Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

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Top Flower Factor Blog Posts of 2016

by Jenny Scala on January 1, 2017 at 3:56 am

What a year! We had a blast showing the country how good it feels to give and receive flowers through “Petal It Forward.” We showed how flowers are a small, yet powerful gesture for recognizing achievements. We celebrated exciting wedding and event party trends, a long romantic Valentine’s Day weekend and even Super Bowl Sunday. Thank you to our contributors for sharing their expertise. And a great big thanks to YOU for reading and sharing our ideas on all things floral.

And now, please enjoy this trip down memory lane as we look back at the top Flower Factor posts of 2016:

Flowers Create Connection: In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, the Society of American Florists and florists nationwide hit the streets on October 19 in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. This “Petal It Forward” effort was meant to not only brighten the day of those receiving the bouquets, but recipients were also given a second bouquet to share with someone who needed a lift.

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The Red Rose ... Valentine's Day ClassicEach and every February 14 the holiday celebration of Valentine’s Day encourages us to show our love and affection to the special people in our lives. Sure, many of you think the day was made up by greeting card companies, florists and candy makers. Believe me, that isn’t how it happened.

It all started way, way back, rooted in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually in February. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496. There were early Christian saints named Valentinus.

AnthuriumIn Rome, Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Before his execution, he wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer that he healed and signed it, “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Later, in Europe in the 1700s, it took on a more romantic love theme and began to look more like it does today. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that Valentine’s Day caught on in the United States.

Now we enjoy the day with gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates for the ones we adore. Your local professional florist can help you with all your blooming needs. They know what the ladies love and can deliver it for you. Bouquets of reds, pinks and whites reflect the emotion of the day. In the language of flowers, red roses symbolize passionate love.

IMG_2162What about the guys? What do you send him? He might love a nice blooming plant. There are many great blooming and green plants. Read More

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CRW_6388What’s your love score?

1-50 Points – You need a little help!  Better add your florist to the speed dial list.

51-65 Points – Warming up but, no prize for you!  Call your florist NOW!

66-80 Points – Getting closer. Call your florist and see what you can squeeze in before it is too late.

81-90 Points – Oh, so close!  Time to sprint to the finish.  One more dash to the florist and you could win!

91-100 Points – You’re Sizzling Hot! And, I bet your florist is ready to help you score again.

The game of life…it’s so competitive!  You’re not supposed to keep score but, we all do. How do you tally the points?  I took out the trash – you fed the dog. (Good – balanced points.)  I did the dishes – you did the laundry.  (Again, balanced and happy peoples.) I made dinner and I vacuumed and I put the kids to bed – what did you do?  (Ouch! Not so balanced.)  I’ll share a little secret. You can make a lot of love points this Valentine’s RosesInWoodenCaseDay with just a little effort. Love points can put you ahead in the game of life. In fact, you could make enough points to win at the game of LOVE!

February 14, 2016 falls on a Sunday and, even better yet, Monday is President’s Day. For many, that means a three-day weekend! What a grand celebration opportunity for Valentine’s Day. Plenty of time to win at the Game of Love. Start making plans now. Friday — Saturday – Sunday – Monday…four days to celebrate and add up those points.  This extended celebration of love does not happen every year. This Valentine’s Day, strive to win with the 100 points of romance.  It’s a fun game to play. Hit all 100 and you win!  Here’s how:

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A Few Minutes = Days

by Carol Caggiano on February 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

FB-SAF-Blog-VD-1Valentine’s Day is here, and hopefully a lovely arrangement of flowers arrived for you from someone you love. Romance is literally in full bloom when flowers arrive.

Because flowers are so beautiful and bring us such joy, we want them to last as long as possible. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you get every moment of enjoyment from your lovely bouquet.

First, make sure you place them in a cool place away from drafts, sunlight and heat vents. Once you have the flowers in your chosen spot, filling the vase to the brim with cool water will help make sure that all stems get enough water. Often all the stems do not go all the way to the bottom of the vase. Flowers drink a lot of water, faster than you might think. Checking the water daily makes sure there is always enough for even shorter stems.

If your flowers arrive as a wrapped bouquet that you place in your own vase, make sure you add the little packet of floral preservative that comes with the flowers to the water as directed. This preservative contains both nutrients for the flowers and a biocide to keep algae at bay. Science has proven that using a floral preservative does extend the vase life of flowers. Changing the water every few days also helps, especially if you continue to add the floral preservative to the fresh water each time. These little packets usually come with your flowers, and I always keep some handy at home. Stop in your local florist next time you are in town and buy a half dozen or so to keep on hand. These packets are inexpensive and they do make a difference. Read More

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Valentine’s Day Trends 2015

by Leanne Kesler on February 5, 2015 at 8:13 am

What’s hot this Valentines holiday?  Love…love…love… and a personalized approach.

The classic Valentine of red roses is always a favorite. Personalize the gift with feathers and jewels. Add a card that says, “My heart’s all a flutter,” and your sweetheart will swoon.

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Vintage Valentine is trending strong. Think soft pinks, lavenders, aqua and peach for a romantic, subtle message of love.

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