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Most Cheerful Flowers To Brighten Someone’s Day

May 21, 2017

Whether they’re big or small, scented or unscented, cut or uncut, flowers always seem to have the ability to make us happy. But there are some flowers that are a little extra joyful — the ones that instantly put a smile on your face. If you’re having one of those off days (you know, the ones where you just miss the bus or spill your coffee before you even get to work) or you know of a friend going through a tough time, here are some of our favorite flowers that are sure to give anyone who receives them a serious pick-me-up.

Sunflowers

Nothing says, “have a sunny day” quite like a bouquet of sunflowers, after all — it’s right there in the name. Not only do sunflowers embody pure joy, they also teach us to thrive and turn towards the light, even in the darkest of times.

Sunflowers

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The Best Flowers for Allergy Sufferers

May 19, 2017

If years of springtime watery eyes and a runny nose has turned you off to flowers or gardening, we’re here to offer some relief! Contrary to popular belief, there are flowers that even the biggest allergy sufferer can still enjoy. So until scientists can develop pollen-free house plants (which yes, they’re actually working on!) here are the most hypoallergenic flowers that will leave you breathing easy.

How Come Only Some Flowers Affect Allergy Sufferers?

When it comes to allergies, flowers have gotten a bad rap. For most allergy sufferers, they’re not allergic to flowers, but rather the pollen they attract. But just like some flowers have high pollen counts, others have very low (and sometimes no) pollen levels — meaning there are plenty of flowers that are allergy-friendly, you just need to know where to look!

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are a staple among gardening homeowners because they have the ability to re-bloom throughout the spring and summer — so we’re happy to say that they are allergy-friendly! Because their pollen is so sticky, even strong winds won’t blow it into the air.

White hydrangeas

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Mother’s Day Fun Facts 2017

May 8, 2017

From jewelry and flowers, to spa treatments and candle lit dinners, Americans aren’t afraid to go (and spend) above and beyond on Mother’s Day. After the winter holidays, Mother’s Day has the highest spending total (yup, it even beat out Valentine’s Day!). But this year, Americans are taking Mother’s Day shopping and pampering to new heights. In 2017, Mother’s Day spending is expected to be higher than it has ever been. So let’s take a look at how consumers will be spoiling their moms this Mother’s Day.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

13 Reasons to Give Nurses Flowers

May 6, 2017

Being a nurse is no simple task. They play so many different rolls that it’s difficult to encompass all that they do in just one job title. Though we feel like every week should be Nurses Appreciation Week, it technically falls from May 6th to the 12th. In honor of all their hard work and selflessness, here are just a few of the many reasons nurses deserve to be told “thank you” with a bouquet of flowers.

Giving nurse flowers

1. Their Job Can be Emotionally Exhausting

Part of what makes nurses such phenomenal caregivers is that they do actually care about their patients. Whether a patient leaves because they are discharged or because they unfortunately passed away, nurses are affected by every patient they see.

2. They Care for You — In More Ways Than Just Physically

While nurses certainly administer medicine and monitor your stats, they are also there for you emotionally. If you’re scared and need someone’s hand to hold, a nurse is typically the first one by your side.

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Fun Flower Facts

What is Each Wedding Anniversary’s Flower?

May 5, 2017

While you’ve probably heard that the symbol for 25 years of marriage is silver, or that 50 years is celebrated with gold, did you know that most anniversaries are also honored with their own flower? If you’re about to celebrate an anniversary, commemorate your blooming relationship with its corresponding flower.

Mr. and Mrs. wedding chair signs

1st Anniversary: Carnation

Because of their youthful and vibrant full bloom, carnations have long been used to represent young, passionate love. And nothing says young, passionate love like newlyweds! The first year of marriage is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, hence why it’s usually referred to as, “the honeymoon phase.”

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Floral Events & News

Desert Flowers Erupt in California ‘Super Bloom’

April 26, 2017

California deserts provide a home for a number of animals and insects, and have some of the most nutrient-rich soil found on Earth. But one thing they’re not exactly known for is their blooming flowers — or at least, they weren’t until now.

The once barren, grey landscape of California’s deserts has transformed into a colorful “super bloom” of flowers. So if you were ever thinking of taking a spontaneous trip to the desert, now is the time!Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California

What is a “Super Bloom?”

Typically, dry, hot climates are the last place you would expect to find flourishing flowers, but thanks to California’s recent unseasonably wet weather, deserts across the state are experiencing a super bloom — a term used to describe an explosion of flowers that surpasses typical spring blooms.

 

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How to Make Your Wife Feel Special on Mother’s Day

April 23, 2017

Whether she’s celebrating her first Mother’s Day as a mom or her thirtieth, it’s always a good idea to get your wife a Mother’s Day gift. When your children are young, getting your wife a gift “from” your daughter or son is a sweet gesture that she’s sure to remember. Of course, if your children are older they can send their own gifts to mom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pamper her a little extra!

Mother's Day breakfast in bed

Being a mom is a 24/7 job, so this Mother’s Day, let her call in sick. If you’re in need of some Mother’s Day ideas for your wife, here are a few that are sure to sweep her right off her feet.

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Floral Events & News

Best Tulip Festivals in the World 2017

April 21, 2017

March 20th marks the first day of spring, and that means warmer weather, barbeques, and tulips in full bloom! Cities and towns all around the world have already started gearing up for festivals honoring spring’s favorite flower. This uniquely colored flower only pops up for a few weeks every year, so you’ll want to make the most of this year’s tulip bloom by visiting some of the most beautiful tulip festivals.

Tulip Festivals Around the World

Keukenhof

Where: Holland
When: March 23rd – May 21st

Known as “The most beautiful spring garden in the world,” the Keukenhof holds more than 800 varieties of tulips and a total of 7 million bulbs! But amazingly, there’s even more to see here than just the beautiful flowers. Visitors can also witness a collection of artwork and plethora of outdoor cultural events. And have no fear, children are welcome here! If you’re out with the family, the Keukenhof also has a treasure hunt, petting zoo, maze and playground to keep your little ones entertained for hours.

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Fun Flower Facts

The Meaning Behind Each Tulip Color

April 20, 2017

You probably know about the language of love, but have you heard of the language of flowers? Because tulips bloom in the spring, they are commonly used to represent new life and warmth, but every color also carries its own meaning and interesting superstitions. Let your flowers do the talking the next time you give someone you love one of these wonderfully meaningful colored tulips.

Colorful Field of Tulips

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Mother-Daughter Date Ideas

April 19, 2017

Between work, school, and extracurriculars, every mom knows that your day-to-day routine often leaves little room for quality mother-daughter bonding. However, time between mothers and daughters is incredibly important, even if it isn’t Mother’s Day. Studies have shown that daughters who spend one-on-one time with their mothers have more empathy for others, better grades, and are overall more satisfied with their lives. So whether your daughter is 5 or 35, these mother-daughter bonding activities will help strengthen your relationship.

Mother and daughter hugging

No-Cost Mother-Daughter Date Ideas

Bake Something Special

Even if you don’t technically have an event to go to, throw on a couple of aprons and bake a cake, cupcakes, or cookies with only the ingredients you already have in the house. Continue Reading…