Category: ‘Christmas’

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Top Flower Factor Blog Posts of 2016

by Jenny Scala on January 1, 2017 at 3:56 am

What a year! We had a blast showing the country how good it feels to give and receive flowers through “Petal It Forward.” We showed how flowers are a small, yet powerful gesture for recognizing achievements. We celebrated exciting wedding and event party trends, a long romantic Valentine’s Day weekend and even Super Bowl Sunday. Thank you to our contributors for sharing their expertise. And a great big thanks to YOU for reading and sharing our ideas on all things floral.

And now, please enjoy this trip down memory lane as we look back at the top Flower Factor posts of 2016:

Flowers Create Connection: In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, the Society of American Florists and florists nationwide hit the streets on October 19 in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. This “Petal It Forward” effort was meant to not only brighten the day of those receiving the bouquets, but recipients were also given a second bouquet to share with someone who needed a lift.

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Seven Tips for Surviving the Holidays

by Leanne Kesler on December 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonThe holidays are here. Isn’t it grand? Oh, how I love the sappy Christmas movies, traditional carols and ringing bells. The red and green makes my heart sing. Walking through the city, checking out the holiday window displays and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa as I watch people bustling about. Shopping, baking, gifting and merry making throughout the season. It’s all such fun with a little planning and self-care. It is easy to get overwhelmed. Stay in control with these seven tips, and you’ll not only survive — you’ll enjoy and have fun throughout the holiday season.

Practice the 30-minute rule. Cleaning house can take all day (or all week). Pare down to the necessities, and get it done in 30 minutes. Make the bed, shine up the bathroom and fluff the throw pillows. The goal is to spiff up the house, not to create a showroom.  Read More

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10 Things You May Not Know about the Poinsettia

by Lisa Greene on December 10, 2016 at 10:15 pm

Poinsettia - -- Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCIPoinsettias are a traditional holiday plant that bring color and life to home décor. They last the whole season and are harbingers of spring plants to come. Here are some interesting facts about the poinsettia.

  • John Quincy Adams is responsible for bringing the poinsettia to America. Joel Roberts Poinsett introduced the poinsettia to the United States in 1825, but it was JQA who appointed Poinsett as our first ambassador to Mexico.
  • December 12th is National Poinsettia Day and was established in 1851 to honor Joel Roberts Poinsett. Read More
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Christmas Fun with Red and Green Florals

by Stephen Rittner on December 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonChristmas means many different things to many different people. For some, it represents the birth of Jesus. For others, it represents peace on earth and goodwill to one another. To others, it represents winter weather and sports, wonderful sales and lots of presents. Regardless of your beliefs, Christmas is celebrated worldwide. Let flowers express your favorite parts of the Christmas season.

I enjoy celebrating with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. Flowers can be designed and displayed in so many joyous ways in reds and greens. Here are just a few examples, and your local florist has so many more. Visit their shop for expertise and a truly festive experience.

A floral arrangement with berries, vines and evergreen foliage evokes a natural Christmas feeling.  Read More

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Greet Holiday Guests in Grand Style

by Lisa Greene on November 25, 2016 at 2:07 am

Holiday Front Door Decorations Holiday Greetings - Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCITis the season for holiday visitors. Welcome guests with an entry decorated with greens, berries and, of course, bows. A popular holiday greeting — urns. Here is how you can create holiday urns to give your front door a festive look.

Start with the right container — or two containers to flank your door. Choose heavy containers so they won’t blow over in the wind. If you already have containers with plants in it, just cut the plants down to the soil level with a pair of clippers. If the containers are new, you can add potting soil or floral foam. Before you add greens, water well. If using new soil, pack it firmly.  Read More