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Flowers to Commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this time, people all around the country recognize the brave men and women who fight this deadly disease by raising money for research and to ease the burden of expenses that come with care and support systems to help patients and their families.

There are a number of initiatives that support breast cancer research, and buying pink flowers could be a fabulous gesture. As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds from these flowers will go to help Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This foundation has invested nearly $2 billion into breast cancer initiatives since its inception in 1982. So order a floral arrangement for your mom, a bouquet for your sweetheart and keep a few of these ideas in mind this month.

1. Lilies. There are few flowers with the aesthetic brilliance of lilies, and they are a sight to behold as they go through their life cycle. Pink lilies are a fabulous way to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, they can provide an instant boost to your recipient’s interior design or be used to decorate her office and instantly become the envy of her co-workers.

2. A preserved wreath. While many people are breaking out their autumn decorations, you can make a statement with your indoor or outdoor accents by purchasing a pink ribbon preserved wreath for your home. This jaw-dropping wreath is perked up with a number of colorful flowers to show your support for the brave people that are fighting breast cancer. Best of all, these wreaths can be used year after year, so you can spread awareness every time October rolls around.

3. Orchids. Whether you’re sending this divine flower to your sweetie or as a surprise for your mother, these exotic flowers are fabulous accents that are sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face. While they do require a bit of tender loving care to ensure that they stay healthy and continue to bloom, that hard work will pay off every time this potted plant blooms and reaches its full potential.

Before October comes and goes, make sure that you do your part for the many people whose lives have been altered by this deadly disease – and don’t stop there. Anything you can do in your own community to help patients and their families get through this process will be appreciated in more ways than you’ll ever know.

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Symbolic Meaning of Orchids

When you think of symbolically significant flowers, roses are probably the first thing that come to mind. It’s surprising just how many statements you can make simply by varying the number and color of roses you give to someone. Of course, we tend to give flowers a lot of emotional weight, and this is by no means linked to one specific bloom. Orchids, for instance, are known to be one of the largest families of flowers in the world, and as such it’s unsurprising that they would also be regarded by humans as significant.

There are between 22,000 and 26,000 accepted species of orchid. To put that into perspective, that’s twice the number of birds and four times the number of mammals on earth. These orchid varieties account for about 10 percent of the world’s seeded plants. With so many variations, flower enthusiasts are sure to find one that suits their aesthetic needs. In fact, Charles Darwin himself wrote extensively on orchid cross-pollination, simply because they took so well to genetic experimentation. They can be found in a number of different climates, from tropical environs to – if you can believe it – underground.

Orchids of all types are frequently sought by collectors. There are hundreds of societies across the world devoted to dealing with orchids and finding specific blooms. They are regarded as a prized flower, and rare species can cost thousands of dollars. Asian cultures tend to cultivate the best orchids, primarily because the climate is especially well-suited to growing them. Taiwan and Singapore have some of the best public collections of orchids in the world. They’ve also become a best-selling flower here in the United States, thanks in no small part to their wide and varied aesthetic qualities.

Orchids have a fair amount of symbolic significance as well, particularly in China. They’re known as the City Flower of Shaoxing, China, and are one of the Four Gentlemen, a group that also includes the bamboo, plum and chrysanthemum. They’ve been used in painting since the 900s, each representing one of the four seasons. Orchids, in this case, represent spring. Painting an orchid requires basic brush styles, so aspiring artists frequently learn how to paint them.

The orchid certainly has a long and storied history, and it only takes one look to understand why. They’re beautiful, varied and can be found throughout the world.