Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Beautiful Way to Purify Your Air

By this time of year, we Phoenicians start feeling cooped up in our air-conditioned homes, offices, and automobiles. Spending so much time indoors is bad for our health. Since indoor air quality is far worse than outdoor, we end up with allergies, headaches, asthma, and even diseases caused by these toxins.

There is a beautiful and inexpensive way to purify your indoor air: HOUSEPLANTS. Bringing green plants indoors cleans your air by removing hazardous chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Plants filter these toxins and create oxygen, making your indoor environment healthier.

NASA did a study on this very topic and came up with a list of the best plants to kill toxins. Here are a few that came out on top:
Dragon Tree Plant from Cactus Flower
Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
Spathiphyllum Plant from Cactus Flower
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Dracaena Plant from Cactus Flower
Variegated Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans “Massangeana”)
Chinese Evergreen Plant from Cactus Flower
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
The next time you need to send a gift, think of a houseplant or dish garden. You'll be giving something long-lasting and health-promoting. Plants are appropriate for every occasion, and are the perfect gift for that someone who has everything.
NASA recommends 15-18 houseplants per household for optimum air quality. How many plants to you have?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Family Ice Cream Social at Papa Ed's

Join us at Papa Ed's Ice Cream in downtown Glendale for our 2nd annual family ice cream social on Sunday, August 12! Kids (and grown-up kids) will make their very own ice cream sundae out of flowers, and then enjoy a real sundae from Papa Ed's. Below are the event details. Register today!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Lotta Show for a Little Dough!

This August, $10 gets your 10 big, bold sunflowers! These blooms are so large, we could only fit HALF of the Fresh Ten wrap in the picture. Aren't they just gorgeous?

Sunflowers are a classic summer flower and are easy to just drop in a vase and enjoy. You can scatter a single stem in reused bottles throughout the house, or create two or three arrangements in vases with varying heights on your dining table. Of course, if you have a container that's big enough, you could display them all together for a dramatic display.

We have some ideas for you on our Pinterest board of sunflowers, but in the meantime here are a couple of our favorites:
Surprise your house guests with this whimsical display of sunflowers in rain boots!

Water pitchers always make a perfect vase for sunflowers - especially for summer parties.

Use different size glasses, old olive oil bottles, mason jars or whatever vessel you have handy to make a display along your kitchen window!

Sunflowers are also a long-lasting flower, which is just another reason to stop by your closest Cactus Flower store and pick up yours today!