Spring flowers are here!

It should not be a secret that flowers have a way of bringing happiness to people. They can excite all five senses with their look and smell. We love them- that is no secret.

Science has proven that there is a true connection between flowers and happiness.

In a study done by Rutgers University here are five main points  from the report:

Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness.

Study participants  of all ages expressed true or excited smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude.

Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods.

Study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers.

Flowers make intimate connections.

The presence of flowers led to more contact with family and friends.

Flowers are a symbol for sharing.

The study explored  where people displayed flowers in their homes. Once received, arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors – such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms – suggesting that flowers make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.

People who buy more flowers are happier.

Once learning the study results, participants in all age and gift categories reported that they would be buying more flowers in the future.

 

Take note of #4 & #5- we love to share flowers with as many people as we can! Cut them from your pots or garden- order them  from us- either way- giving flowers to others (even yourself) is going to make your day feel a bit more joyful!

Learn more from the study here

Fab to Drab- what to do when your indoor flower is done blooming.

Indoor forcing has three phases- You wait… then the beautiful bloom arrives! You enjoy the bloom and then sadly- it does come to an end. No secret there.

Good news is- you could keep your bulb and watch it bloom again next year!

Here’s how:

  • remove the bulbs with roots from soil
  • find a nice spot outside in your yard
  • Dig a hole about 4 inches deep (see guide below for further depths)
  • Place bulbs- root side down
  • Cover with soil- water in and leave

This process will allow the bulbs to take natures course and they should produce a flower next Spring. There is a chance that they may only bring foliage the first year, but don’t be discouraged- they will bloom the next year.

 

If you are not able to plant in your yard, here is a tip on saving for the following year:

  • Place the bulbs in a brown paper bag in a cool dry place (a basement is great)
  • In September/October place in the fridge for 4-6 weeks to allow the cooling process to happen
  • Plant into soil and place in the sun
  • Water regularly until you see the green sprout- then water sparingly

 

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