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What’s in a Name? FSN’s Pinterest Picks

Pinterest Picks Feb18

This week, we found some beautiful floral inspiration that reminds us the fresh air of Spring is just around the corner. Soon, Winter will be a distant memory as the lovely colors of a new season start bursting forth.

And because they color our world, we wanted to highlight some special and memorable flower shop names that are such fun!

Shake off chilly days and bask in a sunny smile while you enjoy the work of these skilled florists.

DeVine Design

DeVine Design – Fulton, NY
“Our “Lasting Love” Arrangement”

Back to the Fuchsia

Back to the Fuchsia – Saugatuck, MI

“A piece for the buffet table….”

My Fleur Lady Floral Design

My Fleur Lady Floral Design – Philadelphia, PA
“A bouquet with pink hydrangeas, pale pink and lavender roses, purple carnations”

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Nothing Like The Last Minute. Still Time To Order For Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day

Maybe you had great intentions. Maybe you forgot completely. But if you haven’t decided on a Valentine’s Day gift by now – what are you waiting for?!

Order Valentine’s Day Flowers Now

Don’t tell me you thought you could just pick something up at the drug store and be done with it. Your sweetheart deserves to feel special and pampered on this day of love. Nothing does that better than a thoughtful, perfectly selected gift from your local flower shop. Spend a lot or spend a little – whatever your budget florists can work with you to create something that will warm her heart and make her feel like the luckiest girl alive.

It’s Not Too Late!

So you waited until late in the game. That doesn’t mean forfeit! Our best suggestion is to go directly to your local floral expert. Take a look at what they have in stock and bring it home with you. Some shops might still be able to work in your delivery (because they are amazing like that.) But going in person at this zero hour is sure to get the fastest results and that warm smile you love to see when you walk in the door.

No idea what florist to use? No problem.
Check out our florist finder to locate the very best in your area!

Get Colorful This Valentine’s Day

Get Colorful

Think Valentine’s Day is all about the red and pink? Well, it doesn’t have to be! Surprise your special someone with beautiful fresh-cut flowers in unexpected colors that will really knock ’em for a loop.

Let’s assume if you found this article you have already had the brilliant idea to send your sweetheart some flowers. Congratulations! You are going to make someone very happy because that’s what flowers do. Sending V-Day flowers should be fun and exciting so don’t think plain red roses are your only choice. I mean, if those are her favorite, then by all means, don’t disappoint. But maybe she likes variety. Maybe she sees herself a trend-setter. Maybe she just likes surprises!

If she doesn’t have her heart set on something specific, a colorful expertly arranged bouquet of unique flowers might be just the ticket to her heart this year. Your local florist can help!

Divine Dendrobiums

Ask A Florist For Something Special

Shopping online for flowers is a great tool for finding something you are looking for. And that’s the way of savvy tech folks after all. Add to cart and you are done! But for something extra special, go a step further. Talk to your florist in person or on the phone. Why? Because florists can tell you what flowers they have in stock right now, what is looking the freshest and brightest and tell you about more unusual varieties that might not be listed online. So you’ll probably be spending the same amount of money but are more likely to get something as unique as your love for your main squeeze.

Link Color to a Memory

Valentine’s Day is about showing someone you care. Guys often lament they don’t know what girls want but a sure-fire way to impress a lady is to give a gift that shows that you notice things about her. This goes beyond knowing her favorite color, although that is certainly not a bad choice if you know it already. (Don’t ask. Really. Not this close to the holiday. Dead giveaway, man.) Think of a detail about your favorite person. This is really easier than it sounds.

It could be  her favorite sweater. Or a bright colored dress you remember her wearing last summer. Did she drag you shopping and model some crazy outfit or shoes that she just loved. This is valuable information! Pick flowers in one of those colors. On the card, you can mention the memory if you want – “For you on Valentine’s Day. These flowers reminded me of how beautiful you look in your purple dress.” Or leave her guessing for a little added mystery.

Amethyst TulipsFor Your Radiant Love

Want a color that is charming with a spark of imagination? One that inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health? These are all qualities claimed by Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s official color of the year. By picking flowers in this hue you will be exactly on trend for the season and any fashion lover or design-conscious girl will notice!

Pick Something Unexpected!

Go for a different design that includes a bright vase, cascading blooms or twisting vines. Feathers, beads, glitter, natural seed pods and hand-sculpted wire picks are some more exciting elements that can be added to any arrangement for more color and texture.  If you haven’t seen it before she probably hasn’t either! And with a talented florist at the helm you can’t go wrong.

While there is nothing at all wrong with more traditional red and pink fare,  you might be looking to mix it up for a real surprise. Different colors like vibrant yellows, perfect peaches, passionate purples, delicious oranges, snappy greens and more will make this Valentine’s Day pop!

   Flames of Passion RosesJade Green RosesCaptured My Heart Valentine's Day

Valentines from Instagram

Instagram Inspiration Feb11This week, we have selected some beautiful and unique Valentine’s Day floral arrangements from Instagram by utilizing the popular hashtag #floristsofinstagram.

Using Instagram is more than just sharing your photos. It is about being part of an awesome online community. This is readily apparent while scrolling through great inspiration in the well over 4,000 posts from all over the world and all on this one hashtag!

Take a look at the creativity and flair florists are getting out there this Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget you can always call up your local florist and work one-on-one to create something similar for a special someone.

Celine Fleurs

Slender pink callas are framed by red reeds formed into a heart. Lush moss and dark pinks make this arrangement beautifully original.

Celine Fleurs – creating smiles through arts and flowers [Read more…]

Best 5 Reasons to Send Flowers in February

February is the winter month that works so hard to shake the chill and celebrate love. Maybe you have noticed the endless seas of red and pink at local stores or watched as people find little ways to enjoy themselves and help others during a harsh winter. With your help, we can spread the warmth and bring a smile. Here are the reasons you should be sending flowers this month:

From My Heart#1. Valentine’s Day – Feb 14th

As if you couldn’t see this one coming from a mile away! Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest flower-sending holidays of the entire year. That’s because beautiful fresh-cut flowers are the very best way to say what’s on your mind! Whether it is  “I love you!” or “I’m trying my best for you.” or simply “You are special!” – flowers can mean anything you want them to mean. And that special person who got flowers? They won’t forget it.

Charismatic Crimson#2. American Heart Month

The CDC made the natural choice to bring about heart health awareness during the very month we associate with love. Most people know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women but the surprising news is heart disease is preventable and controllable. This is information worth sharing. If you know a loved with who is at risk, sending red-themed flowers for Amercian Heart Month can be a gentle reminder that they can take control of their heart health.

Colors on Parade#3. Winter Olympic Games – Feb 7th – 23rd

It is an exciting time in the world of sports as the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia begins! Arrangements featuring the classic blue, yellow, black, green, and red can be custom designed for some 5 ring inspiration. This type of flower creation would be a thoughtful and exciting gift for your avid Olympic follower or, best of all, a bit of encouragement for a young athlete with big dreams. Ask your local florist to get in the spirit of the games today!

You're The Best#4. Random Acts of Kindness Day – Feb. 17th

Join in a growing worldwide holiday that challenges you to do something kind to a friend or stranger for no reason at all. This is a perfect time to give a cheerful bouquet to that barista that goes above and beyond or your elderly neighbor who doesn’t get out much. By doing something kind for someone else, they are likely to act out of kindness as well. So a small heart-warming deed can perpetuate.

Life of the Party#5. February. Birthdays

Anyone with a birthday in February needs a bright pretty arrangement to celebrate the warmth and love of their special day! Early spring flowers are just coming in stock and your florist will have breathtaking options that will say “Happy Birthday” better than anything else. The birth flower for February is the violet which symbolizes faithfulness, wisdom and hope.

Forget the Groundhog. Bring In Spring Right Now!

Well, there you have it folks. 6 more weeks of winter according to everyone’s favorite weather-predicting rodent. Yesterday was Groundhog’s Day and the official word from Punxsutawney Phil is we are in for more winter weather. Brrrr! How are you planning on facing the continuing chill? Another bright scarf? Lots of soup and hot chocolate? Try bringing spring just a little sooner with a fresh-cut flower arrangement!

It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to order up a bright bouquet. Chasing away the winter blues is reason enough whether you are sending flowers to a friend or as a special treat to yourself. A perfectly crafted floral creation from your local florist will lighten up your house and fill the room with warm smells of spring freshness. Your mood will be lifted every time you enter. And florists are ready for you.

No flower shop needs groundhog prediction to deliver the best nature has to offer. They stay ahead of the curve and already have beautiful spring blooms in stock. So take a look at what spring has in store by clicking any of the photos below.

Lemon Lime ZestSpring SophisticationLively Lilies

The winter may be long, but flowers can remind you spring is near! Use them to cozy up your house, send a warm hug to someone far away, and spread the scent that promises greener brighter days are coming.

Warm Up With Instagram Inspiration

Instagram Inspiration Jan 28

January, you have been a harsh one. In most parts of the country, winter is still going strong with freezing temperatures, blustery winds and dull gray skies. Thankfully we have incredibly talented florists to remind us that warmer days are coming!

While browsing Instagram this week, these arrangements from our florist members leaped right out of the screen and brightened our day. With bursts of green, splashes of orange and cascades of pink, we know you’ll be thinking warmer thoughts after taking a moment to stop and smell these roses.


A Fantasy In Flowers - St. Augustine, FL

A vivid bridal bouquet featuring showstopping fuchsia, purple, pink, and lime green.

A Fantasy in Flowers – Saint Augustine, FL [Read more…]

Bring Good Luck For Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is the longest and most important traditional Chinese holiday. Beginning on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar, celebrations and traditions continue until the 15th day with the Lantern Festival. Similar to New Year’s Eve celebrations in the States, the Chinese New Year’s Eve is known as chú xī or literally “Year-pass Eve.”

In 2014, Chinese New Year starts on January 31st in the US.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, it is time to welcome in the year of the horse!

Chinese New Year

Flowers for a New Beginning

If you plan on enjoying some of the festivities of the New Year, don’t forget that flowers can play an important part in your celebration. Through color, texture and fragrance, flowers instantly bring joy and good will into a room. And if you want good luck in the New Year, bringing a few smiles is a great place to start!

Whether it is surprising your hostess with a fresh-cut bouquet at a reunion dinner or decorating your home after a traditional cleansing of bad luck and spirits, flowers can bring harmony through color and symbolism. While some flower shops might not have a specific Chinese New Year arrangement, this is where a real talented local florist can surprise and delight you!

Tell your florist you want something special for Chinese New Year and they will work with you to create a personalized arrangement that will thrill you and any recipient. Your florist will select beautiful flowers, the perfect container and handle all the details of making something new and exciting for the occasion. After all, that’s what they are good at – expressing the feeling for any occasion through flowers!

Blooming with Meaning

Daffodil – prosperity
Chrysanthemum – longevity
Bamboo – luck
Sunflower – pure thoughts
Mandarin oranges – fortune
Plum trees – hard to find in the U.S. but a popular tradition in China

Chinese New Year Colors:

Red – symbolizes joy, virtue, truth and sincerity and is thought to chase away bad fortune and evil spirits like the mythical beast called the Nian.

Gold – symbolizes fortune and prosperity and is a favorite for starting a new year.

Ask for a custom arrangement that embodies the spirit of the season.
And always always always use a real local florist!

Dancing Daffodils  Floral FinesseBring On The Happy


Introducing Radiant Orchid – The Color of the Year!

Radiant Orchid

Pantone, the global authority on color and issuer of professional color standards for the design industry for over 50 years, has been selecting a Color of the Year since 2000. They base their selection on expert color-sampling from the world of design and fashion, often predicting those hot trends you’ll soon be seeing everywhere.

For 2014, Pantone: Radiant Orchid was declared the Color of the Year!

“Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” -Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

Captivate With Radiant Orchid

This “it” hue is going to be seen all over – from women’s dresses to men’s ties to throw pillows to accent walls. And, of course, in our favorite flower designs everywhere.

Want to brighten someone’s office with this trend-setting color?  Ask your florist to include roses, matsumoto asters, chrysanthemums or stock in lovely shades of this pinkish purple.

Planning your wedding? Feature radiant orchid as your accent color with gerbera, orchids, callas or roses for stunning bouquets, boutineers, alter flowers and centerpieces.

And what could celebrate this color better than orchids themselves! Purple cymbidium orchids and phalaenopsis orchids come in dazzling arrangements and as graceful, long-lasting potted plants.

Injecting this vibrant color into your day is sure to inspire a wonderful freedom and happiness that comes from appreciating, and reveling in, all life has to offer!

Need help from a knowledgeable florist? That’s no problem! Use our florist search to find a skilled florist near you!


FSN’s Pinterest Picks

Pinterest Picks Jan 21 2014 (4)

This week’s selection from Pinterest has us examining how florists create beautiful high points and cascading lows to add drama and movement in a floral piece.

While all 3 arrangements have different styles, colors and textures, the element that unites these 3 lovely works is engaging movement!

Take a look.

Kalmath Flower Shop - Brighton, MI

Klamath Flower Shop – Klamath Falls, OR
This fun bright arrangement features pink gladiolus and glitter picks for height with a few yellow pom surprises throughout. [Read more…]