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Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Memorial Day is a federal US holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May to commemorate and honor all Americans who died while in military service.

Memorial DayOn this day, the USA flag is first raised quickly, and then solemnly lowered half-staff until mid-day (to commemorate those in the armed forces who gave their lives while serving their country). At noon, the flag is raised to full-staff until sunset, symbolizing the raising of the fallen’s memory by the living so their sacrifice is not in vain, and who resolve to continue the fight for freedom and justice on their behalf.

Inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” that refer to the fields of poppies that grew on a battlefield in Flanders (Belgium), YWCA worker Moina Michael attended a conference wearing a silk poppy pinned to her coat and distributed over two dozen more to others present. She also penned the poem “We Shall Keep the Faith“, part of which reads:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

This custom of wearing artificial poppies moved the American Legion in 1920 to adopt the poppy as their official symbol of remembrance.

Here are some other interesting Memorial Day facts and trivia:

  • It was first celebrated as “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.
  • Memorial Day is commonly known as “The gateway to Summer” and a popular day for grilling and BBQ.
  • Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally be named Memorial Day until 1967.
  • On Memorial Day at 3:00pm local time, Americans are asked to pause for a minute of silence or listen to “Taps” as a “National Moment of Remembrance” (established by Congress in 2000).
  • The Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend took effect in 1971.
  • The Indianapolis 500 motor race has been held on Memorial Day since 1911.
  • More than 36 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home on Memorial Day.
  • Every year around Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute red poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
  • In Great Britain this day is commemorated as “Remembrance Day”.

The practice of sending roses to close family of fallen heroes has now become a tradition, so if you would like to honor and commemorate the memory of an Americans who died in military service, you can place such an order now.


Interesting Mother’s Day Trivia

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Mother's Day card 1915
  • This year (2015) is the 100th anniversary of the Mother’s Day, that was officially created in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson. So celebrate the US holiday Centennial by ordering a flower for mom now!
  • It is written “Mother’s Day”, not “Mothers Day”.
  • The holiday is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in May. This year it’s May 10, 2015.
  • Carnations traditionally represent Mother’s Day, but roses are also widely given and (gladly) accepted.
  • More telephone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.

So, be sure to order your flower(s) for Mom now! (Remember, even late is better than nothing)


Are you ready for the Centennial Mother’s Day?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Happy Centennial Mother's Day 2015Mother’s Day will have been celebrated for a whole century this year on Sunday, May 10, 2015!

Although Anna Jarvis is widely recognized as the founder of “Mother’s Day”, it wasn’t until 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson officially created the – now widely celebrated – US holiday by setting aside every second Sunday in May for the purpose. [Read more…]

So, do not forget to order your single red rose or flowers for your mother now!


Have you ordered flowers for Mother’s Day yet?

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Mother’s Day is coming up very fast … Sunday, May 12, to be precise.

So, if you haven’t yet placed your flower order for Mom, now is a good time to do so. The longer you wait, the more expensive roses and other fresh flowers tend to become.

Northern Pacific Railway Mother's Day card 1915

Mother’s Day card 1915

Here’s some interesting trivia about Mother’s Day in the United States:

  • It is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in May. This year, that is May 12.
  • This holiday tradition was established by Anna Jarvis in 1908.
  • Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.
  • Anna Jarvis later detested the holiday’s commercialization and spent the rest of her life attempting to remove it from the calendar.
  • Carnations have come to represent Mother’s Day since Anna Jarvis delivered 500 of them at the first celebration in 1908.
  • This holiday generates a significant portion of the U.S. jewelry industry’s annual revenue in the form of custom gifts and rings.
  • For Mother’s Day, Americans spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts (e.g. spa treatments), and another $68 million on greeting cards!

So, be sure to order your flower(s) for Mom now! 🙂


Rose Trivia

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

In the Victorian Language of flowers black roses signify death, hatred, or farewell

In the 19th century a single black rose might be sent by a close friend and or loved one leaving for a war or on a journey from which he did not expect to return

The black rose is ubiquitous in the Goth subculture where it may symbolize tragic romance, or merely be a fitting addition to the decorum of those with a darker æsthetic

Black Roses (roses of black color) do not exist in nature but nevertheless they are often featured in fiction with many different meanings

In the 2006 movie, Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love, Issei Kurosaki (Kamen Rider Caucasus) carries a blue rose

Possibly the most famous reference to “blue roses” in literature is in the seventh scene of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, in which Jim realizes Laura is the same girl he had called “Blue Roses” in high school, since she had been out with pleurosis

Blue Rose is also a fantasy role-playing game published in 2004 by Green Ronin Publishing, emulating the “romantic fantasy” fiction sub-genre

The Blue Rose, due to its mysterious nature, acts as a clue in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me

The Blue Rose was also a symbolist, impressionist influenced art movement in Tsarist Russia in the early 20th Century

In Slavic mythology one may be granted wishes by bringing a blue rose to Baba Yaga

Rose culture came into its own in Europe in the 1800’s with the introduction of perpetual blooming roses from China

Early Christians identified the five petals of the rose with the five wounds of Christ

In Rome a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where confidential matters were discussed. The phrase sub rosa, or “under the rose”, means to keep a secret – derived from this ancient Roman practice

The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love (Aphrodite and Venus)

Portland, Oregon counts “City of Roses” among its nicknames, and holds an annual Rose Festival

The rose is the provincial flower of Yorkshire and Lancashire in England (the white rose and red rose respectively) and of Alberta (the wild rose), and the state flower of four US states: Iowa and North Dakota (R. arkansana), Georgia (R. laevigata), and New York (Rosa generally)

The rose is the national flower of England and the United States, as well as being the symbol of England Rugby, and of the Rugby Football Union

Roses are so important that the word means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as Romance languages, Greek, and Polish)

The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses (including Isis and Aphrodite), and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary

Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty

Blue roses traditionally signify mystery or attaining the impossible. They are believed to be able to grant the owner youth or grant wishes

Since roses lack a gene to produce delphinidin, the primary plant pigment that produces true blue flowers, blue roses were traditionally created by dyeing white roses

The rose came to symbolize the Republic of Georgia’s non-violent bid for freedom during its Rose Revolution

The symbol of a rose can also refer to the red rose of Lancaster, and the white rose of York, from the Wars of the Roses period

In some pagan mythologies, no undead or ghostly creatures (particularly vampires) may cross the path of a wild rose. It was thought that to place a wild rose on a coffin of a recently deceased person would prevent them from rising again

Since the earliest times, the rose has been an emblem of silence

Roses were used in very early times as a very potent ingredient in love philters

In Rome it was often customary to bless roses on “Rose Sunday”

In Scotland, if a white rose bloomed in autumn it was a token of an early marriage

The red rose, it is believed by many religions, cannot grow over a grave

Rose leaves thrown into a burning flame are said to give good luck

If a maiden had more than one lover, it is believed in one mythology, she should take rose leaves and write the names of her lovers upon them before casting them into the wind. The last leaf to reach the ground would bear the name of the lover whom she should marry

It is believed that if a rose bush were pruned on St. John’s Eve, it would be guaranteed to bloom in the autumn

Roses are often portrayed by artists. The French artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté produced some of the most detailed paintings of roses

Arise, arise, arouse, a rose!- Eh, a rosy nose? – Jeremy Hilary Boob, Ph.D. (more commonly referred to as the ‘Nowhere Man’), Yellow Submarine (film)

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose – Gertrude Stein, Sacred Emily (1913), a poem included in Geography and Plays

Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses – James Oppenheim, “Bread and Roses”

O, my love’s like a red, red rose – Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet act II, sc. ii

In the driest whitest stretch of pain’s infinite desert, I lost my sanity and found this rose – Rumi

A quarter of annual holiday flower purchases are for Mother’s Day.

Approximately one third of US adults will buy flowers on Mother’s Day.

More men (34%) than women (28%) buy flowers on Mother’s Day.

Easter and Passover flower purchases make up about 13% of annual holiday floral sales.

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