Holiday Floral Scrapbook

By: Maggie Satchell 3B

Valentine's Day

History

Started from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of the Victorian England. Some stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailer’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Arrangments

The most common way to arrange flowers for Valentine's Day is to arrange them in a dome form. Meaning you can set the flowers in the middle of the table and you can see the arrangement where ever you sit at the table. You might also see arrangements in the shape of a heart, which is the holiday's main symbol

Prices

Flower prices for Valentine's Day will normal range around $20 to $50

Color

For Valentine's Day, the common colors are reds, pinks, whites with some green foliage also.

Flowers available in February

Although roses(red, white, pink. can last 7-10 days) are the most popular Valentines Day flowers, such other flowers like lilies(colors varies. can last 4-6 days), alstroemeria(color varies. can last 12-15 days), iris(purple, yellow, white. can last 2-6 days), tulips(color varies, can last 4-5 days), hyacinths(purple, white, red, pink, yellow, apricot. can last 4-7 days), carnations(color varies. can last 10-14 days), etc., are also very popular flowers for gifting on Valentine's Day.

Easter

History

The history of Easter reveals rich associations between the Christian faith and the seemingly unrelated practices of the early pagan religions. Easter history and traditions that we practice today evolved from pagan symbols, from the ancient goddess Ishtar to Easter eggs and the Easter bunny.

Arrangements

Some of the arrangements will be a dome shape. Other arrangements might be in baskets and/or have eggs in the arrangement because of the tradition of hunting for "eggs" and putting them in your basket that you carry around.

Prices

The prices for the arrangements can be around $20 to $50. Its really depending on how big, or fancy you want the arrangement to be.

Colors

Will looking for Easter arrangements, make sure you have color that are white, yellow, green, pink, blue, etc. The colors are normally bright and cheerfull

Flowers Available in March

Some flowers would be Tulips, narcissi, muscari, hyacinths and ranunculus, etc.

4th of July

History

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Arrangments

When looking at 4th of July arrangements you will see most being dome shaped and incorporating the American flag into the arrangement.

Price

The price for a 4th of July floral arrangement can be from $30 and/or higher. The price really depends on how fancy and well done you want your arrangement to look

Color

Most of the time the colors will be red, white, and blue because that is the colors of our nation.

Flowers Available in July

Some flowers you can get during July are Delphinium, Lilies, Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Iris, etc.

Christmas

HIstory

A Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way. Today, Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and exchange gifts.

Arrangements

When making a Christmas arrangement you make it in a vase or around a candle or two. Some people might use some of the symbols from the holiday (such as a sled or christmas tree or snow flakes) and put that symbol on the vase they are using.

Price

The price can be $35 or higher, just by how much of the holiday you want to decorate the arrangement.

Color

The colors most people use in a christmas arrangement will be red, white, gold/ dark yellow, green, etc.

Flowers Available in December

Poinsettia and holly are the flowers often linked to Christmas, though white roses and wreath’s created from pine branches and pine cones often make an appearance. Christmas bouquets that reflect the season are popular for centerpieces and displays.

Thanksgiving

History

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Arrangements

When doing arrangements for this holiday, thanksgiving, you will see other people having dome shaped or flowers coming out a horn/basket thing or you will see them using a pumpkin.

Price

Some times prices can be $20 or they can $50, it all depends on how many flowers you want, what kind of vase you will be using, and/or the foliage you might use.

Color

Thanksgiving arrangements are most of the time red, orange, a darker yellow, brown, green, etc.

Flowers Available in November

Some flowers that are available would be Acashia, Allium, Alstromeria, Amaranthus, Anemone, Baby's Breath, Bittersweet, Carnation, China berry, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Echinops, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, etc.

Halloween

History

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Arrangements

Some arrangements you might see will be dome shaped, most will have symbols from the holiday, halloween, to show clearly that the arrangement was made for halloween specificly

Prices

Like most, arrangements can very from $20 to $50. All depends on how you want the finished product/arrangement to look like.

Colors

The more common colors used for the holiday halloween are orange, black, dark red, white, dark green, etc.

Flowers Available in October

Some flowers that you can get in the month of October could be Gladiolus, Hypericum, Iris, Juniper, Kangaroo paw, Kalanchoe, Liatris, Lily, Asiatic, Lily, Gloriosa, Misty Blue, Orchid, Pepper berry, Protea, Queen Ann's Lace, Quince, Rover, Roses, Rowan berry, Salvia, Solidago, Statice, Star of Bethlehem, Sunflower, Yarrow, etc.