Flower Therapy

Flowers can make you feel better.
Flowers can make you feel better.

There’s a reason we send flowers to the ill, the sad, and those who have had a rough time.  Flowers have therapeutic powers.  You may have noticed this yourself if you’ve had a bad day and then received a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Even if you didn’t receive fresh flowers, maybe the sight of flowers in your garden or even a display of flowers at a local florist cheered you up. 

What’s even more interesting is that flower therapy does have its roots (pardon the pun!) in scientific study.  Several different studies conducted over the years have shown that people who get flowers regularly or who grow flowers do tend to have lower blood pressure and are less stressed than those who don’t. 

So does this mean that you should buy yourself fresh flowers every week?  Well, it couldn’t hurt!  But truthfully, it means we all need to slow down and smell the roses every now and then.  Stop to take a moment to enjoy flowers and forget about your stress and your problems.  Flowers smell great, look great, and truly brighten up our lives, and if we just take a few minutes to enjoy them, we will also enjoy the benefits of flower therapy.

Flowers for New Babies (and Moms)

When you go to visit a n

A New Mom and her Baby
A New Mom and her Baby

ew mom and baby in the hospital, there are a few things you may want to take with you.  A stuff animal.  A balloon.  And, of course, some flowers.  New moms often have a room full of bright flowers.  But which flowers are perfect for new babies and new moms?  Here are a few ideas.

Go with blues or pinks, depending on if the baby is a boy or a girl.  While some flowers can be dyed blue, some are naturally that color.  These include irises, delphiniums, hydrangeas, and even some roses.  For pink flowers, think roses, hydrangea, pink alstroemeria, and stargazer lilies.  You can accent these colorful flowers with some white carnations, white roses, and some baby’s breath.  Put them in a nice blue or pink vase, add some ribbon, and you’ve got a gorgeous bouquet perfect for welcoming a new life into the world.

Of course, you don’t have to go with traditional colors.  Purple or lavender flowers work for a new baby girl, and some bright yellow, white, and even red flowers work for both.  Carnations, chrysanthemums, tulips, daises, and asters, for example, all are perfect for bouquets for new babies and moms. 

When it comes for vases, you have several options.  Yes, you can go with blue or pink, but you can also use a clear vase.  Wicker baskets or decorative containers like a hollow ceramic duck are good choices if you want something a little different. 

Finally, as mentioned above, you can add a balloon or a stuffed animal to the arrangement.  This adds a bit of extra flair to the bouquet, although neither is required.  In fact, sometimes a new mom’s room is so overflowing with balloons and stuffed novelties that she might appreciate a simple bouquet with no extras!

All in all, selecting flowers for a new baby and mom is fairly simple.  If you can’t decide, an associate at your local florist will be more than willing to help you out.  He or she can assist you in selecting the perfect bouquet for the new baby and mom.

Good Mothers Are Not Perfect. But They’re Pretty Close

Mother's Day is May 9, 2010
Mother's Day is May 9, 2010

We’d like to offer a little shout out to all the mothers out there.  This might have shown up in your inbox at some point in the past few years, but it’s so good it bears repeating.

This is for all the mothers who didn’t win Mother of the Year in 2010.  All the runners-up and all the wannabes. All the mothers too tired to enter or too busy to bother.

This is for all the mothers who froze while sitting on metal bleachers at soccer games Friday night instead of watching from cars, so that when their kids asked, “Did you see my goal?” they could say “Of course, wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up after them and saying, “It’s OK, honey, Mommy’s here.”

For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes.  And all the mothers who don’t.

What makes a good mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? The ability to nurse a baby, fry a chicken and sew a button on a shirt all at the same time? Or is it heart?

Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?

The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 a.m. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a school shooting, a fatal fire, a car accident, a baby dying?

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they’ll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and made them homes. 

This is for mothers who put Teddy bears on their children’s graves.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the mothers who wanted to but just couldn’t.

This is for reading “Goodnight Moon” twice a night for a year. And then reading it again. “Just one more time.” This is for all the mothers who mess up. Who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair and stomp their feet like a tired 2-year-old who wants ice cream before dinner.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoes before they started preschool. And for all the mothers who chose Velcro instead.

For all the mothers who bite their lips — sometimes until they bleed — when their 14-year-olds dye their hair blue.  And those who freak.

For all the mothers who say no to piercings, parties, drugs and cruelty.  And then pray their child makes good choices.

Who lock themselves in the bathroom when babies keep crying and won’t stop.

This is for mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purses.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

For all the mothers who make mental notes of their children every time they hear a siren sound or a tire squeal or a bump in the night.

This is for all the mothers whose heads turn automatically when a little voice calls “Mom?” in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home.

This is for mothers whose sons and daughters have gone astray, who can’t find the words to reach them.

This is for all the mothers who sent their sons to school with stomachaches, assuring them they’d be just fine once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurses an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation. And mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without.

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Give your mom a hug today and thank her for her imperfect perfection.  And, just in case you want to send flowers, we’re here for you.

Flowers & The Economy

Classic
Classic

As the US government pushes the record-making $700 billion bail-out for the banking sector, and a $25 billion loan to carmakers, our confidence as consumers takes a tumble. We, as a nation, are cutting back, learning to live on a cash basis. Fuel and food prices are going up and we hear “economic depression” on the news and around the water cooler. So in this economy, who can afford luxuries like flowers? If we put aside certain events like weddings and funerals and Mother’s Day where flowers are often necessary to express our feelings, what else warrants such decadent spending? Let’s do a Top 10 list of Why Flowers Are Always Affordable:

  1. Flowers bring us back to Mother Earth. They are alive. Touch them and you can’t help but feel more connected to the universe.
  2. Flowers are easy to order online and have sent almost anywhere in the world, usually within half a business day. So they are great for last minute gifts or far away loved ones.
  3. Flowers never go out of style. They can express a gracious business thank you or a fun nudge to say, “Hey, I’m still thinking of you.”
  4. Flowers soothe us. The aroma, the delicate beauty and the gentle spirit of flowers give us those “Stop and Smell the Flowers” moments away from the financial and technical stress in our everyday lives.
  5. Flowers give us a lot of bang for our luxury buck. For the same price as a dozen beautiful roses you could fill up your gas tank, buy a pair of slacks, or pay your cell phone bill. But you wouldn’t get the “Ooh’s and Ahh’s”.
  6. Flowers dress up a room and make us feel loved. Those of
    us who have been unfortunate enough to stay in the hospital
    for more than a couple of nights without getting flowers know it’s just not
    right.
  7. Flowers encourage and cheer us on. You can congratulate someone with a card or you can show them how proud you are – expressing even deeper levels of feeling – even more with flowers.
  8. Flowers are romantic. Red roses are still a requirement
    for any important evening that involves romance.
    Having roses delivered to her office or home before you pick her up can set
    the right tone for the night.
  9. Flowers give us bragging rights at the office. Not that we’d actually brag. It’s a given that someone thinks us awesome.
  10. Flowers are a luxury. Having a fresh floral arrangement in any room of your house is like sleeping on Egyptian cotton, wearing silk or sipping a fine wine. They are sensuous and beautiful like a summer breeze through the trees with sunlight on our faces and freshly cut grass between our toes.

Balance your checkbook. Pay your bills. Check your investments. And then send
some flowers
.