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Photo Courtesy Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA,Koehler & Dramm's Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis, https://www.kdfloralinstitute.com/My 4-year-old grandson and I were walking through an inside public area that had many planters. He walked up to one plant with brown leaves, visibly in need of water. “This hurts my feelings,” he said. Seeing the plant in bad shape made him sad.

Research proves flowers and plants make us happy and benefit our emotional health. However, I had never considered the opposite emotional response to seeing flowers and plants in poor condition.

Just like my grandson’s reaction, it hurts my feelings to see plants turn brown from neglect. It hurts my feelings to see a floral design in a vase of dirty water with fuzzy stems or dead flowers.

The beauty and ephemeral nature of flowers make them special gifts. For maximum enjoyment, take care of them. When the water turns cloudy, empty the vase and refill with fresh water mixed with floral food. If possible, re-cut the stems with a sharp knife before placing them in the fresh water. When flowers start to fade, clip them.  Read More

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Summer is here, and a new season usually means general interior refreshing. For a quick and easy transformation, look to the beauty provided by Mother Nature. A plant, or two (or three) can transform a space and breathe new life to tired décor. Greenery, the Pantone Color of the Year, can be taken two ways; it’s a fabulous hue and it is also a term used for foliage plants. Coming in so many varieties, there is a plant perfect for every room of the house and every level of plant expertise.

For the plant novice, you want to be promised success. Look for a plant with flexible water and light needs. Most everyone can keep the trending succulent plants alive. You can set these on a table and forget about them. Occasionally add a bit of water. Mostly, you may have to add a light dusting to your housekeeping agenda to keep them pretty.

Succulent - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

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Flower Fashion: Staying in Style

by Michael Skaff on May 14, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Blooms that have layers of multiple petals, such as garden roses, green hydrangea, ruffled peonies, and gillyflower are on the rise. These flowers offer not only beauty, but a textured look that make them stand out in any flower arrangement.How often to do you reach for the same type of flower? Or the same color flower? It’s easy to get stuck in a rut.

The great thing about buying flowers is that we have so many choices. Talk to your local florist to make a gift of flowers customized to delight your special recipient.

Your florist can help you make the best choice when selecting flowers and help you to create an arrangement you and your recipient will love. Your florist has a design sensibility for putting items together to make a fresh statement, whether it be gifts, wedding and event décor, office décor, or even selecting accents for your home. Use their expertise to your advantage.

Some on-trend looks in floral design that have a big “wow” factor include:  Read More

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Spring Flowers and Plants Celebrate Easter

by Lisa Greene on April 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Easter Flowers by Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI: Blue hydrangea, peach hypericum, green roses, blue delphinium, iris and cymbidium orchids accented with pussy willow, eucalyptus and English ivy fill a ruffled white cache pot.For many, thoughts of Easter signal a feeling of new beginnings. Whether you look at spring in nature or to your inner self for an emergence of new hope for humanity, a glance at bright flowers reassures the psyche. Flowers bring peace, wonder and comfort in their simple beauty.

Celebrating Easter with flowers and plants is as simple as stopping by the florist shop. Pick up loose flowers to fill a favorite vase. Ask for a customized centerpiece, buffet arrangement or foyer piece with spring flowers to complement your home interiors. Here, blue hydrangea, peach hypericum, green roses, blue delphinium, iris and cymbidium orchids accented with pussy willow, eucalyptus and English ivy fill a ruffled white cache pot.

Great choices in blooming plants for Easter include azaleas, hydrangea, cyclamen and, of course, spring bulbs. The queen of Easter plants is the Easter lily with its stately white blossoms and once a year scent.

Easter lilies are easy to care for and can be enjoyed for several weeks. Place your lily in an area where it will get indirect or bright diffused light. Water your plant when the soil surface is dry; do not allow the soil to dry completely or conversely to waterlog it. It is recommended that you remove the pollen anthers when the flower first opens to save having to clean the yellow stains that they cause.  Read More

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Spring for Tropical Flowers

by Ardith Beveridge on March 18, 2017 at 2:08 am

Tropical Flowers - Photo Courtesy Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA,Koehler & Dramm's Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis, https://www.kdfloralinstitute.com/I’m writing this post on a beautiful March morning when the wind is looking for the warm spring skies to blow in. This is the time of year when anything can happen weather-wise. In the past few days, we have had hail, snow, sunshine and wild turkeys walking around, even on busy roads.

One thing consistent about March is we like to brighten up our indoor spaces — our homes and offices. Tropical flowers are a great choice. They transport us to beautiful and exotic places.

I have always enjoyed designing with tropical flowers because of their beauty and also because of their unpredictable nature. Their lines, shapes, colors, sizes and textures change with each flower and create a stunning presentation. Everything goes together — no matching. Tropical flowers are stunning with roses, lilies, stock, and every other flower that comes to mind.  Read More