Friday, August 4, 2017

Back To School

Most Valley kids return to classes this month, and some parents think it's the most wonderful time of the year!  Just think of how quiet the house will much work you'll actually be able to get done without someone yelling, "MOM!!"  Go ahead, take a deep breath.  Aaaaah--oh, wait, those poor teachers!  As the herds arrive en masse, we really need to let our favorite teachers know how much she/he is appreciated.  A sweet fun bouquet for the desk is a wonderful 'welcome back!' gift.  Succulents are still trending and are so easy to care for, with so many varieties! A fruit basket would be nice, too, especially if there was a bright shiny red apple on the top. Here are some ideas we can even deliver for you!

Here are a few great card messages for teachers and other school employees:

To a brand new teacher...funniest if he or she is a grade school teacher:
"Congratulations on making it into the 3rd Grade!"

To a long time teacher...
"Welcome back to another school year!  One day down, 179 more to go!!

Slight sarcasm for the teacher with a good sense of humor:
"I know you are really excited to be back to school.  I'm sure it was getting pretty boring at home.  You know, sleeping in and enjoying life and all that stuff..."

To express enthusiasm:
"May every teacher become a mentor, may every classmate become a friend, may every lesson teach and enrich.  Here's to the best school year ever!"

To cheer any teacher:
"It's the first day of school and you've already earned four A's....You're Astounding, Amazing, Awesome and Astonishing!"

And don't forget mom, she's held it all together with the kids bouncing off the walls for the past three months.  In fact, we've found the perfect card message to go with her Thank You flowers:
"If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers."

Sunflower: Bright and Sunny, But That's Not All

The sunflower is one of the most requested blooms by our customers. Once considered a fall flower, it is now generally available to us year-round, with supplies most plentiful from late July through late November.

*The sunflower is Kansas's state flower.  However, it is considered a weed by many farmers there, as it grows so fast and spreads so prolifically.

*The scientific term for the sunflower is Helianthus, with 'helios' meaning sun and 'anthus' meaning plant.

*There are about 70 known species.  Fun Fact: All but three of the 70 species are native to North America.

*Russia and Argentina grow the most sunflowers for floral and foodstuff production.

*The largest field of sunflowers is located in Tuscany, Italy.

*While most grow anywhere from three to nine feet tall, the tallest sunflower ever was produced in the Netherlands, at a whopping TEN FEET tall!

*The width of most sunflowers falls between five to twelve inches, so could you just imagine what the world's record 32" looked like?  It was grown in British Columbia.

*Sunflowers love the sun, but they are also huge water consumers.  When found in the wild, they are easy to spot near watery areas such as creeks, riverbeds, and the like.

*While growing, sunflowers raise their heads to track the sun, however once mature, most will face east.

*If you are a Leo (born July 23rd through August 22nd) the sunflower is your sign's flower

Sunflowers are a wonderful 'face' flower, as we florists like to call it.  A face flower is simply the focal flower, the star of the show, and few blooms do it with such panache as this big, bright yellow beauty.  Quite versatile, it can be it can be mixed with several other colors and textures to create a beautiful bouquet, but it looks even more stunning when the entire bouquet is of sunflowers.  Favorite greenery (other than good old salal, of course) is spiral eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus, and gravalia.  Accent flowers that play nicely with sunflowers include solidago or Viking daisies (which look like tiny little sunflowers!) In nature, yellow's favorite contrasting color is purple--just try pairing with bright purple statice and you'll see what we mean!

And just why are we lauding the humble sunflower?  Why, it's the Cactus Flower Fresh Ten special of the month!  That's right, until August 31st, stop in at any one of out locations in the metro Phoenix area and pick up ten stems for just ten bucks.  Shop now.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dear Old Dad...

Father's Day in the United States was not really observed until the early 20th century when it was added as a counterpart to the popular Mother's Day celebration.  It is now observed in over 40 countries worldwide.  While most celebrations fall on the third Sunday in June, many countries have their version of Father's Day.  It seems as if there are as many days to celebrate dad as there are types of fathers.
12-pack of local craft beer delivered with a beautiful green plant! $59.99

And speaking of the many different kinds of dads, Cactus Flowers has the perfect gift for the special man in your life!

Is he a health nut?  If your dad is no couch potato and watches what he eats, perhaps he'd enjoy the HEALTHY GOURMET BASKET TF158-3.

Or has your father never met a snack he did not like?  SNACK ATTACK CFE429 hits all points-sweet, salty, crunchy, munchy and then some!

Does your dad like sitting down with a cold brew to watch the game?  Surprise! Cactus Flowers now delivers microbrewed beer six packs of Huss Brewing's Magic in the Ivy, Scottsdale Blonde or Koffee Klatsch or Papago Brewery's Orange Blossom. Our new BEER GARDEN is sure to put a smile on his face!

Or is your father a bit more high-browed, the Renaissance type man who would rather drink a sophisticated glass of wine with dinner?  If that's the case, Cactus Flower also now delivers wine from several Arizona wineries including Javelina Leap (Cornville, AZ ) and Caduceus Winery (Jerome, AZ) or Sand Reckoner in Willcox. Check our Wine & Beer section under local delivery options!

If your pops is a more business-oriented gent, perhaps he'd like a nice green plant for his office.  Or our GARDEN OF ZEN CFE369 is a nice desk-topper of easy-to-care-for succulent plants, which are quite trendy.

And you know what, some men aren't ashamed to receive flowers.  In fact, most of the time our delivery drivers report back that gentlemen are absolutely thrilled to receive flowers as a gift, simple because it is so unexpected!  Of course, you wouldn't want to send him a pink fluffy ball of cuteness, but something more unusual in masculine colors would certainly fit the bill.  ALOHA BEAUTIFUL CFE299 or BONFIRE CFE452 are great floral gifts for dad.

Please visit our website and check out the Father's Day category, or call us at any one of our five locations for great ideas!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

What's New for Mother's Day 2017

*Exciting things are going on at Cactus Flower this season!  We're seeing fantastic flowers in colors that range from soft pastels to bold bright hues and everything in between.  If Mom loves tulips, be sure to get in on the end of the season flowers....they are usually gone by mid May and we won't see them again until late November.  Lilacs and peonies, which have a very limited availability of perhaps 2 or 3 weeks out of the year, are now being offered by some of our growers.  And roses, roses and more roses...they are absolutely gorgeous this time of year in shades of white, soft pink, bold oranges, bright yellows, romantic red and many unusual colors in between!

* Check out our new local Mother's Day offerings...Happy Mom is chock full of bold gerbera daisies, Exotic Mom is an elegant and unusual tropical display, Superhero is a mix of wonderful colors and textures.  No matter what type of mom you've got, we've certainly got a bouquet to match.

*Lucky bamboo! While we receive requests for bamboo year-round, it's available in good quantities now.  Traditionally sold in groupings of three, which is thought to bring happiness, long life and wealth to the recipient.  It is also a common gift for housewarmings!

*Beer and wine are now available for pick up or delivery out of our Scottsdale location!  That's right, you can now request beer or wine added to your order. . . flowers AND wine?  You'll certainly be mom's favorite this year!   Craft beers are locally brewed  at Papago or Huss Breweries, with quirky names such as 'Scottsdale Blonde' or 'Magic in the Ivy'.  The wines offered take the adventurous drinker to all points of Arizona.  Several Javelina Leap wines from red rock country Sedona are available, as is a fantastic wine from Caduceus Cellers in the 'ghost town' Jerome.  Dos Cabezas winery is based in Sonoita, located in far southern Arizona, and Willcox's Sand Reckoner winery is located in the southeastern area of the state. Try one or try them all!