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Classic Flowers to Send this Mother’s Day

Our mothers do so much for us throughout the year, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to let them know that all they do doesn’t go unappreciated. This year consider sending your mom something classic this year to celebrate her day.

Roses

You can’t go wrong with a bouquet full of roses! As a more traditional flower, roses make a perfect choice that any mother is certain to love. Red roses usually represent romantic love, but other colors like pink or yellow are a great choice for Mother’s Day! Pink roses stand for gratitude and appreciation, while yellow ones are representative of a caring nature.

Lilies

The lily is a symbol of fertility and motherhood in many cultures across the world, which makes it a perfect flower to include for Mother’s Day. Any color lily will be a beautiful choice for your mom, but if you want to say thank you to her, be sure to send her yellow lilies which represent gratitude.

Carnanions

These are the most traditional flowers that are sent for Mother’s Day each year. The founder of the holiday, Anna Jarvis, honored her mother’s memory with white carnations, her mother’s favorite flower. These flowers have since become a staple of Mother’s Day celebrations. Carnations signify purity, faith, love, beauty, and charity, which all represent the virtues of motherhood.

Tulips

If you think your mom would love a more modern arrangement, tulips might be a perfect choice! They express enduring love, making them a great option for Mother’s Day. They also represent comfort, coziness, and happiness, all of which they’re certain to bring into your mom’s home!

Peonies

By sending your mom peonies, you are honoring her. Peonies also stand for compassion and happiness, along with beauty and good fortune. These are a great flower to let your mom know just how much she means to you!

Not sure if any of these choices are a perfect fit for your mom? Don’t limit yourself to these traditional flowers! The most important thing is to be sure to choose flowers that your mom will love.

Barefoot Florist would be more than happy to help you pick out the perfect gift for your mother!

Flower Spotlight: Lilies

Let’s start the summer off by learning about the fourth most popular flower in the world, lilies. Lilies are popular for their large trumpet-shaped petals and strong scent. This flower comes in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colors. With over 100 genuses in the Liliaceae family there is much to learn!

Origins and Symbolism

Lilies are native to the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe and North America. In the Victorian Era lilies earned the meaning “majesty,” due to their unique shape and long-time association with the Virgin Mary. People during this era would wear lilies in their hair and pinned to evening gowns.

The lily symbolizes purity and refined beauty. Each color of the lily represents a different meaning. White lily flowers symbolize purity and modesty, orange lily flowers symbolize passion, and pink lilies symbolize wealth and prosperity.

To Consider

The oil extracted from lilies has been found to have healing and softening abilities. The oil has been known to work well for cracked and dry skin.

There is an old wives’ tale that predicts the sex of an unborn child through using a lily and a rose. Simply walk up to an expectant mother with a lily in one hand and a rose in the other. If the mother chooses the rose, it will be a girl. If the mother chooses the lily, it will be a boy.

Availability

Lily flowers are available in white, yellow, pink, red and orange; many have a deeper color (freckles) on the inner petal. Lily flowers always leave a lasting impression and are common flowers to use for birthday arrangements and other celebrations.

Visit your local florist and you will find not only lilies but many more astonishing blooms! If you can’t decide what arrangement or flower to get, ask for advice! The best part of dealing with Barefoot Florist is the personalized attention.  Order a fresh arrangement with lilies for your home today !

3 Popular Cascading Bouquets

Cascading wedding bouquets are back in style this year with a fresh new look. Brides are wanting a looser whimsical vibe for their weddings and this bouquet shape helps achieve that effortless beauty. Here are three types of cascading bouquets that brides are looking for this year.

Whimsical

Achieving a free-flowing whimsical look can be difficult but adding lush greenery will give the arrangement artistic charm and shape. This style is a great compliment to lace wedding dresses and outside ceremonies. This unique arrangement bursting with blooms is sure to stun your guests and bring your wedding to life.

Elegant

The cascading bouquet used to only be used in very formal and traditional weddings. Today though we see this updated style being used in a variety of wedding themes. The waterfall dimensions and natural flowing look make a romantic elegant statement during a bride’s walk down the aisle.

Traditional

While the cascading bouquet has an updated look and style, the traditional arrangement of lush white blooms is still very popular. This dramatic bouquet creates romance and is perfect for grand fairy-tale weddings.

The cascading bouquet is so popular because of its dramatic shape and appearance. This style has stood the test of time and will continue to be chosen by brides for its grace and splendor.

Flower Spotlight: Tulips

Tulips have been around for centuries and have been popular throughout history. With their many varieties of colors, they are beautiful additions to any flower arrangement. Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts:

Origin

Tulips were originally a wildflower located in Central Asia. They were first cultivated as early as 1000AD by the Turks when the Sultan demanded particular blooms be cultivated for his pleasure. Tulips, derived from the Turkish word for turban, were introduced into Europe in the 16th century by Carolus Clusius.

His friend from Turkey, Ogier Ghiselain de Busbecq, sent him tulip bulbs for his medicinal garden. These tulip flowers were the start of the bulb fields seen in the Netherlands today. Tulips remained popular all the way through the 18th century when ‘The Age of the Tulip’ or ‘Tulip Mania’ began. Now, there are over 150 species of tulip flowers, with over 3,000 different varieties available. 

Facts

Tulips are part of the lily family and will turn towards the sun when housed in a vase. 

Their flower buds are known for being almost symmetrical. 

Tulip flowers are actually edible and can be used to replace onions in many recipes.

Most tulip flowers sprout a single flower bud, but a few varieties have up to four on a single stem.

Tulip flowers only bloom for 3-7 days in the spring.

You can find tulip flowers in almost any color.  

Meanings

Tulip flowers have many meanings, but the most common meanings are perfection and deep love. They are also seen as the bringers of spring and can mean ‘rebirth’. While they have an overall meaning, each color can symbolize something different. White tulips symbolize forgiveness, while yellow tulips represent cheerful thoughts. You can say a lot with tulip flowers! 

Beautiful and bold, tulips make the perfect accent or standalone flower in any arrangement.

Be sure to ask Barefoot Florist to use tulips the next time you send flowers!

Flower Spotlight: Daffodils

Daffodils are a part of the amaryllis family, native to northern Europe and grown in temperate climates around the world. With many varieties, daffodils make for a perfect spring bouquet! Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts!

Origin
Daffodils go by many names, including Narcissus pseudonarcissus, common daffodil, and trumpet narcissus. A staple spring flower, they are actually perennials and grow to about 16 inches in height. While daffodils are most commonly known for their bright yellow color, they can be found in white, pink, or orange as well. Daffodils have a central bell-shaped crown, or corona, that is frilled at the edges, giving it its trumpet shape that it’s most known for.

Daffodils hail from Mediterranean countries, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. In Britain, Cornwall, and Lincolnshire, there are golden fields of daffodils cultivated to be used as cut flowers.

Facts
Daffodil bulbs contain a compound called narciclasine, which scientists have discovered could be effective in treating brain cancer.
They’re the national flower of Wales.
Daffodil saps wereprized in Ancient Rome because it was thought to have healing properties.

Meanings
Daffodil flowers have symbolised new beginnings and rebirth throughout history. They’ve been associated with new beginnings and the coming of spring because they are one of the first perennials to bloom after the winter frost. Their cheerful yellow color is also a great representation of the spring season. Bright and colorful, daffodils make for a striking standalone flower or a beautiful addition to any bouquet.

Daffodil is a true spring perennial flowering plant. They are robust, live a long life, and easy to propagate with proper flower care. They stand out with their showy trumpet-shaped flowers that are typically composed of six petals and a cup-shaped corona. Daffodil flowers are usually white and yellow but there are also some pink and orange and two-toned varieties.

Be sure to ask Barefoot Florist to use daffodils the next time you send flowers!

Romantic Gestures for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day of the year to go all out on showing your special someone how you really feel about them. Make it a Valentine’s Day to remember by making a big romantic gesture! Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered.

Romantic Getaway

Surprise your partner by making plans for a night away from home on a romantic getaway. Whether you choose to travel to a new city or just book a room in your hometown, taking time away from your day-to-day routine can be a romantic way to connect with your partner on Valentine’s Day. Make sure there are flowers waiting for them at the hotel when you arrive!

Scavenger Hunt

Send your significant other on a scavenger hunt around your city! Make sure you involve important places related to your relationship to make the time they spend searching extra special. Wait for them at the end of the hunt with a gorgeous bouquet and then whisk them off to a romantic candlelit dinner.

Breakfast In Bed

Cooking for your special someone is always a romantic way to show them you care, but making it a surprise adds an extra level of passion! Wake up before they do on Valentine’s Day to make them their favorite breakfast foods, and serve it to them on a platter adorned with a gorgeous flower arrangement while they’re still in bed. They’ll appreciate all the effort you put in to make their morning extra special!

Date Night

Plan a romantic evening at the fanciest restaurant in town to amp up the romance this Valentine’s Day! Make sure to make reservations in advance, because it’s sure to be a busy night. If an extravagant dinner isn’t your style, consider packing a picnic basket and a blanket for a spontaneous picnic dinner at the park! Finish the night off by doing some of their favorite activities, like going to a museum or attending a concert.

No matter what kind of Valentine’s Day activity you choose, make sure you have flowers on hand as a gift for your date!

Barefoot Florist will help you find the perfect ones that your special someone is sure to adore.

Flower Spotlight: Roses

Roses are one of the oldest flowers, dating back to 35 million years ago. With over 150 different species, roses make for a beautiful addition to any bouquet! Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts!

Origin

Roses were first recorded in 3000 B.C. in what is now Iraq. They were first cultivated 5,000 years ago and were brought to North America in the 16th century by colonists. Roses were grown extensively in the Middle East during the Roman period and have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics throughout history. In Europe and America, rose is synonymous with Valentine’s Day, a floral symbol of love and passion. They are cultivated from South America to Africa, from Eastern Europe to the Far East. In many countries roses are strongly connected to special events, ceremonies, and symbolic events. 

Facts

Roses were used for confetti at celebrations, medical purposes, and perfume during the Roman period.

They are edible and rose water is often added to jellies or jams or used as a flavoring in Indian and Chinese dishes.

Rose can also grow into a fruit, called a Rose Hip. It’s shaped like a berry and is often red, but can be found in black and dark purple.

Meanings

They have symbolized many things over time, with love and beauty being the most common association. Each color represents something different, though, making roses great for many occasions. White rose symbolises purity, innocence, and youthfulness, while ivory roses represent charm, thoughtfulness, and gracefulness. Yellow rose symbolises friendship, joy, and caring, while peach rose represents modesty, genuineness, sincerity, and gratitude. Classy and timeless, rose makes for a stunning standalone flower or a perfect addition to any bouquet.

Be sure to ask your Barefoot Florist to use roses the next time you send flowers! They are also commonly used in Flower Design School classes and courses!

Brighten up Your First Day of Summer

Summer is pool parties. It’s spending time with friends and family. It’s eating melted ice cream while listening to your favorite songs. It’s the perfect time to buy beautiful flower arrangements to keep your home colorful and bright!

Summer Buds

Now is the best time to have these colors of flowers in your home. Use them as the perfect centerpiece for your picnic table, or send some to your best buds.

Orange

Roses, lilies, and poppies are beautiful in orange and great for the table! This color represents sunshine, creativity, energy, enthusiasm, and more. If you’re looking to liven up your home, these picks are the way to go.

Pink

Want to send a gift–just because–to the friend that makes your summers fun? Pink is a color of friendship and peace, and gerberas of this color are a great choice. Add some pink roses to show your appreciation of their friendship.

Yellow

Of course, you have to have flowers that match the sun! Brighten things up with some yellow daisies to represent cheerfulness and show the purity of your home.

Flower Eats

Who doesn’t love a good snack by the pool or a sweet and sugary cake to help out with that summer figure? These edible flowers add a little extra flavor to your eats.

Pansies

These flowers have a bit of a minty flavor, so they pair well with a summer cocktail or your favorite fruit.

Violets

If you don’t mind a slight floral taste, these picks are perfect for cake decorating and add a pop of color to your dish.

Organic Roses

Believe it or not, roses have a little bit of a fruity flavor, so put them in your choice of tea or even make a frozen lemonade flower pop!

Flower Spotlight: Freesia

Freesia Story & Origins

The freesia flower originated in South Africa, and belongs to the Iris family which includes approximately 14 freesia species. This flower got its name when the botanist, Christian P. Ecklon, named the flower after Friedrich H.T. Freese, a fellow botanist, as a commemoration of their friendship. Freesia meanings include friendship, trust, and innocence, among various other meanings.

Due to their delicate fragrance, freesias are one of the most popular flowers in the world. However, they are very difficult to grow in domestic gardens and their petals are extremely delicate. They are popular as cut flowers and are often a florist’s favorite for bouquets and centerpieces.

Freesia flowers are similar to gladioli in that the flowers grow from a central stalk that has sword-shaped leaves. The flowers are funnel-shaped and their stalks can grow up to one foot in height.

Freesia Meanings

Freesia flower meanings generally include friendship, trust, thoughtfulness and innocence. They are a popular gift for friends and family, and is a popular flower amongst various cultures.

According to the Victorian language of flowers, the freesias are the ultimate flower of trust.

In numerology, freesias signify the number nine, which signifies selflessness and obligation.

Since the 1950s, freesias have been widely used as wedding flowers because they represent both the purity of the bride as well as the trust between the couple.

Freesia Symbolism & Colors

Due to their popularity, freesias have been widely cross-bred. Today there are over 1,400 species of cultivars ranging in color from red, white, and yellow, to purple and pink. Freesias of all colors generally symbolize trust and innocence, but there are several freesia colors that carry specific meanings.

White freesias symbolize purity and innocence. They are one of the most popular wedding flowers because they are symbolic of the purity of the bride as well as the trust between the couple.

Multicolored freesia bouquets symbolize friendship and thoughtfulness. They make great gifts for family, friends, and even co-workers.

  • Pink freesias symbolize motherly love.
  • Yellow freesias symbolize joy, renewal, and friendship.
  • Red freesias symbolize passion.

Freesia Facts

Freesias can either be single or double petaled, and grow in a Y-shape.

Although non-poisonous, the sap from a freesias can cause irritation for people who have sensitive skin.

The “Ballerina” freesias are named for its shape, which looks like the silhouette of a ballerina dancer.

Freesia plants are zygomorphic, which means that their flowers only grow on one side of the stalk.

Freesia Uses

It’s easy to see why the freesias are one of the most popular flowers in the world. Their sweet fragrance and variety of colors make them the perfect gift for showing your friends and family that you are thinking about them.

Resources

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Decorating Your Home with Christmas Flowers

There are many different ways to get excited about Christmas, and one of our favorite festivities is decorating! We’ve put together some decor ideas to get your home ready for the holidays and they all have one thing in common—flowers!

Spice up the mantle

One of the first places to decorate is the fireplace. If you have a beautiful mantle, take advantage of the space, and spice it up with seasonal greens! They’re a perfect way to add an extra bit of that Christmas feeling. Spruce it up with your own holiday decors like ornaments or candles, or let it shine on its own!

Wreath it up

Wreaths are a popular and easy way to decorate for the holidays. Not only are they a beautiful addition to the outside of your home, but they can make the perfect decor on the inside too! Add a wreath of fresh, seasonal flowers to your living room or kitchen to make your space feel extra festive.

Add a classic Christmas touch

Poinsettias are a classic Christmas staple! Add a classic touch to your outdoor decor or bring the holiday spirit indoors with poinsettias! A local florist is sure to have stunning arrangements featuring the dazzling poinsettia. With a few candles and some holiday spirit, you’ll take your Christmas decor to the next level!

The Center of Attention

Don’t forget the most important decor of all—the centerpiece! Adding fresh and seasonal flowers to your dining room table will make your family dinners extra special. Everyone will be in the holiday spirit when seeing the spectacular holiday centerpiece from your local flower shop!

Celebrate the holiday and bring the spirit of Christmas into your home with fresh flowers from Barefoot Florist!

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