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.
Displaying your finished bouquet _ The most important part of creating your own arrangement is to make sure everyone sees what you have accomplished. Display your arrangement in a cool area, away from direct sunlight and excessive heat or drafts. If you decide to display the bouquet on a table, use a coaster or dish under the vase to protect the wood surface. It's also a good idea to keep flower arrangements away from electrical appliances, as an unexpected spill might cause damage to your equipment or even cause injury to someone.