Gerberas – A Popular Summer Flower

gerberap5gerberap4Gerberas are one of the most popular summer flowers. This blog post provides you with some interesting facts about this beloved flower and provides some floral design ideas from our talented floral design team.

Interesting Facts about Gerberas

Let’s get to know the gerbera a bit better:

  • It is related to the sunflower, aster, and daisy family. Sometimes, they are even called gerbera daisies for that reason.
  • They are considered to be perennial flowering plants and can be found as single flowers, double or duplex flowers, crested doubles or full crested doubles.
  • The gerbera is commonly found throughout Africa, tropical Asia, and South America.
  • The flower comes in a wide range of colors, including orange, yellow, pink and red just to name a few.
  • Meanings attributed to the gerbera include innocence, purity, and cheerfulness.
  • These flowers have a long vase life and are commonly found in cut flower arrangements for that reason.gerberap1
  • Gerberas are not light sensitive so they tend to remain open in the dark or areas out of direct sunlight.

Gerbera Flower Arrangements

We offer a wide assortment of gorgeous arrangements perfect for that special occasion. Here are some of the gerbera flower arrangements we offer:gerberap2

  • Gotcha Gerberas: This arrangement features vibrantly colored gerberas within a clear glass cube vase accented with Hypericum berry.
  • Bold and Beautiful: This gerbera arrangement also includes roses and lilies.
  • Gerbera Topiary:  This offers a modern twist on a classic flower:.  Gerbera daisies are gathered together to stand above a slim glass vase.
  • Orange Blossom Bouquet: Roses, spray roses, gerbera daisies, lilies, stock and berries are found in shades of hot pink and orange arranged in a glass cylinder vase lined with sliced oranges. This is a People’s Flower Shop exclusive flower arrangement!
  • Just Happy Bouquet: Roses, lilies, are gerbera daisies in bright bold colors are featured in this flower arrangement and are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!
  • Yellow Cube: If yellow is your color of choice, then this gerbera flower arrangement is your best bet. It features a low, lush design with gerbera daisies, spray roses, and solidago nestled in a glass cube. gerberap3

These are just a few of the flower arrangements we can offer with gerbera. We can custom create any type of flower arrangement, flower bouquet, or floral design theme with this beloved summer flower. Contact us now to get started!

What’s the Best Way to Say “Thank You”? Say it with Flowers from People’s Flower Shops!

thanksp1There are always those times where you want to tell someone how much you appreciate them or what they did for you. It might be a colleague on a work project or a teacher who helped your son or daughter. Or, it could be a thank you for being a great friend.

thanksp2One of the most beautiful ways to capture your appreciation for what someone else has done for you is with flowers. We’ve got a beautiful selection of flower arrangements that you can send to someone that absolutely screams “thank you!”

Thank You Flower Ideas

Our flower design team at all of our Peoples Flower Shops locations and through our online store has put together a stunning array of ways to say “thank you” with flowers.

Here are some of our ideas:

  • Mahalo: Hawaiian for “thank you,” this aptly named flower arrangement says thank you through a mix of tropical flowers, including Birds of Paradise.
  • Cube Arrangements: A “thank you” flower arrangement does not have to be large or expensive to be truly meaningful. Good things come in small packages like our collection of flower cubes that offer stunning flowers, including orchids, gerbera daisies, and more.
  • Fresh-Cut Flowers: You could send an assortment of seasonal, fresh-cut flowers wrapped up for your recipient. This is a perfect way to say thank you to the do-it-yourselfer so they can arrange the flowers how they like.thanksp3
  • Exotic Beauty: The floral design team offers some very unique ways to say “thank you,” including this contemporary style flower arrangement that features a Cymbidium orchid that rests on a pedestal that is surround by clear marbles. This is a very Zen way to say “thank you!”

Other Ways to Say Thanks!

While flowers are a lovely way to say thanks, we have other fresh and unique ways to show your appreciation if your recipient may be allergic to flowers or may prefer something different:

  • Fresh green plants
  • Fresh fruit baskets
  • Fresh gourmet food and gourmet gift baskets
  • Collectibles and gifts
  • Thank you balloons
  • Thank you greeting cards

Whether your recipient is in Albuquerque or anywhere in the United States, we can serve as your partner for sending your thanks. Our thanksp4florist network means we are connected with other florists who share our commitment for freshness, high-quality, and value. Let’s get started with your thank you gifts!

Focus on the Environment by Celebrating World Environment Day on June 5th

DeiffenbachiaWhile you may be familiar with Earth Day, which is typically celebrated in April, a bigger environmental holiday is that of World Environment Day, which falls on June 5th each year. Our blog post this week provides some background on this little known, but growing, movement that brings together a number of environmental and social issues to get support from the global community.

What is World Environment Day?

The United Nations established World Environment Day in 1972 as a means of drawing attention to many environmental issues that affected the entire globe, including climate change, pollution, food shortage, waste and diminishing natural resources.Brom Garden

By making it a global event, it was hoped that people would look beyond politics and cultural differences and work together on a local, regional, and global level to sustain our precious environment.

Today, it has become an annual celebration that grows every year with all types of events leading up June 5th as well as celebrated on the special day. The website for World Environment Day as well as its Twitter feed and other social media platforms are full of information on what is happening around the world to recognize this important day. It is truly inspirational to see so many people working on caring for and sustaining our environment as well as creating a better quality of life for all.

What Can You Do on World Environment Day?

After learning more about World Environment Day, you may wonder what you can do in Albuquerque to help celebrate it and help others to get involved. Here are some ideas that can get you started:nutritionP1

  • Add more greenery to your life by creating your own garden patch, growing your own vegetables, or joining an urban garden plot. If you have the means of providing financial assistance, you can even help other urban gardens keep going or you can create your own neighborhood garden collective.
  • Be smart about your food consumption and waste. While we may have a lot, others have so very little, so it is important that we also think wisely about what we consume and how we get rid of any waste associated with it.
  • Start a recycling program within your family or local community.
  • Get kids involved by starting an environmental awareness program at home or at their school. Getting them started early will help create smart and sustainable actions in the future.stpaddys1
  • Participate or start a neighborhood clean-up program. See what is available or simply create your own group.

Whatever you do does not have to be large to be significant. All it takes is a community spirit and individual resolve to make incremental differences that, when joined with others, does make a real difference!

Congratulations to the Martinez Family, the Winners of Our $1,000 Giveaway

SpodeExpress1110323112737We Have A Winner!

Our frequent shoppers at People’s Flowers know just how rewarding it can be to shop at Albuquerque’s premier floral design center, Peoples Flowers. This year was especially rewarding for the Martinez family. They just won $1,000 dollars as the result of a special contest that Peoples Flowers participated in during the Christmas holidays. This year the Conforti Collection created a special national sweepstakes for local florists. The contest was only available to florists who purchased and sold their Spode Holiday Express Train Collection (See Photo).

Our Connection to the Conforti Collection

Arthur Conforti, President of The Conforti Collection, offered florists across the country an opportunity to participate in this years contest.  The Conforti Collection designed this contest specifically to support local florists throughout the country in selling their beautiful hand painted collectible, Spode Holiday Express Train.  A total of 93 flower shops opted to participate in the contest, with Peoples Flowers being the exclusive dealer in Albuquerque of the Spode Train.  The contest was set up to provide a $1,000 cash prize to be given to 5 lucky winners.

The Winners

The Conforti Collection randomly selected five local florists who participated in the program as winners. Then 5 lucky shoppers,  from the winning flower shops were selected to receive the contest awards.

Flower Shop Winners

  • Breen’s Flowers of Houston, Texas
  • Carithers Flowers of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Hoogasian Flowers of San Francisco, California.
  • Norton’s Flowers and Gifts of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • People’s Flowers of Albuquerque, New Mexico

SpodeTrain31130102111953The Martinez family of Albuquerque, New Mexico was thrilled to learn that they will be receiving the $1,000 dollar award in the very near future which will be presented to them by Wayne Pollack, owner of Peoples’s Flower Shops.  What a great way for the team at People’s Flowers to deliver some additional holiday cheer!

The Conforti Collection plans to continue the sweepstake opportunities for florists and consumers, offering the contest again next year when they release the third and final train in the collection series.  Peoples Flowers looks forward to future giveaways and bringing even more holiday cheer and excitement to their customers!

Sending the Ultimate Thank You

TY2We often spend a lot of time stressing over the gift giving season — who to get what and such. You aren’t alone either as others all over are too looking for that gift that is just a perfect fit yet is not always easily found.

Though when you do find it, you know it and after that nothing is really better than the surprised expression a thoughtful gift leaves on a loved one’s face.

So what happens when you unwrap one such present? It is bound to happen at least once every year. That one present that tugs on your heart just a little harder than the others — the one that may just bring a tear to your eyes is one that finds its place a little closer to your heart than the others. So what do you do with that one special gift?TY1

The Importance of a Thank You

Big or small, any gift you get deserves a thank you. Whether you say it once, send a card, or write out a sentimental letter explaining how much you love it, when you get a gift it is important to say thank you. Now though we aren’t talking about just any gift — we are talking about that one very special gift and with these we believe that saying thank you is only the beginning.

The Thank You Gift

While you won’t find yourself moved to do this for every gift, but like we said there might be just the one. With that one gift, you should not only be openly expressive of your thanks but should also do a little more for the person at a later time.

Below we have prepared a list of thoughtful thank you ideas that are sure to delight:

  • Flowers: After all, we are a florist and with our great holiday sales going on, there isn’t a better time to give thanks with flowers. Take any one of our handpicked and designed bouquets or arrangements and you will surely pleasantly surprise anyone with your thank you.
  • Wine: There is just something about the holidays and wine that goes together. If you want to especially thank someone this holiday season, why not try wine or maybe even invite them to a tasting? Be sure that they actually like wine first of course.
  • Craft: A craft is an inexpensive and personal way to say thanks to anyone. Not to mention that the options for this choice are literally endless.
  • Gift Basket: A gift basket is also a generous way to say thank you for that special gift.
  • Handwritten Note: In the digital age of emails, texts, and posts, getting a handwritten card says you are truly thankful because you took the time to compose something on paper.TY3

Giving thanks this holiday season is one of the best gifs you can give to loved ones!

Season’s Greetings from Peoples Flowers

Christmas TrainChristmas CenterpieceThe Christmas lights are on and there is that unmistakable chill in the air. Winter is here and Christmas is just days away.

This holiday season, whether you are just starting or almost done with your Christmas shopping, we ask you remember this:  Nothing brings more cheer than a beautiful masterpiece in floral art from Albuquerque’s best florist.

At Peoples Flowers, we have the perfect selection of floral and living plant arrangements that make great gifts as well as accents to your holiday décor.

This blog post provides some ideas for decorating your house with Christmas floral cheer or gifting someone with a beautiful natural masterpiece from our shops.

A Holiday Gift Guide

At Peoples Flowers, we love the holiday season. It is a joyous time of year and we feel the need to help spread that joy.

When gift shopping, remember that, at Peoples Flowers, you will not only get an unbeatable price for the quality of flowers, but you will also receive the level of personal service that you, as a customer, deserve.

Check out some of the items in our holiday gift guide that includes flowers, trees, plants and even some tasty goodies:

  • Why not take a look at our festive Boxwood Tree? It is a small Christmas tree constructed from Boxwood and decorated with a variety of festive ornaments that vary from tree to tree. The Boxwood Tree is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the holidays and also works as a great decoration, too.Hanukkah3
  • Another great option is our Night before Christmas teacup arrangement. It consists of beautiful and fresh red roses and carnations elegantly placed inside of an ornate teacup that features a sleeping mouse in its design. The flowers will make a great first impression and the teacup a lasting one.
  • Planning a feast? Have a sweet tooth or know someone who does? The Cabernet Pear Tart is the perfect way to conclude a Christmas feast or quench the hunger of a sweet lover you know. The tart is filled with a luscious almond pastry cream and topped with fresh sliced pears that are drizzled in our very own and very unique Cabernet wine glaze.

The Perfect Holiday

Having the perfect holiday dinner and giving all the rights gifts isn’t always the easiest thing. At Peoples Flowers, we try and help to make the possible by offering the freshest and highest in quality flowers.

Hanukkah2Of course, we also offer a variety of unique styles of gifts and decorations from centerpieces to Christmas wreaths. As always, we do our best to bring our best in flowers, plants, and gift to you at a fair and meager price.

From all of us at Peoples Flowers, we wish each of you the very best Christmas and wishes for a Happy New Year!

The Eight Days of Hanukkah

Hanukkah1The story of Hanukkah goes that the Maccabees had returned to the temple from victory. When they arrived and were to light the Menorah, they found that there was only enough oil for a single day. And, with the preparation of the oil to take a whole week, they knew that they would soon be without the light.

 

However, the story goes onto say that the oil lasted for not one day but eight days, giving them enough time to produce more oil for the Menorah. This event became known as the miracle of the Menorah. From this miracle came the celebration of Hanukkah.

 

A Holiday, a Festival – It’s Hanukkah

 

Today and for many hundreds of years now, we have celebrated Hanukkah over the course of eight days in remembrance of the miracle at the Menorah. Because of these events, Hanukkah has also become known as the festival of lights during which candles are constantly burning to signify the eight day burning of the oil in the story.

However, there is much more to Hanukkah than just the story that it commemorates.

 

Hanukkah, as a holiday, festival, or both, is a time of togetherness for family and friends. It is a time of festivities amongst brothers and a time of celebration. Whether for the Maccabees’ victory, thankfulness, or the sake of tradition, Hanukkah is a time to celebrate.

 

Tradition and Modernism

 

There are many traditions in Hanukkah from the potlucks of some very yummy fried foods to the spinning of the Dreidel. There are also many modern twists on the holiday. Many families get each other gifts — one for each day of the holiday is a common practice.Hanukkah3

 

While some may believe this modern tradition is merely a spinoff of the Christmas holiday, there is actually a bit more to it. Each day, the oil burned in the miracle of the menorah was a gift to the Maccabees.

The gifts given on Hanukkah essentially represent each day and as a gift that the Menorah continued to burn on.

 

The Gift of Peoples Flowers

 

At Peoples Flowers, we offer a very unique alternative to the usual holiday gift – that is the gift of flowers or gift baskets. Hanukkah2

We are a floral boutique that specializes in handcrafting beautiful floral designs that make the perfect gift for Hanukkah.

Please feel free to visit or contact us at Peoples Flowers and let us help you in choosing the perfect gift this holiday season.

 

Reasonably Priced, High-Quality Flowers? Yes, it is Possible and True!

fresh1You’ve heard the saying that if it is probably seems too good to be true, then it probably is – well, that seems to apply to so much today when it comes to working with a product or service-based company.fresh2

With all the ads online that pop up telling us we have won the latest and greatest phone or video game system, it is kind of a wonder why anyone could ever fall for such a ruse.

And, when it seems like there is a real deal on a product or service, we jump at the chance because the economy has us in a grip where we have less money than ever before to spend.

So, instead of thinking it through many of us may have bought cheap items only to realize that you get what you pay for and that it was too good to be true.

Flowers are Expensive

One area that many of you may have cut back in is buying fresh flowers. And, when you see ones advertised for cheap, you wonder if they are the real deal. 

As a flower shop, this has come to our attention because we have seen many second rate florists are advertising online specials for elegant bouquets with starting prices in the range of only $19.95. This is a prime example of if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is because, as it turns out, they are not elegant bouquets at all.fresh4

These are bare minimum bouquets that are small and certainly not fresh. Sometimes, it even turns out to be a scam. Some consumers have complained that these companies have even been known to deliver the flowers a few days late or not at all.

fresh3If the flowers arrive late, not only will your loved one be disappointed, but it also could be likely that the flowers are not going to be fresh.

Then, these flowers often show up in boxes that take away any of the special or elegant feel rather than coming hand-delivered as if they have just been picked and arranged.

There are many florists out there like this, but luckily there are also just as many quality, family-owned florists out there as well. At Peoples Flowers, you can always expect our bouquets and floral arrangements to be fresh and of the highest quality.

Don’t be fooled by scammers making promises they can’t keep because if it’s too good to be true, it probably is! Instead, choose a local florist who provides exceptional value as well as the freshest flowers possible!

Find Halloween Family Fun Around Albuquerque

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Halloween is near! (Credit: Sarah Ackerman)

Halloween is almost here. The little ghosts and goblins are sorting out their costumes and dreaming of a day full of sweet treats and spooky adventures. Peoples Flowers has your ticket to find top Halloween family activities in Albuquerque.

Zoo Boo: Albuquerque’s Top Trick-or-Treating Alternative
Halloween is on a Wednesday this year. If you don’t want to take your little ones out on a school night, you can still celebrate the holiday with a visit to Zoo Boo on Saturday, October 27 at the Biopark Zoo. Explore haunted habitats, join in the costume parade, and take part in costume contests for visitors 12 and under. Up to four children get in free with a paid adult admission of $10.

Haunted Maze
Looking for a real Halloween adventure for the whole family? The Maize Maze at the Rio Grande Community Farm is open until November 1. As we get closer to Halloween, this amazing maze will transform into the Haunted Maze! You can visit on October 26th through the 28th and on the 30th. Watch out around the corners, you never know what you might find. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 12, and free for 2 and under.

Trick or Treat So Others May Eat
The weather in Albuquerque at the end of October can be a little tricky sometimes. If it’s too cold or wet to go out, consider an indoor event. Trick or Treat So Others May Eat takes place from 6 to 8 on Halloween night at Coronado Center. Even better, it’s for a good cause. There are pumpkin decorating activities, but store-to-store trick-or-treating is the big attraction. Bring canned food to exchange for a starter bag. The food goes to Joy Junction Homeless Shelter and you get a safe, warm place to take your kids for Halloween.

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Sweet Halloween treats from Peoples.

Halloween Safety Tips
Peoples Flowers loves Halloween just as much as our customers. We want you to have a fun and safe night. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Wear safe costumes. If you plan to walk a trick-or-treating route, make sure your kids are in costumes that don’t restrict their movement or vision. Stay away from candles and wear fire-resistant costumes.

2. Lights on! When you have young ones out trick-or-treating at night, always keep a flashlight handy. You’ll want to carry one for sure, but your little ones can, too. Add some reflective strips to costumes so they light up and give both motorists and you visual feedback as to where the kids are.

3. Travel in groups. Safety in numbers. This can be extra fun if you get other parents and kids together.

4. Check the treats before you eat. Treat tampering is extremely rare, but it doesn’t hurt to look over the candy your kids have gathered for any obvious signs of problems.

Peoples Halloween Decor
Are you planning to stay in for Halloween? Peoples Flowers can help you decorate for the occasion with fun and spooky flowers and decor. We can put together dramatic arrangements in orange and black or help you find the perfect scary piece to sit on the table for your Halloween party.

Celebrate Mother-in-Law Day with Gifts and Flowers from Peoples

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A bouquet is a classic gift.

We’ve all heard mother-in-law jokes, but there’s at least one very big reason to be grateful for your mother-in-law. If it weren’t for her, you wouldn’t have your lovely spouse in your life. That alone is a great reason to celebrate Mother-In-Law Day on Sunday, October 28.

Guess what? The majority of mothers-in-law actually get along just fine with their daughters-in-law. A survey by ThirdAge last year checked in with 1,868 mothers-in-law and 2,000 daughters-in-law about what they think of each other. The survey found more than 60 percent of of mothers-in-laws consider their son’s wife to be a friend, the right woman for their son, or like a daughter.

We already have a Mother’s Day, so why do we have a day for mothers-in-law, too? Mothers-in-law often get overlooked by their daughters-in-law and sons-in-law on Mother’s Day. Mothers-in-law are often there to watch the kids when you need them. They can be a great source of wisdom. They may be the one person in the world who knows your spouse as well or better than you do. So let’s raise a cheer for mothers-in-law and celebrate them on October 28.

Show your Appreciation
If you haven’t celebrated Mother-In-Law day before, now is a great time to start with making it an annual family tradition. Since Mother-In-Law day isn’t as widely known as Mother’s Day, you’ll likely be giving your mother-in-law an unexpected and delightful surprise when you give her flowers or a gift. If you already have a good relationship, it will make your bond even better. If you’ve maybe had a few rocky places along the way, it will help smooth things over for the future.

Flowers are a classic gift. It’s hard to go wrong with any bouquet, but it’s especially sweet if you take the time to select flowers that are meaningful for her. If you’re not sure where to start, try to sneak in a word with your father-in-law. Your spouse may also remember if she has a favorite flower. Use this as the centerpiece for a beautiful bouquet.

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The kiwi spa basket.

Give your Mother-in-Law a Spa Day
After all those times your mother-in-law saved the day by watching the grand-kids, why not express your appreciation with a spa basket? These specialty gift baskets from Peoples come in several different flavors. Choose from Kiwi Melon, Orchid Sensation, or Fresh Fruit. Even better, our Fresh Fruit and Spa basket is organic! It comes with apples, oranges, pears, and organic green tea. Rosemary mint hand wash, soap, and moisturizing cream round out the spa side.

Order for Anywhere
Still looking for gift inspiration? Come on into any of Peoples Flowers locations to see our fresh, seasonal flowers and explore our collection of fun and unique gifts in the store. Does your mother-in-law live somewhere else? No problem. Peoples Flowers can deliver almost anywhere in the United States. Check out our selection of online gift and bouquet ideas for women.