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It’s Bow Time!

The Christmas holidays are quickly approaching and in our shop that means that it’s BOW TIME! Everyone needs bows for something…their Christmas tree, wreaths on their doors, special presents, and many other things. Each year we tie countless bolts of ribbon into beautiful holiday bows and as the Yule time nears, we want to give you a few pointers in regards to ribbon selection and ordering bows.

We carry a high quality outdoor red velvet ribbon in two widths. If you need bows for outdoor use, we strongly suggest our red velvet. It’s extremely durable and weather repellent and will last multiple seasons if you pack them correctly for storage when the season is over. We’ve had some customers use the same bows outside their home for a good 8-10 years! Good for them…bad for us!

As for other holiday prints, we have very little in stock…most of our ribbons are selected to compliment a potted plant or poinsettia or to snuggle down inside a fresh Christmas centerpiece. We’ve found that other stores in the area (Hobby Lobby) carry a rather impressive and diverse selection of ribbon varieties, and we simply can’t compete. It is our experience over the last 4 decades that we could invest literally thousands of dollars in ribbon, but we still would not have the particular style, color, or print that you were looking for…so we got out of the ribbon game (other than the red velvet, of course).

If you find ribbon that you would like tied for a tree topper, bring it to us! We’ll gladly use our skills to tie one up for you. If time allows, I’ll tie it while you wait…but be prepared, I can’t always make that promise. You may find that leaving it and picking up later will be best for all.

When you search for a ribbon, please keep a few things in mind. First…most people do not believe how much ribbon it takes to tie a bow. A standard size mailbox bow, for example, can take up to 8-10 yards of ribbon. Most of the ribbon that you can buy at WalMart or Hobby Lobby has less than that on the bolt, so please…make sure to get enough to cover the job. If you want a tree topper with 4 streamers that reach the bottom of the tree, assuming you have an average 7 foot tall tree, that’s 28 feet, or over 9 yards of ribbon just in the streamers, so you might assume that it would take a good 15 or more yards to tie a nice full treetop bow.

Also check the quality of the ribbon before you purchase. Many of the cheaper ribbons from the large stores are not wired and not starched and thus have little stiffness to them. It’s nearly impossible to tie a nice bow out of some ribbon that has no body to it…so stay away from the cheapest ribbon…you DO get what you pay for!

Lastly, if you do call us to tie some beautiful red velvet bows, please plan ahead. Many people call each season wanting to replace all of the bows that they use outside their home. One order can be over 20 bows and that takes some time! Give us a few days for your large orders and we’ll have them ready for you soon. If you only need 3 or 4, we do still ask that you call ahead so we can have them ready for you within a couple of hours. And when you call, we will need to know the size of the bows that you desire. Please refrain from using relative terms like “Large” or “Medium”…what is large to you might be something to fit a 24” wreath, while “large” to me is the size we would tie for the top of a car! We need actual dimensions…either the width of the bow you would like or the diameter of the wreaths you need them for, if that applies.

So…get out those holiday wreaths. Get your decorations ready. Then call us when you need us and we’ll tie some bows just for you!

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Plant Care: Peace Lily

Below are some general guide lines to help you in caring for a potted peace lily.

Peace Lily Plant Care
The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is one of the most commonly known houseplants. Peace lilies are shiny green leafed plants that bloom normally spring through summer. In warmer climates some species of Spathiphyllum are suitable for humid shade borders.

Peace Lily Care: Light Requirements
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) prefers bright filtered natural light. However, the peace lily is tolerant of low light levels making it an excellent houseplant. It can be used outdoors in warm humid areas with filtered light or partial shade. Exposure to direct light may cause yellowing leaves with a burnt appearance.

Peace Lily Care: Water Requirements
Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) prefers an evenly moist environment. For plants grown in soil, drainage is important; your peace lily pot should have drain holes. Watering your peace lily once a week is usually sufficient. However, when the plant is grown in low light levels or cooler temperatures water requirements may be less. Water requirements may increase with brighter light levels or warmer temperatures and during periods of rapid growth; use tepid water when watering or misting.
Testing the soil before watering by sticking finger in soil up to first knuckle can help you determine the need for water – if soil is moist don’t water. Placing the peace lily in high humidity or creating a humid environment is beneficial to the plant. Peace Lilies are good candidates for hydroponics. Peace lilies are susceptible to chlorine damage; let chlorine evaporate from tap water before using or use distilled water. Over-watering may cause leaves to turn yellow and under-watering may cause plants to wilt and the leaf edges to turn yellow or brown.

Peace Lily Care: Fertilizer Requirements
Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) do best if fertilized on a regular basis. Applying a well-balanced (20-20-20) liquid soluble fertilizer monthly works well for peace lilies. A diluted version of the monthly fertilizer used weekly is also acceptable. Leaves with brown spots may be the result of over-fertilization (concentration could be too high).

Peace Lily Care: Pests and Diseases
Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) are susceptible to a few insects such as aphids, spider mites, and mealy bugs. However, insect problems are very minimal with peace lilies. Insect problems can be taken care of with insecticides, insecticidal soap or by washing the plant. Root rot, leaf spot and bacterial soft rot do occur in peace lilies, but are usually the result of improper care. Diseases can be taken care with fungicides or proper care methods including good drainage and re-potting.

Peace Lily Care: Propagation and Potting
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) should be re-potted when the root growth has overfilled the container. Use a humus rich potting soil to repot the peace lily. To help the roots to retain soil and prevent the root tearing, re-pot the plant when the soil is somewhat moist. For determining pot size follow this rule of thumb; use a pot that is 1 ½ times the size of the previous pot. When placing the peace lily in it’s new pot, keep the plant level the same as it was in the old pot (fill the pot so that the top of the root-ball is at the same level as before). After re-potting, water slightly to remove any air bubbles that might have occurred and wait a couple of weeks before fertilizing.
You can create new peace lily plants by dividing them. Propagate by removing the peace lily from it’s container; then take a sharp knife and cut the plant from the roots to the top of the plant – this will ensure that each plants has an ample amount of roots. Take the divide pieces and follow the re-potting instructions – container will need to be same size as original container.

Peace Lily Care: Pruning
Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) require very little pruning. Unattractive leaves can be removed on an as needed basis; follow the leaf stem to the base of the plant and cut off. Once a peace lily bloom is spent remove the same way you would a leaf. Removing the bloom helps to encourage more blooms.

Interesting Peace Lily Facts
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) help improve air quality. A peace lily removes formaldehyde, benzine and carbon monoxide from the air.
Ingestion of any part of the peace lily may cause mild stomach upset and contact with the sap can cause skin irritation.

Want information on caring for other types of house plants?  Check out our Plant Care Guide.

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Calling before a delivery is made…Why we do it

We are in the delivery business.  We deliver 6 days a week (sometimes 7) to all points in the Valley area.  By delivering flowers, we help people celebrate special occasions…birthday, anniversaries, graduation, promotions…you name it.  We love to help you acknowledge your loved ones!

There is one issue in reference to delivering flowers that we find ourselves explaining often…why we call before we make a delivery.  Many customers feel as though we are ruining the element of surprise when we do so.  Please read and allow me to explain…

First, if your delivery is being made to a place of business or any other location where someone will always be present, we will not call.  However, if a delivery is requested to a private residence…we will always call.  Here’s why:

1.  To ensure that the recipient is at home.  We charge for one delivery attempt.  We will not make additional trips to an address because a recipient was not present when we arrived.  Depending on the time of year, we cannot guarantee that we can leave a delivery at their door…heat, cold, wind, and/or direct sunlight prevent us from promising such.

2.  Safety.  Believe it or not…this IS an issue.  Over the years, we’ve been met by angry dogs and even home owners that don’t particularly like unknown persons entering their driveway.  Sorry, but we really don’t like being greeted by someone with a gun in hand.  If they know we are coming, dogs can be corralled and anxious homeowners can be prepared for our arrival.

3.  Many home owners have locked gates that we cannot enter.  We have to call prior to delivery to either get the gate code or to alert them to open the gate prior to our arrival.

4.  Even if the recipient is at home, it’s just common courtesy these days to call prior to our arrival.  People that are home alone might feel unsafe answering their door, even if we present ourselves as flower delivery personnel.  Or, what if the recipient is in the shower when we arrive?  If we can’t get them to the door…we’ll leave and miss them, then they’ll have to pick up their delivery at our shop.  Is that really what you want?

So please understand…it is not our intent to ruin your surprise.  In fact, we don’t feel as though we are ruining it…we tend to believe that it helps build the anticipation.  If they know something is coming but not what and from whom…it keeps them guessing until we arrive!

We appreciate everyone’s understanding on this subject.  We’ve been doing this for 47 years and we don’t make decisions lightly.  These policies in regards to delivery are in everyone’s best interest.

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Flower Spotlight: Sunflowers

The sunflower isn’t unusual. It’s normally not a flower that people go bonkers over trying to get. It’s actually quite common, and some may wonder how it even finds its way from the field into arrangements. Those who overlook its beauty don’t realize that they are missing out on a pretty awesome flower!

History

Sunflowers are native to North America and were cultivated by Native Americans as far back as 3000 BCE. By the 1500’s, the sunflower had made its way to Europe and was grown as an ornamental, before becoming popular for its oil. Russian farmers were the first to commercially grow sunflowers and hybridized them to create varieties with the potential to produce larger amounts of oil and seeds. These Russian hybrids gradually made their way back to the United States where commercial sunflower production took off and still remains today.

Symbolism

The scientific name for the sunflower is Helianthus. It is derived from the Greek words helios, which means sun and anthos, which means flower. It often symbolizes pure thoughts, pure love, longevity, pride, loyalty, and happiness. The sunflower has also become a symbol of worship and faithfulness in some religions.

Fun Facts

The sunflower became the state flower of Kansas in 1903.
In the United States, North Dakota and South Dakota are the top producers for commercially grown sunflowers.
Sunflowers come in more colors than just yellow! They can be found in reds, oranges, browns, and even bi-colored.
The Guinness World Record for Tallest Sunflower is 30 feet 1 inch and was set in 2014 by Hans-Peter Schiffer of Germany!
Sunflowers have many different uses, including cut flowers, edible seeds and oil, and dye.
Young sunflowers will track the sun during the day and turn as it moves across the sky. This is called heliotropism.

Availability

Sunflowers bloom naturally in the late summer and can be found year round at the House of Flowers.

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Get Happy With Flowers

Flowers are beautiful, colorful, and add some brightness to a dull world. But the appearance of flowers actually affects people’s moods.  The House of Flowers offers beautiful and cheerful bouquets and arrangements that can help brighten the house and your mood.

According to NDSU.edu, flowers can actually make you happier and have a positive effect on our minds. In a ten month long study done be researchers at Rutgers University, they found that flowers immediately impact a person’s happiness. When study participants received flowers they all showed excited or true smiles. They also found that flowers can have a long-term effect on moods—the participants stated that they felt less agitated, anxious, or depressed after given flowers. After the participants received the flowers they started contacting their families and friend more often, making better connections thanks to the flowers.

This study shows that flowers can affect us—both emotionally and behaviorally. Flowers caused beneficial feelings and actions and actually had a long-term effect on the participants. Flowers can help to reduce stress as well. But it isn’t just flowers. Plants in general can have many positive effects, including:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Increased productivity
  • Lowered anxiety
  • Increased attentiveness
  • Raised job satisfaction

These are only a few of the benefits of plants, but it is pretty obvious that nature can be a cure for a lot of different things in your life!

Based on this research, flowers should be a go to whenever you are having a bad day. Bring you girlfriend flowers when she is unhappy. Send you mom flowers if she had a rough week. Buy yourself flowers! It doesn’t matter where they come from, flowers can boost your mood and help you feel happier instantly!

To get the best bouquet for your mom, girlfriend, sister, or yourself, have the florist help you. At the House of Flowers we have a ton of different flower arrangements and bouquets that can cheer up anyone and we can help you choose the best one for your loved one! Start shopping and choose the perfect flower arrangement to help cheer up your friends and family!