Category: ‘Love’

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Mom + Flowers = Happy Memories

by Lisa Greene on May 4, 2019 at 3:10 pm

As a child, many of us picked flowers for our mothers. We would present them to her, and our reward was a beautiful smile and a big hug. No matter our age, that feeling of mom’s hug is always welcome. You have grown up, and so have your choices of where to “pick” flowers. The local florist is a great place to start. Many shops are run by established entrepreneurs or “makers” passionate about the craft. Buy flowers from a purveyor who loves flowers and you will be supporting people who give back to their community that supports them.

What to look for? Every mom is blessed with a unique personality. Choose flowers that reflect her taste and style. This casual design features an upscale selection of flowers, vines and greens. Green hydrangea, lisianthus, clematis, cymbidium orchids, alliums, jasmine and olive greenery are nestled in a bamboo bowl.Mother's Day Flowers by Lisa Greene AAF, AIFD, PFCI

This centerpiece would be perfect for a formal Mother’s Day brunch. The table set would be set with heritage china, vintage silver and linen featuring hues of blue and lavender. The flowers include: Queen Anne’s Lace, iris, geranium foliage, silver dollar eucalyptus, kale, stock, drumstick allium, sunflower, dianthus, and tansy set in a heavy glass footed bowl.

Mother's Day Flowers by Lisa Greene AAF, AIFD, PFCI

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Every Valentine’s Day floral arrangement is an expression of love. As a florist, it is truly a privilege and honor to see how people love and be a part of their love story. Here are a few examples of different ways flowers show affection and reveal part of your sweetheart’s personality:

Some Valentines carefully select each blossom for their beauty and meaning. The card messages that accompany these bouquets melt my heart. Each flower in this hand-tied bouquet was chosen for its meaning: alstroemeria symbolizes “devotion,” ranunculus “radiant charm,” tulip “perfect love,” and stock “lasting love”.

Valentine's Day Flowers - Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Jessie Thompson of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota.yourenchantedflorist.net

Some Valentines celebrate the contemporary and gravitate toward an arrangement like this one with trendy metallic accents. Elegant cymbidium orchids and spray roses are surrounded by foliage with eye-catching whispers of gold in a compact design.

Valentine's Day Flowers - Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Jessie Thompson of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota.yourenchantedflorist.net

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Happiness Delivered

by Carol Caggiano on September 27, 2017 at 6:30 am

Rutgers University research shows flowers create instant delight and have a long-term positive effect on moods. We are in constant search of happiness. We want to be happy, and we want those around us to be happy too. Often, making others happy is how we achieve happiness for ourselves. There are lots of ways to create happiness, but one I know that works every time is sending someone flowers. Numerous Rutgers University studies on the subject each time concluding that flowers make people truly happy. Surprising someone with an unexpected delivery of flowers creates smiles all around both for the recipient and the sender.

I’ve worked with flowers my whole life and one question that always has a positive answer is when you ask someone if they remember the last time they were sent flowers. They always know. Sadly for some, that occasion was many years ago but they still remember it vividly. For that memory to be so easy to recall must mean that it was important, important to them. You’ll also notice that as they recall this memory they smile. Now that is Flower Power at its best.  Read More

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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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20170214_0122As seniors age, they experience different living situations and greater life changes, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Research shows that one solution to the challenges seniors face can be as simple as a gesture of kindness. In fact, a study by Rutgers University demonstrates that the receipt of flowers decreases depression and encourages companionship as we age. The research also shows that seniors perform higher on everyday memory tasks and experience enriched personal memories in the presence of flowers.

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-11-35-39-pmAs a society, it is important that we show the elderly they are loved and cared for. This past Valentine’s Day, the Society of American Florists did just that, as we gave roses and shared smiles and conversations with nearly 200 seniors in two assisted living communities in Alexandria, Virginia. Our “Cupid Crew” was among the 1,000 volunteers in dozens of events nationwide delivering 10,000 roses to senior citizens through the national wish-granting organization, Wish of a Lifetime.

In the Rutgers study, 81 percent of seniors reported a reduction in depression following the receipt of flowers. Forty percent of seniors reported broadening their social contacts beyond their normal social circle of family and close friends. And, 72 percent of the seniors who received flowers scored very high on memory tests in comparison with seniors who did not receive flowers.

img_7195These findings played out right before us as we handed these roses to seniors — their eyes lit up and many seemed genuinely appreciative of our gesture of compassion. This simple gesture of handing them a rose helped to open up communication and spur more lively conversation. It made a difference in their day.

It doesn’t take a lot to change a moment in time, as a little kindness goes a long way. Try it. Visit an elderly neighbor or your local senior center. Want to ensure smiles? Bring flowers.20170214_0101

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