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.
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!
Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and this story was told to me by a friend and may or may not be true. Regardless, it’s quite amusing.
A couple had been arguing all night. These rows, while rare, happened and usually lasted two or three days. This time, however, the husband was worried as he had an early flight and usually relied on his wife to wake him as he often slept through the alarm clock’s buzz.
Getting ready for bed and not wanting to start another salvo, he decided to write her a note and place it on her pillow so she would know to wake him. “Please wake me at 5am as I have an important flight. Thank you.”
The next morning, he awoke and looked at the clock. It was after 8am. Fuming, he jumped out of bed and began forming the dressing-down he’d be giving his wife when he got downstairs.
Then he saw, on the night table next to the clock, a note:
“It is 5am. Time to wake up.”
Hmm, maybe if he’d left the note with a beautiful flower?
Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and a few year ago now, I was asked to give a short presentation to a grade-school class about flowers. The teacher wanted me to tell the kids about some of the history of flowers and include some science in the mix. Since this was a third grade class, it couldn’t be too technical, so I put together a short list of flower facts and then figured I could wing it with some anecdotes or questions and answers from the kids.
Turns out, most of my list of facts never got used since the questions were immediate and often humorous.
My first fun flower fact was that dandelions are not actually weeds, but are actually edible and have a lot of nutrition. For the curious, though I didn’t bring this up, dandelion leaves contain vitamins A and C as well as iron, calcium and potassium. What the kids wanted to know, of course, was what they taste like and whether or not I eat them. I told them about how we’ve often picked them out of the lawn and put the leaves on salad and that back in the old days when I was their age, people used to crush dandelions to extract the juice to make dandelion wine. This, of course, was a big hit.
I figured that since the action was getting rowdy, I may as well go with that and skipped over to some facts about meat-eating flora. I mentioned the Venus Fly Trap and that it eats insects by catching them in its “flower” and then slowly digesting them with digestive juices similar to those in our own stomachs. This elicited a lot of “gross” and “eww” and similar reactions. I showed the kids how to “make” a Venus Fly Trap with their fists. Some of the more enterprising the buzzed around with their finger while the others tried to “catch” them. Ahh, to be 8 again.
I’d brought a huge sack of daisies with long stems with me and figured now was as good a time as any to show them how to weave a headband or necklace out of them. This basically finished off the presentation as I helped the kids make a total mess of the classroom.
It was a lot of fun. I think I’d like to do this more often.
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.
The New Year is an opportunity to start new things, try new things and let go of some old that have kept one down. It is also a great time to set your own trends and a fun place to start is with your New Years Flowers. You can go with traditional flowers used to celebrate the holidays, or you can go off the beaten path and bring a entirely new look into your home just with flowers! Think contemporary flowers. This can be in a an exotic nature or colors of flower arrangements you would not necessarily combine such as purples with greens and orange tones together.
Traditional New Year Flowers are generally deep blues, whites, and even left over Christmas flowers. Why not try decorating with flowers such as orchids or Amaryllis? Both are gorgeous flowers and can add accents to your home that emit class, sophistication, and new beginnings!
Choose flowers that exude the holiday spirit. If you are sending New Year flowers to another, you may want to play it a little safer and stick to more traditional arrangements, but for your own home, bring in the New Year in a new light with a fresh look at flowers! Pick up on the upcoming color trends for the year. Have fun with them and do not limit yourself. There really is never a wrong flower for any occasion!