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On the Monday after Easter, the First Family hosts the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. https://www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll More than 35,000 will gather on the South Lawn for the festivities, including Easter classics like the egg roll, egg hunt, music and storytelling. Watch this video for highlights of last year’s White House Easter Egg Roll:

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My friend Sherry, a florist in Indiana, and I have been honored to be part of the floral design team decorating the White House Easter Roll for a number of years now. We’ve created some beautiful spring arrangements to delight and welcome visitors.

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TulipVarieties-BrianWheat-LafayetteFloristAs winter recedes across the land, the promise of new life emerges from the soil. The grass takes on a familiar hue, and the smell of spring wafts in the garden. As the growing tips of fall planted bulbs push skyward, their history is deeply rooted in folklore and stories of power and intrigue.

From healing powers in Greek mythology to the Dutch Tulip Bubble of 1637, it’s a story worthy of the movie of the week or at least an exciting novel. Fortunes were made and lost, and lives forever changed over simple tulip bulbs.

At the peak of Tulip Mania in March of 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman of the era. Exported from the Netherlands to the world market for a hefty price, a coveted luxury item is now a very affordable common, but impressive, part of the American garden scape.

Gorgeous spring gardens are enhanced by the power of the bulb, an underground fleshy storage, whose life cycle delights us. As temperatures and moisture content speak to the inner bulb clock, its timing is a wonder of nature. Blooming occurs when conditions are perfect from early spring, mid spring and late spring. Read More

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Flowers of the Zodiac

by Heather de Kok on March 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

Flowers, like us humans, come in a wide variety and endure phases and hardships that occur naturally over a life cycle. It is only appropriate that each zodiac sign has at least one flower to represent it. What is your flower sign?

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The charming and confident Aries is often associated with flowers that are equally enthusiastic and passionate. Such flowers include bright daises, spunky tulips, enticing honeysuckle, and complex thorn-bearing plants.

Taurus (April 21-May 21) Stargazer Lilies

A Taurus is known for being bold, yet dependable. Associated flowers are fierce, and yet quietly sensuous, including many lily varieties and hardy poppies.

Gemini (May 22-June 21) Lavender

Gemini are imaginative and lighthearted. The many different colors of roses reflect the complexity of a Gemini’s personality. The fragrant lavender plant is another favorite of the Gemini. Read More

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Bringing Spring Inside

by Carol Caggiano on March 18, 2015 at 4:37 am

Well, it is March and we are ready for spring. The only problem is that the weatherman isn’t always ready for spring, but there is a quick fix. We can’t control spring outdoors, but we sure can bring it indoors. With a few simple additions, spring is in the air.

We immediately associate bulb flowers such as iris, tulips, hyacinth and daffodils, with spring. Fortunately, both as cut flowers and plants, these gorgeous blooms are readily available and just waiting to become part of our introduction to spring. The great thing about bulb flowers is they are splendid on their own and don’t need a lot of fussing to make them look fabulous.

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Festive St. Patrick’s Day Flowers

by Leanne Kesler on March 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm

On St. Patrick’s Day, the world turns green. Or, white or even a bit of gray. Winter 2015 just won’t go away. March and snowstorms? Say it isn’t so! Time to bring on the green of spring even if Mother Nature is not completely on board. As my mother always said, “Fake it ’till you make it!” March 17, just days before the first day of spring, gives us the opportunity to dream of the bright colors and green leaves to come. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday to brighten the winter weary soul.

Our friends in Chicago know how to celebrate big. Forty-five pounds (yes, 45!) of green vegetable dye is dumped into the Chicago River  turning it vivid green between Columbus and Wacker Drives. Oh, what a sight to see! After the river festivities, revelers party throughout the day and into the night. Everywhere you go, the iconic shamrock will be found.

Tucked into a ruffled cluster of green variegated ranunculus, the shamrock shouts out, “I’m ready to join the fun!” A bouquet is an easy way to share the merriment with friends.

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