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This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. No matter how the leprechauns are celebrating — from a low-key corned beef and cabbage family dinner at home to a shamrockin’ party — floral gifts and decorations add to the merriment.

Start the countdown to St. Patrick’s Day by treating yourself to flowers on your office desk. They’ll keep your spirits up through the workweek until the Friday night festivities.

St. Patrick's Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

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Sure-to-Please Christmas Gift Ideas

by Shelby Shy on December 19, 2015 at 8:26 am

White Centerpiece —Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.Create happiness for yourself and others this holiday season with festive gifts from your neighborhood florist. The bells have been ringing and jingling in our flower shop and I’m excited to show you the top Christmas décor and gift ideas we have been seeing.

My favorite thing to do this year for Christmas décor is hanging floral installations!  In this seating area, we created an armature out of birch branches and hung silver dusted pinecones, icicle ornaments and fresh white calla lilies from it. It’s a perfect way to make a real statement at your next gathering. Read More

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Holiday Memories and Poinsettias

by Brian Wheat on December 15, 2015 at 7:56 am

IMG_0717As the holidays approach we start thinking of decorating, not only the outside of our homes, but the interior as well. The tradition of reds and greens, accented with gold and silver, bring back fond memories of Christmases past and the excitement of making new ones. Growing up in Central Illinois on a farm, we always had a seven-foot fresh-cut fragrant pine with big multi-colored bulbs. We adorned our tree with lots of handmade ornaments, a few store bought glass ones, popcorn strings, colorful paper chains, and tinsel — lots of shiny silver tinsel. My Mom would hang a nice fresh wreath on the front door, and garland on the stair banister. And there were always red poinsettias.

On the red and white checkered tablecloth that covered the kitchen table, there was always a welcoming treat of mixed nuts in the shell — walnuts, almonds, hazelnut and Brazil nuts — in a festive bowl, accompanied with an old-school steel nutcracker to wrestle them open. Peppermint candy canes and old-fashioned mixed hard candy were a daily holiday treat. The smells of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and cherry cobbler wafted throughout the old farm house. It was almost like a Norman Rockwell scene waiting to be painted. I remember those days fondly, as a child, with my four brothers and sisters anticipating the arrival of Santa.

Okay, enough childhood memories of the sixties and my Mom’s red poinsettias. Fast forward 50-plus years, to my poinsettias of today: New shades, styles and textures of Christmases to come. Read More

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Mix and Match for Christmas

by Carol Caggiano on December 10, 2015 at 7:51 am

Caggiano photo 4_Christmas blogChristmas is fast approaching and if you are like me you are beginning to think of entertaining family, neighbors and friends. The time comes when the tree is up and the house looks great, ready for one guest or twenty, and to make it perfect fresh flowers are the finishing touch. With multiple things going on I like to make my décor a little convertible so that I don’t have to change everything for each gathering.

Picking a theme is usually a good way to start, and color is a huge part of the decision. Red and green is, of course, traditional but for the more contemporary home almost any color story can work. Adding colors that coordinate with your home’s décor can make your decorating sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing. Metallics such as gold, silver, copper or bronze should also be considered and can add a wonderful dimension to whatever your color palette. Read More