Celebrate & Remember Moms with Local Flowers

Here’s a little roundup of some flower-themed ideas to celebrate and remember your mom, mother-in-law or other special ladies in your life: Flowers from your garden Nothing tops a vase full of freshly picked flowers from your own garden. I try to bring my mom a bucket of flowers every time we visit and for Mother’s Day and I always try to make her something extra special. This year, I hope to take her a giant bouquet of lilacs, which are one of her favorite flowers. The window when lilacs bloom always seems so short and fleeting, which makes these fragrant flowers feel that much more meaningful. One of my happiest memories as a young mom was getting wild, weedy bouquets that my kids picked just for me each Mother’s Day. Their adorable creations were usually a mix of too short dandelions, some weeds from the lawn and inevitably some of my prized flowers that were supposed to be off limits. The look of pride on their little faces when they brought me their sweet posies is something I’ll never forget.  A bouquet or flower subscription from a local flower grower If you don’t have a lot of flowers in your garden or if more than a few miles separate you from your mom, consider connecting with a local flower farm or floral designer in her area who specializes in seasonal blooms. A great place to find local flowers is via Floret’s Farmer-Florist Collective our online directory and map that now includes more than 1,000 members! Many flower farms offer a bouquet subscription program, which is a wonderful way to shower your mom with flowers not just on Mother’s Day, but all summer long. Similar to a community supported agriculture (CSA) program offered by vegetable farmers, flower subscriptions provide a weekly “share” of the harvest. Subscriptions are typically weekly mixed bouquets. The rates and dates vary from farm to farm. For example, Arcola Trail Flower Farm  in Stillwater, Minnesota offers 10 week subscriptions, while Blühen Acres in Nichols, New York offers 4 and 6 week subscriptions. Here are a few more bouquet subscription examples: Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, California offers single and double subscriptions of local, organic flowers as part of their bouquet CSA. Throughout the month of May, Wild Roots in Danville, Kentucky offers weekly bouquets of spring blooms including tulips, ranunculus and anemones.   In Eugene, Oregon Petal Pink Flower Farm offers a summer bouquet subscription that begins in July and runs for eight weeks. Each subscription comes with a printable gift certificate that you can give on Mother’s Day.  Forage + Design in Calgary, Canada offers three bouquet share options: a 4 week option that includes a bouquet every other week or a weekly bouquet for 8 or 12 weeks. Their bouquet shares run from mid-late June through the end of September. Flower-themed gifts Seeds and garden supplies are another great gift option. Over in the Floret Shop, we are offering two great Mother’s Day specials. Flower events & experiences Another idea that is gaining in popularity is local build your own bouquet “bars” and arranging classes with seasonal flowers. Many Floret Workshop alumni […]

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Gift Ideas for Bloggers

What gifts can you give to your blogging friends? What gifts would you like to receive? This gift wish list has essential items we bloggers need including many free things like plug-ins or tools. But it also includes splurge items bloggers don’t know they need until they get them. Leave a comment telling me what’s on your gift list for you and your blogging friends. Free Gifts for Bloggers 1. Gift your time. Make a recommendation to new bloggers or help them out. You could offer to help them set up their Facebook page or give them tips on how to get started on Twitter. Or if you’re clever with the techie stuff you could help install some plug-ins. If you’re time poor? It doesn’t take long to send someone an email saying: “Hey, I noticed you’re not on Twitter yet. I think you’d connect with some great people there. There are some great Twitter tips here to help you get started. Happy *insert celebration name here*!” I regularly recommend these to new bloggers: Twitter Facebook Google Analytics MailChimp – To manage your email subscribers. It’s currently free up for lists with up to 2,000 subscribers which should be enough for new bloggers then there’s a monthly charge after that. – A social media management tool that let’s you manage Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn from one dashboard. I love it, I use the pro version which saves me huge amounts of time for only $9.99 a month. Gmail – Get all your emails forwarded to one place and stored online so you never lose them free. Rapportive – It’s a free add-on to your Gmail account which shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox so you can immediately connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more. Dropbox – Free automatic storage of all your file. Use it all the time! Evernote – Saves your ideas and allows you to input or access them from your computer and most mobile devices. 2. Free eBooks It’s the thought that counts. Just email them the book as a small gift with a message: “I thought you might like this eBook. Happy *insert celebration name here*!” Create Compelling Content Successfully: Click here to get the free report.  Blog Writing Magic Click here to get your free “Blog Writing Magic” eBook. It’s the thought that counts. Just email them the book as a small gift with a message or some beautiful love quotes. Essential Gifts for Bloggers 3. Web Hosting – Boring but essential. 4. Kindle  – My favorite since they first came out! 5. iPad or Surface Tablet –I have the Surface and it is brilliant for reading books, listening to podcasts and working on. I love taking notes on it then I can just copy and paste them into a draft blog post and share them fast. This has to be the best gift ever for bloggers who don’t already have one. 6. Web custom theme – Like Thesis, Headway, Genesis. We use the Genesis Theme for WordPress on this blog. 7. Books Two suggestions: Uncertainty by  Jonathan Fields which […]

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Flower Spotlight: Calla Lily

This month, we’re putting the spotlight on the calla lily! This gorgeous flower has become a staple of wedding season, but it’s a beautiful choice for any occasion. Origins Calla lilies are native to regions near South Africa. They are able to grow in water, and can even survive frost. The name ‘Calla Lily’ comes from the Greek word for beauty. They have come to be an extremely popular choice for weddings, but are also a great flower for any occasion that involves major transitions or starting over. Facts Calla lilies aren’t actually lilies! They were mistakenly named in the 18th century by a Swedish botanist, but the error was realized shortly after. It was too late— the name calla lily had already stuck! Extremely popular by the 20th century, they became a fixture in American art, especially in the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. She painted several famous works depicting a close-up view of the flowers. Colors and their meanings Most commonly, calla lilies are white, but they can also come in a wide assortment of colors. The colored versions are called mini calla lilies. White – purity, innocence Pink – admiration, appreciation Purple – passion Yellow – gratitude Black – elegance, mystery With so many varieties of calla lilies available, you’re certain to find them a great choice to send for any occasion.

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