Thursday, September 17, 2015

National Flower Week is Sept. 20-26th!

Yes, indeed, an entire week dedicated to what we at Cactus Flower Florist are most passionate about: FLOWERS!   Here are ten fun ways to incorporate flowers into your life this week:

*Change your current screen saver to a picture of your favorite bloom.  It's a proven fact that flowers have an immediate effect on moods.  Make your mood a happy one every time you pick up the phone or sit down with your computer.

*Wear flowers!  A big bold floral print is an eye catcher, but if you're not that brave, why not add a corsage or boutonniere to your ensemble.  Not only will it make you look sharp, it's a great conversation starter. 

*Add a sprig of baby breath to your daughter's hair in the morning.  This wispy little flower adds a bit of sweetness. 

*Plant a packet of seeds or pick out a lovely blooming plant from your local nursery to add to your garden.

*Give flowers for absolutely no reason.  Sign the card message with "Every time you look at these flowers, know that someone is thinking of you."

*Place flowers in every single room in your home. . .a nice showy bouquet in the entryway. .  .a pretty centerpiece on the dining table. . . a contemporary arrangement in the family room.  Don't forget bud vases on night stands--even a simple carnation with baby's breath has the power to make someone smile.  And a sweet smelling bouquet in the bathroom adds color and a pleasant aroma.

*Liven up a houseplant by selecting a few stems and asking the florist to put them in water tubes.  When you get home, you can tuck these tubes into the soil of any houseplant for a day or two of color.

*Wear a floral scent all week long, just to switch it up.  Some of our favorites are L'Occitane (peonies) YSL Paris (roses), Estee Lauder/Aerin Lilac Path (lilacs) and Coty's Muguet des Bois (lily of the valley).

* Tuck a sprig of daisies or buttons into a napkin ring at the dinner table.  A small, unexpected and inexpensive pop that will make guests smile.

 * Take a cruise through Pinterest to see some of the most exotic and beautiful flowers on the planet.  An hour spent checking out unusual orchid breeds is far better than spending that time just watching TV!

No matter how you choose to celebrate National Flower Week, make sure it includes plenty of beautiful blooms!

Friday, September 4, 2015

September 13th is Grandparent's Day!

Grandparent's Day has been an officially recognized holiday since being signed in by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.  As a nice sentiment, September was chosen so as to honor those people in the 'autumns of their lives.'  The concept for a day honoring grandparents was created by a woman named Marian McQuade from West Virginia   Originally she put forth the idea to recognize the elderly who were in nursing homes, but it quickly became known as a day to honor all grandparents.

What do you call your grandparents? Gramma and Grampa?  Nana and Noni?  Granny and Pop ? No matter what nickname you use, make sure you honor them on their specific day of recognition: GRANDPARENTS DAY on Sunday, September 13th!.  Spend time with them...take them out or have them over for dinner...recognize them for the special people they are in your life. 

Let Cactus Flower Florists help!  Send a beautiful floral arrangement to enjoy and let them know you're thinking of them.  Food is always a nice gift, such as a nice fruit basket to share, or maybe a chocolate gift basket for gran or junk food basket for gramps.  A plant, or dish garden or succulent garden brings outdoors in, and this long-lasting gift will remind them of you every time they look at it. After all, there's Valentine's Day to honor your sweetie, Mother's Day for mom, Father's Day for dad.  If ever anyone deserved a day of recognition, it is the grandparents of the world!