Oleander Floral Design Blog — Ontario

Cottage Season

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Cottage Season

Monday, May 23rd is Victoria Day in Ontario, and this long weekend traditionally signals the start of summer. For many Canadians, that also means the start of cottage season. Hooray! So with that in mind, here are a few of our favourite things in store right now that are sure to amp up your style game and refresh your space so you can be ready for a summer of fun and relaxation. We all know that it’s the little luxuries that make the biggest difference. An easy way to create the right atmosphere is with one of our gorgeously-scented, Canadian-made...

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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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Family Day

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Family Day

In most provinces in Canada, Monday February 21st is Family Day. This regional statutory holiday is observed every year on the third Monday in February and it’s traditionally a day when families get together to spend some quality time with the people closest to them. So, with two-thirds of Canadians living in a province that observes a February statutory holiday, and having just celebrated V-Day, there’s a WHOLE LOT of love flying around this month! Family Day is not, however, a national statutory holiday, and some provinces use their own names for the day, as they celebrate for different reasons....

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Crazy Flower Times - Part 2, Orchidelirium

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Crazy Flower Times - Part 2, Orchidelirium

For our second installment in our 3-part “Crazy Flower Times” series, we’re going to introduce you to the period of time referred to as “Orchidelirium”. Orchidelirium, also called “orchid fever”,  tells of a mania that swept through England during the 19th century.    To the Victorians, orchids symbolized the mystery and adventure of far-away lands. These elegant organisms, with their glamorous flowers, were largely unknown when they first appeared in Victorian society, but they soon became incredibly popular and symbolized status and wealth, two things the Victorians valued above all else!    Explorers were dispatched to almost every part of...

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What is Victoria Day and Why do Canadians Celebrate it?

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What is Victoria Day and Why do Canadians Celebrate it?

You may have been witness to some pretty spectacular fireworks last weekend, but what were they all about? Victoria Day, also known as May Two-Four, May Long, and May Long Weekend, is a Canadian holiday held on the Monday preceding the 25th May. Celebrated across the country, Victoria Day is a federal statutory holiday and a distinctly Canadian observance.   The holiday originated as a celebration to honor Queen Victoria, who ruled Great Britain and Ireland for the majority of the 19th century. Victoria Day was officially declared a Canadian federal holiday in 1901 - the year of Queen Victoria's...

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