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How to Beat the Winter Blues with Flowers

The winter months often prove to be quite depressing. There is little sunlight, way too much snow, hazardous ice and brutal wind. There are several ways to beat the winter blues. Some turn to warm meals. Others key in on exercise. Yet the one foolproof way to improve mood in this dreadful time of the year is an assortment of beautiful flowers.

Flowers Brighten up Living and Working Spaces

Winter Blues - Brant Florist

Add some colorful flowers to your home or office and you will feel uplifted. Our bodies are searching for sources of light and color in the monochromatic winter months. Flowers infuse much-needed color along with lovely smells that ultimately serve to boost one’s mood.

Exposure to Flowers Lowers Stress Levels

The winter makes it awfully difficult to spend lengthy periods of time in the greater outdoors. Furthermore, much of the outdoor landscape is covered in ice and snow. Most of the plants are lifeless until the spring months. This is precisely why you should bring nature’s beauty indoors. Add some gorgeous flowers to your living or working space and you will feel much better during the depressing winter.

Simply Looking at Flowers Will Suffice

A study performed by Harvard University researchers found that merely looking at flowers in the early morning hours can induce happiness and reduce anxiety. Winter mornings are especially stressful. It seems like it takes forever for the sun to show. The temperatures are egregiously low and the ice is as solid and slippery as ever. Do yourself an enormous favor by looking at a lovely floral arrangement for a few minutes each morning. Though this sounds a bit irreverent, it just might work wonders for your mood.

Winter Mug - Brant Florist

Even if you don’t want to gaze at flowers each morning, you will still benefit from their presence. Place vibrant flowers in the rooms of your home that your frequent on a regular basis and they will improve your mood and energy. When in doubt, place your flowers in the kitchen as that is where most people spend a considerable portion of the morning.

Flowers can Even Trigger Positive Emotions

Let’s face it: Most of us get a little depressed in the uber-cold winter months. Many suffer from seasonal affect disorder (SAD). Others are stricken with cabin fever. It is quite easy to feel sad, anxious and even angry between December and March. Fret not, flowers can help!

A study performed by Rutgers University lends credence to the popular notion that flowers boost emotional health. The research shows that flowers induce happy emotions, boost life satisfaction and even trigger positive social behavior. This is excellent news for individuals who are searching for a means of beating the winter blues without antidepressants, alcohol or other drugs.

Brant Florist is Here to Help You and Your Loved Ones Make it Through the Winter

We are smack dab in the middle of the winter. There is a good chance that you feel a little down. Even if you feel fine, the odds are that someone in your social circle or family feels depressed. The answer to the winter doldrums is here in the form of lovely floral arrangements from Brant Florist.  Each of our arrangements is handmade in a highly personalized manner We even tack on an individualized message for good measure. This is exactly what one needs in the midst of the brutally cold winter!

Contact us today to learn more about our floral arrangements and how they can brighten your life or the lives of your friends, family and co-workers. You can reach Brant Florist at 877-545-5535 or by e-mailing info@brantflorist.com.

Spread Christmas Cheer By Sending Flowers

Are you on the prowl for a heartwarming gift that expresses your admiration and/or gratitude? Perhaps you simply want to let someone know you are thinking about them with something more substantial than a text message, e-mail or phone call. A flower arrangement is the perfect solution. Everyone loves receiving flowers, especially when they are fresh, colorful and aromatic. A floral arrangement received in the midst of a brutally cold and dreary winter really is a powerful pick-me-up.

Spread the Holiday Cheer

Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations are not far away. Most of us consider this to be the best time of the year as we are provided with the opportunity to spend time with our family and friends. Show those who mean something to you exactly how you feel about them with a lovelyChristmas flower arrangement from Brant Florist.

Brant Florist Christmas Flowers‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer! Your gift of fresh flowers just might inspire the recipient to think of you in a different light or maybe even return the favor down the road. The point is that you build up some seriously positive karma by giving during the holiday season as well as the remainder of the year.

Who to Buy For

It is a given that you will buy presents for your family members. Yet there are plenty of other people in your life who are also deserving of something special for the holiday season. Consider giving the gift of flowers to those who have helped you out in any manner throughout the year.

Christmas Flowers by Brant Florist

Perhaps your child’s teachers went above and beyond the call of duty to help him excel in the classroom. Or, maybe one of your relatives who lives far away would enjoy a floral arrangement this Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Even those who help make your daily life better in small ways are deserving of such a gift. We’re talking about mailmen, paper boys, garbage collectors, crossing guards, police men and so on.

Our Flowers

If you aren’t sure which flowers to pick out, don’t fret. We have a diverse array of stunning flowers that appeal to a wide variety of individuals. Consider our lovely Holiday Planter With Poinsettia. Rife with the colors of Christmas, this piece will invoke plenty of holiday spirit. OurRed and White Centerpiece with Twin Candles is our best selling Christmas centerpiece for good reason.With it’s red and white flowers and pinecone accents, this stunning arrangement defines Christmas and winter. Buy one for your dinner table to add a festive feel to your holiday gatherings.

Christmas Candy Flowers By Brant Florist

Order our Candy Cane Christmas Flowers for someone on your gift list and your recipient will be wowed by its beautiful colours and candy cane accents. Or send our Winter Elegance Bouquet to someone special, this beautiful arrangement with clusters of red berries is sure to put a smile on the recipients face.

Brant Florist’s Hand Made Floral Arrangements

Our team goes the extra mile when it comes to assembling gorgeous flower arrangements. We hand make each arrangement with fresh and beautiful flowers. Our aim is to build only the most stunning floral arrangements possible, but we don’t stop there. Your gift is hand delivered by our experienced drivers delivering in all kinds of weather.  We want to ensure the recipient receives their beautiful arrangement.  If the recipient isn’t home, your gift may be left with a neighbour.  Remember the cold weather is rarely a friend to flowers left on a doorstep.

And Ordering is Easy!
Order online or from your mobile device to send your Christmas arrangements this year. Simply choose your festive design, give us the address you want the bouquet sent to and the date you want it delivered and we will take care of the rest! We’ll also send you an email copy of your order, and a confirmation email once we’ve delivered your arrangement (and some Christmas cheer!).

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

Brant Florist Poinsettia

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.

Brant Florist White Poinsettia

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.

Brant Florist Poinsettia Fruit Basket

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

Brant Florist Yellow Flowers

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.

Brant Florist Orange Flowers

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.

Brant Florist Sunflowers

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…

Brant Florist Sunflower Field

…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?

Remembrance Day Flowers

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.

Postage Stamp

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.

Poppy Flower

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.