Boy Meets Girl ~ Dating and Flowers

Boy meets girl and vice versa. It’s the theme of many a novel, many a movie and many in real life. Lots of 19th century mail order brides had no contact with future husbands prior to stepping off a stagecoach in an unknown territory. Several, however, did correspond about their lives, hopes and dreams via handwritten letters which may have taken weeks to be delivered. Today’s sharing of lives, hopes and dreams are delivered in seconds, but the sentiment is likely much the same. Classified ads were common in newspapers until the Internet stepped in.

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March 6, 2018 / Blooms Today

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

Holiday Flowers and Centerpieces

As the holidays roll through our malls, stores, post offices, homes and offices, fresh flowers make a very special statement of love and thoughtfulness across the miles, on the other side of town, right next door or in your own home. Traditional red, white and green in a variety of bouquets and centerpieces are treasured for the sentiments of the season. The floral professionals at bloomstoday.com carefully design combinations that blend style, color, shape and texture for the wow factor at the front door every time!

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December 19, 2017 / 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

Holiday Sensitivity and Sympathy

The holidays can bring joy and excitement to individuals and families, colleagues, friends, neighbors and couples everywhere. Merriment is in the air with music, snowflakes, colorful decorations and twinkling lights. Shopping, wrapping, mailing and baking are all part and parcel of the Christmas festivities.

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December 6, 2017 / Blooms Today

Handcrafting Flowers for Fun

Handcrafting anything delivers a sweet sense of satisfaction for the effort, and the world of flowers may well be limited only by your imagination. There are many materials from which to make flowers starting with the humble tissue and a bobby pin.

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November 28, 2017 / Blooms Today

Veterans Day: Honoring the Brave

At the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918, the big battles of World War I were halted, marking the conclusion of what was thought to be “the war to end all wars.” If only. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States and previous president of Princeton University, proclaimed November 11 as the first holiday to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice … .”

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November 7, 2017 / Blooms Today

October in Pink ….. Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Among the traditional autumn shades of red and scarlet, gold and yellow, pumpkin, marmalade and earthy browns are pops of pink commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From socks, sneakers and sweaters, to police cars, hats, flowers and ribbons, this most feminine of colors expresses courage, hope and strength for the tens of thousands or one in eight women who have or may experience breast cancer. Many are victorious. Many are not. The statistics bear out a grim prediction: More than 250,000 cases will be diagnosed this year in women; more than 2,400 in men. However, with ongoing research, early detection and awareness of the importance of having routine check-ups, there are two encouraging facts:

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October 4, 2017 / Blooms Today

Wife Appreciation Day ~ September 17

One of the most moving sentiments one can say about having a wife is to remember that this lady, of all the men she ever knew, chose you to spend the rest of her life with … and your part is to love, cherish and care for her across the years. Time marches through children and grandchildren, joy and sorrow, sickness and health and moments of passion, career changes and all of life’s challenges.

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September 13, 2017 / Blooms Today

Back to School Blooms

The “Back to School” mantra conjures up images of new outfits, backpacks, lunch boxes and Facebook photos, along with school work, homework, parents’ work and a teacher’s work. It seems fitting that “Back to School” falls around Labor Day, as school begins mid or late August in some parts of the country and after Labor Day in others.

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August 29, 2017 / Blooms Today

Time to Say I’m Sorry … with Flowers

It takes a big heart and a humble spirit to acknowledge that someone is hurt because of something you did or said ~ or did not do and did not say. Beyond working to dissolve conflict and mend hurt feelings, the apology expresses concern for the potentially aggrieved party and a sincere desire acknowledge your wrong and restore communication and connection.

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August 22, 2017 / Blooms Today

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

National Parents Day: An Opportunity to Acknowledge Extraordinary Role

Take a moment to consider honoring your parents and/or others who have provided parent-like guidance, patience and love. Bloomstoday.com is a wonderful starting point for sending gratitude mixed with love and appreciation. Here you’ll find the very best in fresh flowers of many colors, textures and sizes — something-for-everyone on your special parent list!

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July 19, 2017 / Blooms Today

Flowers, Fun and Fireworks

The American 4th of July is a holiday like no other, and although a 3-day weekend is the norm, it is always celebrated on the fourth day in July. There are outward expressions of patriotism in flag waving and parades and inward thankfulness for the freedoms we enjoy. Community bands belt out all-American music, and families and friends gather in small towns and big cities to celebrate freedom. Flags line streets on posts and hang from overpasses while BBQ grills are fired up, and Americans celebrate independence from sea to shining sea.

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June 27, 2017 / Blooms Today

Easter Food, Flowers and Friendship

Easter is glorious for celebrating the risen Jesus Christ in Christian circles and embracing the reality of rebirth, regeneration and springtime in full swing. People are starting to open windows on warm fresh air days and till the ground for grandiose garden plans. The home centers are ripe with new plants, herbs, flowers, shrubs and all manner of landscaping options. The wardrobe of grays and reds is moved aside for pastel colors, light sweaters, sturdy sneakers and a simple parka by the door. It’s a happy time to emerge once and for all from any figurative, seasonal hibernation.

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April 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

Honoring the Irish with Flowers, Food & Frocks of Green

St. Patrick’s Day may be a nod to the Irish, but it is a uniquely American tradition because it was first celebrated, not on the Emerald Isle, but here, apparently either in Boston or New York. It is one of the most popular cultural holidays, so tip your hat to Ireland, tip the bartender who delivers green beer or thank the delivery person who conveys a charming fresh bouquet of flowers, replete with copious greenery, via bloomstoday.com.

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March 16, 2017 / Blooms Today

International Women’s Day (March 8): Celebrating the Many Inspiring Achievements of Women

According to the United Nations: “International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”

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March 2, 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

Comfort and Excitement ~ for Your Valentine!

There’s a measure of comfort in the usual, the traditional, even the expected. And there’s an element of excitement in the new and different, the unexpected. Love is in the air this time of year, every year, along with regal red roses – that could be the usual, the comfortable. And there’s new and different at bloomstoday.com where you can surprise your true love, a special friend or family member and/or valued neighbor or colleague with the usual or the unexpected or both blended together.

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February 1, 2017 / Blooms Today

January – The Door to the Year

The word January comes from the Latin word for “door.” There is something fresh and energizing about a new year, and anyone can sort of “begin again” any time in January. It’s also the designated month for positive awareness causes like National Eye Care Month, National Mentoring Month, Dental Awareness Month, International Creativity Month, and Weight Loss Awareness Month. Consider not only consistent care for your eyes and teeth, but perhaps 2017 is the year you take someone under your wing at work, in the neighborhood or at church.

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January 18, 2017 / Blooms Today

Beating the Winter Blues with Flowers

While snowfall and cold temps beckon skiers and snowboarders to the slopes and children of all ages to local hillsides for the glorious fun of gliding down snow-covered ground, others may withdraw reclusively inside. Gray winter skies and shorter days can bring on the blues to people who are prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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January 12, 2017 / Blooms Today

Flowers for the New Year

Out with the old and in with the new most always evokes hope, promise and optimism, and there are as many ways to greet and celebrate a New Year as there are resolutions you can make [and break soon thereafter!]. Like spring, it’s always a new start with new goals and ambitions. Whatever the outcome, however long the resolutions last, it’s still fun to turn the page to a new year

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January 3, 2017 / Blooms Today

The Last Minute Shopper Solution!

Attention last minute shoppers! This is not a blue light special, but a green light special like go, like Christmas, like all natural. The solution to your mega short-term shopping dilemma is at hand, and the sweetest part of all may be no crowds, no parking problems, no leaving the comfort of your own home or office.

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December 21, 2016 / Blooms Today

Welcome to Christmas and a Glow of Happiness

Christmas music is wafting through malls and coffee shops, and Salvation Army bell ringers have taken up their annual posts. Twinkling lights already adorn shrubbery, and towns and cities across the nation are wrapping lamp posts and hanging banners to herald the holiday spirit in their shops, on their streets and throughout the community.

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November 29, 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

Back-to-School Flowers: Celebrating New Beginnings

Now that the first day’s outfit has been selected and most kids have pencils, notebooks and hand sanitizer at the ready, it’s time to consider creative ways to honor parents as well as teachers. Not much is more beautiful or creative than the colorful bouquets of complementary flowers and stems from bloomstoday.com.

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August 22, 2016 / Blooms Today

Better to Give than Receive

It is “better to give than receive” is often cited as a mantra that connotes the emotional benefits of the giver over those of the receiver. In fact, there is great value to the well-being of people when they give. Right off the top, the mental and emotional focus of the person who gives is outside of self. In a world where some folks have been labeled “the me generation”, it’s refreshing to note that the U.S. is still the most giving nation on the planet.

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August 16, 2016 / 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

Remember the Shut-ins All Summer Long ~ with Flowers

If you are out and about in the sunshine, at the beach, mowing the grass, walking the dog, going shopping, hiking, taking in a ball game, swimming, bicycling, boating, vacationing ~ even standing at your backyard grill surrounded by family and friends for a BBQ, you are more fortunate than someone looking at the same four walls day in and day out.

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July 7, 2016 / Blooms Today

Birthday Flowers by the Month

Like states have mottos, state birds and flowers, so months of the year have birthstones and flowers. All flowers are beautiful, but what fun to honor someone’s birthday with the flower of their month! Most everyone knows their zodiac sign and birthstone, but you can be the informant for birth flowers for all your family, colleagues and friends. What a lovely messenger of happiness that makes you!

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July 5, 2016 / Blooms Today

Through the Ages: A History of the Florist

Florists are the professionals you see working in flower shops buying, cutting, arranging, and selling beautiful flowers that are both locally and internationally grown. The profession requires skills in customer service and in art. Some have been taught by another who has worked in the industry, while others are trained by local colleges and flower arranging societies.

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June 3, 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

Remembering Honor and Service ~ Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for all who have died in our nation’s service, and it began with flowers. Citizens would place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. Southern states did not acknowledge Memorial Day until after World War I when it was expanded to include all soldiers who fought in any war for our country.

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May 24, 2016 / Blooms Today

Baby Showers ‘n Flowers ‘n More: gender reveal and baby names, too!

From the gender reveal party and baby shower through baby’s arrival and onward, flowers and charming centerpieces will delight a mom-to-be and new mom every step of the way. While most folks are revealing gender inside cakes, cupcakes and envelopes, you can raise the bar with a floral centerpiece, hidden from sight until just the right moment ~ and only Bloomstoday.com and a trusted friend know the answer!

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May 19, 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

It’s Earth Day! Plant Some Trees!

April 22 marks the 46th Earth Day, and many credit it with having launched the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws and regulations. Its main mission is to broaden awareness worldwide on developing healthy, sustainable lifestyles, addressing climate change and protecting the Earth. The Earth Day Network claims more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries.

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April 21, 2016 / Blooms Today

Valentine’s Gift Ideas ~ beyond the traditional bouquet

The traditional bouquet of flowers is, well, traditional. If you are thinking of impressing a love in your life with your creativity, you might want to consider several options which will be received with a smile and a hug, if you’re nearby.

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February 4, 2016 / Blooms Today

Sending Love ~ Roses for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day spending tops $13 billion, and roses (some 196 million) just barely edge out cards (approximately 180 million), and often, they go together to a special love interest. More than 70% of the flowers sold are roses, with red leading the bouquet for the top expression of love.

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January 26, 2016 / Blooms Today

All You Need is Love ~ it’s a song, a theme, a bouquet!

“All You Need is Love”, that classic tune released by The Beatles in July of 1967, was commissioned by the BBC, written by John Lennon and initially performed on “Our World”, the first live global TV link. The program was viewed by some 400 million people in more than 20 countries. Once released, it soared to the number one spot across the pond and in the U.S.

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January 20, 2016 / 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

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

The Best Flowers to Send Mom This Year

Mother’s Day is approaching fast. Have you chosen an arrangement yet? Simple, prearranged bouquets make a fantastic gift, but why not design a custom arrangement full of symbolic flowers and textural foliage, or even a blooming plant that will last much longer or can be transplanted outdoors?

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May 4, 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

Creative Ways to Discover Her Favorite Flower

Surprising your significant other with her favorite flower is an exciting and meaningful way to show your love. It’s a symbol that you care and are willing to go the extra mile to show her your commitment. Whether you’ve been married for 20 years and you think her tastes have changed, or you’re just getting to know someone and don’t know what she likes, here are some subtle and not-so-subtle ways to discover which flower is really her favorite.

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February 16, 2015 / Blooms Today

How to Pick Valentine’s Day Flowers That Last Beyond Feb. 14

Everyone loves the beauty and scent of fresh flowers – but how do you make sure that the flowers you select for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day last well beyond February 14? It’s a two-step process. First, pick flowers that look good as they open and change over time.

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February 9, 2015 / Blooms Today

What Kind of Valentine’s Day Flowers Suit Your Relationship?

Valentine’s Day is the day we set aside to honor the place of romance in our lives. But it can be surprisingly stressful for anyone worried about the right gift. At Blooms Today, we often talk to men (and women) who are worried about how to pick a floral gift that fits within a budget and still conveys the right message.

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January 17, 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

Celebrating Fall with Colorful Arrangements

Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox, which marks the first day of fall. Along with the first day of fall comes some chilly autumn weather. Some people are ready to break out their sweaters, go apple picking, start choosing their pumpkins, and begin celebrating the season.

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September 23, 2014 / Blooms Today
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