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Poison Ivy:  The Super Villain for the Floral Industry

Posted by Suzie Canale on Mon, Nov 07, 2016

How many of you out there are real comic book fans?  Perhaps the super-hero phenomenon has always appealed to you, too?  If you find yourself a member of these clubs, you are well informed of the super sexy and villainous, “Poison Ivy” of the Batman DC Comic series. Florists are paying particular attention to the vixen and are wondering if this impressive force of nature has got what it takes to represent the floral industry?  According to her background, I do believe she does!


“Poison Ivy” was created by two bright cartoonists (Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff), who mirrored the villain after the famous pin-up model, Bettie Page.  Often accompanied by Harley Quinn as her sidekick (another bad guy often tied to the Joker), she was written to be completely obsessed with preserving nature from human harm.  Plants, flowers and anything that grows become her army that she’ll stop at nothing to protect and nurture.  An interesting fact is that her super powers are some of the only seen throughout the entire DC rogue cast, where her adversaries often only possess mere human properties.  Poison Ivy’s evil magic runs deep through her veins and her mouth where her kisses are lethal to whomever she touches.  This weapon is can cause both an infection and cure, placing her victims under her spell.  Batman becomes a love-interest when she kisses him the first time but makes the mistake of curing him when she kisses him again as the story progresses.  This causes a tension between the two much like he had with Cat Woman except Poison Ivy is clearly the scarier female enemy.  


Poison Ivy was also designed to reflect a political theme that was arising at the time, women’s liberation and feminism.  Audiences craved a character that could harness independence, intelligence and toughness, which Poison Ivy performed perfectly.  Her costume also reflected this idea where she wore a green bathing suit, yellow tights, green mask and leaves covering only portions of her body.  Her hair was also specifically chosen to be fire engine red to give her a wild quality.  Young female readers were applauding the stronger force of women as villains and saw this as a major improvement coming from the comic industry.


After the 1966 introduction edition in Batman #181, media enterprises took notice of her appearance and revamped Poison Ivy in several books and movies.  The most recent film featuring the vixen was in  “Batman & Robin” which was produced in 1997.  George Clooney starred as Batman while Uma Thurman gave a stellar performance as Poison Ivy.  Their interesting connection is played out well within this version and audiences can visualize their underlying heated passion for one another.  


Fierce, feisty and willing to make flowers and plants her number#1 priority, Poison Ivy sounds like the perfect mascot to me!

Tags: Batman, Pop Culture, Comics, Poison Ivy

Baby Names Derived from Flowers

Posted by Suzie Canale on Wed, Nov 04, 2015

Did you know that selecting a baby’s name is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when you become a first time parent?  So many first time moms and dads frantically plow down the pages of Baby Name books in the hopes that the perfect title for their child will pop out at them but reluctantly come up empty handed.  So before you find yourself in a tizzy dreading that you’re cute little bundle of joy will be nameless for the first couple of weeks, calm down and take a second to focus on what’s really important to you and your partner.

Daisy Duke via

The meaning of a name relies heavily on the historical significance and then again on any ties it may have to a language such as Irish, German or Swedish dialect.  This might be important if you hope to keep a family name in existence or simply want the child to be tightly connected to their ethnic or cultural roots.  For other parents, their baby’s name must be thematic after a feeling or positive characteristic such as “hope or “joy”.  In this case, a baby book might really come in handy since most of them are organized in this manner.  


Rose McGowan via

But what if you’re looking to pass on a certain hobby, fascination or interest that you would love your child to represent?  Maybe something that is a part of you that you want instilled in your baby?  Something that you want remembered by them every time you hear their name?  What if you’re a flower lover….


It might come as a surprise, but choosing a name that is based on a flower is really quite common and not just for girls, but for boys, too!  Whether you’re a florist, grower, farmer, designer or simply a person who loves a beautiful bouquet of blossoms, take a peek at these names that might fit perfectly for your flower child!

    Sage Steele via People      

  Dahlia Antonia (“Anthos” meaning flower in Greek)

   Zinnea Ren (“lotus” in Japanese)

      Rose Jarred (“Rose” in Hebrew)

      Iris Kunal (“Lotus” of Sanskrit origin)


Saffron (“Saffron” a flower used as a spice)


  Narcissus (Used as a boys /girls name)

    Clover Basil (Fragrant herb)


  Indigo (Purple Plant commonly used in India)


  Sage (aromatic herb)

Rosemary Clooney

Tags: Language of Flowers, Celebrity Florist, Flowers, Flower Meanings, Pop Culture

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