Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

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How to Say Thank You this Summer

by Carol Caggiano on July 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

Make Any Day SpecialThere is something about summer that causes our social lives to “bloom.” Maybe it’s that we are outside more to connect with neighbors and those around us, or possibly that we have some time off from work, school or other commitments, which then gives us the opportunity to travel, visit friends and family, or maybe they come to visit us. Picnics and barbeques are the norm, and the “living is easy” and fun.

Summer also represents the space between adventures. The end of the school year starts summer and the beginning of a new school year ends it. Work often slows down during the summer months giving everyone a little break before things ramp up in the fall. Camp, vacation and other special activities pop up during this season, which is no wonder why we all look forward to it so much.

No matter what our plans are for summer, there are always people that make this time of year special and remarkable. Your favorite teacher or coach, a graduate, a host or hostess, all play a part in our summer experience. Or what about those great neighbors or friends that take care of our pets, water our plants, bring in the mail, watch our kids or any number of tasks that make it possible for us to do what we do? Read More

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— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. http://www.lafayetteflorist.com/It seems like only yesterday it was early spring when you journeyed to the garden center to select your blooming treasures. With the anticipation of good weather on the horizon, you were all aflutter with excitement of a good growing season. You stood in marvel at the greenhouse, looking in at the sea of colors and textures that soon would be yours. You carefully selected the perfect pot, the best potting soil and the best looking bedding plants they had to offer. You were on your way to an epic spring display after a long winter. So, you got it all hauled home, got it all planted and placed in the perfect location to enjoy all summer long.

Things are looking great. A month goes by, and still everything looks pretty good. Then all of sudden one afternoon, you notice it. The shine has worn off; you need help. This is a common occurrence for all of us flower and plant lovers. Care and maintenance is essential. There are many reasons things deteriorate a bit, such as a lack of dead-heading or fertilizer, insect or disease issues, weather, or even the location needs changed.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your patio pots, hanging baskets and flower beds performing at their best all the way into the fall. Read More

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Cool Flowers for Hot Summer Nights

by Leanne Kesler on July 5, 2016 at 6:43 am

Bohemian Centerpiece — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonIt’s time to take the party outside! The garden is blooming, the patio is warm and the sky is blue.

Nothing is easier than outdoor entertaining. Fire up the barbecue, fill a bucket with ice to keep the drinks cold and set the table for a casual feast. Freshly cut flowers from the garden casually dropped into a vase look fabulous in the evening light. At dusk, the candles come out to extend the evening just a little longer.

Entertaining at home is one of my favorite parts of the summer season. Stop by my house most any day of the week from June to September and you’ll find me relaxing with friends in the back yard.  Oh, what a wonderful fantasy. Read More

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Bring Out the Red, White and Blue

by Stephen Rittner on June 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

— Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston, www.floralschool.comJuly 4th is the birthday of our country. We enjoy the holiday, getting together with friends and family, having barbecues and watching fireworks. Here in the Boston area, where there is a proud history leading back to colonial days, we celebrate Independence Day very seriously.

Flowers enhance just about every aspect of our existence, and they can definitely enhance the Fourth of July experience. There are many beautiful flowers available in red, white and blue, and your florist can help you celebrate with a custom floral design.

Welcome guests with patriotic flowers in the entry area of your home. This adorable ensemble features red roses, white and blue hydrangeas, and blue delphinium. Read More

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Welcoming Summer Guests with Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on June 20, 2016 at 5:41 am

Sunflowers and Eryngium - Photo Courtesy Carol Caggiano, AIFD, PFCIEntertaining is one of my favorite past times. I love having guests over, and there is just something special about inviting them in the summertime. Summer entertaining can be relaxing and casual, really leaving time for conversation and “catching up” on all of our busy lives. Cooking on the grill and eating outdoors is perfect for a memorable summer afternoon or evening.

Flowers are important to me and I use them to welcome my summertime guests just as I do throughout the rest of the year. However, in summer I can often combine the seasonal blooms I purchase from my local florist with accents from my garden.

Just this week, I picked up some petite sunflowers and eryngium (blue thistle) to create a centerpiece for the dinner I was preparing to have on my porch with my neighbors. I added fresh mint from my garden.

Not only did it look great, its fragrance was spectacular and combined perfectly with the aroma of steak and veggies. Rosemary is another garden favorite that combines well with seasonal blooms and also lends not only texture but a very nice scent to the bouquet as well. Read More