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Butterflies and our crown flower trees

Our crown flower trees are now bare with hardly much leaves left.  Leaves (are) were munched by butterfly caterpillars for the last month and a half. It is a devastated sight from a crown flower farmer or a home owner perspective. But to caterpillars, fatten by every inch of leaves is a must, in order to get ready for coconing, then becoming butterflies.  We put our blinders on and let the caterpillars munch on. We welcome the devastation, knowing that there will be more butterflies for the world.  The tree will be refilled with leaves again. It will be soon be spring, summer, fall, then again butterflis return and lay their eggs.

crown flower tree and caterpillar

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Happy Labor Day

Sweet Blossoms Hawaii will be closed to celebrate Labor Day.  It is also our 7th anniversary day.  Imagine that, seven year ago, we had our grand opening on Labor Day.  The next day, our official first day of business, we had only one walk-in customer. He bought a single stem of flower. Thank you all for your support for the past many years. Happy Labor Day.

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Flower Shops in Japan

We were in Osaka and Kyoto a few weeks ago. Like noodle shops, flower shops in Japan are plentiful.  They are in every street corners, apartment stores, train stations and even residential neighborhoods. We are much inspired to see such  high quality and affordability of floral offers. The cymbidium, ranucurus, sweet peas are among my favorite. Next to the good food and people, flower is one of the best thing that I love about Japan. Happy travel.

Flowers in Japan

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Hawaii grown Snapdragons

Did you know we use Hawaii grown lilies, snapdragons, and hydrangeas every chance we can. We found that the quality of the flowers will be nicer since they are in transport for a few hours rather than a couple of days. Besides, it is better for the environment.  We love our flower grower at the Big Island. Enjoy your Friday. 

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$9 Flower Arrangement

It’s simple, classy and get the point across.  Why not? No worry, give flowers. 

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Stephanotis flower lei

I was told to sell this stephanotis flower lei for$5.  Is that right? How much is it worth to you? 

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Happy Valentine Night

Did you catch the teleflora Super Bowl 2012 ad featuring Adriana Lima? “Guys, Valentine’s Day is not that complicated……Give and you shall receive.” 

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Backyard Progress

Here is progress of our flower shop backyard.  It is a little weedy after the rainy winter season. We have a baby pineapple coming up.  So cute. Yeah. Our cactus shot up about 6 feet before flowering. We still have the basil and the rosemary plants, fighting their turfs with the weeds.  Remember, the water we changed out goes here, to grow plants in the back yard.  Less water needed from the Board of Water Supply and less water goes to the water treatment plant.  Summer is here!  Conserve water when we can.

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Memorial Day

We made our grave site delivery to Diamond Head Cemetary on Memorial Day and boy, what a sight.  Graves were doted with flowers and flags.  I would say the graves are almost as decorated with flowers as much to during Easter or Chinese Ching Ming.

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Happy Lei Day

 

Lei Day is May Day in Hawaii.  Full day celebration is happening at Kapiolani Park.  Check out the flyer for more detail event information.  I certainly wouldn’t miss the Lei Contest.  Happy May Day!  Check out photos of some of my favorites.

http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/programs/leiday/program+83rd+lei+day+celebration+pdf.pdf

http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/programs/leiday/

lei book byMarie A. McDonald, Paul R. Weissich

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