Memorial Day Celebrations and Memorial Day Flowers in Long Beach

memorialafm1Over the upcoming three-day weekend, there will be picnics, barbecues, and fun, but this is also the time to remember some very important people who died in service to our country throughout many wars and conflicts. This is Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember those who have fought for our freedom and died in the process.

This blog post provides some background on how Memorial Day was started, some local Long Beach celebrations for Memorial Day, and ideas for incorporating Memorial Day flowers and patriotic flowers in your celebrations.memorialafm4

All about Memorial Day

The first Memorial Day was May 5, 1868 when General John Logan decided that all soldiers – whether Union or Confederate – who had died should be remembered for their dedication and bravery.

Over time, all states have come to recognize Memorial Day with it becoming a Federal holiday and recognized three-day weekend tied to the last Monday in May.

Across the country, Memorial Day is celebrated in different ways, including parades, remembrance ceremonies, wreath laying ceremonies, picnics and barbecues and even a Moment of Remembrance, which occurs on Memorial Day at 3pm local time.

It is a time to celebrate but also reflect on what those in the armed forces do for us and the country.

Memorial Day in Long Beach

This year, there are many Memorial Day events in Long Beach. Here a couple of the planned activities:

  • Queen Mary Celebration of U.S. Troops: This event is free to all U.S. active and retired military personnel. Held over the Memorial Day weekend at the Queen Mary, it includes a self-guided tour and the Ghosts & Legends Show as well as a Salute to America, a balloon artist, magician, face painter, juggler and many more activities.memorialafm3
  • Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific Memorial Day Picnic: Enjoy a picnic on the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific’s lawn on Memorial Day weekend. After the event, participants can visit the Aquarium for some added fun with the animals.

Memorial Day Flowers and Memorial Day Wreaths

We have many special Memorial Day flower arrangements and Memorial Day wreaths that you can place on a loved one’s grave site. For those wanting to recognize their patriotism at a Memorial Day barbecue or picnic, we also have many patriotic flower memorialafm2arrangements with a mix of red, blue, and white flowers that will highlight the special day of remembrance.


Our Tropical Flower Collection

tropicalafm4This blog post not only highlights our tropical flower collection, but it also offers some great tips on caring for them when you get them home or enjoy them at the office.

Selecting Tropical Flowers

We offer one of the best selections of tropical flowers in Long Beach. Our selection is fresh, affordable, and expansive. It includes:tropicalafm5

Zen Artistry: Beautiful dendrobium orchids, bamboo, green carnations, and assorted exotic greenery are arranged in an isometric ceramic container.
Birds of Paradise: This tropical arrangement includes Birds of Paradise, Pin Cushion Protea, Bamboo, and assorted tropical greenery in a Cylinder Vase.
Green Tropic: Birds of Paradise, Pin Cushion Protea, Green Yoko Ono Pom, Purple Dendrobium Orchids, Orange Tiger Lilly, and stunning greenery are beautifully arranged in a lined cube vase.
Tropical Thunder: Dendrobium Orchids, Roses, Lillies, Hydrangea, and Curley Willow are designed in a long and Low Rectangle Vase.

In addition to these beautiful tropical flower arrangements, we also have beautiful leis for high school and college graduation as well as tropical plants and tropical dish gardens that offer a beautiful focal point in a home or office setting.tropicalafm3

Ordering Tropical Flowers

When you or your recipient receive tropical flowers from our Long Beach shop, you will get a hand arranged and hand delivered arrangement.

We do not believe in throwing them in boxes and have you construct an arrangement yourself.

While tropical flowers are somewhat hardy, they do require special handling and care so we take great pride in presenting them in a beautiful way to your recipient.tropicalafm2

Caring for Tropical Flowers

When you receive a tropical flower arrangement or send one to a loved one, there are some specific ways to ensure that they last. The most important part is to give them an environment that is most conducive to their natural one.

However, don’t assume that this means lots of water. As with any flower or plant, they can get too much water and have their roots rot from all the water.

tropicalafm1Take into consideration your climate and where the plant comes from originally. Typically, you can get some instructions on care from the florist in terms of watering, sunlight and shade, soil and temperature. This will ensure that you can enjoy your tropical flower for a long time.

It’s Prom Season in Long Beach! Time to Order Prom Flowers, Prom Corsages, and Prom Boutonnieres

promfm1As the school nears a close, Long Beach high school juniors and seniors are preparing for prom, the biggest dance of the year and a night of great memories with friends and loved ones. Besides the dresses, tuxes, and limos, it is time to think about prom flowers, including prom corsages and prom boutonnieres.

This blog offers some ideas and pictures to get you thinking about what to pick for the big dance.

Prom Corsages and Prom Boutonnieres

While your prom corsage does not have to match your dance and actually would be nice if it served as an accent color or complementary color, it should match the flowers used in your date’s prom boutonniere. So, decide who is buying what and when so you can coordinate your special flower accents for prom.promfm2

The floral designers at Allen’s Flower Market of Long Beach have created a number of special prom corsages and prom boutonnieres for Long Beach students this year.

Included in our selection are some pretty magnificent flower choices that are both traditional and contemporary as well as reflect some of this year’s trends in prom flowers. We have Agapanthus, Alstroemeria, Calla Lilies, Carnations, Roses, Cymbidium Orchids and Dedrobium Orchids just to name a few.

Why Choose Us for Prom Flowers?

While we realize you have many options for prom corsages or prom boutonnieres, we have some great reasons why you should choose Allen’s Flower Market for prom flowers this year:

  • promfm3We were voted best florist in Long Beach in 2012.
  • We offer same day delivery for your prom corsages or prom boutonnieres.
  • We have a wide selection of prom flowers to choose from, including 50 options available to look at online right now!
  • We guarantee 100% satisfaction because we know we only use the freshest flowers available.
  • We take orders online or in-store at our floral design center in Long Beach.
  • We provide a wide range of options for prom flowers, making it affordable for everyone. Many of our prom flowers are on sale for you!promfm4
  • We offer special ‘bling’ upgrades and enhancements to make your prom corsage and prom boutonniere stand out at prom! This includes bejeweled prom corsages and prom boutonnieres as well as those that feature jewelry straps instead of the traditional ribbon strap.

Order now as our Long Beach prom flowers go fast every year!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th – Drop By for Our 72 Hours of Mother’s Day Sale and Have Some Tacos!

momfm1We are stocked with fresh flowers, flowering plants, plants and gift baskets and ready to help you celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12th with the best values and a special 72-hour sale. Did we mention we’ll have tacos like we did during our Valentine’s Day sale? Yes, you can save money and enjoy some delicious local food.

Mother’s Day Flowers and Gifts

Our Long Beach Mother’s Day flowers and gifts as well as our selections for national delivery have some beautiful, value-oriented choices that make it easy to find something that Mom will love:

  • Rose Blush is a stunning selection of pastel and vibrant pink roses in a beautiful glass bowl.
  • Over the Rainbow offers some truly unique multicolor roses that are a real stunner.
  • Our Palm Beach arrangement is an exotic blend of tropical flowers and rich foliage in a tall glass vase.
  • Orchids forever features an assortment of orchids in different colors, creating a truly dramatic Mother’s Day flower arrangement.

momfm3We’ve got fresh roses in a rainbow of colors in all quantities – from a single rose dipped in gold to six roses to up to five dozen roses to show mom love and appreciation. This is always a favorite for moms everywhere not to mention our selection of tulips, another popular choice for Mother’s Day

A wide assortment of dish and basket gardens is also available that are made to last for months and years to come if replanted in the garden. Also on offer are green and flowering plants to give mom something a little bit different.momfm4

Our website features over 120 floral items just for Mother’s Day and that doesn’t even include the Mother’s Day gift selection, which features brownies, chocolates, gourmet food, fresh fruit, balloons and more. Our Long Beach flower shop also has Mother’s Day greeting cards so we truly are a one-stop shop for Mother’s Day.

Special Hours for Mother’s Day Weekend

The Long Beach florist will remain open for 72 hours straight during its Mother’s Day sale, starting Friday, May 10th at 8:00am until Sunday, May 12 at 7:00pm. There will be a taco cart on hand offering delicious tacos for patrons while they shop.

momfm2For moms, stepmoms, and mother-in-laws everywhere, including our own, we would like to send out a Happy Mother’s Day wish from the entire team at Allen’s Flower Market!