Spring Flowers: Hydrangea

HydrangeaWhen you think of the quintessential southern garden, you probably picture one or more hydrangea shrubs, because no formal garden would be complete without plenty of show-stopping hydrangea flowers spreading their delightful fragrance everywhere. Hydrangea is a genus to which no fewer than 100 species belong. This luxurious shrub is native to Eastern and Southern Asia, including China, Japan, places in the Himalayas, and Indonesia. There are also native North and South American Species.

Hydrangeas have an exceptionally long blooming season. That gives the people who love these magnificent giants of the floral world, the chance to enjoy them for as long as possible. Hydrangeas are enjoyable as cut flowers in vases all by themselves, in arrangements with other flowers, or as dried flowers. They still look lovely when they are dried.

Today, it is possible to grow some hydrangea species as potted plants. That may be why it is such a popular mother’s day gift and virtual symbol of the holiday in France.

Hydrangeas are unique in that they can adapt to a variety of growing conditions. Some species like Oakleaf, for example, thrive in shady areas, while others need full sun to part shade. Soil condition has a lot to do with color variations in flowers. Shrubs that grow in neutral soil pH produce flowers that are cream-color, whereas those grown in acidic soil have blue flowers. In soil with a very alkaline pH, the flowers turn pink to purple.

We think that hydrangeas are so spectacular, they’re ideal for any gift for any occasion. We’ve come up with some of our arrangements that incorporate hydrangeas, making them even more special.

Hydrangea

New TV

For a gift that looks like it’s straight from the garden, give someone our “New TV” arrangement. This combination of pink roses, green Bells of Ireland and green accents, comes to life with pure white hydrangeas. We add accents of curly willow to give it a whimsical garden-like feel.

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Susan Marie

Say hello to spring color, spring flowers and tantalizing fragrance with our Susan Marie arrangement. Colorful pink hydrangea, roses, and rosemary make up a delightful and unique arrangement that delivers the delight of spring to any recipient.

Hydrangea

Happy Birthday Sis

You don’t have to have a sister to enjoy our delightful “Happy Birthday, Sis” arrangement. We use a classic short cylinder vase to combine velvety red roses, stargazer lilies, hydrangeas, and splashes of lime green accents. This delightful arrangement can deliver any message you want to send – even though its name suggests it is meant as a birthday gift to your sister.

Let our expert floral designers here at Nanz & Kraft, help you with all your floral arrangement and flower gift needs.

 

TV Mom Showdown

TV Mom ShowdownSome of the greatest TV moms were laid back, others were a bit overbearing, a few taught us lessons with their animated (literally) personalities, and so many of them tried just a little too hard to be cool. Whatever their onscreen personalities were, these TV moms helped raise us while filling our homes with laughter and tears. They gave us a peek into the lives of families we fell in love with and grew with each week. But whoever they were, none could compare to our real life moms.

This Mother’s Day choose from a mix of classic and modern moms to help us decide who the ultimate TV mom is! You just might win the chance to celebrate your real mom with a $100 gift certificate from Nanz and Kraft Florists!

Enter your email address, first & last name, then cast your vote! If the TV Mom that you pick wins, you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate — so you can give a great gift this Mother’s Day! Enter once per day to make sure your mom wins, and share your story on Facebook. 

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A Winner will be chosen at random on May 8th and notified by email. Happy Mother’s Day!

Flowers for Mother’s Day

Mother's DayThe idea of recognizing and honoring mothers isn’t a modern one. The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations date back to the days of the Ancient Greeks. They honored Rhea, the Mother of the Gods during springtime celebrations. In 15th century England, Mothering Day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It was a day devoted to celebrating all mothers throughout the United Kingdom. Here at Nanz & Kraft Florists, we drew inspiration from the moms of all of our employees to come up with some gifts that range from sophisticated to whimsical. We’re sure that your mom will love our selection as much as we do.

Mother’s Day History in the United States

Julia Ward Howe was the first woman to come up with the idea to honor mothers. She conceived of the idea in 1872. She was so passionate about the idea, she decided to host women’s gatherings in her Boston home. After she stopped contributing money for the celebrations, people stopped recognizing mothers on a designated day.

When Anna Jarvis’ mother died on May 5, 1905, she asked the pastor of her West Virginia church to deliver a sermon in remembrance. After that, Mrs. Jarvis called upon members of the church to help her write letters to send to business owners, clergymen and politicians, hoping to convince them to lobby for a National Mother’s Day holiday. Her efforts eventually paid off.

By 1911, almost every state was honoring mothers with Mother’s Day celebrations. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill proclaiming the second Sunday of May as an annual National Mother’s Day holiday.

Today, Mother’s Day continues to be observed on the second Sunday of May. We chose a few of the lovely Mother’s Day floral gifts we are offering this year. We hope our suggestions will help you in choosing the perfect gift for your own mother.

Our most lavish, sophisticated and elegant Mother’s Day gift is 12 Roses in Waterford Crystal Vase. This arrangement is simple, but over the top. We arrange a dozen velvety red roses in a gorgeous Waterford crystal vase. Your mom will remember your generosity because of the keepsake collectible vase.

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12 Roses

The Carol Ann is named after current Nanz & Kraft owners Eddie, Michael, and David’s mom. She possesses the cherished qualities of a true Kentucky mom – a love of cooking for lots of people, and gardening. This pink and purple arrangement combines liatris, roses, lilies, and other seasonal flowers.

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Carol Ann

The Marina arrangement is a favorite and has been renamed after the mother of one of our designers, Keila Soto. This bouquet bursts with color and features roses, hydrangea, and other beautiful spring flowers.

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Marina

Mother’s Day is May 10. Plan ahead and order the special flowers of your choice to honor your mother.

 

The History of Administrative Professionals Week

social-2Are you ready for Administrative Professionals Week? It’s the last full week of April every year. This special holiday is reserved to call attention to the important role that secretaries, support staff and other administrative professionals play. While Administrative Professionals Day falls mid-week on Wednesday, the entire week is an opportunity to honor those who do so much in the workplace.

The Heart and Soul of Your Business

Truth be told, administrative professionals are the heart and soul of business; without them, success would be much more difficult. The Administrative Professionals Week holiday was started in 1952 and originally called National Secretaries Week. It was renamed in the year 2000 and is called Administrative Professionals Week to this day.

The holiday marks a time to show gratitude to these professionals who work so tirelessly and drive the engine of business success. Employers and supervisors often give rewards or hold special events to show appreciation during this week. Another popular way to honor Administrative Professionals Week is by sending flowers or giving gifts to your secretaries and support staff.

The History of Administrative Professionals Week

World War 2 brought with it an increased need for secretaries and other skilled support staff in in the U.S. In light of this, The National Secretaries Association was formed in order to help recognize their key contributions, support worker development and attract more qualified applicants. The association is currently called the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

The IAAP along with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce held the first National Secretaries Week in 1952. Various manufacturers and office supply companies also participated. The name change to Administrative Professionals Week (and Day) occurred in 2000 to stay in sync with the expanding responsibilities within the administrative workforce around the world.

Celebrating Administrative Professionals Week

This year, Administrative Professionals Day falls on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The entire week is the perfect time to let the support staff in your company know how special and appreciated they are. Some of the best ways to show your appreciation include:

Flowers. Spring bouquets are in season in April, and a beautiful bouquet can send a message of gratitude.

April Passion

April Passion

Gift Baskets. Fruit and gourmet gift baskets are another great way to express your appreciation.

Garden Gourmet Basket

Garden Gourmet Basket

Louisville Stoneware Gifts. From designer mugs to birdhouses, Louisville stoneware is a unique and unforgettable gift.

Wren House Birdhouse

Wren House Birdhouse

Contact Nanz & Kraft for more flower and gift ideas for celebrating Administrative Professionals Week this year.

Flowers for Prom: Corsages, Boutonnieres, and Hand-Tied Bouquets

Flowers for PromSpring is in the Kentucky air. Before long, it will be time for the all-important Kentucky Derby. For high school students, there is another important event on the horizon – prom. One of the most important traditions associated with going to a prom is the exchange of flowers with the person with whom you are going to the dance.

The word “prom” is a shortened form of the word “promenade,” a term that referred to the formal march that guests made upon entering the place where a formal ball was held. In the early 1900’s, proms were important, special, but quite simple compared to today’s standards.

With the arrival of the car in the 1920’s and 1930’s, high school students embraced the freedom that driving gave them. The availability of other luxuries helped prom become a high school event of huge importance.

By the 1950’s, the post World War II economic climate saw things differently, and proms became a teenage rite of passage, something every high school student dreamed about because attendance at a prom was a sign of a student’s popularity and social standing among their peers, and throughout the community. Planning for this event required considerable forethought, and students planned shopping trips to find the best and most beautiful outfit their parents could afford to buy for them.

Things to Consider in Choosing the Perfect Corsage or Hand-Ried Bouquet

  • Try to find out the color of the dress. It’s always important to try to match the flowers to the color of a girl’s dress. If a girl is buying a boutonniere for a guy, she should try to find out what color his suit, shirt and tie are so she can coordinate the boutonniere with the colors her date is wearing.
  • Before choosing a corsage that you pin onto clothing, try to find out whether the girl is wearing a strapless dress or one with spaghetti straps. If that information isn’t available, consider a wrist corsage or hand-tied bouquet. Neutral colors will go with anything, so you won’t go wrong by sticking with white, cream or blush-colored flowers.

Our Jeweled Wrist Corsage is a beautiful prom gift for any girl. We offer a lot of variation in flower color and the type of bracelet, so you can customize this delightful gift just for your date.

Jeweled Wrist Corsage

Jeweled Wrist Corsage

It has become customary now to get hand-tied bouquets for senior prom. We can coordinate with you on your dress color to create a unique and customary elegant bouquet of seasonal flowers hand wrapped with a matching ribbon. 

Seasonal Hand-Tied Bouquet

Seasonal Hand-Tied Bouquet

If you’re going to prom, be sure to order your corsage, boutonniere, or hand tied bouquet ahead of time so that you can take advantage of our large selection. Nanz & Kraft Florists has a variety of spectacular floral arrangements just for this occasion, and you can customize your flowers to create a unique gift for your date.

 

The Top 7 Easter Flower Gift Ideas

thumbnail-1The Christian holiday of Easter is celebrated in the spring and brings an energy of hope, joy, rebirth and new beginnings. Not surprisingly, the flowers of springtime are often associated with Easter as well. Consider giving these flowers as gifts to your loved ones for Easter this year:

Easter Lily

Easter Lily

1. Lilies

Lilies bring a beautiful, uplifting energy to the home, and the white lily in particular is considered a traditional Easter Flower. Lilies symbolize hope, love and purity, and the white lily represents Christ’s resurrection three days after crucifixion. Lilies are also associated with Jesus’ virgin mother Mary. Giving white lilies for Easter is the traditional flower gift for this holiday.

 

XOXO Tulips

XOXO Tulips

 

2. Tulips

Tulip is a quintessential spring flower and considered by some to symbolize love and passion. Tulips are an excellent way to say “I love you” during Easter or any time of year. Consider sending white or pink tulips, or convey even more passion by sending a bold, brightly-colored arrangement.

 

Pink Mini Cube

Pink Mini Cube

3. Carnations

Carnations bring a joyful exuberance when given as a gift either on their own or mixed with other spring blooms. Consider white and pastel colored carnations for your Easter gift giving this year.

 

Early Morning Rain

Early Morning Rain

 

4. Daffodil

The daffodil is another popular spring flower that is often gifted during the Easter season. Their bright yellow color immediately uplifts a room and brightens the spirits of all who see them. Giving daffodils indicates that you have strong feelings for someone, which can range from respect to romantic love.

5. Daisy

Dashing Daisies

Dashing Daisies

Daisies also bring a special significance to Easter celebrations. They are traditionally white in color and have a sweet smell that symbolizes the peace and purity of the Easter season. Consider letting daisies exude the energy of spring and new beginnings as you send your Easter floral gifts.

 

6. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum are similar to daisies but with more detail and adornment in their petals and overall look. They are available in a variety of colors (including white) and mix well with other blooms to make a stunning Easter arrangement.

 

7. Hyacinth

Bulb Garden

Bulb Garden

The hyacinth is a unique, fragrant flower with a reverent aura that’s perfect for the holiday of Easter. They come in a variety of colors and can be the perfect way to celebrate the rebirth of the spring season. Consider sending a Spring’s Promise Bulb Garden, which features hyacinth along with a daffodil and tulip in a decorative basket with butterfly accent.

 

These seven special spring flowers offer a variety of ways to surprise your loved ones this Easter. Contact Nanz & Kraft for more Easter flower and gift ideas.

 

Fun Tulip Facts

shutterstock_248293039Spring has sprung, and one of the flowers that seems to scream spring is the tulip. However, what do you know about this popular flower? Become a tulip expert and impress a friend or loved one with your knowledge when you send them a gorgeous bouquet of this fantastic spring flower.

  • Even though tulips are thought of as a Dutch flower, they actually originated in central Asia—likely Turkey.
  • There was a time when tulips were so trendy and popular among Europe’s royals and elite families, that they were the most expensive flowers in the world. This makes a standard bouquet today seem very affordable in comparison!
  • Not all tulips are the same. Actually, there are 3000 different varieties, colors and types—leading to many options for decorating and gift giving with this gorgeous flower.
  • Tulips smell beautifully, of course, but some of the varieties have different scents. Tulips have been cultivated that have fruity scents—that invoke the scent of apricot or peach.
  • While you may not want to eat a standard tulip bouquet delivered for decoration, tulips are actually edible and certain types are cultivated as an accent for salads and other culinary uses.
  • In the United States, tulips are very popular today, but they did not actually arrive to the country until the 1800’s. In this case, the country lagged far behind Europe in the tulip craze.
  • When you think about the beautiful smell of tulips, you may find it hard to believe that tulips are closely related to lilies and actually belong to the same family of plants as onions.
XOXO Tulips

XOXO Tulips

Now that you know some fun facts about the tulip, why not check them out in person? Call or contact Nanz & Kraft Florists and arrange for a delivery of tulips to someone special, or even yourself—there is no better way to say “spring” than with flowers!

Flowers for St. Patrick’s Day

social copyNanz & Kraft is pulling out the stops to make sure our flower shop has plenty of green plants and flowers to help our Louisville customers brighten eyes with smiles. St. Patrick’s Day began as a day on which to honor St. Patrick, the “Patron Saint of Ireland,” and the Apostle of Ireland. Although the idea of honoring St. Patrick is firmly entrenched in Irish tradition throughout the world, the man who became St. Patrick wasn’t Irish born. He was born in Britain, the son of a slave-owning aristocratic family sometime around 390 A.D.

The story of St. Patrick began with the Pagan religion. There are no records offering a glimpse into his early life. His letters show that Christians captured him – somewhere around Scotland or Wales, possibly even outside Ireland. His captors took him to Ireland where he became a slave. Many years later, he escaped and went back to Britain.

St. Patrick’s Day festivities have evolved into major celebrations. In communities with large Irish-American populations, municipal officials go all out to create fun events to appeal to everyone. Days typically start with parades. Rivers are often dyed bright green, in keeping with the theme of Irish green. Pubs serve Irish specialties, and green beer flows abundantly.

The Meaning of the Shamrock

St. Patrick was a cleric and a bishop before the Pope of the time, beatified him. As a Christian teacher, he used the shamrock – a three-leaf plant, to teach his students about the holy trinity. As a result, the shamrock became the symbol of St. Patrick, and a symbol of Ireland. A shamrock is supposed to bring people good luck.

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Shamrock Surprise

 

Delight someone with a long-lasting Shamrock Surprise. We go all out for this bit of Irish luck. We plant it in a green ceramic cube, accent it with a shamrock-patterned ribbon, and top it off with a darling leprechaun figurine.

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Beer Mug Bouquet

 

If you really want to surprise someone, give him or her our charming Beer Mug Bouquet. We give this mug an authentic look by using amber-colored water and foam, to create the illusion of a full mug of beer. The beer Stein is topped off with a mound of pure white carnations that could easily be mistaken for beer foam. This is the perfect gift for a beer enthusiast in your life.

Leprechaun Topiary

Leprechaun Topiary

Dress up your office, or dress up a friend by sending them a “Love You, Leprechaun” Ivy Topiary. This lush green plant is sure to brighten any room, and the darling Leprechaun accent is a fun, hopefully lucky charm for the recipient.

 

How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

footer-590pxNational Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated in America on the first Friday of March each year. Scheduling this holiday on everyone’s favorite weekday makes great sense, as both staff and management are excited about the prospect of a couple days off for the weekend. The fact that this holiday is in March, just as winter is about to start giving way to spring, makes spring flowers an excellent choice for Employee Appreciation Day gift-giving.

Dazzle

Dazzle

Say it with Tulips

Tulips are the quintessential flower of spring, and they are available in a range of bright, beautiful colors to suit every taste and preference. Bring an atmosphere of cheer and gratitude to your workplace this National Employee Appreciation Day by adorning your office with bouquets featuring bright tulips on their own or arranged with other bright spring blooms.

Daisies, Asters and Sunflowers

Few flowers exude sunny cheer like daisies, asters and sunflowers. With a round, sun-like center and cheerful radiating petals, these flowers exude warmth and charm wherever you place them. Daisies, asters and sunflowers can be the perfect way to bring the sunshine into your office and make your employees feel truly valued and appreciated.

Flowering Gardens and Baskets

Butterfly Orchid

Butterfly Orchid

Another way to honor your employees this year and let them know they’re valued is by giving them a dish garden or blooming flower basket. Give the gift that keeps on giving; a garden or basket will remind your employees how much they are appreciated every time they look at it, and it is the perfect addition to a desk, office, break room or other work environment.

Your employees are the heart and soul of your business, the engine that makes it grow, thrive and stay profitable. Without them, your business could not be what it is today. Take the time before the first week of March to order your gift arrangement for delivery on the first Friday of the month. Few flowers exude happiness and joy like spring flowers, and any of the spring choices highlighted here can lift the spirits of your staff and let them know they’re truly appreciated.

If you have any questions or are ready to place your order, contact Nanz & Kraft Florists for more information.

 

Give the Gift of Violets this February

shutterstock_196566356You might be surprised at just how much meaning and significance the humble little violet has in both ancient cultures and modern day America. The violet symbolizes the rebirth and renewal that comes with spring; it also exudes humility, modesty, faithfulness and the joys of new love. While white violets offer a spirit of innocence and purity, purple violets touch on the spectrum of deeper love.

Stories of the Heart

The heart-shaped leaves of the violet made early apothecaries believe it could be used to treat heart disease and even mend broken hearts. Because of this, it was used as an aphrodisiac and “love potion.” Some forms of Mediterranean violets smell so sweet that their oil is used in perfumes, and the ancient Romans were known to make wine from the violet.

Violets were also extremely prevalent in Greek mythology, showing up in a number of myths and stories. Athens was even referred to as the “Violet-Crowned City,” and violets are connected with stories about Ion, Persephone, Earth Mother Demeter, Pluto, Orpheus, Venus and Cupid. While the appearance of violets in dreams can signify upcoming good fortune and that your future lover may be younger than you, it is also associated with remembrance and resurrection after an ending.

Significance in the United States

The violet is the state flower of four American states: New Jersey, Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Illinois. It is also the birth flower for the month of February. Giving violets as a gift can convey thoughtfulness, subtlety, dignity and grace. It is an understated but elegant gift for just about any occasion and an especially nice touch if the recipient has a February birthday:

Delightful Violets. The beautiful Delightful Violets basket features three potted African violets artfully nestled together in with butterfly and bow accents in a a lovely white handled basket. Violet colors range in from purple to blue to pink and white.

Violet Basket. Giving the Violet Basket as a gift means the recipient will receive an abundance of charming potted African violets all nestled close to one another within a 12″ basket. Silk ivy leaves along with a sheer ribbon plus sweet bird accent create the perfectly adorned gift basket.

Blooming Spring Garden. Violets also dazzle as part of an arrangement with other vibrant flowers. The Blooming Spring Garden features African violets along with kalanchoe, mums and ivy accents.

Contact Nanz & Kraft Florists today for more information or to place your violet gift order.