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A Few Minutes = Days

by Carol Caggiano on February 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

FB-SAF-Blog-VD-1Valentine’s Day is here, and hopefully a lovely arrangement of flowers arrived for you from someone you love. Romance is literally in full bloom when flowers arrive.

Because flowers are so beautiful and bring us such joy, we want them to last as long as possible. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you get every moment of enjoyment from your lovely bouquet.

First, make sure you place them in a cool place away from drafts, sunlight and heat vents. Once you have the flowers in your chosen spot, filling the vase to the brim with cool water will help make sure that all stems get enough water. Often all the stems do not go all the way to the bottom of the vase. Flowers drink a lot of water, faster than you might think. Checking the water daily makes sure there is always enough for even shorter stems.

If your flowers arrive as a wrapped bouquet that you place in your own vase, make sure you add the little packet of floral preservative that comes with the flowers to the water as directed. This preservative contains both nutrients for the flowers and a biocide to keep algae at bay. Science has proven that using a floral preservative does extend the vase life of flowers. Changing the water every few days also helps, especially if you continue to add the floral preservative to the fresh water each time. These little packets usually come with your flowers, and I always keep some handy at home. Stop in your local florist next time you are in town and buy a half dozen or so to keep on hand. These packets are inexpensive and they do make a difference. Read More

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Ordinary Blooms, Extraordinary Designs

by Carol Caggiano on November 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

As florists, we often hear from our customers that they prefer more high-end flowers in their bouquets. Carnations, chrysanthemums and gladiolus seem old fashioned in today’s market in favor of peonies, tulips, roses and orchids, which have a greater, perceived value and are more trendy. Yet as often with other materials, how you put them together makes all the difference. Every now and then we have a creative client who wants something special and to create these one-of-a-kind designs, we immediately gravitate toward our traditional favorites.

A young lady made her Bat Mitzvah and in lieu of gifts she requested donations be made to the ASPCA as she loves animals. To decorate the table that was set up for guests to leave their notes, cards and donations, we created the “coolest” dog ever made mostly from white carnations. It was such a nice touch and brought attention to something that was very important and personal to the teenage girl. That puppy was certainly the most popular guest at the event.

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Making Seniors Smile

by Carol Caggiano on April 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

Nurturing-CroppedSome of my most treasured memories are of my grandparents. I was fortunate to have them nearby sharing so many great adventures over the years. Now I am a grandparent myself and still remember those days like they were yesterday. Am I really a “senior?” Who would have ever thought that would happen? We definitely see things differently when we are personally involved.

Lately I have had the opportunity to help some other seniors who are having difficulty.  One has serious health issues and another is struggling with her own mother who has dementia. Often just being a good listener is a big help, but I have found another way I can contribute, and that is to bring flowers. No matter how many times I visit, I still get such a thrill out of seeing faces literally light up when a bouquet of flowers comes into view. A big genuine smile is such a welcome sight from someone you know is having a hard time.

I know for sure that having flowers in my house makes me feel good. The reason for their magic? I do not know, but when there are not flowers on the table, the house just doesn’t feel the same. Although research gives us a hint: Rutgers University released the results of a behavioral study, which proved senior citizens who had flowers in their living spaces were happier, more social, and had better recent memory than those who did not have flowers. How wonderful is that? It’s a privilege to grow older but not without cost. Failing health, memory loss and reduced social interaction can all contribute to severe depression. When someone is depressed, nothing else works right, but if a lovely bouquet of flowers can bring joy and happiness, then that is surely easy “medicine” to prescribe. Read More

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Flowers, the Life of the Party

by Carol Caggiano on August 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Tall Centerpieces in Pinks and RedsEveryone loves a party! Planning one can be as much fun as attending, especially if you get a little help along the way. My favorite part of the party is the décor. As a floral designer, how things look are very important to me and set the ambiance of the party right from the first moment the party begins. Here are a few tips for planning your next party or event.

Whether it is a simple “at home” affair or a major event at a lavish venue, a few simple guidelines will help make the planning of the décor enjoyable.

First, pick a theme. You already have a reason to have the party, maybe a birthday, anniversary or just a way to get together with family and friends. Whatever the reason for the celebration, a theme will add not only a festive aspect but will also give you a direction to develop the party. A theme can be specific, such as a favorite movie, sport, story, and country or can be as simple as a color theme such as black and white, orange, hot pink and chartreuse or royal, turquoise and emerald. You’ll find that once you have an overall plan, the details become a lot easier. Read More

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Get in the Halloween Spirit With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on October 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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Ghosts, goblins, jack-o-lanterns and witches are appearing everywhere in the spirit of Halloween. What used to be a simple time for children to Trick or Treat has turned into a major holiday with all the trimmings. Young and old alike enjoy this crazy time and the more festive the better!

In addition to elaborate costumes, outdoor decorations and displays, you can have a great time for Halloween with flowers. Simple but clever arrangements can be just the right touch to complete a table setting, cheer a friend at work, or maybe sit on your favorite teacher’s desk. Fun or ghoulish, it’s up to you and your personality which interpretation you choose. Read More