Gladiolus: August Birthday Flower

 

The lovely gladiolus is the birthday flower for August. Named after the Latin word “gladius,” meaning sword, they symbolize strength and moral integrity. Striking and colorful with towering stems, the gladiolus is the 40th wedding anniversary flower. Make sure to send ten pure white gladiolus from flowershop.com to a friend or family member with an August birthday. They will be absolutely awe-struck.

 

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How To Dry Flowers

 

 

Have you ever recieved a bouquet of flowers you just wish you could look at forever? Simply try drying your flowers and preserve the beauty of them for years to come.

1. Remove excess leaves and cut stems to desired length (about 6-8 inches). Remember, removing your flowers from the sunlight immediately after cutting them will preserve their color during the drying process. Arrange the flowers however you desire and tie with a rubber band.

2. Find a dark, dry area with good circulation. A basement or unused closet will work perfectly. Tie the end of your flower's stems to a hanger using dental floss. Hang up to two large bouquets from the hanger. Once secure, leave the flowers upside down to dry. After two to three weeks, check to see if the flowers are dry. If so, remove them carefully from the hanger.

3. Spray the flowers with hairspray to give them extra protection. Put the flowers wherever you'd like. Arrange them in a vase, remove the petals and make potpourri, or use them in a crafts-related project to make a thoughtful gift for someone else. Dried flowers don't like sunlight or extreme heat, so try to find homes for them in more shaded areas.

Good Luck!

 

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The Guide to Giving Men Flowers

Maybe it seems a little odd to send a man flowers, but believe it or not most men enjoy the gesture! When selecting that perfect arrangement, think about his favorite colors and the message you are trying to convey.

A monochromatic bouquet of bright flowers such as sunflowers says 'bold, yet masculine.' Play it safe with classic sunflowers or choose the 'Cube with Yellow Blooms,' a mixture of bright yellow alstroemeria, yellow asiatic lily, carnations and chrysanthemums.  

If you're looking for a gift to send to the office, choose something modern and chic. Contemporary arrangements tend to have clean lines and a more natural look. One of our favorites is the Orchid Light which is sleek arrangement,  full of greenery with a touch of color. Your business associate will love showing this off in his office.

Bird of Paradise are a safe bet when buying flowers for any man. The orange and red coloring along with their tall, strong appearance scream 'masculinity.'

Plant-like arrangements are also great gifts for men. The rustic and earthy tones are perfect for the outdoorsy type. Our picks are the 'White Dish Garden' and the 'Roses in the Grass.'

 

 

Still can't choose the right arrangement? Below can help you decide what flower to choose with the message you are trying to convey.

  • Chrysanthemums—friendship
  • Daisies—loyalty
  • Red roses—romantic love
  • Yellow roses—friendship
  • Alstroemeria—devotion
  • Bamboo—good luck

Make sure to check out our 'Gifts For Men' section

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2 Reasons To Buy Flowers This August

Two HUGE holidays are coming up...ok well not HUGE, but definitely worth celebrating! Show your sister how important she is on August 5th because its Sisters' Day. She is sure to love 'Citrus Kissed' or 'Brighten Your Day.'

And while your visiting flowershop.com don't forget that Friendship Day is August 7th. Thank a special friend (or 2 or 3) for always being there for you with a flower arrangement or gift basket. Send them the 'Amazing Daisy'or a dozen to-die-for Fairytale Brownies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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