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Thanking Staff on Admin Day

by Jenny Scala on April 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Administrative Professionals Day flowersAdministrative Professionals Day, also known as Secretaries or Admin Day, is celebrated annually on the Wednesday during Administrative Professionals Week, the last full week of April. This year, Administrative Professionals Week is April 23 – 29, 2017.

The observance began in the 1950s by what is now the International Association of Administrative Professionals to recognize secretaries and attract young people to secretarial careers. Today, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. It is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people for observances ranging from community luncheons and educational seminars, to bosses recognizing their support staff with gifts of appreciation.

Flowers and plants go a long way in recognizing employees. When you say “thanks” with a floral gift, you’ll notice more smiles around the office. When people get flowers and plants, they feel appreciated. You’ll even notice a boost in morale and productivity. Texas A&M University research proves it all.

Not sure what type of floral arrangement or plant to send? No problem. Your florist is an expert at Administrative Professionals Day gifts.

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Wonderful Wristlets

by Shelby Shy on April 17, 2017 at 6:44 am

Prom is such a special time! As a florist for more than 40 years, we have seen the prom corsage design change over the years. Even with all the change, flowers continue to be the star of the corsage, also known as “wristlet.” However, over the past couple of years not only has the flower been the main component of the wristlet, ribbon and flower accents have become a great way to add personality and make your wristlet uniquely yours.  Here are a few:

The blue bom dendrobium orchids are a hit with girls wearing any hue related to blue tones. A peacock feather can add some special flair.

Prom Wristlets - Photo Courtesy: Floral design created by Tricia Upshaw, AIFD, AMF and Aaron Lemaster of Shirley’s Flower Studio Rogers, Arkansas. Photography by Lumos Images

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Spring Flowers and Plants Celebrate Easter

by Lisa Greene on April 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Easter Flowers by Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI: Blue hydrangea, peach hypericum, green roses, blue delphinium, iris and cymbidium orchids accented with pussy willow, eucalyptus and English ivy fill a ruffled white cache pot.For many, thoughts of Easter signal a feeling of new beginnings. Whether you look at spring in nature or to your inner self for an emergence of new hope for humanity, a glance at bright flowers reassures the psyche. Flowers bring peace, wonder and comfort in their simple beauty.

Celebrating Easter with flowers and plants is as simple as stopping by the florist shop. Pick up loose flowers to fill a favorite vase. Ask for a customized centerpiece, buffet arrangement or foyer piece with spring flowers to complement your home interiors. Here, blue hydrangea, peach hypericum, green roses, blue delphinium, iris and cymbidium orchids accented with pussy willow, eucalyptus and English ivy fill a ruffled white cache pot.

Great choices in blooming plants for Easter include azaleas, hydrangea, cyclamen and, of course, spring bulbs. The queen of Easter plants is the Easter lily with its stately white blossoms and once a year scent.

Easter lilies are easy to care for and can be enjoyed for several weeks. Place your lily in an area where it will get indirect or bright diffused light. Water your plant when the soil surface is dry; do not allow the soil to dry completely or conversely to waterlog it. It is recommended that you remove the pollen anthers when the flower first opens to save having to clean the yellow stains that they cause.  Read More

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Celebration Boutonniere This new Forever stamp is similar in design to the two-ounce Celebration Corsage stamp and can be used for weddings and RSVP cards. It also is perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, announcements, birthday cards, Father's Day cards and other occasions. The stamp art features a photograph of an arrangement of ranunculus, with floral accents of succulents, Astrantia, Berzelia, and clubmoss greenery. The ribbon wrapping the stems harmonizes with the colors and textures of the plant material. The boutonniere was arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

Celebration Boutonniere Stamp

In my career, I have designed flowers for many different occasions large and small, happy and sad. I’ve created flowers to say “I’m sorry,” “I love you” and sometimes just “Wow.” I approached holidays, weddings, birthdays and funerals, creating an appropriate design for each one, thousands and thousands of them over the years. Recently, I had the opportunity to create a floral design for something I had never done before — a U.S. postage stamp

The plan was to show a coordinating boutonnière and corsage with a natural look featuring soft colors and textures for a wedding on a pair of stamps. As the project developed, the theme broadened to “Celebration” to encompass all occasions for wearing flowers. A wedding, of course, is one such occasion, however there are many more: birthdays, anniversaries, proms, showers, retirements, graduations, promotions and honorary events, just to name a few.  Read More

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It’s prom time, and such an exciting time as you search for just the right dress, the perfect shoes, schedule hair and nail appointments, and plan so many other details.

Prom Floral Fashion — Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCI, Fitz Design

One important detail is the selection of your prom flowers. They are a creative expression of your unique personality and style.  Read More