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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

With its striking, large deep green leaves and the contrasting white blooms, this plant will accent any home or office beautifully. The flowers are sometimes called flags and usually appear once or twice a year.

Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum - Large

Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum – Large (BF6030)

One bonus of owning a Peace Lily is that it cleans the air. All plants take in carbon dioxide and give up oxygen. Exactly the opposite of humans and animals which helps keep the atmosphere balanced.

And it is very easy to take care of, for all you non green thumbs out there. It does not like direct sunlight, though filtered light through a sheer curtain is fine. A west or east window is usually also acceptable. But this plant also tolerates low light with a fair degree of success. More light encourages blooming. Fertilize sparingly.

We recommend that when you receive your Peace Lily……….let it go somewhat dry between watering. When the leaves droop a bit, give it a drink as soon as possible and it will come back. (warning; do not let plant really wilt or it will not come back with the next watering.) Like most house plants, this one does not like over watering or under watering.

Try to remember how many days after watering the plant looked a bit droopy, then water one day before that. It should be approximately 1 week. This will keep your plant happy & healthy with a perfect watering schedule. Water more often in hot and dry locations.

Much of the water you add to a plant simply evaporates. The plant only use part of that water. Plant leaves (and humans) are made up of mostly water.

The Peace Lily, even though called a lily, is not in the lily family and therefore is only mildly toxic to humans and dogs- which is good news for you pet owners!

The Peace Lily is perfect for all occasions from birthdays to funerals, sympathies, offices or new home owners. It is a low maintenance plant with high class elegance.

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!

Creating Spring Bouquets

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and it being April, thoughts of spring are on everyone’s minds. We think about floral arrangements that epitomize spring, thus including a lot of the flowers we normally associate with this season of renewal. Daisies, carnations, lilies, blushing roses, and colour splashes of lavender, yellow, green, and more green are on our minds.

I enjoy the late spring for one reason: the variety of flowers available for arranging is enormous. While there are always a lot of choices to go with at any time of year, the late spring seems to have everything all at once.

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The cheery, rainbow of colours and the blooms from round to star shaped are endless. Bouquets range from round to tall to cascading to wide and flat. Some flowers want to be heaped in, others to be stacked, and still others to be criss-crossed for best effect. Combining them is endlessly fun to create new menageries of display.

Don’t even get me started on gift baskets.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

http://BrantFlorist.com

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The Importance of Easter Lilies

Lilies are some of the most beautiful flowers available as they have a graceful simplicity that simply cannot go unnoticed. While most people know that lilies are available from florists for all types of occasions, some may not be aware that white Easter lilies are very popular amongst those that celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Christ. Many people receive an Easter lily from their place of worship on Easter Sunday. This lily has significant meaning for those that practice Christianity and believe in the resurrection of Christ. On Easter Sunday lilies are passed out to recognize the rebirth of Christ.

Taking Care of an Easter Lily

Lilies are very beautiful flowers that are characterized by their elegant long green stems and beautiful bell shaped flowers. They are grown throughout the North America, and they come in different sizes. Depending on the type of white Easter lilies received, they can be 18, 24 and even up to three feet tall! The flowers of a lily are full and beautiful and usually reach up to six to eight inches long. An Easter lily is also marked by its fragrant aroma. When people receive white Easter lilies, it is a very important that they take the proper steps to ensure their health. For those that choose to place the lilies in a vase, it is better to cut the end of the stems of the lily so that it is able to gather water and plant food efficiently. Those that seek to plant an Easter lily in a pot should be prepared to place it in a pot with moist soil in indirect sunlight. As long as the lily is properly care for on a consistent basis, white Easter lilies can grow and thrive tremendously.

The Connection between Easter and Lilies

White Lily in a Vase

Celebrate Easter with the White Lily

There is a religious meaning connected to the purchase of white Easter lilies for Easter Sunday. These flowers do have multiple meanings, but in relation to Easter, the meaning is one connected to religion. The Easter lily represents the resurrection of Christ three days after his crucifixion at the cross. In many cases, white Easter lilies are planted at the location where Christ is believed to have been crucified. In some denominations of the Christian faith such as the Catholics, the white Easter lilies were dedicated to the Virgin Mother, Christ’s mother, to show appreciation for the purity of Christ. During the Easter holiday many churches are decorated in lilies, and people give out the white Easter lilies as a way of sharing peace and divinity.

Using Lilies during the Easter Celebration

White Easter lilies can be found practically anywhere during the Easter holiday. Many local florists plan in advance for a large request of lilies similar to the way they respond on Valentine’s Day, although with much less volume. Online florists have helped many churches and religious organizations prepare for Easter by assisting them with orders for large quantities of white Easter lilies so that on Eastern day everyone is able to have a symbolic part of the death and rebirth of Christ. While many people may enjoy obtaining these beautiful flowers, not all everyone is aware as to how they should take care of an Easter lily in order to extend its health and longevity after being cut. These lilies are often given to other people as a gesture of good will and peace during the Easter holiday, or people can choose to keep the white Easter lilies for themselves and simply take care of them as long as possible in order to have a physical reminder of the rebirth of Christ.

Overall, an Easter lily has significant meaning on various levels, but the fact that a single white a lily is representative of a significant religious event is very important.