Tips for pressing flowers

People have been pressing flowers to save as keepsakes for centuries, usually because they were a gift from someone special or represent a particularly memorable time in their life. Those sentiments still hold true today, but crafters are breaking the traditional mold and using pressed flowers in everything from wind chimes to jewelry to coasters and so much more.

Flower spotlight: gladiolus

A member of the iris family, gladiolus is a perennial that originated in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Sometimes referred to as the sword lily, this unique flower grows straight and tall and doesn't branch out. Up to nine flowers appear on each stem with each individual flower contained within a sheath that makes them appear sword-like.

With about 300 different species worldwide, these beautiful flowers vary in color from pink, red, and purple to white and even brown and green.

Want a long-lasting bouquet? Try these flowers

Looking for a beautiful bouquet for a special event that you can continue to enjoy after it ends? Want to send well wishes to someone while ensuring they can enjoy the blooms for a couple of weeks? The flowers you choose make a difference! 

Some of the longest lasting flower options for bouquets are carnations, chrysanthemums, alstroemeria, and gladiolus. Zinnias are a great option in the summer, too! They’re hardy and come in a variety of colors, including two-tones. They make a lovely accent flower and pair well with other long-lasting flowers.

Flower and gift ideas to celebrate a new child

When someone you know is welcoming a new child, whether through birth or through adoption, it’s a great time to send best wishes with flowers or a small gift.

Try one of these ideas to help them celebrate.


Find out about colors

Flower Spotlight: Lilac

The Latin term for lilac is syringa vulgaris, which means lilac or common lilac, though this flower is far from common. Lilacs are known for their beautiful little flowers that bud in thick bunches on the end of each stem. They originated from the rocky slopes of the Balkan Peninsula, but they have been cultivated and naturalized in both Europe and North America. A member of the olive family, Oleaceae, the scent of lilacs has become a cultural staple and is used in everything from perfume to candles to healing oils.


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