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Welcoming Summer Guests with Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on June 20, 2016 at 5:41 am

Sunflowers and Eryngium - Photo Courtesy Carol Caggiano, AIFD, PFCIEntertaining is one of my favorite past times. I love having guests over, and there is just something special about inviting them in the summertime. Summer entertaining can be relaxing and casual, really leaving time for conversation and “catching up” on all of our busy lives. Cooking on the grill and eating outdoors is perfect for a memorable summer afternoon or evening.

Flowers are important to me and I use them to welcome my summertime guests just as I do throughout the rest of the year. However, in summer I can often combine the seasonal blooms I purchase from my local florist with accents from my garden.

Just this week, I picked up some petite sunflowers and eryngium (blue thistle) to create a centerpiece for the dinner I was preparing to have on my porch with my neighbors. I added fresh mint from my garden.

Not only did it look great, its fragrance was spectacular and combined perfectly with the aroma of steak and veggies. Rosemary is another garden favorite that combines well with seasonal blooms and also lends not only texture but a very nice scent to the bouquet as well. Read More

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Celebrating Father’s Day

by Shelby Shy on June 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

PothosFather’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19. It is one of those holidays that can be challenging to find just the right gift.

Lucky for me, my father’s passion is gardening. This year, the big buzz for gardeners is potted flowers and plants, and interesting containers.

Even dads who are non-gardeners appreciate flowers and plants, so consider making your dad smile with a floral gift.

Simple grasses or hanging green pothos in industrial concrete containers make a masculine gift for dad.

Surprise dad at work with one of these plants — they’re perfect to spruce up office spaces. Read More

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Sympathy-Tribute-for-a-Horse-Lover---Close-Up--—-By-Dandelions-Flowers-&-Gifts,-LLC,-in-Eugene,-OregonAt some point in all of our lives, we have to face the hardship that accompanies the death of a loved one. Perhaps someone you know is going through this difficult time right now with their family.

The memorial service, funeral, celebration of life, or “goodbye party” as my mother-in-law wished it to be called, is a time to honor and remember an individual and what they mean to others.

Flowers are an integral piece of the memorial process because they have an almost-magical way of conveying emotion that can’t always be expressed in words. Meaning has been associated with flowers and plants for thousands of years, which explains why they have always been present at farewell rituals.

Today, florists are able to incorporate specific flowers or personal items into a custom floral design that can be as unique as the person it represents. It brings personal aspects of an individual’s life into the beautiful floral creation. This can be cathartic for close friends and family, but also shares the history and passion of the individual with others in attendance.

A special hat and lariat might be incorporated to remember a rancher. A fishing pole and lures built into the casket flowers or standing easel for an avid fisherman. Personalizing floral expressions doesn’t just have to be from the family. Members of an organization or society may send their emblem or symbol in floral form to the service as a collective remembrance from the group.

So if you’re searching for a way to highlight a loved one’s personality, hobby or career, let flowers help with the talking. It’s amazing what they can say. Read More

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Everything is Coming Up Roses

by Carol Caggiano on May 31, 2016 at 7:49 am

Keira Roses - David Austin RosesThis month everything is rosy… literally! As roses are at their peak of bloom in June it seems only fitting for it to be National Rose Month. The rose is beloved year round, yet it seems appropriate to give it some extra attention in June. So loved is the rose by Americans, that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the rose as our National Flower in 1986.

“Roses are red…violets are blue” is a quote familiar to all of us, yet until 1800 all cultivated roses in Europe were shades of white or pink. The beloved red rose first came from China the beginning of the 19th century. Unusual green roses arrived a few decades later. A Frenchman by the name of Joseph Pernet-Ducher is credited with the discovery of the yellow rose around 1900, and we have had yellow and orange roses ever since. Intensive cultivation has revealed all of the remaining colors, except blue or black. Black is considered less than an attractive rose color, but the pursuit of the blue rose has been likened to the “Holy Grail.” Many have tried but none have truly succeeded. Progress has been made, and the quest continues. Read More

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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 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