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It’s Your Garden, Time to Get Growing

by Brian Wheat on April 23, 2015 at 7:09 am

FamilyGardening-LafayetteFloristAh … it’s my favorite time of the year. We all have different tastes, different reasons why one season floats our boat and others we might dread. Spring promises new hope, new growth and the promise of flowers and food. As Mother Nature closes the curtain on ice and cold, she opens the window to cleansing rain, blue skies, milder temperatures and fragrances that bring back memories of our childhoods.

Growing up in central Illinois, I enjoyed the greening of the pastures, the flow of the creek and planting of our spring garden. My mom planted by seed a large vegetable garden with tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, carrots, radish, peas, onions, and potatoes. Perennials like rhubarb, horseradish, strawberries and asparagus would appear like magic from the earth.

The surrounding vines produced grapes, canes of raspberries, and we had trees of peach, plum, apple, apricot and cherries. Our neighbor’s trees produced amazing pears. Read More

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Thanking Support Staff

by Shelby Shy on April 19, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Are you like the majority of corporate America constantly trying to keep up with a chaotic schedule filled with deadlines, meetings, conference calls and emails? And whom do you depend on the most to keep your professional head above water? Your right-hand man of course — and with Administrative Professionals Week coming up April 19-25, 2015, you can’t afford to forget praising him or her for their hard work and dedication.

Giving flowers is a loud and proud way of saying ‘I appreciate all you do.’ In addition, research from Texas A&M University shows that a gift of flowers will naturally lift an employee’s mood and boost productivity. Here are five creative gifts that you can get from your local florist to thank support staff for their contributions.

Give a wake-up call with an adorable to-go coffee mug filled with orange gerberas, green dianthus and lime green Medolino sticks.

Wake up Call-ShirleysFlowers-DesignbyTrishUpshaw. Read More

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Photo Courtesy: Manda Renee Photography

Photo Courtesy: Manda Renee Photography

Prom dresses this year continue to trend away from the traditional big multi-layered full ball gown and toward the form fitting, lace and jewel encrusted fantasy numbers seen on fashion runways.

Mermaid silhouettes are joined with fun and flirty two-piece separates that let teens express themselves by mixing and matching. No more having to worry if someone else will wear the same dress.

Cap sleeves, one shoulder and high necklines have made a showing this year. This has provided a bit of variety to the typical sleeveless/strapless evening look.

Rompers, both long and short, and one-piece pantsuits have also brought a new style to the prom scene. Not only do they diversify the look, but also they are a great option for prom attendees that are not fond of dresses. Read More

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Top 5 Colorful Prom Looks for 2015

by Shelby Shy on April 10, 2015 at 9:52 am

Color is the word for prom 2015. Flowers and floral accents are the perfect prom accessories and come in so many beautiful bright colors. Here are my top five favorite looks for 2015 prom flowers.

Rainbow orange roses are a hit embellished with ribbon tails and purple feathers. Perfect for that spark plug teen.

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Solid Gold Sympathy Flowers

by Jenny Scala on April 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Studio54-3Flowers can be a great source of comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one. They brighten and warm a funeral or memorial service setting, adding beauty to an otherwise somber occasion. Flowers also offer a comforting diversion — something to talk about or look at during the visitation. Professional florists can create highly personalized sympathy tributes that depict an aspect of a person’s essence, and this trend of personalization is becoming more and more prevalent in commemorating the life of a loved one.

Contestants in the Society of American Florists’ last Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition were told that the most recognizable and oldest patron of Studio 54 passed away, and they were asked to create a memorial design piece called, “Let’s Dance the Last Dance Tonight,” for the fictitious Celebration of Life, keeping in mind, she only wore gold. Here is a look at the memorial pieces that got the judges talking.

First Place: Complex swirls of gold snakeskin wire converge with dramatic folds of flax, creating fabulous line movement and the illusion of a shooting star. The celestial being takes flight from a hand-tied bouquet of green hydrangeas, midnight callas and protea in a clear glass footed cylinder. A stream of gold chains and a stream of green hanging amaranthus flow from the bouquet.

First Place by Jacob McCall, AAF, AIFD, FSMD, design director at The Elite Flower in Miami, Fla. Entry sponsored by The Elite Flower

First Place by Jacob McCall, AAF, AIFD, FSMD, design director at The Elite Flower in Miami, Fla. Entry sponsored by The Elite Flower

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