Picking The Right Flowers

How to choose the right flowers for the right occasion

Picking out the right kind of flowers for different occasions can be quite a challenging task. What kind of flowers to get, or what color should they be or what form they should be in i.e. hand bunch or basket or vase etc. Many such factors must be taken into consideration before making a final choice of what bouquet to be sent. Some flowers and colors have different symbolisation and knowing these could be quite helpful in knowing what would be the right kind of bouquet to be sent.

Birthdays, being the most common occasion for sending flowers can have a wide variety of flowers to be sent. For a general birthday anything bright and cheerful in any form could be sent and would be well appreciated. For milestone birthdays such as 25 years or 50 years etc special colors like red and gold and silver can be added to the bouquets. Even number of flowers can signify the occasion for example a 60th birthday could have 60 roses of any color or maybe 59 of red color and 1 of white to symbolise the 60 years of life. Any flower goes for birthday. Be it roses, carnations, to lilies, orchids, calla lillies, hydrangea’s to name a few.

Anniversaries and Wedding bouquets are another occasion where flowers are sent and you can never go wrong with reds and pinks with a primary focus on roses which are a complete fail safe option. Avoid sending yellows or any such off beat color. Lilies can be a good option in this case as they have a very delicate feel and a very classy look that can enhance your bouquet.

New Borns are easy to send for. You can use pinks for girls and shades of whites and blues for a boy and can add balloons and stuffed toys of the said colors to give an additional celebration touch to the bouquet. Adding Chocolates to them could enhance the overall gift. Orchids, Roses, Carnations etc all go well with these. Adding some chrysanthemums to give a more fuller look can add more depth and beauty to your bouquet.

Funerals, Condolences whilst not a very celebratory occasion, one can send flowers to comfort the grieving ones and flowers such as pale yellows, whites etc are a good choice. Sending wreaths to a funeral home are one of the few options that many do opt for. Fragrant flowers are also an option such as tuberoses or oriental lilies which emit a soft fragrant that can fill up a room in no time.

Valentines Day or sending flowers to someone who you like, sends a strong message by sending red or pink flowers to the special someone. Gifts have their place but flowers speak a more direct language of love in this particular field. When you speak of love the only color that comes to mind is red and the only flower that comes to mind is rose. Red Roses adding with a touch of white gypsophila or white chrysanthemums can give a beautiful touch to the bouquet. Long Stemmed roses is a must in this matter.

Thank you flowers to thank someone for their help or assistance have to be a more personal touch. Knowing what the receiver would like helps convey a personal message and having a hand written card adds to character to the bouquet and passing on the message in a more personal tone. The bouquet need not be huge or exaggerated but something small but with classy flowers will certainly convey the message elegantly.

As such a few occasions have been highlighted and one can never go wrong with sending soothing and cheerful colors for any such occasion. Extreme contrasting colors are also a good choice but only for certain occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries or sending a congratulations message across.

Choosing the correct color combination is primary than to choosing the flower. Once you have a good color combination then the flower aspect becomes secondary and if you get both right then you have one beautiful bouquet that is sent across to your loved one.

I have highlighted some basic options for sending flowers and you can experiment with the bouquets and see for yourself what really defines your style and persona.

Flower Of The Month – March

Flower Of the Month March – Daffodil

There are specific flowers which are traditionally given according to the month that a person is born. The March Birth Flower is the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus).

The History and traditions surrounding the March Birth Flower, the Jonquil is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus),  could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts. The gifts included gemstone jewelry, such as the Aquamarine, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the March Birth Flower.

The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus). A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.

The meaning of the March Birth Flower, the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus) is friendship and domestic happiness.

The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the jonquil, so favored during the Victorian era was “You are an angel”.

The colors of the March Birth Flower, the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus), include the following:

Yellow
Orange
All over the World people give Birth Month Flowers as gifts to celebrate special occasions or events. Flowers, such as the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus), are always given to celebrate the birth of a new baby and included in wedding flowers or a wedding bouquet. Many people also like to give March Birth Flower, including the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus), to celebrate special events at different times and months of the year and especially during holiday periods. Knowing the flowers which are associated with the March Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers. The special events where it would be appropriate to give the March Birth Flower, the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus) are as follows:
Month of March, the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus), to celebrate St David’s Day on March 1, St Patrick’s Day on March 17 and Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day ( the 4th Sunday of Lent)

Definition of the Jonquil: A widely cultivated ornamental plant which is native to southern Europe but naturalized elsewhere having fragrant yellow or white clustered flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown

The scientific name of a flower species is formed by the combination of two terms: the genus name and the species descriptor in the case of the Jonquil is Narcissus jonquilla

The March Birth Flower, the Jonquil is also called Daffodil or Narcissus
Daffodil is the common English name for all narcissus
The name “Jonquil” is derived from the Spanish word ‘jonquillo’ meaning a rush which refers to the rush-like leaves of the plant
The Jonquil blooms from February to May
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7 Flowers That Promote Overall Health

7 Flowers That Promote Your Overall Health

Giving flowers is a time-honored tradition and a beautiful expression of love. But flowers hold many secrets beyond their amorous appeal. They are an expression of Love!

Flowers grab the attention of passing insects with a wild display of fantastic colors and designs. Makes perfect sense, since it is the flower’s job to manage the reproduction of the plant. Plants produce beautiful flowers to advertise their sexual organs hidden inside. The flowers then release powerful aphrodisiac scents, an instinctive incentive for insects to come in and play. Not only does the insect benefit from the flower’s nectar, but the plant benefits as well. The insects carry the pollen to other plants which insures rapid fertilization and reproduction. Flowers are smarter than you might think, but there’s more to flowers than just Love.

As spring emerges and flowers bloom, consider the fact that flowers do much more than just look pretty. We have depended on flowers for our food supply as rice, wheat and corn and of course, tea. Cotton flowers are used for clothing and flowers have been used as herbal medicine for thousands of years. Long before pharmaceutical drugs, flowers were used as herbal remedies and recorded use goes back to 500 A.D. Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic and Western herbal doctors all have a rich history of using flowers for medicinal purposes to heal a variety of afflictions.

Lonicera Flower (Jin Yin Hua)


Lonicera Flower (Jin Yin Hua) has been used in Asian cultures for colds, flu and sore throats. Recently, it was one of the four herbs in a formula to combat the swine flu and has proven its antibiotic properties successfully through years of research. The price of lonicera flower extract has quadrupled in the last year possibly due to its popularity for treating a variety of infections when combined with other herbs. Large corporations have submitted patent extracts including this flower in their anti-viral formulas which is also a likely factor in price increases.

Viola Flower (Zi Hua Di Ding)


Viola Flower (Zi Hua Di Ding) is known as the purple flower earth herb. This herb/flower has both anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic effects, meaning it can treat fevers and bacterial infections. It has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy to treat snake bites because it can reduce both swelling and toxicity.

Pagoda Flower or Sophora flower (Huai Hua)


Pagoda Flower or Sophora flower (Huai Hua) is used to stop various bleeding disorders. Chinese medicine often uses this herb/flower in the treatment of hemorrhoids and excessive menstrual bleeding. Both the flower and root are common treatment protocols in Chinese medicine for intestinal hemorrhage such as occurs with ulcerative colitis.

Chrysanthemum Flower (Ju Hua)


Chrysanthemum Flower (Ju Hua) is a common herb that has more than 30 different species. It is a wonderful natural treatment for dry, irritated eyes, or fevers and headaches due to the common cold. Chrysanthemum is used for high blood pressure, dizziness and other aliments when combined with other herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
There are many different species of Chrysanthemum. Do not use garden variety for medicinal purposes. Chrysanthemum also has a Western herbal history of being made into a wine “considered beneficial in the digestive, circulatory and nervous afflictions.”

Safflower (Hong Hua)


Safflower, also known as Carthamus (Hong Hua), is a red flower used to treat menstrual disorders such as cramps and amenorrhea included in PMS Relief Herb Pac .
It’s known to invigorate circulation and help dissolve clots. Safflower has been extensively studied and found beneficial for use in patients with heart disease and joint pain. This flower also has a high success rate in the treatment of flat warts.

Magnolia Flower (Xin Yi Hua)


Magnolia Flower (Xin Yi Hua) is a flower that is incredible at treating nasal congestion. It’s one of the most effective herbal remedies for stuffy noses and chronic sinusitis. It can quickly clear the nasal passages and relieves sinus headaches.

Lotus flower (Lian Zi Xin)


It would be remiss not to mention one of the most famous flowers associated with Chinese medicine, the Lotus flower (Lian Zi Xin). Eight parts of the lotus plant are used for their botanical medicinal qualities. The flower is known to treat bleeding disorders (i.e. bloody noses) and often used for irritability and fevers.

Flowers truly have thousands of uses which we often take for granted, even though everyone consumes, wears or ingests them on a daily basis. Yet, it is flowers’ healing properties that we can find most miraculous. Traditional Chinese Medicine understands flowers are useful beyond their sexual appeal of beautiful packaging and wonderful gifts. I thank the flowering plants for their beauty and I love to receive them on special occasions, but I never overlook the fact they also provide us with an abundance of natural herbal cures which make everyday life more enjoyable.

One caveat, whether herbs are flowers or other botanicals, they should be used in a balanced formula and dosed by a licensed practitioner. In Chinese medicine, herbs are always dosed together in formulas for safety and effectiveness.

Thus one can see that flowers seem to have endless other uses and is interesting to know how they play an important role in our lives.
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