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Family Day

Family Day February Ontario Statutory Holiday

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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Why are Valentine’s Flowers so Expensive?

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Why are Valentine’s Flowers so Expensive?

  V-Day, Valentine’s, Saint Valentine’s Day, the Feast of Saint Valentine, or even Galentine’s Day. Whatever you call it, it’s nearly here, and, alongside Mother’s Day, it’s a pretty big one for the floristry world. With that comes an increase in prices for the customer, particularly in respect to red roses, the most gifted flower for this holiday. But why is this? Are flower shops just ripping off their customers because they can, or is there something more to it?    Like most products we buy, it all boils down to supply and demand. Red roses are the most popular...

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February’s Flowers - Violet and Primrose

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February’s Flowers - Violet and Primrose

 When it comes to flowers and the month of February, red roses probably spring to mind first. Whilst roses and Valentine’s Day are synonymous, it may come as a surprise to learn that the rose is not, in fact, the birth flower for the second month of the year!  February is generally a bit sparse when it comes to blooming flowers, but tiny woodland plants, like the violet and primrose, begin to appear, and boy, do they pack a punch in the colour department! With bright purple and blue tones, these dainty dots are a welcome blast of energy during...

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Self-Care in the New Year

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Self-Care in the New Year

We’ve all heard the term “self-care”. It’s been bandied about all over the place during the last couple of years, and we all know we should take the time to do it. But what actually is it that we’re supposed to be doing, and why is it important? Now, more than ever, self-care is crucial for our health and wellbeing. The reality of the past two years, and of the current global situation, continues to have a negative effect on many people’s physical and mental health, so prioritizing some me-time should absolutely be up there on your to-do list right...

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January’s Flowers - Snowdrops and Carnations

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January’s Flowers - Snowdrops and Carnations

  It’s probably no surprise that snowdrops are one of the birth flowers for January. With their delicate white heads peeking through the frozen earth, they’re a lovely sight to behold when it’s icy cold outside. And, after all the richness of the holiday season, this tenacious little flower brings a well-needed feeling of freshness along with a promise of warmer weather to come.    Amongst the earliest garden flower to bloom, the snowdrop (Galanthus) emerges in late winter or early spring, and sometimes when snow is still on the ground! The name ‘Galanthus’ comes from the Ancient Greek gála...

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