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A busy day delivering flowers and gifts for all occasions throughout the Twin Cities and northeast metro.  Cities visited today included Hugo, Blaine, Lino Lakes, Scandia, Stacy, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Ham Lake, Wyoming, North Branch and Marine on the St Croix.  Delivery Blog

Day of Remembrance

Memorial weekend is finally here!   While many look at this weekend as a time for relaxation, heading to the cabin for the first time this season and attending BBQs – it’s a time to remember those lost while serving in our country’s armed forces.  Memorial Day is a federal holiday here in the United States recognized on the last Monday in the month of May.  It was formerly called “Decoration Day” dating back to the American Civil War – it also marks the start of summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.  Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died during military service.  Often flowers and/or American flags are placed on gravesites.  At national cemeteries – volunteers place a flag on each and every gravesite.

Forest Lake Floral takes pride in delivering and placing planted flowers on gravesites of fallen soldiers.  A tradition Forest Lake Floral has been doing for over 50 years!  This year we plan on placing over 230 cemetery urns across the Twin Cities.  This year also marks Forest Lake Floral’s 4 year of planting Red, White and Blue Flowers at Fort Snelling National Cemetery’s  (St. Paul, Minnesota) main entrance.

As you embrace your weekend with family and friends, take time to remember those that served and gave their lives for our freedom to enjoy!

fort snelling

Sleep, Creep, Leap!

 First year sleep, second year creep and third year leap!!  Have you figured out what I’m talking about yet?  A wise person once told me in my quest – bound and determined to learn more about something I loved but new little about … I use this term every Spring through Fall in the greenhouse when customers inquire about “these” particular flowers.  PERENNIALS, yes, that is what this fun little saying refers to.  Perennials are the flowers that return year after year and are often unfussy and long-lived.   While trees and shrubs form the bones and annuals add bright notes to a garden – it’s perennials, the herbaceous, nonwoody plants that go dormant in the fall and return in the spring that provide the textures, forms and calculated sequence of colorful blooms that every garden needs!

As our first truck load of perennials arrived at the store yesterday and when I returned home from work, I found one of my favorite magazines in the mailbox – it had perennials plastered all over the cover!  I guess this means it TIME, time to get the garden prepped and ready for planting.

Back to my little saying (sleep, creep, leap) this is a guide to remind you when starting a perennial garden or adding to an existing one – you cant expect leaps and bounds the very first year of planting.  Perennials take time, time to come into their own.

Planting a perennial garden from the beginning can be a daunting task considering the myriad of species available.  The article I read in my magazine did an amazing job of listing and guiding new perennial gardeners to flowers that work will in most climates and with minimal care.

Early Risers : spring to the start of summer  1. Hellebore 2. False Indigo 3. Siberian Iris

Heat Seekers : early to late summer 1. Coneflower 2. Cranesbill 3. Phlox 4. Delphinium

Late Bloomers : end of summer through fall 1. Sneezeweed 2. Black-eyed Susan 3. Aster

This is just a very small taste of perennials and there is much more to learn and love about these amazing flowers.  Just remember when planting what the wise person told me: First year sleep, Second year creep and Third year leap!!  With a little patience and time, you will have an abundant – glorious garden filled amazing perennials.  HAPPY PLANTING!

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If you have any questions regarding a perennial garden and any other questions/concerns about flowers etc.  Check out our website listed above.  We have a master gardener available to answer you questions 7 days a week!  

Spring is here!

WOW!! Is it really nearing the end of March already? Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring or the March Equinox (varying from the 19th – 21st of March) days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.  Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renal, resurrection and regrowth. Spring lasts from mid March through mid June – these dates are known in the Northern Hemisphere.  Spring is based on meteorological definitions of average temperatures on a monthly basis.  In other parts of the world and hemisphere, Spring takes place during other times during the calendar year.  According to the traditional Chinese calendar or the Celtic tradition – Spring takes place in early February roughly through the beginning of May. Their definition of Spring is solely based on daylight and the strength of the noon sun. There are several other traditional start and end dates of the Spring season – again depending on where you live on planet Earth!

Not only is springtime based on traditional calendars it also has ecological reckoning, naturally occurring and cultural events!  The pnenological or ecological definition of spring relates to biological indicators; the blossoming of a range of plants species or the activities of animals – ecologist actually divide the year into 6 seasons that have no fixed dates!

Natural events such as the axis of the Earth is increasing it’s tilt relative to the sun producing longer days – causing the associated hemisphere to increase in temperature creating new plant growth to “spring forth” giving the season its name.  Other natural events occurring during this season known as the El Nino effect and the Southern Oscillation Index – are indications of rainfall created by ocean currents and ocean temperatures – again, all taking place during this season.

Now that you’ve had a mini lesson on why Spring is Spring – get outside and enjoy the fresh air!

“Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Easter Bunny Breakfast – Saturday, March 28th 2015 Forest Lake Floral

Easter Sunday, April 5th 2015

Take The Plunge

It’s a beautiful winter morning with the whole day ahead of you; 16 degrees above 0, light snow falling from the sky.  Maybe it’s  a good day to clean up the house, run some errands or hang out with friends – Or enjoy some winter activities such as snowmobiling, ice fishing, snow tubing or jump in a frozen lake….wait, what?!  Yes, jump into a frozen lake to support a worthy cause!  This weekend marks the end of FLake fest here in Forest Lake. Today’s event starts at 12pm on Forest Lake’s 1st lake by the beach.  “Getting Cold For a Cause” is supported by The Rotary Club of Forest Lake, Minnesota.  Jumpers join to rally for causes near and dear to their hearts – set a goal to raise money and donate the cold-hard cash in hopes in helping their organization!

If you’re not feeling bold, brave or daring enough to take the plunge, you can always donate to a team and support them and their cause! Please visit the following links for more information; or just stop on out and join the party and cheer these hardy Minnesotans on!

http://www.winterplunge.kintera.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/128491663868669/

http://www.rotary5960.org

Minnesota Hardy

Yup, here we are, dead smack in the middle of winter. The holidays are over and the cold weather has set in.  Time to curl up with a blanket and hibernate, right? … WRONG! Not us hardy Minnesotans, it’s time for us to get out – play and enjoy the weather, celebrate where we live and why we live here!!  Maybe, just maybe, (if you’re not the winter type and have to suffer through these months) throw in a trip to a warmer-sunnier place like Mexico, Texas or The Caribbean!

We have a lot to offer this time of year not only state wide but locally.  Check out some of the following links and see if any of the events peak your interest and your winter adventurism!!!”

St. Paul Winter Carnival January 22 – February 1

http://www.wintercarnival.com

Love to ski (snow tube)? Check out all Minnesota has to offer..

http://www.twin-cities.com/ski

Vinterfest 2015 – locally here in Scandia, MN

http://www.ci.Scandia.mn.us and check out “The Scanley Cup on http://www.facebook.com

“Flake Fest” right here in our hometown of Forest Lake, MN Febuary 14-22 http://www.facebook.com

So, get out, enjoy and explore Minnesota because winter is here and here to stay!

Embrace the season!

With 10 inches of snow on the ground and temperatures dipping below zero at night, it sure feels as though Christmas is just around the corner but in reality it is still Autumn and Thanksgiving is next week.  Each year it is seems as though we are in a bigger rush to get to Christmas and Thanksgiving is almost forgotten about. With the early arrival of snow and cold temperatures you do almost forget what month of the year it is…I’m even guilty of wanting to get out the Christmas decorations and put the fall décor away early this year but don’t worry I won’t.  So, as I refuse to forget about my favorite holiday of the year and the traditions we love to celebrate as a family and give thanks for all that we are blessed with – I too will embrace the cold and snow and think positively to get me through the next 5 months of what we call winter here in Minnesota!

At Forest Lake Floral we are in full holiday swing – but we too won’t forget about Thanksgiving and are still sending bountiful autumn arrangement out the door and taking orders for beautiful Turkey Day centerpieces. We love sending expressions of thanks to loved ones near and far during this season of giving.  Although the designers inside the store are still busy arranging with daisies, mums and bittersweet – out in the greenhouse we are busy making holiday wreaths and winter spruce top containers and serving hot apple cider. I guess it a clash of two wonderful holidays in one place!  As I have mentioned in pervious posts – we are a 1 stop shop for all!  Speaking of a 1 stop shop – Forest Lake Floral and Blossoms Gift shop are hosting their annual “Girls Night Out” on Thursday November 20th.  It’s a night to spend with friends sampling gourmet foods and wine all while checking out our holiday items, outdoor décor and sneaking in a little Christmas shopping too – not to mention, drawing an ornament out of Frosty’s hat to save 20, 30, 40 or even 50% off your total purchase!!  We ask if you are willing and able to donate an unused toy for “Toys for Tots”.

So, go ahead and embrace the season of your liking and have a little fun while you are at it!!

Photo: Escape to our annual Girls' Night Out!  Enjoy wine, food and save 20% to 50% store wide this Thursday<br />
4 to 8pm.

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http://www.toysfortots.org