Thursday, April 5, 2018

Succulents Have Star Power!

Succulents are a favorite of our customers and social media followers. It's no wonder... they add so much texture and a unique look to planters and floral arrangements. These little plants are pretty hardy too. With just a few tips, you will enjoy them for many months!

1. Keep them in a bright spot, but not direct sunlight. If they start to stretch and get leggy, move them to a spot with more sunlight.
2. Water them well about once a month. They don't like frequent watering and over-watering causes roots to rot.
3. Fertilize with a low nitrogen liquid at one quarter of the manufacturer's recommended rate.

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If you live are in the Scottsdale are, join our Succulent Garden class on Saturday, May 5th at 1pm! $50 includes all instruction and supplies for a beautiful custom creation that you will take home with you. Click here for registration.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

We're Feelin' Spring and Like to Flaunt It!

Spring is the most glorious season! It starts early for us here in the Southwest, but the symbolism of Tulips, Daffodils, Iris and other seasonal favorites isn't lost on us! These bright buds usher in a season of outdoor fun, Easter, Prom and a prelude to dips in the pool.

Easter falls on April 1st this year, which could be interesting. You can find all sorts of ways to put some "fools day" into your egg hunt. When it comes to gathering with family and friends, fresh florals are always appreciated. We have some beautiful arrangements to choose from, but you could also visit any of our stores during happy hour (every Friday noon-close) for a collection of loose blooms at 50% off. Create sweet small arrangements staggered around your table to give pops of color! 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Jewish High Holy Days


September marks the arrival of the two highest holy days, Rosh Hashanah (starting at sundown September 20th) and Yom Kippur (beginning at sundown September 29th).   Rosh Hashanah is the day that marks the beginning of the universe.    Yom Kippur is the highest holy day, also known as the 'day of atonement'.  Both holidays involve beautiful rituals and plenty of good food.  And of course, anywhere that a festive meal is served, flowers and/or fruit only serve to make the remembrance more enjoyable.

Great ideas for Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur gifts:
* An all white centerpiece for the dining table.  Traditionally, white linens and china grace the holiday tables and an all-white arrangement would be a wonderful finishing touch.
* A festive entry table arrangement in fall colors, done centerpiece style to incorporate pomegranates or apples as part of the design.  These two fruits are an important part of the holidays.  (This choice would be better suited for Rosh Hashanah, but not for Yom Kippur which is a much more reserved holiday)
* A fruit basket, including apples and/or pomegranates, or an all-apple basket with honey.

Things to avoid:
* General gourmet gift baskets--it is against Kashrut law to allow meat (as in sausages) and dairy (as in cheese or milk chocolates) to be in the same proximity.
* Non-kosher wines
* Blue and white flowers--these are the colors of Hannukah.  (White flowers are fine, as are autumn colored flowers to reflect the season.)

When placing an order for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, please advise your CSR that it is for one of the High Holy Days, or if placing online, note this in the Special Instructions area of the order form.  For Rosh Hashanah, all items must be delivered by sundown on September 20th.  For Yom Kippur, gifts must be delivered between September 22nd to September 29th (excluding Saturday, the Sabbath) and it must arrive before sundown on the 29th.

If you have any questions regarding gifts for Rash Hoshanah or Yom Kippur, contact us at 480-948-1130.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Don't Forget Nana and Pop! Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 10th!


Some of you may be thinking, "Oh, good grief, not another 'Hallmark Holiday'" (term used by those who are certain greeting card manufacturers make up holidays just to sell greeting cards.  Since there are seven BILLION greeting cards sold annually in the US alone, the card companies really don't need to make up fake holidays!)  However, Grandparents Day is nothing new.  In fact, it has been a legally recognized holiday in the US since 1978.  In a calendar full of special recognition days, Grandparents Day stands out as one that is severely under-celebrated.  I mean, it's Grandma!  And Grandpa!  Surely they deserve a bit of pomp and circumstance.  After all, there's a National Cheese Doodle Day (May 5th), a Garfield The Cat Day (June 19th) and International Yada Yada Yada Day (July 23rd, for those lovers of Seinfeld).  Two days we can all really get behind fall in November--the 2nd is Men Make Dinner Day and the 4th is Use Your Common Sense Day.  And what about December 6th, National Read A Book Day, which is followed on the 7th by National Buy A Book Day.  If the creators of the last two days had utilized the Common Sense Day, they'd know that perhaps they should BUY the book first, then READ it.

However--GRANDPARENTS DAY--what a wonderful reason to celebrate. Whether you are fortunate enough to still have both grandparents, or you want recognize that special person who has shouldered the grandparent job alone, this is a perfect way to make a fuss over people who generally prefer to fuss over others. 

Great Ideas for Grandparents Day:
*If you are miles apart, CALL THEM! But before you reach out, write a list to refer back to.  Make note of the reasons your grandparents mean so much to you.  Perhaps Grandma always made you a new dress for the first day of school.  Maybe Grandpa taught you how to fish.  Were they your regular after-school caregivers?  Did they offer up their home to your family during times of transition? Or did they become your parents when your own were not able?  Let them know. Tell them now, while they are still around to hear this and be blessed by it.

* Give your time.  Offer to do yardwork, painting, little chores around the house.  Drive them to doctor appointments, on shopping excursions, to their favorite restaurant for lunch.  As people age, it gets harder to do the things they used to take for granted.  However, older folks are generally prideful of their independence and simply will not ask for help, no matter how much they need it.  Grandparents Day gives you a reason to help without making your loved ones feel as if they are a bother.

* Take them somewhere they wouldn't normally go...to a museum, the zoo, the Botanical Garden, to see a concert, to visit any one of the many cultural goings-on in metro Phoenix on any given weekend.  This gives them a chance to get dressed up, get out of the house and see something new.  Not to mention, they'll be enjoying your company while doing so.

*  Just talk.  We're all in such a hurry, with our kids and our jobs and spouses and busy, busy lives that sometimes, we lose sight of the things that should be most important.  Just listen to the stories the older generations have to tell. You'll be glad you did.

* And of course, send them something to let them know you are thinking of them. How often do your grandparents get a gift 'just because'?  It's exciting for them to hear that knock on the door and open it to see someone standing there, holding flowers or a nice green plant or a fresh basket of fruit!  Check out our website for great ideas for Grandparents Day gifts!

Our friends at Generations United invite you to #DoSomethingGrand in honor of #GrandparentsDay (Sept. 10). They’ve put together a host of ways you can get involved. Find out how at www.grandparentsday.org.