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We Are Open in Latham…and 75% off in North Greenbush (for a few more days)!

Posted in Business, Fleurtacious Designs, News

Published: February 25th, 2014

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We are officially open at our new location:

492 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY

Stop by and check out the new shop and say hello!

 

We will be keeping limited hours at our original North Greenbush location this week to try to further reduce our inventory.

We will be in North Greenbush on:

 

Thursday, February 27th from 2pm to 6pm

AND

Saturday, March 1st from 12pm to 3pm

 

If you’re looking to pick up some amazing decor (for any season) everything is 75% OFF at our North Greenbush location ONLY and for a limited time!

 

Questions? Give us a call at: 518.283.7262

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Caring for your Floral Arrangement 101

Posted in Florist, Flowers, Tips, Valentine's Day

Published: February 11th, 2014

In case you’ve been totally engrossed with the winter Olympics or you’re just hibernating till March 21st, this week is Valentine’s Day. That’s right, V-Day is Friday! We’re working really hard to take orders and prep for the big day, but I wanted to take a few minutes to share some helpful tips to keep your floral arrangement looking great well after Valentine’s Day!

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First and foremost, check to make sure your arrangement has enough water! Sometimes during the delivery from our shop to your door a vase can lose water (here at Fleurtacious we try and keep water with us in the delivery truck cause we’re pros like that). If your arrangement doesn’t come in a vase, lift it up to see if the arrangement is heavy or light. If it’s on the light side, you should probably give it a drink.

Once your arrangement is home you can place it anywhere you like, but don’t place it in direct sunlight. Unlike a potted plant, your arrangement does not need sunlight to grow. In fact, excessive heat will likely stress the flowers in your arrangement and may cause them to wilt prematurely. Most cut flowers will last longer in cooler conditions.

For arrangements in vases, it’s a good idea to change the water in the vase every few days and check the ends of the stems, too. If the stem ends are mushy you can re-cut the stems at an angle where the stem is firm (usually 1-2 inches from the bottom). Also, remember to remove any stem leaves that are dead / dying or any that will be submerged in water.

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Last, keep your arrangement away from fruit! Weird, but true! Flowers are sensitive to ethylene, a natural ripening gas that is produced by fresh fruit. So choose your arrangement or your fruit basket, but not both for the dining room table!

Hope you found this post helpful! And if you’re looking to order an arrangement for your Valentine, don’t hesitate to call us at 518.283.7262! We look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kris Ann

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Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner…

Posted in Business, Fleurtacious Designs, Florist, Flowers, Valentine's Day

Published: February 3rd, 2014

Oh, hey, February…

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away?! Valentine’s Day is obviously a busy day for florists, but it’s exceptionally crazy this year for the crew here at Fleurtacious Designs because in addition to making amazing floral arrangements, we’re also about to move! When it rains, it pours!

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Maybe I’m weird, but I really like Valentine’s Day. It just falls at a good time of year…after the holiday rush, but before the Mother’s Day and wedding season. Plus, I look forward to Valentine’s Day because of the people I hear from year after year…I like the tradition that our couples have cultivated and how Fleurtacious Designs is a part of that. For example, I have one husband who has always ordered a Valentine’s Day arrangement for his wife. But now that they have two daughters, he also orders mini versions of Mom’s arrangement for his girls! Too cute.

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I also love when a customer calls and they want us to put together something a little off the beaten path. A few years ago I had a recently married guy call and ask for an arrangement that was inspired by his wife’s bridal bouquet; he even sent a picture of her wedding flowers! That was a really thoughtful and sweet gesture (especially since she was 8 months pregnant). Of course, we always have the Valentine’s Day standby—your two dozen red roses—and they are always classic and gorgeous (and a sure thing)!

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These are just a few examples of awesome Fleurtacious Designs Valentine’s Day arrangements. Don’t hesitate to call us (518.283.7262) and order early—you have less than two weeks!

Best–

Kris Ann

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Greening Your Home: Dish Gardens & Orchids

Posted in Fleurtacious Designs, Garden Tips

Published: January 30th, 2014

In the depths of winter, it’s hard to remember that spring will be here in about 8 weeks…but that’s still a ways off. I find that bringing green to the inside of my house really helps me get through the winter months here in upstate NY (and I’m surrounded by flowers and blooms all day)!

One idea that I really love is a simple dish garden. Dish gardens are an easy DIY planting project that can work really well and are very tolerant (good for newbies)! ¬†I like to use succulents because they have shallow root systems making them great for dish gardens. They do well in indoor climates and are pest resistant—plus, they’re undemanding which is even better for those of us with hectic schedules!¬†Succulents are also just fun and cool looking!

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First you need some succulents and a shallow pot or dish. Next, buy some cacti or succulent potting soil mix (found at Home Depot / Lowes or a local garden center)—shells or pea gravel are a nice addition here, too. If your pot doesn’t have any drainage holes on the bottom be sure to add them–succulents don’t like standing water.

Fill your dish with the potting soil mix leaving about an inch at the top. Plant your succulents (a few per pot, depending on the size of the pot–you want to leave room for the plants to grow) by tamping down the soil around the roots and base of the plant. Then add a layer of pea gravel or tiny river rocks to help with drainage. Water the plants in, but not too much.

Place you dish near a warm window—southern exposure is OK—and water when the soil is dry. It’s worth noting that succulents need a resting period of two to three months in the winter and they like a cool spot (50-60 degrees) and just a little water—maybe once a month.

If you keep your home on the warm side (68 degrees or warmer), you should consider an orchid. They do best with bright, indirect light everyday, too. I have a few in our kitchen that are so happy that they keep blooming and blooming!

Hope this inspires you to try some indoor plants!

Best–

Kris Ann

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