The Flower Celebration of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, has a convoluted history starting as a Christian holiday in Rome. It spread throughout Europe and came to America with French explorers along the Gulf Coast, on both sides of New Orleans. The “fat” part refers to partaking of great food prior to Lent, the austere time observed by many Christians between Ash Wednesday and Easter. But, like many a celebration, it was expanded considerably and become heavily commercialized, neither of which diminishes the fun and frolic.

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February 23, 2017 / Blooms Today

Flower Power at Work

“Flower power” was a slogan for passive resistance in the late 1960s, but there’s no doubt that flowers themselves have power in the emotional realm. Studies have found that spirits are lifted for those who give flowers, as well as those who receive flowers. So, it’s not a great leap to believe that flowers in the workplace have a positive influence.

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February 20, 2017 / Blooms Today

Keeping Roses Fresh ~ Drying Petals to Extend the Love

Roses are the most popular Valentine’s Day flower and a luxury symbol of love and romance the world over. According to the National Retail Foundation, 250 million roses will be purchased by more than a third of the population, and total Valentine’s Day spending (including flowers, jewelry, chocolates, dinner out, etc.) will top $18 billion. Rose blooms are stunning and fragrant, and to keep that expression of love close to your heart all year long, you can dry the petals.

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February 14, 2017 / Blooms Today
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