Happy Valentine's Day!

My heart shall be your garden. -- Alice Meynell As Valentine's Day is right around the corner, let me encourage you one more time to make time to cultivate love in your life. Just like a garden, the process of cultivating love requires time, some effort and attention, and a generous amount of room to grow. In fact, the more room you make for love in your life, the more spaces love will find to fill it! And while we're thinking of cultivating love like a garden, don't forget that a freshly planted bed of annuals and succulents, a beautiful flowering tree, or a patch of zen rock garden are all fabulous ways to say, "I love you" and show that you plan on cultivating love for a life time.

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Sweet Dreams, Valentine

I recently ran across an article that talked about a popular Valentine's Day tradition from eighteenth centuryEngland. Single young women would put bay leaves under their pillows at night, believing they would dream of their true love. This is just the kind of folklore I love. It also inspired me to think of another great way to express love with plants and flora this Valentine's Day. Combing things like bay leaves (laurel) or rosemary (traditional English symbol of fidelity) with traditional Valentine's Day flowers like roses brings a twist of tradition and fun superstition to the holiday. I personally prefer creating arrangements with flowers, plants, and herbs that are full of meaning. I like to attach a card to the arrangement explaining what each plant is and what it represents. It gives so much meaning to the gift. Tell your sweetheart she is the woman of your dreams with a bouquet of bay leaves and roses. Promise your unswerving devotion with a bunch of fresh rosemary. An arrangement of hyacinth tells him you will love him for as long as time endures. How beautiful that we can express the most beautiful of emotions with some of the most beautiful creations in nature.

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, but Succulents are Green

I admit it! I am a hopeless romantic at heart. I believe in true love, love at first sight, and soul mates. I guess that's why I love Valentine's Day so much. Any time we can express to those we love how much we love them, well, I think that's worth celebrating. Even though I'm a romantic, I don't necessarily like to limit my Valentine's Day arrangements to the clichéd expressions we have of love. Don't get me wrong; I love roses and violets. I hope these flowers are given, grown, and cultivated forever. They are beautiful plants worth tending. I just think our expressions of love should be as unique as the people we are thinking of when we make them. Instead of a traditional bouquet of roses this year, tell the special guy or gal in your life how "hot" they are with bouquet of chilies. Let your partner know you value their commitment to a greener planet with a sustainable succulent arrangement that can be cultivated in an outdoor or indoor garden for years. Better yet, establish a container arrangement this year that you can add to for years to come, letting it grow along with your life together. And if all these suggestions don't quite inspire, I design a beautiful arrangement of roses that will express how lovely and beautiful you think your loved one is.

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February: The Month of Love

I think it would be fair to say that when February rolls around, pretty much everyone thinks of Valentine's Day. Love, hearts, candy, flowers...these are all the traditional images of how we say, "I love you," to those most special people in our lives. I encourage you to celebrate love in all the forms it takes in your life this year. Don't forget to tell your sweetheart how much he or she means to you. Better yet, show them how much you love them with a living arrangement from La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora. I can custom design arrangements for you to commemorate any special event. Do you remember what flowers were in your wife's wedding bouquet? I can create an arrangement using the same flowers and color palate. Does your mother have a favorite flower or plant? Let me know, and I can build a container garden for her that will last for years. Do you have a crush on someone special? How about surprising him at his office with a sustainable arrangement or succulent to add warmth, life, and a reminder of how much he's valued. La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora is committed to creating unique arrangement that will capture the magic of your feelings for that special person in your life. Contact me today to secure your arrangement in time for Valentine's Day.