Make Any Day SpecialThere is something about summer that causes our social lives to “bloom.” Maybe it’s that we are outside more to connect with neighbors and those around us, or possibly that we have some time off from work, school or other commitments, which then gives us the opportunity to travel, visit friends and family, or maybe they come to visit us. Picnics and barbeques are the norm, and the “living is easy” and fun.

Summer also represents the space between adventures. The end of the school year starts summer and the beginning of a new school year ends it. Work often slows down during the summer months giving everyone a little break before things ramp up in the fall. Camp, vacation and other special activities pop up during this season, which is no wonder why we all look forward to it so much.

No matter what our plans are for summer, there are always people that make this time of year special and remarkable. Your favorite teacher or coach, a graduate, a host or hostess, all play a part in our summer experience. Or what about those great neighbors or friends that take care of our pets, water our plants, bring in the mail, watch our kids or any number of tasks that make it possible for us to do what we do?

Shop Locally, Live ColorfullyOr what about those great neighbors or friends that take care of our pets, water our plants, bring in the mail, watch our kids or any number of tasks that make it possible for us to do what we do?

Saying thanks in a special way, of course, means giving flowers. Whether you have something lovely delivered or you pick up something to bring yourself, flowers are always the right gift to let someone know you appreciate them.

Receiving flowers is not only special, but memorable, too. Research shows that most people can remember exactly the last time they received flowers. Research also lets us know that flowers make the recipient truly happy. What better way to show our appreciation? Sometimes choosing what to send can be challenging. There are so many choices and it can be overwhelming. Whenever I send flowers or order an arrangement to pick up, I always ask what the florist would recommend. He can tell you what he has that would work for your occasion and budget.

If you are ordering online, you can always choose from the offerings on the website. However, I find a quick call to the shop to see if they have something special available is always worth the extra step.

Bright and happy color choices are perfect for this time of year. Whether the design is spontaneous or more structured, beautiful flowers are always the right choice.

Don’t forget about plant options. Especially during the summer, there are festive seasonal varieties available such as the exotic Bromeliad or the colorful kalanchoe.

Bromeliad — Photo Courtesy Carol Caggiano, AIFD, PFCI

Bromeliad

Add a creative container, and you have an appropriate gift for almost anyone.

Kalanchoe — Photo Courtesy Carol Caggiano, AIFD, PFCI

Kalanchoe

Summer never seems to last long enough and is always over too soon, but it’s a great time to say thank you to those we care about with flowers.

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