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Geraniums: Two Floral Families with Striking Flowers

Pelargonium is a broad family that encompasses many cheerful flowers. Whether you choose bedding geraniums or hardy cranesbill, these plants are a lovely gift for a spring birthday, graduation, or Mother's Day. From annuals to perennials to succulents, there's a member of the geranium family sure to please everyone. Continue reading [...]

Accent Your Flowers With Unexpected Embellishments

Some of the most interesting floral arrangements contain more than just flowers. They may be accented with non-floral items to add color, texture, and height to the bouquet. Continue reading [...]

Friend Feeling Blue? The Right Flowers Will Send a Caring Message

If a friend or a loved one is going through a tough time, flowers may be the perfect way to express your caring and support. Let them know that you're thinking of them and wishing them well with a thoughtful floral arrangement. Continue reading [...]

Create a Harvest Vase from a Pumpkin, Apple, or Gourd

A fun way to celebrate autumn is by crafting floral arrangements that use seasonal fruits as a natural vase. We can use the abundance of apples, pumpkins, and gourds to create festive containers for cheerful bouquets. Continue reading [...]

Use Floral Photographs to Create Unique Gifts

You can easily create custom items using your own photos of beloved flowers and plants. These photo creations allow you to give a gift that will stay beautiful long after a fresh flower would have faded. Continue reading [...]

Pressed Flower Jewelry Makes Treasured Blooms Last for Years

By preserving blooms, you can create a piece of jewelry that keeps meaningful flowers looking beautiful for years to come. Continue reading [...]

With a Little Imagination, Almost Anything Can Be a Vase

You've found the right flowers to give for a special occasion. But have you found the right vase? A vase not only holds and complements the flowers, but it is also a gift in itself long after the flowers are gone. Continue reading [...]

Loving those Leaves: Plants with Showstopping Foliage

When picturing plants in our minds, we often envision colorful flowers. But there are many plant species whose leaves are the star of the show. Continue reading [...]

Easy-care Houseplants Send Well Wishes for Years

Low-maintenance houseplants are thoughtful gifts that don't require too much care. Whether you choose a flowering plant, a plant with a legend attached, or one that helps to heal, your gift recipient will appreciate your well wishes for years to come. Continue reading [...]

Prickly Cacti Make Perfect Presents

With over 1500 varieties, cacti are distinctive members of the succulent family. This diverse, yet easily identifiable, group of plants has become nearly synonymous with southwestern culture throughout the Americas. Continue reading [...]

The Magnolia’s Long History of Symbolizing Grace and Beauty

The stately magnolia has been admired as a symbol of beauty and nobility for countless centuries. In fact, fossils indicate that the magnolia tree and its blooms have remained nearly unchanged for the last 100 million years! Continue reading [...]

Ranunculus Flowers are Whisper-Thin Gems in Your Garden

Ranunculus flowers are known for their brilliant colors and layers of paper-thin petals. They belong to the botanical family of the same name, which encompasses more then five hundred species. Continue reading [...]

Delphinium and Larkspur Send a Message of Heroism

The statuesque delphinium is easily recognizable for its tall spike of five-petaled flowers. One of the birth flowers for July, these flowers are named for the Latin word for dolphin and their history goes back several thousand years. Continue reading [...]

The Many Meanings of Dahlias

As a cut flower or in the garden, the bold dahlia always makes a statement. The dahlia family boasts thousands of hybrids, making it possible to find the perfect flower for someone special. Continue reading [...]

Graceful Orchids are Perfect for Gift-Giving

Orchids have been highly prized since the time of the ancient Romans. Aside from the beauty of the flowers, orchids have several practical uses as well. There are medicinal and culinary applications that have long-standing traditions across the world. Continue reading [...]

The Stately Gladiolus Represents Integrity and Passion

The gladiolus flower is best known for its tall spikes of ruffled blooms. These stems can reach two to four feet in length with blossoms blooming in succession from the bottom up. Gladioli are a member of the Iris family and originated in Africa and the Mediterranean several thousand years ago. Continue reading [...]

Use Orange Flower Water to Create a Sweet Gift

Orange blossom water has diverse uses in cosmetic, culinary and aromatherapy applications. Orange flower water has been popular in Middle Eastern culture for centuries and has been highly valued by the French since the time of Marie Antoinette. Continue reading [...]

Hibiscus is a Bold Statement of Beauty

Hibiscus are a family of five-petaled flowering plants often associated with exotic tropical locales. The hibiscus flower is considered to be quite feminine, as the petals are often ruffled and come in warm shades of reds, pinks, and lavenders. Continue reading [...]
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Floral Perfume is a Bouquet You Can Carry with You

If you know someone special who loves flowers, consider giving them the gift of a floral perfume. With a floral perfume, they can carry their favorite flower's fragrance with them throughout the day. Continue reading [...]

Alstroemeria is the Right Flower for a Dear Friend

Popular in cut floral arrangements, alstroemeria are small lily-like flowers that are native to South America. They are one of the most common cut flowers in Europe with an increasing following in the United States. Continue reading [...]

Bring on the Dancing Girls: Impatiens Bequaertii

Among the world’s rarest and most enchanting flowers, Impatiens bequaertii is part of the impatiens family but has no acknowledged species name. Most notable for their petals resembling little dancing ladies in skirts, they are commonly referred to as dancing girls. Continue reading [...]

Night Blooming Cereus—Here and Gone in a Flash!

Whether you call it night blooming cereus, Epiphyllum oxpetalum or Queen of the Night, this unusual flower is a knockout while it lasts. Native to Arizona and the Sonara desert, night blooming cereus is a member of the orchid cactus family. Continue reading [...]

The Flower Named after Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex: Clematis Meghan

Being in the royal spotlight comes with many challenges, but clearly has its sweet spots. Clematis Meghan, named after the Duchess of Sussex, is making its debut at the famed Chelsea Garden Show May 21-25, 2019. Continue reading [...]
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The AeroGarden is the Right Gift for Growing Flowers Indoors

Many people love growing flowers but have little or no green space in which to plant them. Others live in an area where their garden is dormant throughout the winter. An ideal gift for both of these gardeners is the AeroGarden and its companion seed kits. Continue reading [...]
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The Right Perennial Blooms to Give for Mother’s Day

As Mother's Day approaches, many of us are looking for flowering gifts for loved ones. But many moms say they feel bad when the flowers fade after a few brief days of blooming. Consider giving them a perennial flowering plant instead of cut flowers. Continue reading [...]

A History of Flowers as Gifts

There is a long tradition of giving flowers as gifts throughout history. People across the world have been using flowers to express their sentiments for thousands of years. In ancient Greece, Rome and China, flowers were believed to be divinely inspired and were laden with meaning when given as a gift. Continue reading [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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=" 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Best Flowers for a Best Friend’s Birthday

"A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world"- Leo Buscaglia Few 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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The Right Non-Traditional Flowers for Christmas and the Holidays

The Christmas and holiday season abound with color red, but not everyone likes the traditional Christmas color scheme. It is easy to be festive without sticking to the old red standby! Here are a few of our favorite options! Continue reading [...]
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The Right Flowers For a Holiday Christmas Party

Christmas parties can be so much fun to plan, and attend, but when you have your hands full cleaning your house, hanging decorations and cooking appetizers, table settings can be a small detail that feels like a big headache. All you really need is a beautiful flower bouquet to provide an elegant and pulled-together table that will dazzle your guests. Here are some of our favorite Christmas holiday flower arrangements! Continue reading [...]

The Right November Birth Flower, Chrysanthemums

The right November flowers can be flowers in the color of the November birthstone, or you can opt for giving the actual dedicated November birth month flower: the chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemums are perennial flowers in the Asteraceae family, which are native to northeastern Europe and Asia. Continue reading [...]

The Right November Fall Birthday Flowers

The right November birthday flowers are a fun and beautiful way to honor the special day of that November baby! November flowers and plants bring some of the most gorgeous colors that the earth has to offer - bright oranges, muted peaches, vibrant reds, deep burgundies, harvest yellows, and pretty plums. Here are some of our favorite November birthday flowers! Continue reading [...]

The Right Same Day Flowers

Needing same day flowers happens to all of us. We suddenly remember that it is a dear friend's birthday, Father's Day, or, God forbid, your anniversary! Fear not, a same day flower bouquet does not mean that you will have to pick through a sad collection of limp gas station flowers. There are many beautiful options for same day flowers through reputable flower companies, and often for a minimal extra fee as low as $1.99. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Remembering September 11th

September 11th remains a heart-wrenching time in our history, especially for those who were directly involved. From survivors, to loved ones of those who died from the attacks, to the search and rescue personnel, it is a day that will always be in our heads, and those involved will always be in our hearts. Flowers can be a wonderful sentiment to offer remembrance to all whose lives were affected by this tragic day. Continue reading [...]

The Right Summer Flowers: Mokara and Dendrobium Orchids

The great thing about summer flowers is that, because they are in season, you can often snag them up for a bargain! One fantastic bargain to grab are orchids, specifically, mokara and dendrobium orchids. Unlike their planted counterparts, mokara and dendrobium orchids are spectacular for a perfect summertime bouquet. Continue reading [...]

All About Lavender

Lavender is a plant that has numerous uses, from beauty to culinary, and for that lavender is a widely used and hugely popular plant. A member of the mint family, lavender is found all over the world, including parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean. Lavender are the right flowers to give someone who is stressed, or sick. Continue reading [...]

The Beautiful Iris Flower

The Iris flower has long been appreciated for its exotic and delicate bloom. So beautiful that it has graced several pieces of Vincent Van Gogh's artwork, the Iris is named after the Greek goddess for the Messenger of Love. The word "iris" means rainbow, and while it is best know for the lovely shades of blue and purple in which it comes, it is also available in white, peach, yellow, pink, red, brown, and many other colors of the rainbow. The varied colors of the iris mean different sentiments: yellow means passion, white means purity, blue means hope, and purple means wisdom. Continue reading [...]

The Right Romantic Flowers

When deciding upon romantic flowers for your loved one it can be easy to fall back on red roses. Sometimes, though, red roses can get old, especially if you've given them to that special someone before. Romantic flowers come in a variety of sizes, types and colors and the true art of choosing a romantic flower arrangement comes with how the flowers are arranged. Romance in flowers can be found in flower petals that are delicate, like tissue paper, accentuation with whimsical spray flowers, and the incorporation of beautiful colors. Continue reading [...]

Beautiful Flowers To Cheer Someone Up

When choosing beautiful flowers to cheer someone up, the natural inclination is to get yellow flowers, but actually, yellow is not necessarily the best color for cheering up someone who is down. In fact, studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a room that is painted yellow. Yellow can be a very bright color for the eye to process, causing people to become aggravated, so it is best to pair it with other colors, or omit it all together. Studies show that the best colors for cheering up that loved one are the colors orange, green or blue. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flower Arrangements for a Housewarming Gift

A new house is an exciting time in anyone’s life, and a housewarming arrangement is a great way to say “congratulations.” Giving that special someone such a housewarming gift is a great way to celebrate their new home and let them know that you care. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Everyone and Anyone

You may know the perfect flower for your child, your spouse and your best friend, but picking out flowers for someone you don’t know well can be tough. The right flowers for one person may not be the right flowers for everyone. What happens when you want to send a flower bouquet to someone you don’t know very well? Perhaps a congratulatory flower bouquet or a sympathy flower bouquet is needed for someone you know, but don’t know well enough to know their taste. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flower Bouquets for Decorating in a Pinch

When you think of flower bouquets, you often think of buying them for events and loved ones: birthday flower bouquets, congratulatory flower bouquets, sympathy flower bouquets and “get well” flower bouquets. But flower bouquets can actually be a way to save you time when planning a party or gathering! Simply order one or two bouquets of flowers, and set to work making them do the decorating for you. Continue reading [...]

Eucalyptus in Flower Bouquets

Eucalyptus is a favored addition to bouquets because they are beautiful and wonderfully fragrant. They are used in a variety of decor, and are prized by brides who are having rustic weddings, as the eucalyptus' shade of green offers a gorgeous vintage feel, and the scent has aroma therapeutic properties. The scent of eucalyptus is used for many purposes in aromatherapy, such as in saunas and hospital rooms for its antiseptic properties, and it is great for personal use to perk you up if you are tired. Continue reading [...]

Elegant New Baby and Baby Shower Flowers

A new baby is such an exciting time in the lives of their parents and flowers are a lovely way to express your excitement for them. Whether you are attending a baby shower or sending flowers to the new parents, choosing just the right flowers lets the parents know that you are celebrating right along with them. While there are many flowers out there that are baby-specific, such as flowers in teddy bear vases, or with little baby feet painted on the vase, there are also great options for the elegant and sophisticated parents who appreciate style. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Brunch

Brunch has grown in popularity throughout the years and now people are looking for just about any excuse to plan a fun brunch! Brides have opted for brunch bridal showers, and brunch birthday parties are growing in popularity as a fun way to honor someone’s special day. Part of the fun of a good brunch is the beautiful and cheerful bouquet that tends to accompany a brunch. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers to Give Someone After a Performance

Beautiful flower bouquets are a classic way to honor someone after they’ve given a theatrical performance. Whether the intended recipient is dancing, singing or playing a musical instrument, a flower bouquet is a great way to say, “Job well done!” While there are flowers that are considered traditional for giving someone after a performance, there is no hard rule, and the sky is the limit. Any arrangement of beautiful flowers will be appreciated as a loving gesture. Here are a few of our favorites! Continue reading [...]

The Right Red White and Blue 4th of July Independence Day Themed Flowers

If you are looking to give red, white and blue Independence Day themed flowers, we have some great options for you! Whether you are bringing them to an Independence Day celebration, or simply sending them to someone special who loves their country, there are some beautiful options that are just brimming with American pride! Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers to Give a Woman on Independence Day (the 4th of July)!

Although colors like pink and purple are typically considered feminine colors, don’t despair, there are still some beautiful flowers you can get the special lady in your life for Independence Day! With the right shades of red, white and blue, and the right types of flowers, you can get some beautiful, feminine flowers. Here are a few of our favorites! Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Independence Day: Great 4th of July Flowers

Independence day is quickly approaching and there are plenty of reasons to give flowers! Whether you want to honor someone who has fought for this country, or just know someone who loves to celebrate with style, flowers for Independence Day are fun and festive! Here are a few of our favorite patriotic arrangements! Continue reading [...]

Vera Wang Mixed Flower Bouquets

Yesterday we brought you some of our favorite single flower-type and monochromatic arrangements and hand-held bouquets from acclaimed wedding dress designer, Vera Wang. Vera Wang teamed with FTD to develop a stunning collection of floral arrangements with the elegant touch for which Vera is famous. Today we are going to highlight a few of our favorite mixed flower and color bouquets in the Vera Wang FTD flower collection! Continue reading [...]

Birthday Flowers for Cheap

Just because you’re low on cash doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the birthday of your loved one, there are some great options to get birthday flowers for cheap! With the economy being in a tough spot these days, many are looking for ways to honor the special people in their lives without breaking the bank, and the floral community has answered the demand! We’ve compiled some of our favorite birthday flowers for cheap; all under $35! Continue reading [...]

The Best New Birth Flowers

The birth of a baby is an exciting event for new parents and new birth flowers are a perfect way to say congratulations to the happy parents. Flowers are especially a great way to brighten a hospital room and can make hospital stays a bit more cheerful. There are tons of great floral arrangements out there that are specifically geared for the birth of a new baby and we have assembled a few of our favorite. Whether you are able to bring them to the hospital personally, or have to have them sent from afar, new birth flowers are an excellent way to let the couple know that you are thinking of them at this happy new beginning in their lives. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flower for Nurse’s Week

Whether you work in a hospital or have a special someone in your life who is a nurse, Nurse’s Week is a great time to let them know how much you appreciate all that they do in helping others. While it may be tempting to go down to the hospital gift shop, take an extra step to let that special nurse know that you are thinking of her. Continue reading [...]

The Stock Flower; a New Look at Gilliflowers

Stock flowers are an elegant, unassuming flower that often gets overlooked in bouquets for more popular flowers such as roses, daisies and lilies. Stock flowers, also called gilliflower, gillyflower and matthiola, are a lush and fragrant flower, with generous blooms and a variety of color options. Native to the mediterranean, they come in pink, red, white, purple, lilac, yellow, peach and ivory. Their lovely scent is similar to the sweet and airy fragrance of carnations, and they symbolize happiness and contentment. Continue reading [...]

The Right Faux Flowers

Faux flowers often get a bad rap, but that is because when people think of fake flowers, they picture the hideous plastic flowers that adorned an elderly relative's home when they were kids. Dollar store fake flowers are a perfect example of the unattractive faux floral arrangements that we picture when we think of them. The truth is that there are a lot of high-end faux floral arrangements that are delicately crafted to look like the real thing. Faux floral arrangements are a great way to beautify a space without having to constantly replace real bouquets when they die. Continue reading [...]

The Right Luxury Roses for Your Occasion

Looking for luxury roses for your loved one? Roses are one of the most popular flowers that are given to the special someone in your life, and while many people aim to find the best price available for their expression of love, certain occasions in life call for nothing but the best. Whether you are proposing, expressing sincere apologies or simply want to tell that cherished loved one just how much you love them, expensive luxury roses can be worth the money! Continue reading [...]

Flowers on a Budget

Flowers are a classic way of expressing any emotion: happiness, love, sympathy or appreciation. But in today’s economy, many are finding that flowers are a luxury that they can seldom afford. Just because your budget is on a diet doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to sending flowers to those you love. There are several tips and tricks to finding flowers for under $30 that are still gorgeous, fresh and convey whatever it is you need from them. Continue reading [...]

Flowers by Color – Orange Wedding Flowers

When looking for the right flowers for an orange-themed wedding, it can seem a daunting task for those who are new to the flower world. With so many white, pink and lavender flowers being featured, it can seem an impossible task to find some of the less-traditional colors. Here is a roundup of our favorite orange and peachy-colored blooms! Continue reading [...]

Flowers by Color – White Wedding Flowers

With wedding season quickly arriving, brides are in the full swing of things, planning their dream nuptials. Because most wedding flowers are picked to match the wedding colors, it is great to know some of the hot flowers by color. White flowers are popular because they can be incorporated into just about any color scheme, and is the most classic wedding color. Continue reading [...]

Edible Flowers for Cakes and Desserts

With Easter and Mother’s Day soon gracing us, pretty pastel pastries and desserts will be reflecting the changing season. Edible flowers are a great way to easily transform a plain looking cake or cupcake into something elegant. Not all flowers are edible and proper care should be taken to purchase flowers that are specifically labeled as such. Continue reading [...]

7 Tips for Buying Quality Flowers

Are you looking for an exquisite bouquet of flowers for someone special, but not sure where to start? Have you decided to finally try your hand at flower arranging, but unsure how to purchase flowers like a pro? Here are 7 easy steps to help you ensure that you are buying the healthiest, highest quality flowers that you can find. Continue reading [...]

Unique Wedding and Bridal Bouquets

Wedding season is quickly coming and many brides and grooms are looking to add a unique flair to their weddings. Gone are the days of bridesmaids who match from head-to-toe, red rose petal decor and prom-style picture poses. Young couples want their weddings to reflect their own personal style and ensure that those wedding pictures capture both the wedding, and the essence of who the couple is. Continue reading [...]

Aisle Wedding Flowers on a Budget

Just when you think you have your flower budget all figured out, you remember you need flowers for the aisles! Flowers in a wedding can add up very quickly, and looking at the costs of flowers for the aisles can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you decorate your wedding aisle without depleting your bank account! Continue reading [...]

Unique Boutonnieres

Boutonnieres have made a bit of a comeback in the wedding world as more brides in this economy are embracing the “DIY wedding” mentality. Weddings are becoming more personal and unique than ever, and boutonnieres are not excluded in this. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and celebrations will be taking place nationwide. Do you have a loved one who is proud of their Irish heritage, or simply loves the holiday? There are several options for bringing a little greenery to their day, and letting them know that you are thinking about them! Continue reading [...]

The Right Pet Sympathy Flowers

Pet sympathy flowers are an excellent gesture for someone who has just lost a pet. These days, many families consider their pets to be another member of the family. Because of this, the loss of a pet can be just as devastating to some as losing a human family member. Often, people who lose a pet feel a unique sense of powerlessness if they were dealing with a terminally ill pet with whom they were not able to verbally communicate. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Your Leap Year Wedding Proposal

The leap day of the leap year, February 29th, 2012, is quickly coming upon us and many will follow the tradition of women proposing to their men on this day. Like many proposals, yours may contain flowers for your male intended, but what are the right flowers to get for proposing to your boyfriend on leap day? Let us give you a few ideas! Continue reading [...]

What Kind of Flowers to Send when a Child Dies

When the unthinkable occurs to a friend or loved one, it can be difficult to know how to best express your sympathy. The death of children is especially difficult to deal with for all involved. When a parent loses a child, whether young or adult, it can be tough to know what flowers to choose, especially if dealing with the shock of an unexpected death. Here is our simple guide on the right flowers to send in sympathy of the death of a child, by age Continue reading [...]

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Did February fly by before you knew it? Suddenly it is the day before (or the day of - eek!) Valentine's Day and you have nary a token of love for your beloved. Luckily, we have a few tips and tricks to help you out of this little pickle. 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Send the Right Flowers for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is a special day to recognize and celebrate the women in our lives who are mothers; our mothers and our grand-mothers; our mothers-in-law; our wives, our daughters and our sisters. But what are the right Mother's Day flowers? If you want to send a pure and perfect bouquet or floral arrangement to show how much you love and appreciate your mom, what do you send? What knock-out Mothers Day flowers show your gratitude and adoration? Continue reading [...]
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Choose the Right Flowers for St. Patrick’s Day

If you're getting ready to celebrate the day "fer the wearin' o' the green", and you'd like to pick the right St. Patricks's Day flower arrangement, read on. It's not all about green beer, boiled beef and cabbages, you know. This article will help you choose the right flowers for St. Patrick's Day, following the themes of Ireland and the color green. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate the Women in your Life on International Women’s Day (March 8th)

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day for us all to acknowledge and celebrate the women, young and old, in our lives. This year, 2010, is the 99th year that International Women's Day has been marked, celebrating the achievements of women, in all areas of life, political, social and economic. In several countries, the flower given is the yellow mimosa. Continue reading [...]

Easter Flowers

Easter flowers celebrate new life, rebirth and hope. Full of religious symbols, Easter flowers (including the Easter lily) warm the hearts of all, not just those who follow the Christian faith. This article discusses the right flowers for Easter, including Easter flower meanings, so you can be sure to send the right message at this important celebration. Continue reading [...]

Why Do We Send Flowers on Valentine’s Day

Why do we send Valentine flowers? For how long has a Valentine bouquet been an accepted - some may say expected - way to declare the love we have for the special person in our lives? Do Valentine flower displays mean something? Read on to find out... Continue reading [...]

The Delicate and Exotic Orchid is Sure to Delight

How is it that the orchid, a flower so delicate and graceful, came to be a symbol of strength? It's understandable that orchids represent love, luxury and beauty; they are exotic and beautiful plants, with a wide variation of shape and color. Blue orchids, black orchids, white orchids, pink orchids, or the magical ghost orchids - read on to learn how to make the right flower choice to send your intended message. Continue reading [...]

Flowers for a New Baby

There are many flowers for a new baby, and to congratulate the tired but happy Mom. But what flowers to give for a new baby? What color should you send the baby bouquet, and what flowers should it include to send the right message? Read on, and don't forget to check out our By Month category to learn more about new baby flowers and birth month flowers too. Continue reading [...]

Say “Thank You” With Flowers

There are many ways to say thank you; merci, danke, takk, arigato, teşekkür, and спасибо are just a few. There's also an international language to express gratitude and appreciation, and that is to show it with the gift of flowers. A bouquet of mature pink or peach roses expresses gratitude, but what other less-conventional flower choices carry a similar message? Continue reading [...]

Apologizing With Flowers

Flowers can, like pictures, speak louder than words. And sometimes it is better to let the flowers do the talking. Apology flowers, or I'm sorry flowers, send a sincere message of regret and contrition. Saying I'm sorry with flowers makes it easy. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Super Bowl Sunday

You've been invited to a Super Bowl party. What do you take? Food, check. Liquid refreshments, check. What about a gift of flowers for the hostess? But what are the right flowers to take on this Super Bowl Sunday, as the Saints take on the Colts in Miami, FL? Find out in this article. Continue reading [...]

Valentine’s Day – Without Roses

Roses are the traditional Valentine's flowers. There are, though, many other flowers you can choose for your Valentine flower bouquet, equally capable of expressing profound meaning. What is the meaning of flowers? Read this article for some romantic non-rose flower symbolism. Continue reading [...]

Valentine’s Day Roses

With Valentine's Day drawing near it's time for us to start thinking about what Valentine flowers we'll be giving to the loved ones in our lives. Roses are always a sure-fire hit - romantic and delightful. But what is the meaning of the color of flowers? Read on to make sure you're sending the right message when you give or send flowers. Continue reading [...]
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