Orchid Plants – Types of Orchids

Here is some orchid trivia: Did you know that vanilla comes from orchid plants? The vanilla “bean” is actually a pod that is produced from the vanilla orchid plant known as vanilla planifolia which is a species of vanilla orchid.

The vanilla planifolia is found in the West Indies and Central America.   It prefers tropical climates that are wet and hot. The flowers of vanilla orchid plants are greenish-yellow and they only last for one day. If fruit is desired from the plant the flowers must be pollinated manually during the morning. To produce fruit the flowers must be hand pollinated as there is less than 1% chance that the flowers will pollinate on their own. Fruits are long pods that are produced only on mature plants. The pods will mature after five months at which time they are harvested and cured. The curing process ferments and dries the pods with minimizing the loss of essential oils. Vanilla extract is obtained from this part of the plant.

There are several different types of orchids and at All flowers and gifts we have beautiful phalaenopsis orchid plants that are great gifts for all occasions. Phalaenopsis orchids are thick leaved plants with arching sprays of elegant blooms. They range in colours from white, yellow and pink /purple tones.

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Opulent Orchids – White Phalaenopsis Orchids Are Elegant & Beautiful

Growing orchids is not difficult; here are some steps on how to grow orchids:

  • Light – phalaenopsis orchids like low light and can thrive in an east window or a shaded west or south facing exposure. Orchid plants do not like direct sunlight.
  • Water – the phalaenopsis orchid grows from a single stem and does not have a large water storing capability and as such has a low tolerance for drought. During the growth season water the plant when you see the exposed roots turning silvery white which would be usually weekly. During this stage try to keep the potting media slightly damp. When the flowering stage starts decrease the watering to every other week. In higher the humidity it is important to maintain a good air flow around the roots and leaves.
  • Fertilizer – During the growing stage, fertilize the orchid plants weekly with an orchid fertilizer. Decrease the frequency to once a month during the winter and flowering stage.
  • Temperature – the phalaenopsis orchid likes temperatures between 75 – 85 degrees during the active growth stage, but they can adapt well to house temperatures of 65 – 70 degrees.
  • Blooming – Phalaenopsis orchids bloom typically in the late winter and early spring. They have long lasting flowers that are held on arching branches. The flowers of Phalaenopsis orchids can last for many weeks.

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Thomas Kinkade Christmas Flowers 2015 – Country Christmas Homecoming – Christmas Flower Delivery

Thomas Kinkade 2015 Country Christmas Homecoming Centerpiece

For the 2015 Holiday Season, Teleflora will be offering a New Thomas Kinkade Christmas Cottage Collectilbe! For the 2015 Christmas Season we will be show casing a new Christmas Cottage Floral Centerpiece – Thomas Kinkade’s Country Christmas Homecoming. We continue to recognize and celebrate the beautiful works of Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light.   This new 2015 Kinkade collectible from Teleflora will be sought after by collectors throughout the country. Year after Year Kinkade Christmas centerpiece floral keepsakes have been collected, they are great holiday gifts for family, friends and co-workers.   For 2015 Teleflora’s Kinkade collectible will be co-launching the release of a new painting, Country Christmas Homecoming. The winter scene depicts the arrival of the holiday season with bringing home the Christmas tree. What a great tradition to celebrate!

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Thomas Kinkade 2015 Christmas Cottage Centerpiece Collectible Country Christmas Homecoming

For 2015 the tradition will continue for collecting Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage collectibles. This wonderful “Country Christmas Homecoming” will be sought after by many passionate collectors. Celebrating the holiday season for many will continue with giving and receiving Kinkade’s holiday collectible cottages. At All Flowers and Gifts ordering a Thomas Kinkade – Country Christmas Homecoming is convenient with online ordering available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Christmas flower delivery is available throughout Calgary and also Nationwide. Quantities are limited, so it is always highly recommended to place your orders early for Christmas delivery.

The History of Mother’s Day and The Importance of the Carnation

The origins of Mother’s Day can often be thought to be traced back in time to many ancient rites, which had symbolic and spiritual origins, such as many Goddesses and symbols of motherhood that were celebrated. Mother’s Day is a celebration that honours motherhood, mothers, maternal bonds and the influence that Mothers have had on society. It is an American invention and it is not directly related to the many celebrations that have occurred throughout the world over the past thousands of years. May 10, 1908 was the first official Mother’s Day celebration that took place in West Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. White carnations were given out to every Mother that was in attendance at the celebration in Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.   Today white carnations are still very important as they are used to honour Mothers that are deceased. Pink and red carnations are used to pay tribute to Moms that are still living. In 1914, the second Sunday in May was signed into being the day of national observance, in which the second Sunday in May was declared as Mother’s Day. From this date on, this holiday flourished in the United States. Flowers became a very important part of the celebration especially the white carnations.

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Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in many countries; however there are some countries that have different days set to celebrate, most commonly in March, April and May. Over 70 countries observe Mother’s Day.

To celebrate this special day Mother’s Day cards are often given as well as flowers which are a very popular gift to give in celebrating with Mom’s. Carnations have always been a popular flower, however today we have a wide variety of beautiful fresh flower and plant arrangements for Mother’s Day. Choices can range from traditional, to modern and contemporary. Whatever the choice, Mother’s will always appreciate and treasure a gift of flowers on this special day.

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Mother’s Day Flowers

 

The History of Administrative Professionals’ Day

Administrative Professionals’ Day (has also been known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day) is observed in several countries to recognize and acknowledge the work of administrative assistants, receptionists, secretaries and other administrative support professionals. In Canada and the USA, it is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April (April 22, 2015).

The original idea for this day started with Mary Barrett the president of the National Secretaries Association, now referred to as IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals), and C. King Woodbridge the president of Dictaphone Corp. They had served on a committee which was addressing the shortage of skilled office workers, and together with Victor Toldoya who was a public relations account executive at Young & Rubicam, the idea for a National Secretaries Week originated.

The first National Secretaries Week was held June 1 – 7 in 1952, with June 4, 1952 Wednesday designated as National Secretaries Day. In 1955, the date for National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. In 1981 the name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week. In 2000, it became Administrative Professionals Week, to cover the increasing responsibilities and expanding job titles of administrative support staff.

Over the years, one of the largest workplace observances has become Administrative Professionals Week. This year in 2015, it will run from April 20 – 26, with Wednesday April 22 being designated as Administrative Professionals’ Day. This occasion is celebrated worldwide through different community events, social gatherings and individual corporate activities which recognize administrative support staff with gifts. In Canada and the USA this day is celebrated often by giving one’s assistant gifts such as flowers or gift baskets.

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Bright & Cheerful Flowers are Great Thank you Gifts

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Gift Baskets show how much you care

Chinese New Year 2015 – February 19th – the Year of the Sheep (Goat or Ram)

Chinese New Year is an annual celebration that marks the start of the new year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. The Chinese calendar consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year will always fall between late January and mid-February. For 2015 Chinese New Year is February 19th. Each Chinese new year is represented by 1 of the 12 Chinese Zodiac creatures, 2015 is the year of the Sheep (Goat or Ram). People like the Sheep (Goat or Ram) the most among the Zodiac Animals, they are very gentle and calm in nature.

Chinese New Year decorations consist of lanterns, cherry blossoms, orange-trees and lots of red colour. A very important aspect of celebrating Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner that is held on the eve of the New Year. Family members come together usually in the parents or eldest brother’s home to celebrate. The dinner is very lavish and consists of multiple courses. Gift giving is also an important part of Chinese New Year and the most common gifts that are given amongst family, colleagues and business contacts are those of boxes of oranges or live orange trees. If you are looking for gift giving ideas for Chinese New Year, sweets, fruit baskets and orchids are great gifts for this occasion. Chocolate candy gift baskets or fresh fruit baskets would be very appropriate for gift giving as well as orchid plants.

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Valentine Gifts for Him – What to Send a Guy?

Have you often wondered what to get your fellow on Valentine’s day? There are several choices available to send and surprise him on this special day. Guys do like flowers. When choosing flowers for a man we have a few tips to share:

  1. Choose bold and bright primary colors and avoid the soft pastel tones.

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    Bamboo Sunshine

  2. Choose a design that would be more “masculine” in nature such as one that is monochromatic.
  3. Dendrobium orchids are great picks for flowers when sending to men, they come in white and purple which are great colors.

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    Orchids

  4. A favourite among guys are tropical flowers, there are several different varieties that are available, but a popular choice are the birds of paradise.

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    Exotic Grace

  5. Modern and contemporary floral designs are wonderful to send to men, they have more of a clean and natural look.
  6. You can choose a floral arrangement that has a personal touch, for example if he likes to work on cars or trucks and is a automotive enthusiast, a great pick could be the 1948 ford pickup or a Jeep Wrangler. This type of flower arrangement is very appropriate and the container can be used in the future for different types of items especially when placed on a desk top. Teleflora's '48 Ford Pickup Bouquet

Other gift ideas include gift baskets, Valentines gift baskets can range from chocolates baskets, to junk food baskets, to healthy fruit and gourmet baskets. Whatever the choice, he is sure to love it.

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Junk Food Bucket

How to choose Valentine’s Day Flowers for Every Age and Every Stage of Love

The true essence of Valentine’s Day is telling someone you love them, and traditionally we expect that this would mean a romantic expression of love that is between two people. However as we look at the expression of love between two people, which is much like love itself, we have realized that this changes throughout one’s life cycle. We can divide our age groups into 3 different groups when deciding on what type of Valentine’s Day flowers to purchase.

  1. Teens and 20’s – First Love
    With this age group we can view love as that of “first love”. It can be viewed at as being very emotional, and passionate. Valentines Flowers that are most often chosen in this age group are those of the traditional dozen red roses.Precious Roses
  2. In the middle – Middle Aged Love
    With this age group of love, middle aged love can come in a few different ways. There may be love between couples that have been together for a number of years. There can also be love between couples who have left other relationships and are now in a phase of courtship. For this group of individuals, the tradition of flower giving is made more with choosing Valentines Flowers that are longer lasting and that have a combination of flower types which may include Roses. TEV12-5A - Dance with Me Bouquet with Red Roses
  3. The Golden Years – Long Term Senior Love
    For the seniors group love may be long term, new or perhaps dearly departed. Flowers are especially treasured within this group. On Valentine’s Day it is important to remember that all segments of love have important aspects. Within this age group, fresh cut Valentine flower arrangements or flowering gift baskets are very popular. T91-3A - Pretty in Pink Azalea

History of Valentine’s Day

The origins of Valentine’s Day go back in history with both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. The Catholic Church recognizes three different saints named Valentine, all of who were martyred.

One legend states that Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome, and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret when Emperor Claudius II outlawed the marriage of young men. Claudius ordered Valentine to be put to death once he discovered what he was doing.

Another story suggests that Valentine may have been killed in the attempt to help Christians escape prisons in Rome. It is suggested that an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” note himself to a young girl who he fell in love with who visited him in prison. Before his death, he wrote her a letter and it was signed “from your Valentine”. The truth behind the history of Valentines is not very clear, all of the stories however, seem to relate to a romantic figure.

There is also the belief that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to acknowledge the anniversary of Valentine’s death or buvalenrial. Others seem to claim that the Christian church decided to have St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a Roman god of agriculture. At the end of the 5th century Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day. This day became associated with love much later, during the middle ages, it was believed that February 14th was the beginning of the mating season for birds. Thus adding to the idea that the middle of February should be a day of romance.

Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, the USA, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia and Great Britain. Every February 14th gifts of Valentines flowers and chocolates are exchanged between loved ones.

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The Perfect Valentine Flower – Valentines Roses

 

December Birth Month Flower – Narcissus

The birth month flower for December is the Narcissus. There are several meanings for Narcissus which include conceit and self love. The narcissus or commonly called daffodil is a tall standing single stemmed flower that can grow up to 24 inches tall. It has slender flat strap like leaves that can be 3 inches to 20 inches tall. The narcissus is a late winter to early spring bloomer.  The flowers can range in style from single or double trumpet shaped and come in a variety of colors such as orange, peach, pink, red, white, yellow and bicoloured. They can do well in Zones 4-9 hardy. Soil type should be sandy loam with high average moisture, good drainage and high – medium fertility such as 5.5 – 6.5 pH.

The Narcissus does well in garden beds, borders, containers, and slopes. They look great in cottage, shade and woodland gardens. They are excellent cutting flowers and are popular in early spring arrangements. They also have a resistance to deer, rodents and diseases.   They are easy to grow.

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Daffodil Dreams

Narcissus are bulbs, and can be divided easily, these bulbs produce offsets which can be carefully separated from the mother bulb. Bulbs are ready to lift after they flower and the foliage dies back.  Remove the bulbs from the ground with a spade fork and discard bulbs that are damaged. Shake any soil from the bulbs and have them dry out for a few days on a wire rack in a dry, warm and well – ventilated area. Dust the narcissus bulbs with a fungicide to prevent any mold developing and store them in a dry garden peat moss or cleaned, washed and dried sand. The best area to store the bulbs would be with humidity of 25 percent or less and temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees F (7 – 10 C), such as in an attached garage or cool basement.

Christmas Flowers – Colour Themes to decorate with – Holiday table decorating

Red & green colour tones at Christmas are always very popular when it comes to decorating the holiday table with a Christmas Flowers. Combining winter greenery with lovely red Christmas flowers and candles can make a beautiful Christmas table centerpiece to decorate with.

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You can also have a beautiful Christmas table centerpiece by using red berries, apples, pine cones and bows to create an outstanding look for the holidays.

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Green is a great colour theme to work with and is one of my favourite colours, With its natural look and feel you can combine it with many different options, such as frosty and sparkly ornaments & fabrics to create a more formal look and feeling for your home and dining table. Using some natural elements like curly willow & twigs you can enhance your Christmas decorating to make it feel woodsy and natural like the outdoors. Combining the different shades of greens such as yellow toned greens with blue toned greens will give you a great mixture of colour tones that will make an awesome look.   Christmas wreaths are great to use to decorate your front door &create a long and lasting seasonal look that is very inviting to family & friends.

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Reds are always popular and can be combined with traditional greens as well as other interesting colours such as gold, silvers, pinks, whites & creams. Adding frost & sparkle to your decorations is a great way to change & freshen up an existing look. Christmas table centerpieces can definitely add that special touch when entertaining throughout the holiday season.

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No matter what colour theme you are creating when decorating for the holiday season, seasonal themed table centerpieces are always a perfect choice. When setting a holiday dinner table fresh flowers bring joy to any celebration.