Yes, You Can Give Your Dad A Gift Basket.

In case you were wondering, it’s perfectly fine—in fact preferable—to hand over a basket of goodies to dad this Father’s Day. Adrian Durban Florist sees a gift basket as the perfect solution to that what-to-get-dad conundrum, since a display of tasty delights, each one a surprise, is the kind of gift that delights anyone. One of the things we love about Father’s Day is how it brings everyone together in the home to celebrate that undersung hero of our lives, the one who is usually too busy thinking about everyone else to reserve a lot of time for himself, much less think about what gift he might want on the day devoted to him.

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Secret Santa Gifts That Wow

Secret Santa, Yankee Swap, White Elephant . . . Whatever you call it, the gift swap is a popular game (and tons of fun) to play during the holiday season. And not only is it a great way to bring a group together to celebrate the holidays, but it solves the problem of how to exchange gifts without leaving anyone out or breaking the bank. We here at Adrian Durban Florist get behind anything that revolves around coming together to offer gifts, especially when that involves the cloak of anonymity and surprise.

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Appropriate Sympathy Flowers for Funerals

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During a time of grieving, shows of sympathy can honor a friend or loved one’s life; and flowers are a thoughtful and meaningful gesture which convey a message of comfort. When someone close to you is experiencing a loss and you are looking to send your condolences, the experts at Adrian Durban Florist are here to walk compassionately with you through the process. We know this can be a very difficult time. We’re here to help every step of the way.

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Patriotic Memorial Day Bouquets

Memorial dayAlthough Memorial Day has been around since just after the Civil War (when it was known as Decoration Day), the heart and honor behind the day has not diminished. This day has always been set aside as a day of remembrance, and continues to be an opportunity for us to not only show respect to those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom, but to also reach out to extend sympathy and comfort to family members who may be grieving a loss. No matter your intention or sentiment on Memorial Day, you can count on Adrian Durban Florist to provide beautiful flowers and arrangements to commemorate the day.

Memorial Day in Cincinnati – The Eyes of Freedom exhibit will be shown at The Arlington Memorial Gardens, or you can attend the Tolling of the Bells, resented by the Cincinnati Submarine Veterans.  Continue reading

Welcome to Spring, Is it Easter Already?

Easter Basket & Plush by Adrian Durban Florist

Easter Basket & Plush by Adrian Durban Florist

Sunday marks the first official day of spring, and this year Easter is not far behind. Can you believe Easter is only a week away?

Flowers are often associated with holidays, but perhaps none more so than the Easter lily. Lilies have long been popular symbols of Easter, representing hope and love. White lilies, especially, take on a special symbolic meaning for Easter as they signify resurrection and purity.

Lilies aren’t the only symbol of Easter, however. Daisies, tulips, azaleas, chrysanthemums, daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips are also popular Easter flowers, as are a variety of green houseplants, bringing life to every room.

Speaking of Easter symbolism

Traditionally, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ; and is the most important Christian holiday, but many people associate Easter with brightly colored eggs, strategically hidden from children by a small bunny. At first glance, that appears to have nothing to do with Christianity or the religious observance of the holiday, but they might not be so disconnected after all.

The term “Easter” gets its name from Eastre, which is the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes the hare and the egg. Where do eggs fit into Easter? The exchange or giving of Easter eggs actually dates back to before Easter, and the giving of eggs is actually considered a symbol of rebirth.

With that in mind, the symbolism isn’t as far apart as many people think.

Of course, one thing that kids of all ages can agree on is that Easter celebrations typically involve candy, and lots of it!

During the holiday, more than 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year in the United States alone, making it the second biggest candy-consuming day of the year, behind Halloween.

Here are some more Easter fun facts:

  • The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. It stood 34 feet tall and weighed over seven tons! It was heavier than an elephant and taller than a giraffe.
  • The art of painting eggs is called pysanka, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to color the egg.
  • Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps during Easter, making Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
  • Americans consume more than 16 million jelly beans each year during Easter, or enough jelly beans to circle the Earth three times.
  • Seventy-six percent of people eat the ears off the chocolate bunny first, 5 percent go for the feet and 4 percent for the tail.
  • Cadbury produces more than 1.5 million Creme Eggs each year.
  • In the old days, pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer.

Whether you choose fresh flowers or a lovely plant for your Easter celebration this year, Adrian Durban Florist is here to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Check out our selection or let us know if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for – we’re here to help!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

A Merry Christmas Centerpiece by Adrian Durban Florist

A Merry Christmas Centerpiece by Adrian Durban Florist

The holiday season is well underway, but do you have all of your shopping done yet? Remember, the number of shopping days left is quickly diminishing – Christmas is only two weeks away!

Holiday shopping can be delightful when you have lots of time and you’re full of holiday cheer. But after weeks of long lines and heavy traffic, it’s hard not to turn into Ebenezer Scrooge or the Grinch! Fortunately, your friends at Adrian Durban Florist are here to help you cross everyone off your list and save your yuletide joy.

Flowers make the perfect gift no matter the occasion, especially during the holidays when people decorate their homes and invite friends and family over to share the spirit of the season. Whether you’re decorating your own space or looking for the right gift to give to someone else, here are some ideas that you’re sure to love:

Poinsettia Plant by Adrian Durban Florist

Poinsettia Plant by Adrian Durban Florist

Poinsettias

When people think of Christmas decorations, they think of poinsettias. The plants are so popular, in fact, that they accounted for nearly one quarter (23 percent) of all flowering potted plants sold last year, according to a recent USDA Floriculture Statistics report.

The poinsettia is native to Mexico, but it is commercially grown in every state in the United States. It is a common misconception that poinsettias are toxic to humans and animals. But the reality is, these beautiful holiday plants are normally safe as long as they are not ingested in large quantities, and their extremely bitter taste usually prevents more than a nibble from a curious child or pet.

Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers can set the tone for the whole season. They are very popular during the holidays, especially in brightly-colored centerpieces used to decorate the table. Red and white flowers are obvious choices for many holiday designs, but special touches such as holly, berries, pine cones and evergreen sprigs add seasonal style and flair to traditional bouquets.

Whether you’re looking for a mix of elegant and classic or bold and beautiful, the artesian designers at Adrian Durban will be happy to create the perfect piece to help you make this holiday season extra special.

Candles

In addition to flowers and plants, candles are also popular gifts during the holiday season. They come in a wide variety of colors and scents, and they can fill your home with luxurious ambiance and nostalgia-inducing aromas.

When it comes to candles, the options available are nearly endless. While most people choose candles based on fragrance, size, and color, not all candles are created equal. Many specialty candles feature long-lasting soy or even wood wicks that crackle like a warm fireplace when they’re lit. Some battery-powered, artificial candles are so lifelike that they’re nearly indistinguishable from the real thing – even under close inspection.

Let Adrian Durban help you deck the halls and make your holiday season merry and bright. Stop by to see all of the goodies we have available in our shop, or give us a call at 513-756-1111 and let us help you find the perfect gift!