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.
Locally_grown flowers currently in season will generally prove to be the most cost effective for you. If you have your eye on some rare flower only available for a few weeks each year from the Mediterranean, you will pay considerably more than those farm_fresh roses or daisies. With that in mind, there are several flowers that are always in season and a fabulous bet for the floral bargain hunter. These include roses, daisies and carnations. While these may seem a bit "mainstream" for your tastes, you may be surprised when you start investigating the design and color possibilities that will turn these flowers from common to chic. For instance, a tightly_packed, single_color carnation centerpiece makes a striking and elegant statement for your cocktail or dinner party. Or, choose some boldly_colored roses and cut the stems short to place in a bud vase to add style and grace to your tables.