It’s vacation season, and many of us have been planning a European getaway for a long time, just waiting for the moment to pack our bags and go. There’s nothing like experiencing a new culture and discovering new landscapes. Even if you don’t have a milestone vacation planned for this year, you can fake it in your own home by inviting in some florals that recall the atmosphere of somewhere else. Here at Ah Sam Flowers, we’re equally inspired by the many beautiful places around the globe.
July fourth is nearly upon us – and with it all the parades, picnics, and celebrations that make it one of our favorite holidays of the year. If you are hosting the barbecue, or if you are looking for a beautiful hostess gift for those who are, look no further than Ah Sam Florist. We’ve taken the traditional red, white, and blue and transformed it into our own beautiful style that will make any gathering more gorgeous!
Did We Get it Wrong? John Adams wrote that July 2, the date the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain, would be the day that we celebrated freedom. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3 and declared that “pomp and parade, shows, games, sports, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” should be part of the revelry. Still, July 4th has come down through history as the day to celebrate. Continue reading
New seasons are exciting for us, as new flowers bloom bringing fresh color and texture to our arrangements and designs. Although our winters may not be harsh like other parts of the country, the sun gradually getting warmer and warmer on our face is a welcome shift. Come celebrate the spring with gorgeous floral designs from Ah Sam Florist – explore all of the new looks, with the most beautiful spring flowers! Continue reading
It’s finally almost summer – and with longer days and the end of school looming, the outdoors beckons! Blue skies and sunshine draw us outside and inspire us to plan backyard parties and barbecues. Whether you are expecting a few close friends, or hosting the big holiday bash, flowers are always a great way to liven up the décor.
If you have a backyard porch or deck and have people coming over, an easy way to spruce up the decorations is with garden arrangements and hanging baskets. By placing hydrangea, kalanchoe, green plants or daisies around the perimeter of your space, you create the feel of a freshly picked garden or relaxing in the meadow. Especially if you do not have flowers planted in the yard, these baskets will add color and vibrancy. Sit on ledges, or hang on shepherd’s hooks around the area – and immerse your guests in florals. Don’t forget to check if the plants do well in full sun or shade, and place accordingly for the healthiest plants.
If you are hosting a garden party or any celebration in which you will be setting up tables – take a cue from the wedding planners and design centerpieces to complement the theme of the day. Daisies and snapdragons for a picnic, roses for a romantic affair, or orchids for a black tie event – no matter your choice, your tables will look spectacular. These beautiful floral arrangements can also be given away in a raffle or creative contest, adding a bit of fun to your party.
Flowers are an easy yet elegant décor touch that will transform the look of your party. Call Ah Sam Flowers to discuss your plans, and let us help you to add just the right accent, whether a party of 2 or 200. We look forward to celebrating the summer with you!
The Chinese Zodiac consists of a 12-year cycle. Each year is named after one of the 12 animals that imparts different personality and distinct characteristics to its year. The animal is believed to be the main factor in each person’s life that gives them their traits, success and happiness in their lifetime. 2015 welcomes the “Year of the Ram or Sheep”. Displayed below are the characteristics of those born in the year of the listed animals. To learn about your Animal Sign, find the year of your birth associated with your animal.
Ram or Sheep 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
The Sheep enjoys being alone in their thoughts. They are creative, wanderers, thinkers, unorganized, high-strung and insecure, and can be anxiety-ridden. They need lots of love, support and reassurance. Appearance is important too. Compatible with Pig or Rabbit.
Monkey 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
The Monkey thrives on having fun. They are upbeat, energetic, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They are heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.
Rooster 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Those born under the sign of the Rooster are practical, observant, resourceful, analytical straightforward, honest, trusting, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.
Dog 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
The Dog is loyal, honest, faithful, distrustful, often guilty of telling white lies, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive. Dogs excel in business but have trouble finding mates. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.
Boar 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Those born under the zodiac sign of the Boar are extremely nice, good-mannered and tasteful. They are perfectionists who enjoy finer things but are not perceived as snobs. They enjoy helping others and are good companions until someone close crosses them, then look out! They are intelligent, always seeking more knowledge, and exclusive. Compatible with Rabbit or Sheep.
Rat 1924, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
You are quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are good friend and are generous and loyal to others part of its pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy. Ever curious, the Rat seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.
Ox 1925, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
A powerful zodiac sign, the Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and goal-oriented hard-work. The Ox is a born leader, being quite dependable and possessing an innate ability to achieve great things. Serious, stubborn and introverted, but can feel lonely and insecure. Takes comfort in friends and family and is a reliable, protective and strong companion. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.
Tiger 1926, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
You are authoritative, self-possessed, have strong leadership qualities, are charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, highly seductive, moody, intense, and ready to pounce at any time. Compatible with Horse or Dog.
Rabbit 1927, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Born under the sign of the Rabbit, you enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They are popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy being at home and entertaining at home. Compatible with Sheep or Boar.
Dragon 1928, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
A powerful sign, the Dragon is energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They are natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what is necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.
Snake 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
The Snake is seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, smart, they rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.
Horse 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Those born under the Zodiac sign of the Horse love to roam free. They are energetic money-wise, self-reliant, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy. They are great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient and sometimes seen as a drifter. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.
A flower with an interesting reputation, hypericum provides intricate beauty in a floral arrangement. Also known as St. John’s wort with its medicinal properties, the flowers brighten any day with colors that range from pale yellow to very bright yellow. Seeking a way to create an even more spectacular hypericum, horticulturalists have developed some amazing hybrids with gorgeously large and showy flowers, as well as the beautiful clusters of berries often used in arrangements.
A Dynamic Flower
Found all over the world, hypericum flowers are beautiful within bouquets and arrangements tied to seasonal events like Thanksgiving. In fact, the berries found on hypericum plants are also used in arrangements, with green berries making an appearance for the winter holidays and orange berries appearing in vibrant autumn displays.
Although a variety of hypericum flowers are the perfect addition to a large, ornamental display, some places in the world actually consider some species of St. John’s wort a nuisance weed when they appear on farms. Fortunately, that’s not the case everywhere since the flowers do brighten any basket of fall flowers. Hypericum was also an ingredient in wine enjoyed by soldiers during the Civil War.
Choosing Your Display
The warm colors of yellow, brown, and orange that everyone associates with the fall are a perfect match for hypericum, and they complement almost any occasion. You may want to include them in a classic fall cornucopia alongside other seasonal favorites like roses, gerbera daisies, and some fall leaves thrown in as a nod to the changing colors of the season.
Hypericum also pairs well with the flowers you might find in an alpine meadow with shades of ginger, cardamom, and saffron creating a lively and animated bouquet. As a focal point for the entryway of your home, long stems of roses, hypericum, carnations, and daisies look stunning, particularly when they’re presented in a tall glass vase.
Getting Creative with Hypericum
If you’re getting a custom designer centerpiece crafted for your Thanksgiving dinner or other fall seasonal event, you’ll definitely want to ask for hypericum. Small hypericum attached to stems with thick leaves are beautiful as a delicate garnish in a large display. Large hypericum flowers are a terrific way to create some style and panache in a warm, fall bouquet. Or add the white berries for a beautiful color contrast.
However you choose to use hypericum to decorate your autumn party or holiday, you’ll love the bright and festive feel of this versatile plant.
This holiday, Ah Sam Florist’s design team is welcoming the winter season with an abundance sparkle and natural elements. Traditional and whimsical Christmas ornaments dripping from eight holiday trees. Don’t miss the special avian tree overflowing with 400 bird ornaments tweeting in our glass greenhouse or the upside-down tree of travel ornaments and a smaller footprint! Discover specialty gifts and one-of-a-kind tabletop designs to adorn a holiday home. Take a peek at a few of our favorite displays for the holidays.
Sweetest Day is quickly approaching on the third Saturday of October. For nearly 100 years, people across the Midwest have used the holiday to show their love and appreciation for others in their lives. Whether that special someone is a romantic partner or a lifelong best friend, finding the perfect gift can sometimes be a challenge. Flowers have been used as a gift of romance and appreciation for generations, making them an excellent choice for those seeking a gift for Sweetest Day. Here are a few guidelines that people can use to begin finding the perfect flower.
Rose arrangements are a classic gift to show love and appreciation. They are loved for their beauty and the deep rich colors they offer. Yellow roses, for example, tend to indicate friendship and affection. White roses are considered bridal roses and typically represent young love. Lavender flowers have a strong association with love and send the message of love at first sight. Of course, the classic, beautiful red rose is a fantastic, traditional, and always appreciated symbol of romantic love. There are few romantic gestures more universally adored than a bouquet of a dozen red roses.
Orchids have become increasingly possible in the past few years because of their unique beauty and incredible diversity. They have the added benefit of being relatively easy to care for, and as a potted plant, they can potentially last for years. All of these traits make them an exceptionally good choice for a Sweetest Day. The potted plant will add to the symbolism of the gift because the plant is also long lasting, just like the relationship. Orchids also often come in smaller pots, making them perfect for countertops, window sills, mantels, and other areas around the home. Orchids also come in a wide range of colors, meaning that there is a choice available for about anyone.
Sweetest Day always falls in October, and this time of year is known for the stunning, earthy hues. Selecting flowers that reflect this traditional spectrum of colors can also be a wonderful gift idea. Oranges, reds, yellows, and greens are always beautiful options.
Sweetest Day is a wonderful time of year dedicated to celebrating love, relationships, and friendships. Take the time to give those special people in live a little something to let them know how much they matter. Flowers can be excellent gift options, so use the above ideas to start thinking of the perfect gift for this October.
National Boss’s Day is coming up. Do you know what you’re getting your boss this year?
Every year, October 16 is set aside for expressing gratitude to our managers and bosses. The holiday was established in 1962 in the U.S. and it’s grown in popularity ever since — some businesses have even expanded it to “National Boss’s Week.” It’s an opportunity for workers to show appreciation to their bosses, and the holiday helps to foster improved employer-employee relations.
If you have a great manager or boss, why not take the time to show your gratitude? Flowers are a wonderful way to show respect and gratitude. Here are some flower gift-giving ideas for National Boss’s Day:
As National Boss’s Day draws closer, autumn colors are in high gear. An autumn bouquet or arrangement can be a fun, seasonal way to celebrate National Boss’s Day. Flowers like sunflowers, daisies and asters in autumn colors exude autumn radiance; however, just about any flower in bright gold, orange or autumn red tones can work. A Change of Seasons bouquet brings autumn bounty with sunflowers, marigolds, hydrangea, roses, and rover mums. Sunset Classic exudes country charm with an abundance of autumn blooms and colors.
If your boss has really gone above and beyond this year, lilies are the flower to send. Their stately grace and beauty exudes class. Consider sending a Lily of the Valley plant or the Peace Lily to promote a feeling of calm and good energy around the office.
If flowers don’t feel quite right but you think your boss could use some greenery around the office, a green plant or dish garden is the way to go. A Lucky Bamboo plant can help improve the feng shui at your workplace, and a Simple Dish Garden offers a simple but beautiful grouping of green plants.
Orchids bring a unique, special beauty to any room or flower arrangement. The orchid symbolizes power, integrity and wisdom. A purple phalaenopsis Exotic Orchid is beautiful, hardy and easy to care for; Fall Orchid Splendor offers a variety of orchids in different colors.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who actually has a boss you like, National Boss’s Day is a great day to show your appreciation. If you don’t get along with your boss, you can also use it as an opportunity to “extend an olive branch.” Flowers show thoughtfulness and care and will let your boss know they are appreciated and respected. Consider these flower gift and greenery ideas for your boss on National Boss’s Day.
Ever since 1993, October has been recognized as the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose is to help spread awareness about the prevalence of breast cancer, the second most common form of cancer found in women, and one that will strike one out of every eight women who are born in the United States today.
While there are many planned events to raise money, encourage community involvement, and teach the public about the importance of early detection, some organizations (namely cancer centers, hospitals and health care clinics,) offer free mammograms during the month of October to help women who can’t afford them, get the preventive screening that may wind up saving their lives.
It is important to recognize that men can also get breast cancer, and although the statistics aren’t nearly as high as they are for women, the awareness month campaigns should also let people know that 5 percent of men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
The governor of Maine wanted to show his support, and he is doing so by planting pink tulips. Bay area residents who want to show their support, or solidarity can also do so by participating in their own Plant It Pink campaigns.
The National Gardening Club came up with the idea for the project, hoping to encourage schools, community organizations, churches, hospitals, cancer centers, businesses, large corporations, and cities to start their own campaigns by beautifying their community with pink flowers.
Do it to show support, and to stand in solidarity. You can share your creations with the country by sending photos, a description, and evidence of Plant It Pink projects to the National Gardening Club. They will then share it with members at the annual convention.
The idea of a Plant It Pink campaign is fantastic, but many people don’t have the time, inclination or space in which to plant flowers. That doesn’t have to prevent them from showing support for the cause in whatever way they can.
An excellent way to do that, and to help people who come to your business, office, work area or home, is by displaying flowers that bring that idea of “think pink” into people’s minds. An exotic Orchid Garden is sure to stop people dead in their tracks.
If you’d like something that you can keep for longer than a few weeks or the month of October, Cheerful Garden Wishes lis a collection of pink and white plants in an attractive wooden basket that will brighten your home or other place for many months or more. Or cheer someone up with the Vision in Pink arrangement, a collection of pink and other flowers including happy Gerbera daisies that are sure to put a smile on that special person’s sad face.