The Science behind flowers

Inspired by this weekend’s DecadesOut Systems Festival and Halloween Party, we thought it would be fun to briefly talk about the “Science” behind flowers.  Scientists have traced the first appearance of flowering plants to the Cretaceous period, which was about 130 million years ago.  Once they had taken root they quickly expanded into a large variety of flowering plant groups.  Today, flowering plants outnumber by twenty to one those...

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Flower Power

Hello everyone! After a whirlwind of a summer, we are back and excited to talk all about flowers! The power even a single flower has can be amazing. A flower can comfort you on the darkest of days, transform the dullest room, and warm the coldest heart. With the daily news updates recently, we have been bombarded by the violent, horrific, and tragic images from the deadly protests in Egypt and civil war in Syria. We cannot help but...

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Welcome Spring!

We at Flowers In A Jar are ready to welcome spring!  We thought it would be fun to talk about the flowers that are connected to each month of the year and highlight this month’s flower: the Daffodil.  The tradition of associating a particular flower for each month of the year has origins that date back to the Roman Empire, when gifts of the birth flower were often given.   Beautifully intertwined with this tradition is the meaning...

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Happy Valentine’s Day

  It is the Flowers In A Jar philosophy that every human being deserves to feel and be treated like royalty every day.  What better day to make someone feel like a Queen or King than to bestow such a gift on Valentine’s Day.  Flowers In A Jar is offering a one of a kind floral arrangement inspired by the romantic and decorative Rococo style of Marie Antoinette.  Our Valentine’s Day arrangement titled, “Amor”, was designed with...

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DecadesOut Systems Festival Kickoff Party!

What a night to remember! DecadesOut’s Systems Halloween festival was a true success!  We were honored to be one of the co-sponsors for the night and enjoyed seeing our flowers set in the beautiful Art Director’s Club surrounded by ghosts and goblins.  The night hosted a variety of talent, our sister company, Caelum Music Production’s (http://caelumproduction.com/) artist’s singer songwriters Elizabeth Sullivan...

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Floral Mandala

As we welcome fall, we thought it would be fun to share another creative project using flowers.  Inspired by Fong Qi Wei’s “Exploded Flowers” series (http://fqwimages.com/2011/08/exploded-flowers-3/), we thought it would be fun to do our own version and deconstruct one of our favorite flowers, the Dahlia, and then reconstruct the flower into a floral mandala. The first step is to find a fresh flower to work with.  Our pick, a...

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Magical Marigold a.k.a Calendula Flower

  Marigold flowers,  also known as Calendula,  are a beautiful quick growing garden flower used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations.  Calendula has become widely popular for its anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Calendula infused salve, balm, lotion or spray can relieve cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, bee stings and more. In fact it’s so gentle it can be used on babies...

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Let’s talk herbs!

Rosemary is one of the most versatile and beautiful herbs we can grow.  With its lovely aromatic dark green leaves and violet flowers, you just can’t help but love this plant.  There are so many ways you can use fresh rosemary: cooking with it will enhance the dullest of recipes by adding rosemary’s pine-like fragrant flavor, a combination that evokes both the forest and the seas.  Sprinkle fresh leaves over potatoes or chicken before...

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Fun with flowers

Happy New Year Everyone!  After a long hiatus we are back and ready to talk flowers! Now that the holiday rush is over and our nights are no longer consumed with running around like crazed elves, there is no better time to enjoy a creative project using flowers.  Hand pressed flowers are easy to make and so pretty. Our favorite flowers to press are rich blue colored violets or pansies, they press so well and look amazing.  Ok let’s...

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Love of the Garden

We all have days that demand much more of us than other days. I find there is no better sanctuary than the peaceful escape of the garden. The wonderful smell of the freshly dug through earth, the wind as it softly rustles the plants, and the happy faces of the glowing flowers breathes new life into me. On my honeymoon I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the Boboli Gardens in Florence. The best way to describe this garden...

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Feng Shui & Flowers

Flowers are a universal symbol of beauty and love.  In Feng Shui flowers are said to evoke a feeling of grace, sensuality and beauty.  Flowers and plants are one of the most powerful ways to lift the energy of your home.  Flowers in the home are said to bring good luck, blessings and bountiful Chi energy to any home.  If you own a home, make sure the landscape that surrounds your home is full of flowering plants.  Sweet and aromatic...

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Amazing apothecary jars!

After you  have enjoyed your Flowers in a jar arrangements and it is time to clean out your Hand blown apothecary jars, remember there are so many creative ways to reuse your jars.   Originally apothecary jars were used to store spices and medicines, but now they are used as beautiful decorative pieces to enhance any room, unique storage containers and one of a kind flower vases.  In the kitchen you can use your jars to store and...

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Heat & Humidity!

Inspired by the blast of heat and humidity that greeted me this morning as I left my home.  I thought, what better than talking about a flower that absolutely thrives in this weather, the Lantana Flower.  This blooming plant is an excellent and low-maintenance plant.  Their beautiful little flowers come in a variety of colors including red, yellow, pink, orange, purple and my favorite multi-colored.  The foliage of this plant is rough...

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Carnations

Carnations whose name originates form the word “incarnacyon”, referring to the incarnation of God-made flesh, can be found in a wide range of colors.  Pink carnations carry the greatest significance.  It is suggested that pink carnations first appeared on earth from the Virgin Mary’s tears, making the symbol of pink carnations, Mother’s undying love.  Something most of us don’t realize about carnations is...

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Hydrangeas are in season!

You can’t help but see the beautiful blooming bushes of vividly colored hydrangeas as you drive through the local streets of NYC.  From deep violet to electric blue the blooms are spectacular.  There is a bit of debate about the true meaning or symbolism of a hydrangea flower, but most agree that their lavish and lush flowering petals represent a gift of abundance and often symbolize gratefulness, enduring grace and beauty....

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