Friendship Day

Having friends is one of the greatest joys on the planet. They come in all shapes and sizes in all kinds of places and creep into your heart and soul with unconditional acceptance. The value of special people in our lives prompted Friendship Day, which was designated a holiday by a Proclamation of the U.S. Congress in 1935. It falls annually on the first Sunday in August, which this year is Aug. 6.

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August 2, 2017 / Blooms Today

Pressing Flowers to Preserve Summer Beauty

Everywhere you look, there are flowers of all heights and sizes, textures and colors. Buttercups and dandelions live in the lawn, cosmos and poppies along the highways, daisies and black-eyed Susans in neighborhood gardens, butterfly weed and coreopsis in fields and more. With every sighting, there is a small sigh of wishing it could last year round or at least much longer.

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July 12, 2017 / Blooms Today

Your Own Home Hotel Room: Preparing for Father’s Day Guests

It’s summertime and those lazy hazy days that call for ice cream, fresh lemonade and backyard BBQs also bring overnight guests. Maybe Dad is coming for Father’s Day, or perhaps a high school chum is passing through, or a family who moved away is back for a visit, or even a business colleague you know well enough to offer accommodations. Whoever it is, you can easily prepare a charming guest room that will rival your local hotels and B&Bs and embrace a wow factor for your visiting friends.

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June 13, 2017 / Blooms Today

Daisy Tell Me … Does He Love Me? Does She Love Me?

He loves me, he loves me not, she loves me, she love me not — what better way to be assured of someone’s true love than pulling petals off a daisy? Probably not the most accurate way to measure love, but no doubt daisies have passed through many a hand the world over seeing where the last petal lands for “loves me” or “loves me not.”

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April 5, 2017 / Blooms Today

Spring Trends Begin with Flowers

Spring is a glorious time of year for revival, refreshing optimism and happy frames of mind for warmer weather and plans for hiking, picnicking, sightseeing and noticing all kinds of flowers come to life. Crocuses and daffodils are among the first to herald the arrival of spring, and many fashion and interior decor trends line up with flowers this time of year.

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March 29, 2017 / Blooms Today

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

Having a Ball Decorating with Ball Ornaments

Decorating for the holidays is a fun adventure in adding beauty, glamour and whimsy to any home, front porch or office. There are tons of traditional red and green ornaments, garland and lights, as well as what could be dubbed contemporary colors that pop with personal preferences for pink, purple and turquoise.

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December 12, 2016 / Blooms Today

The New Darling in Plant Decorating: Succulents for Style

Succulents have been around for centuries, and they have grown in popularity recently, taking center stage in homes, offices and cafes for stunning colors, unusual shapes, inexpensive cost, interesting textures, easy care – The largest are the saguaro cactus, native to Arizona and small sections of California and Mexico. Its blossom is Arizona’s state wildflower, and its life span can exceed 150 years. The largest one tops 45 feet tall.

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October 25, 2016 / Blooms Today

The Wreath ~ a circle of harmony

Once upon a time, fresh, green Christmas wreaths were hung upon the front door for the season. Homes in Colonial era-style may have had smaller green wreaths on the front facing windows. Fast forward, and we find wreaths year round, not only on the front door, but as decorative accents throughout the house.

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September 28, 2016 / Blooms Today

Doing Something Grand for Grandparents Day ~ Sept. 11, 2016

Just around the corner rests the opportunity to honor the wisdom, counsel, love and compassion of grandparents and older folks who have contributed like grandparents in your life and the lives of your children. It’s a blessing of magnificent proportion to show appreciation with one of Mother Nature’s most exquisite, most stunning displays of beauty: Fresh flowers.

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September 8, 2016 / Blooms Today
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