Category: ‘Gifting’

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Easter Flowers and Traditions

by Suzie Kostick on April 15, 2019 at 5:55 am

Easter Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIEach holiday has its own traditions, ones that bring happy memories, and warm feelings that connect one generation to the next. This is certainly true for Easter with its cute bunnies, decorated eggs, baskets of candy, sunrise services and spring flowers.

It seems like flowers are in abundance this time of year, and for good reason. After a long cold winter, the bold colors and fragrant blossoms associated with spring and Easter are a welcomed reprieve.  Read More

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Valentine's Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Carolyn Minutillo AIFD, EMC, PFCI, of Lavender Hill LLC in Jeffersonville, IndianaAh, Valentine’s Day. The holiday always falls on the 14th of February, but still — somehow — seems to come out of nowhere. Don’t get caught off guard and end up scrambling to find a token of your affection. Flowers are the perfect gift.

Your sweetheart will appreciate and remember having received your Valentine’s Day flowers — especially if they’ve never received a floral delivery before. You will receive extra bonus points if your beautiful floral gift arrives in front of your sweetheart’s coworkers. Your love will be the topic of conversation for all of the right reasons, and you will be so happy you sent those flowers.

With so many sources available for purchasing flowers, it can be overwhelming to make the right decision. My favorite place to buy flowers is from a local professional florist.

What’s the benefit? First, by going in person, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with a sales person, designer or possibly the shop owner — any of whom can offer advice on the latest trends, the different meanings of flowers, etc.  You’ll have the chance to see the types of flowers they carry, the design styles they create, the green and blooming plants offered, and perhaps some extra little gifts that can enhance your order.  Read More

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Valentine’s Day: Then and Now

by Suzie Kostick on January 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Valentines' Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIBelieve it or not, Valentine’s Day was not created by florists, greeting card companies or candy makers.

In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius established February 14th as Valentine’s Day. Named for a martyred Christian saint, it was a move to cast the holiday’s predecessor, Lupercalia, as pagan. Celebrated by the ancient Romans, Lupercalia was a bacchanalian party meant to purify the city of evil spirits, releasing health and fertility.

Valentine’s Day as we know it started around the early 1800s, when companies began to mass-produce elaborately decorated cards, which were often attached to boxes of candy. As cut flowers became more accessible, they too became popular gifts given on this special day … and so, a tradition was born.

Valentines' Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIThe rose is undoubtedly the flower most associated with the modern Valentine’s Day, and flower shops carry a large selection of beautiful blossoms, some specifically brought in for Valentine’s Day. Florists select these blooms based on their longevity, color diversity, unique characteristics (such as petal shape) and fragrance.

Flowers come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and your florist can help you select the perfect gift to wow your sweetheart.  Read More

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Celebrating the Holiday with Poinsettias

by Lacee Bilke on December 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. You get to enjoy time with family and friends. Decorating the tree, baking cookies, holiday movies, Christmas lights, and gift exchanges. It is a special time of year to celebrate with loved ones.

The poinsettia is one of my favorites for the holiday. Most people see the poinsettia as a beautiful plant for gifts or to give your home pops of festive color. Did you know poinsettia blossoms also look great when added in floral arrangements?

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Thanksgiving Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIThanksgiving is a time when families gather, feasts are prepared, and we say our final goodbye to the growing season before winter covers the ground in a blanket of white.

There is something comforting about this autumn holiday as it provides time to pause and reflect on our surroundings and brings family and friends to the gathering table.

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to make sure flowers are part of your celebration. This time of year offers a variety of textural blossoms in rich tones of golden yellow, velvety burgundy and deep oranges.

Thanksgiving Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCISunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, lilies and alstroemeria are widely available this time of year and range in almost every color of an autumn sunset.

Combining these harvest favorites in vintage or rustic containers with accents of bittersweet or rose hips make for interesting centerpieces perfectly fit for a traditional Thanksgiving table.

But what if your style and tastes take you in a different direction?  Read More