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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‚Äôs 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
Flower-Textures

Flower Textures a Delight to Touch and See

The whole concept of texture deals with surface characteristics not only in terms of touch, but also visual attributes that transmit texture traits like soft, ridged, velvety, bumpy, swirled, rubbery, nubby and much more. The word comes from Latin “textura” meaning “web, texture, structure” descended from the root “texera” meaning “to weave”.

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November 1, 2017 / Blooms Today
Halloween-Flowers

Halloween Now and Holidays on the Horizon

This is the time of year when holidays come along ~ bing bing bing ~ one after another, and the sharpest of holiday planners is ready for instant changeover once Halloween exits, Thanksgiving comes and goes, Christmas moves through and a New Year is ushered in. Going too fast? Well, with your proverbial ducks in a row, holiday transitions will go smoothly all fall, and you’ll look like a very close cousin to Martha Stewart.

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October 24, 2017 / Blooms Today
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It’s the Sweetest Day ~ October 21

Here is a sweet holiday with the most noble of motivations. Sweetest Day was first celebrated in Cleveland in 1921 for distributing candy to neglected and forgotten residents in the city. Herbert Birch Kingston’s suggestion to bring some sweet happiness into the lives of orphans and shut-ins on a special day launched Sweetest Day as the third Saturday in October. About 20,000 boxes of candy were taken to children and elderly and street people that first year.

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October 17, 2017 / Blooms Today
Monochromatic-Gardens

The Power of One … Color

Colors enhance our world immensely from flowers to furniture and clothing to cars, carpeting, paint, shoes and decorative accents. Green is the most abundant color for its presence in nature. The sky is blue. Clouds are various shades of white and gray. Sunsets, sunrises and rainbows produce awe-inspiring color combinations, and every season has its own spectrum of colors. While colors often complement one another, a solitary color, or monochromatic display, carries a powerful impact.

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September 27, 2017 / Blooms Today
Sunflower

Fall Flower Show in a Vase

The colors of the harvest season are some of nature’s most beautiful for their depth and richness. They are found in the falling leaves as well as in myriad gemstones and fresh flowers. Consider the brilliant, crimson reds of rubies and garnets, exciting oranges of coral, fire opal and agate, along with lovely yellows in citrine and yellow diamonds.

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September 20, 2017 / Blooms Today
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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
Patriot-Day

Remembering Grandparents and 9-11

September 10 and 11 this year present wonderful opportunities to send flowers, with love. National Grandparent’s Day on the 10th is a sweet occasion to honor one or all of your grandparents or older folks who have been like surrogate grand people in your life.

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September 5, 2017 / Blooms Today
Yellow-Rose

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
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The Long-Lasting Carnation

Many a youngster and adult has crafted a carnation with a tissue and bobby pin or
tissue paper and pipe cleaner. Thousands of them may be made annually to fill chicken
wire on floats for parades, and thousands more real ones are part of floats in the annual Tournament of Roses or Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day.

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August 15, 2017 / Blooms Today
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