Late Bloomer

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Why should this flower delay so long 
   To show its tremulous plumes? 
Now is the time of plaintive robin-song, 
   When flowers are in their tombs. 

Through the slow summer, when the sun 
   Called to each frond and whorl 
That all he could for flowers was being done, 
   Why did it not uncurl? 

It must have felt that fervid call 
   Although it took no heed, 
Waking but now, when leaves like corpses fall, 
   And saps all retrocede. 

Too late its beauty, lonely thing, 
   The season’s shine is spent, 
Nothing remains for it but shivering 
   In tempests turbulent. 

Had it a reason for delay, 
   Dreaming in witlessness 
That for a bloom so delicately gay 
   Winter would stay its stress? 

– I talk as if the thing were born 
   With sense to work its mind; 
Yet it is but one mask of many worn 
   By the Great Face behind. 

-Thomas Hardy, The Last Chrysanthemum

So I’ve realized that it’s been a year since I’ve started this blog!!  I honestly can’t believe it. My first post was in October, right after I got the news that I would be interning at flower. Though it feels like the year flew by, SO much has happened since then!

It’s kind of sad to think I’ve finished my year of flowers, but I think I’ll keep posting about them since there’s just so many different kinds and so much history and art surrounding them. I don’t think I could cover everything about flowers in a lifetime, so I’m sure I can find something new to share.

Anyway, I know the Chrysanthemum has been covered, and I mentioned the children’s book and facts last November so you can refer to that post if you wish to learn a little more about them. I thought I’d share this poem by Thomas Hardy since I didn’t start adding poetry to the blog until I was a few months in.

 

Hope you enjoyed a year of flowers each month!

Stick around because I’ve already started thinking of ideas for future posts!!

Hope your holidays are filled with family and fun!

Forever Floral,

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Marigolds & Chocolate Cosmos

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The Marigold

When with a serious musing I behold
The grateful and obsequious marigold,
How duly every morning she displays
Her open breast, when Titan spreads his rays;
How she observes him in his daily walk,
Still bending towards him her small slender stalk;
How when he down declines, she droops and mourns,
Bedewed, as ’twere with tears, till he returns;
And how she veils her flowers when he is gone,
As if she scorned to be looked on
By an inferior eye; or did contemn
To wait upon a meaner light than him.
When this I meditate, methinks the flowers
Have spirits far more generous than ours,
And give us fair examples to despise
The servile fawnings and idolatries,
Wherewith we court these earthly things below,
Which merit not the service we bestow…

-George Wither

Well…. At least it’s still October..

I can’t believe how crazy it has been over the past few months. I applaud those who have jobs while making it through grad school. I don’t know how some of these full-time teachers do it when these observation hours take up so much time!

Anyway..

This month’s flower is, to no surprise, the marigold. It just looks like autumn.

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marigold facts;

  • given as a sign of warmth or fierceness, undying love, or as a way of saying that you’re content with being with the recipient
  • natural mosquito repellant
  • easily grown/basic care
  • native to South America

October is also the month of the cosmo.

No, not the universe; the flower.

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These little guys are called the love flower.

There are many different kinds and colors of the cosmo flower, but I am choosing to talk about the chocolate cosmo for obvious reasons.

This maroon flower is called the chocolate cosmo because it smells like chocolate.

It is called the love flower for the following reasons:

  • When presented to a partner the Cosmos flower says ‘Let’s Walk Together Hand In Hand’
  • It is the 2nd anniversary bouquet flower
  • The Chocolate Cosmos means “No One Can Love You Like I Can” (because chocolate will never let you down…. I’m assuming.. I know this is how I feel toward chocolate..)
  • Cosmo flowers represent beauty, peace, and modesty

 

I did it! I was worried I wouldn’t have time to post this month, but I was pretty determined since I hadn’t missed a month yet.

 

Y’all go enjoy sweater weather… leather weather?… this cool weather.

Forever Floral,

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What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?

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When I go up through the mowing field,

The headless aftermath,
Smooth-laid like thatch with the heavy dew,
Half closes the garden path.

And when I come to the garden ground,
The whir of sober birds
Up from the tangle of withered weeds
Is sadder than any words

A tree beside the wall stands bare,
But a leaf that lingered brown,
Disturbed, I doubt not, by my thought,
Comes softly rattling down.

I end not far from my going forth
By picking the faded blue
Of the last remaining aster flower
To carry again to you. 

-Robert Frost, A Late Walk

WOAH, guys.

I’ve been so super busy with school for the past few weeks that I completely forgot to post this month’s flower(s)! As you may or may not know, I recently started grad school at UAB to teach secondary education (Language Arts). I’m SO excited to start a new chapter, but y’all… grad school is tough. and extremely time-consuming.

But I’m not here to complain or make excuses — I’m here to share this month’s beauties given to us by nature.

September is the month of the lovely and vibrant Morning Glory and Aster flowers.

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I love the way the morning glory, with its trumpet-like bloom, looks as if it is seconds away from playing Reveille to wake up the world. They are one of the most unique flowers in my opinion.

I absolutely love the name Aster. Whoever named this flower, well-done. They resemble a wildflower or a colorful daisy to me, which is another reason why I love them.

Flower Facts:

  • Asters symbolize powerful love
  • The Morning Glory is a simple sign of affection
  • The word ‘Aster’ is of Greek derivation and refers to the starlike flowers
  • Morning Glory vines can reach up to 10 feet or more
  • The Moonflower is the evening bloom version of the Morning Glory and is very fragrant
  • The Morning Glory is easy to grow and doesn’t like a lot of water/thrives in dry soil. (In other words, great for people like me who forget to water sometimes)

Enjoy the beginning of football season, autumn leaves, and, most of all, COOL WEATHER!!

Forever Floral,

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Glorious Gladiolus (and peach poppies)

 

Magic is in the air which you breathe,

O’ strange and lovely gladioli!
Your blade shaped leaves and tall spikes
Have caused you to be christened valiant ‘sword lily’.Towering stately over other worthy neighbours,
You are a constant reminder of the strength of character over glory,
and the power of sincerity over artificiality.

Here are the charming salmon orange tones,
and there a glad pink dwarf stands
Why ,look at the regal dew-adorned purple and the gay yellow,
Even while a red eyed white bride blushes quietly in the corner;sweet and mellow.
Every warm and passionate color,
Spreading the bewitching sheen of remembrance and love
And amongst its dazzling plethora of displays,
There are no ‘blues’ to talk of woes and melancholy days.

Offering the eye a visual cacophony of shapes and rainbows,
Representing the victorious gladiators who defeated all foes,
A jewel of this earth, August’s birthflower,
Charismatic, brilliant and beauteous
Oh! gladiolus, you are truly glorious!



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Okay, so I love the gladiolus, don’t get me wrong, BUT….. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, August’s other flower is the poppy, which is absolutely one of my favorite flowers EVER.

So I was thinking since it’s my birthday month, and this is my blog, I would put the spotlight on the poppy — peach poppy to be specific.

 

 

 

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I mean, is that not the most delicate, feminine, absolutely beautiful thing you’ve ever SEEN?!

YES. Just yes. I LOVE it.

Peach poppies are definitely having a moment in the floral design world right now, but even when that moment is over,

I will be there. Because this love is real..

 

I guess it wouldn’t be fair just to do fun facts for one flower, so I’ll do both.

 

Fact:

  • The gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation
  • A red poppy signifies remembrance (what’s with all of the remembrance this month?), a white poppy is given for consolation, and a yellow poppy wishes wealth and success
  • A peach poppy signifies happiness because it is Mallie’s birthday and is given to her because it’s her birthday and she loves them (had to make something up 😉 also **HINT HINT**)
  • A French woman named Moina Michael conceived the idea of Poppy Day
  • The ancient name for the gladiolus is xiphium, which comes from the Greek word xiphos meaning sword

 

I hope y’all enjoy the last full month of summer!

(But if you’re like me, you’re probably ready for that fall weather..)

Forever Floral,

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Lovely Larkspur

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Larkspur

Pink, rose, lilac and white
Beautiful Larkspur
What a lovely sight
Many blossoms
On the same stem
Trying to get closer
To the Great I Am
In the garden
Of fellow man
Plant our feet
On solid land
Feeding us
With living Water
Every precious
Son and daughter
Let our bloom not
Wither and fade
For there’s
No earthly reason
You’re there with increase
In every season
In the summer
Of the Larkspur’s life
Heat will come
With gale and strife
Our flower will bloom
With no loss
Under the resurrection
Power of Your Cross

-Judy L Wilson

I’m not going to lie… I wasn’t very familiar with the larkspur before I did some research. I found out it’s because I’ve always heard it called by its latin name, delphinium.

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Some facts about this supermodel of a flower:
  • come in blue, pink, white, and purple
  • typically grow from 4 to 6 feet tall (hence the supermodel reference)
  • highly toxic, so do not ingest!
  • derived from greek “delphis” meaning dolphin
  • larkspur comes from shape of a spur, which resembles the hind toe of a lark
  • symbolizes good luck (white larkspur represented joy and happy nature in ancient times)
  • also commonly called lark’s heel, lark’s claw, and knight’s spur
Hope everyone had a happy 4th of july!
Forever Floral,
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Red Rose in June

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June; 
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while! 
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile. 

Robert Burns, 1794
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This month’s flower is the rose.
It would make more sense to me for the rose to be February’s flower, but noone asked me so here we are in June with this warm, red flower that makes me think more of a nasty sunburn in this blistering summer sun rather than anything romantic… but I digress.
This universal flower can be found in just about every country around the world since it adapts to any kind of weather.
Rose Facts:
  • The rose is the official National Floral emblem of the United States
  • George Washington, our first President, was also our first U.S. rose breeder
  • The rose is native to the United States. The oldest fossilized imprint of a rose was left on a slate deposit in Florissant, Colorado, which is estimated to be 35 million years old.
  • The oldest garden rose is the Rosa Gallica Officinalis, the apothecary rose
  • The world’s largest rosebush is located in a city named Tombstone in Arizona
  • Columbus’ crew picked a rose branch out of the ocean on October 11, 1492. This signaled the presence of land. The very next day, Columbus discovered America.
  • The queen in Alice in Wonderland prefers red roses… 

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Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses this month & try not to melt in this heat!!

 

Forever Floral,

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Consider the Lilies

I Looked upon the lilies 
When the morning sun was low, 
And the sun shone through a lily 
With a softened honey glow. 
A spot was in the lily 
That moved incessantly, 
And when I looked into the cup 
I saw a morning bee. 
“Consider the lilies!” 
But, it occurs to me, 
Does any one consider 
The lily and the bee? 

The lily stands for beauty, 
Use, purity, and trust, 
It does a four-fold duty, 
As all good mortals must. 
Its whiteness is to teach us, 
Its faith to set us free, 
Its beauty is to cheer us, 
And its wealth is for the bee. 

“Consider the lilies!” 
But, it occurs to me, 
Does any one consider 
The lily and the bee?

-Henry Lawson, The Lily and the Bee. 

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This month’s flower is the Lily of the Valley.

Being fresh, white, and fragrant, it’s a great flower to transition from spring to summer.

It is also a regal flower being that it is used in royal weddings:

(Princess Grace of Monaco, Audrey Hepburn, and the Duchess of Cambridge used them in their wedding bouquets! )

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Fun Facts:
  • Meaning of humility, chastity, sweetness, purity, “the return of happiness,” and is said to bring luck in love
  • Also known as May Lily
  • It is said that lilies of the valley grew from the spot where Mary’s tears hit the ground at the foot of the cross
  • Native to temperate areas of Asia, Europe, and North America, where it grows naturally in woodland settings
  • Unlike the edible daisy, all parts of the flower are poisonous, so DO NOT ingest these beauties!
  • Though you can’t eat them, you can wear them (often used in perfume).
“If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily”
-Chinese Proverb
Thank goodness the April showers are over! Bring on the May flowers!!!
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Dancing with the Daisies

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See, the grass is full of stars,
Fallen in their brightness;
Hearts they have of shining gold,
Rays of shining whiteness.

 

Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies’ dance
All the meadow over.

 

Blow, O blow, you happy winds,
Singing summer’s praises,
Up the field and down the field
A-dancing with the daisies.

– Marjorie Pickthall

To me, daisies are the epitome of spring and innocence.

They’re so pure, simple, playful, and pretty much the flower equivalent of a daydream.

If I were a flower, this is the one I’d choose to be.

Couldn’t think of a better flower to get me through the dreary April showers!

Some fun facts about the daisy:

  • Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica.
  • The name “daisy” is thought to come from the Old English “daes eage” meaning “day’s eye” for the way in which it opens at dawn.
  • A daisy is actually two flowers in one: the (usually) white petals and the cluster of (usually) tiny yellow disc petals that form the “eye”.
  • Daisy leaves are edible and can make a tasty addition to salads (they’re closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C).
  • Medicinal properties ascribed to the daisy include that it slows bleeding, relieves indigestion and eases coughs. In homeopathy, the garden daisy is known as the gardener’s friend for its ability to ease an aching back.
  • It is also a flower given between friends to keep a secret; the daisy means “I’ll never tell.”
  • Bees love daisies making them an important friend of honey makers. (this makes me love them more!)

 

Hope everyone has a great first full month of spring!

 

Forever Floral,

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Sunshine & Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. 

-William Wordsworth
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It’s obvious that March’s flower has to be the daffodil.

There’s absolutely no better way to say, “spring is coming” than with these little guys’ bright-as-sunshine shade of yellow.

I mean, honestly.. How could these not put a smile on your face?!

Wordsworth seems to think they can turn a frown upside down. I completely agree.

If there wasn’t a flower already called a sunflower, these would totally be the best candidate.

Here are some fun facts about this fun little flower:

  • The name ‘daffodil’ was first recorded in 1538. Even earlier it was called ‘affodil’. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “The initial d had not been satisfactorily accounted for.”
  •  In Victorian times, daffodils represented chivalry. Today they symbolise hope.
  • Daffodil bulbs are poisonous to squirrels. (It was so weird I had to add it)
  • Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought the sap from them had healing powers.
  • It is a type of Narcissus, along with Paperwhites and Jonquil
  • The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.

You should probably know:

Daffodils contain a toxic sap which is harmful to other flowers. When arranging in a vase don’t mix with other flowers unless the daffodils have been soaking in water for 24 hours. Do not recut the stems as it will re-release the toxin.

Hopefully this cheerful flower leaves you with a nice big smile on your face. Spring is almost here! Get happy 🙂
Forever Floral,
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Violets & St. Valentine

“And on the violet’s velvet leaves he pierced these lines divine… They simply said, ‘I love you and I’m your Valentine.'” – Phoebe Fulkerson Harris (1830-1917)

Happy Valentine’s week!!

I say week because I’ve received a rose (from a random person, still no valentine.. but I kinda like it better that way) and it’s put me in a lovey-dovey mood already.  😉  Plus, this blog is all about flowers, and the best thing to get a valentine is a nice bouquet of flowers, right?

Most people probably assume that February’s flower is the rose since it is pretty romantic and red…but they would be wrong.

This month’s flower is the lovely violet.

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I kind of like how it’s a breath of fresh air from the Valentine’s Day red rose cliché.

I think any flower is romantic.. Especially one’s favorite.

Here are some facts about this forgotten flower:

  • The name “violet” comes from the word “vias” meaning “wayside”
  • Symbolizes faithfulness, chastity, and humility
  • Had hidden message in Victorian era (purple: “I’ll always be true” white: “Let’s take a chance”)
  • St. Valentine’s Day and his violets became popular in the 1800s
  • New Englanders in the 1930s still preferred boxes of candy topped with violets on Valentine’s Day

So if you want to stray from the typical rose this Valentine’s Day, go for the traditional violet. It is, after all, how it all began.

Forever Floral,

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