The Lotus: The National Flower of India

The national flower of India, lotus is a sacred and worship-worthy in different religious groups across various regions for time immemorial. Held in high esteem as the symbol of enlightenment and new beginnings, the lotus blossoms out of the muddiest waters yet embodies such purity and beauty – the complete opposite of the environment in which it thrives. Often mistaken for water lilies, lotuses have different structures and only come in hues of pink and white, while lilies come in an abundance of shades. According to some reports, like animals, lotuses can control their temperatures and exist almost independently of their surroundings. It’s no wonder why they’re so characteristically mystical!

Did you know that lotus tattoos are popular amongst people who’ve traveled down life’s darkest tunnels and finally saw the light? These gorgeous flowers don’t only flatter valley beds and look amazing in vases but also represent reemergence. Revered for their resilience and beauty, lotuses remind us that even when surrounded by gloom, the sparks of hope in us can reignite and awaken our light. In this blog, we briefly touch on the history of India and the lotus, highlight some modern-day uses of this beautifully mystical flower, and throw in some DIY flower tips. Keen? Keep scrolling!

National Flower of India: Pink lotus flower in the hands of Buddha statue.
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Spooky Life of Flowers: The Exotic Anthurium

From the corpse flowers that grow generously as they hover ten feet above their flora cousins to the watermeal that thrives and blossoms despite being the size of a mere grain of rice, flowers are both mysterious and beautiful companions that make life and love interesting. To the naked eye, flowers are simply the harvest of seeds, but in reality, they are as complex and unique as us humans – Only more colorful. Today we’re diving into the life of one of our favorite exotic spooky flowers: Anthurium!

Ever heard of Anthurium? Yeah, me neither. At least not before delving into this blog. However, I am certain that at least three-quarters of us have seen and touched a type of Anthurium. Also known as flamingo flowers (yes, it does kind of look like the animal), anthuriums are popular leather-textured house plants that come in a wide variety of colors. They make for great gifts, have a few legends centered around them, and are pretty easy to take care of.

Keen on finding out more about these spooky but gorgeous plants? Keep scrolling.

Pink anthuriums - spooky flowers
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Sweetest Day: Unique Ways to Send Love

It is said that you always gain by giving more love, and by giving more, you will never lose. We express our love in many ways, but our goal is always to show appreciation for those we care about most. Every day is an opportunity to showcase our love in small ways, but occasionally there are special days that encourage us to spread kindness as far and wide as possible. Then Sweetest Day is one of those occasions! 

Held on the third Saturday of October, the Sweetest Day is a day of showing appreciation with gifts of candy or gestures of kindness to those you care about or anyone who could use a little more sweetness in their lives! While the tradition started with gifting candy and sweets to family and friends, the day is laced with lessons of caring for others in need and doing small things. It is a day that reminds us that even the smallest acts of kindness can improve the lives of those around us. Let’s take a closer look at Sweetest Day and how Russian Flora can help you celebrate. 

Sweetest Day: Purple macarons and pink flowers.
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Our Favorite Summer Bouquets To Send Mom

Sending your mother, grandmother, or wife a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day is the perfect way to say “thank you” and “I love you.” Mother’s Day is all about giving, and each act of love is in appreciation of the mothers and maternal figures who have helped shape and guide us into the people we are today. 

I was fortunate enough to have a grandmother who loved tending to her own garden as a child. We would spend our Sundays at a local nursery. Taking our time to browse through the greenery and fresh flowers, eager to take a colorful plant home with us. Once home, my grandmother and I would spend the afternoon in the garden, preparing the soil, digging holes, and getting our hands dirty. We would laugh together and enjoy the unexplainable bond shared between a grandparent and grandchild. These are the memories that I hold dear to my heart. Looking back, it must be the reason why I love flowers and plants so much! 

Summer Bouquets To Send Mom: A mom and daughter hugging with a bouquet of tulips
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Father’s Day Plants & Flowers Dad Will Love

If I were tasked with mentioning all the reasons that make fathers so special and worth celebrating internationally, we would need thousands of scrolls, dozens of durable feathers, and gallons of ink to pen down all the things that pop up when I think of all that fathers represent, hence Father’s Day. Father’s Day rolls by yearly and celebrates fathers in all their glory! Making now the perfect time to learn about the perfect Father’s Day plants to surprise dad!

Fathers do much more than fixing broken cabinets and unclogging congested waste pipes that no one else would dare touch. Their value goes beyond anything you can measure. Good fathers are a rock who fill a variety of roles. Just like there’s no perfect way to be a father, there’s no perfect gift for a dad either. Over time, I’ve seen how a traditional African father’s role grew from traditional decision-maker and breadwinner, to equally involved in the running of the household. With that came a realization that fathers also appreciate ‘soft’ and overly sentimental gifts. Like flowers that were previously only appreciated by women. You can only guess how excited I was to find this little detail out.

Keen on finding out more about finding the perfect Father’s Day plants? Keep reading. 

Father's Day Plants: Dad and Daughter Laying in the grass and smiling
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Take Care Of Your Flowers: A Quick How-To

I can only count on one hand (maybe even less) the number of times I’ve received flowers in my life. However, I have kept these moments locked safely away within the library of my romantic mind. A clear indication of the significance I place on receiving flowers as a gift. Taking care of flowers, however, is a learned skill that needs practice!

Receiving flowers is to experience the most chivalrous gesture. And, taking care of your flowers is how you make that precious moment last a lifetime. If you’ve just received a colorful arrangement, you’re surely budding with excitement. Keep reading to find out how you can keep it blossoming for longer.

Take Care Of Your Flowers: Pink Tulips, hand wrapped in brown paper with a smiley face
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We Support Peace And Humanitarian Efforts To Help Ukraine

Past this point can be a challenging read. We ask if you are just looking for HOW you can help Ukraine that you check out our landing page with information on how you can donate through us, or directly.

Update March 22, 2022

The money we have earned now is going directly into the hands of our local team members and florists to help those who can not leave get food and medicine delivered to them. To date over $8000 dollars has been donated by our company to get supplies.

If you would like to help people in need get vital supplies (food, clothes, medicine) you can donate through us using the following PayPal Link – Please make sure that you put in the note “Donation for Ukraine”. 

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If you’ve decided to keep reading, please know you will see some first-hand pictures of Ukraine cities under attack.

People Waiting in line for a warm drink and help in Odessa Ukraine
People wait in line for a warm drink and help in Odessa Ukraine
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National Flowers of Moldova – Basil & Dog Rose

When you hear the word “Moldova” what comes to mind? While you may not be familiar with this incredible and exciting country, we highly recommend checking it out and adding it to your travel bucket list. A small country in the heart of Europe that is often overlooked, Moldova’s history can be followed all the way back to the 1350s where it was formerly known as “Bessarabia”, an important piece in the Romanian principality of Moldovia all the way up until 1812! 

It wasn’t until 1991 that this small country was finally granted independence as the Republic of Moldova. Despite dealing with certain historical tragedies, it is now a gorgeous country with its government and citizens working hard to beautify it even more so. Moldova boasts hiking trails with breathtaking views, comforting food in charming cafes, and miles of gorgeous flower fields in the summertime. This leads us to the topic at hand; the national flowers of Moldova; the Basil and Dog Rose. 

National Flowers of Moldova: View of the Triumphal Arch in Chisinau - Moldova
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Secret Life of Flowers – A Variety Of Things You Didn’t Know About Chrysanthemums

All around the United States, Chrysanthemums, also called Mums for short, stand firm as the undisputed queen of fall flowers. Unlike most other flowers, they grow beautifully in cool, autumn weather. By the time September gets underway, Mums start popping up in flower beds and on the stoops of suburban homes everywhere. I mean, who can blame them? 

With over forty varieties and dozens of colors, they are the perfect choice for gardens, potted plants, or cut bouquets. However, while common, these brilliant blooms are anything but ordinary. They have a rich history. Are you interested to learn more about Chrysanthemums? Stick around, and I’ll drop some fun facts about these hardy fall flowers.

About Chrysanthemums: RussianFlora blog
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Heat Up 2022: Your Guide to Romance in the New Year

Throughout history, everyone longs to hear those three little words. (No, it’s not “I brought pizza,” although, when you’ve been married as long as I have, it’s undoubtedly a very close second). It’s “I love you.” 

But what happens when the words aren’t enough? As an author, “show, don’t tell” has been burned into my brain from day one. Showing someone you care is a custom that dates back centuries. Even the animal kingdom has ways of showing love without making a sound. 

Now, before you throw up your hands in defeat, I’m going to share a few little secrets about how to send your loved one a gift they’ll really love – almost as much as they love you!

Guide to Romance: Man in a hat holding a bouquet of flowers and a gold wrapped gift with red bow

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