Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Facts About Spring's Best Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers. . .
and some of the loveliest flowers of the year, in fact.  However, just like spring, these blooms are here and gone in the blink of an eye.

**DAFFODILS                    These sweet yellow bell-shaped blooms are the harbingers of spring.  Also known as narcissus, this is generally the first spring flower available.  Florists start seeing them early to mid-March and they're gone by the end of April

**HYACINTH                      One of the sweetest smelling flowers of any season, this bloom also comes and goes quickly.  The season can vary year to year, depending on growing conditions, but generally we can find them in late March until sometime in late April.  This flower is usally at its most plentiful around Easter.

**LILAC                              Another sweet smelling spring flower is the lilac.  Florist's lilac season is short--for a week or two in April. . .if we are lucky!  Lilac stems have an etheral life span--perhaps three days once cut--but oh, that aroma.

**PEONY                             No other seasonal flower is requested more often than the peony.  Unfortunately, it has a very short natural growing season, and hothouse grown blooms are fairly rare. . .and costly!  While usually a special-order type flower, we can sometimes find it at our wholesaler's around Easter-Mother's Day.

**IRIS                                   Another bulb-grown flower plentiful in springtime.  Until recent years, the beautiful iris has been available to florists only in spring and early summer.  However, it is now seen almost year round.  Very few flowers used by florists are blue, so the iris is a welcome and showy bloom we treasure for its pretty periwinkle-ish hue.

**TULIPS                             Springtime's favorite flower!  We generally start seeing tulips in limited quantities around Christmas, they are at peak in March and April, and once Mother's Day is over, so is tulip season.  With some domestic tulip crops now being grown in California, tulip's season is expanding, and may someday be available year-round.

No matter what your favorite spring blooms are, be sure to get them quickly, because like a fast moving auction, they'll be going, going, gone! Shop Now.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Women We Admire

In honor of International Women's Day on 3/8 and in partnership with Women's Day Arizona, we ran a social media contest asking our community to nominate the special women in their lives for a chance to send them a Cactus Flower arrangement on 3/8. We received several nominations and thank you to those who participated. One nomination in particular stood out to us, and it was made by Deanna to her sister Suzette:
"Suzette is my younger sister and my best friend.  She is the glue that has kept our family together after our mother passed away.  She will do anything for you and has given so much of herself.  She always puts others first and lately has been working so hard at her job yet still manages to care for our father and makes sure each member of the family feels special.  I thought she was deserving of some recognition and a surprise and what better than a beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers from Cactus Flower!!"
Just because International Women's Day has passed, it doesn't mean we can't continue to recognize the incredible women who continue to inspire us. It's people like Suzette who make this world a better place for us all. Thank you for your strength, Suzette! 

Do you have someone in your life you'd like to honor? We'd love to hear about it, so please share your story with us.