Monthly Archives: March 2018

  • 7 Gift Basket Theme Ideas Perfect For Spring

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    Is there anything that says springtime better than a spring gift basket? The two are so intertwined that baskets are inevitably associated with Easter, flowers, candy, and gifts. Easter is also not the only springtime celebration. Mother’s Day and most school graduations take place in springtime as well. Plus, all the vibrant greenery and blooming flowers make springtime its own celebration!

    Any occasion is a good time for a springtime gift basket. With lots of events to celebrate, there is a gift basket idea that is perfect for every loved one you know!

    For some inspiration, check out these 7 ideas for gift basket themes:

    Spring Into Business

    Many businesses celebrate milestones for either their employees or clients. These include work anniversaries, exceeding sales goals, or making a major purchase, such as a house or a car--all of which can be commemorated with a gift basket.

    Realtors, for example, can give a “new home” welcome basket with a welcome mat or some wine and cheese. Car dealers can hand over the keys with a basket of car fresheners and dashboard wipes. Teachers can make baskets for almost any lesson, from the ABCs to nature to disaster preparedness.

    Nature’s Basket

    Springtime sees the blooming of colorful and beautiful flowers, making every day a great day to give someone a gift basket. Flower baskets make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, since flowers are a popular gift for Mom on her special day. Flowers make everyone feel good (it’s a fact!) and flower baskets are stuffed with a rainbow of beauty that can brighten anyone’s day. Take a cue from Nature and consider flowers to celebrate springtime!

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    Sports Fans

    A lot of sports start their seasons in the spring, and fans all over rejoice. Gift baskets for sports fans are easy to make or even buy. Just about anything with the team’s colors or logo can go into a basket with small items of team merchandise such as a cap or towel. Even flowers or candy can fit the bill to celebrate the start of your favorite team’s season!

    Play Into Fantasy

    A lot of outdoor activities recommence during springtime, and zombie runs are one craze that a lot of people are participating in. Make your own zombie run for the kids and kids-at-heart in your family with a zombie-themed basket. Other role-playing games can work as well - chase down orcs with a fantasy-themed basket or prepare to encounter aliens with a sci-fi themed one. A mystery-themed basket can lead the whole family outdoors and even around town for a fun scavenger hunt. Make-believe is a lot of fun for everyone, and a gift basket can give your loved ones all the props they need to make their adventures come to life!

    Make a Garden Grow

    Flowers and nature are always a great way to celebrate springtime, and lots of green thumbs come out to awaken their gardens from a  long winter’s nap. You can help give them a boost with a gardening basket, complete with small tools, some seeds, or gloves. For a DIY project, these can even be assembled using a watering can as a basket, perfect for your favorite gardener!

    Sweet Treats

    Fun for the whole family, a basket of baking items can make an adventure in the kitchen. Assemble the ingredients for a variety of items, such as cookies, brownies, or fudge; or you can put all the focus on one item, like a cake with sprinkles and other decorations. This is a great idea for Mother’s Day or birthdays, and Easter-themed baskets can include egg candies or hot cross buns.

    Arts and Crafts

    While springtime is known for growth and the outdoors, a large part of all of this nurturing of nature is the replenishing rains - the same ones that keep people indoors, almost guaranteeing bored and cranky kids. Baskets with arts, crafts, and word puzzles can bring sunshine to anyone’s rainy day. Generalized games (and a few little snacks) can be the ticket to a fun day indoors. You can also assemble the materials for a special craft, such as a cross-stitch pattern with all the threads and beads, especially for older children and adults. Give inspiration to a veteran of the craft or teach it to someone new with a gift basket!


    Gift baskets are good for any occasion, even if the occasion is just a way to tell someone you care about them. Springtime provides plenty of reasons to give a gift basket to a friend, loved one, or even a co-worker or client. With the above themes or some of your own, you can get a gift basket perfect for spring!

  • Happy Birthdays Flowers That Match Her Birthstone


    So it’s her birthday, and you want to get her something extra special? If you’re planning to send flowers, maybe you want them to be really unique. Why not send flowers that match her birthstone?

    Many of us share a special connection with our birthstone, and for some, the color of the stone even becomes their favorite color.  So, if you want to send a gift that shows you appreciate the extra special nature of her birthday, send a bouquet that matches her birthstone and her birth month.

    Here’s our list of beautiful happy birthday flowers for her birthstone:

    January: Garnet

    The red garnet is the birthstone for January, so send a bouquet that matches the deep, rich reds of her lucky stone.

    Red roses are always romantic, so there’s no going wrong with a bouquet full of them. You can also mix it up and select any flower that comes in red -- tulips, daisies, etc.

    Carnations and snowdrops are the official birth flower for January, so send an extra special bouquet of red carnations accented with beautiful white snowdrops for the perfect January bouquet. Carnations are associated with fascination and intrigue, which is a fitting match for the promise of the new year that comes in January.

    January is split between Capricorns and Aquarians. For Capricorns, the durability of African violets makes them an ideal choice to guarantee that their steady, dependable nature will have a similar plant to look after for months to come. Aquarians are generally very spiritual and intuitive, so the orchid is the perfect floral match for that.

    February: Amethyst



    Amethysts come in many colors, ranging from pink to purple and more. Purple is the most popular color, so a bouquet of violets or primroses would be a gorgeous choice.

    You can go with more common flowers like pink and purple roses or daisies, and then accent them with lavender sprigs for something more ornate. Coincidentally, violets and primroses are also the birth flowers for February.

    Another beautiful February choice with a hint of amethyst purple is the iris  -- they symbolize faith, wisdom, and hope which means they’re not only a perfect color complement for February birthstones, but a good match for Aquarian traits. If your loved one is a Pisces, keep in mind that they like something quieter, such as Alstroemeria.

    March: Aquamarine

    The birthstone for March is aquamarine, so any delicate blue flowers would be a beautiful choice.

    Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful blue flowers, if you want to have an exact match. You could also opt for a white bouquet of lilies or roses, with blue accents such as delphinium and hyacinths.

    The birth flowers for March are daffodils, which are also the signature flower of spring. If your love is an Aries, they appreciate bold gestures and passion, so pick a brightly colored bouquet that reflects that.

    April: Diamond



    Since April’s birthstone is a diamond, you have nearly unlimited potential in the blooms you can select to match. Some of the more traditional white flowers that would make a lovely bouquet include orchids, roses, lilies, and carnations.

    Sweet pea and daisies are the birth flower for April, which also offer beautiful white options to complement the sparkle of the April diamond.

    If your lady was born in late April, she’s a Taurus, which means she appreciates natural beauty -- combine the April diamond white with the magnificence of a lily for a truly special bouquet.

    May: Emerald

    If you want to match the emerald of her birthstone, you have a lot of options -- send a leafy bouquet with lots of greenery for accents to accompany her favorite bloom and you’ll have a stunning emerald arrangement.

    If you truly want a green bloom, try green chrysanthemums, a bloom called “Bells of Ireland”, or green gladiolus.

    The lily is the birth flower for May, and there are actually green lilies so that’s something you could try if you want a bloom that’s a bit more unusual. If your love is a late May Gemini, go with roses, which perfectly captures their romantic natures and need for love and companionship -- you could go for an arrangement with a bounty of green accents.

    June: Pearl

    Similar to April, June is all about shades of white to match the beautiful pearl birthstone of the month. Anything from roses to lilies to orchids would be a beautiful choice.

    Occasionally, pearls can have a pink pearlescent sheen to them, so go for a bouquet of white and pink roses to capture that effect. Rose and honeysuckle are the birth flowers for June, so you can certainly devise a pearly white bouquet from those options. Reflect the compassion of a Cancer with the lightness and levity of delphiniums.

    July: Ruby



    Send a beautiful jewel-toned, ruby red bouquet to match the ruby of July birthdays. A bouquet of red roses or a more playful arrangement of daisies both make for lovely options.

    Larkspurs and water lilies are the official birth flowers of July, and if you have someone who loves things off the beaten path, a vase filled with water and a floating water lily might just be the perfect choice.

    Leos are attention grabbers, so go with something loud and inviting like the aforementioned red roses or a perfect summer display of sunflowers. You can always combine the blooms with some red carnations or roses for an ideal July bouquet.

    August: Peridot

    Olive green peridot once again leaves room for some slightly more unusual choices, whether it’s merely green accents or an entire plant such a bamboo, a fern, or a succulent arrangement.

    An overflowing garden basket with ferns and other plants will both capture the greenery of August peridot, while suggesting the bounty of the summertime. The poppy and gladiolus are the August birth flowers, so create an arrangement of these brightly colored high-summer blooms with plenty of greenery for August accents. Virgos are intellectual and serious so opt for something traditional like daisies to accommodate their more reserved nature.

    September: Sapphire



    For the lush jewel tones of a September sapphire birthday, opt for a bouquet that is just as eye-catching and blue. Hydrangeas and delphiniums are beautiful options.

    Cornflowers and salvias are other beautiful blue options. Aster and morning glory are two blue blooms that also happen to be the official birth flowers of September, making for a doubly perfect September birthday bouquet.

    In addition to their blue beauty, hydrangeas are a great selection for late September Libras because they reflect that sign’s thoughtfulness and sincerity, as well as indicate a clear sense of balance just like Libra’s scales symbol.

    October: Opal or Tourmaline

    The pearlescent, feminine sheen of an opal makes for a wide range of color options for a matching birthstone bouquet. Depending on light and cut, an opal can appear white, pink, or even a light shade of lavender. Opt for a bouquet that mixes all three shades to really capture the perfection opal look -- consider something that blends pink, purple, and white roses or if you want something more unique, like an opal, perhaps a bouquet of multi-colored orchids.

    If you want to match tourmaline instead, go for all pink blooms like daisies, roses, or carnations. Calendulas or English marigolds are the official blooms of October, which don’t match a birthstone but are a cheery and bright alternative to the more muted tones that do. Indulge sensuous and passionate Scorpios with lush pink and white peonies for a zodiac and birthstone matching bouquet.

    November: Topaz



    The November birthstone of Topaz can range from pale yellow to dark amber, giving you a wide range of yellow and orange shades to create a bouquet with.

    Pick traditionally yellow flowers such as daffodils or sunflowers for a bright and cheery topaz bouquet or you can go a little more intense with burnt orange roses, lilies, and daisies.

    Chrysanthemums are the official November flower, and they come in eye-catching shades of yellow and orange to make for an ideal November bouquet. Capture the multidimensional personality of a Sagittarian with the most versatile flower of them all -- the carnation.

    December: Turquoise

    With December, it’s time for the lush blue shades of turquoise. Choose from a wide range of blue blooms, including hydrangea, delphinium, asters, and morning glories for a beautiful December bouquet.

    Narcissus is one of the official December flowers, and if you pair its white and pale yellow shades with other blue blooms you could create a one-of-a-kind December bouquet. Holly is the other official bloom for December, which of course pairs well with the Christmas season -- if your loved one is touchy about her birthday falling close to Christmas, avoid this choice, but if she loves it, go for it.

    There are so many options to choose from, no matter the birthstone! Give her extra special birthday flowers to reminder her how important she is to you.

  • Elegant Decorative Flowers for Easter Celebrations

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    Easter has always been observance of the renewal of life and vibrance after the long, cold winter. For many, it is the celebration of the return of flowers, greenery, warmth, and sunshine. Classical Greeks associated springtime with youth as well, and this has also carried over into today.

    For Christians, it is the celebration of the death and Resurrection of Jesus. The entire religion is centered upon this event, and its significance has been marked with many symbols, including flowers. In fact, flowers were often used as a memory guide to help understand the teachings of Christianity.

    However, Easter is so embedded into our culture that many people celebrate it for the bunnies, baskets, eggs, and especially the flowers. For the Easter celebrations in your life, this opens a lot of options for Easter flowers, decorations, and arrangements. If you are not sure what flowers to get for Easter, here are some elegant suggestions to help mark the season!

    Traditional Easter Flowers

    Some flowers are specifically associated with Easter. The most prominent of these is the Easter lily, which is said to have appeared beneath the cross after the Crucifixion. Lilies symbolize love, hope and innocence, and are symbols not only of Jesus but of the Virgin Mary. As a result, lilies are often either given as gifts or used to decorate for Easter. They can be in an arrangement, or potted, like Kremp’s Triple Easter Lily (which even comes with its own unique pot!).

    Flowers of Springtime

    The arrival of springtime brings new growth and blooms, and Easter gives us, and more significantly, nature, a chance to display them in celebration of the season. Daisies, tulips, and daffodils also have traditional meanings associated with youth, newness, and growth. Roses and carnations, while always popular and very versatile, also feature in many Easter arrangements, especially since the season and the flowers are also associated with courtship. Orchids add an air of exotic elegance as well.

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    Creative Centerpieces

    Flowers, eggs, chicks and bunnies are all prominent themes this holiday and can be featured in your decorating, like this "nest" arrangement of spring flowers. Green and pastel colors are usually used around this time because of the regrowing leaves and the rainbow hues of flower petals. For Christians, Easter commemorates the Resurrection, so a lot of the decorating of more religious families will include important symbols of this holiday, most notably a cross to represent the Crucifixion, and one or more candles to represent the Resurrection (if you decorate with candles, please use caution when you light them near flowers!).

    DIY Vases and Arrangements

    For the creatively inclined, nothing can be more fun and express your values or style better than creating your own stuff. Just about any container that holds liquid can be turned into a vase, and even the most unexpected things can garnish a bouquet. This can be especially handy for people who can’t receive real flowers due to allergies or other health concerns, not to mention that it provides the ecology-minded with creative ways to reuse. Even if you buy an arrangement, there is always room for a personal touch.

    Tasty Floral Treats

    Some flowers are edible, but when they come with candy there is always something tasty in your basket! Since candy is such a cornerstone of Easter today, many arrangements, especially baskets, have assorted types of candy. Candy eggs might provide a bed for a bouquet of daisies, or candy bunnies might peak out of your basket of carnations. Make a sweet impression by having a giant chocolate bunny present your loved one with Kremp’s Easter Blooming Bulb Garden for a holiday memory that truly lives. The options are as limitless as your recipient’s taste and your imagination!

    flowers for Easter

    Whether you celebrate the holiday or simply the season, flowers will almost certainly be a part of your theme. With inspiration from the ideas above, you can give your Easter that elegant touch that only flowers can!

  • The Ultimate Guide to Flowers for Prom: Corsages, Boutonnieres, and Bouquets


    It’s nearly prom season! And that means one thing—it’s also time for prom flowers. Along with the tradition of prom dresses, ill-fitting tuxedos, photo sessions in the gym, and awkward slow dancing, there’s another great prom tradition: flowers for your date!

    Most traditionally, couples choose to buy prom corsages and boutonnieres for each other, but some opt for bouquets or shake things up entirely. For instance, if you’re going with a group of gal pals, you might want to all buy corsages. Or, maybe you and your date are both donning menswear for the evening -- in that case, you’d likely need boutonnieres.

    No matter what type of flowers you need for prom, here’s the only guide you need to get ordering.

    Prom Flowers Etiquette


    Outside of Valentine’s Day, prom is likely the busiest time of year for florists. Prom season tends to align with Mother’s Day, graduations, and the beginning of wedding season, so it’s important to be mindful of the busy time of year when deciding on something extra special.

    Whether it’s an online order or a pickup from your local florist, allow for ample time for order processing. If it’s a premade corsage you’re wanting, think about visiting a florist one week prior to the dance (and be aware that choices might be limited). Never expect to be capable of visiting a florist the day of the dance and still get what you’re looking for!

    Purchasing a custom arrangement also requires extra attention, requiring a minimum of two weeks so that proper materials can arrive as your desired arrangement takes shape.

    Planning ahead is wise. You’ll want to arrive at the florist to get your arrangement no sooner than the morning of the dance, in order to ensure maximum freshness. In all likelihood, the shop will store your arrangement in a cool place so that the petals look beautiful for you and your date.

    Prom Corsages


    From the word “Bouquet de corsage,” meaning “bouquet of the bodice,” corsages are traditionally worn by women on their dress or wrist as a floral accent to their formalwear. It’s considered one of the most time-honored traditions of prom night (and even if you don’t have a date, there’s no saying you can’t treat yourself).

    The options for corsages are vast. They can be worn anywhere, really—from the hair to the waist and beyond. When selecting a corsage, first try to discern (or ask outright) what type of corsage your date may prefer. If they’re wearing a gown with thin straps or going strapless, they may prefer a corsage they can wear on their arm so it doesn’t weigh down their delicate dress. If you’re going for something really unique, such as a spray of flowers she can wear in her hair, be sure to ask if it’s something she’d be into. It all depends on her plans for her prom night hairstyle.

    The other crucial piece of information to consider is the color of your date’s dress. Many people opt to bring a photo of the dress (or a swatch of fabric) to the florist so they can make an exact match. It can assist with the color of the flowers or other accent pieces they might use, such as ribbon, rhinestones, lace, and more. Do your best to select an arrangement that will complement your date’s dress, whether that means an exact match or an accent color that adds just the right pop of fun to the ensemble. If you don’t know what your date will be wearing, opt for a neutral color (like white) and the florist can spruce up the look with some bling.

    You can also select the exact flowers used on the corsage—roses, carnation, orchids, and lilies are all popular options. Roses and carnations are particularly popular because they are sturdy flowers that will last the entire evening and they come in a wide range of colors, making it easier to match any prom look. In fact, carnations can be dyed just about any color, so that’s a great option if your date is wearing a color that doesn’t occur naturally. Generally, it’s best to allow the florist to select what blooms they use and just give them guidance on color and placement -- their experience will likely result in a better arrangement than whatever you choose. Do take care of one thing, though find out if your date has any significant allergies to flowers. You don’t want her sneezing, or worse, getting a rash on prom night because you didn’t think to ask.

    If your date has bad allergies or if you’re concerned about sustainability, many shops now offer corsages made from plastic, paper, and other beautiful creative takes on “fake” flowers. So, that’s always an option.

    Of the traditional prom flowers, corsages can be pricey. Expect to pay anywhere from $20-$50. Pre-made arrangements tend to run cheaper than custom designs, just be upfront with your florist about your budget and they’ll help you find something that works.

    Prom Boutonnieres


    Typically a single flower pinned to a man’s lapel, boutonnieres express simplicity, so opt for one flower and a streamlined design over something too ornate.

    Traditionally, the boutonniere should match the corsage in both color and flower selection. One easy way to ensure the two items complement each other is to order them together -- that way the florist will be preparing each with the other in mind. The boutonniere should match your date’s tie, cumberbund, or vest (which should theoretically match your dress). Boutonnieres tend to avoid the feminine touches and bling of corsages, so if this is something you want, ask your date if they like the idea and make a special request. When in doubt, a single white rose or carnation is the easiest way to be sure you have a classy, complementary look. Boutonnieres tend to be significantly cheaper than corsages (since they involve less materials) and run from about $10-12.

    Prom Bouquets


    Yes, bouquets are certainly not the traditional option for prom night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shake things up a bit. Here’s a fun fact: the tradition of the corsage comes from a 20th century practice of men bringing their date’s parents a bouquet of flowers. From that, they would select a single bloom to pin to their date’s dress.

    Many of the same rules apply for bouquets as corsages and boutonnieres. Allow plenty of time for ordering, and select an arrangement/color scheme that complements the outfit of your date. Keep in mind that it’s unlikely your date will want to bring a bouquet to prom and keep hold of it all night. Although, you do have some leeway here, as they a bouquet is pretty to take photos with it and can be left behind in a vase of water to extend its life. If it is something you intend to take photographs with and not just a romantic gesture, be extra careful to choose something in neutral shades (white and cream), or something that matches the color scheme of your outfits.

    Bouquets, particularly custom arrangements, tend to be more expensive than either corsages or boutonnieres. They can range from as low as $20 to somewhere in the $100’s. It’s something to keep in mind when selecting your perfect prom flowers.

    Whether you want a corsage, boutonniere, or bouquet, the best guideline to purchasing prom flowers is to keep your date in mind. Choose something they’ll love, and have fun enjoying a special rite of passage in teenage life.

  • What Flowers Are in Season in March?

    what flowers are in season in March

    March brings springtime, and springtime is heralded by new growth and flowers! Colors galore adorn our trees and meadows as blooms burst forth to welcome the lengthening days and warming weather. Florists and flowerbeds are filled with with vibrance as nature becomes more alive and nourished after its long winter slumber.

    Flowers are very popular in the springtime, too. Perhaps it is because there are more of them, or because the previous few months were so dreary and gray. A lot of couples also choose to get married around this time because the flowers and foliage are brilliant. What flowers might you see for these early spring occasions?


    With vivid blooms in colors like pink, red, burgundy and purple, anemones usher in spring loud and proud. One of the first blooms to break the monotony of gray skies over white ground, the flowers have such an intense color to them that the ancient Greeks once believed they were drops of blood from demigods.


    Alabama’s state flower can withstand more heat than most, so it can be found earlier in the year in the South while it might not bloom till April or May further north. These elegant flowers grow on a shrub that enjoys the shady spots of your garden.


    For most Northern US gardens and lawns, the daffodil is one of two flowers that are synonymous with spring. With a trumpet-shaped center protruding from a star-shaped flower, daffodils are very recognizable. Their color scheme tends to be white, yellow and orange.


    Tulips are famous for being associated with springtime and are the quintessential spring flower. They come in many different colors as well as two varieties; the taller, more expensive French ones, and the extremely popular Dutch ones. Holland is very famous for its tulips, so much so that at one point in the mid-1600s the country suffered one of the earliest economic crashes in history when their popularity outweighed their supply. These days, the Netherlands’ yearly Tulip Festival assures us that there will be no more tulip shortages!

    Grape Hyacinth

    There are very few flowers out there that are legitimately blue, but grape hyacinth is one of the most notable exceptions. It is also aptly named; it looks like a bunch of blue grapes growing from a stem and reaching up to the sky. Be careful with them around small children and pets, though, as they are as poisonous as they are pretty.


    Most types of iris are perennial, meaning they last a while. In the plant world, this means they bloom yearly for a period of time, and do not need to be planted each year. They are beautiful and delicate in appearance, spanning the blue and purple sections of the color wheel. They are also very versatile and can be used to accent any type of garden or arrangement.


    These gorgeous shrubs produce flowers in the pink, red, and purple family. A member of the rhododendron family, their care and maintenance vary depending on the climate zone you are in. The warmer your climate, the earlier they will bloom, so if you live in a colder climate you might not see your azaleas bloom until after March.

    what flowers are in season in March


    Also called “pincushion flower” due to the pin-like protrusions growing from its center, scabiosa comes mostly in violet or white. There are many varieties, some perennial and others annual. Accept no imitations: a lot of other plants are nicknamed scabiosa, but are not biologically related to the genus specifically. Real scabiosa is from the same family of plants as honeysuckle.


    This early bloomer for Southern gardens can withstand a little more heat, but brings with it the insects and hummingbirds that pollinate your plants! Many people also know this flower by its more common names, wild petunia and Mexican bluebell. They are very easy to grow and are perennials, so they will come back year after year with regal purple blooms.


    Any flower with “snow” in the name will typically grow well for a March bloom, but snowdrops are annual bulbs, so like tulips and daffodils, they need to be planted yearly. Although the word “snow” is in their name, when they bloom it is a sign of warming weather and the end of winter.

    With these beautiful flowers and more coming into bloom in March, it will be a colorful, fragrant, and gorgeous season! Whether in a garden, in an arrangement, or in a vase in a home’s decor, March flowers are sure to brighten everyone’s day!

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