Easter Lily

Guess who’s coming to town… No not Santa-We love you Santa but I was talking about the Easter Bunny! Easter is just around the corner so bring on the chocolate, family gatherings and the beautiful Easter Lily.

The story of how the Easter Lily got over to North America is pretty cool. A gentleman by the name of Louis Houghton brought a suitcase full of Easter Lily bulbs with him from Japan (who were the top dog in the Easter Lily bulb export business) in 1919 after World War I. He gave the bulbs to friends and family who were horticulture enthusiasts. After Pearl Harbour the Japanese bulb market wasn’t able to continue and that’s when the west coast saw an opportunity and jumped on it. Since then Oregon and the west coast are now the NEW top dogs in Easter Lily bulb growers.

Easter Lily Plant

Easter Lily Plant

Caring for your Easter Lily is pretty simple.

  1. It likes bright Light but not direct sunlight
  2. Keep away from heat sources-fireplaces, appliances… etc.
  3. Be sure to remove the yellow stamen out of the centre of the lily as it will turn to powder and stain your clothes, tablecloths… etc.
  4. Lastly and most importantly… DO NOT LET YOUR LILY SIT IN WATER

Remove the foil sleeve when watering and let the plant drain any excess water out. Then you can put the sleeve back on.

The meaning behind the Easter Lily is joy, hope & life. So why not buy someone an Easter Lily and spread some joy in their life and hope it will put a smile on their face.

Happy Easter!

Spring Is The Meme

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and being a florist, spring is, of course, one of my favourite times of year. Along with summer, fall, and winter, of course. Like most people, I generally claim the current, burgeoning season or the season that seems opposite of the one we’re in the middle of, to be my favourite. Taken as a whole, I suspect I like all seasons the same amount, just in different ways. In the heat of summer, winter’s chill seems like a far off blessing, but in the wet of spring, the more muted beauty of fall might seem more likeable. It’s all about perception.

But we’re coming into spring, so that’s the current topic of conversation. Easter flowers, seedlings, tulips, daffodils, April showers and the beauty and freshness of spring flowers is always a welcomed change! Online, of course, Spring is the Meme, with Facebook posts and tweets being all about how Easter is really from Ishtar and flowers don’t actually bloom now, but actually do so underground, or some other thing that is largely based on semantics or who’s historical perspective you’re asking for. Like most memes, it’s full of truth and expectation, but may not be completely accurate.

Basket Of Beauty Bouquet by Teleflora

Basket Of Beauty Bouquet by Teleflora

Take the whole “tulips come in April” thing. I hear a lot of that. It’s only true for very specific regions, though. While the green of the plants may poke through the soil in April, having actual tulips and other spring flowers blooming is unlikely unless you live in the Southern U.S.A. For most of us, tulips begin blooming in very late April and early May instead.

Still, Spring is the Meme and right now, it’s my happiest time of year. What with all the greenery sprouting, Easter Floral arrangements, people getting new lightness of being, and with less cabin fever being the norm. In a couple of weeks, of course, I’ll probably not like spring as much and be looking forward to summer with its predictable warmth and easier gardening.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

Keeping Your Easter Flowers Fresher Longer

Best Wishes Flowers in Vase

Best Wishes Flowers in Vase

Everyone loves getting flowers for all types of events and occasions and Easter is no exception. Easter flower arrangements can be some of the most beautiful because of all of the bright brilliant spring colored flowers. Taking the time to care for your Easter flowers will ensure that they last longer than a mere weekend. Most people love beautiful flowers, but they are somewhat unsure how they will be able to extend the life of their lovely Easter flower arrangements. The following is information that will help with the preservation of beautiful Easter flower bouquets.

Preparation of Flowers upon Receipt

Upon obtaining flowers for Easter either directly from a florist or as a gift from a loved one, family or friend, it is very important to properly prepare flowers to assist in their longevity. Usually fresh cut Easter flower arrangements can last for a few days if they are properly maintained. One of the main tips for making sure that your flowers for Easter remain fresh and lively is to keep them adequately watered. For those that receive Easter bouquets that come with oasis foam, it is important to keep this form wet to ensure that the flowers are receiving adequate moisture. It is also possible to send Easter flowers in a vase. Those individuals that receive flowers in this manner should make sure that the stems are fully immersed in water upon receipt. It is even advised to trim the stems before immersing them in water so that the flowers are better able to obtain the moisture that is needed.

Sustaining Easter Flower Arrangements with Home Remedies

Carnations Vased with Greens

Carnations Vased with Greens

In addition to the traditional methods of sustaining the life of Easter flower arrangements by making sure the stems are adequately moist, there are other ways that people can keep their flowers for Easter fresher longer. Many of these methods are actually homemade tips that can be easily achieved with little to no effort. Placing crushed aspirin in the vase prior to adding the flowers will significantly help to extend the life of the flowers. Adding about ┬╝ teaspoon of bleach to about a liter of water will also keep flowers longer and will also prevent the growth of bacteria in the water. The addition of a copper penny to the vase water will produce acid which will prevent the growth of bacteria and increase the lifespan of Easter flower arrangements. Also, as wacky as it may seem, it is possible to send Easter flowers already in a vase and ensure their longevity by adding a clear lemon-lime soda to the vase water. Apparently, the sugar in the soda will make the flowers last longer. Overall, there a variety of things that people can do to extend the life of their Easter bouquets.

Drying Easter Flowers

For those individuals that really want to hold on to their flowers for Easter, there is always the option of drying the flowers. Drying flowers is not a complicated process. There are a number of people that do it for a variety of reasons. The drying of Easter flower arrangements involves taking the flowers and placing them in a location that will enable the moisture to be easily removed.  The drying process simply involves placing the flowers in a warm dry place for a couple of weeks until all the moisture in the flowers has been removed. Once the flowers for Easter are totally dried, they can be used in a variety of ways such as for arts and crafts and even for fragrant homemade potpourri.

Thus, if someone should send Easter flowers get the most use of them by properly caring for them via a number of preservation techniques, and then continue to enjoy them as dried flowers later on.

Is it Ostara or Easter?

Here at Brant Florist, it gets busy around the store this time of year. Why? Well it’s getting close to Ostara … better known as Easter.

No matter how you recognize this time – be it through religious attendance
and ceremony or through gifts of chocolate eggs, flowers and fluffy toys …
it’s special.

As a florist, it’s the beginning of a burst of colour and brightness we’ve
not seen for many months. For me, Easter flowers are a simple reminder that
things are starting anew.

And of course with Spring officially started on March 20th (in the Northern
Hemisphere), what could be better than that for timing!

Speaking of timing, we’re running some Ostara … uh … Easter specials
online.

For the first time ever (because we recently upgraded our website) you can
now save more with our new range discount module.

If you’d like to see the specials available for Easter, click this link: http://www.brantflorist.com/Flowers/Easter/Easter-Flower-Arrangements.aspx

Either way you decide: Ostara or Easter, it’s a wonderful time and with the
snow melting, the days growing longer and the warm winds blowing from the
south, I’m looking forward to breaking out the shorts!

We’re nothing if not enthusiastic in Canada – eh?

Until next time,

Ken Bolt