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Inspiration comes from the most unusual places! August 21, 2013

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So here is how it goes. I took myself out to lunch on my day off and decided to try a new place, Spokes on Southern. I had no idea they have an outdoor patio with a pond and ducks and turtles just beyond and lo and behold today it’s cloudy and cool enough that I can sit outside! ! Bonus!

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And then with a creative menu to boot! Selected their three cheese grilled cheese with basil, pear and turkey, on gluten free bun. As I was pondering their limited menu and yet all the customizing options, the inspiration came for updating our ordering website with a more limited initial selection and yet a myriad of customizing options! What do you think?

Well the ducks just walked up and they are quacking their approval!

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Tips to Make Those Blooms Last! May 4, 2011

Karin Crawford with Floral Tips

The flowers were delivered, and wow, they were gorgeous! It’s been a couple of days and you want to enjoy them as long as possible. Instead of saying, I wish they lasted longer, you can actually do something about it!

Many spring arrangements arrive in containers filled with floral foam and it is essential that this foam is not allowed to dry out. Add water daily to ensure your stems are always happily drinking.

For floral arrangements in vases with water and no foam, make sure the water stays clear – remember Karin’s favorite saying:  ‘If you don’t want to drink the water, neither do the flowers!’ Use the packet of floral food provided with your bouquet, follow the instructions, and change the water as needed. If you are out of floral foam, changing the water daily or every other day so it is clear will do the trick! If the water has already become cloudy, wach the vase out with anti-bactierial soap, and even lather up the soap on your hand and rub down the stems and wrinse off to remove the bactieria.

It’s the bacteria that will kill the flowers before time or anything else – except maybe sitting in the sun or heat too long! (Don’t leave your cut flower arrangement in direct sunlight!)

Stargazer Topiary in Floral Foam

Did your bouquet include hydrandrea?  Put the head of the flower in a bowl of water for an hour, then give the stem a sharp angular cut, and reinsert it into your arrangement to keep it hydrated, especially in our dry climate. Or you can mist it with a spray bottle. When ordering hydrangeas in your arrangements, make sure to order from a source that hydrates them properly, which is either a two- or three-step hydration process over a course of a few hours.

Soak Hydrangea Head in Water

Don’t do that with roses though! With roses, trim the outer petals as they die away, and cut the stem every couple of days.

Make sure you don’t allow the water to turn cloudy and use the floral food each time you change the water. This can add days, and sometimes weeks, to the length of your gorgeous blooms.

Also when ordering flowers, ask for a floral spray that helps hold in the moisture – we use Finishing Touch, by Floralife.

Here are more tips

Watch Master Florist Karin Crawford give great flower tips on Your Life A to Z and on God’sGardenTreasures.com!

Keep up with the tips we offer, and other segments on Your Life A to Z by liking our Facebook Fan Page! Click the ‘Flower Tip’ link at right for more tips, too, in other blog posts!

 

Deconstruction helps you enjoy your flowers longer January 25, 2011

Filed under: Flower Tips,Recycling and Eco-Friendly Floristry — godsgardentreasures @ 3:11 pm
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The story of a flower arrangement – from hospital to home….

I sent this bouquet to my sister and brother-in-law 4 weeks ago when they had their first baby. It features Star of Bethlehem, my favorite winter workhorse flower because it lasts so long!

 

Star of Bethlehem Flower Arrangement

Star of Bethlehem Flower Arrangement

By the time I got there last week, some of it was gone, some of it was dried up and yet some of it had metamorphosed and could look good in another interpretation.

Old Flower Arrangement pieces tossed

Old Flower Arrangement pieces tossed

Due to adjusting to the the flowers had water that was a little grody (my adage about flowers is “If you don’t want to drink the water, neither do the flowers.”, which had caused some of the flowers to prematurely get a little crispy. On my third day here, the baby and his people getting my attention the first couple days, I went to work and tossed the parts that were done, and deconstructed the rest onto their windowsill in the kitchen.

Star of Bethlehem Reconstructed from Flower Arrangement

Star of Bethlehem Reconstructed from Flower Arrangement

Pittosporum and Star of Bethlehem Floral Stems

Pittosporum and Star of Bethlehem Floral Stems

Curly Willow and Cedar

Curly Willow and Cedar

 

Reconstructed Flower Arrangement Curly Willow Star of Bethlehem

Reconstructed Flower Arrangements in the Window with Curly Willow and Star of Bethlehem

They still look good today, on their 4 week mark, and should last a few more days, maybe even another week, especially if the water gets changed before it gets cloudy.

To learn more about repurposing and extending the life of your floral arrangements, watch a video of Karin showing more floral arranging ideas, visit us on our website to sign up for our email list and get Flower Tips and Specials, or Like our Facebook Fanpage to get updates with more tips.

When you order your flowers from us, you can ask for tips on how to make it last longer, too!

 

Recycling Florist-Style OR Clean out your Cupboards and get Flowers! August 11, 2009

Filed under: Recycling and Eco-Friendly Floristry — godsgardentreasures @ 3:43 am
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We all want to support our planet and be responsible people! And we all want to clear the clutter in our lives! And guys, maybe you want to stretch your budget.

God’s Garden Treasures has set up a program to work on both at once. Why not clear out that cabinet full of vases, baskets and ceramic/planters that you never use, box them up and bring them to our shop (or call us and we will pick them up for our normal delivery fee). We will price the containers at the value of what we would spend at our suppliers for those same vases.

Trade them in for credit for a future purchase, fresh flowers to take home that day, or select a gift vase, piece of jewelry, or other gift item in return. Treat yourself by cleaning up and giving yourself a nice treat!

Another way that this benefits everyone is that we are not purchasing as many new vases.  And of course we wash and bleach them so when they go out they are clean for the next person.

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Eco-Friendly Floral Containers June 23, 2009

Did you know that there are eco-friendly containers for floral arrangements? They are great for personal gifts, event and wedding centerpieces, wedding ceremony flowers or almost any floral design!

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Lilies and Roses in Recreations Pot and Fall Buffet Piece
New Years Recreations Floral Design

New Years Recreations Floral Design

Made with recycled paper, each ReCreations container is infused with ingredients from the earth, from pale flecks of Field Straw to richly textured Natural Bark to the verdant hues of Fresh Basil. The result is a collection that is strikingly beautiful.”  Click here to see the supplier’s website.

They are fully watertight, come in three colors and the creativity for using them is endless!