Monthly Archives: August 2012

Flowers and Their Symbolic Meanings

Daisy Chrysanthemum

Daisy Chrysanthemum

Most flowers have a symbolic meaning, often one with a history of use that stretches back over the years. Various cultures around the world have employed flowers and blossoms for different uses in their societies including religious rituals, wedding ceremonies, and simple decorations. Peace, beauty, purity, strength– all of these and more can be linked to flowers. Many people choose to give specific types of flowers to a loved one, friend, or associate in hopes of conveying a specific message to them.

  • Chrysanthemum has long been a popular flower for a wedding or similar happy occasion, with both the red and white varieties carrying the meaning of true love for another.
  • Carnation has been used for Mother’s Day for over a century. The white variety is ideal for this purpose, as the yellow carries with it a message of disappointment or disdain, and the striped variety are used as a refusal to let someone know you can’t be with them.

    Azalea

    Azalea

  • Daffodil can have the meaning of a new beginning, but is also used to convey true love. As a result, it is appropriately associated with the tenth wedding anniversary.
  • Azalea, considered in China as the symbol of womanhood, carries also the meaning of love and romance.
  • Ivy can mean affection and friendship, and is used as a symbol of marriage.
  • Poppy flowers are used in Canada for Remembrance Day, and carry with them the meaning of consolation and pleasure in their white form, but wealth and success in their yellow.
  • Magnolia flowers suggest dignity and nobility, but also a love for nature.
  • Peony can mean shame, but is also used for good health and prosperity.
  • Purple Hyacinthhas the meaning of apology, whereas a yellow one indicates jealousy.

    White Lily

    White Lily

  • Orchids can mean love, but is often used to indicate beauty – specifically in a woman. In China, the orchid demonstrates longevity as well as beauty.
  • Red Roses, which have long been symbolic of romance and passion, to remind their partner of their feelings for them.
  • White Lily is symbolic of purity and sweetness, and is often associated with children or young women. This meaning is likely associated with the fact that white is often used to present the idea of virginity and innocence, especially in the form of flowers.
  • Daisies are another example of such symbolic flowers which carry with them a pure and innocent meaning.
  • Iris is symbolic of wisdom, but is not limited to that specific meaning. Yellow irises, for example, symbolize passion, whereas blue are symbolic of hope and faith. In addition to the above flowers, a white iris also carries the meaning of purity with it.

    Iris

    Iris

  • Violets, popular flowers among the ancient Greeks for its aphrodisiac qualities, carry a meaning with them that does not seem linked to their historical use. Violets in general are symbolic of modesty or faithfulness, but also have other meanings as well. A purple violet can be a symbol for love, and a yellow one can be used to display nationalism.
  • Forget-me-nots are symbolic of remembrance and memories.
  • Weeping Willow flower is symbolic of mourning.

If you have any questions or are curious about the meaning behind different types of flowers, consult with a professional florist. Not only will they be happy to assist, but they’ll be able to help you make the appropriate choices depending on your needs.

Goodbye Summer….Hello Fall SUNFLOWERS!

Photo of Sassy Sunflowers in a glass vase

Sassy Sunflowers

We’re nearing the end of August and in a heartbeat summer will be a distant memory. We’ll miss all that the summer season has shared with us including many fabulous summer weddings, fun in the sun parties, the arrival of new babes, happy birthday celebrations and of course, all the flower arrangements that we have created for these wonderful occasions. Now, we can barely catch our breath as the cooler nights signal the arrival of autumn. What this means at Brant Florist is the arrival of sunflowers!

Photo of a SUNflower Bouquet in a glass vase

SUNflower Bouquet

We love sunflowers for their simplistic beauty, awesome hit of color and bold presence. And in honor of sunflower season, allow us to share a few fun facts about this beloved flower. The scientific name for sunflower is Helianthus. In Greek helios means sun and anthos means flower, hence sunflower. More than sixty varieties of sunflowers can be found around the world and they are thought to be native to the Americas, (North and South). In fact, sunflowers were cultivated by Native Americans over 1000 years ago. The sunflower blossom is comprised of petals and a central disk. The short petals, which look like the rays of the sun can be yellow, red, maroon, orange and some varieties even have striped petals. Sunflowers have a unique trait called heliotropism where the bud of the sunflower turns to face the sun at all times throughout the day, starting the day facing the east and ending it facing west.

Glass Bowl Sunflowers Arrangement

Sunny Skies in Glass Bowl Sunflowers

Sunflowers are a breath of fresh air! At our shop they are a popular fall flower favourite. We create stunning fall arrangements, (how could we not when sunflowers take center stage), that are a super way to express cheerful wishes for a wedding anniversary, birthday, get well, or new arrival. Browse our Sunflower Arrangements page and you’ll be as smitten by these showy fall flowers as we are!

The Healing Power of Plants

It’s no secret – plants have healing properties and have been used by the medicine men, shamans and other natural healers for thousans of years. Moder medicine often tries to replicate the amazing power of nature.

Consider these natural remedies next time you get sick:

Photo of Sage plant

Sage

Sage
Good for anything involving mouth and throat, from sore throat to bad breath.

White Zuta
This plant is best for healing lungs. But it also helps wtih fever, headache and congestion.

Geranium
Putting Geranium in a hot bath cleans, protects, and heals exterior skin problems.

Red Clover
Best plant for cleaning kidneys, it also helps your cardiovascular system by increasing blood flow.

Photo of Milk Thistle plant

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle
Has protective effects on the liver and greatly improves its function.

Oregano
Heals the respiratory system and is great for preventing and beating colds and the flu.

Lime Blossom
Helps put children to sleep, it’s a natural calming effect and greatly lowers stress.

Most of these plants can be usually bough in your local health food store or center.

Best Houseplants for Your Apartment

Photo of Purple African Violet

Purple African Violet

Houseplants make a great addition to your apartment and add life to your space!

Many of them are easy to maintain and also help filter the air in your home and thus improve your health..

Here is a quick list:

  • Pothos Plant
  • Spider Plant
  • Aloe Plant
  • African Violet
  • Snake Plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Fig Tree
  • Boston Fern
  • Marginata

To learn more about each plant and its benefits, read the full article