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.

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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???

Smell Like A Flower

May 5, 2011

Daisy

For centuries, perfumers have used flowers as inspiration for, and a crucial ingredient in, perfume. But it’s not as simple as choosing a flower to smell like, there are a lot of complexities and considerations that go into creating a perfume scent. Certain smells can bring back memories, remind us of certain time and places, or illicit in us particular emotions. Below is a guide to some of our favorite flower based perfumes with all their intricacies and undertones. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this might be a good Mother’s Day gift….nudge, nudge. 🙂

Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent highlights the floral scents of rose, peony, and violet. The scent of rose particularly stands out amongst the rest. There is also a fruity quality to this fragrance that makes it a perfect fit for the term “sweet.”

Daisy by Marc Jacobs lives up to it’s name. The happy flower is highlighted in the fragrance without making it too over the top. This is definitely a young smelling fragrance but it does have an element of sophistication that makes it appropriate for all ages.

Yardley English Rose smells like you would expect it to, like rose. It’s romantic and elegant but use it with a light hand. Yardley also has a variety of other flower based scents such as lavender and lily of the valley.

Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana has notes of rose and jasmine mixed lightly with apple and musk. This is a very airy perfume and is perfect for someone who wants prefers lighter scents.

Rush by Gucci uses peony, violet, jasmine, and carnation in it’s scent is very refined and elegant. It’s heavy on the florals and light on the spice and fruit so it’s a perfect fit for someone who loves the scent of flowers above all else.

Flight of Fancy by Anna Sui is a delight. You will find many different floral scents in this perfume including rose blossom, magnolia, freesia, and litchi. It also has many fruity qualities which make for a really lovely combination with the florals. This perfume is a definite must for any floral fragrance lover.

This list is by no means exhaustive as almost every perfume has some floral tones in it- these are just our favorites. Be sure to research any perfume you might buy so you know what to expect and definitely cross-reference for any allergies. Happy shopping!

Prince William and Kate Middleton Engagement

With all the buzz about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding, that also means it’s time for flowers, flowers and flowers! The royal couple has decided on 3 florists to design the floral arrangements for their ceremony on April 29, 2011. After the ceremony, they are planning to leave the flowers in Westminster Abbey for visitors to see and take photos of. By leaving the flowers exactly where they will be for the ceremony, visitors, fans and tourists will be able to recreate the experience of Kate’s memorable walk down the aisle since they won’t actually be able to attend the royal ceremony. Florists are preparing arrangements with gardenias, lily of the valleys, delphiniums, roses and more, all grown locally in Britain. It will be a dramatic display of white, and the beautiful scents of these flowers will be smelled for miles around the Westminster Abbey ceremony.

One of the florists for this royal wedding, Simon Lycett, has created floral arrangements for another royal ceremony before this one- Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s wedding. For Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles’ wedding, Simon created an elegant bouquet containing flowers mostly from Queen Victoria’s garden on the Isle of Wight.

The fairytale wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles had magnificent floral arrangements as well. Princess Diana’s bouquet, designed by Longmans Ltd. of London, contained several flowers but most notably a pale yellow rose aka gold medallion rose. The gold medallion rose was referred to as the Earl of Mountbatten rose  as a sign of tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, Uncle of Prince Charles who was assassinated in 1979. If Prince William and Kate Middleton’s flowers are comparable to the wedding flowers of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, then we are in for quite the flower show on April 29!

This royal ceremony is not the only wedding happening this spring season. Many family members of yours or friends from college might be taking their nuptials as well during the season of weddings. What kinds of flowers are you hoping to see at the ceremonies you will be attending? Maybe you are the one getting married this spring too, what kinds of flowers will be at your ceremony? Will they be bright colorful spring colors or the royal color- purple? Whatever they are they will be beautiful and MyVirtualFlower would love to post pictures of flowers from your wedding. Send any lovely photos to myvirtualflower.com@gmail.com to get a chance at having your floral pictures displayed on our blog!

 

What’s In A Name?

April 12, 2011

Anne Geddes

Many of my friends are expecting their first children soon. This has led to an extensive discussion regarding baby names. For my part, I’ve always loved the idea of naming children after flowers. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to you. 🙂 I was thrilled to discover that many of my friends, especially those due this Spring, were also considering naming their children after flowers, so I decided to compile a list of flowers I think make for good baby names and their meanings.

Dahlia- Means “valley” and is a beautiful flower named after the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl.

Daisy- Known as the “happy flower” it’s meaning is “day’s eye”.

Violet- Means “purple”. Was made famous by Shakespeare when he used “Viola” his character in “Twelfth Night”.

Rose- The meaning of rose is “rose”. Go figure. Has Christian symbolism relating to the Virgin Mary.

Lily- Means “pure” or “innocent”. Lily is one of the most popular flower names for baby girls.

Iris- Means “rainbow”. Iris is a popular figure in mythology who traveled between Mount Olympus and Earth on rainbows carrying messages.

Ivy- Represents fidelity and eternity. Ivy is the feminine form of Ivo, a saint’s name.

Rosemary- Means “dew of the sea”. Refers to the herb which is symbolic of remembrance.

Willow- References the graceful tree.

Bryony- Means “climbing plant.” References the long-lasting nature of the plant.

Fern- Means “fern”. Made famous in Charlotte’s Web.

Hazel- References the hazel tree which is symbolic of creative wisdom in Celtic mythology.

Olive- Represents the symbolic olive tree or branch of peace.

Poppy- References the flower. Represents loyalty.

You may notice that these are all girl names. It’s true that most flowers are best used as girls names but never fear, I have a good list for the boys as well.

Ash- References the ash tree and represent strength.

Basil- Means royal or kingly. Also the name of a saint.

Bailey- Means “berry clearing”. Can be used as a boy or girls name.

Alder- Refers to the alder tree. Is symbolic of giving in Celtic mythology.

Oleander- An evergreen tree. Represents grace.

Hawthorn- Refers to the tree. Symbolically means duality and balance.

Rowan- Means “little red-head”. Traditional Gaelic name.

Forrest- Means “woodsman” or “woods”. Refers to strength and longevity.

Reed- Means “red-haired”. Also refers to the plant. Can also be spelled Reid.

What are some of your favorite flower/plants to use as baby names??

Prom Is On!

April 5, 2011

Corsage

At this time of year, you start seeing lots of prom dresses in shop windows and florists are gearing up for the big prom push. Prom means corsages and boutonnieres and florists all over the US are making them by the thousands. But, what to choose? Picking the right corsage and boutonniere can be confusing and even emotionally damaging (we’ve all heard the story of the poor young man who choose the wrong color and flower for his date and ended up spending his prom night alone…). So, we thought, in order to prevent any emotional scarring, we would provide you with all the information you need to pick the right corsage or boutonniere for your date.

Corsage (This is what the lady wears)

First- ask your date whether she would prefer a wrist corsage or one that is pinned to her dress. It depends on the dress, but typically, these days girls prefer wrist corsages.

Second- ask your date the color of her dress. You don’t want to pick a corsage that clashes with her dress. Sometimes, if she is a particularly organized/picky date, she will tell you exactly what color she wants.

Third- choose a flower. Roses are the most popular corsage flowers and are a pretty safe bet. Poppies are also a good corsage flower, although, they are most often seen in weddings not proms. Orchids, calla lilies, and stephanotis are also all good choices. Just make sure you include some greenery or babies breath in the corsage to create depth and add color. Ribbon is also a nice addition to a corsage.

Boutonniere (This is what the gentleman wears)

First- Ask what color your date’s jacket/vest will be. You might assume black, but many young men are opting for more colorful, unique, and individualized prom attire, so it wouldn’t  hurt to make sure. This just ensures you don’t choose a clashing color.

Second- choose a flower. Guys are typically much less interested in this part of the prom ritual but if you want your pictures to turn out well it’s probably a good idea to choose a boutonniere wisely. Roses, orchids, and calla lilies make the best boutonnieres, but if your date is a bit flashier you can choose just about any flower.

These are just a few good tips when planning your prom experience. One last tip, and this one’s for the gentlemen, if you really want to score big points bring your date a bouquet too. I promise it will start your prom night on the right foot. Happy prom!