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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 the globe in a desperate attempt to find new varieties of these strange and beautiful plants. The obsession with...

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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 some of the more unusual flower periods the history books have seen. And you never know, it might just make...

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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 in Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico. The flowers, which are believed to attract spirits...

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Fabulous Ferns!

Delicate and graceful, ferns come in a variety of shapes and sizes and add texture and interest to any home. With their unique leaf structure and pretty patterns, these plants can be particular when it comes to their environment. Sensitive to water and temperature, ferns need the right conditions to thrive. It’s worth taking the time to care for these lovely plants however, because the rewards far outweigh the investment; you’ll get luscious greenery that not only purifies your air but also makes any space look fresh and clean too! Ferns are a large family of over 10,000 species of plant that reproduce via spores. They have neither seeds nor flowers, but their leaf patterns are some of the most...

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Thanksgiving

 Thanksgiving is the holiday that, for many, symbolizes family, food and feelings of being very fortunate. It’s a long weekend that kick-starts the fall season, and is traditionally a time when relations get together, usually celebrating with a huge feast. But why exactly are we celebrating?  Though Thanksgiving has officially been observed in Canada since 1879, traditionally to commemorate the harvest and other blessings from the year gone by, it actually predates this time. Traditions of giving thanks were observed long before the arrival of European settlers in North America. Many First Nations communities across the country have traditions of thanksgiving for surviving winter and for receiving crops and game in reward for their hard work. These traditions may include...

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