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  • FAMILY THANKSGIVING TIME

    Thanksgiving was first established as an American holiday by President Lincoln in 1863. At that point, and for many years thereafter, the turkey feast itself was considered decoration enough for most holiday tables. Some hosts like to consider their delectable turkey as the centerpiece of their holiday table. Unfortunately, the table looks quite barren once the big bird goes quickly from beautiful to bones at a large family gathering. Make the holiday festive with a  inspired Thanksgiving bouquets, centerpieces, decor and more to brighten your table. Between perfecting your turkey and pies, don't forget the rest of the holiday table. Wow guests with a rustic Thanksgiving table.Whether you are setting a fancy, fun, or frill-free table, we've got you covered.

    A great look for the center of your table is a floral arrangement in a basket.

    A more modern look for your table can be seen in picture below.

    Adding sunflowers is always festive and bright to a bouquet.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • HALLOWEEN SPOOKY NIGHT

    Send a Halloween flower bouquet to scare up a little fun this year. Autumn leaves, orange fall flowers and black vases make the perfect Halloween decoration on the spookiest night of the year.

     This witchy dog arrangement will have everyone howling with delight. It is handcrafted from fresh white carnations and colorful, dried oak leaves. This petal pooch creation comes complete with a black witch's hat, making it a fun git for your Halloween table.


    Smile and say BOO! This Halloween, send ghostly greetings to a favorite friend with a mix of bright blossoms, autumn leaves and more, topped with a wiggly eyed white ghost. You're sure to make a great impression.

    Send a Halloween wreath with a scarecrow, fall leaves and gourds to decorate your front door and welcome all the trick or treaters.
    A pumpkin with fall flowers is a great Halloween gift, an addition to your table or to put by you trick or treat candy bowl!

  • HELLO SUNSHINE!

    What flower represents Hello Sunshine? the magnificent happy yellow sunflower!

    Pacino' Sunflower
    Pacino is a sunflower variety that is small and cheerful.

    Helianthus Annuus is Classic Yellow Sunflower
    Helianthus annuus, or sunflower, is a warm season annual possessing a large flowering head. The sunflower is named after its huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun.

    Multi Stemmed Sunflowers Have Branching Style
    Branching varieties bear multitudes of cheerful blossoms and dwarfs are colorful to use in the flower garden. Semi dwarfs range from about 4 to 8 feet tall and are multi stemmed or branching. They are primarily bred for cut flowers.

    Double Flowered Cushion Styled Rounded Sunflowers
    Teddy Bear sunflowers produce a soft, fluffy, cushion like flower on shorter bushy plants. Golden yellow fully double 6 inch blooms are well suited for mild borders, containers and bouquets. Ripe heads are attractive to birds.

    Bi Colored Sunflowers Resemble Twirling Pinwheels
    Sunflower Pastiche is a hardy bi color annual in a host of evening sun shades, such as yellows, reds and buff, some with a bright yellow or a deep red disc. These medium sized flower heads make fantastic cut flowers.

    Cream Colored Sunflowers Provide Elegant Border
    A sunflower, Vanilla Ice, bears clusters of light yellow and cream with deep chocolate eyes. Cream colored sunflowers create an elegant border with sunflowers that only reach about 3 feet.

    Earthwalker' Sunflower
    Sunflower 'Earthwalker' features solid and bicolor blooms of rusty earth tones, including orange, mahogany, brown and gold. Multiple side branches on 6 to 9-foot plants guarantee a magnificent display.

    Ms. Mars' Sunflower
    The 'Ms. Mars' sunflower Helianthus annuus has a dwarf, bushy habit that makes it ideal for pots and containers.

    Sunflower 'Goldie'
    'Goldie' sunflowers are plants with multiple branches and huge, cheerful, golden-yellow blooms. Save these 5-foot beauties for the back of garden beds and borders, or use them in a cutting garden. The double-petaled flowers measure 8 to 10 inches across.

    Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)
    Perennial native sunflowers, such as this Maximilian sunflower that grows up to ten feet tall, were once revered by Incas as icons of their sun god. Their seeds were considered sacred by certain Plains cultures — and still are by many birds — and were left on gravesites to nourish the dead on their way to the Happy Hunting Grounds.

    Species Speak
    The species is like a first name for plants and the genus is like the last name. For the Helianthus annuus, the genus is Helianthus and the species is annuus.

    Who knew there were so many different kinds of happy sunflowers to choose from!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Freesia Heaven Scent

    March Madness is here. What better way to cheer you up than the wonderful smelling freesia plant.

    The heritage of freesia, a member of the iris family, can be traced to Italy. The white iris was prevalent throughout Florence and became the city’s celebrated symbol. Gardens of grandeur sprang up throughout the land, where iris hosted a kaleidoscope of wonderful botanicals. Freesia’s uplifting fragrance, described as a bouquet of fresh-cut blooms, perfectly interprets the dewy aromas of famous Florentine gardens.

     

     Freesia is the scented expression of a journey across bridges of gold to the magnificent floral havens surrounding villas and castles from a bygone Renaissance era. A great perfume can be made with the enticing scent of Italian freesia, along with cyclamen and muguet and blended with Italian orange, crisp pear and noble amber in an elegant fruity-floral composition. Let the senses be romanced by the past while enjoying a refreshingly new interpretation of freesia.

    A couple of stems are all that's needed to make a bouquet sweet-smelling. The green buds clustered along the thin, arched stem open gradually into delicate flowers. Beauty and a wonderful scent, how intoxicating!

  • Cosmos Choca Mocha

    Plants don't get much better than chocolate cosmos, which both looks and smells like chocolaty goodness! This plant is something really special a chocolate scented flower! These rich, velvety, dahlia-like, chocolate-maroon flowers give a heady aroma reminiscent of the best Belgian chocolates! The burgundy-maroon flowers appear all summer long on tall stems and bear a rich scent.

    Cosmos choca mocha

    Native to Mexico and extinct in the wild, Cosmos atrosanguineus is a low-maintenance plant that can stand drought and heat. Treat it as an annual, except for Zones 10-11, where it can bloom practically all year. Used as fillers in mixed containers, the ferny foliage blends easily with other annuals.

    This flower is sometimes almost black, velvety flowers on long, slender, reddish brown stems bloom from early summer to autumn. Chocolate cosmos is a tuberous-rooted, tender perennial (native to Mexico) that can be overwintered indoors where not hardy.

    smells like chocolate!

    Cosmos Choca Mocha will flower all summer long, from July right through to October, and the blooms are beautifully offset against pretty blue-green foliage. Perfect for patio pots, beds or sunny borders, these stunning plants are sure to delight wherever they are placed! Plant anywhere you can catch the scent as you pass by chocolate heaven! Very easy to grow and care for, these semi-hardy, tender perennials can be kept overwinter in warm sites if mulched. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil.

    Picturesque pillow!

    Have this flower screened onto a decorative pillow, how beautiful is that!

  • Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is approaching. Did you ever think of what your flowers saying? In the Victorian Era, flowers had secret meanings that expressed sentiments of love, lust, adoration and even rejection. This secret language still exists today. This Valentine’s Day don’t let your flowers send the wrong message! Learn the past and present meanings of  today’s most popular flowers.

    Roses: Roses have and will always stand for one thing: love. More specifically, everlasting love. But this Valentine’s Day, forget the outdated red rose (blah) and opt for a softer color. A bouquet of fresh and lovely pastel pink, red or apricot garden roses, says “I love you” in the most romantic way.

    Peony: Before their recent popularity explosion, peonies were known as “the poor man’s rose” because of their lower price tag. In Victorian times, they symbolized shame or bashfulness. Today, peonies are among the most expensive and in-demand flowers on the market. A bouquet of these delicate, aromatic blooms shows your appreciation of beauty and tells the recipient that you want to give her the very best.

    Sunflowers: With its hardiness and vibrant color, the sunflower is a testament to its namesake, the sun. To indigenous Americans, this edible plant was a major food source. But to aristocratic Victorians, a gift of these bright blooms pledged admiration and loyalty to the recipient. Today, sunflowers symbolize laid-back joy and pure happiness. Make a statement with a large bunch of these cheery stems or arrange loosely with other wildflowers for a sweet, bohemian look.

    Tulip: Because of their simplistic beauty, tulips once symbolized love and cheerfulness. The red or pink variety stood for perfect love while the yellow variety told a lover that his or her smile was beautiful. Today, tulips represent comfort and ease because they're easily recognized and elegant without being flashy. These simple flowers make a sweet gift for a family member or long-term significant other.

    Hydrangea: This large, water loving flower had a dual meaning in the 19th century. A single hydrangea symbolized vanity and boastfulness while a bouquet said “Thank you for understanding.” The hydrangea is one of the most commonly used flowers in modern arrangements because it is bold, beautiful and adds fullness to a design. A gift of hydrangeas is a testament to your good taste. Just make sure they're fresh! Wilted hydrangeas are the worst.

     

    Carnations:
    Carnations were one of the most popular flowers in the Victorian era and were used to relay secret messages in a time when PDA was frowned upon. If a suitor received a pink carnation from his love, it meant his feelings were reciprocated. But if she sent him a gift of solid yellow or striped carnations, he knew he was refused.
    With their pretty ruffled petals, hardiness and endless color varieties, carnations are now a symbol of youthful beauty and fun. If you are in a budding relationship or thinking of a friend, a gift of red or pink carnations says “I love ya!” without any awkward romantic connotations. They're also super inexpensive!
     
  • Happy New Year 2017

    The new year is finally upon us, and that means it’s time to talk about resolutions.  I’ve always been a fan of setting goals at the beginning of each year because it provides an excellent opportunity to reflect and focus on self-improvement.

    Start living your best life in 2017! In 2017, I’m going to recommit myself to humility, authenticity, in faith in something greater than myself. I cannot do everything on my own. I need my family, friends, and team members to survive and thrive. By staying centered, mindful, and aware of my failings, I’m going to avoid the pitfalls that have stymied me in the past.

    This brings me to flowers. Having fresh flower arrangement in my home is not just for the aesthetics, either; fresh flowers improve the quality of your home and your health.

    Fresh flowers improve your happiness while decreasing negative energy in the room. Flowers increase compassion and energy. Moreover, fresh flowers decreases effects of depression and anxiety. The benefits of fresh flowers

    1. Bouquets can boost your mood

    Bright, fresh cut flowers instantly improve your mood. People with fresh flowers in their homes are most likely to feel less worried and feel fewer periods of anxiety or depression.

     

    2. Flowers double as inspiring decor

    Flowers can easily take the place of boring everyday table décor. Coordinate bouquet colors with your space, or place a bright bouquet on a shabby old table to draw the eye and lend to a fresh new look that makes you feel good about your living space. They also make it easy to decorate for each season.

    3. Fresh flowers refresh memories

    Smell is one of the most powerful senses and can trigger instant memories. A rose’s robust smell can fill a room with just one flower. Choose familiar bouquets that bring back fond memories of growing up in the country, taking a final bow on stage, or even those used on your wedding day.

    4. Flora fosters creativity

    Fresh flowers have been shown to stimulate creativity while promoting concentration. Adding flowers and fresh plants to your child’s bedroom or play area will brighten the space as well as their growing imagination, while also encouraging responsibility. Put a vase at your desk because they can also spark your creativity while you’re at work.

    5. Bouquets are welcoming

    Flowers bring positive emotional feelings to those who enter a room. Place flowers in places visitors see, such as the foyer, living room and dining room. Flowers make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere. And just think, every time you walk into or through your home, they will make you feel welcome and “at home”, too.

  • POINTSETTIA

    Pointsettia is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. The species is indigenous to Mexico. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas  floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett who was the first person who introduced the plant to the US in 1825. December 12th is Pointsettia day to honor when he died.

    pointsettia

    Pointsettia Care: Be sure the plant is well wrapped when you take it outside on your trip home because exposure to low temperatures for even a short time can injure leaves and bracts. Unwrap the plant as soon as possible because the petioles (stems of the leaves and bracts) can droop and twist if the plant is left wrapped for too long.

    For maximum plant life, place your pointsettia near a sunny window Or some other well-lit areas. Do not let any part of the plant touch cold window panes. Poinsettias are tropical plants and are usually grown at temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F in greenhouses, so this temperature range ill the home is best for long plant life. High temperatures will shorten the file of the bracts Poinsettias do no[ tolerate warm or cold drafts so keep them away from radiators, air registers, and fans as well as open windows or doors. Place your poinsettia in a cooler room at night (55 to 60 degrees F is ideal) to extend the blooming time.

    pointsettia-flower

    Examine the soil daily and water only when it feels dry. Always water enough to soak the soil to the bottom of the pot and discard the excess water. If you don't water enough, the plant will wilt mid the lower leaves will drop. If you water too much the lower leaves will yellow and then drop. If you keep your plant for several months, apply a soluble houseplant fertilizer, once or twice a month according to the manufacturers recommendation.

    pointsettia-wreath

    Here's a lovely pointsettia Christmas wreath idea for your holiday decor.

  • Holiday Centerpieces

    It's time for the holidays! Time to decorate! Here are some ideas for centerpieces.

    Spread some red and white cheer.Take carnations and put on top of a rectangular glass vase covered with candy canes. Attach candy canes to the vase with a hot-glue gun; anchor flowers in floral foam. If you like, spray canes with coats of clear acrylic spray to avoid stickiness. Finish with ribbon and attach mint  in center of ribbon.

    Candy Cane Centerpiece

    For easy elegance a few Christmas elements add up to one dashing display! Place a large ball ornament, a single rose or roses and a few evergreen sprigs on a dinner plate. Cover the arrangement with a cloche. To keep the rose or roses fresh, put the stem in a florist's water tube.

    Simple Elegance Simple Elegance

    A tall, clear cylindrical vase supports amaryllis blooms in just a few inches of water. Put cranberries in the bottom and wrap a bright red ribbon at the waterline. A sprig of greenery continues the holiday theme.

    Beauty of Amayllis Beauty of Amayllis

    Create your own customized flower composition by covering coffee cans with wrapping paper and embellishing them with ribbon. Fill with inexpensive white carnations or your favorite white flower with baby's breath, plus evergreens cut from your yard.

    White carnations with Wrapping Paper Carnations with Wrapping Paper

    Enliven basic glass vases with Christmas-color scrap booking papers. Simply cut tulips and dahlias, then cut papers to fit around the vases and secure with double-sided tape. Tie red string (with silver bells attached) around the vases and insert your winter bouquets.

    Dahlia Tulip Centerpiece Dahlia Tulip Centerpiece

     

     

     

  • Edible Flowers

    Edible flowers are ordinarily associated with haute cuisine and wedding cakes, but you may have several tasty varieties right in your own backyard. Adding flowers to your meals will not only make an ordinary dish look gourmet, they can be quite flavorful and nutritious.

    Before eating any flower, you need to make sure it is edible and not treated with pesticides.To clean edible flowers, shake them to rid them of insects. Remove the stamen, the tiny, dusty-looking and pollen-producing anthers at the top of the delicate filament, as some people are allergic, then wash the blooms in a bowl of water, drain using a colander and place them on a paper towel. Flowers are extremely perishable and do not do well when stored in the refrigerator. Ideally, pick them fresh and serve them as soon as possible (store them upright in a glass of water while preparing).

    Flowers are natural plant foods, and like many plant foods in nature often contain valuable nutrients for your health. For instance, dandelions contain numerous antioxidant properties and flavonoids, including FOUR times the beta carotene of broccoli, as well as lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. They're also a rich source of vitamins, including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamins E and C.

    Flowers can be eaten raw in salads (nasturtiums, dandelion and primrose are popular for this purpose), added to appetizers or infused into sauces and other dishes. Every flower has a unique taste, so you will find the ones that appeal to you most just like any other herb or spice. For instance, bee balm tastes similar to oregano, carnations have a clove-like flavor, and marigolds are sometimes called "poor man's saffron" because of their peppery, saffron-like flavor.

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    Squash blossoms grow on the ends of zucchini in loosely twisted swirls topped with bright yellow. Arugula, a frilly, leafy green that’s also called rocket, bears small white flowers that work well in tossed salads or on sandwiches.
    squash-blossomsHibiscus flowers are famously used in hibiscus tea, the vibrant cranberry flavor is tart and can be used sparingly.hibiscus-1

    Marigolds netted high concentrations of polyunsaturated fats, like linolenic acid and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).
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