Fall Florals and Creative Accents

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Autumn gives us many inspirations for fall florals. The designers at Peoples Flower Shops are experts at incorporating these organic details and wild accents into our bouquets and arrangements, resulting in some of the most beautiful floral designs in Albuquerque. If your occasion calls for something special, don’t settle for just any flowers – choose fall floral designs that go beyond ordinary.

Nature is brimming with elements perfect for the season’s best creations. Some of the most popular are wheat, millet. and cattails, which immediately evoke all the warmth and memories of this time of year. If you are looking for the perfect representation of fall, these and many other accents will do the job. You may wish to consider gourds and pumpkins, fruits (such as apples and pears) or even artichokes, kale and cabbage leaves.fall florals

 

To add depth and interest to your design, we can employ curly willow, varied grasses, twigs or natural branches; as well as lotus pods, seeded eucalyptus, or eryngium – otherwise known as thistle. Rocks and mosses added to the vase or container also add to the wild expression of the piece. 
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Wild accents that are often used in unique ways are succulents. Although you may think they would partner naturally with wildflowers or tropicals  – and they do – they also create a gorgeous presentation when paired with orchids and roses.

Trusting the expertise and artistic flair of a professional floral designer is the difference between a nice arrangement and a spectacular one. For birthdays, dinner parties or simply “just because” – give Peoples Flower Shops a call. We are proud to provide the most beautiful arrangements in Albuquerque.

Game Day Decor – Cherry and Silver

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October is jam-packed with opportunities to get together with friends and family – whether watching the World Series or keeping up with our favorite professional football team, there are plenty of games to captivate us. By the end of October, professional basketball and hockey will start their season as well. If you are headed to someone’s home to watch the game, don’t forget to thank them for their hospitality with a great gift from Peoples Flowers.

A recent poll showed us that the most popular game day foods are pizza, wings, chips, and dip. While there is nothing wrong with those foods, we recommend that you take game day snacking to another level completely, with a delicious gourmet basket. Chocolates, meats and cheeses, fruit, and more arrive with plenty for everyone to share, and turn game day into a special event.

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Here in Albuquerque, of course, we have another team to cheer on! The UNM Lobos are our very own team, and the cherry and silver logo is steeped in both history and meaning that speak to the special nature of where we live. The red cherry color was chosen to represent an Albuquerque sunset, and the silver is reminiscent of the Rio Grande appearing as a shimmering silver ribbon snaking through the valley. If you are invited to watch our Lobos play, take along a red rose design, and ask for a silver ribbon as well – it will be a beautiful way both to thank your hostess and to show your team spirit.

From the World Series to the Superbowl to March Madness and the Stanley Cup – sports bring us together. Make the gathering all the more special with gifts from Peoples Flowers.

Grandparent’s Day – Celebrating Family

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Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of
being a grandchild or a grandparent.
— Donald A. Norberg

Grandparent’s Day is upon us and with it the very special opportunity to honor those people in our lives who have been best friend, mentor, confidante, partner-in-crime and loving protector. There is no one quite like a grandparent, and nothing like the bond they share with their grandkids. When it comes to our grandparents, nothing is too good or too special – and Peoples Flowers is the perfect place to find gifts that they will cherish – mostly because they came from you. grandparent's day

Our Floral Sophistication Bouquet is the latest in our luxury collection, and is the perfect choice for the best Grandma on earth! This floral design is sure to make her feel special with its elegance and beauty. If you’d prefer to send a long-lasting gift, a flowering green plant not only looks gorgeous but helps to promote clean air and good health. The azalea plant provides the benefits of green plants as well as offers the graceful blooms for color and decor.

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We love the idea of the kids sending a Grandparent’s Day gift straight from them. Add a teddy bear hug to a bud vase, and it makes a sweet gift to Grandma and Grandpa, who are sure to cherish it as it came from the heart of their grandkids.  As for Grandpa, if flowers won’t make him happy, we think that this gourmet gift basket is just the thing to make him feel loved. 

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Wherever you are in the greater Albuquerque Metro or Rio Rancho area, Peoples Flowers is your one-stop source for every relationship in life that matters. Give a gift from the heart, with a little help from Albuquerque’s favorite flower shop.

Teacher Gifts to Begin the School Year

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Very often we give teacher gifts at the end of a long school year. It seems only fitting, after all, to reward hard working educators for successfully making it all the way through – teaching is not an easy job! But knowing how much effort and dedication that they exhibit every day, we think that teacher gifts should be given at the beginning of the year. This thoughtful gesture will convey your appreciation, support, and encouragement.

 

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This late summer flower arrangement is just one of our back to school teacher gifts. Rustic and natural, this design is suited well for the teacher’s desk, or for them to bring home to adorn their own decor. Either way, the beautiful bouquet looks back just one last time at summer before we move forward into the new year.

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Most people agree that one of the best ways to unwind after a long day is to put your feet up and light a scented candle. We have a wide selection of WoodWick and Bridgewater candles that are sure to bring soothing relaxation after a long day in the classroom.

We recommend sending these delicious teacher gifts before the children even return to school. As teachers, administrators and staff put final touches on their preparations for the first day of school, our gourmet gift baskets will be the hit of the teacher’s lounge! Choose from meats and cheeses, fruits or chocolate – but make sure there is enough to share. Not only will you get their school year off to a great start, but you just may be the favorite parent this year.  Simply choose your basket, and we’ll make sure it gets there.

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With school starting in Albuquerque in the next few weeks, now is the time to order. We love the idea of bringing a smile to the faces of these committed professionals who invest so much of themselves into our children. How can we help you to say thank you?

Seasonal Flowers That Go Well With Veteran’s Day

shutterstock_199599788No flower is as widely associated with Veterans Day as the red poppy. In 1915, three years before the of World War I, Dr. John McCrae, a Canadian army surgeon and Lieutenant Colonel wrote a poem describing the pain he felt of seeing long rows of white stone crosses covering a large field. The only contrast to those stark white grave markers were red poppies growing in the field. The poem entitled “In Flanders Fields,” was published in Punch magazine in December of 1915.

On November 11, 1918, all fighting stopped at 11:00 A.M. Six hours earlier, an armistice agreement was signed, and at 11:00, hostilities stopped. The armistice may have marked the official moment when the war ended, but even though combat stopped, the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on June 28, 1919 made the armistice official.

The first celebration of Armistice Day after the war ended took place on November 11, 1919. From then until 1954, November 11th was an official observance of the agreement that ended World War I. Known as the Great War, World War I was also described as the war to end all wars. No one who lived at that time could imagine another war that would leave as many dead soldiers as World War I.

In 1954, after the end of World War II and the Korean War, President Eisenhower decided to change the name of the federal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. He believed there should be an annual holiday that celebrated, honored, and showed respect to all who ever fought in any American war.

Throughout the country, communities have their own Veterans Day celebrations or observances. Parades are one of the most popular and common ways that communities show their support to veterans.

For families who lost a loved one in any war, it may be a time to visit their beloved’s grave. It is a time when flowers, wreathes, or other patriotic symbols are placed on or beside veterans’ graves. The president largealways places a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The soldier was buried in there on November 11, 1921.

Poppies aren’t readily available, but flowers are still an important symbol of love and appreciation. Patriotic flower arrangements combine the colors of the American flag. The Sacred Duty Spray is a beautiful arrangement that is supported by an easel. It is a beautiful way to pay respects to a deceased veteran by having the easel guard and protect the grace.

The Patriotic Salute combines red, white and blue flowers in an elegant arrangement that is sure to warm your special veteran’s heart. A simple arrangement of red flowers is a lovely and thoughtful way to show your appreciation.

How to Give Breast Cancer Awareness Flowers

If you’re wondering which flowers are best for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you’ve come to the right place! People’s Flower Shops is proud to recognize breast cancer awareness with a wide range of gorgeous pink flowers. Whether you’re sending flowers to friends and family to raise awareness, or you’re looking for a special treat for a breast cancer survivor in your life, we can help you choose the best, most meaningful flowers.

Stunning Stargazers

The significance of the stargazer lily is in its history. In the 1970s, famous botanist Leslie Woodruff was working to create the perfect lily. The result is the stargazer, a flower that has grown to symbolize success, achievement and fulfilled dreams.

If there’s a woman in your life that has beaten breast cancer, honor her with a beautiful, fragrant bouquet of stargazer lilies. People’s Flower Shops has a great selection of stargazer arrangements. Try something like this stargazer bouquet, accented with pretty pink ribbon and pink accent stones. For something in a more classical style, the “European Budvase” is the perfect mixture of bright stargazer lilies and soft lavender.

Radiant Roses

Pink roses are another excellent gift for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout history, these roses have represented love, admiration and sentimentality. Mix bright pink roses with pastel spray roses in this “Pretty ‘N Precious” arrangement. These flowers are sure to make anyone who has struggled with breast cancer feel beautiful!

If you want to send a single color, try a bouquet of a dozen roses. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we love these silky pastel pinks! However, we have a variety of colors available if you’re looking for a brighter shade.

Other Lovely Pinks and Mixed Arrangements

Breast cancer awareness flowers can take many forms. One of our most popular selections are carnations. A simple bouquet of frilly pink carnations shows maternal love and kindness. Gerbera daisies are another excellent choice. A bowl of these beauties will brighten anyone’s day!

If you’re having trouble choosing a particular flower, consider one of our mixed floral arrangements. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have:

Each arrangement is a wonderful way to send your regards or raise awareness.

If you’re looking for a gift to send in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, come to People’s Flower Shops. Whether you know someone who has struggled with this disease, or you’d simply like to build awareness, we have a variety of lovely pink flowers that will send the right message.

Flowers For Homecoming, The Full Guide!

Homecoming season is in the air! It is time for exciting football games, the chance to dance with that special someone, and to feel a bit of school pride. Those preparing to attend their local homecoming will have some preparations to complete! Once they determine who their date will be, there is shopping for formal wear, determining transportation, ironing out dinner, and of course, buying flowers.

Flowers are a traditional part of homecoming as a means of dressing up and celebrating school pride. Traditionally, girls are given wrist corsages, which are coordinated to their dress, and boys have boutonnieres that match their date’s gown and flowers. These flowers can also serve as excellent mementos from the big day when people dry them. Finding the perfect flower, however, can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.

Color

It is important to coordinate the colors of the flowers so that the dates themselves and their adornments all look as though they belong together. This typically can be accomplished by having the colors matched with the color of the girl’s dress. Since homecomings tend to be in warm weather, many flower options will be light in color, such as whites and pinks. White can be an especially helpful color because even if the color of the girl’s dress is unknown, it will look fantastic for both girls and boys.

Most corsages will also come adorned with ribbons. Some people enjoy matching this ribbon to a school color that reflects their school pride, but that is not required. The prevalence of such an embellishment is typically determined by the local the school’s traditions.

Flower type

Many couples will buy flowers for each other based on personal preferences or the local school traditions. Many schools have histories of giving mums or other particular flowers for homecoming. If the flower preference of the recipient is a complete mystery, there are some flowers that tend to be very popular.

Roses

Roses come in a wide range of colors and the classic beauty of the blossom will please just about anyone. Those who have no idea about what flower to get could consider getting a white rose for an elegant look that will always look spectacular.

Orchids

Orchids are another flower that has grown immensely in popularity in recent years. The soft elegance of this flower mean that it is easily matched to the themes and colors for the evening. There are also a number of different colors for orchids, so this sleek, classy look can be paired with many different dresses.

Carnations

Carnations are a classic choice for a corsage. Their soft pinks and whites look elegant and formal, making them a great pick.

Homecoming is a time to celebrate and enjoy connecting with others who have attended the school. Have fun and look prepared with these beautiful flower selections.

 

April is National Customer Loyalty Month

Blog_Peoples Signature Design-GerberasOur philosophy at Peoples Flowers Shops is that customer service and the need to keep customer loyal is an all-the-time effort, 24/7/365.

feb25p1However, this month was created to emphasize the need to focus even more on ways to keep customers loyal in a day and age where competition is growing and doesn’t just come from around the corner and down the street but rather from all over the world.

Today’s focus on customer loyalty does have to do with target marketing and researching their needs and desires. However, there are also many traditional ways to encourage customer loyalty that often are forgotten. We thought we would share our formula for success:

  1. Treat customers as we would like to be treated. Sure, it’s the Golden Rule, but it really does work. Be nice, courteous, respectful and helpful, and they will come back for more. Show them you really like them. Be authentic. It works!
  2. Remember their name and what they like. Whether that means keeping records or a database, you can go a long way in making a great impression by greeting them by name when they come, asking them about their family on the phone or an email, or sending them a birthday post card.feb25p3
  3. Listen. Many businesses think they know what customers think or want. Instead, we like to ask and then listen intently to what they say. This could be good feedback or it could be a suggestion for a new product or some other type of improvement.
  4. Say Thank You. Tell customers you appreciate their business. You can tell them when they come in to the shop, on the phone, by email or with a note in the mail.

While these suggestions seem so minor, they really are major and are some of the biggest reasons our customers have remained loyal to us. Of course, there is also our focus on quality, variety, and value. That helps, too! However, we know that the personal touch and connection we make and encourage our staff to do is what makes the real difference when it comes to customer loyalty.march26p5

And, we would like to take this time to again to tell our customers thank you as we know they have other choices for flowers in Albuquerque, but they continue to come to us and vote for our Albuquerque flower shops as their favorite!

Focus on Freshness and Quality – The Hallmarks of Peoples Flowers

teacherp2Whether you are buying flowers or a gift basket for a loved one or colleague or you are just treating yourself to a green plant, blooming plant, or floral bouquet, you want to get as long a life from it to not only enjoy it, but you also want to get value for your money.

You Get What You Pay For

Although many people jump at flowers found at the grocery store or through online-only discount florists because they are on a tight budget and the price seems right. However, the saying, you get what you pay for, does apply here.Brom Garden

You Get More than What You Pay For

To get the freshest flowers possible as well as long-lasting green plants and fresh gift baskets full of fresh fruit and gourmet food, you actually do not have to spend much more than the prices found on these discount sites.

That’s because no matter which floral arrangement, plant, or gift basket you choose from Peoples Flower Shops of Albuquerque, you can be sure it will be the highest quality and the freshest possible.     nutritionP3

Our focus on quality and freshness has never wavered from our original philosophy developed when we opened in 1944. It has worked for decades and we are not about to change it now to turn a fast profit.

After all, these long-standing hallmarks have earned us a growing customer base of loyal clients who have continued to select us as their florist of choice for quality, freshness, value and personal service.

It is this focus on freshness and quality that has also garnered us local awards as the favorite flower shop in Albuquerque as well as helped us gain the position of “Preferred Florist” in a national network of award-winning florists who share the same hallmarks of quality, freshness, value and exceptional service.gerberap4

We are so sure of our freshness and quality that we have continually provided our satisfaction guarantee. Since 1944, our guaranteed satisfaction offer covers everything we sell. Whether you have purchased plants, flowers, or gift baskets, if you are dissatisfied, simply return it for replacement, exchange, or refund.

If you have not given us a try, please visit one of our many locations in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area or try our online store to experience freshness, quality, and value in one florist.

The Freshest Flowers in Albuquerque

freshp1Looking to send the freshest flowers in Albuquerque?  You’ve come to the right place – Peoples Flowers. Whether it’s for birthdays, Secretary’s Day, or Mother’s Day, we’ve got you covered!freshp2

Our commitment is to our customers, knowing that they want to get the most value for their money. This is something that we have been doing since 1944.

That’s why we focus on strict quality standards, including our Freshness Care System, which ensures that all the flowers that are purchased and delivered from Peoples Flowers makes the longest lasting impression possible.
Freshness is Our Focus

We pride ourselves on also offering one of the Southwest’s largest selections of beautiful, fresh-cut flowers and plants so you not only get a few fresh flowers, but you can choose from a wide array of your personal favorites – roses, tulips, orchids and more!

That’s because we work with local flower farmers and have developed relationships with those who share our high standard of excellence.

freshp3We are so confident of our ability to deliver fresh flowers and plants throughout Albuquerque and New Mexico that we offer a guarantee that says, whether you have purchased plants, flowers, or accessories, if you are dissatisfied, simply return it for replacement, exchange, or refund.

Keeping Flowers Fresher, Longer

To help you keep the flowers at their best, we also offer many tips on maintaining the freshness of our flowers and plants. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when you receive our flowers:

  • Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods provide sugars, balance ph and limit bacterial growth. It is important to follow the mixing directions on the food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Do not dilute with more water than is specified on the packet.freshp4
  • Check your arrangement daily to make sure it has plenty of clear fresh water. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or scissors that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into warm solution or deeply and firmly back into floral foam.
  • Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or near appliances. Heat from appliances or hot and cold drafts cause flowers to dehydrate.