August 7th, 2013
Way back in the day, weddings were planned to take place during the summer months – especially the month of June. The association with “A June Bride – Is A Happy Bride” made everyone want their wedding day to be celebrated in the “right” month. Of course, it became more and more difficult to find a priest/minister, photographer, limousine, florist (undoubtedly a rose wedding bouquet was chosen), caterer, baker and venue available – there are only four or five weekends in the month after all. Therefore weddings were booked years in advance and often two per day.
Today, weddings are taking place throughout the year. Spring weddings, summer weddings, fall weddings and yes, even winter weddings! This also opens up a never ending variety of flowers to highlight in wedding bouquets and wedding decor.
The choice of season doesn’t even stop brides from having an outdoor wedding if that’s what they want. Last year we did a winter wedding where the wedding ceremony was held outside. The bride carried a lovely bouquet of winter greens and berries. Truly breathtaking!
Wedding etiquette is no longer governed by “THEM”… you know – the people nobody knows but “they”, apparently, have numerous strict ideas of how things should be done! We can be freer with our plans and ideas, giving into a day that honestly reflects the personalities of the happy couple. There are brides that stick with tried & true and some that go wild with imagination. How refreshing!
Choosing the venue, caterer and photographer takes some investigation. Also true with choosing the florist. You want someone who will understand your vision, while staying in line with the budget you have laid out. Someone with the knowledge (just because they are a florist – it’s not always a given!) of wedding flowers available, design style in association with dress design, and the assorted venues in your area.
Yes, the venues! Florists do the arrangements that will be showcased at your wedding, therefore having an idea of the layout (and any warts) of that venue will greatly help them create the ambiance you are looking to express. For instance, if the room is a large ballroom – cube arrangements on the tables will be lost from view. However, a small intimate venue would be perfect for that look.
Trusting your florist, especially your wedding consultant, goes a long way in reducing the unavoidable stresses that come with your wedding day.
Our brides have been “over the moon” (their words – not ours) with the final outcome on one of the happiest days of their lives. Recently we were very pleased to have been awarded a bronze medal from weddingwire.com, due to the rave reviews given by some of our previous brides. We become very invested in these weddings. We’ve spent months talking to our brides, designing the look and implementing their vision for a day filled with sparkle and light! It warms our hearts to know how much our efforts have made a difference to an event that will be forever etched in time.
June 19th, 2013
The beauty of summer is upon us. Many people were doubtful it would show up this year! We’ve had our ups and downs with temperature and the lack of sunshine has been more than enough to contend with. On the up side (and there is always a silver lining…), with all this rain the trees are lush, gardens are bursting with colour and lawns are a stunning green. The absence of scorching sunrays has saved us, thus far, from the landscape being burnt to a dull brown.
Sure, we’ve had to cut the grass more often – but there is little that says summer better than the buzz of a lawnmower and the smell of freshly mowed grass on a Saturday morning. After a bit of weeding, you’re set to enjoy the rest of the weekend soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of summer. Backyard Bar-B-Q’s, birds chirping in the trees and everywhere you look, Mother Nature dressed in her summer best!
Flowers are everywhere and display their beauty as we surround ourselves with them. One doesn’t need to have a large garden abundant with blooms – although that would be lovely – especially if someone else is doing the weeding!
Having a small patch in the neighbourhood, a flowerbed down the driveway or a collection of flower-filled containers is just as bountiful when it comes to their therapeutic benefits.
Balcony and Container Planting
The bonus of container gardening is less weeding – always a plus! This is a perfect solution for those living in apartment buildings with small, medium or large balconies. The possibilities are endless. Mix and match or go with a theme – it’s yours to create what you please!
There is a never ending pilgrimage to the formal gardens of Europe. Some are centuries old with dramatic mazes to get lost in. From the sculpted gardens at Chateau de Vilandry in France to the wildflower tapestry of an English Garden to Jacques Wirtz’s amazing Cloud Boxwood Hedges in Belgium. The scale and beauty of these gardens is mind-boggling!
Monet’s garden at Giverny
Nature’s beauty has struck every landscape artist with a need to recreate what they see. Monet designed his garden, lily ponds and all, so he could paint it over and over again. A master with pallet and brush, he could never get enough as every day, every hour of the day, lay before him something new to behold. Today, fans flock to immerse themselves in the atmosphere that was pure passion for him. The mystery Monet added to these scenes has thrilled millions for over a century.
Greet the morning with a cup of coffee, sitting in dappled sunshine, lunch mid-day surrounded by flowers or relax with a cup of tea on a lazy afternoon – all divinely designed to keep one grounded. Just remember when you’re looking to create your piece of paradise, you can go big or small and still get the same results. Pure joy!
To relax and ponder the meaning of the universe… or just sit quietly with your thoughts is a gift. Making this little slice of heaven happen is easy really. All you need is a quiet corner filled with fresh flowers and/or a water feature. Once you bring flowers into your life – it’s difficult to live without them! Enjoy!
May 16th, 2013
We’ve been waiting a long time to see the distinct show of “new green” adorn the landscape. Mother Nature has been somewhat fickle with her seasons this year. Just when you think spring is about to arrive (never mind what the calendar says), she hits us with another flurry (and we do mean flurry!) of frosty blasts. But perhaps we are finally safe to say – Welcome Spring!
As far as the eye can see, trees are a tender green, shrubs and flowering tree buds are ready to pop with colour. The air is pungent with lilac, apple blossoms, hyacinth and tulips, not to mention freshly mowed lawns, which is a fragrance that evokes memories of lazy summer days to come.
We clean our windows, empty our garage, tidy our yard and tend to our garden. A different type of “flurry” takes place. Hibernation is done. Fauna are producing their young, the world has come alive!
All this “newness” that surrounds us, brings a renewed commitment to hope. Hope for better ways to conduct our lives, hope for those we hold dear, hope for the economy and hope for the world. Spring brings the conviction – that all things are possible.
Tidy’s Flowers would like to wish you a “Happy Spring”!
April 22nd, 2013
Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12, 2013
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! We all love our Moms; however the very fact they do so much for us – throughout our whole relationship – is often taken for granted. Yes, we rise to the occasion when we need to, but the day to day sacrifices they make seem to be what is expected of motherhood. And that’s from the people who love them! Society, on the other hand rarely puts the proper importance on this very difficult, very frustrating and very satisfying job! Don’t get us started on how the “government” looks upon the “housewife/mother”! We recently received the following story and thought we’d share it with you. We’d love to give credit for this insightful piece, but alas cannot find where it originated. We hope you will get a chuckle out of the story as well as it be a reminder of what a mother’s job encompasses.
JUST A MUM?
A woman renewing her driver’s licence was asked by the woman at Registry to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself. ‘What I mean is, ‘ explained the woman at Registry, ‘do you have a job or are you just a …?’
‘Of course I have a job,’ snapped the woman. ‘I’m a Mum.’
‘We don’t list ‘Mum’ as an occupation, ‘housewife’ covers it,’ said the recorder emphatically.
I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, ‘Official Interrogator’ or ‘City Registrar.’
‘What is your occupation?’ she probed. What made me say it? I do not know. The words simply popped out.
‘I’m a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.’
The clerk paused, ballpoint pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.
‘Might I ask,’ said the clerk with new interest, ‘just what you do in your field?’
Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, ‘I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn’t) in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I’m working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.’
There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk’s voice as she completed the form, stood up and personally ushered me to the door
As I drove into our driveway, buoyed by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants — ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our latest experimental model in the child development program (a 6 month old baby), testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than ‘just another Mum.’
Motherhood! What a glorious career – especially when there’s a title on the door!
Does this make Grandmothers “Senior Research Associates” in the field of Child Development and Human Relations, Great Grandmothers “Executive Senior Research Associates” and Aunts “Associate Research Assistants”? I think so!
Well so does Tidy’s Flowers! Our moms, grandmothers and aunts deserve to know how much they enhance our lives. They are wonderful role models, staunch supporters, and amazing women in their own right. And more often than not, holding down a second full time job apart from the one listed above!
When you send flowers you are igniting surprize, appreciation, delight, comfort, love, happiness and smiles.
The flowers are the package all that emotion comes in!
March 20th, 2013
Some things need to be believed to be seen. Such is the case for spring this year! Days before the official first dawning of this long awaited season, we had yet another dumping of snow and the weather, teasing us just weeks ago, has turned cold again.
But today is the first day of spring, so even if it isn’t evident around you, it is there in your soul. Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate fully. Still the familiar stirrings are inside each of us. And if you look closely you will see little heads of green poking above the ground, reaching toward the light and soaking up the sun.
Gardens are surely going to do their best to make a show. However – patient we must be. True it can all turn on a dime with the days getting longer and the smell of warming earth pungent in the air. Many of us just can’t wait and need a “fix” right now!
It’s no coincidence that Canada Blooms, The Flower and Garden Festival in Toronto chooses to showcase “all things spring” during the month of March. Great ideas, good deals and beautiful flowers everywhere! So much to look at – all in one building. You should take a trip down to the Direct Energy Centre to check it out. Floral designers go to town creating interesting pieces of art – showing off their “imagination without limitation”! Here’s a peek at what Tidy’s Flowers designers created… they called it “Green & Clean”, but you really have to feast your eyes on it to appreciate how lovely it is.
Tidy's Flowers at Canada Blooms 2013
Drop by to see all the amazing floral displays put out by local florists. The festival runs from March 15-24, 2013.
If you wish to add a bit of the “Magic Of Spring” into your life, it’s as easy as 1-2-3!
Tulips, daffodil, iris, hyacinth, freesia, and the list goes on. Check out our featured items on our website or give us a call at 416-364-5475.
Beautiful Spring Flowers
A bunch of beautiful spring flowers will definitely make your soul sing!
February 25th, 2013
You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!
Today’s women are vibrant, accomplished and have a free enduring spirit! They run households, corporations and countries, while holding a unique position within our society. They nourish, support and encourage. They laugh with you, and cry with you – our grandmothers, mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, and friends – each one holding an important part within the universe. This position didn’t come easy. But a brave few fought for what they believed in and a multitude followed. However, the struggle for women is an ongoing affair.
Highly observed throughout Europe, International Women’s Day (IWD) is recognized as a movement to bring awareness of the positive contributions and achievements made by women in all areas of life… family, business, social, political and personal. In 1977, March 8th was proclaimed as the UN day for women’s rights and world peace.
For an internationally recognized event, this date is not celebrated by everyone. Established in February 1909 by the Socialist Party of America in memory and protest of a tragic event, International Working Women’s Day (as it was originally dubbed) tends to be a second or last minute thought for many people in North America.
The tragic event that sparked its birth was a textile factory fire in New York that claimed the lives of 129 female workers, mostly Italian immigrants. The fire was started by the factory owner as retaliation to a strike the women conducted the previous day objecting to their terrible working conditions.
In 1911 recognition of IWD was adopted by Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. By 1913, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day celebration. In the aftermath of the October Revolution, it was declared an official holiday in the Soviet Union. Followed by Italy, China, and Latin American countries, year by year, more and more countries joined in solidarity for women’s rights.
Different nations focus their celebrations on women’s political and social achievements, showing their respect, appreciation and love towards the women in their lives with gifts of flowers and chocolate.
The custom in Italy is for men to give women bouquets of bright yellow mimosa during La Festa della Donna. Mimosa was introduced from Australia in the 1800’s. This tree flowers as early as January or February and was selected as the IWD’s official flower due to its abundance during this time of year.
Russia and many other countries have also adopted this bright sprig of sunshine and traditionally add gifts of chocolate to the mix.
In Latin American countries, women receive red roses which represent their continuing efforts for a better quality of life.
Make this year, one in which you take an active part in celebrating the women you know and love. After all, what would you do without them?
January 29th, 2013
♪ Love, soft as an easy chair. Love, fresh as the morning air. ♪
You may not recognize that line, but it is from Evergreen – theme song from “A Star Is Born”, sung by Barbara Streisand. Throughout generations, “love” has been a popular topic for songwriters and artists alike, crooning of new love, old love, puppy love and love gone wrong.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, perhaps you would like to write and perform a love song for your heart’s desire. No? Too intimidating? It would be appreciated if you have the voice for it and of course the talent! But if you’re just a regular guy/girl – this might be a bit too much pressure. Lucky for you, there is something else that would be highly appreciated. Flowers! Yes, love songs and flowers are two of the most romantic things one can do to express one’s devotion on February 14th… or any day of the year!
Writing a love song (or having someone write it for you), singing a love song (or having someone sing it for you) can be both time consuming and expensive. Ordering flowers (or having someone order them for you), delivering flowers (or having someone deliver them for you) is far less so, easy to arrange and perfectly appropriate to accept accolades for your amazing thoughtfulness. Seems like a “no-brainer” doesn’t it?
Flowers speak volumes of how you feel, how the person has enriched your life, and how much you appreciate the bond you share. In fact, there are flowers that have meanings associated to them that can help you compose a secret message, kind of like reading between the lines.
Red roses say your love is passionate. White roses say your love is pure. Pink roses say your love is young (but growing) and yellow roses say your love is based on friendship… the list goes on. You can find all sorts of hidden messages within a mixed flower bouquet! Somewhat intriguing, isn’t it?
Whether you want to go to the trouble of composing a cryptic message or plainly write it out for all to see, flowers will deliver the sentiment with style and grace. Not to mention the excitement it evokes – that’s a lot of bang for your buck!
December 21st, 2012
Well, if you are reading this – the world didn’t end, as predicted for December 21st! As we begin the journey of another year, we contemplate what changes we want to make in our lives. Some call them “resolutions”, and some refuse to – so they don’t jinks their chances of success!
With each year comes the opportunity to correct the little bad habits that are so easy to develop and yet so difficult to overcome. This is also an excellent time to plan on larger projects of redemption. From giving up smoking, to walking daily, eating better, drinking more water, to making our days healthier and spending true quality time with the people we love.
Being good to oneself should always be top of our list. We tend to put others first, which is a noble act – but in truth, we also tend to drain our own resources, leaving us precious little to give. “Filling the well” enables us to give more and enriches our own lives in the process.
So, how does one “fill the well”? There are as many different ways as there are different personalities! First thing to keep in mind is – what makes you smile? What touches your soul or warms that little spot deep inside? Carve out time to indulge a creative side, follow a dream – instead of just dreaming it or take up a new hobby. Surround your everyday life with beauty. As we all know, beauty is in the “eye of the beholder”, so what that entails for you can be anything.
This need not be a costly venture either. Whatever your budget, there is something out there to accommodate it. From $0.00 (a walk in the park on a sunny day) to hundreds of dollars (a new decorating project) to thousands of dollars (a trip to some exotic place)! For us, it can be as little as $2.50, to $300.00 or more! Flowers are a fast and inexpensive way to add beauty to any home, occasion or life.
And the nice thing about flowers – you can get them delivered! The possibilities are endless
December 10th, 2012
For many of us, a Christmas tree is the focal point of our holidays and certainly something we have fond memories of from our childhood. We have Queen Victoria to thank for the introduction of Christmas trees into our homes in the 19th century! With her choice of husband, German born Prince Albert, came the tradition of cutting down a natural tree and bringing it inside to decorate. Records show that the Germans have been practicing this ritual from as far back as the early 1500’s. Victoria & Albert were a very popular monarchy and what was done at court immediately became fashionable with both the people of Britain and the colonies!
At first, most trees were small tabletop versions of Victoria’s grand Conifer! Home-made decorations, such as quilted snowflakes and stars, tiny hand sewn pouches to hide special gifts and paper baskets filled with sugared nuts, were produced by young ladies who would spend their winter evenings busily creating these treasured items. Year after year, the decorations would come out to be placed on the tree, much like we do today. By the 1870’s, glass ornaments were being imported to Britain. It became quite the status symbol to have the most delicate ornaments adorning your tree. The more ornaments, the better one’s status.
Certain things have changed over the centuries. Tabletop trees have grown to tall, lush beauties. For some, fresh trees have made way for artificial trees (natural outdoor fragrance versus no mess convenience!) Candles have made way for strings of lights. Muti-coloured decorations made way for the monochromatic themed tree. And there is always the argument of an angel…
versus a star as the tree topper! (What’s on top of your tree?)
We all have memories that come with a particular ornament.
Our trees have gone from being decorated with purchased ornaments, to “creative treasures” done by our children, and back again to custom design trees. The circle just keeps turning! For generations past and generations to come, the Christmas tree and all its meaning will continue to be a part of our holidays!
December 4th, 2012
Myth, Legend, Tradition… When December has settled over the land, you can still find a bit of green, if you know where to look for a winter surprise!
For many decades the mere mention of “Mistletoe” brings to mind Christmas – kissing – and love. There is much to say about the history of mistletoe, but for some reason a certain magical appeal has been attributed by most. The fact is there are many people who have never seen this plant, with its evergreen foliage and attractive white berries, growing wild.
We are only familiar with the small sprigs hanging over a doorway – strategically placed in order to receive a kiss from the object of our affections.
In Roman times, mistletoe was more a symbol of peace than romance. It was said that when people at war with each other met beneath a mistletoe, covered tree, they would throw down their weapons and observe a truce until the next day. Ancient Europeans thought it sacred. Druid priests used it during their sacrifices, while Celtic people felt it possessed miraculous healing powers. During the middle ages, it was hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits. The mistletoe was thought to render poisons harmless, make humans prolific, protect homes from ghosts, prevent ill-effects from witchcraft and ensure fertility, not to mention – it was considered an aphrodisiac! Later, the eighteenth-century English nestled it into a “kissing ball”, brightly trimmed with evergreens and ribbons.
A kiss under the mistletoe could mean deep romance, lasting friendship and goodwill… or a promise to marry. If you remained un-kissed, you were not expected to marry the following year.
Oh and one more thing… the proper etiquette is to take a berry off the sprig every time you kiss (beware, they are poisonous, so don’t eat them!). When the berries are all gone, so are the kisses. So, make those kisses last!!