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Celebrating Flowers and Culture at the Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating Ceremony

In most of America, Memorial Day is celebrated by remembering and honoring those who have fallen in service to their country. In Hawaii, with its diverse population, many traditions become easily adopted and assimilated into the state’s rich culture, including Memorial Day traditions. One custom for celebrating Memorial Day in Hawaii is the placement of flowers and offerings on the gravesites of loved ones who served their country – and on the sites of others who have passed away. This tradition also incorporates a Lantern Floating Ceremony. Continue reading [...]

Give Easter Lilies This Spring

Easter Lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are beautiful, large and trumpeted-shaped flowers that offer a fantastic fragrance. They’re a stunning spring flower to give and are typically well received with those who love modern and traditional-looking blooms. Continue reading [...]

It’s Time for Macy’s Flower Show in NYC!

The time has come again for the annual Macy’s Flower Show in New York City! Every year, Macy’s presents an extraordinary array of floral arrangements, mini gardens and flower displays of the most magical kind. “Once Upon a Springtime” is the theme for this year’s show and it will surely delight with a new story to be told about beautiful blooms.Discover the wonder of flowers and enter an enchanting land created in NYC’s Herald Square. Stroll through a spectacular setting and experience Continue reading [...]

A Guide to Birth Flowers

The start of a new year is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with birth flowers. To help you choose blossoms and bouquets to give this month and every month until we say Happy New Year again, discover the perfect symbols for celebrating a loved one’s birth month by referring to this guide. Continue reading [...]

Holiday Flowers to Give to Service Providers

If you need gift ideas for your building manager, valet, cleaning person, child’s teacher or any other service provider, flowers are perfect. They’re beautiful and festive, and they naturally come across as a genuine and caring present. Continue reading [...]

2017 Guide to Holiday Flowers

There’s still time to choose and send Holiday flowers this year. While it’s easy nowadays to find the perfect florist (online or otherwise) to make your holiday bouquets and deliver your seasonal sprigs, it’s not always simple to plan for flowers. What will your giftee like? Which flowers are in season? Will your message be perfectly conveyed with your choice? These questions find answers with consideration of the wide range of flowers available to give this season. Continue reading [...]

Tis the season! It’s time to give holiday flowers!

There are so many beautiful choices for gifting. What will it be? Blossoms in a classic or contemporary color? A floral arrangement featuring flowers in a traditional or totally modern shape? Continue reading [...]

DIY Flower Arrangements to Give This Thanksgiving

If you want to give flowers for Thanksgiving but feel like being creative instead of sending a pre-arranged bouquet, you can make your own floral gift. Head to the grocery store, farmers market and craft store to gather the supplies you’ll need for these DIY flower arrangements. Continue reading [...]

5 Great Flowers for November

All flowers are beautiful and appropriate for giving anytime. But, certain flowers are standouts for November. They offer a look that's perfect for fall and a sense of warmth to convey just the right message during the holiday season. Continue reading [...]

Have You Seen Pumpkin on a Stick?

Have you seen those pretty little Pumpkins on a Stick at Trader Joes and the farmers’ markets? They’re the most beautiful fall decorations; simple and providing a look of warmth for the fall season, yet elegant enough to adorn the table at a fancy Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading [...]

Best Places to Send Flowers Online

How easy the Internet makes everything. With just a few minutes of searching, and a click of a “Pay Now” button, you can order and send nearly anything, including flowers. Continue reading [...]

Apps to Identify Flowers

Have you ever come across a flower in the wild and wished you knew what it was so you could give it to someone? Many people have, which is why there are apps to identify flowers. More than a handful of helpful mobile applications will let you snap a photo of a flower to find its name, or access a large database to match your find with a picture in the app. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for Fall

It’s fall! Time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and fall flowers!Decorating the house for fall is so much fun. There are many beautiful ways to bring the warmth of fall’s best blossoms into the house or scatter them about a patio.One of the best things about fall is that the season is perfect for cuddling up indoors around a fire, but also getting out to enjoy the crisp cool air. So, why not decorate indoors and out for fall? Choose some beautiful blooms in shades of yellow, orange, Continue reading [...]

Why You Should Give Lavender

William Turner, an English divine, physician, and natural historian discovered the magic of lavender centuries ago. But, since the time of the ancient Greeks, the world has had a love affair with the aromatic and healing properties of lavender. This fragrant beauty, with soft billowy flowers of violet, blue, and even white, has graced palace doorsteps and anointed kings and queens throughout history. Continue reading [...]

Do You Know About These 3 Unique Sunflower Colors?

The kids are back in school and the weather is getting cooler, which has us looking forward to fall, but not wanting to be there completely until we’ve had our sunflower fill. Sunflowers, of course, can be enjoyed year round, and their warm color certainly makes them perfect to give as an autumn gift. But, we do associate sunflowers with summer and we suspect many others do too. Continue reading [...]

Sunflower Trivia: 5 Things You May Not Know About Sunflowers

Summer, the season of sunflowers. It’s in full swing here in North America and our beloved blossoms are showing up in farmers’ markets and flower shops all over. If you love seeing and celebrating the sunflower as much as we do, you might enjoy a little sunflower trivia. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for Summer: Send Flowers That Purify Indoor Air

During summer, many people spend a great deal of time indoors because it’s too hot to be outside. With the air-conditioning on, you may feel nice and comfortable. But, things could turn around if you’re constantly breathing stale and recycled air. Continue reading [...]

Shop the Denver Cherry Creek Farmers Market for Flowers

The Cherry Creek Farmers Market is considered “tops in the field” out of all farmers' markets in Denver and in Colorado. In fact, Colorado Biz Magazine says that the Cherry Creek Farmers Market is the “Cadillac of farmers’ markets among nearly 50 markets throughout Colorado.” If you’re looking for fresh flowers in Denver, and the chance to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and meet people while you’re at it, wake up early and shop for flowers and more at the Cherry Creek Farmers Market. Continue reading [...]

Visit Marguerite Gardens in Chicago

How does shopping in Chicago in an enchanted garden sound? Imagine you're tucked away in a tiny little flower shop where Belgian wrought-iron grates rim the ceiling and old Dutch shutters hang on the windows. You wander past Parisian bistro tables that spill over with flower buckets – all displaying a dazzling array of some of the most gorgeous blooms in the world. This is a scene almost indicative of what you’ll find at Marguerite Gardens, a top destination for shopping in Chicago for unique flowers and gifts. Continue reading [...]

Why You Should Visit Boston Public Gardens and Revere House

Boston Public Gardens first opened to the community in 1837. From the beginning, the botanical garden was decorated with beautiful flowers to enliven the spirit, which it still does today for many Boston visitors. With tranquil meandering paths and floral exquisites of all kinds, the Public Garden has a long history of treating Boston visitors to showy annuals and greenhouse plants that vividly display breathtaking colors and structure. Continue reading [...]

Make These 5 DIY Spa Treatments Using Flowers

Flowers are gifts to us in so many ways. They’re beautiful to look at, they filter our air and they provide nourishment. In addition to using flower recipes to give the inside of our bodies’ nutrients, we can use them topically to heal and soothe.The following are some ways you can incorporate flowers into DIY spa treatments.1. Lavender Massage OilIf you have aches and pains, and even if you don’t, you may like getting a massage from time to time. And, you might love the massage Continue reading [...]

Make Your Own Body Scrub With Flowers

 Basic homemade body scrub recipes start with a carrier oil. You can use the oils in the recipes we’ll give you or swap them out with an oil of your choice. Some of the best oils include almond, coconut, apricot and olive. For the scrubbing ingredients, use sugar or salt of you want something that will exfoliate gently and eventually liquefy, which is good because you don’t want large particles of your body scrub clogging up your drain. Finally, pick your favorite flower essences and Continue reading [...]

It’s Almost Time for the Portland Rose Festival

The annual Portland Rose Festival takes place this year from May 26th to June 11th, in Portland, Oregon. The flower-filled event will give tourists and residents the chance to enjoy parades, marathons and, of course, roses like never before. Continue reading [...]
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How to Make a Hibiscus Agua Fresca

Hibiscus flowers are beautiful to keep in the house or to give as a gift. They’re also stunning as decorations on cakes and cupcakes, and they taste amazing in a traditional Hispanic drink known as a Jamaica agua fresca. Continue reading [...]

3 More Weeks of the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Every spring at Epcot Walt Disney World Resort, the theme park blooms with color and inspiring shapes as the International Flower & Garden Festival takes over. This event typically runs from the beginning of March until the end of May, and it allows flower lovers and Disney guests to delight in a seasonal explosion of brilliant blooms and interactive exhibits. Continue reading [...]

Flower Ideas for Mother’s Day 2017

It’s Mother’s Day in just a few weeks, which means there will likely be much exchanging of flowers as gifts. If you’re one of the many who are planning to give flowers to your mother, wife, sister, or other mom in your life, you have several options to choose from. Continue reading [...]

Flowers in Seattle: Terra Bella Flowers and Mercantile

If you find yourself shopping for flowers in Seattle, either for yourself or to give as a gift, pop into Terra Bella Flowers and Mercantile. This florist runs an earthy little shop that finds inspiration from the “nearby woodlands where we collect moss covered branches, fallen lichen, and mushroom fronts.” Shop owner, Melissa, searches for “jewel toned blooms,” “soft grasses,” and “berry laden branches” to combine them into stunning arrangements that are unlike anything we’ve seen.Welcome Continue reading [...]

The Poppy: The Official Flower of August

Did you know that the poppy is the official flower of August? It seems like a perfect official flower for a summer month, as it has a warm hue and petals that open up to the sun. Continue reading [...]

Find the Right Flowers at the WASCO Rose Festival

What do you think about visiting the "Rose Capital of the World?" How about heading to these unique place when it's overdone itself with roses, standing as more of a rose ambassador that one would think possible. Wasco, California will once again hold its annual Rose Festival, which includes a parade and is a perfect event for all ages. The fun takes place on September 10th, in Barker Park. The Festival is held every year on the first Saturday after Labor Day Weekend, a time when usually the weather has cooled a bit and all kinds of fun can be had. Continue reading [...]

Mississippi Residents and Visitors: Find the Right Flowers at the Fall Flower and Garden Fest

The 2016 Fall Flower and Garden Fest takes place on October 14th and 15th, in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The festival, which focuses on "Healthy Living" and "Healthy Gardening" will fill the Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs with flowers, people who love flowers, and ideas for bring more flowers into your life. Continue reading [...]

Flowers and Kids: Planting for a Fun Summer Project

Looking for fun summer projects to do with your little ones? Consider planting flowers with kids. Continue reading [...]

All About the Sunflower: A Perfect Bloom to Give for Summer

What kind of flower is perfect to give for a summer occasion? A bloom that looks like the shining sun and encourages people to be joyful, just like summer can. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for the 4th of July: Party Ideas for Food and Home Decoration

Throwing a 4th of July party this year and need ideas for pretty flowers that you can set out on a table? Looking for flowers that you ca incorporate into your 4th of July food spread? We have some suggestions for you, and of course they focus on patriotic red, white, and blue. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Summer

How do you choose the right flowers for summer? You opt for any of the following beautiful blooms. Continue reading [...]

Fresh Flowers at the Santa Fe Farmers Market

If you live in Santa Fe, or if you’re visiting, you have to visit the Santa Fe Farmers Market for fresh summer flowers. Seasonal blooms are on display throughout the market, and many of the local vendors who sell these flowers are happy to help shoppers make the best decision for their flower needs. Continue reading [...]

View Stunning Flowers at Monet’s Garden at Giverny in France

When visiting France, you have the perfect opportunity to enjoy flowers as those who walked on earth before you did – one quite famous person, in particular. In France, you can head to the Fondation Monet at Giverny, a magical destination where guides will show you Claude Monet’s stunning garden and help you understand the impact that flowers had on the leader of Impressionist art. Continue reading [...]

Reasons to Give Flowers During June

Any time is a good time to give flowers. But, if you’re looking for a specific reason to gift them during June, we have some ideas for you. For all of the occasions listed below, you can pick up whatever kind of blooms appeal to you (and you think will appeal to your recipient) at your local farmers market. You can also cut some from your garden, or order them online and have them shipped to someone special. It doesn’t matter what type of flowers you give or where you buy them, as long as you’re gifting from your heart. Continue reading [...]

California Flowers that are in Season this June

What’s in season in California this June? Many, many beautiful flowers that you can give to someone special or display in your home. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Graduation

It’s graduation month! What flowers are you going to give the graduate in your life? Will they be fun flowers that will induce a smile? Perhaps formal blooms that will set the stage for a serious future? There are so many flowers that are perfect for giving for a graduation. Consider some of the following when you go to buy your bouquet or arrangement. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is approaching. Do you know what you’ll be giving dad? Have you thought about offering him flowers? Continue reading [...]

June Wedding? Popular Flowers for Bouquets and More

It seems like this year has flown by quickly. It’s June already, and it’s time to start thinking about warmer weather in the U.S. - and maybe flowers for those of you who have June weddings coming up. We recently wrote about some flower ideas that are perfect for late-spring nuptials, but since there are so many blooms that can potentially add beauty to a casual or formal wedding, we thought we’d offer more suggestions. Continue reading [...]

International Flower and Trade Expo 2016 in Kenya this June!

This June, the fifth annual International Flower and Trade Expo (IFTEX) takes place in Kenya and it promises to be one of the best cut-flower trade fairs ever. The event will be held at the Oshwal Center in Nairobi, Kenya, and it’s already set to be the largest cut-flower expo on record in Africa. It’s also likely to become the biggest expo of its kind in the world. Continue reading [...]

Looking Ahead to June: Graduation Party Flower Ideas

If you’re planning a graduation party and want to incorporate flowers in your décor, you likely only have two to three weeks left to finalize your arrangements. Need helping putting everything together, or want ideas on where to begin? The following are some of our favorite ways to decorate for a graduation party using beautiful flowers that you can probably get near you. If you can’t find flowers where you live, read up on what you’ll need and order them today! Continue reading [...]

Celebrate the Lily This May!

We have about two weeks left of May, which means there are about 14 days remaining to celebrate May flowers. Of course, we love flowers and think that any variety is perfect for enjoying anytime. But, it’s often fun to give flowers – and to keep them in our homes – during a certain month that are associated with that month. Continue reading [...]

About the Dahlia

The dahlia is a flower that we love to grow and give during summertime. Its beautiful shape reminds us of a shining sun and its colors are cheerful and bright, which is perfect when we want something to perk up our garden or our home – or flowers to bring joy to a friend or family member. Continue reading [...]

Visit the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival this June

Do you live in Michigan or are you visiting Michigan this June? Looking for a place to vacation to during spring? Consider visiting the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, which will take place from June 3rd to the 12th. Continue reading [...]

Asters for Summer

Summer’s coming, which means we get to decorate our homes and gardens with beautiful summer flowers – like the aster! The aster is one of our favorite summer blossoms because it’s cheerful like we feel during summer and it looks like a shining sun. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for a Pesticide-Free Garden

Are you interested in growing a garden that doesn’t require any harmful chemicals for maintenance? Consider a garden grown through the organic practice of incorporate flowers with specific abilities to keep bugs (and other critters who would enjoy feasting on your flowers) away naturally. Continue reading [...]

Mother’s Day Recipes You Can Make with Flowers

Looking for ways to make Mother’s Day special for a special someone? Consider whipping up some of these Mother’s Day brunch recipes that include flowers as ingredients. Then, serve them to your mom, wife, or other special mom in your life. Continue reading [...]

Visit the Portland Rose Festival this May and June

Portland residents – or anybody visiting Portland from late May to early June – the Portland Rose Festival is coming and you won’t want to miss it! Continue reading [...]

Visiting Boston: The Boston Public Garden and Revere House

Visiting Boston and want to find somewhere to look at beautiful flowers? Head to the Boston Public Garden and Revere House. Not only will you be able to view stunning floral gardens and arrangements, you'll have the opportunity to learn a bit about Boston's history and the history of the United States. Continue reading [...]

Perennials That Bloom All Summer Long

Now is the time to start planning flowers so that they’ll be ready to offer you a spectacular show for summer. The weather is relatively mind through most of the United States, which makes for easy planting when it comes to you and your flowers. You, the gardener, can enjoy the task of sowing a garden before temperatures are scorching. Your flowers will benefit from being planted now, because there are more possibilities for rain and little intense summer sun to wither them before then take a stronghold Continue reading [...]

Growing Flowers with Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a great way to easily grow flowers indoors. It provides a means to enjoying their beauty without having to worry about obtaining soil or keeping soil at a specific balance.If you’ve ever wanted to bring flowers into your home (perhaps even edible flowers), but don’t want to set aside a lot of time or space for them, consider growing blooms hydroponically. Continue reading [...]

Water-Wise Flowers for Summers in So Cal

Live in Southern California and planning your summer garden? Concerned about how you’ll be able to live with beautiful flowers through scorching temperatures, or with water restrictions that are in place in many areas?There are some great ways to maintain a garden that has a big impact visually, but that keeps weather in mind and doesn’t use up precious resources. The following are some water-wise ideas for gorgeous summer gardens. Continue reading [...]

Need Flowers for a Spring Wedding? Opt for These In-Bloom Selections

Doing last-minute flower shopping for a spring wedding? Wondering what’s in bloom so you’ll have the freshest, most springtime-ish blossoms to decorate your wedding ceremony or reception space?There are tons of gorgeous flowers springing up right now, and depending on where you live, you may be able to get your hands on all of them.Use the following spring flower guide to find floral sections that are readily available right now in North America. If you live somewhere else in the world, but want these flowers at your spring wedding, we’re guessing you’ll be able to find a floral seller online who can ship them to you quickly. Continue reading [...]

Use Flowers to Make Ice Cream

Bring the beauty of flowers into your kitchen, and the goodness they can provide the body, by making a lovely lavender or rose ice cream on a warm day this spring.Flowers have a way of lightening the spirit and promoting a cheerful attitude, like ice cream does. So why not combine the two and whip up a treat that has the potential to turn around a bad day or make a good day even better. Make a batch of the following flower-infused frozen deserts for yourself, or your family, and enjoy flowers in yet another delicious way. Continue reading [...]

5 Spring Flowers to Plant in Your Garden

Wondering what flowers to plant to give your garden a great springtime show? Consider the following five blooms.Depending on where you live, it may be too late to plant these flowers for a display this season, but keep these gorgeous blossoms in mind so that next spring you’ll be graced with their beauty in abundance. Continue reading [...]

Coyote Family Farm in the East Bay for CSA Flowers, Produce, and More

If you live in the East Bay Area of California, you can buy flowers (in addition to produce and nuts) through several CSAs. If you don’t know what a CSA is, we highly recommend you do a bit of research on these cooperative farming groups to find out how you can become part of a collective that brings locally sourced food and flowers into households on a regular basis.CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it’s a structure for farming that allows community members to contribute monetarily to local farmers to help them grow their crops. In return for their investment, CSA participants become members of the farming group and they get first-hand, direct access to the farm’s harvested crops daily, weekly, or at times set by the CSA. Continue reading [...]

Gorgeous and Green Floral Studio on Oakland, California

Oakland residents who need floral delivery (or anyone who wants to send quality flowers to someone in the East Bay Area,), can call Gorgeous and Green Floral Studio for perfect care with all their floral needs.Gorgeous and Green Floral Studio delivers flowers and special gifts to homes and business in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville. The company actually bike-delivers its lovely creations, so turn to this eco-friendly business for reliable and sustainable purchasing of flowers for a birthday, holiday, or other event. Continue reading [...]

Organic Lavender Farming at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Even in places that are typically dry and void of a lot of color, you can sometimes find floral abundance of the most glorious kind if you look hard enough. This is what’s possible for those who live in, or who visit, Albuquerque, New Mexico.The city is home to an organic lavender farm that provides healing and aromatic oils, by way of organic lavender blossoms grown on land that also houses a historic inn. Guests staying at the Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm get to use the lavender oil-infused bath products as part of their stay. Continue reading [...]

Looking for Flowers in Hawaii? Visit the Oahu Flower Mart

For our flower-loving friends who live in Hawaii, or will be visiting Hawaii, we want to share a beautiful place to pick up gorgeous native Hawaiian flowers. The Oahu Flower Mart is a premier destination for cut-to-order and just-harvested flowers that will make your home, hotel room, business, or event space look stunning. If you already know about the Oahu Flower Mart, you certainly understand what we mean when we tell you that this is the top place to buy flowers on the island of Oahu. Continue reading [...]

More Unusual Spring Flowers to Give During Springtime

We recently told you about some unusual spring flowers that you can include in a bouquet or arrangement that you’re giving someone. Since there are so many stunning and surprising spring flowers, we decided to share a few more with you. Continue reading [...]

Unusual Spring Flowers to Give

If you want to give flowers to someone during springtime, you’ll probably have an easy time finding traditional spring blooms like lilies, daffodils, and tulips. But, what if you want to send a bouquet or an arrangement that’s a bit different? What if your idea of the ideal floral gift is something unexpected and hard to come by?There are quite a few spring flowers that perfectly represent the newness of spring because they’re fresh and unusual. When you want to impress with flowers that are special because of their surprise factor, consider the following: Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Spring with Flowers at Biltmore Blooms in Asheville, North Carolina

Throughout April, and until the end of May, Asheville, North Carolina will be bursting with flowers as part of Biltmore Blooms. The celebration will bring more than 100,000 colorful flowers to the Biltmore Estate, in Conservatories, Gardens, and many other gorgeous spots. Continue reading [...]

Visiting Amsterdam This Spring? Attend the Annual Amsterdam Tulip Festival

If you have plans to visit Amsterdam this spring, make sure you set aside some time to attend the annual Tulip Festival. No plans for a visit? Think about vacationing to the city, because there will be beautiful tulips blooming (and on display) all over the place and livening up public and private spaces like you may not have seen before. Continue reading [...]

The Cincinnati Flower Show to be Held From April 13th to the 17th

If you live in Cincinnati, or will be visiting the city, consider attending the Cincinnati Flower Show, which will take place from April 13th to the 17th. Even if you’re not in the area or don’t have a trip planned, if you’re close by, think about paying the show a visit.The Cincinnati Flower Show is an international celebration of fantastic flowers and fine foods. It’s a five-day adventure in floral design, lectures, and entertaining that’s paired gourmet cuisine, fun kids’ activities, and much more. Continue reading [...]

Will You Catch the Rare Superbloom in Death Valley This Spring?

Once in a while, beauty overcomes situations that one would deem nearly impossible. This is what happens every decade or so in Death Valley, California, as a superbloom of Desert Gold wildflowers covers stretches of earth that doesn’t usually see much life. Actually, the area is know for it’s share, plus some, of heat-related misfortunes – hence it’s name.This year, Death Valley is expected to see the rare and stunning super bloom, and park rangers say that it could come in the next couple of months. An abundance of gorgeous wild blossoms have already popped up in Death Valley as a precursor to the main event and given people passing through the region quite a show. Continue reading [...]

Places to View Spring Wildflowers in Arizona

Did you know that the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona tracks wildflower blooms to let flower lovers know where to view the amazing natural displays during springtime? The Garden partners with many parks, and other gardens, in the state to give locals and tourists up-to-date information on where spring wildflowers are in abundance.Since we’re in the middle of wildflower season right now, we thought we’d tell you where the Garden says you can view these beautiful blossoms. If you’re living in Arizona or will be visiting, consider making a trip to see them in all their glory. Even if you can’t make it to view these pretty flowers this year, the list below will help you to know where you can probably marvel at wildflowers next year.Use the following guide to find out where you can view spring wildflowers in Arizona on car rides, walks, hikes, and many outdoor adventures. Continue reading [...]

Places in the United States to View Spring Wildflowers

We’re well into spring, which means there are opportunities all around to view beautiful wildflowers. Landscapes from the east to the west are bursting with color as pretty poppies, daisies, and other gorgeous flowers cover miles of ground and bring beauty to those who are privileged to walk or drive by.Where are the best places to view these stunning wild blooms? We’ll tell you, and we’ll let you know a bit about each region you can visit in hopes that you’ll be tempted to go and view the grandeur for yourself. Continue reading [...]

7 Great Botanical Gardens in the United States

Where do you go in the U.S. to view beautiful flowers? There are dozens of places, but the following are 7 of the top spots to admire gorgeous blooms. Continue reading [...]

About the Easter Lily

Thinking about giving an Easter lily to someone for the holiday? It makes sense to gift this flower, since the white, trumpet-shaped blooms represent purity, newness, and virtue – the same characteristics that come to mind when many think about Easter.To give you a little background on the Easter lily, so that you can know more about the gift you might be giving and so you can perhaps share some lily tradition with your giftee the following are a few myths, legends, and bits of trivia associated with the flower. Continue reading [...]

Spring Lemonades You Can Make With Flowers

If you’re planning a get-together for the upcoming Easter holiday, or for Mother’s Day or a spring bridal shower, you can use flowers to beautify your beverages and make them taste amazing.Flowers go great in lemonades, in particular. They offer a bit of lovely spring color and flavor that’s perfect for sharing with others. The following are some floral lemonades we love the most. Consider making these in small or large batches. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers to Add to a Spring Salad

Did you know that you can gather pretty spring flowers and put them into a salad? Not any spring flowers, but those that are of course edible and those that taste incredible.We love to prepare flowers with salads to bring to Easter potlucks, Mother’s Day brunches, and any special events that are happening during springtime. Usually guests at these gatherings are surprised, and delighted, to find our beautiful salads and to learn that they can eat what looks like mere decoration.We love sharing the fact that many edible flowers not only provide beauty, they also offer nutrition by way of vitamins and minerals and they give the body powerful doses of antioxidants. Continue reading [...]

Choose Amaryllis for Spring

You can make a lovely spring bouquet, for yourself or someone else, with beautiful and colorful amaryllis. The go-to bloom spring bloom is also perfect for any arrangements you might want to send for Easter or even Mother’s Day.Amaryllis are showy flowers that look stunning on their own or mixed into a group of other blossoms. They can be arranged traditionally, casually, or in a modern way to bring joy and smiles to anyone in contact with them. Continue reading [...]

Consider the Tulip for Spring

If you’re putting together a spring floral arrangement, or looking to buy a spring bouquet for someone special, consider tulips. Tulips are popular flowers that have come to symbolize spring and the new life that comes along with the season. They’re gorgeous flowers that are available in many colors, and they’re ideal for modern or traditional bouquet and arrangements. Continue reading [...]

Popular Flowers to Give During Springtime

Thinking about giving a spring bouquet to someone, perhaps for Easter or Mother’s Day? Wondering what flowers you should include in your gift? There are so many amazing spring blooms to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong picking anything that’s in season. We do have some favorites blossoms though that you might want to look for as you assemble an arrangement, pick one from the store, or order a bouquet online.Our favorite spring flowers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, but generally they’re lively blooms bursting with cheerful hues and inspirational design. Nature produces some incredible flowers during spring that encourage us to start fresh with tasks and relationships, approach each day with a newness in attitude, and keep a light spirit that always searches for the beauty in things. Continue reading [...]

How to Grow Flowers You Can Eat

If you want to grow a flower garden that will supply you and your family with yummy food to eat, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you how to grow some flowers that you can mix into salads, teas, lemonades, and even baked goods. Most of the flowers we’ll introduce you to can be cultivated easily in a home garden or indoor window garden. They don’t need a lot of care, they’re cheap to grow from seed, and they’ll give you colorful blooms that are nourishing and gorgeous to add to meals and drinks. Continue reading [...]

Visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields

Each spring, Carlsbad, California residents and tourists flock to the city’s Flower Fields to enjoy a brilliant display of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus. The colorful show lasts about six to eight weeks, typically beginning in March. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Awesome Cocktails

Did you know that you can make awesome cocktails out of flowers? It’s possible to create beautiful and tasty drinks, from popular blooms like roses and lavender, for events and occasions or whenever you want to turn an average day into a special one.The following three cocktails you can create from flowers that are easily found at a store, garden center, or in your own home: Continue reading [...]

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is Coming to Washington D.C.

What began as a simple flower ceremony on March 27th, 1912, when First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two trees from Japan on the north bank of the West Potomac Tidal basis, has turned into a national treasure. The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. now sees more than a million attendees each year who come to enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms and to gather in the spirit of community. Continue reading [...]

Kauai Orchid & Art Festival Marks the Arrival of Spring

On April 1st and 2nd, residents and visitors of Hanapepe, Kauai will be able to attend the Kauai Orchid & Art Festival at Hanapepe Town Park and surrounding areas. The Kauai Orchid & Art Festival showcases beautiful, exotic, and tropical orchids as well as gorgeous art by Plein Air painters (outdoor paint artists) from all over Hawaii, and it features many fun festivities to welcome the arrival of spring. Continue reading [...]

Spring Brings the Epcot International Flower Festival to Walt Disney World Resort

The annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival returns this year to celebrate flowers with themed events and gorgeous displays in Walt Disney World Resort. The event again will feature interactive areas for kids, the popular Flower Power Concert series featuring live music, and much more. Continue reading [...]

The 2016 Boston Flower and Garden Show Coming This March!

The Boston Flower and Garden Show is the biggest indoor spring flower show in the United States and one of the Top 30 Flower and Garden Events in the U.S. It returns this year with more stunning garden displays curated by renowned landscape professionals, and with lectures from some of the top local nursery owners and industry experts. Continue reading [...]

Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival Coming This March!

Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival will bring a series events to Macon, Georgia, during March, to celebrate the beauty of a pink and white-blossomed tree that symbolizes springtime in the United States. Beginning on March 1st, Macon will host several contests, concerts, and plant sales – among other fun things activities – in honor of the beloved cherry blossom.Macon, Georgia – according to Congressional Records – is considered the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. Every March, more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees burst with blossoms that seem to turn the city into one big cottony paradise. Cherry Blossom Festivalgoers will get to experience the spectacle as they participate in events meant to promote fellowship and city pride. Continue reading [...]

Ideas for Creating Flowering Succulent Displays

Do you love the clean and streamlined look of succulents? We do, and since we love flowers, we especially love flowering succulents that bloom in various colors. If you want to incorporate flowering succulents into your home like we’ll be doing, inside or outside of your house, consider the following arrangement ideas: Continue reading [...]

Creating a Dramatic Orchid Display

Orchids are great flowers to include in arrangements for a variety of occasions. They can be perfect for bridal showers, weddings, corporate events, and even get-togethers with friends and family because they are versatile in design.You can use orchids to create casual and earthy arrangements, but we especially love them in formal dramatic displays. The following are some ways that you can incorporate orchids in sophisticated, classy centerpieces or bouquets. Continue reading [...]

Water-Saving Flowers for Your Garden

Many places in the world right now are experiencing draught, which means that it’s a good idea for people living in those water-depleted areas to think about the flowers they choose for their yard.If you live somewhere that’s challenged by draught conditions, but you love flowers and want to enjoy their color and energy in your yard, consider growing the following water-saving blooms. Continue reading [...]

Choosing the Right Flowers for Your Home if you Have Pets

The ASPCA recommends that people with companion animals living in their home be careful about the flowers kept in the house, or in the garden. If you have pets, do you know which flowers are safe for you to have around your animal friends and which have the potential to cause serious harm?Because we love flowers, and animals, we want to share with you some of the best flowers to keep in your home if you have pets and tell you which ones might be toxic if you don’t know. It’s completely possible to reside harmoniously with plants and furry critters; it simply takes a bit of planning to get the right balance so do consider setting aside some time to think things through. Continue reading [...]

Creating a Romantic Bouquet

What are the right flowers to use when you’re creating a romantic bouquet? Any blossoms, really, since flowers are a universal symbol of love. But, for a super-feminine, soft, flowy, and ethereal kind of romantic bouquet, we suggest the following: Continue reading [...]

Modern Flower Arrangements for a Bridal Shower

Looking for the right flowers to create a modern arrangement for a bridal shower? There are several blooms you can choose from, and several ways that you can go about arranging those flowers to create a display that’s perfect. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Plant During Spring for a Summer Garden

Springtime is a perfect time for planting flowers that will bloom during summer. Spring is ideal for gardeners because it offers moderate temperatures for doing physical work, and it’s beneficial for flowers because the weather lends to a nice growing environment for blooms that need to stay out of scorching sun as they grow strong. Continue reading [...]

Creating a Whimsical Spring Bouquet

There are many ways to create and style a spring bouquet, from casual to formal. While formal arrangements can be stunning for spring weddings and bridal showers, sometimes casual and whimsical pieces can be appropriate even in the most elegant of situations. Whimsical spring bouquets reflect the freshness of the season. They’re fun, light, and playful, but they’re also beautiful so consider them for any centerpieces, bridal bouquets, or other flower arrangements that you might need. Continue reading [...]

How to Make a Spring Bouquet

Spring is approaching, which means that many of you might be wondering how you can incorporate the season’s blooms into your home. We’re going to show you exactly how. We’ve put together an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to making a beautiful spring bouquet. To get started, you need to gather your favorite spring flowers and conjure up a bit of imagination. Then, dive in to your fresh spring bouquet. While you’re making one for yourself, think about making an arrangement for a friend too. A lovely bouquet with brilliant blossoms could be exactly what someone needs to have the spirits lifted or a day made better. Continue reading [...]

Growing Bulbs Indoors

Do you love the idea of growing bulbs but lack garden space to do so? As long as you have an area indoors where you can put potted plants, so that they’ll receive adequate sunlight or temperatures, you can grow bulbs.Growing bulbs inside of your home, or your in your place of business, can bring a bit of spring or summertime to you if you’re not able to enjoy it outside. It’s easy to make this happen, you just need to plan ahead. Continue reading [...]

Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles

Where do you go in Los Angeles to view beautiful flowers? There are dozens of places, but some of the best are at museums and botanical gardens. The following are destinations that we think any Los Angeles resident, or tourist, who loves flowers should visit at least once. These spaces are filled with gorgeous blooms, and they offer other fun surprises to delight and discover. Continue reading [...]

About the Los Angeles Flower District

Wondering where to find amazing flowers in Los Angeles? Many people who live in the city know that the LA Flower District is the place to go for flowers for a wedding, special event, or even the home. If you happen to be from LA and you haven’t heard of the LA Flower District, or visited it, we suggest you get yourself there right away because the selection is outstanding and the prices are great.If you don’t live in Los Angeles, but will be visiting, head to the Flower District while you’re here and enjoy choosing beautiful blooms from hundreds of vendors or just looking around a bit to admire the view. Continue reading [...]

Bulbs to Plant During Spring

Many gardeners like to plant bulbs during fall for spring arrival, because the bulbs breathe new life into a space that might have been dull during winter. And, because they give forth blooms that are perfectly suitable companions for spring-blooming wildflowers.But, spring-planted bulbs also give off a show and it’s one that we think is worth consideration. These bulbs dazzle with color during summertime, and they offer a welcome surprise during a season that’s not known for offering abundance in a garden.The following are some of the best bulbs you can plant during spring, if you want to enjoy the beauty of brilliantly colored and shaped flowers during a time when many landscapes are looking a bit torched. Continue reading [...]

Creating a Spring Bouquet

Spring brings so many amazing flowers to life, which makes us want to play designer and create beautiful bouquets with them. If you like to turn springtime blossoms into lovely centerpieces or window arrangements, or if you think you might want to toy around with spring blooms and create a bouquet to give to someone, use the following guide to creating a perfect spring bunch: Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Bloom During Late Spring

Have you checked out our lists of flowers that you can expect to bloom during early and mid-spring? We’re celebrating beautiful blooms that pop up during the season, and we have one more batch of these gorgeous blossoms to share with you. Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Bloom During Mid-Spring

We recently wrote about flowers that you can expect to bloom at the beginning of spring. Today, we’ll give you a heads up on mid-spring blooming blossoms, so that you can plan for a garden or know what’s going to be available to make magnificent floral bouquets with a couple of months (or, tell your florist you want these flowers in your spring bouquet). Continue reading [...]

Springtime Flowers for an Early Spring Bloom

Wondering which beautiful flowers you have to look forward to for springtime arrival? There are many! We love spring and we anticipate the freshness that comes with the season. After a long, but beloved, winter filled with poinsettias and pines, spring delivers bright and cheery blooms that burst with pastel colors and pretty shapes.If you’re looking for floral abundance to fill your house with during spring, or to gift to someone, the following are some springtime blossoms you should look for: Continue reading [...]

Macy’s Flower Show

The dates have been set for one of the most anticipated events in New York City, Macy’s Flower Show. While we don’t yet know the theme for this year’s show, it’s sure to be as amazing as in years past.If you’re not familiar with Macy’s Flower Show, it’s a spectacular extravaganza of flowers that fills up Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. Each year, the show brings dozens of varietals of flowers together, in brilliant colors, to offer a theme of floral celebration to attendees. Continue reading [...]

New England Grows 2016

New England residents, and anyone visiting Boston later this year, mark your calendar for one of the most fun landscape and gardening shows in the country. New England Grows is returning to Boston in 2016, and it will bring fresh floral displays, new vendors, and more opportunities to celebrate flowers and nature.New England Grows is a popular flower and garden show that takes place minutes from Downtown Boston. It’s combing back for three days of flower and gardening thrills, from November 30th to December 2nd, and it will take place again at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. New England Grows will feature horticulture shows, vendors, and many chances to learn about beautifying your home with flowers. The event gives show visitors access to a huge showroom filled with contemporary exhibits as well as many products that will help you become an expert gardener, if you’re not already a pro. Continue reading [...]

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is one of many beautiful spaces to relax and enjoy nature in the city. The beloved local gem, and top tourist attraction, is a place where you can connect with the abundance of the Earth and join the San Francisco community in a shared love.The Conservatory is a historic landmark where San Francisco residents, and city visitors, have gone for more than a century to view Victorian architecture and gorgeous flowers. It’s a place worth visiting at least once in a lifetime so that one can take in the stunning sight of perfect wood and glass building design along with a tale of San Francisco history, as told by brilliant blooms and blossoms. Continue reading [...]

About The San Francisco Flower Mart

Flower lovers who live in San Francisco, or are visiting the city, should make their way to the San Francisco Flower Mart at least once to purchase flowers or simply checkout the amazing offerings. The San Francisco Flower Mart is a wholesale mart that dates back to the late 1800’s, when nature’s floral abundance filled the Bay Area’s land with a variety of flowers and flower growers came to sell their bounty near Lotta’s fountain in Downtown San Francisco.For three days out of the week, the growers would pedal their flowers to local flower shops and they would gather, in an ethnically diverse group, to fill the needs of a growing market. Continue reading [...]

The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2016

If you live in San Francisco or will be visiting the city during the middle of March, consider attending the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. The 2016 show takes place from March 16th to the 20th, at the San Mateo Event Center, and it will feature some amazing designer gardens as well as a beautiful collection of artfully arranged plants, flowers, and trees.If you live in San Francisco or will be visiting the city during the middle of March, consider attending the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. The 2016 show takes place from March 16th to the 20th, at the San Mateo Event Center, and it will feature some amazing designer gardens as well as a beautiful collection of artfully arranged plants, flowers, and trees. Continue reading [...]

Sunflower Fun Facts

It’s easy to see the beauty of the sunflower when you look at it, but some of what makes the flower special remains a mystery to many people. For instance, do you know tall a sunflower can grow or all the ways in which a sunflower can provide for a human? If you do, keep reading because we’re going to give you a more sunflower trivia that might surprise (and delight) you. If you don’t, read on as well, and find the answers to these questions, and others, as you learn about the beautiful sunflower. Continue reading [...]

About the Daisy

Have you been thinking about new beginnings and fresh starts like we have? Maybe because spring is almost here and the chill is going from the air, which means we’ve had more time to linger outside and notice the beauty that is all around, we’ve been appreciating the blue sky, the beach, and the flowers that are filling up the flower shops and farmers’ markets close to where we live.We’ve been noticing daisies, wrapped in bunches in plain brown paper or placed carefully into more formal arrangements. Thoughts have been going through our minds about how the daisy perfectly represents innocence and purity, and how it seems like the flower guides us into times that are ripe for whatever happiness we want to create. Continue reading [...]

Top Florists in Las Vegas for Weddings, Conventions, and Other Occasions

Getting married in Las Vegas and need a florist? Visiting Vegas and want to pick up flowers for your hotel room, or for someone special? Maybe you’re in charge of planning your company’s conference in Las Vegas. There are tons of florists in Las Vegas to help you out with nearly any flower need, which is great because there’s a lot of demand for flowers when you consider an average of 315 weddings take place in the city each day and an average of 22,103 meetings are held there every year. Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Love the Rain

Do you live in an area that gets lots of rain? If so, take advantage of the situation and grow flowers in your garden that love rainy weather.The following flowers soak up rain like we soak up beauty. Which means, they’re like a sponge so plant them in your yard or on your patio, and then delight in them as they grow through the rain and sunshiny days. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for Valentine’s Day: Flowers that are Shaped Like Hearts

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you might be looking for the perfect floral gift to give your loved one, we thought we’d write about some pretty flowers that look like hearts.If you’re part of a couple, you may want to consider sending some of these flowers to show your love. If you’re not, it’s okay. You can send them to a son, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother, or other family member. Or, you can buy a little bunch of them and give yourself a heart-felt gift for the holiday. Continue reading [...]

Floris Hiroko Flower Shop in Shinagawa Tokyo

Because we love flowers so much, we’re always eager to share the flower love and help people get their hands on gorgeous blooms wherever they are. We’ve been showcasing some of our favorite places to buy flowers, in some of our favorite cities like San Francisco and Paris, and today we thought we’d virtually visit Tokyo and offer a tour of a great florist’s space.We wanted to give Tokyo residents, and visitors, a source for stunning flowers in case they didn’t have a go-to flower shop for impulse purchases or holiday gifts. We recently found the amazing Floris Hiroko in Tokyo, and we thought you might want to read about this family-run shop and find out what’s happening in the world of flowers there. Continue reading [...]

The Best Flower Shops in Paris

Imaging the prettiest, most romantic, most wonderful flower shops in Paris. The ones that call to you from the street, begging you to pick up a single bloom to hold for the day or a bunch to take back home for your kitchen table. The shops that spew color and charm, and the ones that have the friendliest of proprietors selling the blossoms inside.These are the flower shops we’re highlighting in this post. We’ve been on a hunt for the top flower shops in some of the cities we love, and we had to include Paris and its offerings in our quest. Continue reading [...]

Fleurt Flower Shop in Seattle

We were on a hunt for the top flower shops in Seattle and we found Fleurt, a shop that specializes in wedding and event flowers but crafts some amazing flowers for the home and office too.We thought we’d dedicate an entire post to Fleurt to tell you about all of the shop’s offerings and to give you a bit of background into the shop’s founder. Fleurt is definitely a florist we’ll be turning to when we’re visiting Seattle and need flowers for our hotel room, or when we want to give flowers to someone in the area. Continue reading [...]

Fabulous Flower Shops in San Francisco

Looking for an amazing flower shop in San Francisco? There are dozens, but a few come to mind when we’re thinking about the best places to buy single blooms for your apartment or pretty bouquets to take somewhere as a host or hostess gift.When you’re visiting what we think is the most beautiful city in the world, or if you’re lucky enough to live there, visit the following flower shops for floral beauty for yourself or someone special that’s absolutely beyond compare. Continue reading [...]

Top Flower Shops in Los Angeles

Living in Los Angeles and looking for an amazing flower shop? Visiting the city and searching for a fantastic florist? We have a few ideas for you.The City of Angeles is full of fabulous flower studios, in the downtown area, by the beaches, and in many places in between. Whether you’re shopping for flowers for your home, the office, or someone special, you’ll be able to pick up beautiful blooms at many beautiful shops in LA.The following, however, are some of our favorite flower shops in Los Angeles. These florists incorporate gorgeous studio design into their collection of offerings, which always includes an incredible array of flowers. We love buying flowers at these places, but we also enjoy lingering to soak in perfection and beauty. Continue reading [...]

3 Fun Flower Shops in New York City

Scouring the streets of New York City for anything can be fun, especially when you have so many beautiful and amazing sights to look at as you walk. Going on a treasure hunt for gorgeous flowers, and finding the perfect ones to take back home, can be absolute heaven though.We went searching for the best flower shops in NYC, so that you’ll know where to go if you need to pick up flowers for a dinner party, a gift, or your apartment. Maybe you’re staying in New York and could use some beauty Continue reading [...]

Why Grow and Buy Organic Flowers

We love flowers. But, we love them most when they’re organically grown. Organically grown flowers are clean (and beautiful) flowers grown without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides, which means they help keep our environment and us healthy.Whether you’re purchasing flowers from a flower shop, ordering blossoms online, or growing your own flowers, you can have stunning options of the organic variety quite easily. Continue reading [...]

Your Guide to Giving Flowers for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be thinking about giving flowers to someone might be wondering about how to go about the whole process. Unless you buy flowers close to where you live, and then give them to someone who is near you, it can be a bit of an ordeal to choose flowers and then make sure they get where they need to go.We’re here to give you a guide to picking and sending flowers for Valentine’s Day, so your giftee can receive your beautiful blooms without any issues. We don’t want anything standing in the way of you expressing your love to your beloved, or to your close friend or family member. Continue reading [...]

Rose Trivia

In honor of Valentine’s Day, and because there will likely be many roses sent and received for this special holiday, we thought we’d give you a bit of rose trivia to celebrate.Roses are universal symbols of love. Most everyone knows that roses represent adoration, desire, friendship, and other forms of love that one person can have for another. But, roses offer more meanings and they come with some interesting stories. The following are some pieces of rose trivia we thought you’d like to know about. Continue reading [...]

how to choose valentine’s day flowers

Do you know you want to give someone flowers for Valentine’s Day, but don’t know which blooms you want to send? There’s a world of gorgeous flowers waiting for sending, and receiving, this Valentine’s Day so dive in and explore all of the amazing options. The right flowers for you to give for Valentine’s Day will depend on what message you want to give to your special someone for the holiday, and what you think your intended would love.You can send flowers that signify deep and forever adoration, or you can give blooms that offer casual or familiar kind of love. There are surely flowers out there that anyone, whether they’re your lover or close friend, will appreciate this Valentine’s Day. Continue reading [...]

Single Blooms to give for valentine’s day

Instead of a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day, consider giving just one dramatic bloom. Sometimes, simple is best when it comes to showing your love for another. You can offer your purest desire or adoration for a beloved, or a special person in your life, with a single beautiful token of affection and enjoy a good probability that your gift will be well accepted.The following flowers look stunning when given in solo form, so consider these. You can offer these blossom on their own, tied with a ribbon around the stem, or wrapped in pretty paper. Continue reading [...]

Blooming Plants to Give for Valentine’s Day

 African VioletsAfrican Violets are a popular blooming plant, probably because of their lovely little purple and pink flowers as well as their fuzzy heart-shaped leaves. Some varieties of African violet have light green foliage, and others offer a view of red-violet leaves and stems. You’ll find many African violet plants with serrated leaves and some with smooth ones. All of these flowers are easy to care for and they can last for a long time with adequate sunlight.AzaleasLying Continue reading [...]

Popular Flower Arrangements for Valentine’s Day

If you’re already thinking about Valentine’s Day, and wondering what the perfect flowers would be to give to someone, consider the following blooms.These flowers and bouquets make lovely gifts for a loved one, whether your intended is a partner, friend, or family member. Continue reading [...]

More Good Reasons to Give Flowers

Sometimes, a gift of flowers can be just what a person needs to make his or her day a better one. If you know someone who’s going through challenges, and you’d like to offer a bit of cheer, consider sending flowers. Continue reading [...]

Reasons to Buy Flowers Just Because

Have you ever thought about buying flowers for someone “just because?” Just because you love a person, or because you wanted to brighten up his or her day? Maybe because you had a great time on a date or because the way someone makes you feel compels you to give a special gift?These, and more instances like them, warrant “just because” flowers and the giving of flowers in circumstances other than on a birthday or holiday. Anytime someone inspires you to do a good deed, or inspires you to celebrate what’s good about the world, is a perfect time to involve flowers. Continue reading [...]

Reasons to Give Flowers as a Gift

If you want to give a gift to someone, but you’re not sure what to buy, consider flowers. Flowers can be perfect gift for a person you know well or hardly at all. Flowers are beautiful, thoughtful, and cheap if you cut them from your own garden or purchase small arrangements. They’re ideal gifts for people young and old, near and far.The following are some of the reasons you might want to choose flowers for a gift for someone, but there are many more (and actually any occasion is suitable to offer flowers). Continue reading [...]

Flowers for a Picnic

Planning a picnic and wondering which flowers would make a perfect centerpiece for your table or blanket? There are many blooms you can turn to, but we think the following are perfect.The flowers listed below are ideal for creating a peaceful, romantic, or relaxing setting that’s idyllic for a picnic meal.DaisiesDaisies are lovely flowers for a picnic because they seem to speak of the beauty of the outdoors. Daisies, either big or small ones, are carefree and just what’s needed for Continue reading [...]

Climbing Flowers

If you’re looking for ideas for climbing flowers to decorate a wall, trellis, or other garden feature, you have many beautiful blooms to choose from. We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular, and stunning, climbing flowers that you might want to include in a front yard, back yard, or patio garden. Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Grow Well in Alaska

It’s often easy to find flowers that grow well in warm climates, but if you want to grown beautiful blooms where it’s cold you’re sometimes hard pressed. We were wondering which flowers thrived in Alaska, a place known for extreme cold and a locale that would certainly look lovely with some color strewn about.So, we researched and found that the following flowers do excellently in Alaska, when given the proper attention. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Soak in a Bath

Whether you suffer from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, or just like to take luxurious care of your skin, you might want to soak the following skin-soothing flowers in your warm bath water. Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Can Soothe Skin Rashes

Have you ever had a skin rash and looked for something effective, but gentle, to treat it? We have. We usually turn to natural sources of healing for issues that arise with our body, so we love the fact that the following flowers can be used in ointments, masques, and bath soaks to relieve skin rashes. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for Eczema Relief

Did you know that if you suffer with eczema, you can turn to flowers for healing? The following are some flowers that you can use to make soothing ointments, masques, and bath soaks to help relieve the discomfort associated with eczema.To use these flowers as an ointment, cut them into small pieces and then crush them, then mix them with a pure plant oil like almond oil or coconut oil. Apply your ointment and let it sit on the skin for as long as you can. Just pick the flower petals off when you feel like it. Flower masques are made like ointments and they work pretty much like ointments, but you can use larger flowers in a masque (and lots of them) and leave them plastered to your itchy skin for about 30 minutes. Then, you’ll want to rinse your masque off. Sometimes, soaking in a warm bath with the following flower petals inside can be what’s needed to soothe red and sore skin. Continue reading [...]

More Flowering Herbs for an Herb Garden

We recently told you about some flowering herbs that we like to keep in our home or in our garden. But, later we realized that there were more herbs we wanted to share with you.Herbs are amazing plants because they offer so much beauty, and benefit, for us. They’re ideal for using in cooking, they provide healing in the form of natural medicine, and they lift our spirits when we think about the beautiful way nature provides for us through them. Continue reading [...]

Creating a Flowering Herb Garden

Two things that we love about spending time in our homes are eating and enjoying the fresh flowers we’ve surrounded ourselves with. We figured out a way to combine both of these delights into one treasure, one that we think you’ll love to have around.We created a flowering herb garden. We made one that will supply us with beauty for the eyes, and for the palate, for a long time to come.A flowering herb garden can offer a pretty view when looking out the kitchen window. And, it can offer a delightful scene in a yard or on a patio. Flowering herbs make for tasty ingredients in homemade meals, both sweet and savory ones. They can also be used in healing juices, teas, and elixirs. Continue reading [...]

Winter Wedding Flowers

Whether you have a winter wedding coming up and still haven’t chosen flowers for it, or you’re planning a wedding for next year at this time, we have some winter flower arrangement ideas you might love.Winter is a fun time for displaying flowers because there are so many types you can put on show, which means there’s an abundance of combinations of blooms that can offer elegance, warmth, or winter cheer – whatever feeling you want to convey at your wedding. Continue reading [...]

Fall Wedding Flowers

Many brides like to get a jump-start on choosing flowers for their wedding, so we thought we’d offer some suggestions for great flowers for a fall wedding. Since fall just passed, we still have memories of the season’s prettiest blooms in our head.We’re vividly remembering warm orange and yellow-hued flowers like daisies and carnations. And, we’re envisioning these colors, plus others like lilies and orchids in shades of red and white, as stunning flowers for a fall wedding. Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Bloom During January in North America

If you’re trying to put together a seasonal bouquet from flowers that are readily available in North American during January, you’re in luck. We’ve been thinking about flowers and the season, and we thought you might want some suggestions for great January booms. We’ve put together a list of flowers that people living in North America should be able to source with no problems to create a beautiful home, or garden, display during this winter month.We came up with a collection of flowers that we’re going to try to bring into our houses and yards this month, including flowers that represent the restorative power of winter and those that give us a sneak peak into what spring will offer. Continue reading [...]

Perrenials that Can Survive Harsh Winter Weather

Many parts of the world experience harsh winters, which means these regions are sometimes challenged when it comes to maintaining beautiful flowers. But, despite frigid temperatures, and snowfall that can completely cover the land, there are some perennials that manage to survive and thrive.Depending on where you live, you might be able to get away with planting the following perennial flowers in your garden. While you may not see blooms during winter, don’t give up on these plants! They’re likely lying dormant for the winter, and they’ll soon burst to life during spring. Like people, flowers often prefer to lay low and holed up during extreme weather. Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Grow Fruit for Your Garden

What do you think about having pretty flowers around your garden that will turn into something even more special? We think the idea for double the pleasure sounds divine, so we’re committed to bringing some fruit-bearing flowers into our garden this spring.There are many kinds of flowers that will provide sweet fruit for you to eat. You can grow these flowers in your yard, in hanging baskets, and even in vertical gardens on patios. Continue reading [...]

Easy Flowers to Grow Indoors

If you live in an apartment, condo, loft, or other home without out a lot of outside living space, you may be attracted to keeping flowers indoors. Flowers bring a bit of beauty and oneness with nature into our lives, so we completely understand a desire to have these things despite not having an outdoor area to enjoy them in. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Make Healing Ointments

Did you know that many flowers can be made into healing ointments? We love to keep flowers like lavender and calendula around because they offer relief for a variety of conditions, such as dry skin, burns, and rashes. In addition to offering a bit of natural medicine for some of our ailments, these flowers (and several others) are quite beautiful to look at, so we make sure we frequently have some in our garden in or a vase indoors. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Give on a First Date

Some people like to follow tradition when it comes to first dates and offer a bunch, or a single bloom, of flowers as a kind gesture. We love this tradition. We think it speaks a lot of a person to give a simple, beautiful gift from nature to express the beauty of a potential new relationship.Flowers given to a first date show thought. They display generosity of spirit and a desire to please someone else, which is a great foundation for any partnership.If you’re going on a first date and are thinking about bring flowers, you don’t have to choose anything elaborate or expensive to make an impression. You can find flowers to fit almost any budget in a grocery store, or at a florist, that will due just fine because they’ll provide a bit of beauty for your recipient to enjoy. If you have access to a garden, you can simply cut a few flowers and wrap them modestly, and still show your appreciation for the chance to spend time with someone. Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Thrive Indoors During Winter

Are you looking for indoor flowers to replace your Christmas tree and mistletoe when the holiday season is over? We are, so we searched for some blooms that can thrive inside during winter.We found quite a few. The following are the indoor, winter-loving flowers that most piqued our interest. We’re going to check our local farmers’ market and nursery in the next week or so to see if they’re carrying these gorgeous flowers. If they aren’t, we’re thankful that we can always buy flowers online. Continue reading [...]

A Guide to Wildflowers

Even though it’s winter, and we still have our house filled with Christmas trees and holly, we’re thinking about wildflowers. Wildflowers seem to come to mind for us whenever we need a bit of a pick-me-up in spirit or a bit of encouragement of the goodness that's in the world. Lately, as we look back on 2015 and ahead to the new year, we’re thinking about the things that make us most happy so we can bring more of them into our lives.Flowers make us happy. Especially happy and cheerful-looking flowers like wildflowers, which is probably why they’re floating around in our brain right now.If you love wildflowers too, we’d like to offer you a gift for the holiday season. Take this guide to wildflowers and start planning the perfect wildflower garden for planting in spring. Or, go out and buy yourself some of these beautiful blooms from your local market or florist and enjoy them now. Continue reading [...]

Fragrant Flowers for Winter

Winter brings many delights, including the chance to bundle up and the opportunity to take in delicious smells. The experiences and aromas of winter are precious, and they’re things that we look forward to all year. As you throw on your favorite boots and sweater this season, and step out into the brisk air or chilly snow, consider bringing the following flowers into your home or garden for a perfect fragrance of winter. These blooms may not be what some people think of when they imagine a winter blossom, but their smell fits right in with sugar and spice and everything nice. Continue reading [...]

Flowers that are Safe for Companion Animals

Having companion animals and flowers together in a house can make for a happy life. But, choosing animal friends and flowers that can coexist is essential to bring about all of this happiness.If you have cats or dogs who live with you, and you want to have a bit of floral beauty in your home, the following is a guide to which flowers you should choose and which should stay at the florist. Continue reading [...]

Some Popular Flowers and Their Meanings

If you’re trying to choose flowers that say something specific to your recipient, whether it’s “I love you,” “Thank you,” “Get well,” or “I miss you,” there is a special bloom that will perfectly express your sentiment. Continue reading [...]

More Ways to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

We recently wrote about pretty flowers that you can wear in your hair. Today, we’re thinking of even more flowers to adorn the hair and some specific ways that you can wear them.Even if you have the most beautiful bloom for your hair, you need to find a way to secure it to your head if you want to go out and show if off. We’ve put together a few methods for fixing flowers in your hair so that they’ll stay with you all day long, or into the evening if you want to look flowery for a night affair. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Put in a Flower Crown

Are you making a flower crown for a wedding, a festival, or just because? We’ve often wanted to create a pretty floral crown for an event, or simply to wear because we want to feel pretty.We’ve found that any flowers look stunning when turned into a crown, but the following are some suggestions we have if you want specific ideas for blooms to make a flower crown: Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Leave in Your Airbnb Rental

Do you rent out your home on Airbnb? If so, why not leave a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your next houseguest? There are several blooms that can offer a welcoming spirit and a gift of generosity for someone staying in your home. These flowers can be just what’s needed to help a traveler feel comfortable in a new place and to give them a bit of human connection in a city where they might not know anyone. Continue reading [...]

Choosing Flowers at the Grocery Store

If you’ve ever been in a pinch to buy flowers and thought about making a last-minute purchase at the grocery store, this guide is for you. Usually, the best quality flowers, and the cheapest, are not the ones found at the supermarket. But, sometimes, in a crunch, these are the only ones that are available and we realize this.If you ever need to buy last-second flowers at the market, consider choosing bouquets and arrangements from a natural foods market like Whole Foods or Sprouts. Flowers sold there are often the freshest and they’re sometimes grown without dangerous pesticides, which we appreciate. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate the Rose for New Year’s

In California, and in many other parts of the United States, the thrill of the Tournament of Roses Parade is little more than a week away. In celebration of the annual Rose Parade, we thought we’d feature the rose and talk a bit about why it’s such a beloved bloom.Just as roses bring beauty to the floats in the Tournament of Roses parade, they can bring loveliness to your home, your hair, or the life of someone special to you. Why are roses such cherished blooms in events like the Tournament of Roses Parade, and when given as gifts (to yourself or a loved one)? We think it’s because roses are the perfect representation of delicateness, strength, adoration, and friendship. Who doesn’t want to see more of these things being shared in the world? We absolutely do, so let’s explore more about the power of the rose. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Cheer You Up

Have you ever felt down, but been drawn to the beauty of flowers so much that your spirit was lifted? We have. It seems that even in the darkest of times, the delicate appearance of a flower or its sweet fragrance has been all that was needed to perk us up.We can’t count the number of times we’ve felt blue and then walked past a rose only to be lured in for a sniff. Why? Why do flowers call to us, even when we’re dead sure we’ll never see happier times? Perhaps it’s the symbolism of the flower as something that keeps focus on the good, even when chaos surrounds it. Maybe it is the smell of some, and the way that the fragrance notes affect our brain physically? Continue reading [...]

About the Cheerful Daisy

Do you love daisies? We do. We love them a lot, in fact, and we thought you might too. In fact, we kind of assumed that everyone loves the daisy and the uplifting energy that the flower provides.When we look at daisies, we can’t help but notice that a huge smile comes across our face. Daisies, in all their forms, bring such happiness and lightness to a day for us. Which are our favorite daisies? It’s hard to narrow a list down to just one. But, we love Gerbera varieties and we go crazy for small common daisies. Both look beautiful in a vase, and they make stunning additions to a garden or a bouquet. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for a Cutting Garden

One of the things that brings us great joy is growing flowers to cut and place inside of our home. We love the way fresh flowers offer joy, beauty, and gratitude to our day. We appreciate having the ability to cut flowers when we want, plop them in a vase or bowl, and instantly receive the good feelings that they provide.If you adore the idea of having fresh flowers available for your home, whenever you want them, consider planting a cutting garden. There are several blooms you can choose from to give you an endless supply of flowers for stunning bouquets, and even single-vase displays, in your living space. Continue reading [...]

About the Rose: Everything You Wanted to Know

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This we know. But, the rose’s name has become synonymous with love and friendship, so we appreciate being able to refer to it when we’re pondering these thoughts for a special person.The rose is a flower that can be given to express innocent love, deep and true love, commitment, gratitude, and dozens of other feelings that we have for others. It’s long been referenced in history as a flower symbolic of many emotions, and it’s a bloom that takes on even more meaning when chosen in certain colors. Continue reading [...]

Reasons to Give Flowers When You’re Dating

We recently shared some flowers that we think are wonderful to give to someone you’re dating. Today, we thought we’d offer some suggestions for when you could give flowers during the dating process.There are various degrees of dating. We know that. There’s a first date, a couple-of-months-in type of dating, the “we’re pretty serious” dating, and dating that’s obviously going to turn into something permanent in the near future. Continue reading [...]
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The Beautiful Anemone

Are you a fan of the anemone? Have you seen this flower and the gorgeous dark inky centers that make it unique?The anemone is one of our favorite flowers. It’s a go-to for us when we’re decorating for a dinner party, baby shower, Christmas gathering, or special luncheon.The anemone brings grace and class to any function. It comes in many colors, but the white and purple blooms are to-die-for in our opinion. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for a Hawaiian Wedding

Are you planning a Hawaiian-style wedding or a wedding in Hawaii? If so, we have some flower ideas that you might like. There are quite a few Hawaiian flowers that look lovely in a bouquet, corsage, or flower arrangement. These tropical blooms are perfect for casual or upscale weddings, weddings with most every color scheme, and weddings of almost any budget. Continue reading [...]

Hawaiian Flowers

Hawaiian flowers are gorgeous flowers to give as gifts, keep in your home, or decorate a wedding venue with. They’re colorful, warm, and stunning and they offer a laid-back, welcoming attitude while also remaining quite elegant.We love Hawaiian flowers. We think they’re perfect choices for giving to the one you love, wearing in your hair, and using as a focal point when arranging a table for a meal. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Give When You’re Dating

Dating provides endless opportunities to give flowers. Throughout the course of a relationship, you can offer flowers for a first meeting, an anniversary, a birthday, and dozens of other occasions. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for a Beach House

If you live by the ocean and are looking for the perfect flowers for a beach house, there are many beautiful blooms you can choose from. You have some gorgeous blossoms available to you that will bring a laid-back feeling of shorelines and waves into your kitchen, living room, or bedroom. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for a Beach Wedding

If you’re getting married on the beach, or having a beach-themed wedding, there are some wonderful combinations of flowers you can use to set the right tone.You can choose colorful beachy flowers that bring to mind a beautiful sunset viewed over calm waters. Or you can opt for pristine-colored flowers that conjure images of immaculate, white sandy shores. Of course, you can always go with flowers in various shades of blue like the many colors of seas that cover the earth. Continue reading [...]

Flower Meanings by Color

Many people choose the colors of flowers they give by how the colors make them feel. For instance yellow brings happiness to mind for a lot of people, while red makes one think romantic thoughts.Sometimes, a flower buyer wants to select blooms in colors that actually signify deep meaning. They want to pick flowers in colors that will pass on long-standing traditional messages, whether those messages be of loyalty, friendship, or gratitude. Continue reading [...]

The Most Popular Occasions to Give Flowers

There are many occasions that make people want to give flowers, such as birthdays, graduations, holidays, and successful artistic or job performances.We love that men and women, young and old, enjoy the beauty of flowers so much that they want to share them with those who are special to them.Flowers make perfect gifts to express the feelings of the heart because they’re beautiful, just like the thoughts that go with them. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Say “Thank You”

If you’re looking for the perfect flowers to say “Thank You,” we have a few suggestions. Whether you want to offer your appreciation to your child’s teacher, a neighbor who house sat for you, or a friend who took care of you when you were ill, you have many beautiful choices for “Thank You” flowers to give. Continue reading [...]

The Most Popular Flowers to Give

If you’ve ever wanted to give someone flowers, but didn’t know which ones to choose, we just made things easier for you. We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular blooms that people give to those they love, want to thank, or wish to send good thoughts to. We’ve also noted a bit of information about each one in case you need help determining which flower might be best for your offering. Continue reading [...]

Glamourous New Year’s Eve Flowers

Throwing a New Year’s Eve party and looking for flowers with a bit of glam? There are tons of options available.New Year’s Eve is a special occasion that many people feel calls for over-the-top attire and decorations. As you prepare to welcome people into your home for the party of the year, consider the following glamorous flowers paired with decorations for a stunning effect: Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Decorate Christmas Gifts

As you’re wrapping packages this Christmas, consider reaching for fresh flowers to top your gifts instead of bells or bows. Continue reading [...]

Wedding Bouquet Flowers

Searching for wedding flowers can be fun, but it can also be challenging because there are so many beautiful choices.There are modern blooms and classic blossoms. There are big flowers and small ones. And, there are flowers in so many gorgeous hues. So, how do you choose? You look through tons of pictures, and you read a lot about flower combinations that will give you the look that you want for your wedding. Continue reading [...]

The Best Flowers to Wear in Your Hair

You don’t have to be going to San Francisco to wear flowers in your hair. You can pretty yourself up with flowers when you head out to dinner, to a festival, or even to the park. Celebrating a birthday or special occasion? Place a bloom or two, or a crown of them, in your mane and delight in the beautiful feeling that flowers offer. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Help Honey Bees Thrive

The fate of the honey bee is in question, as the decline in the honey bee population has been noted by scientists and brought to the public’s attention by filmmakers. The honey bee serves many important functions in our eco-system, including pollinating plants so that they might produce food for us to eat. This is one reason why it makes sense to help the honey bee thrive.In order to keep the honey bee population strong, there has to be an abundance of plants around that will give them pollen and nectar they need. And, these plants must not be heavily sprayed with pesticides, because these chemicals are detrimental to the bee. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for Hanging Baskets

If you’re putting together a hanging basket for yourself, or ordering one to give as a gift, the following flowers are great choices. They’re boldly colored, have long and gorgeous stems, and thrive in baskets when watered appropriately. Continue reading [...]

The Best Place for Flowers in New York City

If you live in New York City, you might know about a flower shop that’s a bit out of the ordinary. It’s a special spot that allows one to grab some pretty flowers for the house and then grab a drink. The place is called Sycamore, and it’s a fun destination in Brooklyn where you can choose the right flowers for any occasion and then celebrate your purchase with just the right cocktail. If you’re not from NYC, but will be visiting, make a point to hit up Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop. We think you’ll love it as much as we do. Continue reading [...]

Festive Flowers for a New Year’s Eve Party

Are you having a New Year’s Eve party and looking for some festive flowers to decorate your home? There are some amazing ones that will add life, and love, to a gathering meant to usher in new beginnings. Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Bring Color to Winter

In the dead of winter, when most everything is white or a shade of gray, there are certain flowers that burst through the monochrome with bold, vivid color. Which flowers are these? They’re the following beauties, and they’re ones you should consider planting if you live in an area with mild winters. Continue reading [...]

Companion Flowers for a Garden Border

Did you know that using specific flowers to create a border around your garden can benefit the plants inside? Certain flowers offer perks to a garden, such as keeping birds or bugs away, or bringing beneficial critters to the garden. We’ve made a list for you of some of these flowers, so you can choose ones that you think might best suit your particular situation. Continue reading [...]

The Best Flowers for People with Allergies

Do you live with allergies but love flowers? Do you want to give some beautiful flowers to someone who’d appreciate them if not for their allergies?There are some gorgeous blooms that you can keep in your home, or give as a gift, that likely won’t cause an allergic reaction. These blossoms are fragrance-free or mildly fragrant, which helps keep irritation at bay. Continue reading [...]

Christmas Tree Delivery: You Can Send a Christmas Tree

Did you know that you can send a Christmas tree to someone? That’s right. You can order a Christmas tree online and have it shipped to a special person. Maybe that person is a friend or family member who can’t get out and shop for a tree on their own. Maybe it’s a loved one on a limited budget who would love a tree if he or she could afford it. Perhaps the special person who needs a super special tree is you? Continue reading [...]

Flowers to Companion Plant in a Vegetable Garden

If you have a vegetable garden and are looking for the right flowers to plant to keep critters away, we have some ideas for you. Continue reading [...]

Entertaining and Decorating with Christmas Flowers

If you’re looking for ideas for entertaining and decorating with Christmas flowers, you’ve come to the right place. We love a beautifully decorated home at Christmastime, and we spend quite a bit of the holiday season figuring out which flowers will look most amazing when our friends and family visit. Continue reading [...]
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More Flowers to Decorate Your Home for Christmas

We love Christmastime, which is why we’ve written a few posts for you already on how to decorate with Christmas flowers. We’re guessing many of you enjoy filling your home with beautiful flowers at for the holiday too, so we wanted to give you every opportunity to do so with a new list of Christmas blooms.In the spirit of the season, we have a few more Christmas flowers to share that we think will look festive in your home or in your garden. These flowers are colorful, bright, and sometimes dramatic. They’re perfect additions to a Christmas decoration display, whether you dress your home casually or with the ultimate of elegance in mind. Continue reading [...]
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Long-Lasting Holiday Flowers

Wondering what blooms you can give that will last your flower recipient more than couple of days. There are several.Giving flowers often takes a lot of time and money, so it’s nice to think that your gift will provide pleasure for someone for longer than 48 hours. Of course, your giftee will likely remember your thoughtful deed after the flowers are gone, but it’s still fun to find flowers that might live for a week or longer. Continue reading [...]
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Holiday Flowers to Give as a Host or Hostess Gift

If you’re going to a holiday gathering and looking for flowers to give as a host (or hostess) gift, we have some ideas for you. Any flowers would certainly be appropriate to offer someone having you over for a party, but there are a few blooms that we think will surely delight.Flowers are little luxuries that some people don’t think to pick up for themselves, so grab a bouquet of one of the following beauties and give some happiness this holiday season. Continue reading [...]
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Fun Christmas Flowers

We have a few fun Christmas flowers to tell you about today! Even through we’ve already talked about Christmas blooms in our 2015 Guide to Christmas Flowers and our Holiday Flowers to Give to Service Providers posts, we wanted to share some fun flowers with you that weren’t mentioned. The Christmas flowers on today’s list of holiday blooms are stunning, like the others, but they’ve got something special about them. They’re fun flowers! Yes, fun flowers that bring smiles to those who look at them just because they’re, well fun to view. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Attract Wildlife

Do you love the idea of wildlife hanging out in your garden, or stopping by to visit your patio? We do. So, we did a little research to find out which flowers wildlife are attracted to.We wanted to get an idea of flowers that would be great for planting, or giving to someone, so that beautiful creatures would be enticed to come to our home or to our friend’s house. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

There’s something about a hummingbird that brings joy to a moment. When we see a hummingbird, in our garden or as we’re going about our life, we take pleasure in watching the little bird’s seeming playfulness and in feeling the joy that it appears to have as it goes about its activities.Without being inside the mind of a hummingbird, we can’t say for sure that it flits from here to there (and from flower to flower) with joy on its mind. But, it sure looks that way. In may cultures, in fact, hummingbirds do represent joy and they serve as a reminder to savor each moment. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Attract Butterflies

Do you love the sight of a beautiful butterfly? We do. They’re so graceful and light in their ways. They’re perfect examples, in our opinion, of how we might transform into people filled with grace and loving light. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers for Hanukkah

Do you decorate your home with flowers for Hanukkah? Do you know someone who does? If so, you may want to turn to the following beautiful blue and white blooms to bring the spirit of Hanukkah into your living space this holiday season. Continue reading [...]

Indoor Flowers for a Modern House

Are you looking for contemporary flowers to decorate your modern house? We have some ideas for you. We’ve put together a list of flowers that look stunning as part of a modern decorating scheme. All of these flowers do well indoors, which means you don’t necessarily need to get a lot of light in your house for them to thrive. But, if your house gets quite a bit of sun, these flowers will surely be okay too, and they’ll likely flourish. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers for a Modern Wedding

If you’re looking for stylish flowers for a modern wedding, you have many beautiful blooms to choose from. Some of our favorites flowers for a modern wedding include those with an exotic look, but you can find modern wedding flowers that are classic and even playful.Modern wedding flowers can be found in most colors, so you can coordinate them with your décor and wedding attire. And, they’re available in many shapes and sizes, which means you’ll surely be able to find the perfect floral look for tabletop, hanging basket, or other display that you want at your nuptials. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Make into Tea

Do you like to drink tea? Have you ever had a flower tea? We suppose you probably have, because there are so many wonderful teas with calendula, chamomile, and other botanicals available at the grocery store. But, have you ever made your own tea out of fresh flowers?We have, and it’s divine. We’re going to tell you about a few flowers that you can use to make delicious, and healing, hot and cold teas. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers for Healing

Do you know that there are some sicknesses that can be treated with flowers?Certain flowers offer healing because flowers they can lift the spirit and bring a positive mindset to an ill person. Which will surely help the regenerative process. But, flowers can also be consumed to health the body. Some flowers, after ingestion, can help you get well. And, there are particular flowers that, when applied to the body topically, promote healing. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers You Can Eat

Did you know that you can eat flowers? Many people grow flowers specifically to use them in salads, teas, cakes, and other foods. If you love flowers and are wondering how you might be able to enjoy them even more by eating them, you’ll definitely want to read on.Flowers can look and taste great, and they can be good for you. Many flowers, such as nasturtium and roses, contain powerful compounds that can bring you healing when you’re ill and keep your body healthy overall. Continue reading [...]
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2016 Guide to Thanksgiving Flowers

Thanksgiving is upon us, which means many of you may be wondering which Thanksgiving flowers would be perfect to decorate your Thanksgiving dinner table with. We were contemplating this very thing, so we thought we’d put together a guide to festive flowers for this special holiday.We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite Thanksgiving flowers, all of which would look stunning at a casual Thanksgiving dinner or a full-blown elaborate affair. The Thanksgiving flowers that we’re suggesting for you will surely look beautiful at your holiday celebration, whether you eat on Thanksgiving-themed paper plates or fine china. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Send to a Teenage Boy

In between the video game systems, basketballs, computers, musical equipment, and collectibles, flowers can be an appreciated addition to a teenage boy’s bedroom.If you know a teenage boy that is graduating, celebrating a birthday, going through a rough time, or just being an all-round special kid, consider sending a gift of flowers to offer your heartfelt thoughts.Teenage boys aren’t typically marketed to by florists and flower shops, but they’re humans capable of enjoying beauty too. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Say “I Love You” to Yourself

Have you ever had a day, or week or longer, where things got tough and you got down on yourself? Maybe you’ve been trying to keep a positive attitude, but the people around you are coming at you negatively. It can be challenging to keep love in our hearts for ourselves when we feel like we’re getting rocks thrown at us.This is when “I Love You” flowers sent to ourselves are in order. If you’re ever going through times that make you question your worth, send some of the following flowers to yourself. They’re perfect for treating yourself to a big dose of self-love. They’re beautiful, worthy, and special. Continue reading [...]
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Real Estate Agents and Mortgage Officers: Perfect Flowers to Give as Closing Gifts

If you’re in the real estate or mortgage business, you may be wondering about the perfect closing gift for your client. There are many options, from new appliances to gift certificates for dinner, but a classic and thoughtful gift can be a nice arrangement of flowers.What better way to say “Congratulations,” “Good Luck,” and “Thank You” than sending flowers that will add to the beauty, and positive energy, of your clients’ new home. Continue reading [...]
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Giving Flower Seeds as a Gift

If you’re wondering about a unique gift that you can give someone instead of flowers, consider flower seeds. Flower seeds can be a fun replacement to the standard bouquet of roses or other flowers, because they have the potential to be a gift that keeps giving.Long after cut flowers would have died, flower seeds can provide beauty and fragrance for a room or garden because they turn into a living plant. Giving a gift of flower seeds can show love, friendship, or endearment on a long-term basis by offering the recipient a constant reminder of your thoughts. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers for a Fall Party

Flowers add a bit of magic to any occasion. They have the power to transform a room, a spirit, and an occasion. Some flowers that we think are most transformational can make gorgeous centerpieces on your fall party table.The perfect flowers for a fall party include those that evoke emotion and create a sense of warmth. They’re flowers in rich hues and dramatic lines. The ideal fall flowers for a party make people take notice of their beauty, which begins the shift to the magical side. Continue reading [...]
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Fragrant Flowers to Give as Gifts

Want to give flowers that will fill your recipient’s home with a strong and beautiful fragrance? We thought you might. Some flowers are more fragrant than others, so if you want to offer an experience for your giftee that’s like being surrounded by fresh blossoms in an abundant garden, you should know which flowers to choose.Sweet smelling flowers conjure up thoughts of romance, peace, and innocence. They’re perfect for giving when you want to say, “I love you,” “You’re special,” or “I think I’m falling in love with you.” Continue reading [...]
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How to Send Flowers Online

Flowers make beautiful gifts. They’re a simple, yet thoughtful, token of appreciation, condolence, or any other emotions that sometimes convey messages that words cannot.If you have someone you’d like to tell “Congratulations,” “I Love You,” or even “I Miss You,” send a bouquet of flowers or a potted flower online. It’s easy to do and your intended will usually get your gift within a matter of a day or two. There are so many flower companies offering to send flowers for you these days, so you’ll surely be able to find one that offers affordable services and the right flowers you want to give. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Give Service Providers for the Holidays

Do you usually give the people who provide you with services during the year a gift for the holidays? Many people do. They like to offer a token of holiday cheer to their mail carrier, manicurist, banker, bellman, or other person who often goes out of their way to make their lives better. Continue reading [...]
2015 Christmas Flowers Guide

Your 2015 Christmas Flower Guide

Ready to deck your halls for Christmas? We are too, so we put together a list of popular Christmas flowers that we think would make lovely additions to a home of the holidays. Our guide to Christmas flowers includes blooms that would look amazing on a front porch or door, in the center of a holiday dinner table, and even under the Christmas tree as a gift to be given. Continue reading [...]
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Flowers to Send After a Breakup

Unlike the song says, we don’t believe breaking up is always hard to do. It can be difficult, for sure. But, it can be a relief and a blessing.Something that does ring true for us, though, is that breakups are often best done with closure. And, sending flowers after a breakup could offer just the finality you need to strengthen your heart.Sometimes, letting go by sending flowers may be the selfless act that actually heals a relationship.Whether you find yourself wanting to say farewell in a respectful way, offer your generosity to mend a broken bond, or even celebrate your newfound singleness, there are flowers that are just right for the situation. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate National Dentist’s Day with Pearly Everlasting

In a poll of what people hate doing the most, going to the dentist often falls somewhere between shopping for swimsuits and filing taxes. While the dentist's chair is not our favorite place to be, it is somewhere we should find ourselves at least twice a year. For all those (sometimes dreaded) visits and repeated reminders to floss, March 6th is National Dentist Day. If you know a dentist who sometimes feels like their job is thankless, consider a bouquet of pearly everlasting. This gorgeous flower is the perfect way to say how much you appreciate their efforts taking care of your pearly whites. Continue reading [...]

Help Out a Harried Mother with Hyacinth

There is no job more fulfilling, or certainly more demanding, than that of raising children. For every endearing moment there are twelve others that have even the most dedicated parent wondering why they've chosen to breed. While flowers won't help with the early mornings, endless tasks and constant demands of childrearing, a vase full of fragrant hyacinths can be a spot of peace and beauty where little ones run amok. These spring-blooming bulbs are small but mighty and a little vase in just the right place can have all the rejuvenating effects of a mid-day nap. Continue reading [...]

Bring Home a Yellow Rose for Texas Independence Day

Leave it to a state as big as Texas to have two independence days. Each year, along with shooting off fireworks on July 4th, the Lone Star State also sets aside March 2nd to honor the day back in 1836 when the state declared its independence from Mexico, sparking the Texas Revolution which ended in its annexation to the United States. What better flower to celebrate this historical holiday than one that appears in a song about a key battle for Texan independence- the yellow rose. Continue reading [...]

4 Flowers to Remind you Spring Will Come Again

If the novelty of freezing temperatures and sloppy morning commutes has finally worn off and you find yourself cursing that groundhog and his "six more weeks of winter," perhaps it's time to take the seasons into your own hands. Bring a bit of spring to your house or office with one of these five, fabulous blooms that will thaw the chill right off and remind you that spring is just around the corner. Continue reading [...]

4 Charming Floral Imports from China to Celebrate the New Year

Today is the official start of the Year of the Sheep! With one of the oldest human cultures in the world, the Chinese New Year tradition is the most important of the year and is celebrated by millions of people around the globe. Based on a lunar calendar and lasting for 15 days, many people travel home to be with family, eat special food and attend celebrations with fireworks, performances and friends. If you want to start the Year of the Sheep off on the right foot, consider decorating your home or bringing a gift of one of these important flowers that were first cultivated in ancient China. Continue reading [...]

Pet-Friendly Houseplants for “Love Your Pet” Day

After all the hearts and flowers of Valentine's Day have passed, February 20th offers the opportunity to celebrate the relationship you may have with a furry, four-legged friend on national "Love Your Pet" day. This odd holiday makes purr-fect sense to those of you who count animals among your favorite company and should be celebrated with some tasty treats and a good scratch behind the ears. If, along with being an animal lover, you also have a penchant for green plants, keep in mind that some houseplants may not mix well with cats or dogs. Take a look at the list below before heading to the florist or garden center to make sure your pets and potted plants live in harmony. Continue reading [...]

3 Badass Flowers for When You Buy Your Own Bouquet

We could sit around waiting for someone to bring us flowers. Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to hope for a few blooms wrapped in tissue paper with a card full of hearts and sentiment. It makes us feel loved, or at least, it might obligate someone who loves us to bring home some blooms on this day meant for lovers. While it's a blessing to have people to love in life, it is a true gift, one that comes with years of practice, to develop a love for oneself. The only person who will ever truly know all the good, all the bad and never, ever leave us- is us. Perhaps this Valentine's Day you could practice a little self love and bring home a really kickass bouquet with one of these awesome flowers that only you would appreciate. Continue reading [...]

Why Waxflower Works for Wooing

The Victorian language of flowers began in the stately courts of the Turkish sultans as a secret language for lovers to send clandestine messages to each other. As it found its way to Europe, the "secret codes" of flowers could be sent across a crowed room when worn in a corsage, pinned to the hair or present as a posey. Books were written to help decode the ever more complicated messages new flowers symbolized and they were imported from far off places. Few debuted with as much meaning as the Chamalauceum uncinatum, the waxflower, from Australia. Said to be "the" flower of romance, the abbreviated message this flower conveys is a new inner wisdom, and chance for renewal and an openness to love and joy. What better way to woo a world-weary lover than with a promise of good things to come. Continue reading [...]

A Brief (Bloody) History of Valentine’s Day

While many may be tempted to call Valentine's Day a Hallmark holiday, the origins of this day set aside for lovers has a history that dates far back into antiquity. While February 14th is set aside nowadays for flowers, candy and cards with little hearts drawn on them, the first celebrants of this holiday used the bloody hides of sacrificed goats and dogs to flog their paramour. Sounds sexy, right? Continue reading [...]

Ranunculus, not Roses, for a February Birthday or Anniversary

With Valentine's Day putting flower prices at a premium, there's a good chance that those of us born in February may have never received a single stem for a birthday. For those of you with anniversaries this month, there's a darn good chance any bloom brought home will be a red rose, since it's hard not to walk into any florist or grocery store not decked out in Valentine this month. With the lightening speed of life these days, it makes sense to double up on holidays and special occasions, but taking the time to recognize someone's special day in the midst of the month where everyone is buying flowers and balloons can make it even more special. If you want to honor a birthday or anniversary in February, ranunculus are the perfect pick. Continue reading [...]

3 Alternative Flowers for a Nontraditional Valentine

If your valentine is anything but ordinary, why stick with the traditional bouquet of roses and baby's breath this Valentine's Day. Love comes in many shapes, sizes, sexes and situations. Thankfully, so do flowers. While red roses may be the standard way to say "I love you" on February 14th, evolution and careful cross breeding have brought us a wide array of blooms to express both budding love and more mature ardor. We can't always choose who we fall in love with, but we can certainly choose a flower that reflects how special and unique our love may be. Go boldly to the florist this Valentine's Day and walk out with one of these wonderful stems. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Singlehood this Valentine’s Day with Sweetheart Roses

Valentine's Day conjures up all sorts of emotions in the life of a single person. From dredging up memories of crepe paper shoeboxes in the classroom to reflections on the last relationship gone wrong, it's hard to look forward to a holiday hell-bent on canned sentiment and the rather public pronouncement of your status as single. While reflecting on what is wrong with a holiday dedicated to lovers can leave one bitter, it's also an opportunity to celebrate what is so right about singledom. The best flowers to do this with are sweetheart roses. Small but mighty, these sprays of gorgeous rosebuds will help you count your blessings for being with the one person who knows you best and loves you for who you truly are- you. Continue reading [...]

3 Flowers with the Best Value on Valentine’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue, everyone buys roses on Valentine's Day- but why should you? With a long-stemmed history as the flower one gives to a lover, the red rose is at it's peak sales day every February 14th. Along with the huge demand, the short, dark days of winter are also a factor in pricing roses at their all time high for the year. You don't want to be cheap, but if you share a checking account, an expensive vase might take the petal off the rose. Fresh flowers are the perfect way to romance a sweetheart and while roses may seem expensive every February, there are thousands of different stems to help you count the ways you love someone. Why not show your sweetheart you value their love by choosing a flower that shows both your creativity and your eye for value. Here are several stems that get overlooked, but not overpriced, on Valentine's Day. Continue reading [...]

4 Leading Flowers for Hollywood Award Season

The nominations are out and in a few short weeks the red carpet will roll. Whether you've seen them all or are just hoping to get some good movie recommendations, the Golden Globes and Academy Awards are a Hollywood tradition and a great reason to throw a party. If you plan on hosting or attending an Oscar party this year (or just plan on enjoying the show in the comfort of your own living room), here are 4 absolutely fabulous flowers that will bring the golden age of Hollywood glam into focus. Continue reading [...]

Get it Right this Groundhog’s Day with Gayfeather

You've seen the movie. Bill Murray, a misanthropic big city news reporter, travels to a quaint town to report on the groundhog's predictions for spring. He finds himself waking again and again to the same day and, after nearly succumbing to the monotony of this predicament, he instead realizes his opportunity to make this one day as wonderful as possible. This Groundhog's Day, why not put your own efforts into creating a day as special as possible. Fresh flowers are the perfect way to add a little beauty and appreciation into any day and a great choice for this February 2nd is gayfeather. Known by the Latin name, Liatris, or sometimes called blazing star, gayfeather flowers are the perfect symbol of a perfect day. Continue reading [...]

4 Unforgettable Flowers to Send to a Funeral

An unavoidable side effect of living, all of us must one day die. In American culture, funerals tend to be somber affairs, as we mourn for the loss of those we love from this life to the next. More and more, however, folks are choosing to see funerals as an opportunity to celebrate the life and memory of the departed. What better way to do that than with flowers. Here on Earth to grow, bloom and fade away, plants are the perfect symbol of the brevity and sweetness of life. If you are looking to send a floral message to a funeral meant to honor the life of someone you've loved, consider one of these four flowers. Continue reading [...]

5 Flowers for Fat Tuesday

Every February, Mardi Gras gives us a chance to kick convention to the curb and fatten up with a day of drinking and debauchery before settling in to the Lenten season of austerity and repentance. Around the world, versions of this crazy carnival are happening in the streets with dancing, parades and elaborate costumes. Traditional colors of purple, gold and green decorate the streets and perhaps a King Cake on your kitchen table. Whether you celebrate this Fat Tuesday before Ash Wednesday for Continue reading [...]

Stock Up on Flowering Stock for Spouse’s Day

Mother's get a day. Father's get a day. Why not a day just to appreciate your partner for the long term loving and support they bring to your life? January 26th is just such an occasion. Sure, some may say, there's Valentine's Day, a day already dedicated to lovers and romance. Isn't that enough? Spouse's Day allows us to look at the person we're growing old with, however, and not pine for the passion that came along with the start of our relationship, but to admire it for the steadfastness and loyalty it has offered us throughout the years. While red roses may be the V-day favorite, celebrate spouse's day with flowering stock. Not only are they more economical (a quality a spouse can appreciate) but they smell amazing, look fabulous and will stick around a lot longer. The bloom might be off the rose of your relationship, but a good spouse is worth their weight in gold. Bring them home some flowers that will cost just a fraction of that. Continue reading [...]

Killer Plants for Catching Fruit Flies

We've all done it. Arriving home after a trip you walk into the kitchen and a swarm of tiny, little flies come swirling from those bunch of bananas you never got around to eating. With a life span of only a month or two, it's still surprisingly hard to get rid of those suckers. While all sorts of traps and homemade solutions exist, why not turn your infestation into a small science experiment by using one of these crazy carnivorous plants. Not only will they help control your fruit fly population, but they'll be a unique addition to your houseplant collection for years to come. Continue reading [...]

6 Flowers for When you Can’t Stand Another Second of Winter

If the thought of having to scrape ice off another windshield while the hair in your nostrils slowly freezes makes you want to push the snooze button until spring, it's time for a little flower therapy. Winter can be tough. The days are dark and you might not see the sun between punching the clock in the morning and making your way precariously home through icy streets. It's hard to remember that this too shall melt and your frozen toes will one day walk barefoot on soft, spring grass. When you can't stand one more day of sub-zero weather, try one of these hothouse flowers that will melt your heart (even if they can't do much for your heating bill). Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Civil Rights with Statice

The third Monday in January is the day Americans honor the efforts of Martin Luther King, Jr. More than a celebration of the man and his life, this day is set aside to remember the stalwart strength and dedication to the cause of justice that all those who fought (and continue to fight) for equality and human rights around the world. This January, celebrate civil rights with a flower that represents the valor and bravery needed to stand tall in a time of challenge and controversy- statice. Understated, but amazingly long-lived, this flower is the perfect pick for holiday that it more than just a day off work. It's a day to continue the work, started long ago, towards a more free and just society. Continue reading [...]

Take Care of a Caregiver with Azaleas

A houseplant may just seem like one more thing to care for when you are overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for a loved one in need, but a pot of azaleas may be just what's needed to get one through the tasks at hand. These densely flowered, miniature shrubs are cheerful and bright and will look lovely on a tabletop or windowsill for weeks with very little care other than a grateful glance when times are hard. If you are someone who spends time addressing the needs of others, or know someone who is struggling to provide support for elderly parents or an ill child, azaleas are just the right flower to shore someone up when they start feeling worn down. Continue reading [...]

Send Seeds of Forget-me Nots for Anniversaries of Loss

It is hard to know how best to comfort someone. We are often at a loss for words when someone has suffered a loss, but fresh flowers are able to say so much when we cannot and therefore are often sent as comfort during the first few weeks. While these fresh wounds will heal with time, certain anniversaries can tug at the scab of loss as they pass each year. Comfort someone who is going through a calendar of loss with a note or phone call to remind them that they are in your thoughts, and never underestimate the healing power of flowers. A packaged of forget-me-not seeds fits easily inside an envelop and can be mailed across distances to honor someone's memory or offer comfort on a sad anniversary. Continue reading [...]

Plants with Medicinal Properties to Celebrate National Pharmacist Day

Medicinal plants have been helping humans heal for centuries, providing everything from pain relief to palliative care. Some of the strongest medicines on Earth are still derived from plant sources, such as drugs used in chemotherapy to ones that regulate heartbeat. Dispensing these potent treatments carefully and accurately are dedicated pharmacists around the world, whom we celebrate each year on January 12th. National Pharmacist Day recognizes the knowledge and attention that goes into this important role by honoring pharmacists for their efforts towards medical care. If you have a pharmacist that's important in your life, celebrate the day with a fresh bouquet of some of these fabulous pharmacological flowers. Continue reading [...]

5 Flowers for a Fortunate New Year

As the ball drops and a new year begins, hopes and expectations for the year to come are high. If you have big plans and resolutions on your list for this year, hopefully one of them is to include more fresh flowers into your life. Known to increase emotional well-being and support greater creativity and productivity, adding flowers to your home or office is a great resolution that will be easy to keep. According to the Victorian language of flowers, the following blooms are bright symbols of good fortune for the year to come. Continue reading [...]

What to Do With Poinsettias Once They’ve Bloomed

After the last few refrains of Christmas carols fade and the once magnificent tree's dry needles have begun to carpet the floor, thoughts of packing up the decorations and starting off the new year fresh leaves one standing in front of pots of poinsettias and wondering what to do. While they make the perfect potted plants for the holiday season, the typical shelf life of a poinsettia falls far short of fruitcake, making it last about as long as the New Year's resolutions in most US homes. What many people may not realize is that this holiday plant can make an excellent houseplant all year long with not much extra maintenance. Getting them to re-bloom in the coming year is an exciting challenge for anyone up to the task and even creating new ones from the existing plant is easy using the following guide for 2015. Continue reading [...]

Express Wintertime Warmth and Affection with Camellias

Cultivated in the gardens of Asia for centuries before coming to Europe and the United States as an import from the Orient, the camellia is a flower steeped in history, culture and amor. With the commercially important Camellia sinensis grown for tea around the world, the ornamentally spectacular species such as C. japonica and C. reticulata have found their way into gardens around the globe and into flower shops near you. Blooming at their brightest in December when the days are short and the nights are long, thousands of different cultivars of this winter bloom have appeared in everything from artwork to operas over the century and carry with them the message of adoration and affection. Continue reading [...]

3 Fabulously Affordable Flowers You Should Resolve to Keep On Hand in 2015

Fresh flowers are a little bit of luxury most people reserve for special occasions and events, but recent studies from several leading research universities confirm that just looking at a vase of flowers can have a positive impact on emotions, creativity and productivity. Perhaps 2015 is the year you begin to incorporate fresh flowers into your health routine and budget a tiny bit each week towards this simple pick-me-up that can positively influence everyone in the room. Whether you start adding blooms to a little vase on your breakfast table or bring in an arrangement to the front office for the whole crew to enjoy, there are quite a few flowers available these days that will look fresh all week without biting into your budget. Try one of these three fabulously affordable flowers that will bring you 52 weeks of awesome in 2015. Continue reading [...]

Dianthus for December Birthdays

Ask anyone born between mid-December and New Year's Day and they'll tell you that birthday cake and party hats simply can't compete with the gingerbread and jingle bells of the holiday season. As a child, it was hard not to feel cheated out of your special day, and even adults with a yuletide birthday may still feel the slight of a winter's birthday. With all the seasonal festivities, treats and sparkly lights, a few birthday candles are hard to notice. If someone you love has a birthday that falls during this bustling holiday time, you probably already know that it's important to separate celebrations and give their day its due. Dianthus are the perfect flower for December birthdays. Delicate, diaphanous and definitely not poinsettias, these stems stand out among all the holiday trimmings for the people you know born in December. Continue reading [...]

Freesias for an Epic Fail

For all the times you bring your 'A' game, it's surprising how one little oops can bring you down. Forgetting it's trash day or missing a deadline at work can sometimes be remedied with a sigh or a shrug, but once in a while you really muck it up. Missing a special anniversary, botching a big project or a spectacular dressing down from the boss are hard to shake off and can stick with you like a wad of gum in the hair. Apart from going back in time, there's not much to be done but make your apologies and move on, hopefully learning from whatever mistakes were made to get you here. When you find yourself in this situation, the perfect flower to help fuggetaboutit are freesias. Light, breezy, fragrant and completely ignorant of what a screw-up you are, freesias can help take the sting out of self-loathing and give you something lovely to look at when you can barely stand the sight of yourself. Continue reading [...]

Gilded Foliage makes Sensational Seasonal Accents

All that glitters is not gold, but it's certainly easy to add a bit of golden sparkles to your flower arrangements this winter. Aside from the glimmer and cheer a bit of gilded leaves will add to vases, garlands and wreaths, a simple can of florist's spray paint can add glitz to everything from pine cones to plain, plastic containers- transforming your home into a shining example of the holiday spirit. During the winter months, florist may have several different greens that have been gilded in gold or glitter available to add to any arrangement. If not, one small can of gold or silver floral spray paint (available at craft stores and some florists) is easy to apply and fun to use. Here are some tips for adding a bit of the Midas' touch to your holiday decor. Continue reading [...]

Kiss the Night Away Under Fresh Mistletoe

A symbol of the season, mistletoe is the iconic plant of Yuletide affection. Tied with a ribbon and hung above a door or threshold, tradition holds that lovers (or those who time their entrances wisely) smooch under the sprigs of mistletoe hung there. While this might make the plant a favorite for paramours, it is actually a slightly poisonous, parasitic plant that sucks the sap from trees in which it grows. How then did this leeching evergreen find its way down from the boughs of host trees an into the lore of Christmastime lovers? Continue reading [...]

Impress the In-Laws with Ivy

Few first impressions will ever be as important as the first time you meet the family you are marrying into. Whether you passed the interview with flying colors years ago or are meeting your potential in-laws for the first time this holiday season- come prepared. A plant is the perfect thing to bring if you are worried a bottle of wine might mark you as a boozer and a box of candy seems too trifling. Said to symbolize fidelity and tenacity in the language of flowers, ivy is a great choice for just this occasion. Long-lasting, steadfast and graceful in its growth, show your in-laws that you will be, too, with this potted plant that's sure to impress parents of a discerning nature. Continue reading [...]

3 Fantastic Foliage Options for Winter Flowers

Hothouse flowers grown in greenhouses around the world have made roses available in winter and tulips possible in fall, but the best part of fresh flowers can sometimes be bringing a bit of the season inside. For this reason, choosing flowers that are in season not only ensure they are at their freshest and most economical, but that they match the mood of the months as they go by. Like pages on a calender flipping by, the leaves around us grow, change colors and flutter to the ground each year. Choosing greens that reflect the season outside are a detail that is sometimes overlooked in flower arrangements, but can add so much to the decor when properly chosen and placed. Spring sprigs and lush summer leaves are easy to find, but choosing winter greens are not as much of a challenge as you may think. Here are three fabulous foliage choices for the coldest months of the year. Continue reading [...]

Eight Crazy Nights of Flowers for the Festival of Lights

Bust out the dreidels and latkes- it's Hanukkah time! Celebrating the successful rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the long-lasting one-day's supply of oil that burned for eight, count 'em, eight crazy nights, Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, as each evening a candle is lit on the menorah and left to burn all night. Gathering with family and friends is the kosher thing to do during this winter-time holiday, and a small gift of flowers will look lovely as you sing Hanerot Halalu. Here are eight fabulous flowers that will light up the night. Try bringing home one each evening for a bouquet of blessings worth their weight in gelt. Continue reading [...]

Be a Great Guest with a Gift of Gardenias

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful and we often arrive with arms full of packages and not quite enough patience. After a whole lot of hassle dealing with weather, crowds and not quite enough time, however, being with friends and family is well worth the trouble. Whether you're arriving for a party or staying the week during the holidays, it's always nice to bring a little gift for your hosts. While the holiday season is full of thoughtful little baubles and stocking stuffers, a plant is the perfect present to bring pleasure the whole year through. The glossy leaves and gorgeous flowers of the gardenia plant will be beautiful on the table or windowsill long after other presents have been regifted. Continue reading [...]

Wonderful Flowers for a Winter Wedding

While June brides may be blushing and smiling across all the covers of wedding magazines, there is something elegant and lovely about a winter wedding. It's true that summertime nuptials might offer a few more flowers in season to choose from for the special day, but winter has its own wonderland of blooms for bouquets, boutonnieres, and the top of a wedding cake. Below are just a few of the choices available to you for a winter wedding. Continue reading [...]

Norfolk Island Pine- a Real Christmas Tree that Will Last For Years to Come

Few things get you in the holiday spirit faster than the soft needles and piney fragrance of a fresh cut Christmas tree decorated with lights and ornaments. What's not to enjoy about the star-topped glory of a tree ringed with presents waiting for Christmas morning- other than the fantastic mess it will make as you haul the brittle, dried-out boughs out the door a few weeks later. For this reason, many folks have move to artificial trees, missing out on the spirit of the fresh tree standing bright inside on these cold, winter nights. A perfect compromise is the Norfolk Island Pine. This soft-needled evergreen is a wonderful and easy to grow houseplant that looks gorgeous growing inside all year long, but will look just as lovely all lit up with lights and tinsel during the holiday season. The best part of all- you can have a fresh tree to trim every December without every having to toss it out in January. Continue reading [...]

Alternatives to Poinsettias

Not to be a Scrooge, but the typical potted poinsettia plant is a little over done. Each December, literally millions of these traditional Christmas time blooms are sold around the country and have become not only the staple flower of the holidays, but they account for almost one quarter of all flowering potted plant sales in the US. Ironically, the red iconic blooms of the poinsettia are not actually flowers, but highly pigmented leaves. The real flower are the tiny yellow ones at the center of the red bracts that now also come in white, pink, marbled, speckled and curled. Even with all the new and different varieties to choose from, it can sometimes be a bit repetitive to buy the same plant year after year. If you are looking for something a little different this holiday season, you have several lovely choices that are lovely and festive- and not poinsettias- to choose from. Continue reading [...]

Tropical Flowers to take the Chill Off a Winter’s Night

There are times in life when you simply must close your eyes and think of your happy place. Does yours involve warm sand, lapping waves and exotic fruit cocktails? Perhaps tanned people wearing few clothes walk by under swaying palm trees as somewhere, far off, the sound of sea birds and the faint strumming of a ukelele? A real beach vacation may not be in your stars this month, but a vivid imagination and a few stems of tropical flowers will certainly help take the chill out of winter and make a "happy place" out of where ever you are. If you or someone you love is in desperate need for a little R & R to somewhere sunny and warm, consider bringing the beach to them with these exotic flowers found only in lush lands where the palm trees sway. Continue reading [...]

Paperwhites are the Perfect Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving

Being invited to the Thanksgiving meal is a gesture of welcome and inclusion in American homes far richer than any giblet gravy- so don't arrive empty handed. After asking the hostess what you can bring (and picking up an extra bottle of Riesling when they say "just yourself"), be sure to include a small gift to thank the hosts for including you in this special tradition. On a day that's already filled with delicious foods and bordered by a holiday steeped in gift-giving, it is hard to find just the right thing to thank someone for all the thawing, brining, roasting and washing up they'll be doing. Make it easy by choosing flowers that will not only be lovely on Thanksgiving day, but will continue to have your hosts thankful through the coming weeks. Paperwhite bulbs (Narcissus papyrus) are the perfect plant to present on this day of gratitude and stuffing yourself. Continue reading [...]

Goldenrod for Good Fortune and a Bit of Encouragement

Into each person's life, a little rain must fall. Sometimes it comes in sprinkles of annoyance like car trouble, tax problems or dental surgery. Other times in waves of misfortune like health problems, lost love and missed opportunity. While words of advice are tempting, they are often ill-timed no matter how meaningful, but any encouragement is certainly welcomed and necessary when someone you love is standing under a cloud. Flowers are just the right thing to say in this situation, and few Continue reading [...]

Thanksgiving Centerpieces that are Sure to Please

Thanksgiving. The day we give thanks for all the good people and good fortune we have in our lives- and then stuff our faces. No matter what your favorite dish is you look forward to seeing around that table each year, the fresh flowers and greens from a lovely Thanksgiving centerpiece will be a delight that everyone will enjoy throughout the long day of eating and for days to come. All sorts of different styles and arrangements can be made to order at your local florist and if you're heading over to someone's house for the big meal you can pick one up ready made for the perfect hostess gift. Whether you choose a simple round arrangement or a cornucopia of flowers, a centerpiece will add freshness and flair to the occasion and most come with candles that can be lit to make the meal more elegant and festive. Below are several different styles to choose from, along with tips for making them last longer than the leftovers. Continue reading [...]

Holiday Cactus Will Bloom through the Season

Eating season is here! Cold weather has come to visit and soon, too, will friends, family and full days dedicated to nothing but cooking and eating. Along with lots of tasty recipes circling around on Pinterest and lots of hungry people around the table, add some fresh blooms that will brighten the room from Turkey Day until the new year with a holiday cactus. Called everything from Thanksgiving cactus to crab cactus, the succulent Schlumbergera truncata and several of its related species are fantastic plants for your own home or that of a hostess during the winter season. Just starting to bloom in late November, these easy to grow houseplants are festive, fun and readily available at your local florists. Continue reading [...]

Heartwarming White Cyclamen for Winter’s Coldest Days

Winter came whalloping in this week for many parts of the country, covering fall-blooming flowers with snow and bringing down the temperatures to record-breaking lows. While the winter weather seemed a long time coming this year, with it comes the need to bring the outside in with a fresh bouquet or potted plant to remind us through the short, cold days and chilly nights that spring will come again. Consider the white cyclamen for a frigid day like today. Said to represent warmth in the Victorian language of flowers, its gracefully drooping white blooms and silver-streaked leaves will warm your heart and help you not mind being cooped up in the house on these chilly winter days. Continue reading [...]

Alternatives to Paper Poppies for Veteran’s Day

The tradition of wearing a poppy on one's lapel to honor veterans of war dates back to just after World War I. A Canadian physician, Lieutenant colonel John McCrae, had penned a poem after presiding over the funeral of a friend who had been killed in the Battle of Ypres, where over 120,000 casualties were estimated. The new graves of the many young men who had died stretched on through a field of bright red poppies, and his poem, in Flanders Fields, used the flowers as a metaphor for the spilled blood of war. Published back in London in 1915, the poem quickly became the most popularly recited verse of its era and the red poppy the symbol for the great sacrifices of the armed forces. In 1919, exactly one year after the war ended, November 11th was designated as Remembrance Day (in Commonwealth countries) by King George V and Veteran's Day in the United States, to honor members of the armed forces- particularly those that gave their lives in defense of their country. The red poppy was worn in recognition of the holiday, but since November is not the typical season for this summer flower, most are made out of paper. If you'd like to honor the service of veterans, past and present, with a fresh flower instead of paper, consider the following blooms that make excellent boutonniere's to pin to the lapel on this day of remembrance. Continue reading [...]

Camellias Can Help Express Gratitude

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the reflection on all that we have to be grateful for is hopefully turning your thoughts to more than just the long lines at the grocery store and a sink full of dirty dishes. Along with thawing the turkey, put a trip to the local florist on your "to do" list in the coming weeks and find yourself standing with flowers at the front door of a friend or family member in your life for whom you are thankful. You'll be surprised how much this simple gesture can put you in the spirit of the holiday and leave you feeling more fortunate than ever. In the Victorian language of flowers, there are many blossoms that represent gratitude and graciousness, but few that will be lovelier this month than the camellia. Continue reading [...]

Orchids for Beginners

Exotic, oddly erotic, and with features so diverse and highly evolved they are hypnotic to look at, orchids are typically not considered a good "beginner" plant. While their care is different than your typical peace lily or other more common houseplants, they should not intimidate even those with self-proclaimed brown thumbs. With so many different species to choose from, there are several that are well suited to your living room, and require only slightly more care than a typical potted plant. With blooms lasting for a month or more, they are a much better value than a bouquet of cut flowers, even if you can't keep it alive for much longer than that. Here are a couple of tips and tricks, however, that should have them blooming joyfully again and again. Continue reading [...]

Freesias to Fill In an Awkward Silence

Separating us from the animals, our miraculous gift of speech is not always well spent. Frequently squandered on dithering and gossip, utterly lost to us in moments when just the right word would have changed everything, sometimes aimed and hurled like a weapon, its absence is perhaps the most frustrating of all. If you've let an awkward silence develop between yourself and someone you care about, consider sending flowers, which have long been used to speak when words fail us. The freesia is the perfect bloom to break down a barrier of communication and create a connection that you want to keep together. Whether it has been a frosty week of silence after an argument or years of water under the bridge, consider the freesia as a fresh and fragrant flag of parley in a sea of silence. Continue reading [...]

Substitute Flowers for a Sweet Treat on World Diabetes Day

Treating yourself is a great way to stay motivated on the way to bigger goals. A piece of candy or bite of chocolate seems a small reward for a job well done, but calories and sugar sure can add up. November 14th of each year is World Diabetes Day, set aside to raise awareness and highlight steps towards the prevention of this condition. One of the best ways to celebrate is to pick up a new good habit to replace a bad one. Buying flowers for yourself is a great way to add a bit of beauty and nature into your life. Rather than treating yourself to favorite foods when you feel like you deserve a little something special, consider a lush bouquet of one of the sweet blossoms below. Not only are they sugar-free, they will last much longer than a moment on the lips without going straight to your hips. Continue reading [...]

Kalanchoe for a Kid in Crisis

It's a miracle we make it into adulthood alive. All the dumb choices, narrow misses and blind luck that get us through our adolescence can sometimes run us smack up against our worst enemy- ourselves. Success, failure, love and loss are amplified at that age, and it takes a couple of decades on Earth to finally realize that yes, this too, shall pass. If you know a young person that's struggling with the transition into life as a human being, sometimes a little nature can be a big reminder of that great, big world out there, and how both beauty and life and all the good and the bad that comes with it, are a part of the experience. If you are looking for a potted plant that can say all that, look no further than the kalanchoe. Continue reading [...]

Decorate for Day of the Dead with Marigolds

Tracing back to the ancient Aztecs, the celebration of Dia de Muertos falls on November 1st and 2nd each year as a day to remember and honor the departed loved ones in your life. A national holiday in Mexico, but celebrated around the world, the Day of the Dead is a time to decorate small alters, clean and beautify grave sites and to gather with friends and family to reminisce and tell stories about those who have died. Favorite food and beverages, treasured belongings, freshly baked bread and candied sugar skulls are all a part of the fiesta, but one of the most important decorations are the marigold flowers. Said to be the favored flower of the dead, the Mexican marigold (Tagetes erecta), sometimes called cempasuchil or Flor de Muerto, is an essential part of the traditional celebration. Continue reading [...]

Pagan Plants for All Hallow’s Eve

The origin of Halloween is shrouded in myth and mystery. Said by some to have started after the christening of the Basilica in Rome by Pope Gregory III who established All Saints Day on November 1st, the night was supposedly set aside for prayer and fasting to prepare to honor the saints who did not have a designated day. Suspiciously, one can't help but wonder then how this lead to the traditions of roaming the night in scary costumes, visiting house to house and celebrating the night by smashing intricately carved gourds. There is much more evidence to support the pagan birth of this ritualized eve of disguise and debauchery. In its efforts to transform the non-christian, end of summer harvest festival, traditionally called Samhain in Gaelic speaking parts of Europe, the church gave the holiday a polish and a new name. Halloween, however, remains a night for spirits and spooks, parties and pagan ritual. From the hollowed-out gourds to some of the old English plants below, this night remains one in which worldly creatures might wander into the other-worldliness of the spirit realm. Celebrate with some of these pagan plants that have held spiritual significance to those that wandered before us. Continue reading [...]

Pick Up Some Mums for Mother-In-Law Day

We are all born with at least one mother, but many of us pick up another along the way through marriage. If you've been lucky enough to score a good one, celebrate on Sunday, October 26th during Mother-in-Law Day with a bouquet of chrysanthemums. These fall flowers are at their prime this time of year and come in a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes. Whether she thinks you hung the moon or is the type to complain that you hung it crookedly, flowers as elegant and diverse as the mum are sure to please anyone- even someone that can be a bit hard to please at times. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate United Nations Day with a Peace Lily

Dedicated to world peace and the betterment of human society, the United Nations was created through a charter in 1945 and established on October 24th of 1948. Each year on this day, the anniversary is celebrated around the world in more than 100 member countries to mark the global organization's efforts toward mitigating poverty, hunger, conflict and other worldwide challenges. This year, send a message of solidarity with their humanitarian aims with a peace lily. Continue reading [...]

Add Flare to Fall Arrangements with Chinese Lanterns

Like tiny, orange paper lanterns strung together along a stem, the hanging fruit of the Physalis alkekeng, (called Chinese lanterns, winter cherry or Japanese lantern) will light up a bouquet of autumn flowers. These uniquely shaped plants offer a wonderful harvest look to any arrangement and are fun to tuck into a vase or add along the edges of a table or wreath. In great fall colors like burnt umber and pumpkin orange, these long-lasting stems are the perfect choice for an autumnal bouquet. Continue reading [...]

Dahlias for Diwali

This annual festival of lights falls on October 22nd this year, which is the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar. One of the most important holidays of the year for Hindus, Diwali is celebrated to honor Rama, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and to symbolize the triumph of victory over evil. Along with oil lamps and hanging lanterns to light the home, consider a dazzling display of dahlias to decorate the table or bring with you as a gift as you visit friends and family. Said to symbolize dignity in the language of flowers, colorful dahlias are the perfect flower for celebrating Diwali and are at their peak this time of year. Continue reading [...]

Amaranthus Make Amazing Flowers for a Hospital Visit

Cultivated by ancient civilizations as an important food crop and grown commercially in modern times for its beauty, the live-giving amaranthus is the perfect flower to wish someone in the hospital a hardy return to health. With long, draping flowers in deep burgundy, bronze and lovely greens, this bloom is works well in both bouquets and vases and will add a splash of color and a bit of the outdoors to any drab interior. Said to represent immortality and unfading love in the Victorian language of flowers, the amaranthus is emblematic of both the bounty of the harvest and the cyclical nature of life. Continue reading [...]

Celebreate the Senses on White Cane Safety Day

Celebrated worldwide on October 15th of every year, White Cane Safety Day is a time to recognize and honor the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and to appreciate the tools available to help them navigate the world. First established in 1964 with the help of the National Federation of the Blind and approved by Congress, this holiday was set aside as a time for people and organizations to celebrate the independent travel the white cane allows while also bringing national attention to issues around safety and accessibility. Some events include hosting a dinner in the pitch dark or organizing a walk in the community to raise funds for training seeing eye dogs or research. While flowers are visually pleasing to those of us with the gift of sight, they are no less lovely to enjoy with our other senses. Below are several flowers that can touched, smelled or otherwise appreciated more than just in the eye of the beholder. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Mental Health Day with Flowers that Make you Feel Fabulous

There's a lot going on in this world that can drive a person crazy, so taking care of mental health should be an important priority in everyone's life. October 10th is recognized worldwide as Mental Health Day and is set aside to celebrate the advances made globally in mental heath education, support and awareness. With several recent studies published that link lowered levels of stress, depression and even pain and healing time to simply looking and smelling flowers and plants around you, picking up a bouquet on the way home might just help keep you sane in this mad, mad world. Not sure which flowers will have the most positive impact on your state of mind? Here are a few you'll just go crazy over. Continue reading [...]

Bulbs for an October Birthday

Fresh flowers and potted plants are great gift ideas all year round, but for a birthday that falls in the fall, consider a gift that comes with the promise of a beautiful spring surprise- flower bulbs. October is the perfect month to plant a handful of spring-flowering bulbs in the ground for the positive anticipation of good things to come. Rather than a bouquet of cut flowers for an autumn birthday, choose one of the varieties described below or mix up a few different ones for a gift that requires a little delayed, but no less satisfying, gratification. Continue reading [...]

Pansies for a Pregnant Woman Ready to Pop

The glow that comes with the wonder of carrying a new life within is a beautiful thing to behold, but it can sure take its toll on the feet and back. Being pregnant is a special time in a woman's life, but toward the end, is not a particularly comfortable one. Sleeping, standing, even just trying to get dressed in the morning takes on a whole new dimension, literally, as her dimensions widen and make daily tasks more of a challenge. Along with the burp cloths and diaper cakes, consider a lovely pot of pansies for the mother-to-be as she prepares for the arrival of her new child. These dainty and darling blooms are the perfect pick for a pregnant lady who is just about to pop. Continue reading [...]

Stargazer Lilies because…damn girl, you’re worth it

You know who deserves a gorgeous bouquet of flowers right now? That's right- you do! Sure, you could wait for some hunky catch to show up at the door with a a mess of roses or for that boss of yours to finally recognize what a diamond you are and drop off a vase of pretty stems to thank you for all your hard work, but why leave it up to someone else to decide what flowers you deserve? You know exactly what you want, what you need, and what you are worth. Mmhmm, you got it- stargazer lilies. Continue reading [...]

Azaleas to Aid an Ailing Friend

There are few things that render one as helpless feeling as the failing health of a friend or family member. Watching someone struggle to recover or fight hard against an illness is hard to do and leaves one wondering what more could be done. Sometimes a "get well soon" card just doesn't seem like enough, and while running errands or helping them with everyday tasks like cleaning can help ease their burdens, it doesn't go the extra mile of actually brightening their day and taking their mind off the challenges they are facing. These are the times to send flowers. Rather than send cut flowers in a vase that bloom brightly and then fade, potted plants are a great alternative. The lovely, flowering azaleas are the perfect pick for this occasion. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Native American Day with these Indigenous Flowers

In many states across the nation, the second Monday in October is somewhat contentious. While many calendars mark it as Columbus Day to celebrate his "discovery" of America, others see it as an opportunity to highlight the rich history and culture of the indigenous peoples of our country. Regardless of what title you give this holiday, it is a time to reflect on the natural riches and scenic wealth of our lovely lands. With thousands of native plants to admire, try out one of these two listed below for a bouquet or arrangement that was truly "made in America." Not only are these native plants lovely to look at, but many also have served other important uses to America's first peoples. Continue reading [...]

Homecoming Flowers for a High School Dance

An American tradition for a century or more, homecoming was first celebrated at universities and colleges to welcome back alumni, but for many high school students it's the first dance they'll attend. Along with parades, football games against rival schools and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen, is also the first time many nervous young men will wait at the door with corsage in hand as their date comes down the stairs. Meet her (or him) with flowers that look fresh and fabulous all night long by choosing some of these spectacular stems that are the perfect choice for a corsage or boutonniere. Continue reading [...]

Waxflowers for Wealth

They say money can't buy you happiness, but it can certainly spring for a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and if you are looking to attract a little wealth and abundance your way there is no better flower than the waxflower. With the wordy Latin name Chamelacium uncinatum, the waxflower, sometimes called Geraldton Wax as well, has the look, feel and smell of refinement and luxury- but doesn't cost an arm and a leg to fill a vase. In the Victorian language of flowers it is said to represent riches, and one can't help but feel patrician with a few stems nearby. Continue reading [...]

A Touching Bouquet for International Teacher’s Day

Falling on October 5th this year, World Teacher's Day has been held annually since 1994 to commemorate education professionals around the world for their contribution in preparing future generations for success. Few professions touch as many lives as teaching, though this time of year is often so busy it is hard for many teachers to remember why, exactly, they decided to go into education in the first place. Teaching takes patience, creativity, a thick skin, and a whole lot of love. Return the love this October 5th by planning a very special flower delivery for your child's homeroom teacher or the educator in your life. By bringing in a flower for each student to walk into the classroom with to hand to the teacher, you will help create a bouquet they will never forget. Here are 3 different stems that are hardy, affordable and easy to create a lovely bouquet with- one flower at a time. Continue reading [...]

Asters for an Anniversary After a Challenging Year

In sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer- they certainly at least warn you that some years are going to be better than others. In a way, celebrating an anniversary after a particularly challenging year can be more meaningful because your vows have been tested through trials and tribulations and here you are, still together. Whether you have fought about money, struggled through loss or grief, or had health scares or trust issues, an anniversary provides a time for reflection to honor how much you've grown both individually and as a couple. Celebrate how this year's challenges have helped you grow together as a couple with the simple, yet striking, aster. Continue reading [...]

3 Flowers to Awaken Creativity and Inspire your Inner Muse

Like a startled bird ready to flit from one tree to the next, creative inspiration comes suddenly, departs quickly and leaves you searching from one moment to the next. Artists of all kinds need external inspiration in order to light their inner creative fire, so the next time you or an artist you love need a little spark, consider these three flowers as potential muses. As the Arabian proverb says, "a fig tree, looking on a fig tree, becometh fruitful." Look upon these magnificent blooms and be inspired. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate the Jewish New Year with Statice

Dust off the shofar and pick up some challah bread because Rosh Hashana falls between September 24th and September 26th this year. A time of both remembrance and renewal, the Jewish New Year is a time to ponder one's actions from the preceding year and seek resolution for any conflicts or settle any debts, both figuratively and literally, so that one might start the year anew. In the language of flowers, the humble statice flower is symbolic of both remembrance and forgiveness and is the perfect bloom to bring home to the table to set out next to the apples and honey. Wrap up the last year and start the new one off right with a few stems of statice. Continue reading [...]

Wish Someone a Return to Health with the Hardy Chrysanthemum

As the days grow shorter and the nights turn chilly, the tender flowers of summer tend to fade and go dormant- not so, the hardy chrysanthemum. As summer turns to fall, these short-day loving plants begin to awaken and bloom as the winds begin to sharpen and the frosts start to enclose both buds and branches. What better harbinger of health than the chrysanthemum, symbolic of long life, optimism and mirth in the language of flowers. A pot of mums to plant in the garden or a vase of these bright and cheerful flowers on the bedside are the perfect way to help someone be once again hearty and hale. Continue reading [...]

Hypericum Berries are the Perfect Accent Flower for Any Bouquet

Like a well-placed scarf or just the right shoes, accessories can transform one's clothing into a certain "look." So, too, can just the right accent flower in a bouquet or vase arrangement. With their cosmopolitan distribution and elegant, round fruit, the hypericum berry is the perfect addition to any floral arrangement. Sleek, yet natural looking, a few stems of these green, red or orange berries can add a certain "je ne sais quoi" to a bouquet of roses or a fistful of daisies. Add them to almost any bunch of flowers for a look that's sure to be in style Continue reading [...]

Snapdragons for Someone Who Just Can’t Catch a Break

Some folks in life just seem to draw good fortune and lucky breaks to them like waves on a shore, while others seem to be tossed about in the currents of outrageous fortune, bobbing up to barely catch a breath before being pulled under once again. If you know someone currently getting knocked down by one wave of misfortune after another, snapdragons are the perfect flower to encourage them to get up again, while letting them know that there are people on the shore cheering them onward. Few things in life are as discouraging as a series of unfortunate events, but a well timed gift of flowers from someone who recognizes your struggle and wants the best for you are a lifeboat in a tempest. Continue reading [...]

Forget-me-nots are the flower for National Grandparents Day

Signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, National Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday following Labor Day and is set aside to remember and acknowledge the contribution of senior citizens to our country, community and personal lives. Whether you wish to honor your own nana and paw-paw, or have room in your heart and schedule to adopt a grandparent, the official flower for this holiday is the lovey forget-me-not. Pretty in a pot on the porch or windowsill, the forget-me-not can also be made into a corsage or boutonniere for the day, and are a great way to remind someone whose memory is getting a bit rusty that they are important, they matter, and they are loved. Continue reading [...]

Heal Homesickness with these 3 Potted Plants

The acute pangs we feel in response to a longing for home are so innate in the human psyche that almost every language has a word for feeling homesick. Whether you are the one missing or someone you love is longing to be back there with you, much comfort can be found in a phone call, care package and pretty potted plant that will sit on the windowsill of a new place. Plants make any place feel a bit homier and as they are cared for and grow, they will be a constant reminder that it is possible to thrive in a new place. Here are three potted plants that help heal homesickness. Continue reading [...]

Fabulous Fall Flowers for September

The pastel blossoms of May and the big, showy blooms of June are all lovely and fragrant, but the deep colors and unusual shapes of fall flowers have exactly what is needed to stand out as more than just "pretty" in a bouquet or floral arrangement- character. When the days start getting shorter and the nights a little crisper, the following 3 flowers are at their prime. They may be late bloomers, but all of them are well worth waiting for and, along with warm sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot as you walk, are a part of autumn to look forward to every year. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Labor Day with Lupine

One does not typically associate labor and toil with a day of festivities, but the invention of Labor Day in America was started as just that way back in 1882. Seen as the swan song of summer and the last long weekend for barbeques and bocci ball, celebrate this national holiday with the lupine flower. At its finest as the dog days simmer down into cooler nights and crisper mornings, this native wildflower works hard to look good in a vase next to the roasted corn and sweet iced tea. Continue reading [...]

Welome Back to School with Begonias

A teacher friend once described the month of August as one long Sunday night, with educators, students and parents all mentally preparing for the start of school. While you are busying packing up the pencils and notebooks for the new year, pick up a begonia as a gift for yourself, a teacher or student, as a reminder that there's always time to stop and smell the roses while this busy time of year begins. While the begonia does not have much of a fragrance, certain types are said to symbolize cleverness and popularity. Named for a 17th century governor, Michael Begon, by the famous French botanist, Charles Plumer, the begonia got a bad rap for having a name that sounded like the word "beware" in Latin. In the Victorian language of flowers that was all the rage at the time, the begonia was sent as a message of warning. With hundreds of different species in three different subgroups, it is unfair to associate all of them with caution and imminent danger. In the 21st century it's time to reclaim this large group of lush flowering plants and have them symbolize the upside of wariness, which includes adventure, opportunity, and the wonderful feeling that something big is about to happen. Continue reading [...]

Calla Lilies for a Classy Broad

Chic, charming and always in style, calla lilies are the perfect flower for the classy lady in your life. Be it a birthday, anniversary, thank you or yoo-hoo sort of occasion, these elegant blooms have panache and character that make them stand out from the rest of the bunch. When you just can't seem to think of a good gift, the gift of flowers is always one she'll be sure to use. Continue reading [...]

A Lyrical Bouquet for National Poetry Day

Putting together words to form a poem that moves and inspires is not unlike creating a lovely vase of flowers, with each stem coming together to form an arrangement that delights or comforts. On August 21st, National Poetry Day, why not compose your own floral sonnet with some of the profound flowers below that can speak volumes in the <a href="https://www.therightflowers.com/the-language-of-flower Continue reading [...]

Flowers that Celebrate Flight for National Aviation Day

From the earliest humans that looked to the birds soaring high in the sky down to the frequent flier grumbling their way barefoot through Security, it's hard not to be awed by the miracle of flight. Every August 19th, National Aviation Day is set aside to take a moment to appreciate humankind's journey into the wild blue yonder with events, activities, or perhaps just a look up at the heavens. Established in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the holiday coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, along with his brother, helped begin the field of aviation which has taken us from canvas wings on a bicycle into the outer orbits of our world. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Senior Citizens Day with Carnations

They say growing old is not for whimps and this August 21st is an opportunity to admire those who have accomplished it with flair on National Senior Citizens day. Whether someone you love has reached a ripe, old age or you'd like to brighten the day of a silver hair in your community, consider the comely carnation as the right flower to honor a person getting along in years. Said to represent both admiration, affection and pride in the language of flowers, it is the perfect pick for National Senior Citizens Day. Continue reading [...]

Help Someone Heal from a Long Term Health Condition with Yarrow

In almost every language, the toast given with raised glasses around the table is to "health." The ultimate universal currency, few things are as heartily wished for or as ardently missed as good health. Many people, when struggling with short term illnesses, have a greater appreciation for their vigor and strength once they recover, but most of us- when faced with a chronic or long term condition- will struggle both in body and mind to remain positive and hopeful. While cards and caring words can help convey our love and encouragement, flowers have actually been shown in scientific experiments to help in the recovery process by reducing pain, anxiety and fatigue, as well as blood pressure and stress. Long used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes, yarrow has long been associated with a sense of healing and in the language of flowers sends the message of a return to good health. Continue reading [...]

3 Ways to Say “You’re Beautiful” with Flowers

In the language of flowers, different blooms convey different messages from giver to receiver. To plants, however, flowers mean just one thing- sex. Long before the first flowers unfurled their tantalizing petals, plants had evolved a number of ways to spread their DNA around the planet, such as spores that could be carried on the wind or via water. These methods had drawbacks, the largest of which being the lack of diversity that comes from not being able to cast ones' seed far and wide, yet specifically targeted, amongst a wide variety of potential lovers. Flowering plants did not emerge until the first fluttering pollinators found them as the ideal site for acquiring nectar and pollen and serving as the perfect hang-out for meeting potential mates. In exchange, plants that were rooted to the ground and potentially geographically isolated from others of its species could send a message of love (i.e. pollen rich with their own DNA) via the fuzzy backs and legs of these insects. This allowed their genes to travel across the meadows and fields to an awaiting bloom to receive this genetic gift, fertilize their ovules and develop into a tasty fruit rich with seeds carrying their combined traits to all future generations of this flower. Not much has changed in the last millennia. Flowers still mean, ahem...well- they are still a great way to tell someone that you appreciate their fine-looking DNA. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with a Bouquet for your Bookworm

You know that their light will be on late into the night, just finishing that one chapter...that leads to the next...and the next. Book worms are a rare breed and this August 9th, we get to celebrate them with National Book Lover's Day. Whether they enjoy reading Flowers for Algernon or The Perks of Being A Wallflower, a bouquet full of bookish blooms are a great way to join in the celebration. Consider one of these flowers for your next floral and literary foray. Continue reading [...]

Hibiscus to Celebrate Hawaii’s Statehood

On August 21st 1959, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation that added the final 50th star to the old star-spangled banner when he autographed the admission of Hawaii into official statehood. Each year in August (this year it falls on Friday, August 15th) the day is honored a variety of ways with government offices and many businesses closed around the islands so that people can celebrate. Of all the 50 states, Hawaii has some of the best selection of tropical plants and flowers and whether you live on the islands or are landlocked in the Midwest, there's no better way to acknowledge the day than with the gift of a beautiful hibiscus plant. Turn your own patio into a paradise or add a touch of the tropics to a friend's with this exotic bloom. Continue reading [...]

Restore Trust with White Chrysanthemums

In business, in love, and in life in general, being able to trust someone is the foundation of any relationship. Learning how to trust comes easily for some, but can be a challenge for many- particularly if they have been let down before. What can take years to build can be lost in a moment and the truly worthy recognize the need to restore this sense of trust before any true rebuilding of a damaged relationship can begin. If you've let someone in your life down, be it a client, a colleague or Continue reading [...]

Send a Student off to College with a Colorful Croton Plant

As bags are being unpacked and books bought for the new semester, a splash of color in a drab dorm room or tiny apartment will bring a smile to your favorite college-bound kid's face and brighten up their academic year. The croton is the perfect houseplant for sending a student off to college and will be a welcome reminder of home. Easy to care for with cheerful, multicolored leaves, the croton will thrive in a sunny corner from orientation until finals week. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate a Summer Anniversary with Sunny Cosmos

Whether you said your "I do's" just last summer or so long ago you sometimes lose count, celebrating an anniversary with flowers is easy to do in this season of long, sunny days and you'll have plenty to pick from this time of year. Much like your spouse, it is worth putting a bit of effort into the choice, and a perfect pick for celebrating an anniversary is the bright and lovely cosmos flower. In a fresh bouquet or vase arrangement, cosmos are an excellent option for the person you've chosen to share your life with. These perfectly perky, daisy-like flowers are at their finest this time of year and will brighten up a room the way your partner has brightened up your life. Continue reading [...]

Ferns for a New Client

Before there were flowers or even bees and butterflies to pollinate them, ferns ruled the planet. A primordial plant that carpets the Earth to this day, ferns represent tenacity and abundance while filling a room with a lush sense of vivacity. Through twists and turns of evolutionary adaptations, ferns have feathered the world's biomes for more than a 100 million years and have diverged into more than 12,000 different species that inhabit 6 out of the 7 continents. Unlike lovely bouquets of flowers that bloom brightly and then fade, a potted fern shows a sense of longevity and stoicism without seaming stodgy. Show a new client that you and your company have staying power with the symbolic gift of one of these choice ferns. Continue reading [...]

3 Flowers for a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare had a way with words, but some of us need flowers to woo our women. When the days are long and the nights hang with languid stars in the humid sky, a fresh bouquet of flowers that reflect the moonlight are the perfect way to entrance a lover. Chocolate melts, words may soon be forgotten, but the subtle scent of a summertime bloom will stay in the memory long after the flower fades and dreamer awakens. Choose one of these 3 midsummer flowers for a whimsical night when words alone simply won't do. Continue reading [...]

Crosocmia are Unforgettable Funeral Flowers for a Person You’ll Never Forget

Flowers at a funeral remind us of the transitory nature of life; we all sprout, grow, flower and one day fade. Seeing our own life's cycle repeated in nature is oddly comforting, making flowers an important part of many culture's end-of-life traditions. When faced with the loss of a loved one, many of us are at a loss for what flowers, plants or gifts of comfort to bring to a funeral and often leave this decision up to the florist. However, many find spending a bit of time looking at flowers to find just the right one a part of the healing process. Choosing a bloom that was their favorite, reminds you of them or displays a characteristic that they embodied in life is a lovely gesture and allows you an opportunity to reflect on how this person has made an impact in your own life's cycle. There are many beautiful choices out there, but for a one-of-a-kind person, consider the crocosmia. Continue reading [...]

3 Ways to Welcome Someone Home with Flowers

Bienvenido, willkommen, ahlan wa sahlan, shalom or aloha; words of welcome are some of the sweetest any language has to offer, and even more so if they are welcoming a person back home. If someone you love has been away, the occasion of their return is a joy that will be anticipated and celebrated and there are several great flower choices that will help you communicate just how great it is to see them. The following flowers work well in a bouquet brought to greet them at the airport or in a vase left in the most wonderful place of all- their own front door. Continue reading [...]

DIY Dish Gardens are a Delightful Office Gift

Shopping for coworkers is never easy, but promotions, retirements, new babies and get well soon's happen a lot in a busy office. One of the joys of giving plants or flowers is that there is not an occasion when they won't be received as a thoughtful and appreciated gift. Flowers dazzle and delight for the week or two they remain fresh, but why not pick up something for your colleague that the whole office can enjoy for many years to come with a few houseplants? Green, indoor plants not only add aesthetic value, they are also shown to reduce indoor air pollution by filtering toxins out of the ambient air during the process of photosynthesis. A mixture of several different kinds of houseplants together in a container is called a dish garden, and whether your office is bright and sunny or a little limited on windows, these do it yourself combination of houseplants are easy to put together and sure to please. Continue reading [...]

Roses for Ramadan

Much like the rose, which can be found growing in gardens and on the hillsides of almost every continent, Islam's most holy holiday, Ramadan, is celebrated all around the world this month through fasting, prayers and special events and traditions. Observed on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims from many different parts of the planet look forward to breaking their fast each evening with family and friends and spending time contemplating spiritual matters. The end of this holy month is celebrated on Eid, which is a time of festivities and parties. Flowers, not surprisingly, play a role in Ramadan traditions across the world and are used to honor the graves of loved ones and are a welcomed gift at any iftar (the sunset meal) or Eid celebration. Steeped in history and recognized worldwide for its symbolism and myth is the perfect flower for this high holiday- the rose. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate a Summer Birthday with Sizzling Solidago

Growing up, there were certain trade-offs to having a summer birthday. True, you never got to wear the special birthday hat or bring in cupcakes to class like the kids born in February, but you also had a lot of options as to how to spend the long daylight hours of your special day. When it comes to flowers, folks born in the hot, sunny months of summer also have a lot of options. Long days and warm temperatures make summer the prime season for many locally-grown flowers and a great choice for a fancy birthday bouquet or vase of wildflowers is the bright and sunny solidago flower, more commonly known as goldenrod. Continue reading [...]

Steal the Show Opening Night with Gladiolus

The lights dim, the curtain rises and the show begins. Make sure to be there when it ends with a bouquet of flowers for the star in your life that gave it their all on opening night. While mixed bunches of roses, carnations and lilies are common to give performers at the end of a show, make them feel anything but ordinary with several tall and stately stalks of gladiolus when the curtain comes down. Whether their performance earned them a standing ovation or a few rotten tomatoes, they will know you are proud of them with this show stealing flower. Continue reading [...]

Killer Flowers that are Drop Dead Gorgeous

Beauty comes with a price. In the evolutionary arms race to both attract pollinators to their flowers and repel herbivores from munching on their leaves, many plants have developed an arsenal of chemical weapons. Carefully created compounds inside many plants' leaves, roots, seeds and stems give them a defense mechanism against passing grazers. What many of us don't realize, however, is that some of the loveliest flowers in a bouquet can also be some of the deadliest. While it would take quite a bit of munching on these drop dead gorgeous blooms to actually cause a human much harm, their toxic nature certainly lends a new respect to these frilly florist favorites. Continue reading [...]

Pick the Perfect Flower for Parent’s Day with Peruvian Lily

They say parenting is the hardest job you'll ever love, and this July 27th is the perfect time to say thank you for this sometimes thankless job with the lovely Peruvian Lily. Known by the Latin name Alstroemeria and available in a wide range of colors, a fresh bouquet of bright and cheerful Peruvian lilies to celebrate Parent's Day will remind your Mom and Dad (or anyone else that may have taken on the task of raising you) that they did a damn fine job. Continue reading [...]

Make the French Connection this Bastille Day with 3 Fabulous Flowers

While the well-coiffed Marie Antoinette was telling the starving peasants of France to eat cake if they had no bread, the French populace was reeling from two spendy wars and several years of bad harvests. The lavish lifestyles of both the aristocracy and clergy of the times had led to discontent and a call for reform that landed many protestors and dissenters in prison- the most notorious of which was housed in the medieval Parisian fortress known as the Bastille. Considered the flashpoint of the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille (which only housed 7 prisoners the morning of July 14th, 1789 when it was attacked) is a day to celebrate the rise of nationalism and democracy in France. If you or other Francophiles are looking for an opportunity to break out the champagne and baguettes, be sure to include these perfectly Parisian pairings of flowers to add a little n'est-ce pas to your Bastille Day celebrations. Continue reading [...]

How to Make a Woman Fall in Love in 3 Flowers or Less

Waxing poetic may have worked to win a woman's heart in times of yore, but these days words are a dime a dozen (and a dime doesn't go very far these days either). Showering a lady with words and gifts is more of a red flag than a sign of affection these days, so wooing a fair maiden in the modern age takes a certain finesse and attention to detail. In a time of super-sized everything, these strikingly simple stems are the quickest way to a woman's heart. Continue reading [...]

Make a Woman Feel like a Queen for a Day with Lily of the Nile

Few flowers reflect a sense of sensuousness and luxury quite like the lovely Lily of the Nile. Agapanthus, as it is known in Latin, or sometimes the African Lily in the UK, is a large, lush flower that would make anyone feel like royalty. This is the perfect flower to indulge someone with for a birthday, anniversary or cheering up occasion and will last longer than one would expect for such a large bloom. Wrap a few slender stalks up in ribbon or stand them up in a tall, elegant vase for a woman in your life that's earned a little adoration. Continue reading [...]

5 Best Flowers for a Best Friend’s Birthday

"A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world"- Leo BuscagliaFew things in life are as singularly pleasing as the love and companionship of a true friend. The opportunities to let them know how much you value them come at least once a year on their birthdays when you can let the language of flowers tell them just how much you appreciate having them in your life. The following five flowers are ways to say "thank you for your friendship" in the Victorian language of floriography. Continue reading [...]

Light up the Sky with the Perfect 4th of July Flowers- the Torch Lily

Perhaps the most popularly celebrated of all American holidays, the Fourth of July is a day of BBQ's, fireworks and a whole lot of homegrown pride. Freedom and democracy go well with a side of potato salad and nothing sets a picnic table with more class and style than a vase full of tall Kniphofia, called by the glorious common names- torch lily or red hot poker. Consider a tall, glass jar of these as cut flowers or small potted container to plant in your own garden afterwards as the perfect condiment at your Fourth of July grill out. Continue reading [...]

The Right Retirement Celebration Flowers are Kalanchoe

Whether you sprint to the finish or limp to the end of the line, retirement is a monumental occasion and deserves to be celebrated. While those of us still punching the clock might be jealous, it feels so right to recognize a friend or colleague on this next step of their adventure- but gifts can be a challenge. Most retirees want to start this part of the journey with less stuff, not more, so the usual items seem like one more thing they'll take to the thrift store. Flowers and plants are the perfect choice in situations like these and few have as much to their credit as kalanchoe for the perfect plant to give someone who is retiring. Continue reading [...]

DIY Fairy Gardens with these Fabulous Plants

Add a bit of magic to your house or garden by creating your own miniature landscape for sprites, fairies, nymphs or other otherworldly creatures. Choosing plants that stay small while adding color and texture to a terrarium, container or dish is the key to putting together a garden any fairy would be proud to call home. Great gifts for a child's birthday or retirement party, these do-it-yourself tips will help you get started building your very own fairy garden. Continue reading [...]

5 Flowers for your Farm Dinner Table

With summer at its zenith, now is the time to dine out of doors around a long table set with vintage tablecloths, friends, and farm-fresh flowers. Along with the chipped, mismatched china and greens from your garden, be sure to set the table with a mix of these flowers that are sure to have your farm dinner guests feeling like kinfolk by the end of the night. Continue reading [...]

Select a Stunning Flower for a Summer Anniversary with Stephanotis

Whether it's your first year, fifth one or fiftieth, anniversaries should be celebrated with flowers. Few stems say I'd marry you all over again like the stephanotis. This glossy leaved, heavenly scented, evergreen vine is a common flower found in wedding bouquets for a good reason. Along with lovely, white flowers, this plant carries the meaning of "marital bliss" in the language of flowers and is a great gift for symbolizing another year together. Continue reading [...]

Pick a World Class Flower for your World Cup Party

Whether you call it soccer or football, it's hard not to score big with the football mum at your next World Cup watching party. If you only get the chance to celebrate your favorite teams once every four years, make it special by adding a centerpiece that's worthy of your starting line-up using this unusual type of chrysanthemum. Colorful, large, festive and sturdy, these blooms will look fresh until long after the semi-finals and add cheer to the room whether your team wins or not.Football Continue reading [...]

DIY Guide to Farmers’ Market Bouquets

Nothing says summer quite like a lively bouquet of flowers picked fresh from the farm. Strolling through the stalls and sniffing on blooms brought in just that morning and tied with string is as much of a pleasure as the flowers themselves. Supporting local farmers and bringing a bit of the farm to your table is a great tradition May through October, but now you can put together these bountiful bouquets year round by following the advice below. Continue reading [...]

3 Flowers for Father’s Day

It may be typical for dads to be the ones buying flowers for a special occasion, but this Father's Day, let him experience the joy of receiving them with these 3 fantastic flower choices. He'll be delighted by these outstanding stems and will finally have a chance to see what all the fuss is about. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate a Special Connection with Sweet Peas

That unexpected spark- a special something that leaves you instantly feeling alert and alive and already looking forward to the next time. You never really know who you are going to make that connection with, but when it happens, let them know with sweet peas. This sweetly-scented bloom came into cultivation at the height of the Victorian era, when flowers were messages that carried meaning if words were elusive. In the language of flowers, the sweet pea was the letter sent to thank someone for a lovely time. If your last first date, important client meeting or new neighbor sparked a connection you'd like to commemorate, make sure they get the message with this sensational flower. Continue reading [...]

6 Summertime Flowers that can Handle the Heat

Some summer days can really sizzle, cooking fresh cut flowers to a handful of wilted greens, but with all the lovely stems available when the weather is warm, summer is a great time to buy flowers. Choosing the right stems for when temperatures flare can be a challenge now that flowers can be flown in from around the world no matter what the season. Whether you are looking for the perfect bloom for a June wedding, a July birthday, or an August anniversary, these 6 stems will look fresh and fabulous on even the most sweltering days of summer. Continue reading [...]

Delphiniums for Dad- the perfect flowers for Father’s Day

Mother's Day is an easy one; brunch, manicures, flowers for the garden or a day spent enjoying the spring weather- but Father's Day is always a challenge. While flowers aren't the traditional choice for fathers, few folks can resist the dazzle of delphiniums. As a cut flower in a vase or bought as a strikingly tall plant for the perennial garden, this bold bloom will trump anything bought in a box and wrapped with a bow this Father's Day. Surprise him with flowers, perhaps for the first time, and he won't be disappointed with delphiniums. Continue reading [...]

The One Flower Every Woman Should be Given at Least Once in Life- Gardenia

This is not a practical flower; gardenias are hard to find, last only a short while, and leave a lingering scent so full of longing that she may go her whole life seeking it out once again. You do not bring a woman a gardenia flower to be practical. This is the large, white bloom in the hair of Billie Holiday; the one tied to the delicate wrist at a debutante's ball- the flower pinned in the veil of the most memorable day of a woman's life. This is the flower you give to someone whom you hope will remember you always and will do so every time she catches the faint scent of gardenias blooming on a summer night. Continue reading [...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Buying Lilies

Few flowers leave a stronger lasting impression or create a better focal point than lilies. Large, lush and available in a variety of colors and sizes, these blooms are the stars of hand-held bouquets, vase arrangements and centerpieces no matter what the occasion. Highly prized and heavenly scented, these flower shop stunners add proportion and pizzazz, but are often priced a bit higher than other typical hothouse stems. Here are a few tips for getting your money's worth. Continue reading [...]

3 Ways to Say Thank you With Flowers

Gracias, merci beaucoup, dumo agrigato, danke: there are hundreds of ways to say "thank you", but few have the quite the heartfelt sentiment as a handful of flowers. Whether you are grateful for someone's time, someone's effort or simply their understanding, a wrapped bouquet or vase of blooms are a great way to express gratitude when words just don't seem like enough. Here are three fabulous flowers for saying grazie that are sure to please. Continue reading [...]

Say Hello to Summer and So Long to Friends with Zinnias

Found at the end of the alphabet and the last part of spring as it fades into summer, zinnias are the perfect flower for saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new. This brightly-colored and festive annual flower has a way of welcoming what's to come while wishing a fond farewell to that which has come to pass. Long, green stems topped with the fiery orange, red, yellow or pink petals of this full-figured sunflower relative has a way of marking both time and place and will make a wonderful gift for graduates, teachers, new business owners and prodigal visitors who come and go in your life. Continue reading [...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Picking the Freshest Flowers

Part of the joy of fresh cut flowers is their fleeting nature; knowing they are here to bring beauty and joy for a short time, eventually to fade away with only the pleasant memory and lingering scent of their presence. Without the need for space and utility of other gifts, they delight everyone, match everything and are almost always the perfect thing to say in any situation. Buying fresh flowers is as pleasing to the giver as to the receiver and a few pointers on how to choose the stems that will last the longest and bloom the biggest will take the guesswork out of the process. Just like sniffing oranges and thumping melons, there are many techniques for picking out the perfect blooms. Try a few of these the next time you step into the floral aisle and bring home the freshest bouquet ever. Continue reading [...]

Tulips are the Perfect Flowers for Any Anniversary

Paper, wood, ivory, china: the best gift for an anniversary is one that requires water, a vase, and a sweet card from you. While cut flowers may not last, tell your spouse that your love always will with the lovely and elegant, cream-colored tulip. In the language of flowers, tulips are symbolic of a variety of things. The ivory shade of tulip sends the message "I will love you forever" and will look amazing in a vase made of wood, glass, china or any other material you may have picked up from a past anniversary. Even though they come every year, make this year's anniversary one of beauty and grace with fresh cut tulips from your local florist. Continue reading [...]

Poppies are the Perfect Flower for Honoring Memorial Day

In World War I, soldiers from all over the world came home weary from a war they hoped soon to forget. As veterans, many brought with them the memory of wild poppies growing in the fields where fallen comrades lay; an image that was captured in a famous poem by Lt. Col. John McCrae, "In Flanders Fields." Taken up by the American Legion and recognized all over the world, the image of a poppy pinned to the lapel served to remind us of the service and sacrifice of soldiers everywhere. On the last Continue reading [...]

5 Whimsical Wildflowers for your Wedding Bouquet

Adding a bit of nature to your nuptials is easy with the choice of fresh flowers for your bouquet, ceremony and reception area. While your area florist will have a wide variety of beautiful, tropical flowers imported from all over the world, using more native-looking and natural wildflowers can lend a unique look to your special day. Here are five choices that will give any bouquet a fresh-picked look.Larkspur Native to parts of North America, this frilly flower comes in some of the truest Continue reading [...]

3 Ways to Say Happy Armed Forces Day

Men and women of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guards, National Guards and Reserves serve our country every day; on the third Saturday in May, we have our change to honor them. While these folks in uniform don't expect to be thanked for their commitment to country in times of peace and times of war, flowers are a great way to let them know that you appreciate their dedication to the cause of peace, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Here are three great plants to help you salute the service men and women in your life. Continue reading [...]

A Peace Lily in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

It is said that the price of peace is eternal vigilance. If this is true, then the constant lookout of any community can be found in the tireless efforts of their local peace officers. Sheriffs, deputies, troopers and officers put their lives at risk every day just going to work to help maintain the peace and enforce the justice needed to keep our lives and laws in order. Unfortunately, in America each year, more than 150 peace officers are killed in the line of duty. Honor their memory and the service of their peers by sending a peace lily this year in their honor to the station. Continue reading [...]

Earn Killer Karma with Unexpected Eryngium

One of the coolest flowers you've probably never heard of, Eryngium, known as Sea Holly, is an up and coming cut flower in the floral design world that will make waves in a surprise bouquet bought and brought for no particular reason. The only thing better than receiving flowers when you least expect it is to find a new and interesting one tucked inside. These long-lasting stems have a shape and texture all their own, so along with the unexpected pleasure of fresh flowers, you'll be giving them the excitement of discovering something new. Continue reading [...]

3 First Date Flowers to Help you Score Serious Points

Coming to the door with fresh flowers on a first date might seem like a sit-com cliche, but with so few real life episodes that involve bouquets, a date that starts with flowers is sure to be a night to remember. Rather than just pick up any prearranged mixed bunch from the grocery on the way home, stop into your local florist and pick out one or two stems that make an impact. Whether you are looking for something more traditional or a bloom that is a little on the wild side, you'll be sure to find a good match from the choices below. Continue reading [...]

Cyclamen are the Perfect Flower for Teacher Appreciation Day

It's no mistake that the first week in May is the time set aside to celebrate teachers. With summer vacation right around the corner, it's hard not to appreciate all the time and patience it takes to spend all day long with children and not strangle one. Celebrate a special teacher with cyclamen this year to let them know you recognize and value the work that they do from bell to bell. A potted cyclamen looks great on a desk, but even better on the back porch during their summer vacation. Continue reading [...]

3 Reasons Why Pansies are the Perfect Flower for a Parent’s Birthday

Derived from the French word, pensée, which means "thought," the dainty and colorful blooms of the pansy are a thoughtful gift to bring mom or dad on their birthday. Sometimes called violas, these highly stylized, hybrid flowers have been a lovely addition to the garden since the late 1800's and are immensely popular as a bedding plant tucked into the border or in a pot all by themselves. Whether your parent likes to garden or simply sit and enjoy a nice flower, the happy, nodding faces of pansies turn towards the sun and brighten up any landscape. Pansies make an excellent gift tucked into a pretty new decorative pot on the porch and come with a whole lot of stories to tell. Whether mom or dad is into history, art or politics, celebrate their birthday with a plant that gets them thinking. Continue reading [...]

Make History with Vintage Roses

After literally thousands of years of cultivation, the wild, five-petaled rose found growing on the hillsides of Asia and Europe has been transformed into the botanical behemoth it is today. While progressive breeding and specific selection has given the rose both girth and consistency, many have found that those features have come at a cost to both fragrance and form. Fortunately, roses live longer than most people and many an old bush has been found growing in churchyards and along roadsides. Gardeners and florist have propagated these vintage blooms into a new market, calling them antique roses. Continue reading [...]

Surprisingly Spectacular Celosia is the Perfect Flower to Honor National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day

The timer ticks downs while everyone holds their breath. Shaky hands clutch pliers and a bead of sweat rolls down a forehead, furrowed over a tangle of wires. The red one...no, wait, is it actually the blue?!!! In Hollywood, dismantling a ticking bomb is a frequent plot twist that leaves the audience with sweaty palms and a racing heart, but in the U.S. Armed Forces, there are actually thousands of specialist trained to dispose of explosive devices. Honor their former or current service the first week in May with a flower as action-packed as their typical day at work: celosia. Continue reading [...]

3 DIY Bouquets for Mother’s Day

From macaroni necklaces to hand-lettered cards covered in glitter, mom always liked the presents you made best, so surprise her this Mother's Day with a handmade bouquet you put together yourself using materials readily available from the grocery store floral aisle or your own backyard. These three bouquets can be matched to suit your mom's style and preferences while giving her the pleasure of knowing you made it just for her. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Carnations

While traditionally the colorful flowers used to celebrate this Mexican holiday are made of tissue paper, add a special touch with real carnations this May 5th. The bright red, soft pink, glowing yellow, frilly white and (recently) pretty purple petals of this long-lasting and readily available flower will add fun and flair to any fiesta. Cut short and strung up as a garland or arranged in tall vases of hand-painted pottery, these inexpensive blooms are the perfect flower to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. Continue reading [...]

Thank a Nurse with Sunflowers on National Nurse’s Day

Between the busy schedule and bodily fluids, a nurse's day can be anything but sunny; why not brighten it up a little with a bouquet of sunflowers this May on National Nurse's Day. There are almost 4 million licensed or registered nurses in America and chances are at least one of them has touched your life with their compassion, patience and comfort. Perhaps you know a nurse who works long hours in tough situations, but is always willing to lend a hand to help you out with a medical question or concern. Reward their often thankless work on this day set aside to honor their efforts at healing the sick and comforting those in need with the bright, bold faces of sunflowers. Continue reading [...]

Primrose is the Perfect Plant for National Nurse’s Day

Whether we're at the doctor's office for tests or at the hospital concerned about a loved one, the times we're interacting with nurses are not always our best. Despite this, their presence seems to make everything a little bit better while helping us heal and handle situations that can be scary on our own. With compassion, empathy and a lot of long hours, nurses are the human hands that hold our health and wellness paramount to anything else they might do all day. Putting a beautiful pot of primroses in those hands is the perfect way to express gratitude for all they do on National Nurse's Day this May. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate a Change with Daffodils

Change is inevitable in life and can come upon us gradually or like a storm at sea. Whether it's a welcome change to smoother sailing or a squall that must be weathered, the bright, yellow blooms of the daffodil flower are a great way to mark the changing tides of life. These springtime blooms are rich in symbolism and the perfect flower to help remind anyone switching careers, leaving a relationship, retiring after many years or moving apartments, that changing the course of one's life is the only way to grow. Continue reading [...]

Freesias are the Flowers to Help You Stay Motivated

Setting goals and achieving them can be its own reward, but a little treat from time to time to keep you motivated sure doesn't hurt. Whether you're sticking to a diet, changing a bad habit into a healthy one or checking off your to-do list at an impressive rate, a fresh vase of freesias are a great way to congratulate yourself on a job well done. Low calorie, low maintenance and high impact, these graceful blooms will fill a room with a lovely fragrance that is rivaled only by the sweet smell of success and will be a pleasure to look at when you raise your nose from that grindstone. While the reward of reaching your goal is just on the horizon, treating yourself to these satisfying stems are a great way to mark the milestones of any challenging journey. Continue reading [...]

Perfect Flowers for Passover (in case you forgot to send any)

Even with 8 days to celebrate, it's easy to let Passover pass by without sending flowers to help set the Sedar table, but there is still time this year to pick the perfect centerpiece filled with flowers, plants and foliage typically used to celebrate Pesach. For a holiday that is focused around the table, a long, low arrangement filled with bright blooms, bitter herbs and your heartfelt sentiment is the best way to celebrate a high holiday if you can't make the pilgrimage home. Continue reading [...]

The Best Alternatives to Easter Lilies

Not everyone can handle the pungent perfume of the traditional Easter Lily, but don't swear off springtime flowers for your congregation or annual Easter egg hunt without an opportunity to explore some lovely Easter lily alternatives that many florist have on offer this time of year. While the long, white, pendulous blooms of the Lilium longiflorum may still outnumber any other flowers on hand, they will definitely be outshone by some of these amazing alternatives. Continue reading [...]

Ranunculus are the Right Flowers for a Girl Graduating High School

There are few things more radiant and lovely than youth and the promise it holds, except perhaps, the ranunculus flower. Despite its complicated name (you can call it "Persian Buttercup" in a pinch), this softly-swirled spring bloom is the perfect match for your lovely graduate in the springtime of her life. A bouquet of bright orange, yellow, pink or red ranunculus will look lovely held next to that high school diploma and show up beautifully in photos. Afterwards, she can admire them in a vase on her dresser for days to come as she contemplates what promise and adventure the summer and autumn of life will bring. Continue reading [...]

Cinerarias are the Right Flowers to Send Someone Moving into a Retirement Home

While most of us would prefer the familiar comforts of our own home, there often comes a time that the best move is to move somewhere with a bit more support. Make a new room feel a lot more like home with a lovely pot of cineraria placed in a pretty pot with a welcoming card. Florist's cineraria, identified by the Latin name Pericallis hybrida, make a lovely statement with purple and white daisy-like flowers that are cheerful and bright. Best of all, with a little water, these plants will flower upwards of 4 to 6 weeks, creating a pleasant atmosphere for a month or more. Cineraria are relatives of the sunflower in the Asteraceae family, but have short stems and soft, broad leaves. With purple petals that fade inward to white and a center "eye" of yellow or darker shades, the dainty daisies tend to flower all at once, covering the entire plant with bountiful blooms about 2-3 inches in diameter. The foliage is a bright green that makes for an interesting houseplant. While cineraria are true annuals that will flower only once, their abundance of long-lasting blooms will make the first month in a new place a lot brighter. Continue reading [...]

Thanking a Teacher is Easy with Irises

Few jobs in this world are more challenging or more rewarding than teaching, so why not reward that special teacher in your life with fresh flowers. Whether they've made a lasting impact on the learning of your child or helped you as a student through a tough semester, a vase full of irises is the perfect way to thank a teacher who has gone the extra mile to make your life, and your community, a little bit better. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate Siblings with Snapdragons

The month of April is rich with random, made-up holidays: April Fool's Day, Take-Your-Daughter-to-Work Day, National Juggler's Day, Hair Appreciation Day, Pigs in a Blanket Day (no joke) and now, drumroll please...... National Siblings Day. Few flowers make a finer choice than the sensationally colorful snapdragon for celebrating this somewhat dubious day set aside to honor the folks who share about 75% of your DNA and a whole lot of inside jokes. The colorful petals of these crazy-shaped blooms will brighten the day of your brother or sister and remind them how lucky they are to have you in the family. Continue reading [...]

Flowering Stock are the Best Flowers for a Woman Dreading a Birthday

Let's hope we have reason to celebrate every trip around the sun, but if the approach of a big birthday milestone is heading toward someone you love like an extinction-causing asteroid, send them flowering stock to remind them of the earthly pleasures of growing another year older. These tall, luscious annuals are native to cool, temperate climates and take time to mature and develop into the rich, densely-flowered stems that they are. Unlike the hothouse buds that come and go like a falling star, these delicate but substantial blooms will brighten up a room like a comet across the night sky. Continue reading [...]

Best flowers for a Hawaiian-themed Celebration

If you are lucky enough to live in the land where palm trees sway, then lush, tropical flowers will simply be out your front door, but for the rest of us, there are dendrobium orchids. Whether it's for a graduation, a retirement, a welcome home or simply a party to welcome the coming of summer after a long, cold winter, a Hawaiian Luau just wouldn't be complete with some flowers tucked behind the ears, strung around the neck or scattered in vases around tables. While tropical flowers actually do grow on trees in Hawaii, they can cost a pretty penny in more temperate climates. Temper the cost by choosing the wildly exotic, but extremely affordable dendrobium orchid. Continue reading [...]

Azaleas for Helping to Heal After a Miscarriage

There are occasions in life when one is at a loss for words, worrying if anything they say may add to the hurt rather than the healing; these are the time to send flowers. Azaleas, a symbol of womanhood, convey the message "take care of yourself" in the language of flowers and will speak for you in a time like this when you want to reach out in comfort but aren't sure exactly what to say. Unfortunately, losing a baby before it is born is a heartache that more than one and four women and their partners will experience in a lifetime. A small pot of azaleas will not only let them know you are thinking of them in this time of loss, but in warmer climates, can be planted outside in memorial. Continue reading [...]

The Perfect Plant for Encouraging a College Student During Finals Week

Between writing papers and all-night cramming, your college student might not have time for an encouraging phone call from home during finals but a thoughtful gift of a potted cactus paired with some coupons to a local coffee shop and a heartening note will certainly help get them through hell week. Representing endurance in the language of flowers, cacti come in hundreds of different shapes and sizes and any good florist will have some wild and wacky ones to help put a smile on that tired student's face. Continue reading [...]

Anemones for Administrative Professional’s Day

Secretary, administrative professional, office support staff- whatever their title, this person deserves more than a vase of flowers once a year for putting up with you every day, so make it count with beautiful anemones. These spring-time lovelies are delicate and sweet, but can handle the day-to-day pressure of being a cut flower in a vase full of crazy leaves and will look stunning on that desk, even as it piles up with paperwork. At their prime in April, just in time for Administrative Professional's Day, anemones will light up the office and the faces of your support staff. Continue reading [...]

Geraniums are Best for Getting that Foot out of Your Mouth

All night long you tossed and turned over that asinine thing you said, but you'll sleep easier with a pot of geraniums ready for the next time you see the person your big mouth has offended. According to the language of flowers, these friendly plants convey the message of both friendship and stupidity, reminding both the giver and the receiver that we aren't always at our best, but that we'll certainly try harder in the future. Continue reading [...]

Lilacs are the Perfect Pick for Mom on Mother’s Day

Chances are, the first flowers you ever picked were for your Mom. Show her you've come a long way since those wilted dandelions with a stunning arrangement of lilacs fresh from your florist. Not only is early May Mother's Day, it's also the prime season for these fragrant stems to be in stock in your florist's cooler or, perhaps, your own backyard. Their sweet scent fills a room like your laughter once did and will remind her that, even though you're all grown up, you still like picking her posies. Continue reading [...]

Best Flowers for Getting Over a Breakup

Into each life, a little heartbreak must fall, so when it does, be ready with a vase of Proteas. Sometimes called Sugarbushes, these amazing tropical stems come in a wide variety of colors and shapes and are one of the most unique flowers on Earth. The tall blooms are wild and exotic looking and come in a wide range of colors, sizes and textures. Their diversity will remind you that, while there are many more fish in the sea, there's just one of you- and she deserves flowers. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for a New Home

Between the boxes and heavy lifting, the joy of moving into a new home can sometimes be overwhelming, but a lush and lovely potted heather plant sitting on the counter will be a welcome new homeowners won't soon forget. This small, soft-textured shrub represents wishes that have come true and protection in the language of flowers, which for many people is exactly the feeling they get stepping over the threshold of a house that now belongs to them. While the list of things to unpack and organize might stress the new homeowners out, the thoughtful gift of a heather plant will make them even more happy to have just moved in. Continue reading [...]

Best Flowers to Send a Man to Celebrate a Promotion

Congratulating a man on his promotion may call for some slaps on the back and brews after work, but the best way to welcome him to that corner office on the first day is a vase full of anthuriums. These tall, tropical flowers, sometimes called Flamingo Lilies, have a certain stateliness to them and a rather masculine appearance that makes them appropriate for tough guys and softies alike. While the bright red variety gives off a sense of power, the meaning of this bloom in the language of flowers symbolizes hospitality. A vase or potted container full of anthuriums sends the message that he's the guy in charge, but the door is always open. Continue reading [...]

The Perfect Flowers for Congratulating a Woman Graduating College

College graduation is a victorious occasion for a young woman, so celebrate the day with flowers that represent strength of character and victory...gladiolus. Sometimes referred to as "Glads" or Sword Flower for their long, tapered shape, the Latin name Gladiolus spp. comes from the word for the short swords Roman gladiators carried into battle. Unlike many other dainty flower choices available in bouquets, these magnificent blooms are tall and proud and will remind your grad to always stand with her head up and eyes forward. Upright, long-blooming, and delicate at the same time, gladiolus are the perfect statement for a young woman who has accomplished her educational goals and is ready for the challenges that lie ahead. Continue reading [...]

The Language of Flowers: a Brief History

The Language of Flowers, known as floriography, has a history much like any language with influences from its diverse background of speakers. The ability to convey messages through the scent, sight and gift of flowers has a tradition that has risen and fallen with empires and traveled from old world to new, picking up new meanings and losing some in translation along the way. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers to Celebrate an Engagement

Picking the right person to spend the rest of your life with is a big decision, but picking the perfect flowers to celebrate an engagement is easy- lisianthus! Sometimes known as tulip gentian, prairie gentian or bluebell, the less-common, but uncommonly beautiful lisianthus is the perfect bloom to send a bride-to-be or couple who has just announced their engagement. Graceful stems, delicate leaves and large, luscious flowers make this native wildflower at home in an elegant vase and are the perfect plant for celebrating this important transition in a person's life. Continue reading [...]

The Best Flowers for a Boy Graduating from College

Graduation day marks the beginning of a young man's life where he breaks from the flock and sets off on his own unique adventures, so choosing the right flowers for a boy graduating from college can sometimes prove quite the test. There is no better way to celebrate his migration from college to the real world than with the exotic Bird of Paradise flower (known by the Latin name, Strelitzia reginae). This tropical knock-out stands out from other typical flowers and will let him know that you value Continue reading [...]

Best Flowers for Prom that are Sure to Leave a Lasting Impression

High school prom is a rite of passage for American youth and for many teenagers represents the first time they buy or receive flowers from their paramour, so finding the best flowers for prom is an important decision. While the traditional rose or orchid corsage is sure to please, why not make the first time special with a unique prom corsage that will leave a lasting impression.Traditionally, corsages have their origin in France, where the name comes from the bodice of a woman's dress. Small Continue reading [...]

Best Bouquets for Bearing Bad News

There’s never a good time to receive bad news, but a bouquet of Gerber daisies can certainly soften the blow. While colorful flowers can’t change the story, the message will be brighter when followed with a vase of these sunny blooms. When faced with sad tidings or disappointing diagnoses, it’s important to self-medicate with healthy options like flowers, and sometimes, a casserole just isn’t enough to let someone know your thoughts are with them.Native to South Africa, these tender Continue reading [...]

The Perfect Plant for Boys Graduating High School

Flowers may not seem like the perfect gift for guys on graduation day, but hand him a bowl full of succulents and watch him get giddy as a school boy. No one can resist the weird shapes and colors of these drought-tolerant cactus cousins, many of whom have adapted over thousands of years to harsh, desert-like conditions and can go long periods of time without water. What better way to send him off into the world, and into his first apartment, than with a pot full of plants that are virtually indestructible.Succulents Continue reading [...]

Pick the Perfect Flowers for a New Mom

Peonies are the perfect way to celebrate a mother's first tender days with a new baby and help soothe them both during those challenging first nights.  Just a few stems of these large, sweet-scented blooms fill a room with softness and light that are sure to put a smile on her face, no matter what the hour. Harbingers of summer, these late-spring bloomers are at their prime in April-June and come in a variety of colors from white to deep magenta.  Native to Asia, these lovely blooms begin as perfectly Continue reading [...]

Father’s Day Flowers – Deliver a Message of Love and Appreciation

We've written previously about the best flowers to give to a man , and here we are with perhaps the most appropriate occasion coming up. Father's Day is, in the United States and many (but not all) countries around the world, June 20th this year; a day for us to honor and celebrate the male parents in our families. What are the best flowers for Father's Day, and what's the best way to have Father's Day flowers delivered if you live out of state? Continue reading [...]

Memorial Day Flowers to Honor our Fallen

Memorial Day, May 31st this year (2010), is the time for the U.S. to commemorate servicemen and women who died while serving in one of branches of the military. This Memorial Day, honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country with flowers of gratitude, showing your appreciation with patriotic bouquets of red, white and blue flowers. Continue reading [...]

Choose the Best Graduation Flowers to Acknowledge Hard Work and Happiness

Graduation is an important life event. Your graduate could be graduating from high-school, college, or even graduate school, and you want to acknowledge this important transition. Flowers are always appropriate, but what are the right flowers for graduation? Continue reading [...]

What are the Best Mother’s Day Flowers?

Sending flowers for Mother's Day in an arrangement or bouquet is always a popular choice, and the 23,000 florists in the United States report the run up to this day to be among their busiest of the year, with Mother's Day flowers delivery keeping them on their toes. But what are the best flowers for Mothers Day? Read on, and discover the best place to order flowers online for Mothers Day. Continue reading [...]

Mother’s Day Flowers – Roses Send Mom a Message of Love and Appreciation

What are the right Mothers Day Flowers? The best flowers for Mothers Day are those that show how much you love and appreciate her. But what Mothers Day flower bouquet do you send the mothers in your life? Roses for Mother's Day (May 9th this year) symbolize love and beauty. Send the right color roses, and be sure to send the right message. Continue reading [...]

The Zinnia; Zesty and Elegant Flowers in Profusion

Zinnia flowers are members of the Asteraceae family, also known as aster, daisy or sunflower family, known for their single long-stemmed flowers that come in a wide variety of bright and cheerful colors, and occasionally bi-colored. The message sent by the zinnia flower varies with the color, and in general signifies fond remembrance of absent friends. Continue reading [...]

Be Sure to Send the Right Flowers This Secretary’s Day

Secretary's Day, or Administrative Professionals Day, falls in 2010 on Wednesday April 21. Recognizing the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and receptionists is something you probably do every work day, with a thank you and a smile of genuine appreciation. Administrative Professional's Day is a wonderful opportunity, although an unofficial holiday, to acknowledge all the unsung administrative support professionals who do their best to ensure your work day is safe, smooth and productive. But what are the best flowers for Secretary's Day? Continue reading [...]

What’s the Cheapest Way to Send Flowers?

We are often asked what is the cheapest way to send flowers, or which is the cheapest online florist. The good news is that there are many ways to send flowers cheaply; you don't need to spend a lot of money to order cheap bouquets and have a cheap flower delivery of beautiful freshly-cut flowers. Continue reading [...]

Delightful Daisies: Many Kinds Mean Many Meanings

There are two types of daisy flowers, the Common or Lawn Daisy (the one you'll find populating lawns throughout much of Europe and the Americas), and the other members of the aster family that include chrysanthemums, dahlias, zinnias, gerbera daisies and calendula. So many types of daisies, so many flower meanings. Continue reading [...]

Sakura, or Flowering Cherry Trees: Japanese Treasures

Many in Japan consider the national flower of Japan to be the "sakura", or the flowering cherry tree. These glorious blooms are enjoyed by all as a sign that spring is here. Outdoor parties are arranged every cherry blossom season, to view and smell the blossom, consider the transient nature of life, and have fun while eating food and enjoying good company. In Japan today, cherry blossoms symbolize innocence, simplicity, and spring time. Continue reading [...]

National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC

In Japan, cherry trees, called "sakura," and cherry blossom flowers themselves are held in high regard. Parties are arranged every cherry blossom season, to view the blossom, consider the transient nature of life, and have fun while eating food and enjoying good company. In Japan today, cherry blossoms symbolize innocence, simplicity, and spring time. Continue reading [...]

Asters For Love, Patience and Devotion

Asters are ancient wild flowers, stretching back 4000 years, and with many alternative, common names. Michaelmas daisies (they bloom around the time of Michaelmas, September 29th), starwort, and Frost flowers. Asters usually have small to medium-sized flower heads, with some as much as a foot across. They're similar in shape to a daisy, or the star after which they're named, and available in a wide range of colors. And their meaning? Read on to find out. Continue reading [...]

Choosing Get Well Soon Flowers; Sunny and Serene

Our previous article gave advice on choosing get well soon flowers that are bright and bold, to cheer and enervate. In this article we'll talk about sending serene and calming flowers to say get well soon. There's no doubt that flowers make people happier, and happier people recover from sickness or surgery faster and with fewer complicating issues. So what are the best get well soon flowers, sunny yet subtle? Continue reading [...]