Category: ‘Flower Facts’

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Experience holiday peace, not stress

by Jennifer Sparks on November 28, 2018 at 8:26 am

We are embarking on a wonderful season of joy and festive celebration! But let’s face it, decking the halls and many other to-do’s in the month of December can also bring stress. According to a recent poll, 68 percent of people feel stress on a daily basis, and 32 percent experience stress daily. Add the busyness of the holidays — from shopping, to organizing the guest lists, to putting up the decorations, wrapping presents, etc., etc., etc. — our feelings of overwhelm are heightened, as we worry about how everything will get done.

It’s important in these hectic times to step back, breathe, and take small opportunities to have a moment of calm, so we can enjoy the holiday festivities, rather than stress over them. Easier said than done, I know! But science offers a surprisingly simple solution: FLOWERS.

New research from the University of North Florida shows that women who lived with flowers, even just for a few days, reported a significant reduction in their stress levels. Click here to hear the results straight from the researcher herself.

Could it really be that easy? You’d be surprised at how just having flowers in your environment can make a difference in how you and your family approach your day. Try one or more of these tips on how flowers can help you and your loved ones have a productive, and enjoyable,  holiday season:

Combat Day-to-Day Busyness and Overwhelm: Keeping flowers on the kitchen counter, bedside table, or even the bathroom – somewhere that you will see as you are coming and going – can help provide a reminder to take a mental break. Flowers have a calming effect. We can use it to our advantage during busy times. 

Support Stressed Out Friends: We can help our friends cope with daily stress too. An unexpected surprise gift of flowers for a friend can go a long way. It might be the best gift they receive this season!

Show Appreciation to the Busy Party Host: Especially now that we have scientific proof of their positive impact on our well being – I find flowers are a great way to show our appreciation to the host of a holiday party. For instance, send flowers to the house the day before so he or she can experience their calming effects during the preparations — or thank them after the party is over.

Minimize Family Dinner Friction: If you sense there might be some conflict at the family gathering, use the stress-relieving effects of flowers to “ease the tension” by having flowers right there on the dinner table. It’s worth a try, and might take the conversation in a more agreeable direction.

Help Prevent Loneliness: As wonderful as the holidays can be for most, for some it is a season of loneliness — missing deceased loved ones, not having family in town, or even estrangement from relatives.  This can be a stressful time, and flowers can be a real help to show a neighbor or friend that they are acknowledged and cared for.

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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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Caring for Your Valentine’s Day Flowers

by Jenny Scala on February 15, 2017 at 6:29 am

Photo courtesy of Syndicate Sales, Inc.; <a href="http://www.syndicatesales.com" rel="nofollow">www.syndicatesales.com</a> Floral designer Alice Sweet, Palmer-Kelley, Carmel,INIsn’t it a wonderful feeling, getting flowers? Are you still smiling? I bet you are. Rutgers University research shows the presence of flowers makes us happy.

Make those good feelings last longer with a little tender loving care for your floral gift.

 It’s easy to care for flowers: 

  • Display your flowers away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents. Avoid placing flowers directly under ceiling fans
  • Check the water daily. Does the vase have enough water, and does it look clean? If the water becomes cloudy, you need to replace it, use the little flower food packets, and follow the directions. 
  • You also can re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. And keep the leaves out of the water. 
  • For more details on flower care, click here

Enjoy your flowers and appreciate the Valentine who sent them to you!

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Three Outstanding Roses for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

Roses are the most popular flower in the United States and giving roses is a favorite way to say, “I love you.” Last Valentine’s Day, an estimated 250 million roses were produced for the holiday. While red roses are the No. 1 floral gift purchased for Valentine’s Day, there are hundreds of varieties of roses to choose from with many different and exciting characteristics that make each of them unique, such as color, stem length, petal count, and fragrance to name just a few.

Last September during the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition, there were 67 types of roses showcased. Here is a look at the three roses that earned Best in Class recognition. This is the final chapter in a three-part series.

Best Standard Rose: If you’re a classic romantic, you can’t help falling in love with ‘Black Pearl’. No, this is not Johnny Depp’s ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This ‘Black Pearl’ is a sophisticated rose with smooth, velvety crimson petals and can bloom for up to 2 weeks.

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Three More Outstanding Flowers for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

During the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition last September, a panel of floral experts evaluated 184 types of flowers during one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions. They awarded 11 “Best in Class” ribbons to the flowers that earned top marks in their category, such as best rose or best carnation. Earlier, we looked at five of them, including the Best in Show and People’s Choice pick. Here is a look at three more. This is the second in a three-part series.

Best Potted Flowering Plant: African violets make delightful gifts for any occasion. ‘Ingrid’ is hailed as the “start of a new generation” of African violets. The judges adored its perfect pink, semi-double flowers and its full, lush leaves.

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