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10 Weird Facts About Alstroemeria

We see alstroemeria in flower arrangements all the time. Their beautiful striped petals have a special way of lighting up a room! There are some weird facts about this flower that make it extremely unique. Keep reading to find out, you might be surprised at what you learn!

1. Alstroemeria is commonly called the Peruvian Lily,  Lily of the Incas or the Parrot Lily.

2. Not all Alstroemeria have striped petals.

3. Alstroemeria is a symbol of wealth, prosperity and good fortune!

4. Alstroemeria stops producing flowers if they get too hot.

5. Alstroemeria flowers have no fragrance. (Great flower if you have any pollen allergies!)

6. There are about 50 species of alstroemeria.

7. The flower is named after the Swedish botanist Baron Klas Van Alstroemer who collected the seeds on a trip to Spain in 1783.

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Florists are Planning to Spread Smiles Nationwide!

“Paying it forward” is a movement that has swept across the United States. Receiving something unexpected brings smiles, joy and sometimes even tears. This year local florists are taking part in the movement to spread happiness nationwide.

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Where Do I Send Sympathy Flowers?

Sending flowers is the traditional way to show your condolences during a time of grief.  Here are some etiquette rules to help you know the appropriate place and time to send sympathy flowers.

What exactly are sympathy flowers?

Sympathy flowers are sent to the family or loved ones of the deceased. During this difficult time the flowers bring hope, peace and comfort.

What location do I send the sympathy flowers to?

A sympathy flower arrangement should be sent to the residence of the family or loved ones of the deceased. Typically sympathy flowers are more common to send when there isn’t a funeral service or viewing period. This way even if there is no service you can still show your support. However, sending sympathy flowers to the home even when there is a funeral service has become increasingly popular. Funeral flowers are to be sent to the funeral home as soon as possible, but sending sympathy flowers is appropriate at anytime. Even sending a sympathy arrangement a few weeks after the funeral is appropriate and shows continuous support.

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Customers Are Falling in Love With Parkway Floral

Parkway Floral has raised the bar for flower shops with their going green initiatives and excellent customer service. Their dedicated staff and years of experience in the industry keeps customers coming back!

Parkway Floral proudly serves the South Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. They are a full-service local florist that is family-owned and operated since 1951.

A large antique sign hangs above this flower shop that reads, “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Trade old vases for a green plant.” Parkway Floral strives to make recycling and being green an important aspect in all of their business efforts. They even encourage customers to trade in their old vases for a free green plant!

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Flower Spotlight: Gladiolus

Beautiful and sophisticated the gladiolus flower stands tall and is packed with symbolism. This trumpet-shaped flower has much to offer florists and flower enthusiasts. Keep reading to learn more about this unique bloom!

Origins and Symbolism

The gladiolus flower originates in sub-Saharan Africa, but in the 17th century it was brought to Europe in large quantities. Due to this flower’s long thick stems it is also referred to as the “sword lily.” The term gladiolus actually stems from the Latin word gladiolus, which means sword. Old legends say that the gladiolus came from the swords of fallen Roman gladiators. Even today, people say that receiving this flower means that you have been, “pierced with love.”

This flower symbolizes remembrance, strength of character and dignity. It is also associated with the 40th anniversary.

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Birthday Flowers For Her

At any stage in a relationship there are always appropriate flowers to give for a birthday present. From a couple that has only been on a few dates, to a relationship that has lasted twenty years, you can always find flowers that will make her feel special!

Buying flowers for her can be overwhelming. There are so many different types of flowers and colors to choose from. We have narrowed it down to three of the most popular flowers for a birthday. Out of this list you can choose the right flowers for your relationship. Remember that flowers have a magical way of making people feel loved and special. No matter what you choose, she will appreciate the time and thoughtfulness that went into the birthday gift.

Gerbera daisies

The gerbera daisy signifies cheerfulness and optimism. This fun flower is a great birthday present option if you are happy in your relationship and excited about its future potential. You can even pick out blooms in her favorite color with this flower since there are so many options.

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How to Decorate for Fall With Flowers

A new season means new opportunities to decorate. Add a floral centerpiece to your dining room table and a few fall flower arrangements around the living room and it will feel like you have redecorated your home! Here are some easy ways to incorporate beautiful fall flowers and the shades of the season into your home decorations.

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Mosquito Repellent Plants

Get rid of those pesky mosquitoes so you can finally enjoy a nice evening outside! Keep reading to see what natural plants and flowers are pros at keeping mosquitoes away.


Marigolds are known to repel mosquitoes and even rabbits. Marigolds prefer full sunlight so place your potted plants near open entries to your home. Marigolds contain a compound commonly used in insect repellents called, Pyrethrum. Not only will this plant work as a great barrier for your outdoor spaces but it will be beautiful addition to your home.


The sweet scent of lavender is pleasing to our noses but works as a strong deterrent for mosquitoes. This herb is also known to repel fleas and moths. Some people even make their own natural insect repellent with lavender leaves.

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5 Easy Dried Flower Crafts

Don’t throw your flowers away once they start to wilt and lose their luster! There are tons of fun and easy DIY projects you can do with dried flowers. Spruce up your bath time with floral bath bombs or make a decorative shadow box for your home. These projects are perfect to do with younger children and are great for gift-giving. See how you can get creative and start putting your old flowers to use!

1. Bath Bomb

Making a floral bath bomb is actually easier than you think. With baking soda, essential oils, citric acid, flowers, and bath bomb molds you can make your very own bath bombs!

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Thoughtful Grandparents Day Gifts

Grandparents give the best advice, the best hugs and are always ready spoil their grand kids. Their devoted love should be recognized with an amazing gift on Grandparents Day! Keep reading to find thoughtful gifts that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression (without breaking the bank!)

Send Your Love

Of course, flowers top the charts as the best way to send your love. The gesture of sending flowers and their beauty just can’t be beat. Talk to your florist about ways you can personalize the arrangement. You can ask for specific flowers that your grandma likes or choose certain colors they enjoy. Include a card message with a sweet memory you have with your grandparents. They will feel overwhelmed with love when they receive your thoughtful gift.

Spend Time Together

Normally when we think about a gift our mind goes to a possession or an item. For many people though some of the happiest times in their lives are not when they received a gift, but when they spent quality times with the ones they love. This Grandparents Day try to make a weekend trip to visit them. Ask your grandma how to knit or how to cook one of her classic recipes. Go fishing with your grandpa at his favorite fishing hole. Sit down with them to ask about their heritage and some of their favorite stories from the past. Taking time out of your busy schedule to make memories with your grandparents is a gift they will always remember.

Your grandparents have always been there for you and now it’s time to say thank you.

Call your local florist to create the perfect arrangement for your grandparents!

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