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2014 Sochi Olympic Flower Bouquets Speak A Russian Language Of Flowers-From South America.

The Sochi Olympic bouquet flowers

The Sochi Olympic bouquet flowers

I always anticipate seeing the nearly 4500 Olympic ceremony bouquets as they usually incorporate meaning and significance by choosing flowers according to some tradition and culture of the host country.

The 2012 Olympics in Great Britain took it a sustainable step further by requiring all the flowers be grown and locally designed in the UK, all packaging be recyclable, and all the plants had to be reused.  A task for sure, as sadly  like our American Beauty rose is scarce and no longer American; 90% of flowers sold today are imported and there were minimal English roses being grown any longer; ironically the most famous flower associated with Great Britain.

Russia is in the same situation and one of the largest importers of cut flowers.  Domestically produced flowers only make up 2-3% of their flower sales with nearly all of the annual 1 billion worth of flowers coming in from Columbia, Ecuador, and Kenya. * At least unlike the US, they have kept the import duty on them.  The Soshi award bouquets incorporated the language of color to enhance the meaning along with certain varieties tailored to Russian symbols and environments. There is today, a rose crop being grown in Leningrad, but unfortunately not enough for 1000’s of bouquets.  How wonderful that would have been.

The purple statice represented the colors of the resort city of Soshi and I will venture a guess the light blue ribbons represented the crisp Russian sky.  The yellow Solidago (a cultivated goldenrod type) stood for both the goldenrod's’ healing properties and the wealth of the Krasnodar Region. The green and white button chrysanthemums represented the contrast of the valleys, meadows, and mountains along the long Black Sea coast.  The laurel signified the warmth and hospitality of the Caucasus peoples and of course the symbol of winners.  The eucalyptus was the surprise to me as they included it for the historical reference to its planting in Sochi to drain the wetlands. The bouquet was rounded out with Salal or ‘lemon’ leaf.

*photos courtesy Wiki Caucasus, Black Sea, and Krasnodar regions

*photos courtesy Wiki
Caucasus, Black Sea, and Krasnodar regions

Obviously, much thought went into the reasons behind each flower used but sadly, all the flowers were imported from South America.  Since the distance factor effects the longevity the same as the imports here in the US, hardiness I suspect was another factor in the choices.  All of the flowers are  known resilient grown with various chemicals to survive long periods without water, temperature gaps, and all the jostling they endure on the long journey.

Personally, I think President Putin did a wonderful job and put an enormous amount of thought into the Olympic celebration right down to the smallest detail of the Olympic award bouquets.  Russia has one of the most vast and beautiful landscapes with many unique cultures. The history of the country is fascinating and the architecture is unique of its own. It is obvious that he authorized millions of dollars and engaged years of creative thinking on showing the world these assets while, keeping everything in absolutely good taste.  I am sure there were many other details that were inherently Russian but unfortunately the flowers were anything but.

*MoscowNews

It’s Valentine’s Day- Flowers And Me!

Valentine dog Ok all you humans, I think it is time to start preparing for the big day.  Valentine's Day is around the corner and if you wait too overly long my appointment book for personal photos & greetings will be filled :), and many flowers will be spoken for already.  

As you can see I am already giving myself a trial run as I don't want to be last minute.  All who visit on Wednesday & Thursday will have more time with me as Friday will be limited to about 3 minutes.  Being a celebrity is such a difficult business.

We have some beauty of varieties coming in from Cally like calla lilies, anemones, French (yes the big 2 ft.ones) tulips...oh wow.   

 You know we have the most beautiful flowers alive so click the link below-choose your rose meaning then call me text me...make your appointment-and reserve me AND your flowers!

Call Willow 845-562-2820

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Cheers!

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For Valentine’s Day Save Yourself & Protect Your Identity

Valentine’s Day Gifts

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With the approach of every heavy retail, buying time; I always think “here we go”, and here we go again with Valentine’s Day 2014.  A time of in your face ads, promises of quality, and shelves of cheap imported gifts-including flowers.

The big three gifts of this day are predominantly jewelry, flowers, and chocolate; with plush animals, lingerie and electronics rounding out the top 6 with total sales of nearly 16 billion dollars nationwide. Hmm we muse; then why are our communities in such financial situations if all this money is out there being spent. Because… most of the 16 billion will leave America whether with the products origin or the avenue used to make the purchase. And now, we have another threat-identity theft.

Do The Valentines's Day Math

Waste moneyIt is a simple equation; a townspeople and main street shopping sustain each other.   If one or the other leaves, the town suffers and the people suffer.  Sometimes we get caught up in things and just go with the flow, kind of like lemmings.  We sigh and say “well that is just the way it is now”.

A ‘local’ Target, Walmart, or any other is not a local business, it is a corporate giant with a local presence-big difference.  It is of no wonder our local economies are in such trouble; we are giving all of our money to big corporations who send it outside the US border, ironically in return for inferior quality goods made outside the US.

Protect Your Valentine's Day Heart Protect Your Identity

If your dollars are spent in local, businesses almost $70 out of every $100. stays local as opposed to  chain mega-stores where 60% of the nightly deposit is sent out of the state and country within 24 hours.  There is no Valentine heart, only enough is kept for their local expenses and the rest sails.  And this most definitely, includes big online merchants, because spending it there sends none of the money anywhere near your town much less our country.

 And now, yet another reason to stay local… your credit & debit cards are safer.  We don’t care about your identity; we care about you coming back again.  Identity thieves and hackers don’t concern themselves all that much about the local jewelry store and florist-they want the big guys.   

Show Your Valentine You Care

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I am both an ecologist and artist first however, I am also a small business advocate and ever so proud of America.  Along with greening my business; the second aspect of restructuring to a sustainable eco florist also meant finding local & American anything and everything because I care about my customers, and the planet. 

Please don’t let me feel that all I and the 100’s of other businesses have done is in vain.  I believe you care-so make the effort .  Don’t let your purchases be guided by the cheapest prices because in the scheme of things you will pay dearly. 

 

This Valentine’s Day and every week, seek out a local business, see all they have to offer, see who they are, and remember…. when you buy from a local, small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home or an identity thief run to the mall with your credit card.  Buying local helps your neighbor’s daughter get dance lessons, her little brother get his team jersey, their Mom put food on the table, and their dad pay the mortgage. 

 Your personal information is safer, your credit cards are safer, and your bank account is safer.  Customers are the shareholders of local businesses who really strive to make you happy because, they have a name,  a face, and ….we live here too, probably right down the road from you.  It’s not all about the money and yet it is all about the money.  One hand washes the other and also dries the other, and we really need to slow down, take a moment, and just think about our choices-before we have none. 

Be safe, call direct

Lynn 🙂