Warm and Welcoming Fall Flowers

 Fall Flowers

Let’s face it, here in Florida we don’t really experience fall in the same way that the rest of the country does. Still, many of us grew up in places when this season meant beautiful colors, both in the changing foliage and the fall flowers. Across the country, deep reds, burnt oranges, and golden yellows are the quintessential shades of the season. Although it may feel like summer outside here in Marco Island, we can still celebrate by filling our home with the fall flowers reminiscent of the northern climates.

Flowers that bloom through the fall season include asters, sunflowers, and chrysanthemums. Potted mums are easily kept outdoors throughout the fall and winter here in South Florida, and are popular choices for outdoor home decor. If you are looking for a custom design made of fall flowers, call the experts at Marco Island Florist and let us know how we can help.  Continue reading

Giving Flowers to Welcome New Neighbors

new neighborsHousewarming parties may not be as popular as they once were, but delivering a housewarming gift to a neighbor’s front door is still a meaningful way to welcome new arrivals. When relocating to a different neighborhood, people may feel a bit unsure, disoriented or stressed – and your friendly smile at their front door is guaranteed to make them feel better! Whether you offer to help unload boxes, cook them a meal, or present them with something beautiful from Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts, your act of kindness will go a long way. And who knows? This may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

A Literal Housewarming: The word “housewarming” is no accident – before electricity heated our homes, friends and relatives would visit new homeowners bearing gifts of firewood to keep the house cozy throughout the winter months.  Continue reading

Flowers to Wear to the Homecoming Dance

homecoming danceThe homecoming dance is a tradition that has survived for over a century of societal changes. Along with the football game and parades, the formal dance is a cherished custom at high schools and universities alike.

The homecoming dance wouldn’t be the same without elegant, sophisticated, trendy or fun florals  – for corsages and boutonnieres that will turn heads and make memories, call Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts.  Continue reading

Grandparents Day Celebrations & Florals

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They are the best babysitters, our closest confidantes, and our staunchest allies. On September 10, we have the opportunity to thank the very special people who love us the most – our grandparents! Grandparents Day is a time set aside to honor the multi-generational relationships that make up our families, and that make life so special. Originally established in 1978, Grandparents Day celebrations were meant to include reunions and gatherings, and to promote the sharing of stories about family history and legacy.

The day is also the perfect opportunity for us to honor these amazing matriarchs and patriarchs – after all, there is no one like a grandparent. The floral designers at Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts have compiled a collection of Grandparents Day flowers and gifts sure to make them feel loved and cherished.  Continue reading

Inspiration for September Birthday Bouquets

birthday bouquetsIf you were born this month, you may not know that you are represented by two beautiful ambassadors of September. The birth flower of September is the aster and the birthstone is the sapphire. Both provide ample inspiration for floral designers to create unique birthday bouquets that are sure to make anyone’s special celebration amazing.

The September Aster: The aster is related to the daisy and sunflower, with a central disk of miniature flowers and ray petals (florets) extending in a star-like design. In fact, the word “Aster” is derived from the Greek word for star, and it is part of Greek mythology. It is said the goddess Astraea, who had been turned into a star, wept over the fate of humanity – and her tears fell as stardust which turned to lovely star flowers (asters) when they touched the earth.
Asters bloom from late summer into the fall, and therefore are logical seasonal representatives for this time of year.

Did You Know? Asters grow naturally in many colors, but their central disk is always yellow.

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Sapphire Blues: The birthstone of September is the brilliant sapphire, which can be florally represented by only a few unique true-blue flowers. Blue delphinium, iris, and hydrangea are among the most popular blue flowers, but the perfect September birthday bouquets may be blue asters. Be sure to ask one of our floral designers about the availability of these beautiful blooms.

Little Known Fact: Sapphires actually occur naturally in many shades, including orange and green. But the most valuable sapphire – and therefore the most iconic – is one with a primary color of blue, and a secondary hue of violet.

The expert team at Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts creates custom birthday bouquets all year round, and we are inspired by many things. This month, let the sapphire and aster inspire you to send flowers that will be the highlight of their special day.

Surprise Them on Just Because Day

just because day

The spirit of Just Because Day is to do nice things – for yourself and for others – for no other reason than you want to! Too often we are bound by schedules, responsibilities and time frames. This whimsical observance allows us to let loose a little, to color outside the lines and think outside of the box.  What would you like to do today, “just because”? August 27 is all about checking a few things off the bucket list, no matter how large or small.

Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts helps you to celebrate special occasions and milestones all year round. However, one of the most meaningful bouquets is one sent for no reason, other than to let the recipient know that they are on your mind and heart.  Continue reading

August is Romance Month – Share the Love

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February may have Valentine’s Day, but did you know that the entire month of August is dedicated to romance? We think it comes at exactly the right time, too – the summer was made for love! This is the time for spontaneous gestures, whimsical ideas, and expressing the joy of being in love – from flowers to chocolate and much more. The team at Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts helps people to convey their affection all year round, and we have the romantic bouquets and arrangements that will set the mood for National Romance Month.

Flowers of Love: Everyone recognizes that red roses are the quintessential ambassador of romance, but you may not know that other flowers carry meaning for romance as well. For instance, pink roses represent a sweet, affectionate love, daisies signify young love, and peonies are representative of marital bliss.  Continue reading

Meaningful Flowers for the Memorial Service

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Flowers are an integral part of our lives, arriving on the day of a baby’s birth and having a presence through all of life’s celebrations and happy occasions. However, not all occasions are full of joy, and one of the more difficult times of life is saying goodbye to a friend or loved one. Still, flowers are there to provide beauty, solace, honor and compassion. Knowing which flowers to send to the memorial service, grave site, or the family’s home will make the selection of flowers easier during an emotional time. The professionals at Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts are here to assist in any way we can.

Traditional Flowers of Sympathy? The gladiolus has long been considered the traditional flower which is representative of remembrance. While the gladioli bloom has a rich history in this regard, any flower may be used for funeral arrangements. Families will often choose the deceased favorite flowers or colors to create expressions of love that are more personal and intimate.
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Gifts to Decorate the College Dorm Room

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Come the end of the summer, nearly 2 million new college students will move into a college dormitory for the first time, marking the beginning of a new phase of life. While there is much to look forward to, your student is also probably experiencing a bit of anxiety as well, thinking about living away from home – and you – for the first time. You can help to ease the transition by adding comfortable touches to college dorm room decor. Establishing a familiar tone will go a long way to decreasing their fears.

You may choose to bring their favorite pillow, or posters from their room. Or perhaps a few photos from home will bring them comfort if the homesickness starts to settle in. At Marco Island Florist Home & Gift, we have another idea to make the room more homey – green and flowering plants.  Continue reading

National Friendship Day – Celebrate Sisters & Friends

National Friendship Day

You may have heard that flowers have a language all their own. For instance, red roses represent passion, love and romance, and are appropriate for your sweetheart. But in August, we are celebrating two days which are perfectly symbolized by another popular flower – the yellow rose. This cheerful bloom Is the traditional flower of friendship, and is perfect to send on National Friendship Day and National Sisters Day (both observed on August 6).  Since many of us have sisters who are best friends, and best friends who are more like sisters, we love the idea of the corresponding holiday.

Marco Island Florist Home & Gifts has the yellow rose designs and arrangements guaranteed to make her smile, and let her know that your life is so much better because of her! Continue reading