Saturday April 25th is Sense of Smell Day!


Happy Sense of Smell Day! Today, everyone is globally celebrating our ability to smell, and all the wonderful affects of scent. Flowers offer some of the most desirable and enjoyable scents on the planet.

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A day to build awareness of the role that our noses play in daily life, Sense Of Smell Day is celebrated throughout educational institutes across North America, promoting learning about how smell interacts with other senses, and how the sense of smell works.

 

It is common knowledge that flowers elicit emotions such as joy, happiness and pleasure, and there is scientific research to back it! A study conducted in 2014 by Dr. T. N. Berezina at the Moscow State University drew a direct relationship between certain scents and the emotional reaction to those scents. Their conclusion was that it is possible to change the emotional state of a person using odors!

 

inspecting flowers

“The flowery odor authentically causes the emotions of joy and pleasure and suppresses emotions of fear and disgust. The strongest reaction is the emotion of pleasure.”

 

 

Here are a few potent fragrant blooms to elevate your senses.

 

Gardenia

Gardenia

 

Lovely Lily Flowers from GrowerDirect.com

Stargazer Lilies

 

hyacinthus

Hyacinth

 

Freesia

Freesia

 

Mimosa

Mimosa

 

Go tickle your nose with the beautiful aroma of flowers!


To read more about the study, click here

 

 

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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!


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 Celebrate and protect our natural environment by taking part in Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2015. Join with community groups to explore environmental and ecological issues on local and international scales, and work towards making a difference to our habitat.

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The very first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 in the United States. It was the first time a nation collectively gathered to enforce awareness of our growing impact on the planet. Since then, Earth Day has become a global celebration, and promotes yearlong participation in going green.

 

 

 

Earth Day Canada offers a search engine to find local events in your community.
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Here are 5 suggestions on ways to celebrate Earth Day 2015:

Plant a flower garden- Read more on starting your very own flower garden 7 Fool Proof Flowers for Beginning Gardeners

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Conserve water- We have a post with Tips to Save Water in Your Garden

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Go with nature, and plant flowers that are native to your area Reasons to Grow Native Plants in Your Garden

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Join a community garden- It is a great way to meet new people and save the planet! 5 Reasons to Start or Join a Community Garden

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Plant a tree, for you or in memory of a loved one- How to Plant a Tree

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Sign a pledge, look for ways to contribute in your local community, or plant a tree. Make Earth Day every day!go green

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Administrative Professionals Day 2015


Organizations across the globe heavily rely on their support staff to keep the ship sailing smoothly. Without dedicated, reliable, hardworking employees, many companies would quickly run aground in a massive shipwreck.

Passion for Purple Bouquet from GrowerDirect.com with lavender roses, calla lilies and lisianthus

The very first Administrative Professionals Day was held in 1952, and is now one of the most celebrated workplace holidays observed in a number of countries worldwide. The day grew out of the massive demand for positions to be filled during World War II. Women and men alike took to manning new roles on home territory, keeping their country’s administrative needs flowing.  Today, more than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada.

Spring floral arrangement from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers- Spring Bounty Bouquet

Treat your Administrative Professionals to the gift flowers, chocolates, a premium gift basket, or, if you are feeling particularly appreciative, perhaps an annual bonus or extra time off. One thing is for sure, if the boss forgets this holiday, it’ll be at their peril!

The Pretty Pinks Bouquet GrowerDirect.com

Whether you are celebrating Administrative Professional’s Day on Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 or celebrating Administrative Professional’s Week from April 19 – 25 2015, flowers are truly a great way to show your trusty staff that you have noticed and appreciate how much they contribute to keeping your business afloat!

 

The Happy Times Bouquet from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers

 

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Floating Flower Oasis


 

The Museum of Experimental Science and Innovation in Tokyo is currently featuring an interactive flower installation, called Floating Flower Garden. A simple white space has been turned into a flower oasis; over 2,300 colourful and fragrant orchids, with their full root system intact, are suspended from the ceiling. As visitors walk through the room, the eye level flowers rise above their heads, creating a path way for the visitors to walk.

 

 

“Flowers and I are of the same root, the Garden and I are one.”

-Unkown

 

 

Floating Flower Garden- Tokyo

Floating Flower Garden by teamLab – Tokyo

 

 

Floating Flower Garden by teamLab - Tokyo

Floating Flower Garden by teamLab – Tokyo

 

 

Floating Flower Garden by teamLab - Tokyo

Floating Flower Garden by teamLab – Tokyo

 

 

Floating Flower Garden by teamLab - Tokyo

Floating Flower Garden by teamLab – Tokyo

 

 

Floating Flower Garden is the latest installation by TeamLab, a Japanese art collective of “ultra-technologists” lead by Toshiyuki Inoko. They’re currently staging a large-scale retrospective of work at Miraikan in Tokyo. The show is so popular that it has been extended for 2 months, and will be on display until May 1, 2015.

 


Read more about teamLab and their projects here

 

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5 Deceptively Dangerous House Plants


  • Peace LilyHouseplant - Spathiphyllum floribundum (Peace Lily)

    This beautiful and popular plant boasts simple yet pretty
    white flowers that look like, but are not acutally calla lilies. The internal workings of the Peace Lily contain a chemical called calcium oxalate, which is a well known skin irritant. It can also cause nausea and burning of the mouth is swallowed.

  • Philodendron

    This Ivy like plant is also a culprit of the aforementionedPotted Philodendron Houseplant on White
    calcium oxilate, only to a more dangerous degree. Ingesting a leaf of this plant can cause severe abdominal pain, and large amounts of skin contact can cause rashes and potentially serious allergic reactions.

  • Ficus Tree

    Hailing from the same plant family as the rubber tree,Ficus-benjamina
    the latex provided by this plant can and does cause severe
    allergic reactions, the likes of which have been known to
    cause people to fall into anaphylactic shocks! Best recommended that you get rid of the plant if you have any problems at all.

  • Milkbush

    Also known as the Pencil Cactus(although it actually is NOTEuphorbia_tirucalli a cactus), this plant’s sap is corrosive enough to cause severe rashes and irritate the eyes. While it won’t threaten your life, this one will cause problems consistently as it requires pretty consistent pruning to be kept to a reasonable size.

  • Dieffenbachia

    Some Older Amazonian tribes were known to use this
    common houseplant: dieffenbachiaplant to create poisons for combat! Ingestion of this bad boy will cause severe irritation of your mouth and throat, swelling on your face, as well as an EXTREMELY upset stomach! Just having a little bit of the sap on your skin will be extremely irritation to your skin!

 

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Travel: The Japanese Hitachi Seaside Park- A Must See!


There are many beautiful reasons to travel the globe, and The Hitachi Seaside Park is up on the list. Located just two hours outside of Tokyo in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan, the public park is currently in full bloom. Flowers blossom year round, however April and May are the best times of year to visit the 160 hectares.

 

A windmill amongst the tulips gives homage to the world largest tulip exporter, Holland

A windmill amongst the tulips gives homage to the worlds largest tulip exporter Holland

 

The Hitachi Seaside Park is widely recognized for its abundant baby blue-eyes fields, which produces over 4 million of the lovely flowers every spring.

 

Baby-blue eyes (Nemophila) as far as the eyes can see!

Baby-blue eyes (Nemophila) as far as the eyes can see!

 

The park hosts seasonal events surrounding the various floral blooming seasons. Check out their yearround, easy to navigate calendar here.

 

Beautiful daffodil (Narcissus) blooms

Beautiful daffodil (Narcissus) blooms

 

“We have one million narcissuses of over 600 species that bloom across a hectare of land under the pinewoods. It’s wonderful to see so many daffodils filling the air with their sweet scent.”

-Hitachi Seaside Park

 

Another daffodil (Narcissus) variety

Another daffodil (Narcissus) variety

All photos from The Hitachi Seaside Park

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A Smelly Affair: Corpse Flower Blossoms!


Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory boasts of a healthy, smelly corpse flower in residence. Nicknamed “Putrella”, the corpse flower has unexpectedly bloomed before her time! And what a stench she is to smell!

 

"Putrella" the Corpse Flower

“Putrella” the Corpse Flower

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The Corpse Flower, or Amorphophallus titanium, is known for its distinct, rotting flesh smell. “Putrella” has bloomed earlier than expected and is ahead of its usual timeline!

 

"Putrella" The Corpse Flower

“Putrella” The Corpse Flower

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” We do believe our Corpse Flower will be smaller than the last bloom as it has not gone through multiple leafing phases where it stores energy for several years before blooming, but with our tropical pyramid temperatures, and plenty of sunlight in our northern climate, we’ve clearly made “Putrella” happy enough to bloom rather than leaf. ”

– Muttart Convervatory

 

The life cycle of a corpse flower is quite intricate and interesting. “Putrella” is a new blossom off of the same root base that the previous flower blossomed from in 2013. The next stage after the blossom dies is for a leafy, tree life structure to grow. In this stage, the plant gathers energy for the following blossom stage.

 

The Life Cycle of a Corpse Flower

The Life Cycle of a Corpse Flower

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The bloom is expected to last only a couple of days, so hurry and visit today!

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Queen of all the Flower Crowns!


Flower crowns are all the rage these days. Fresh flowers in your hair just simply put a pep in your step. Brides, festival goers, graduates, birthday celebrators- there are many reasons to sport little lovelies around your tête.

 

 

 

Spring fashion is no exception. These floral crowns are definitely big, bold, and need I say beautiful. Harpers Bazaar has just done a bang up job showcasing these gorgeous posies en mass in their March 2015 issue.

 

 

Roses, cymbidium orchids, pretty pink peonies! I am just loving this trend, and desperately hope that it sticks around for years to come.

 

 

 “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. “

-Iris Murdoch

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Plant Profile: Paphiopedilum Callosum


The Paphiopedilum Callosum orchid, or Paph for short, is a genus of the Lady Slipper subfamily Cyprpedioideae of the flower plant family Orchidaceae.  It is commonly called the Venus Slipper orchid, and is highly popularized by its visually striking, waxy blooms.

A young Paphiopedilum Callosum bloom

A young Paphiopedilum Callosum bloom

 

The Pahiopedilum Callosum originates from areas in Vietnam and Malaysia. It is one of the most highly cultivated and sought after orchids in the world! It is available as potted plant and fresh cut flower, with unravelled roots known to stretch over 1 m long!

This orchid makes up for its lack of scent with its intricate, absorbent colour and bloom detail; it definitely demands your full visual attention.

 

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom:             Plantae

(unranked):        Angiosperms

(unranked):        Monocots

Order:                   Asparagales

Family:                  Orchidaceae

Subfamily:           Cypripedioideae

Genus:                 Paphiopedilum

Species:               P. Callosum

 

Hardiness Zone: 10- 11

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St. Patrick’s Day Flower Fun!


The happy green holiday is upon us! Grab your green hat, pinch an Irishman (or Irishwoman) and get green happy!

 May the Irish hills caress you; may her lakes and rivers bless you; may the luck of the Irish enfold you; may the blessings of St Patrick behold you

 

Looking for ways to celebrate with green? Flowers are a perfect way to bring a bit o’ Irish into your day! Here are a few uniquely funky St. Patrick’s Day flower arrangements.

 

Ask your local florist to turn a martini glass into this gorgeous green arrangement!

Ask your local florist to turn a martini glass into this gorgeous green arrangement!

 

birdhouse floral arragement with hydrangea and hypericum berries

Turn a bird cage into a St. Patty’s day display
photo from goodhousekeeping.com

 

Green Green and more Green!

Green Green and more Green!

 

Pick up fresh cut flowers in a monochromatic colour pallet- Go all green!

Pick up fresh cut flowers in a monochromatic colour pallet- Go all green!

 

Don’t forget to wear green! Body flowers are the perfect way to add green to your day!

 

Wear a green cymbidium orchid in your hair!

Wear a green cymbidium orchid in your hair!

 

Green rose and mini green cymbidium orchid blooms- Wear in your hair, as s wrist corsage or boutonniere.

Green rose and mini green cymbidium orchid blooms- Wear in your hair, as s wrist corsage or boutonniere.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

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