Category: ‘Spring’

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April Showers

by Leanne Kesler on April 3, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Modern Garden — Flower Trends Forecast, http://www.flowertrendsforecast.com/trend4April Showers bring May Flowers. Or, you could say, April is the perfect month for showers. Baby showers and bridal showers fill the springtime month. It’s not a surprise when you take a look at the calendar. Most weddings are held in the summer – June through August. More babies are born in the summer than any other time of the year. Thus, if you want to shower someone with love prior to the big event, April wins with May a close runner-up.

Take a look at Pinterest and you will see too many inspirational pictures to count. Tips for food, tips for flowers, tips for décor and tips for party games. Scanning through the photo feed, your eyes begin to blur. And, let’s not even start with Instagram! There are hundreds of thousands of more ideas there.

How do you even begin planning a shower with such a plethora of options? Take a deep breath and start with the most important thing – flowers. Adding flowers to the event makes it a grand celebration. Fill the house with flowers (and delicious food) and everything else will fall into place. Stop in and visit with your florist.  They can help you pick flowers that coordinate with your theme and hunt down the guest of honor’s favorite blooms. Read More

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Spring Flowers by David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc.Easter is coming early this year on March 27, and it makes me break into song:

“Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way”

Tulips, iris, daffodils, euphorbia and more — flowers are blooming. Spring is an exciting time of the year. Nothing makes me happier than the blooming cherries, plums and magnolias. I’m smiling even as I type!

Are you ready for Easter fun and festivities? Peter Cottontail knows what’s needed. Come along and sing with me…

“Bringin’ every girl and boy
Baskets full of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter bright and gay

He’s got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There’s an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too”

You can help Peter with a visit to your favorite florist. Stop by today and gather floral gifts for everyone — your mom, sister and all your friends. A basket of flowers gets a contemporary update with luxurious garden roses and textural accents. Best of all, this is a fragrant gift – swoon.

Easter Basket by David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

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Bring A Little Bit of Spring Indoors

by Carol Caggiano on March 17, 2016 at 3:29 am

Tulips-CarolCaggianoSpring is not just a season; it is a state of mind. It’s a time of new beginning, a time of change. Everything seems new and fresh as the brown and cold of the winter are replaced with the green and warmth of spring.

We think of spring as a time to start a new project, clean the garage and ready the garden for the growing season ahead. Household projects that we have been putting off now become a priority. Thank goodness for spring as it inspires us to do all that stuff we have been procrastinating about.

Depending on where you live, it might still be chilly outside. Yet it takes only a little to bring the spirit of spring into our homes.

A few stems of tulips or daffodils, a butterfly, a bird with a branch, a nest with a few eggs are only a sampling of the small harbingers of spring that we can place on a table to lift our spirits. It doesn’t take much. Read More

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WheatGrassSeedlings-LafayetteFlorist As the season turns, it’s like Mother Nature’s Broadway — a new cast of characters is in the wings and preparing for the next big show. The brown and lifeless landscapes give way to shades of green and the sprouts of bulbs begin to emerge. The chirps of robins and flashes of red cardinals wake up slumbering shrubs with explosions of yellow from the forsythia. Ah, spring is in the air.

I think we feel the change in our lives; the sun is warmer and the skies bluer, the air is fresher and it carries the promise of new growth. Our inner farmer begins to emerge; we envision ourselves in a simpler time, cultivating the land, growing our own food to feed our families and animals.

Fast forward 100 years, when all of these labors are almost forgotten. We just stop at the grocery store and pick up whatever we need to sustain ourselves. Many folks are harking back to a time when you knew where your food came from and how it was grown and processed. I’ve noticed a resurgence in gardeners wanting to grow their own vegetables and flowers, like their ancestors did. Sure, most of us don’t want to hitch-up a team of draft horses to a plow a rocky field, but we do want to get our hands dirty and get back to our roots by growing plants (pun intended). Read More

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TulipVarieties-BrianWheat-LafayetteFloristAs winter recedes across the land, the promise of new life emerges from the soil. The grass takes on a familiar hue, and the smell of spring wafts in the garden. As the growing tips of fall planted bulbs push skyward, their history is deeply rooted in folklore and stories of power and intrigue.

From healing powers in Greek mythology to the Dutch Tulip Bubble of 1637, it’s a story worthy of the movie of the week or at least an exciting novel. Fortunes were made and lost, and lives forever changed over simple tulip bulbs.

At the peak of Tulip Mania in March of 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman of the era. Exported from the Netherlands to the world market for a hefty price, a coveted luxury item is now a very affordable common, but impressive, part of the American garden scape.

Gorgeous spring gardens are enhanced by the power of the bulb, an underground fleshy storage, whose life cycle delights us. As temperatures and moisture content speak to the inner bulb clock, its timing is a wonder of nature. Blooming occurs when conditions are perfect from early spring, mid spring and late spring. Read More