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Caring for rieger begonias is not a difficult task when you follow the instructions in this article on Milwaukee Florist Greenfield Flower Shop's Blog. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/1si9MKT

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Tight budget? Check out these money-saving flower deals available right now: http://bit.ly/1qas00c

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Christmas is by far the most popular time of the year to get engaged. Can you think of a better way to begin your wedding planning than by attending a bridal show to kick off the new year?

If you live in southeastern Wisconsin, you won't have to wait long to get started. Milwaukee will host two bridal shows in the area starting this weekend.

On January 5th and 6th, it's the Wonderful World of Weddings bridal show at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center. Show hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10:00AM – 4:30PM. The fashion shows will be held at 12:30PM and 3:00PM.&nbsp;<!--more-->

More information on the Wonderful World of Weddings

One week later, on January 14th, the Artful Bride Event will be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum in downtown Milwaukee. This unique bridal show will include interactive vendor studio spaces, inspirational decor and food displays, exciting entertainment and direct interaction with some of the industry’s top wedding professionals. Show hours are 4:00PM - 9:00PM.

More information on the Artful Bride Event

If you can't make it to either of these shows, don't worry. There are more scheduled throughout the year in and around the Milwaukee area. You can get more information on the dates and times here:

Milwaukee Bridal Shows &amp; Trunk Shows in Southeastern Wisconsin

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This past week, I've been getting calls at the shop asking about specials on Valentine flowers. People are starting to shop around for the best deals.

If you plan on sending flowers for Valentine's day, I've got an important suggestion...

Order early. You will save money, avoid possible disappointment, and ensure timely delivery.

All of the major online floral sites have been offering substantial "early order" discounts, but I'm not sure how long they will last.&nbsp;<!--more-->

Teleflora.com

Teleflora has a stunning collection of Valentine flowers. All of the flowers they feature are available for same-day delivery. Each is arranged and hand-delivered by a local member florist. You can view their entire collection of gorgeous Valentine flowers here.

1-800Flowers.com

Online florist 1-800Flowers.com also has very attractive offerings of Valentine flowers, starting under $30.

They offer a wide range of bouquets that are hand-delivered by a selected local florist, or shipped overnight direct from the farm.

You can see their entire selection of Valentine flowers here.

FTD.com

As one of the most recognized brands in flowers, FTD.com offers a wide selection of flowers for Valentine's Day. In addition, they also have beautiful gifts, chocolates, jewelry and more, starting at $29.99! They are truly your Valentine gift destination. Browse all of their Valentine flowers and gifts here.

Proflowers.com

If your budget is tighter, Proflowers might be your best bet. Their flowers are arranged in a cellophane sleeve and shipped in a beautiful gift box. They are offering discounts of 20% - 30% off selected Valentine flowers. You can view their catalog of budget-friendly Valentine flowers here.

Fleurop.com

If you need to have flowers delivered in another country for Valentine's Day, you should pay a visit to Fleurop.com, the number one worldwide flower delivery site. For Valentine's Day, they are featuring a wonderful selection of items, with same-day delivery world

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When you are planning your wedding, you want to make every dollar in your wedding budget count. That starts with determining how much money you will have available to spend.

This short video outlines 7 simple steps you should follow to determine your total wedding budget.

Knowing your budget amount is an important first step. But hold on a minute!

Before you rush out to get quotes from wedding vendors, wouldn't it be useful to know how much other couples have actually spent on similar wedding purchases in your area?<!--more-->

Your Wedding Budget vs Real Wedding Costs

That's where our wedding cost estimator tool really shows how much more useful it is than a typical wedding budget calculator.

The cost estimator makes it easy to research pricing on almost every item on your wedding budget checklist with just a few mouse clicks.

What makes this tool unique is that instead of using vendor prices, it gives you costs based on other couples actual spending, so you can easily see how your wedding budget relates to real wedding costs.

Armed with that information, you will be in a better negotiating position with wedding vendors, and help you to make more confident, value-based buying decisions. That's a whole lot more than any wedding budget calculator will give you.

But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself here.

Any calculator can do the math. You'll see why I'm convinced this is the only wedding budget tool you'll ever need.

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Every year at this time, we get a lot of questions about the care of primrose plants, which are available around here in January and February.

The primrose plants most often sold by florists are the polyanthus primula, which is a hybrid variety.

It is a low growing and compact plant that features small, vibrant clusters of flowers that grow from the center of the plant.

Primrose plant care is very easy, if you follow these simple tips.<!--more-->

Primroses like cooler conditions and can remain in bloom for weeks if kept at temperatures between 50° to 60° F.

Primroses need plenty of moisture but little direct sunlight, making them a great winter blooming plant to enjoy in this area.

If you would like a little more in-depth care information about caring for primroses indoors, here a two resources worth checking out:

Primrose care | HortChat.com®

Care indoors. Keep the plant in bright, indirect sun. Direct sun can scorch the leaves causing dried browned spots. This blooming houseplant will last longer in cooler temperatures (60F). The soil should be well-drained and ...

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Primrose Flowers - Growing Primrose Plant Indoors - Picture, Care ...

Showy primrose flowers are available from florists mid-winter and produce bright blooms for several weeks. Primrose plant profile, picture, and care tips.

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More tips and advice on primroses

Here are a couple of other primrose resources I came across that you might enjoy:

How to Care for a Potted Primrose Inside During the Winter

Primroses are small, colorful woodland perennials that last for many years with the right planting and care. These plants bloom in a range of colors and grow best...http://www.ehow.com/how_12064846_care-potted-primrose-inside-during-winter.html

Flower Gardens : How to Grow Primrose (Primula)Primrose, or primula, are plants that can grow in the shade, but require a great deal of moisture. Start primrose flowers in the spring by seed or by division with help f

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If you're looking for a great way to ignite the passion this Valentine's Day, or any day for that matter, sending these beautiful bi-colored red and white Fire and Ice roses will definitely be the spark!

Also known as Red Velvet roses, they have long been one of our customer's favorite specialty roses.

Their deep red inner petal with white outer petal are a stunning bloom that set the scene for any celebration, and are sure to turn the spark into flame!

Click here for more information

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Planning a wedding can be a full time job. If you&apos;re a busy professional, the moment you said "Yes!", your work week doubled.

In this article, Meredith Lepore, writing for The Grindstone, cites examples of how others have handled planning their wedding and career at the same time without losing their sanity. It's a short, but quite interesting read.

"Planning My Wedding Almost Cost Me My Job"

When it comes to wedding planning, there are all different types of brides. Some are armed with large folders full of ideas. Some have nothing written down on paper, and are seemingly clueless. Others are very meticulous and well organized.

The one thing most brides do have in common is that they have difficulty visualizing how all of the elements of their wedding fit together in a cohesive way.

Business professionals use storyboards as a way to visually organize a project from start to completion. In planning a wedding, every bride-to-be can also put them to good use.

Create Your Own Wedding Storyboard

Without a doubt, the online evolution of physical storyboards is Pinterest. It has quickly become the fastest growing social media site around, as well as an online destination for everything about weddings.

Even if you are not using it now, as a busy professional, your will quickly understand why it's a valuable time-saving tool to have in your wedding planning arsenal.

More and more brides I am working with share their ideas with me via Pinterest. This article and slideshow offers some good tips for how to effectively organize and use Pinterest in your wedding planning.

7 Tips for Planning a Wedding on Pinterest

When it comes to planning your wedding, you will probably use one of these methods to gather and organize your thoughts and ideas. If you have any other tips you would like to share, please leave them in the comments below, or share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page.

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Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends gather together to celebrate and give thanks for all of the wonderful gifts in their lives. And what better way to celebrate than with flowers, one of life's great gifts.

This classic Thanksgiving centerpiece features autumn colors throughout. Flowers include orange lilies, miniature carnations, daisy chrysanthemums and orange roses accented with huckleberry and seeded eucalyptus. The centerpiece is nestled in a unique <!--more-->multi-glazed, oven-to-table stoneware bowl. The addition of two taper candles make it the perfect finishing touch for your Thanksgiving table or buffet.

Be sure to visit this page for more Thanksgiving flowers, including centerpieces, gourmet items, seasonal bouquets, plants, and gifts that will bring a special touch to your Thanksgiving holiday.

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Add some flair to your Thanksgiving celebration with this beautiful autumn bouquet of fall-colored roses, gerbera daisies, sunflowers, hypericum and more.

These Thanksgiving flowers are tastefully arranged in reusable ceramic pitcher, perfect for serving beverages, holding kitchen utensils or another arrangement of flowers.

Get more information about this bouquet here, as well as other great Thanksgiving flowers and gift ideas.

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If you are looking for an alternative gift idea other than Thanksgiving flowers, why not consider sending warm wishes with a gourmet Thanksgiving gift basket. They come in all shapes and sizes and are a welcome gift during the holiday season.

Gift baskets can be filled with all sorts of delicious gourmet sweets and confections including cookies, candies, chocolates, snacks, coffee, tea and more!

You can find more information about this Thanksgiving gift basket here, and other gift basket ideas as well.

If you have the time and want to try your hand at doing your own Thanksgiving flowers, here's a quick video that will give you some ideas you can use.

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