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“The life and love we create is the life and love we live.” – Leo Buscaglia (aka Dr. Love)
What? You’ve never heard of National Resurrect Romance Week? Let’s take a look at this interesting holiday and its meaningful intentions. First of all it is celebrated the second full week in August which is six months after Valentine’s Day has passed. This year August 14 – 20 is the official Resurrect Romance Week. Michael Webb, called by the media “The Martha Stewart of Romance”, established the holiday in 1995 because he felt the need to create a romantic holiday that for once did not focus on money and “things.” Webb wanted people to equate romance with time and attention which was something he exalted on his website, TheRomantic.com and as author of The Romantic’s Guide and 12 other books on love, dating, romance and relationships.
People in countries around the world have embraced the holiday and have made it a practice to spread the love this week. It’s a feel-good time where you can dedicate yourself to surprising that someone special in your life with romantic gestures big and small. Of course we at Calyx Flowers couldn’t pass up the chance to say that we feel flowers are a quintessential part of the romance department!
Are you a fan of romance? If so, how will you proclaim your love next week?
This Sunday, August 7th, is Sister’s Day per http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/August/sistersday.htm. Never heard of this special day? Sister’s Day is celebrated the first Sunday in August each year. It’s a day that honors the special relationships between sisters and their unique bond whether by blood, marriage or adoption. There are sisters of many kind.
A close friend of mine recently approached me to ask for flower advice as she had three sisters and wanted to send each of them a fresh bouquet. It got me thinking about what I would send if I had a sister (happy to say I have two brothers). Since I wholeheartedly embrace color and love vibrant hues I immediately thought of the new Twist of Lime Bouquet. Even better….it had four different varieties which in fact could represent each sister in her family. The bouquet had an underlying meaning and would make a special gift. Consultation complete!
Do you have any stories about something special you did for your sister (or vice versa)? Tell us today.
The clocks have fallen back an hour. The light is fading earlier in the evening. AND the new Calyx Flowers’ November catalog should be finding its way into your mailbox right about now!
Thanksgiving is only 15 days away so we had the hunch that you might be looking for stellar floral creations to send to distant family and friends and to decorate your own holiday table. One of my favorites is the Harvest Bouquet featured on page 5 with lots bright flowers. It’s a bouquet that is also very impressive in size and one that’s sure to be noticed when the family comes knocking. Our cover bouquet is the delightful Thanksgiving Celebration Bouquet.
Inside the new November catalog you’ll also find the debut of our Holiday Collection for 2010. Popular favorites like the Fresh Pomegranate Centerpiece and the Happy Holidays Orchids are back but I think you’ll come to love our new designs like the Country Wonderland Bouquet and the Holiday Garden Wreath.
If you currently do not receive our catalog and would like to start, please Request a Catalog on our website today. Have a great day!
With July almost behind us, I was flipping the calendar to see if there were any exciting activities in the month ahead. I noticed that the first Sunday in August is designated as Sister’s Day. So August 1, 2010 is officially the day to celebrate being or having a sister. Surprise your sister this Sunday!
From HolidayInsights.com - Sisters are truly special and unique. Sure, we may argue and fight. But, when it comes right down to it, sisters are the best, the very best. Celebrate Sister’s Day by spending time with your sister. Make it a special day in some way for you, and for her.
Would you like to send flowers to your sister? My recommendation is our colorful Summertime Roses.
As the temperature outside gets colder, the atmosphere inside grows warmer. The fireplace crackles and pops as the warm glow from the flames dances throughout the room. The aroma of gingerbread and spices gently floats through the air. Hues of red and green decorate every corner of your home. Family and friends crowd the halls as the snow from their boots melt into tiny puddles. The holiday season has arrived and what better way to welcome guests into your home then with a few traditional christmas flowers placed throughout the house.
The Christmas poinsettia has always been a favorite during the holiday season and because of its festive colors, it will be sure to bring holiday cheer to any home. The poinsettia is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico as well as the first to introduce the plant into the U.S. almost 200 years ago. Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and Central America and therefore, like lots of bright, indirect sunlight and prefer humid conditions. Be sure to let the soil dry out between waterings and do not let the the poinsettia stand in water at the plant’s base (A layer of pebbles in the bottom of the saucer keeps the poinsettia out of the water and increases the humidity around the base of the plant). Poinsettias are sensitive to extreme temperature, so be sure to keep them a good distance from heaters or fireplaces and out of cold drafts.
When picking out a poinsettia, check to make sure there are no yellow or wilting leaves or tiny white flies buzzing around the plant when you pick it up. Whitefly is a common pest to poinsettias and are only visible if you gently shake the plant or pick it up and look closely. A healthy poinsettia will have dark green leaves down to the soil line and bright colored leaves at the top and will look full and balanced.
The Christmas cacti were originally forest cacti, growing as epiphytes in the Organ Mountains north of Rio de Janeiro in southeast Brazil. Christmas cacti is just one variety included in the holiday cacti; there are Thanksgiving and Easter cacti as well. Christmas cacti have flattened leaves with rounded teeth on the margins as opposed to the Thanksgiving cacti that have pointed teeth. Easter cacti have pointed teeth with fibrous hairs in the leaf joints. Each holiday cacti will bloom close to the holiday suggested in its name. When the Christmas cactus is in bloom, it should be kept in bright, indirect light and mild temperatures; be sure to keep it away from heaters and fireplaces. When watering, be sure to let the soil dry between each watering. However, it is important not to let it dry too much while in bloom or it may drop its flower buds.
Christmas Cactus Tip:
After the cactus is through blooming, you can add fertilizer to the soil once a month up until November. It is also best to keep the plant in a cool and dark place. Placing the plant in a closet for at least 15 hours each night and watering when dry will be sure to produce blooms for the next holiday season.
Christmas holly is a very versatile plant; the boughs of holly are often used in christmas wreaths or garland, sprigs of holly add festive accents to christmas bouquets and holly plants look wonderful in a decorative flower pot. The wood from the holly plant is often used for carving chess pieces because of its white color and density, and during the 1800s, the wood was also used to make spinning rods for Looms. Some American holly species has also been used to make tea.
Holly berries are mildly toxic and will cause vomiting and/or diarrhea when ingested by people. However, they are non-toxic when ingested by birds.
As the holiday season nears, the days become shorter and the list of to-dos become longer. In the bustle of preparing your home for guests, let Calyx & Corolla Luxury Flowers take care of your holiday trimmings with their beautiful array of christmas flowers, christmas wreaths, christmas garland and christmas roses.
Nothing sets a table like a beautiful arrangement of holiday flowers. Whether it’s a small family gathering in the country, or a large, extravagant, city soiree, there is sure to be an arrangement that accents your setting perfectly.
This holiday season let Calyx & Corolla inspire you. The fragrant and colorful displays of flowers will be sure to send your senses on a wild adventure into lands of sugar plums and snowflakes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
*For a simple country setting, center a fresh green wreath on your table and place an arrangement of pillar candles in the center. For added color, scatter sprigs of poinsettia around the top of the wreath.
*For a simple contemporary setting, place a small arrangement of red roses on the center of your table and accent with silver dinnerware.
*For a more formal setting, an arrangement of red calla lilies or orchids with fresh greens will be sure to impress.
Flower Fact: Exercise Care When Ordering Poinsettias
Poinsettias can be poisonous to animals if ingested, so if you own a cat or dog, be sure to place your poinsettias out of reach of your pets.