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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photography: Flowers from Behind the Lens

Besides being some of the most alluring objects of beauty the world over, flowers are also one of the most popular images which are photographed. There are many ways to capture a gorgeous bouquet of flowers or single, perfect bloom. In the world of digital photography, the cost is minimal once you have a camera. Even a simple point-and-shoot model can produce excellence, as half the success can be measured in composition, flower subject and lighting.

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May 10, 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

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

I Love You … in 12 words or less!

There are creative ways to say I Love You and express friendship, devotion and everlasting love in a dozen words or less. Actions may speak louder than words — after all, that is why you have ordered romantic flowers in the first place! But you can extend your sentiment with a few well-chosen words. Here are three dozen ways to use 12 words or less.

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February 9, 2016 / Blooms Today

Beating Winter Blues with Easy Care Plants

Like small pets, indoor plants give us purpose, something to care for and enjoy. Unlike small pets, they do not consume a significant amount of time, and their feeding regimen is relatively simple. They need water and light and a little fertilizer in varying amounts depending on the variety.

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January 6, 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

Winter Events & Centerpieces

Blustery cold winter weather can have a cozy effect on indoor events, making them all the warmer for the contrast. Hot chocolate, woolen mittens, après ski parties and crackling fires evoke images of inside glow and charm that only winter can bring.

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December 29, 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

Working With Silk Flowers

Silk flowers are a lovely way to create a permanent piece of floral art for dresses, hair, and other arrangements meant to last longer than their fresh counterparts. High quality artificial flowers are much more than the mass-produced flowers that you see in a craft store.

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June 15, 2015 / Blooms Today

Designing the Perfect Wedding Bouquet

Ah, the wedding bouquet: the symbol of the bride’s good luck and the piece every lady longs to catch. In old England, the wedding bouquet would actually be carried by the bride as a decoy!

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May 21, 2015 / Blooms Today

A Brief History of the Flower Girl

The flower girl is an important part of the wedding ceremony. Guests always look forward to seeing her and the ring bearer walk down the aisle, almost as much as they do the bride and groom. Usually, the flower girl is a member of the bride or groom’s family, and she can be between the ages of 3-10 years old. But there is more significance behind the tradition of the flower girl than just sprinkling flowers down the aisle.

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May 13, 2015 / Blooms Today

The Best Flowers for Wedding Decorations

Among the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, choosing flower arrangements may seem low on the priority list. Coordinating flowers for the cake, centerpieces, and dining room seating may seem like an arduous task, but it doesn’t have to be.

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May 12, 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

Totally Steal-able Centerpiece Ideas

There is always that one friend who pulls out the perfect centerpiece for any occasion. It’s original, it’s unique, and it’s relevant. So what are some ways to make your own enviable centerpiece? A few helpful hints can get the ball rolling toward centerpiece glory.

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March 19, 2015 / Blooms Today

Making Flowers Out of Veggies

Carving vegetables can be a fun and nutritious way to pass the afternoon. But how do you get started? Here are some great tips and ideas to get you on your way to making your very own beautiful and edible bouquet!

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March 16, 2015 / Blooms Today

The Process of Drying Flowers

Flowers are beautiful gifts. They are welcome accompaniments at all events, occasions, times of year, and just to say hello. Live specimens will only remain vivid and healthy for a period of time, and then the gift is gone.

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March 11, 2015 / Blooms Today

Reusing Your Flower Vase in Decorating

Many people simply store their vases in a cabinet, give them back to a local florist, or take them to a donation center. However, there are many other ways you can use your vases daily and while hosting events. Here are some of the most unique uses for your flower vase:

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March 4, 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

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

6 Ways to Use Roses

Roses are among the most popular flowers. They are symbolic of romantic love, staples of Valentine’s Day and anniversaries, and cherished by virtually every culture on every continent. In fact, the rose has been cultivated by the Chinese for thousands of years, and in the United States alone over a hundred million roses are grown just for February. But beyond compiling bouquets and handing them out on dates, few know of additional applications for roses

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February 13, 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

Decorating With Flowers: Creative Decorating Ideas

Everyone loves flowers; arranging them, smelling them, and even using them for medicinal purposes. However, not everyone knows how to use flowers decoratively beyond the normal floral arrangement in a vase. Flowers can be used in and out of containers to brighten a home or other indoor space. Today, we’ll look at a few key […]

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January 29, 2015 / Blooms Today

Preserving Your Flowers: How to Photograph a Flower

Flowers are beautiful, but their beauty often shortchanges them in some ways. That is, most people think of flowers as things you arrange and place on tables to sit and look pretty.

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January 22, 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

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

Six Tips For Sending Flowers On A Budget

Sending flowers is a great way to show someone you care, but sometimes we don’t always have the money to send flowers regularly. If you are interested in finding affordable ways to send flowers to a friend or loved one, let the internet help you find what you need and keep it within budget.

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September 15, 2014 / Blooms Today

Order Flowers to Add the Finishing Touch to Your Home

Maybe you recently bought a new house, just finished redecorating, or are trying to make your house look nice because you are expecting guests. No matter what the occasion, having that perfect finishing touch to tie everything together and make your home look complete is important.

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September 3, 2014 / Blooms Today
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