We hope all of our customers enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. Our shop was closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to allow our employees time to celebrate with their families, but we are back in the shop today to help you with flowers and gifts.
While we’re all celebrating the end of the year, let’s take a look at some common Christmas flowers other than the poinsettia.
Amaryllis is a common potted plant to gift during the holiday season since they can bloom inside in bright, indirect sunlight. These beautiful plants feature six to ten trumpet-shaped flowers on one or two stalks. The most common colors of amaryllis are red and white, although other colors are available.
Most of us are familiar with the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe at Christmas, but where exactly does that tradition come from? And what is mistletoe? Mistletoe is actually a parasitic plant that grows on the branches of trees and shrubs. It’s an evergreen plant that features small yellowish flowers and white berries. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe can be traced back to Norse mythology.
Holly is also an evergreen, but it has pointed leaves and red berries, and it can grow as a tree or a shrub. Cuttings of the shiny leaves and bright red berries are used in many Christmas floral arrangements. The use of holly dates back to the Druids, but many today view the holly as symbolic of Christ—the prickly leaves representing the crown of thorns and the red berries representing drops of blood.
The Christmas cactus is a tropical succulent that thrives as a houseplant and produces a number of pink and red blooms in the winter. The legend of the Christmas cactus involves a Jesuit missionary in Bolivia, Father Jose. He ministered to the people and cared for their sick, and he told them of the beautifully decorated church altars in the bigger cities during the holiday. On Christmas Eve, the altar in his mission church was not decorated at all until the villagers arrived with bundles of flowering branches that they had brought from the forest. Thus, the Christmas cactus received its name.
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