Say “Thank You” To Your Office Staff

secretary's week 2014 In today’s fast-paced workplace, it is often easy to forget to stop and say “thank you” to your staff for all the hard work that they do. As the old adage goes “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. A little gift goes a long way and flowers (or chocolates) send a clear message that you appreciate them.

This year, Administrative Professionals Week is April 21th to 25th. Currently, since its inception in 1952, it is the largest workplace event celebrated nationwide. Because of its emphasis on the value of administrative professionals, and the roles they play in their respective organizations, this week is the perfect time to show your appreciation.

With our selection of gifts we make it easy for you to say “thank you” because with flowers, you don’t have to cater to individual interests and styles. EVERYBODY loves flowers! We have something for every budget and have highlighted some of our favorites right here.

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“Chocolate Divine” basket $39.99

moonstruck

Delicious Moonstruck Chocolates YUM! $4.99-$29.99

tulips

Tulips come in a variety of spring colors including yellow, pink, red, orange, white and purple $39.99

carnival

“Carnival” in bright, spring colors $34.99

bonsai

Our super-popular bonsai tree $29.99

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“Mahalo” with tropical orchids $19.99

 

Easter Flowers Announce Spring

Easter is such a fun time for flowers because spring showcases such amazing flowers that are only available locally, and for just a short time. After the cold and gray tones of winter, the colorful and soft pallets of spring colors are welcome. We love using these local flowers in our Easter flower arrangements. Pussy willow, anemones, ranunculus and tulips scream “Spring is here”!

The whole spring season and Easter in particular represents renewal and new life. As the first bulbs begin to burst from the soil, so too does the hope for warmer days and garden planting. We take nature’s lead and are inspired every day with spring’s bounty.

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Care Tips for Your Spring Cut Flowers

After the winter weather, the warm days and clear skies we had this weekend were a tantalizing hint that the cold will be gone for good soon – at least for the season. Sunnier skies, warmer weather and fun, outdoor activities are on our doorstep! I spot my boots on the shoe rack and long to put them away until next winter. Even though the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet (it’s getting there!) spring is here, and so are the happy colors and delightful scents of spring flowers and bulbs.

So, when you come by and pick up a bunch of these bright beauties,  what do you need to know about them to keep them cheering your home longer?

Daffodils: Daffodils arranged in a vase all by themselves make for a cheery, eye-catching design. If, however, you want to arrange a bouquet with daffodils and other flowers, keep this in mind: daffodils secret a sap when their stem is cut. This does the daffodils no harm, but it will cause other flowers in the arrangement to wilt. So here’s what we do when making mixed arrangement of daffodils and other flowers: we cut the daffodils to the height we want them and put them in a separate vase of water for about an hour to allow the sap to drain. Then – without cutting their stems again – we rinse them and add them to our arrangement.

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Hyacinth: With their bright colors and sweet fragrance, hyacinth are very popular. When bringing hyacinth home for a cut-flower arrangement, don’t cut the woody, bottom part of the stem if you don’t have to. This helps the hyacinth draws up water, and it will last longer this way. If you’re working with hyacinth bulbs it’s a good idea to wear gloves. The bulbs are acidic and can cause skin irritation.

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Tulips: Did you know that not only do their petals open and close depending on the temperature in a room, but tulips will continue to grow a few more inches after they’re cut? This movement in the design makes for a wild and alluring arrangement.

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Anemones: When arranging with this beautiful, whimsical flower keep in mind that the petals will open in the light and warmth, so while anemones are pretty hardy, despite their delicate look, keeping them in a cool area in your home will help them last longer. Anemones will also continue to grow after they are cut!

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Still Trending: Vintage Lace & Burlap

As we head into the 2014 wedding season the projected trends are becoming more concrete in terms of colors, themes and details for weddings. Lace and burlap is still extremely popular among brides whose weddings fall into the following categories: vintage, country chic, rustic, barn weddings and romantic but casual outdoor affairs.

Burlap was the #1 stem wrap of choice for all the weddings I did last year. Bridesmaid’s bouquets were wrapped with burlap while most of the bridal bouquets were a combination of burlap and lace treatments. I also incorporated the burlap in corsages and boutonnieres so that the whole look was cohesive. Burlap can be used as table runners, banners or wrapped around vases. Adding lace to any of these adds romance and softens the look instantly.

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Photo courtesy of Erika Nicole Photography

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Photo courtesy of Erika Nicole Photography

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Lace stem wrap with pearl pins

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Lace tablecloth with vintage, family-heirloom objects

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Using a satin ribbon with rhinestone gems with a hint of twine keeps this stem wrap from being too “country”

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Babies breath corsage with burlap accents- perfect for petite frames or mom’s who don’t want anything too large

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Yellow rose corsage on banquet tables with burlap runners

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Burlap with wide lace stem wrap

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Burlap wedding tables with wood slabs and homemade jam favors

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Hydrangea blossoms in vases wrapped in burlap

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Babies breath bridesmaid’s bouquet with burlap stem wrap

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Corsage with burlap ribbon accents

Burlap banner Just Married

Burlap pendant banner for cake table

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Wedding arch w/ burlap fabric, chandelier and yellow flower decorations

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Vintage lace and brooch stem wrap on romantic white wedding bouquet

Cute burlap accents on the head table

Burlap runners on the head table

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Yellow craspedia flower girl pomander {Erika Nicole Photography}

Easter Coloring Contest

Do you remember the good ole’ days when there used to be local coloring contests for all the easter flowers eugeneholidays? I miss those days so we are reviving the coloring contest this year for Easter! Kids can use their creative magic to turn the coloring page of the Easter Basket of Beauty arrangement into a work of art. Art mediums can include crayons, markers, paint, glitter…the sky’s the limit. HAVE FUN!! The winning entries (2 age categories see below) receive a coloring gift basket and the beautiful “Basket of Beauty” flower arrangement just in time for Easter.

Download your coloring page here: easter coloring picture pdf

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Rules & Guidelines:

Entry Information:

  • Entry Information:
  • Artist’s First & Last Name
  • Age
  • Name, Contact Phone Number & email for Parent

Eligibility:

There will be two age categories for entries and one winner within each age category. Ages 3-6 and ages 7-11.

Details:

Entries for the contest must be received by April 16. The winner for each category will be chosen April 18 and the parents notified by phone. Prizes will be awarded at Dandelions Flowers & Gifts with pictures taken.

Coloring Contest Entries can be snail mailed or dropped off to Dandelions Flowers & Gifts 1710 Chambers St. Eugene, OR 97402,  or scanned in and emailed to toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

Judging: 

Marketing Manager of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts reserves right to choose winners of the coloring contest. Entire Dandelions team may be recruited to help choose winner. Entries will be judged after the deadline of April 16, and winners chosen at this time.

*All entries become the property of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts and may be displayed in our store, on our website or Facebook page for public viewing. We encourage all Facebook members to participate and help with your ‘likes and comments’, but Dandelions reserves the right to choose the ultimate winner.

Winners & Prizes

Winners will be notified by phone. The winner of each age group will receive a fresh, floral Easter arrangement and a Coloring Gift Basket valued at $74.99. For a complete list of winners you are welcome to contact Toviana with Dandelions Flowers at toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

Mail/In-Person:

Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC

1710 Chambers St.

Eugene, OR 97402

Email:

toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

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Bucks for Pearl Buck

Pearl Buck Center is a great organization here in Eugene that assists those with developmental disabilities with vocational, recreational and educational programs. March is National Disabilities Month and local businesses, including Dandelions, sell “Pearl Bucks” for $1 each to help raise money to fund these programs.

pearl buck center eugeneThere are 3 main programs at the Pearl Buck Center. Their preschool provides education and support to children of parents with disabilities. They also have vocational training and job placement to help those at Pearl Buck learn skills and attain independence and, through independence, a great sense of self-esteem. The LEAP (Life Enhancing Activities Program) creates opportunities for those with developmental disabilities to explore creative expression using art, reading, film & music, dancing, gardening and more.

These programs rely heavily on volunteers but need financial assistance to maintain their high quality that they provide. The Pearl Buck Center doesn’t just contribute to the lives of individuals but to the whole community as well. Show your support and put your name on the Pearl Bucks you purchase! At Dandelions, you can purchase a Pearl Buck when you are in the store, placing an order over the phone or choose it as an add-on item when ordering online!

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Celebrating Amazing Women

Just around the corner (March 8) is International Women’s Day, a day to give recognition anWomansDay_1_404d honor to women throughout the world both past and present. First celebrated in 1908 International Women’s Day has gained traction as each generation of women has continued the fight for equality and show how remarkable a woman can be.

Valentine’s Day is for sweethearts and Mother’s Day is for moms but what about all the other amazing women who may not fall into these categories (or do, but still could use some extra praise)? Around the world many people give flowers are small gifts to show their appreciation for the women in their lives. We are certainly proud of Dandelions owner, Shirley Lyons, who was honored as the 2010 Eugene Chamber Woman Business Leader of the Year as is currently serving as the FIRST female president of the Society of American Florists in its 129 year history.

The theme for this year’s Women’s Day is “Inspiring Change” reminding us that although women have made leaps and bounds in the United States and much of Europe there is still a shocking amount of inequality throughout much of the world. Let’s take stock of our blessings, give honor to the women in our lives and encourage change to take effect world-wide.

Send flowers to work or at home or you can even stop by and choose a few stems yourself to hand to a friend, wife, mother, co-worker, neighbor, care-taker. The list goes on. Celebrate the women in your life!

Pink Birthday Party

Julianne recently created the floral decorations for a fun, “over the top” 50th birthday party held at the Hilton Hotel here in Eugene. Since they wanted everything pink, Julianne started with pink curly willow branches curled inside large bubble bowls with pink-tinted water.

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To get the hydrangeas a hot-pink hue, she gave white hydrangeas a hit of floral spray to make them really pop in combination with the other naturally pink flowers. The large arrangements got a little extra pink glamour with hot pink rhinestone wrap and and explosion of pink flowers.

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We love that this Birthday Girl didn’t shy away from the big 5-0 but instead celebrated in style!

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Nature’s Rainbow Wedding Flowers

Oregon has such natural beauty and it creates a gorgeous, green backdrop for many a wedding. For this reason, and the ongoing trend of wildflower & colorful wedding flowers, many brides are choosing mixed colors for their wedding. This transpires as either color groupings or mixed colors in all the bouquets and arrangements.

These mixed color weddings are best for outdoor weddings since they have a more casual, eclectic feel. The mixed wildflower style pairs well with popular burlap and lace and works for both modern & colorful weddings or a bride who is going for more of a vintage feel.

wedding bouquet with david austin roses, orchids, dahlias, veronica, roses, zinnias

My favorite bouquet from this past wedding season: Juliet David Austin roses, cymbidium orchids, dahlias, zinnias, magenta freesia, Flame mini calla lilies, veronica, cockscomb, dusty miller and maidenhair fern.

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Each centerpiece for this Deep Woods wedding in Elmira, OR was slightly different but all were filled with color and placed on mirrored tiles atop teal cloth.

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Seasonal toss bouquet of dahlias, carnations (looks like a peony, huh?), zinnia and veronica

blue, green, yellow and orange wedding bouquetColorful wedding bouquet of blue hydrangea, yellow button chrysanthemums, orange roses, bells of Ireland and green spider mums.

orange, blue and yellow wedding bouquet with sunflowers, roses, gerbera daisies, billy balls, delphinium

The bride wanted to tie in the royal blue of the bridesmaids dresses so delphinium accompanied a flurry of other blooms in orange, yellow and a touch of white

yellow bouquet, pink bouquet, purple bouquetMonochromatic bridesmaids bouquets with a mixed color bridal bouquet

seasonal wedding flowersSeasonal flower choices were included in this summery, wildflower inspired bouquet: sunflowers, “Blah Blah Blah” dahlias, yellow mini callas, craspedia, stock, crocosmia, lavender, rosemary, sedum and local grasses

pergola wedding flowers at deep woods events, elmira, oregonPergola arrangement at Deep Woods Events. So bright and colorful

woodsy rustic reception flowers5″ x 5″ cubes had mixtures of seasonal flowers

wildflower wedding bouquet with burlap and laceBurlap and lace stem wrap around a rustic chic bouquet

dramatic wedding bouquet in bright colorsMixed color wedding bouquets don’t have to be rustic. This is a much more modern and contemporary look with dramatic flair

Multi Colored Gerbera Daisey wedding bouquetFor the gerbera daisy lover

toss bouquetBright and colorful toss bouquet with LOTS of ribbons