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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Budding Education

Buying a floral arrangement is much more involved than going to the grocery store and picking one out. It's not unusual to spend a great deal of money on a floral arrangement, only to have it wilt after a few days. If you want to invest in a fresh floral arrangment, there are some things you should know before you go ahead and spend your money. First of all, you can go to a florist and purchase your flowers individually to create your own arrangement. It is very easy to get overcharged for aging blooms. Most flowers should be purchased when they are in the bud stage. The exception to this rule would be gerbera and daisies, which are sold fully grown and open. Also, buying flowers then they are in season will better ensure that they are fresh and cost effective. Tulips, daffodils and hycinths come from bulbs and are readily available between the months of February and May. Peonies can be purchased between April and the beginning of June, while sunflowers, which are native to the USA, are available between July and October. Fall flowers would include dahlias, but roses, lilies, irises, gerbera, daisies and chrysanthemums are available all year round for about the same price. Keep in mind the prices of flowers do increase during certain times of the year like roses for Valentine's Day. Fresh flowers shouldn't just be reserved for special occasions. They dress up any room, any time of the year and knowing what to buy and when can save you money.

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