Sunday, February 22, 2015

Four Ways to Celebrate Women's Day

Wondering how you can celebrate Women's Day on March 8th?  Here's our top four picks:

1. With Flowers, of course!  It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman to join in on the celebration - it is perfectly acceptable for a man to give flowers to the women in his life, as well as, women to share flowers with their friends, family and co-workers. 

This day celebrates the accomplishments of women as well as recognizing their achievements and the struggles that they've gone through.  Here are a few more things that you can do to help celebrate this important day. 

2. Learn the history of Women's Day. Did you know the first Women's Day was celebrated in 1909 to honor the 1908 garment women's strike in New York?  The women were protesting their horrific working conditions.

3. Learn why the day is important. As women's accomplishments, particularly those that have to do with the home (raising children, cleaning, cooking, etc.) are often ignored and overlooked. This day helps to remind people of the important things that women do every day. 

4. Help raise awareness. Mention that it's Women's Day to people you know, your family, your coworkers, your friends.  Discuss with them why it's an important day and why it's important to treat women with respect and to acknowledge their contributions to society.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fabulous Cone Bushes

Did you know the seed heads of female Leucadendron are woody and cone-like - hence the common name cone-bush?  During the winter, many of the Leucadendron flower and their bracts take on fabulous color - creams, yellows and even tricolor with a small greenish - yellow cone in the center.  As the branches mature in the field the cones become much larger and change shape.  In addition, their colors change to rich browns, deep reds, greens and even silvery tones.  These cones are extremely durable and full of texture making them a 'stand out' in any bouquet or arrangement.  When dried, they're prefect for use in crafts and wonderful when mixed in potpourri.  Here's some of our favorite cone-bushes! 





Crown Jubilee



Silver Tree 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Exquisite Cape Flora Bouquet

Exotic tints - from the purist white and cream hues to lush shades of green and a hint of marsala - the Cape Flora Bouquet is truly a wintertime favorite. Although muted in intensity, this simple mixture of leucadendron, berzelia and waxflower captures attention with varied textures and shapes.