Category: ‘Seasonal’

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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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April is Stress Awareness Month

by Jennifer Sparks on March 30, 2019 at 9:19 am

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Because almost everyone can relate to stress, health professionals and wellness experts across the country use this time to increase public awareness about the causes of stress and help people find ways to cope.

Americans are indeed stressed. Think about it: Taxes. Finances. Work overload. Health concerns. In fact, according to a survey by Wakefield Research, 68 percent of people feel stress on a weekly basis, and 32 percent are stressed every day. Women, in particular, are affected, as one in four report experiencing stress multiple times a day.

Here’s the good news: Scientific research offers a surprisingly simple way to help relieve it. According to a study conducted at the University of North Florida’s Department of Public Health, living with flowers significantly reduces stress. Lead researcher Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D., says these findings are important from a public health standpoint because “adding flowers to reduce stress does not require tremendous effort to generate a meaningful effect.”

These findings follow decades of behavioral research studies conducted by researchers at Harvard, Rutgers and Texas A&M that demonstrate flowers’ ability to enhance our well being, so it makes sense that flowers would help to provide a moment of calm amidst a hectic day.

Still not convinced? Do a little experiment and just try it. Read More

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Ready for Spring Flowers

by Lynne Tischler on March 18, 2019 at 11:52 am

For those of us in the north, sometimes it feels like winter will never end. Spring is a time of waiting with anticipation for the snow to melt. We eagerly look for signs that nature is waking up. We want to hear the birds chirping. We want to see buds, flowers, colors, and longer days. We are more than ready to ditch winter and everything that goes along with it. Your local florist can help you celebrate spring with cheerful seasonal looks perfect to add color to your indoor spaces. Here are a few examples:

Wire netting, river rocks, and a ceramic bowl become a structure for a modern garden display with scabiosa and butterfly ranunculus. The look is accented by delicate sprigs of maidenhair fern.

Spring Flowers — Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Jessie Thompson and Stacey Kreitzer of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota.yourenchantedflorist.net Read More

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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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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