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Flowers – Gifts of the Heart

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The Bible teaches that we are to show kindness and consideration to one another. To send flowers on special occasions is a good way to express love and kindness to those who are special in our hearts. Practicing love and showing kindness are always a good thing.

Other than expressing love and kindness, flowers go a long way when it comes to apologies and special occasions, but for the most part, the best time to give her flowers is when there’s no occasion at all. When you buy her roses because you messed up, although the gesture is still wonderful, it’s evident that it’s a cry for forgiveness.

But if you buy her flowers just because you want her to know that you love her and think of her constantly, she’ll feel more attractive and appreciated like never before. The element of surprise (considering there really is no special occasion) will also add to her pleasant revelation.

Valentine:  Valentine’s day is the day of love. Reach out to your loved ones with dazzling bouquets and vibrant flowers to make them feel special. Valentine’s day flowers is the perfect way to say ‘I love you’, when your relationship is new and fragile, and a great reason to return to polite, courteous behavior, if you have been together for a while. Moreover, it’s a good time for promises to maintain that romantic spirit throughout the year with a bouquet of beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers.

 

Roses are ranked first on the Valentine’s Day flower list. Roses of different colors have different meanings. Red roses are the Valentine’s Day favorite – they symbolize passionate desire. Pink roses signify sophistication and elegance. Yellow is the “friendship” color for roses. White roses mean purity and fidelity. And purple is associated with royalty. A bouquet of purple roses is an excellent choice of Valentine’s Day flowers, meant for the king/queen of your heart.

If you send Valentine’s Day flowers to a man, choose crisp colors ‘ red, orange, and yellow. For a romantic masculine feel consider a linear floral design. Men would also respond well to blooming plants. When Valentine’s Day is on a weekday, make his coworkers jealous with flowers delivered to his office.

Whatever Valentine’s Day flowers you picked, don’t forget to express your feelings with a note. Even a simple list of the reasons you love him/her for can be a touching gift and the words “I love you” will mean more than the most exquisite poetry.

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Mother’s Day:  The Romans welcomed the month of May by dedicating the month to Flora, the Roman flower goddess; and spent the first day of May gathering flowers as offerings to her. Flowers have been associated with Mother’s Day celebrations from the beginning. Even in the ancient world, the Mother Goddesses were celebrated with garlands of flowers. Anna Jarvis promoted carnations, the favorite flowers of her mother, as the official Mother’s Day flowers. “White carnations were chosen because they represented the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love. Red carnations, in time, became the symbol of a living mother.” Today, bouquets of cut spring flowers are customary Mother’s Day gifts.

 

Anniversary:  Roses of differing colors have different meanings. Red is for love and respect, light pink is grace and interestingly sends the message ‘Believe me,’ while dark pink is for thankfulness. Light purple roses are for love at first sight and signify the partner is still enchanted, orange means that the spouse is enthusiastic and spellbound by their partner. There are many other colors of roses with other meanings. A single rose in full bloom simply says, “I still love you.”  There are also flowers for many of the in-between wedding anniversaries, and you can easily look them up. If you’re just trying to find the right flower for the first anniversary get your spouse some Pansies.

 

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Birthday:  Birthday flower delivery for a special person marks the occasion of another year on the planet with something that appeals to the senses of sight, smell, and sometimes touch that brightens the occasion. Giving a gift of flowers that a giver knows will please the recipient is a recognized “feel good” gesture, while being the receiver of the bouquet is equally delightful. When the celebrant is a child, we don’t often send birthday flowers, but instead choose a bouquet of balloons or even cookies shaped like flowers and resting on a stick painted to look like a stem. Floral gifts properly mark the birthdays of women and girls from puberty to old age. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the way to a woman’s heart is through her love for blossoms.

When a customer is looking outside of his community for a birthday flower delivery, it is important that he searches for an online florist with years of experience, recognized service, secure ordering, and satisfaction guaranteed. Both industry credentials and customer testimonials count, and any online awards they might have won should count as big pluses. Cost may be a consideration, and prices are usually posted by each picture of an arrangement on the website. Keep in mind that when there are two prices quoted for an arrangement, the smaller amount spent will always mean smaller number of blossoms as well, so inexpensive isn’t always the best way to go when someone wants to send birthday flowers.

 

Why flower gifts?:  Ordering from a small-time brick and mortar florist listed in your neighborhood phone directory could result in a nasty surprise, when yellow roses arrive instead of the long-stemmed red roses or carnations are delivered and you are charged more than the cost agreed upon, worse still they may never be delivered. These scenarios do happen.

Why risk yourself in these situations? You could simply switch on your computer, browse through the Internet and place your order in any well-recognized online florist. The quickest way to deliver flowers to your family living in another city or to send a corporate to another country is to use online flower delivery as well. These online florists also offer a variety of products like floral gift baskets and hampers and other unique gifts for every occasion.

Many big companies have a network consisting of professional local florists worldwide. You can order online for same day or next day delivery. Flowers can also be sent over overseas with the international flower service that many of the big companies operate. These companies ensure you that the recipient will enjoy the beautiful fresh flowers and plants, secure ordering and guaranteed satisfaction. Finito

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Spring into Faith – Wall Art

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Inspiration creativity came from the John Clare poem entitled;

On a Lane in Spring

A Little Lane, the brook runs close beside
And spangles in the sunshine while the fish glide swiftly by
And hedges leafing with the green spring tide
From out their greenery the old birds fly

wall-art-Spring-into-Faith-by-Poetic-PastriesAnd chirp and whistle in the morning sun
The pilewort glitters ‘neath the pale blue sky
The little robin has its nest begun
And grass green linnets round the bushes fly
How Mild the Spring Comes in; the daisy buds
Lift up their golden blossoms to the sky

How lovely are the pingles and the woods
Here a beetle runs; and there a fly
Rests on the Arum leaf in bottle green
And all the Spring in this Sweet lane is seen

1 Chronicles 16:11

Christian Bible Verse wall art – entitled Spring into Faith – printed poster shown here. “Seek the Lord” stylized calligraphy waltzes about the spring breezes of pastel color flowers and the sweet harmony of feathered creation. This delightful design can be placed on a variety of sized posters (ready to add to your own frames or ordered framed through zazzle) 8×10 are as easy as 32×24! … Also available is the option to have the work on canvas, metal or wood. Check out the variety of choices for wall art sizing of Spring into Faith. <br> Zazzle also offers the ability to move this sweet design to a plethora of products. Should you have any issues in moving our creation to a product of your choosing … give us a shout through the Zazzle message service – the studio will be happy to assist.
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English Garden Landscape – Art Poster

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English Garden Landscape – Wall Art

Modern landscape in surreal kaleidoscope colors. A magical forest beyond the English garden of flowers. Poster art ready to frame; or add one here. *Note this art may be transferred to over 1000 other product goods sold within zazzle. Bronze Artwork designed by Poetic Pastries USA, WV
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Your walls are a reflection of your personality, so let them speak with your favorite quotes, art, or designs printed on our custom Giclée posters! Choose from up to 5 unique, high quality paper types to meet your creative or business needs. All are great options that feature a smooth, acid-free surface with vibrant full color printing. Using pigment-based inks (rather than dye-based inks), your photos and artwork will be printed at the highest resolution, preserving all their original detail and their full-color spectrum. Browse through standard or custom size posters and framing options to create art that’s a perfect representation of you.

Pondering Pansies ~ What’s in a Name?

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My name is derived from my Nanny (grandmother) who, (the story goes) on Easter Sunday, was born dead. It is told that her father, my great-grandfather, had a little bouquet of ‘pansy’ flowers in his hands he had picked from the garden, expecting this day to be joyous. Upon hearing this grievous news, he sullenly laid the tiny bouquet atop his daughter’s tiny chest. The moment the flowers touched her…she gasped for air and began to wail.  She was promptly named ‘Pansy’ (to think/to ponder).  Along with that mantle, my father added “Lee”. This name, means shelter in the storm. ‘Pansylee’ ~ (muse)

‘Pansies’, as a flower are quite remarkable. Did you know the entirety of the flower is edible? It is true, sepals and all (stem to stern). Bakers, candy makers and chefs are quite fond of using ‘pansies’, which offer a culinary paradox: being both muted and minty in flavor.The petulant language of flowers is remarkably traditional in nature rather than scientific. The wives’ tales, the historical and religious overtones of flowers abound in every society and culture. Here are few;

Victorians ~ A honeyflower and a ‘pansy’ left by a lover for his beloved means “I am thinking of our forbidden love”, (I shall discreetly note here that the honeyflower is a erect bushy shrub of eastern Australia, whose flowers produce copious amounts of nectar. This plant was grown in hothouses/conservatories/arboretums in the Victorian age with…vigor)

The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, “thought”, and was imported into Late Middle English as a name of Viola in the mid-15th century, as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. The name “love in idleness” was meant to imply the image of a lover who has little or no other employment than to think of her beloved.

The name “heart’s-ease” came from St. Euphrasia, whose name in Greek signifies cheerfulness of mind. The woman, who refused marriage and took the veil, was considered a pattern of humility, hence the name “humble violet”.McGlashan, James. The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal. Vol. 42. July to December 1853: 286.

Writer James Shirley Hibberd wrote that the French custom of giving a bride a bouquet of ‘pansies’ (ponderings/thoughts) and marigolds (cares) symbolized the woes of domestic life rather than marital bliss, in 1858. I disagree. I believe the flower combination was meant to signify the endurance of matrimonial bliss, by ushering in a unified gentle thought or gentle caring of the bride to groom and vice versa. For shame on Mr Hibberd for being so pessimistic ~ (I also want to note that this bouquet combination is also ‘edible’…and dates back to 15th century. Perhaps something very important in early centuries, where sustenance was difficult to obtain).

The French and English were not the only ones to acknowledge the beauty and power of the ‘pansy’.  An old German fable spins the yarn of how the ‘pansy’ lost its aromatic perfume. The story advises us that once upon a time, ‘pansies’ were indeed very fragrant. Abundantly growing wild in fields and forests, they permeated the countryside with sweetness. Such was the desire to obtain the botanical cologne, the German people would trample the tender green grass in eagerness to pick pansies. Overtime, the grass turned brown and could not withstand the barrage. In turn, the cows of Germany began to starve. The ‘pansies’ in their soft repose and gentle thought, prayed to the heavens, to take away their sweet perfume. The powers granted this prayer. And the people of the land, no longer lured to the velvet potpourri, made no vast treks wherein the grass was trampled to oblivion. This selfless act allowed the cattle to once more find the tender green shoots, to grow fat and keep the Germanic peoples alive and blessed bountifully.

Even the American pioneers did not escape the rituals of flower usage. A handful of ‘pansies’ taken indoors at early spring was believed to have ensured the farm’s prosperity.  Could it be that known for their tenacity to endure frost and snows, the ‘pansies’ gave these struggling frontiersmen hope of the new spring? We can only guess. It has also been recorded that American settler children, as well as American Indian youngsters, saw faces within the flowers and constructed tiny bands of ‘pansy’ dolls (precursors to GI Joe and Barbie), old sketches show these primitive toys, formed with leaves, twigs and vines. Seeking to create beauty for themselves (as well as their male companions) the ingenuity of the femme sex in this new land, utilized the blessed bounty of their surroundings. Nature became their shopping plaza. Adornments of flowers, pine cones, shells and more are recorded as early Americana patisserie. ‘Pansies’ were pinned, poked, sewn to almost every facet of adult feminine clothing (these floral trims could last several days ~ more than long enough, I would suspect for any frontierswoman of the time…)

In literature, the ‘pansy’ has played starring roles. William Shakespeare’s work,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, offers the juice of the heart’s ease (the old Britannia term for ‘pansy’) as a love potion. “on sleeping eyelids laid, will make a man or woman madly dote upon the next live creature that it sees.” Shakespeare continued to add ‘pansies’ into his creations. The tale of Hamlet has Ophelia distributing ‘pansies’ ~ “There’s pansies, that’s for thoughts” (writers and poets seem to be drawn to the pondering face of the velvet botanical maiden….).

Many poets through the years, have placed the diminutive flower within their lines;  Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 -13 January 1599 author of The Faerie Queene),  Michael Drayton (c. 1563 – December 23, 1631),  Ben Jonson (c. 11 June 1572 – 6 August 1637), William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850 famous for launching the ‘Romantic Age’ of poetic literature), Bernard Barton (c. 1784 – 1849 The Quaker Poet),  William Wakefield (c. 1801 – 19 September 1848), and  J. J. Grandville (1803-1847 Pensée from Fleurs Animées).

The epic qualities of the botanical ‘pansy’ have and continue to be intertwined with its deeper meaning. This ponderous nature entices not only poets. It was Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist, who left us contemplating his unfinished creation, aptly named “Pansie, a Fragment”(1864) whose story has a character of kindness and thoughtfulness, a young child…aptly named.

No topic of the word ‘pansy’ would be complete without paying tribute to the renown authoress Margaret Mitchell. She originally chose the name ‘Pansy’ O’Hara as the name for her Gone with the Wind heroine, but, historical documents show she was prompted by her publicist to make changes. He also urged her to seek another name for the homestead of her heroine. Ms Mitchell succumbed to both requests. The plantation’s name, was originally called ‘Fontenoy’ (it should be noted both ‘Pansy’ O’Hara and ‘Fontenoy’ have ties to French and Irish terminology). It has long been my personal opinion, that Ms Mitchell saw her heroine as a thinker, a planner, a ponderer, (and who today can deny that ‘Scarlett O’Hara was indeed that?) thus, the name ‘Pansy’ seemed quite appropriate. Of course, O’Hara is quintessentially Irish.  This French application of the name ‘Pansy’ also falls in line with the use of the name ‘Fontenoy’ for the plantation. Fontenoy is the location of the epic battle where the French, aided by Irish foot soldiers, defeated the British regiments in 1745.  Deciding upon ‘Tara’ as the final name for the plantation, directly refers to a village in eastern Ireland, northwest of Dublin. Tara was the seat of Irish kings from ancient times until the sixth century. Quite appropriate for the spectacular O’Hara home of the epic novel.

This woven fabric of Irish and French lineage names, continued, even though Ms Mitchell made changes.  I can picture the publicist reading her work and lamenting that this strong willed, shrewd, and powerful heroine was being called ‘Pansy’…his mind, I daresay conjured up rows of flowery, velveteen faces, buttery soft and  erroneously weak. For him this character was not pensive, or thoughtful. He must have seen her only as fire and brimstone, a true stereo-typical Irish lass, who could only be named for the red sparks she threw about… ‘Scarlett’, (old French origin meaning “red”). It is important to remember that ‘Scarlett’ and ‘Pansy’ are the same. They represent, in name, the characteristics of one individual. I am her, she is me, we are one … the Muse and I. She is a paradox – she is all and she is null. She is that part of me that exists to create and explore. Her artistic and literary entreats whisper to me; pondering pansies among the stars.

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Flower Garden of Spring Theme T-Shirt

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~ Greek Poetry – White Iris by Muse ~

~White Iris~
The Iris danced across
The ancient Grecian skies
Gliding with her embossed
Satiny milken sides
~
Her lithe and nimble limbs
Moved methodically
From her cream white petals
To her supple stem.
The nectar that she carried
Was transposed into a hymn
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“I must use my moments wisely,
For they shall soon pass away
And be lost to me forever…
A mere memory of my yesterdays.”
~
Thus she sang
And thus she cried.
Her voice set to harp
And lyre.
~
So true a call
So true a heart
Did Zeus himself see?
“Come now unto Mt Olympus
Oh white Iris,
And our announcer be…”
~
She floated along
In such curving grace
Transposed she was
In time and space
The blessed arched path
Which she did go
Became the journey for
Heaven’s promised rainbow.
~
(muse from the book Enigmatic Evolution)

Pansylee VanMeteren Illustrator, Author, Poet, Songwriter Lyricst, Artist of WV - The Muse - Poetic Pastries

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