As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration at Stein Your Florist Co. we are sharing a year of floral education, November 1, 2012 thru October 31, 2013. Each day we will post something new on our Facebook page to share our knowledge of our favorite things, flowers and plants and we'll be updating our blog every 5 days or so. No need for pencils and notebooks, just sharing some simple lessons in floristry.
Day 81 - The Monte Casino Flower is also
known as the Heath Aster or the Monte Casino Aster. It is native to the Central
and Eastern part of the United States as well as Canada. It is commonly found
as a small filler flower in arrangements on a year-round basis and is a common
pick among florists. It is found as part of a clump forming bush that grows up
to three feet in height and approximately a foot in width. Colors for the Monte
Casino Flower include star-shaped blossoms in purple, lavender, and white with
a yellow center.
Day 82 - To care for your cut hyacinths simply provide them with
cool clear water. Do not let the flowers fall below the water's surface, as
this could cause extra bacteria production, reducing the longevity of the
blooms. A floral food formulated specifically for bulb plants may also add to
their vase life; however, hyacinths do not show a particular affinity for it.
If the basal plate (the spot at the bottom of the stem that looks as though it
had roots) is present that's great, don't remove it, it will lengthen the life
of your blooms!
Day 83 – Carnations are rich with symbolism, mythology and even
debate, and with a history that dates back more than 2,000 years, it's not
surprising. While some scholars suggest that their name comes from the word
"corone" (flower garlands) or "coronation" because of its
use in Greek ceremonial crowns, others propose that it’s derived from the Latin
"carnis" (flesh) referring to the flower's original pinkish-hued
color or "incarnacyon" (incarnation), referring to the incarnation of
Day 84 - Heather’s scientific name, “Calluna vulgaris,” comes
from the Greek “Kallune,” meaning “to clean or brush,” and the Latin
“vulgaris,” meaning “common,” as heather twigs were once used for making
Day 85 - It is estimated that bamboo has been a symbol
of good fortune in the Asian culture more than 4,000 years. Lucky bamboo is one
of the plants recommended by Feng Shui masters to improve Feng Shui and create
a space where you feel safe and more energized. Because lucky bamboo is able to thrive in
many areas of the home or workplace where other plants would not, it is valued
as a means to enhance the positive flow of energy or "chi" in these