Vote for Us! Orlando Magazine’s Best of Orlando 2017

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Vote In Bloom Florist for Best Orlando Florist!

 In Bloom Florist is proud to call Orlando home. Our roots are deep — spanning more than 25 years, we have delivered flowers for every occasion all over. From flowers that add punctuation, to ordinary meaningful moments, to beautiful blooming arrangements celebrating life’s big events, we are thrilled and honored to be a part of so many lives. Flowers have allowed us a way to connect with people and share in their intimate moments, and we take that very seriously. We sincerely enjoy what we do, and we do it from a place of love and appreciation. And that love and appreciation extends to our blooming team of flower folks who work hard to make In Bloom Florist the best florist in Orlando!

2017 Best of Orlando

And on that note, we need your help! We would love to see our team get an extra pat on the back! Or better yet, bragging rights that we are the best florist in Orlando! Here’s your chance to help us out. Simply go to Orlando Magazine’s Best of Orlando’s 2017 Ballot, scroll down to Home & Shopping and in the first category “florist” type in In Bloom Florist. That’s it! Oh yeah, we’d appreciate if you would please share the link with your friends and ask them to vote also. While you are voting for In Bloom Florist, you’ll be asked to show some love in six other categories for some of your other favorite Orlando businesses. Just for participating, you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win a dinner for two at a top Orlando restaurant. It’s a win-win! We humbly thank you in advance for your vote, and mostly for the privilege of serving your floral needs in Orlando.

 

In Bloom Florist is available for all of your floral, gift giving, wedding and event needs… Call 407-608-7474 or click here today.

 

Spring a Ling a Ling…

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Grab a little Spring Madness today!

Did you hear? Spring has sprung! Some of us have a little bit’a Spring Fever. And in case you were wondering, Spring Fever is not just a saying. Those in the know say body chemistry changes due to different diets, hormone production and temperature. Warmer weather and seasonal foods certainly contribute to that this time of year. So feeling different in Spring is not just a result of shaking the winter mindset. Even here in Orlando where the weather doesn’t make a drastic adjustment in the Spring, we add lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and more outdoor activities.

With the cooler temps and lower humidity, it’s the perfect time of year to visit some of the beautiful outdoor gardens here in Central Florida. Bok Tower Gardens located in Lake Wales is blooming gorgeous all over the place. Leu Gardens is Orlando’s own botanical gardens boasting 50 acres of amazing flowers and plants. Central Florida’s “secret garden”, Kraft Azalea Gardens, is a 5 acre park located on Lake Maitland in Winter Park. 

Of course with the arrival of Spring we welcome some of our favorite Spring flowers… Daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris, lilacs, hyacinth, pansy, dahlia, amaryllis, orchids, ranunculus, lilac, sweet pea, roses, peonies and more. We’d love to create an arrangement for you and include your favorite spring flowers before they are gone 🙁 . Call or click today and we’ll deliver it to you as fast as a baby bunny hops.

 

In Bloom Florist is available for all of your floral, gift giving, wedding and event needs… Call 407-608-7474 or click here today. 

St. Patrick’s Day – Did You Know?

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Friday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day — a day when the whole world turns green. As they say…

“Everyone’s Irish on March 17th.”

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “luck” as a force that brings good fortune or adversity. It’s certainly a word we seem to throw around a lot. If a football hits the goal post we say the kicker was unlucky. When someone wins the lottery we celebrate their luckiness. Is there really any substance to this phenomenon we call “luck”? That answer is as different as the people you ask. But one thing seems true, you either believe in luck, or you don’t. And it’s funny how quickly your perception changes when your luck does. 😉 

 

Did you know these St. Paddy’s facts?

  1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. – He was actually born in Wales or Scotland depending on which scholar you talk to.
  2. March 17th is the date of St. Patrick’s death, not his birthday.
  3. St. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16 and sold into slavery. He spent many years in Ireland herding sheep and learning about the people there.
  4. The color most commonly associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green. He is shown wearing blue vestments in many artists depictions.
  5. The Shamrock (4 leaf clover) has been touted by many to represent faith, hope, and love, among other things but it was actually used by St. Patrick to demonstrate the trinity — how 3 things could exist in one thing.  The pagan rulers of Ireland totally bought it, they converted quickly to Christianity.
  6. The shamrock while a popular Irish symbol, is not the symbol of Ireland. As early as the medieval period, the harp has appeared on Irish gravestones and manuscripts.
  7. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000. Talk about lucky.

 

Flowers for St. Patrick’s Day?

You might not think of St. Patrick’s Day as a floral holiday, but sending flowers is a great way to say thank you to your Lucky Charm! Maybe your significant other or a best friend who has stuck by your side through thick and thin. How about that last-minute babysitter who makes escape nights possible? Is there someone who makes you feel lucky? Let them know today with a floral thank-you!

 

In Bloom Florist is available for all of your floral, gift giving, wedding and event needs… Call 407-608-7474 or click here today. 

International Women’s Day

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The perfect way to show your admiration for her on International Women’s Day… “The Goddess of Love”

Wednesday is International Women’s Day, a worldwide celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women is celebrated on March 8th every year. What began in the early 1900’s with tenacious Suffragettes forging purposeful action for equality, International Women’s Day continues to be a globally strong platform for driving action for gender equality, while celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women.

While we may have made great progress in these efforts, it is just as important as ever, to recognize, honor, and celebrate the important and impressive achievements of women globally. Take time today to acknowledge the women in your personal life who have influenced you in positive ways. And join with others across the globe in continuing the efforts to promote Internationals Women’s Day values. 

#BeBoldForChange is the official hashtag for the day. Use it in your social posts to show your support of women everywhere.

 

The ten International Women’s Day values are:

  • Justice
  • Dignity
  • Hope
  • Equality
  • Collaboration
  • Tenacity
  • Appreciation
  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Forgiveness

 

Who are the strong women in your life? Your mom? A best friend? An aunt? Maybe even your boss? Celebrate the women in your life and those in history who have helped pave the way for women today!

 

In Bloom Florist is available for all of your floral and gift giving needs… Call 407-608-7474 or click here today. 

Love is Sharing…

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Happy Valentine’s Day from In Bloom Florist…

 

We have so enjoyed sharing our Love is Love blog series with you and hope that you have been inspired and reminded that love is a language we all speak in our own ways. May the spirit of Valentine’s Day be with each of you every day of the year…

Jerry and Val – Solid Love

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Love through service…

We found Jerry and Val Demings agree on most things, however, the first time they met is not one of them. Jerry says it happened when he was in college in the late 1970’s at Florida State University (she is also a Seminole). Conversely, Val remembers their first encounter happening during an investigation in 1984, her first year on the job. She also said she had no plans to date, much less marry, a police officer. They eventually did date, and were later married in 1988.

Regardless of their different recollections, Jerry says that a common passion to care for the community was what ultimately united them. Val and Jerry have spent most of their lives showing their love of our community in the way they serve and protect it. Jerry Demings is currently the Sheriff of Orange County and previously led as the Police Chief of Orlando Police Department (OPD) from 1998 until 2002. Val served as Chief of Police at OPD from 2007 until 2011 and was just recently sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 10th congressional district.

Jerry and Val have been customers of In Bloom Florist since at least 2011. Jerry often comes in and picks up the custom floral designs he has selected for Val so he can personally deliver the flowers to her. John and I are so humbled that Sheriff Jerry Demings and Congresswoman Val Demings would take a moment to come into our flower shop and be part of our “Love is Love” campaign. They literally visited us between the Congresswoman’s Swearing-In Ceremony and an event immediately following our photo shoot.

When they dropped by to pose for the portrait, it was, quite honestly, a whirlwind of a visit. Every question we asked was briefly answered between camera flashes. As they were exiting, Jerry leaned in and said, “I have something for you. You need to know that we had twins born on Valentine’s Day!” He had a knowing gleam in his eye that illustrated his desire to serve our business- by giving us this sweet inside information. He didn’t share it because of In Bloom Florist — he shared it because we are a member of the Orlando community they love.

Jerry and Val have three children and five grandchildren who all live in Orlando so family life is a big focus for the couple. In addition to family, they are both avid bikers who love their Harley’s. To get away, they take to the back roads of Central Florida on motorcycle — together. Jerry perched on his Screaming Eagle and Val on her shiny red Road King Classic.

This strong couple will have been married for 28 years in March and when we asked Val to tell us in one word to define their love, she simply said, “Solid.” We couldn’t agree more.

Love is working together for the greater good…

Justin and Liz – Reliable Love

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“We feel very blessed to have such a sweet and healthy family.”

Liz and Justin were introduced to each other through mutual friends 16 years ago and started hanging out in the group. They soon realized “something was there” and have been together ever since. They will be married twelve years in 2017.

Justin and Liz have been in business together pretty much since they were married. They started off flipping houses together 12 years ago and Liz says that she had the idea all those years ago to make their flipping business into an HGTV show. “Why didn’t we pursue this LOL?!” Liz said she knew back then that she and Justin were good partners, “We have always worked really well as a team and I think that is one of the many reasons our business is successful.” Says Liz. They have owned and run a Real Estate and Property Management Co. together for the last 10 years.

Liz and Justin have 2 beautiful daughters, Sydney (10) and Sophie (6). The girls attend Orangewood Christian School. “We feel blessed sending them to a school where they are nurtured and can learn more about Christ every day.” Says Liz. Both girls are blondes just like their momma, they love gymnastics and being with their friends and family. Sydney LOVES Miss Sally ☺(In Bloom Florist Boss Lady).

“We enjoy being together as a family, anything from Friday night pizza at home to snow skiing trips.  We feel very blessed to have such a sweet and healthy family. We are simple and basic and that’s how we roll.”

Love is simple….

Roger and Rob – Respectful Love

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“I blocked the doorway so he couldn’t leave” ~Roger

Roger and Rob have been together more than 20 years. They met when Roger was working as a DJ at a country-western bar. Roger said he still remembers it like it was yesterday. He saw Rob standing across the dance floor wearing blue jeans and a white shirt with a jacket. He later made his way over and asked Rob to dance. When Rob answered in his english accent, Roger said he was instantly hooked.  

They danced one dance and Roger went back to work. Later on he noticed Rob headed to the door. He rushed over and blocked the doorway with his body. “You’re not leaving after just one dance are you?” He asked Rob. And they’ve been dancing ever since. In 2007 they were joined in a civil union and threw a big shindig to celebrate. In 2016 when same sex marriages were finally made legal, they got married and moved to Central Florida. We are glad they did. 🙂

Love is love is love… 

Glenn and Claire – Committed Love

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“We deeply cherish one another and will never take a moment for granted.”

Glenn and Claire celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary last year. They are a lovely couple and we enjoyed our photo session with them. During our time together I asked them what word best described their marriage, and they agreed — commitment. We think you’ll enjoy their love story…

How did you two meet?

Claire: We met through a mutual friend in 1992. I was meeting a childhood friend who had just moved to Orlando for dinner. She was working for Barnett Bank and walked in with “a guy” she had just met at work that day, who was also new to Barnett. It was Glenn, as you might guess. I had lived in Orlando since 1983 so I had a broad circle of friends.

Glenn: I was invited to join Claire’s circle of friends, who got together for happy hours, dinner, golf and dinner parties at each other’s homes.

Claire: It was about 3 months later when I had friends (a married couple) visiting me, in my home. They enjoyed fine dining and so I invited Glenn to be my escort/date. I figured he dressed up well and knew which fork to use in a nice restaurant. 🙂  

Glenn: The evening was lots of fun and a bit magical, and from that moment on, we’ve been a couple.

What keeps you so committed to one another?

Glenn: When Claire went into labor with our son, Michael, the medical team enlisted heroic efforts to prevent Claire from dying. This experience forever altered our relationship and created a deep bond between the three of us.  

Claire: We deeply cherish one another and will never take a moment for granted.

Love is forever.