With today being Leap Day and with St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, the thoughts of unique and lucky were in my head. And the perfect feature flower for such a day - Bells of Ireland. Cultivated for its spikes of flowers, Bells of Ireland represent good luck and you can never have too much good luck, plus they are available all year long.
Common Name: Bells of Ireland, Shell Flowers
Botanical Name: moluccella laevis (mo-lu-KELL-a LEE-vis)
Bells of Ireland are a fragrant, lime green colored flower. A member of the mint family, the blooming stems can be cut and used in fresh or dried flower arrangements. Bells of Ireland have numerous shell-like blooms that are about 1-2" in diameter, sometimes with small white flowers inside. They are tall about 24-30". The stems of Bells of Ireland are covered with tiny thorns which may irritate the skin. Many designers use gloves when designing with this flower. They are also phototropic, which means they will bend toward the light, giving each stem a whimsical curvature.
Interesting Fact: Although, Bells of Ireland are associated with St. Patrick's Day, the only association that the flower has with Ireland is the name. They were first cultivated in Belgium in the late 1500.
Let us know what you think about Bells of Ireland.
I try to stay current on all the new technology stuff. It's important to my business, I need to stay in touch and informed. For the most part I do OK, I've learned so many wonderful things, but every now and then something comes along that really impress me. Well, the newest treasure I have found, and I am sure many of you have already heard, is Pinterest.
It started out with a very good friend sending me an invite. It was simple enough, create an account, brows pictures and repin/like the pictures that appeal to you. I have to admit, it was too easy, I have wasted many hours looking at some of the most interesting things I have ever discovered on the Internet. My Pinterest love has morphed into a page full of my personal, as well as my business, inspirations, tastes and just plain fun things. It has even resulted in constructing a tee-pee for my son's room as well as making my own laundry soap, super cheap! If you are already a Pinterest user, you probably know what I am talking about. If not, click the link above, request an invite and follow me on Pinterest. -Faye
_So you find yourself with a beautiful arrangement of flowers from your Valentine. That's great news! It is scientifically prove that the presence of flowers increase feel good emotions, overall life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manor. Flowers are the easiest way to improve our emotional health.
The average life of a fresh floral arrangement is usually about 4-7 days. Of course this will vary depending on where your flowers came from and how you care for them. Here are some tips to help keep your flowers looking as beautiful for as long as possible.
If you have any other flower care questions we are happy to answer them, just leave your comments below.
_What does Valentine's Day mean to you? Well to me it means work, work and more work, but that is a good thing. Flowers are big business on Valentine's Day. Consumers will spend 1.8 billion on flowers given this holiday. Research shows that men also love to receive flowers for Valentine's Day, so ladies don't forget your sweetie. I think flowers should be given and received by all on this wonderful holiday. Of course, I am a little bias.
The Rose became a popular Valentine's Day flower in the 17th century from the belief that the Red Rose was the favorite flower of Venus - the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty and hence it is dubbed as the flower of love and passion. When purchasing roses for your love, remember that each color conveys a different meaning:
Red - Love & affection, Romantic & Abiding Love, True Love, I Love You, Desire, Courage & Passion, Congratulations, Job Well Done, Respect & Appreciation, Honest Beauty, Courage & Passion, Bliss to Marriage
White - Purity & Innocence, Reverence & Humility, Heavenly & Honor, Everlasting love, Marriages and New Beginnings, I am worthy of you, Beauty & Youthfulness, Remembrance
Pink - Grace & Elegance, Admiration for beauty and refinement, Sweetness
Yellow - Friendship and "I care", Unbridled joy, Promise of a new beginning, Gladness, Delight, Warmth, Good Luck, Welcome Back, Remember Me, Dying Love
Orange - Fascination, Passion & Desire, Enthusiasm & Energy, Pride, "I am so proud of you"
Lavender - Love/Enchantment at first sight, Regal majesty and splendor, Wonder & Impossibility
Peach - Modesty, Closing of a new deal, Great cheer, Sincerity & Genuineness, Sympathy, Gratitude and Thankfulness
Even though roses are a beautiful, traditional flower to give on Valentine's Day, we are seeing the increase of other blooming like gerbera daisies, tulips and lilies becoming more popular for the holiday. In my opinion as long as you give/receive flowers this Valentine's Day, I'm happy.
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At Blooming Envy we are dedicating the whole month of February to celebrating LOVE! To kick things off, I designed a non-traditional, Valentine's Day wedding, vision board. Who say Valentine's Day weddings have to be red and white? You can have fun, play with other romantic colors and really turn ordinary into extraordinary. What do you think? Leave your comments below.
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.