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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!

Flower Names For A Memorial Garden

Ask The Expert: “We are planning a memory garden, and have been looking for planets with their names or there names in them. It doesn’t matter about perennial or not. We live in Waco, TX, and it gets very hot here in the summers will into the 100s. The names are Jacob or Jake

Flower Shop Network Expert Reply:

Jacobs Ladder PolemoniumWhat a wonderful idea to choose specific flowers based on the names of those you are memorializing. Here are a few suggestions:

  • A rose name Jacob’s Robe. It is a Weeks Rose climber with large multi-color (yellow & peach blushing pinky red) flowers good for full sun areas.
  • A type of Polemonium known as Jacob’s Ladder.  It is an upright blue flower good for shade or part sun areas.
  • Acalypha wilkesiana known as Jacob’s Coat which is a plant with coppery-green leaves.  It is hardy only in zone 10-11.
  • Asphodelus luteus known as Jacob’s Rods. It is a perennial hardy up to zone 6 with yellow blooms and likes full sun.

With thousands of flower species and cultivars available, it’s not too hard to find the names of a loved one or friend. Creating a memory garden is a very good way to remember and stay close to the memories of the departed. You might also choose flowers for your garden based on flower meanings that may be appropriate.

Pet Funeral Flowers to Memorialize Fido

Funeral Flowers for Dogs and other Pets

Funeral flowers for Fido.

Whether it’s a dog, cat or bird, loosing a pet is like loosing a member of the family to most pet lovers. As with any loss, a funeral or memorial service can help ease the grieving process. Your pet’s memorial service can be as simple or elaborate as you would like, it’s all about helping you say goodbye to a close friend.

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Celebrate Life With Flowers

Flowers To Celebrate Life

It’s hard to lose someone who has been a regular part of your life, which is why funerals are usually somber occasions. This is exactly why flowers for funerals are so important. Words are sometimes hard to find when a friend or loved one passes. Often, flowers better express the sympathy we feel for the family and our lost friend.

Flowers do so much more during a funeral than just be beautiful:

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Flowers also set the tone of the occasion. Instead of ordering traditional white sympathy flowers, order what you think the departed would have enjoy the most.

  • Beautiful sympathy tribute in all their favorite colors, either in an urn, vase or easel.
  • Custom funeral tribute themed for their favorite hobbies or occupations.
  • Patriotic themed flowers for passionate patriots or military veterans.

No matter what you choose to send, always use a real local florist when placing your order.

Show Your Patriotic Pride With Red, White & BLOOMS!

Over the years, Memorial Day has become synonymous with shopping, car races, trips to the lake/beach, family get-togethers, etc. It marks the start of the summer vacation period, and with the hustle and bustle of our day off work, it’s easy to overlook the true meaning of the holiday.

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by:

  • Visiting cemeteries and memorials and placing patriotic flowers on our fallen veterans’ graves.
  • Observing a national moment of remembrance which takes place at 3 p.m. local time
  • Fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

Patriotic Memorial Funeral FlowersSo, how can you enjoy the best of both worlds?

Although it’s a significant US holiday, 3 day weekends are scarce in most working American’s routines. How can we enjoy our weekend, while keeping in mind the real reason for the extended time off?

First, start your weekend by ordering beautiful red, white and blue flowers to decorate your house. Especially if you are planning a Memorial Day BBQ or block-party. Use your patriotic florals as your table centerpiece or buffet table decoration.

During your celebration, have everyone take a few moments of silence to remember our fallen soldiers. Turn the music off, and make sure you have everyone, including the kid’s attention. Have each guest recall memories of fallen veteran family members and friends, such as a grandfather, aunt or uncle. It’s good for us to remember our past veterans and the contributions they have made for all of us. Children especially need to see respect and honor given to those who have given their lives to make our country safe for us to live.

After your celebration is over, take your patriotic flowers and flags to decorate the grave of a veteran friend or family member as a perfect ending to your Memorial Day celebration.

Make this a tradition in your family.

Send Thanks To Your Vet With A Patriotic Tribute

Memorial Tribute Flowers for Veterans

Memorial Tribute Flowers for Veterans

The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities.

This Veterans Day, Flower Shop Network would like to thank all servicemen in the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marine Corp, United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard, and National Guard. We are so proud and thankful for every ounce of blood, sweat and tears you have given to this country of ours.

Remember to thank to all of our service men and women on Veterans Day (November 11th.) Contact your local florist and send a loving arrangement of patriotic flowers this holiday. If your veteran is no longer with us, why not honor them with a beautiful tribute of memorial flowers filled with gorgeous red-white-and-blue flowers. After all they have done for us, they deserve our most humble gratitude.

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Are Memorial Flowers Appropriate For This Occasion?

Question: My grandfather passed away six months ago and his and grandmothers wedding anniversary is coming up.  He always sent flowers to her on her anniversary.  Would it be proper for me to send her flowers on their anniversary date?

Brynn’s Response: First, my condolences on the loss of your grandfather. It is very sweet of you to want to comfort your grandmother in this way. She is very lucky to have such caring people in her life.

Flower etiquette for this occasion is a bit of a gray area. The deciding factor is the personality of the recipient. Sending anniversary flowers after your grandfather’s passing is a reminder of your grandfather and the many sweet times that he sent flowers. If your grandmother would be comforted by this, by all means send flowers. If this would be a bittersweet or sad memory, do not.

Most women and even many men would be comforted by receiving flowers in remembrance of a loved one. Memorial flowers are often sent with cards that explain the reason for the flowers and a brief message of encouragement. Some examples are:

  • Just thought you could use a little extra sunshine today.
  • May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
  • It will be the little things that you will remember: the quiet moments, the smiles, and the laughter.
  • May the care of friends bring you comfort and loving memories heal your heart.
  • Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to help you smile again.

“In memory of” is another popular phrase that helps the recipient understand the reason for the flowers. More personal messages can also be offered. Just remember to say to your grandmother what you would say to her if you were with her in person. Would you hug her and tell her that you wanted her to remember something nice that grandpa did? These are the kinds of things that should be on the card.