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Keep Calm with These Relaxing Flower Colors!

Ready for spring to arrive? Enjoy a little slice of nature with some flowers from your local florist. Add an extra calming element to your arrangements with flowers in these colors! [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day Flowers Do’s & Don’ts

Valentine’s day is known for gorgeous bouquets of roses and giant heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Love is everywhere and many may not know what is the best way to go about ordering their special someone those flowers and chocolates. Here are a few Valentine’s flowers do’s and don’ts to help you order the perfect gift for your special someone! [Read more…]

January Card Messages ’17

January brings the beginning of a new year. These card messages are sure to get you off to a great start! [Read more…]

Giving Flowers a Second Life

Flowers are a wonderful thing.  They add beauty to any situation and are an integral part of weddings and many other occasions.  But what happens after the “I do’s” and events?  

Flower donation is a growing phenomenon.  There are several organizations now who “recycle” gently used flowers from weddings and large events.  They use every part of the designs including the ribbons and vases.  New arrangements are crafted from deconstructing the bouquets and centerpieces. These new arrangements are then delivered to hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospice houses, and nursing homes.  Many times they are also tax deductible depending on what organization you work with.

Random Acts of Flowers is a privately-funded organization that has a vision to improve the emotional health of the community with flowers.

In July 2007, Random Acts of Flowers’ founder, Larsen Jay, was in a near-fatal accident. While confined to his hospital room, the outpouring of support that Larsen received in the form of daily visitors and dozens of floral arrangements immediately aided in his long recovery.

When Larsen was capable of leaving his room he noticed how many of his fellow patients did not have visitors or flowers – the very thing that helped him so much in those early and difficult days. Within moments the first “random act of flowers” delivery was made, repurposing his flowers and delivering them to patients in nearby hospital rooms. The memories of how a simple gesture touched his fellow patients compelled Larsen to form Random Acts of Flowers in 2008.

Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.

As a recycling “green” nonprofit organization run almost entirely by volunteers, Random Acts of Flowers is committed to nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community.

Are you interested in donating?  If there aren’t any organizations in your region, work with your florist or wedding planner to find a local facility in your area that would be interested in taking the flowers.  We all know flowers have a positive effect on mood, so why not share the joy? Visit your florist today to talk to them about flower donation!


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Best 5 Reasons to Send Flowers in November

While we like to say every day is a perfect day to make someone happy with flowers, here are our absolute favorite reasons to spread love and kindness this month.

Red White Blue Flowers#1. Veteran’s Day – November 11th

Celebrating the dedication of the men and women who fight to keep our country safe, Veteran’s Day is a federal holiday and the perfect time to honor those you know who have served in the U.S. military. Nothing will warm the heart like the thoughtful gesture of some patriotic flowers for this holiday.

Hanukkah Miracles #2. Hanukkah (first day) – November 28th

This is a very special year for the first day of Hanukkah. This is the first and last time Hanukkah will ever overlap with Thanksgiving! People are having fun coining terms like “Thanksgivukkah” and “Hanugivingkkah” just for the occasion. And there are so many beautiful blooms to help you celebrate. White, silver, and blue combinations are the most popular and are a perfect addition to the celebration table.

Cornucopia Centerpiece#3.Thanksgiving – November 28th

Time to feast and give thanks with our families! And probably watch some football too. Make your celebration special with a fall-inspired centerpiece. Also, centerpieces make a wonderful gift to send to family and friends unable to come together for the occasion. Show gratitude for love and friendship with flowers!

Unforgettable Beauty#4. Forget-Me-Not Day – November 10th

This is a day for remembering family, friends, and loved ones. Individuals celebrate this day by getting in touch with their loved ones, especially any who they haven’t seen in awhile so sending flowers is perfect for this holiday! With our busy lives, it is difficult to keep in touch with everyone who is important to us. Show someone you care about that they are unforgettable in your book!

Chrysanthemum Blooming Plant#5. November Birthdays

November’s birthday flower is the chrysanthemum. Available in so many different varieties and colors, chrysanthemums will let someone with a special birthday know that you considered their gift carefully. A red chrysanthemum means “I love you” while white chrysanthemums mean innocence, purity, and pure love. Yellow chrysanthemums mean “slighted love.” Ask your local florist to include the beautiful and colorful chrysanthemum in a fresh cut arrangement or to deliver a gorgeous long-lasting blooming plant.

What are your favorite reasons to send flowers this month?
Let us know in the comments!

Best 5 Reasons to Send Flowers in September

Summer is starting to wind down and Fall begins this month. So it is last hurrahs and back to school. Cold rainy days will be be here before you know it so make every day count!

Here are our top 5 reasons to send flowers this month.

1. Labor Day – September 1st

No white after Labor Day! But you still have time to order fresh beautiful flowers for that hard-working person in your life. An all-white arrangement makes a charming hostess gift. However you are celebrating this well-earned day off, let someone know how much your appreciate them. This is an especially nice gesture if you know anyone who actually has to work on Labor Day!

2. Grandparents Day – September 8th

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter dedicated the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This is a day to celebrate the love and kindness that only grandparents give. Show some of your very special family members how much they mean to you and your family but sending flowers and listening to a few stories.

3. First Day of Autumn – September 22nd

It will officially be Fall and what better way to get ready for fuzzy scarf weather, turning leaves and hot chocolate cravings than to send someone a gorgeous fall bouquet. Pick from fiery reds, blazing oranges, warm yellows and deep purples for the perfect welcome to the season.

4. Gold Star Mother’s Day – September 29th

This U.S. tradition is held on the last Sunday of September each year. This is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces. If you want to participate in a wreath laying ceremony, check with a local florist to have a gold star incorporated into a floral wreath. Sending flowers to the family is also a thoughtful remembrance.

5. September Birthdays

For all those Fall babies out there, the flower of the month is the lovely aster in so many colors like pink, red, white, lilac and mauve. This flower has long symbolized faith, wisdom and love. In Victorian times this flower conveyed love and patience. The name “aster” comes from the Greek word for “star.”  Help a bright and shining star in your life celebrate their birthday this month with a beautiful arrangement on their special day.

 

Best 5 Reasons To Send Flowers In August

The lazy hazy days of summer are in full bloom. August brings 31 days of heat waves and air conditioning worship. Take a refreshing dip into flowers this month and send a tall, cool vase of flowers to someone special.

Here’s our favorite reasons to call up a local florist in August.

Filled With Gladness#1. August 4th – National Sister’s Day

This is a day to recognize your sister for the role she has played in your life. Even if she stole your favorite clothes or always made fun of your haircut, your sister shaped who you are in a big way. Say “I love you, Sis” with a bright bunch of flowers.

Whether she lives down the street or across the country, flowers are the perfect way to tell her how special and appreciated she is without going to a lot of fuss. Give her a reason to say, “You shouldn’t have!”

#2. August 21 – Senior Citizens Day

Not to be confused with Grandparents’ Day, this holiday honors all individuals who have reached the ripe old age of 65 and beyond. Fresh flowers can be a beautiful and thoughtful way to acknowledge the gifts of wisdom, friendship and support the elderly have given to you and your family over the years.

Think of your favorite neighbor, professor, or family member who could use some cheer. If a parent or friend has only recently hit “qualifying age” this could be a fun opportunity to let them know what they have to look forward to in coming years.

#3. Back To School

Depending on where you live, August means back to the schoolhouse for many students and teachers. If you have a reluctant teen starting a new high school, surprise them with an arrangement sent to the school. Sign the card “From Your Secret Admirer” to give a chance for some good-natured bragging rights. Do you know a hardworking teacher that deserves some motivation? Potted plants delivered by your florist are a great option for teachers to add some life to their new class.

Get the school year started on the right foot by sending flowers to school. This is a fantastic surprise the recipient will never forget.

Gladiolus Arrangement#4. August Birth Flower: Gladiolus

Perfect for those August birthdays, gladiolus has long been the flower associated with the 8th month of the year. The gladiolus represents sincerity and strong character. The hidden meaning of the gladiolus, adapted in the Victorian era, is “love at first sight.” Gladiolus are tall stately stalks with multiple gorgeous blooms of ruffly petals available in many different colors including orange, red, white, yellow, and pink.

No matter what color you select for your special someone, gladiolus will make a bright bold statement and a memorable birthday wish.

#5. Savor The Last of Sizzling Summertime

This is the time of year where rain is scarce, grass turns brown, and the whole outdoors can really become unbearable on certain days. But before you know it, fall with be here. So enjoy all the hot colors and summer fun that is possible. No matter who you are, there is someone near and dear to you that could use some thoughtful cheer. Offer a lush oasis to enjoy in the middle of a summertime desert.

Send some of these favorite flowers that always bring smiles:

Lemon Lime Zest ArrangementLime Sorbet BouquetGarden Plant DishBright Summer Arrangement

 

Nay-saying Critics Are Wrong – Flowers Make The Best Gift

Have you ever seen the commercial that makes fun of bad Christmas gifts? It shows bad sweaters and a few other gift items, but not flowers. After watching it, I realized that flowers are the one gift that people don’t make fun of, roll their eye at, re-gift or exchange.

Critic: But Flowers Don’t Last Forever…

Spring Green FlowersOh critics will complain that flowers don’t last forever, but that is also the beauty of them. Think about it — you get that tinge of excitement when the flower delivery person hands you the bouquet. You spend several days enjoying the scent and sight of the lovely flowers.  And,when they are gone you still carry with you the warm and the fond memory of them.

You wouldn’t want a kiss to last forever. What fun would that be?  But the memory — oh the memory — that is the value of the flowers, just as it is with a kiss.

Critic: But Flowers are Frivolous…

Some critics would argue that flowers are frivolous; I feel for these critics. I suspect for them a good meal is frivolous, too.  Life is full of have-tos, stress and sacrifices. We all work hard to provide for our families. Often sacrificing our own wants and desires. So every now and then being a little frivolous is something we should embrace for ourselves and those we love and value.

It is kind of ironic that most people who would never buy flowers for themselves are the very people who are the most excited to receive them? If you don’t believe me, send that self-sacrificing person flowers and watch their expression when the delivery person arrives with the flowers. If you can’t be there, have the delivery person take their picture with the the flowers. I have never delivered flowers that weren’t followed by a smile, even a subtle one.

Critic: But Flowers Are For Girls…

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3 Hints from Heloise For Sending Flowers

Recently reading through the always-helpful Hints from Heloise advice column in my local newspaper, I saw where a florist Hints from Heloisehad expressed a few frustrations that can easily be fixed.

She explains that sometimes people are in a hurry and do not fill out all of their information when sending flowers. Not only is this time consuming to the florist who has to look everything up, but think of how your friend will feel getting flowers with their name spelled wrong.

Here are a few tips to make sure you are sending flowers that will make your friends smile, not scratch their head and wonder who sent them.

  • 1. Make sure the recipient’s name is spelled correctly.  A florist must write the name exactly as you give it. Double-check to make sure you’ve got the correct spelling, even if it’s a nickname.
  • 2. Use both first and last name. “Many families know more than one ‘Jim or Mary.'” It’s important to specify who you are. Unless your name is Cher, use more than just a first name.
  • 3. Give your correct address for thank you cards, as well as for the florist’s records.

Sending Flowers Send flowers from a real local florist! Send flowers from a real local florist

A few other flower-sending suggestions from us: [Read more…]

Get the Most Out of Your Flowers for Mother′s Day

We understand you want to give mom the very best on her special day. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your Mother’s Day flower order.

Shop Local For Mothers Day

When it comes to Mother’s Day flowers, you want to make sure you get the best blooms for your buck – in other words, the total value of your order. Be aware of middle-men out there who pose as local florists (especially on the internet), take a sizable cut out of your order and pass it along to your local florist to fill at a lower price. Avoid this by making sure you are able to find a real address and phone number for the florist you use. Contacting your local florist ensures you get the total value for the price you pay.

Mom & DaughterIf you don’t know your local flower shop, FSN provides handy tools to find a real local florist right here on our site!

Order Early

To get the best flowers for Mother’s Day, it’s important order as early as you can. This will ensure the florist uses the most beautiful flowers and delivers the order on time. They will be able to special order any flowers or accessories you might request.

However, if you’re running behind, most florists will still take orders all the way up to, or at least the day before, Mother’s Day. Also, florists stock their coolers with extra arrangements for walk-in purchases, but it is still better to order early.

Choose the Right Flowers For Mom

When it comes to choosing the right flowers for mom, try to match her personality. You can usually tell your florist a little bit about your mom, and they can create something uniquely special just for her. If you know your mom’s favorite flower, make sure to include it in the arrangement. You should also have a loving card message ready to make it more personal than just, “Happy Mother’s Day.”

Check out this post on FSN Flower Guide For Mom

Double Check All Info

Before the order is complete, make sure you have provided your florist with mom’s accurate name, address and phone number. If the flowers are being delivered to a business or hospital, more information, such as department, work hours, floor, room number, etc., may be required.

By following these steps, you can ensure Mom gets a personalized, loving bouquet of flowers made especially for her.