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Celebrate This Veterans Day with Flowers

Veterans Day is Tuesday November 11th, 2014!

This holiday is all about honoring each and every one of the men and women who serve or have served in any branch of the armed forces. Can there be any better reason to give the gift of flowers?

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Honor Them With Flowers

Flowers are the perfect gift for any occasion, and they have a language all their own. Couple that with the talent and skill offered by your local florist and you have something personalized and beautiful that says exactly what you want to say exactly how you want to say it. Your local florist can create a themed arrangement, one featuring the veteran’s favorite flower or even one as a memorial to a fallen loved one.

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Personalize with Local

When you buy local, you have the option of being as detailed in the process as you like. You can outline what you want down to the smallest detail or just tell them to make it beautiful. You can choose from what’s available or have a custom piece made just for you. When you shop local, you know you’ll get what you paid for and more!

We use Veterans Day to say ‘Thank You’ to those who fought and still fight for our daily freedoms. Shouldn’t you say it with flowers?

Make Remembrance Day Special with Flowers

Remembrance Day is Tuesday November 11th, 2014! Originally began as a tribute to those who fell in WWI, it has grown into a memorial for all those who have died in armed conflict, both military and civilian. What better way to make the day special than with flowers?

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Floral Tradition

Flowers have long been a tradition in Canada’s Remembrance Day celebration, specifically the red poppy. This flower was adopted in 1921 as the “Remembrance Poppy”. And though artificial poppies are widely available, nothing beats the beauty and grace found in a fresh cut flower. You can walk into any flower shop in town and find a beautiful bloom to wear near your heart.

The poppy has also been incorporated into wreaths laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of the national Remembrance service, and recently spectators of the event have placed their own red poppies on the memorial after the service concludes.

Local Care

There are many ways to use the red poppy to commemorate the fallen, and your local florist knows them all. Whether making them the centerpiece of a gorgeous arrangement to decorate the home or as part of a bouquet to lay on a tomb, your local florist will make exactly what you want.

Is there someone special you want to honor? They can put together an arrangement specifically personalized to meet your needs.

Walk in the door of your local flower shop and see what your florist can do for you!

A Floral 4th of July


Friday July 4, 2014 marks 238 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It’s a day of celebration for all Americans that normally involves a grill, some delicious food and a whole passel of fireworks. But however you celebrate, there’s one thing without which no party is complete, flowers!

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Making It Patriotic

The best and most versatile of decorations has to be an arrangement of flowers from your local florist. Because flowers come in all colors, (and any they don’t can easily be dyed) they can be used to match any style or theme. And what’s more, your florist can create a design worthy of your Independence Day celebration. These local flower artists have the talent and desire to put something together you are sure to love!

So don’t let this Fourth of July pass without stopping by your local florist shop. They’ve got everything you need to make your decorations POP!

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!

Get Your Flowers for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community & Culture

Kwanzaa celebrates African heritage in African-American culture and is based on the year-end harvest celebrations which have taken place throughout Africa for thousands of years. Decorations contain the traditional colors of red, black and green and hearken back to those African roots. If you want your decorations to focus on nature and all its wondrous bounty, there’s no better place to start than your local florist!

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Creative Arrangements in Kwanzaa Colors

Contacting your local florist opens up a vast world of creative options. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors, so there are few limitations to what can be done when someone talented is doing the designing. Do you have a specific idea you want to see brought to life, perhaps a theme you want the designer to illustrate? All this and more is possible when working with your local florist. They can create something unique and amazing made especially for you!

Preparing for the Feast

The Feast is the grand finale of Kwanzaa, a culmination of the seven day celebration and an opportunity to gather loved ones together for food, family, community and fun. Just as local florists decorate homes and businesses for Christmas, they can help decorate your gathering for the Kwanzaa Feast! Just let them know what you need, in advance of course, and they can create something gorgeous that perfectly illustrates the principles of Kwanzaa in dramatic fashion.

When you use your local florist, the options are unlimited! Joyous Kwanzaa!

A Halloween without Flowers? Spooky!


Halloween is the best time of year for scares, but trying to celebrate this annual homage to fright without mood-setting florals? That’s downright spooky! Flowers should be an integral part of any Halloween celebration, and I’m going to give you three exciting reasons to head out to your local florist right now!

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The ‘Mum’kin – That’s right folks, a living pumpkin filled with mums. Or, for the slightly more daring florist, a living pumpkin covered with mums!

Once you’ve seen it, you’ll realize that no Halloween party can be complete without one of these floral masterpieces. And if you’re attending a Halloween party, the mumkin makes the perfect hostess gift!

Set the Dark and Scary Mood – Flowers are not only capable of providing that spooky visual decoration we all crave on Halloween, they can also provide a distinctive scent to titillate the nostrils!

Your local florist will know exactly what flowers to provide for the look and smell you’re trying to achieve. Want flowers that look dark and brooding? Can do! Need some blossoms that smell musty or dry to set off your haunted house? With enough notice, even that is possible! There is no end to the exciting effects you can achieve with a little desire, creativity and a phone call to your local florist!

Orange you specialHalloween Themed Fairy Garden – For those of you who only use florists on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter, you may be unaware of your local florists ability to create artistic and amazing arrangements unconnected to those holidays. One of those creative arrangements is called a fairy garden.

This can be achieved in a variety of ways, but the most common is to use a potted plant and arrange small furniture and other items under the leaves so that it appears fairies use the plant for a garden. Think of it as a type of diorama. Now imagine using tiny tombstones, wispy, cotton ghosts and a miniature iron rail. Oh yeah, Halloween party gold!

Halloween is full of candy, laughs and all-around fun. And if there’s one thing that florists know, it’s how to help their clients have fun! So when going over your Halloween party list, don’t forget to contact your local florist. They will have some spooktacular ideas to ensure you have the best decorations in town!

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5 Floral Gift Ideas for 5 Different Boss Types

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Boss’s Day has really gained traction in recent years. If there was ever a time when this holiday could be ignored or set aside in favor of more important things, that time is long passed. So if you have a boss, and let’s be honest most of us have a boss, here are a few floral gift ideas to make your boss’s Boss’s Day a roaring success!

The Sports Fan

If you’ve ever seen your boss sporting their favorite football team’s mascot on his tie, he may be a sports fan. Your local florist is more than aware of any local or regional sports teams and probably carries a plethora of items they could use to put together a wonderful sports-themed arrangement. If nothing else, an arrangement using flowers in your boss’s favorite team’s colors can provide that “Wow” factor! If your boss loves golf, a sport where there are no teams, or is a fan of a team across the country, do not fret! Your local florist will have what they need to put together something impressive!

The Workaholic

Does your boss spend long hours at the office? Is she there when you arrive and there when you leave? Then she may be a workaholic. The best gift for these dedicated employers is a potted plant! The plant will inject some much-needed nature into their world while offering fresh oxygen that hasn’t been run through the building’s filters and HVAC unit. A plant is also very low maintenance. It will be a benefit without distracting this hard worker from her daily duties.

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Make the 4th Of July Sparkle with Flowers!

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The 4th of July is America’s favorite times to celebrate, and for good reason. It’s basically America’s birthday; who wouldn’t want to celebrate that?

How do we celebrate the 4th of July?

Fireworks and flying flags; grilling, pool parties, watermelon and trips to the lake, but it goes further than that. The Fourth is about sending time with family and friends; taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the real world to focus on what’s important in your life. The 4th of July is a renewing time to refresh our relationships with family, friends and loved ones.

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This 4th of July when you are visiting family and friends, take them a simple gift of affection with flowers. Red, white and blue flowers make the perfect hostess gift for any Fourth celebration. Your hard-working hostess will feel appreciated and can use the flowers to decorate for the celebration.

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If you are looking for 4th of July flowers, always always always use a local florist.

Buying local is so important, but also connecting directly with your hometown flower shop guarantees you avoid deceptive middlemen and receive the full value of your order. If you need to find a flower shop in your area, use FSN’s handy Florist Finder.

Send Seasonal Style This December

Send December Seasonal Style with Flowers

Sending Seasonal Style

It’s December already, can you believe it? Have you started your holiday shopping yet? There will always be that oh-so-hard-to-buy-for person on your list who seems to have everything. Why not make it simple by sending them the gift of flowers the week of Christmas, especially if they have an office job?

That last week of working before the Christmas break can be excruciating. Trying hard to keep our focus on work and off of everything merry and bright around us is just unfair. Combining the joy of holiday gifts with something as tedious as work is a great idea. Boost their holiday spirit in the ‘St. Nick’ of time!

What about the other December holidays?

Hanukkah, the holiday of love and light begins at sunset on Saturday, December 8, and ends at nightfall on Monday, December 17. The gift of flowers is an appropriate and festive gift for Hanukkah. Blue flowers can be used and arranged with silver and white accessories to incorporate the colors of the Jewish flag. Learn more about celebrating Hanukkah »

Kwanza, a week-long celebration that honors African heritage, begins December 26, and ends January 1, 2013. This winter holiday focuses on family, community and culture. Flowers are the perfect decor for Kwanzaa celebrations. A florist can incorporate the symbols and colors of Kwanzaa into something not only beautiful, but illustrative of Kwanzaa principles. Learn more about celebrating Kwanzaa »

Just remember, when sending flowers always, always, always use a real local florist, especially during the holidays. Your local florist can take care of your flower order, no matter if you are sending flowers across town or across the nation.

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

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Bring out the Yule Log… it’s time to celebrate the winter solstice! What? You don’t celebrate the winter solstice? You’re not alone. In our modern lives, we’ve moved past celebrating holidays that are closely attached to harvest time.

The Winter Solstice The Sun will appear at its lowest altitude above the horizon at noon and it is the shortest day and longest night of the year. After the solstice, the nights will become shorter and shorter as the warmth of the sun returns.

Winter Solstice Sun CelebrationWhile this may not seem significant today, in the past it was of the utmost importance. People relied on the sun in every aspect of their lives. This holiday has been observed, in someway, by almost every culture in every part of the globe for as far back as we have recorded. You’ve heard of Stonehenge? It was created as a calendar to mark the summer and winter solstices.

(Do you know how your ancestors traditionally celebrated the solstice? Might be a fun project to look up!)

In more recent traditions, the winter solstice is celebrated much like Christmas. Homes were decorated with a Yule Tree (Christmas tree), Yule log, Yule wreath, boughs and garland and cozy fires. If it sounds a lot like Christmas, well, it’s probably where many of our holiday traditions come from.

Get back to your roots, check out this post for ideas on celebrating the winter solstice:
Holiday Celebrations Ideas From The Past: The Winter Solstice

Your local florists would love to help you create some very unique and festive decorations for your winter solstice celebration. Check out the article linked above for some very great ideas you can use in your own home to pay homage to your hard-working harvester ancestors.