Head Back To School With The Perfect Roommate!

It’s that time again to start moving back into the dorm which means a fresh start to take on a new semester. A new semester is a new season so you can expect new professors, new friends, new opportunities, and even new roommates.

At Flowermart Florist, we hope that college is an exciting and flourishing time in your life. We also hope you find the best roommate. In fact we can help you be paired with a roommate that compliments your style, and works well with your study habits.

Here’s a list of our top favorite roommates that are ideal for the #dormlife. 

Succulents

Succulents come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Whether your dorm style is boho, modern, minimalist, etc., there’s a succulent that totally digs your vibes. They’re also the perfect coffee date!

They are simple to care for so you don’t have to worry about taking too much of your studying time to take care of your succulent. The best thing is that succulents are forgiving when you’re forgetful about watering them. Check out this blog post by our friends at Miami Flower Market on how to properly take care of succulents here.

Orchids

Orchids are ideal for adding chic elegance to your dorm’s ambience. They’re also great studying partners with their blooms that will inspire creativity and productivity into your study habits. Their blooms come in all sorts of colors. If you have a smaller space, espresso orchids are a simply adorable and perfect fit.

Orchids are simple to take care of, and won’t take much time out of your college schedule. They require to be watered once a week, and do well in shady areas where they receive some indirect sunlight. To make sure their beautiful blooms last, keep them away from strong drafts caused by air conditioners.

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Airplants

Airplants are great for adding some spunk into your space. They don’t require a pot with soil so you can feel free to get creative with airplants to express your dorm style. You can hang them on your wall or place them in a terrarium. The possibilities are endless! A rule of thumb is to water airplants once a week, soaking them in a bowl or sink for about 10-20 minutes. Once they’re done soaking, place the airplants on a towel so they can dry.  

Naturally Repel Those Nasty Mosquitoes

It’s the time of year for sun, fun and (the dreaded) mosquitoes. No need to use harmful chemicals on your body, or in the air, to repel the blood-suckers – there are natural alternatives to combat the bugs, and it will add some pizzazz to your patio (and be pleasant on the nose!). Try adding any (or all) of these plants to those outdoor spaces you spend the most time in for a naturally mosquito-free area.

Herbs

Not only are they a great addition to your plate, they are a great guest to have around to naturally repel mosquitoes. Incorporating basil, lemon balm, peppermint, pennyroyal, rosemary, lavender and sage plants around your entertaining area not only repels mosquitoes (and other flying bugs), some of the oils in these herbs are toxic to mosquito larvae. Plus, these plants will provide a pleasing, fresh scent.

Citrosum

Known as the “mosquito-plant”, and also known as citronella, this plant is one of the most popular mosquito-repelling plants. Though not the most effective at repelling mosquitoes off of humans (you must crush the leaves and rub on your skin), they are great at keeping flying bugs away from any surrounding plants.

Marigolds

Add a pop of color with marigolds. The flowers of the marigold plant contain an ingredient often used in bug spray called pyrethrum. With direct sunlight and rich soil, these plants are sure to grow strongly and protect from mosquitoes.

Geranium

The lemony scent of the geranium flowers is a natural mosquito combater. Their beautiful blooms will also brighten up any space.

Do You Know the Name Origins of these 8 Flowers?

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What’s in a name? As referenced in Shakespeare’s play Romeo & Juliet, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In the case of flower name origins, this is all true. Their names may come from a variety of different sources. From mythology to their classifications in the plant world, the names of flowers and plants all have different origin stories. People you may know or come in contact with in your daily lives may be named after a flower or plant. Just like your friend or relative, the name of a flower or plant plays a key role in their identity.

Rose

The rose, has its name origin from a Norman form of the Germanic names of Roese and Rohese. It was used to shorten the names of any old Germanic name in use in England in the middle ages that contained the element hros, ros (horse).  Roses are mainly found growing nowadays in any part of the world where there is a temperate climate.

Daisy

Daisy is from the Old English word daegeseage, meaning “day’s eye”, in reference to its round, yellow center resembling the sun. The name Daisy comes from the flower, which has the aforementioned name origin. Daisies grow as a species known as the English daisy throughout the northwestern United States as a weed.

Lily

Lily is derived from Middle English lilie, which is from the Old English and Latin lilium. It refers to the flower we know today as the lily. It is believed to have its roots in ancient Egypt, where the name for the lotus flower was thought to have been used by Hebrews and changed over time to eventually stay as it is now with the word lily. The lily flower can be found in Europe, Asia and North America. It grows mostly in temperate and tropical areas.

Tulip

The word tulip has undergone many transformations throughout the ages. It has its origins in the Middle East. It comes from the Persian word for turban, delband, and it has its roots in a tradition from medieval times in the Ottoman Empire: in the 1500s, it was fashionable for tulips to be worn on turbans. (A fully opened tulip was thought of to resemble a turban.) Western Europeans, frequent visitors to the region at the time, forced “delband” to go through phases of translations via the western European languages until finally it reached English in the late 1500s as tulip. Delband then went from “delband” to “tulipa” to “tulipant” to “tulip” in no time. The tulip’s genus’ name tulipa may also be an origin to the name tulip. Tulips can now be found growing in Holland, Switzerland, the U.K, and Australia and in the American states of Michigan, Iowa and Washington.

Iris

The iris is an example of just how important your name is to your identity. The word iris comes from the actual Greek word for “rainbow” and from the myth about Iris, the ancient Greek goddess of the rainbow. In the story, she is the messenger to Zeus and Hera and was said to guide the dead on their journey to Heaven from Earth. The rainbow was thought of by the ancient Greeks to be her flowing, multicolored robe. Others believed the beautiful multi-colored flowers were also part of her robe or the flowing veil from her dress. The ancient Greeks soon then began the practice of planting purple iris flowers on the graves of women, hoping to entice the goddess to guide their loved ones on their journey to Heaven. Iris flowers also have their name origins in their scientific names of Iridaceae (family), Iridoideae (subfamily) and Irideae (tribe). The iris flower can be found to grow naturally in North America, the Middle East, northern Africa, Europe and Asia.

Snapdragon

The snapdragon’s name is derived from the Greek word “antirrhinon” which roughly translates to “nose-like”, “anti” meaning like and “rhin” meaning nose. This colorful flower gets its name from its resemblance to a dragon’s head. It’s no wonder, then, that its botanical name is antirrhinum. Its common name of snapdragon comes from the “snap” the flowers make when their throats are squeezed, resembling a dragon’s mouth being wide open. Snapdragons are native to Europe, North Africa and the United States, most flourishing in rocky areas.

Azalea

Azalea is one unique name in the flower world. Azalea comes from azaleos, a Greek word that means dry. The azalea flower thrives in well-drained or sandy soil. The flower’s name was first coined in the mid-18th century by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. Azaleas are native to several continents including Asia, Europe and North America. They are planted abundantly as ornamentals in the southeastern USA, southern Asia, and parts of southwest Europe.

Aster

Asters find their name origin in their family scientific name of Asteraceae. The name aster comes from ancient Greek word ἀστήρ (astḗr), meaning “star”, referring to the shape of the flower head. Asters are mainly found in North America and Southern Europe.

Wheww! I hope I didn’t boggle your mind too much with all of this information. As you can see, the question, “What’s in a name?” is one that is answered extensively in this piece because every flower has a name and an origin, much like we do. It is important to know whwre they com from, much where we come from.

 

By: Alexa Escalona

Top 10 Most Popular Flowers

 With spring in full bloom, you may be deciding on flowers to send, plant, decorate with. Searching for the perfect flowers can be a bit daunting when there’s so many you can choose from. To minimize the seemingly endless options here’s a list of the top ten most popular flowers around!

red roseRoses

The mention of this flower may be no surprise. Originally from Persia, they are the leading floral gifting selection all around the world for many special occasions.Conveniently available all throughout the year, roses have been established for centuries as the emblem of love and beauty. Classified in various colors, some Roses give out lavish scents, but you can find some unscented as well. With beautiful petals that overlap, it is no shock as to why they are the leading choice for special occasions.

purple tulips aTulips

Also a native to Persia, tulips are accepted and loved by many for their beautiful simple yet elegant style. At one point, tulips were even worth more than gold! Generally Tulips signify either fame or perfect love. However each color actually serves its own meaning. They open the paths for choices through its flexible colors and versatility, especially around Mother’s Day, they become the perfect gift.

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Orchids

With a family of over 20,000 species, orchids also come in various colors and forms. The most popular orchids used in arrangements are cymbidium, dendrobium, and Phalaenopsis orchids. These graceful yet gentle beauties are found all over to the point where there is not a specific certainty of it being connected to one origin. In China, orchids were valued for their scent and utilized for medicinal purposes in the ancient times. Maybe you can decorate your home with a potted version while you sip some medicinal orchid tea!

sunflowersSunflowers

These joyful flowers are as bright as the sun! Sunflowers are commonly known as “happy” flowers, so if someone is in need of some sunshine this flower is the way to go. They become particularly popular in the summer and fall months. While they are used to decorate with, sunflowers are also often used for their edible seeds, to make cooking oil, and skin emollients. With they’re sunny disposition and many uses, it’s no wonder why these beauties are popular.

daisyDaisies

Getting its name form an Old English saying meaning, “Days Eyes”, these cheerful blossoms can be found all over the planet with the exception of Antarctica. Out of all the flowers on this list, Daisies are probably the most widely known flower. These innocent looking flowers become most popular in the spring and fall months.

pink liliesLilies

Known for their extravagant fragrance and petals, lilies tend to pop up around springtime but are in demand year round. With the various colors and styles they come, they work wonderfully for weddings, serving as centerpieces and bouquets. Lilies aren’t just known for their refined beauty. Depending on the lily, their oils can be used to heal dry or cracked skin. Talk about beautiful and helpful!

pastel pink carnationsCarnation

These versatile flowers are probably the most affordable on our list. Carnations can be used in all kinds of arrangements. Whether a simple arrangement for a friend or an elegant design for a wedding, these colorful flowers are perfect. Not only that, but they often outlive both roses and lilies. If you’re looking for diverse and flexible flower with long lasting freshness, Carnations are the way to go.

gardeniaGardenia

Hailing from tropical and sub-tropical areas around the world, these fragrant flowers are perfect for Florida. The humidity is just what they need to last long and still retain their beauty. Typically grown in the summer time, Gardenias pop up from about May to July. Be advised though, if you react strongly to fragrant flowers, this beauty may be one you want to stay away from.

blue and white hydrangea centerpieceHydrangeas

When talking about popular flowers, you can’t overlook the hydrangea. These gentle flowers have increasingly grown in popularity, especially with the rise of the wedding market. Hydrangeas and weddings go hand in hand these days. They become most popular during the late spring and summer months. If you’re looking for them, they grow in colder climates in bundles and bloom in shades of white, purple, blue, and light green.

pink peonies in vasePeony

Along with Hydrangeas, peonies have also seen a boom with the wedding market. While somewhat costly, they give off the effect of both elegance and nonchalance which makes them the perfect flower for weddings. They come in lovely shades of pink and are about the size and shape of a golf ball before they bloom.  Here’s a fun fact about peonies, after planting a peony bush, it can last up to 100 years with little maintenance involved.

Liven up your life with one of these top ten most popular flowers!

Written and Edited by: Valeria Alva & Sedley Mezadieu