids
  • Peonies

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  • 1st Wedding Anniversary        Carnations/ Pansies
  • 2nd Wedding Anniversary       Cosmos
  • 3rd Wedding Anniversary        Fuchsias
  • 4th Wedding Anniversary      Geraniums
  • 5th Wedding Anniversary        Daisies
  • 6th Wedding Anniversary      Calla Lilies
  • 7th Wedding Anniversary      Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • 8th Wedding Anniversary        Clematis
  • 9th Wedding Anniversary       Poppies
  • 10th Wedding Anniversary     Daffodils
  • 11th Wedding Anniversary     Morning Glory
  • 12th Wedding Anniversary     Peonies
  • 13th Wedding Anniversary      Hollyhocks
  • 14th Wedding Anniversary      Dahlias
  • 15th Wedding Anniversary      Roses
  • 20th Wedding Anniversary       Day Lilies
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary       Iris
  • 28th Wedding Anniversary       Orchids
  • 30th Wedding Anniversary       Sweet peas
  • 40th Wedding Anniversary       Nasturtiums
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary       Violets

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Easter Flowers:

Easter is the occasion celebrated widely all around the world by the Christians. The flowers that are gifted over Easter are:

  • Easter Lilies
  • Pussy Willow
  • All red Flowers (Germany)

Birthday Flowers:

Birthday Flowers 150x150 Flowers And OccasionsIt is best if you know the favorite flower of the person whose birthday it is but if you don’t than birth month flowers are perfect choice.

  • January                                                Carnations
  • February                                              Iris, Violet
  • March                                                  Daffodils
  • April                                                    Daisy, Peonies
  • May                                                     Lily, Lily of the Valley
  • June                                                     Rose
  • July                                                      Delphinium
  • August                                                            Dahlia, Gladiolus
  • September                                           Aster, Forget-me-not
  • October                                               Calendula (Marigold)
  • November                                           Chrysanthemum
  • December                                            Poinsettia, Holly, Narcissus, Paperwhite

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Funeral Flowers:

Funerals are the occasions when you want to deliver your condolences so mostly all around the world light and subdued colors of flowers are chosen for floral arrangements. Traditionally following flowers are used widely over funerals:

  • Chrysanthemums
  • Carnations
  • Roses
  • White Lilies
  • Pink Lilies
  • Yellow Lilies

Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 3

Dry Flowers1 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3Here is the third and last blog for the series of methods for drying flowers. Now you all have an open choice as to which method you find easiest and most suitable to dry out your flowers. It is always great to dry flowers and secure them for long as mostly we have great memories attached to those flowers. But keep one thing in mind, if you want to dry flowers don’t wait for your fresh flower to wilt or droop you need to start the drying process with the fresh flowers. Before you start drying keep one thing in your mind that you’ll need to remove any withered or damaged petals off the flower.

Drying Flowers Using Microwave:

Drying Flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3If you like dry flowers but you just don’t have the patience enough to wait for till that long than you have a way out and that is drying your flowers through microwave. Drying flowers through microwave is a fast and effective way. It is a little difficult to dry flowers through microwave because than you need to be a little careful as the results may be not as desirable as they can be through air drying. All that works in microwave drying is the try and experience. The more experience you have the more will be your expertise to choose the right time for drying your flowers. When you dry your flowers in microwave you need to be more careful in selecting the flowers. They should be at their prime else they may turn out to be ugly brown in color. Drying in microwave is done with the drying agents. Place a layer of half inch in the box and then place the Dry Flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3flower in it covering it than again with the drying agent. Place the flower in the microwave and do keep a small bowl of water beside the flower in microwave. After every minute or a half you will need to rotate the flower. Almost all the flowers get dried perfectly within 3 minutes but sometimes a rose may take about three and a half minutes. Keep checking your flowers for if they have dried every time you rotate them. When you think your flower is done and cooked well take it out of the microwave but do not remove it immediately from the drying agent. Let it rest and settle for few hours. Again experimenting will make you get to know better that how long any of the flowers is needed to be left in the drying agent. This time can be any where from 8 hours to about 24 hours.

Poisonous Flowers And Plants for Dogs

dog and flowers 150x150 Poisonous Flowers And Plants for DogsMostly people treat their pets as their children as the love that humans get through the animals is really pure. Any kind of harm to their health is really killing. If considered mostly the pets that are kept at home includes cats and dogs. In previous blogs you were told about the flowers and plants that may be injurious to children and cats. Here is the list of flowers and plants that are harmful for dogs.

Flowers & Plants Causing Rashes:

  • Cactus
  • Chrysanthemums
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  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Pothos Ivy (in small amounts)
  • Primrose
  • Schefflera
  • Sumac

Flowers & Plants Causing Stomach Upsets:

  • Amaryllis
  • Asterpuppy and flowers 150x150 Poisonous Flowers And Plants for Dogs
  • Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila)
  • Boxwood
  • Calla Lily
  • Carnation
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil (Jonquil)
  • English Ivy
  • Freesia
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  • Holly
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Kalanchoe
  • Peony
  • Morning Glory
  • Poinsettia
  • Pothos Ivy
  • Schefflera
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Flowers & Plants Causing Organ Damage:

  • Azalea (in small amounts)
  • Crocus
  • Foxglove
  • Juniper

Flowers & Plants Causing Serious Conditions Including Death:

  • Agapanthusdogs garden 150x150 Poisonous Flowers And Plants for Dogs
  • Azalea (in large amounts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Delphinium
  • Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • Foxglove
  • Lantana
  • Larkspur
  • Mistletoe
  • Oleander
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palms

The different flowers and plants may cause different reactions to your pets. It is better for you to train your dogs and pets not to eat plants and flowers to keep them save from any harm.

Lilies

white lilies 150x150 LiliesLily is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world and is widely used in the floral arrangements as cut flower. There is a huge variety found all over the world for lilies in different colors and shapes. Lilies basically belong to the Asia but is now found and cultivated in all parts of the world. Its regal attractiveness, rich bloom and magnificent scent have fascinated the hearts of many, making the lily flower almost as popular as the rose.

Types of Lily Flowers:

Lily flowers are found in numerous colors and each of them brings out a different meaning to the world of human emotions.

white lily 150x150 LiliesWhite Lily:

White lilies are pure flowers symbolizing virginity, as in the Christian history the white lilies are a symbol of Virgin Mary herself. White lily is the most opted flower amongst all of the brides on their wedding.  White lilies symbolize purity, virginity, youth and majesty.

Red Lily:

Red Lily 150x150 LiliesRed lilies are graceful and striking flowers. They arouse feelings of passionate love and desire. Red lilies are special flowers to enjoy on special occasions. Red lilies stand for the best feeling in whole world; nothing else than “love”. Red lilies are a symbol of warmth and desire.

Pink Lily

Pink Lily 150x150 LiliesThe most famous pink lily in the world is the Stargazer lily, because it has the strength to express every feeling you can think of from delight to admiration and compassion.  Pink lilies represent wealth and prosperity, but are considered as a symbol of adolescence and acceptance, as well. The appearance of lilies may guide our thoughts to feelings of hope and aspirations.

Purple Lily

purple lily 150x150 LiliesPurple lilies are a hybrid between regal trumpet lilies and Asiatic Lily; purple lilies are found in a variety called Purple Prince.  Purple lilies are a symbol of royalty. As the lily symbolizes the innocence, beauty and purity so mixing it with the royal color will make it even greater presentation of royalty.

Orange Lily

Orange Lily 150x150 LiliesOrange lilies are used for an extensive range of events like weddings, funerals, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgivings, and birthdays. Orange lilies are also called fire lilies and do not hold a loving meaning. These flowers when gifted to any one deliver the message of hatred or death of recipient. The orange lily does not stand for joy and happiness; it stands for lesser nice feelings and meanings.

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily1 150x150 LiliesTiger lily is basically specie of orange and black lily. They are also known as leopard lilies. They are a deep shade of orange, with black spots on the blooms. Tiger lily is often used in bridal bouquets too. Tiger lilies symbolize wealth, pride and prosperity.

Black Lily

Black Lily 150x150 LiliesThe most popular varieties of black lilies are; “Black Spider” Asiatic lily in black and white, black-red “Black Beauty” lily variety and “Black Jack” lily.  Black lilies are mysterious flowers. Black Lily has a charisma in it that has all the strength to captivate the human eye. Black lilies are symbol of death. It is also considered that black lilies are a symbol of lies.

Most Popular Wedding Flowers – 2

wedding bouquet 150x150 Most Popular Wedding Flowers   2Wedding flowers and there importance is something which is nothing to be discussed because every one knows it very well. In first part of this blog we discussed about few flowers that are most popular among all flowers used in weddings. Here is the list of few more.

Roses:

Among all flowers, roses are the classic one adopted for the weddings. If you will look you will find a mind boggling variety of roses in different colors, shapes and sizes. The very romantic environment is brought to your wedding if you adopt rose wedding theme. Roses are available in variety of colors like:

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  • Red Roses
  • Pink Roses
  • Dark Pink Roses
  • Yellow Roses
  • Burgundy Roses
  • Blue Roses
  • Purple Roses
  • White Roses
  • Yellow and Red Roses
  • Light Pink Roses
  • Peach Roses
  • Orange Roses
  • Black Roses
  • Green Roses
  • Lavender Roses

Tulips:

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Tulips are widely chosen by many brides as wedding flowers because there is a huge variety of about 500 species available with plenty of colors and availability round the year. Tulips are available in following colors:

  • Red Tulips
  • White Tulips
  • Yellow Tulips
  • Lavender Tulips
  • Purple Tulips
  • Stripped Tulips

Hydrangeas:

Hydrangea Wedding Flowers 150x150 Most Popular Wedding Flowers   2Hydrangeas are very elegant and stylish flowers that are becoming very popular with the brides these days. Hydrangeas turn out to be perfect choice in retro or vintage themed weddings. They mix well and easily with other flowers too so it’s easy for you to use Hydrangeas with other flowers if you want to add up. The colors hydrangeas available in are:

  • Blue Hydrangeas
  • White Hydrangeas
  • Lime green Hydrangeas
  • Purple  Hydrangeas
  • Pink Hydrangeas
  • Lilac  Hydrangeas
  • Brown Hydrangeas

These were few of the wedding flowers which are very commonly chosen by people. Well it is not necessary at all that you stick to any one flower for your bouquet or centerpieces making it the wedding theme, you can mix up two or three of these flowers that compliment each other well.

Most Popular Wedding Flowers

Popular Wedding Flowers 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersWedding can be said to be gone perfect only when it appears chic and beautiful to the bride and groom and to the guests too. Flowers play a very vital role in the perfection of décor in church and at the reception area both. In a wedding flowers are needed for bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres and over all decoration of the hall. Here is the list of some very commonly used wedding flowers which are often used for setting up the wedding themes too.

Calla Lilies:

Calla Liliy wedding flowers 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersCalla lily in white is the most commonly adopted lower for wedding by brides as it sends the message of magnificence and beauty with purity and innocence. Calla lily wedding flowers are not only beautiful; they just ooze a sophisticated elegance that you don’t find in other flowers. There are calla lilies available in variety of sizes and it is not always the larger variety that suits for the bridal bouquets the mini- callas are a good option for a petite bride. Other calla lilies used in flower arrangements and centerpieces are near black callas “schwarzwalder”, mango callas and the bright yellow ones like “golden star”.

Gerberas:

Gerberas wedding flower 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersGerberas turn out to be the best choice because they are available easily round the year and in plenty of colors so the brides more often remain happy with this choice of flowers. Gerberas are also called the gerbera daisies and are the simplest form of flowers. Gerbera daisies are available in shades of following colors:

  • white
  • cream
  • yellow
  • orange
  • pink
  • lilac
  • purple
  • red
  • brown
  • salmon
  • bicolor

wedding Orchids 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersOrchids:

If you want to go for the robust flowers, that appear delicate than your choice should be the Cymbidium Orchids. Cymbidium Orchids have all the capabilities to make a wonderful bouquet for bride and bridesmaid. These are best in another regard too that they can survive for long easily without water so if you know you’ll be getting late your wedding day this is going to be the perfect choice. These are available in the colors;

  • white
  • yellow
  • pink
  • pale green

white orchids 150x150 Most Popular Wedding FlowersPhalaenopsis orchids are a good choice to bring in an additional wow factor to the flower arrangements.

Keep looking out for the second part of this blog in which you can get to know about more flowers that are used for weddings so you can choose the perfect one for you.