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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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Living Coral is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019. For those unfamiliar with Pantone, they are the color experts. The company’s founder developed a system for creating consistency in color identifying and matching which was a game-changer for standardizing colors in the textile and print industries. The company went on to create color guides for accurate color reproduction that are essential to in a multitude of industries, including clothing manufacturing, textiles, and graphic design. Pantone’s Color of the Year represents the pulse of our global culture and forecasts trends for the coming year.

Living Coral is described by Pantone as a “sociable and spirited” color that “welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.”

It has already appeared in Spring 2019 runways. Expect to see this year’s trendy color in clothing stores, formal wear, and accessories. Channel your inner fashionista by accenting your ensemble with lively pops of Living Coral fresh floral jewelry such as this necklace and ring.

Floral Necklace Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Living Coral — 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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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