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

Flowers in Art

The beauty of flowers has drawn in artists around the world and across the ages. The challenges of recreating one flower blossom’s style, structure, texture, details and stunning colors must be to the trained artist eye what Mt. Everest is to the extreme adventurer ~ an attraction to be embraced and pursued.

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June 20, 2017 / Blooms Today

U.S. Flag and U.S. Armed Forces Flags in Flowers: Flag Day is June 14

Flag Day caught on first in elementary schools, and in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing Flag Day as June 14. The date was finally signed into legislation by President Harry S. Truman in 1949. offers several patriotic bouquets to honor patriotism, service, love of country and branches of the Armed Forces. The FTD® floral arrangements include:

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June 7, 2017 / Blooms Today

Flowers, Food and Fresh Air: Outdoor Entertaining Extraordinaire

Blurring the lines between indoors and outside is easy for summer entertaining and relaxing. With the wide range of all-weather materials for furniture and accessories, outdoor space is taking on the look and feel of the interior with the bonus of fresh air, breezes, sunshine and lightning bugs. And every single entertaining event is enhanced with colorful, fresh flowers from

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May 31, 2017 / Blooms Today

Memorial Day and the Red, White and Blue

Memorial Day declares the unofficial start of summer with picnics, camping, backyard barbecues and perhaps the season’s first trip to the beach or the mountains. Among all the summer kick-off festivities is the remembrance of those who gave their lives that we might relish in precious freedom. It’s a time to raise the flag of the red, white and blue, whether you have a mighty high flag pole or a wee Old Glory on a stick.

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May 23, 2017 / Blooms Today

Arbor Day ~ Friday, April 28

The cultivation of flowers and trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see this culture become universal.” Arbor Day … which has already transplanted itself … to every state in the American Union and has even been adopted in foreign lands … is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future. — J. Sterling Morton

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April 27, 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

Thanksgiving Social Graces for Guests

If you’re the lucky one to host Thanksgiving over this uniquely American holiday, start with your own thankfulness. Consider it a delight to serve family and friends who may come from next door or across the country. With a little planning for all ages, the day can run smoothly, fill the air with love and laughter and tummies with yummy food and drink.

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November 21, 2016 / Blooms Today

Pink Flowers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The top-selling single song in 1973 was “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”. The ribbon was loaded with emotion in the song, and six years later, the wife of a man taken hostage in Iran tied yellow ribbons around her trees. It made national news and launched the ribbon as a sentimental symbol. The New York Times even declared 1992 “the year of the ribbon” for its use to promote compassion and concern.

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October 13, 2016 / Blooms Today

Customer Service Week is Here!

Besides changing leaves, a nip in the morning air and pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, the first week in October heralds Customer Service Week. In one study, people cited customer service as the top influencing factor for establishing trust in a brand. Excellence in customer service has always been a top priority at This translates not only in excellent online, chat or telephone experience, but also to positive results with fresh, beautiful flowers delivered on the same day or next day from receiving the order.

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October 3, 2016 / Blooms Today

Planting in Fall for Spring Beauty

In real estate, value is often described as location, location, location. In gardening, the mantra is planning, planning, planning, and now is the perfect time to both plan and plant bulbs for early spring blossoms. Bulbs are interesting objects for their growth sequence. They come to you all dried in a bag in a dormant state. They like a little warmth in the soil first to get a few roots established. Then they go dormant again in frozen ground. As soil warms in spring temps, voila!

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September 21, 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

September and Asters ~ just right!

The word September has come down from the old Roman word “septem” meaning seven, and indeed, it is the seventh month. Anglo-Saxons called this “Gerst monath” for “barley month” because it was the time of year to harvest barley into barley brew. Other cultures refer to September as Harvest month, and it does definitely evoke images of harvest, home, hearth and warm shades of red, brown, orange and gold. It’s also a beautiful transition period of winding down from summer, yet not quite revving up for winter.

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September 12, 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

Fall into Fall Decorating

It’s that time of year when evening temps sink a little and mornings have a refreshing coolness to them. It’s not yet sweater weather, but the autumn transition between summer and fall is one of the most glorious decorating opportunities for its casual style and warm colors. All shades of red and crimson can promote energy and a sense of well-being, while orange is incredibly warm and versatile wherever it rests.

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August 25, 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

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

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

Celebrate Independence Day ~ with Flowers and Fireworks!

Always on the 4th of July, Independence Day commemorates the day in 1776 — not of our independence, but of the final wording of our Declaration of Independence and the commitment of 56 men who signed it. Most were well-educated and wealthy ~ 24 lawyers, 11 merchants, nine farmers and plantation owners among them.

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June 28, 2016 / Blooms Today

Pure Elegance of White Roses June Birthday Flower

A white rose bouquet exudes beauty, extravagance, purity and creativity for the monochromatic appeal. The eye is drawn to the intricate flower composition, while the single, creamy-white color presents a strong emotional element. Roses are the June birthday flower, and pearl is the birthstone, so a white rose arrangement seems fitting.

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June 10, 2016 / Blooms Today

Roses are red ~ Violets are blue ~ Sugar is sweet ~ And so are you!

While many variations of this poetic verse have been crafted, this may well be the most popular and likely comes from lines of “The Faerie Queene” written in 1590 by Sir Edmund Spenser. Of course, roses ~ the birth flower for the month of June ~ come in many colors, but red is the most popular and signifies devotion, love, affection and emotion in stunning strength and abundant beauty. It is cherished for its fragrance, gorgeous petals and majestic shape.

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June 8, 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

Wedding Bouquet: A Striking Floral Presence

The wedding bouquet is one of the most beautiful, integral components of the bride’s ensemble and carrying one has evolved from garlic, dill and herbs to spectacular, and fragrant, floral arrangements. Theories abound on the inception of carrying pungent combinations, from the Plague to covering for body odor and warding off evil spirits. Flowers have long been a symbol of fertility.

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May 16, 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

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

Flowers in Your Home and Office Decor

Surely some creative cave woman carved flowers on her rock walls. If we cannot always have fresh flowers on our desk or table or nightstand, then we can enjoy the beauty – if without the fragrance – in interior decor that ranges from wallpapers, tiles, curtains and rugs to pillows, art and tapestries.

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April 25, 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

Bridal Showers: Celebrating with Abundant Flowers

With June, August and May – in that order – being the most popular wedding months, then April and May are some of the most prominent times for bridal showers. Each bridal shower event is different, with many themed ones and others embracing the colors and preferences of the bride, even matching her floral choices.

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April 7, 2016 / Blooms Today

International Day of Happiness: March 20

On July 12, 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 20 as the International Day of Happiness. The overall purpose is to recognize “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.”

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March 15, 2016 / Blooms Today

History of the St. Patrick’s Day Plant

Parades, shamrocks, anything and everything green and luck ‘o the Irish all conjure up images of St. Patrick’s Day, first celebrated in the U.S. in 1737. St. Patrick was captured as a teen and taken to Ireland as a slave. After escaping, he returned to his family and went on to become a missionary back in Ireland.. The 3-leafed, green shamrock is purportedly what he used to explain the Trinity, and Ireland has always been known for lush green landscapes.

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March 10, 2016 / Blooms Today

National Plant a Flower Day

Between the beloved roses of Valentine’s Day and the striking shamrocks of St. Patrick’s Day is the one and only … [drum roll] … National Plant a Flower Day. It falls on March 12 every year, and since that’s a Saturday in 2016, you can plant a flower over the weekend.

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March 8, 2016 / Blooms Today

International Women’s Day – March 8

This day, recognized in countries around the globe, celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of women everywhere. It started in 1908 when some 15,000 women marched in the streets of New York City for higher pay, shorter work hours and voting rights. The first National Woman’s Day was spearheaded by the Socialist Party of America and observed in late February until 1913, after which it became March 8.

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March 3, 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

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

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

World’s Largest and Smallest Flowers

Have you ever stopped to consider that the smallest and largest categories of “things” commonly get all the recognition? The world’s largest and smallest people are in the Guinness Book of World Records, while small and incredibly large animals have documentaries focused entirely on them. In the plant world, there is also an amazing range of sizes from the world’s smallest flower, the Water-meal flower, to the largest, the Rafflesia arnoldii.

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January 12, 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

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

Stocking Stuffers for Flower Children

Floral accents are comfortable in any room, and floral sachets are especially lovely in dressers and even a desk drawer for a waft of aromatherapy. Edible flowers for salads or garnish can be purchased in cool, reusable glass jars, and a jigsaw puzzle with flowers in the picture will amuse and entertain for hours. Choose a picture without a lot of sky!

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December 22, 2015 / Blooms Today

Blooms Today Provides Floral Centerpieces for Redskins Annual Luncheon

Blooms Today will be adorning tabletops at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center with gorgeous centerpieces for the 54th Annual Washington Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2nd. D.C.’s favorite players are back from training camp and ready to kick of the new season with this popular event, organized by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

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September 1, 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

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

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

Blooms Today to Support the St. Jude Open

This Monday, Blooms Today will be among the sponsors visiting this year’s annual St. Jude Open. We will be on site supporting The St. Jude Children’s Hospital with prizes and special offers for those who make donations to St. Jude.

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May 14, 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
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