Week 2 of Flowers

It’s Week 2 of Flowers dedicated to those who are unfamiliar with heliconia, lychnis, and nerines. Heliconia – “Lobster-Claws” Either people mention Lobster-Claws or False Bird of Paradise, they’re meaning the colourful heliconias, native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean Islands. The heliconia flowers are almost hidden by its large, colourful bracts. These … Read more

Week 1 of Flowers

As mentioned in last week’s blog, the three flowers chosen for this week are Alstroemeria, Bells of Ireland (did you guess it?), and Chrysanthemum. Alstroemeria The cut flower alstroemeria, which we refer to as alstro, is a flower that we always have in stock because of its year round availability. Alstro symbolizes wealth, prosperity, fortune, … Read more

A Book of Flowers

As usual, after my weekend swim I go straight to the public library’s Used Book Sale section to find, hopefully, a recently released fiction for $2. I didn’t find any this time, but I did leave the library with a book called “A Book of Flowers”. “Flowers have never been so popular as they are … Read more