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FSN’s Favorite Arrangement For February

Favorite Arrangement of February

Can you believe Valentines Day will be here in just a couple of weeks? This Valentines Day, skip the red roses and go for something with more of a BANG! Create sparks with this colorful mixed arrangement! Roses are still featured, but in brighter, bolder colors. The green fugi mums explode like fireworks throughout this design. There’s no doubt these flowers are HOT!

Send some heat to your girl on Valentines Day with this unique, yet oh-so-stylish flower arrangement. The bright colors remind us warmer weather is on it’s way! Who wouldn’t want this delivered to them on their very special day? This arrangement is not only perfect for your sweetie, but you can also use it to show your affection to friends and family members on this day of love.

If you plan on sending Valentines Day flowers, order right now! Use our handy florist finder to find a real local florist and order your V-day flowers EARLY to get the best selections available! [Read more…]

FSN’s Bloomin Newsletter For June


Top 5 June Flowers to Put You In The Mood for Summer

5. Lilies

Lilies are popping up all over the place. This little beauty makes the list for being the most common of the June flowers. Why? Most lilies are able to survive with little care and are drought tolerant plants. This has enabled the lily to ‘escape’ and grow everywhere as if they were wild.

4. Calla Lily

callalilyCalla lilies’ bloom color may be pink, violet/lavender, dark purple/black, or white/near white. With this many variations, you’re sure to find one to complement any occasion. Calla lilies are very popular wedding flowers right now. Dressed in white and elegant — just like the bride!

3. Gladiolas

These were always my dad’s favorite garden flowers. Sometimes called the sword lily, these brightly colored beauties stand tall in a vase arrangement or even your own flower garden. Gladiolas are a great way to add height and color to your June decor.

2. Delphinium or Larkspur

The beautiful delphinium, or larkspur, is definitely a florist’s favorite. The flower has five petal-like sepals which grow together to form a hollow pocket with a spur at the end, giving the plant its name. These beautiful purple blooms can be seen wild in grasslands and beside roadways, but are becoming increasingly rare.

1. Hydrangea

Probably the favorite of all summer flowers, the hydrangea’s blooms definitely have a commanding presence. Hydrangeas have two types of flower arrangements: mop-head flowers are the large round flower heads resembling pom-poms or, as the name implies, the head of a mop. In contrast, lacecap flowers bear round, flat flower heads with a center core of fertile flowers surrounded by outer rings of showy, sterile flowers.

FSN’s Favorite Flower Arrangement For June

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Can you believe it’s here already? For all of the special things Dad has done, and will continue to do for us, isn’t it time to give something in return? Sending the the Floral Felicity flower arrangement — this months favorite here at FSN — is the PERFECT gift for Father’s Day. Its  bright and vivid colors are just what Dad needs to remind him how much of a shining star he is to you.
Find The Floral Felicity Arrangement on Flower Shop Network…

Personalized & Creative Tribute Flowers

Funeral flowers are not what they used to be, and for good reason. We have become so accustomed to personalization, why not customize our final tribute to a lost loved one? People everywhere are opting for sympathy arrangements with a more personalized feel.

This is a great custom funeral design for someone who was known for their love of music. Perhaps they were sent by someone in a band with the deceased. What a great way to honor those memories they shared together. Custom set pieces are great to pay tribute to the deceased favorite hobby or interest.
Read More About Personalized & Creative Tribute Flowers…


Every week our Plant Expert answers YOUR most challenging plant care & identification questions.

Question About A Seed Pod Found In St. Croix

I found this 18″ pod in St. Croix. Pictured is the inside & outside. Before it split open there were seeds in each of the little compartments and made a great rattle. Can anyone ID it?
Thanks. John

Our Expert’s Answer

Of course we can, John! Turns out this seed pod is from the most amazing fire-orange tree, appropriately named Flamboyant Tree. Read more and see pictures of this gorgeous tree from the Caribbean in this post…

It’s summer and the A/C’s are ON! I love that cold breeze in my face on a hot day. Here is a tip though — don’t sit your flower arrangement directly in front of an air conditioner or vent. Flowers need to be in a cool spot in your house, but leaving them in the direct path of a vent can cause them to dehydrate. Also, cut flowers need a consistent temperature to thrive, so the air conditioning going on and off will shorten their lifespan.


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Design Inspiration Challenge
This month, the FSN bloggers began one of our favorite projects ever — the bi-weekly Design Inspiration Challenge. This floral design competition is not for just ANY florist. We wanted truly inspired design; thus, the Design Inspiration Challenge was born.
Every other week, we will give you something inspirational (this week’s was a lesser-known van Gogh painting) and you design an arrangement using that inspiration. More about the Design Inspiration Challenge…

Increasing SEO For Your Flower Shop
SEO means Search Engine Optimization, or optimizing your flower shop’s website to best be found in search engines, like Google, Bing, or Yahoo Search. Now, this may seem like a daunting task, but it’s really quite easy to get started, and I bet you’ve already done more for SEO than you realize! More about increasing SEO for your flower shop…

Fun In The Flower Shop
Contrary to popular belief, a local florist’s work can be exhausting and stressful at times, especially for the owner. When is the last time you and your great employees really cut loose and had some FUN? Research shows that the more FUN you have in your shop, the happier and more productive your employees will be. Here are a few tips you can use to shake things up a bit. More about Fun in the Flower Shop…4 Unique & Creative Vase Ideas
Are you one of the many florists who gets stuck in the hum-drum of day-to-day floral design? Do you need a little push to look outside the box for new, inspirational ideas to get the creative juices flowing? In this article, we look at quick and easy ways to give your vases a little more ‘oomph,’ while rediscovering your muse and encouraging new business (Who wouldn’t want that!?). Read more about unique & creative vase ideas…


June 10-13, 2010: The Florida State Florists Association Convention will be hosted at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bay Front Palm Beach Gardens Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Florists who are members, as well as non-member florists, are invited to attend.

View More Floral Conventions and Flower Show on the Calendar.

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So Have A Cup O’ Cheer!

Oh yay! Oh joy! It’s that time of year again. Yes, Spring is almost upon us and it’s time to celebrate! It may not officially be Spring  until March 20th, but why wait to enjoy something so beautiful and revitalizing?

"Cup O' Cheer" Spring Flowers Bouquet

"Cup O' Cheer" Spring Flowers Bouquet

I’ll let you in on a little secret. People are starting to decorate their homes for spring. They’re bringing out decorations in cheerful colors to ward away the winter grays. Say goodbye to doom and gloom and bleak winter whites. It’s time for some spring flowers!

As our tribute to the freshness of Spring and the new life that emerges, Flower Shop Network is highlighting a bouquet of spring flowers that has brought our loved ones and friends more than few smiles. This year, drink in the joy of Spring with a “Cup O’ Cheer!”

It’s never too early to send spring flowers to someone who has been cooped up all winter. Wash away their dreary outlooks with some of the most cheerful spring flowers you can find. Our recommendation? The votes are in and local florists and flowers lovers all agree — the “Cup O’ Cheer” is a hearty breath of fresh air.

Even if it’s still a little brisk where you are, you can always warm up to spring. Skip, dance, sing over to your local florist and order the “Cup O’ Cheer” bouquet of spring flowers. It’s the perfect uplifting gift! Of course, you can always order from the coziness of a warm blanket. Just order flowers online. The cheeriness of spring is just a flower delivery away.

Why wait? Start Spring off with a boost of good cheer! Give your local florist the recipe below for a treat that everyone will love.

“Cup O’ Cheer” Recipe For Florists:

  • Ceramic Coffee Mug
  • Wet Floral Foam
  • Foliage: Eucalyptus, Leather Leaf
  • Blue Iris
  • Stem Yellow Button Poms
  • Purple ‘Monte Casino’ Aster
  • Stem Solidago
  • Stem ‘Misty Blue’ Limonium

The Reason Why Everyone Deserves Valentine’s Day Flowers Is…

…”Because I Love You.”

"Because I Love You" Valentine's Day Flowers

"Because I Love You" Valentine's Day Flowers

While the guys finish groaning, most girls are warming up their hankies and breathing deeply to keep the tears at bay. Any lady that hears these words has forever bound a piece of her heart to the Romeo who spoke them.

Of course, Flower Shop Network knows how important it is to spend a happy Valentine’s Day with your special someone. Imagine walking in the door emptyhanded because you FORGOT what day it was. Bad idea! Of course, there are exceptions to the rule but I wouldn’t recommend testing to see if your sweetheart is one of more *ahem* forgiving kind.

Instead of a dreading the day, live up to it! You have a few weeks to prepare which is a few weeks to stop worrying about rushing to the store and fighting the crowds to find a Valentine’s Day gift in the picked-through selection. Don’t even bother getting out of your chair if it suits you. You can send the perfect message with the “Because I Love You” bouquet of flowers.

Time is of the essence. We know. That’s why we’ve made it simple. You can call your local florist, buy flowers online from the florist of your choice, or visit your florist and discuss gift details. Whichever you choose, FlowerShopNetwork.com has all of the information you need to contact your local florist.

When she opens her eyes and greets the morning sun that day, surprise her with a romantic bouquet of flowers like this one. When she asks why — and she will, despite knowing full well what day it is — your answer will invariably be “Because I Love You.”

Make this happen for you. Call, click or walk into your local flower shop today. With the recipe below, your Valentine’s Day flowers are as good as delivered.

“Because I Love You” Recipe For Florists:

  • Red Classic Urn Vase
  • Foliage: Eucalyptus, Lily Grass
  • Red Spray Roses
  • Red Mini Carnations
  • Stem White Daisy Poms
  • Stem Gypsophila

Who’s The Sweetest Thing In Your Life?

"Sweetest Thing" Bouquet of Flowers

"Sweetest Thing" Bouquet of Flowers

This year, the sweetest thing in your life deserves something special. Christmas is far behind us. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What to do in the between time?

If you love or are in love with someone special, why not let them know it? Send a special gift “just because.” There are many holidays and events between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. This January, don’t let a special moment pass you by. Celebrate it with flowers!

The “Sweetest Thing” bouquet of flowers is great for the romantic holiday but is also perfect for a casual showing of affection as well. These flowers make a great January birthday gift. Know someone celebrating an anniversary in January? Don’t let their precious moment go unnoticed. Celebrate their continued love for their “sweetest thing” with this romantic bouquet.

For a little in-between lovin’, send the “Sweetest Thing” bouquet to your favorite special someone. Much to everyone’s delight, this red and white bouquet is available from your local florist. It can even be customized to fit your special someone’s desires. Your hugs and kisses are only a flower delivery away.

“Sweetest Thing” Recipe for Florists:

  • Rectangular Vase
  • Foliage: Variegated Pittosporum, Lily Grass
  • Red Gerberas
  • Red Roses
  • White Alstroemeria
  • White Waxflowers
  • Red & White Ribbon

Give Holiday Happiness This December

"Holiday Happiness" Christmas Bouquet

"Holiday Happiness" Christmas Bouquet

With Christmas fast approaching, flower arrangements like the “Holiday Happiness” Christmas bouquet warm wintry hearts. Sending “Holiday Happiness” is sending a dose of Christmas cheer. Created in traditional Christmas colors (red, green and white), this bouquet is as delightful as Miracle On 34th Street and as sweet as a holiday hug. When decorating for the holiday, let these Christmas flowers light up the room with “Holiday Happiness.”

The “Holiday Happiness” bouquet of Christmas flowers embraces the best parts of the holiday season. Warmth, glad tiding, a kind sentiment, and going the extra mile to make someone happy. These ideals are the very heart of the holiday season. The best way to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” to a loved one near or far is to send a beautiful bouquet of Christmas flowers like the “Holiday Happiness” arrangement.

At the heart of your holiday should be happiness. ‘Tis better to give than to receive but it’s ok to give yourself a present too. Don’t forget to include yourself when doling out doses of Christmas cheer. This year, treat yourself to some “Holiday Happiness” as well.

“Holiday Happiness” Recipe:

Red Gathering Vase
Foliage: Seasonal Evergreens, Holly
Red Tulips
Red Roses
White ‘Monte Casino’ Aster
White Stock
Sheer Holiday Ribbon

Say Hello To Fall’s Abundant Beauty

"Abundant Beauty" Fall Centerpiece

"Abundant Beauty" Fall Centerpiece

Need a gift for a Thanksgiving celebration? Throwing a festive fall party but need something to liven up the decorations? This fall flowers centerpiece is for you.

Fall flowers add cheer faster than Uncle Bob’s silly jokes, so fall in love with the Abundant Beauty centerpiece this year. Don’t be surprised if your other decorations get jealous.

Candle wreaths are very popular but the “Abundant Beauty” centerpiece adds a great deal to the traditional idea. First, they start with warm colors. The colors of autumn create a rapturous combination in the “Abundant Beauty” centerpiece, enough so that it become an irresistible part of your fall decorations.

The “Abundant Beauty” fall centerpiece is a gorgeous combination of fall flowers in a rust colored container. Inside lay a few cinnamon colored candles for a very unique fall centerpiece. Whether attending a fall party or hosting your own, the “Abundant Beauty” centerpiece is the perfect way to greet autumn.

“Abundant Beauty” recipe:

Bronze Or Rust Colored Metal Container
Wet Floral Foam
Orange Pillar Candles
Foliage: Seeded Eucalyptus
Stem Orange Asiatic Lilies
Rust ‘Red Rover’ Chrysanthemums
Bi Colored Orange & Yellow Tulips
Bronze Cushion Poms
Preserved Fall Leaves

Warm Up Autumn With Fall Flirtations!

"Fall Flirtations" Vase Arrangement

"Fall Flirtations" Vase Arrangement

Fun, feisty and perfect for fall, the “Fall Flirtations” vase arrangement strikes a beautiful pose for recipients.

With it’s delicate blend of tulips, roses and hydrangea, these flowers beckon the recipient to get ever so close. The fragrant aroma of the flowers make inhaling the succulent smell a necessity. The tempting colors of this fall flowers arrangement keep each new viewer yearning for a closer view.

Alluring and inviting, this beautiful arrangement is a delightful gift for everyone—and quite the favorable one. It is difficult not to enjoy the beauty in the tulips, roses, carnations, stock and other flowers. The colors of the flowers are reminiscent of a fall sunset. For most, even the faintest reminder of such a beautiful is enough to make the strongest fall in love.

Give an irresistibly attractive gift this October. Order the “Fall Flirtations”  flower arrangement from a local florist.

“Fall Flirtations” Recipe

Ginger Vase
‘Antique’ Hydrangea
Rust ‘Leonidas’ Roses
Orange & Yellow Variegated Tulips
Ruby Stock
Orange Dahlias
Orange Variegated Carnations
Brown Hypericum
‘Sunset Safari’ Leucadendrons
Sheer Bronze Wired Ribbon

What A Charming Gift Idea for Fall!

I mean this in the best of ways…

The “Charming For Fall” flower basket looks just like something my grandmother would love. For that matter, my mother would love it also. It’s the perfect fall flower arrangement for a dining room table, a mantlepiece, the coffee table, or anywhere else that flower baskets could be used for decoration. In my mother’s house, that’s the table at the end of the hall. It fills an empty space and is often overlooked. Not anymore!

"Charming For Fall" Flower Basket

"Charming For Fall" Flower Basket

Both women have an affinity for fall decorating. Flowers are their thing. They usually have immaculate gardens and displays of flowers that neighbors envy. This year is going to be a little bit different for both. My grandmother turned 82 in April. Still a pistol with her speech, her body is failing and she’s left in a motorized wheelchair. That means gardening the hilly land around her house is out of the question.

My mom is a full time mom even though her children are 22, 23 and 26. She is also the full-time homemaker, a college professor during the day and is a medicare billing specialist at night.

I love these women with all of my heart.  I couldn’t ask for more respectable, strong women in my life. I want to honor them with something special this month. A gift isn’t enough. They need a special gift with meaning and feeling. I looked at the “Charming For Fall” arrangement and knew instantly that it was the right gift for them. Though too busy and too frail to garden for themselves, they can still enjoy fall flowers and autumn decorations.

It’s important to me that they get the best. They always give it to me.

Which flower arrangement is your favorite? Tell us why and it may be next month’s featured flower arrangement!

See The Light This Fall With Autumn Illuminations

I can’t get past the Autumn Illuminations fall centerpiece. Among the other fall flowers, this centerpiece stood out instantly. That’s saying quite a lot considering how colorful and beautiful the other arrangements are!

"Autumn Illuminations" Fall Centerpiece

"Autumn Illuminations" Fall Centerpiece

But what was it about Autumn Illuminations that drew my eye back to it? Well for starters, it’s not an ordinary bouquet or typical arrangement. It has practicality, purpose and function. The Autumn Illuminations centerpiece is a wreath of fall flowers surrounding a warm colored candle. Imagine the smell of a pumpkin spice candle surrounded by fresh fall flowers! Mmmmm.

I saw this centerpiece and knew that it had to be the featured flower arrangement for August. The summer is winding down and the fall is getting ready to come ahead full force. Before you trade your summer flowers for Halloween and Thanksgiving arrangements, find a middle ground with colorful fall flower centerpieces like Autumn Illuminations. You’ll be glad you did! Plus it’s something nice to come home to if you or your husband is a farmer rushing to finish the harvest.

Trust me. You’ll love having the Autumn Illuminations centerpiece on your table.