Friday, January 31, 2014

Interdisiplinary post

In floral design we've been learning how to create basic arrangements, boutonnieres, corsages, and all types of floral arrangements. We learn how to properly cut and trim the flower before proper placing it  in the arrangement. This relates to my topic because of the simple use with flowers. My topic of "flowers" covers all aspects covered in my floral design class. On Tuesday I learned how to perfect a boutonniere.
The relation between this and my topic is, when working with flowers you need to be able to correctly take care of and groom them. This includes removing of the thorns, if there are any. Removing all excess foliage and leafs, which causes them to look stunning. Proper maintenance will keep your flowers looking their best.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Keeping your flowers fresh & long lasting

 There are many useful tips and tricks in order to help keep your flowers fresh and lasting for as long as possible. To begin with, if you're harvesting flowers from your own garden you should begin in the early morning. This is so the stems can retain moisture. Keeping your flowers at a temperature between 40-50 degrees is ideal for most situations. After you have cut your flowers ensure to remove all leaves from the stem that would otherwise be emerged into water. Your stems need to be cut at an angle, and should also be done underwater so no air is able to seep into the stems veins. Changing your water everyday is most beneficial to the flowers in order to keep them at their freshest. Adding in bleach is another tip to help keep bacteria out and also keeps the water smelling fresh. Flowers that are exposed to direct sunlight or heat tend to wilt quicker.
However, if you're given a bouquet and need to take care of those flowers, the simple up keep is slightly different. The first thing you need to do is place them in the refrigerator for several hours. If you're unable to place them in your fridge, then skip that step and move directly to the preparatory steps which include removing the leaves and excess stems, along with cutting the flowers at an 45 degree angle. If you're cutting roses, this should be done underwater. After you prep them place them in a vase of cold water. Placing your flowers into warm water gives them the chance to dehydrate themselves and causes them to wilt up and die. The upkeep of your flowers should include cutting the stems every few days, and changing the water every day. Flower food which can be purchased at your florist helps keep your flowers alive, but you could also add sugar into your vase if you're unable to buy the flower food. The placement of your flowers can also have an affect on their lifespan. Keep your arrangement away from sunlight and fruit bowls. Fruit bowls produce ethylene gas which causes your flowers to wilt. Clearly, there are many tips and tricks to keep your floral arrangement lasting with the longest lifespan possible.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Flowers by scents

The wide variety of scents flowers can produce is enormous. Each flower has their very own scent and design to it. In nature, flowers often use their scents to attract birds for pollination. Flowers can also produce horrific scents in order to warn away bad insects from eating them. Floral scents are among the most popular smells people tend to enjoy. It's been proven that fragrances have certain affects on our emotions. Some of the most popular scents being aromatic, citrus, exotic, floral, and spicy.  Aromatic scents are often categorized as being herbal and the scent itself can promote good health and well being.
They can typically be found in bedrooms, in order to help get a good nights sleep. Flowers in the aromatic category are lavender, dill, eucalyptus, marjoram, grape hyacinth, and rosemary. Lavender is a relaxing scent and promotes good sleep. As rosemary is more of a kitchen herb, with a woodsy scent. Citrus scents are often bright and refreshing, and have the availability to rejuvenate and lift your mood.
The citrus scents are found in mimosa, wax flower, eucharis, and orange blossom. Exotic scents are among the "heavy" scents and are ideal for the bedroom. Gardenia, oriental lily, narcissus, stephanotis, and tuberose  are all under the category of exotic. The tuberose has an intoxicating scent of jasmine, with just a hint of coconut. Floral scents tend to have a light, and often sweet aroma. These scents are typically alluring and pleasing to humans.
 Among the floral scents flowers in this category are carnation, freesia. hyacinth, lilac, lily of the valley, and rose. Roses are the classical floral fragrance. Finally the last category of scents being spicy. With a spicy scent, these flowers are stronger scented with the plants having almost a peppery smell to them. Thus often creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Flowers among the spicy scent are chrysanthemum, florists' broom, hypericum, pink dianthus, and stock. All flowers produce some type of scent.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Choosing your flowers :)

When choosing your flowers for a flower garden, the list of characteristics can go on and on. Landscapers often look for size, shape, color, texture, and form that correspond with each other, and flow the best with each other. The color wheel is often the best advise you could gain when deciding which flowers will compliment each other to their most potential.
Popular flowers that are often chosen because of their colors are roses, sweet pea, camellia, stephanotis, narcissus, gardenia, orchid, lily of the valley, jasmine, and snow drop are all chosen for the purpose of being colored white. The color pink attracts the eye to roses, ranunculus, peony, sweet pea, carnation, tulip, protea, boronia, and lily.
The color lavender often comes in mostly to lavender, lilac, anemone, statice, iris, delphinium, and hydrangea. Yellow attracts daffodil, sunflower, tulip, and freesia. With the color red, it mostly applies to gerbera, rose, dahlia, poinsettia, and amaryllis. Picking out flowers can be a difficult decision, when you don't know what you're looking for.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Creative writing

Once upon a time in a land far far away, there lived a girl by the name of Rose. She was the daughter of the King Bluebonnet. She was next in line for the throne. All the townsmen wanted to marry Rose and become the next King. She was very particular though, and she wasn't going to marry just anybody. The townsmen always tried grabbing the attention of Rose, by serenading her and constantly giving her presents in order to win her over.
This went on for months, until Mr. Ginger came along and truly knew the way to Roses' heart. He brought her bouquets of her favorite flower which happened to be Petunia's. She loved them for their sweet light floral blend, with just a hint of green for a soft pleasing scent. Petunia's soothed her and ultimately brought her bliss .
 Finally, Mr. Ginger won Rose over! His endless bringing's of Petunia's finally got her to be his. On the wedding day she woke up and the room was covered in Petunia's. She was delighted. Their wedding was decorated in pure flowers. It was a beautiful wedding. Their lives went on and they created beautiful children, by the names of Poppy, Jasmine, and Azalea.

Passion blog

My passion for flowers first developed when I was in the third grade. This was when I first realized I was in love with flowers. My aunt was working at the Fortuna Florist which ultimately ignited my passion for flowers. I often frequented the shop just to see new designs. Flowers allow you to show passion, lust, love, thanks, soul, and they glisten with beauty. Flowers personally bring me joy.
A simple flowers arrangement can brighten anyone's day and can also make them feel warm and happy. Flowers demonstrate great beauty. Flowers come in all different shapes, colors, uniqueness, and they serve as many purposes. Every single flowers posses a different meaning. Flowers bring out my inner passion.
Flowers serve different purposes such as scented rosary beads, biscuits, and candies. The purposes moved gradually from utilitarian purposes in homeopathic medicine, perfumery, and cookery. One of the most important purposes being perfume. I simply love flowers.