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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…]

5 Reasons to Send Flowers: Mother’s Day Edition

Mother’s Day isn’t the only reason to send flowers in May. You also have Memorial Day (May 29th) and National Nurses Day (May 6th), among others. However, we decided to give you a special edition of 5 Reasons to Send Flowers that features a few reasons why we think you should send your mom flowers this Mother’s Day. [Read more…]

Mother’s Day Card Messages You Have To See

A sweet card message is the perfect compliment to a beautiful bouquet of flowers. We saw many Mother’s Day messages with heartfelt memories and hilarious stories, all testifying to the strong bond between a mother and child. Some messages were very creative and some even made us laugh out loud! Take a look at this list of our favorites. 

“Happy Mother’s Day, you’re the best. For as practical as a person you are, I can’t believe you decided to invest in your son’s banjo album- ARE YOU NUTS? Ah well, while we wait to see if it pays off here’s some chocolates.”

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Why Your Mom Deserves Flowers

We always send flowers for Mother’s Day but sometimes we tend to forget the reason behind the gift. You mom is special and it is important to think about why your mom deserves to be recognized. Consider these reasons when ordering your flowers this year.

She raised you
Raising a child never ends. Your mom went through pregnancy, the infant stage, the toddler stage, elementary years, the dreaded teenage years and your young adult life. When your mom gave birth she committed to raising you and her unwavering dedication deserves to be praised.

She has made sacrifices for you
Every mom knows that sacrifices have to be made for their children. Whether it’s losing sleep, working longer hours or carpooling friends to soccer games, your mom has continually given up her wants for yours.

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Marketing Tips

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The beginning of May means Mother’s Day is around the corner. We are sure you are preparing your shop for one of the busiest floral holidays of the year, so we thought we would help you out with some last minute marketing tips! These tips are simple ways you can grow your sales and get your business out there just in time for Mother’s Day.

Instagram Special
Have a new Instagram account? Want to promote it? Mother’s Day is the perfect time to let your customers know you are social. Have them Instagram a picture of their loved one with their bouquet designed by your shop and have them tag you. Run a contest and choose a random winner from those who tag you. The winner can get a free bouquet certificate or any other discount of your choice!

Shop Team Up
Reach out to other shops in the community. How about a local jewelry store or candy shop? You can have an arrangement displayed in their store and plan to recommend each other to customers. If they are getting chocolate or jewelry, they need flowers with it too! Make a community connection while promoting your business and shopping locally.

“I Forgot It’s Mother’s Day” Flower Bar
You know those guys who don’t own a calendar and come rushing into your store for flowers at the last minute? Make it easy on them with a flower bar. Set up vases, flowers and cards (or ribbon) near the front of your shop where those last minute shoppers can run in, choose their arrangement, and pay quickly before their loved one notices! Promote it on social media and have customers share your post for a discount!

We know this year is going to be a busy, but successful Mother’s Day! Try one of these tips (or all) and check back with the Bloomin’ Blog for more great marketing ideas!

Mother’s Day Floral Trends ’15

Your mother is a special lady and her gift on Mother’s Day should be just as special. Many flower-gifters opt for a rose bouquet, which is a beautiful and classic choice, but there are many other options that will also bring a radiant smile to a loved one’s face. Here are this year’s options for a Mother’s Day floral gift!

Lilies

Give your mom the symbol of life this Mother’s Day. Lilies come in a plethora of colors, so choose her favorite and combine the flowers with other spring and summer blooms.

Tulips

Whether potted or in a bouquet, tulips are a Mom favorite because they are colorful and long-lasting. They, like lilies, are available in just about every color!

Potted Rosebush

Does Mom have a green thumb? Then instead of a cut flower bouquet, consider this everlasting tribute to her. These small blooming plants can be enjoyed inside for a long time before being replanted in her garden.

Succulents

Succulents and air plants have grown in popularity and make an excellent gift this season. If your Mom isn’t much of a gardener, no worries! Succulents don’t require much water and stay indoors!

Extras

You can add a gift along with your arrangement as well! Talk to your florist about incorporating a keepsake to your floral gift. Jewellery, chocolate and even photos are viable add-ons to make a unique gift.

Mother’s Day is for honoring the special woman who raised you and what better way to say “I love you” than with flowers! Head to your local florist to make this Mother’s Day truly special!

May Newsletter: Mothers Day Magnificence

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It’s Mothers Day once again. The day we all set aside to say, “Thank You” to the woman who stood by our side and supported us from day one. She picked us up when we needed help, let us do it ourselves when necessary and always looked out for our well-being. She cheered us on during the game, applauded our performance on the stage and swelled with pride at every achievement. She was tough when she had to be, comforting when we needed her to be and loving through it all.

This woman should receive all your love this Mothers Day. And she’d probably also enjoy some lovely flowers. And doesn’t she deserve it? After all, she’s Mom.

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Choose Local for Mother’s Day Flowers Before Time Runs Out!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11th, and if you have yet to order flowers for your mom, time is running out! But don’t worry, you can still pick up a gorgeous corsage or breath-taking arrangement from your local florist. Just call or come by the shop and they will have everything you need to make your mother’s special day one to remember!

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April Blog Spotlight: Lavender Hill Florals

This month we are showcasing a wonderful and classic take on the florist blog. The comments under the photos are mine, and I’m only going to use some of the photos here. If you’d like to see the entire post, click below!

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Facebook Friday: April Favorites

We provide a Friday recap of all the wonderful posts and pictures from active florists on our Facebook Page. It’s been so much fun seeing all the completely different designs every day. We hope you enjoy these favorites and continue through to see more from each Friday this month:

Gorgeous piece by Hobby Hill Florist in Sebring, FL
Hobby Hill Florist, Sebring, FL

A contemporary bridal design from Petals in Thyme in Wasaga Beach, ON

Petals in Thyme, Wasaga Beach, ON

A gorgeous sympathy arrangement from BlueShores Flowers & Gifts in Wasaga Beach, ON

BlueShores, Wasaga Beach, ON

Easter fun with Michele's Floral and Gifts in Copperas Cove, TX

Michele’s Floral, Copperas Cove, TX

75th anniversary tree of roses from Mabel Flowers in Mabel, MN

Mabel Flowers, Mabel, MN

A lovely piece from Wilma's Flowers in Jasper, AL

Wilma’s Flowers, Jasper, TN

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DIY Pressed Flower Phone Case

We are always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to use flowers, and any time we find an idea that is “outside the box”, we like to highlight it. That’s the case today as we ran across this excellent DIY post on Etsy from author Clare McGibbon detailing how to decorate a phone case with dried and pressed flowers! The process is simple, though not without need for a steady hand. Still, Mrs. McGibbon includes a method for clean-up if you get a little wild with the resin.

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Best Reasons to Send Flowers in May

#1. Mother’s Day – May 11th – This really is the mother of all flower-sending holidays and that’s because nothing shows love and unconditional affection like fresh-cut flowers. Have your mom’s flowers delivered during the week to her office so she can show them off to her friends. Or have flowers arrive on the weekend to help her enjoy her special day.

#2. Armed Forces Day – May 17th and Memorial Day – May 26th – That’s 2 chances you have this month to show your love for the red, white and blue! Armed Forces Day salutes soldiers currently serving in the military while Memorial Day is set aside to honor those fallen heroes who gave their life in service. Send a beautiful patriotic themed bouquet to a special friend or family member who serves or served their country through military service.

#3. May Birthdays – Have family or friends with a May birthday coming up soon? Show them just how thoughtful you are with a lovely arrangement.

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Choose Local for Mother’s Day Flowers Before Time Runs Out!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11th, and if you have yet to order flowers for your mom, time is running out! But don’t worry, you can still pick up a gorgeous corsage or breath-taking arrangement from your local florist. Just call or come by the shop and they will have everything you need to make your mother’s special day one to remember!

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Choose Local for What You Want

Your local florist offers so much when it comes to finding the perfect flowers for your mom. Because you are speaking to them directly, you aren’t limited by having to choose from a photographed list of available options. You can tell the florist what YOU want, and they will do their best to help make that request a beautiful reality.

And don’t forget that your florist is a flower artist. If you want something special and a little different, don’t be afraid to set them free to make something really impressive.

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Choose Local for Professional Delivery

Most florists also offer delivery at little to no extra charge! And the flowers are delivered by the shop’s driver who knows how to handle flowers. They will take special care to ensure that your corsage or arrangement will be pristine and magnificent when it arrives and remain that way for days if not weeks to come.

As you can see, real convenience is buying from a local florist. They offer everything you could want and more. And really, is there any better way to support your local economy than buying from your local florist? Get Mom the gift of beauty this Mother’s Day. Get her some flowers from a local florist!

5 Heartfelt Mother’s Day Card Messages

This Mother’s Day, as your mom receives the flowers you had delivered to her from your local florist, (because you are buying your mom flowers, right? Right?) you want the card to say something special, something that lets her know exactly what she means to you. Here are 5 card messages sure to brighten her day and convey your love.

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  1. Let these flowers offer a small portion of the beauty you bring to my life every single day.
  2. I know it wasn’t easy. Thank you for helping me to become the man/woman I am today.
  3. Thank you for the loving smile that dried my tears and comforting arms that soothed my hurt away.
  4. Thank you for always being there for me, every day of my life.
  5. Because of your example, I know how to be a great mom to my own children.

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If you didn’t see something in the messages above that exactly expresses your feelings, allow them to inspire you to find your own words. And don’t forget that Mother’s Day is a much deserved, much beloved day to celebrate the woman who stood by your side even before you were born. Give mom some pieces of floral beauty to honor her on her special day. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day and Flowers: A Time-Honored Tradition

Mother’s Day has long been synonymous with flowers. In fact, the tradition of giving carnations, and then eventually wearing them as corsages, began all the way back at the inception of the American version of the holiday. Why? Well, carnations were the favorite flower of founder Anna Jarvis’ mother. Anna Jarvis arrived at the first Mother’s Day celebration in 1908 with 500 of these gorgeous flowers!

But the tradition has both grown and relaxed a bit since those early days, and now there is less stress placed on the type of flower your mother receives. It’s no longer necessary to concern yourself with the type of flower Mrs. Jarvis’ mother loved but rather with the type of flower your mother loves.

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The Mother’s Day Corsage

The traditional flower for the corsage may be an orchid, but the type of flower is much less important these days than the color of said flower. If your mother wears a white flower, it indicates her mother is deceased. If she wears a red or pink flower, it indicates her mother is still alive. You definitely want to get those colors right. Confusing them could end up with your mother answering uncomfortable questions from concerned friends!

And if you are a woman, the same applies to you. Wearing a corsage does not indicate that you are a mother, but rather that you are wearing something to honor your own mother. It’s traditional for the man in your life to provide you with that corsage, though certainly not a requirement if you need to do it yourself. So if you are a woman who has no children of your own, don’t get caught up on whether or not it’s okay to wear a corsage this Mother’s Day. It is.

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Other Mother’s Day Flowers

So, you’ve taken care of the corsage issue, but you really want to get your mom a nice arrangement of flowers to show her how much you care. What should you do? The easy answer is: anything you want!

Okay, okay, that’s a little too open ended. You want a little more direction. The best piece of advice would be to find your mother’s favorite flower and go with it. After all, you can’t go wrong with something she already loves. Barring that, you are safe with most any spring flower. Lilies, tulips, lilacs, irises, orchids, carnations or many others will help make your mom’s special day a little brighter and her smile a little wider.

For even more on what to get your mom, check out this Mother’s Day Style Guide!

And where is always the best place to go for your Mother’s Day questions and your Mother’s Day purchases? Your local florist, of course. She will be sure to lead you down the right path in your buying decision, and the finished product will be something you can give to your mother proudly. So head over to our florist finder and call your local florist today!