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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
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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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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
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Fall in Love with Fall Wedding Flowers

There are many reasons for choosing a fall wedding like personal schedule convenience and cooler temps, but the flowers of the season are magnificent for color, texture and style, and that alone can influence the decision for an autumn ceremony and reception. Everything about fall nests nicely into vintage, shabby chic, rustic and country wedding themes which never go out of style. Connections to our past are indelibly intertwined with our futures, so embrace your wedding day in style with fall flowers that make a dramatic statement of enduring love and commitment.

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November 3, 2016 / Blooms Today
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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
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Fall in the Flower Garden

As the lazy hazy days give way to crispy mornings and glorious shades of autumn’s earthy golds, crimson and orange, the flower gardens beckon attention for the coming winter. Start with taking photos so you can analyze your successes and frustrations. It’s a bit early in September for frost, but stay alert as October rolls around. First frost in parts of South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming fall in September, many more are experienced in October, with Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia having November first frost dates. Nothing is set in concrete, so preparation is key.

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September 15, 2016 / Blooms Today
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The DIY Advantage for Wedding Flowers

Flowers may be second only to the bride for making a stunning appearance in the wedding ceremony and at the reception. One of the most satisfying and rewarding ways to incorporate flowers into the wedding and reception is to do-it-yourself, with assistance, of course, from a few good friends and relatives.

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August 1, 2016 / Blooms Today
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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
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Outdoor Entertaining & Alfresco Dining

As outdoor spaces are being cleverly transformed into casual living areas, homeowners are raising the bar on furnishings and accoutrements. Once a charcoal grill, now a built-in gas range. Once a trip to the indoor kitchen and fridge, now outdoor countertops, bar sinks and mini-fridges. Once folding, web chairs, now cushioned seating with matching toss pillows. It’s easy to create a relaxing outdoor environment.

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June 29, 2016 / Blooms Today
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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
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