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Four Summer Color Trends

by Leanne Kesler on May 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

This summer, the trend color palettes match our moods. Are you ready to relax by the lake, or hike the mountain at sunrise? Is it time to sit with friends and enjoy a glass of wine? Is the family gathering for an afternoon in the park? Whatever your plans and style, add flowers to the event. Flowers will make it extra special. Take a look at these top summer color trends and choose flowers in the hues you love the most. If you are like me, you can’t decide. No problem; rotate the color choices throughout the weeks.

Trend #1. Berrylicious: Blues, lavenders and purples

Start your summer by slowing down and taking a deep breath. As we race through the year, it is such a treat to slow down for summer fun. Sometimes, stopping is just the thing to do. Stop thinking, stop working, stop running, stop and spend some time with friends and flowers.

A summer interpretation of the Pantone Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, fits into the berry-licious category. Add lavender roses to the soft blue of hydrangea and pink orchids for the perfect baby shower reveal party or a garden wedding.

Berry-licious by Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonA summer interpretation of the Pantone Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity fit http://aboutflowersblog.com/hello-pantone-color-of-the-year-2016/ into the berry-licious category. Add lavender roses to the soft blue of hydrangea and pink orchids for the perfect baby shower reveal party or a garden wedding.

Go bold with the addition of vibrant blueberry-blue delphinium for a design that celebrates the simple beauty of the summer sky. Pull up a chair, sit a moment and visit with friends. Berry-licious is a flower-friendly palette. Hydrangea, lilac, clematis, delphinium and so many more flowers come in colors of this palette.

Berry-licious by Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon Read More

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Summer Flowers

by Stephen Rittner on May 16, 2016 at 5:22 am

Summer is a wonderful season. We enjoy swimming, boating, playing outdoor sports, and being at the beach. It is a great time to travel and visit new places, read new books and enjoy life. It is a good time to try new things.

I also like to think of summer as a wonderful time to experiment with flower choices. Here are a few of my favorite summer flowers. I hope you’ll check them out at your local florist.

Ranunculuses are available in many colors including purple, orange, yellow, pink and white. They are lovely featured all by themselves as a monobotanical arrangement. They also play well with others, such as the case of these pink ranunculuses in a traditional round arrangement with green hydrangea and silvery dusty miller.

Pink ranunculuses in a traditional round arrangement with green hydrangea and silvery dusty miller.

Although snapdragons are available throughout the year, we see a lot more of them in the summer. They come in all sorts of colors — pink, yellow, white, and orange, as well as multicolored varieties. If you squeeze a floret, it literally opens and closes its “mouth” — like a dragon’s mouth. Many people overlook this flower, which you can’t miss in this arrangement. The pink snapdragons reach tall and wide with their linear form.

The pink snapdragons reach tall and wide with their linear form.

While we are talking about linear flowers, let’s look at the eremurus, also known as desert candles or foxtail lilies. If you have a sense of adventure, consider it. Eremurus is a spectacular linear flower that comes in fiery whites, yellows and oranges.

Eremurus is a spectacular linear flower that comes in fiery whites, yellows and oranges. Read More

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As summer is fast approaching, one of our first and most enjoyable thoughts is about vacation. Where to go, when to go and for how long are all part of the plan in progress. As I think of places I have been, some of my favorites include beautiful gardens that I have experienced along the way.

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia

Sometimes the garden itself was part of the reason for the choice of location, as it was when I visited Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. I had seen so many stunning photos of this magnificent place and couldn’t wait to see it in person. I was certainly not disappointed! I don’t think I have ever experienced a more beautiful, well-planned collection of flowers and plants.

Over 100 years ago Jennie Butchart transformed an exhausted limestone quarry into one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. She had tons and tons of topsoil brought in by horse and cart to line the abandoned quarry. That was just the beginning. Over the years, the gardens grew to include the Sunken Garden, the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Concert lawn just to name a few of the popular areas of the gardens. They even open the gardens at night for guests to enjoy spectacular lighting effects that give the gardens a totally unique perspective. A visit to Butchart Gardens was truly an unforgettable experience. Read More

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— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. http://www.lafayetteflorist.com/It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mom.”

Every May, we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States, honoring one’s mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. The tradition started in 1908 when Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia, held a memorial for her mother at church. She campaigned for years to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday.

Finally in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation that designated Mother’s Day to be a national holiday to honor mothers on the second Sunday in May — this year May 8.

Mother’s Day remains one of the most traditional holidays we celebrate in the United States, with the giving of flowers and greeting cards. It’s also the biggest holiday for long-distance phone calls. Read More

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If you don’t know her favorite flower, choose a fabulous millefleur arrangement so you can give her one of every flower available. Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8, don’t forget!) is just around the corner. Planning ahead (do it now!) will make for a perfect day. It might not be picture perfect. It might even be a little unconventional. It might not even be celebrated on the day itself. But, it can be perfectly grand if you plan for it.

First, let’s talk about what not to do. This is not a holiday to be an overachiever. Mom is not going to be thrilled with a stressed out child. This is not a holiday to take over the kitchen, yard or house and leave a mess. If you make breakfast, clean up. If you plant flowers, water them and sweep away the debris. In fact, if you were to clean the house and fill it with flowers, you might just be the favorite child forever.

Now, back to the five steps for creating the perfect Mother’s Day.  Read More