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Poinsettias – The Christmas Flower

Christmas is right around the corner, that means it is time to decorate your home and office. One of the best ways to incorporate some Christmas cheer is with a beautiful arrangement of poinsettias. These lovely red, green, pink, white and plum flowers feature the colors of the holiday so don’t be afraid to make them the centerpiece in any room.

Why Poinsettias are the Flower of Christmas

Brant Florist Poinsettia

Poinsettias are officially classified as ornamental shrubs native to South America where they were originally referred to as “Flor de la Noche Buena”. This translates to the “Flower of the Holy Night”. Historians widely agree that the poinsettia was first used as a Christmas decoration in the 1600s when Franciscan monks used poinsettias during their Nativity ceremonies.

Mexican legend states that a young child was traveling to a community Nativity scene and realized that he forgot to bring a gift for Christ. He stopped half way, plucked green blooms from the roadside and carried them the rest of the way. Upon arrival, this child was ribbed by his peers for bringing such a plain gift. However, when the boy placed the blooms at the manger, a glorious red flower shined atop the greenery. This legend is central to the connection between poinsettias and the Christmas celebration.

It is Time to Decorate for the Holiday Season

It won’t be long until Christmas day is here. Seize the opportunity by decorating your home and office now. Implementing Christmas flair in the form of poinsettias and other Christmas decorations makes your home feel that more spirited and cozy. All it takes is the strategic placement of poinsettias and your living space will be rife with Christmas cheer.

Brant Florist White Poinsettia

Poinsettias make fantastic centerpieces in and of themselves. Poinsettias are rich looking flowers with visually impactful colors that transform the style and feel of a room. Implement poinsettias as the centerpiece of a room within your home or workplace and everyone who walks in will feel festive. Give poinsettias a chance and you will find that they truly do make the holiday spirit quite contagious.

Poinsettias Make Great Gifts

Picking out the perfect Christmas gift is a challenge we would all like to simplify. Don’t fret any longer. Order some beautiful poinsettias for that person on your Christmas list that is difficult to shop for and she will be more than thankful for her lovely new flowers. Poinsettias make even more sense as a gift for those who live far away. Have some gorgeous poinsettias delivered to a friend or family member’s door this holiday season to wish them a happy holidays.

Brant Florist Poinsettia Fruit Basket

If you have an upcoming Christmas party for work, school or another organization, pick up some poinsettias as a hosting gift. After all, who doesn’t love flowers? In particular, poinsettias are especially beloved during the holidays thanks to their festive colors. This is the hosting gift that keeps on giving as everyone who visits will obtain some enjoyment out of these gorgeous flowers.

Poinsettias With a Special Message

Order some lovely poinsettias through Brant Florists and we will incorporate a special message to make the flower arrangement that much more meaningful. We take great pride in the quality of our flowers as well as the words that make up their accompanying message. Put your trust in Brant Florists and we’ll help you make this holiday season unforgettable.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our poinsettias as well as our other floral arrangements and place an order. You can contact us by phone at 877-545-5535 or send us an e-mail at orders@brantflorist.com.

How Did the Poppy Become the Symbol of Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day Flowers By Brant Florist

Flowers can say so much without a single word. Each flower has its own character and inspires unique emotions. In this case, a flower is used to remember. Every year millions of people throughout Canada, America and the United Kingdom wear poppy pins during the week leading up to November 11. Schools, workplaces, stores and veterans’ organizations distribute the poppies, reminding people of their significance. As we carry the red flower on our chest everywhere we go, a solemn pride fills the air and we remember.

Remembrance Day Soldiers Brant Florist

In World War I and many wars since, courageous soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. Today we wear poppies to send a message both to ourselves and to the memory of those soldiers: we remember and honour that sacrifice.

But why the poppy? What made this pretty red flower the symbol of Remembrance Day? It was a Canadian who first connected poppies to remembering the fallen, but it was the efforts of multiple countries that created the poppy tradition we practice today. An international tradition for an international message, using the international language of a flower.

The poppy began its role as a symbol of remembrance with the World War I poem In Flanders Fields. Canadian war physician John McCrae wrote it in 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres, Flanders, just after he lost a friend on the battlefield. While overseeing his friend’s burial, McCrae noticed the numerous red flowers growing rapidly among the graves of his fallen comrades. This led to the poem’s first two lines:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow. / Between the crosses, row on row.

In Flanders Fields was later published by the UK magazine Punch, spreading McCrae’s captivating words throughout the western world. In 1918, American professor Moina Michael was inspired by the poem to wear a poppy in tribute to both dead and surviving veterans.

Remembrance Day Postage Stamp Brant Florist

Not only was she the first to wear a poppy, she was the first to make and distribute artificial red flowers for others to wear. Michael also inspired French woman Anna E Guerin to start the first business selling remembrance poppies.

With the Remembrance Day poppy beginning to spread, it wasn’t long before official veteran organizations adopted it. In America the National American Legion declared the poppy their official symbol of remembrance in 1920, while in 1922 the Veterans of Foreign Wars distributed poppies nation-wide for the first time.

In Canada the Great War Veterans’ Association officially recognized the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in 1921. After becoming the Royal Canadian Legion, they went on to create the formal style of wearing a poppy (on the left lapel, close to your heart) and, with Parliament’s help, trademarked the poppy as a sacred Canadian symbol of remembrance in 1948, cementing its use as an everlasting tradition in Canada.

Remembrance Day Poppy Red Flower

The poppy tradition started with red flowers and one man’s poem. That poem asked the people to hold the soldiers’ torch high. Nearly a century later, our respect for our soldiers keeps burning strong. Whether November 11 is called Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Veterans’ Day, western nations have worn the red flowers year after year. Every time we do, we thank those brave souls for their sacrifice and promise them that their names and deeds will live forever. It’s a tradition we invented together, to send a message of a respect and debt we all share.

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Do you have a message? We can help you find the perfect flower arrangement to relay that message. For over 50 years we’ve helped people find flowers that display their sentiments. We also have special white and red flower arrangements to honour our veterans, as well as custom memorial wreaths. All of these arrangements for Remembrance Day include poppies. Visit the Brant Florist website to browse our selection or call us at 877-545-5535 and ask about our Remembrance Day arrangements.

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5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Canada Day… Right in Your Backyard!

With Canada Day around the corner, we Canadians are getting ready for the first long weekend of the summer! The July long weekend means so many wonderful things: warm and sunny weather, blossomed summer flowers, and celebrations to show our pride in Canada and in being Canadian.

We have a few ideas on how to show our Canadian pride this long weekend as we celebrate Canada Day:

1. Backyard party

Canada Day falls right at the start of summer, which (generally) means great weather! This is the perfect opportunity to invite friends over for a backyard BBQ. Outdoor dinners are tons of fun for the whole family, and it doesn’t break the bank. Ask your guests to bring something to contribute and make it a potluck! There’s nothing better than being with friends and family on the long weekend.

2. Canada Day arts and crafts

Canada Day craft idea Canadian Flag handprintThere are lots of easy and fun crafts you can make with the kids to celebrate Canada Day. Check out our Canada Day Pinterest board for ideas on what to do this long weekend for crafts, food and more. Here’s one great idea: paint two red vertical lines on a piece of white paper or bristol board, separating it into thirds, and paint the outer blocks red. Instead of a maple leaf, have the kids make a red handprint in the centre white block of the bristol board to create personalized Canadian flags!

3. Decorate for Canada Day

Canada Day Craft Mason JarsIf you’re having people over or not for Canada Day, show your patriotism by decorating your house and backyard with red and white! Use red and white paint and glitter to decorate mason jars. You can use these as holders for your cutlery or as vases for patriotic red and white flowers to make Canada Day themed centrepieces! Decorate your backyard or your house with string lights and hanging pots of summer flowers, red table cloths and napkins.

4. Explore

You don’t have to go far to discover the beauty of this country. In almost every town or city, there are hiking paths, bike trails and parks to walk around and enjoy the Canadian summer weather and nature. Do a quick search to find where you can explore in your town this long weekend. Many communities will also organize events to celebrate Canada Day.

5. Fireworks

Plenty of cities and towns offer free fireworks for Canada Day. Find out if your town is doing a fireworks display near you. You are also likely to see and hear your neighbours setting off red and white fireworks this long weekend… grab a blanket to cozy up outside and enjoy the show!

Whatever you do Canada Day flowersto celebrate Canada Day this long weekend, we hope you enjoy it with lots of Canadian pride, laughter and flowers!

Visit our special Canada Day page for red and white flower arrangements for your backyard party or to just decorate your house this long weekend.

You can also give us a call at 877-545-5535 or email us to place an order for easy delivery!

Why Do People Think Flower Gifts Are A Good Idea?

Flowers have been ideal gifts for each and every occasion. They represent simplicity, taste, elegance, and other qualities unlike other material gifts.

Top flowers for delivery:

A Bunch of fresh Tulips:
Almost everywhere, the tulips recognize as a sign of welcoming  Spring. A bright Tulip bouquet with hand-arranged assorted tulips, presented in a reusable, charming white colored pitcher, enhances the structural beauty of this much awaited season calling for celebrations.

Christmas Blooms:
This exceptional bouquet as a gift is heart touching. The gift is a colorful flower vase containing Christmas wishes balloon, something beyond imagination unlike the gifts they usually receive on Christmas. Make your beloved people enjoy with air-filled balloons and the pleasing collection of beautiful Christmas Blooms.

Sunrise Sunset Bouquet:
Take a short break from the mundane world and think of brighter days. To spread love and best wishes to a special one, do so with golden, warm flowers. These flowers will reach in a contemporary glass vase, orange in color. It adds to the beauty of the positive, sun-bright pretty bouquet which energizes on any occasion.

Spread Smiles and Bouquet:
Deck up halls with the velvety red roses along with the winter greens arranged in a gorgeous red colored bamboo cube. The red carnations and maroon miniature carnations have been accented with the tips of fir, holly, flats of cedar, white pine as well as other impressive, assorted greens.

All White Pure Arrangement:
Simply a luxurious arrangement is what this bouquet displays! A fantabulous white blend of lilies, roses, snapdragons and carnations are hand-arranged delicately in a similar silver elegant vase by expert florists. They suggest sending such a sophisticated gift on Christmas, Hanukkah or such other exclusive winter celebration.

Enchanted Cottage Bouquet:
This floral arrangement is enchanting like its name coming across hidden cottages in a countryside! The eye catching white roses teamed with handsome purple stock blends with the sweet lavender wax flowers and the greenery pita Nigeria to create an elegant garden look. Such a creative bouquet has been finished with a matching satin ribbon.

Spring Rhapsody:
With your floral rhapsody in yellows chants your get well sooner or have a nice day wishes. We are talking about the sunny bouquet. It is made of the favorite spring blooms like the bright yellow lilies, tulips, and accents of the sweet smelling Freesia flowers. It has been presented by expert florists in a top notch Couture Vase.

You Are The Best Bouquet: 
No matter how they have helped you move on, get through in a critical phrase or to make the one you love smile, or to tell someone that they’ll forever be the star in for you, present the You are the Best bouquet. This floral, festive, arrangement flaunts vibrant yellows in roses and in sunflowers complimented by touching blue delphinium. And the best among all, is it is set in the keepsake vase which will interpret your feelings appropriately.

A dozen of Pastel Roses:
A dozen of beautiful Pastel Roses can beautify any decor, uplift moods, catch attention and so on. The selection includes a dozen Pastel, Long Stem, fresh Roses (about 22 – 24 inches) which is accented with Baby’s Breath as well as with greenery. Colors might vary unlike that in the image. Might include combinations of pinkish white, creamy salmon, or lavender yellows and other such short hues of roses. Not to forget the rich quality message card available with it. Moreover floral preservatives with flower care information is also sent. These beauties will be undoubtedly elegant, wrapped in decorative sleeves and shall be hand packed in an equally appealing gift box.

Go for beautiful flowers delivery and make your close ones happier.