For thousands of years, springtime celebrations have played an important role in people’s lives. Dying eggs to welcome the season change is believed to date back to pagan times. Back then, people used flower petals for dyes, and then exchanged colored eggs as gifts to celebrate the rebirth of spring. Dyed eggs still signify all the good things the new season has in store for us. So, what is a better partner for Easter eggs than spring’s other favorite – flowers! Not only can you dye Easter eggs with flowers to naturally achieve subtle earthy colors, but they are also perfect for making delicate floral prints on your Easter eggs.
March – the month when much of the world is thawing and and bursting into spring. It’s no wonder that the birth flower for March is the daffodil. The lovely daffodil is among the first to herald spring, and its charming blooms bring nothing but joy. Not sold on sending your friends and family daffodils for their birthday? Read up on their symbolism and you’ll understand why these charming flowers are the perfect for a March bouquet.
With International Women’s Day right around the corner the main question still remains: what are the best bouquets to give to the most important women in your life? Although there are all sorts of ways to decide, we think one fun way is to look to the stars for a little inspiration and choose the best flowers for each zodiac sign. We’re here to show you how.
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Use our astrology flowers guide to align flowers with the stars and choose the perfect arrangement for each zodiac sign, from energetic Aries to romantic Pisces. Keep reading…
You know each month has a gemstone associated with it, but did you know each birth month also has a flower association? This month, we’re focusing on the February birth month flower: the violet. Learning about the symbolism and meaning associated with a birthday is interesting and can be beneficial, especially when you need to pick out a gift with the meaning for those you care about. Keep reading to discover great birthday gift ideas for your loved ones: just imagine their surprise when they realize you know more about their birth month than they do!
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Start with the person’s birth month flower, perhaps one of the most important things to take into consideration before choosing a personalized birthday gift. With Valentine’s Day on people’s minds, February is a big month for flowers. But surprisingly, February’s birth month flower isn’t the rose. Instead, it’s the charming violet.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means it’s time for flower shops, big and small, to make an extra buck on your love. Well, maybe not this time. Keep on reading to find out how you can buy inexpensive Valentine’s Day flowers and transform them into fancy-looking blooms that look worth double the actual price. Even though money is often a difficult obstacle to overcome on Valentine’s Day, the last thing you want is to give your special someone a flower arrangement that is anything less than amazing. In the spirit of spreading the love, we’re giving away some insider to secrets to show you exactly how to do that!
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Not a Fruit Salad!
The main rule of thumb when picking a Valentine’s bouquet on a budget is that you pick a flower arrangement that looks chic and tasteful. The easiest ways to do this are to avoid mixing several varieties and to try and stick to one color palette. Remember, a bouquet is not a fruit salad. An arrangement with a lot of different Valentine’s Day flowers does usually cost less but it also looks cheaper, which is not something you want for your Valentine, right?
Multi-colored bouquets are quite popular for special occasions and are generally less expensive, but unfortunately they can look pretty cliché. Instead, opt for a pastel arrangement with two or three darker flowers. Mixing very deep colors, like burgundies, with light colors creates a striking, contemporary look. If you’re shopping right before Valentine’s Day and can’t find anything but colorful bouquets, you can always separate and color block the flowers for a more modern look.
I remember, I remember
Valentine’s Day flowers are a perfect way not only to demonstrate your feelings but also to show your thoughtfulness. Things like remembering your Valentine’s favorite blooms is very important and something your significant other will definitely pay attention to.
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If they prefer roses, lilies, tulips or other seasonal flowers consider yourself lucky. But what if they are crazy about some exotic blooms that are way out of your budget? Too bad! Just kidding, this doesn’t really mean that you can’t include a few of them in your bouquet. Get just one or two and make it a centerpiece of your arrangement along with other more affordable flowers. This way they’ll definitely know that you tried and will be extra grateful.
In case you absolutely cannot afford your loved one’s favorite Valentine’s Day flowers, you can always opt for their favorite color. If their favorite blooms are available in their favorite color and are affordable too then, bingo. If not, you always have a great backup plan and can choose a nice bunch of just any pretty flowers available in the color they prefer. Win-win!
Fluff it up
Those on a shoestring budget should not ignore the power of accessories to make over your thrifty bouquet! Tie a festive ribbon around the otherwise plain arrangement, toss in a bit of decoration or a sign to really cheer it up. Don’t overdo it with accessories though or you’ll achieve the exact opposite effect. One pick and some ribbon will be more than enough to make any festive flowers even more impressive yet tasteful. For a Valentine’s bouquet, it’s nice to add a heart or ‘I Love You’ pick. You can also get creative with how you wrap the arrangement.
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Here’s another way to turn your grab-bag blooms into fancy-looking flowers. Use an alternative to cellophane and wrapping paper and by doing this you will add an elegant look with a personal touch to any Valentine’s bouquet. Go for newspaper instead and pick out a section that applies to the recipient’s interests. If they love to travel, wrap the bouquet in the newspaper’s travel section, and mark on it the next destination of your dream vacation together. If they believe in horoscopes, use the section with predictions. Just make sure the oracle for their zodiac sign is nothing but positive!
Another idea for a romantic gift is to wrap the flowers in a city map marked with spots that are special to you and your loved one. Your Valentine will appreciate such a thoughtful and personalized gift, and won’t pay too much attention to the budget you spent on the flowers.
If the traditional bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day is your only option, there is a way to customize it and add a modern twist without spending a fortune.
Forget about classic fillers that might look cheap and cliché. To make a bouquet of round flowers like roses fuller and classier, add contrasting hearty succulents which are the perfect way to bulk up your arrangement and add textural interest. In addition, when incorporating succulents, you can use less stems of roses in a bouquet which will also save you a pretty penny, especially around this time of year.
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Whatever you choose to send your love this Valentine’s Day, make sure it arrives on Valentine’s Day by ordering early! Waiting until the last minute will cause you to pay extra delivery fees, and even worse end up with bouquets that are left over rather than the one you truly had your eye on!
Okay, now you know all the tricks for making Valentine’s Day flowers on a tight budget look like they’re worth double what you paid. By using one or more of these tips, you will add value to any thrifty floral arrangement. Just make sure that you always keep the recipient in mind when choosing the bouquet, and do not forget to plan ahead of time or you might end up shelling out a lot more!
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Just when many people around the world are recovering from the winter holidays, one special group of celebrants is still preparing for the festivities. Yes, Orthodox Christmas is on its way on January 7th! So we’ve got some of its history for you, as well as our 3 favorite Orthodox Christmas recipes.
If you’re not familiar with the holiday, here’s some background. Unlike Western cultures where Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, in Russia it is New Year’s Eve people anticipate the most. This began during communist times when, in order to promote atheism, the government banned Orthodox Christmas celebrations, instead focusing on a secular New Year.
Flowers make everything better, that’s a given. Nothing lifts a mood or living space like a bright bouquet of flowers. Is there anything more cheerful on a dreary day than fresh blooms in a vase? From winter flowers to preserved petals, with our tips there’s no need to wait until someone brings you a bouquet to give your interior some spring floral flair.
Did you know that when you are around flowers feelings of happiness and well-being significantly increase? Fresh flower are also proven to chase away anxieties. So, why wait for spring if you can welcome winter flowers into your life today regardless of what the calendar (or thermometer) says? Keep reading to find out how to make your home bloom any time of the year using these 5 easy flower decor tips.
You’ve almost certainly seen the lovely poinsettia, but do you know about poinsettia history? You can find this vibrant plant with rich red petals and impressive green foliage thanks to a man named Joel Roberts Poinsett. He brought these Christmas plants from Mexico to the rest of the world, and gives it its name. But how did the Poinsettia travel from Mexico around the globe? What makes it such an iconic Christmas flower? Why do so many people use it as a gift for Christmas?
What is New Year if not a fresh start and new beginning? It’s the perfect time to reevaluate our lives, make some changes, and improvements! At Russian Flora, we have already started looking forward to a new beginning by picking bouquets with the most popular Flowers for New Year. Bouquets are beautiful living symbols of a fresh start.
The importance of flowers as a symbol for New Year across the globe cannot be overestimated. Flowers play a significant role during New Year’s celebrations in many cultures. Knowing what flowers symbolize in New Year’s celebrations all over the world will help you send the perfect flower arrangements to your loved ones, where ever they start the year.
Flowers and birthdays have a long association. Just like each month is linked with its own zodiac sign and gemstone, it also has its own unique flower. Take a look at the list below to find out what your and your loved ones’ birth month flowers are. We’re also taking a look at what each one means so next time you send someone special a bouquet of flowers it includes the blooms that are especially meaningful to them.
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