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Flower Blog Archive - August 2008

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artifical flowers

what can i put on artifical flowers to prolong life when outside? thanks

Long lasting flowers - remain fresh for more days!!

Flowers are the best gifts ever!!
long-lasting-flower-arrangement-in-vase.jpgNobody can disagree with this. But, when it comes to gifting flowers, some think that they wither away in 1 or 2 days. This is not true. Here is a small list of flowers that last long and remain fresh for atleast 10 days, provided proper care is taken, viz., maintaining 1) Fresh water every day and 2) cutting (slantly or obliquely) the flower stems at the bottom every day to enable the flower to take water.
Even roses can last and remain fresh for about 5 - 7 days, provided the above care steps are implemented. But, if you really are looking for flowers which remain fresh for more days, here is a small list:
  • Carnations - The meanings of carnations include fascination, distinction, and love. Like many other flowers, different messages can also be expressed with the flowerâ??s different color varieties. Light red carnations, for example, are often used to convey admiration, whereas the dark red version expresses deeper sentiments of love and affection. White carnations are associated with purity and luck, and pink carnations are often given as a sign of gratitude. In the early part of the 20th century, carnations became the official flower of Mother's Day.
  • Lilies - The Chinese and the Greeks had linked white lily to purity. To the Chinese, the symbolic meaning of lily is summer and abundance.
  • Gerbera Daisies - Gerberas signify innocence and purity, and daisies are also a classic symbol of beauty. However, the gerbera variety holds an added meaning of cheerfulness, which stems from the assortment of colors available. An assorted bouquet of gerbera daisies can lift the spirit and sending one is an ideal way to brighten someoneâ??s day.
  • Orchids - Orchids are a long-lasting and particularly elegant type of flower, making them the perfect gift for many occasions. Their graceful appearance draws immediate attention, and their reputation as an exotic and unusual flower evokes a sense of refinement and innocence.
  • Anthuriums - Anthuriums are one of the most popular tropicals with a long vase life of about six weeks and even more depending on the variety and season.
  • Birds of Paradise - The name Bird of Paradise comes from the spectacular flower shape, which resembles a birdâ??s beak and head plumage.
  • Alstroemeria - Alstroemerias signify wealth, prosperity, fortune.
  • Sunflowers - Bright and cheery, bold yet comfortable, the sunflower is a warm and caring gift. With brilliant yellow petals that surround the flower's center, sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a passionate flower choice for many.
  • Chrysanthemums - While chrysanthemums generally denote cheerfulness and rest, individual colors do carry specific messages: red for love, good luck and best wishes; white for truth; and yellow for slighted love. Chrysanthemums will be welcomed throughout the British Isles and North America for any occasion. In Italy, however, their exclusive association with the dead makes chrysanthemums acceptable only for funerals.

  • I would be glad if somebody can post more flowers that last long.

    Morning Glories

    We planted Morning Glories again this year but in a different location from last year. They have covered our trellis, however, they have not bloomed. What could be the problem?

    Large Bird of Paradise with white flowers

    Have very large Bird of Paradise with white flowers which is very close to my house. Worried about roots breaking foundation of house. Can This happen? If roots can break foundation, can it be replanted without dying? Thank you.

    Looking for a special flower

    When I lived in the Philippines, my mom had a vine growing in her garden which had thorns in its stems and remains green all through the year. It blooms its flowers only at a certain morning in May (probably when the temperature is really cool), and the flowers which have around 4 small white petals and a bit of a yellow center, give a really strong fragrance from early morning but they close just before noontime. I know because every year, I used to wait for that day in May to come when the flowers will just spring out. Does anybody know what is the name of this plant? Unfortunately I don't have a picture coz the plant was mistakenly uprooted and now I am trying to look for it again. It seems no one else in our neighborhood had it and i've been checking on the net for it, but there are so many flowers in the world. Please help.

    Giant Burro's Tail

    I would like to identify a green plant that looks like a giant burro's tail. It hangs over a concrete wall and grows in summer, lays dormant in winter and begins again in spring. They never take it in and we live in Southern Illinois. We are moving to SW Missouri and I want it for my overhang wall. I would also like to know if a Mexican Bird of Paradise will grow in South Western Missouri?

    ID request

    Can you help my friend identify this flower? Here's his description. More photos at http://picasaweb.google.com/PrinciMark/MysteryFlowers Can someone tell me what these flowers are? They grow at our house near Paris, France. The trumpet-like flowers are about 4 inches long, 2 1/2 across the mouth. The 'tree' is about 7 feet tall, all gnarly and wizened and a little flakey, like an ancient lilac. We cut back all the shoots every year, and every year new shoots shoot, three or four or more feet long with ND little leaves. And in August, whammo, these flaming fleurs. They're like soft goblets Bacchus might slurp nectar or sticky thick amrit from, with lotsa careful guests. Or they could be art déco lampshades for a madly overthetop chandelier. Or a chorus or fleur section in a romantic pastorale. The colors, they tell me, are amazing. Just shades of orange to me (I'm colorblind). If you can identify them, please let me know at mprinci@orange.fr

    White Wildflower Id

    What is this large wildflower? On green bush near stream in California.

    The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)

    Here is the information regarding the recent developments in AIFD.

    The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) has announced that 73 of 142 candidates, who participated in the Institute's Accreditation Evaluation Session (AES) in Chicago, were successful in their quest to become AIFD Accredited.

    Held July 1 immediately prior to AIFD's 2008 National Symposium, the AES provides the Institute a forum in which candidates seeking to become Accredited Members of AIFD can be evaluated based on ten points of professional floral design including mechanics, balance, color, theme, line and creativity.

    The candidates who were successful in their AES evaluations will be invited to be inducted as members of AIFD during the 2009 Symposium held July 11-14 in Kansas City, Mo. Attached is a press release providing additional information on results from the 2008 AES.

    A full list of those invited to be inducted into AIFD can be viewed online at http://www.aifd.org/2008aesresults.htm#invitees. Successful candidates are sorted by last name and state/country.

    For any further information, you can contact ericgrammer@assnhqtrs.com

    Can anyone identify these yellow flowers for me ? Thanks.

    I picked these yesterday from the woods near our house. I know the orange ones are butterfly weed. I don't know what the yellow ones are. They were growing in a large bush like structure. I live in East TN if that helps any. They have a small trumpet shaped yellow flower with orange.They all shriveled up and died last night and there are new blooms all over this morning. Somebody said it was common evening primrose but the flowers are small and more trumpet shaped than evening primrose, I thought. (may be wrong). Oh and I am not sure what they very tiny white ones are, either. They are all over the field beside my house. Thanks.

    AIFD Announces Accreditation Results

    The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) has announced that 73 of 142 candidates, who participated in the Instituteâ??s Accreditation Evaluation Session (AES) in Chicago, were successful in their quest to become AIFD Accredited.

    Held July 1 immediately prior to AIFDâ??s 2008 National Symposium, the AES provides the Institute a forum in which candidates seeking to become Accredited Members of AIFD can be evaluated based on ten points of professional floral design including mechanics, balance, color, theme, line and creativity.

    The candidates who were successful in their AES evaluations will be invited to be inducted as members of AIFD during the 2009 Symposium held July 11-14 in Kansas City, Mo.

    During an AIFD AES, candidates are provided all their flowers and materials and are given four hours to create five designs (funeral, base arrangement, flowers-to-wear, bridal, and designer's choice). The specific type of design for each of these categories, i.e., standing easel in the funeral category, is not made known to the candidates until right before they begin their designing. The candidates are also unaware of what flowers and materials they will be provided.

    Out of the 73 candidates who were successful in their AES evaluations: 36 were from the United States, 23 from Korea, six from Canada, three from Mexico and one each from the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan.

    A full list of those invited to be inducted into AIFD can be viewed online at http://www.aifd.org/2008aesresults.htm#invitees.

    For further information on AIFD, its Accreditation process or plans for itâ??s 2009 National Symposium, you can visit their website at www.aifd.org.

    Diseased lilies

    The leaves on my lilies have all turned brown, and they have all died, this happened pretty quick I live in central ontario and it has been pretty wet this year! Please help with what this may be and what my next step would be I am hoping that the bulbs are not affected by this!!!

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