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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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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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Flower Shortages 2021 - What Does it Mean for Oleander’s Customers?

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Flower Shortages 2021 - What Does it Mean for Oleander’s Customers?

  We’re living in tricky times. Things are always changing, and we’re constantly having to adapt in order to continue to serve our customers in the best way possible. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many industries across the world and also at home here in Canada, and the flower industry has not escaped. We wanted to take a moment to highlight the realities of what is currently happening and inform you of the impact to our customers. Since the beginning of the pandemic, global supply chains for all sorts of businesses have been disrupted. For us, farm closures, shipping delays,...

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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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