We Have A Question….

September 28, 2011

Question Mark

Being the flower lovers that we are and also being completely addicted to the internet has led us to ask this question: Are there any good  flower games online?

It would seem the answer is no. We looked and didn’t see anything that was particularly exciting. So, now we’re asking: Are there any virtual gardens online? Something with an interactive flower experience and that is visually stunning. I mean, fellow online flower lovers, is that too much to ask??

If you know of any games or virtual gardens we would love to hear about it!!!

Good Morning Glory!

September 27, 2011

Morning Glory

Morning Glories are the birth flower for the month of September and so we thought they would be the perfect flower to spotlight this week!

I think we can all guess where the name “Morning Glory” came from. Most species of Morning Glory bloom their brightest and best in the early hours of the day, but, if you can believe it, there is actually one type of Morning Glory that blooms at night and they are commonly referred to as “Moonflowers”. Morning Glories are very adaptive plants and are cultivated in both cold and warmer climates, although they are considered annuals in cold climates, and perennials in warmer climates.

Morning Glories have a long history of use. In Ancient Mesoamerica, the Morning Glory was used to make rubber balls, in China, Morning Glories were used medicinally as a laxative, in Japan they were cultivated for their beauty, and in Aztec civilizations, they were used as hallucinogens. Today, Morning Glories are primarily used for their beauty and the color they add to our gardens. The most popular varieties are  “heavenly blue” and “sunspot”  and you will see these in just about every garden you pass.

Happy Birthday to all you born in September!! Every time you see a Morning Glory remember it’s in honor of your birth month.

flowerchild

The term flower child was always interesting to me. It made me think of an era in time about peace, love and brotherhood. I thought digging into some of the history of where the term came from would be a rather interesting endeavor- and it sure was!

The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 can be marked as one of the original gatherings for the flower children. Young idealistic people gathered in San Francisco wearing and giving out flowers of all kinds. The media broadly called these young people the “flower children” or hippies. The Allen Ginsberg political movement in 1965 was another birth place and starter for the flower children ideology. In April 1969, People gathered in People’s Park ot plant flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees during the park’s building. Authorities destroyed the park and installed a chain-link fence that was 8ft high. This event marked the symbolism of flowers being planted as a peaceful resistance.

In 1967, the song San Francico, “Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair” came out to promote the Monterey Pop Festival. The lyrics read of this song read:

If you’re going to San Francisco,

be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…

If you come to San Francisco,

Summertime will be a love-in there.

Why I Love Daffodils!

July 19, 2011

Daffodils

Daffodils are one of the most recognized and happiest looking flowers in the world. They are part of the Narcissus family of flowers and originated in Western Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. Daffodils are most commonly found in shades of yellow, gold, orange, pink, or even white.

You may be surprised to know that such a bright and happy looking flower is very poisonous to humans and even to other flowers. If you put daffodils in a vase with other flowers they will poison the other flowers in the vase. A way to avoid this is to let the daffodils sit in water alone in a vase for a day or two before adding them to a vase with other flowers. In people, daffodils can cause skin irritations known as “daffodil itch”.

Despite being poisonous, daffodils are still adored for being beautiful and have even been hailed for being able to help with symptoms with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders when treated and handled properly. The bulbs contains contain
galanthine, which is being used more frequently in medical communities as a treatment for certain neurological disorders.

In Australia, the daffodil is the awareness symbol for cancer. Ever year, Australians recognize Daffodil Day in order to raise cancer awareness and raise money for cancer research.

The daffodil is an stunningly beautiful and complex flower with both healing and hurting properties and it’s one of our favorite flowers here at virtualflower.

Do you have a favorite flower?

Aloe
Perennial flowers aka Prunella vulgaris have taken on another common name due to their special powers. Throughout the US and Canada these flowers are referred to as heal-all or self-heal flowers. They have been studied, tested and observed by alternative medicine practitioners and western medicine doctors for their healing power potentials. There are a few perennials that are well known and used in different herbal supplements or consumed in their natural state for their medicinal healing.
Here are 2 of the well-known perennials flowers with a ton of power to heal!

Aloe Vera– this perennial flower contains enzymes and chemicals beneficial to our bodies health. Aloe gel is not only used as a moisturizer but it is also an anti-inflammatory, a cleanser, a bactericidal, a local anesthetic, and can reduce burning or itching on the skin. Drinking aloe is a great way to get lots of nutrients naturally. Oral consumption of aloe juice can help the body detox, promote healthy digestion and stimulate immune support. It can also help regulate weight, increase energy, provide the body with amino acids and help with overall dental health.
Lavender- this hard perennial flower is not only beautiful and often grown for it’s intoxicating smell, it also has the power to heal! Lavender  have been harvested for its essential oil healing potential for years. It is mostly produced in England, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Tasmania, New Zealand and Australia. Lavender oils are used as an antiseptic, antibacterial and anit-inflammatory. They are also used to treat muscle soreness, cramps and pain- they are commonly used as pain relievers for a variety of symptoms. Lavender fragrance oils are often found in items such as bubble bath, candles and more as a stress reliever because of it’s regulating effect on the nervous system balancing our bodies naturally. It can also help with insomnia.
What are your favorite plants with the power to heal?

I stumbled across this flower quiz and though it’s a bit silly, I thought it was fun.  This was my result…

Quiz resultsSo then I got to thinking…what about other flower quizzes??? Would I get the same or similar result??

The answer is no. Not even close. I took four other quizzes and was told I’m an iris, snapdragon, lily, and daisy, respectively. The personality traits were interesting and diverse as well and I could see a bit of myself in each one which I think reinforces that people don’t necessarily fit into “types”. We can be many things at once. This was all just for a lark and if you have some spare time I suggest you take a few as well and share what type of flower you are in our comments section.

Orchid

 

Flowers are one of the best gifts to give but sometimes, they can be a little pricey. Here at, MyVirtualFlower, we believe giving someone special a floral gift shouldn’t cost half your paycheck, so we decided to make it easier for our budget conscious readers and compile a list of occasions with corresponding low-cost flowers to give. Hope this helps save you some green!

Birthdays

Hydrangea- These flowers have very full blooms and come in a variety of colors. A little goes a long way with hydrangeas so you don’t have to spend a lot. Try grabbing a couple of stems and tying them together with brightly colored ribbon- this looks lovely but won’t cost you dearly.

Orchid- Just buy a potted orchid (for about $12.00). They come in many colors and are very low maintenance- you only need to water about once a week. They also last for a long time, which makes them a great birthday gift.

Daisy- Daisies are low-cost and very cheerful. Great for a celebration!

Anniversary/Date

Sunflower- One stem of a sunflower is a bright and whimsical gift. I don’t suggest it for an anniversary but for a date it’s perfect!

Wildflowers- These are beautiful and come in so many bright colors. Plus, you can literally pick them for free! Add some nice greenery and you have yourself a bright and lovely bouquet your date/significant other won’t ever forget.

Carnations- These aren’t just filler flowers. They are low-cost and come in many beautiful colors. Buying these in bulk is even better. Wrap them up nicely and they won’t ever be thought of as “cheap”.

Iris- Just a single stem is a very sweet and personal gift.

House Warming/ Just Because

Carnations- Again, grabbing a bouquet of these in bright colors is a wonderful gift.

Gerbera Daisies- These can get a little pricey depending on where you get them. I recommend getting them from a grocer rather than a florist. Just a few of these bright buds goes a long way so you don’t have to buy too many to make a statement.

Petunias- You can pick up a potted petunia for less than $10 and they make a wonderful gift. Another plus is that these are fairly low maintenance.

 

Any other low-cost flower ideas???

 

pink rose

The Rose is the birth flower for the month of June. Roses come in many different shades and colors and almost all of them have completely different meanings. So how is someone with a June birthday to know what their birth flower means? With a birth flower that has a 100 different looks and meanings, the possibilities are vast. In order to help all you June birthdays sort through all the options, we thought we would give you a quick guide to the meanings of different roses.

 Rose Color Meanings

Red: Love and devotion.

Pink: Grace and affection.

White: Innocence and purity.

Yellow: Friendship. It can also mean “I’m sorry”.

Orange: Passion and excitement.

Blue: Mystery.

Green: Calm and serenity.

Black: Obsession. Although, if you receive a true black rose, it was probably dyed that color.

Purple: Dignity. Tenderness.

Petal Count Meanings

Most roses have five petals and in Christianity these are representative of martyrs blood and the Virgin Mary. There is one species, however, that only have four petals. The Rosa sericea, which only has four petals is associated with uniqueness and when given as a gift displays the givers devotion to the recipient.

Rose Type Meanings

Hybrid Tea Rose: The most popular type of rose, this is the rose that best represents love and devotion.

Gallic Rose: This rose doesn’t look like what most people consider a rose. It’s unique petal shape sets it apart from other roses and it is associated with hidden love or shy sweetness. It is also known as the apothecary’s rose.

Damask Rose: This is the rose most commonly used in perfumes. It’s meaning is one of sweetness and desire.

Musk Rose: This rose is shrouded in mystery and is thought to have originated in the Himalayas. It’s meaning is one of deepest affection and longing.

 

I hope all you June birthdays out there enjoyed this post! Happy Birthday!

 

Fruit and Flower Centerpieces

The centerpieces at your wedding reception may seem like a minor detail to some people but trust me, to most brides, they are a BIG deal. They can also be one of the biggest bank busters. Fortunately, there are some ways to have beautiful centerpieces without having to compromise your wedding budget.

Candles. Candles are a beautiful and inexpensive way to dress-up a centerpiece. Choose candles of differing heights and make sure that any candle you choose doesn’t have a strong scent- you don’t want anyone to have an allergic reaction. Some people like to place the candles on mirrors for added effect, but I think the romantic light they cast is enough. One word of warning- don’t put lit candles at a kids table.

Submerged flowers. I have seen this idea more and more at wedding at it has a lovely effect. Get glass vases, any shape you want, of differing heights fill them with water and submerge tulips or calla lilies. You don’t need as many flowers as you would a typical arrangement and the effect of the submerged flowers is very whimsical and serene. This is a great DIY idea.

Small vases and personal touches. Fill a small vase with flowers such as daisies, tulips, or roses and don’t use any filler. These make for very sweet arrangements. To off-set the small size of the flowers arrange pictures of you and your groom around the flowers. This creates a very sweet and sentimental wedding centerpiece that everyone will love.

Think alternative. If you are a non-traditional bride, you can really have fun with your centerpieces. If you have a green theme, you can put potted bamboo in the center of your tables, this  looks very zen and elegant. If you are getting married in the fall, pumpkins make a really seasonal and cute centerpiece- cut out the center, clean out the pumpkin guts, and add red and orange gerbera daisies, then add candles around the base of the pumpkin. Fruit centerpieces are also very sweet and shabby chic. Get different sizes of mason jars and fill them with lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, or any type of fruit that matches your color theme. Add water and a brightly colored ribbon around the outside and you’ve got yourself a pretty and funky centerpiece.

 

There are plenty other ways to save on centerpieces but these are some of my favorites. Floral centerpieces don’t have to break your wedding bank- you just need to think creatively. How would you save on centerpieces?

 

Vera Wang Calla Lilies

As a flower lover and frequent flower purchaser, I was very surprised to find that designer Ver Wang has teamed up with FTD.com and designed her own collection of bouquets and arrangements. I’m not surprised that Vera Wang (who has the marriage market cornered) would do this. I was surprised that I didn’t know about it.

Her floral collection is spilt into three categories, Vera’s Favorites, Vera’s Roses, and Vera’s Fashion Bouquets. The collection isn’t extensive but it is very lovely. Classic, streamlined, and elegant. The only disappointment were the roses, as they were pretty typical arrangements, there just wasn’t anything stellar or unique about them, beautiful, but ordinary. The Vera’s Favorites, however, were stunning. Elegant and modern, any one of them would impress your guests at any event. I particularly liked the lack the filler (greens, babies breath, etc.). I love a bouquet or arrangement that is solid flower with little filler. It just seems so modern and luxurious.

Check out Vera’s full floral collection here.

What do you think of her floral collection???