Thursday, July 18, 2013

365 Days of Floral Education - Days 156 - 160

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 156 - The azalea is a flower that symbolizes many different concepts. First, it is a symbol of self recognition and caring for yourself. Next it is a symbol of fragile passion. Lastly, the Chinese consider the azalea a symbol of womanhood. Used as a symbol in the poem by Sylvia Plath called Electra on Azalea path. This poem uses this metaphor in the sense of the "womanhood".

Day 157 - The meanings of gerbera daisies stem from those attributed to the general daisy family. These meanings include 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.

Day 158 - Mums are traditionally fall flowers, but they are widely available as cut flowers year round. The history of when these flowers were introduced to America is unknown, but they were grown around the same time after they arrived in Europe in the 19th century. By 1829, there were more than 17 varieties in the United States. Yellow mums symbolize slighted love.

Day 159 - Allium is a genus of flowering plants, informally referred to as the onion genus. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. The genus, including the various edible onions, garlics, chives, and leeks, has played a pivotal role in cooking worldwide, as the various parts of the plants, either raw or cooked in many ways, produce a large variety of flavors and textures. The allium flower means unity, humility and patience.

Day 160 - Wax flowers are often associated with riches and enduring wealth. The long lasting blooms make them a symbol for lasting success. The wax flower may also be used as a sign of lasting love or patience. It’s species name, Chamelaucium unicinatum, is derived from the Latin word uncinatum, which means “hooked”, in reference to the tips of the leaves.

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