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Wedding Corsages Make a Comeback

by Suzie Kostick on January 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

Wedding Corsages — Photo Courtesy Fitz DesignWhen planning flowers for their weddings, one of the most overlooked details by brides is the corsage. In years past, the corsage held an important role in weddings, adorning the wrists and shoulders of the mothers of the bride and groom, grandmothers, special guests, even the bride herself could be found wearing a beautiful corsage. With changing traditions and trends, the corsage, which was all but forgotten, is making a comeback. The options for flowers-to-wear for weddings is better and more beautiful than ever.

The traditional wrist corsage can now include keepsake-worthy jewelry made specifically so that your professional florist can easily add the flowers of your choice, which can later be removed, leaving a beautiful bracelet to wear over and over again.  Read More

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Go Green in Your Office with Plants

by Brian Wheat on January 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

Office Plants at Work — Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.comNeed to add some character to your workplace? Houseplants, or in this case office plants, help promote well-being and create natural space and separations in an office climate.

Easy care, low light and low cost make traditional foliage plants a bargain, and gosh darn it, they make you feel good in a concrete jungle. The right plant in the right location will bring you years of enjoyment.

Plus, they’ll make you work smarter. Texas A&M University research demonstrates that workers’ idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

In addition, the NASA Clean Air Study  proves plants’ abilities to cleanse our office and home air of pollutants and toxins. Thanks, Mother Nature for your green gift of health working in an office scenario, filtering 24/7.   Read More

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Three Outstanding Roses for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

Roses are the most popular flower in the United States and giving roses is a favorite way to say, “I love you.” Last Valentine’s Day, an estimated 250 million roses were produced for the holiday. While red roses are the No. 1 floral gift purchased for Valentine’s Day, there are hundreds of varieties of roses to choose from with many different and exciting characteristics that make each of them unique, such as color, stem length, petal count, and fragrance to name just a few.

Last September during the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition, there were 67 types of roses showcased. Here is a look at the three roses that earned Best in Class recognition. This is the final chapter in a three-part series.

Best Standard Rose: If you’re a classic romantic, you can’t help falling in love with ‘Black Pearl’. No, this is not Johnny Depp’s ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This ‘Black Pearl’ is a sophisticated rose with smooth, velvety crimson petals and can bloom for up to 2 weeks.

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Three More Outstanding Flowers for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

During the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition last September, a panel of floral experts evaluated 184 types of flowers during one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions. They awarded 11 “Best in Class” ribbons to the flowers that earned top marks in their category, such as best rose or best carnation. Earlier, we looked at five of them, including the Best in Show and People’s Choice pick. Here is a look at three more. This is the second in a three-part series.

Best Potted Flowering Plant: African violets make delightful gifts for any occasion. ‘Ingrid’ is hailed as the “start of a new generation” of African violets. The judges adored its perfect pink, semi-double flowers and its full, lush leaves.

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Outstanding Flowers for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm

SAF Outstanding Varieties Competition The Society of American Florists holds one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions during its annual convention. Flower growers from Florida, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, and Tennessee as well as Colombia and Ecuador brought what they considered to be their most exceptional flower varieties to the last Outstanding Varieties Competition in September. They exhibited 184 types of roses, chrysanthemums, bulb flowers, gerberas, alstroemeria, carnations, potted flowering plants and decorative foliage.

A panel of floral experts evaluated the blooms on a range of criteria including color, commercial appeal, bloom form and size, and overall presentation. The panel choose the best flower in 11 categories and had the difficult task of crowning one Best in Show. Convention attendees voted for their favorite and gave it the People’s Choice honor. This is the first in a 3-part series showcasing these outstanding flowers.

Best In Show and Best Cut Bulb: An Oriental Lily named ‘Tabledance’ won the hearts of judges and the contest’s top honor. Its subtle sweet fragrance and magnificent blooms make it stand out. The judges also point out its dreamy gradation from pink (similar hue to Pantone’s Rose Quartz in 2016) to a bright white in the center.

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