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First Impressions

by Jennifer Sparks on August 15, 2018 at 9:08 am

Walk into any nice hotel, and what is the first thing you see? A beautiful display of flowers. How did it make you feel? Many hotels and resorts use flowers to create a first impression and make you feel welcome. Likely the reason for your stay is for vacation or a business trip — either way, you want to be put at ease, and if a smile appears on your face, even better. Flowers can do that.

It’s not just a theory that the presence of flowers makes you happy, it’s scientifically proven. In fact, a study by Rutgers University demonstrates flowers’ unique ability to create instant delight — the same kind of true smiles that come when you see a baby or a puppy.

Flowers can enhance the entryway of your own home too, and make guests feel welcome the minute they enter the door. And whether you have guests or not, use flowers to create warm feelings in your home, to start you off with a smile in the morning, or greet you upon your return after a long day. Who wouldn’t want that?  Read More

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The Secret to Happy

by Jennifer Sparks on August 2, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Have you ever wondered why the Disney parks, or any amusement park for that matter, are so perfectly landscaped? The streets and walkways are impeccably clean, the rides are fabulous, the food is fun, the music and marching bands create a lively atmosphere. So why go the extra mile to showcase and maintain such beautiful greenery, manicured gardens, and stunning hanging planters?

Is it just for aesthetics? Not likely. You see, these companies are ‘in the know’ on the importance of providing you with an amazing experience, even when you are hot, tired or hungry amidst all the fun. They want you to be distracted from the long lines, and to smile and focus on the wonder that is about to come with each ride, show, or refreshment.  Read More

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Ultra Violet Blooms

by Carol Caggiano on June 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm

Ultra Violet BloomsFloral designers everywhere cheered when Pantone named Ultra Violet as its color choice of the year for 2018.  This vibrant shade of purple is readily available in floral varieties of all seasons and price points making it possible for any occasion to be celebrated including this energetic and imaginative hue. For me, violet is quite versatile becoming an imaginative pairing with almost any other hue. With neutrals it is elegant and thoughtful, with more vibrant hues it becomes energetic and festive. Violet is powerful yet spiritual, influential yet mystical allowing its presence in a color palette to influence mood and create an ambiance that is magical.

Nature loves purple. It is powerful on it’s own while at the same time creating either a background or focal point for other hues.  Read More

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It’s been a long wait but it finally feels like spring in the Mid-Atlantic region! Once that happens, I can’t wait to enhance my outdoor spaces with flowering plants. I am fortunate to be surrounded by many trees, providing green therapy much of the year.  Read More

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A big fluffy arrangement of garden hydrangea accented with sweet spray roses and a bold pop of color with Asiatic lilies.

We all know that one special day in May is reserved for Mom; it’s her day. While we fret over what to get, never underestimate the power of flowers.

Because a delivery of flowers is never expected, even for Mother’s Day, it is always exciting to be on the receiving end of such a beautiful gift. With so many floral choices, where is the best place to turn? Your local florist.

Take the time to pop into your local shop and have a look around. If you’re looking for a special flower or color palette, ask if it’s available.

Ask what original designs might be available at that shop and be open to suggestions.   Read More