Spook Them with Flowers: The Best Flower Gifts for Halloween

Flowers are not the only items your local flower shop stocks for Halloween. There is an entire range of seasonal and Halloween-inspired vases, accessories and planters that make perfect Halloween gifts. We assembled a list of a few options that may be available at your local flower shop.

Halloween Themed Vases

There are a wide range of seasonal and Halloween-inspired vases available during the months leading up to Halloween. You may find containers and vases that are in the shape of normal skulls or even the Day of the Dead or Sugar skulls. There are pumpkin-shaped vases in different sizes available at almost every flower shop. Seasonal containers and vases are some of the most sought-after Halloween and fall gifts for gardeners and plant connoisseurs.

Halloween Gift Baskets

What’s better than a gift basket? An ornate gift basket decorated with flowers and Halloween accessories makes a gift basket eye-catching and magnificent. The basket will accommodate Halloween treats along with a small vase or a planter to hold the seasonal flowers and greenery. Including a wine bottle with your gift basket will be the icing on the cake for wine lovers. Hiding an unexpected gift in the basket as a surprise will be an absolute delight for the recipient.

Halloween Bouquets

Bouquets with spooky or ghostly flower arrangements are in demand during Halloween. This is a safe Halloween gift for adults you may not know well or who may not enjoy the typical Halloween treats. One can never go wrong with a bouquet if the flower arrangement is appropriate for the occasion.

There are multiple options available. You can choose an orange flower bouquet that matches the color of the pumpkin, or you can select dark-hued flowers to make it look spooky. Florists often offer themed flower arrangements for Halloween that may be ghostly, spooky, monster-themed, etc.

For those who may not be as into the spooky side of the holiday, there are quite a few autumn-themed flower arrangements available. As old fashioned as it might seem, bringing a bouquet and a bottle of wine is still one of the classiest ways to turn up to a party.

Flower Tiaras or Crowns

Again, a classic gifting option. A tiara or crown made with fresh, autumn flowers is a delightful gift, especially if you have nieces, daughters, cousins, etc. who are still girls or young women. A flower crown is like a page from a storybook come alive.

There are no real rules when it comes to flower crowns and arrangements for Halloween. You can opt for orange and rust-colored flowers to match the color of the pumpkin or flowers with a gothic feel like black roses or purple tulips. Flower crowns and tiaras can also come in handy for quite a few trick-or-treating costumes.

Lightweight Halloween Containers and Vases

Containers and vases that are lightweight and durable are the perfect gift for flower-loving people who have kids or pets. Ask your local florist to suggest containers and vases made of materials that are lightweight, easy to clean and almost unbreakable.

If someone loves flowers but may live in a home where containers and vases could get broken, the newer container designs made of sturdy materials often look as good as their breakable counterparts without being as delicate or easily broken.

Planters

How many people have you seen gifting planters to one another on Halloween? Even though there are multiple options available, it’s still one of the unique options when it comes to Halloween gifts.

If someone is hosting a Halloween party, the gift of a Halloween planter with some seasonal stems will make you stand out. Other than the usual skull-shaped and pumpkin-shaped planters, there are options available in a plethora of other spooky designs. Useful, aesthetically pleasing and occasion-appropriate, a Halloween planter makes a fun and easy gift.

If you are hosting a Halloween party, a small planter with fresh, seasonal flowers is a memorable gift for guests.

Halloween Plants

For people who want to give a gift that is more lasting, plants are a wonderful option. For Halloween, the plant’s container can reflect the spirit of the spooky holiday.

Air plants are increasingly popular for many occasions, so consider an air plant in a Halloween container. It will not require much care and will add a splash of color and life to any home for this season and beyond.

Some plants have a naturally spooky appearance. Availability of certain plants may vary according to where you live and what the environment in the home is like. Consult with your local florist to select the appropriate plant. You will be glad you did as plants in the home can help maintain the oxygen and humidity levels, reduce toxins in the air and lift your mood. What could be a better gift for Halloween or any other festive occasion?

The Right Flowers for Halloween

For a flower with a true Halloween spirit and hue, look no further than the chrysanthemum. They really capture the spirit of the holiday. The potted variety will last throughout the season as it is their time to bloom.

Chrysanthemums are available in many colors and sizes. The spider mums are an absolute hit for a Halloween flower arrangement. Put in a few roses and carnations, and you’ve got yourself a unique spooky-looking Halloween gift.

Monochrome blooms are another hit during Halloween. Agonis, dendrobium, and sorghum, an arrangement of all white flowers, gives a nostalgic feel to your party decorations. If your theme for this year’s Halloween party is Hollywood or Broadway of yesteryears, monochrome is the way to go.

Orange Roses are one of the obvious favorites for Halloween flower decorations. They match well with pumpkin decorations and also provide a pleasing contrast to the other Halloween flowers.

If goth culture and vampires fascinate you and might even influence your party theme or Halloween mood, dark and vibrant dahlias can bring your Halloween flowers into focus.

No matter what kind of Halloween flowers or gifts you favor, our florists at Flowerama of Springfield serving areas around Springfield, MO can create designs to capture your unique, Halloween style and make you smile.

What to do with Flowers After the Funeral

When it comes to sympathy flowers, you might be left with an abundance of them after the funeral. Facing the loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult things we must endure. Going through that loss is intense, and many emotions may surface. The presence of flowers decaying is often not conducive to the healing process.

For some, throwing away sympathy arrangements and funeral flowers can almost make you feel as if you are losing your loved one all over again. The thought of losing anything might be too much during such a sad time.

Preserving those flowers and making them into something different to celebrate your loved one or a memento that you can cherish and hold onto can help you alleviate some grief. The activity itself gives you some time away from your thoughts and something to concentrate on that is relaxing and not stressful. Also, this way, you will not have to go through the act of discarding those once-beautiful flowers.

Before we begin sharing ideas for projects involving preserved funeral flowers, we want to mention a necessary piece of advice is to never freeze flowers. If you try to freeze them, they will turn to mush once they defrost and need to be discarded.

However, if you keep those flowers away from the freezer and only use the correct appliances, preserving them is pretty easy!

Dried Petal Potpourri

Potpourri is best accomplished by drying the flowers. There are several ways to do this, the easiest being laying the flowers out on paper towels and turning them once a day. You can also hang the flowers upside down. Keep them in a warm place with good air circulation.

For a quick method, you can place the flowers on a sheet with parchment paper and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for two hours.

To strengthen the scent of your potpourri, you can also visit a craft store to purchase fixatives, and you can even add a few drops of essential oils.

Floral Forget-Me-Not Bath Salts

If potpourri isn’t your thing, but you like the idea of dried flowers, you can also make some floral bath salts. Simply add the dried flowers to some dead sea salt and Epsom salt and add some essential oil of your choosing, and you will have luxurious floral bath salts. If you worry about the floral material clogging the drain, you can always purchase muslin tea bags to fill with your bath salt ingredients.

Pressed Flower Frames, Bookmarks, Candles and Christmas Ornaments

Pressing flowers is as easy as set it and forget it if you choose the old-fashioned method. You can simply take the flower, place it on a piece of paper, cover it with a separate piece of paper then take a heavy book and place it on top to finish the pressing process. This may take patience as it can take seven to ten days for the flower to dry out completely. Don’t peek at your petals until that amount of time has elapsed.

For who are those less patient, you can also accomplish having pressed flowers by microwaving them. You will set the flowers in between sheets parchment paper, and instead of a book, you will place a plate on top. Nuke them for 30 seconds at a time until you are satisfied with the result.

Once you have your pressed flowers, there are many keepsakes you can create with acrylic matte medium from a craft store. You can brush the medium onto the outside of candles, on a bookmark, a Christmas ornament or inside a frame to adhere your pressed flowers to as decoration and a lovely, lasting memory.

These are just a few things you can do with funeral and sympathy flowers. If you do not wish to do any DIY activities with the flowers, you can always seek out a company to either preserve the flowers or make jewelry and other keepsakes for you.

It is also perfectly acceptable to not want reminders. People handle loss in different ways, and whatever you want to do to facilitate your own grieving process is okay. If you do not wish to have any reminders of your loss in the form of repurposed funeral flowers, an option is to offer them to others.

You may have friends and relatives of the deceased who would want some of the flowers, or you can even contact some non-profits to inquire about donating the flowers. If they are still reasonably fresh, there are many ways to use them to bring happiness to others in times of need. There may be other uses for them once they are decaying by companies that use them for composting.

If you would like to discuss flowers for any occasion or purpose, our dedicated floral experts at Flowerama of Springfield serving areas around Springfield, MO,are always glad to help!

What Flowers are Edible for People and Pets?

Blueberry scones and buttercup flowers

Flowers mingling with food may seem like a recent trend, but human beings have been enjoying edible flowers since as early as the first recorded mention in 140 B.C. Flowers in cuisine spanned the ages and coincided with many different cultures.

Ancient Greeks and Romans feasted on flowers. Queen Victoria was a big fan of flowers as a part of her meals. Chinese, Indians and South American cultures all use flowers in teas and cuisine. Some flowers add flavor and others have purported medicinal properties.

It’s important not to be fickle about flowers. Some flowers are deadly. When in doubt, leave it out. For safety’s sake, we made a list of popular petals for your palate.

It is important to note that flowers you plan to eat must not have had chemicals or pesticides on any part of the plant. Many flowers growing on the side of the road have been sprayed with pesticides and are not safe to eat.

When using flowers, keep the recipe simple, so other flavors do not overwhelm the flavor of the flowers. Clean flowers by gently washing them in a bowl of cold water. Set them on a paper towel to dry. They can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container with a damp paper towel. They will last a week stored this way.

Since many people enjoy sharing a snack with a beloved pet, we are adding in some info about pet-friendly petals.

Edible Flowers for People

Borage

The borage plant has vibrant blue flowers that some say taste like cucumber. Used in salads since the Elizabethan Age, borage flowers are beautiful and delicious in cocktails. The greens of this plant are also edible and can be eaten in salads or even cooked and used in place of spinach.

Carnations

In floral arrangements, carnations are beautiful but not appropriate for a snack due to the chemicals. However, if grown organically and free of pesticides and chemicals, carnations’ delicate petals have a sweet taste.

The base of the flower is bitter, so cut the petals away from it. The petals can be used in desserts, candy, salads and wine. The petals have been used to make Chartreuse, a French liqueur, since the 17th century.

Roses

The versatility of roses is boundless, even in the kitchen. The flavors vary, depending on the type of rose and growing conditions. Flavors are often subtle, fruity and compared to strawberries or green apples yet distinctly floral. As tasty as the sweet fragrance would have one imagine.

All roses are edible and can be used in soups, salads, desserts, teas, ice creams, syrups, jellies, butters and sweet spreads. There is a portion of the petals that has a bitter taste and white color. Remove this part before using it in recipes.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus flowers are popular for their tropical appearance, and good looks aside, they are also edible. Hibiscus petals taste a bit like cranberry with citrus notes. The petals can be used in salads as a garnish. When used in cooking, the petals tend to stain foods bright red.

Hibiscus is well-known used as a tea. Unlike some flowers that seem destined only for dessert, hibiscus flowers are versatile enough to be in all kinds of dishes, especially in Latin American cuisine. These flowers are also great for cocktails. If you drop fresh hibiscus buds in a glass of alcohol, they will bloom.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums vary in color and taste. Their taste is comparable to cauliflower. Petals can be used in salads. The leaves can be used in vinegar, salad seasoning. The young stems and leaves can be used in stir-fries and are popular in Asian cooking. Remove the bitter flower base before using in dishes.

Dandelions

Dandelions are not always appreciated, but every part of the plant is edible. The greens can be cooked into savory dishes or eaten raw in salads. The flowers are often made into wine and can even be made used in ice cream.

Peonies

Known for being plump, popular wedding florals, peonies are edible. The petals can be lightly steamed and sweetened. In China, peonies are medicinal, and the dried peony root is sold as Bai Shao. They are reported to have many medicinal uses for treating a variety of health concerns ranging from gout, cough, PMS, hepatitis and epilepsy to name a few.

Sunflowers

The same way the sun sustains life by giving warmth, sunflowers give life because all parts of the plant are edible. Young sunflowers can be steamed and cooked like artichokes before they open fully. Once open, the petals have a bit more of a bittersweet taste but can add color to recipes.

Sunflower seeds are a favorite of many people and even animals, and sunflower sprouts are very nutritious microgreens.

Violets

Like many other flowers, violets have a sweet, floral taste. They complement salads, desserts and drinks. They come in many beautiful colors. The flowers add a unique appearance to whatever dish they decorate, and they can be crystallized. The leaves are edible and very savory when cooked like spinach.

Pet-Friendly Petals

Before snacking with a pet, make sure the flower is safe and free from chemicals and pesticides. Some pets may be able to have some of a few flower petals or pieces of petals, but it is always best to consult a veterinarian before feeding them something new. Always feed any treat beyond the normal diet in moderation.

Hibiscus, roses and sunflowers are flowers that can be eaten and enjoyed by rabbits, birds and bearded dragons. Birds also eat dandelions, carnations and violets. Some flowers that are safe for dogs and cats to eat are roses and sunflowers. Chickens also love to eat sunflowers.

The best plant on our list for pets may be dandelion greens. Good for all the pets we mentioned, dandelion greens are high in potassium, and they are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain folate, vitamin E and small amounts of other B vitamins.

Animals are like small children. They explore the world and the many things in it by putting it in their mouths and sometimes eating it. Dogs and cats may also eat your plants out of boredom. Even non-toxic plants can sometimes cause stomach upset or even make your pet throw up.

With dogs and cats, you can try to prevent them from chewing your plants by making a safe spray that will repel them. Both animals are extremely sensitive to smells. Vinegar sprayed on or cinnamon mixed with pepper sprinkled around your plants may make your dog “paws”.

For cats, they despise the smell of citrus, so a lemon peel or two may do the trick. However, concentrated citrus oils and many other essential oils may be toxic, so do not use without veterinarian approval. Cats also loathe cayenne pepper, so sprinkling it around your plants is a safe alternative.

For the exotic pets like bearded dragons, tortoises, birds and rabbits, simply keep these animals away from any flowers or plants you don’t want them to eat, especially those that are not already known to be safe. These smaller animals have more severe reactions to anything toxic compared to dogs and cats.

It is always best to err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to the health of your pet. Know what flowers and plants are in your pet’s environment. Remove any that are not known to be non-toxic. A pet consuming the wrong plant is a quick accident that can have a lasting and devastating conclusion.

Our florists at Flowerama of Springfield serving areas around Springfield, MO,care about pets. Let us know if you or the intended recipient have pets and what kind of pets, so we can substitute certain flowers or plants with safer alternatives.

Care Tips for Endless Summer Hydrangeas

You remember the days. You wished summer would never end. Although we can’t wave a magic wand and make summer endless, we can help you make the feelings of summer last by equipping you with care and handling tips for the Endless Summer hydrangea.

Hydrangeas are well embraced in many capacities. They gravitate to the ever-so-popular farmer’s style bouquets but are also manipulated to create unique designs. These treasured florals can be found in cut bouquets in homes everywhere, but they can also be planted.

If you have the urge to exercise your green thumb this summer, boy, do we have the hydrangea for you. The Endless Summer hydrangea is here to stay, and we will tell you why.

What is the Endless Summer Hydrangea?

Is there a difference between a hydrangea and the Endless Summer hydrangea? In short, yes, there is a difference, but the difference is found in how the plant blooms. This popular breed blooms repeatedly summer through fall. Their growth is based on the current and past year’s wood. The Endless Summer hydrangea is truly a breakthrough for the breed as it can withstand even the harshest winter climates.

View an Endless Summer hydrangea here.

What Do I Do with My Endless Summer Hydrangea?

If you are committed to planting the Endless Summer hydrangea but don’t know where to start when it comes to caring for it, we are here to help.

Planting this brilliant blooming plant can add color and vibrancy to a home’s landscape. This shrub can reach upwards of 5 feet tall, and it produces blue or pink blooms. The flowers’ color is determined by the PH of the soil it is planted in. Blue is produced in a PH of 5.0 to 5,8, and a faded lilac color (pink) is revealed at a PH of 5.9 to 6.4. There are PH tests that can be done to ensure you get the desired color.

If your Endless Summer hydrangea is in well-draining, moist soil with partial shade, you are bound to see the best results. However, it is important to know how to properly care for them after they are planted and blooming.

How Do I Care for My Endless Summer Hydrangea?

Decide on a location. You’ll want these beauties to be proudly displayed but in the safest way. Choose a place where they can thrive in the desired partial shade to full sunlight. The most comfortable location, where they can still be seen, is under a tree or as an accent at the border of a home.

The Endless Summer hydrangea should be housed in a pot that drains well or in garden soil. The roots should be completely packed and covered by the soil. It is important to fertilize these hydrangeas in the spring before the new growth begins.

To check if your hydrangea’s soil is properly watered and not soggy, insert your finger approximately an inch into the dirt it is planted in. If it is dry, water it some more. Often, hydrangeas in a pot will need a little extra water and T.L.C.

In the fall, after the Endless Summer hydrangea is done blooming, cut their stems back to their healthiest buds for a fresh start. Remove any dead or damaged stems in the springtime before the Endless Summer hydrangea starts to bloom again.

The only insects you may have to worry about with the Endless Summer hydrangea are aphids. Spray them once a week with insecticidal soap if you notice these critters. Continue this weekly spraying until the pests are gone.

Why are Your Hydrangeas NOT Blooming?

There are several reasons why your Endless Summer hydrangea wouldn’t be blooming. Just like other plants and flowers, it all boils down to proper care and handling. Knowing the above information will help prevent the issue of an Endless Summer hydrangea not blooming.

It is important to never neglect your plants but overdoing the care can also cause harm. Balance and proper knowledge are key.

Overwatering can cause your Endless Summer hydrangea to have fewer blooms. This can be avoided by only watering when the soil is dry. This means you need to be extra attentive to your blooms’ wellbeing, especially when the temperatures are extra hot.

Too much fertilizer could also prevent your Endless Summer hydrangea from blooming. Your hydrangea’s leaves will look large and extra green when you overuse fertilizer, but your blooms will become fewer and fewer. You should only fertilize this shrub once in the spring or early summer with the recommended amounts for best-blooming flowers.

Nothing is quite as frustrating as getting your hair cut, and it is too short. It is a feeling of instant regret because the process of growing it back feels like forever. The same can pertain to why your hydrangea may not be blooming. Cutting too much off will result in fewer blooms. If you are looking to shape the plant, it is best to do it when the plant is dormant. Refrain from cutting more than 12 inches from the ground though, as it can also cause damage.

Depending on your geographic location, a very harsh winter could stop your hydrangea from blooming. One way to prevent your blooms from suffering and having to recover through the growing season is by covering its crown with mulch during the winter and removing the mulch in the spring when the extreme weather has passed.

Just like with everything in life, the better care you give (and receive) the better it will thrive. Our team of florists at Flowerama of Springfield serving locations in and around Springfield, MO, are here to help answer any questions you may have about your plants or flowers during the summertime and throughout the year.

If you are still trying to find what works best for you, we can help you find what works best for your home and your lifestyle. Everyone deserves a little extra beauty in their life. We want to help you and your landscape thrive.

9 of the Best Gifts to Give a Summer Bride

She is beauty. She is grace. She is craving that summer embrace. Those dear summer brides are ready to take on their new adventure in the summer season’s glow. Help her celebrate with these top gifts for a summer bride.

Realistically, a summer bride is going to require the same attention and approach as a bride tying the knot any season, but you’ll need to keep some fans on hand because it will be hot.

There is a lot that goes into getting married- the prep, the execution and the cleanup. Whether you are a part of the wedding or a source of love and encouragement for the bride to be, we broke down some ideal gifts for the summer bride in your life.

Gifts to Give Leading Up to the Wedding

Ready or not here she comes down the aisle. The song is slow just like the steps, but the process of getting her down the aisle is swift. Take comfort in the fact that you can help the bride get through the chaos by offering encouragement. This may include your time, kind words or even a gift.

What are the best gifts to give a summer bride? If you are looking for something to give the upcoming bride to make her smile, we have four gift options you may be interested in.

1. Monogrammed Jewelry

Remind her of simpler times. Wedding planning and prep can be stressful. Monogrammed jewelry can be a fun gift to give that has a lot of meaning attached to it. Whether it is the couple’s initials or her anticipated last name change, it is a fun sentiment and an encouraging gesture to remind her of what all the work is going towards.

An additional approach involves ALL the maids of honor out there. Perhaps, you and the bride shared matching friendship bracelets growing up. Monogrammed jewelry can be a unique way of reminding the bride that you will be by her side through the process and beyond.

Go the extra step and put the monogrammed jewelry in a personalized bridal box. This can also be an option for the mother of the bride or mother of the groom’s gifts. All the soon-to-be hubbies can take notes.

2. Anything “Bride to Be”

You’ve seen it… everywhere. Some think it is cheesy, but that is okay. Even the non-sentimental brides can appreciate the fun of a bride-to-be gift. They are only engaged in a small window of their life. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the process.

These bride-to-be gifts can be found in totes, floppy hats, shirts, mugs and so much more. Getting these gifts early is preferred as they can be used longer. However, the nostalgia truly never has to stop, as happily ever after has no time limit.

3. Framed Engagement Photo

You truly can’t mess this gift up- unless you frame a picture of the wrong couple. That would be bad.

A framed engagement photo is not only a sweet gift. It is a cherished treasure that never expires and can always be appreciated. Surprise the bride on a hard day or just on a random Tuesday with it. It will mean more to her than she will even be able to express.

4. Spa and Wellness Gift

We can all appreciate the gift of being pampered at any time of the year, but those summer brides may appreciate it on an even deeper level. The chlorine damage to hair from the pool is real, and our skin’s moisture suffers neglect from the heat and extra sunshine in the summertime.

Summer is beautiful. The wedding photos are impeccable, but the results of a summer wedding may only be treated by a little T.L.C. for the bride, not just pre-wedding but after.

Gifts to Give the Day of The Wedding

5. Personalized BRIDE Robe

Oh, the personalized or monogrammed robe- it has become a wedding staple. Some brides consider this a wedding must for the bridal party, but not all brides want that extra expense.

This is one great gift option for the bride who isn’t known to splurge on herself. It is a great photo detail, and she can use it for years to come. Be sure the robe you chose has light material, so the summer bride is comfortable sitting in it while getting ready.

6. The Day-Of Wedding Survival Kit

A Day-of Wedding Survival Kit is necessary for brides of any season. If you are a part of the bridal party, it is important to coordinate who is responsible to bring each necessary component of the kit.

The only thing a bride should think about on her wedding day is looking and feeling her best. All brides, especially summer brides, need to be drinking plenty of water and have food on their stomachs before the walk down the aisle. The heat isn’t going to be her friend. Dehydration should be avoided at all costs.

Make it part of the prep. It may seem like a no-brainer, but all the nerves and the chaos can make this more of a challenge than anticipated. Bring some healthy snacks. Fruit is a great option because it is two in one. She may not be able to eat a full meal, but snacks will help keep her feeling her best.

With that in mind, your summer bride’s emergency kit should involve lip balm and deodorant (for obvious reasons) and a sewing kit (for any unprecedented mishaps). Additionally, bring a steamer, and add a Tide pen, safety pins and Advil to your summer bride’s emergency kit.

This may not seem like a gift, per se, but your bride will appreciate the thought and effort you put into this. Odds are this may be at the bottom of her priority list, or it may have not even crossed her mind.

Gifts to Give After the Wedding

Sometimes the best wedding gifts come after the big day. It gives you the opportunity to get creative after having seen the big picture. It helps preserve the love and memory of the day. The wedding day is typically a blur to most couples. They get pulled in several different directions to greet guests and take all the pictures. Post-wedding gifts help remind the bride and groom of the small moments that make love last.

7. Wedding Vow Art

It is safe to say that wedding vows are some of the most special, most vulnerable and most meaningful parts of a wedding day. This is the one part of the whole day where you get to see (and hear) the couple’s love exchanged in the most beautiful way.

Gifting a piece of this moment to a bride and her groom is undeniably impactful. You may have to get strategic with how you get the copy, but it is worth the detective work to see the result.

8. Wedding Invitation/Photo Frame

Another incredibly meaningful post-wedding gift for the newly hitched Mr. and Mrs. is a framed wedding invitation and wedding photo duo. This is a gift that is given a month or more after the wedding day, as it takes time to get wedding photos back.

Nonetheless, this gift is well worth the wait.

If you are not one to show up empty-handed to a wedding, these post-wedding gifts also make great anniversary gifts without losing their impactful punch.

9. Flowers to Welcome the Couple Home

It doesn’t matter if it is pre-wedding, the day of the wedding or a welcome home from their honeymoon, flowers make the perfect summer bride wedding gift.

There is a reason why flowers play such a vital role in a couple’s big day. They express individuality, tie in a theme and draw in eyes to the meaning and mood of the love in the air.

If you are looking to highlight a summer bride or need an extra opinion on a wedding gift this summer, let our wedding connoisseurs at Flowerama of Springfield serving Springfield, MO, help do the heavy lifting for you.

There are so many important things to recognize and acknowledge about a couple’s big day. The right wedding gift can do just that.

Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July at Home

In true 2020 fashion, birthdays are being celebrated at home. That doesn’t exclude our nation’s birthday. For the independent souls who choose to embrace the pride they have for their nation, the Fourth of July is bound to be celebrated in a BIG way, even if it is at home.

Restrictions for social interactions and social distancing vary state-by-state. These restrictions involve the guidelines for the number of people that gather. As guidelines relax some, it is important to reign in your excitement, as many of us are craving a fun gathering with family and friends to the tune of loud music, dancing and a barbeque. Remember, the goal should be to celebrate safely.

Party Like No One is Watching.

No one likes to party alone, we get it. However, mandates may be limiting the number of guests in your area. This may directly affect hosting this Fourth of July. Although the party may not be what you had in mind, it may give you the chance to explore your creative side.

Big, holiday party blowouts typically involve a lot of people, a lot of food and a lot of cleanup. This means hosting is more about focusing on the quantity of food and drink with the easiest cleanup. Although this year’s Fourth of July celebration isn’t ideal, it is an opportunity to focus on the quality of the experience.

Your selected guests will remember this Fourth of July because of the creativity you put into it. Fourth of July décor can be fun, and the resources are easy to put together. Bandanas are a fun option. They can be used as a reusable napkin or as a cute keepsake. Stick one in a mason jab with your utensils, and you have a cute place setting. You’ll need to be sure to have an appropriate amount of reds, whites and blues in your decor.

The Party Rules

This is your excuse. It is time to party under restrictions. It’s not ideal, but this year’s Fourth of July parties are bound to have rules set that you’ll have to abide by. That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your day off with a good independent celebration. It is Independence Day after all!

Partying solo or in an isolated group may not be your cup of tea. You may be a free-spirited individual who enjoys a good time with a fun group of people, but there are rules set in place. Rules that have to be followed.

Yes, mandates and restrictions have eased in current weeks, but there are rules that still have to be followed.

Fourth of July can still involve fun in the sun. Slip and slide is an option for both children and adults. Go down the soapy path one for one or glide two at a time if your yard should suffice. This allows you to keep your distance and still have fun. A competitive game of slip and slide is one anyone can get behind. It is truly a nostalgic past time.

Embracing the Patriotic Birthday Suit

Party like it is your birthday or rather, your country’s birthday. Part of the fun of celebrating the Fourth of July is finding the right party attire. Just because the party is at home doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up for your small gathering or perhaps even an Insta photo recap.

Whether it is a bold choice in an outfit or brilliant blooms to compliment the patriotic photos aesthetic, Fourth of July fun can still be achieved when you are stuck at home. This year is about getting creative with the resources we have.

Sometimes, it is about the simple things. This year has had many people feeling congested and over the confinement of home. Being stuck at home on this free-spirited holiday isn’t ideal, but that doesn’t have to stop the celebrations altogether. It just changes things up. Remember, change can be good.

If going all out to gather a full-blown patriotic outfit isn’t ideal, there is always a more nostalgic approach. You may remember them- the family photos with the coordinating Old Navy American Flag t-shirts. Odds are you or someone you know have shared in this pastime. Maybe it is time to bring them back?

Go Out with a Bang.

COVID-19 restrictions have been especially disheartening for the people who practice Fourth of July traditions in a big way. For many, those traditions involve fireworks. Large gatherings are still a no-go in many areas. This has caused many Fourth of July fireworks shows to be canceled.

They may not make as much of a bang, but there are fun and festive ways to get into the Independence Day spirit. Sparklers are legal in most states, but it is important that you double-check what your state allows. Although they look harmless and beautiful, sparklers can get extremely hot, so kids should not handle them.

You may be a more mellow type. That’s just fine. Your idea of a successful Fourth of July can involve a backyard movie night, consisting of a picnic. Celebrate your independence with the people you love in a patriotic and relaxed way.

It is truly about the simple things in life. Fourth of July celebrations are all about celebrating the independence that so many fought for us to have. It is about acknowledging where we started and where we are now. Let our florists atFlowerama of Springfield serving Springfield, MO, help you make celebrating the Fourth of July at home more beautiful.

Share something red, white and blue with the ones closest to you this Independence Day. You may not all be together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate alongside each other. Every time they look at the patriotic flower arrangement sitting at their home barbeque, they will remember that you are there celebrating with them in patriotic spirit.

How to Know if Your Plant is Well

When a person is sick, you typically check their temperature, make sure they are hydrated and clean their surrounding areas. It’s a common procedure. This rings true for plants as well. If you know what to look for you can help your plant be its healthiest.

Recognizing symptoms in people is easy. As humans, we know what to watch out for. If you’re new to plants and gardening, then you might not be as familiar with plant symptoms. We’re here to help! Here are some symptoms to check on whether your plant is well or not.

The Color

If people are losing color in their skin, it is considered a red flag. The same goes for plants. When a plant’s leaves turn brown or yellow, there is something that isn’t quite right. A healthy pant should look and feel its best.

If you notice yellowing on your plant’s leaves then this could be signs of overwatering, low humidity, poor soil drainage, low temperatures or pot-bound roots. To narrow down this list of causes, assess your plant’s situation and environment.

Has the air changed suddenly around your plant? Is your plant in a drafty area or near a heater, or maybe something else has changed in the environment that your plant is reacting negatively to?

If none of these ring true for your plant, then check to see if the pot your plant is in has adequate drainage, and the plant isn’t rootbound. If a plant is rootbound, the plant has outgrown its pot, and the roots take up the entire space. Once you know the cause of the symptoms, then you will be able to apply proper care.

If you notice brown leaf tips, these could be signs of too much fertilizer or pesticides, dry soil, low temperature, hot air, accumulated salts or root rot. Once again, you will need to assess the situation to determine exactly what you are dealing with. Once you have, most of these are easy to deal with.

Most house plants only need to be fertilized once a month. Do a quick Google search on the plant you are caring for to figure out how often your plant needs to be fertilized. Once you have that information, you can create a schedule to follow. Stick to it, and your plant will be thriving in no time.

If you’re good on the fertilizer area of plant care, you may want to try increasing the humidity around the plant. Put plants suffering from brown leaves in a tray lined with pebbles that are filled with water. The plant should stand above the waterline of the pebbles. This set up will also allow you to flush any excess minerals, like salts, out of the soil.

Keeping a close eye on your plants at all times can help you prevent a problem from getting out of hand. If you notice that your plant’s leaves haven’t changed colors entirely, but they are becoming paler, you have time to act. Check the soil first and move on to sunlight.

Plants are like children in the sense that they thrive on a clear schedule. When sudden changes happen, this can stress your plant out, which leaves it more susceptible to plant diseases.

The Growth

Plants come in all shapes and sizes. A plant standing tall is a sign of good health, so, if you start to notice that your plant is wilting, it’s probably a sign your plant is getting sick.

Now, some plants’ leaves will have a natural droop to them because of their weight. Don’t get these two mixed up and cause yourself to panic for no reason. There is a distinction between a plant that just has weight to its leaves and one that is starting to wilt. A plant that is wilting will look “sad” in comparison to another plant that is healthy.

For a wilting plant, check the soil moisture to make sure it’s getting enough water. Remember, the soil top should be moist up to 2 inches down and be sure to weed your plant if you haven’t done it in a while.

Wilting can also be caused by nutritional imbalance. Check the fertilizer you are using to make sure it’s the proper match for your plant. If you want to be extra thorough, most home and garden stores have test kits to check the PH balance of your soil and determine the nutrients that are missing.

If you’ve tried all of these and still your plant is not thriving, you have another problem on your hands. Wilting can be a sign of more serious issues. Especially if you see it accompanied by stunting in the overall growth of the plant. This could be a sign of Botrytis Blight. Once plants are presented with symptoms of full-blown disease, it’s hard to recover.

The Cracks

Much like how your lips become chapped and cracked during the winter months so can your plant’s stems. You might notice cracks on your plant after a cold snap.

Don’t panic. It’s easy to handle when it is caught soon enough. Simply put a tarp or light sheet over your plant. This will provide some insulation without limiting the air circulation too much.

If you’re noticing cracks, and there hasn’t been a recent cold snap, the cracks could be from a more serious source. Cracks can also be caused by cankers. Cankers are abnormal growths that appear on your plant. It’s caused by various fungi and bacteria. This particular disease is more associated with wooden plants, but that doesn’t mean your standard house plants can’t catch it.

Cankers don’t just cause cracks on your plant. They cause abnormal growths on the plant’s stems that can resemble lumps and cause parts of the stem to die off as the cankers get more serious.

Unfortunately, if you notice these symptoms and you suspect your plant is suffering from cankers, the best action is to simply get rid of that plant. Cankers are such a contagious disease that can easily spread to the rest of your garden. It’s sad to have to lose a plant, but better to lose one plant than your whole garden.

The Spots

We’ve already discussed the colors of leaves changing and what that can mean for your plant. Don’t get the browning of your overall leaf confused with brown spots that might pop up. These two issues are very different when it comes to combatting the problem.

If you notice brown spots popping up on your plant, you usually don’t have to worry about isolating it. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so we won’t discourage you from isolating that plant either. Mostly, the cause of your spot issue is going to be an inconsistent watering schedule or a lack of calcium.

Figure out a watering schedule that works best for you and your plant. If you have trouble remembering, even on your best days, write it on a sticky note and put it on your bathroom mirror as a reminder. If you’re more of a tech-savvy person, use your phone to set a reminder.

Brown spots on your leaves can also be from water spots. Water spots are caused when you’ve accidentally splashed water onto the leaves of your plant when watering it.

Brown spots aren’t the only spots that cause concern when it comes to your plant. Always keep an eye for powdery growths, typically on the leaves. Powdery growth is almost always caused by mildew. Mildew usually results from a combination of an overly moist environment around your plant and poor air circulation.

Unfortunately, if you notice these powdery spots, you want to go ahead and remove this plant from your other plants. Mildew spreads very easily, and if your other plants aren’t infected, you want to keep them safe.

You want to increase the air circulation around your plant for both issues. You’ll also want to remember to trim the infected leaves.

The Tips

We know you love your plants, and you just want what’s best for them. Some extra advice for dealing with plants that are infected with an ailment is to always wash your hands in between dealing with plants. This helps you from accidentally spreading the disease yourself, even if you have isolated your little buddy.

If you’re washing your hands, you always want to make sure you’re washing your tools too. Sanitize your tools in between use. A simple solution of one-part bleach to nine parts water will get the job done.

The hardest piece of advice to hear is that sometimes you just have to give up on a plant.

We know this is hard advice to take for something that you cherish dearly, but the health of your other plants should be a big factor in this decision. You don’t want to focus all your attention on saving one plant and in the process, infect all your other plants. With that mentality, you’ll be getting a brand-new garden every couple of months.

If you have had a tragedy strike in the form of a plant epidemic, fear not. Our florists at Flowerama of Springfield serving Milwaukee, WI, are happy to help you in restocking your plant essentials. We’ll even assist with tips for how to keep your plant thriving.

The best overall advice when it comes to spotting plant disease is simply to keep an eye out. You don’t have to micromanage and keep an excel sheet tracking your plant’s progress or even resort to watching it constantly. You just want to have frequent check-ins to ensure its best health.

Taking a few minutes out of every day, simply to assess the state of your plant, can go a long way. Here’s to ensuring every plant is kept at its best!

Gifts You can Send Graduates

Graduation is a time of uncertainty for some graduates and a time of excitement and expectation for others. This year, graduation may come with additional challenges for grads, and those challenges may keep them from celebrating in a traditional way.

Some graduations are being temporarily canceled, postponed or done differently utilizing technology. This can make a happy time feel somewhat spoiled. It is important to try to brighten this time for a graduate, especially if he or she is feeling disappointed.

Let a recent grad know you wish him or her well and care even if you can’t be there. We compiled a list, so you can find the perfect gift to give his or her spirit a bit of a lift.

Dorm/Home Décor and More

Whether the recent graduate is going off to college or finished with school completely and moving out to an apartment, regular household items are typical gifts for graduation that are appreciated. Keep in mind the styles the grad likes and think about how he or she dresses for inspiration. Do certain colors or patterns stand out?

You can always go with inexpensive bathroom sets including the shower curtain, towels, rugs, soap dishes and hand soap dispensers. Some sets are already combined or there are mix and match options.

For the kitchen, consider a coffeemaker, some mugs or even a French press for the true coffee aficionados. A new place will also mean a new need for items like pots, pans, dishes, silverware and glasses. Even a spice rack and cookbook can make awesome graduation gifts. There are cookbooks for all different types of cooking, even for college students or those cooking for one.

Even those who aren’t leaving home yet can appreciate a new duvet, desk items, paintings or pictures. Weighted blankets are said to alleviate anxiety, and since recent graduates may be a bit anxious when stepping into the great unknown, a graduation gift to reduce anxiety and improve sleep is an easy way to promote the new graduate’s mental and physical health.

There is a lot of fun associated with having one’s own space and personalizing it, whether it is a bedroom, dorm or new apartment. If you have an idea of what the recent grad likes, even small gifts can bring joy. If you don’t know what he or she might want or need to make the new place feel more like a home, ask.

Flowers and Plants

The easiest and most effective way to bring beauty, life and light to a space is by adding flowers and/or plants. Even if the recent grad has never exhibited a green thumb, having a plant to care for can sometimes ignite a passion for nurturing nature.

Succulents, spider plants and air plants are some easy growing options for graduation gifts. For a meaningful plant that is also easier to care for, there is the Chinese money plant, which will even produce little sprouts that can be planted for even more gorgeous greenery in the home. Another appropriate gift would be the lucky bamboo. It grows in low light in either water or soil and is believed to be both lucky and good feng shui.

If the recent graduate doesn’t seem like a person who enjoys plants, flowers may be more appreciated. Unexpectedly getting fresh flowers is known to boost mood. Sending flowers that coincide with school colors or a bouquet and teddy bear in celebration of graduation is a great way to let a recent grad know how proud you are, even if you can’t be there in person.

If you would like to send something to recognize and celebrate a graduation, let our florists at Flowerama of Springfield in SPRINGFIELD, MO, personalize a gift for the grad.

Sentiments in Print

Chances are, if you are shopping for a good gift for someone for graduation, you have probably been in their shoes. Think back to who you were and what you thought and felt when you were that age. What books resonated with you at that time in your life?

Whether you found meaning in Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger, Haruki Murakami or a lesser-known novelist who managed to write something that spoke to you, share that piece of who you were with a graduate who is still figuring it out. Write them your thoughts on the story and even on life itself. You can also give them a journal to go with that gift.

If you aren’t sure that your tastes and the taste of the recent graduate will coincide, there are also inspirational books about organization, finances and achieving goals that could inspire a young person to take the road less traveled, which occurs less often than the popularity of the phrase would have the world believe.

For a shorter sentiment, you could always engrave a keepsake item like a watch, jewelry box or piece of jewelry with advice, a memory you share or an inspirational quote.

Commencement Speeches to Give and Keep

Commencement speeches by certain individuals are so moving that they are made into books. That is the case with David Foster Wallace’s commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The unbelievable speech is so profound and inspirational that it has been commented on endlessly in articles and blogs. The book version is called, “This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life.”

Another amazing commencement speech that is available as a book you can give is by an author many in the age group graduating will recognize and appreciate. JK Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard was an honest and emotional treasure that used her personal experiences to illustrate that failure isn’t an end. It is part of a process, and imagination can save us. The book is called, “Very Good Lives.”

If you don’t want to limit it to one author, there are also books that compile some of the best and most popular commencement speeches ever given.

Tech Gifts

Tech gifts can be difficult to keep up with as technology is constantly evolving. Depending on who the graduate is to you and your budget, gifts like cell phones and laptops probably aren’t appropriate. However, that doesn’t have to eliminate tech.

Some portable speakers can be used with cell phones to play tunes and keep them and their friends dancing during study breaks. There are also projectors that can be used with cell phones.

Depending on whether your graduate is out of college or high school and what he or she is into, there are monthly subscriptions to programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and others that may be helpful for a recent grad. When it comes to tech, you can either ask the graduate, a relative or friend for advice.

Money

Money can’t buy happiness, but it is a common gift for graduation. You can’t go wrong giving money because you are essentially giving the graduate the opportunity to pick out his or her own gift. When it comes to money, several variables that determine what amount is appropriate.

Stay within your budget, yet the amount should also reflect the relationship that you share with the graduate. You are not expected to give an extravagant amount to a graduate you barely know. Usually, $20 to $100 is a typical gift for graduation. The gift can be larger for people who are closer to the graduate but not if it strains your budget.

No matter what gift you give, a recent graduate could use the support of friends and family. If you know the recent graduate well, be there for him or her and make sure you communicate that you are always willing to listen.

Remember the confusion of that time, appreciate where you are in life and help those who are still trying to find their path. To quote David Foster Wallace’s famous commencement speech, “It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive in the adult world day in and day out. Which means yet another cliché turns out to be true: your education really is the job of a lifetime. And it commences: now.”

Like Wallace, wish a recent graduate more than luck and be there to offer support and advice for someone when he or she is still figuring things out. Times may change, but the importance of giving stays the same.

The Guide to Choosing the Right Flowers

There is so much more to flowers than their outward beauty. Flowers have depth and meaning, and there is a flower for practically every occasion. If you aren’t sure what flowers to choose, there should be no worries because we have done the hard work for you.

It is a lost art- handwritten words, outward expressions of a person’s innermost thoughts. Sure, we indulge in conversation through text messages and the occasional phone call, but the art of writing and receiving handwritten words from the heart has become an old practice.

What are words without action? Connect the two worlds in a beautiful way, even when you don’t have the words to say. The action of sending flowers is your way of expressing whatever it is that you want to say.

Flowers that say, “I love you.”

The rose is the number one flower of choice to express romance. The proof is found in the amount sent on every Valentine’s Day, anniversary and with every “I love you” bouquet.

“I love you” is among the most powerful phrases a person can exchange with another. This expression is debatably one of the most vulnerable moments a person can experience. With all that in mind, the first exchange of these words shouldn’t be the last.

The words remain powerful for a lifetime when they are kept, cherished and shared often. This can be done verbally or through physical expressions. This can include going out of your way to make a special someone’s lunch, helping them without asking, kissing them on the forehead just because and any other expression of the love you have for them.

Love is a verb- only truly felt through action. Sometimes that action is found through the exchange of a rose, and what a beautifully expressive flower it is. At first glance, its beauty is intoxicating. Just like hardships, its thorns can cause pain, but with proper care, the result is par none.

Flowers that say, “I am sorry.”

With every love story there are several instances where an “I’m sorry” is exchanged. This makes the rose a stereotypical apology flower. It is believed that the larger the rose bouquet the larger expression of how much he or she is “sorry” in a certain scenario. However, that is just not the case. Associating the two can easily demean the power behind the natural mood boosters known as flowers.

Flowers can’t mend a wrongdoing. Choosing the right flowers can’t erase the past. However, the right flowers can convey emotion, exude positive energy, link where words aren’t quite fitting and better express a person’s sincerity.

Some of the more popular apology flowers include lilies, ivies, white tulips, white orchids and blue hyacinths.

Flowers that say, “You are special to me.”

Admiration can be hard to express because you must narrow down what it is that you are admiring. What do you admire about the person you are sending flowers to? Are you looking to send a strictly platonic bouquet as a reminder of friendship and your appreciation for the person? Maybe you are looking to express the feelings you have for your crush or to simply follow up on an unforgettable first date.

Your options are widespread, just like the flowers you can choose to send. As discussed, there is a rose for practically every occasion and one with nearly every meaning. The lavender rose is your rose of choice to express a blossoming romance. The camellia beautifully expresses admiration. Choose white camellia to send feelings of adoration and pink when reminding someone they are missed.

Flowers that say, “I am here for you.”

I am here for you can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. You may be trying to console someone after a rough week or express condolence after the loss of someone special. Help others find hope in the stargazer lily. Often sent as a funeral flower, this bloom carries a meaning of purity, innocence and sympathy.

The statice flower conveys remembrance. Sometimes sharing that you are thinking or remembering someone can be more encouraging than you may realize. Nothing is more impactful than to know someone you care about remembers you. Of everything and everyone in the world they could be thinking about, they thought about you. That’s powerful.

With all those emotions in mind, they can be expressed through flowers. This gesture dates back several lifetimes. What many just see as a social custom is actually a custom that allows people to express their feelings. In fact, expressing feelings through words was considered ill-mannered at certain times in history.

Flowers are a connecting element. They connect us with nature. They connect us with more intensified feelings. Most importantly, they allow us to connect with each other. Mother Nature gave us a resource. This resource allows us to pluck meaning and feelings out of the earth and share it with others.

That’s powerful.

It is important to choose the right flowers when you are looking to send a message. Don’t set your feelings aside. Rather, it is best to become one with them and to share them often with the people we care about. With life’s challenges, uncertainty and fleeting time, now is always the time to act, living life to the fullest as often as possible.

Our team of flower appreciators, known as florists, at Flowerama of Springfield in SPRINGFIELD, MO, are here to help you make those connections with flowers. We pride ourselves on the gift of sharing smiles and sharing feelings with nature’s gift of florals.

Gifts for Untraditional Moms for Mother’s Day

Moms come in all forms. They are all unique to each family, as they fill many roles in a person’s day-to-day life. They are a safety net for many and deserve so much recognition. Whether you are a child looking to celebrate your foster mom, adopted mother or any other “untraditional” mother in your life, these gifts are exactly what you should be looking for this Mother’s Day.

For the Foster Mom

A foster mother is a unique type of mother. She has to be selfless as she cares for a child in need. Although they are not her biological children, foster mothers care for their foster children as if they were. Foster mothers have to be strong and more selfless than many may realize.

Being a foster mom isn’t about taking in a child and letting them go, it is about being willing to give all your love to a child who may not be getting it from anywhere else, and with every foster family, there is a unique set of circumstances.

Foster moms treasure pictures, so any gift that resources pictures is bound to be well-loved among foster moms. Foster parenting can be especially challenging for the fear of being detached. The job of a foster parent is to love and care for the children who are not yours, as if they were yours, knowing they could be taken away from you at any time. It is emotionally draining.

With this dedication, love and selflessness in mind, consider a Mother’s Day gift that expresses your gratitude and recognizes the commitment of foster mothers this Mother’s Day. Etsy offers some great suggestions for gifts any foster mother will love.

For the Adoptive Mom

Why adopt? It is something many never understand, but adopting is a life choice that is only made by a select group of caring individuals. You need to have a heart for it. It may not be for everyone, but it is so important to appreciate the people who have embraced this commitment.

Adoption is an opportunity to gain a new purpose in your life while investing in the stability, love and nurturing of a different one. The decision you made wasn’t just to adopt. The decision was to deal with the agony of waiting, the financial means of the process and the time that separates you from hearing of, seeing and holding your baby for the first time.

Just because you adopt a child, it doesn’t make you any less of a parent or mother. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to express that. Mother’s Day gifts for adoptive mothers don’t vary from the traditional “birth mother” Mother’s Day gifts. However, if your mother and your family embrace the beauty of adoption, there are gift options made for moms like yours.

Amazon has a full list of thoughtful gifts for adoptive parents . Of all the people in the world, your lives were chosen to be connected for the long haul. That’s special and worth celebrating.

For the Mom Who Chose You

Not all moms can fit into a specific box. There are women across the world who may have never given birth and some who were quite literally given the responsibility of motherhood. Some may have never even considered having children, or perhaps, they may have never thought they would be able to. All of which are still mothers.

Motherhood isn’t about checked boxes. The process of motherhood isn’t always black and white. Motherhood is about choosing your child’s well-being every day. It is about sacrificing time, sleep and sometimes sanity to ensure your child has everything they need. It is about investing your life to the betterment of theirs and a forever commitment to love, hold and cherish them till your last breath.

There are plenty of moms out there that chose the title in untraditional ways. It could be a grandmother raising her grandchild, a sister raising her siblings, an aunt raising her nieces, a stepmother who stepped up to love her stepchildren as her own or a father juggling the roles of both parents.

Due to the stories of each of these moms (and they are moms. There is no need for debate.), the gifts you may choose for them on Mother’s Day will probably vary. However, any of these specific mom groups are bound to be very appreciative and touched by whatever Mother’s Day gift you choose to give them.

We choose to recognize all mothers this Mother’s Day because they so lovingly choose their children, every day. These gift ideas for the mom who chose you is an older resource, but it is just as relevant of a gift list for any of these moms. These gifts are bound to make the mom that chose you feel special.

There are some very unique and not so traditional moms in the world. The world’s oldest woman to give birth was Rosanna Dalla Corte. She gave birth to her son at the age of 63 in Italy in 1994. Also, in Italy, super mom Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to the world’s largest newborn in 1955. He weighed in at 22 pounds and 8 ounces!

For the moms who understand the struggle of an overbooked schedule that never slows down, you have to have major respect for Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia. She birthed 69 children between the years 1725 and 1765- 69 children!

All these facts reiterate how resilient mothers are, and how every mom has a unique story that deserves to be celebrated. Let’s face it! What even is a traditional mother?

Moms are unique. What makes your mom unique helped mold you into the person you are. Your story may not be perfect, but it’s yours.

No matter who your mom is and where she falls under the umbrella of motherhood, our florists at Flowerama of Springfield in Springfield, MO, are here to help Mother’s Day gifting go off without a hitch with personalized gifts to make mom feel special any time of the year. We’ll deliver these beautiful flower arrangements to mom the same day and straight to her door.

Leave no mom left unappreciated this Mother’s Day. We have extra special gift options for the mom (s) that mean so much to you!