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 361 – One
informal experiment has indicated that Cattails or Typha are able to remove arsenic from drinking water. The boiled
rootstocks have been used as a diuretic for increasing urination, or mashed to
make a jelly-like paste for sores, boils, wounds, burns, scabs, and smallpox
Day 362 – Cattail
seeds have a high linoleic acid content and can be used to feed cattle and
chickens. They are frequently
eaten by wetland mammals such as muskrats, which may also use them to construct
feeding platforms and dens. Birds use the seed hairs as nest lining.
Day 363 – The
outer portion of young Cattail plants can be peeled and the heart can be eaten
raw or boiled and eaten like asparagus. This food has been popular among the
Cossacks in Russia, and has been called "Cossack asparagus". The leaf
bases can be eaten raw or cooked, especially in late spring when they are young
and tender. In early summer the sheath can be removed from the developing green
flower spike, which can then be boiled and eaten like corn on the cob. In
mid-summer when the male flowers are mature, the pollen can be collected and
used as a flour supplement or thickener.
Day 364 – Davallia
fejeensis, fondly known as rabbit foot fern, is much easier to please as an
indoor fern than most other types of fern, which require high humidity. Elegant, lacy fronds create a lush mound of
evergreen foliage. The main attraction of this plant, however, are the furry
rhizomes that hang over the side of the container. These light-brown, creeping
rhizomes are covered with hairs that look like a rabbit's foot. It's a good
idea to put the plant in a hanging basket because they can grow up to 2’ long.
And because you want to show them off, don't you? Those furry rhizomes are more
than eye-catching, they take up moisture. Mist them every day, or as needed, with
tepid water to prevent them from drying out.
Day 365 – Floral
design or floral arts is the art of creating flower arrangements in
vases, bowls, baskets or other containers, or making bouquets and compositions from cut flowers, foliages, herbs, ornamental grasses and other plant materials. Often the terms
"floral design" and "floristry" are considered synonymous.
Florists are people who work with flowers and plants, generally at the retail level.
Thank you everyone for sharing this year of floral education
with us! We love flowers, plants and all aspects of our industry and we feel
fortunate to share that love with all of you for the last 126 years! Keep
following us, you haven’t seen anything yet!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, December 10, 2012
Philadelphia Florist Shows Their Swag, Listening to the Language of Flowers and Following Their (Dub)steps
PHILADELPHIA FLORIST SHOWS THEIR SWAG, LISTENING TO THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS AND FOLLOWING THEIR (DUB)STEPS – Stein Your Florist Co. Keeps Current by Dancing Dubstep While Celebrating Their Milestone 125th Anniversary
|Belardo shows some smooth moves |
listening to the language of flowers.
December 9, 2012 (Philadelphia, PA) Stein Your Florist Co. may be as old as an antique, celebrating their 125th anniversary this year, but they are definitely keeping up with the times with a new hit YouTube video featuring Stein’s employee and popper Marc Belardo in a dubstep freestyle to the tune of “Saxon” by Chase and Status.
Belardo asks his boss, Stein’s owener/operator Patrick Kelly, “is it true flowers speak a language of their own?” to which he replies “Sure, all you have to do is listen,” the beat hits and Belardo shows off some smooth moves and fancy footwork across the slate floors of Stein’s Burlington, NJ location, Steins at Sunset Florist.
|Belardo asks his boss, Patrick Kelly, if it's true that |
flowers speak a language of their own.
Stein’s drew their inspiration for their latest video, following their hit Gangnam Style and Chanel No. 5 parodies as well as a poignant anti-bullying PSA, from the music and dance craze Dubstep. Dubstep is a type of electronic dance music described by Allmusic as "tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals." It has become wildly popular in the US in the last few years, heard in collaborations with mainstream artists such as Cee Lo Green and Rihanna and paired with amazing dances on shows like So You Think You Can Dance.
Kelly and his staff are always keeping their eyes on the latest trends in music, dance, fashion, and all of pop culture, and then they pair those trends with flowers. “Flowers are an amazing and wonderful part of our world and we love to couple them with whatever is trending to keep them top-of-mind, introduce them to people in a fun and innovative way, and make them relatable to all people,” Kelly says. “We’re receiving great responses, especially from younger generations that appreciate our fresh perspectives on the traditions of floral gifting.”
View Stein Your Florist Co.’s latest video “Dubstep Stein Style” and others on their YouTube channel.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Almost everyone has been affected by bullying in some way. Whether you have been bullied yourself, have been a bully, or have witnessed bullying.
It is an epidemic that is sweeping our nation, causing pain, sorrow, and in the worst circumstances, death. Suicide as a result of bullying, known as bullicide, is an unfortunate reality that we hear about all too often on the news and in our communities.
October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month, so we thought it would be the perfect time to remind everyone that bullying is a real problem and it is not ok.
As in all things that we do, we always look to flowers to guide us, so we used a traditional technique for designing floral set pieces and created a floral plaque to convey our message: Stop Bullying.
We then invited Stein’s employees, family, friends and neighbors to hold our sign and say something inspirational about bullying.
This created a rather touching and inspirational video. We hope you enjoy it and that you do your part to end the cycle of bullying, this month and always. Speak up, stand up, and don't let anyone be bullied.
Some statistics about bullying:· 1 out of every 4 teens are bullied.
· As many as 160,000 students stay home on any given
day because they’re afraid of being bullied.
· 1 out of every 5 kids admits to being a “bully” or doing
· 282,000 students are physically attacked in
secondary schools each month.
· 80% of the time an argument with a bully will end up
in a physical fight.
· On the playground, a child is bullied every 7 minutes…
o 4% of the time an adult intervenes,
o 11% of the time a peer intervenes,
o 85% of the time no one intervenes.
· 97% of middle schoolers are bullied while online.
· 33% of students have heard another student threaten
to kill someone.
For more information about bullying prevention visit
Monday, April 16, 2012
Lilac flowers are one of our favorite harbingers of Spring. Days spent this past week walking through our neighborhoods and driving around town, we are already seeing it beginning to blossom in backyards and it is arriving at our flower shops by the bundle. As soon as it’s processed and in water our designers descend on it like ravenous wolves, incorporating its delicate blooms into a bevy of arrangements. Lilac is fragrant, beautiful, and one of our preferred flowers of the season.
Lilac, botanical name Syringa, is the state flower of New Hampshire, said to symbolize the Granite State’s citizens’ hardy character. And hardy is a perfect way to describe to the plant; draped with a cloud of aromatic blooms, these long-lived shrubs reliably scent the Spring countryside year after year. The timing of their blooms is said to signal whether Spring will come early or late and the beginning of the Vernal planting season.
According to Greek mythology, the story of lilac originates from a beautiful nymph named Syringa. Her beauty captivated Pan, the God of the forests and fields, but Syringa was frightened by his affections. When Pan chased her through the forest she escaped him by turning herself into a sweet-smelling bush, the flower we now refer to has lilac.
In the language of flowers purple lilacs signify the first emotions of love, perfect for the 8th wedding anniversary flower, while white lilacs symbolize youthful innocence. They have a vase life (life as a cut flower) of approximately 6-10 days. They consume large amounts of fresh water, so be sure to add water to your lilac arrangement at least daily and do not smash the stems (a popular misnomer for woody stemmed flowers is that smashing or pounding the stems aids water uptake; however, it simply damages the vascular system of the stem which will inhibit the absorption); rather, your flowers will enjoy a very steep angled cut along the stem or if that isn’t conducive to your arrangement, a cross-cut (like a plus sign +) on the bottom of a straight cut stem.
Besides being beautiful to look at and amazing to smell, lilacs also have a delightful edible aspect. The flavor of lilacs varies from plant to plant, but is typically distinctly lemony with pungent floral overtones. It’s great in salads and crystallized with egg whites and sugar. We discovered the tasty combo of a few lilac blooms with a lemon zest sorbet, whipped cream and some sugary sprinkles, a refreshing combo for warm Spring days.
Lilac tea can also be made from the flowers, leaves and thinner branches of Syringa vulgaris (common lilac), and common white lilac, which has a floral flavor. Claims have been made that this tea has shown some signs that it may produce a light euphoria in higher amounts (3+ cups of strongly brewed tea), but this is relatively unverified with no scientific backing. Some find the white varieties of common lilac to have a sweeter and more pleasurable flavor, but both white and purple seem to produce more palatable tea with more flowers and only a few leaves.
Besides enjoying lilac flowers in their purest form, we also enjoy including their scent and color in other aspects of our lives. Lilacs and lavenders have long been a favorite color of sophisticated ladies, exuding femininity. This shade of purple suggests refinement along with grace and elegance. Add a little lilac to your look with nail polish, makeup, sparkly jewelry or a lilac cami under a sleek gray jacket. Mix up lilac with other colors for fun combos. Lilacs with pinks are very feminine, or add some mint green for a Springy look. Keep lilacs cool with grays and blues for a sophisticated look or take a modern earthy approach with light browns. Add warmth and romance to lilac with reds or burgundies. And don’t forget that heavenly lilac scent. Perfumes, soaps, incense and candles are all perfect when our beloved blooms are no longer in season. You’ve simply got to love lilac!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Flowers make the moment. They set the mood, set the tone, create an ambiance, accent décor, bring warmth, bring style, bring life, add vibrance, add fragrance, evoke joy, excite passions, provide comfort, and are perfect for every occasion and for no occasion at all. It was these qualities that helped us develop our company slogan: “Flowers make the moment… Let us make a moment for you, at Stein Your Florist Co.” A moment enthralled with the joy of flowers is what we are all about.
We are so excited to have started our blog, The Enchanted Petal! To think, 125 years ago we delivered flowers by horse and buggy… Back then the word “blog” was better served as an onamonapia for the buggy wheels over the city’s cobble stone streets. Everything was hand written, carbon paper was our copy machine, and there were almost as many papers around as there were flowers! Years passed, flowers flourished, and we finally had our first computer system. It consisted of big clunky monitors with buzzing black screens with bright green text. Coming from such primitive beginnings, we’re sure that our company founders, Abraham and Bertha Stein, couldn’t even dream of being able to share their love of flowers like this! From our website, to Facebook and Twitter, and finally this blog… It’s the closest we’ve come to giving a flower to everyone in the world.
We hope you enjoy this blog. We’ll be featuring the latest in floral trends, old traditions, tips, and designs. We’ll share new ways to incorporate flowers and plants into your home, your office, and your life. We’ll share our stories and the emotions of flowers, the latest happenings at our flower shops, and hundreds of beautiful and inspiring photos.
It was Beverly Nichols who said “To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.” We couldn’t agree more. We are fortunate to be overcome by flowers every day; their scent, their beauty, even the simple feeling of their cool petals in our hands. It is the overwhelming joy that flowers and plants bring to us that we wish to share with you.
Welcome to The Enchanted Petal, a moment enthralled with the joy of flowers, by Stein Your Florist Co.