Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer Aromatic DIY

Summer in Arizona means a lot of hot, sunny days.  Today we’re sharing a fabulous, organic way to stay fresh in the heat — with an aromatic eucalyptus shower using fresh eucalyptus stems!
Eucalyptus is known for its refreshing, distinctive fragrance, but you may be surprised to discover that it also offers many health benefits.  Chinese, Indian Ayurvedic, Greek, and other European styles of medicine have all incorporated it into the treatment of a range of conditions for thousands of years: infections, fever, upset stomach, coughs and respiratory tract infections, asthma, acne, rheumatism, wounds, burns, and fever just to name a few.
To create your all natural aromatic shower, stop by Cactus Flower and pick up a few full stems of eucalyptus leaves.  Use a length of string or bakers twine to tightly secure the eucalyptus stems together at the bottom.  Then, use another length of twine to secure them to your shower head.  You want them to be as close to the wall as possible to avoid direct contact with the water.
Once exposed to the steam, the eucalyptus will be “activated” and start to release its beneficial oil and that signature scent we love to smell.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Annual Rose Sale and Rose Facts You Probably Didn't Know

Summer is here and with it comes our annual rose sale! With savings of up to 80%, it's the best excuse to spoil yourself, and loved ones, with a dozen -- or more!! Shop here.

For fun, here is some background on this coveted bloom:
Throughout history, people from around the world have held the rose close to their hearts. The earliest known gardening was the planting of roses along the most travelled routes of early nomadic humans. Earliest roses are known to have flourished 35 million-years ago. The oldest rose fossil was found in Colorado and petrified rose wreaths have been unearthed from ancient Egyptian tombs. 
The renewed interest in the garden rose came with Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Her dream was to establish a rose garden in Malmaison containing a collection of all the roses of the world. At the time of her death in 1814, she had collected 250 different types.
The era of modern roses was established with the introduction of the first hybrid tea rose, "La France" by the French breeder Guillot in 1867. This variety was considered unique for a number of important horticultural reasons:
1) Hybrid tea rose possessed the general habit of a hybrid perpetual rose.
2) The elegant shaped buds of hybrid tea rose.
3) Free flowering character of a tea rose.
Today we have nearly 30,000 varieties of roses. Unfortunately, through breeding, most have lost their unique scent. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th!

Mother's day is a florists biggest holiday of the year. We encourage customers to order early for the best selection and to have their flowers delivered on Friday so they can be enjoyed all weekend!

This year, our Dear Mom Collection highlights bold, long-lasting designs. Sure to be a favorite, "Mom & Mini Me" is a sweet set featuring our face vase. You can add multiple minis too.

For the Mom who does it all, "Mom's Time Out" is paired with a bottle of wine for a delivery she will savor.

Take a look at all of our beautiful Mother's day arrangements available for delivery throughout the Phoenix Metro area. We can also help with nationwide delivery!

Here are some card messages to help inspire you:

Although I hope you already know, my love for you just grows and grows!
You are loved and appreciated more than you know.
To my mom, my best friend and my inspiration – Happy Mother’s Day!
I love you Mom. I know I don’t say it enough for all you’ve done for me.
You’ve always been there for us. We love you dearly.
Wishing you a beautiful Mother’s Day!
Wishing you the cheeriest, the merriest, and funniest, the brightest, best and sunniest of all days ever made!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Flower Care Tips to Help Them Last Longer!

You've received a beautiful arrangement as a gift! Now you may be wondering how to care for it. Here are some tips to ensure a long-lasting bouquet:

  1. Water wisely

Since flowers continue to drink water after they’ve been cut, it’s important to keep fresh flowers in water at all times. Exposing the stem to air, even briefly, can cause the water-absorbing cells to shrivel which can shorten the life of your flowers.

Mix the water with the flower food that’s been provided. Make sure that it has been properly mixed and is not too diluted or too concentrated or cloudy. If you don't have flower food, lemon lime soda, crushed aspirin or other home remedies can work in a pinch. Revive wilted flowers by submerging the entire stem up to the flower head in warm water for 10 minutes.

  1. Cut stems

Trim the flower stems at an angle before inserting in water. Cutting the stems at an angle prevents them from sitting flat at the bottom of the vase which can block the absorption of water. Re-trim the stems once every day.

  1. Prune daily

Look out for dead or loose leaves that may be submerged in water, and remove them. Leaving them will cause bacterial rot which can shorten the life of your bouquet.

You’ll notice that some flowers will bloom before others. As more mature blossoms die, prune them away which will encourage other buds to open.

  1. Avoid heat & drafts

Place your flowers in an area that’s protected from excessive heat such as heat-generating appliances like heaters or ovens and direct sunlight. You’ll also want to avoid areas with drafts like near an open window or in the line of a fan.

  1. Important information

For those with allergies or sensitivities to flower fragrance, the best non-fragrant options are tropical flowers such as orchids, anthurium, birds of paradise or other tropical varieties. Oriental lilies, particularly Stargazer lilies, are strongly fragranced and should be avoided.

Varieties that are particularly toxic to animals include lilies, palms, tulip bulbs, narcissus bulbs, azaleas, rhododendrons, cyclamens, kalanchoes, amaryllises, chrysanthemums, English ivy and peace lilies.

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.

Shop succulents.

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!