By Betsy Mejia   |  June 1, 2019

Flowers are ideal subjects to photograph

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By Betsy Mejia   |  June 1, 2019

"Exotic" describes a plant that is foreign and not naturally found in a certain area. "Tropical" is used to describe a plant from a warm climate. Can a plant be both exotic and tropical? Yes! Can a plant be exotic and not Tropical? Yes!

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By Betsy Mejia   |  May 1, 2019

My oldest sister is the sentimental sort. I remember her drying and pressing every flower gathered or gifted to her.

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Keywords: pressed flowers


By Betsy Mejia   |  April 1, 2019

May Day Baskets are a forgotten tradition the staff at Artisan Floral would like to see revived. May Day, celebrated on May 1st, was once considered a Holiday. On this day, people would gather flowers (a result of April Showers), arrange them in pretty paper wraps or cones, and hang them on the doors of neighbors and friends. It was a charming way of welcoming Spring and a widespread practice.

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Keywords: may day baskets


By Betsy Mejia   |  March 1, 2019

The experiment to grow vegetables in space began on Nov. 16, 2015 by Astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Zinnia seeds were glued on to a "pillow" (a bag of dirt, fertilizer & nutrients wrapped in a wicking material), took root and bloomed 2 months later. SUCCESS!

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By Betsy Mejia   |  February 1, 2019

As we anticipate Valentine's Day, our thoughts turn hopeful that we'll be the recipient of some lovely flowers from an Admirer. We don't give any thought to the Growers who provide these blooms during the bleak winter season.

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By Betsy Mejia   |  January 1, 2019

Put away the reds of Christmas and usher in the color white for January. White flowers come in a variation of tones and brightness establishing depth in an arrangement. The dramatic shapes of different flowers make it interesting. Consider a white arrangement with accents of muted or dusty greens. We have arrangements that beckon you to touch and fresh scents inside your home will lift your spirits as you slowly turn the pages of your calendar.

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By Betsy Mejia   |  December 3, 2018

13 years ago, we adopted our youngest son from Guatemala. Our first visit took place a week before Christmas. When my husband and I arrived in Guatemala City, we walked the streets of our hotel neighborhood and were disappointed there was little festive representation of the holiday upon us. City buses (called Chicken Buses) were honking and scooters were driven haphazardly. Among luxury car dealerships and retail store fronts were signs of the traditional customs. A woman selling tortillas on a corner. Another woman dressed in colorful garb carried a mountain of coconuts on her head. We were unaccustomed to the heat and I was struck by the smell of cumin in the air. It didn't "feel" like Christmas.

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Keywords: poinsettia


By Betsy Mejia   |  November 6, 2018

The month of November is filled with Birthdays in our family from beginning to end. A month of thankfulness as we acknowledge blessings with Birthday candles blazing. Among those annual celebrations, we gather to share our Thanksgiving meal too. There's a lot of preparation. First, a head count.

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Keywords: thanksgiving


By Betsy Mejia   |  October 2, 2018

We say "Good-bye." to the green foliage and bright blooms of summer and say "Hello!" to the equally beautiful colors of Fall. Fall brings rustic red, golden orange and honey yellow. Even brown brings richness to the palette. You might think fall arrangements are predictable, offering none of the unexpected, but there are surprises that will prompt you to say "That is so neat!".

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Keywords: fall colors


By Betsy Mejia   |  September 1, 2018

Who are "Them"? I’m referring to the discount and grocery stores who carry wrapped bouquets at the front of the store for your convenience. Convenience? Park within steps of our front door and it is just 25 feet to our large walk-in floral cooler. (We could only make it more convenient if we delivered to your car.) This is where we keep our freshly cut, recently received assortment of flowers. Guaranteed fresh, our flowers are premium. Source does matter.

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By Betsy Mejia   |  August 1, 2018

Flowers are the perfect way to express sympathy to those that have lost a loved one. The type of floral arrangement to send depends on your relationship to the deceased.

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Keywords: funeral flowers


By Betsy Mejia   |  July 23, 2018

Sunflowers, with their large faces, are a popular choice to use in arrangements - and masterpieces.

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Keywords: sunflower


By Betsy Mejia   |  July 11, 2018

Flowers freshen up the interior décor of your home, bring cheer, add life and the scent is delightful. Flowers make a room appear more inviting and allow you to express your own style. You can coordinate the colors of the flowers with your décor in a mix or go monochromatic. A contrasting color would be bold and capture attention. Blooms of similar hue to your wall or furniture are lovely accents.

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By Betsy Mejia   |  July 5, 2018

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now you’re knee deep into planning. Of course, we can prepare the perfect flowers, but did you know we can also help dress the Groom and Groomsmen? We offer tuxedo and wedding suit rental with no appointment necessary.

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Keywords: tuxedo rental


By Betsy Mejia   |  June 23, 2018

It was love at first sight! You couldn’t resist. He was such a lovely shade of green; so glossy. You were delighted to see he was reasonably priced for his large size. His tag read “Ficus”. Such a fun word, you repeated it to yourself aloud. You purchased a pot in a hammered stainless steel to match your décor. You took him home, securing him in the passenger seat and you named him “Evan”.It’s a month later, Evan has lost his zeal for life. Leaves are falling off and he isn’t responding to your singing. You’ve watered him religiously every day; what more can you do?DON’T DESPAIR!

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Keywords: houseplant care