Creating A Flower Garden for Mother’s Day

With spring and Mother’s Day right around the corner, why not hit two birds with one stone, and give your mom a gardening kit for the holiday? By determining the best flowers to plant in the spring and discovering your mother’s floral preferences, you can create the perfect arrangement of seeds and starters to be planted! It’s a gift that will last a whole season in the ground and forever in your mom’s memories.

Even if you won’t be able to join her this holiday season, there are many floral delivery services that can assist you! Your local florist, Flowerama of Springfield has beautiful flower arrangements and designs to choose from here in Springfield, MO. Plus, if you get your own starter kit, you can join each other in planting via Zoom.

The question is, what will your mom want to see every day and feel inspired to nurture? Whether your mom is a beginning gardener or an expert, an herb enthusiast, or just appreciates the aesthetic, there are many varieties of flowers that can contribute to her happiness this Mother’s Day.

Beginner Gardeners, With Ease

Not all moms were raised with the gift of a green thumb, but it’s never too late to get your mother inspired to learn and discover for herself the mental and physical benefits of gardening, seeing a seed from beginning to end. Packages are designed and recommended for those who are just starting off with their flower garden, and here’s what to include.

First, you will need to get clear on what gardening zone your mother lives in, so you pick flowers that will thrive well and empower your mom as a gardener. The zone implies the environment: temperature, weather, etc. So if your mom lives in the desert, she will likely have a different flower arrangement than someone living in the rainforest of Northwest Washington State.

You (and your mom) should also understand the difference between perennials and annuals. Annuals will grow and die within the year, and you will have to plant new seeds each year. Perennials, on the other hand, may die in the cold temperatures of the winter, but they will come back again each spring.

Annual beginner flowers include sunflowers, coneflowers (echinacea), zinnias, dianthus, marigolds, cosmos, morning glory, pansies, sweet peas, snapdragons, geraniums, lupines, begonias, dahlias, daffodils, and more!

Perennials include Roman chamomile, lavender, sage, yarrow, daylilies, peonies, and more. These are often considered easy because they require the least maintenance and are nearly impossible for your mom, or any new gardener, to kill.

Expert Gardeners, A Challenge

Encourage your mother’s growth this year with a new lesson in gardening. If your mom has been gardening with flowers for years now, she is likely to be an expert. Experts only become experts when they are challenged, so continuing to challenge your mother based on her zone will give her the empowerment and confidence with her green thumb!

She might need a proper indoor growing setup, if she doesn’t already have it, to handle real challenges! Orchids are one of the hardest plants to grow and maintain. In addition to orchids, gardenia, zebra plants, miniature roses, and azalea, to name a few. Your mother will appreciate you challenging her skills as a gardener if it’s something she loves doing and means a lot to her!

Herbal Apothecaries

A great inspiration for new and expert gardeners is to create your own herbal apothecary. Growing medicinal herbs, drying them, and turning them into teas, tinctures, salves, or some other form of medicine, is going to really inspire the holistic, or alternative-wellness, mother!

Chamomile, lavender, sage, echinacea, basil, arnica, eucalyptus, black cohosh, dandelions, yarrow, and mullen are all examples of flowers your mother might want in her herb garden! You can research the benefits of these and more to determine the best flower package for your Mother’s Day arrangement.

This garden type is especially great in small spaces, like apartments, where planting in the ground isn’t an option. These flowers do great in pots and as indoor plants. As indoor plants, these herbs have the chance to stay alive year-round, the gift that keeps on giving!

You can also gift her a drying rack, a book on how to make herbs into medicine, and/or gardening tools to make her feel complete in starting such a fulfilling project.

Give your mom more than just a gift this year! Give her creativity, inspiration, knowledge, and the ability to nurture something new. Gardening has many psychological benefits, like stress relief and a mood boost, and is a great way to stay active.

Best Birthday Flowers to Gift for each Month

As a florist, people often ask me: what flowers should I gift during each birth month? You might not be aware that there are particular types of flowers that are associated with each month through the year. This could be important to keep in mind when you are arranging birthday bouquets for your loved ones. Below, you’ll find the flowers associated with each birthday month.

January

If your friend or family has a birthday in January, you might want to consider a carnation. These are always popular for weddings and there is a certain distinction to this choice. It also symbolizes love, making it the perfect choice for birthday bouquets at any time of the year. The history of carnations dates back thousands of years. Part of the reason why they are perfect for January is that they grow beautifully in winter.

February

The best happy birthday flowers for February are certainly primrose and violet. Some people find this quite surprising as they expect it to be roses, due to it being the month of Valentine’s Day. However, this choice is connected to the birthstone of the month. Amethyst perfectly matches these flowers. They tend to symbolize key concepts such as spiritual humility and faithfulness.

March

The birth month flowers for March are daffodils and jonquils. This is mainly because March is the month when spring comes into bloom. These beautiful little sunshine flowers bring plenty of happiness and joy. They’re also often associated with luck and are the national flowers of Wales. They have existed in the UK since the 17th century.

April

Gentle soft daisies and sweet peas are the ideal birthday bouquet choices for April. While more popular in fields than in a vase, they can still be a great choice and are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s interesting to note that daisies are believed to be one of the oldest flowers on Earth. They could date back to at least 3000BC.

May

Lily of the valley is the choice for May and it is thought to resemble motherhood as well as happiness. As such, this could be a wonderful choice if you’re lucky enough to have a mother whose birthday falls in May. These are also associated with deep legends and have ties to the Garden of Eden.

June

Rose and honey suckle are the typical flower choices for June. These are a fantastic option because they are available in such a wide variety of colors and shades that they could match virtually any taste. It’s also interesting to note that the colors of these flowers all have different meanings behind them. Suitable for any occasion roses symbolize beauty and honor.

July

Water lily and delphinium are the preferred birth month flowers for June. These are commonly associated with happy and cheery thoughts. In Britain, they are also a common choice for bouquets regardless of the occasion. They also tend to be found in local woodlands around different parts of the UK. Ancient Greeks gave the flowers their name and they can grow as high as six feet tall.

August

If you have a friend with a birthday in August, you might want to get them a bouquet with gladiolus and poppies. These flowers are very popular through the late summer months of the year and are available in a range of different colors. They were originally found in the heart of South Africa centuries ago. The name of the flowers also means ‘sword’ and is related to their pointy shape.

September

The birthday flowers for September were aster and morning glory. These were named after the Greek word for star, largely due to their shape. These are beautiful choices and are mainly found in shades of pink, white, and lilac. These quickly become one of the most vibrant flowers around during September at the start of autumn.

October

Marigold and Cosmo are the perfect flowers for this month of the year. They have gorgeous colors that perfectly match the fall season and are often widely favored by gardeners. In the past, they were believed to have magical qualities and are still admired for their beauty today.

November

Chrysanthemum is the ideal choice for November. They are popular due to the wide range of colors that they are available in. They were originally grown in China and have their own day – the Festival of Happiness.

December

As you might expect holly and narcissus are the flowers of December. This is the perfect choice for the festive season and provides a joyful option for any birthday bouquet.

We hope this helps you find the perfect birthday flowers for your family member, friend, or loved one. Your local florist, Flowerama of Springfield has beautiful flower arrangements and designs to choose from. Have your flowers delivered straight to your front door with our flower delivery options in Springfield, MO.

How to Freshen Up Your Home this Spring

Now that we have made our way through the darkest days of winter, it’s time to start looking forward to getting a spring in your step and ready for brighter days, warmer temperatures, and more positivity wherever you look. One of the best ways to embrace spring is to freshen up your home, and there are so many things to do that you’ll be able to keep busy, just in time for the summer.

So, where do you begin freshening up your home for spring? Here are a few ideas about how to freshen up your home for spring.

How to freshen up your home for spring

Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning is a tried-and-true method of starting anew once spring rolls around. It gives you the chance to wipe away the previous year and start all over again. While spring cleaning can be a little daunting, the opportunity for a clean slate is not something you should miss. So, take a weekend (and get the rest of the family involved), go around the house cleaning every surface you can find, and don’t forget to clean under the sofa!

A clean and tidy home equals a clean and tidy mind, and even if the cleaning part feels like it’s taking forever, you’ll be thankful that you’ve done so once you have finished. Everybody loves a clean home, so take the chance to clean it while you can.

Declutter your home

No matter how hard we seem to try, everyone accumulates clutter throughout the year. Once you’ve finished with your annual spring cleaning, it’s time to get ruthless and throw out everything you don’t want, need, or use any more.

These can be books you know you’re never going to read or clothes that you’ve long outgrown. Rather than send these items to the landfill, look for places to donate them to reduce waste. Once you’ve decluttered your home sufficiently, think about filling the empty shelves and surfaces with gorgeous spring decor.

Flower arrangements

Fresh flowers are always welcome regardless of the time of year, but there’s something about spring floral designs that bring the house, and the season, to life. Because of this, you can find the best spring decor by filling your home with the perfect spring flower arrangements. If you’ve already planted spring flowers, you can pick a few from your garden. If not, then any florist will be happy to help you add something new to your home.

The beauty of flower arrangements is that they are suitable for anywhere in the house. You can place them by the front door, in the kitchen, living room, or even your bedroom. These spring flowers give your home a gorgeous aroma that brings the outside in and offers plenty of health benefits, including an improved mood and reduced stress.

A fresh coat of paint

Sometimes all a home needs to freshen up is a fresh coat of paint. This is especially true if you have young kids with sticky fingers or even pets that love to slobber all over the door frames as they push through the door to greet you when you get home from work.

If you’re unsure which color to use, neutral or pastel colors are an excellent choice, especially for springtime. If you want to make a louder statement, bright yellows are perfect for south-facing rooms that are sure to get plenty of sunshine. Once you’ve decided on the perfect paint color, think about the right flower decor to match to bring more life to your home.

Green thumb

You might have hidden away indoors during the winter as it was far too cold to do anything outside, but the spring season gives you the chance to make the most of your garden all over again. Before you can relax in your garden and enjoy longer days with friends and family, you’ll need to make it presentable.

The best spring flowers are the way to do this, and as there are so many flowers you can plant in the spring; the options are practically unlimited. With daffodils, tulips, rhododendrons, and many more, you can make your garden the most beautiful in the neighborhood.

Freshen up

Whether you want to get into some serious spring cleaning, declutter, or find the best spring centerpieces (or all of the above); freshening up your home just in time for spring will make you fall in love with your house all over again.

If you want more advice on the best spring flowers to add vibrant color to your home, both inside and out, get in touch with us at Flowerama of Springfield, in your local Springfield, MO community.

The Best Flowers for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is on the horizon, so it’s a great time to start thinking about the Mother’s Day flowers you’re going to purchase for your loving mom! There are many amazing flowers and arrangements bound to put a smile on your mom’s face, so read on for some suggestions, as well as the best gifts to pair with your bouquet!

The Best Spring Flowers to Gift for Mother’s Day

If you are looking for a local florist with fresh flowers available, check out Flowerama of Springfield who serves our local Springfield, MO community.

You have plenty of options when it comes to spring flowers to give your mom for Mother’s Day. Here are our top suggestions:

Roses

Roses have become a highly popular choice included in Mother’s Day bouquets in recent years. This is because they are elegant and fragrant, and bring an element of luxury to any home. Roses are certainly a special celebration flower, and many people love them! Unsure of what color to get? A lighter red or deep pink color denotes gratitude and appreciation. White roses are associated with purity and brightness, so they may also be suitable as well.

Carnations

The carnation has a variety of different meanings, and it is the most popular flower to give on Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day and carnations go hand in hand! Pink carnations are the most significant flowers for Mother’s Day. This is because it is believed that they first bloomed in the spot the tears of the Virgin Mary fell, which turned them into the symbol for a Mother’s unconditional love. However, white carnations also make a great choice. They symbolize the virtues of motherhood, love, charity, and beauty. Some also say that a red carnation signifies respect for a living mother, while a white carnation can be worn for a late mother.

Daisies

Gerbera daisies are perfect for this occasion, with red and pink ones being the most popular for Mother’s Day. Red gerberas represent love, while pink conveys admiration and gratitude. These flowers have the ability to bring joy whenever you look at them, so they will be sure to please your mother if you include them in her arrangement.

Lilies

Lilies are expressive flowers; big, beautiful, and bring plenty of happiness into the home space. These flowers are luxurious, and will show your mom how much you value and love her.

Orchids

Orchids can make a tasteful and thoughtful gift for your Mother for Mother’s Day. In China, these flowers symbolize integrity, elegance, and friendship. The orchid can be given to your mother, mother-in-law, wife, aunt, or another special lady in your life for this occasion. The great thing about orchids is that they tend to last a long time. They have staying power, and this can be yet another symbol for a mother’s love. Expect the orchid to bloom for weeks, or even months after Mother’s Day.

Tulips

The tulip is the flower used to symbolize spring and new life, making them a particularly marvelous gift for new mothers. Yellow tulips express joy and excitement and red tulips express passion, making them perfect for your wife on Mother’s Day. Pink tulips are also beautiful and make for an adorable arrangement from child to parent.

Gifts to pair with your Mother’s Day Flower Bouquet

Many people like to treat their mother to Mother’s Day gifts alongside a beautiful bouquet. This is their day, after all, and they deserve the world! The gifts you give will depend on your budget, but there are many thoughtful routes you could take.

A Special Handwritten Card

A handwritten Mother’s Day card will look thoughtful and make a great keepsake. Let them know how much you appreciate everything they have done for you!

Chocolates and Sweet Treats

Chocolates are always the perfect accompaniment to a stunning flower arrangement.

A Book

A book, whether a fiction novel or a beautiful coffee table book full of inspiring quotes, could be perfect for the avid reader.

Lounge Wear

Pajamas, slippers, and other loungewear can ensure your mom feels amazing as she has some well-deserved relaxation time.

A Gift Basket

A gift basket containing her favorite snacks, accessories, and vouchers will keep her smiling for weeks on end.

An Adventure or Explore Day

If your mom prefers experiences over material items, then the gift of adventure is the perfect choice. Why not go and explore somewhere new together, and have an incredible bonding experience you’ll both remember forever? If your mom is more of a thrill seeker, then a skydive could be just the ticket!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is upon us… are you prepared? Have you made your plans? Got your Valentine’s Day flowers ordered? Ready to shower your significant other or crush with love? Or are you a little last-minute this year? If so, you may be interested in last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas and same-day gift ideas! Let’s take a look at the options you have here.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day

It’s always nice to think about the perfect Valentine’s Day together, isn’t it? And while this year may not be as it usually is, it can still be a good year for you. If you have a special someone in your life that you want to be able to celebrate or enjoy a day with – or you even want to use Valentine’s Day to tell them how you feel about them – it’s a great time of year to make a fuss. But what does the perfect Valentine’s Day look like to you?

Is it dinner together? Watching a movie? Going for a romantic walk? Whatever the perfect Valentine’s Day looks like – or what you think your sweetheart would like, you will want to make sure that you have the perfect gift too!

Planning Ahead vs. Last Minute

Most of the time, you are going to want to make sure that you’re able to plan ahead. Yet, that doesn’t always happen. When you’re busy, have a lot on your mind, or time just gets away from you, you may only just realize at the last minute that you need to order a gift! Of course, planning ahead if handy – but you can’t always do it. So, it’s a good thing that last-minute Valentine’s gift options and same-day gift ideas are available.

Popular Gifting Ideas

Now that you’ve thought a little more about the day itself and you’re aware of when it is, you’ll also then want to iron out what sort of gifts you want to go for. It’s safe to say that when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, it’s a good idea to think about the popular and traditional options. Aside from chocolates or perfume, you’ll find that Valentine’s Day Flowers are always going to be a strong choice.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

But what happens if you are last minute and you’ve yet to organize yourself ready for the big day? When that’s the case, you’re going to want to think about what can actually be delivered on the day. Even if you had an idea of what you wanted to get and then time gets ahead of you, you might want to opt for flowers. After all, they’re classic and easy Valentine’s gifts to choose too.

What Gifts Can I Have Delivered for Valentine’s Day?

Are you unsure of what you can exactly get delivered same-day? When you’re looking for Valentine’s Day gifts, you may be considering a range of options. But when you’re at the last-minute stage, it’s important for you to make sure that you can get gifts that are available. In terms of last-minute Valentine’s gifts, flower deliveries and bouquets are always a good idea. We can deliver your bouquets on the day and ensure that your Valentine gets the gift they deserve – even if you order it last-minute.

Where To Get Same-Day Valentine’s Bouquets

If you know that you’ve left things a little late and you’re actually worried about whether or not you’re going to be able to get a gift in time, you’ve come to the right place. We have a full range of Valentine’s Day flower delivery options to suit you. Whether you’ve planned ahead and looked to do this last minute, we can help you with same-day gift ideas.

What Should You Go For?

Finally, you may be wondering what you should go for? If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day bouquets, a classic is always going to be to opt for roses. Roses are a traditional Valentine’s flower and always go down well. Now, the only question is – what color should you go for? Roses come in a range of colors, but red is often the most popular for Valentine’s Day!

Have you left your Valentine’s Day flowers to the last minute? Are you in need of Valentine’s Day Gifts today? Make sure that you source the best last-minute Valentine’s gifts and same-day flower delivery and get that gift to your loved one in time.

Let Flowerama of Springfield be your one-stop shop for all your last-minute Valentine’s Day Gifts! We cater to our local Springfield, MO community and offer several delivery options!

Easter and Spring Wedding Trends

One of the first things to decide when you’re planning a wedding is what time of the year to get married. Everyone has their own dreams and aspirations about what season they’d like to tie the knot, and if you’re planning a spring wedding, then you may have chosen this to coincide with the popular holiday that is Easter. Easter is a wonderful time of the year observed by many to mark Jesus’ resurrection, three days after the Romans had crucified him at Calvary c. Individuals also love to send presents to each other to celebrate this, from floral arrangements to chocolate and other Easter-related gifts. Those that do not practice Christianity celebrate Easter since the word comes from an old German word that means ‘east,’ which comes from an even older Latin word that translates to dawn. In springtime, Easter is still celebrated, which makes Easter flowers very unique and fresh.

If you’re planning on getting married around Easter time, you may be looking for inspiration for your color schemes, flower arrangements, and even the best wedding venues to look at. If so, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some Easter wedding ideas to help inspire you when planning your wedding.

Top spring flowers for your Easter wedding

It’s only fitting that at a spring wedding you choose flowers that will accompany the season. There are a handful of flowers that are traditionally used during the Easter celebrations that symbolize love and purity which is perfect for a wedding too.

White Lily

Arguably one of the more obvious choices, the white lily is also a very traditional flower seen during the Easter period. This is because it symbolizes love, purity, and hope, and is also used to represent Christ’s resurrection three days after his sacrifice. Lilies are a beautiful flower choice at weddings too, and you might choose to pair lilies with other springtime flowers such as tulips, or, use them alone in your flower arrangement.

Daffodils

The daffodil is an uplifting flower thanks to its bright yellow and white petals, and the flower is often seen when gifted to someone as a token of how much they care about the other person. This could be anything from friendship to love and is the perfect flower choice for your wedding. Because they’re planted in the fall, daffodils are perfect for a spring bridal bouquet or used for centerpieces on tables.

Tulips

Tulips are wonderful flowers with beautifully rounded petals that range anywhere from white to pink or even yellow, meaning you can tie this in with your color scheme at your wedding. If you’re choosing to go with springtime colors, tulips would be a great way of tying all of your colors together with a stunning flower. Tulips are also an excellent way of saying ‘I love you’ which is extremely fitting for a wedding.

Daisies

The sweet scent of daisies represents the purity of Easter and is another extremely fitting choice for your wedding flower arrangement. A simple and pure flower such as a daisy will slot in nicely for your bouquet, or work wonderfully as a stand-alone flower for your table centerpieces. Since they’re either white or yellow, they fit in perfectly for a spring floral layout.

Bridal bouquet

The bridal bouquet is another extremely important choice, and you can choose from a wide array of flowers to carry down the aisle. You could choose alternative spring flowers such as baby’s breath or carnations alongside lilies, daffodils, and tulips. Ultimately, choose a springtime flower that you love the most for the most special day of your life. A florist will be able to help you create your perfect spring bridal bouquet.

Give your local flower shop, Flowerama of Springfield, a call to get started on designing your wedding floral layout! Our team can have your wedding flowers delivered straight to your venue in and around Springfield, MO.

The best wedding venues during spring

While the weather may not be too warm during the springtime, an amazing idea to celebrate your wedding would be to host your ceremony in an outdoor location amongst the beauty of springtime flowers and nature. Here are some ideas to achieve this:

Find a renovated barn and decorate with springtime decorations and flowers for an enchanted wedding ceremony that feels like you’ve stepped right into a book.

If you’d like to get married indoors, try to find a location with floor to ceiling windows to let in as much beautiful natural light and spring colors as possible.

Choose to have your spring wedding photos taken in a beautiful meadow surrounded by lush greenery and spring flowers.

Finally, if you can’t find or decide on springtime venues, remember that you can decorate with spring and Easter themed colors to spruce up any venue!

How to Put Together the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Basket

A rose is a common symbol of love and is frequently given to someone on Valentine’s Day to show the expression of this emotion, however, the secret lies in finding a unique rose that will stand out and make the person you love feel special.

Fresh Flower Bouquets

Roses themselves are a symbol of love and affection and commonly red roses are given to a loved one. However, a simple rose bouquet might be overplayed, maybe you would like to go for something more intricate! So, why not put together a unique Valentine’s Day basket? The options are endless, and pairing a valentine’s basket with a beautiful flower arrangement will definitely make a statement.

Of course, you should always start off with some fresh flowers. Beautiful roses are the staple of any sort of Valentine’s Day gift. You can buy 100 roses if you really want to make a massive impression. You do not have to go for red roses either; you can try out different colors. You have everything from white, which is associated with purity, to yellow and pink. The options are endless. The best thing to do is find a great florist and let them create a bouquet that is unique for you. You are in luck, here at Flowerama of Springfield we serve our local Springfield, MO community with a wide variety of fresh flower arrangements and gifts!

In addition to flowers, a large stuffed animal is something that always looks impressive when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Plus, if all women are honest, they all want their partner to get them a large cuddly bear at some point. Your other half will have something to cuddle into if you are away for a business trip or on holiday with your friends.

Valentine’s Day Gift Basket

There are plenty of other things you can add to your Valentine’s Day basket as well. This includes jewelry, as well as chocolate. Take some time to look online and we are sure that you will get plenty of inspiration that you can use for your special basket for your other half. The fact that you have gone to all of this effort will make your partner feel loved, and isn’t that what the day is all about?

Long-Lasting Flowers

As well as getting some fresh roses, you may want to look into the prospect of buying a plated rose for your loved one. This is a flower that is going to last forever, which makes it a very special gift. What makes a plated rose a unique rose is that it lasts forever. This is great because not only is it a present that lasts a lifetime but it also signifies the extent of love felt towards the person you are giving the plated rose to; it shows that you want your love to last a lifetime. A plated rose is created by using a real rose so it still carries the same elements and significance as a fresh rose does.

This type of unique rose is freshly cut and especially hand-picked to ensure that they are of the best quality possible. Only those roses with full petals, a straight stem, and a stunning overall image will then be made into a plated rose. After they have been selected, they are then covered in lacquer, which is used to both protect and preserve the natural rose, they can then be painted in an array of stunning colors.

A unique plated rose will look beautiful in any room, it will add a sense of richness and character and will be instantly notified as soon as anyone enters. You can rest assured that the person you buy the gift for will absolutely love it and when they look at the plated rose it will be a constant reminder of the love that is shared.

There you have it; a complete guide to making your Valentine’s Day one to remember! Creating a Valentine’s Day gift basket and pairing it with a fresh rose bouquet is a unique gift that will surely be remembered! Don’t forget to ask your local florist for their expert opinion on Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts, there is always something extra special that you can include in our Valentine’s Day gift basket!

The Best Flowers to Care for This Winter

Just because winter is upon us does not mean that your garden cannot look as beautiful as it does during the summer months. Yes, winter requires a different approach when it comes to your flower choice and flower care, but you can still have a garden that looks incredibly stunning and ticks all of the right boxes.

Some of the options for the winter months include the likes of Chrysanthemums, Winter Jasmine, Lilies, Orchids, and White Roses. When it comes to choosing flowers for the winter period, the best thing you can actually do is choose a florist with care. When you have a good florist, they will be able to advise you on the sort of flowers that will look great in your home throughout this period and they will also give you all of the care advice that you need as well.

If you are looking for a local florist with fresh flowers available, check out Flowerama of Springfield who serves our local Springfield, MO community.

A lot of people think that it does not really matter when flowers are planted or what choices they go for. After all, if they are for sale in a garden center, they must be in season, right? Well, a bit of care and consideration can be the difference between a dull garden and one that is truly thriving.

What are the best flowers to grow in the winter?

You may think that there are not a lot of flowers that flourish in winter, but you’d be wrong! There are plenty of great flowers for this time of year. Violas and pansies are good for mild winter weather. Snowdrops are also highly recommended. Also known as Galanthus, these flowers are characterized by their droopy head, which creates a very elegant appearance.

Another flower that we recommend for the colder months is winter jasmine. This is a medium-sized shrub that has bright yellow flowers, and arching, long branches. While it may not be fragrant, it will add plenty of color to your garden during the winter. If you’re looking for a flower that will bloom when you least expect it, i.e. from the mid to late winter, then we recommend checking out Pieris. This is a shrub that has hundreds and hundreds of flowers that look like mini white bells, which dangle from the fine stems, creating a truly beautiful overall look.

Aside from the suggestions that we have made so far, another plant that is great for the winter months is Camellia. These beautiful evergreen shrubs have lush red, pink, or white flowers that bloom throughout the autumn and the winter months. There are a lot of different varieties of Camellia available, so make sure you read the description carefully when you purchase these flowers for the winter months.

How to care for winter flowers

There are a number of different steps you can take to make sure that your flowers are properly cared for throughout the winter months. One thing you will certainly need to do is alter your watering routine. During the winter months, indoor plants are actually going to need less water. While it is true that the air is dryer during the winter months; plants have a slower growth rate throughout the winter period. In fact, there are some varieties of plants that go fully dormant. As a consequence, less water is required to keep the plants hydrated. If you overdo it, it can result in rotting of the roots. Of course, every plant has different water needs, so this is something you will need to look into depending on the varieties you have in your home.

Another piece of advice when it comes to looking after your plants during the winter months is to follow the sun. Not only do you have a lower number of sunlight hours throughout the winter, but the rays will come in at a lower angle as well. You may need to add supplemental light for your plants or you could need to move them to a part of your house that is brighter. The best place is going to be a window that is either west or south facing and will get plenty of sun throughout the day.

There you have it: an insight into some of the best winter flowers for gifts, home decoration, and winter celebrations. No matter if you’re looking for winter bouquets for your loved ones or you’re looking for the best winter flowers for your garden, if you follow the advice that has been provided above you can be sure your winter flowers will flourish.

Best Anniversary Flowers to Gift and Their Meaning

Picking the perfect anniversary flower bouquet for a loved one can be a tricky endeavor, especially if you are not an expert about flowers. According to the tradition, there is a flower for each anniversary, which is something you could already consider if in doubt.

However, each flower has a particular meaning and, when styled with others, can give life to a beautiful bouquet that will leave anybody speechless. To guide you in this important choice, here are some anniversary flowers and their meanings.

How to Pick the Best Anniversary Flowers

With such an amazing choice, picking the right anniversary flowers might not be easy. But, before you start feeling overwhelmed by the range of options, consider the three factors below.

Think About Seasonality

When planning for the perfect anniversary gifts, it is crucial to keep in mind what is in season during that specific time of the year. Luckily, you can always know when your anniversary is and plan accordingly! Seasonal flowers usually boast colors that fit best with the season’s mood, and they are not as likely to go off within short time frames.

Don’t Forget About Personal Preferences

If your loved one already knows what flowers they love – and they are in season – your choice might just be much easier. Indeed, you can settle for the flowers they love and enrich the bouquet with other meaningful varieties. For a richer gift, you can also couple up your flower bouquet with gift baskets or cards.

Think About the Flowers’ Meaning

If you are still unsure, the meaning of each flower can guide you in the choice. Indeed, when perfectly arranged, the flower bouquet you have chosen can help you convey a message of love, loyalty, appreciation, or affection. Check out the meaning of the most common anniversary flower types below.

Anniversary Flowers and Their Meaning

Depending on seasonality and personal preference, speaking to a florist is the best way to get valuable insights before composing your own bouquet. However, as a starting point, you might use this brief list below and get an understanding of the best varieties to include in your gift.

Red Roses

If you could pick a flower to be the expression of love and devotion, that would be a red rose. Due to its deep meaning, red roses have been used as a symbol of love for thousands of years, visible proof of literature and history.

Simply, the meaning of red roses is pure romantic love – something that has not changed through the years, unlike the meaning of many other flowers that adapt depending on culture and society. Depending on the shade of red, red roses might convey deeper emotions and devotion.

Asters

Asters are a common gift on a 20th wedding anniversary, and they bloom in late summer or fall. Their meaning has changed through the years: in ancient times, the perfume of these flowers was believed to send away evil spirits. Today, Asters are a common anniversary flower, gifted as a talisman of love, patience, and long-lasting affection.

Daffodils

Daffodils are also among the best anniversary flowers, though often they are gifted on the occasion of the tenth anniversary. Their color and dynamicity convey exactly the message you would expect – joyfulness, happiness, and cheerfulness.

Geraniums

Geraniums are the flowers often gifted on a fourth wedding anniversary, and they symbolize the union of two people that come together in body, soul, and mind. These are common during this stage of the marriage because they indicate that both people have taken the roles they will cover in their lives – and they are stable and happy in it.

Calla Lily

Calla lilies are beautiful white flowers often used in bridal bouquets. They are well-known to be hardy and extremely resilient flowers that can survive the frost. This flower symbolizes the beauty of a couple and the love that connects them – becoming a symbol exchanged on the 6th wedding anniversary.

Roses

Roses are common flowers all around, but they are especially important when gifted on the occasion of the 50th anniversary. In particular, yellow roses are here coupled up with violets – now meaning beauty and prosperity, as well as humility and commitment.

Lilies

Lilies are the 30th-anniversary flower and means devotion. A 30th anniversary is perfect for gifting these flowers as they represent long-lasting love and commitment – a good auspice for the marriage!

How Can an Expert Florist Help?

When arranging a flower bouquet for something so important as an anniversary, you should not hesitate to ask for the help and guidance of an expert florist. These professionals truly understand the meaning of each variety, which allows you to make a more informed choice regarding the bouquet you are about to gift to the most important person in your life.

A florist will also be able to recommend the right combinations of flowers, as well as the varieties that tend to look fresh and beautiful for longer in each season. Stop in or browse our online shop, we specialize in flower arrangements and bouquets as well as gifts for any occasion, including anniversary flowers and gifts. Flowerama of Springfield serves our local Springfield, MO community with all your flower and gift-giving needs!

Poinsettia, The Red Christmas Flower & How You Care For It

Christmas is near, and it’s time to get yourselves ready for the festivities. This year hasn’t exactly gone how we’d have liked, so it’s only right that we enjoy the winter break and spend it with the ones we love. When it comes to the decoration and aspects around Christmas, there are all kinds of special facets and artifacts that signify special meanings. One of those that many people may not know about is the Poinsettia – or the Christmas Flower. This beautiful plant goes perfectly with the entire season and tops off as tremendous Christmas décor. Let’s quickly run through a little more if you’re interested in understanding some more details regarding this wonderful creation.

What Exactly Is The Poinsettia?

Known also as the Nochebuena (The Good Night) flower, the poinsettia is a bright and beautiful plant that lights up any area it is placed within. Typically, red, pink, or white, the Poinsettia flower’s association with Christmas derives from an old Mexican legend about a young child with little to his name. They gathered small weeds from the side of the road and placed them at the church altar on Christmas Eve. What people witnessed that day was a miracle as the weeds turned into these beautiful bright flowers.

The meaning behind the flower is that of purity. They’re meant to symbolize good cheer and success while bringing wishes of mirth, positivity, and celebration. They’re to be brought up for wonderful occasions such as Christmas and cause nothing but joy. They have only a few negative effects but should be completely harmless in the grand scheme. For instance, when consumed, the most they’ll do is cause mild irritation and nausea. Diarrhea and vomiting have been noted in a few cases, but those are few and far between.

How Should You Care For Them?

When it comes to taking good care of the beautiful Christmas plants, you need to know first where to get them from – or, more specifically, the kinds of places to get them. You’ll want to buy your poinsettia from a reputable store such as a well-respected florist or garden center. They’ll be able to keep them in the best possible conditions so as to keep the lifespan at a healthier number. Check the poinsettia’s compost before buying if you ever get the chance. It should be the perfect mix between wet and dry – not too extreme on either side. Be sure to protect it from the wind and cold while transporting it to your home.

When it’s home, remember to keep it in a bright, warm spot. Do not keep it in direct sunlight or near drafts – this means keeping it away from windows and fireplaces if you can. If you want them to sit in a vase, be sure to cut the bracts and dip the cut end in warm water for five seconds. Afterward, immediately place them in cold water. Once that’s done, you should be ready to arrange however you like. All of these stages shouldn’t be too much hassle for you as you look to take care of them, but do be careful.

How Long Do They Typically Last?

Their lifespan obviously depends on how well you take care of them. On average, however, they should last around four to six weeks until they slowly start to give way and fall. If you don’t take care properly, then they’ll obviously spend a few weeks on this earth. Remember to keep them insulated in a warm home but kept away from direct heat. There needs to be a nice balance when it comes to how they’re treated.

Where Might I Find Some?

Poinsettias are native to Mexico, as we have mentioned previously. They will be found in the wild in deciduous tropical forests along the Pacific coast of Mexico. They can also be found in the seasonally dry forests of Guererro and in Oaxaca. Those are the initial locations, however. Luckily, they can now be found in more accessible parts of the world!

You can, of course, head to your local garden center or florist and ask if they’ll have a few in stock. You can also look online for particular deliveries and customize your poinsettias to however you’d like.

What Do They Go Best With?

When it comes to the Christmas flower designs and Christmas flower arrangements, you can come up with all kinds of different assortments. Of course, they look marvelous on a Christmas tree as they really compliment the greenery and the rest of the sparkling accessories. They also really go well in a snowy environment as the contrasting colors make them stand out and look even healthier.

Find all your Christmas and holiday décor at Flowerama of Springfield where we serve our local Springfield, MO community with the freshest and most beautiful flower designs and arrangements!