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7 Houseplants You Probably Won’t Kill

Do you love the extra greenery that plants bring to a space but don’t have the patience to care for a houseplant? Don’t give up just yet! We’ve compiled a list of seven low-maintenance plants that are perfect for newbie houseplant owners. They’re durable and can withstand a little neglect every once in awhile.

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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

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.

Lavender

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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Emotional Power of Flowers

Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or worried? Our fast-paced lifestyle is taking its toll on our emotional health causing high levels of stress and anxiety. If you or someone you know is going through a tough season of life, considering sending them flowers to boost their mood! Science has proven that nature provides us with a simple way to improve mental health. According to research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the presence of flowers triggers positive emotional feelings and improves life satisfaction.

A group of behavioral scientists studied the link between flowers and lifetime satisfaction over a 10-month period. Dr. Haviland-Jones said, “Common sense tell us that flowers make us happy. Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.” Here are the three key findings from their study.

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Send Luck!

This Sunday don’t forget to send luck with St. Patrick’s Day flowers. This holiday is a great opportunity to encourage loved ones that need some extra support. If you know someone that’s changing jobs,  moving, or just going through a hard time, receiving a lucky green floral arrangement is sure to lift their spirits.

Choose your favorite green flowers to send or pick out a pretty green vase. Green plants are also always a great gift for that leprechaun on your list. Ask your florist if they can add some decorations like four-leaf clovers or a pot of gold to really get into the holiday spirit.

Remember you’re not just sending luck, you’re also showing how much you care.

If you need help writing your card message here are some clever ideas:

  • Wishing you all the luck of the Irish! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
  • I’m lucky to have a friend like you! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
  • May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Find your local florist at our florist directory and send a lucky gift today!

Baby Shower Flowers

A new baby is on the way and now it is time to celebrate! Along with the honor of hosting your loved ones baby shower comes the challenge of finding the right flowers to compliment your theme and satisfy the mom-to-be. With hundreds of flower options and arrangements it’s difficult to know which flowers would look the best. Here are some flowers we suggest using to make any baby shower perfectly beautiful!

Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila)
Baby’s breath, also known as Gypsophila, is a simple delicate flower that symbolizes innocence and purity. This flower is extremely budget friendly and long-lasting. From necklaces, to centerpieces, to chandeliers this flower is so versatile it can be used for decoration in so many ways! This flower has the “just picked from the garden look” and is typically paired with light colored roses, carnations, or lisianthus.

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Top 3 Alternative Gift Bouquets

There are times where a loved needs a different sort of gift. Maybe the recipient is allergic to flowers, or it’s a special occasion and you want to do something a bit different. Well, your florist can help with that too! Here are 3 alternative gift bouquets.

Candy Basket

Perfect for a young one or a kid at heart, a candy basket gives that sweet tooth in your life a huge smile. Consider this bouquet for a graduation or a job well done for a student or coworker!

Spa Kit

After a long day at the office, make someone smile with a spa kit. Deliciously scented candles and soothing lotion is the perfect gift to sit down and relax after a hard day’s work.

Fruit Gift

Need a house warming gift? This fruit basket will fill a new kitchen for newlyweds or long-time friends. This basket also works as a great get well soon or just because gift.

Always check with your florist first for all your gifting needs. For more great ideas, visit the Bloomin’ Blog.

Caring For Your Valentine’s Day Bouquet


Flowers are a wonderful gift, especially on Valentine’s Day! Here are some tips that will make your flowers last longer.

Receiving Your Blooms
When first receiving your bouquet, make sure to remove any plastic as soon as possible. Put your flowers in a vase full of water if they aren’t already in one!

Location, Location, Location
You want to place your fresh flowers in an area that is away from drafts and extreme temperatures. Don’t place them in direct sunlight, like on a windowsill, where the sun hits them full blast. Also, avoid places where flowers can contact ethylene gas (emitted from cigarettes and fruit).

Bloom Care
Be sure to remove dead or wilting leaves and stems. Also, change water regularly, especially when it starts getting cloudy.

Florist’s Orders
If your florist added food or preservative packets for your arrangement, make sure to read the directions and use accordingly.

Home Remedies
There are many tips and tricks you can do to keep your flowers fresh longer. Adding sugar or using hairspray can be used to preserve your arrangement for longer enjoyment. Also, adding vodka, apple cider vinegar, or even a copper penny can help against bacteria. Call your local florist to determine which trick works best for your bouquet.

Valentine’s Day flowers are one of the best gifts to receive. Follow these simple tips and enjoy them even after Valentine’s Day! Check back with the Bloomin’ Blog for more great tips and tricks.

 

 

 

 

Ask the Plant Expert: Transplanted and Re-Potted But Looking Sad

Dear Plant Expert:

Besides the green plant, there is the azalea, the Kalanchoe and African violet. I have re-potted all of them, but they are really looking a bit sad … can you please provide any thing that I can do to help revive them? Should I plant the Azalea outside? I brought these from Dallas to Atlanta after Mom passed and would love to see them be healthy for a very long time.

Thank you! :)

Mimi

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Plant Expert Reply:

Mimi,

All plants will look a little rough right after transplanting. Give them a little time to recover and they should bounce right back.
As for the Azalea, you could plant it outside. Make sure you place it in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day and is in well-drained soil. You could also grow it in a sun-room if you have one.
As for the African Violet, they need bright filtered light. Never expose the plant to intense heat or bright sunlight. Keep them moist but not soggy. For more African Viloet Care Instruction go to http://www.flowershopnetwork.com/flower-pictures/pl00107/african-violets-basket-of-plants/. Scroll down until you see the care instruction area.
As for the Kalanchoe, they can tolerate a wide variety of light options. They prefer bright light and slightly dry conditions. For more Kalanchoe care instructions go to http://www.flowershopnetwork.com/flower-pictures/pl03002/flowering-kalanchoe-kalanchoe-blossfeldiana-/
And finally for the Schefflera, they prefer a lot of bright filtered or indirect light and a moist environment. For more care instruction go to http://www.flowershopnetwork.com/flower-pictures/pl00701/green-schefflera-plant-brassia-actinophylla-/.
Hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.
Jamie Jamison Adams

Easter Flower Traditions

Easter is on the way, and there are several holiday traditions of which you need to be aware. Some are religious, some are family-oriented but all of them are centered around flowers. And why not? Easter is a spring holiday and spring is all about nature coming back to life after a long, cold winter. What better way to celebrate a return to life than with flowers?

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Flower Traditions

  • The Corsage – The Easter corsage is an older tradition, but it is an important one for those who still honor it. The corsage is most often worn to church services and are given as a sign of love, most often given to a wife by her husband or a mother by her children. The flower used is not important unlike Mother’s Day corsages which have different meanings assigned to different flowers and colors.
  • The Lily – Or, as it is more commonly known, the Easter Lily. This white flower is considered a symbol of purity and goodness and can be gifted either singly or as part of a larger arrangement.
  • Passion Flower – These flowers are full of symbolism for the Christian faith. The three stamens represent the Holy Trinity or the three nail wounds of Christ. The circle of petals is said to represent the crown of thorns that Christ wore, and the pointed leaves are supposed to represent the spear that went into Christ’s side as he hung on the cross.
  • Flower Festivals – Churches all across the world hold flower festivals on Easter. The entire church is filled with spring flowers in a celebration of the renewal of life that spring brings as a symbolic testament to Christ’s resurrection.

Flowers are an important part of most holidays, but never more than Easter. The return of beauty, warmth and life to the world are perfectly captured in the fragile beauty of spring flowers. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate Easter the right way this year. Celebrate with flowers!

Ask the Plant Expert: What is this Sticky Substance on my Schefflera?

Dear Plant Expert:Schefflera with Sticky Substance
Our schefflera has a sticky residue on its leaves and underneath the plant itself.  After looking closer, while taking the picture, I see what appears to be little white bugs.  How should I clean it and treat it?
Thank You for Your Assistance,
Vicki
Plant Expert Reply:
Vicki,

You will need to apply a houseplant spray to the plant in order to kill the insects. In the meantime, you can take a wet rag and clean the leaves. The rag needs to be dipped in lukewarm water that has a couple drops of liquid soap (use a non-antibacterial soap).  Good luck and let me know if you need help with anything else.
Sincerely,
Jamie Jamison Adams
FSN Plant Expert