Every Rose Has Its…Prickle?

June is finally here, which not only marks the official start of summer but it also means National Rose Month!
Colorful, fragrant, and graceful, it’s no wonder roses hold a special allure for romantics, artists, and designers alike. In fact, roses are overwhelmingly the world’s undisputed favorite flower with over 85% of people calling it their top choice.

36 Red Roses by Rose Bud Flowers and Gifts

36 Red Roses by Rose Bud Flowers

Rose blooms span nearly the full-color spectrum from delicate shades of soft pastels to bold confident hues in solid, striped or variegated petals. From the purest white to the darkest red, plus pink, yellow, orange, mauve, russet (and many shades in between), roses coordinate with any setting. Their fragrance will fill a room with classic rose, citrus, sweet, or spicy notes, and their durability allows them to adapt well to nearly any weather environment.

It’s not surprising that roses have accumulated deep symbolism and a devoted following. They are America’s national flower, as well as the state flower of Georgia, Iowa, New York, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia. They’re June’s birth flower and the 15th and 50th wedding anniversary flower. New Year’s Day celebrates them with a parade and college football bowl game in Pasadena, California.

Most of all, roses are an irresistible indulgence and an excellent way to express your true feelings. When you’re tongue-tied or can’t find the right words to express your feelings, there’s no better flower than roses to do the talking for you. Roses have long been used to send covert messages which are easily decoded if you know their secret language. From love at first site, friendship, or true love and new beginnings, appreciation, and congratulations, there is a color to symbolize your heartfelt sentiment.

Did you know there is a whole language around the color of roses?

Red – enduring love, romance
Lavender – love at first site, enchantment
Bright orange – passion, excitement, and fascination
Coral – desire and happiness
Yellow – friendship, gladness, delight
Light pink – happiness, joy, admiration
Deep pink – appreciation, thankfulness
White – innocence, purity, honor, reverence
Peach – appreciation, admiration, modesty

Here are 10 fun facts about roses that will give you an even greater appreciation of our favorite flower:

  1. There are over 100 species of roses.
  2. The first rose fossil was found in Florissant, Colorado and dated back to 35 million years ago.
  3. There is no such thing as a “black” rose. The closest to black is a rare breed called the Turkish Halfeti – a dark deep crimson that appears black to the eye.
  4. The term “thorns” is technically incorrect when referring to the sharp objects on the stems of roses. The correct term is “prickles.” Thorns have deeper roots in a plant’s stem whereas prickles attach at the surface.
  5. Dozen Pink Roses Hand Tied by Rose Bud Flowers and Gifts

    Dozen Pink Roses Hand Tied by Rose Bud Flowers and Gifts

    There is, however, a blue rose. Rose petals lack an enzyme that is necessary to create a blue pigment. For years, breeders have tried to cross different colored roses to create what seemed impossible. In 2009, however, with the help of genetic engineering, the world’s first blue rose was created.

  6. More than 54% of land in Ecuador is used to cultivate roses. Over 80% of the land of Zambia is cultivated with roses as well.
  7. Rose hips contain more vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable.
  8. George Washington was the first rose breeder in the United States. He named a variety after his mother, Mary.
  9. The tallest rose bush measured in at over 23 feet tall!
  10. Roses can live a long time. The oldest rose bush in the world is over 1,000 years old and is found covering the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim Germany.

Since it is National Rose Month, there’s no better time than now to send some fantastic roses to someone special in your life. Check out our website for some of our amazing designs that feature roses in a multitude of colors and styles.

At Rose Bud Flowers and Gifts, we truly have something for everyone! If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, give us a call or stop in and talk to one of our designers and we’ll make something completely unique that you’re sure to love!

When Words Just Aren’t Enough…

Classic Sympathy Sprays by The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts

Classic Sympathy Sprays by The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts

We often associate flowers with celebrations and happy occasions, but flowers also provide a way to express sympathy and lend support to those who have lost a loved one. Here are some tips on how to go about choosing right sympathy flowers, the best time to send them, and more:

What Should I Send?
The first thing to consider when choosing the proper sympathy or funeral arrangement is your relationship to the deceased. Traditionally, the immediate family selects a memorial wreath or casket spray for the service. Close family and friends often opt for personalized floral tributes that reflect the deceased’s personality, occupation, hobbies or passions. These flowers are typically displayed during the funeral service.

Other friends, relatives, and co-workers have many other options available including plants and simple floral baskets which can either be used for the service itself or sent to the home of the bereaved. The primary consideration should also be something that reflects the personality or relationship with the deceased as many modern funeral services focus on the celebration of life more so than mourning the passing.

When Should I Send It?
Timing varies greatly depending on a number of factors, but a good rule of thumb is to order funeral flowers at least 24 hours in advance of the funeral or memorial service, and even 48 hours for larger pieces like wreaths or sprays. Many funeral homes prefer to have the flowers in place several hours before the ceremony, so the earlier you order, the better. This also helps out the florist by reducing the number of deliveries they need to make.

Sympathy flowers that are intended for the family and not the service may be sent directly to the home. The timing of these deliveries isn’t particularly as important, so anytime after the service is over is appropriate.

In Lieu of Flowers
There is often some confusion when obituaries contain the phrase: “In Lieu of Flowers.” Contrary to popular belief, this terminology does not mean that the family does not want flowers. If that were the case, the phrase “please omit” would be used instead. It does, however, indicate that you have the option of making a donation instead of – or in addition to – sending flowers. Unless specifically stated, flowers are always an appropriate symbol of sympathy.

Solemn Offering by The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts

Solemn Offering by The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts

Other Factors to Consider
With so many different types of memorial services and so many other variables based on religion, cultural, or family preferences, understanding funeral etiquette is not always a simple task. At The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts, we’re here to help you make an appropriate selection and choose a thoughtful gift when filling your funeral flower order.

When Words Just Aren’t Enough…
We at The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts will help you find the right type of arrangement, and we are happy to offer guidance and suggestions if you’re unsure which style or design you wish to send. After you order, you can rest assured knowing that we will handle all of the details to make sure your flowers are delivered to the proper place, at the proper time.

The most important thing to remember is that a gift of flowers can make a big difference for grieving family members and friends. It lets them know you are thinking of them during one of the most difficult times in their lives. It can often speak louder than words.

Sincerely,
The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts

Are You Ready for Prom?

A vector illustration of teen in prom dress standing in front of a long limoIt’s that time once again; spring break is in the books and summer vacation is coming into sight, but who can think about summer when you’re busy planning your prom?

With so many choices to make for prom – from choosing the perfect dress to finding the right shoes, jewelry, and makeup – it’s not always easy to keep up with the latest styles and hottest trends that will have you looking incredible on this magical night.

But that’s not all!

Once the other tasks are completed and plans are made, you’re almost set for the big party, but don’t walk out the door and duck into the limo until you add the quintessential finishing touch – we’re talking about the flowers!

No prom dress is complete without a stunning corsage, and jacket lapels are way too plain without an eye-catching boutonniere. As they say, it’s all in the details!

Purple and White Corsage by Rose Bud Flowers

Purple and White Corsage by Rose Bud Flowers

What do I need, where do I find it?

With so many other important decisions to be made leading up to prom, the choices can sometimes be overwhelming and finding the right flowers to complement your dress or tux can leave your head spinning. Never fear! Like many of the other big decisions you make for prom night, choosing the perfect corsage or boutonniere is simply a matter of personal preference and should reflect your style and taste.

Fortunately, your friendly florists at Rose Bud Flowers are experts at customization and have a keen eye to help take your look from stunning to perfection with the perfect floral accents.

What are my options?

The choices are nearly endless when it comes to deciding which flowers are right for you, but we have plenty of experience and are happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. All we need to know are your colors and what kind of corsage you have in mind and we can take it from there.

Although it has become a popular trend to match the corsage with the boutonniere, it certainly isn’t necessary – besides, it’s your prom, do what you want! But if you do decide to color coordinate, or if you have some specific flowers in mind, feel free to bring your date in with you and pick them out together.

Don’t delay

It is often said that good things come to those who wait, but that isn’t always the case, especially when it comes to prom flowers. Since prom also falls during the height of wedding season and is near Mother’s Day, this is a very busy time of year in the floral industry.

Although the flowers may be the finishing touch to that perfect prom outfit, don’t wait until the last minute to pick out your flowers. Shopping early always provides you with a better selection and allows you more personal attention from our florists. We want you to look fabulous on your special night because it’s one you’ll never forget!

Your Comprehensive Guide to the Hottest Wedding Trends for 2016

This year’s wedding season kicks off with some bold new looks and time-honored trends. From the wildly popular use of copper and rose gold metallic decor to the tone-on-tone or monochromatic effects of colors and textures, let the professional wedding designers at The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts help you create a ceremony that is truly a one-of-a-kind reflection of your style and personality.

Here is some inspiration from some of the hottest wedding trends of 2016, and tips on how you can make your special day one that will never be forgotten.

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The New “In” Colors for the New Year

PANTONE-Color-of-the-Year-2016-v5-1080x1920Pantone, the authority on color, has unveiled an official “color of the year” for each of the past 16 years.

This “color of the year” — often controversial and always talked about — has set trends in design for many different industries, from fashion to flowers, since 2000.

In 2016, however, Pantone couldn’t decide on a single color, so they chose two: Rose Quartz and Serenity. These ‘warm pink’ and ‘tranquil blue’ colors are a stark departure from the darker and more vibrant colors of the past few years, and that’s for a specific purpose.

While Pantone’s annual “color of the year” selection might not be an exact science, there is a great deal of thought and ideology that goes along with the symbolic color (or colors). Pantone says it selected these two particular colors to represent a sense of balance and peace, citing the fact we seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses.

According to Pantone, the combination of Serenity and Rose Quartz also challenges traditional perceptions of color association and coincides with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity. They noted that a new generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged has opened our eyes to different approaches of color usage.

Jolie by Rose Bud Flowers

Jolie by Rose Bud Flowers

Pantone chose the pink and blue combination to shake up gender norms when it comes to design.

“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement.

While the soft color combination may bring baby showers to mind for many, the colors are sure to pop up soon in other areas of fashion and home décor — like floral design — where the pastel colors and watercolor hues have rapidly grown in popularity.

Casablanca Lilies by Rose Bud Flowers

Casablanca Lilies by Rose Bud Flowers

Pink and Blue – Not for You?

If you aren’t on board with Pantone’s color(s) of the year for 2016, never fear! You can still be on the cutting edge of fashion and design by simply choosing another source for your inspiration. For the past few years, paint giant Benjamin-Moore has selected their own colors unrelated to Pantone.

Their “color of the year” choice for 2016? “Simply White,” complete with the suggestion to “surrender to the complexity of white.”

Whether you buy into the Pantone selection, the Benjamin-Moore selection, or perhaps prefer your own personal “color of the year” choice, Rose Bud Flowers can help you find the perfect bouquet of flowers to help you start off the new year with a touch of beauty for your home or office! Give us a call at (251) 544-7851 or stop in to see what we have in store for 2016. Happy New Year from your friends at Rose Bud!

Think Pink in October

iStock_000020263348_BlogOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and also to raise funds for research, prevention, treatment and cure. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against the disease.

The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. It was first used in connection with breast cancer awareness in 1991 when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. The pink ribbon was adopted as the official symbol the next year, in 1992.

Here are some facts about breast cancer and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

  • Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point.
  • Early screening is vital because 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.
  • A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings. The National Football League promotes breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink on and off the field.
  • Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
  • Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
  • Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 11% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

Discover the Incredible Mood Power of Flowers

Beautiful blonde girl among the wildflowers in summerEveryone knows that flowers make people happy and enhance people’s moods, but the mood power of flowers may be even greater than we realize. Science has proven time and again that flowers play a powerful role in our lives, but their positive effect on our mental health is nothing short of incredible.

A study conducted by Rutgers University found that every single one of its 150 test participants expressed happiness upon receiving even one flower. The reaction was universal throughout all age groups and included both men and women. The study confirmed the possibility that flowers may, in fact, affect brain chemistry.

Studies show that besides making us happy, flowers are also proven to:

Pretty in Pink by Rose Bud Flowers

Pretty in Pink by Rose Bud Flowers

– fuel creativity and quick thinking
– make employees more productive
– help with stress reduction
– increase focus
– feed compassion
– lower blood pressure
– trigger memory
– boost energy levels

Giving is receiving

What really sets flowers apart from other gifts is that the act of giving may actually be more beneficial than receiving. A study by Texas A&M concluded that givers were perceived as caring, successful and emotionally intelligent people who possess the ability to not only express their own feelings but to take the time to understand the feelings of others.

Thoughtful by Rose Bud Flowers

Thoughtful by Rose Bud Flowers

Studies have also shown that a person can actually influence and change what others think of them in a significant way through the gifts they give, and perhaps no other gifts have the ability to evoke such positive feelings and perceptions as flowers.

Find the right mood

When a person sends flowers – or purchases them for their own enjoyment – the types of flowers they choose may play a significant role in enhancing a particular mood. Warm color flowers in reds, yellows and oranges boost energy and stimulate the brain, making people more alert and creative. On the other end of the spectrum, cool color flowers and plants in greens and blues tend to create a more soothing effect by slowing the production of stress hormones to aid in relaxation.

No matter what the occasion, flowers are indeed the perfect gift of happiness and positive vibes – they are a potent mood elevator and a natural source of pleasure. Call Rose Bud Flowers today and let us help you experience for yourself – the incredible mood power of flowers.

“Pumpkin Spice” up Your Autumn

iheartpumpkinIt all started with a simple beverage. Starbucks opened the floodgates in 2003 when they introduced their infamous pumpkin spice latte, now autumn will never be the same again.

Beginning sometime in August and continuing until the last of the New Year’s Eve partygoers calls it a night, we’re invaded annually by the taste bud-tingling delights and sweet fall aromas of ginger and nutmeg. The epidemic continues to grow larger and stronger with no slowdown in sight. Last year alone, 37% of American consumers reported purchasing a pumpkin-flavored product, accounting for $361 million in sales – an increase of nearly 80% from 2011.

Consumers won’t have to look far to satisfy their pumpkin spice fix this season either as the list of products containing the creamy orange obsession expands like a virus. If pumpkin spice coffee isn’t for you, never fear – you have a few other options. In fact, your entire day can now be filled with all things pumpkin spice.

pumpkinsucYou can start your day with some pumpkin spice English muffins…or bagels…or waffles, topped with some pumpkin spice Country Crock spread. After washing that down with some pumpkin spice milk and popping in a piece of pumpkin spice chewing gum, you’re ready to face the rest of the pumpkin spice world – but not before giving your dog some pumpkin spiced dog treats!

Lunch could include some pumpkin spice hummus along with some pumpkin spice Pringles on the side. Your afternoon snack options are nearly endless; Twinkies, Oreos, M&Ms – take your pick – you’ll find pumpkin spice flavor options for all of them.

What’s for dinner? How about some organic pumpkin spice chicken sausage? Yes, it really exists! If pasta is more your style, pumpkin spice noodles are available as well as gluten free pumpkin pasta sauce.

Candy Apple by Rose Bud Flowers

Candy Apple by Rose Bud Flowers

What better way to end the day than with a big bowl of pumpkin spice ice cream or a pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen? Perhaps you would enjoy a nightcap from one of the craft beer industry’s most popular seasonal offerings – pumpkin beer. You could always build a cozy fall fire and roast some pumpkin spice marshmallows…where does it end?

How about spicing up your pumpkins in a fun way this fall with some succulents from Rose Bud Flowers? We’ll help you get in the pumpkin spice spirit with our lovely Candy Apple bouquet featuring big bold sunflowers and all the fall favorites! We also offer a wide variety of beautiful fall-themed designs and centerpieces for your entire family to enjoy. Give us a call today or stop by the store to get yourself in the pumpkin spice spirit.

Sensational Sunflowers

sunflower bannerSunflowers are admired in floral arrangements for their warm and inviting beauty and are known to symbolize loyalty, adoration, and longevity. They are used in the floral industry to express feelings of happiness and energy, but the wondrous sunflower is so much more than just a pretty flower.

While admired for their simplistic beauty, sunflowers are also some of the world’s most versatile agricultural crops. In addition to the large daisy-like petals that add excitement and intrigue to fresh-cut floral arrangements, they are an excellent source of food and edible oil. Along with its nutritional seeds, sunflowers are commonly used for industrial applications such as biofuel and livestock feed.

Here are some fun facts that will make you take a second look the next time you see a sunflower:

  • Sunflowers are primarily native to North America and were a common crop among Native Americans who not only used the ground seeds for food but also the flower for textile dyes and the stalks for kindling.
  • Sunflowers are rugged flowers that are tolerant of both high and low temperatures making them easy to grow.
  • Sunflowers can grow up to 16 feet in height and some varieties can produce over 2,000 seeds per flower.

    Summer Salsa by Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts.

    Summer Salsa by Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts.

  • Among their many industrial applications, sunflowers are used to extract toxins from contaminated soil and were used to aid in the cleanup from the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters.
  • There are over 70 different varieties of sunflowers in a wide range of sizes with petal colors ranging from vibrant yellow to deep oranges and browns.
  • Sunflowers are among the fastest growing plants and can reach maturity and heights of 8 to 12 feet in 90-100 days.
  • Sunflowers are often associated with renowned Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh who depicted the flowers in two series of still life paintings. One of those paintings was purchased for $53.9 million in 1987.

Be sure to take a closer look the next time you see one of these magnificently versatile flowers, and consider including some of these cheerful favorites the next time you send flowers. Click here to check out some designs from Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts that feature the sensational sunflower.

Tropical Flowers are Summertime Treats

iStock_000009076514_reverseResizeRed roses are an iconic symbol of Valentine’s Day, and tulips are a sure sign of spring, but lush tropical flowers scream summertime like no other flowers can. Tropical flowers add bold color, magnificent height, and curious drama to any setting. These large, exotic flowers effortlessly transform any home or office into a beautiful island oasis.

iStock_000064940399_resizeBesides being easy to care for, these beautiful tropical flowers come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Here are few of our favorites:

iStock_000012880561_resize2Bird of Paradise – Also known as crane flowers, these exotic flowers are native to South Africa and symbolize freedom and magnificence. Inspired by their bright blue and orange flowers fanning from green bracts like a colorful bird in flight, they grow between three and five feet in height and typically have three to five “birds” inside each bract that bloom in succession.

iStock_000026940007_resizeHeliconia – These magnificent tropical beauties feature large vibrant bracts in pink, red, orange, or yellow rising from sturdy towering stalks that can grow up to 20 feet in height. Native to Guyana, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil, heliconias symbolize great returns. Unlike bird-of-paradise, heliconias have tiny hidden flowers that won’t emerge from the cut stems – their beauty is in color and silhouette of the dramatic bracts.

iStock_000068543911_resizeGinger – Native to the Pacific Islands, Malaysia and Taiwan, ornamental gingers have large cone-shaped blooms that symbolize strength and pride. Although they come in a variety of colors, the red ginger flower is the one most often associated with the tropics. Because of their fragrance and beauty, the ginger flower can often attract bees, butterflies, and a variety of wild birds.

Anthurium – With their large open heart shaped face, anthuriums have come to symbolize hospitality and a deep romantic attraction. Originally from Columbia, they were brought to Hawaii in 1889 and have since become virtually synonymous with tropical islands. These lovely red flowers have a long vase life and thrive on the moisture and heat of a tropical environment. Although often seen in red with a bright yellow spadix, they’re also available in white, pink, peach, magenta, and green.

Protea – Named for Proteus, the Greek God who could change his form at will, proteas are an extraordinary group of flowers originally found only in South Africa and Australia. Proteas symbolize transformation, diversity, and courage, they’re available in an array of sizes, shapes, and colors – from pin cushions to imperial crowns in white, yellow, orange, and rose to crimson, magenta, and burgundy.

 

Let Rose Bud Flowers Take You to Paradise

Click here to check out some of our expertly designed tropical arrangements that will send you sailing into paradise.