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Flowers and Plants Share Happiness Year-round

by Brian Wheat on November 27, 2015 at 6:45 am

Flowers Equal Happiness — Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, ColoradoAs the fall season slips and slides into winter and the bright colors of spring are a distant faded memory, we should embrace the changing seasons. Gardening, landscaping, houseplants, flowers on the table, are lifestyles for most folks, not passing fads. Finding a way to surround yourself and your family and friends with the impact of color, fragrance, textures and style is important to one’s self-being. We already know flowers have a direct correlation with happiness; the art of giving has its just rewards.

Florists are spoiled rotten by getting to enjoy beautiful flowers daily. Even in the depth of winter and gloomy overcast days, we get flowers and plants shipped to our shops, thus, we are spoiled. I’m not complaining, I’m bragging, but I want to share the enjoyment of flowers and plants with others who deserve that happiness as well. You can achieve it; reward yourself and those around you for a job well done and other life achievements. Read More

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Turkeys and Cornucopia

by Stephen Rittner on November 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

Two major symbols for Thanksgiving are Turkeys and Cornucopia. It is amazing and fun to combine these symbols with flowers for wonderful floral designs for the holiday.

T&C1 — The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

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Top Trending Palettes for Thanksgiving

by Leanne Kesler on November 16, 2015 at 7:02 am

Thanksgiving-Table---Leanne-and-David-Kesler,-Floral-Design-Institute,-IncThe seasons have changed, and it is time to decorate for autumn and Thanksgiving. How do I begin? For me, it is a hands-on, tactile process.  I open the cupboard and pull out all the linens and lay them out. I gather autumn leaves, pods and cones and start playing. A walk through the woods or through the city park will bring inspiration … crimson, orange and golden leaves fallen to the ground … vibrant purple kale and gorgeous green gourds beckon and tease … pumpkins in the traditional orange plus white, peach, coral and green are mounded at the farmers market. There is such a plethora of color in the transitional season of autumn, it is hard to narrow the focus and choose a favorite color scheme.

Autumn 2015 brings an eclectic collection of color palettes to choose from. Each celebrates the season in a unique and beautiful way. Your professional florist has sourced the most fabulous flowers to enhance your home and Thanksgiving table. Flowers, pods, cones, berries and leaves with so many textures and colors. What goes with what? Mix and match — you get to decide. Read More

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SeaMistOne of the hottest color trends right now is as neutral as can be: “greige,” a perfect combination of gray and beige. It is taking over Pinterest.  The word “greige” derives its original meaning from the old French and Latin words meaning “raw silk”, unbleached or raw fibers.

Greige is the color for creativity. It is one of the simplest colors for the eye to process and one that permits a variety of color accents. It is not shiny or matte; it’s a comfortable middle.

We borrowed swatches of popular Greige dresses from the popular Charleston, South Carolina bridal boutique LulaKate to show you ways to make the color pop.

The blue evokes water, on the lakeshore in Minnesota or the seaside in California accented with shells. This style of cascade bouquet has a base of hydrangea, with blue delphinium and gentian and bachelor buttons. Yes, there are lovely blue flowers. Dusty Miller and spiral eucalyptus are accents with color and texture. This “cool” color bouquet will be stunning with the addition of a secondary color of peach, pinks, greens and violets. Read More

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BuddyPoppy— Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, ColoradoAs a Veteran and as the son of a Veteran, I want to share a story and journey about a flower that means a lot to me. It’s the story of a simple small red flower, a poppy known as Buddy Poppy.

It all started in war-devastated France in World War I. The red poppy growing in Flanders Fields memorialized the deaths of American and Allied soldiers. Madame Anna E Guérin, founder of the American and French Children’s League, spoke at servicemen’s organizations and always requested the same thing: Please, whenever possible, wear a silk red poppy flower to honor the fallen.

In April of 1919, the “Poppy Lady,” as she was now known, arrived in the United States. She turned to the VFW in May 1922, and they conducted the first nationwide distribution of the poppies. In August 1922, they adopted the poppy as the official memorial flower of the VFW. The need for more poppies to distribute in 1923 started a business in which disabled and needy American veterans made and assembled the poppies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In remembrance of their buddies who never came back from the war, they started calling them, “Buddy Poppy” and the name stuck. Read More