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Poinsettias – The Christmas Flower

Christmas is right around the corner, that means it is time to decorate your home and office. One of the best ways to incorporate some Christmas cheer is with a beautiful arrangement of poinsettias. These lovely red, green, pink, white and plum flowers feature the colors of the holiday so don’t be afraid to make them the centerpiece in any room.

Why Poinsettias are the Flower of Christmas

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Poinsettias are officially classified as ornamental shrubs native to South America where they were originally referred to as “Flor de la Noche Buena”. This translates to the “Flower of the Holy Night”. Historians widely agree that the poinsettia was first used as a Christmas decoration in the 1600s when Franciscan monks used poinsettias during their Nativity ceremonies.

Mexican legend states that a young child was traveling to a community Nativity scene and realized that he forgot to bring a gift for Christ. He stopped half way, plucked green blooms from the roadside and carried them the rest of the way. Upon arrival, this child was ribbed by his peers for bringing such a plain gift. However, when the boy placed the blooms at the manger, a glorious red flower shined atop the greenery. This legend is central to the connection between poinsettias and the Christmas celebration.

It is Time to Decorate for the Holiday Season

It won’t be long until Christmas day is here. Seize the opportunity by decorating your home and office now. Implementing Christmas flair in the form of poinsettias and other Christmas decorations makes your home feel that more spirited and cozy. All it takes is the strategic placement of poinsettias and your living space will be rife with Christmas cheer.

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Poinsettias make fantastic centerpieces in and of themselves. Poinsettias are rich looking flowers with visually impactful colors that transform the style and feel of a room. Implement poinsettias as the centerpiece of a room within your home or workplace and everyone who walks in will feel festive. Give poinsettias a chance and you will find that they truly do make the holiday spirit quite contagious.

Poinsettias Make Great Gifts

Picking out the perfect Christmas gift is a challenge we would all like to simplify. Don’t fret any longer. Order some beautiful poinsettias for that person on your Christmas list that is difficult to shop for and she will be more than thankful for her lovely new flowers. Poinsettias make even more sense as a gift for those who live far away. Have some gorgeous poinsettias delivered to a friend or family member’s door this holiday season to wish them a happy holidays.

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If you have an upcoming Christmas party for work, school or another organization, pick up some poinsettias as a hosting gift. After all, who doesn’t love flowers? In particular, poinsettias are especially beloved during the holidays thanks to their festive colors. This is the hosting gift that keeps on giving as everyone who visits will obtain some enjoyment out of these gorgeous flowers.

Poinsettias With a Special Message

Order some lovely poinsettias through Brant Florists and we will incorporate a special message to make the flower arrangement that much more meaningful. We take great pride in the quality of our flowers as well as the words that make up their accompanying message. Put your trust in Brant Florists and we’ll help you make this holiday season unforgettable.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our poinsettias as well as our other floral arrangements and place an order. You can contact us by phone at 877-545-5535 or send us an e-mail at orders@brantflorist.com.

All the Ways that Flowers, Red or Blue or Any Colour, can Brighten Your Day

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No matter the weather, the environment, nor the company, the presence of flowers always seem to brighten up the mood. Flowers can make us feel joy, excitement, love, pride, comfort and a lot more. Do you ever wonder how?

Flowers stimulate our senses. Their beautiful colours and sensational scents play with our emotions, and they have the ability to make any scene much more vibrant and lively.

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Who can look at bouquets like these, overflowing with bright splashes of red flowers, orange flowers, and yellow flowers and not marvel at their beauty? Even as a simple image they explode right off the page like fireworks, filling the white space with colour, life and energy.

What you don’t get from the pages are the unforgettable scents, with their dazzling hues and refreshing fragrances, flowers captivate our minds and engage our senses.

Try adding some flowers to an office, a school desk, a living room, anywhere. Watch how their colours stand out against the usual browns, greys, whites and blacks of our furniture. Close your eyes and take deep breaths of their aroma. You can’t help but smile! This is a great way to turn the drab into the delightful.

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It’s also a great way to reconnect with nature. In a world of bricks and mortar, flowers allow us to bring nature into our lives, wherever we go. They remind us of the beauty all around us. Take sunflowers, for example. Not only do those yellow flowers shine as brilliantly as the sun…

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…but they are a source of joy. This positive energy feeds back to our surroundings and connects us to nature.

In addition to connecting with our own emotions, flowers are a great way for us to connect with others. For every sentiment and a message, there’s a flower that matches its meaning. Thanks, congratulations, apologies, romantic gesture and so on.

At Brant Florist we can provide the perfect custom arrangements for any occasion. No matter the colour or flower type you ask for, we’ve got it. Whatever meaning you want your flowers to convey, we know the best flowers for any occasion. All our flower arrangements are hand made by our floral artists to give your gift that unique personal touch. Let us help you brighten someone’s day. Browse our online catalogue or contact us at 905-634-2658.

How Did the Poppy Become the Symbol of Remembrance Day?

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Flowers can say so much without a single word. Each flower has its own character and inspires unique emotions. In this case, a flower is used to remember. Every year millions of people throughout Canada, America and the United Kingdom wear poppy pins during the week leading up to November 11. Schools, workplaces, stores and veterans’ organizations distribute the poppies, reminding people of their significance. As we carry the red flower on our chest everywhere we go, a solemn pride fills the air and we remember.

Remembrance Day Flowers By Brant Florist

In World War I and many wars since, courageous soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. Today we wear poppies to send a message both to ourselves and to the memory of those soldiers: we remember and honour that sacrifice.

But why the poppy? What made this pretty red flower the symbol of Remembrance Day? It was a Canadian who first connected poppies to remembering the fallen, but it was the efforts of multiple countries that created the poppy tradition we practice today. An international tradition for an international message, using the international language of a flower.

The poppy began its role as a symbol of remembrance with the World War I poem In Flanders Fields. Canadian war physician John McCrae wrote it in 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres, Flanders, just after he lost a friend on the battlefield. While overseeing his friend’s burial, McCrae noticed the numerous red flowers growing rapidly among the graves of his fallen comrades. This led to the poem’s first two lines:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow. / Between the crosses, row on row.

Remembrance Day Flowers By Brant Florist

In Flanders Fields was later published by the UK magazine Punch, spreading McCrae’s captivating words throughout the western world. In 1918, American professor Moina Michael was inspired by the poem to wear a poppy in tribute to both dead and surviving veterans.

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Not only was she the first to wear a poppy, she was the first to make and distribute artificial red flowers for others to wear. Michael also inspired French woman Anna E Guerin to start the first business selling remembrance poppies.

With the Remembrance Day poppy beginning to spread, it wasn’t long before official veteran organizations adopted it. In America the National American Legion declared the poppy their official symbol of remembrance in 1920, while in 1922 the Veterans of Foreign Wars distributed poppies nation-wide for the first time.

In Canada the Great War Veterans’ Association officially recognized the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in 1921. After becoming the Royal Canadian Legion, they went on to create the formal style of wearing a poppy (on the left lapel, close to your heart) and, with Parliament’s help, trademarked the poppy as a sacred Canadian symbol of remembrance in 1948, cementing its use as an everlasting tradition in Canada.

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The poppy tradition started with red flowers and one man’s poem. That poem asked the people to hold the soldiers’ torch high. Nearly a century later, our respect for our soldiers keeps burning strong. Whether November 11 is called Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Veterans’ Day, western nations have worn the red flowers year after year. Every time we do, we thank those brave souls for their sacrifice and promise them that their names and deeds will live forever. It’s a tradition we invented together, to send a message of a respect and debt we all share.

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Do you have a message? We can help you find the perfect flower arrangement to relay that message. For over 50 years we’ve helped people find flowers that display their sentiments. We also have special white and red flower arrangements to honour our veterans, as well as custom memorial wreaths. All of these arrangements for Remembrance Day include poppies. Visit the Brant Florist website to browse our selection or call us at 877-545-5535 and ask about our Remembrance Day arrangements.

This Halloween, Let’s Share Some Fall Flowers!

Halloween is a fall festivity that allows us to dream and fantasize. Getting dressed in costumes, whether they are ghosts and goblins or princesses and fairies, we are able to lose ourselves in the fun of being a different character. It also gives us freedom to go crazy in how we decorate our homes, offices and schools.

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Getting together with family, friends and neighbours is a big part of this celebration. While the kids are trick-or-treating, or after they have brought home their stash, it is time for the adults to have some fun.

 

 

Fall flowers can play a big part of your Halloween celebrations this year. The beauty of flower arrangements that have the Halloween theme can be used in a variety of ways:

  1. A friendly message: We are always looking for ways to tell loved family and friends that they are in our thoughts. A halloween bouquet is the perfect way to do that this month.
  2. Party invitation: Be creative with a small Halloween gift to invite your guests to your celebration.
  3. Halloween decor: Brant Florist has a wide variety of Halloween arrangements and centerpieces created by hand that will match any party theme, or decorative theme.

Take a look at some featured Halloween arrangements below:

Speaking of evoking spirits, here comes a ghost! It rises from its tomb to deliver your message from beyond the grave.

Ghost Halloween Flowers By Brant Florist

Add some fun and humour to your decor this Halloween, with this arrangement of fall flowers and a touch of something scary!

Spider Halloween Flowers By Brant Florist

 

A gorgeous collection of red, yellow and orange flowers rising from a jack-o-lantern and infested with bats. It doesn’t get more “Halloween” than this!

Bats Fall Flowers By Brant Florist

 

 

Flowers are a versatile way to add fun to your Halloween experience. They can be a way to show someone special that you care on Halloween. Or they can make your home as terrifying as it is beautiful. No matter what you decide to do with your fall flowers, Brant Florist creates handmade flower arrangements carefully designed for each customer. They’ve got a wide selection of fall flowers and many years of expert floral gift advice. Visit the Brant Florist website or call us at 877-545-5535.

Three Simple Ways to Appreciate Your Boss for Boss’ Week

October 17th is the beginning of Boss’ Week! Time to show your employer or supervisor some appreciation. You could show your gratitude for the support and advice they’ve given you, or simply your thanks for their continued confidence in you.

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There’s no better way to convey your appreciation for your boss than a gift of flowers. This year we’ve got a large selection of beautiful flowers ready for Boss’ Week. We’ve also got three sure ways you could thank and impress your boss.

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Smile Often – A smile goes a long way! Smiling while you interact with your boss can show interest, engagement, commitment and appreciation all on its own. You’re conveying that you like their presence and their conversation. You can easily turn a depressing discussion about a negative subject into something completely different through a simple smile. In addition, they say that when you smile the world smiles with you. If you smile at your boss they’re likely to smile back. Improving their mood in this way will make you seem an overall more pleasant person to have around.

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Dine Together – One of the most commonplace gifts North Americans get for their bosses is treating them to a nice meal. It’s a great way to share a personal moment with your boss and get to know them better. If you treat them to a specific cuisine that they like it’s even better, as you’ll demonstrate that you’ve paid attention to them as a person, not just as a boss.

Add to this time together a flower centerpiece to carry on your sentiment of appreciation.

This idea has become so popular that in some companies the employees have turned Boss’ Day into a different celebration, such as Toast Day. For this occasion everybody brings something they can toast, including bread, bagels, etc. They share it with their boss and coworkers, forming a simple potluck.

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Create a More Personal Bond – As we mentioned for the food, getting your boss something that has personal interest to them indicates that you’ve paid attention to and value them as a human being, not just as your supervisor.

Do they have a hobby? Consider a book they’d enjoy. If their hobby is gardening or floral care, you’re in luck, as a bouquet of beautiful flowers would be just the thing to brighten their day. Are they part of a local cause or group? Perhaps you could make a donation or get involved. Do they have a family, perhaps young children? They might just appreciate something cute and cuddly like a teddy bear.

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This year, give your boss something they won’t soon forget. It might be something to enhance their personal pursuits, a lovely meal or even just your winning smile. Whatever you decide, don’t forget the beautiful flowers to complete the gesture. You can see Brant Florist’s full lineup of Boss’ Week flowers here.