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Crazy Flower Times - Part 1, Tulip Mania

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Crazy Flower Times - Part 1, Tulip Mania

We think everyone would agree, we are definitely living through a strange period in time at the moment! We’re all adjusting to a new normal, and some things probably won’t ever be the same again. Throughout history, there have been periods of time when things have just been, well, a bit crazy! And this got us thinking if this was also true for flowers. As with anything, flowers over time have gone in and out of trends, and there have been some pretty strange flower-related obsessions over the years. So, we thought we would bring you a 3-part series explaining...

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Marigold and Cosmos - October Birth Flowers

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Marigold and Cosmos - October Birth Flowers

Mums, mums, mums! These traditional fall flowers are all around us at this time of the year, but the flowers that symbolize the month of October are actually the marigold and cosmos! With their beautiful autumnal colours and fragrant scent, marigolds are the perfect bloom to represent this colourful month. Popular with gardeners for a very long time, the earliest use of marigolds can be traced right back to the Aztecs, who attributed magical, spiritual and medicinal properties to them. Often used to treat inflammation and skin irritation, the humble marigold was greatly revered. Today, marigolds play an important role...

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Aster - The Flower of September

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Aster - The Flower of September

With the end of long hot summer days, comes the gentler warmth of September. Synonymous with new starts and the beginning of fall, this month gives us a glimpse of the anticipated autumnal colours and cosy knits soon to arrive. After the flexibleness of carefree summer days, September brings a return to routine and the opportunity for a fresh start. When summer flowers fade and the days grow shorter, the aster takes centre stage. Blooming anywhere from late summer to late fall, asters can be seen in most regions across Canada, and are commonly spotted growing in woodlands, by the...

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Dahlias

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Dahlias

 Sharing the limelight with Gladiolus this month, is the other birth flower for August, the delectable dahlia. Dahlia flowers come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes and are beautiful and striking in their appearance. The colour range varies from white to a really dark burgundy, and they can even be found in black, although this is rare. Most of the black dahlias we see in gardens are actually more a dark burgundy than black. The generous flowering of this plant lasts all summer long, with dahlias usually blooming from June through to October.  Dahlias belong to the Asteraceae...

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Delphinum - July's Flower

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Delphinum - July's Flower

July is the month of the Delphinium. These beautiful blooms summon images of a summer country garden. Famous for their brilliant, bright blue and purple hues, and sky-scraper heights, delphs can grow to around 6 feet tall. Impressive! Delphiniums are native to the Northern hemisphere, and predominantly grow in the mountainous African tropics, where they thrive in the cold and moist climate. Their name comes from the Greek word “delphis,” which means dolphin and refers to the dolphin-like shape of the flower.  With their dazzling colour and towering height, delphiniums make a great addition to any arrangement. These lively blooms...

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