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Six Ways to Celebrate National Flower Day

March 21 is the big day for flower lovers around the globe. Even if you aren’t enamored by flowers, their presence will help you kick off the start of the spring season in the perfect way. Many elect to send flowers to someone special on National Flower Day. Others reward themselves with a sweet-smelling bouquet. There are all sorts of different ways to make this underrated holiday a memorable one.

  1. Plant a Flowerbed

If the weather permits, you can celebrate National Flower Day by planting a flowerbed by your window, deck, pool or other outdoor space. Depending on your location, Mid-March can be the perfect time to start a lovely flower bed. Your flowers will have their full colors on display as we move through spring and into the summer. These hues will liven up your property, impress your guests and provide some lovely eye candy for everyone to enjoy.

  1. Add Flowers to Your Beauty Regimen

Flowers provide much more than sweet smells and visual appeal. Pick up some lotion or soaps with flower extracts and your beauty will blossom. You can even add flower extracts to your own DIY soap/lotion recipes to give your skin quite the lovely scent. Incorporate some lavender in your bubble baths and you’ll have the perfect means of unwinding after a hectic day. If you would like a fresh new scent, pick out a fragrance with rose or jasmine notes.

  1. Accessorize Your Look With Flowers

Flowers are quite the adorable fashion statement. Add a flower to your headband, pin one to your hair bun or sport a pair of tights with a floral pattern for National Flower Day.

  1. Accent Your Room With Flowers

Flowers are eye candy of the highest order. Add some blossoms to your living or work space and they will immediately add a bright and cheery tone. Furthermore, flowers are a much more vibrant option to accent a room in your home. Add some orchids to a space in your home that is in need of some much-needed visual flair. Perhaps you have a color neutral space that could benefit from some vibrant daisies. Maybe your office or the study in your home is a little bare and would feel much more peaceful with the addition of lilacs.

  1. Cook With Flowers

Most flowers have a lovely scent. Some provide a scrumptious taste. Add some rose petals to your jam with this Rose Petal Jam recipe and you will never look at flowers the same way again!

  1. Send Flowers to Someone With a Sweet Note

National Flower Day Arrangements by Brant Florist

Order a lovely flower bouquet from Brant Florist for your special someone this National Flower Day and your sweetie will appreciate you for making them feel loved on this national holiday. Brant Florist goes further than other flower businesses by adding a customized note to each delivery. Rely on our team to add a personalized message and your recipient will receive much more than stunning flowers. This person will receive a gift that is custom-tailored in every possible way.

Brant Florist’s Hand Made Flower Arrangements are just a Phone Call Away

Brant Florist is here to make your National Flower Day and every other holiday a very special one. We have all sorts of gorgeous flowers for your significant other, family, friends and anyone else deserving of a colorful bouquet. We hand make each order and add on a personalized message to make your flower delivery that much more special. We will stop at nothing to give your flower recipient a smile that lasts the entire day. Brant Florist’s hand made flower arrangements are just a click or phone call away!

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.

Burlington Horticultural Society Flower Show

Burlington Flower Show In June 2016

The Burlington Horticultural Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Their members have a mission to make and keep Burlington beautiful with plants, gardens and flowers around the community. For those who love to garden, the Burlington Horticultural Society is there to support your passion.

The first June meeting the Burlington Horticultural Society is having is also a Flower Show open to the public. This annual flower show invites local horticulturalists – both aspiring and seasoned – to enter their flowers into the show to be recognized for their green thumbs and beautifully grown flora. This gathering of locally grown flowers draws Burlington residents to the show to admire and enjoy. This will be a night for admiring local flowers and learning a little something as well, about flowers and gardens and how they grow in a different part of the world.

The guest speaker this year is Virginia Jameson, giving a talk on Gardens of Switzerland, which are numerous and spectacular.

As flower enthusiasts ourselves at Brant Florist, we are delighted that spring and summer flowers are so joyously and publicly celebrated locally in our town as well as around the world. Among their many benefits, flowers bring people together! We’re excited to come together around flowers in Burlington for this year’s Flower Show in June.

The Burlington Horticultural Flower Show takes place on June 8, 2016 at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre – 2285 New St. Burlington, Ontario from 7:30pm-10:00pm.

Visit www.burlingtonhs.com or contact burlhortsoc@gmail.com for more information.

The Power of a Bouquet

Flowers are one of the proofs that often the smallest things are the most beautiful and meaningful in life. The power and influence a single flower can have is just remarkable. Their positive impact on people’s mood is scientifically proven and their ability to strengthen communication and relationships is not to be overlooked either. Giving somebody a bunch of flowers is one of the best gifts you can make, because flowers bring along certain symbolism and a strong effect. It also comes to show that you’ve taken the time to choose the right flower and it represents your taste and emotions. What’s great about flowers is not only their beauty, fragrance and charm, but also that where words fail, flowers speak. Let’s take a look at the effect a simple bouquet can have over another person and how can you make the best of the art of giving flowers.
Bouquet of White Flowers
Say “sorry”: If you want to look sincere and genuine, choose a simple bouquet, nothing over the top. Carnations, lilies and gerbera daisies are some of the perfect flowers for this purpose.
Say “thank you”: Flowers are the perfect way to express gratitude to somebody – a friend, a significant other, a teacher or a parent. It’s enough to choose a small bouquet and give it in person. Adding a “thank you” hand-written card is also part of the tradition.

“Thinking of you” flowers: This is a more intimate message which can be expressed with a bunch of beautiful red or pink roses, tulips or Forget-me-not flowers. When you miss somebody, why don’t you send them flowers with delivery? This will surely bring across your message and warm thoughts.
Flowers for a first date: This is a delicate situation where flowers are not a must, but it’s also not a bad idea. If you don’t know the person well it might be accepted as moving too fast. If it’s somebody you know and you’ve decided to go on a first day, it’s a great way to express your excitement and fondness with a bunch of pretty flowers. Keep it simple though, anything extravagant could be off-putting.
Bouquet of Purple Flowers
A treat for oneself: Yes, that’s right; you can buy a bunch of flowers to yourself and not be ashamed of it. If you love flowers, you don’t have to wait for somebody to give them to you. Buy a bunch of your favourite blooms and put them in a nice vase in the middle of the living room or in your bedroom.

Flowers for home: You don’t have to spend too much on flowers in order to have some fresh blooms on a regular basis. Flowers have a lovely effect and brighten up the home. One of the ways to have a constant supply of pretty flowers is by growing them in pots or in a garden.
Bouquet of Yellow Flowers
Giving a bunch of flowers is a lovely gesture which is always appreciated. Flowers make perfect gifts, they show care, respect, love, thoughtfulness, friendship and gratitude. When you know somebody’s favourite flower, it’s a sign of perfect thoughtfulness to give that flower to them on a special day. Flowers are perfect for decorating various events and a great addition to every gift. Every good florist should be able to assist you in your choice and offer you the best bouquet for a specific occasion.

Shorter Days, Darker Nights, Bring Flowers in your Home to Brighten your Days

Happy Blooms Basket of Flowers

With winter comes sorter days and darker nights and things can become a bit dreary. Rather than sit in the gloom that winter time often brings, bring some color and light in to your home with beautiful fresh cut flowers.

The winter blues can bring even the highest of spirits when the days are short and icy cold. It is hard to get out and about and be around others when you need those moments of connections. For the elderly, this is almost impossible. A great way to help keep the spirits up of your own and your loved ones is to gift flowers. It allows you to make a connection with another no matter what the weather holds outside your doors. It can bring that much needed smile to an elderly’s face and make an entire week or longer one of joy!

Don’t let the shorter days and darker nights bring on the winter blues to you or anyone you care about. Brighten yours and others days with a gift of beautiful fresh cut flowers from Brant Florist.