Category: ‘Easter’

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Celebrate Spring with the Easter Lily

by Brian Wheat on March 26, 2013 at 8:03 am
- Photo Courtesy Lafayette Florist & Greenhouses in Lafayette, Colo.,

– Photo Courtesy Lafayette Florist & Greenhouses in Lafayette, Colo.,

When I started working in our family greenhouses 30 years ago, my father-in-law, a respected and renowned grower, shared his floral wisdom. The perfect Easter lily, he told me, is one that when you knock on the door to deliver it to a customer, the vibration of the knock opens the first bloom for them to enjoy.

Along with colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and baskets, Easter lilies are a traditional part of the holiday celebration. The lily symbolizes purity, virtue and hope. As a gift or enjoyed in your home, it is a fitting symbol and tribute to the meaning of Easter — a time of rejoice and celebration.

This year, Easter is Sunday, March 31. Easter lilies make festive gifts. Call your florist or stop by the shop and pick one for yourself. When selecting Easter lilies, choose plants with healthy dark green leaves and one bloom opened with other buds puffy. Read More

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Get Ready for Easter, March 31

by Leanne Kesler on March 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

Easter GerberasI love the holidays. Thank goodness I am a florist. It allows me to celebrate each and every holiday multiple times. Not only do I decorate my own home, but I get to do the store displays and flowers for all my customers.

Easter is early this year, falling on Sunday, March 31. I’ve been saving eggshells since January. Quick tip on eggshells: Rather than break the egg in half, carefully tap the top and pour out the egg for use in cooking. Then, carefully, rinse the shell and let it dry. This is “re-use and recycle” at its finest. If you want to make your florist love you, take them cleaned eggs for designing — there are only so many eggs we can eat! And we florists will take your egg trays, too. Read More

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Tulips and Me: Shall We Dance?

by Carol Caggiano on April 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Happy Easter Everyone!

Photo Courtesy: Striking Photography by Bo

I love tulips. There is something about them that is so endearing. The way they “dance” is so fun and flirty. Never staying still, they constantly move around searching for light. Their blooms open wide in the day and close up at night. Not even content with their cut length, they continue to stretch and grow. Elongating stems extend further and further as their days in the vase move forward. Sometimes a frustration for floral designers, these animated blooms definitely “do their own thing.”

Many are bothered by the “stretching” nature of the tulip. They grow out of their bouquets and often their vases as well. It can be frustrating to arrange your flowers and then come back the next day to tulips that grow away from the other flowers, or if alone in the vase have extended past and even drooping over the container that holds them. It’s like containing a wild animal; they just don’t listen and want to be free. Read More

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Easter TulipsGrowing up, Easter meant going shopping and buying new everything — dress, shoes, hat and gloves (that shows how old I am). We colored eggs and made plans for a festive family Easter dinner after church on Sunday. The table was set with care, and there were always flowers. The garden was beginning to show color, and we gathered outdoors to take photographs of each other to commemorate the occasion and to compare years gone by. And oh my, how we enjoy those photos years later. The best was the hats!

Well we don’t seem to wear hats any more, and gloves are a thing of the past (other than to keep warm in the winter). Ladies used to wear a corsage of flowers to church on Easter Sunday, another custom that has gone by the wayside. Society has changed, and for many, the formality of Easter is not what it used to be. Large family dinners are often smaller and more casual sometimes evolving into a barbeque or picnic in areas where the weather allows. We don’t seem to travel to grandma’s house quite as much but we may choose Easter for that family vacation. Read More