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Tips to save on Mother’s Day flowers 


1. Buy early. Offers.com recommends placing your flower order on or before Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in order to take advantage of the early bird discounts many flower retailers are offering. You can find discounts as much as 30% off.

2. Choose a different delivery day. Instead of having your flowers delivered to your the special mother in your life on Mother’s Day, have them delivered the day or two before and hand deliver them in person. Not only will this save you a few bucks but you’ll be able to see the excitement of the recipients face when you hand them off.

3. Shop online. Don’t have the time to price check every local florist near you, or see if they can deliver in your area? Online retailers like 1800Flowers, FTD, and ProFlowers give you the chance to shop and compare bouquets, prices and a variety of different types of flowers.

4. Skip the vase. Many florists, both online and instore, will try and upcharge you the price of a vase to include in your flower delivery. Vases can cost as much as $20 or more and chances are good that you have a vase or spare mason jar lying around the house that will show off your floral arrangement just as good as the red heart vase they are trying to sell you.

5. Use a coupon. It may be more difficult to find a coupon or deal when shopping local, but if you’re shopping online coupons are plentiful. Score 20% off with an FTD coupon, a ProFlowers Coupon, or 25% off early Valentine’s Day orders from 1800Flowers.com.

6. Shop local. Local florists may have a different selection of flowers than what you can find online depending on their location. You can score a great deal on flowers that are considered to be in season in the region.

7. Skip roadside stands.  These stands seem to pop up out of thin air once the month of May hits our calendar. Avoid buying at these stands as their flowers are known to be of poorer quality and quick to die. “If the product is outside of a cold chamber, which is 32 to 36 degrees, they lose life for every minute they’re outside that cold,” says Christine Boldt, executive vice president of the Association of Floral Importers (AFIF).

8. Florist add ons. As with the vase, skip buying add ons like teddy bears, chocolates, or chocolate covered strawberries. The florist addons are often sub par to retailers who specialize in these types of things. Try out Shari’s Berries if you want to treat her to succulent berries dipped in high quality milk, white, and dark chocolate. There is even a coupon for those too!

9. Ask for replacements. You wouldn’t go to a deli and be satisfied with leaving with bad cuts of meat. If you are unsatisfied with the quality of the bouquet, or even a single flower within the arrangement, say something. It is your right as the consumer to be pleased with your purchase. If you don’t want a replacement, opt to ask for a discount.

10. Paper Bouquet.  Is your mother allergic to flowers, crafty or otherwise despises real flowers? Creating a custom paper bouquet for your mom is a great way to show that you put effort into your Mother’s Day gift. This is also a great way to get the kids involved in the gift.

11. Mix it up. Bouquets made from the same flower, in the same color, are seen as more traditional gifts and thus more popular. To pinch a few pennies, opt for a mixed bouquet of different flowers and different colors.

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Learning to speak the language of flowers

Each type of flower can be used to convey a message all its own.

Each type of flower can be used to convey a message all its own.

(NAPS)—For centuries, people have used the beauty and fragrance of flowers to communicate with others.

Even today, flowers remain one of the most popular ways to send sincere, unspoken messages of affection, thanks, peace and more.

For example, they can be used to encourage someone who is facing a difficult time, to share joy during a time of celebration or to let someone know he or she is not alone during a time of loss. Flowers can also serve as a way to share a message that otherwise may be difficult to speak.

For instance, daisies can be used to communicate loyal love, while a solid-color carnation can be used to communicate the answer “yes.” Even the prickly cactus can be used to send a message of endurance.

To help consumers become more familiar with the language of flowers, a company called Blooms Today has selected a few of the more popular flowers often given as gifts and created a guide. The company suggests keeping it in your wallet so you can use it the next time you need a little help translating or framing a message with flowers.

To learn more or place an order for Valentine’s Day, visit www. bloomstoday.com or call 800-323-5819.

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Thief stole flowers from Vet’s grave

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Thief stole flowers from Vet’s grave

To the person who took the planter from my husband’s grave at the Elmwood Cemetery, I hope you enjoy them. If you liked the flowers, all you had to do is leave me a note, I would’ve told you where I got them. Didn’t you see the flag? You took flowers from a Vet’s grave. Enjoy them!

Linda Gardell

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April showers bring May flowers

N-Maple-budsWe are eagerly watching for lovely springtime flowers, and Doyle Barnes Jr., of Courtland Township, sent us this photo of buds on a maple tree. Thanks, Doyle!

What are you seeing in your yard? We would love to see your flowers and wildlife, too—email photos with some information to news@cedarspringspost.com. Put the word “flowers” or “wildlife” in the subject line.


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More wildlife photos

Sierra Cain, age 11, took these photos of beautiful flowers in her yard and sent them to us. “Sierra loves to take nature photos and is taking an abundance of them in this beautiful weather!” said Sierra’s Mom, Miki.
Thanks, Sierra!
Do you have photos of wildlife you’d like to send us? Please email them to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Spring ephemerals at Howard Christensen Nature Center

The twinflower is one of the flowers adventurers might see as they explore Howard Christian Nature Center May 7.

Saturday, May 7, 1-4 p.m.

Explore Howard Christensen Nature Center with Ranger Steve Mueller on Saturday, May 7, from 1-4 p.m., to enjoy naked miterwort, dwarf ginsing, twinflower, fringed polygala, starflower, beadlily, and a host of other spring flowers that should be peaking during the field trip.
“Hopefully the day will be sunny warm so spring butterflies will be on the wing,” said Mueller. “We will visit a huckleberry patch at the 18 Mile bog in hopes of seeing Brown Elfins as well as flowering bog heaths.”
The trip is sponsored jointly by the White Pine Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club and West Michigan Butterfly Association. The public is welcome.
The nature center is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive. From Cedar Springs follow 17 Mile Rd. west for approximately 6 miles to Red Pine Dr., turn north (right) onto Red Pine Dr. and continue north to 18-Mile Rd., turn west (left) onto 18 Mile Rd. Take this a short distance (less than 1/4 mile), and then turn north (right) on Red Pine Dr. Continue for about 1-1/2 miles. The entrance will be on the east (right) side of Red Pine Dr.

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Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche

Early spring flowers

Many interesting features of spring flowers evade our attention as well as many spring flowers themselves.

The Silver Maples are done flowering by mid-April and we take notice when the male flower parts fall on cars, drives, and yards. The fertilized female ovary must remain for development of the seeds. We will soon notice seeds when the helicopter samaras come spinning down from the trees.

If a child has not yet learned to make a whistle from the flat helicopter blade attached to the seed, I highly recommend you, as an adult, make sure they learn to make the whistle. Place the flat, winged blade between your tongue and roof of your mouth, with the thick ridge toward the back of you mouth. Blow air across the blade and reposition as necessary until a wonderful or possibly irritating sound is created.

As of mid April, the box elders, another maple, is in bloom and the sugar maples are not yet ready to display their cryptic flowers. Many insects pollinate these flowers and are a reason we have birds in our yards that eat them.

Closer to the ground other plants are in bloom or are already withering. Serviceberry, June berry, and Amelanchier are names for the same plant that flowers before most other shrubs. Their beautiful white flower clusters make the trees showy before leaves emerge. The plant stored enough energy last year for early spring reproduction this year. After hosting many insects and in turn birds that eat insects, the flowers will produce tiny little apple-like fruits that gave the plant its name Juneberry. When berries are formed, the plant will host wildlife in your yard that comes to feed on insects. With more native plants you will notice more wildlife. The name serviceberry developed because the flowering time indicated that frost was out of the ground and our dead relatives could be buried. People spent more time noticing natural occurrences than many of us do now.

Nearly all insects go unnoticed by humans but a great many have a close relationship with native plants. Without these dependent relationships, other wildlife populations will suffer greatly. Non-native ornamental plants do not fill nature niches well and are largely sterile deserts for life in our yards. Go native with plants instead. Some people think non-native plants are wonderful because they support fewer insects. People notice only a very small fraction of insects that either bite us or are beautiful garden jewels. Most insects go about their lives without our notice. Plants do notice and need insects. Without them a great many could not reproduce. I host several non-natives in my gardens but most of the yard is reserved for native species.

I have a much richer variety of life at Ody Brook than most of my neighbors to the north and south. After purchasing Ody Brook in 1979, I let more than half of the mowed lawn area be claimed by wild flowers, shrubs, and finally trees. It was lawn between my house and the neighbors but now I have birds, mammals, frogs, and other wildlife present. They are present because insects have found appropriate food, water, shelter, and living space that are not available in lawns. The plants that colonized the yard also are more efficient than lawns at holding water, purifying the air, sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, and maintaining soil fertility. It is less expensive to maintain and draws larger desire wildlife to live here.

I do keep some areas in meadow or lawn. The meadow areas are better for supporting butterflies and other interesting insects, amphibians, birds, mammals. Mowed areas around the house are mostly free of biting mosquitoes during sunny hours so we can sit on the porch and enjoy songs of birds and their frequent flights from thicket to thicket. Deer walk daily along forest edge on well-established trails. Rabbits have their own set of highways.

I have not even begun to discuss the spring flowers at the ground level but most will bloom in late April or May. Those out by early April include: Adder’s Tongue, Skunk Cabbage, Spring Cress, Marsh Marigold, Spring Beauty, Golden Saxifrage, Common blue Violet, Long-spurred Violet, and White Violet.

Enjoy wildflowers during the coming weeks and the May column will address many of those flowers. Knowing wildflower names is not nearly as important as the relationship you build by allowing them to repopulate portions of your yard. The benefit for you is becoming a steward for a much greater variety of life in nature niches where you live.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at the odybrook@chartermi.net  Ody Brook, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433. 616-696-1753

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