Category: ‘Flower Facts’

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Tropical Beauties of Maui

by Brian Wheat on November 1, 2016 at 1:01 am

Bird of Paradise — Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, ColoradoIt’s hard to believe summer is over and it’s already November. Thank goodness for flowers and plants, because they can transport you to another place.

With flowers, I can relive the magic of Hawaii.

In one of my earlier blogs, I coined the phrase “flower watching,” likening it to birdwatching when flower lovers are exploring on a trip or vacation.

My wife and I were blessed to have traveled to the Hawaiian island of Maui for the 132nd Annual Convention of the Society of American Florists.

And boy, did we flower watch. Read More

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Flowers Create Connection

by Jennifer Sparks on October 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm

screenshot-2016-10-19-14-09-07“I can’t believe you’re doing this. It made my day!”

“I was feeling really feeling down today, until now. I am moved to tears by this kindness.”

“I know just who I’m going to give these to.”

“My faith in humanity has been restored.”

Comments like these were made time and time again by people today, as the Society of American Florists (SAF) and florists nationwide hit the streets in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. In New York City alone, we gave out 4,400 bouquets to more than 2,000 lucky people. Why did we do it? Because on a random Wednesday, we wanted to spread a little happiness and remind Americans that there are some things that can still bring us together. We tried it the best way we know how – surprising people through flower power.

screenshot-2016-10-19-14-06-11In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, this “petal it forward” effort was meant to not only brighten the day of those receiving the bouquets, but recipients were also given a second bouquet to share with someone who needed a lift.

What is it about flowers that elicits feelings of happiness and provides a moment of calm from the stresses of the day? A recent study by SAF reaffirms that simply seeing or smelling flowers improves a person’s mood, and receiving a gift of flowers makes an occasion more memorable. These new findings back up previous research on flowers conducted by Rutgers University and Harvard University that scientifically demonstrate the positive impact flowers have on our emotional well-being. Another survey showed that when it comes to happiness, it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive. In fact, 80 percent of Americans reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy, while 88 percent reported that giving flowers makes them feel happy.

screenshot-2016-10-19-14-26-03We saw that today, as people in their mid-week slumps beamed with delight upon receiving flowers, and had a spring in their step as they left thinking about the family member, co-worker, or friend they planned to surprise with a bouquet. Some people turned around and gave their flowers to a complete stranger. We never know what our neighbor or the person walking beside us on the street might be going through, and  small, simple gestures can make a huge impact by spreading joy and goodwill. We’re glad we were able to give so many people that opportunity to make someone’s day. It’s a great feeling. It’s simply amazing how random acts of kindness can change someone’s day, or life. Try it — you’ll be glad you did. #petalitforward

See more of the flower power love below!

Who would you give flowers to? Why do you think it is important to brighten someone’s day?

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Family Fun with Herbs

by Ardith Beveridge on August 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Herbs-Photo-Courtesy-Koehler-&-DrammCut herbs are at their peak outdoors in the summer and early autumn.

Make plans with your kids to visit your local flower market to learn more about herbs. You and your family will be delighted, amazed and intrigued to see the large variety available. You’ll recognize many herbs right away. They are the ones that are most often used in cooking, such as dill, coriander, mint and lavender.

Try saying the names of herbs out loud. Do you immediately taste, see, feel and smell it with pleasure? Isn’t it interesting how easy it is to recall their fragrances and textures?

What herbs do your kids like on their pizza or other food? Tell them about the plant. Bring herbs home and look up uses for them in your food. There are wonderful recipes online. For the grownups, try Mint Mojitos.

In addition to enhancing our food and beverages, herbs have other uses. One of my personal favorite ways to use herbs is cutting a few fragrant stems, placing them in a charming small vase for display beside the bed or in the bathroom, or a work desk. Did you know your florist knows how to use herbs in floral arrangements, and can create a special gift for you to send to a loved one? Read More

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Everything is Coming Up Roses

by Carol Caggiano on May 31, 2016 at 7:49 am

Keira Roses - David Austin RosesThis month everything is rosy… literally! As roses are at their peak of bloom in June it seems only fitting for it to be National Rose Month. The rose is beloved year round, yet it seems appropriate to give it some extra attention in June. So loved is the rose by Americans, that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the rose as our National Flower in 1986.

“Roses are red…violets are blue” is a quote familiar to all of us, yet until 1800 all cultivated roses in Europe were shades of white or pink. The beloved red rose first came from China the beginning of the 19th century. Unusual green roses arrived a few decades later. A Frenchman by the name of Joseph Pernet-Ducher is credited with the discovery of the yellow rose around 1900, and we have had yellow and orange roses ever since. Intensive cultivation has revealed all of the remaining colors, except blue or black. Black is considered less than an attractive rose color, but the pursuit of the blue rose has been likened to the “Holy Grail.” Many have tried but none have truly succeeded. Progress has been made, and the quest continues. Read More

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Summer Flowers

by Stephen Rittner on May 16, 2016 at 5:22 am

Summer is a wonderful season. We enjoy swimming, boating, playing outdoor sports, and being at the beach. It is a great time to travel and visit new places, read new books and enjoy life. It is a good time to try new things.

I also like to think of summer as a wonderful time to experiment with flower choices. Here are a few of my favorite summer flowers. I hope you’ll check them out at your local florist.

Ranunculuses are available in many colors including purple, orange, yellow, pink and white. They are lovely featured all by themselves as a monobotanical arrangement. They also play well with others, such as the case of these pink ranunculuses in a traditional round arrangement with green hydrangea and silvery dusty miller.

Pink ranunculuses in a traditional round arrangement with green hydrangea and silvery dusty miller.

Although snapdragons are available throughout the year, we see a lot more of them in the summer. They come in all sorts of colors — pink, yellow, white, and orange, as well as multicolored varieties. If you squeeze a floret, it literally opens and closes its “mouth” — like a dragon’s mouth. Many people overlook this flower, which you can’t miss in this arrangement. The pink snapdragons reach tall and wide with their linear form.

The pink snapdragons reach tall and wide with their linear form.

While we are talking about linear flowers, let’s look at the eremurus, also known as desert candles or foxtail lilies. If you have a sense of adventure, consider it. Eremurus is a spectacular linear flower that comes in fiery whites, yellows and oranges.

Eremurus is a spectacular linear flower that comes in fiery whites, yellows and oranges. Read More