Flowers * Weddings *Events

God's Garden Treasures' blog about Flowers

God’s Garden Treasures’ New Address April 23, 2013

We have moved to

2219 S 48th St, Suite G, Tempe, AZ 85282

We are in the same building as Got Memories, which is here on the map.

This is the in the Buttes Business Plaza, on the SE Corner of 48th St and Broadway.

For some reason, Google maps can’t keep our information straight, so here it is in one more place for you to find!

And we also created a video for you to help you find us:

And here is our ‘about us’ page on our website for more information.

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Petals tip… Sending flowers to someone in the hospital February 20, 2013

Here are four quick tips for when you are sending get-well arrangements to someone in the hospital:

 

Tall Narrow Arrangement with long-lasting Orchids, Liatris and Fiddlehead Fern

Tall Narrow Arrangement with long-lasting Orchids, Liatris and Fiddlehead Fern

1. Stay away from highly fragrant flowers – strong fragrances can be difficult in a small room, and even if they like them, if they have a roommate, that person may not.

2.  The arrangement will have a bigger impact if it is one-sided. The flowers will likely be up against a wall, or sitting where the person who receives them will see only one side.

3. If they are in ICU, fresh flowers and plants will have to wait until they are in a regular room – your florist can deliver stuffed animals, balloons and/or a full-sized greeting card.

4. Think about their style and personality and ask for a design to be made that really fits who they are – they will feel so special!

 

New goals about productivity or taking care of yourself? January 4, 2013

As we start a new year, many set goals, make resolutions, or select a word for the year to focus themselves. My word of the year: Leader. I am already turning the corner in leading my team differently and not just working ‘in’ the business. It feels great, and I’m getting good feedback.  I hope you are excited about this year and all it offers. I would love to hear what heart-changes you are experiencing, either on Facebook, Twitter, or here in the comments. It’s so great to encourage each other!

Many goals fall into two broader categories: effectiveness and personal care. We want to do better and be better. Take care of ourselves better, and take care of what’s within our responsibility. Finding support for continuing with our goals, and finding resources that make meeting our goals easier is one of the finest delights! Synergy in life is wonderful.

Simple Peonies

Simple Peonies

Here are two links that provides some resources and inspiration for you:

Flowers help morning moods.

Productive and Happy at Work

Even though I work with flowers all the time, I am still delighted and caught by surprise by how the sight of them makes me feel!

Florists are often the worst when it comes to actually enjoying the flowers ourselves – we think, ‘well, someone might want to buy them.’Or we just forget in the long lists of tasks to take care of.

One of my own new year’s resolutions is to have a single, amazing bloom on my desk all the time. I am worth it! And in this one, I am happy to apply my word of the year and lead by example. So feel free to ask my any time what flower is on my desk…

 

Flower arrangements – on delivery, should they look stunning in pictures OR last longer in the home? September 5, 2012

While editing our website today,  I updated the text on a couple of arrangements where our picture is featured instead of floral photos we were provided by the website provider. Here is the text that accompanied:  “Bright colors bring smiles, creativity brings the ‘Wow’ factor, and the long-lasting flowers make a lasting impression as they are surprised each day at the changing design. Designed with lasting impact in mind, this arrangement is typically delivered with the lilies mostly in the bud stage, so the recipient has the delight of watching the blooms open at their home or office!”

While updating our website, I realized this is a perfect blog post. Short, to the point, and yet sharing our perspective and the way we think about flowers, and the dilemma we face sometimes with flower pictures online.

Lily Surprise Floral Arrangement

Lily Surprise Floral Arrangement

Why is this even an issue? (Or what do you mean it won’t look exactly like the picture?)

This is an issue with Lily arrangements, and Asiatic and Oriental Lilies particularly. They are cut with the buds fully closed, and they open nicely once they are given a fresh cut.  We want our clients to enjoy the flowers as long as possible, so sometimes they are sent out to the home with just a few open blooms, or mostly closed blooms, like the bouquet at right.

Asiatic Lily and Roses in whites and pinks

Asiatic Lily and Roses in whites and pinks

Many floral pictures show the lilies almost all fully open, like the picture at left.

This makes the bouquet look awesome in the pictures, and yet, with the blooms mostly open, the bouquet will not last as long, losing up to 50-70% of the time of enjoyment in the home.

So which do you prefer?

And we realize the preference may depend on the occasion. For a floral arrangement going to a celebration of life service, or a party, you want the open lilies and other flowers because of the visual impact at the event. When the flowers are going to the home, to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, there is more flexibility.

We’d like to know – do you think about this when you see a bouquet online where the flowers are all completely open?

 

The stories behind today’s custom bouquets! August 29, 2012

So he calls in, she is headed to Hawaii, he is a friend and wants to ‘pop in’ and wish her a good trip. She likes mums, and is earthy.

Here is the arrangement she is receiving today:

Earthy Mums with Purple Smokebush in Ceramic

Earthy Mums with Purple Smokebush in Ceramic

Another story:

Mom calls us, it’s her daughter’s birthday. The daughter works for a cement artist, and loves tulips. Tulips are a bit tough to get this time of year, so fortunately she calls ahead and we can order them and get them in. She wants something artistic and creative. She saw our ‘Sculptural Joy’ arrangement, and asked if we could create it in tulips. We agreed on a budget and this is what we are delivering today:

Sculptural Tulips

Sculptural Tulips

So fun to provide creative Floral Art!

 

Three Tips for Sympathy Flowers sent to the home August 24, 2012

1. Send to the home?

If you did not have a close relationship to the deceased or if there is a possibility that the flowers would not arrive to the services in time, sending arrangements to the home of the surviving relative is completely appropriate.  In fact, it is appropriate to send flowers up to four weeks after the deceased’s passing, or even beyond that on special occasions where you would like to support the remaining family members (such as their anniversary, special holidays, any time that the remaining family members might be more emotional or missing them more.

2. Scale and Size:

When selecting arrangements for the home, look for medium or small scale arrangements in ceramic, vases, or pots, unless you know the home is quite spacious, and then larger designs can be appropriate. These could be smaller scale versions of arrangements used in the services or any arrangement of your choosing.

Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum

Peace Lilies are very popular to send to the home, or to the service due to being lovely and easy-to-care for.

3. Style and Design:

The big difference for sympathy arrangements delivered to the home, is that most likely you will want a style that is all-around rather then the one-sided designs that fit the front of the ceremony better.

Lilacs

Lilacs and other soft textures are the perfect way to celebrate a feminine lady!

Plants are also perfectly acceptable to send to surviving family members.  Plants or flowers that have their own water sources or are easy to care for are always a good choice considering how busy the family is during that time. Having their own water source allows family to attend to the funeral arrangements and not worry about keeping up with their flower arrangements.

Succulent Garden as a Sympathy Gift

Succulents make a wonderful gift at a time of loss. They are low maintenance, and easy to care for.

For the home, a dining table centerpiece is wonderful if many people are gathering, or a coffee table arrangement can bring your support into family gatherings.

Every situation is unique and God’s Garden Treasures is here to help you in deciding what arrangements to send and where to send them.  Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions that you might have. As your Floral Concierge, we have a Floral Consultant ready to assist you in making a selection that fits the person, the home and the family.

 

Lilacs for Mother’s Day! May 4, 2012

Announcement! Fragrant Lilacs are on the way!

Fragrance is one of the amazing gifts God gives us through flowers. And lilacs are one of the most amazing, and yet elusive. It is very seasonal, ie, the best is not grown in a hothouse, and is subject to the vagaries of the weather.

Wholesale Lilac Flowers

Wholesale Lilac Flowers

One of my floral suppliers just reported on their blog:  ‘Every now and then the planets align just right to allow something special happen and that is the situation that we have found ourselves in for this Mother’s Day holiday. Lilac is such a beautiful flower and I was just informed by our purchasing team that this is the best they have seen in years and it is currently being fresh cut for Mother’s Day!’

The lilacs we have been seeing so far this spring have been small, expensive and not as fragrant. We have brought it in on request, because that is what we do. And you bet, we are getting these lilacs in, as soon as they are in! 

Now we will be able to create our ‘Vintage Chic’ bouquet with lilacs and hydrangea the way we really would like to!(At least with the flowers – we are out of the container, sadly… and have other really cool vases in, to. See… we are really honest, let people know about substitutions… 🙂

Vintage Chic Lilac and Hydrangea Garden-style Floral Arrangement

Vintage Chic Lilac and Hydrangea Garden-style Floral Arrangement

And fun blog world happening – I saw the tweet from @Mayesh, followed the link to the blog, called my local rep, who hadn’t heard about them yet, placed an order for when they DO come in. Stay tuned on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for an update for when they are in our shop. And yes, the purple text is intentionally in honor of the lilacs. Enjoy!