Why Talking to your Plants is Good for the Planet

Many people have said that talking to your plants is good for them, but is it really?  Is this just a myth or an old wives’ tale?  Well, many people swear that talking to their plants or playing music for them helps them grow.  In fact, according to one story, the man who grew the largest tomato in the world did so after putting headphones on it so it could hear soothing music!

But does it really work?  Some research says yes.  According to a German professor who did a study way back in 1848, plants do actually respond to attention and talk.  Of course, he also believed that plants had emotions.  There hasn’t been any conclusive evidence on that, but studies have shown that, for whatever reason, some plants do seem to grow better when talked to.  Of course, it’s possible other factors were involved.  People who talk to their plants usually take very good care of them than people who don’t really care about their plants.

Another study shows that plants and flowers do respond to music, but they have a preference: in one study, plants that were exposed to soothing and classical music grew better, but plants that had to listen to rock or loud, aggressive music, actually wilted and died.  Again, this study wasn’t conclusive, and there could have been other factors involved.

There might be a scientific reason behind talking to your plants—when we talk, we exhale carbon dioxide.  Since plants use carbon dioxide to grow, this extra bit of CO2 might help.  Now, researchers do caution that it would really take a few hours of talking to a plant in close proximity for it to really have a huge effect.

So it seems like science is telling us that no, talking to plants and playing music doesn’t help.  But then there’s that huge tomato to consider, and there are other examples of amazing plants and flowers grown by people who talk to them.  Maybe there’s something to it after all?  If you enjoy talking to your plants, there’s no reason to stop.  Just be ready for some people to give you odd looks, especially if you claim your plants are talking back!

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Romance is Timeless. How to Keep it Fresh

Without romance, where would we be?  Romantic relationships drive us, give us a reason to deal with the everyday grind, and make us happy.  Romance is timeless, but sometimes it can get a little stale if you’re not careful.  Even the most passionate relationship can fall into a rut from time to time.  If you notice that happening with your relationship, you need to do something to freshen it up.  Here are a few ideas.

•    Take a spontaneous weekend vacation.  You don’t have to go far, just get out of your usual surroundings.  A night in a hotel room in a different city can work wonders.  Try a new restaurant, see a play or concert, and enjoy a night away.  This can be especially nice if you have children since parents rarely get to have date night.  Of course, you’ll need to find a baby sitter with short notice, but that’s not impossible.

•    Try new things.  Go to a different restaurant or check out a new attraction.  A change can often really help a relationship.  If most of your activities together are indoors, try going out for a walk under the stars.  If you’re always out doing things, set aside an evening to stay at home.  Whatever you do, mix it up a little.

•    Surprise her.  Make dinner reservations at her favorite restaurant without telling her, or show up at her office to take her out to lunch.  Send her flowers at work.  Buy her a gift when she’s not expecting it.  You don’t have to wait for her birthday, your anniversary, or Valentine’s Day to make a romantic gesture.

•    Compliment her, especially when she’s not looking for a compliment.

•    Try doing an activity together that you haven’t done together before.  Try each other’s hobbies.  You might find that you enjoy them.

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The Art of Appreciating the People Who Make You Look Good

Administrative Professionals Day is next Wednesday, the 25th.  This is the one day out of the year that employers stop and show their appreciation for the people who work hard to make you and your entire office look good.  There’s an art to this, however, and if you master it, you will give the perfect gifts to your administrative professionals, friends, and family members.

There are a number of different things to keep in mind if you want to fully master this art.  First, you need to know what the recipient likes.  If your administrative professional collects certain items or enjoys certain snacks, that’s definitely a good place to start.  However, don’t take it too far.  A small gift for his or her desk is fine, but you don’t want to get something that’s too large or too expensive.

The same goes with giving flowers.  Roses aren’t really appropriate for Administrative Professionals Day since they can send the wrong message.  However, mixed bouquets, balloon bouquets, and plants are certainly a good idea.  This is especially true if you know your administrative pro loves certain flowers or colors.

Another part of the art of appreciation is knowing where that personal verses professional line is.  While it’s true that roses are too personal, when it comes to other gifts, the line isn’t always clear.  For example, some bosses are closer to their assistants than others.  For some, a gift related to something you know they enjoy is fine.  For others, that would be too much, and it’s better to go with a gift card or a small cash bonus.  The same goes with taking them out to lunch.  If you’ve gone to lunch together in the past, it’s probably fine, especially if the whole office goes.  If you haven’t, it may be a line you don’t want to cross.

The art of appreciating others can be a bit difficult to master because it’s different with everyone.  It all comes down to how well you know the person and what your relationship is with them.

No matter what, though, flowers are a nice touch.  Let us help with your Administrative Professionals Day flowers in McLean, VA.

How to be Romantic in 5 Simple Steps

Being romantic isn’t always easy, and it’s not something all guys are good at.  However, it’s not that hard to learn to be romantic.  These five simple steps will impress your girlfriend, your spouse, or the woman you want to woo.  Once you’ve got this down, you can add your own little flourishes and ideas to it and watch her fall in love with you all over again (or for the first time).

1.    Be a gentleman.  They say chivalry is dead—prove them wrong!  Open doors for her (and don’t forget the car door), pull out her chair, and offer her your jacket if she’s cold.  These little things will definitely add up.  One bit of chivalry you might let die is ordering for her.  Most women don’t like that, especially if you don’t know what she might want and just guess.

2.    Give her flowers.  If it’s a first date, a dozen roses might be a bit much, but a single long-stemmed rose is perfect.  If you’re romancing your long-term girlfriend or wife, a dozen roses or a bouquet of her favorite flowers is perfect.

3.    Listen to what she’s saying.  This seems so simple, but many guys just don’t pay much attention.  Often, all it takes to be really romantic is to have a conversation.  It doesn’t have to be about anything important.  Also listen to her likes and dislikes so you don’t accidentally give her something she hates or is allergic to.

4.    Make it personal.  Sure, chocolates, roses, and a stuffed bear can be romantic, but they’re also somewhat generic.  Instead of any box of chocolates, pick up her favorite.  If she loves red roses, that’s great, but if she really like lilies, get her those instead.  Getting her something that she really loves instead of something generic shows that you listen to her and that you know her.

5.    Surprise her.  Every now and then, give her a gift just because.  Bring her flowers on days other than her birthday and her anniversary.  Take her out to lunch just because you were missing her.  Do the unexpected!

These five tips will help add romance to your life and show her just how much you care.

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Tales of the Blarney Stone

The Blarney Stone

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and while it’s mostly connected to the story of St. Patrick, it also encompasses Irish methods in general.  One of these Irish stories is that of the Blarney Stone, a mystical rock that is supposed to grant those who kiss it the “ability to deceive without offending.”  However, kissing the stone isn’t easy!

The myth of the Blarney Stone begins with Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, who built Blarney Castle.  However, after he got embroiled in a scandal, he prayed to the goddess Cliodhna for help.  She came to him in a dream and told him to kiss the first stone he saw on his way to court.  He did, and he was suddenly able to elegantly argue his case.  He then took the stone and added it to the parapet of his castle.

Of course, there are other stories about the Blarney Stone.  Some say it was taken out of the castle and moved to Scotland at one point, but it was later returned to the castle in 1314.  Some also say the Blarney stone as a piece of the Stone of Scone, sometimes called the Stone of Destiny or the Coronation Stone.

There’s another story that says Queen Elizabeth I sent a deputy to Cormac MacDermont MacCarthy, the lord of Blarney, demanding he give a portion of his lands to the crown.  MacCarthy decided to go before the queen to plead his case, but he was not very well spoken.  Along the way, he met an old woman.  She asked him why he was so sad, and he told her.  She told him that when Blarney Castle was built, its designer placed a stone out over a parapet where no one could ever touch it.  If MacCarthy could kiss it, he would be given amazing speech.  He leaned out and kissed the stone, and the Queen listened to his speech and decreed that he would never have to give up the rights to his land.

Today, visitors can tour Blarney castle, its gardens, and even see the Blarney Stone itself.  However, kissing it is not easy because one has to climb to the top of the castle, then lean over backwards out onto the parapet’s edge.  While there are a number of railings and safeguards in place, it’s still somewhat difficult, if not quite as life-threatening as it once was.

Millions of people have supposedly kissed the Blarney Stone, but few of them seem to have magically received the “gift of gab” like MacCarthy did.  But it’s still a very fun legend.

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Spring Flowers for the Garden

Is your flowerbed ready for spring?  There are a number of different flowers that grow in the spring.  Some are well-known and very popular, while others aren’t grown that often.  Will you grow any of these spring flowers in your garden this year?

Azaleas are large, gorgeous flowering shrubs.  In some areas, huge azalea festivals are held.

Birds of Paradise are an exotic flower resembling a flying bird.  It has a very uncommon shape and look to it, making it a popular flower for those who want to grow something a little different.

The Cherry Blossom is a beautiful flowering tree that explodes in white and pink during the spring.  The tree is very popular in Japan, and today, cherry blossom festivals are held all over the world.  One great festival is held in Washington, D.C.

Dahlias are large blooms that come in many different colors and shapes.  They’re great flowers to grow if you don’t have a lot of space because they do well in containers.

The Daffodil is a popular flower that grows in many areas.

The Gardenia is a very aromatic flower that lasts for quite some time when cut.  It’s also sometimes used as hedges or as part of ground cover.

The Glory of the Snow isn’t as well known.  It blooms in the early spring and is a pale blook color with some darker purples along the edges.

Then there’s the Hyacinth, an amazing pillar of flowers that comes in many different colors and smells great.

People love Lilacs!  They smell great and look incredible.

The Marigold, which usually comes in yellow or gold, is a pretty common flower in many areas—so common that some people start to think of them almost as weeds!

Naturally, the beautiful rose starts blooming in the spring.

Another amazingly colorful flower is the Tulip. It comes in many different shades, sizes, and height.

Which of these flowers do you love the most?  Let us know and then send flowers in Washington, DC, to your loved ones.

Surround Yourself with Flowers

Most people have bought flowers for someone at some point in their lives.  Maybe it was to celebrate a new baby, or maybe it was for a birthday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day gift.  But how many people buy fresh flowers for themselves?  Many people see this as a splurge or luxury they just can’t afford.  But did you know that surrounding yourself with flowers may actually have some health benefits?

According to a study by Nancy Etcoff of Harvard Medical School, women who received flowers actually felt more enthusiastic and happy while going about their daily activities.  Another group in the study received a home décor item, and while they enjoyed their gift, they didn’t report being as happy over the course of the study as those who received flowers did.

This study actually builds upon the Home Ecology of Flowers Study, a study done in 2006 by the Flower Promotion Organization.  It revealed that flowers, the sight and scent, can actually affect our emotions.  Flowers do actually have the ability to make us happy, this study showed, and the Harvard study has reinforced those findings.

Next time you feel down, why not go ahead and treat yourself to a bright bouquet of flowers?  You’ll find that you do feel better after receiving them.  If you see someone else having a bad day, be sure to do the same for them—send them a cheery arrangement to help them feel better!