Slide Right Into Summer With These Flowers

We’ve all heard the expression, “April showers bring May flowers,” but what do May’s flowers bring?

Aside from our abject appreciation, they give way to June’s flowers, or the blossoms of early summer, to wax poetic about it. Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts loves what every season brings flower-wise, but there’s certainly something about summer. The flowers that thrive then are some of the most dazzling of the year, saturated with color, bursting with interest. And that’s why we want to do a sneak peek at what’s in store, and also to point out how many flowers spring and summer share in common, making the transition from May to June not only easy but beautiful.

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Designing with Hydrangea

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With summer in full swing, creating a fresh, light atmosphere throughout your home can be easy – simply fill your rooms with your favorite bright flowers from Billy Heroman’s Flowers!  We have a wide selection of floral designs that will brighten any kitchen or living room. Shop our site or talk to one of our design experts to find the perfect arrangement for your home – including one of our own personal summertime favorites, the hydrangea.

Good Enough to Eat? The generous, lavish and colorful hydrangea can make a bold statement in any room, and are especially lovely in larger living areas, or on tabletops and mantles. Be careful, though – these flowers can be somewhat toxic, so keep them away from pets and children who may be tempted. Continue reading

Outdoor Gardens for Butterflies & Bees

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Summer is in full swing, and with the new season comes the expectation that insects of all sorts will visit your backyard or outdoor gardens. Some of these visitors are welcome – for instance, butterflies and bees create a lovely atmosphere that not only celebrates summer, but is important to our ecosystem. And as certain flowers will attract these insects more readily, we invite you to work with Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts to choose from an array of beautiful plants and flowers that are sure to be inviting.

Butterflies love fresh water, a sunny spot that’s shielded from the wind, and plenty of nectar. Certain flowers work well in these conditions, too, and contain the right ingredients to bring butterflies – or even caterpillars- to your landscape. Gardens full of milkweed, sunflowers, asters and goldenrod, for example, make great homes for caterpillars and the butterflies they will become. Continue reading

July Fourth Flowers for Your Party

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One of the biggest celebrations of the summer season is July 4th, a time when the entire country comes together to celebrate the unique freedoms in our nation. Whether you are hosting the party or headed to someone else’s gathering, the addition of patriotic flowers is a great way to set the mood. July Fourth flowers can be comprised of any blooms which exhibit the red, white and blue – and the possibilities for gorgeous bouquets are many! Come to Billy Heroman’s Flowers for great ideas, or shop our collection here.  Continue reading

Summer Tables & Seasonal Flowers

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Summer time is all about the colors – vivid and vibrant colors that brighten every occasion and gathering. Whether you are planning a casual barbecue for family and friends or a sophisticated backyard soiree for colleagues, Billy Heroman’s Flowers can provide the summer bouquets and seasonal flowers that are perfect for any ambiance. How will you decorate your summer table? It’s as easy as giving us a call. Let us know what you are planning, and we’ll help with the colorful designs that will make it a memorable occasion. Continue reading

Be Inspired by National Romance Month

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Throughout the calendar year, there are days that inspire romance more than others. Whether Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or an anniversary, these occasions usually involve planning nice dinners and surprising our significant other with romantic gifts. Although we highly recommend celebrating the love in your life during those special times, we also believe that your love should be celebrated all the time – just because. August is National Romance Month, and was created to remind people that true romance knows no season and needs no reason! From Baton Rouge to Port Allen, Billy Heroman’s Flowers is here to help bring the romance back.

national romance monthThere is just something about the long stemmed red rose that speaks to our passionate side. This month, choose to adorn the home or office with a lavish rose bouquet, and you can be assured that your loved one knows exactly how you feel. Sometimes, when it comes to romance, the classics are the best expression of your heart. But for an extra dose of romance, add some amazing stargazer lilies. This elegant floral design will deliver the love, and make them starry-eyed for you all over again.

We think that an amazing way to celebrate romance is to reminisce about your most cherished moments. When thinking back, your wedding day is perhaps the most special of memories. To celebrate how much your love has grown, recreate your wedding bouquet for your spouse. Whether you have our floral designers arrange an exact copy of the bouquet, or reimagine the flowers into a fresh and modern design, we are sure that this gesture will touch their heart. For an extra sentimental touch, have a replica of your wedding day centerpiece created as well, to make your intimate dinner even more romantic.

Throughout the busy days, we can sometimes miss the small and special times of life,  National Romance Month gives you the perfect opportunity to remind them of your love for them, every day and all the time. Call or stop by Billy Heroman’s Flowers, and let us help you with inspiration to make August the most romantic month of the year.

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We think that an amazing way to celebrate romance is to reminisce about your most cherished moments. When thinking back, your wedding day is perhaps the most special of memories. To celebrate how much your love has grown, recreate your wedding bouquet for your spouse. Whether you have our floral designers arrange an exact copy of the bouquet, or reimagine the flowers into a fresh and modern design, we are sure that this gesture will touch their heart. For an extra sentimental touch, have a replica of your wedding day centerpiece created as well, to make your intimate dinner even more romantic.

Throughout the busy days, we can sometimes miss the small and special times of life,  National Romance Month gives you the perfect opportunity to remind them of your love for them, every day and all the time. Call or stop by Billy Heroman’s Flowers, and let us help you with inspiration to make August the most romantic month of the year.

 

 

Exotic Flowers to Create a Tropical Atmosphere

exotic flowersTraveling to South America or the Caribbean, experiencing a rain forest or island lifestyle – this is the stuff of summer bucket lists. But although not everyone can leave real life behind for such an adventure, that doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of all things tropical completely. For those of us who will be in Baton Rouge this summer, Billy Heroman’s Flowers has everything you need to create a tropical oasis in your space. Let us help you to relax and enjoy the summer in a truly tropical way by decorating with exotic flowers.

exotic flowersWhen you picture a tropical vacation, what do you imagine? Perhaps you envision the azure ocean, colorful coral reefs and swaying palm trees – but don’t forget that some of the most incredible flowers and lush greenery adorn these parts of the world. When looking to transform your summer gathering spaces from boring to brilliant, tropical and exotic flowers are the perfect seasonal choice.

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Some of the most highly sought-after tropical flowers – and some of our favorites – include the vibrant ginger, vivid anthurium, elegant orchid and dramatic bird of paradise. Arrangements centered around these flowers create striking silhouettes with bold color and style. But those are certainly not the extent of the tropical flowers you can choose from. The protea flower adds interest with its long, spider-like petals; the red ginger plant adds fire and drama, and the bromeliad plant will draw the eye with its commanding appearance.

exotic flowersBilly Heroman’s Flowers and Gifts expert floral designers love all flowers, but creating arrangements with the exciting plants of the tropics is especially fun. If you want to bring a bit of island inspiration to your back deck; or the look of paradise to your patio – come on in and let’s talk tropical.

The History of Labor Day

labor dayWhen Peter McGuire was just 17, he became a piano tuner’s apprentice. Although one of the more coveted jobs of the day – it was a trade, and not dangerous – he endured very long hours and very low pay. After work he took economics classes, and met with other citizen to discuss social issues, most notably working conditions for laborers. Tired of unfair practices, workers dreamed of creating labor unions to improve their working conditions. And in the spring of 1872, Peter McGuire and 100,000 laborers went on strike, demanding shorter days and better pay.

This event is the humble beginning of what we now know as Labor Day. It would be a decade before the first Labor Day parade and fireworks display would be staged in New York City, as tens of thousands of people marched through the streets. In 1894, Congress voted Labor Day a federal holiday to commemorate the efforts of these pioneers of the labor movement, as well as to celebrate American workers everywhere who contribute to the economic success of our country.

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These days, however much of that history is unknown. Labor Day marks the end of summer, and as such is a thriving holiday weekend that packs the beaches and resort areas with people looking to relax and enjoy one last summer party. If you are planning to celebrate with a picnic or barbecue, you may want to consider decorating your tables with a patriotic floral display. Not only will it brighten up your gathering, but it will be a poignant reminder of the legacy of the day.

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Billy Heroman’s of Baton Rouge joins with you in celebrating the history of hard work in America, and we salute workers everywhere. Picnic or garden party, fireworks or beach – enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

August Gladiolas

gladiolaIf you have some birthdays to celebrate this month, you may be looking for the perfect flower to send. If you decide to go the traditional route, choose the August birth flower – the gladiolus, although traditional, it is far from ordinary. This dramatic bloom belongs to the iris family, and is also referred to as the sword lily. It is no coincidence that the name of the flower sounds familiar – derived from the Latin gladius, the long stalk of blossoms with sharp leaves are named for their likeness to a Roman gladiator’s sword. With more than 255 different species, and heights ranging from two to five feet tall; this flower is every bit as impressive as its legacy.

Funnel-shaped flowers can be found in a wide spectrum of colors. Arranged in double rows along the long stem, the gladiolus blooms make a definite statement. The flowers are thought to represent many varied meanings. Integrity and moral strength are represented by its connection to gladiators. Those struggling with a secret love or new infatuation may send to the object of their desire, as the leaves were once thought to pierce the recipients heart with love. Of course, gladiolus is also a classic flower to use in a tribute floral arrangement, as it carries strong connotations of memories and remembrance.

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Lemon Lime Love August Birthday Bouquet

Regardless of the situation, gladiolus are a classically beautiful and graceful flower to add to your arrangements. For August birthday gifts, speak to the experts at Billy Heroman’s to create a bouquet – add snapdragons,lilies and roses to the gladiola for a gorgeous country bouquet they will love. Gladiolus is a striking option for any occasion, so stop into one of our Baton Rouge area florists to send one of our beautiful arrangements or to create a meaningful bouquet of your own.

The Color of Happy

make someone smileThe color yellow has a lot of positive implications. It is the color that represents your mind and your intellect. It is the color of happiness and friendship. Yellow flowers signify encouragement, and give off true warmth. Yellow roses or sunflowers are a meaningful choice when you want to share joy with family and friends.

Science tells us that there are reasons that bright yellow makes us happy. When you see the color, your brain begins to set off processes that increase memory, and inspire communication and companionship. Yellow flowers make up some of the most popular bouquets for homes and offices, as the hue intuitively makes any space seem more warm and friendly.

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Sunflowers in a Glass Bowl

Is there anyone in your life you’d like to make smile with an encouraging floral arrangement? Make Someone Smile Week is July 19-25, and the floral experts at Billy Heroman’s are here to assist with picking out the perfect arrangement. For instance, our Sunflowers in a Glass Bowl arrangement is virtually guaranteed to make anyone smile!

If the person you would love to make smile is very special, you might want to consider the Vivacious Bouquet. This elegant arrangement combines an abundance of extravagant Oriental and Calla Lilies; in one of the most graceful and gorgeous bouquets that we offer. There may be no more sure way to succeed at Make Someone Smile Week than sending this grandiose gesture of affection.

No matter how you decide to celebrate this special week, Billy Heroman’s has three locations in the Baton Rouge area to give you inspiration. Give us a call at (800) 272-7673 to start planning your smiles today.