Organic Flower Guide – July
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Organic Flower Guide – July

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Beautiful red dahliaJune brought many beautiful blossoms with it as summer officially kicked off. Now, mid-summer, we have even more flowers to stop and admire. Whether you’re a July bride or just looking for easy, all-natural decorations for your home, organic flowers are a fantastic choice. Not only do organic flowers look great, but they have a much smaller impact on the environment.

Here are a few blooms you can enjoy during July along with some interesting information on each:

Gladiolus

Gladioli stand tall and feature a spiky stem topped with several small blossoms in succession. They make a great boutonniere and can add height to any floral arrangement. The word “gladiolus” is derived from the Latin word “gladius,” which means sword. They symbolize strength, moral integrity, and infatuation. Gladioli are the August birth flower and the 40th anniversary flower. They are available in several colors including white, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, red, lavender and more!

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are similar to daisies and are characterized by a bright yellow center and colorful petals. Perhaps due to their bright and cheerful appearance, chrysanthemums have come to symbolize joy and optimism. It has also been mentioned in the writings of Confucius and is celebrated each year in japan during the Festival of Happiness. Chrysanthemums are available in a wide range of colors including white, yellow, green, orange, red, and burgundy. They also feature a strong, sweet smell, which will bring the scent of summer into your home!

Dahlia

Dahlia’s are characterized by their big, bold blooms, which are made up of smaller, colorful tube petals. They can symbolize gratitude, dignity, and elegance. They can also symbolize a commitment or bond that lasts forever. Dahlias are available in white, yellow, orange, pink, red and purple.

Stephanotis

The stephanotis flower is characterized by their waxy blooms, which are made up of 5 small petals. They are similar to jasmine and feature a sweet fragrance. Stephanotis symbolizes “marital happiness,” which makes them a perfect wedding flower. They are perfect in a boutonniere and look beautiful when combined with larger flowers in bouquets and floral arrangements.

 

 

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