Special Gifts for Teachers & Nurses

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Let’s face it, we’re all busy. As we rush through our days from errand to errand and task to task, sometimes we forget to slow down long enough to see the amazing people around us. The second week in May gives us the opportunity to recognize the quiet yet heroic work of two such people in our lives. Although they aren’t always thanked or applauded, they deserve recognition. Here at Peoples Flowers, we love our Albuquerque community – and we love our teachers and nurses.  We’d love to help you to honor them this May, with special gifts that are sure to express your gratitude beautifully.

Dates to Remember: National Nurses Week is May 6 – 13, 2017; National Nurses Day is May 6.
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Caring for Orchids, Bromeliads, & Succulents

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Did you ever wish you had more of a green thumb? Everyone can enjoy success when cultivating green and flowering plants at home when you combine these easy-care plants with expert knowledge from Peoples Flowers. With over 315,000 types of green and flowering plants, orchids, and succulents, it would not be possible to offer a comprehensive list of care instructions. However, we are glad to suggest some maintenance tips for a few of the more popular plant choices in our shop – like these basic care instructions for three of our favorites.

Remember: Green and flowering plants make excellent gifts for Administrative Professionals Day! 

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Phalaenopsis Orchids 
Level of Care: Low to moderate maintenance
Watering: Water when the soil begins to dry out, usually once every 7-10 days.
Feeding: Fertilize your plants with an orchid feed product. Re-pot with fresh mix when the bloom is done
Light Exposure: Moderately bright
Miscellaneous: If you see spotting on flowers, your orchid may be sick – check that roots are not saturated.

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Bromeliads (shown above) 
Level of Care: Low maintenance
Watering: Fill the cup at the base of the leaves with water as needed. Remove any dirty or stagnant water.
Feeding: Fertilize your plants with a half-strength product.
Light Exposure: Bromeliads enjoy bright light and can tolerate direct sunlight.
Climate: Humidity is necessary for optimum bromeliad growth. If air is too dry, use a humidifier, or mist the plant daily to simulate humidity.

Succulents (shown below) 
Level of Care: Low maintenance
Watering: Let the soil dry between watering.
Light Exposure: Succulents thrive in bright, direct sunlight.
Miscellaneous: These hardy plants will do best in well-draining materials such as cactus soil, sand, gravel or volcanic rock.orchidsWhatever your favorite varieties of indoor green or flowering plants or succulents, we have the right choice for any occasion. Trust the professional floral designers at Peoples Flowers – browse our site, and then call us with any questions you may have. Peoples Flowers is committed to ensuring that your Albuquerque home or office is naturally beautiful!

 

Administrative Professional Gifts & Floral Designs

Administrative Professional Gifts

When you consider who runs your organization every day, who comes to mind? According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), the unsung heroes – and backbone of every corporation – are the administrative professionals. These very important employees represent the first voice that your clients hear or the first face that they encounter. They handle appointments and schedules, wrangle all the details, and know how everything gets done.

Administrative Professionals Week begins on April 23, giving Albuquerque business owners the opportunity to recognize all of the hard work and determination of their support personnel. And Peoples Flowers has the administrative professional gifts, floral designs, and plants that they are sure to love.  Continue reading

Easter Floral Design & Flowering Plants

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There are many traditions associated with Easter Sunday – from chocolate bunnies (we eat 90 million of them) to Easter egg hunts (the most famous being on the White House lawn) there are time-honored customs to look forward to each year. Flowers are an integral part of Easter as well, with themes of renewal and rebirth being beautifully expressed through the spring blooms in vivid color. No one does Easter floral design better than Peoples Flowers, and on April 16th, you can be sure that the most gorgeous florals in Albuquerque came from our shop.

Did You Know? Many consider flowers to be an essential part of Easter due to the Resurrection story. Jesus was first on Sunday morning in a garden – and was even mistaken taken by the first women to be the gardener.  Continue reading

Cheerful Daisies for Birthday Arrangements

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Spring bouquets are in full bloom at Peoples Flowers, and there may be no more beautifully appropriate way to celebrate April than with cheerful daisies. Whether you love the iconic white and yellow of classic daisies or the vivid brilliance of Gerbera daisies, we have the floral designs for you. Every day in Albuquerque is more beautiful when you add a bouquet from Peoples Flowers.

Happy Birthday! As daisies are the official representatives for April birthdays, they are the perfect choice for a birthday gift. Order for all your loved ones, and don’t forget –  new babies born in April deserve a newborn daisy bouquet to welcome them as well!

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Here are some fun trivia facts about daisies that you may find interesting:

* The daisy is a composite flower, meaning that it is made up of many small flowers. Both the petals and the tiny tubes in the center disk are individual florets.

* There are more than 23,000 varieties of daisies, and when you combine all species and varieties, the daisy family comprises 10% of the flowering plants on the planet.

* The daisy is related to many types of lettuce, as well as the artichoke. Like its cousins, the daisy is edible and is often used to add color and interest to soups and salads.

* The daisy is an excellent source of Vitamin C – and has been used medicinally in applications as diverse as stomach distress, cough suppression, and the healing of wounds.

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Certainly, there is more to the humble daisy than meets the eye. But for all its usefulness, the daisy is still most valued as a beautiful addition to creative floral designs. Call Peoples Flowers today to order for all your April birthdays, then relax. We’ll take care of the rest – and your friends and family will love their flowers

Puppy Day Emphasizes Need for Adoption

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National Puppy Day was established by animal advocates who saw the need for awareness and education regarding the plight of puppies in the United States. It is estimated that only 1 in 10 puppies born each year will spend their full life in a loving family home. Instead, along with their adult counterparts, over 4 million canines will enter into the shelter system this year – a number that sadly, the system cannot accommodate. Organizers of National Puppy Day strive to inform pet owners of the problem, encourage puppy adoption, and help to significantly decrease the number of unwanted puppies born each year.

Did You Know? If you are an animal lover and would like to help, it is as easy as ordering your bouquets and arrangements from Peoples Flowers. Through our Helping Hands Program, you can choose to make a donation to Animal Humane New Mexico with every online purchase.  Continue reading

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

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Here in America, the cultural phenomenon of St. Patrick’s Day involves a vast amount of our population. In fact it is often said that on March 17th, everyone is Irish!  The Roman Catholic feast day made it to U.S. shores in the 1700s, and as immigrants from the Emerald Isle continued to stream into New York and Boston in the 1800’s the holiday grew in popularity. There are now 36 million people of Irish descent living here, nearly 8 times the population of the entire population of Ireland – and the holiday has changed from a religious observance to a day of festivity and celebration.

The Wearing of the Green: The lush, rolling green hills of Ireland are celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day with green permeating every aspect of the day. From parade floats to cupcakes, from green beer to shamrock plants, green is the honorary color. It is a well-known, recognized tradition that anyone not wearing the trademark color on St. Patrick’s Day may be “pinched” for their refusal to participate; and although the gesture is playful, it does illustrate how prolific the custom has become for all people, not just the Irish.

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If you are proud of your Gaelic heritage, there are many green plants and flowers that you can use to adorn your home or office accordingly. Green orchids, day lilies, roses, carnations, zinnias, chrysanthemums, and hydrangea are all popular blooms that create a unique aesthetic. Green trick dianthus and ivy leaves add texture and interest. But if you’d really like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Albuquerque style, we recommend an arrangement of amazing green succulent plants. st. patrick's day

This St. Patrick’s Day, Peoples Flowers has all the green you’ll need to paint the town Irish! Whether to send friendship to your Irish friends or to decorate for the party, call our floral design experts to help. Slainte!

Flowers for the Spring Season

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We might not deal with too many snowdrifts and snow days in Albuquerque, but the coming of spring is still an exciting time. As days gradually warm up, and colors emerge across the area, the floral designers at Peoples Flowers are also preparing for the new season. The flowers for the spring season are here, and they are beautiful as ever!

Did You Know? Across the country, the most anticipated flower is the crocus. Known for being the first messenger of spring, this tiny but strong flower pushes up through cold soil – and even snow – to be one of the first to arrive to announce the imminent end of winter.  Continue reading

Celebrate International Women’s Day Locally

international women's dayInternational Women’s Day, celebrated on March the 8th, has rallied women from all over the world for over 100 years. The movement began in the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc nations as women sought equal rights and social justice, but the idea quickly spread across Europe. With activities and celebrations in nearly 100 countries and events planned in nearly every U.S. state, it is an initiative that continues to pick up steam. The organizers of this year’s events have promoted the day’s activities to revolve around a theme, and a social media campaign – #BeBoldForChange.
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Floral Designers Have Their Day

floral designersFloral Design Day originated as a tribute to Carl Rittner, founder of the School of Floral Design in Boston. Rittner is recognized by many to be a visionary in the industry, and one of the first to see floral design as an artistic discipline. His legacy is seen today in the thousands of talented professionals working at florists across America. If you have ever enjoyed a beautiful arrangement or floral bouquet from Peoples Flowers, there is a floral designer to thank. 
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