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Flower Power

by Carol Caggiano on September 5, 2017 at 6:22 am

Vibrant shades of violet and green including anemone, veronica, carnations, hydrangea and hellebores designed in an organic looking stone container give us a modern and powerful expression of caring. Hanging amaranthus and clusters of berzilla berries add just the right amount of texture with bursts of luxurious ferns popping from the blooms introducing a woodsy touch, which is ones of today’s most popular trends.How often do we struggle for the right words? A friend is having a hard time, a family member is sick or maybe we think we might have met the “love of our life.” How do we let them know we how we feel?

Cards, letters, emails, instant messages, texts and even old-fashioned phone calls are options, but you need to know what to say. With flowers you can touch a heart without saying a word.

When I first came into the floral industry, the catch phrase was “Say it With Flowers,” and I think that is as true today as it was then, maybe even more so. Life has become more complicated, even though technology tells us everything is easier. Social media has allowed us to say anything to anyone and everyone all the time, but how often are our words misunderstood or overlooked?

Send someone flowers, and the heart knows right away what you are trying to express.

As a child of the ’60s and ’70s, I remember “Flower Power” being interpreted with big giant colorful daisy decals stuck on everything from clothing to furniture and even cars. Today, we interpret Flower Power with a beautiful collection of botanical materials in a stunning floral arrangement. Vibrant shades of violet and green including anemone, veronica, carnations, hydrangea and hellebores designed in an organic looking stone container give us a modern and powerful expression of caring. Hanging amaranthus and clusters of berzilla berries add just the right amount of texture with bursts of luxurious ferns popping from the blooms introducing a woodsy touch which is ones of today’s most popular trends.  Read More

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Let Your School Spirit Blossom

by Suzie Kostick on August 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Homecoming Corsage Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIIt’s back to school time, which means football games, pep rallies, parades and homecoming. For many high school students, this much-anticipated day is the first big social event of the school year. For college students and alumni, the big game and the many social events surrounding homecoming are an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and celebrate the big game.

Flowers have long held a place in the homecoming celebration. From the “football mums” for sprit week, lush bouquets of flowers for the queen and her court to the corsages and boutonnières for the dance, homecoming is in full autumn bloom.

Depending on where you reside in the country, your homecoming rituals may vary, but one consistent component is flowers. And really, what better way to show off school sprint than with corsages, football mums and roses?

Let’s take a closer look of some the staples when it comes to homecoming flowers.  Read More

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Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

A fun way to preserve the colors and textures of summer and bring them indoors is with dried flowers. You can dry and preserve your own garden beauties or go to a local florist and choose your favorite blooms in a variety of colors. An easy crafting idea is to highlight the flowers in frames and use as wall décor, adding interest, texture, and color to spots in your home.

Drying flowers is easier than you may think. Here are four popular ways to dry flowers.  Read More

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Awesome Aesthetics at Art in Bloom

by Stephen Rittner on July 21, 2017 at 6:24 am

“Flowers in Frame” by Paeonia Designs This year’s Art In Bloom at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts had some amazing displays. Floral designers paired works of art with tropical flowers. Another interpreted a black-and-white modern painting with flowers. There was even a floral arrangement designed differently on two sides to complement a Reliquary Figure.

And there was one floral design that wasn’t paired with a specific work of art — it literally mimicked art. “Flowers in Frame” by Paeonia Designs simulates a painting.

This floral design works so well on many levels. Check out what’s behind the frame:  Read More

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Floral Designs Match Works of Art

by Stephen Rittner on July 14, 2017 at 6:14 am

The fusion of floral designs with other types of art is celebrated in museums across the country with “Art in Bloom” exhibits. Art in Bloom originated in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1976. I love going to the exhibit every year. Here are some pieces from this year’s Art in Bloom at the MFA.

When you go to Art In Bloom, you never know what masterpieces will be paired with flowers. Will it be a bowl decorated by Jackson Pollock?

“Flight of Man” by Jackson Pollock interpreted with flowers by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Andover.

“Flight of Man” by Jackson Pollock interpreted with flowers by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Andover.

Or perhaps models of boats created by ancient Egyptians will inspire a floral designer.  Read More