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History and Traditions of Flowers in Dance

November 10, 2016

Nothing makes dancers smile more after a performance than showering them with bouquets of flowers! Whether it is their first or last dance recital, gifting them with flowers after a flawless performance is a traditional gesture to express how proud you are of their dancing achievements.

For years, ballerinas have been presented with beautiful robust bouquets at curtain call as a congratulatory gift for their exceptional performance. Over the course of this tradition, certain rules have been established to ensure successful performances and equality among the dancers.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

10 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends On Friendship Day

August 3, 2016
Friendship Day

Take a minute to think about the people who are closest to you – many will be members of your family, but the rest will be your dearest and truest friends.

Although you should never need a reason to celebrate your friendship with others (though some have adopted the tradition of the “friend-aversary”), each August, Friendship Day gives us the chance to truly honor our friends and let them know just how grateful we are to have them in our lives. How do you and your BFF(s) plan to celebrate this year?

If you’re looking for ideas you’ve come to the right place – below, we’re sharing 10 of our favorite friendship day activities.

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Gardening

Your Guide To Creating A Rooftop Garden

July 27, 2016
Rooftop Garden

When most of us think about planting flowers and maintaining a garden at home, we think about doing so in either our front or backyard, perhaps along our walkway or up against our fence. However, there’s another type of garden to think about, one that is a bit more unique – a rooftop garden.

Although rooftop gardening isn’t necessarily new, it’s something we hear more about lately. If you’re hoping to get on board with this garden trend, take a look at our tips below before you get started!

Things to Consider Before Starting a Rooftop Garden

Rooftop GardenSince rooftop gardens aren’t like a traditional garden in the sense that they’re located somewhere different, there are a few things you need to consider before making any decisions; they are:

  1. Are you allowed to build a rooftop garden? Depending on where you live, there may be certain rules and regulations about growing a garden on top of your home. So, before you do anything, make sure your speak with your landlord and/or research building codes for your neighborhood – there may be restrictions on things like how tall your garden can be.
  2. Can your roof support a garden? Your roof is designed to support a certain amount of weight, but keep in mind that a garden can push the weight over that limit. That’s because soil is heavy to start with, and as you add water and pots (and ultimately, as your plants and flowers grow), things will start to feel even heavier.
  3. Is your roof easily accessible? The time when you actually build your garden and complete your planting isn’t the only time you’ll need to access your roof – you’ll also need to be able to reach it when it comes time to do things like water. That said, you’ll need to think about the ease of accessing your plants and flowers, including whether or not it’s easy to get your garden hose up there.
  4. Do you have room to store your gardening tools? You probably aren’t going to want to carry your gardening tools up to the roof each and every time you need to do some maintenance, so you’ll want to think about leaving some space for storage. If you do have the room to add things like shelves or bins, again, don’t forget to think about whether or not your roof can support the added weight.
  5. Are the growing conditions ideal? If the answer to all of the above is “yes,” think about the growing conditions plants and flowers will experience on your roof – is the area shaded by trees or nearby buildings? Does it receive too much sun to the point where the heat is extreme? You wouldn’t want all of your hard work to be compromised by nature, so you’ll need to figure out if your plants and flowers could survive under the given circumstances.

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