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Getting Ready for Fall

The first day of fall is just a week away, and we’re so ready for the cooler weather and pumpkin spice everything! The colors of fall are some of the most beautiful of the year, so it’s the perfect time to buy stunning floral arrangements to make your home comfy and cozy. [Read more…]

Halloween Flowers

Halloween Flowers

Halloween is probably the holiday no one ever thinks of as a good reason to send flowers, but why not? Flowers are a wonderful way to celebrate any occasion, and on Halloween, your local florist can customize them to fit with the spookiness of this day. Want to try it out? We’ve got a few ideas to spice up your floral piece!

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Card Messages: October Edition

Autumn Leaves

Are you one to have a difficult time expressing the emotions you feel in writing? Well, let me tell you something…you’re not alone! There are so many people that rather express what they feel in actual spoken words, but sometimes having that little unexpected note makes the occasion even more special. So, here are a few card message ideas you can use to accompany the floral piece you choose to send this month!

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5 Reasons to Send Flowers in October

Every month brings new opportunities to send flowers to the people we love. Not saying that we need to have a reason to send fresh blooms, but it’s always good to commemorate a holiday or special occasion with something that gives happiness and comfort. Below are 5 reasons to inspire you to send flowers this month!

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Fall Flower Shows and Festivals 2016

Are you a flower enthusiast? If you are, here are three flower events in the fall that you should know about! Grab some of your friends and plan a trip to see some beautiful flower displays.

Phipps PlayGardens – Pittsburg, PA

This garden show is perfect for families! The Phipps’ Summer Flower Show: Playgardens comes alive with the colors of summer with each room offering interactive features.

“From the brilliant red hibiscus to the eccentric Amaranthus tricolor, each plant has its own personality – and they all come together in awe-inspiring displays that offer something for everyone. A bronze statue of Mercury will stand prominently in Palm Court, where you can record memories of their visit in shared journals. Children will interact with the gardens like never before with Rube Goldberg-inspired machines in our winding Serpentine Room.”

The Summer Flower Show runs through October 2. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (2 – 18). Members and kids under 2 enter free.  

Visit Phipps PlayGardens website to learn more about their Summer Flower Show and how to plan your visit!

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Discover the Treasures of Fall Flowers

Discover Fall Treasures In Flowers

This year seems to have flown by. Can you believe it will be October in just a couple of days? For October, we’ve chosen Fall Treasures to be our favorite flower arrangement of the month. It’s the perfect arrangement to discover the fantastic flowers of fall. Sunflowers, roses, carnations, and snapdragons – all in the harmonious hues of the season.

Fall Treasures can be sent to yourself or a friend as a little pick-me-up to get a jump-start on the fall season. I know what you’re thinking, “I can’t send flowers to myself..” Of course you can! Sometimes it pays to treat yourself once in a while, especially before you jump head first into the upcoming holiday season.

Of course, sending flowers to a friend or loved one is almost doubly rewarding. If you know someone who could use a fresh start this fall, why send this arrangement and let them discover Fall Treasures for themselves?

Just remember, always always ALWAYS use a local florist when sending flowers. If you don’t know the local florist in the city you would like to send flowers, use our handy florist finder to find them directly.

Fall–The Garden’s Grand Finale

Fall is my garden’s grand finale, the last big hurrah of color before the long hibernation of winter. As the multitude of green hues of spring and summer fade, leaves begin to change color with the crisp cool air and sunny shortened days.

The fall season showcases plants in a rich palette of jewel tones—deep regal purples, pale lavenders, rich russet reds, the punch of orange, velvety maroons, sunny yellows and amber-like golds.

Fall blooms tend to last the longer, too, in both the garden and in bouquets—an added bonus to late season gardening! Try adding some of these plants below to bring jewel tones to your own garden. Many work beautifully as cut flowers for stunning bouquets that can bring the season indoors.

Helichrysum Bracteatum (Strawflower)Strawflowers (Helichrysum Bracteatum)

Strawflowers

Strawflowers (Helichrysum Bracteatum) are “everlasting” annual flowers that can also be dried for winter bouquets. Hardy up to frost, they prefer sun to partial shade and are drought-tolerant. Native to Australia, where they grow as wildflowers, they come in a wide range of hues: yellow, orange, red, rose, white and pink, as well as this two-tone variety.

Spiderwort

One of my favorite flowers to grow and photograph is the perennial Spiderwort (Tradescantia x Andersoniana). These unusual three-petaled flowers grow in clusters and work as excellent filler flowers in arrangements. Other varieties include ‘Snow Cap’ (pure white), ‘Valor’ (deep purple-red), and ‘Concorde Grape’ (deep violet).

The original Spiderwort species, an easy-care favorite in country gardens, is Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana). It is one of the longest bloomers in my garden—putting on a show from June until fall. Spiderwort prefers full sun or very light shade for the most prolific blooming. It can be also grown indoors as a houseplant.

Tradescantia x andersoniana (Spiderwort)
Spiderwort (Tradescantia x Andersoniana)

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Feeling Fall-ish?

Fall is the wonderful transition from the sizzling summer to ice cold winter; the time when the weather is just perfect. It’s almost like a second spring that’s even more beautiful: with flowers blooming and colorful trees turning their autumn colors. Overall, it’s just a wonderful season to be celebrated while it lasts.

Fall HistoryFall Flowers

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term used to refer to the season. However, as more people moved away from farming to living in towns, the word harvest lost its reference and came to refer to only the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season. Although we do not call it harvest anymore, we still use many references from harvesting in our fall decor: cornucopias, wheat, gourds and pumpkins, corn, hay, etc.

Why We Love Fall

Fall is arguably the favorite of all seasons. Everyone loves the colors of fall and seasonal decor during this time is a MUST in most homes. You will see hay, pumpkins scarecrows as yard decor all season. Some of our favorite holiday parties happen during fall: Halloween & Thanksgiving. Halloween pumpkin carving is a favorite fall activity that dates back to the 1700s and Thanksgiving is all about celebrating the bounty of fall. American Football also gets everyone together for a party. Long fall nights are made for spending time indoors with family and friends.
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The Rustic Spirit of Fall Through Flowers

The look this fall is: Rustic Chic

Fall Wedding Bouquet TrendsAnd with fall right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking Autumn colors! You want your rustic-themed bouquets and flower arrangements to look effortless, chic and natural. Organic colors will blend perfectly into your fall wedding.

  • Dark reds
  • Deep yellows
  • Burnt oranges
  • Deep purples
  • Sage greens

Add The Spirit of Fall To Your Wedding Ceremony

Think about all of the things that make the fall season so memorable and unique:

  • pumpkins,
  • rustic vines
  • figs
  • moss
  • cornucopia
  • berries
  • grass
  • different colored leaves
  • acorns
  • twigs
  • holiday ribbon

Using the above fall accessories, you can create an organic, chic rustic-themed bouquet. These simple, easy to find accessories will compliment any wedding ceremony. Textures make a huge impact and by creating a floral design with these alternative accessories you are sure to express your creative spark in more ways than one!

Your local florist can create the prefect wedding bouquet for you. Or if weddings aren’t on your horizon, opt for a beautiful arrangement of fall flowers instead! Same principles apply!

For more wedding photos, visit our sister site Wedding & Party Network’s galleries.

The bouquet featuring orange lilies was created by Floral Design & Home Decor in Coeur D Alene, ID

New Fall Color Trends For Floral Design

Fall Pin Cushion

Upcoming color trends for the 2010 fall season are all about using new and exciting colors. Now, I know what you’re thinking… falls colors have been the same forEVER! Reds, oranges, yellows, browns… Don’t get me wrong, those are very fun colors to use, but this year add in accent colors like lime green, magenta, or orange cream.

Check out these great palettes, get inspired and start planning your fall season!


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