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Deb Mathues arranges fresh tulips in a vase.

When thinking of spring, the first thing to pop into many people’s head is flowers. As the saying goes, those dreary showers in April should bring colorful flowers in May. Deb Mathues, owner of Petals & Posies in Battle Lake is focused on bringing high-quality florals to her customers as springtime begins.

Mathues and her husband, Russ, raised their three sons in Battle Lake and have three grandchildren. “We love spending our summers on West Battle Lake where our families rent a seasonal cabin,” Mathues said. Mathues runs the floral shop along with the help of Annette Maudal during holiday seasons and special occasions.

Going into the 15th year of business, Mathues has years of experience in the floral industry and offers a variety of products and services. “We provide everyday, special occasion, sympathy work, weddings, and, of course, prom is in full swing,” Mathues said. “Besides fresh floral, we offer arrangements, a variety of home décor, permanent botanicals, green and blooming plants, succulents, cactus and so much more.” Additionally, Petals & Posies repurposes antique and galvanized containers for outdoor gardens.

As someone who always enjoyed being outdoors and flower gardens, becoming a florist was a natural path for Mathues. She is excited to have springtime finally here and enjoys using some of her favorite flowers in spring bouquets. “My favorite part of spring is the new growth. Tulips are my favorite flower and spring brings tulips, daffodils, and so, so much more,” Mathues said. “We love when our garden pots and hanging baskets arrive in May, that’s a sure sign of spring”

While some of the classic flower choices such as tulips and daffodils emerge every spring in bouquets, Mathues noted that other unique options such as succulents are becoming more popular. Petals & Posies will be offering a new succulent bar class this year, along with a line-up of other workshops, to embrace this trendy option for gardeners. “Succulents are very popular this year,” Mathues said.

As the snow melts and rain begins to fall, the outdoors can begin to look a bit dreary. Remember to think about the bright colors that flowers can bring into the world and into your home. A simple vase of tulips or a succulent garden can make all the difference.

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