Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentines, Amazing Blogsters and Shameless Self Promotion

Did everyone have a great Valentine's Day?  There were roses waiting on the table for me when I got up. Unfortunately, not in water. But so far, they're holding their own:) Later we went to a winery for lunch. It was a good Valentine's Day.
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Blogsters, you're amazing. When I asked, What's your idea of 'First Thing In The Morning'  fourteen of you responded before nine a.m. and two a few minutes later.  I hadn't even had my first cup of coffee:) Pat yourselves on the back. Y'all got a serious jump on the day.
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Now for some shameless self-promotion.

'Did you know flowers have their own language?
In a time when public displays of emotion were frowned on, Victorians used flowers to send coded messages.  This means of communication was called floriography.
The language of flowers has not only survived, but flourished. What if someone sends you a spider flower? Or a jonquil? What is this person trying to tell you?
Or maybe you should send a bouquet of nasturtiums and oak branches to your favorite military serviceman or woman to let them know how much you appreciate them.
The next time you send someone flowers, why not have some fun and send the flowers that symbolize your feelings?'

 Flower Gardens and More   is on sale at Amazon for .99 cents.  


52 comments:

  1. Last time I got 'flowers' was when a neighbour gave me a huge, spiky cactus - I wonder what that message was? Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Longevity and endurance:)
      Sounds good to me:)

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  2. I find it hard to give flowers. I want them all myself. Which is pure greed.
    I hope your book goes really well.
    I have a weakness for carniverous plants too.

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    1. Hey EC, Me too. I find carnivorous plants fascinating. It's like nature went awry.

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  3. I'm so glad you received roses and had a love Valentine's Day...it's all a bit of fun...nice fun...and there's nothing wrong with that at all, to my way of thinking.

    Flowers are a wonderful gift...just a posy from the garden speaks a million words. :)

    All the best with your words, too. :)

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    1. Hi Lee,
      I agree on the posies and often times they are much more vibrant and gorgeous than roses.
      Have a great week.

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  4. Good to hear you had a nice day!

    -Kati

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  5. Lucky to receive the roses :)
    Did know a little about the flowers meanings. Could write on a stamp what I know!

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    1. Hi Margaret. It's a fun bit of trivia.

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  6. It was horribly cold here (below zero) for Valentine's Day so hubby and I stayed in and made a nice dinner together. I do love flowers and all the smiles they bring.

    BTW, I'm doing some shameless promotion for you on my blog today, too :)

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    1. Below zero??? Now that's just sick and wrong. Glad you had a good one in spite of the weather.
      Thanks for the shameless promotion, pal. Much appreciated.

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    1. Thanks, Dez. Hope your day was as special as you.

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  8. I love cutting flowers from my own garden, but hate it when hubby spends a fortune on them, although they are beautiful! He didn't spend money on them this Valentine's Anniversary Day and I was thrilled. We had a great weekend together and that was priceless!
    Happy Monday!

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    1. Nothing is prettier than flowers from a garden.
      Glad you had a wonderful weekend, Yolanda:)

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  9. Don't have a green thumb at my sea haha so I rarely give flowers.

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    1. My thumb sometimes turns a little black too, Pat;)

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  10. Himself is not much of a flower giver. When I do get flowers from him, my first question is, "What did you do?" :-D

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  11. Hi, Sandra!

    Yesterday Mrs. Shady gave me a bouquet of poison ivy! I think she's still miffed at me for dodging questions about her weight and hairdo. :)

    I never knew there was such a thing as floriography. It's fascinating. Thanks for letting us know about your published piece on the subject.

    Have a wonderful week, dear friend Sandra!

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  12. A belated Valentine's Day to you, Sandra. You had a beautiful Valentine's day.

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  13. i received flowers from hubby ,friends and colleagues and and i also gave them too i think it is the so lovely part of this day giving flower,still i prefer the little pot with tiny plant along with small flowers ,they will not die later atleast

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    1. Potted plants are always special. You can enjoy them all year long. Glad you had a great day.

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  14. Sounds like a great Valentine's you had! I do reply quite early in the mornings sometimes. I used to be more of a night person, I think I still am. Hmm.

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    1. Sounds like you're burning the candle at both ends:)
      We did have a good one. Hope you did too, Christine.

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  15. How sweet to receive roses-what colour were they? The colour also represents something as you know:) I know that flowers means something and have sent flowers to people with the meaning behind the flowers. My one dear friend lost her baby to SIDS (10 years ago now) and I sent flowers all with a meaning behind it. I think it is nice to do. My hubby surprised me with chocolates (I shouldn't have them but they are good) plus a beautiful card and a Teddy bear:)

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    1. Sounds like you had a great Valentine's Day, Birgit.
      Sorry about your friend losing a child. So sad.
      Good for you for taking the time to pick out flowers with meanings. Not many people would take the time.

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  16. Hey Sandra, been wanting to ask you, would you be up for a link exchange so we could become even bigger Blog Buddies? :)

    Okay, let me know.

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  17. My husband gave me an Edible Arrangements--a bouquet of chocolate-covered strawberries. They don't taste so fresh today, though. I think the flowers probably would have held up longer. I'm the queen of decorating with fake flowers, though. Nothing else lasts long enough!

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    1. Chocolate covered strawberries, yum. He thought outside the box. How did the signing go?

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  18. I am impressed with that book you wrote. I know Victorians used to wear boutonnieres in their lapels, often pressing the flowers to preserve them before turning them into these lapel pins. I've read a bit about what different flowers mean, so this was fun to see you have an entire book dedicated to them.

    BTW, I planted edible flowers in in my herb garden one year.

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    1. Hey Elizabeth, How cool about the edible flowers in your garden. What kind?

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  19. Sounds like a great book! I love that flowers were used to send secret messages. I had no idea! :)

    Glad you had a nice day and that the rose is going strong. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Hi Jess,
      Wouldn't that be fun? To find hidden messages in flowers.....Hmmm, may be an espionage book in there....grin.

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  20. I celebrated Valentine's a day early since my husband had work that day. He bought me a bottle of my favorite drink, and I game him card with a personal "Roses are red, violets are blue" poem just for him. We stayed home and had a movie date after the kids went to bed. The last time I got flowers was from sister-in-law for Christmas. I think they were orange lilies.

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    1. Sounds like you had a wonderful Valentine's celebration.
      That was very thoughtful of your sister in law. Orange lilies are beautiful. Meaning...not so good:(

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  21. Great post Sandra. most enjoyable.
    Yvonne.

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  22. Thanks for your shameless promo. I grabbed your flower garden book quick. We have something in common--I have a vegetable gardening book available for 99 cents and I also write fiction books too. Who says we can't mix fiction and non fiction?? Love that!

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  23. I forgot to mention you won an ebook from Kris Bock when you visited my blog, the J.Q. Rose blog. I can't find your email address so she can send you the copy. Please send it to me at jqrose02 at gmail dot com Thanks.

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  24. Thanks for the buy :) And the win:) A big YAY to both.
    Your support is very much appreciated:)
    I'll shoot you an email.

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  25. round heer in de land oh trout, uz catz like ta eatz flowerz..... & de food servizz gurl likes ta plant flowerz .....sew her can cuzz de rabbitz that eatz what her planted....we will sneek over ta amazon & chex out yur book !! ♥♥♥

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  26. Ah, that's nice:)
    All the critters enjoy the flowers:) I use to plant mint for my cat. He LOVED it in any form.

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