Posts Tagged ‘Gifts’

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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: 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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Top Floral Trends for 2019

by Jenny Scala on December 25, 2018 at 11:29 pm

What are the top trends for flowers in 2019? Several floral designers who live and breathe trends gave us the inside scoop.

The most popular trend in floral design is texture. Think proteas, banksia, leucadendron, dahlias, cymbidium orchids, amaranthus, eucalyptus, dusty miller and astranthia. They all deliver texture.

This centerpiece is full of textural flowers in muted colors, pale peaches, blushes, and creams with touches of burgundy and brown. It’s a popular design style and color palette for weddings.

This centerpiece is full of textural flowers in muted colors, pale peaches, blushes, and creams with touches of burgundy and brown. It’s a popular design style for weddings. Photo Courtesy Denise Gehrke, AIFD, PFCI, of Destinations by Design Floral Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada

Foliages and green plants are more and more taking center stage in designs. It’s the 70s all over again, with some of today’s favorites including euphorbias, jades, succulents and other arid plants, such as tillandsia, to name a few.

This bridal bouquet exudes this “nature and natural” trend and showcases texture and pops of color.

 “Nature and natural” is a popular trend along with texture and pops of color. Photo Courtesy Carolyn Minutillo AIFD, EMC, PFCI, of Lavender Hill LLC in Jeffersonville, Indiana

Flowers with a long vase life and unique blooms, such as these cymbidium orchids, raspberries, berzillia and astrantia, make for a winning combination.

Flowers with a long vase life and unique blooms, such as these cymbidium orchids, raspberries, berzillia and astrantia, are trending. Photo by Laura Kozlowski, Floral Design by Lisa Greene AAF, AIFD, PFCI.

Ask your local florist for interesting varieties, foliages and floral textures for your arrangements.

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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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Your Florist and You

by Carol Caggiano on November 22, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Having spent a majority of my life in a retail flower shop, I have experienced firsthand the emotional connection with beautiful product and wonderful people.

Flowers are like magnets and draw people to them. How many of us can pass up a collection of beautiful flowers without a second glance?

At the shop, every morning, we would begin by getting ready for the day’s activities. Each person that came through the door, emailed or called on the phone was driven by an emotion, and we needed to be ready to help. A new baby was born, someone was ill, a thank you was in order or maybe an apology, a prom corsage to be selected or a wedding to be planned, any of which could be the business at hand. They were happy, sad, concerned, excited, confused, and they knew who could help — their florist.

Before I was involved in the floral business, I was a floral customer. My brother needed a prom corsage, I took care of ordering it with the help of the local florist. My parents’ wedding anniversary needed attention; I just naturally went to the florist as they always knew the best thing to choose. When my grandmother died, the florist was at the top of the list.

We didn’t know a lot about flowers, but my family liked flowers and always made them an important part of family events big or small, happy or sad. We didn’t need to know a lot because the florist always gave us options and helped us make the right choices. I have to admit, they we took this service for granted. We would just call or pop into the shop with full confidence that they would take care of everything.   Read More