Oleander Floral Design Blog — bouquets

How to Make Mother’s Day Extra Special

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How to Make Mother’s Day Extra Special

  This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. Aside from Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is the busiest time of the year for us here at Oleander. It’s also our most favourite time of the year! Not only do we get to help you celebrate the special ladies in your life, but this season’s selection of flowers and plants is absolutely stunning! Between the flower shop and the gift shop, we’ve got something to suit all tastes and budgets. Read on to see how we can help you say “thank you” to the wonder woman in your life this Mother’s...

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“The only difference between a flower and a weed is judgement.” Wayne Dyer

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“The only difference between a flower and a weed is judgement.” Wayne Dyer

Weeds are everywhere and the bane of gardeners worldwide. But are weeds truly as bad as they’re made out to be? And are they really any different from the flowers that you plant in your garden? While there are some weeds that do present real problems, for many of them, we think it’s actually all just a matter of perception in the end! Weeds get such a bad rap, but really they’re just rapidly spreading plants that have sprouted in a place where they’re not wanted.    Sure, some weeds are unattractive, invasive, annoying, and some are just downright dangerous....

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Flowers Can Help Combat Loneliness

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Flowers Can Help Combat Loneliness

July is the month that plays host to the unofficial “Cheer Up the Lonely” day, but we think that should be expanded to this entire year, and probably the one before, while we’re at it!  According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), “Loneliness is the subjective human experience of not having sufficient social connections”. Loneliness is an inevitable part of life and most of us experience it at some point. For some people however, loneliness can be a daily struggle and can have a detrimental impact on mental and physical well-being. Since the start of the pandemic, the number...

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Chrysanthemums - The Flowers for November

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Chrysanthemums - The Flowers for November

Chrysanthemums have had a really bad rap, but they are actually one of our favourite flowers here at Oleander. They come in all different varieties, colours, shapes and sizes and, if properly cared for, last a really really long time! Steeped in history, and grown in thousands of varieties, the humble chrysanthemum is native to East Asia and northeastern Europe and belongs to the daisy family. The name Chrysanthemum stems from the Ancient Greek chrysos (meaning gold) and anthemon (meaning flower).  First cultivated in China as far back as the 15th century BC, chrysanthemums grew in popularity and chrysanthemum culture...

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Wedding History Series - Part 1 - The Bridal Bouquet

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Wedding History Series - Part 1 - The Bridal Bouquet

We love a wedding at Oleander, and as the season is well and truly upon us, we thought we’d give you a little bit of history on some of those well-known flower-related traditions.  Probably the most important part of the celebrations when it comes to flowers, is the bridal bouquet. Brides put a lot of thought into what style and type of flowers they want, but we’d like to bet that not many brides spend any time thinking about why they’re carrying a bouquet in the first place! Dating back to ancient Rome, bouquets of herbs, grains and spices were...

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