National Spouses Day is January 26.

One of the deepest needs of human beings is the need to be appreciated. The big bonus is that giving and receiving appreciation benefits both the one offering it and the one on the receiving end. The renown French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher known as Voltaire (his nom de plume) quipped: “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” On this side of the pond, John F. Kennedy is often quoted: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

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January 23, 2018 / Blooms Today

Pretty Poinsettias

Credit the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett with bringing this vibrant red and green plant to the USA. He was a botanist and physician who may have seen it in Central America where, as a perennial shrub, it that can grow 10 to 15 feet tall. December 12 is Poinsettia Day, the date on which Mr. Poinsett died in 1851.

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December 12, 2017 / Blooms Today

Mother’s Day Memories ~ flower care, rose petals and keepsake vases

If you missed sending flowers for Mother’s Day, it’s never too late … it’s just one specially designated day in a lifetime of “mother’s days” because, in reality, once a mother, she is a mother every day of the year. So, click over to bloomstoday.com’s floral arrangements and choose one, chat with one of the professionally-trained consultants and send flowers and love ~ right now.

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May 16, 2017 / Blooms Today

Plant a Flower Day and L-o-n-g-e-r Daylight

There’s a good reason some 35 million people in the U.S. are gardeners. It’s exciting to see something grow from a tiny seed to blooming flowers or a mature plant which yields berries or other fruit or vegetables. Tomatoes are the favorite for most popular vegetable, though it can be argued it’s a fruit. That may be splitting hairs, and it is the state “vegetable” of New Jersey and state “fruit” (and vegetable) of Arkansas. Peas, beans, carrots, zucchini and leafy greens are also found in abundance in home gardens. Popular fruit includes apples, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

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March 9, 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

Long-lasting Flowers

The longest lasting flowers, which can thrive up to or a whisker beyond three weeks, are both those whose blossoms enjoy longevity over some of their counterparts and those which have been cared for the best. An A, two C’s and a surprising letter O top the list for longest lasting blooms:

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August 12, 2016 / Blooms Today

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Garden

When you put hard work into planting a beautiful garden, it is frustrating to see your effort destroyed by common pests. Insects and animals can wreak havoc on your ornamental plants and vegetables, destroying weeks of work in a day. Garden pests are an age old problem, but fortunately there are several remedies for you to choose from.

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July 20, 2016 / Blooms Today

So You Want to Be a Floral Designer: Advice for the Aspiring

Arranging flowers is a living art that changes every day and has the ability to evoke feelings and memories from the people who see or receive the arrangement. It is a job that may be passed down through the family or that someone develops a passion for during life. If you are interested in becoming a professional floral designer, there are many different approaches you can take to become part of the trade.

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May 31, 2016 / Blooms Today

Easy Daisy Bouquet: Creating a Simple Daisy Display

Daisies make lovely arrangements with their bright colors and small, overlapping petals. They are also very forgiving flowers for anyone who wants to try his or her hand at creating a lovely spring or summer bouquet. With many different types of daisies to choose from and a range of supportive greenery and small flowers, you can make any flower bouquet look great.

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May 19, 2016 / Blooms Today

Flowers for Teacher Appreciation Day

The black chalkboard may have yielded to the white marker board, and wood desks to metal and plastic, but nothing can replace the value of a teacher who opens young minds to a world of possibilities. From the 3 R’s — still the foundation of the future, though word-wise, one is a “w” and one an “a” — to geography, civics, science, technology, literature, arts, culture and way more, a teacher is one of the most important people in countless lives.

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April 29, 2016 / Blooms Today

Plan Ahead for Admin Professionals Day – April 27

The person who keeps the business running smoothly is often the organized, perceptive, efficient, trusted administrative assistant type, along with the receptionist(s), secretaries, gal or guy Friday or anyone else in the support staff who makes life easy for the boss. These employees are like the foundation of a building or columns supporting a pavilion.

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April 25, 2016 / Blooms Today

Best Indoor Plants: Increasing Efficiency and Air Quality in your Office

There is a grant out there to study almost anything, and evaluating the value of green plants in office settings is on the list. Professors at Texas A&M University, Washington State University and Surrey University in England have all concluded that plants do lower stress and enhance work productivity. Workers are less tense and more focused with fresh, live, green plants in their work environments.

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March 29, 2016 / Blooms Today

The Air You Breathe: Indoor Flowers and Plants

Indoor air quality is especially important in an age of outdoor smog, pollen, asthma, allergies and chemical components in carpeting, engineered wood and other materials prominent in our homes. A few simple, easy-to-care-for house plants can contribute positively to air quality, as well as look pretty, generate shoots to share and provide something to nurture which never talks back or eats the homework.

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March 11, 2016 / Blooms Today

Terrariums ~ busting the winter blues with a tiny indoor garden

Just as cabin fever is invading homes and spirits in much of the country with cold, snow, ice and winter doldrums, and you can’t yet garden for cold or mud, it might be just the time to brighten your home or office with a terrarium. These little tabletop gems are perfect for the frustrated gardener as winter lingers on.

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February 25, 2016 / Blooms Today

Winter Wonderland Outside ~ Beautiful Bulbs Inside

In much of the country, it’s a bit chilly outdoors for gardening though you can take the few good days which come along to turn some compost into your soil. Pick up branches and debris that have found their way into your yard and begin planning when, where and how to start seeds indoors for spring planting.

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February 23, 2016 / Blooms Today

Fresh Flowers ~ TLC easy tips for making your fresh bouquet last longer

One of the most glorious and simple delights in life is a fresh flower bouquet. The colors, fragrance, texture, symmetry and beauty lighten up any face and any space, and with a little tender loving care, you can preserve the life of your flowers and your joy for having them.

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February 16, 2016 / Blooms Today

Holiday Plant Care in the New Year

Whether some kind friend or relative blessed you with a popular winter plant or you purchased one to brighten your interior and bring a festive, floral touch to your home or office, you are now charged with caring for the plant going forward. The most popular holiday plants are poinsettia, Christmas cactus, amaryllis, calla lily, and moth orchid…

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December 31, 2015 / Blooms Today

Gardening Gifts from A to Z

Gardening is America’s most popular hobby, and the sustainable living trend has multiplied home gardeners who want to get on board for the health and harvest benefits. From fresh air to fresh flowers and home-grown produce, gardening presents real back-to-earth experiences, as well as enhancing planning, commitment and decision-making skills.

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December 18, 2015 / Blooms Today

Creating a Beautiful Garden Fresh Centerpiece

In the spring and summer months and even into fall, a garden centerpiece can elevate your occasion from a nice gathering to a great event. The trick is deciding on what to include in your centerpiece and how to present it. There are so many options for your garden fresh centerpiece that you can have a new presentation every time you have guests to entertain.

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August 11, 2015 / Blooms Today

Tips for Taking Care of Peonies

Every garden or yard looks great with a few peonies. These soft, billowing perennial blooms come to life in spring and early summer, with their pink, white, and yellow blooms standing out atop green undergrowth. There are roughly 30 different species of peonies that grow to be more impressive year after year.

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July 9, 2015 / Blooms Today

Caring for Your Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are beautiful flowering shrubs that can grow well in many different environments. The popular clustered flowers are commonly associated with an older time and a southern charm. They bloom in the summer and fall in brilliant colors, including pink, blue, purple, and white. Commonly used in wedding flower arrangements and summer wreaths, these popular shrubs are delightful in virtually any yard or garden.

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July 6, 2015 / Blooms Today

Incorporating Spring Colors into Your Bouquet

Now that Spring is here, what better way to celebrate it than with a colorful bouquet of seasonal flowers as a center piece on your dining table? Treasure the warmth and season of new life and renewal with some popular spring flowers.

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May 20, 2015 / Blooms Today

Creative Flower Arrangements for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day flowers don’t have to come in a traditional cellophane bouquet or basket. You can still demonstrate your love and appreciation while tapping into your creative side. Consider changing the shape of the bloom, style of the vase, or incorporating uncommon flowers for a customized gift.

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May 8, 2015 / Blooms Today

Make Mom a Star this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. If you have a special mom in your life, tell the world! A great way to make a special mom feel exceptional is by giving her some time in the spotlight. You have the power to make her quite popular during this time of year. Here are some great tips on how to really show Mom she’s the star.

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May 4, 2015 / Blooms Today

What Do You Give a Gardener for Mother’s Day?

Finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day can seem daunting. Luckily, if the mom in your life is a gardener there is a bounty of great gifts at your fingertips that she is guaranteed to love. Check out this list of mom-approved gifts for your favorite gardener!

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April 27, 2015 / Blooms Today

The Best Plants to Sow in Early Spring

Early spring is a great time to get a head start on sowing your garden for the upcoming growing season. Whether you’re planting a garden of vegetables or a flower garden, there are several species that can, and should, be planted now for optimal growing conditions.

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April 22, 2015 / Blooms Today

Flower and Garden Activities for Kids

The garden can be a great place to get your kids outdoors to learn about plants and how to work with their hands. One of the most fun features of a garden for kids is the flowering plants. This offers a variety of gardening and crafting options so your kids can happily turn off the TV and get their hands a little flowery.

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March 30, 2015 / Blooms Today

Gardening Terms Every Gardener Should Know

There are a few pro-terms all gardeners know. But with all of this information to learn, what is a beginning gardener to do? Start with some essential terms that will have you fitting right in at your gardening club.

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March 23, 2015 / Blooms Today

Gardening Tools You Must Have

There are several gardening gadgets on the market that promise to make your life easier, but do they all deliver on their promises? Some do, and some aren’t worth the money. Having tools that make gardening easier can be a lifesaver for your back and for keeping up with weeding, planting, and watering all season long.

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February 20, 2015 / Blooms Today

Bouquets on a Budget: Quick and Easy Bouquets From Your Yard

Flowers make wonderful gifts and are great additions to dinner parties and date nights. They’re also an integral tradition at weddings, baby showers, and other special events.

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February 10, 2015 / Blooms Today

Fresh Ideas: 3 Unique Ways to Use 3 Types of Flowers

Everyone loves flowers, and everyone can name occasions where they’re used in great quantities, such as weddings or funerals. However, not everyone knows what to do with flowers on a regular basis except let them sit in vases and look pretty.

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February 6, 2015 / Blooms Today

Shivering Stems: What to Do With Outdoor Flowers When it Snows

Flowers are one of the most beautiful parts of nature, but most are in imminent danger when it snows. Most amateur gardeners aren’t sure how to protect flowers once cold weather hits. Making this issue more complicated, snow and ice are usually unpredictable.

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January 19, 2015 / Blooms Today

Fall Is In Full Bloom!

It’s October now and fall is in full bloom. The leaves are beginning to change colors and fall off of the trees, the weather is starting to cool, and everyone is in the fall spirit with sweaters, pumpkin flavored foods and drinks, and new, seasonal flowers.

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October 2, 2014 / Blooms Today

What Makes a Skilled Florist?

Those who are unfamiliar with the skills necessary to create beautiful flower arrangements may believe it’s as easy as tossing flowers together, putting them in a vase, and setting them out for display. The truth is, florists have a very particular skill-set when it comes to flower arranging.

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July 25, 2014 / Blooms Today

What are the Most Beautiful Flowers?

Flowers are a great wonder of the world and the most magnificent gift to humanity. The sight of a beautiful flower triggers a feeling of happiness and serenity. Flowers are a subject of poetry and hardly a poet can refrain himself from using a reference of flowers in his work.

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July 4, 2014 / Blooms Today

How to Keep Fresh Cut Flowers from Wilting

How many different “tricks” have you heard regarding how to keep your cut flowers from wilting prematurely? A quick online search will uncover some great ideas, but how do you know which ones actually work? This blog will take some of the tips found around the internet and put them to the test.

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June 20, 2014 / Blooms Today

Discovering the Varieties of Roses

Roses are one of the World’s most popular flowers. They are often grown in personal gardens, but they are also popular flowers for commercial florists. Roses are favored because people love both the look and the smell of this wonderful flower and it has come to be the floral symbol of love.

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June 17, 2014 / Blooms Today

How to Get the Best Quality Lilies

Lilies have been growing for centuries all across the world. They grow across Asia, from China and Japan to the Middle East, in southern Europe, as well as in North America. The genus, Lilium, has over 100 different natural species.

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June 13, 2014 / Blooms Today
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