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May’s Birth Flower - Lily of the Valley

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May’s Birth Flower - Lily of the Valley

With Mother’s Day just gone, it’s time to introduce you to the birth flower for the month of May. Lily of the valley is a pretty, woodland flowering plant with delicate bell-shaped flowers that smell heavenly. Native throughout the cool temperate regions of Asia and Europe, parts of North America actually consider this sweet little plant as an invasive species. Perhaps this is because all parts of the plant can be poisonous if consumed by humans or other animals? With its elegant white petals, this flower traditionally signifies sweetness, humility, and motherhood - so it’s an apt flower for the...

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April Birth Flowers - The Daisy and The Sweet Pea

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April Birth Flowers - The Daisy and The Sweet Pea

  The weather certainly played a great April Fools joke on us this year, but here at the shop we’re determined to be full of the joys of spring! And whilst looking outside over the past few days, you wouldn’t necessarily know that spring was here, officially it is, so we thought we’d kick this month off with two flowers that bring both warmth and happiness!  For those born in April, the daisy and the sweet pea have special meanings. While daisies stand for innocence (who can forget making daisy chains as kids?), purity, and true love, the sweet pea...

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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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