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Speak the language of flowers this Valentines Day

Thinking of getting the one you love flowers this Valentines day? If red roses just aren’t your thing, consider making a bouquet with flowers and herbs that have as much meaning as red roses, but say a whole lot more.  Roses come in a wide range of colors and we all know that red symbolizes love and passion, but did you know that lavender roses mean love at first sight? Here are a few alternative rose colors and their meaning.

Pink: Admiration, Appreciation, Grace and Gentleness.

Yellow: Joy, Friendship and Falling in love

Orange: Desire and Enthusiasm

Roses are not the only meaningful blossoms. Check out some these popular blooms, potted plants and herbs to add to your Valentines bouquet.

Aloe: Affection and Healing

Basil: Good Wishes

Calla Lily: Beauty

Chrysanthemum: Happiness

Daisy: Hope and Innocence

Delphinium: Saintly

Fern: Sincerity

Hydrangea: Understanding

Lavender: Devotion

Lily: Purity and Beauty

Orchid: Love and Beauty

Queen Ann’s Lace: Protection

Tulip, Red: Declaration of love

Violets: Loyalty and Virtue

Yarrow: Everlasting love

Design tips for the perfect floral arrangement:

When choosing flowers, always select healthy, fresh stems.  Avoid any flowers with browning edges or limp stems.

Once you bring your flowers home, place in water. Recut a 1/4″ to an 1″ to reopen the stems to take up water.   You will cut more depending on your arrangement size and remove any lower leaves on the stems. Use warm water in container and add a floral preservative.

Choose a color palette of no more than three colors in varying shades and tones.  Depending upon the size of the arrangement.  Too many colors can look too busy.

Choose flowers with a variety of shapes  to mix together.  Large round heads, and smaller clusters of flowers, mixed with tall spiked blooms will give your design good depth and dimension.    

Select container, whether it is a vase or a bowl shape you want to design the arrangement no larger than one and a half sizes taller than the container.

Add filler for extra dimension.  Having an arrangement filled with luscious blooms is just not enough.  Add a little greenery, like Baker fern, Pittosporum foliage, and even Eucalyptus seed heads in between flowers.  Add some drape around the base of the  arrangement.

Change water daily and keep arrangement out of the direct sunlight in a cool environment.  This will keep your bouquet fresher longer.

 

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TOP 5 FLOWERING HOUSEPLANTS

IMG_0089-900x900Here are the top 5 MUST HAVE flowering houseplants

 

1) ORCHID

Enjoy this easy, low maintenance marathon bloomer.  Phalaenopsis Orchids are the easiest to grow indoors.  Adapting to most lighting situations, ranging from bright to medium indirect light, water when thoroughly dry, and mist 2-3 times per week.  Temperatures should not fluctuate more than 10-15 degrees from day to night.  Fertilize once a month with a 20-20-15 nutrient ratio.

 

 

Begonia-IMG_0089sm-600x4002) BEGONIA

Begonias range from flowering Tuberous Begonias to Rex Begonias, with is brightly colored leaves. Tuberous Begonias burst with a wide variety of beautiful spring color and bloom prolifically in bright light throughout the season. Rex begonias are technically not known for their flowers, but pack a punch with their brightly colored foliage.  Both are low maintenance and prefer the soil to dry thoroughly between each watering. Don’t be afraid to bring your Begonias outdoors for the summer.  They are awesome in shade containers and bloom all summer!  Fertilize weekly during the growing season with all- purpose 20-20-20  nutrient ratio.

 

Unknown3) AFRICAN VIOLET

A beloved plant for generations the African Violet, is one of the most collected species for most plant enthusiasts.  It is compact in size and produces a huge pop of color periodically throughout the year.  Prefers to dry between waterings and a Northeastern exposure to bask in the morning light.  Fertilize bi weekly with a 8-14-9 nutrient ratio.

 
images4) CYCLAMEN

Enjoy this plant during the months of January a d February.  It offers bright pops of color ranging in pinks, purples and white, the white being the most heavily scented.  Easy to care for and enjoys a brightly lit, cool window, water plant from the bottom.     Fertilize weekly with all-purpose 20-20-20 nutrient ratioE

 

 

 

 

images-15) BROMELIAD

Great Outdoors, but even better indoors, Bromeliads are sometimes referred to as urn plants.  They provide bright color and bloom for months at a time.  Water when dry and mist 2-3 times per week.  Fertilize during the growing season monthly with  all-purpose 20-20-20 @ 1/2 the recommended rate.

 

Hope you enjoy these beautiful easy to grow indoor flowering plants.  If you have any questions regarding the plants listed , or any other plant, please feel free to submit your inquiry below.