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Silk Flowers

Looking stunningly like any real flower but one that stays beautiful and fresh for a long, long, looong time, silk flowers make the perfect gift, accessory, wedding bouquet – you name it! They are made of silk, hence, the name. But more than that, silk flowers make an excellent, economic and aesthetic alternative to the real thing.

Why Silk Flowers?

Because silk flowers don-t wither or decay, they are perfect for areas like glass tabletops, entryways and bedrooms, which can all be easily soiled by real flowers. Moreover, silk flowers don-t need water, so you can place them anywhere – even in areas that could be easily damaged by spilled water, like your computer desk.

Silk flowers can do what real flowers can, and in some cases, can do even more. Just as real flowers do, silk flowers can brighten the office. But unlike real flowers, they stay as fresh when you are away on a business trip or vacation as when you are hard at work.

How They-re Made

Quality silk flowers are made with meticulous attention to detail. The result is an exquisite replica of the real thing, making it difficult even for flower experts to tell it from a real flower just by looking.

Some makers of silk flowers study the anatomy of a real flower from pistons to petals, carpals to stems in order to make them as close to the real thing as possible. And in this regard, most are successful.

Some well-made silk flowers are so indistinguishable from the real thing that you will be tempted to smell them. And for those who believe that they really are the real thing, this is the only that that gives silk flowers away. Sometimes, perfumes are added to simulate the scent of a real flower.

Lesser quality silk flowers, however, can be distinguished by the seams, which you can see upon closer inspection. But if you-re silk flowers are well-made, no one would know that ‘fresh’ flower on your hat is in fact artificial.

Caring for Them

Silk flowers do not wilt nor wither, unlike real flowers which tend to look droopy at the end of the day or after a few days. Because of this, we often forget that silk flowers need to be cared for, too.

Dust and dirt will stick to the silk, darkening the material and making the whole arrangement look bad. To keep this from happening, give your silk flowers a weekly dusting with canned air. This will help keep the flowers looking new and fresh.

Also, you might want to rotate arrangements every season or so. For instance, you may display bouquets of bright daisies in the summer, orange sprays in autumn, and red poinsettia in winter. If you do, be sure to store off-season flowers in a plastic bag slipped into a protective box. This will help preserve their color and keep the flowers from getting crushed.

Basic Information about the Different Parts of a Flower

Flowers never cease to amaze people with their natural beauty that every time we see a garden full of blooming flowers, we feel this sudden urge to pick one if not for the warning sign that does not allow picking of flowers. But, were you interested to know the different parts of flower? Don’t just content yourself with admiring beautiful blossoms, especially if you want to have your own flower garden or even if you already have one.

If there is a chance, take time to observe and take a closer look at a full-blown flower. You will notice it is comprised of different parts and each part performs an important job, just like the different parts of human body, in which each has different function. Some of the most important parts of a flower are divided into male and female parts. To find out the different functions of the various parts of a flower, continue reading below.

The male parts include stamen, anther, and filament. Each part has its own work to do. Stamen is the male part of the flower and it is divided into two parts: anthers and filaments. The anthers are the ones that produce and carry the pollen are usually on top of a long stalk resembling that of a fine hair, and are normally yellow in colour. Filament, on the other hand, is held up by a thread-like part called a filament.

Pistil is the female part of the flower that consists of stigma, style, and ovary. Each pistil is made up of one to many rolled leaf-like structures. The stigma is one of the female parts of a flower. It is the sticky bulb that is found in the centre of the flowers. It is the part of the pistil of a flower that gathers and stores pollen grains from another flower, on which they germinate. The style is another part which is the long stalk that sits on top of. The ovary is usually located at the bottom part of the flower that has seed inside and turns into fruit. It has ovules, where pollen grains travel through and fertilization takes place.

The other important parts of a flower are petal and sepals. Petals are the ones responsible for attracting the attention of pollinating insects with their attractive bright colour and scent, where as sepals are the ones the look like little green leaves that protect the flower before it opens up to reveal its stunning beauty.

There is something you should also know that concerns the different parts of a flower. Did you know that flowers have two types? Flowers can be perfect or imperfect. It means that perfect flowers have both male and female parts, while the imperfect ones have either all male or all female parts.

Who knew?

Sending Poinsettias to Long Distance Extended Family

White Poinsettia with Bow and Basket

Poinsettias are a definite Christmas icon and make the perfect gift to send to anyone but even more so long distance extended family. It is hard to get around to see everyone over the holidays but yet when you do not want to leave the long distance relatives and loved ones out the your holiday, sending them poinsettias is a great way to help them feel included.
Red Poinsettia Basket Medium

Sending holiday flowers through Brant Florist is so easy! With Brant Florist you can be assured that the poinsettias your loved one receives will be gorgeous and healthy and you can be assured that your loved one will have just as gorgeous of a smile when they are delivered. Send your extended family that you cannot embrace this holiday season a gift of poinsettia and feel great knowing you have sent the freshest, most beautiful holiday flowers available.
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Great Reasons to Send Flowers in December

Norman Rockwell Centerpiece by FTD

Although you never need a reason to send flowers, special dates and events like birthdays, anniversaries, new born baby, get well, deaths, new home, thinking of you, holidays, and romancing are more of the most common reasons people send flowers.

Here are some more popular dates in December to send flowers, so make sure to mark your calendars.

December 10: Human Rights Day (Friday)
December 12: National Poinsettia Day! (Sunday)
December 21: Winter Solstice (Tuesday)
December 24: Christmas Eve (Friday) & National Egg Nog Day
December 25: Christmas Day (Saturday) & National Pumpkin Pie Day
December 26: Boxing Day (Sunday) &; Kwanzaa Begins
December 31: New Year’s Eve (Friday)

Vibrant Poinsettias Hidden Secrets

White Poinsettia with Bow and Basket

As most know, Poinsettias are known to be one of the main favorite Christmas flower but did you know it has a couple hidden secrets that if you were not a flower person you might not know… even some flower people don’t always know the hidden secrets this gorgeous flower holds.
Red Poinsettia Basket (Large)

Here’s is one of the hidden secrets about Poinsettias:
The stalks of the Poinsettias have a milky fluid in them that contains latex. This is typically not harmful however, it is quite bitter tasting so although not poisonous to your pets, they will not enjoy the taste and very possibly get an upset tummy! If you are allergic to latex, you should not handle the plant without gloves.

Another hidden secret that is actually a myth is that the poinsettia is poisonous. The truth is the poinsettia is actually quite harmless to both children and pets. The poinsettia has been tested extensively for toxicity, but all tests come up negative or very low. According to studies done by POISENDEX, the source of poison information for the majority of poison control centers, it a 50 pound child would have to ingest more than 1¼ lbs of poinsettia leaves (about 500 to 600 leaves) to get sick. Now that is a lot of eating and a whole bunch of lack of supervision! The ASPCA’s website list the poinsettia as slightly toxic to dogs and cats, saying it can cause irritation in the stomach and mouth, but does ALSO point out it is generally over-rated in toxicity. However, The American Veterinary Medicine Association of America (AVMA), does not include poinsettias on it’s list of plants that are a threat to animals.

Even though the risks associated with the poinsettia is so low, it is not wise to have this plant within reach of curious pets or little children – not due to toxicity, but do to the safety of the plant. Little hands and pets have a tendency to “play” with these beauties, which can leave them looking rather torn.

Pink Poinsettia with Christmas Bow

The final hidden although not so much is that the poinsettia has its own special day, yet not many know this. The poinsettia is so popular that December 12th has been made the Official Poinsettia Day! Get your fresh beautiful poinsettias from Brant Florist in time to celebrate such a grand flower event!