Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sending Holiday Flowers

Are the holiday party invitations beginning to pile up? Are you feeling guilt over not being able to attend everyone's get-togethers this year?
Stop beating yourself up-you don't always have to be a social butterfly! Even if you can't-or simply don't want to-attend every holiday party, you still can send your best wishes without making appearance.
By sending the host/hostess pretty Christmas flowers, a festive wreath or cheerful poinsettia you can send your well wishes when you can't attend. It's a thoughtful gesture and the next best thing to actually attending the party.
A fragrant evergreen wreath will add a festive touch to the front door and welcome party guests in, while a lush holiday flower arrangement will beautify the party.
Look for flower arrangements blooming with holiday colors like reds and whites. Wintery touches like holly, evergreen and pinecones are also a nice touch. If you know the host's home is more modern then send a more modern, simple holiday flower arrangement. On the flipside, if the host has more traditional taste, then you might want to go with a taller, more traditional Christmas flower arrangement to match the décor.
Another idea is to send a miniature Christmas tree right to the host's door. Many of these miniature Christmas trees are adorned with holiday flowers and ornaments and make perfect holiday party decorations.
As you can see, there are many ways to add to the holiday celebration from a distance. After all, you can still spread a little holiday party cheer even if you aren't there!


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How to Celebrate the Festive Season With Beautiful Thanksgiving Flowers

Life cannot be a bed of roses but there can be an occasional bouquet or two to bring home the beauty of ephemeral life and its joyous expression. Flowers are just that: ephemeral and joyous in expressing life, even for a passing moment. One of the moments that most families cherish is Thanksgiving, a day when the family gets together and celebrates togetherness joyously with a feast.
The perfect complement to a dinner is a flower arrangement. It is a bit of bothering to put together appropriate flowers to reflect colors of the season. The colors are russet, gold, orange, white and yellow. There are normal flowers one can find in the neighborhood or exquisite arrangement of exotic tropical flowers in these shades sourced from a flower near me boutique. Arranged aesthetically in a beautiful composition by an expert these fall colors, offset against creamy white and greens or pastel pink can create just the right atmosphere for a living or dining room.
It can be flower arrangements for the important Thanksgiving Day and then discarded. It can just as well be a composition that lasts if created in silk. Artificial silk flowers look real and last for a long, long time. One such glorious composition is pale green layered silk flowers set off delightfully by a couple of pale pink flowers against a background of deep green foliage, all in silk. These are highlighted by a small pumpkin and a couple of pomegranates or kumquats on the branch for a delightfully earthy and rustic tone. Then there is the combo of blue, pink, cream and green that evokes nuances of the Victorian era or European aesthetics. It may be difficult to source fresh blue or pink flowers with the right shade and texture but silk is a perfect substitute and, what is more, the bouquet can grace your table for months. Fresh flowers may fade and wither in a day but silk lasts, a reminder of the happy times you had on Thanksgiving.
Some like the exotic combination of colors, shades and textures in a colorful bouquet such as a black holder holding a riot of pink, orange, mauve, yellow and blue flowers topped with a pumpkin. Others may like to keep it simple in which case a bunch of red or crimson rosebuds in a base of the white holder with some greens peeping out from underneath could be what they like. A word in passing: Consider the backdrop against which the flowers will be set and then place the order to get a bouquet that will truly stand out. Another thing to consider is the size while placing the order. Too small and it will not be noticeable and too large in relation to its placement and objects around it will give it an overpowering presence. Size matters just as much as color, texture and combinations.
When it is about flowers and flower arrangements, imagination is the limit. The same, everyday flowers, in the hands of a talented creator of bouquets can truly come together in a dazzling composition. Find one and you get pleasing arrangements that express what you feel for the season.


Monday, September 24, 2018

How to Decorate Your Home for Fall with Flowers

Fresh Cut Flowers - How to Decorate Your Home for Fall With Flowers

As the weather gets cooler and the turning to fall colors occurs outdoors, it reminds us that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For many, it's time to think about planning a lovely Thanksgiving meal for family and friends and it is the perfect time to refresh indoor spaces to reflect the change of seasons.
Taking care to update your home for fall is easy when you let yourself get inspired by nature. Think of the rich and lovely colors of fall flowers and bring the outdoors in. Adding fresh cut flowers and other seasonal plant elements inside is an easy way to cozy up the feel of your home. Let your inner decorator go wild with these easy fall flower decorating tips.
Despite the onset of cooler weather, the garden may still offer many flowers that make great fresh cut fall flower bouquets. So look to your own garden or even your favorite florist shop for inspiration. At home, hardy chrysanthemums, autumn joy sedum, vibrant sunflowers and autumn asters are all good fall cutting flowers. Use sharp pruning scissors to cut flowers and immediately place the stems in water. Also remove leaves that would be under water in a vase. Replace water in the vase every two days to guard against bacteria buildup.
Where flowers are placed in a room also has tremendous decorating impact. A simple trick is to create focal points with flowers. Consider placing an elegant arrangement on an entryway console, welcoming guests indoors. Dress up a living room mantel with beautiful autumn flowers for instant wow appeal. And nothing is more inviting then fresh cut flowers beckoning guests to the dining room table for a lovingly prepared Thanksgiving feast.
Think outside the box when it comes to the container used to display flowers. A brimming bouquet of fall flowers placed in a favorite antique glass water jug, a fish bowl, a cherished footed vase or even tea cups for smaller arrangements are all thoughtful options.
On your next autumn stroll, collect fallen tree branches and use them to enhance a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. This addition will add a modern touch while also providing height to the arrangement. Tree branches in a glass vase filled with fall gourds, (no water needed), is another simple idea to spruce up a room for fall.
Potted flowers and plants can quickly cozy up indoors spaces too. Imagine three equally spaced clay pots of chrysanthemums bursting with color atop a kitchen harvest table. A grouping of potted chili pepper plants on the kitchen counter is another lovely reminder of fall's beauty. Remember, grouped arrangements create greater visual impact.
With ease, now you can bring the hues of autumn indoors with fresh cut flowers, fall foliage and potted plants. By using these simple decorating tips you will instantly add warmth and beauty to your indoor spaces. Moreover, family and friends will marvel at the extra effort taken to make each room feel and look so inviting.
And whether you are the fortunate recipient of a florist designed Thanksgiving arrangement or you are using home grown stems, remember to keep flowers out of direct sunlight. Also move flower arrangements to a cool place at night. These simple tips will help keep flowers looking fresh, longer. And fresh flowers are always in style no matter what the season.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Fall Flowers

Visions of pumpkins, orange hues and darker tones come into play, and as September is coming to a close, the arrival of the fall season is officially in place.
The mood is relatively darker, with flashes of yellow, orange, and golden patches of flowers and plants come into full bloom, in turn the weather shifts from a relative dry spell of summer and welcomes the oncoming rush of the winter time.
With the changing weather and geographic conditions, it is but likely that the some flowers and plants will unfortunately be unavailable for use in certain celebrations. However, this is actually a chance to lavishly step out of the trite flower arrangements, and have the opportunity to add more than just a splash of warm tones for your wedding.
As it would be wise and more budget friendly to pick flowers that are in season, you can easily pattern your entourage's ensembles to nature's color palletes, the same colors that are abundant on your wedding flower arrangements and decorations.
Sure, you can still count on roses, daisies, lilies and orchids for support, but the eclectic mix of chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, and asters gives an added spice to the neutral tones of beige and white on the wedding decorations front.
Here's a guide on which flowers are in full bloom this fall season:
-Hydrangeas
These Oak Leaf Hydrangeas normally blooms from early spring to late autumn. Hydrangeas are a stunning example of fall flowers as its large, beautiful leaves changes to lush colors of yellow, orange and red.
-Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums are at best one of the easiest plants to take care of, this perennial can be planted at any season, though it should be noted that proper timing and preparation are needed for them to fully grow.
Whether be it in buttons, daisy, decorative or spider form, chrysanthemums are one of the most sought after flowers used for bouquets and arrangements.
-Asters
Although a member of the sunflower family, this perfect fall flower uncannily resembles daisies in its appearance. This gorgeous patch of violet flowers sets the mood for the fall season.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Special Occasion Flower Delivery

Do you want to surprise that special someone? Is it someone's birthday? Do you want to send a "just because" message to someone? Well then you should look into using flower delivery service.
A flower delivery service always saves the day with those last minute special occasion gifts. If you are trapped at the office and can't find the time to get away to buy a gift for that someone special, you should send a bouquet of flowers to brighten their day and let them know you care.
If a person is having a bad day and they need a little cheering up, you can let them know you care with a small "I'm thinking about you" flower bouquet. Everyone likes to know that they have someone who cares about them enough to make an effort for them just for no reason at all. You can take advantage of the delivery service that will come with the purchase of the flowers too.
The flowers can be ordered over the phone or online and then with a credit card and a delivery address the flowers can be on their way whenever you ask them to be there. The flowers can arrive even the same day of the purchase. Rush deliveries may cost you a little more but they are always available. Whether you are trying to book a flower delivery a month from the date you purchase them or even a few days from the date, it is going to cost you the same amount and will be the same fresh flowers you ordered every time.
Weddings often use special occasion flower delivery services. It is hard to get THAT many flowers from point A. to point B. unless you have a van or a truck. These services will prepare decorations and bouquets of flowers of your choice and have them delivered and set up at the place the event is being held.
Birthdays also deserve a little sweetening too. People love getting flowers for their birthday. They look great at work or at home to freshen up any room or desk. If someone is working on their birthday it is always a nice gesture to give a bouquet of flowers to them to brighten up their day.
Getting flowers just makes people feel good. You don't need to go all out spending all that time finding a meaningless gift at the mall or what have you. Whatever the occasion and no matter how special it is, the flowers will be extra special to the person receiving such a thoughtful gift.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

5 Tips on Achieving Maximum Longevity of Your Wedding Flowers

It is your wedding and you planning has been excellent, your execution sublime and pardon the pun, but everything looks rosey. Your wedding flowers are ordered and available and will be delivered shortly. Fortunately wedding flowers are fairly robust and really do not require a lot of attention and fundamentally you will be guaranteed a more than appropriate longevity, right?
Wrong. Possibly completely and wholeheartedly and organically wrong and there is a chance that your flowers will be very much dead, before you even walk down the aisle, if you have not maximized the chances of achieving full flower longevity. If you want to handle freshly cut wedding flowers like a pro you had better be thinking and acting like a pro. The alternative is that no focus and appropriate attention equates to flowers that will simply wilt and die, almost progressively in front of your eyes.
On the list of worst possibly nightmares for a bride, possibly only second to either the priest or groom absconding at the last minute, is wedding flowers that refuse to cooperate and decide that going to flower heaven before the actual wedding might be an option. Clearly this is not an option that would delight a bride.
So how do you get the best out of your wedding floral displays, for as long as possible? Here are a few tips...
Selection: When you are buying your flowers, be sure to scrutinize your specimens carefully. Specifically what you need to focus on are the following:
  • Try and ensure most of your flowers are in bud and that the buds are reasonably firm. Flowers in bud last longer.
  • Ensure that the stems are not fractured, damaged, slimy or discolored.
  • Check that the foliage isn't wilted or showing signs of mold growth. Discard any specimens where the leaves are turning yellow in color.
  • If your flowers are scented ensure the specimens exhibit a strong fragrance.
Container and water: Before using your vase, ensure it is properly sterilized. Preferably manually clean the vase using a mild disinfectant or hot soapy water, and thereafter wash thoroughly with hot water. Once dry, add sterilized water that has been boiled and cooled, to the vase. Add a commercial floral preservative and food mixture or make your own.
To make your own add 2 tablespoons of bleach, 2 tablespoons of vinegar (or lemon juice) and 4 tablespoons of sugar for each gallon of water The bleach will deactivate the bacteria, the vinegar, which is actually acetic acid, a mild acid, will control the pH and the sugar will act as a source of glucose to the flower, which the flower will absorb through the stem and use as a carbohydrate source for energy.
Add room temperature water to the vase. Add as much water as you can without overfilling the vase (fill it about 2/3 the way up, add your wedding flowers, and then top off the water in the vase to within an inch of the top. The deeper the water the better).
Adding the flowers: for a wedding floral display using a vase the rule of thumb is that the flowers should be one and a half times the height of the vase. You need to be mindful of this when deciding on the stem lengths of your flowers (longer the stems the better). When you cut your flowers if you have any influence try and ensure the flowers are cut as early as possible in the morning.
Cut the stems at an obtuse angle of about 45 degrees to achieve maximum exposure which allows the stems to absorb as much water as possible. Cut the stems under running water (which ensures you avoid air from entering and blocking the flow of water to the blooms)using a sharp pair of pruning shears or a floral knife. Avoid using a blunt blade, which can damage and crush the stem thereby impeding the vital flow of water to the flower head. Remove any leaves that are below the water line. Any decaying organic matter will contaminate the water and shorten the flower longevity.
Every 24 hours replace the sterilized water and flower food and preservative and recut the stems at an angle under running water.
Searing the flower stems: The longevity of some wedding flowers, especially hollow-stemmed flowers,can be further extended by searing the stem of the flowers. Once you have finished trimming the stems place the end of the stem in boiling water for about 25 to 30 seconds, alternatively hold the cut end of the stem in an open flame for a few seconds, and thereafter place the freshly seared stem in luke warm water with a floral preservative added. You might want to consider having a paper tissue handy to clean any spillage of sap.
Storage: Most flowers should be stored in a room with cool ambient temperature (although not less than 40º F). Avoid direct sunlight, heat from heating vents, warm drafts from household or industrial appliances or fireplaces or cold drafts from air conditioners.If your wedding flowers are ethylene sensitive you need to keep the flowers separate from ripening fruit or vegetables, exhaust fumes and smoke of all kind, including cigarette smoke.
As your flowers age separate older flowers from fresh flowers and obviously remove any dead or dying specimens as soon as possible.
Generally well preserved and well managed cut flowers will last you anything from 7 to 10 days, and even longer in certain instances, depending also on the type of flower. Most importantly a well preserved wedding flowers simply optimizes your wedding flower presentation, and ultimately contributes excellent value on your very special day.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Give Flowers for Mother's Day


What ideas do you have for flowers for Mothers Day? Mothers Day is the one time of the year when you can take some time to show your mother or the other mothers in your life how special they really are.
When choosing flowers for Mothers Day, you don't want anyone to feel left out or unappreciated so be sure you remember your own mother, your mother-in-law, step mother, grandmother and the mother of your own children.
There are many different ideas for flowers for Mothers Day. Young children often enjoy making flowers or picking their own wild flowers for mom. Most mothers love handmade items from their children so this is a popular choice.
As the children grow older, flowers for Mothers Day become more sophisticated. Usually they are purchased from a florist and there is a huge array of choices. You can send the Mom in your life flowers from all over the world with new online ordering that makes it easy for whatever beautiful flowers you choose show up fresh and gorgeous.
Mothers Day is a special day for you to recognize your Mum for everything she's done for you. It's one day each year to really say thanks to the person who made it possible for you to be here today.
Who to Give Flowers for Mothers Day
We mentioned briefly before that there are more women in your life you may want to remember besides just your mother. On this special day for moms everywhere, think about who else there may be in your life that you can give flowers for on Mothers Day. Here are some thoughts:
  • Your mother 
  • Your grandmother
  • Your stepmother
  • Your mother in law
  • Your wife/mother of your child(ren)
If you know a Mom in your life who doesn't have anyone to send her flowers, you might consider giving some to her as well. This can be an excellent way to make someone feel special on this special day.
Types of Flowers for Mothers Day
As you may already know, there are different types of flowers for Mothers Day. When choosing the right ones for your occasion, there are different things to consider. Here are some thoughts:
  • Roses- these are an all-time favorite for many women everywhere. It's hard to go wrong with some beautiful roses. 
  • Silk flowers- this is a switch up of the traditional live flowers that will eventually wilt and die.
  • Wild flowers- if you don't have anywhere nearby that you can pick wildflowers, you can also purchase a bouquet of wildflowers to give to someone special.
If you traditionally give the same type of flowers every year, you might decide to mix it up and be more meaningful by sending something different. This will also be a great surprise to the mother who has grown accustomed to always getting the same type of flowers each year.
What Flowers for Mothers Day Mean
When choosing your flowers for Mothers Day, think about what you are really trying to say with your gift of flowers. What emotions come to mind when you think about your mother or the mom you're planning flowers for? What emotions do you want to be able to convey with your flowers?
Flowers can say I love you, I appreciate you, I miss you, I'm thinking of you, I think you're special and a whole host of other thoughts and emotions. Just the act of giving flowers shows that you care about the person and that you thought enough about them to send them on this special day.
Sometimes the type of flower can also mean something. For example, the freesia resembles innocence. Amaryllis means splendid beauty, Aster means patience, ivy represents marriage and the red tulip is a declaration of love. As many people known, roses mean love and the lily represents majesty.
When choosing what flowers for Mothers Day you want to give, you might look into the meanings of certain flowers to help you choose a bouquet. An arrangement of multiple flowers can also be a great choice with multiple meanings.
Now that you know more about flowers for Mothers Day, you should have a better idea of how to choose the right flowers for all the mothers in your life.