Many people feel flowers are not something within their reach because they see them as an expensive extravagance. While there are many flowers that may outside of your budget because they are more rare or out of season, if you choose flowers that are readily available and fairly common, you will find them an affordable luxury and one that will brighten your day and your home. To keep costs to a minimum, you will want to talk to a florist about what flowers meet your needs without breaking the bank. They will know plenty about seasonal and more affordable flowers and arrangements and how best to care for them.
MEANINGS & USES _ The exact origin of the name Aster is debated. Some say the name for these beautiful flowers is direct from Greek mythology: Asters were said to have grown from the tears of the Goddess Asterea. Others say they were named for their abundant growing patterns (like the night sky) and their star_like shape. Asters have long been given to symbolize love, daintiness and afterthought. Gentlemen and ladies in the past used to present them to people they hoped to draw affection from. Placed on the graves of French soldiers, Asters were used as a symbol of a better life to come. They can also be used to symbolize a 20th Wedding Anniversary and are a wonderful gift in a bouquet for any occasion. The petals of the Aster used to be smoked to ward off evil serpents, but could also be used to help with headaches, colds, back pain and muscle spasms.