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We can all admit that flowers possess an undeniable beauty unlike any other plant and that their elegance has a magical way of stirring up emotions deep within us. A fresh flower bouquet always seems to add a special touch to any environment.  However, what we can’t admit, is that we often get the chance to admire them for very long, being that flowers in a vase tend to shrivel up and wither fairly quickly. The good news is, you don’t have to be a professional florist or have a green thumb to know how to take care of your flowers by applying a few simple techniques.

1. Trim and recut your flowers often

Obviously this isn’t something you think twice about. Some people don’t practice this trick but the fact is that something so simple can significantly increase the vase life of your flowers. Cutting the stems and at an angle about 1”from the bottom of the stem will allow your flowers to soak up the most water possible. It is highly recommended to do this daily or every time you change the water being that every time a flower is taken out of water, the stem dries up almost instantly.

2. Change the water daily

Even though it’s something so easy, most people put flowers in water once and simply let them sit. If you want your flowers to remain fresh and last as long as possible, start by constantly checking the water level and changing the water daily. Keep in mind that the amount of flowers in the bouquet will depend on the water you will need to keep adding. Also, tap water is fine, and without a doubt will have your flowers bigger and brighter for a longer period of time, but using filtered water has also proven to do an even better job.  Don’t forget to trim your stems every time you change the water!

3. Add soda

Those last few drops of soda don’t have to go to waste! Especially when you have a vase of flowers on the kitchen table just begging for a little extra nourishment. The sugar that soda contains will help the petals maintain their color longer and keeps their blooms bigger and brighter than ever. Any soda will work, but if you have clear vase you can always use sodas like 7-Up or Sprite.

4. Try using aspirin (yes, really!)

Another unique way to care for your flowers is by adding a tablet of aspirin.  Make sure to add your water and a crushed tablet before putting the flowers in the vase. What does this do exactly? Aspirin contains an acid that optimizes the water conditions by killing any flower-damaging bacteria which tends to infest vase water fairly quickly, providing healthier water for your flowers to grow in and allowing them to last much longer than your typical flower bouquet.

5. Location, location, location

Many aren’t aware that where you place your flowers is a key factor in their vase life.  Sunlight is obviously something that flowers need for their blooms to grow big and bright, but when they are cut, arranged into a bouquet, and put into a vase, strong sunlight can be the cause of them withering and shriveling up pretty quickly. Try to avoid placing them near windows or anywhere where sunlight gets in. It is ideal to keep them in a relatively cool environment. Unknown to many, it is also important to keep your flowers away from fruit to maximize vase life. Fruit gives off a certain gases which will quickly cause you flowers to shrivel up and die. Be very careful when choosing where to place them or before you know it your flowers could end up looking something like this.

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Natural beauty is often a major part of any wedding. The venue, the flowers, and even the weather are all things to consider when planning your big day. The Earth provides you with so much for your wedding, it’s time to start giving back to the environment so that it can stay strong and beautiful for many brides to come. While going green for your wedding can sound like a lot of work, here are four simple tips that can easily make your wedding eco-friendly.

1. Carefully choose your stationary

Most paper production companies have a serious negative impact on the environment, whether it be by cutting down trees or polluting the air during production. You can help reduce this impact by making eco-friendly paper choice while planning your wedding. Rather than sending out a save-the-date card, consider sending one electronically. This will help you to save trees — and money.

When it comes to your invitations, opt for companies that use recycles paper and or vegetable based inks to further reduce your carbon footprint. You can also put less information on your invitations and instead direct people to your wedding website for additional updates about the location, attire, and meal options.

2. Select the right venue for you and the environment

Looking for a venue is one of the first and most important steps of planning a green wedding. The venue literally sets the scene for the rest of the event. If you’ve chosen to get married outside, you’ve already made an eco-friendly choice! By getting married outside in the sunlight, you’re saving a ton of energy.

If being outdoors really isn’t your thing, don’t worry! Getting married in the daytime can help you save on energy usage too because you’ll also have natural lighting on your side. Whether you’re inside or out, remember to check if your venue has a proper waste disposal facility with recycling and compost containers.

Location is important too! Keeping your wedding near all your loved ones means they do not have to drive as far to join your celebration, which will help to reduce fuel emissions as well. Clearly, the right venue can help you have your dream green wedding!

3. It’s okay to be picky!

When it comes to having eco-friendly food, the best options are organic and local. Farms that produce organic food don’t use any harmful pesticides, so you’ll know that your food is earth (and human) friendly. Even though organic food can be more expensive, you can cut down on cost by selecting in-season from a local farmer. Not all local farmers use eco-friendly practices, but if you find the right one buying locally also means your meals will be super fresh!

4. Finding the right flowers

We know how important it is to make sure your floral arrangements accent your wedding perfectly, and it’s equally important to make sure your flowers are environmentally friendly too. Here at BeMyRose, we pride ourselves in knowing our farms use eco-friendly practices to produce premium organic flowers. However, choosing a florist – like us – who provides pesticide-free arrangements isn’t the only way to make your flowers have a positive environmental impact.

Consider reusing your arrangements for multiple parts of your wedding, like your rehearsal dinner and your reception. You can also extend the life of your flowers by donating them to a local hospital or nursing home. Re-gifting your flowers as individual bouquets would also be a great wedding favor that your guests will love!

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If you thought teas were only for drinking, you’ve still got a lot to learn. Sure, we can all admit that sipping a nice hot tea while watching a movie on a cold rainy day is incomparable to anything else, but believe it or not, you can actually use certain teas as effective plant fertilizers too. No need for high-risk fertilizers and harmful pesticides. Teas have more uses than you might think, and whether you are known as a green thumb with mad plant-handling skills or you have a backyard garden with neglected plants that you rarely ever touch, here we share some organic teas with you that are not only a piece of cake to brew up in your home kitchen, but will also help you step up your garden game.

Compost tea:

Compost tea is a very effective nourishing substance that you can spray on the soil or even on the leaves of your plants. This tea helps kill foliar diseases, increases the amount of nutrients for the plant, and stimulates plant growth by speeding up the breakdown of toxins.

What you’ll need: A bucket, preferably a 10 gallon bucket, an aquarium pump or any kind of air pump, good quality compost (decayed, rotted leafy material), and a reliable water source.

Step 1: Fill your bucket with water. Let it sit for about a day before using if it is tap water.

Step 2: Add the rotted leafy material (compost). If you don’t have your own compost, you can normally get bagged compost from your local garden center.

Step 3: Pump the compost. By pumping you can now start the actual brewing process. This is what helps the good fungi and bacteria to start working. Make sure that your tube on your air pump is long enough to reach the bottom of the bucket. Make sure to fasten or weigh down the tub so it remains at the bottom and doesn’t rise to the surface.

Step 4: Brew the tea. Place the bucket outside, cover it up, and let it sit for 2-4 days.

Your end result will be a thick, rich, foamy substance which can be sprayed on the leaves of your plants or even on the surround soil.

Manure tea:

Manure tea is another excellent and effective way to fertilize your plants. Yes, it might seem gross, but animal excrements actually contain very high levels of nutrients, more specifically nitrogen, which is an essential component for healthy plants. The best part is, using manure tea is a completely sustainable practice; there is no need for any dangerous chemicals, harmful pesticides, or any other synthetic enhancers. Making manure tea doesn’t even require much time or effort, it is super easy to prepare and apply to your plants.

Obviously you want to use some type of animal manure as your base, but there are excrements from certain animals like goats, cows, horses, and even rabbits that are more recommendable. Forget manure from your pet dog or cat because that won’t quite do the job. If you don’t happen to have access to any of these you can always buy a bag at your local garden center. First, grab a 5 gallon bucket or any kind of bucket that will hold a lot of water. Second, add enough manure to fill the bucket the rest of the way. Leave it soak for about a day or two. Remember to stir the mixture once or twice a day. After stirring for the final time, let it sit for awhile so the solids can settle to the bottom. Finally, try to dilute your manure tea as much as possible with water until it is a light brown, pale yellow color. Now just pour into the container or bottle of your preference and you’re all set to spray your plants.

Alfalfa tea:

Alfalfa comes in many different forms such as hay, silage, and pellets. Having numerous uses, alfalfa is more widely used for medical purposes, containing special vitamins and certain minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron that benefit people with bladder, prostate, and even kidney conditions. Although it is more commonly known for its medical uses, alfalfa can also be used to make organic tea that you can use as a sustainable fertilizer in your backyard garden. Like many other organic teas, alfalfa tea contains a supreme level of nitrogen which significantly enhances plant grown and even more plant-beneficial minerals that help enrich the soil such as zinc, phosphorous, and magnesium. Alfalfa also releases certain hormones that help strengthen plant roots, optimize the photosynthesis process, and subdue any harmful disease in the soil.

Anyone can make this tea, it’s really that easy. You can use chopped up alfalfa leaves, alfalfa meal, or even alfalfa pellets. To make this tea as a foliar spray all you need is your alfalfa (which ever form you prefer), bucket of water, and some Epsom salt if you wish. Begin by simply mixing the alfalfa with your water (using approximately 4 cups for every 5 gallons). If you would like to add Epsom salt to your mixture, we recommend you use about  1-2 cups. This salt contains components such as magnesium and sulfur and will even help keep away common garden pests. Cover your mixture and let the tea set to ferment for 5-7 days. When you start to smell something funny you’ll know it’s ready.

Nettle garden tea:

Your plants will surely thank you for this one. Nettle, also known as stinging nettle or common nettle, is a tonic perennial herb found in early spring that, despite its wide variety of medical uses, can be also be used to create a homemade garden fertilizer commonly known as stinging nettle manure due to its smell when fermenting. You can normally find this plant along country side roads, abandoned farmlands, moist woodlands, thickets, along fence lines and rivers, and shaded trails in the beginning of spring each year. If you don’t have access to it you can always look for it at your local garden or health food store. Nettle contains numerous beneficial vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

To make you stinging nettle garden fertilizer, all you have to do is fill a 5 gallon bucket (or the bucket size of our preference) with chopped up nettle foliage. Next, fill the bucket with rainwater about 90% of the way. Finally, cover your mixture and set it in a warm, sunny place, giving it a quick stir every day.  After about 2 weeks, your fertilizer will be completely fermented. You’ll know by the way it smells. Dilute your mixture with water and when using make sure to leave the rotted debris behind and use only the clear, foamy liquid that was produced from the brewing process. When applying, pour this fertilizer at the base of the plants where the roots have instant access.

Now it’s time to get your hands dirty. You don’t only have to read about how these teas work and how they are made, you can make them yourself and actually have a lot of fun doing it while supporting sustainable, eco-friendly practices that are not only beneficial to your plants, but to Mother Earth too. After all, what a better day than Earth Day to raise awareness, start a new organic practice of your own, and most of all make a special contribution to environmental protection.

We are all about environmental awareness and ALL of our flowers on our farms are grown with the same sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Check out our online flower shop where, with just a few clicks, you can buy or send Fairtrade certified, cut-to-order flowers delivered from our farms in Ecuador to your front door. Shop now!

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In this day and age, few and far between are the people that truly recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication that is required just to be mom in today’s world and raise a family. Unfortunately, this heroic and valiant effort far too often goes unnoticed by modern day society, being that female success has come to revolve around individual success and professional accolades. We don’t hesitate to shine a spotlight on the mom’s who have graduated from a university with a professional degree and a prosperous career or an outstanding resumé, but fail to have consideration for the moms that have given up their personal dreams and goals to dedicate their time and effort to raising their families, constructing a tight-knit home, and being the best moms they can be in their own unique way.

Here we share a few stories of moms that have given up (but not forgotten about) some of their bucket list goals to commit to raising their children.

Sonia:

I fell deeply in love with my fianceé, Pablo, got married at the young age of 18. I had the dream of being a tour guide ever since I was little and living in a country recognized for its tourism, I saw this as a realistic, attainable goal, but my plans drastically changed when I started dating and fell in love. Before I knew it, I was making wedding arrangements and preparing to start a family and raise children of my own. Although I had dreams of my own and things that I wanted to achieve, I slowly came to the realization that being a mom and raising a family was my new dream that I wanted to carry out the rest of my life. I wanted to a mom that was present, for my husband and for my children when they needed me, a mom that was 100% committed to looking out for the well-being of her family and dedicated to being the best mom she could be.

Gina:

As a teenager, I had to see my father go through a very difficult illness. Although I was young and unsure of what career to pursue, this made me want to study anything in the medical field. I had a lot of friends that ended up in nursing school and even though I did not necessarily like the hospital setting, I slowly developed a desire to help others through nursing in that capacity. I studied at junior college and went on the the university where I began to take a serious interest in anatomy and physiology where I got to do lab work and even observe cadavers. Despite all of this, I had been in a long distance, very serious relationship for quite some time with a man I truly loved, and we both wanted to take things to the next level. Getting married at the young age of 21, I knew that I wanted to start a family and dedicate myself to my husband. Nursing school was very expensive and that it was going to very difficult to continue. Although I had a true passion to be a nurse, I decided to give up this dream and devote myself completely to being a wife, a mother, and a full-time housekeeper.

Margarita:

My dream all along was to be a watercolor painter. When I was young I just did it as a hobby and really enjoyed doing it, but did not have much time to dedicate to it considering my other responsibilities, obligations, and other time-consuming, day-to-day activities that a lot of times prevented me from doing the things I truly had a passion for. As a young mother, I had to dedicate myself 100% to raising children and being the best mom I knew how to be, unfortunately this involved putting my painting dream on hold for awhile. However, I did not let go of this dream and never let it slip away. After many years of being a completely dedicated mom and housekeeper, I have picked up right where I left off. Today I am working my way to reaching this goal by taking watercolor painting classes every weekend. My children are all mature, grown up, and do not need the attention and care that they used to. I want to keep painting and improving, and one day wish to open up my very own art gallery.

Isabel:

For me, animals, right from the beginning, always played a very important role in my life ever since I was a little girl. I grew up with lots of cats and dogs running all around the house, precisely what gave birth to a true passion for taking care of them. Although animals require a lot of special time and care, to me it was always a pleasure, never a chore or a burden. Unfortunately, this passion and my dream for working with animals was put on the back burner as I became a mom at a young age and was forced to commit to my children. With a lot of work and the monotonous, day-to-day routine of having to be a mom, I just didn’t have time to pursue goals of my own. Now that time has passed and my children are all grown up, I want to have an animal refuge of my own or work as a voluntary in some type of shelter. I just wants to be surrounded by animals, and now I have the time to make this dream from years ago become a reality.

Daniela:

I became a mom at the young age of 25 and even though I would not trade my 4 year old daughter for anything in the world, I still have a dream that has been on my personal bucket list for many many years that I have yet to fulfill. For years my one big dream has been traveling, more specifically the desire to backpack across Asia and India. Unfortunately, I cannot think about this dream being that my little daughter is just now starting school.  I have left this as a pending task on my bucket list and I will never forget about accomplishing it. I truly look forward to the day I will be able to make this dream come true.

Jessica:

Before having my two children I worked in a bank. There were many careers in college that interested me, but my mom did not have the money to help pay for my education and during that time I could work as a teller in a bank with just a high school diploma. My big dream was always to travel, beyond being able to study in college, I would have loved to move and live in another country, learn another language and start a completely new life there. However, I had to put that on pause to raise my two children. When you begin to have a family, it is extremely difficult to continue doing things you started years before, whether it is a job or just a simply hobby. Being a mom and housekeeper is a 24/7 job and it takes a lot of time away that I could spend doing things that I love and enjoy. And even when your children are big and all grown up, you feel like so many years have passed and that it is too late to pursue the things you have a true passion for.

Kathy:

I got married when I was only 18 years old with an extreme anxiousness to get out of the house and partly because of spite and bitterness from a past relationship. I barely graduated from high school so I didn’t have to abandon any job just to raise my children and dedicate myself to my family. I made the decision to get married at such a young age, however, now that so many years have passed since then, I now realize that I should have waited and first discovered who I truly was as a person and the things that I loved and had a passion for. I got married so young that I didn’t give myself time to think about such things. My one dream that I put on pause was to be an event planner. I have always considered myself a perfectionist when it comes to meticulous detail and everything that is required for organizing events or parties. I do practice this as a hobby, organizing birthday parties for grandchildren or other family festivities, but I still have the burning passion to be able to do this as a professional career. Is it too late?

Even though it might not seem like it and even though they may do a pretty good job of hiding it, ALL moms have a secret bucket list with things they want to accomplish and dreams that they want to make come true, but when YOU became their first priority and they decided to commit to raising a family, those dreams took a back seat. All that you are today you owe to her, and now it is time to inspire her and give her that little extra push she needs to bring those dreams back life again and show her that it is never too late to pursue the things that she has always longed to achieve.

Inspire her today with Fairtrade flowers that will help her pick up right where she left off. Sustainably-grown, cut-to-order flower bouquets assembled by our expert artisans and shipped right from our farms in Ecuador to your front door. Shop now!

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At Be my Rose, as artists and artisans not only do we take pride in providing you with the biggest, brightest, longest-lasting flowers, but also in the sustainable and environmentally friendly practices that we implement to do so. Sustainability is one of our highest priorities and is part of what defines us a flower farm. Considering that other farms often neglect such methods our sustainable practices are something that truly separate us from the pack. As lovers of plants, our planet, and our people, we look after our environment with the same attention, care and delicacy as we do our flowers. From our ¨Pesticides Out¨ approach to our extra special soil treatment to our compost practice, we strive to look after our flowers, our environment, and YOU.

Everybody has their own way of taking care of the environment and now that Earth Day has arrived, we would like to share some ways that we do so. You don’t just have to read about them either, you can put them into practice yourself.

Pesticides Out

For us the use of harmful pesticides is completely restricted on our farms. Pesticides are very often effective killing any type of insect that may harm our plants, but at the same time they are very dangerous as they are capable of contaminating food, water, and air.

These harmful pesticides can cause many health issues such as cancer, birth defects, reproductive organ issues and so much more. Pesticides are rated and labeled according to their toxicity level. There are red pesticides, which are extremely dangerous and can have very hazardous effects, yellow pesticides, which are dangerous but not quite as toxic as the red ones, blue pesticides, which possess a very mild toxicity level, and finally, green pesticides, which are the safest and least harmful of all and are also the ONLY ones we use on our farms to fertilize our flowers.

We completely depend on our green biodegradables that are smarter, safer and officially certified by the World Health Organization.

Organic teas

If you thought that we only grew flowers, then you still have a lot to discover!  We also produce certain teas utilizing our organic practices.  Check out some of the teas we make,  how they are useful to you and to our plants, and last but not least how they help us nurture the environment.

  • Chamomile tea –

    One of the most popular and well-known teas, chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments and also as an anti-inflammatory. Chamomile tea was used by Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians as a cure for wounds for faster healing due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. Chamomile also helps with diabetes, helps calm muscle spasms, and assists in fighting cancer. It also has organic purposes, being able to cure common illnesses of our plants. 

  • Eucalyptus tea –

    The numerous health benefits of eucalyptus tea stem primarily from its powerful antiseptic oils. Some of its primary benefits include improving respiratory health, strengthening immune system, protecting skin health, and easing tension and anxiety. As many don’t know, this tea can be gargled to help soothe throat pain or infections and it can even be used as a mouthwash. This tea can even be rubbed on the chest to help relieve bronchitis, colds, and even symptoms of asthma.

  • Mint tea –

    Many people love mint tea simply for its taste but many don’t know of all the incredible benefits that this tea has. Mint plants contain a special antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid which is known for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Mint also contains menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to expel. Mint tea helps improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, boosts the immune system and also aids in weight loss.

Compost

The process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter know as green waste and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months.

Modern, methodical composting is a multi-step, closely monitored process with measured inputs of water, air, and carbon-and-nitrogen-rich materials.  This decomposition process is aided by shredding the plant matter, adding water and ensuring proper aeration by regularly turning the mixture.  Worms and other fungi work to further break up the material.  

Compost is rich in nutrients. It is commonly used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways. It serves as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural and safe pesticide for soil.

Tibicos

Tibicos are a type of mushroom with a high content of bacteria and yeasts used to prepare some of the healthiest, probiotic drinks that exist. They are fundamental to prevent certain illnesses, optimize the absorption of nutrients, and last but not least used specifically to cure common ailments.

Such drinks are prepared with milk or water and adding sugar, allowing the tibicos to feed and reproduce. With such a high content of bacteria and yeasts, tibicos are very favorable to the immune and digestive systems with the ability to help cure things such as migraines, insomnia, dizziness, cardiac problems, asthma and even high cholesterol levels.

For example, Kefir water, which is one of the healthiest probiotic drinks, prepared with tibicos contains vitamins and minerals such as phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins B and C.  It also contains antioxidants and healthy bacteria that assist in the function of the immune system.  The microbes that are present in tibicos act in symbiosis to maintain a stable culture.  Tibicos can do this in many different sugary liquids, feeding off the sugar to produce lactic acid alcohol and carbon dioxide gas, which carbonates the drink.

Some of the commonly-known benefits and cures of tibicos include; cures migraine and headache, cures insomnia and dizziness, prevents heart-related problems, controls cholesterol levels, regulates blood pressure, cures asthma, reduces phlegm, stops cough, and helps prevent cancer.

Hardcore recycling

Recycling for us is more than a simple action, it is the value of the responsibility for preserving all natural resources.  On our farms, all raw materials, also known as a feedstock or most correctly unprocessed material, are recycled.  

For example, all organic material, left-over or not used at all, is left to ferment until decomposed, then becoming useful to put back into the earth to enrich the soil and serve as a fertilizer for our plants and flowers. Recycling is nothing complicated. It is something that everyone can put into practice by contributing in their own special way.

Even the small paper bags used to protect our flower petals from the strong sun are recycled.

Extra special soil treatment

Located in the highlands of Ecuador our farms have some of the richest volcanic soil in the world and with our eco-friendly practices we like to keep it that way.  We realize how important it is to take care of the soil considering that we depend on it to produce world-premium flowers and that is why we take it to the next level.  

With our extreme biologic control, one of our most effective methods, we make sure that our soil is always in the healthiest condition possible so we can produce top quality flowers.

Biologic control is the control of plagues and infestations, sicknesses, and weeds or undergrowth that consists of utilizing live organisms with the objective of controlling large populations of other harmful organisms, therefore purifying our soil and allowing our flowers to grow as they should.  Obviously in our soil, there are a lot of unwanted insects that infest our soil and harm our plants and flowers. We have discovered that there are also a lot of insects that do a lot of good by killing the harmful ones. Here are a few.

  • Earthworms – Actively participate in the carbon and nitrogen cycles. Improve the physical and chemical properties of the soil. Assist in microbial activity. Treatment and recovery of soil residues transforming them in useful fertilizers.
  • Mites – Unfortunately there are many harmful mites that do damage to our plants and our soil, but we can count on certain types of good mites that eat the bad ones and allow our plants to grow in rich, healthy soil.  

Planet Earth is ours, it belongs to us, but many times we forget about that and do not treat it as such. Just like anything else, it requires special care, attention, and delicate maintenance. Earth Day only happens once a year and it is a perfect day to sit back, raise awareness, and reflect about all the things we can do and the ways we can chip in to support eco-friendly practices and promote sustainable products, like our flowers for example.

Check out our online flower shop where you can get a wide variety of Fairtrade, sustainably-grown flowers. Farm fresh, cut-to-order, and shipped from our farms in Ecuador right to your front door. Buy flowers today and pamper yourself or send flowers to someone you hold dear. Shop now!

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Giving our mothers flowers on Mother’s Day will always be a meaningful gesture, but over the years has become something completely automatic, just like having turkey on the table for Thanksgiving dinner or putting wrapped gifts under the tree during Christmas season. Being that our moms are simply the coolest people on Earth, they always seem to show pure astonishment and utter satisfaction when we give them flowers, no matter what type of flowers they are or how they look, because to them the details always matter. That’s just how moms are. However, moms truly deserve much more for all they’ve done for us. This Mother’s Day we want to share a few ideas of things that you can add to your flowers that’ll have her grinning from ear to ear.

Paper strip notes

On strips of white paper, write down your mom’s characteristics and qualities that most stand out to you. One by one attach them to each flower stem with ribbon or even yarn. It would be ideal if you find a special trait for every flower in the bouquet. That would surely leave her in awe. They don’t even have to be plain paper strips. Use your imagination and think of ideas that would really catch her eye.

Photo taken from Gardeenia Floral Design Studio

Gift cards

This is a spectacular way to add a little extra detail to your Mother’s Day flowers. If you really know your mom, you’ll know her tastes and where she really likes to shop. Go out and get her a few gift cards from her favorite stores and attach them to the stems of the flowers and place them where they are visible.

Photo taken from trishabdesigns.com

Breakfast and flowers

Yeah you should probably let her sleep in a little, she deserves it, but that shouldn’t keep you from starting the motherly pampering first thing in the morning. Make her a Mother’s Day breakfast to go along with the flowers to get her day started off right and serve it to her in bed. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Maybe she’s not an early bird or maybe she doesn’t even have a big appetite in the morning, but a thoughtful gesture like this one will surely be enough to make her day an extra special one.

Decorated mason jar flower vase

As you might have seen all over the internet, mason jars are one of the most versatile objects out there. You can do so many unique things with them, one of them being using them as a flower vase. Mason jars don’t simply serve as your average, run-of-the-mill flower vase because you can customize, decorate, and dress them up in so many clever ways. You can use glitter, glue, ribbon, pita rope, paint, and even photos of some of the special memories you have with mom. The sky is the limit, so don’t let these ideas hold you back and keep you from getting ultra-creative. With a detail like this one, your mom is sure to recognize the extra time and effort invested into making her Mother’s Day one that she will always remember.

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Customized thank you notes

Yes, our mother’s probably know we are thankful, but we have to constantly let them know, especially on a date like this one. We must recognize that our moms have done heroic acts to love us, care for us, and raise us to the best of their ability ever since the day we were born. We cannot let them forget how thankful we are for everything they have done for us.  A unique way to show your gratefulness this Mother’s Day is to attach small thank you notes to your flowers, with each note containing a reason why you are so thankful to have her as your mom. You tie them with ribbon, string, yarn, or anything that might occur to you. Be creative, use your imagination, and think of things that she might like. To you, such a gesture might seem like an insignificant detail, but to her it will mean the world and more, reminding her of how thankful you are and showing her that you took the time to add a special and meaningful touch to her flowers.

Well, by now your mind’s probably running crazy with all sorts of out-of-the-box ideas and your heart pumping faster just thinking of all the ways you can make mom smile and mix it up this Mother’s Day. Although the ideas might be flowing and you’re feeling more creative than ever before, you might want to pump the brakes a little, because you still need the perfect flowers to make these ideas complete.

Check out our online flower shop where, with just a few clicks, you can get Fairtrade, cut-to-order flowers delivered from our farms in Ecuador right to your front door. Shop now!

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Many have heard of Passover being that it falls on the week before Easter and considering that these two holidays are often used in the same sentence, but few and far between are those who know what it’s all about. Although these days Easter is more commonly celebrated with candy-filled baskets and Easter egg hunts for the kids, Passover has a deep and special meaning that is unknown to many. Passover, a holiday that lasts an entire week, is a Jewish holiday celebrating the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt.

Despite the fact that flowers did not initially play any sort of important role in this holiday, over the years many Jewish families have used flowers to decorate their seder tables for when the family reunites, considering the fact that Passover falls on a week in which winter starts to wave goodbye and spring begins to peek its head through the door.

Flowers are not only used for Seder table decoration during Passover. Along with fruits, sweets, and other gift baskets full of goodies they have become a traditional gift.

Check out some of the most popular flowers used during Passover that you can use to spice up your table. Lilies

Photo taken from J. Parker’s Dulch Bulbs

If these flowers tickle your senses, you might like a bouquet like these.

Daisies

Photo taken from Garden of Eden Flower Shop

If you fancy flowers like these, but prefer a little color, we’ve got the perfect bouquet for you. If you’re looking for even more color, check out these breathtaking blooms.

Carnations

Can’t wait to get your hands on blooms like these? No worries, we can help you out with that. Click here.

Daffodils

Photo take from Flower Meaning

If you’re digging yellow flowers like these, we’ve got a bouquet like this one waiting for you.  Or if you want even more yellow and you happen to be more of a rose fan, click here to indulge now.

Violets

Photo taken from Lexington Soaps

Have purple flowers like these got your attention? If so, click here for a bouquet we think you might like. Want to see more? Take a quick peek at this bouquet

Even if Passover isn’t a common tradition in your household, the reality is, you don’t need a specific reason to indulge in our bouquets. Our flowers have the power to light up a dinner table in the blink of an eye, put a smile on someone’s face, or make any occasion a special one.

Check out our online shop where you can get world-premium, long-lasting flowers cut-to-order and shipped from our farms right to your front door. SHOP NOW

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Easter time has rolled around again, a time filled with elegant pastel-colored decorations, egg-painting, Easter egg hunts for the kids, and lots and lots of candy-filled baskets! These days, it seems like Easter has become a holiday for kids to have all the fun while all the adults stand by and watch as their children stuff their faces with candy and run around on the hunt for hidden Easter eggs. We all remember those days when we used to do the same, but with time we just seemed to lose interest.

This Easter season we’ve got something that’ll spark that interest that anyone of any age can do. Maybe you’ve really never been into the whole decorating thing, let alone during Easter, but who ever said it’s too late to start something new? Embellishing your Easter basket is actually easier than you thnk and might be just what it takes to have your sweet-toothed kids forgetting all about the candy.  

Check out these Easter flower basket designs and take some tips from these artists! 

Lisa Hyman

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Wow, that rose basket really caught our eye! If it caught yours and your looking to decorate a basket like this one, we’ve got flowers for that! Click here.

DIY Masters Blog

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Talk about pretty in pink! Yeah, we’ve got you’re back with this one too. Pink roses like these are just waiting for you.

Paper & Stitch

 

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Check out these guys and they’ll actually show you how to make this basket step by step! First, you’ll need flowers like these before you can get started. Follow their lead and you’ll be a pro before you know it. 

Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog 

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Jelly beans, peeps, and flowers all in one!  Whoever said you had to use a basket? Check out how Jenn has taken Easter decorating to an all new level. We might not have the sweets but you better believe we got the flowers.

Design Improvised

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Seriously, the beauty of these flowers even make the eggs in this basket look better! If you’re up for the challenge check out our online shop for flowers that’ll help you with your design.

Now that you’ve gotten a look at how some of these people are stealing the show from the Easter bunny with their flower-adorned baskets, it’s time to try it yourself. Check out our online shop where you can get Fairtrade certified flower bouquets ideal for a gift, quick flower fix, or even an Easter basket decoration. We’ll cut your flowers the minute you order and ship them right to your front door. Shop now!

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You can find flowers in so many places, in the countryside, at a wedding, in a garden, in a hotel room, or even in a vase on an office desk, but sometimes you can find flowers in the most unexpected places, like poems for example. Here are some excerpts from our favorite flower-inspired poems.

Check out our online flower shop where you can get Fairtrade certified, Ecuadorian flowers that we cut the minute you order and ship right your front door. Whether you looking for flowers for a birthday, anniversary, or just an office decoration, count on us to provide you with the flowers you’re looking for. Shop Now!

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Women’s Day isn’t just a typical day on the calendar set aside to celebrate women. This is a particularly special day in which we come together to stand with women in their never-ending search for equality and to recognize, honor, and embrace women with all their similarities and differences, their strengths and weaknesses, their abilities and disabilities, their faith, their beliefs, and even sexual identity. With all this diversity come many contrasting personalities with a whole spectrum of different traits that make them strong in their own way. These traits can be so majestically reflected in flowers which have their own characteristics to help them thrive. Who ever said flowers are delicate? Find out which flower represents your own way of being strong.

Confident like an astromelia

You hold your head high and are never discouraged or disheartened by anything or anyone. Your high self-esteem is part of what defines who you are.

Astromelias carry an essence that is a perfect representation of women who can find true beauty, value, and confidence in who they are. If you are a woman who can look in the mirror and see her inner beauty, if you can define perfection for yourself and be perfect in your own, special way, if you can value your self-worth no matter the standards that are set by society, then this flower blooms within you.  These days, the word “perfection” is way too often incorrectly defined and in the world we live in is taken out of context. This doesn’t mean a woman must have a Victoria’s Secret body or the physical features to make the cover of a GQ magazine or even a résumé of historic accomplishments that makes her a recognized figure.  If you see yourself reflected in this flower, then you are strong, strong like an astromelia.

If this flower harmonizes with your personality, this bouquet was made for you.

Positive like a rose

For you, the glass is always half full. You make a conscious effort every day of making sure negativity doesn’t fluster you.

Roses possess numerous and unequivocal traits that can be found in the roots of feminine characteristics. If you are a woman that has the power of inspiring and motivating those around you with their positive attitude, your way of thinking, and your conscious, everyday decision of not letting anything or anyone bring you down, then this flower blooms within you.  Maybe the first words that come to mind when you think of roses are love and romance, but orange roses, in particular, are known to symbolize elegance, grace, and above all else positivity, aligning perfectly and ever so naturally with women that have the unique trait of keeping their head above water when the tides of negativity rush in and keeping their self-esteem sky-high despite the adversity in their surroundings. If you see yourself reflected in this flower, then you are a strong, strong like a rose.

If you feel like these orange roses represent you, this bouquet was made just for you!

Resilient like a succulent

You might get knocked down, but are never knocked out

If you are a durable women that takes pride in their relentlessness, perseverance, and their ability to bounce back and recover from their downfalls while mustering up the courage and finding the power to overcome any trial or tribulation, no matter if the odds are against them, if you are able to withstand the blows of everyday life, if you are able to brush yourself off and get back up every time you fall, then this flower blooms within you. With their velvety leaves and powdery surfaces, they have become notorious for their resilience. This plant has a long life span and has the unique ability to resist and endure all sorts of climates and conditions. If you see yourself reflected in this flower, then you are strong, strong like the succulent.

If the succulent is your spirit flower, you got to take this bouquet home!

Outspoken like a gerbera

When you have something on your chest or have something to say, you never hold back.

With its vivid, rainbow-like colors the characteristics of the gerbera elegantly harmonize with lively, animated, and audacious characters. If you are humble, but stand out for your buoyant, bubbly personality or your boldness to stand up and make your voice heard by saying what you think, no matter what others may have to say in response or no matter how you may be viewed in the eyes of others.  If you are an honest, direct, straightforward woman who has no fear of vocalizing what’s on her mind, then this flower blooms within you. If you see yourself reflected in this flower, then you are strong, strong like a gerbera.

If this flower resonates with your personality, then this bouquet is all yours!

Idealist like a loosestrife

You set your mind to proving wrong all those skeptics who say your dreams are just wild fantasies.

If you are a dream chaser, if you rise up when the doubters gnash their teeth, if you are willing to make the necessary sacrifices and do whatever it takes to reach your highest goals no matter how impossible they seem, if you are a woman that does not quake or quiver when the naysayers are on the prowl, but rather feeds off their negativity, then the seed of this flower blooms within you. The loosestrife with its unique shape and dazzling white, angelic buds carries a profound and eloquent meaning that resonates with characteristics of a woman who has no fear to pursue her wildest dreams, a woman that, no matter the obstacles, shoots for the stars, thinks big, sets her mind on the things she wants to achieve, keeps her eyes on the prize, and doesn’t stop until her biggest dreams become a palpable reality.  If you see yourself reflected in this flower, then you are strong, strong like a loosestrife.  

If you have felt a special connection with the loosestrife, you will fall in love with this bouquet!

Check out our Women’s Day flower bouquet collection created to celebrate that feminine strength comes in so many different ways. Choose Yours!

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