Category: ‘Gardening’

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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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Family Fun with Herbs

by Ardith Beveridge on August 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Herbs-Photo-Courtesy-Koehler-&-DrammCut herbs are at their peak outdoors in the summer and early autumn.

Make plans with your kids to visit your local flower market to learn more about herbs. You and your family will be delighted, amazed and intrigued to see the large variety available. You’ll recognize many herbs right away. They are the ones that are most often used in cooking, such as dill, coriander, mint and lavender.

Try saying the names of herbs out loud. Do you immediately taste, see, feel and smell it with pleasure? Isn’t it interesting how easy it is to recall their fragrances and textures?

What herbs do your kids like on their pizza or other food? Tell them about the plant. Bring herbs home and look up uses for them in your food. There are wonderful recipes online. For the grownups, try Mint Mojitos.

In addition to enhancing our food and beverages, herbs have other uses. One of my personal favorite ways to use herbs is cutting a few fragrant stems, placing them in a charming small vase for display beside the bed or in the bathroom, or a work desk. Did you know your florist knows how to use herbs in floral arrangements, and can create a special gift for you to send to a loved one? 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 seems like only yesterday it was early spring when you journeyed to the garden center to select your blooming treasures. With the anticipation of good weather on the horizon, you were all aflutter with excitement of a good growing season. You stood in marvel at the greenhouse, looking in at the sea of colors and textures that soon would be yours. You carefully selected the perfect pot, the best potting soil and the best looking bedding plants they had to offer. You were on your way to an epic spring display after a long winter. So, you got it all hauled home, got it all planted and placed in the perfect location to enjoy all summer long.

Things are looking great. A month goes by, and still everything looks pretty good. Then all of sudden one afternoon, you notice it. The shine has worn off; you need help. This is a common occurrence for all of us flower and plant lovers. Care and maintenance is essential. There are many reasons things deteriorate a bit, such as a lack of dead-heading or fertilizer, insect or disease issues, weather, or even the location needs changed.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your patio pots, hanging baskets and flower beds performing at their best all the way into the fall. Read More

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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