Jane's Blue Iris will host its annual Holiday Preview Thursday, November 11th through Saturday, November 11th, 2017. Our designers have been working hard to create unique designs for your home and office. We look forward to kicking off the holiday season with you!
Have you ever wondered what the effect of giving or receiving flowers has on the brain? Well that question has been asked and answered by a multitude of psychologists with some interesting results. Stick a potted plant on your work desk, because researchers Raanaas, Evensen, Rich, Sjostrom, and Patel concluded that cognitive performance is better in offices with plants than in offices sans plants.
Researchers Park and Mattson determined that patients in hospital rooms with flowers or plants needed "less postoperative pain medication, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, and generally were in a better psychological state than rooms without" (Mattson & Park, 2008). Luther Burbank was onto something when he said flowers were "medicine for the soul."
Lastly, participants in a Rutgers University study received one of three gifts- a candle, a fruit basket, or a bouquet of flowers. The results showed 100% of participants who received flowers exhibited a Duchenne Smile- a "true smile" involving the mouth, cheeks, and eyes. According to researcher Jeannette Haviland-Jones, "In the emotions lab, you never get a 100 percent response unless you’re dropping a snake on people, which gives you a nice 100 percent fear response. But, happy? No."
The takeaway message of this post is to show the positive effects that flowers have on mental health. It is a simple way to put a Duchenne Smile on someone's face or to make your employees more productive!
I recently came across an article in The New York Times titled "One Bouquet of Fleeting Beauty, Please" describing the beauty of flowers. No, it was not about the varieties, colors, or textures, but about their fleeting beauty. Yes, flowers wilt, decay, and lose their vibrant color, however the intangible nature of what flowers represent is perhaps the most beautiful. Flowers have the unique ability to express more than what is written on the enclosure card. They are personal, intimate, and thoughtful. The gesture of giving flowers, is part of what makes them beautiful.
Being a florist can sometimes mean being a collaborator to proposal, a secret keeper to a baby announcement, a comfort to someone going through a tough time, or a creator of a "just because" arrangement. We are a small part of stories and connections that can be some of life's biggest moments.
An excerpt from the article summed up the momentary beauty of a flower, "A favorite of mine is tulip magnolia, the way the buds erupt into blooms and the blooms into a litter of color on lawns, all in a matter of weeks while it’s snowing cherry blossoms. How startlingly beautiful impermanence can be." A sense of appreciation for the moment and how one was made to feel, is what every florist here hopes to be a small part of.
For fall, our designers have been using a lot of oranges, deep purples and greens. We've also been using a lot of Kale in our arrangements. For fall inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!
Also, don't forget about all the Homecomings coming up! Come by the store to see our booklet of corsages we've made and the accessories we have for them.