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History of Flowers Arrangements

We all love flowers, how they can transform any room, how they smell, how they can make us feel. But who thought to put flowers in an arrangement? Why do we arrange them the way we do today? Where did the various styles come from? Lets explore the history of the flower arrangement.

It’s truly fascinating when exploring the history of flower arrangements, it was the ancient Egyptians that actually started arranging flowers. Egyptians were decorating with flowers as early as 2500 BCE and regularly placed cut flowers in vases and in highly styled arrangements. Flower arrangements were also used for burials, processions and simply to decorate their tables. Flowers used during this time were selected according to symbolic meaning and with an emphasis on a religious meaning.

The Greeks and Romans also used flowers and herbs for decorations. They didn’t commonly use vases but focused on using garlands and wreaths. They used a lot of plant based materials such as, olive branches and terracotta. It was also common for them to toss flower petals on the floors and beds. The most popular foliage used by the Greeks and Romans were acorns, oak leaves, ivy, parsley and laurel wreaths. The laurel wreaths were presented to winners of ancient Olympic competitions and in the home they symbolized a military victory. And just like the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans often used flower petals on the floors but and also at banquets.

The Chinese have a history of flower arrangements as well, dating as far back as the 207 BCE to 220 BEC in the Han era. Flowers were a component of religious teaching and medicine. Practitioners of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism would place flowers at their alters, a practice that dates back to 618 to 906 CE. During the Byzantine Empire (500-1453 CE) contributions to the flower arrangement were made as well. This would typically include a cone shape design. The foliage was also placed in chalices and urns, which were usually decorated with brightly coloured flowers and fruit. And the flowers that were commonly used in their arrangements were, lilies, cypress, coronations and pine.

Now lets take a look at what Europe was doing around 1100 CE. This was when it was popular in churches and monasteries to use flowers and plants for decoration. During the middle ages monasteries had gardens with pharmaceutical products needed for “cures.” They often had associations applying to a spiritual bases as well as a medical one. During the Renaissance you would see flower arrganmnts represented in paintings, they were a very impressive and popular art form.

Now if we want to skip ahead a little we can explore what they were doing during the Georgian and Victorian eras. These eras are when arrangements were becoming even more popular. And they were also much more formal, symmetrical and tightly arranged with a variety of flowers. Oriental design was also very popular and influential because of trade. Small handheld arrangements were common during this time and they were called tussie-mussies. Their purpose was to help mask the smells of the street, since they didn’t have proper drainage systems. People would carry these small arrangements with them as they walked around the city.

During the Victorian era it became fashionable to have flowers in the home. Large masses of flowers were placed closely and tightly into containers to create compact arrangements. These arrangements were asymmetrical and stacked tightly together. There was no defined style, they were often unplanned using many different colours. The tussie-mussie was still popular during the Victorian era to provide relief from the odours of the city. At the end of this period there were attempts to create proper arrangements, which became an artful skill/profession in Europe.

Finally we come to the Italian Renaissance, a period which helped to give an extra boost to the art of flower arranging in Europe. During this time there was a wide variety of arrangement styles that began to develop. By the 15th and 16th centuries, flower arrangements were much more common and a large variety of materials were available to make containers such as, marble, heavy Venetian glass and bronze. Flower arrangements made during this time also had a focus on creating colour contrast. Some popular flowers included, Lilies, pinks, iris, jasmine, pansies, French marigolds and rosemary.

Flower arrangements still serve many of the same purposes today as they did then. They are used for decoration, celebrations, memorials and sometime simply making someones day a bit brighter. We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief history on how it all began. Flowers hold a lot of emotions and can invoke emotions, they are beautiful and wonderful to have around. There doesn’t need to be a reason to have them in your home, it’s simply enough to just enjoy them everyday. 

 

Surprise your Recent Graduate with a Beautiful Flower Arrangement

June has arrived and that means there are all sorts of new graduates! If you have a middle school, high school or college senior in your life, say congratulations for his or her academic achievements with a beautiful floral arrangement designed by Brant Florist.

Flower Arrangements for Recent Graduates

The graduate in your life will likely receive plenty of standard graduation gifts ranging from cash to gift certificates, gift cards, etc. Celebrate your daughter, son, nephew or niece’s academic accomplishments by doing something different. A flower arrangement from Brant Florist is a unique gift that will light up the graduate’s eyes and give him or her something truly pleasurable to enjoy. The best part is that flowers last much longer than a single day. They will be around for a while, providing your recipient with extended joy across the initial weeks of the summer.

Take a look at our selection of graduation flowers. Whether you are looking for roses, orchids, carnations, daisies or a flower-chocolate combination, we have them. The graduate in your life will absolutely adore our Rose Bouquet With Chocolates. Stunning pink roses with lush greens are grouped in a translucent glass vase. The flowers are complemented by eight pieces of delicious chocolates. This is the the graduation gift that will remembered forever.

Consider our Pastel Peace Basket. This flower collection has a little bit of everything from fuchsia gerbera daisies to lavender roses, purple larkspur, traditional daisies, pink miniature carnations and purple matsumoto. The flowers are grouped together in a beautiful white handled basket. This flower collection appeals to graduates of all backgrounds and interests. There really is something for everyone in this lovely basket.

Imagine walking across the stage, receiving a diploma, tossing your hat in the air and finding this Deeply Devoted Rose Bouquet upon returning home. This graduation gift is fairly simple and straightforward yet it makes a powerful impression. The roses are both bold and beautiful. You can select one, two or three roses. They will be shipped in a beautiful red or clear glass bud base.

If you are looking for an especially classy flower and vase combination, look no further than our popular Thoughts of You Roses in a Vase. It is one of our most visually stunning flower and vase gifts. This display of red roses is enough to impress every graduate, no matter how picky they are or expensive their tastes might be. The vase is a beauty in and of itself. Its sparkling aesthetic jives perfectly with the rich red roses and lush greenery.

The Brant Florist Difference

Pick out some flowers from our vast inventory and you will find we do things much differently than the rest of the crowd. Our floral experts go the extra mile with each flower order. We treat each floral arrangement as if it is being sent to one of our loved ones. Our team puts together every single flower arrangement by hand. We sweat all the subtleties to ensure your recipient is ecstatic with his or her new flowers. Our floral team even goes as far as adding a customized note to each flower arrangement.

Our mission is to custom tailor every flower delivery to put a lasting smile on each recipient’s face. This is the personalized flower bouquet the graduate in your life deserves. Contact us today and place your order by phone at 877-545-5535, by e-mail at info@brantflorist.com or order online by visiting our website at www.brantflorist.com.   We accept most credit cards, Pay Pal and Interac Online. Order your flower bouquet from us today!

 

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.

Pros & Cons Of 7 Top-Most Wedding Flowers

Have you seen any wedding occasion without flowers? Of course not, because wedding without flowers is not possible. I mean, it looks totally apathetic. And at peak season flowers rate are too much high. Thus, bride and groom both start focusing on wedding flowers since the day the wedding date is fixed. However, flower selection can take too much time, effort and money. Thus, to make a budget and sticking to it, is necessary.

There are so many articles on favourite flowers but very few consider topic like pros and cos of wedding flowers. This article is a small way to let you know about flowers usefulness as well as their drawbacks from which you can figure out which one is the best for you and order from Vouchershops – an easy way to get fresh flowers with multiple discounts and offers. Saturate yourself by knowing your favourite flowers pros and cons.  

  1. Calla Lilies:  Generally, these flowers are known for their elegance and different colors like yellow, white and orange. Calla lilies are the best for weddings because their trumpet like appearance looks as if they are heralding the whole union. They can be used alone to create enchanting bridal party bouquets or centerpieces but they also work well while arranging with other flowers.

Pros : you won’t require any other flower to make a calla lily bouquet stand out as this can be the perfect stand alone flower.

Cons : these flowers are completely unforgiving if handled wrongly.

  1. Daisies: Daisies are always an excellent choice because they add simplicity to the bouquet and are available in multiple colors. They simply represent innocence and purity. They can be used for centerpieces as well as bouquets.

Pros : daisies are affordable and versatile. Plus, they can be used for both formal and informal events.

Cons : they work well with wires from inside the stem but don’t hold up well when wire wrapped.

  1. Hyacinths: These flowers are small in size and fragrant flowers. They are available in several colors such as purple, blue, white, yellow and pink. Their scent can be used to calm the nerves. Their small flowers can also be used to create flower tiaras and short stems can be used to make them perfect for low arrangements. They can be used as a cake flower or centerpiece too. Moreover, they can make a great hand tied bouquets.

Pros : they work well with all spring blooms such as hydrangeas.

Cons : they are spring flowers so to find them off-season may be budget breaking and difficult.

  1. Lily of the valley: These flowers live in the heart of flower lovers due to their natural perfume and delicate appearance. However, they are rarely used as a stand alone flower.

Pros : the addition of these small flowers to a bouquet creates a huge impact with their woody appeal and fresh fragrance.

Cons : flimsy stems can make them awkward to work with.

  1. Orchid: This is a tropical flower which brings an exotic yet elegant look to your bouquets. They are available in numerous range of colours and with so many varieties to select from. Orchids can be mixed with soft flowers like lilies and roses which can add interest to a bouquet or flower arrangements.

Pros : orchids add sophistication and elegance to any flower arrangement.

Cons : these flower category is temperamental, so they follow the temperature and handle instructions when making your own orchid arrangements is awe-inspiring.

At last, wedding is a big day in any bride or groom’s life and no one wants to ruin their special day by choosing unattractive flower combination. The best option is, to consult the best local florist and ask him to help you. Happy Wedding !