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Valentine’s Day: Not Just For Sweethearts…

Valentine’s Day is the absolutely perfect time to remind someone of your love, affection and admiration. Not a lover or your spouse or boy friend or girl friend, but one of those special people who has touched your life in a warm, positive way.

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February 5, 2018 / Blooms Today
Gorgeous-Roses

Nothing Says Romance Like Roses

Roses have captured the paint brush of artists, the lyrics of songs, the words of poems and many a camera lens of photographers. Their beauty is stunning. Fragrance is lovely. Petals are so finely shaped and silky smooth. The deep green leaves are gorgeous. Even the thorns are exquisite.

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January 30, 2018 / Blooms Today
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Fresh Flowers for New Moms

Sending fresh flowers from bloomstoday.com to a new mother can raise you to the level of sainthood for your thoughtfulness and understanding. New moms experience a wide range of emotions, and while they look positively radiant with a new baby, many are weeping inside with totally normal feelings. ” ‘Baby blues’ affect as many as 60 to 80 percent of childbearing women during the first year of their baby’s life, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lack of sleep and hormonal changes can wreak havoc, leaving you tired, emotional and sad.

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January 16, 2018 / Blooms Today
Winter-Flowers

Spread Some Happiness in the New Year

As you ring in the new year with high hopes, lofty dreams and the requisite resolutions, here is one resolution that’s easy to keep: Spread Some Happiness. Make 2018 the year you say “I love you” more often — in person verbally, in writing or with flowers across the miles or down the block.

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January 5, 2018 / Blooms Today
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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
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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
Sympathy-Rose

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
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Flowers in Jewelry

Flowers may well be one of Mother Nature’s most inspirational elements for the art world, along with sunsets, landscapes, birds and wildlife. Paintings in all media range from one bold flower blossom like Georgia O’Keeffe’s work to many blooms in a field, on a pond or in a vase. Among the most creative pieces of jewelry are those with flower themes. From dried petals and pressed flowers to flower shapes and floral components, the attraction of jewelry as a gift can be enhanced with flowers. Some buyers will choose their birth month flower, their favorite flower or something in a particular color.

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December 4, 2017 / Blooms Today
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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’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
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
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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
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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
HappinessHappensMonth

Happiness Happens Month is Here ~ in August!

From the first cry of a newborn baby to job satisfaction, joyful family events, good health or recovery, a fun movie or receiving a bouquet of fresh flowers from bloomstoday.com, happiness happens. August is Happiness Happens Month, and the idea is to recognize happiness in one’s life. It can be a general happiness with your social network, family relationships, volunteering, living situation, pets, work, hobbies or a host of things. Or it can be but a special, happy incident, as the Italian poet and author has quipped: “We do not remember days. We remember moments.”

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August 10, 2017 / Blooms Today
Friendship-Day

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
Welcome-Flowers

Welcome to the Neighborhood

It’s moving season, one of the most popular times for family relocation between school years. Moving across the city or the country is not complicated. You don’t need horses or covered wagons, and you won’t have to build a fire to cook your dinner. With a positive, can-do attitude, new opportunities on the horizon and a fun trip along the way, you can ignite some passion and a sense of adventure for everyone.

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July 25, 2017 / Blooms Today
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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
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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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Summer Potted Flowers

As pansies fold in the summer heat, petunias, geraniums, lobelia, coreopsis, lantana and more happily thrive. Many flowers love the warmth and hot summer sun, so if your first round of spring pots and hanging baskets look a little weary and dry, you can update them today.

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July 5, 2017 / Blooms Today
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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
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Your Own Home Hotel Room: Preparing for Father’s Day Guests

It’s summertime and those lazy hazy days that call for ice cream, fresh lemonade and backyard BBQs also bring overnight guests. Maybe Dad is coming for Father’s Day, or perhaps a high school chum is passing through, or a family who moved away is back for a visit, or even a business colleague you know well enough to offer accommodations. Whoever it is, you can easily prepare a charming guest room that will rival your local hotels and B&Bs and embrace a wow factor for your visiting friends.

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June 13, 2017 / Blooms Today
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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. Bloomstoday.com 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
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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 bloomstoday.com.

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May 31, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Mother’s Day Memories ~ flower care, rose petals and keepsake vases

If you missed sending flowers for Mother’s Day, it’s never too late … it’s just one specially designated day in a lifetime of “mother’s days” because, in reality, once a mother, she is a mother every day of the year. So, click over to bloomstoday.com’s floral arrangements and choose one, chat with one of the professionally-trained consultants and send flowers and love ~ right now.

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May 16, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Mother’s Day ~ Flowers and More

The first real Mother’s Day occurred in West Virginia in 1908, the same year Henry Ford released his first Model T. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. The official flower is the red carnation and the unofficial flower of Mother’s Day is the white carnation. Carnations are stunning for their swirling petals and long lasting blossoms, but all fresh flowers speak beauty, love and thoughtfulness.

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May 9, 2017 / Blooms Today
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Mother’s Day …. sweet collection for sweet souls!

The Mother’s Day Collection at Bloomstoday.com has been creatively designed so there’s something for everyone here that’s personal, distinctive and original for the mom and motherly souls in your life. The biological mom is the best, yet there are many “moms” who provide, love, guidance, joy, encouragement and a listening ear when it’s needed most.

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May 3, 2017 / Blooms Today
Arbor-Day

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
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Administrative Professionals Day ~ April 26

Behind every great one of these [fill in the blank] is a great one of these [administrative professional]. They are the glue that keeps the place together, like the mortar that holds the bricks from sliding. They are the ones who get things done. They are diligent in their pursuit of operating an office, a building, a shop, a company, a warehouse, a household like a well-oiled machine. They. Are. Administrative. Professionals. Without which … well, we won’t go there.

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April 20, 2017 / Blooms Today
Easter-Flowers

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-Feature

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
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Where Trees Live On … Expressing Sympathy

When someone passes away, emotions range from disbelief and despair to sadness and sorrow. Even in bittersweet circumstances, there’s an emotional toll that leaves a hole in someone’s heart. Beautiful, fresh flowers bring an all natural elegance to the funeral setting, family, close friends and home environment. And trees live on … practically memorializing someone special for years, maybe even a century or more.

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March 22, 2017 / Blooms Today
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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
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Plant a Flower Day and L-o-n-g-e-r Daylight

There’s a good reason some 35 million people in the U.S. are gardeners. It’s exciting to see something grow from a tiny seed to blooming flowers or a mature plant which yields berries or other fruit or vegetables. Tomatoes are the favorite for most popular vegetable, though it can be argued it’s a fruit. That may be splitting hairs, and it is the state “vegetable” of New Jersey and state “fruit” (and vegetable) of Arkansas. Peas, beans, carrots, zucchini and leafy greens are also found in abundance in home gardens. Popular fruit includes apples, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

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March 9, 2017 / Blooms Today
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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
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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
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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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Expressions of Love ~ words for the little card with your flowers

“I Love You” pretty much sums it up, but if you want to step outside that box with a little creativity, here are suggestions for revealing what’s on your mind and in your heart. End with Love or With Love or All My Love, [your name].

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February 8, 2017 / Blooms Today
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Thanksgiving Centerpieces and More

The ubiquitous autumn floral centerpiece, with or without candles and a glass hurricane, in a vase, woven seagrass cornucopia, glass lantern or basket, is imperative throughout the long Thanksgiving weekend. The really cool part of centerpieces is their versatility in placement and arrangement. The “center” part of a bloomstoday.com Thanksgiving centerpiece is not relegated to the center of anything, and can be expanded or positioned elsewhere with a little imagination.

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November 8, 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 New Darling in Plant Decorating: Succulents for Style

Succulents have been around for centuries, and they have grown in popularity recently, taking center stage in homes, offices and cafes for stunning colors, unusual shapes, inexpensive cost, interesting textures, easy care – The largest are the saguaro cactus, native to Arizona and small sections of California and Mexico. Its blossom is Arizona’s state wildflower, and its life span can exceed 150 years. The largest one tops 45 feet tall.

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October 25, 2016 / Blooms Today
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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
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