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The Meaning Behind Your Autumn Centerpieces

Thanksgiving is almost here! As we prepare our tables for an evening of feasting and reflectbrant-florist-thanksgiving-flowersing
with family, we’ll no doubt include some beautiful decorations. Orange flowers, yellow and red too; pumpkins and corn everywhere you look. No table would be complete without on
e of our many eye-catching autumn centerpieces that captures the spirit of the fall season.

But why do we use these symbols and colours to represent Thanksgiving? Because orange and yellow dominate when the leaves fall? Because pumpkins and corn, common harvest vegetables, are orange and yellow? Yes, but there’s more to it than that.

Last month we showed you what the popular colours of fall meant. This month we’re going to look at what orange flowers, yellow flowers and the symbols of Thanksgiving mean for this holiday. Along the way we’re also going to show you some of the many delightful autumn centerpieces Brant Florist currently offers.

Orange Flowers

brant-florist-thanksgiving-bouquetFiery and passionate like the sun, orange flowers are symbols of optimism, energy and fun. They give us a burning drive, creativity and adventurousness, perfect for embracing the hard work of the harvest. Orange flowers also give us warmth and closeness, like the gentle flames of the hearth in a comfortable home or the tender bonds of family.

When you see your family this Thanksgiving, try to spend some time with each of them. Remember what they’ve contributed to your life, how they’ve helped you grow. Remember the people who inspire you, push you to burn away the lesser parts of yourself and be a better person. Each of us, whether we run or crawl, only reach our destination with the support of many; we all owe them our gratitude and thanks for being part of our lives, and they owe us the same. Dedicate one orange flower in your autumn centerpieces for every relative you have.

Yellow Flowers

Radiant like bulbs shining with light, yellow flowers symbolize intellect, insight and the spark-like “eureka!” moment of discovery. They represent success; the times in our lives when we’re full of pride and joy as we reflect on our labours and admire their fruit, like the end of a successful harvest. Yellow flowers also represent the happy bonds of friendship, persistent and brilliant, not so easily dimmed.

It’s not just family we should be thankful for, but our peers and good friends as well. They’ve shared our joys and sorrows, our successes and failures, our downfalls and redemptions; and we’ve shared just as much with them. They’ve brightened our lives just by being there, not out of familial connection but simply because they wanted to, and we have done the same. When we needed it most, they helped us seize opportunities and achieve greatness. You may not end up having Thanksgiving dinner with them, but it would still be a good idea to take some time to thank your friends for being part of your life and letting you be part of theirs. For every yellow flower in your autumn centerpieces, remember a friend and wish them well.

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The three Thanksgiving symbols you’re most likely to see in autumn centerpieces are corn, the pumpkin and the cornucopia. All three represent the aim of a harvest: to have plenty. Pumpkins, massive and bulging with more than enough to feed a family, and corn, with their numerous kernels per cob and seemingly endless yellow fields; both evoke a vast bounty. The cornucopia, also known as the Horn of Plenty, is traditionally a goat’s horn said to be filled with infinite abundance—more fruit, grains and vegetables than any family or community can eat.

When you see autumn centerpieces containing a cornucopia, you should give thanks for your family’s own bounty—the feast you’re able to prepare and the loved ones you’re able to spend time with. We’ve all got so many things to be thankful for.

Combine the meanings of orange flowers, yellow flowers and Thanksgiving symbols and what common theme emerges? Community. The bonds we form with others, the shared toils and spoils andbrant-florist-yellow-flowers the happiness we derive from living together. As you gather around your autumn centerpieces and dig in with your loved ones, remember these values, for they hold as true for us as they did for th
e pilgrims, settlers and farmers whose harvest festivals led to our Thanksgiving.

But maybe you haven’t chosen your Thanksgiving decorations or autumn centerpieces yet. If that’s the case, Brant Florist has a wide selection of gorgeous centerpieces to crown your table, as well as floral experts who can help you choose the perfect flower decorations for the holiday.

What do you think about the meaning of Thanksgiving? What do these symbols mean to you?

Here are the Colour Trends for Fall Flowers in 2016!

Once again, the time for seasonal change is right around the corner. Sweltering heat and sweaty humidity give way to cooler days with brisk winds and the first hints of chilly nights to come. The leaves change colour, the plants begin to prepare for the winter months, and gardens adapt for the new season.

It’s time to embrace a new beauty with 2016’s trendiest fall colours for flower lovers everywhere! Whether for your wedding themes or your home decor, these fall flowers are guaranteed to make your floral arrangements stand out this fall.

Aurora Red Flowers Aurora Red Flowers

We begin with Aurora Red. Regal, stable and proud, warm yet bold. It’s sure to make its presence known, especially when paired with pink flowers, yellow flowers and orange flowers.

 

Taupe Flowers Pink flowers

Warm Taupe is definitely on an upwards trend. It offers a subdued neutral that lends a stable complement to any of arrangement of fall flowers.

 

 

Lush Meadow Greens

Lush Meadow GreenLush Meadow, an almost pine green evoking the elegant dark tones of forests and fields. Match it with bright yellow flowers and bronze flowers for a pleasing, low-contrast harmony.

Dust Cedar Pink and Bodacious Purple FlowersCedar Pink Flowers

Dust Cedar is a warm dark pink with a calming, soothing vibe.

 

 

 

Purple Flowers

 

 

A flower of this colour pairs brilliantly with vibrant
purple flowers, especially the deep, luxurious Bodacious purple. This striking hue can easily be the centerpiece of your floral arrangement.

 

 

 

Potter’s Clay BBrown Flowersrown Flowers

Potter’s Clay is a straightforward and traditional brown that’s just right for fall. Some bronze flowers would represent this colour nicely, especially in a garden once the leaves outside start falling, providing natural green and orange complements.

 

 

Spicy Mustard Yellow Flowers

Yellow Flowers

The dark citrus yellow flowers, such as those that are Spicy Mustard, beautifully complements traditional fall colours like red flowers, orange flowers and bronze flowers, as well as flowers with shades of burgundy and navy.

Sharkskin

Strong as steel, the neutral gray Sharkskin can easily complement the other colours. You could try silver-leafed flowers or nearby objects to get the most out of this colour. Ornaments, vases, the natural grays and silvers in an ordinary kitchen, for example.

Riverside BlueRiverside Blue

Riverside, a dark aquatic blue. Symbolic of strength, reassurance and dependability, it provides a vivid complement or contrast to the rest of the list.

 

 

 

AAiry Blue Flowersiry Blue

Airy Blue, a sky blue that keeps the spirit hopeful, free and uplifted.

 

Rose Quartz and Serenity Pink Flowers

Last but not least are the colours of the year, the pale elegant Rose Quartz and the tranquil Serenity pink flowers, which continue to hold a place among your fall flowers. TogetheRose Quartzr these two colours represent the calm bliss that can be found in  .

Any one of these trending colours would make a beautiful addition to your home or wedding. With the right combinations, a fall flower arrangement can easily become the centerpiece of any room.

Interested in the perfect arrangement of fall flowers? Call Brant Florist at 905-634-2658 and tell us your favourite fall colours. Our in-house artists will make the perfect arrangement for you!

 

When Should You Choose Unscented Flowers?

Along with the delicate nature and visual beauty, the floral scent of flowers is one reason why we are in this “sweet” business. However, we absolutely appreciate arrangements of non-fragrant flowers every once in awhile. There are several reasons why you also might be looking for flowers without a strong smell.

  • The recipient might suffer from allergies and have a reaction with strong scented flowers. Some people are highly sensitive and can get headaches from the fragrance that some flowers produce.
  • In some circumstances, it is not permitted to send scented flowers to certain places, such as a nursing home or hospital. This is to ensure that other patients, residents or staff are not bothered by the scent, should they be sensitive to certain flowers.
  • For occasions that require you to wear or hold flowers for long periods of time (ie. prom, graduation, weddings), choosing an unscented flower will make the day more tolerable. Even the prettiest fragrances can get overwhelming after long periods of time.

Always be sure to check with the recipient and the building’s restrictions before sending highly scented flowers.
Or, to be on the safe side, choose an arrangement of unscented flowers if you’re not sure.

Luckily, flowers do not lose even the smallest amount of beauty if they do not produce a fragrance!

We have plenty of beautiful flowers to choose from at Brant Florist… the following are flowers without fragrance.

Asiatic Lilies

Asiatic lilies are a wonderful way to send your recipient a bouquet of colour, while being mindful about the scent.

This particular type of lily does not give off a strong fragrance, and they still bloom in all different types of colours. You can get this popular flower all year round, and it is a safe arrangement to send to any establishment.

Asiatic lilies | Unscented flowers |Brant Florist

“Sunny Days Ahead” Asiatic Lilies Bouquet

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Asiatic Lilies – your colour choice, gift wrapped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amaryllis

This is a simple yet classic flower that has a very modest fragrance. This red amaryllis is simply beautiful, and does not come with an overwhelming scent.

Amaryllis flower | Unscented flower | Brant Floirst

Merry Amaryllis in red

Ranunculus

Another flower that comes in an array of colours, the ranunculus is also a non-scented option. These smaller blossoms are often used in bridal bouquets as well as corsages and boutonnieres.

The humble fragrance of the ranunculus flower makes them tolerable to wear or carry around for long periods of time, such as with the corsage and bridal bouquets.

Ranunculus flower | Unscented flower | Brant Florist

Ranunculus flower

Ranunculus Bouquet | Unscented flowers | Brant Florist

Ranunculus Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies are beautiful and elegant flowers. You can feel great about sending these flowers to any establishment or recipient. They are classic and sophisticated. Let their blooms do the talking, instead of their scent!

Calla Lillies | Unscented flowers | Brant Florist

Beautiful White Calla Lillies

Other unscented flowers include gerbra daisies, tulips, iris, gladioli and some exotic flowers like birds of paradise.

We also make custom arrangements!

If you don’t see what you’re looking for on the website, give us a call at 905-634-2658 or send us an email for assistance. We can design a custom arrangement with or without scented flowers depending on your preference!

Ask us directly if you’re unsure about whether to send a scented flower or an unscented flower. Our team of experts will be happy to assist you in choosing the perfect flower for whatever occasion!

We look forward to designing the perfect flower arrangement for you or your recipient.

Summer Cottage Flowers

Interior Cottage Flower Inspiration

Every season has us looking forward to the unique flowers and plants that it brings. This mid-summer heat wave, has us longing for a cottage to relax and cool off at. This week, we are looking at lake house and cottage interiors and their use of flowers. (Of course, we’re using Pinterest for our inspiration).

Carnations

Carnations_any_colour_Brant_FloristCarnations come in virtually every colour and are an inexpensive way to add colour to a more neutral room.

Our Inspiration:

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These flowers can add elegance to any room, while accenting and complimenting the rustic nature of a cottage or lake house. The perfect addition to any room.

White Lilies

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White lilies are the perfect summer flower with their light floral scent and classy white and green arrangement.

Our Inspiration:

Even with an all-white room, white lilies are right at home, complimenting the rustic browns in the floor and walls.

Orchids

White_Orchid_Brant_FloristOrchids are simple and beautiful. They also come in many different colours, and you can add them to any room in the cottage.

Our inspiration:

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Whether it’s the bathroom, bedroom, living room or sunroom, there’s no place that orchids can’t go. And they’re small enough to fit in tight places!

If you’re heading to a cottage or lake house this weekend, don’t go empty handed! Whether for your own summer home or for your host, you cannot go wrong with fresh flowers to compliment that feeling of being at the cottage.

If you’re not going to make it to a cottage this summer, bring the cottage to your home! You can view these flower inspiration ideas and so many more on our Pinterest page and on our summer flowers page.

Order online, email us or give us a call at 905-639-7001 to pick up fresh cottage-inspired flowers this summer.