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Memorial Day and Flowers

Memorial Day is often overlooked as a remembrance day. It is more often seen as the unofficial start to summer. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day for us to honor all those who have given their lives while serving their country. We have some answers for questions you may have regarding sending flowers for Memorial Day. [Read more…]

May Card Messages ’17

Mother’s Day has passed, but if you forgot to send your mom flowers, you still have some time! We have a few card messages that can make up for that forgetfulness. May is also a month to honor our military and those we have lost. [Read more…]

Express Your Gratitude with Flowers this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an especially important time of year for the families of those men and women who died in military service. It is a time when the entire nation honors its fallen heroes, and that deceased family member gets some of the recognition he or she so richly deserves. What better gift can you offer these proud families who exist on this day in a state of mourning and pride than gorgeous flowers?

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Flowers for Memorial Day

Flowers have traditionally been laid at the graveside of deceased loved ones, and Memorial Day is no different. Many of those whose loved ones have died in service to this country choose to visit their graves on this last Monday in May to honor the ones they lost and leave a lovely floral bouquet. This gives the survivors an opportunity to remember the deceased as well as leave behind a living symbol of their loved one’s vibrant and beautiful life.

Flowers are also acceptable as gifts in memoriam to the surviving family of a deceased service man or woman. It makes the perfect offering to honor the memory of the one they lost.

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The Shop Around the Corner

When you buy flowers this Memorial Day, don’t forget that shop around the corner. Your local florist will have everything you need on-hand, and they can prepare something truly special for this important day. They are also there if you need to make any last minute purchases, and even those put together in a rush will be gorgeous and fresh.

So take a moment to remember those who fell in battle this Memorial Day, and give flowers purchased from your local florist!

5 Memorial Day Card Messages Honoring Fallen Heroes

Are you offering beautiful flowers to the proud family of a fallen hero this Memorial Day? In circumstances like these, it can be difficult to think of the right words. You want to express sympathy for their loss while simultaneously showing gratitude for their sacrifice, and that’s not always an easy tightrope to walk. Here are 5 card messages to help you keep your balance.

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Card Messages

  1. An expression of my sympathy and gratitude for his/her sacrifice which made my freedom a reality.
  2. He/She will never be forgotten.
  3. Allow me to honor your son/daughter who made the greatest sacrifice of all.
  4. Words cannot express my gratitude.
  5. My heart will be with you, always.

Hopefully you found something here you can use for your own card message, but if not, allow them to inspire you to create your own message. Whatever you do this Memorial Day, don’t forget to honor our fallen heroes with a beautiful arrangement from a local florist.

Florist Friday Recap 5/25 – 5/31: Patriotic Pride

Many florists go above and beyond to show their patriotic pride, as seen in today’s Friday Recap! Local florists all across the nation share their favorite weekly arrangements with us. It’s no surprise we’re seeing many variations of red white and blue due to the the recent patriotic holidays: Armed Forces Day (May 18th) and Memorial Day (May 27th).

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Memorial Day flowers by Wilma's Flowers, Jasper AL

Memorial Day flowers by Wilma’s Flowers, Jasper AL

“Memorial Day!!!”

Armed Forces Day flowers by Everett Floral, Everett WA

Armed Forces Day flowers by Everett Floral, Everett WA

“Armed Forces Day Flowers”

Patriotic wreath by MaryJane's Flowers & Gifts, Berlin NJ

Patriotic wreath by MaryJane’s Flowers & Gifts, Berlin NJ

“We presented 2 wreaths one in the center of town at the veterans memorial and the other at the cemetery where we handed out all the roses. This was wreath 1 in the center of town.”

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Salute The Red White & Blue With Flowers!

Honor your Veterans in May

May is definitely the month for honoring American military heros. With 2 holidays that focus on those that serve our country, you have twice the opportunity to show your love for the red, white and blue this month. Send fresh flowers to service members and their families to express your appreciation of their hard work and sacrifice.

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In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and support of our country’s soldiers.

In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. This decision came after the consolidation of the 5 branches of military services in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Memorial Day – May 27th

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that falls on the last Monday in May.  It is observed as a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the holiday began after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate and Union soldiers who died in battle.

By the 20th century Memorial Day came to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Take this time to honor family members and loved ones who have fallen by placing patriotic tribute flowers at their final resting place.

What About Veterans?

As Armed Forces Day celebrates active military and Memorial Day honors the fallen, those that have retired from the military have their own special day to be remembered as well. Veteran’s Day is November 11th.

This month, take time to remember that the great strength of our county comes from the collective efforts of military men and women.
Give thanks to our military members for their patriotic service and honor them with beautiful flowers from a real local florist.

How Do You Celebrate Memorial Day?

Celebrating Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this weekend! You’ve probably already made plans for a trip to the lake or some other outing with the family. Sure, you’ve made your picnic list and checked it twice… but what ways are you truly celebrating Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is a day to honor soldiers who gave their lives in all wars. It is our time to honor the nation’s fallen military men and women. We all know someone who has given their time and even their life to this country, whether it be a grandpa, aunt, uncle or friend, they deserve to be remembered as heroes.

Ideas for Celebrating Memorial Day Heroes

  • Visit a Hero – If you have a family member or friend who has paid the ultimate hero’s price, honor them by visiting their graveside. Order patriotic flowers to celebrate their special day.
  • Red White & Blue Theme – If you’re Memorial Day weekend schedule is jam-packed with activities already, red, white and blue party decorations will help keep our heros in everyone’s thoughts.
  • Memorial Day Poppy – Teach your kids about the significance of the red poppy to our veterans and [Read more…]

Show Your Patriotic Pride With Red, White & BLOOMS!

Over the years, Memorial Day has become synonymous with shopping, car races, trips to the lake/beach, family get-togethers, etc. It marks the start of the summer vacation period, and with the hustle and bustle of our day off work, it’s easy to overlook the true meaning of the holiday.

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by:

  • Visiting cemeteries and memorials and placing patriotic flowers on our fallen veterans’ graves.
  • Observing a national moment of remembrance which takes place at 3 p.m. local time
  • Fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

Patriotic Memorial Funeral FlowersSo, how can you enjoy the best of both worlds?

Although it’s a significant US holiday, 3 day weekends are scarce in most working American’s routines. How can we enjoy our weekend, while keeping in mind the real reason for the extended time off?

First, start your weekend by ordering beautiful red, white and blue flowers to decorate your house. Especially if you are planning a Memorial Day BBQ or block-party. Use your patriotic florals as your table centerpiece or buffet table decoration.

During your celebration, have everyone take a few moments of silence to remember our fallen soldiers. Turn the music off, and make sure you have everyone, including the kid’s attention. Have each guest recall memories of fallen veteran family members and friends, such as a grandfather, aunt or uncle. It’s good for us to remember our past veterans and the contributions they have made for all of us. Children especially need to see respect and honor given to those who have given their lives to make our country safe for us to live.

After your celebration is over, take your patriotic flowers and flags to decorate the grave of a veteran friend or family member as a perfect ending to your Memorial Day celebration.

Make this a tradition in your family.

Flowers in the News: June

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June has been busy month for flowers, which have found their way into everything from science journals to the local news. Here is best in floral industry news for this month:

Rare MSU Plant Blooms for the First Time in 15 Years

The amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower, bloomed at the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden June 11, filling the greenhouse with its signature scent. “It’s so big and it smells so nasty, like a dead animal on the side of the road that’s been there for about seven to eight days, but it’s a way cool thing,” said Norm Lownds, curator for the Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden and associate professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture. “It’s really unique because it flowers so infrequently.”

The corpse flower is often referred to as the largest flower in the world. However, the corpse flower isn’t a flower at all, but rather a cluster of flowers, or an inflorescence. Plant biology graduate student Michael Grillo told The State News that the corpse flower evolved to use its stench to attract beetles and flies to pollinate.

According to The State News, the flower has been part of the teaching collection for decades and cared for by greenhouse manager John Mugg. However, Mugg was teaching an environmental science study abroad album in Hawaii when the plant bloomed.

Hundreds of Flowers Stolen from Spokane, WA, Cemetery

Groundskeepers at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane, Washington, noticed hundreds of  potted flowers missing days after the cemetery sold about 750 of the arrangements to the public for Memorial Day. A tip led the groundskeepers to a home selling the flowers at a discounted price. The flowers started reappearing after those who bought them saw the report on a KHQ broadcast. Groundskeepers said about 6 potted flowers have been returned as of June 8.

Thousands of Sunflowers Delivered to Michael Jackson’s Crypt

After hearing Lisa Marie Presley complain that Jackson’s Glendale, California‘s mausoleum was looking bare, grower Jason Levin delivered $3,000 to $5,000 worth of sunflowers to the heavily-guarded site. According to MSNBC, Levin, owner of The Sunflower Guy in San Diego County, loaded the flowers and drove three hours to make the delivery.

Salt Lake City Council Battling Budget to Keep City Buds in Bloom

Facing a nearly $19 million budget shortfall, Salt Lake City, Utah, city council members are working eliminate a proposed $230,000 cut, which would shut down the city’s famed greenhouses and remove blooms at the International Peace Gardens, Liberty Park, Washington Square and the monument plaza in Sugar House. Council Chairman J.T. Martin told the Salt Lake Tribune that letting the flowers die and replanting them during more stable economic times would “cost taxpayers 10 times as much.”international-peace-garden

One of the most famous of the city’s gardens, The Peace Gardens, boasts native plants, including 30 types of Swedish lilacs and Magnolia trees from China, arranged in ornate displays. Irene Wiesenberg, chairwoman of the International Peace Gardens Committee, said that the proposed cuts would force much of the garden to replaced by grass and watered 25 percent of the time.

Studies Confirm Flowers Improve Quality of Life

According to the Ukiah Daily Journal in Ukiah, California, scientists are finding a link between flower’s ability to improve moods and increased quality of life. Scientists performed three studies, published in the April 2005 edition of Evolutionary Psychology, that demonstrated flowers’ ability to positively impact mood. In the first study 147 women reported elevated moods for three days after being presented with a single flower.

In another study, 122 men and women were handed either a flower, pen, or nothing while riding on an elevator. Those who received a flower spoke more, stood closer to others, and smiled more often during the ride. The last study involved delivering bouquets to 113 men and women in a retirement community. The recipients reported positive moods and increased memory function.

It’s no secret that flowers can perk up a mood. However, as scientists learn more about how to harness their positive power, we could potentially see them being used in a clinic setting to improve healing and quality of life.



The Official Memorial Flower

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

– John McCrae

In 1915, World War I Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields which expressed his grief over the “row on row” of graves of soldiers who gave their loves in battles. His words paint a vision of beautiful poppies (Papaver rhoeas) swaying slowly in the wind between the crosses. These poppies quickly became the symbol of remembrance for those who fought in WWI.

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The poppy became a well-known symbol to allied countries — America, Britain, France, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Two women, Anna E. Huerin and Moina Micheal worked to initiate the sale of artificial poppies, called Buddy Poppy, with proceeds going to help orphans and others left destitute by the war. In 1924, an artificial poppy factory was established in Pittsburgh, PA providing a place for unemployed or disabled veterans to work. The VFW trademarked the name “Buddy” as an artificial flower, which guarantees any Buddy Poppy you buy since 1924 was hand-assembled by a disabled veteran in a VA hospital.

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Today, veterans at VA medical facilities and veterans homes, veterans still assemble these symbols of remembrance. The Veterans of Foreign War distributes these small tokens every November for Veterans Day. Donations received from the distribution of these poppies have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers, and orphans over the years.

For Veterans Day, remember the poppy in your red-white-and-blue decorations. No flower evokes memories and emotions of war as much as the red poppy, it is truly the official memorial flower.