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Find flowers near me is something which consumers search for everyday when looking to buy over the internet.  In 2014, people are using their smartphones to search for flowers and the main phrase they use is “find flowers near me.”  We picked up on this phrase because we have plenty of flower shops, florists ready to sell, sell, sell!  If you are interested we have a summer special going on right now where you can receive 10% off by using the coupon code “SUMMER” when making your listing..this is a savings passed on to you from the kindness of our hearts.  Please take advantage of the coupon code as you can use it to renew your listing as well.  Remember, you can always come back at anytime to upload new images and or update your information in case things change.  Plus, you have the option of listing an “event” when you are having a blow out sale or sidewalk sale.  In order to make a listing you will see it is very easy, once  you do it once  you can do it with ease.

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Buy Flowers for a Friend

By at November 4, 2012 | 9:42 pm | 0 Comment

Here at flowermaps.com, people always ask who has the best flowers? I am not sure who has the best flowers as they all come in different sizes and different distributors. Most people who buy flowers online either go to Proflowers.com or 1800flowers.com to get the better deals. There are plenty of other mom & pop shops around the world but make sure you check them out good before you buy. I use local floral shops all the time since I want to help out the little guy. Sometimes they make me a better deal than the big flower giants anyways. Seeing that I am in Socal, everything is expensive anyways. I hope all of you will continue to post and blog in your featured sections. Remember, to set you clock ahead one hour seeing that today is Daylight Savings day. Please visit our featured advertisement sites…our customers have found great deals & discounts here.

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After a Storm, Gifts on the Forest Floor

By at August 2, 2012 | 4:15 am | 0 Comment

After a Storm, Gifts on the Forest Floor

A thunderstorm rolled through the night before our weekly visit to Corson’s Brook Woods. More than half an inch of rain fell on Staten Island, though still not enough to bring precipitation totals to normal levels. The forest soaked it up, parched from the unusually dry winter. FlowerMaps.com is on Facebook, check it out.

The next morning, we find the ground strewn with flowers — a gift from the storm. They have been wrested from the leafy canopy of tulip trees, which at our site are well over 100 feet tall. Their trunks rise straight and true, uninterrupted by low branches. These specimens also have impressive girth. It takes two pairs of arms to fully embrace them. FlowerMaps.com is on Facebook, check it out.

Like actual tulips, tulip tree flowers are palm-size and cup-shaped. Their petals display stacked bands of color: lime at the tips, lemon at the base and a jolt of tangerine between the two. They have an ancient lineage. Tulip trees belong to the magnolia family, among the earliest flowering plant groups, one that dates to the time of dinosaurs and ferns. FlowerMaps.com is on Facebook, check it out.

The fallen blossoms have an abundance of insect visitors. They are loaded with nectar, and it is impossible to find a flower without ants and beetles vying for this sweet treat.

The damp woods smell earthy and musky, and it threatens to rain during our visit. We are spared, only to get wet from walking through leaves stuck together by high winds and water.

Today, it is a slug’s world; they relish this weather. Every imaginable type seems to make an appearance, and in every available niche: in flowers, on tree trunks, atop mushrooms. Even where we don’t see them, slugs have left their mark with jagged-edged feeding holes and droppings.

This week even more mushrooms have sprung to life. Most are drab shades of tan and gray. One catches our eye: the golden jelly fungus, an electric shock of color in the dim woods.

Flying insects are scarce. Instead, the crawlers take center stage. Soldier beetles battle for the domain of a poison ivy leaf. A pale green owlet caterpillar rests on a young spice bush. On the same branch, I nearly overlook a charcoal gray span worm camouflaged as a twig. Such caterpillars will eat the tender early leaves of woody plants. A cocktail of biochemicals kicks in as the shrubs grow older, rendering them unpalatable.

Canada mayflowers sprawl among large tree roots. Their starry spires of small, sweet-scented flowers poke above pairs of shiny, rounded leaves. Some plants have only one leaf; they are sterile and flowerless. The best vantage point to view these wildflowers is on your belly, as they grow to only six inches high. On a drier day, small bees and flies will visit, foraging for pollen.

We also spot hairy Solomon’s seal, mayflower’s cousin in the lily family. This plant has hidden flowers that dangle below its leaves. Some shimmer with beads of water.

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When the Florist Ruins Valentine’s Day

By at August 2, 2012 | 4:10 am | 0 Comment

When the Florist Ruins Valentine’s Day

The forced flower-and-chocolate fest that is Valentine’s Day is over until next year. So now, it’s time to relax and revel in reading about how the holiday went wrong for others, thanks to bouquets delivered late (or not at all) and other snafus.

On its Facebook page, 1-800-Flowers.com asked customers on Valentine’s Day to hit the “Like” button, “if you still remember when and how you met that special someone in your life.”

Many responses were less than cuddly.

“Where are my wife’s flowers?!?!?!?!?!?” wondered a post from Michael Kline.

“Thanks to 1-800 flowers, my little girl won’t get the Valentine’s Day gift from her daddy that he paid $30 extra dollars to make sure it arrived on time!” lamented Cristy Miekow Carson.

“I got dead lilies instead of $100 in orchids,” complained Hilary Ermolovich.

Yanique Woodall, a spokeswoman from 1-800 Flowers, said in an e-mail that the “vast majority” of deliveries went smoothly this Valentine’s Day. “As always,” she continued,  “we offer a 100% Smile Guarantee; therefore, if a customer is not completely satisfied with their order, our caring team obsessed with service will redeliver, refund, credit or offer a comparable exchange.”

Meanwhile, over on The Consumerist’s annual Valentine’s Day Garden of Discontent, disappointed customers griped about V-Day delivery foul-ups from other services (including Teleflora and FTD), like flowers accompanied by hilariously mis-worded notes, and arrangements that bore little resemblance to those customers thought they had ordered.

My husband, meanwhile, played it safe and brought home blooms he had purchased himself (thanks Honey!). But sometimes, despite the best of intentions, Valentine’s Day just doesn’t go as planned.

Our hectic schedules led us to scrap plans for a holiday lunch on Tuesday, but we managed instead to take an exercise class. Not too romantic, but we still got to spend time together and it was healthier, and much cheaper, than the typical overpriced Valentine’s Day menu — a whopping total of about $10, including a drop-in fee for me to join the workout, and a protein shake afterward.

Did your Valentine’s Day go as expected, or do you have a consumer tale of woe?

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Flowers in the Hospital

By at August 2, 2012 | 4:05 am | 0 Comment

Flowers in the Hospital

Flowers were one of the first things my immigrant mother noticed about American hospitals when she gave birth to me, her first child. Some of her fellow patients had so many plants and bouquets that their rooms felt like greenhouses; others had only a single bloom on their nightstands. But each of those flowers, my mother would later say whenever she insisted on floral offerings for hospitalized friend and relatives, meant “there is someone out there who cares.”

Those words came to mind recently when I discovered photos from “Bloom,” an extraordinary art installation that in 2003 brought new life to a building that once housed the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.

For more than 90 years, the building had been a powerful symbol of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center’s pre-eminent role in American psychiatry. Thousands of patients had passed through its doors, and hundreds of doctors had trained there in psychiatry and churned out some of the most important research in the specialty. But by 2003, with its black and white checkered tiles worn and exposed radiators rusting, the building had become a relic of mid-20th-century psychiatric care.

The center’s administrators decided to close the building down and move to more modern facilities, but they wanted first to find some public way of acknowledging its tremendous impact. Buy flowers now.

They turned to Anna Schuleit, a Brooklyn-based artist who a few years earlier had created “Habeas Corpus,” a widely acclaimed installation commemorating the closing of another hospital. At the time, Ms. Schuleit was also working as a visiting artist at another psychiatric institution in a different part of the state. “I loved my work with the patients,” she said in a recent e-mail. But she noticed that “none of them received any flowers, the simplest gesture of caring and wishing-well.”

As Ms. Schuleit began reading through hospital archives dating to the building’s opening in 1912, she took careful note of and eventually recorded all she heard outside her small, temporary office on the third floor of the hospital — footsteps in the halls, doors opening and closing, snippets of conversation. She remembered, too, something her mother, also an artist, had once said to her when she was a child. “I remember asking her what she was doing while napping,” Ms. Schuleit recalls, “and she said she imagined herself under a blanket of herbs that soothed and protected her, a ‘healing blanket.’ ” Buy flowers now.

All of these observations inspired “Bloom,” the installation Ms. Schuleit would create for the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.

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Giverny Blooms in the Bronx

By at July 30, 2012 | 1:08 am | 0 Comment

Giverny Blooms in the Bronx

FlowerMaps.com presnents: Giverny Blooms in the Bronx: The market for Claude Monet’s paintings faltered in the 1880s but came back the following decade, when he started producing series like the haystacks and the Rouen Cathedral facades. He began to make a lot of money, enough to finance his own private utopia in Giverny in northern France, where he devoted himself to flower gardening with as much industry and creativity as he did to painting. From 1883 to the end of his life in 1926, initially as a renter, he presided over his aesthetic Eden, his paradise for the innocent eye, and there created some of the most adventurous works on canvas of the early 20th century: the enveloping, hallucinatory paintings of lily pads floating on the surface of the pond he excavated for them. Buy flowers now!

In multitudes of old photographs he appears as a figure of Tolstoyan rusticity in baggy work clothes, wide-brimmed hat and voluminous beard, along with members of his extensive family, his staff of five gardeners and guests who came from all over the world to see his gardens and pay obeisance to his transcendental greatness. Buy flowers now!

After Monet died, his gardens and home at Giverny fell into disrepair despite the efforts of his family to keep them up. But in the late 1970s, the estate underwent a full restoration and is now a mecca for nature painters and tourists, who visit at a rate of 500,000 a year. Buy flowers now!

If you have never been there and do not plan a tripanytime soon, you might consider a jaunt to the Bronx to take in “Monet’s Garden” at the New York Botanical Garden for a taste of what you are missing. Organized by Paul Hayes Tucker, the Monet scholar, it is not a painting show, though it does include two representative garden-inspired Monet canvases.

The main attraction is a living abbreviated approximation of the two major gardens that Monet created, one in traditional, orderly French style, the other a Japanese-inspired fantasia of water, blooming lily pads and weeping willows.

The first step in is a stunner. Doors to a wing of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the botanical garden’s great Victorian glass house, open onto an indoor re-creation of the Grand Allée at Giverny, a straight walkway with riotously colorful banks of flowers blossoming on either side. Overhead, on green metal arches, roses are beginning to climb, on course to flower in full in the coming months. More than 150 varieties of annuals and perennials are represented here, all known to have been planted by Monet himself, who kept detailed accounts of his horticultural activities.

Here you have an idea of how he experimented with color in real life, using flowers as paint to create walk-in environments of chromatic bliss. As the seasons change, so will the flowers, as the Garden’s crew replaces them with later-blooming kinds. Now there are irises, foxgloves and delphiniums; later there will be dahlias, nasturtiums and zinnias; and the fall will bring sunflowers, asters and goldenrods. By the end, more than 600 varieties will have had their day in the sun.

The Grand Allée leads to a green gate swung open between square, neo-Classical-style columns framing the view of a reproduction of the famous green bridge that arches over the lily pond at Giverny. Here historical accuracy gives way a bit to present circumstances.

The bridge is oriented perpendicularly to the Grand Allée sightline, rather than in line with it, as it is at Giverny, and the pond is smaller than a putting green. Like the real one, it is surrounded by weeping willows, wisteria and clusters of bamboo, but nothing floats on its surface: Waterlilies do not do well indoors.

They will be abundantly displayed, however, outdoors in the Conservatory Courtyard’s Hardy Pool, a rectangular, basketball-court size body bordered by paving stones. Only some of the about 50 varieties — many directly descended from Monet’s — are beginning to bloom now, but as time goes by, they should produce a symphony of color all together.

The two paintings on view in the library offer another, thought-provoking perspective on the parallel trajectories of Monet’s painting and his gardening.

Painted around 1900 and now owned by the Yale University Art Gallery, “The Artist’s Garden in Giverny” is a conventionally Impressionistic view of the formal, European-style garden. The mostly green, light-dappled scene shows a path through a field of irises and other flowers past a few trees with wiggly trunks into a verdant haze in the distance.

In the other canvas, “Irises,” from about 1915, on loan from a private Swiss collector, the world has gone dark. Five purple blossoms made of thick, crusty paint emerge from an impulsively painted welter of deep blue and green strokes in a composition that tips the balance from sunny realism to expressionist angst.

It is an intriguing juxtaposition. In 1900, though Monet was wealthy and famous, his days as an innovator would have been thought long past, eclipsed by Cézanne, van Gogh and other Post-Impressionists, and soon to be pushed further back by Fauvism and Cubism. In 1915, with war raging all over Europe, few would have singled out Monet’s painting as particularly relevant to the art historical or sociopolitical moment.

But war was on his mind. In June 1918, then 77, he wrote in a letter to one of his dealers: “What an unnerving life we are all living. I sometimes wonder what I would do if the enemy suddenly attacked. I think that it would be necessary to leave everything like everyone else.”

Then, a week later, he wrote another of his dealers, “I do not want to believe that I would ever be obliged to leave Giverny, as I have written; I would much rather die here in the middle of what I have done.”

These quotations evoke a mood like that of “Irises”: a mix of anxiety, depression and determination, now and then punctuated by moments of visionary exultation. Decades later, the Abstract Expressionists of New York would take a similar spirit of existentialist despair and defiance and run with it. He was, after all, ahead of his time.

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