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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

The Meaning Behind Your Autumn Centerpieces


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Thanksgiving is almost here! As we prepare our tables for an evening of feasting and reflecting with family, we’ll no doubt include some beautiful decorations. Orange flowers, yellow and red too; pumpkins and corn everywhere you look. No table would be complete without one of our many eye-catching autumn centerpieces that captures the spirit of the fall season.

But why do we use these symbols and colours to represent Thanksgiving? Because orange and yellow dominate when the leaves fall? Because pumpkins and corn, common harvest vegetables, are orange and yellow? Yes, but there’s more to it than that.

Last month we showed you what the popular colours of fall meant. This month we’re going to look at what orange flowers, yellow flowers and the symbols of Thanksgiving mean for this holiday. Along the way we’re also going to show you some of the many delightful autumn centerpieces Brant Florist currently offers.

Orange Flowers

Fiery and passionate like the sun, orange flowers are symbols of optimism, energy and fun. They give us a burning drive, creativity and adventurousness, perfect for embracing the hard work of the harvest. Orange flowers also give us warmth and closeness, like the gentle flames of the hearth in a comfortable home or the tender bonds of family.brant-florist-thanksgiving-bouquet

When you see your family this Thanksgiving, try to spend some time with each of them. Remember what they’ve contributed to your life, how they’ve helped you grow. Remember the people who inspire you, push you to burn away the lesser parts of yourself and be a better person. Each of us, whether we run or crawl, only reach our destination with the support of many; we all owe them our gratitude and thanks for being part of our lives, and they owe us the same. Dedicate one orange flower in your autumn centerpieces for every relative you have.

Yellow Flowers

Radiant like bulbs shining with light, yellow flowers symbolize intellect, insight and the spark-like “eureka!” moment of discovery. They represent success; the times in our lives when we’re full of pride and joy as we reflect on our labours and admire their fruit, like the end of a successful harvest. Yellow flowers also represent the happy bonds of friendship, persistent and brilliant, not so easily dimmed.

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It’s not just family we should be thankful for, but our peers and good friends as well. They’ve shared our joys and sorrows, our successes and failures, our downfalls and redemptions; and we’ve shared just as much with them. They’ve brightened our lives just by being there, not out of familial connection but simply because they wanted to, and we have done the same. When we needed it most, they helped us seize opportunities and achieve greatness. You may not end up having Thanksgiving dinner with them, but it would still be a good idea to take some time to thank your friends for being part of your life and letting you be part of theirs. For every yellow flower in your autumn centerpieces, remember a friend and wish them well.

Thanksgiving Symbols

The three Thanksgiving symbols you’re most likely to see in autumn centerpieces are corn, the pumpkin and the cornucopia. All three represent the aim of a harvest: to have plenty. Pumpkins, massive and bulging with more than enough to feed a family, and corn, with their numerous kernels per cob and seemingly endless yellow fields; both evoke a vast bounty. The cornucopia, also known as the Horn of Plenty, is traditionally a goat’s horn said to be filled with infinite abundance—more fruit, grains and vegetables than any family or community can eat.

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When you see autumn centerpieces containing a cornucopia, you should give thanks for your family’s own bounty—the feast you’re able to prepare and the loved ones you’re able to spend time with. We’ve all got so many things to be thankful for.

Combine the meanings of orange flowers, yellow flowers and Thanksgiving symbols and what common theme emerges? Community. The bonds we form with others, the shared toils and spoils and the happiness we derive from living together. As you gather around your autumn centerpieces and dig in with your loved ones, remember these values, for they hold as true for us as they did for the pilgrims, settlers and farmers whose harvest festivals led to our Thanksgiving.

But maybe you haven’t chosen your Thanksgiving decorations or autumn centerpieces yet. If that’s the case, Brant Florist has a wide selection of gorgeous centerpieces to crown your table, as well as floral experts who can help you choose the perfect flower decorations for the holiday.

What do you think about the meaning of Thanksgiving? What do these symbols mean to you?

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5 Easy Ways to celebrate the Fourth of July… Right in Your Backyard!

With Independence Day around the corner, we Americans are getting ready for the first long weekend of the summer! The July long weekend means so many wonderful things: warm and sunny weather, blossomed summer flowers, and celebrations to show our pride in USA and in being American!

We have a few ideas on how to show our American pride this long weekend as we celebrate the Fourth of July:

Backyard party

The Fourth of July falls right at the start of summer, which means great weather! This is the perfect opportunity to invite friends over for a backyard BBQ. Outdoor dinners are tons of fun for the whole family, and it doesn’t break the bank. Ask your guests to bring something to contribute and make it a potluck! There’s nothing better than being with friends and family on the long weekend.

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There are lots of easy and fun crafts you can make with the kids to celebrate the Fourth of July. Here’s one great idea: paint red horizontal lines on a piece of white paper or bristol board. Instead of the blue and white stars, have the kids make a blue handprint at the top left of the red lines to create personalized American flags!

Decorate for the Fourth of July

If you’re having people over or not for the Independence Day, show your patriotism by decorating your house and backyard with red, white and blue! Use red, white and blue paint and glitter to decorate mason jars. You can use these as holders for your cutlery or as vases for patriotic red, white and blue flowers to make Fourth of July themed centrepieces! Decorate your backyard or your house with string lights and hanging pots of summer flowers, red and blue table cloths and napkins.

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Explore

You don’t have to go far to discover the beauty of this country. In almost every town or city, there are hiking paths, bike trails and parks to walk around and enjoy the summer weather and nature. Do a quick search to find where you can explore in your town this long weekend. Many communities will also organize events to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Fireworks

Plenty of cities and towns offer free fireworks for the Fourth of July. Find out if your town is doing a fireworks display near you. You are also likely to see and hear your neighbours setting off red, white and blue fireworks this long weekend… grab a blanket to cozy up outside and enjoy the show!

Whatever you do to celebrate Independence Day this long weekend, we hope you enjoy it with lots of American pride, laughter and flowers!

Red, White and Blue flowers with American flags | Brant FloristVisit our special Fourth of July page for red, white and blue flower arrangements for your backyard party or to just decorate your house this long weekend.

You can also give us a call at 877-545-5535 or email us to place an order for easy delivery!

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Flower Trends for Your Summer Wedding

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With springtime in full bloom, it is a happy reminder that wedding season is right around the corner. If you’re planning a summer wedding, you were likely eager for spring to arrive so you can choose the perfect flowers to compliment your colour scheme of your wedding.

Here are this year’s hottest wedding flower trends to help you choose your colours and/or flowers for your summer 2016 wedding.

Pastels

Pastel Flower | Brant Florist | Summer Wedding TrendsWhatever colour it is that you’re choosing for your wedding, finding flowers in a pastel shade of that colour will give an elegant and classic touch to your wedding.

Pastel shades of any colour go well with white (ie. your white wedding dress), light grey or any light shade of neutral to compliment your pastel colour. Consider these neutral shades for your vases or ribbons for your wedding flowers.

Simple and Classy

Wedding Flower Trends | Simple Classic Flowers | Summer WeddingNothing says “classy wedding” like a simple flower arrangement with clean neutrals to compliment your classic white dress.

Think white on white with clear, white or silver vases for a simple and classy flower arrangement. White roses are the perfect option for this simple and stylish trend.

Fresh Cut and Wild

CreSummer Wedding Trend | Wedding Flowers | Wild Flowers | Wedding Centrepieceate a fresh and rustic look with your wedding centrepieces by add vines, sprigs, herbs and different sized and coloured blossoms for a more rustic look to your centrepieces and bouquets. This is a perfect option for an outdoor wedding.

Have fun with designing your own arrangement with all of your preferred colours and other “wild” elements to add to your centrepieces!

 

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Mix it up at your wedding by making each wedding centrepiece different. Not all the tables, or your bridesmaid’s bouquets, need to look the same! This element of variety is very trendy this year. You can either stick with a similar colour and a different variety of flower type, or choose all different colours of flowers and use all of your favourite colours that you just couldn’t choose from this year.

Boutonnieres and corsages

Match your boutonnieres for your groomsmen to your bridesmaids’ flower bouquets or corsages.

If you’re going with the Summer Wedding Trend Bridesmaids Flowers | Brant Florist Wedding Flowersvariety trend, make sure that the flower in the groomsman’s boutonniere is the same colour flower as the bouquet of the bridesmaid’s that he is walking down the aisle! This keeps the variety as a fresh element and keeps a unified consistency to your wedding party.

 

Fresh and Local

A guaranteed trend this year is that of local and seasonal. By choosing wedding flowers that are in season where you are holding your wedding, you’re ensuring not only the freshest cut flowers, but also that they are from a local florist.

There is no better choice than supporting local businesses and displaying flower arrangements that were prepared only days before your big day.

Our website is organized and categorized by season and occasion for so many more ideas on summer wedding flower trends for 2016!

If you’re still deciding the trend of wedding flowers you’ll be going with this summer, give us a call at 877-545-5535 and our team of designers will be more than happy to assist you with choosing the perfect arrangements for your summer wedding.

Learning the Zodiac

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and if you’re old enough, you likely remember learning the constellations using a little mnemonic that school teachers would require us to memorize. For learning classical history, it’s a must as many of the stories involving Greek and Roman gods require an understanding of the Zodiac.

A friend and I were sitting over coffee having the typical “old codger” discussions when something swung the conversation into the subject of the Zodiac. Perhaps someone had mentioned their horoscope. I don’t recall.

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Regardless, either he or I began this mnemonic and the other joined in and we recited it together. If you’re old enough, you might recall it as well.

In January, a goat (Capricorn), drinking from a stream (Aquarius) said, “Look, a fish (Pisces).”

A ram (Aries), and a bull (Taurus), carrying the twins (Gemini) said “There’s also a crab (Cancer).”

A lion (Leo) roared in agreement, which startled the young maiden (Virgo) so that she dropped and smashed her scales (Libra).

“That’s no crab – it’s a scorpion (Scorpio),” said the archer (Sagittarius).

If you’re looking for something to teach the grandkids this holiday season, you might try this!

Let me know how it goes.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

http://BrantFlorist.com