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Perennial Flowers That Bloom all Summer Long

July 5, 2019

For those of you who garden, you’re well aware that an annual flower bed (though very beautiful) can be a lot of work. You have to fertilize the soil, plant the seeds, nurture the flowers, only to pull them out once Old Man Winter comes knocking on your door. Then, you start the process all over again when the temperature begins to rise. That’s why even avid gardeners and plant enthusiasts have found a fondness for perennials. With summer around the corner, starter plants can be purchased for faster results!

What are Perennials and Why do we Love Them?

Contrary to popular belief, a perennial isn’t the name of a flower, but rather a term used to describe a broad range of flowers and plants that live for more than two years, while annuals only live for one growing season. Every homeowner wants a beautiful garden in front of their home, but busy schedules prevent most people from having the time to care for one. Perennials’ low maintenance and annual blooms have made them a popular choice for homes across the country.

Some of our Favorites

Black-Eyed Susan

With a black-eyed susan, you get the best of both worlds. This plant has become extremely popular over the years because while it closely resembles a sunflower, it requires almost none of the maintenance.

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Flowers in the Arts

Beautiful Flower Tattoos and What they Symbolize

June 26, 2019
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From love and friendship to joy and happiness, flowers have held symbolic meaning since before the Victorian Era. So it’s no surprise that over the years, flowers have been incorporated into everything from jewelry to clothing, and most recently, tattoos. And while they certainly look stunning on men and women’s skin, these flower tattoos have exploded in popularity over the past few years for reasons beyond just their beauty.

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Gifting

What Pairs Best with Rosé Wine?

May 22, 2019

Come May 1st, rosé becomes a staple in nearly every home across America — and for good reason. Wine lovers like that it’s not as heavy as red wine but still packs enough punch to bring out the flavors of grilled meats. If rosé will be gracing your brunch, lunch, or dinner table this summer (and it really should) make sure it’s adding to your meal by pairing it with the right foods.

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Gifting

10 Places to Bring Rosé This Summer

May 21, 2019

Once temperatures hit 70 degrees, you know it’s time for two things: backyard barbecues and rosé wine.

Sure its pink coloring helped it get on Millennials’ good side at first, but the truth is, rosé is beloved by people young and old, far and local. In fact, just last summer in France, rosé outsold white wine for the first time ever! With warm weather finally here, we’ve rounded up the best places to enjoy what’s been called “summer’s hottest drink.”

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

All About The Official Mother’s Day Flower

April 23, 2019

When you really think about it, what don’t moms do? Since the day you were born, she’s loved and supported you – not to mention, she probably cooked, cleaned, had a job, and drove you to all those extra curricular activities. Even when you might not have realized it (those teenage years, anyone?), your mom always had your best interest at heart. That’s why each year, we spend one day honoring all that our mothers have done for us. And if part of the celebration includes getting your mom a little something special, it should be a carnation – the official flower of Mother’s Day. Below is a brief history about just how carnations became the symbol for motherhood.

Happy Mother's Day

The History of Mother’s Day

It’s believed the first celebrations honoring mothers were in Ancient Greece, when Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. But it wasn’t until Europe in the early 1800s that we saw the first semblance of modern Mother’s Day. At the time, families in the UK and England celebrated “Mothering Sunday.” A day celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, it encouraged people to travel back to their “mother church” – the first church they ever attended in their hometown – for a special service. Over the years, Mothering Sunday transitioned into a more secular holiday, known as Mother’s Day, and was celebrated by kids giving their mothers flowers and other small gifts.

Who Was Anna Jarvis?

Anna Jarvis is considered the founder of Mother’s Day here in America. The story goes that after her mother, whom she was very close with, passed away, Anna vowed to create a day dedicated to honoring mothers both alive and deceased. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

5 Pranks to Pull on Your Friends and Family this April Fool’s Day

March 28, 2019

The best April Fool’s Day pranks are the ones that make everyone laugh — even the prankee. With this day of mischief and trickery right around the corner, now is the time to solidify yourself as the prankster of your office, family, or friend group (or all three!).

1. The Squirting Flower

No joke is more timeless than the good old squirting flower prank. All you need to pull off this classic “got-ya” joke is an artificial flower, a coffee straw that matches the color of your flower’s center, a small squirt bottle, and a medicine dropper. Throughout the day, ask people for a hug or to read something that’s printed on your shirt. When the time is right, discretely squeeze the bottle sitting in the pocket of your shirt or taped to your chest, and enjoy a good laugh! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

9 Ways to Partake in International Women’s Day

February 24, 2019

Though it was only observed by the United Nations for the first time in 1975, celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, has been a time-honored tradition since the early 1900s. And like women, each year’s celebrations only seem to get stronger. In 2019, it’s estimated that women from over 120 countries will partake in International Women’s Day.

If you’re looking for ways to join the movement and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women this International Women’s Day, we’ve got a few suggestions.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Valentine’s Date Ideas for All Weather

February 1, 2019

With Valentine’s Day being in February and with weather being unpredictable, sometimes it is tough to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date.  Whether you just met the person of your dreams, have been dating for a while, or are married with children, these fun date ideas are perfect in the rain, snow, or on a sunny day. So, if you’re looking for something different from dinner and a movie, here are some ways to make an ordinary date, extraordinary whether you have just a few hours after work, or the whole weekend.

Spend a Day at the Spa

Sometimes all the planning, dinner reservations and outfit changes are more stressful than fun. Instead of a typical night out, spend the day in at a spa. Relax in the steam room or get a massage and facial all at your own pace. And who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a tip or two from the masseuse that you can try on your loved one at home later. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

10 Facts That Will Make You Rethink Love and Romance

January 28, 2019

It seems like John Lennon was right when he said, “love is like a flower, give it time and it will grow.” Romance is a complex mixture of panic, excitement, and joy. And while you may feel as though love and affection are entirely up to you, there’s actually a lot of science going on behind the scenes that you may not even realize. Here are some fun facts about romance you may not have known:

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Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

According to researchers, it only takes 4 minutes to decide whether or not you like someone. Maybe that’s why we put so much stress on a first date! Hugging someone actually releases a chemical from your brain called oxytocin. When this hormone is released, it triggers feelings of intimacy and comfort. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Ways to Celebrate the Non-Traditional Valentines in Your Life

January 27, 2019

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when we say, “Valentine?” Whether a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife, most of us are probably picturing a couple in love. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic couples anymore, it’s for all to enjoy!

Whether you have a significant other right now or are living the single life, make one of these beloved people in your life your special someone on Valentine’s Day. Continue Reading…