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May 05, 2014

Memorial Day

Memorial Day honors the men and women who serve our country. Many families will heat up the grill, head to the beach or take in a big blockbuster movie. But Memorial Day has the word "memorial" in it for a reason.


This Remembrance Day got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars.


Remembering Those Who Served


It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards and war monuments. Most cities have local Memorial Day celebrations. Here are some ways you can honor the men and women who serve our country:


  • Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars.
  • Fly the U.S. flag.
  • Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.
  • March in or view a parade.

Jan 14, 2014

The Story of Valentine's Day

Every February 14, across the United States, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?
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The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--has always been a mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day contains old traditions of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this holiday?

One legend says that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. According to another legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is said that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. These stories emphasize St. Valentine's appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and romantic figure. While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial, others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
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While Valentine's Day is known as a big card holiday, it is also seen as a big holiday for the chocolate, jewelry, and floral industries. Who hasn't heard to the standard chocolates and roses as a Valentine's gift? With Valentine's Day coming on fast, it is a wise decision to get your flowers ordered sooner rather than later. Find your local florist and give them a call! They can make you the traditional dozen roses or create something unique for your loved one!


Information courtesy of http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

Dec 02, 2013

The Legend of the Poinsettia

Some Time Ago, I heard a lovely Christmas story about Maria, a young girl who lived on a poor family farm in a small village in Mexico. It was a custom in the village to glorify the Christmas season with special events to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus. Everyone took part in the preparations by festively decorating the village church and the piazza in front of it. Even the children helped by making gifts to give to the Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. Maria wanted to make a very special gift. She had helped her mother before with the loom, so she tried, on her own, to weave a colorful blanket. But Maria was too inexperienced and the yarns became an entangled mess. Maria was heartbroken. She wanted so much to be able to march in procession with the other village children, but she had no gift to give to the Christ Child. Finally it was Christmas Eve! The villagers gathered in the piazza. Some whispered that they thought they could hear angels singing tonight. Everyone was ready. Holding lit candles, all the villagers began to process down the aisle amid joyous music and singing. All except for Maria, who hid in the shadows, watching with tears in her eyes as the procession to the church started. "I don't have a gift for the Baby Jesus," she sniffled softly. "I tried and tried to make something beautiful, but instead I ruined it." Suddenly, Maria heard a voice. She looked up and saw only a bright star in the sky; it seemed to hover and shine over the village church. Was it this star that spoke to her? "Maria," she heard the voice again, "The baby Jesus will love whatever you give because it comes from your heart. Love is what makes any gift special." With that, Maria stepped out from the shadows. Nearby she noticed some tall green weeds. She rushed over and quickly filled her arms with the weeds, covering them with her manto. Then she ran swiftly to the church. By the time she arrived, the candles were ablaze and the children were singing as they walked down the aisle carrying their gifts to the Christ Child. Padre Francesco placed the figure of the baby Jesus in the manger, with the children's gifts all around it. Suddenly, Maria was scared when she saw all those people dressed in such beautiful clothes, and she was dressed so poorly. She tried to slip behind one of the big pillars, but she was too slow. Padre Francesco saw her. "Maria, Maria," he called out. "Hurry girl, come, bring up your gift!" Maria was terrified. She wondered, "Do I run away? Do I go forward?" The Padre saw her apprehension and coaxed her more gently, "Maria, come up here and see the Baby Jesus. There is space left for one more gift." Before she could think, Maria found herself walking down the main aisle of the church. "What is Maria carrying under her manto?" the villagers whispered. "Where's her gift?" Padre Francesco stepped down from the altar and walked with Maria to the Christmas crèche. Maria bowed her head and said a prayer then opened her manto and let the weeds tumble out. Voices gasped, "Look! Look at those glorious flowers!" Startled, Maria opened her eyes. She was stunned. For each weed was now topped with a flaming, bright, red star. And outside, too, every weed now bore a bright red star. Maria's love had created a miracle. POINSETTIAS_11-18-10-1.JPG

Nov 07, 2013

Thanksgivukkah

On November 28, 2013, the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving. This hybrid holiday has been dubbed "Thanksgivukkah". "Thanksgivukkah" does not happen often because the Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar rotation and can have between 353 and 385 days. This causes all Jewish holidays, including the Festival of Lights, to vary in relation to other holidays. The last time "Thanksgivukkah" occurred was 1888 and some experts predict that it will not happen again until 79811.
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Thanksgiving and Hanukkah pair well since they both are times of family gathering and celebration with mountains of food to go with them. The editors of Buzzfeed.com have come up with a fusion menu to try to marry these two heavy meals. You can read about them at:http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/thanksgivukkah


But what does this mean for the floral industry? Simple: new interesting center pieces! Thanksgiving flowers are typically seen in the decorations. Many families will decorate the house with fall colors and designs including a cornucopia in the center of the holiday table. Thanksgivukkah gives you the opportunity to add different colors and designs to your holiday decoration ideas. Dov E. Kupfer AIFD of Dov E. Designs in El Paso, TX creates Hanukkah centerpieces for his local Jewish clients as well as a Hanukkah DSCF7850.JPG display at his local mall.


Here are a few examples of what he creates:
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Use these ideas as inspiration to take to your local florist for your unique Thanksgivukkah centerpieces and floral decorations!

Oct 24, 2013

Why buy local? You'll be convinced after this:

Texas Local Florist believes in the power of investing in your own local community to building deeper community ties and a stronger local economy. Here are some reasons you may not have realized, that buying local makes a difference!


1. Sustaining your community. Not only does the local company you buy from benefit from your decision to buy local, but studies show their money then goes to supporting other local businesses. It's the gift that keeps on giving, building up your local community economy!


2. Studies show small businesses give 250% more than large businesses to community groups and non-profits!


3. Positively influences preservation and longevity of your community's unique culture. No place is just like you and buying local keeps it that way!


4. Local businesses hire local people! Small businesses are the largest employer nationally and locally, which means more jobs for you and your neighbors!


5. Keep you're taxes within the community. If you buy local more of the money you pay in taxes stays local and is then used to benefit programs more likely to benefit you!

Oct 10, 2013

Junior Floral Cup Design Competition

October 19, 2013, Noon-2PM
on stage in
Texas Department of Agriculture's Food and Fiber Pavilion
Watch in real-time as five talented finalists compete to win scholarship prizes!


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Sep 27, 2013

Flower Colors

Giving flowers is so much more than simply an action. It's a way of communicating, and often a way of saying something we couldn't say in words. When you're deciding what flowers to give, often you'll think first what type of flower to give. But how often do you consider the importance or the color of the flowers in telling your message? Here's some good to know info to help you decide...


White: "Purity" White is often used in holidays like Christmas & Easter, and events like a birth or baptism. Many also incorporate white flowers in weddings and funerals.


Blue: "Peace & Serenity" Blue is a wonderful color for calming anxiety and worry or for consoling someone going through a difficult time.


Pink: "Grace and happiness" Pink often represents youth and joy, often conveying an essence of femininity as well.


Purple: "Royalty" Longstanding ties of purple to royalty make this color a wonderful conveyer of admiration and reflection of accomplishment. It is also used for repentance or sorrow, which is why you may see it in services like on Good Friday.


Yellow: "Lightheartedness & friendship" Yellow is the perfect color for celebration whether of friendship, a birthday, or the start of a new chapter in someone's life.

Aug 30, 2013

The Health Benefits of Flowers

Flowers are generally seen for their aesthetic pleasure, but rarely to the general public for their health benefits. Keeping flowers in your home or workspace can benefit your health in a variety of ways! Here's a few things to think about when your considering stopping by your local florist's shop:


Plants act as natural vaporizers. Studies have shown plants, through their natural air moisturizing abilities, can decrease health issues from sore throats and colds to dry skin!


Plants also use our respiratory waste, carbon dioxide, and in turn produce oxygen. Increase air quality in your workspace or home by introducing potted orchids or other flowers. Their aesthetic beauty is likely to lighten your mood as well!


Gerbera daisies release oxygen at night, which means not only will you breathe easy, you'll sleep easier too! Peace lilies remove mold from air and thus are the perfect accompaniment to brighten and cleanse a damp basement or other space.


Your local florist will be able to assemble the perfect floral arrangement for whichever room or area you'd like to improve. Give the gift of good health to you and your friends. Give flowers!

Jul 23, 2013

Edible Flowers

Flowers are often seen as a beautiful aesthetic creation of nature whether brightening up a flower box or someone's day with a bouquet. But don't underestimate the power of flowers! Not only have they mastered as the dinner table centerpiece, they taste great on your plate too! The possibilities with edible flowers are endless but if you've never experimented with the edible kind, here's a few ways to get started.

Edible flowers are perfect for a fresh twist on your traditional garden salad and will be an eye catcher at your next BBQ or backyard get-together! Here's a list of a handful of flowers you wouldn't believe were edible!

Carnation:
Taste: spicy, peppery, clove-like

Chrysanthemum:
Taste: slight to bitter flavor

Dandelion:
(Petals only)
Taste: young buds fried in butter taste similar to mushrooms

Day Lilly:
(Not all lilies though)
Taste: sweet and crunchy, with a similar texture to a lettuce leaf, touch of chestnut or bean like flavor

Pansy:
(Petals)
Taste: faint lettuce like taste

Nasturtium:
(Petals)
Taste: Said to be one of the tastiest! Hints of honey with a peppery and mustardy zest

Edible flowers can be used in countless ways to spice up your country cocina cuisine. Try either of these recipes, or steep your own favorite flower or herb for a delicious and refreshing substitute for that Country Time powdery mess. Having the family over for a midsummer reunion or friends that might as well be family for a post-beach impromptu barbecue? Quench you guests' thirst after picking up fresh roses or lavender for these enchanting homemade Sparkling Strawberry Rose Lemonade and Lavender infused Lemonade recipes from The Mountain Rose!

LINK:http://mountainroseblog.com/category/tea/

You're local Texas florist is a wealth of knowledge about everything flowers. Head to your neighborhood florist today and discover traditional flowers' fullest and delicious potential.

Jul 01, 2013

Honey Bees

What do flowers, honey bees, summer, and ice cream all have in common? A lot actually and without honey bees our summers would not be the same. Honey bees appear most readily in the summer and are responsible for pollinating one-third of the foods we eat, including the all-natural ingredients found in some of our favorite summer foods, such as ice cream.


Bee pollination is responsible for approx. $15 billion in increased crop revenue per year. Most of the foods in our daily diets consist either directly or indirectly from the benefits of bee pollination. Foods such as almonds and other tree nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables are dependent on bee pollination.


Over the last five years, honey bee colonies are disappearing at an alarming rate. This potential decrease could threaten the economic viability of the honey bee as over one-third of our honey bee colonies nationwide have Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This alarming phenomenon occurs when honey bees mysteriously desert their hive and die. Researchers are unsure of what causes CCD, but believe the contributing factors to include viruses, mites, chemical exposure and poor nutrition.

This summer head down to your local florist and ask about what types of bee friendly plants that you can bring home. A few bee friendly Texas plants include bluebonnets, lavender, sunflowers, redbud, prickly pear and a slew of other varieties. There are enough great options that you will be able to find a plant that works best with your lifestyle.

So save the honey bees and head down to your local florist and plant a flower our beloved honey bees will enjoy!

Jun 21, 2013

June Weddings

As the summer switched into full gear, the month of June brings a host of sunny, seasonal festivities. Barbeques commence as school winds down, and you can finally take off with those weeks of vacation time you've saved up, even if it's just to bask in the sun of your own backyard. But above all the most iconic June event, hidden even in the very, meaning of the month's name, is the wedding.

June stems from the name of the Roman Goddess of marriage, Juno, and coincidentally is historically the most popular month to speak the words "I do." In the months of planning that perfect summer wedding, every bride will ask, "what can I do to make my special day, well, special?"

Picking out that perfect dress will have you floating on air as you walk down the isle and you'll laugh while squishing into your hubby's face the piece of cake that was of course the first of the thirty different kinds you tried. But what better way to truly personalize your nuptial ceremony, than with unique and one of a kind flower arrangements?

With so many flowers to choose from, the choice in décor both for the ceremony and the reception is the perfect opportunity to express your personality and customize your unforgettable day. Flowers will set the theme, the atmosphere and are one of the easiest and most personal ways to really let your originality shine. Here are a few ideas to take to your local florist:

Verse your vows under hanging, flower pomanders. A new twist on the ball of artistically assembled tissue paper, flower pomanders can add fun, hip feel opposed to traditional arrangements.

There's nothing that says summer more boldly or vibrantly than sunflowers. Brighten your special day with a break from the conventional flowers with this more contemporary choice.

Greenery is usually paired with bold flowers as filler, but don't underestimate it for being the backdrop opposed to the spotlight. While kale is better known as a "super-food" and a good addition to your after-workout routine smoothie, it doubles as a beautiful accent in arrangements. Or if you're looking for a real mod-meets-chic partner for your centerpiece, try wheatgrass. It will surprise guest with its stylish simplicity.

Adding peacock feather or other colorful plumes are a wonderful way to accent centerpieces and add eye-catching, distinctive, modern feel.

Place flowers in mason jars for a unique spin on traditional vases or use potted succulent in colorful pots of varying size and shapes to add a festive flavor. Gerbera daises are the perfect way to achieve a colorful, summery and cheerful essence, or go with the more traditional rose in a nontraditional color for a subtle but still distinctive feel.

Call or visit a professional Texas State Florist Association member listed on texaslocalflorist.com to create the wedding of your dreams.

Apr 22, 2013

Secretaries Day

Ah yes the wonderful secretary, the role that keeps every company running like a well-oiled machine. Where would we be without our secretaries to keep our heads on straight, to set up our meetings, to remind us of our conference calls, or to just help us maintain some semblance of organization.

They are in the office before we arrive, and after we leave. They don't get a break until we get a break. They don't eat unless we eat. Yet for some odd reason their work is the first to go unnoticed and unappreciated. It is for this exact loyalty and dedication that National Secretaries Day was established in 1952 as a way recognize the importance and necessity of secretaries. Today, the title of the secretary has taken on several forms such as "Administration Professional", or "Executive Admin", and the role has continued to evolve.

So on April 24th be sure to thank your secretary for their hard work, and give them a little something to show your appreciation. Nothing says "Thank you so much, you are my life saver and I couldn't do this without you" like an extravagant arrangement of beautiful flowers. When you are trying to find the perfect flower shop to make your order, be sure to use www.TexasLocalFlorist.com to find a florist near you!

Mar 06, 2013

A Floral Eggstravaganza

March is finally here and Spring is just around the corner. Daffodils, Tulips, Azaleas, Scilla, Forsythia and Lilacs will be popping up around us, but there's nothing like a visit to your local florist in the springtime to find out what's blooming here in Texas.
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Easter is coming up fast and preparing your home for this festive spring day is part of the fun that marks the start of the season. Did you know that the custom of the Easter egg originated amongst the early Christians of Mesopotamia? Today we dye or paint eggs, stuff them with jelly beans, and hide them for the kids.

However, Easter eggs don't only have to be for the kids. How about combining the beauty of spring flowers with the creative fun-filled tradition of the Easter egg? Below are some fun ways to decorate your home during the season. They even make great gifts! So go check out your local florist, take some flowers home and nurture your creative side! A list of local florists can be found on our website. Just enter your zip code and find a florist near you. Happy Easter, Texas!

Dec 20, 2012

Celebrate Life With Flowers

Flowers promote emotional well-being, they help relieve anxiety and increase feelings of happiness, compassion and kindness. The gift of flowers brings heartfelt meaning and warmth to everyone in a special way. Celebrate Life with Flowers.

Dec 07, 2012

Poinsettia Toxicity

Despite the longstanding myth, the poinsettia is the most widely tested plant and has been proven to be non-toxic.

The poinsettia is the most widely tested consumer plant on the market today, proving the myth about the popular holiday plant to be false:
-Scientific research from The Ohio State University has proved the poinsettia to be non-toxic. All parts of the plant were tested, including the leaves and sap.
-According to POISINDEX, the national information center for poison control centers, a child would have to ingest 500-600 leaves in order to exceed the experimental doses that found no toxicity.
-A study by Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University found that out of 22,793 reported poinsettia exposures there was essentially no toxicity significance of any kind. The study used national data collected by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

As with any non-food product, the poinsettia is not meant to be eaten and can cause varying degrees of discomfort; therefore, the plant should be kept out of the reach of young children and curious pets.

-The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animalsreports that the poinsettia could be "irritating to the mouth and stomach, sometimes causing vomiting, but generally over-rated in toxicity."
-The American Veterinary Medicine Association of America (AVMA) states: "While poinsettia is not deadly as popular legend would have it, it could still cause an upset stomach if consumed."
-The Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory advises pet owners: "Wash sap off the animal to prevent further ingestion. Call a veterinarian if the eyes are affected, or if signs do not resolve in a few minutes."
-According to BMJ (British Medical Journal), one study, "looking at poinsettia ingestion by rats, could not find a toxic amount of poinsettia, even at amounts that would be the equivalent of 500-600 poinsettia leaves or nearly a kilogram of sap."


Information courtesy of aboutflowers.com

Nov 28, 2012

The Legend of the Poinsettia

Some Time Ago, I heard a lovely Christmas story about Maria, a young girl who lived on a poor family farm in a small village in Mexico. It was a custom in the village to glorify the Christmas season with special events to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus. Everyone took part in the preparations by festively decorating the village church and the piazza in front of it. Even the children helped by making gifts to give to the Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. Maria wanted to make a very special gift. She had helped her mother before with the loom, so she tried, on her own, to weave a colorful blanket. But Maria was too inexperienced and the yarns became an entangled mess. Maria was heartbroken. She wanted so much to be able to march in procession with the other village children, but she had no gift to give to the Christ Child. Finally it was Christmas Eve! The villagers gathered in the piazza. Some whispered that they thought they could hear angels singing tonight. Everyone was ready. Holding lit candles, all the villagers began to process down the aisle amid joyous music and singing. All except for Maria, who hid in the shadows, watching with tears in her eyes as the procession to the church started. "I don't have a gift for the Baby Jesus," she sniffled softly. "I tried and tried to make something beautiful, but instead I ruined it." Suddenly, Maria heard a voice. She looked up and saw only a bright star in the sky; it seemed to hover and shine over the village church. Was it this star that spoke to her? "Maria," she heard the voice again, "The baby Jesus will love whatever you give because it comes from your heart. Love is what makes any gift special." With that, Maria stepped out from the shadows. Nearby she noticed some tall green weeds. She rushed over and quickly filled her arms with the weeds, covering them with her manto. Then she ran swiftly to the church. By the time she arrived, the candles were ablaze and the children were singing as they walked down the aisle carrying their gifts to the Christ Child. Padre Francesco placed the figure of the baby Jesus in the manger, with the children's gifts all around it. Suddenly, Maria was scared when she saw all those people dressed in such beautiful clothes, and she was dressed so poorly. She tried to slip behind one of the big pillars, but she was too slow. Padre Francesco saw her. "Maria, Maria," he called out. "Hurry girl, come, bring up your gift!" Maria was terrified. She wondered, "Do I run away? Do I go forward?" The Padre saw her apprehension and coaxed her more gently, "Maria, come up here and see the Baby Jesus. There is space left for one more gift." Before she could think, Maria found herself walking down the main aisle of the church. "What is Maria carrying under her manto?" the villagers whispered. "Where's her gift?" Padre Francesco stepped down from the altar and walked with Maria to the Christmas crèche. Maria bowed her head and said a prayer then opened her manto and let the weeds tumble out. Voices gasped, "Look! Look at those glorious flowers!" Startled, Maria opened her eyes. She was stunned. For each weed was now topped with a flaming, bright, red star. And outside, too, every weed now bore a bright red star. Maria's love had created a miracle.

Sep 21, 2012

DISCOVER THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLORS THROUGH EMOTIONS

TSFA will present a design program on September 29 at Noon at the State Fair of Texas in the Food & Fiber Pavilion. Everyone is welcome!

The power of color is well established. Throughout time, nature's spectrum has played a vital role in areas that significantly impact our everyday lives, from the color of our walls, to our clothes, to our cars - and, even more meaningfully, our emotional responses. In this realm, color may be more essential to our consciousness than we realize.

Scientific research shows that flowers and plants have a beneficial impact on state of mind and emotions. Rutgers University behavioral studies have proven that flowers provide a simple way to improve emotional health - that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

Flower Therapy

"Color can help us find the balance we seek from our surroundings. And, flowers are an ideal way to harness the power of color to enrich our lives."

Nurturing: A true sense of caring is created by a combination of colors that are fragile, soft and tender. Arrangements in pastel shades and the softest yellows, peaches, warm pinks, creamy whites and subtle greens make us feel safe, snug and loved. Consider a nurturing floral arrangement for a new mother, a sick friend or a grieving loved one - anyone who would benefit from a caring, loving embrace.

Romantic: A sensation of intimacy, nostalgia and comfort is captured in this color palette, a blend of delicate warm and cool colors with lavenders and pinks at its heart. Romantic arrangements express loving sentiments and admiration to mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, significant others and brides-to-be.


Sensuous: The rich, luxurious color combinations of the sensuous palette set the mood for sophisticated, passionate and even seductive settings. Robust reds and purples, hot pinks and spicy oranges are at the soul of this dynamic floral feeling. Consider a sensuous arrangement for a very special evening or an elegant dinner party - anywhere you want to feel magnetic and extravagant.

Tranquil: Serenity and relaxation are the essence of this color scheme. Its peaceful palette, reminiscent of sky and sea, is dominated by clear, light shades of green, misty blues and other cool hues. A vase of tranquility is perfect for busy moms, harried professionals and those who seek a moment of calm from life's stressful situations.

Whimsical: Fun-loving, free-spirited, playful feelings are conveyed by the whimsical palette, which is characterized by bold, contrasting colors. Floral arrangements featuring these hues set an upbeat tone and are ideal for birthdays, graduations, promotions and other celebrations.


Your Florist =Your Flower Therapist.
To find a Texas Professional Florist, visit texaslocalflorist.com

To achieve Flower Therapy, it can take just one phone call to your florist, a profession that for over a century has designed arrangements that make moments special. A good florist will ask questions about what atmosphere or mood you are trying to create and will provide expert advice on gifts that enhance any sentiment or occasion.



Flower Therapy courtesy of Society of American Florists.

Sep 05, 2012

Grandparent's Day is September 9 this year. But what is Grandparent's Day?

Grandparent's Day was created in 1973 by Mrs. Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia. Mrs. McQuade, saddened by the knowledge of the chronic loneliness experienced by many nursing home patients, believed that we as a nation needed a day set aside to honor grandparents. This day would give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children and to help children become aware of all that older generations can offer.

Mrs. Marian McQuade claimed she is nothing more than a housewife. However, to those that know her story, she was so much more than that. Mrs. McQuade tackled the enormous task of convincing West Virginia's Governor, the U.S. Senate, and the President of the United States of the rightness of her cause. On May 27, 1973, after many years of intense lobbying, West Virginia Governor Arch Moore proclaimed the first state Grandparent's Day. After success on the state level, Mrs. McQuade turned her sights on Washington, working through Senators Robert Byrd and Jennings Randolph. Congress shifted the date to the first Sunday after Labor Day, to represent the "autumn of life". Finally, in September 1978, Marian McQuade received a phone call from the White House to inform her that President Jimmy Cater had signed Public Law 96-62. National Grandparent's Day had its first observance in September 1979 and continues to grow in popularity every year.

Grandparent's Day observances can take many forms. Some families use the day to teach the younger generation to cook, quilt, sew, dance, or any other family talent that they feel needs to be passed on. Other use the day as a yearly family reunion or get together. You could even use one year's observance to compile the family tree. Regardless of the activity choice, the idea is to honor grandparents and cultivate a bond between them and their grandchildren. You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a truly rewarding day.

Many think that Grandparent's Day was created by the floral industry or the greeting card companies. While this is clearly far from the truth, Grandparent's day is a perfect opportunity to send a card and a bouquet of flowers to the special matriarch or patriarch in your life.

Information courtesy of www.grandparents-day.com

Aug 17, 2012

Flowers in the Classroom

It goes without question flowers can being a bit of joy to everyone. To make learning joyful, Flowers in the Classroom is offering a variety of lesson plans with corresponding instructional videos all incorporating fresh-cut flowers.

Offering students hands-on experiences with flowers will not only inspire a love for fresh blooms but a love for learning as well.


This month teach students how to incorporate flowers into flowery prose. Tap into lesson plans adapted for grades K-4 and 5-8. The first lesson plan outlines how to create an acrostic poem using flower-themed words, appropriate for grades kindergarten through four.



A more advanced version of this lesson plan offers teachers and students the opportunity to create a diamante poem also using flower-themed words. This plan reinforces language structure while offering a creative format. Students and teachers can make copies of the poems to create a beautiful classroom anthology of poetry.

Article courtesy of flowerpossibilities.com

For more lessons, visit the Kids Corner at www.flowerpossibilities.com

Jul 31, 2012

The Power of Giving Flowers

Happy birthday, congratulations, thank you, I love you, thinking of you. Each day, millions of gifts are exchanged by people who want to send thoughtful regards to deserving friends and loved ones. According to research from Rutgers University, the presents we pick to convey our special messages say a lot about us.
Rutgers University researcher Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., director of the university's Human Emotions Lab, explored what the gifts we choose say about who we are and whether they affect how we are perceived. The research reveals that those who send flowers, in comparison to other gifts, are viewed as successful, caring and emotionally intelligent people. More specific findings include:

Both men and women who give flowers are perceived as happy, achieving, strong, capable and courageous people;
Men and women come across as more emotionally intelligent; they give the impression they can effectively express their feelings and take time to understand the feelings of others;
and Female floral gifters are viewed as more appreciative of beauty and nature.

"Our findings show that you can influence and change what people think of you in a significant way through the gifts you give," says Haviland-Jones. "That news is particularly important to those interested in enhancing friendships and romances, even business relationships."

Discovering the scientific power of flowers is not new to Haviland-Jones. Previous Rutgers University research conducted by her team found that flowers create instant delight and happiness, and increase enjoyment and life satisfaction. Specifically, upon receiving a gift of flowers, the female study participants responded with true smiles and reported positive moods that lasted for days. The presence of flowers also led to increased contact with family and
friends.

"Flowers have evolved to activate positive emotional responses from people," says Haviland-Jones. "Each bloom has the potential to put a smile on our face and sway our opinion of a friend, colleague or loved one. That's powerful."

M.J. Ryan, award-winning author of the Random Acts of Kindness book series and The Giving Heart, uses cutting-edge science to bring out the best in people. In her books, she teaches individuals how gratitude and generosity can result in greater happiness, health and feelings of human connectivity.

"Gift recipients experience compelling connections with givers, and the positive link is particularly evident in the exchange of flowers," says Ryan. "In my everyday work with individuals, CEOs and leadership teams at some of the world's top global companies, I see the powerful implications of gratitude and appreciation."

According to Ryan, a simple call to the florist can make a big impact beyond conventional gifting occasions. Some of her favorite, unexpected gifting opportunities include surprise recognition for a job well done; an "I miss you" gift for an out-of-town family member; and an advance "thanks for hosting us" gesture before visiting a friend's house.

"A successful person is not necessarily someone with a lot of money and material goods, but rather someone who is in tune with people and knows how to touch their hearts," says Ryan. "I can think of no other item besides flowers that evokes such positive feelings and perceptions for both the giver and the recipient."

Article courtesy of flowerpossibilities.com

May 15, 2012

Creative Contaniers...if it can hold water it can hold flowers!

Think about all of the unusual, unexpected and fun things you already have around the house that can hold water and interest. Here's a short list to get your creative ideas going:

Old watering cans, enamelware pitchers, cast iron kettles, antique coal hods and teapots make great bases for doorstep arrangements, country kitchens or baths.

Ready for a fun and creative project? Collect an assortment of plain bottles, vases or containers and decorate them with fabric, ribbons, paint, sequins or even gift wrap. Make each design unique, or come up with a special motif.

A row of champagne glasses with a large blossom in each make any dinner an elegant occasion. Soda bottles, wine bottles, mason jars or colored glass bottles are great for a more casual affair and are also attractive clustered on a coffee table.

Use bowls and shallow dishes for floating flower heads and add floating candles for a bright and shining effect.

Here's the great cover-up. Use flowers to hide unsightly flaws. A ding on your living room wall? Put a table in front and a container of flowers to mask it until you have the time to repair and paint. A water stain on your mahogany side table? Cover it with a container of your favorite cut stems.

The possibilities are as many and varied as there are flowers. Pick some flowers today for your local Texas flower shop.
Article courtesy of flowerpossibilities.com

May 02, 2012

Mother's Day-The Power of Giving Flowers

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Happy Mother's Day, Happy birthday, congratulations, thank you, I love you, thinking of you. Each day, millions of gifts are exchanged by people who want to send thoughtful regards to deserving friends and loved ones. According to research from Rutgers University, the presents we pick to convey our special messages say a lot about us.

Rutgers University researcher Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., director of the university's Human Emotions Lab, explored what the gifts we choose say about who we are and whether they affect how we are perceived. The research reveals that those who send flowers, in comparison to other gifts, are viewed as successful, caring and emotionally intelligent people. More specific findings include:

Both men and women who give flowers are perceived as happy, achieving, strong, capable and courageous people;
Men and women come across as more emotionally intelligent; they give the impression they can effectively express their feelings and take time to understand the feelings of others;
and Female floral gifters are viewed as more appreciative of beauty and nature.

"Our findings show that you can influence and change what people think of you in a significant way through the gifts you give," says Haviland-Jones. "That news is particularly important to those interested in enhancing friendships and romances, even business relationships."

Discovering the scientific power of flowers is not new to Haviland-Jones. Previous Rutgers University research conducted by her team found that flowers create instant delight and happiness, and increase enjoyment and life satisfaction. Specifically, upon receiving a gift of flowers, the female study participants responded with true smiles and reported positive moods that lasted for days. The presence of flowers also led to increased contact with family and
friends.

"Flowers have evolved to activate positive emotional responses from people," says Haviland-Jones. "Each bloom has the potential to put a smile on our face and sway our opinion of a friend, colleague or loved one. That's powerful."

M.J. Ryan, award-winning author of the Random Acts of Kindness book series and The Giving Heart, uses cutting-edge science to bring out the best in people. In her books, she teaches individuals how gratitude and generosity can result in greater happiness, health and feelings of human connectivity.

"Gift recipients experience compelling connections with givers, and the positive link is particularly evident in the exchange of flowers," says Ryan. "In my everyday work with individuals, CEOs and leadership teams at some of the world's top global companies, I see the powerful implications of gratitude and appreciation."

According to Ryan, a simple call to the florist can make a big impact beyond conventional gifting occasions. Some of her favorite, unexpected gifting opportunities include surprise recognition for a job well done; an "I miss you" gift for an out-of-town family member; and an advance "thanks for hosting us" gesture before visiting a friend's house.

"A successful person is not necessarily someone with a lot of money and material goods, but rather someone who is in tune with people and knows how to touch their hearts," says Ryan. "I can think of no other item besides flowers that evokes such positive feelings and perceptions for both the giver and the recipient." Article courtesy of Flowerpossibilities.com

Apr 17, 2012

Flowers, Plants & Workplace Productivity

In today's economy, it is more important than ever for businesses to gain the competitive edge. Constant fluctuations in unemployment, productivity, consumer confidence and other major economic factors make it imperative for businesses to implement the right strategies to stay ahead of their competition.

According to business experts, the key to gaining the competitive edge in the modern economy is easy to understand - a happy, productive workforce. And, while sometimes the easiest notions can be the most difficult to achieve, a recent scientific study conducted at Texas A&M University finds that nature can hold the secret to business success. The research demonstrates that workers' idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

"Our research shows that a change as simple as adding flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy," said Dr. Roger Ulrich, lead researcher on the project. "People's productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, improved - which in certain circumstances could mean the difference between mild and great business success."

Research Findings: Overall and Men vs. Women
In an eight-month study, the Texas A&M University research team explored the link between flowers and plants and workplace productivity. Participants performed creative problem solving tasks in a variety of common office environments, or conditions. The conditions included a workplace with flowers and plants, a setting with sculpture and an environment with no decorative embellishments.

During the study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants. In these surroundings, men who participated in the study generated 15% more ideas. And, while males generated a greater abundance of ideas, females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems when flowers and plants were present.

"We know the importance of learning, for example, how natural surroundings affect drivers, school children, and hospital patients," said Ulrich, who has conducted extensive research on the effects of environments on psychological well-being, stress and health. "To businesses, it should be equally as important to understand what features can improve performance at work and make employees more productive."

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Jan 13, 2012

Love Is In The Air!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love can be expressed in so many ways, and one of the most common ways is by giving flowers to your loved ones. Valentine's Day is a holiday that commemorates the love in our lives but the origin of this specific holiday actually dates back to a long time ago during the Ancient Roman Empire. Valentine was serving as a Roman Catholic priest, and he was also secretly performing marriage ceremonies for soldiers of the Roman Empire. During this time in history, marriage of any young soldier was illegal. Even though, Valentine knew he was breaking the law to marry young couples, he took the risk for love. Once he was revealed to have repeatedly broken the law, he was put in jail. While Valentine was there, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter. He wrote her a letter confessing his love to her, and he signed the letter 'From Your Valentine'. Sadly, on February 14, he was executed; thus, Valentine's Day is celebrated on this day every year to honor his devotion for love and to remember to celebrate the love in our own lives as well. Furthermore, giving flowers, whether a traditional one dozen red roses or an extraordinary box of orchids, is an excellent way to express your feelings on this special holiday.

Jan 03, 2012

Happy New Year!

White roses are a great floral choice for this time of the year. Since they symbolize new beginnings, they are great for the start of a new year. These classic flowers can be paired with many types of filler flowers, such as Queen Anne's Lace, baby's breath, and aster. Either as a single rose or an entire bouquet, this fresh look will help enhance any room's atmosphere. Celebrate 2012 with a room full of white roses!

Nov 16, 2011

The Bougainvillea Plant

These spectacular sub-tropical plants are favored in many countries around the world as ornamental garden plants. They thrive in warm climate areas in the garden, but can also be grown in cooler areas if a sunny, warm position is selected. Bougainvilleas do well in hanging baskets, where their long vines and flowers hang down.They prefer well-drained, fertile soil that is often dry. They love warmth and hate wet feet. Because the plants are drought tolerant, they are an ideal garden choice in a wide range of climates.

Oct 26, 2011

Happy Halloween

With the word 'Halloween', the first image that pops into most people's mind is a pumpkin. The perfect seasonal vegetable is used in so many ways. From a classic jack-o lantern to pumpkin pie, the uses are endless. If only there was a way to incorporate pumpkins in a floral arrangement, then that design would certainly raise the bar for seasonal decoration.


Actually, after a little bit of research, I have found that you can add pumpkins to any floral arrangement. Even though the pumpkin-on-a-stick is actually an ornamental eggplant, it looks like the perfect little pumpkin. With the addition of these little guys, any floral design can quickly become a conversation piece in an instant.

Sep 19, 2011

Fall...Football...Flowers!

Hike one! Hike two! Ready! Go! He's going, going. He scores! That team wins! Yay!
Football season is definitely here, and what a great way to add a special touch to any football party than by adding the colors of your favorite team in a floral arrangement. Since there are so many flowers that come in just about every color, this is a great idea for any team colors. For instance, chrysanthemums, gerber daisies, carnations, and roses are all great choices when playing with color options. All you need to do is simply choose your favorite team then choose the flowers that correspond to that team's colors. Your guests will appreciate the effort and beauty of the "team arrangement" it is another way guests in your home will see the passion and support for your team!!

Aug 03, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

If the dog days of summer have you howling for some refreshment, why not float some flowers? Daisy-shaped flowers, like gerberas and daisy chrysanthemums, float well on water. Whether a crystal bowl or mixing bowl, enjoying floating fresh flowers on your table or desk can refresh us through this hot summer month.

Aug 01, 2011

Flowers Freshen Up Any Room

During the hot summer months, most people stay inside to keep cool. One way to enjoy staying inside is to incorporate flowers in main rooms of your home. Since there are so many combinations of floral arrangements that can be done, sometimes it is hard to decide which flowers to put together. The flowers you choose should go along with the style of the room as well as the color scheme. For an elegant, classic style of a room with black and white color palette, a vase full of lilies, roses, and hydrangeas in soft pastel colors will enhance the room's splendor. For a bright room either from brightly painted walls such as yellow or from several windows that physically lighten up the room, vibrant flowers in red, orange, yellow, and fuchsia of the selection of gerbera daisies, goldenrod, Peruvian lilies, and chrysanthemums will boost the aesthetic of the room. Furthermore, rooms that have more muted colors such as browns and beiges can create a focal point by adding a vase of bold flowers, such as irises or sunflowers. Moreover, a room is not quite complete without an addition of flowers to freshen it up.

Apr 12, 2011

Fresh New Spring

Winter is finally over and springtime is here. I can't think of a better way to embrace this new season than by bringing in the home some of the first blooms of the year - bulbs! These flowers are the forbearers for the new season of spring. The bright airy colors of blues, pinks, yellows, and purples are just wonderful for the transition between winter and spring. Not only are they all quite pleasant to see, but also some of them are even fragrant. They are effortless to take care of as well. It makes sense that these flowers would be the perfect thing to put in the windowsill during a bit of spring-cleaning after the long winter season. Plus, when you open the windows to air the house out with fresh spring air, the smell of the flowers in the windowsill will spread throughout the home making the atmosphere really feel like spring is here! There are so many great bulbs to choose from. How can you decide which one to pick? Well, if you want a fragrant flower, you can never go wrong with any hyacinth. From whites to blues, this is a great spring flower. Also, daffodils, crocuses, and amaryllis would be lovely in any windowsill this time of the year. In addition, irises, grape hyacinths, and tulips are beautiful bulbs that help freshen any room. Whichever bulb you choose, I'm sure you will enjoy this fresh season of spring in your way.

Jan 27, 2011

Valentine's Day, Do it with Love!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you are having a hard time thinking up ideas on what to give your special someone. What would be perfect to show how much you really care about him or her? Flowers! Of course, this classic and forever loved by gift shows how much you care. Now the only question is: What kind should I buy? First, a dozen long-stemmed red roses make a good start. This is common yet beloved symbol of affection. However, if the person, you are trying to impress is a more flower savvy person, then maybe getting his or her favorite kind of flowers would be more personable and would show that you are paying attention to details. Some unusual yet beautiful flowers that you can buy as something different are sunflowers, tulips, and orchids. If you are planning to have a romantic dinner then get a sweetheart centerpiece for your table. These specific centerpieces are made for just a two-person table. You can pick her favorite colors in the centerpiece. Spray roses, mini carnations, and baby's breath make a good combination for this arrangement. Whatever combination you choose, do it with love! It is Valentine's Day after all!

Nov 12, 2010

Poinsettia Toxicity Myth

The poinsettia is the most widely tested consumer plant on the market today, proving the myth about the popular holiday plant to be false.


-Scientific research from The Ohio State University has proved the poinsettia to be non-toxic to both humans and pets. All parts of the plant were tested, including the leaves and sap.
-According to POISINDEX, the national information center for poison control centers, a child would have to ingest 500-600 leaves in order to exceed the experimental doses that found no toxicity.
-A study from the Children'sHospital in Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University found that out of 22,793 reported poinsettia exposures there was essentially no toxicity significance of any kind. The study used national data collected by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
-As with any non-food product, however, the poinsettia is not meant to be eaten and can cause varying degrees of discomfort; therefore, the plant should be kept out of the reach of young children and curious pets.

Nov 08, 2010

November Colors

November is here, and so is a new color palette. It can be stressful coming up with flower combinations and hoping everything goes together well with still going along with the current season in mind. Here is some help to put together a beautiful combination for fall. The color palette has a darker collection of hues overall for the fall especially for the wonderful month of November. Some of the main colors used during the fall range from red to yellow to purple all in dark tones. First, a deep red such as maroon is used in many flowers as in Dianthus, and heather. Moving onto the yellow flowers, two well-used flowers are sunflowers and goldenrod also knows as solidago. For the color purple, liatrus, coneflower, and aster are used in this color category. Many flowers come in a wide variety of colors. These are great for their versatility, and they allow you to pick out whatever color you would like to have. There is really no limit when it comes to these flowers, such as roses, chrysanthemums, lilies, gerbera daisies, calla lilies, and carnations. They honestly come in every color imaginable. If you go any of these, then you will never go wrong. Now that we have talked about flowers, the greenery comes next, which obviously adds another color into the design: green. This is added to frame the flowers in order to enhance what their beauty. It also gives you a little something extra to add to your arrangement. Some great greenery to use would be leather leaf (always popular), dusty miller, eucalyptus leaves, lemon grass, asparagus fern, and moss. There are countless more to choose from but this is just to name a few. It is the perfect time of year to add these colors to your home, office or to send as a gift. We've made it easy; this site will direct you to a professional TSFA Retail Florist in your area. Enjoy!

Nov 04, 2010

Poinsettia Care Do's and Don'ts

-Do place your plant in indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day. If direct sun can't be avoided, diffuse the light with a shade or sheer curtain.

-Do provide room temperatures between 68-70 degrees F. Generally speaking, if you are comfortable, so is your poinsettia.

-Do water your plant when the soil feels dry to the touch.

-Do use a florist sleeve when transporting it.

-Do fertilize your plant AFTER THE BLOOMING SEASON with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer.

-Don't place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat. Avoid placing plants near appliances, fireplaces or ventilationg ducts.

-Don't expose plants to temperatures below 50 degrees F. Poinsettias are sensitive to cold, so avoid placing them outside during the winter months.

-Don't overwater your plant, or allow it to sit in standing water. Always remove a plant from any decorative container before watering and allow the water to drain completely.

-Don't expose your plant to chillling winds when transporting it.

-Don't fertilize your plant when it is in bloom.

Nov 01, 2010

Thanksgiving and Flowers

Why send Thanksgiving flowers?

Thanksgiving is a holiday with a long history in North America. It is often associated with the Pilgrims of Massachusetts, but some claim the first Thanksgiving actually held on this continent took place in 1578 in Newfoundland, when English explorer Martin Frosbisher held a ceremony to give thanks for having survived his failed attempt at finding a northern passage to the Orient. After this first celebration, other variations on Thanksgiving occurred in locales across North America. Some were occasions for giving thanks, while others owed their origins to the harvest festivals that were common in Europe at the time. By the lat 1800's, Thanksgiving was enshrined as a national holiday in both Canada and the United States.

For most people food is the primary focus of this holiday. In fact, the imagery of Thanksgiving is filled with nature's bounty-gourds and squash, turkey and cranberries. Those images often translate to your home's decor in the form of centepieces and other decorative accents. Small gourds and pumpkins are often used to adorn the table. Parents of young children may also add a special craft made at school. Acorns and leaves are common ornaments. But, flowers are often overlooked as decorative elements for the harvest table. Flowers are associated closely with other holidays-think of the lily at Easter or the poinsettia at Christmas-but the notion of Thanksgiving flowers is not as commonplace. The vivid palette of colors that emerges in fall is ideal for a floral arrangement gift. There is no need to limit the gift to a centerpiece. Flower arrangements outside and in the common areas of your home add a welcoming touch that your guests will certainly appreciate on any day of the year.

Thanksgiving flowers, or fresh fall flowers, come in many varieties an colors, providing almost limitless options for arrangements. The combination of deep autumn reds, oranges and yellows can be found in traditional Thanksgiving flowers like chrysanthemums, sunflowers and gerberas. Others include carnations, solidago, monte casino and marigolds. But, you are not restricted to Thanksgiving flowers only. Roses and lilies are also available in fall colors and add a touch of classic beauty to any arrangement. And don't forget to accent your Thanksgiving flowers with other holiday touches-wheat, acorns, oak leaves, small gourds, corn cobs or even a pumpkin vase.

When choosing Thanksgiving flowers, keep these tips in mind:

  • You should use a round centerpiece for a round table and a long centerpiece for a rectangular table.
  • Add candles to your centerpiece to soften the mood.
  • If you have a large table, use a few small arrangements to complement the main centerpiece.

Many florists offer stunning wreaths made of Thanksgiving flowers and other fall accents for delivery. A wreath for your door provides a warm welcome to your home. Try Thanksgiving flowers or baskets as a hostess gift. Wheter it consists of a bouquet in a traditional vase, a glass hurricane and candle, a cascading cornucopia or a beautiful arrangement in fall colors, you will be received with great thanks.

Oct 21, 2010

Rainbow Roses

Rainbow roses, a unique and incredible new concept for roses. They will bring a smile to all that receive a beautiful bouquet. Order yours today from a professional TSFA member florist.

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Oct 19, 2010

Texas Flowers and Wine!

TSFA President Debbie Woltmann AAF TMFA featured her floral design skills at the State Fair of Texas in the Texas Dept. of Agriculture's Food and Fiber Pavilion. She created beautiful floral displays before a crowd of fairgoers. Woltmann paired flowers according to color, character and occasion with Texas wines. "The Texas State Florists' Association is honored to partner with the Texas Dept. of Agriculture in promotion Texas flowers and wine", Woltmann said. They are a natural fit. TSFA handed out flowers to those enjoying the presentation. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said "We all participate in agriculture at least three times a day-breakfast, lunch and dinner." For more information on Texas flowers, contact Richard De Los Santos, state marketing coordinator for horticulture with TDA, at (512) 463-7472. To learn more about pairing wine and flowers at home, contact TSFA President Debbie Woltmann at (979) 836-3566.

Aug 24, 2010

Bloom Where You're Planted. GO TEXAN.

Beautify your home with flowers and plants produced right here in the Lone Star State, Summer, fall, winter or spring-whatever the season, there's always a reason to bring home beautiful blooms and greenery to brighten your world with the natural beauty and color Texas has to offer. When it comes to selecting the hardies, greenest and healthiest plants for your home and garden, GO TEXAN. When you GO TEXAN and purchase Texas agricultural products, not only are you going home with some of the best homegrown products Texas has to offer-you're also doing your part to strengthen our state's economy by providing valuable financial support. Look for the GO TEXAN logo to spot plants grown in Texas, and show your Lone Star pride!

Jul 09, 2010

Words of Sympathy

Sometimes we have trouble putting our feelngs into words when we expierence the loss of a friend or loved one. Feel free to use these phrases and write what feels natural and comfortable to you. Your friend or loved one is going to appreciate that you are acknowledging their grief and honoring their loss.

Below are some card message suggestions to include on your floral enclosure card:

-Please accept these flowers and hear the words we are not able to speak.
-My thoughts and prayers are with you.
-Thinking of you in these difficult times.
-May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
-Our hearts are filed with sorrow.
-We're sharing your sorrow.
-With Deepest sympathy.
-In loving memory.
-With heartfelt condolences.
-Fondest remembrances.
-May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.
-Gone but not forgotten.
-May these flowers in some way help to express our heartfelt sympathy.
-Especially for you at this difficult time.
-Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
-With loving memories of "name of deceased."

Mar 24, 2010

Easter Lily Plants

Cat Lovers: According to the ASPCA, llies are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet bee indentified, it is clear that with even ingestions of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result. Texas State Florists' Assn. recommends keeping lilies out of the reach of cats. It is important to note that the lilies do not pose a problem for other pets or humans.

Mar 19, 2010

Spring Up with Fresh Flowers!

Whether in like a lion or a lamb, celebrate the longer and warming days with some indoor sunshine: fresh flowers!

Bright yellow gerbera daisies look like glowing suns in a florest green vase. Yellow alstromeria paired with white mini-carnations might remind you of a spring field coming into bloom. Yellow lilies can be combined with white chrysanthemums for another spring combination.

Call you local Texas florist for other spring floral ideas!

Courtesty of www.flowerpossibilities.com

Feb 03, 2010

History of The Valentines Day Rose

The rose is a representative of love in all forms. Roses became a popular Valentine's Day Flower in the 17th century. The popularity of a rose as a Valentine's Day flower stems from the belief that the red rose was the favorite flower of Venus-the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty, hence the rose is dubbed as the flower of love and passion. Valentine's Day is Sunday this year, so order early. Surprise her with a delivery at work on Friday!

Jan 10, 2010

Choosing a Local Florist

Welcome to Texas Local Florist.com.

This site is administered by the Texas State Florists' Association and is a tool to help you find a professional Texas florist that is also located in the city you are ordering from.

Steps you can take to choose a florist in your local town:

  • Check the home page and the "about us" pages for the physical address of the business.
  • Check the "contact us" page for a local telephone number. It should match or be in the same area that flowers are being delivered. If there is not a telephone number, be cautious.
  • Call the local number. If the phone is answered "Flower Shop" without including a name of the florist, ask who you have called. If they don't provide the name of the company you dialed, you may have reached an order gather or telemarketing firm.
  • Ask for the business' street address and directions to the shop. If they won't provide this information, consider calling a different florist.
  • Be aware that just because an ad or website name indicates "City Name Florist" it does not necessarily mean the company is located in that city.

The Texas State Florists' Association cares about the handling of floral orders in Texas. Make sure your florist is "local."

Jan 05, 2010

Tulips

Not Just for Spring, cut tulips are most abundant from about December through May, but they may be found year-round due to a new technology that sustains bulbs in cold to delay the extended availability.

Oct 21, 2009

Entertaining... Inviting new ideas

Cut flowers are lovely and fun way to greet guests at your front door. For a wonderful welcome sign, attach a basket of fresh flower to your door knocker, hang just a few stems with a beautiful bow, or fill some milk bottles with your favorite flowers and set them on the front steps.


Create a great first impression in your entrance hall or foyer with small bouquet in a crystal pitcher or an umbrella stand filled with a few dramatic long stems.


Sports on your linen napkins? A single or double stem placed over the spot makes a great "stain remover." Or use fresh napkin rings at your next summer barbicue. Simply bend the stem around the napkin, slip knot, and clip off the excess.


For the dining table, go for something intimate and intriguing. Put a single, short stem in a shot glass or individual mini-vase and set one at each place setting. What a great way to give every guest a fragrant favor to take home.


Printed with permission of flowerpossibilities.com

Sep 29, 2009

Two Texas Treasurers

Share the beauty of Texas-Grown Flowers and Texas Wines. Team up your favorite flower with your favorite wine.
Examples are:

Gerbera Daisies are nature's happiest flowers. They have met their match with Chenin Blanc, Texas' friendliest wine. The Gorgeous, sun seeking face of the Gerbera Daisy is understandably drawn to the Chenin Blanc. It's Bright, heavenly and it lights up a room.

Lily: The Lily doesn't mind company, but it's perfectly capable of standing on its own. It can blend with the colors of the garden or just hang around the house. If it were a wine, we're sure it would be the Sauvignon Blanc-pairing wonderfully with seafood and poultry, but perfect for quiet siping.

Two Texas Treasurers pairing part of the toast a rising star through the Texas Department of Agriculture's GO TEXAN program

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Sep 08, 2009

Homecoming Mum Time In the Big State of Texas

It's Homecoming time in the Big State of Texas where we love our mums big, bigger & biggest! A common phrase you will here when taking a Homecoming Mum order is "I want mine to be the biggest and best one there". Of course, we are more than happy to oblige.


Remember way back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's when girls proudly wore their mums to the Big Homecoming Game? Long ribbons in their school colors, a football trinket if the girl's date was on the football team, a megaphone if the girl was a cheerleader, the mascot name printed on a long streamer with gule & glitter? Remember when you used to slow dance at the Homecoming dance after the Big Game and the fresh mum would crush and start to shatter? A few things have changed since the good old days, but homecoming mums are still synonymous with Texas High School Football.


Texas Homecoming Mums are not as one dimensional as they once were. There are so many varieties and themes and they come in all shapes and sizes. The first Homecoming Mums were made around 1911 and until the early 70's were made of Fresh Chrysanthemums made similar to a corsage with long streamers, bells and charms in the students school colors. These days, mums are much larger and the fresh chrysanthemum has been replaced with a silk version. It is worn like a breastplate in the center of the chest with streamers, trinkets, stuffed animals and just about anything else you can imagine almost touching the ground.


Homecoming Mums used to be a gift from a boyfriend but today, someone might receive a mum from a friend, mom, dad or other relative. Mums can cost well over $100. if you are wanting to show your true school spirit. Some Homecoming Mums can weigh as much as 12 pounds! Designs change from year to year and the more original the better. Oh, and don't get caught wearing the same Mum two years in a row! Believe me, your friends will remember. If you want to re-decorate your last years Mum, be sure to give it a complete overhaul.


Homecoming Mums today, are made in many sizes. There are singles, doubles, triple-heart shaped, over the shoulder doubles, hat mums, finger mums, spirit sticks & spirit fans. There are also boutonnieres and Homecoming Garters for the guys. All specialized for many different groups. There are the traditional Football Mums, Cheer Mums, Band Mums, Senior Mums (usually all white), Drill Team Mums, Soccer Mums, Voleyball Mums, Basketball Mums and many more. The Arm Garters have become increasingly popular and what was once designed for the guys is becoming popular with the girls. The girls jut add more glitz and glitter to theirs to customize them to their liking.

Aug 26, 2009

Home Ecology Study

The Home Ecology study (conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital) found that participants liked viewing flowers in the kitchen first thing in the morning. Talented flower designer, Jill Slater provides a Flower Recipe and shows how to add flowers to the morning routine. Visit www.flowerwellness.com and click on the Home Ecology Study to see the entire study and beautiful floral recipes for your home. Below is a Kitchen Spice Recipe by Jill Slater to get you started:


Kitchen Spice

Materials:

-Filled spice jars and rack (Jill's spice rack included 18 jars)

-2 stems of following: red Gerbera daisies, red roses and red standard carnations

-Floral clippers and flower food/preservative


Directions:

Step 1-Empty 6 of the spice jars.

Step 2-Now fill the jars with the water that has been treated with flower foold/preservative and place them randomly throughout the rack.

Step3-Cut the flowers to the height of the jars-the flower bloom should sit on the rim of the jar. Now insert flowers in the jars.

-Step 4-Keep the jars filled with water, adding water/flower food solution as needed.

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Jul 15, 2009

Flower Care

Keep the vase full of fresh water. If possible, empty the water out daily and replace with fresh tap water. Also, remove each flower and cut 1"-2" off of each stem with a sharp knife then replace into the fresh water immediately. If lilies are included in your arrangement, as they open use a paper towel to remove the pollen so it does not fall onto the surface the flowers are place on.


Keep flowers in a cool spot away from any heating or air conditioning draft, direct sunlight or heat from televisions and appliances.


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Jul 06, 2009

Texas Florists to Deliver over 500 Arrangements to the Veterans Hospital in Dallas

Following the annual convention of the Texas State Florists' Association (TSFA), to be held July 24-26th, dozens of Texas florists will rearrange the many floral displays, place them in vases and then deliver over 500 bouquets and arrangements to the patients of the Dallas Veterans Hospital.


"We are so delighted to know that patients and the hospital staff at this amazing hospital will have an opportunity to enjoy the most magnificent floral arrangements our professional florist members can create" explains Pat Shirley-Becker AIFD TMFA, President of the Texas State Florists' Association. "This is part of the excitement of the convention every year, wherever it is held, that the 700 Texas florists who attend the convention annually, knows that their creations are not going to waste, but will have a glorious second life at local hospitals. For more information, telephone the Texas State Florists' Association at 800.375.0361.

Jun 16, 2009

Bromeliads

Species of Tillandsia are bromeliads found in the deserts, forests and mountains of Central and South America, Mexico and the southern United States. Thinner-leafed varieties tend to grow in rainy areas, while plants with thicker gray leaves can thrive in drier regions. These "airplants" use specialized cells called trichomes to prevent water loss and gather nutrients from the dust, decaying leaves, insect matter and other falling debris. Traveling across the Americas, you can spot Tillandsia species growing on trees, rocks and cliffs.

May 08, 2009

Traffic Lights of the Plant World

Drivers who follow green, yellow and red traffic light cues are more successful than those who don't. Some plants cue their pollinators with a similar strategy: a part of the flower, or even the whole flower, changes color as a result of being pollinated. From a distance, bees notice a plant's differently colored blossoms and quickly learn to visit flowes that are brimming with nectar and pollen and spurn others that have run out of rewards. Like paint-by-number, this pollinate-by-color strategy gets the job done more efficiently, helping plants to make seeds and bees to gather food. The strategy is successful, for at least 393 plant species across 78 different plant familieis that are known to provide color cues.


Get your colorful plant from a professional Texas State Florists' Association member listed on this site.

Apr 22, 2009

Movers and Shakers

Plants can't get up and walk--but they do move. Many plants have a built in clock, and their flowers open and close on a daily schedule. Others move in response to a stimulus such as light or touch. The sweetly scented moonflower vine works the night shift, relying on moths to pollinate flowers. Some flowers close on a rainy day or when temperatures plummet or spike. Plant leaves, too, fold and unfold, on a daily schedule or sometimes in defense.


Purchase your plants from your local professional flower shop!

Mar 26, 2009

Roots With a View

In a rainforest ecosystem, water is not limiting, but sunlight and space are scarce commodities. Some plants avoid the crowd on the forest floor and opt for a high-rise residence on tree limbs where their specialized abilities give them an advantage. Plants that grow directly on other plants but are not parasitic are called epiphytes.


Epiphytes produce their own food using photosynthesis, as do other green plants. Some have specialized roots for dangling in the air; others lack roots and absorb moisture and minerals through specialized cells called trichomes. Orchids, ferns and bromeliads, including Spanish moss, are common tropical or subtropical peiphytes.


Call your local TSFA Professional Florist to order beautiful Orchids, ferns and bromeliads!

Mar 10, 2009

Are There Ants In Your Plants?

Like carnivorus plants, so-called "ant plants," or myrmecophytes, have found a unique way to get an edge in a competitive world. In nutrient-poor habitats, these plants welcome ant colonies by providing housing in swollen tuber-like stems. In return, the ants provide them with a nitrogen-rich nutrient source. Where plants are plaqued by aphids or other plant-eating insects, some plants speicies offer resident ants a "defense contract" in the form of food for services. The ants chew on overgrowing vines and attack feeding insects and other herbivores, and the plants pay the ants in nectar or bits of protein called Beltian bodies. No matter what the details, these "mutualistic" relationships benefit both ant and plant.

Feb 04, 2009

Meanings: Colors of Roses

A rose is a traditional flower given on Valentine's Day. It conveys the many emotions and holds meanings based on the color. Below is the meaning of different colors of roses to help you choose the one that gives the perfect expression of your feelings.

Red Roses: Red roses are the most popular Valentines Day flower. The color red stands for eternal love, passion, courage and respect. Symbolically a red rose conveys romantic love and enduring passion. At times, red roses are also used to convey non-romantic messages such as "Congratulations" or "Job Well Done".

White Roses: Pure white roses are symbolic of purity, turth, innocence, reverence and silence. These roses are used to convey "I Miss You' or "Your're Heavenly".

Yellow Roses: Yellow roses symbolize friendship, celebration, joy, hope, freedom and also jealousy. But on the occasion of Valentine's Day these are used to convey "Let's Be Friends". Yellow roses may also be used to say "I Care", "Welcome Back", "Get Well" and "Remember Me".

Pink Roses: Pink roses are quite popular as Valentine's Day flowers as these convey the feeling of "Thank You", "You're So Kind" and "I Love You" in a way that can be considered either romantic or friendly. Generally speaking, pink roses symbolize admiration, gentleness and sweetness and are associated with friendship and marriage.

Peach Roses: On Valentine's Day, peach roses convey a message of desire and excitement. At other times, peach roses symbolize admiration, gentleness and sweetness and are associated with friendship and marriage.

Lilac Roses: These depict the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient.

Coral Roses: Coral roses express desire with their passionate color.

Orange Roses: Orange roses communicate enthusiasm and desire of the sender for the recipient.

Combination of Roses: Some people like to give a combination of colors that convey several different emotions.

Red & Yellow Roses: A bouquet of red & yellow roses conveys a message of happiness and celebrations.

Red & White Roses: A combination of red & white roses indicates bonding and harmony. It helps convey the message of "Together we Stand".

Yellow & Orange Roses: This combination is used to say, "I am passionate about you".


Find your local florist here, telephone and place your order for Valentine's today!

Jan 06, 2009

Rose Fragrance is a Key to Sweet Dreams

It seems that women who were exposed to the smell of roses had pleasant emotions, whereas those who were exposed to the bad smell of rotten eggs experienced the opposite while sleeping. In women who weren't exposed to any of the scents, no difference was found.


Researchers now believe that the findings may show the way to aid people who suffer from nightmares. Their study has been presented at the 2008 American academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting, held in Chicago.


Studies carried out in the past have shown factors like sound and pressure of vibration have an impact on dreams.


Enjoy the scent of roses! Here's hoping it leads you to pleasant dreams.

Dec 05, 2008

Commissioner Staples Celebrates Texas-Grown Poinsettias and Christmas Trees with Donation To Ronald McDonald House

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples marked the start of the Christmas holiday season at the Ronald McDonald House of Austin where Texas growers donated poinsettias and Christmas trees. "The Ronald McDonald House of Austin provides a loving home-away-from home to families whose children are faced with critical injuries or life-threatening illnesses," Commissioner Staples said. "We hope these freshly cut Texas Christmas trees and poinsettias will make this house feel more like home to these families".


At the event, Commissioner Staples encouraged Texans to take advantage of the Lone Star State's Poinsettias.

Oct 10, 2008

Floral Arrangement & Plant Care Tips

Continue to enjoy your fresh cut flower arrangement after purchase by:

-Checking the water level as soon as possible.

-Change the water in a vase arrangement on the second day and continue with this care tip throughout the life of your arrangement. If your arrangement is in foam, add water until foam is completely soaked.

-Place in a cool location, out of sunlight, drafts and off TV sets.


To Care for flowers that are not arranged:

-Remove all foliage from the stems below the water line, then re-cut each stem diagonally, and place in luke warm water.


To care for your Texas Grown green plant:

-The plant prefers moderate temperatures.

-Fertilize following directions on houseplant fertilizers.

-Water when plant's soil is dry to the touch.

-Remember to remove decorative containers before watering-this will allow the plant to drain.

-Light is essential for healthy plants, however, protect from direct sunlight.

Questions: contact your local professional florist.