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Poinsettia – The Christmas Plant

Poinsettia is The Christmas Plant: we’ve written about it before so here are the links to our previous 3-Part series about this wonderful Christmas flower.

  1. Poinsettia – The Christmas Plant [Part 1]
  2. Poinsettia – The Christmas Plant [Part 2]
  3. Poinsettia – The Christmas Plant [Part 3]
  4. and click here to Send Christmas Flowers…
And here’s an excerpt from a fascinating article from Stanford University about Joel Poinsett, the first American Ambassador to Mexico, for whom the Christmas Flower is named:
  • World Association of International Studies, Stanford University … – Randy Black writes: Many of Mexico’s presidents were Freemasons, including Benito Juarez and Porfirio D az. Additionally, while recent presidents of Mexico have not been Masons, a number of the Grand Lodges are and, the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite are closely identified with the ruling party Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). In past years the bottom line was that Mexican Masonry appeared in most cases to be irregular in comparison with American Masonry.

Flowers for Your Wedding

Wedding Flowers: When it comes to flowers, Weddings are one of the largest events.  More flowers are used on a single wedding day than any other day of the year.  Weddings are big occasions for everyone involved; from the bride all the way down to the caterer – and the flowers are no exception.  The flowers are an important part of the wedding.  Without the flowers a wedding would be a very drab affair.  The flowers add decoration to the wedding location, but they also give the wedding energy and life.

Many times the wedding flowers are made up from the favorite blooms of the bride-to-be along with other flowers for the color of the bloom, which will fit in with the dress colors chosen by the bride-to-be.  The flowers and the colors of the wedding theme will go hand in hand.  It has been said that many look at the wedding flower arrangements online, but most never buy their wedding flower arrangement from the web.

Many brides-to-be don’t really have a clue as to the type of arrangement or how they want their bouquet arranged, so they must look at pictures.  Because weddings take so much time to plan, and in almost all parts of the planning the bride-to-be must be present, so it stands to reason the bride-to-be does not have a lot of free time when the wedding is in the planning stages.

In order for them to have some ideas regarding the wedding arrangements, the bride needs to look at pictures.  Her options there would be to visit the florist and look at the pictures they have in books, or they can look on the web.  The web can be accessed at all hours of the day or night. Many smaller florists close by 5 or 6pm and don’t open again until 9 or 10am the following day. The bride-to-be will find it easier to find time to look on the web.  She will be able to look at the pictures several times before making her final decision.  She can then print out the pictures to take to the local florist or to give to her wedding planner.

It is unclear why more brides-to-be don’t order their wedding flowers online.  Maybe they are not aware of how an FTD florist works.  Maybe she believes the UPS or the FedEx driver will be the ones who will deliver her wedding arrangements to the chapel.  However, if she lives in the Burlington, Ontario area of Canada, the florist on the web she is looking at could also be the local florist she chooses for her wedding arrangements.  Brant Florist in Ontario has an extensive web site, which includes wedding arrangement as well as a location close by in Burlington.

Ordering Flowers Online For Delivery

When we think of ordering flowers online, it is usually for Mother’s Day, or as another gift for someone who lives across the country from us.  It’s unusual to consider ordering flowers for our wedding online.  Why is that?  Maybe it is because we don’t quite grasp the concept of ordering flowers for delivery as a gift and ordering flowers for delivery to the church for our big day as being the same.  Do we know that it will be someone from a florist in our area filling the order and delivering the flowers?  Are we afraid of some sort of miscommunication will take place and we will receive the wrong flower arrangement?  That can happen anywhere.

Ordering flowers online is not much different than ordering flowers directly from the local florist.  Florists made arrangements with each other years ago.  If you ordered a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to your grandmother on her birthday from your local florist, that local florist would call the florist in the area closest to your grandmother’s house to make the floral arrangement and the delivery.  The same thing happens when you order flowers online.  The online florist will make the floral arrangements through the florist in your area who will also deliver them to the location you have specified.

You don’t have to worry about them going through the postal system or UPS.  FedEx doesn’t even deliver the floral arrangements for you.  You will have the flowers you ordered brought fresh and to the door by the local florist who has been contacted by the online florist.  When florist first started working with each other around the country and possibly even around the world, they started with the FTD florists.  Times have changed, but the way florist work together to make fresh flower deliveries has not.  They have had this practice in place for over 100 years and they do it well.

So now you don’t have to worry about where the florist is located when ordering flowers to be delivered.  The florist can be in Burlington, Ontario, but you will still receive a fresh bouquet of the flowers you ordered at your door.

Shopping For Gifts

When thinking about flowers as an idea for a gift, it will usually be Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or sometime when we are in a hurry, and didn’t shop for a gift in advance.  However if you have had the opportunity to look at the florist online web sites you will know they have some great ideas and some of them don’t even have to include flowers!

When it comes to special occasions, online florists have a floral arrangement for just about every occasion you can think of.  If Father’s Day came to mind, yes, they have floral arrangements for Father’s Day and ‘For Him’ on Valentine’s Day too.

Not everyone wants flowers. There are people who would prefer a plant.  Florists have plant arrangements also.  In fact if you will check out their web sites you will see they have all sorts of gift baskets.  There is the spa gift basket, the chocolate lover’s gift basket, the fruit baskets and of course the new baby baskets.  Some of these baskets will include flowers and some will not.  It is your choice as far as what you will be sending to that someone in need of a gift.

Some where over time the flower shop has transformed into a great gift shop, and if you haven’t checked it out lately you are missing out on a great place to get gifts when you are in a crunch and need something fast.  Many florist offer same day delivery and that includes the florists who are online.

The next time you go to work and find out today is a co-worker’s last day, and you need to get something to be delivered (as if you had planned it for months,) check out the florists online and have them deliver something that day.  You are sure to find the perfect parting gift at a moment’s notice.