How to start Spring with a BANG!

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

So, let’s start it with a bang, or a “boing”!

With spring’s arrival comes the arrival of the most beautiful flowers, sunshine and smiles, lighter clothing, birds and butterflies, and the need to clean up and reorganize one’s property and self. Yes, spring is all about rebirth. And we want to embrace it.

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Spring Delight

Of course, being a flower shop, we are beyond excited about the beautiful flowers we are able to get during this season. And ONLY this season. And trust us we make the best of it. We get excited about the daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilacs, peonies and anemones we will be able to add to our arrangements and make it extra springy. This is the season we look forward to all year-long. Other than the summer, fall and winter flowers, of course (we love them all).

Spring cleaning is important. As the sun shines in and fresh crisp aromatic winds blow, we open our windows let the happy sun and warm air bath our homes. Take out your brooms, mops, swiffers, vacuum cleaners, carpet fresheners, dusters, microfiber cloth, disinfectants and washing fluids (go with the natural organic kind if at all  possible, we don’t want you to breath in chemical fumes), scrubbing brushes, Mr Cleans, rubber gloves (clean home doesn’t need to mean rough hands), wood polishes, face masks and a tooth-brush (because we all know there is nothing that can clean small spaces and corners like a toothbrush, just don’t use it to brush your teeth after). Whew! And get to cleaning EVERYTHING. Yes, you could hire someone to come and do it for you while you sip on your green juice at yours local smoothie bar. But we promise you, there is something therapeutic and cathartic about getting on all four and scrubbing that corner in your bathroom that you keep ignoring. And when you are done cleaning, bask in the  glory that comes from that feeling of accomplishment.

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Perfectly Pastel

Store all the bulky winter sweaters, coats, scarves, gloves, socks, hats and boots in bins and put them away to never be seen again, till next year. Change your comforter with brighter colored and lighter ones, unpack all your flowery, flowy and flirty dresses, skirts, blouses, lighter suits and colorful shirts, lighter socks and shoes and hang them in your freshly cleaned closet, drawers and shoes rack. Make sure that they are well-organized and placed in a way it make it easy for you to pick them and wear them. Make sure that those clothes that you know you won’t ever wear are placed in a bag to donate. If you have some emotional attachment to some of them and can’t give them away, you can either dig deep down inside for strength from knowledge that someone else will benefit from those pants from 1995 or fold them properly and store them (with those items you intend to give to your daughter or son in the future) somewhere dry and away from high traffic areas. Arrange your jewelry, cosmetics and accessories properly so they are easily accessible. This will help you know exactly what you have and  enable you to actually wear/use them. When you can’t see them you won’t wear/use them and they will be forgotten in the back of that drawer for years till one day you find them and castigate yourself for spending so much on them to never be seen in them or worse end up buying the same thing again. It’s a terrible feeling and a waste of money. We want to help you not feel terrible.

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Country Basket Blooms

Take care of the look of your yard/garden or the potted plants on your balcony or on your shelf. Re-pot what needs re-potting, weed all the pesky little weeds and make them look clean and preeeeeeety for when they bloom (that should be very soon). Be sure to get yourself a beautiful flower arrangement from your trusted local florist, and put themon your dining room table and/or coffee table and/or foyer table. You will be amazed how much more beautiful they will look in your fresh and clean home. Beautiful flowers will make your home more warm and welcoming and less cold and clinical.

Now you are ready! The weight you feel from the gloom of winter and the house in disarray is behind you. you are ready to fly and float through the warmer months like the butterfly that you are!

Easter Flower Traditions

myflorist_easterThere are a lot of different traditions associated with Easter.  Many people have egg hunts and family gatherings.  Some go to a traditional Easter church service.  No matter what you do, you probably include flowers in your Easter celebration.  Many Easter decorations feature pastel colored flowers along with eggs, ducks, rabbits, and chicks.  Part of this is because Easter has always been close to the beginning of Spring, so it’s a time when a lot of bright, beautiful flowers are in bloom.

There are a lot of flowers connected to Easter.  The most obvious one is, of course, the Easter lily.  It’s not the only flower used for Easter, of course.  Many people like to display the bright yellows of the daffodil or the narcissus because they’re so cheery and remind us that winter is over.

Some other popular Easter flowers include the carnation, which is a classic flower that’s always in demand.  Tulips are also bright and bold, a nice contrast to the cold, often colorless months of winter.  You might even use some roses to bring in color, or mix and match some of your favorite flowers to create a unique bouquet.

No matter which flowers you use, may you and your family have a happy and wonderful Easter holiday!

Don’t forget, we deliver Easter flowers in Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas!

Easter Events in the DC Metro

Easter is this Sunday!  Are you looking for something fun to do?  Here are a few different events going on in our nation’s capital this Easter.

The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll is a traditional event.  It will actually be held on Monday the 9th this year.  There are a lot of different activities associated with the egg roll, including indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, a brunch, live entertainment, tennis, video games, and a concert by the Bay City Rollers.  Tickets are required.

The National Zoo is also hosting an egg roll/hunt on the 9th.  This event features live entertainment, a lot of different food, and arts and crafts.

Many churches in the DC area will be hosting Easter services on the morning of Easter.  Many also have Easter events planned after the services, including egg hunts and lunches.

A number of local restaurants also have Easter lunch, brunch, and dinner specials.  Check out the different dining options, but be sure to ask about reservations—some places may fill up quickly.

Butler’s Orchard will be hosting Bunnyland on the 6, 7, 9, and 15 of April.  There is an admission cost ($8.50 for children, $6.50 for adults), but kids get to visit the Easter bunny, hunt eggs, play on giant slides, and get up close and personal with animals in the petting zoo.

There’s also a Spring Easter Festival at Ticonderoga Farm.  This festival will be open until April 15, so there’s plenty of time to visit.  It includes many different activities, including a petting zoo, bird watching, swings, hayrides, a maze, face painting, egg hunts, and much more.

If your child wants to meet the Easter bunny, he will be appearing at many local malls and other department stores.  Most have an area set up with decorations and a professional photographer.

Don’t want to get out on Easter?  You can have your own Easter event at home.  Color eggs, have an egg hunt, or sit back and watch some movies related to Easter.  Many families also like celebrating Easter with family traditions, such as having family dinner.

Happy Easter from the MyFlorist family!

Don’t forget your Easter flowers in Washington, DC.