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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner friends! The national day of love is back so it’s time to celebrate!
We all know the Valentine’s Day challenge that comes every year in February. What do we get our loved ones? Do I need to spend a lot of money? How do I know if he or she is going to like it? It can be hard to find the right gift for your partner, whether you’ve been together for years or just started seeing each other. To ease the pressure, we have put together lots of thoughtful ideas for you. YES, we have made Valentine’s Day easy for the love birds this year! From our creamy smooth old-fashioned fudge hearts to fresh roses, stunning floral bouquets …and more, we have what you need to “WOW” your sweetheart.
Forest Cove Flower Market is your local florist and a special place where you can experience and enjoy beautiful flower bouquets and floral arrangements along with our farm grown local flowers.
We are always honored to brighten your day with our wide selection of fresh flowers ready for pick-up or for delivery right to your door anywhere in Deep River, Chalk River, Petawawa, Laurentian Hills, Mattawa and Point Alexander, Ontario.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love!
…a bit more about “FLOWERS”
Flowers Trigger Your Happy Brain Chemicals
"Flowers make people feel better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind." ~Luther Burbank
Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy and we have always know that they are medicine for the mind. Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.
The mere presence of flowers has been found to:
Instantly increase happiness
Reduce anxiety, agitation, and other symptoms of depression
Encourage connection with friends and family
Flowers make us happy because they stimulateour happy brain chemicals known as: dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin.
Dopamine is triggered by the expectation of a reward. Flowers were a huge reward signal in the world our brain evolved in because they marked the coming of abundance after a hungry winter. Today we have enough to eat all year round so we don’t consciously link flowers with food. But the blossoming of a flower triggers the sense that something special is coming because it triggers dopamine.
Bright colors signaled valuable nutritionfor our hunter-gather ancestors. They balanced their diet by scanning for spots of color. They didn’t do it because they knew the chemistry; they did it because dopamine made them feel good. Today, color and variety make you feel good and get your attentioneven though you can get the nutrition in other ways.
This chemical is often called the “bonding hormone.” Oxytocin creates the nice feeling of social trust, whether romantic love, maternal attachment, or group solidarity. We all know how hard this feeling is to find, and how easily it can be lost. That’s why we’re so eager for ways to stimulate it. Flowers help!
Flowers stimulate social trust in many ways. They communicate the intention to invest effort in a relationship. And they convey a respect for fragility. We feel the impermanence of flowers, and it reminds us that care is necessary to sustain life. Relationships can be as fragile as flowers and the care we give to plants helps us remember the care that our relationships need.
This chemical is often mentioned in the context of anti-depressants, but research on monkeys in the twentieth century made it clear that the good feeling of serotonin is released when a mammal advances its social importance. Flowers can help you do that.
Whether you grow them, buy them, or admire them from a distance, flowers can stimulate the sense of pride that your mammal brain is looking for.
No one likes to admit they care about social importance, but if you fail to stimulate your serotonin, you end up feeling bad. This is why we’re always looking for socially acceptable ways to trigger it. Many of our social rituals exist to satisfy this natural urge in a healthy way. Flowers support these rituals.Whether you give them, receive them, or buy them for yourself, flowers help you feel important in ways that do no harm.
Tips to Help You Relax, Unwind and Reduce Stress:
Experience flowers: Walk in the wild to observe the flowers or simply visit your local flower shop and take a look around. Just the sight and smell of the natural beauty of flowers will put you at ease and help you feel refreshed.
Color your world: Colors really do affect our moods and colorful flowers promote optimism, enthusiasm, and a sense of uplift. Choose a variety of colorful roses, gerberas, lilies, ranunculus, alstroemeria, tulips — to put on your kitchen counter or your desk, and see your mood soar.
Find Peace: If you are having a bad day try flowers with soothing, tranquil colors, such as blues, lavenders and pale greens. A small arrangement on your kitchen table, nightstand or in your bathroom will let you experience the stress relieving benefits of flowers.
Give yourself some joy: One great way to reconnect with joy and feel less stressed is to surround yourself with simple things that make you feel happy and loved, like a colorful bunch of flowers or a blooming plant. Flowers have the power to open hearts, and when your heart is open you are more likely to focus on the positive points in your day.
Pepper your house with small doses of calm: When bringing home flowers from your florist, have a couple of small vases and containers available so you can place a few flowers in different parts of your living space. You’ll be amazed how many small arrangements you can get out of a single bunch of flowers, and you’ll have constant reminders to ‘stop and smell the flowers.’
Be a friend: Do you have a friend or loved one who could use a boost? Have flowers delivered unexpectedly to their door & watch their ordinary day become extraordinary. It will make you smile, too.
Help others: Sometimes the best way to relieve stress and the pressures of the day, is to do something nice for someone else. Here’s an idea: Go to your florist and buy two bouquets. Keep one for yourself, then take the other bouquet and “petal it forward” to a stranger on the street. You’ll be amazed at the reaction to your random act of kindness.