You won’t find a more iconic Christmas Flower than the bold, beautiful poinsettia! But did you know why the Poinsettia has become the most famous Christmas flower of all?
The story goes… There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.
‘Pepita’, he said “I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy.”
Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.
The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.
And now you know why Poinsettias are the most famous Christmas Flowers of all!
Top Flower Ideas for Fourth of July
For most people, the Fourth of July is synonymous with colorful fireworks, picnics, barbecues, and pool parties alongside friends and family. Patriotic steamers and white flags are often a staple on Fourth of July celebrations and decorations. What better way to display your patriotic pride by going out of your way to add beautiful flower arrangements to your decorations?
Flower arrangements for the Fourth of July
Whether you are holding a formal or informal event, patriotic floral centerpieces are guaranteed to brighten up the occasion. You can opt for ready-made flower arrangements which feature red, blue, and white or you can opt to DIY.
Should you decide on the latter, you can use red or white tulips, daisies, carnations, lilies, or roses. Blue flowers are quite hard to come by, but you can use hydrangea, periwinkle, and morning glory, and bluebells. Alternatively, you can use blue ribbons or a blue flower vase.
Where to use your flower arrangements
Some of the places where you can add your Fourth of July flower arrangements include:
- Parade floats
- Centerpieces for the party and picnic tables
- Flower baskets and wreaths on your door, patio, porch, and balconies either in residential or commercial buildings
- Cemeteries in memory of those who struggled for our freedom and independence
Caring for your flower arrangement in the hot, humid weather
How long your flower arrangement lasts depends on how healthy they were at the time of purchasing or cutting them, how they are stored, and how well you care for them. If you’ve bought your flowers a few days prior to the Fourth of July event, consider using floral preservatives that fight harmful bacteria. Re-cut the flowers’ stems before you putting them in water. This allows the flowers to hydrate afresh. Make sure you change the water you immerse your flower stems in daily. Also, consider arranging the flowers in a clear vase so that you can easily monitor their stems’ health. If you are not in a position to put them in a jar of water right away, store them in a cool place. Do not leave them in a hot car.
Luckily, premade arrangements which are provided in containers or baskets have a floral foam which holds the flower stems in place. The foam is designed to take after the flower stems’ cellular structure; it absorbs water which is absorbed through the stem to keep the flowers fresh and hydrated. In this case, you do not need to recut the stems. When pouring water on the foam, water from the foam’s edge to enable it to soak it up as it should.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with unique flower arrangements from Flower Patch. We have unique flower arrangements, centerpieces, and gift ideas that are sure to sizzle up your picnic or impress your friends both near and far. Some of our arrangements include patriotic decorations such as miniature flags. We also provide you with the Fourth of July keepsake containers such as mason jars.
History of Flowers and Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Holiday is much more than just a feast of turkey and the Thanksgiving Day parade. You should know the amazing facts about the history of this holiday that we celebrate every year. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, while Canadians celebrate this holiday on the second Monday of October. Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated in order to commemorate a feast that was held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
When is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day starts the most exciting festivities of the year. In early October 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation,’ and officially chose the last Thursday of November for Thanksgiving Day. Since some years have four or five weeks in November, President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially set aside the fourth Thursday as the national day for Thanksgiving. The Congress approved his declaration a few years later.
The First Thanksgiving Day(s)
You may have been told the history of Thanksgiving before, and you will agree with me that it is one worth sharing again and again.
Experts estimate the first Thanksgiving to 1621 when religious refugees from England (referred to as the Pilgrims) extended an invitation to the neighboring native Indians (the local Wampanoag tribe) to feast with them after a fruitful harvest at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.
It is worth noting that the Pilgrims believe that such a bountiful harvest calls for merriment as it is never an obvious thing. Thanksgiving feast lasted three days—people loved to party “hard” during that period.
Flowers for Thanksgiving Day
Just as before, Thanksgiving Day is still all about feasting with family and friends, and being thankful for a bountiful harvest, which may be literally or figuratively. The introduction of flowers makes Thanksgiving a very special holiday. In addition to transforming your table and home into a masterpiece, flowers make perfect thoughtful Thanksgiving gifts.
As with all kinds of special occasions, flowers make Thanksgiving more unforgettable and beautiful. In fact, the Thanksgiving table is incomplete without a gorgeous fall-inspired floral centerpiece or cornucopia (horn of plenty) in orange, red, burgundy, and yellow—the colors of autumn. Aside from transforming your home or your tablescape into a masterpiece, they also make tasteful and thoughtful Thanksgiving hottest gifts.
If the Thanksgiving centerpiece is harvest-inspired, people incorporate edible arrangements with berries, vegetables, or fruits.
Amazing Facts about Thanksgiving Day
- Turkeys see up to 260-degree angle of view with their eyes.
- Turkeys can have heart attacks
- Only half of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower lived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving ceremony held in 1621.
- Out of 150 people (50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians) who attended the Thanksgiving ceremony, only five women were present.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted turkey to be the national bird of the US. Thomas Johnson opposed the idea. He even nick named the male turkey “tom” in order to piss Franklin off.
- The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade tradition started in the 1920s championed by the first-generation immigrant employees of Macy’s. This celebration was linked to the traditional festivals of their homelands.
- Turkey was not in the menu in the first Thanksgiving ceremony. The menu included duck, goose, venison, oysters, eel, fish, and lobster.
- In 1955, frozen, fully stuffed turkeys, which are ready to cook, were introduced
- California is the largest consumer of turkey in the US.
- Sarah Joseph Hale, the writer of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” convinced Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing him letters for about 17 years.
- Four towns in the US are named Turkey
Flower of the Month December: Stargazer
One of the most stunning and perhaps most celebrated lily varieties is the star gazer lily. Known for its striking blooms and heavenly scent, the stargazer is a fantastic choice for a number of occasions. Stargazer lilies are young, bold, beautiful, and dramatic. The meaning of these fragrant flowers can be one of wealth, prosperity and ambition, but their white variety can genuinely express purity and sympathy.
Some fun facts about them:
- If you suffer from allergies, there is no need to worry because the pollen can be removed from these flowers. Not only does this benefit your allergies, but it also prevents any potential mess from the pollen falling onto the table below.
- Stargazers are not only loved for their beauty, but also their sweet scent. Their smell is quite strong and has a way of filling a room.
- Stargazers are a long lasting flower. They can last upwards of 2 weeks as the old blooms die, cut them off to promote the other blooms.
- Since the flowers rely so much on nutrients, you must make sure that you add flower food to the water. This helps regulate bacterial growth as well as providing the flowers with extra nutrients.
- The flowers of Stargazer lilies are large, growing to be 6 to 12 inches in diameter, and they grow towards the sky, appearing to gaze upwards.
Flower of the Month November: Spray Roses Peach
Roses come in different varieties mainly spray roses, shrub roses and single roses. A spray rose is smaller and miniature version of common rose. Spray roses can be used in many different ways. One of the most popular ways is in corsages and boutonnieres. These are the perfect size for this. They can also be used in floral arrangements with their full stem. The Peach spray rose symbolizes Desire and fascination.
Some Facts about Spray Roses:
- Spray roses are usually referred to as sweetheart roses.
- We usually call the sharp spikes on the stem of a rose bush “thorns“. But these are in fact technically prickles.
- Spray roses usually have 3 to 5 blooms per stem.
- Spray roses come in most of the same colors as single bloom roses and have lots of the same traits.