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Life’s a Picnic

by Leanne Kesler on May 22, 2015 at 8:05 am

Picnic-Photo Courtesy Kim Wisely from Flutter magazine at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days.  Designer is Francoise WeeksSummer is coming. The days are getting longer and warmer, birds are nesting, butterflies flutter over bright blossoms and my heart is singing.

This is the time of the year I sneak out of work a little early and rush home. Not to sit inside. I rush home to change my clothes and dash outside for an evening picnic.

From casual with a blanket on the grass, a table in the backyard, a rocking chair on the front porch or a formal dinner with a tablecloth covered table, this is where you will find me for the next several months as I celebrate the sunshine days. Read More

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5 Fun Party Flowers to Wear

by Ardith Beveridge on May 18, 2015 at 8:25 am

When you think of flowers to wear, you’re probably thinking about flowers in your hair or a corsage or boutonnière. Well, when florists hear flowers to wear, the skies the limit. Earlier this year, a group of florists participated in a “Wearable Flowers Contest” at my wholesale floral house. Here are some of my favorite entries.

Flowers on your necktie and hat make a jovial statement for the best man or an emcee at a fundraiser or other big event.

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Flowers Go Big

by Leanne Kesler on May 11, 2015 at 7:16 am

Flower walls, chandeliers of flowers, floral arrangements bigger than a person, and installations of flowers. I’m seeing it all in the contemporary world of weddings and other events. This big stuff is not only an art form; it’s a feat in engineering. A “simple little wall of flowers” is really a mechanics specialty. Professional florists train, practice and study to create these grandiose structures.

1-TexturalWall-JosefReiter-BotanicaFloralDesignThis textural wall of hydrangeas, succulents and tillandsia created by Josef Reiter of Botanica Floral Design is an excellent example. The water source is hidden and there is no dripping on the floor. That is the work of a professional.

Notice how Josef expands his presentation with two simple ferns. It creates a much larger look with little additional cost.

The whole look is pretty for a wedding, and days later it is still pretty and can easily be adapted to a smaller floral art piece in the home. After the grand event, just pull the succulents, moss and tillandsia and have your floral artist mount them in an appropriate frame. With minimal effort (a little misting and dusting), the floral art can last for months as a reminder of your special day. Read More

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Flowers for Mom

by Carol Caggiano on May 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

DandelionGirlWhen I was a little girl I remember picking dandelions, bringing them inside the house and presenting them to my mom with such pride. She would smile as only a mother can, touched by the simple gesture. She would make a big fuss, getting a vase out of the cabinet and arranging those few straggly flowers as if they were exotic orchids. As I became a little older, I graduated to the neighbor’s rose bush where I would select a few blooms to again present to mom.

Looking back, it’s so very interesting that even as small children we instinctively gravitated to flowers when it came to showing love and affection. We learned from experience that whenever we gave someone flowers, they were happy and it made us feel special. We felt like “heroes.” Through the experiences of our youth, we learned that flowers brought radiating smiles to the faces of those we cared about. Whether it was a single bloom or lovely bouquet, the reaction was the same, complete and spontaneous joy.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to once again present mom, grandma or any special lady in your life with flowers to show you care. The really nice thing about Mother’s Day is that it arrives on the heels of spring with so many lovely flowers readily available. Peonies, lilac, lisianthus, hydrangea, tulips and of course roses fill the local flower shops just ready to create that very special bouquet.

Lush purples, lavenders and pinks are often the colors chosen for Mother’s Day bouquets, but the sky’s the limit and whatever colors your mom loves are the right colors. Read More

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Carnation-DonPedro-FlorigeneEvery year on the second Sunday in May, children of all ages celebrate their mothers. Flowers, breakfast in bed and homemade gifts are among some of the things children do to show their moms how much they are appreciated.

Did you know that the carnation is the official flower of Mother’s Day? Why you ask? Well, read on and I will tell you.

The history of Mother’s Day is fascinating. Starting in England during the 18th century, the household servants of the rich were given “Mothering Sunday” to return home to be with their mothers. This came to an end during the Industrial Revolution and it was re-established during the 20th century.

Mizuki-GoldenFlowers-Photoby-BetsyHansenFor the US and Canada, however, it was not until the 1900s that Mother’s Day became a recognized holiday. Anna Jarvis worked in her mother’s garden where her mom grew her favorite flower, the white carnation. After her mother passed on May 5, 1905, Anna swore an oath at her mother’s grave site that she would dedicate one day that honors all mothers, both alive and deceased. She asked the minister at her church to give a sermon in her mother’s memory and called it a special Mother’s Day service. They did this for 5 years on the same Sunday in May until in 1910 when the governor of West Virginia proclaimed Mother’s Day to be the second Sunday in May every year. In 1914, a bill passed through Congress proclaiming the second Sunday in May to be a National Holiday for Mother’s Day and was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.

Style: "Agfa"The carnation is still a popular flower for Mother’s Day. Churches buy red or pink for the mothers that are alive, and white carnations to give those who have lost a mother.

That being said, flowers of all varieties are being asked for. Children want to send their mom their favorite color or their favorite flower if it is not a carnation. Talking with your florist about your mom’s personality is a great way to customize a bouquet. Perhaps gardening is her passion? Your florist can create a garden-style arrangement to make her smile. Is she classic and sophisticated? Lilies, orchids or roses might do the trick. Florists are a great resource to create that extra special flower design for your mom. Be sure to order early so that you get what you want. Read More