Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

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St. Patrick’s Day Flowers

by Stephen Rittner on March 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

StPatricksDay1-RittnerThe history behind this holiday is fascinating. St Patrick’s original name was Maewyn Succat, and he was most likely Scottish in origin. After being enslaved, he developed a strong sense of faith. He was undoubtedly a great teacher, and strong evangelist and used visual aids, such as the shamrock, to explain the trinity and promote Christianity in Ireland.

Many folks think of St Patrick’s Day as a day to celebrate being Irish and Irish Culture. While that is true, this holiday has gone far beyond that. Although it is celebrated throughout the world, St. Patrick’s Day in the United States has come to represent the best of our pluralistic American society. It has become a community-wide event where the Irish welcome everyone regardless of ethnicity and religion to join them in celebration. As the common phrase goes… “You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!”

St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful excuse for a party, and floral gifts and floral decorations enhance any celebration. With the traditional St. Patrick’s Day colors of green and white, there is a huge range of flower options for St. Patrick’s Day. Not only are there dyed green flowers, but there are also flowers with natural green hues, such as Fuji mums, ‘Green Trick’ dianthus and Athos Poms. Pair the greens with white from roses, tulips, carnations, miniature carnations, snapdragons or Fuji mums.

Going back to green flowers … one of my favorite green flowers is the Bells of Ireland. This amazing flower twists and turns. It is a must-have for St. Patrick’s Day.

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WheatGrassSeedlings-LafayetteFlorist As the season turns, it’s like Mother Nature’s Broadway — a new cast of characters is in the wings and preparing for the next big show. The brown and lifeless landscapes give way to shades of green and the sprouts of bulbs begin to emerge. The chirps of robins and flashes of red cardinals wake up slumbering shrubs with explosions of yellow from the forsythia. Ah, spring is in the air.

I think we feel the change in our lives; the sun is warmer and the skies bluer, the air is fresher and it carries the promise of new growth. Our inner farmer begins to emerge; we envision ourselves in a simpler time, cultivating the land, growing our own food to feed our families and animals.

Fast forward 100 years, when all of these labors are almost forgotten. We just stop at the grocery store and pick up whatever we need to sustain ourselves. Many folks are harking back to a time when you knew where your food came from and how it was grown and processed. I’ve noticed a resurgence in gardeners wanting to grow their own vegetables and flowers, like their ancestors did. Sure, most of us don’t want to hitch-up a team of draft horses to a plow a rocky field, but we do want to get our hands dirty and get back to our roots by growing plants (pun intended). Read More

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Cinco de Mayo Parties

by Ardith Beveridge on April 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm

CincoDeMayo-CloseUp-ArdithBeveridgeWhen the word “fiesta” is heard, we all think party. The king of the fiesta is Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo — or the fifth of May — commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, however, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo celebrations include parades, mariachi performances and street festivals. The occasion is a delightful expression with color, music, food, and traditional costumes of the Mexican culture.

If you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo party, the first thoughts are food and decor. Let me help you with the decorating with these simple tips. Read More

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It’s Your Garden, Time to Get Growing

by Brian Wheat on April 23, 2015 at 7:09 am

FamilyGardening-LafayetteFloristAh … it’s my favorite time of the year. We all have different tastes, different reasons why one season floats our boat and others we might dread. Spring promises new hope, new growth and the promise of flowers and food. As Mother Nature closes the curtain on ice and cold, she opens the window to cleansing rain, blue skies, milder temperatures and fragrances that bring back memories of our childhoods.

Growing up in central Illinois, I enjoyed the greening of the pastures, the flow of the creek and planting of our spring garden. My mom planted by seed a large vegetable garden with tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, carrots, radish, peas, onions, and potatoes. Perennials like rhubarb, horseradish, strawberries and asparagus would appear like magic from the earth.

The surrounding vines produced grapes, canes of raspberries, and we had trees of peach, plum, apple, apricot and cherries. Our neighbor’s trees produced amazing pears. Read More

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On the Monday after Easter, the First Family hosts the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. https://www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll More than 35,000 will gather on the South Lawn for the festivities, including Easter classics like the egg roll, egg hunt, music and storytelling. Watch this video for highlights of last year’s White House Easter Egg Roll:

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My friend Sherry, a florist in Indiana, and I have been honored to be part of the floral design team decorating the White House Easter Roll for a number of years now. We’ve created some beautiful spring arrangements to delight and welcome visitors.

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