Giving Flowers And Plants That Matter

Not every occasion calls for an exact flower design—sure, we have poinsettias at Christmas, tulips for spring and roses for Valentine’s Day, but at People’s Flower Shops, we know that there are a dozen meaningful flower exchanges that are personal to the people involved for every one of those expected flower exchanges. And sometimes, it’s these that are our favorite. We love to see how people style the transactions unique to them.

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3 Smart Gifts From Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our Holiday Gift Guide – basically our online version of Santa’s workshop – is chock full of everything from bold blooms to winter greens. We’ve got plants and wreaths and centerpieces; we’ve even provided our elegant silk flower work, a nod to the luxe textures and fabrics of the season.

But we at People’s Flower Shops want to highlight something that is just as colorful, abundant and gift-worthy as our floral designs and winter bloomers – and you can eat it, too. We’r’e talking about our collection of holiday gift baskets, and you’re going to want to take a look (and a bite) at of them.

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Thanking Your Hosts with Gifts

Thanking your hosts with gifts is an art; it also happens to be one we have perfected here at Peoples Flower Shops. From among our many gift options like candles and live plant baskets, we’ve selected a few things that we think cover the spectrum of possible Thanksgiving dinner scenarios, from the more traditional to the modern casual.

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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

Decorating for Summer Outdoor Parties

outdoor partiesIt’s summer in Albuquerque. Although our summer yards may not look as lush as some across the country because of the climate, one thing is the same – we all love the beauty of the great outdoors. And summer is the time to relax, have fun, and enjoy the ones we love! We all have a different place to call home, and we all have different types of outdoor areas we like to use to get together with friends. So whether you have a backyard enclave or a little lanai, People’s Flowers is here to help you decorate in Albuquerque style.

Flowers are the perfect choice to transform any area quickly and easily. If you are having a picnic, add a bunch of sunflowers for a sunny touch. If the gathering is more formal, orchids are luxurious, elegant and hardy in the heat. If you have a lot of outdoor space to fill, design multiple seating areas with various chairs and vibrant pillows for comfort and color. Adorn each area with a basket of bright flowers that fits your color scheme – these baskets are the perfect way to decorate for our summer temps, as they can be easily moved from sun to shade, and even inside to make sure they stay long lastingly beautiful.

outdoor partiesIf you have a smaller patio or balcony, flowers are the ideal way to add vivid design. They easily blend into any color palette, and can be showcased in any number of space-saving ways. From a trellis up against the wall to a bakers rack overflowing with eclectic arrangements, flowers fit into any décor.

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Recently, wall hanging herb gardens have become very popular – utilize this same design with small desert blooms and cacti for a home style motif that takes up little space.

Planning an outdoor gathering is as easy as calling some friends and family, mixing up the iced tea and calling Peoples Flowers! Stop by today for the simple but beautiful ideas you need to transform your outdoor areas from plain to pretty – with flowers.

People’s Flowers – Earth Day

earth dayBy the late 1960’s, the mood in the United States was one ready for change. Peace rallies were taking place on college campuses across the country, and an increasing awareness of environmental issues was taking hold. The success of Silent Spring , Rachel Carson’s bestseller regarding how pollution, the environment and humanity were connected, had made activists sit up take notice.

 

In the spring of 1970, two similar but independent efforts were gaining momentum. Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator who had witnessed the effects of an oil spill first hand, teamed up with a Harvard professor and a congressman to institute a “National Teach-In” initiative on college campuses. The grassroots event occurred on April 22, 1970, and to this day, most Americans celebrate Earth Day on April 22. However, just a few weeks earlier, John McConnell, an activist from San Franscisco, had proposed the concept of Earth Day at the UNESCO Conference; the conference, held on the Spring Equinox, inspired many to join the cause. The idea so caught on that only three months later, the United Nations issued a proclamation – signed by 36 influential world leaders – declaring that the vernal equinox would henceforth be known as International Earth Day.

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Here is Albuquerque, there are many ways for you and your children to observe Earth Week, April 20-23, 2016. Visit the BioPark’s Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden to learn more about our planet and what you can do to protect the animals and plants that inhabit the Earth. From 10am-2pm each day, you’ll enjoy hands on exhibits and discovery stations at each venue.

 

Here at People’s Flowers, we recycle every day year round. We compost all our green waste and flower stems. We recycle all our cardboard and paper. We also recycle vases for customers! Bring in 5 vases and we will give you free flowers!

 

You can also celebrate Earth Day by surrounding yourself with plants and flowers. Green plants detoxify air and bring beauty to any home or office. People’s Flowers has many green plants, flowering plants and spring flowers to choose from – give us a call today, and you’ll be ready for whichever Earth Day you choose to observe.

How to Grow ZZ Plants

zz plantZZ plants do best in bright to moderate, indirect light but will do fine in extremely low levels of light. This plant makes an ideal plant for a window-less office or bathroom where it will only receive small amounts of fluorescent light.

While ZZ plants can take direct light, you may see some scalding on the leaves if it is left in direct light. Additionally, curling leaves, yellowing and leaning can all be an indication of too much light. When you notice curling taking place, it typically means the plant is trying to move away from the light source. Move the plant to a shadier location or farther away from the light source. You can also try filtering the light with curtains or blinds if moving the plant is not feasible.

Caring for a ZZ Plant

zz plantZZ plant care starts with a lack of care. In fact, ZZ plants will do better if you leave them alone.

Much like cacti, they need less rather than more water. Water the plant only when the soil has dried out. The rare way you can kill this plant is to over water it. A ZZ plant turning yellow means that it is getting too much water and its underground rhizomes may be rotting. So if you remember nothing else about caring for a ZZ plant, just remember to forget to water it. It can survive months without water, but will grow faster if watered somewhat regularly.

ZZ plants are happy without fertilizer, but if you would like, you can give the plants half strength fertilizer one to two times a year and only in the summer months.

Growing ZZ houseplants is easy and especially suited for the forgetful gardener.

Decorating with Outdoor Plants

outdoor plantsThe best part about summer is that your living space can be greatly expanded. Whether you have a wrap around porch, a wood deck or a stone patio area – with a little creativity and ingenuity, you have a whole new space! In order to entertain in style, there are a number of ways to bring your own personal flair to your outdoor room.

Accessorizing the outdoor furniture with color is a great way to change with the seasons – or your moods! A synthetic throw rug allows for barefoot comfort – and rinses clean easily! Matching eclectic glassware, vases and tableware can really bring fun to any space. Even though outdoors, decorate with artwork and mirrors in the same way you would inside, bringing your personality to the area and defining the experience for your guests. And as always, lighting can make or break the ambiance – from candles, to hanging lanterns to a fire pit – the options are yours!

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Pink Azalea

All weather baskets in different colors and textures add interest and allow you to stow all kinds of outdoor necessities. When it comes to flowers and plants, playing with baskets and different containers is a creative way to add color and beauty in all corners of the space. People’s Flower Shops have many ideas as to how to best accentuate with floral details. From traditional basket flowers to tropical floral arrangements, we have the flowers that can best express your style and personality.

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Bromeliad Garden

Of course, classic green ferns, plants and trees are traditionally beautiful. At People’s five Albuquerque flower shop locations, we have an extensive inventory of ambiance-enhancing plants and floral arrangements. What will you choose? We can’t wait to find out! Call us today.

How to Show your Employees You Appreciate Them

footer-590pxCompanies all over Albuquerque have the chance to show their employees, how much they appreciate them on Friday March 6th. Ever since 1995, when the first ever National Employee Appreciation Day was observed, the first Friday of March has been recognized as the official day on which bosses throughout the country can express their appreciation for the employees who make companies what they are. Without the hard working employees whose efforts often go unrecognized, most companies wouldn’t be as successful as they are.

We decided to help employers recognize the contribution their employees make to the company, so we came up with some suggestions to help bosses who may be looking for gifts for their workers.

Croton Plant

Croton Plant

If your workplace has plenty of light, there is no better way to brighten an employee’s office than with a Croton Plant. This spectacular plant has very large leaves. As long as the plant grows in a sunny enough location, the entire workplace can enjoy the unique color combinations seen in the variegated leaves. Shiny dark green leaves are mottled with yellow, while other leaves combine bright yellow and red, or deep red and green. This plant truly brings the outside atmosphere right into the office.

Pothos is a very easy plant to grow. It doesn’t require much care, and it can grow in any environment. Best of all, this plant thrives in areas where there is little to no daylight at all. Pothos is often confused with Philodendron, the plant with small heart-shaped dark green leaves. One of the things people love most about this plant is the fact that you can take cuttings from it, and you can root the cuttings quickly in water. Place this plant on the floor, on a desk or table, or hang it from a hook in the ceiling. It is a spectacular hanging plant.

Add a splash of color and a tropical flair to the office with this Bromeliad Plant. Bromeliads are found in tropical rainforests, but your office will perk up and feel like a relaxing oasis with this spectacularly showy plant. Bromeliads are characterized by heir shallow roots, interesting leaves, and a flower that grows from the center of the plant. Pineapple is probably the most familiar bromeliad.

This year, show your employees how much you appreciate them. Give them a fun, colorful, easy-to-care for, plant. You’ll purify the office air and help your employees focus and concentrate in the process.