May 15

Spruce Up Your Spring Flowerbeds

Spring is the perfect time to get out there and do a little bit of work to your flowerbeds.  Maybe they’re looking a bit rough or you’ve decided you want to give them a fresh look.  Here are a few different ways to spruce up those spring flowerbeds and give your garden a brand new look.

If you use wooden timbers, posts, stakes, or other items to outline or decorate your garden, you may need to replace some of them.  This is especially true if you’re using untreated wood, which can rot over time.  Some wooden items can also get broken or cracked during the cold winter months.  You might also want to give them a fresh coat of paint.

Another good idea is to put down some new mulch.  You’ll want to remove the old mulch and any other debris first, then spread your new layer.

Spring is the right time to plant and move some flowers, bushes, and trees.  Remember to only move them while they are dormant, not while they are in bloom.

Clean up your pots and planters.  Give them a good washing.  While you’re at it, you might want to wash or sweep off your porch, deck, benches, lawn furniture, etc.

Finally, think about adding a few new decorations to your flowerbeds.  These can include bird feeders, small statues, gazing balls, pink flamingos…just about anything that catches your eye.  Be sure you use items that are weatherproofed, though, or they may get destroyed easily.  You might also think about stringing some outdoor lights or lanterns, especially if you’re going to be entertaining outdoors.

While you’re sprucing up your flowerbeds, why not spruce up the indoors, too?  Let us bring the spring indoors with spring flowers in Kansas City, MO.

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May 09

Why Mom Deserves Her Day

This Sunday, May 13th, is Mother’s Day.  Are you ready to show mom how much you love and appreciate everything she’s done for you?  You still have time to make plans!  Some people might wonder why mom deserves an entire day to herself.  The answer to that should be pretty obvious: mom has done so much for us!

Remember when you were growing up and you needed someone.  The first person you most likely turned to was your mom.  As a kid, mom was your constant cheerleader, nurse, chauffeur, chef, and much more.  Without her, where would you be today?  It’s thanks to mom that you grew up to become the person you are now.

Mom was, most likely, your primary caretaker when you were an infant.  While today sees more stay at home dads, this is a fairly recent trend.  Mom fed you, changed you, and was probably the one getting up in the middle of the night when you cried.

Most of us learned to ride a bike at some point or another, and inevitably we fell off and skin up our knees.  Usually it was mom with a band-aid and a kiss to make it all better.  She cleaned us up when we were dirty, fixed us up when we got hurt, and always encouraged us to get back up and try again.

As we grew up, mom continued to do more and more for us.  She’s the one who often drove us to soccer, dance, or choir practice.  She was always there to get us after school when we missed the bus or when we needed to stay late for an after-school activity.

Even as adults we often call on our mothers for advice.  Sometimes it’s something easy like asking for a cooking tip, but sometimes we need mom to come help us out of a bad situation.  Whether we need a little pick me up financially or just someone to listen to our problems, mom is only a phone call away.

Mom has always been there for us in many different ways.  It doesn’t seem enough to honor her only once a year.  Fortunately, you don’t have to always wait until Mother’s Day to send her a lovely bouquet of flowers or just to tell her “thanks for being my mom.”  Be sure to honor her on Mother’s Day, her birthday, and any time of the year you feel like telling her you love her.  Let us help you with your Mother’s Day flowers in Kansas City, MO.

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May 08

Mother’s Day Meal Ideas

Are you ready for Mother’s Day?  One of the biggest parts of the day seems to be the meal.  While it’s not like Thanksgiving or Christmas, taking mom out to eat or cooking her a meal is part of how most people celebrate Mother’s Day.  So what are you doing for mom?  Here are a few ideas for your Mother’s Day meal.

If you’re going out:
•    Go to mom’s favorite restaurant.
•    Go to a restaurant that’s having a special Mother’s Day brunch or menu.  Moms usually get a special treat at these restaurants.
•    Make your reservations early!
•    Think about going to brunch.  This early meal can help you avoid crowds.
•    Likewise, a late lunch or early dinner is fine if mom’s okay with it.

If you’re cooking dinner:
•    Ask mom what special food she’d like to have.
•    Plan the menu in advance so you’re not stressing over it.
•    Buy what groceries you can early so you aren’t scrambling through the grocery store on Sunday morning.
•    Have some healthy snacks (and some sweets) on hand for after lunch or dinner.  That way, you’ll have something to munch on while chatting with mom.

Like most holiday meals, Mother’s Day lunch or dinner cam be a little stressful if you’re not prepared.  It’s not that hard, though, with some preparation and thought.

Let us help make your Mother’s Day table look amazing with a bouquet of bright flowers.  We’ve got plenty of Mother’s Day flowers for delivery in Kansas City, MO!

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May 08

Mother’s Day Meal Ideas

Are you ready for Mother’s Day?  One of the biggest parts of the day seems to be the meal.  While it’s not like Thanksgiving or Christmas, taking mom out to eat or cooking her a meal is part of how most people celebrate Mother’s Day.  So what are you doing for mom?  Here are a few ideas for your Mother’s Day meal.

If you’re going out:
•    Go to mom’s favorite restaurant.
•    Go to a restaurant that’s having a special Mother’s Day brunch or menu.  Moms usually get a special treat at these restaurants.
•    Make your reservations early!
•    Think about going to brunch.  This early meal can help you avoid crowds.
•    Likewise, a late lunch or early dinner is fine if mom’s okay with it.

If you’re cooking dinner:
•    Ask mom what special food she’d like to have.
•    Plan the menu in advance so you’re not stressing over it.
•    Buy what groceries you can early so you aren’t scrambling through the grocery store on Sunday morning.
•    Have some healthy snacks (and some sweets) on hand for after lunch or dinner.  That way, you’ll have something to munch on while chatting with mom.

Like most holiday meals, Mother’s Day lunch or dinner cam be a little stressful if you’re not prepared.  It’s not that hard, though, with some preparation and thought.

Let us help make your Mother’s Day table look amazing with a bouquet of bright flowers.  We’ve got plenty of Mother’s Day flowers for delivery in Kansas City, MO!

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May 01

Fun Mother’s Day Gifts

Are you looking for something a little different for Mother’s Day?  There are some fun gifts out there that mom will really love and enjoy, but you have to think outside the box.  Go for something a little bit different this year and give mom one of these fun gifts.

If mom loves gadgets, get her an iPad, iPhone, or Kindle.  Kindles and other eBook readers are especially popular with moms who spend a lot of time using public transportation or who have a lot of free time on their hands between meetings or other engagements.  Add some of her favorite authors to the reader to get her virtual library started.

Another fun gadget for mom is a Nintendo Wii.  Mom can exercise with Wii Fit, play different dance and karaoke games, and much more.  The Wii is a fun video game system that appeals to everyone.  Plus, it does more than just video games—mom can watch her Netflix through the Wii.

Does mom like to see the latest blockbusters?  How about getting her a gift card to her favorite theater?  Or, if you want to spend more time with mom, give her a handmade certificate good for a movie and snacks with you.

Look for some unique jewelry and artwork on sites like Etsy.com.  Etsy lets individuals set up online stores and sell their arts and crafts.  Much of what you find on the side is one of a kind since it’s homemade.  You can find just about anything on the site.

If your mom loves cooking and baking, get her a fully stocked spice rack.  This is a double gift—she gets a spice rack to organize her kitchen, plus it’s already stocked so she can start baking and cooking right away.

These are all unique and different gifts that your mom will really enjoy.  They’re practical, useful, and fun.  Of course, don’t forget a nice bouquet of flowers.  We will deliver your Mother’s Day flowers in Kansas City, MO, on May 13th!

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Apr 25

Is What You See Really What You Get When It Comes to Flowers?

f you look on many florist websites (our included), you’ll see amazing images like the one below, which is Teleflora’s Queens Court arrangement.  Teleflora provides this image and the directions for making it to all of their associates.  But then look at image two…if you order Queens Court from us, that’s what you’ll receive.  It looks a bit different, doesn’t it?

Why do they look so different?  The answer is marketing!  Now take a look at images 3A, 3B, and 3C.

In 3A, our floral designers created a version of Queens Court that closely matches that Teleflora image.  It looks amazing, doesn’t it?  But then look at the back and side of this arrangement.  It’s obviously not as pretty from those angles.  These flowers also sat in a cooler for a few days, which helps the blossoms open fully and makes the entire arrangement look fuller.  This arrangement uses the exact same flowers as image 2 above!

What’s up with this?  Image 1 from Teleflora and our recreated arrangement in Image 3 WERE MADE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED!

This is why both arrangements can be made with the same recipe but look so different. If we delivered the bouquet in Image 3A the recipient would feel they had been sent half a flower arrangement.

Most of the pictures you see online, including some of ours, are designed “one sided” specifically to be photographed. They are professionally photographed in a studio using high end equipment under ideal lighting conditions. The images are then digitally enhanced to remove any imperfections. No wonder they look so good—they’re like celebrities who have been airbrushed so not a single blemish shows!

The arrangements to be photographed are also created using fully opened blooms, which makes them appear fuller. If the arrangement were delivered at that stage of maturity, the vase life would be unacceptable.

The result is a breathtaking two dimensional photograph. The problem is, you are buying a three dimensional bouquet that will be enjoyed from many angles. It will be created with blooms that are less open. Some blooms may be closed, opening a few days after delivery. We hope the bouquet will last 5-10 days for the recipient, not 2-3 days.

These kinds of pictures, although beautiful, are causing people to feel disillusioned and cheated. The flower buyer begins to mistrust the local florist. The local florist is trying to create a beautiful bouquet that will please both the sender and recipient. We would like the recipient to like the arrangement so much that they think of Village Gardens when they wish to send flowers.
If any local florist created bouquets to match these staged pictures and look like them from every angle, they won’t be around long to take care of your future occasions.

Our promise is to start posting real photos of real bouquets on our website.  They won’t look like the amazing arrangements that are designed to be photographed.  Instead, they will look like real arrangements and match what we deliver.  That’s how it should be, and that’s what we promise.

Real pictures of real bouquets for real people. This will take some time. Until then, please be assured that Village Gardens will fill every order to the full value of what you have paid. YOUR 100% SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED.

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Apr 23

Why Administrative Professionals Deserve a Week of Appreciation

This week is Administrative Professionals Week, and Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day.  Some people question why these professionals are given their own day, never mind a week.  If you’ve had an administrative professional, however, you know exactly how awesome they can be.  He or she has made unpleasant phone calls, turned the mess of a schedule into a perfectly timed masterpiece, and dealt with those annoying clients who come into your office angry.  There are many reasons why administrative professionals deserve this week of appreciation.

•    They keep your office running year-round.  Administrative professionals keep all of your records, answer the phones, take messages, schedule meetings, call tech support, make sure everyone has all the supplies they need, and much, much more.  If it needs doing, chances are your administrative professional does it or can learn to do it very quickly.

•    They keep up with new technology.  Administrative professionals have to know the latest updates, and they often train others on these new programs.  They also need to know a good number of different programs: scheduling, databases, spreadsheets, word processing, and more.

•    They keep your office’s information.  If you need to know something, your administrative professional has it, and if they don’t have it on hand, they know where to find it.

•    He or she is your personal gatekeeper.  Your schedule is often very full, and you may not be able to meet with every client personally.  Your administrative professional handles basic client needs and decides who is important enough to get a small slice of your personal time.  Without this, you would spend hours meeting with clients.

•    In small offices or departments, administrative professionals do budgeting and keep financial records.  They have to know basic accounting and be able to keep things sorted and organized.

•    They do thankless tasks.  No one likes to do some of the tasks that need to be done in an office.  Filing, checking documents for errors, and doing mass mailings can be boring, tedious tasks.  These are often tasks that fall to the administrative professional.  Next time you pass off one of these jobs to them, remember to show your appreciation.

•    Once again, they keep your office running.  When it comes right down to it, your administrative professionals makes certain your office doesn’t fall apart.  Without them, you would find yourself overwhelmed with the many day to day tasks necessary to keep everything going.  So remember to thank your administrative professional this week.  They work hard, and they deserve it!

Let us help you thank them!  Be sure to send flowers for Administrative Professionals Day in Kansas City, MO.

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Apr 17

Show Your Administrative Professionals How Much They’re Appreciated

Administrative Professionals Day is April 25th, next Wednesday.  The entire week is actually Administrative Professionals Week.  This is the time to thank those who work hard to keep your office running all year ‘round.  There are a lot of different ways to show them how much they’re appreciated.

Take them out to lunch.  In fact, the entire office could go out to lunch.  While you might not want to pay for everyone’s meals, definitely pick up the tab for your administrative professionals.

Have snacks or dessert delivered to the office.  You could even have a small office party in the late afternoon.  Have an ice cream bar or, if your office is more health-conscious, fruit and veggie trays.  You could also cater breakfast.

Have flowers delivered to your administrative professional’s desk.  This way, he or she gets to be the center of attention and will have a nice bouquet of flowers for a week or more.  Adding a balloon or two to the bouquet makes for a very festive arrangement.

Get them a gift.  This might be some kind of small item that goes with one of their hobbies, or you could get them something nice for their desk.  If you’re not sure what they might like, you can give them a gift card.

Another alternative to a gift (or in addition to a gift) is a small cash bonus.  This doesn’t have to be a lot, but don’t go below about $25 or you’ll look very cheap.

Give them the afternoon or entire day off.  Let your administrative professional have a break!  Make it Friday and let them have a three-day weekend so they can rest and relax a bit.

We’ll help you with your administrative professionals day flowers in Kansas City, MO!

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Apr 10

Keep Your Spring Flowers Fresh Longer

The spring means more flowers are blooming and looking beautiful, but it also means that the heat is here to take its toll on indoor cut flowers. The fact is that any extreme temperature, hot or cold, is damaging to your cut flowers.  However, there are some things you can do to keep them lasting longer and looking beautiful.

Flowers delivered by a professional florist are normally cut before the bloom.  This means that they will be fully open a day or two after they’re delivered.  This helps make sure the recipient gets to enjoy these flowers for as long as possible.  Flowers are almost always shipped express delivery so that the florist has them within a day of the flowers being cut.  Any flower that hasn’t been sold within several days will be discarded, as will any flower that starts to look a little droopy or wilted.

Here are some other tips for keeping your fresh flowers lasting longer.

•    Change the water if it starts to look cloudy or yellow.  This means bacteria are growing in it!
•    If you rearrange your flowers, change the water at the same time.
•    Always fill the vase with warm water.
•    Use distilled water or filtered water if at all possible.  Some of the chemicals added to tap water aren’t good for flowers.
•    Re-cut the stems every three days.  Cut off one to two inches, cutting at an angle.  Be sure to cut them under water so they don’t draw in air.
•    When re-cutting your flowers, remember that they will be shorter.  Remove any leaves that will now be in the water because they can provide a place for bacteria to grow.
•    If you have flower food, add 10 grams each time you change the water.
•    You can add a little bit of sugar to the water to help strengthen the stems.  Don’t add too much, though.
•    Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and away from anything that gives off heat.
•    On the other hand, don’t put flowers right under the air conditioner vent, either.  Cold air blowing on them is just as bad as hot.
•    If you’re putting your arrangement in a new vase, be sure it’s large enough.  Trying to cram a large bouquet into a small vase or down a small neck can damage the stems.
•    Likewise, don’t place a small bouquet into a large vase.  The stems won’t have much support.

We’re ready to provide all your spring flowers in Kansas City, MO.

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Apr 03

Healthy Alternatives to Easter Candy

Kids love Easter egg hunts, but some parents don’t.  Usually the plastic eggs are filled with candy, and kids can eat an awful lot of it if they find a lot of eggs.  While there’s usually not as much candy as there is at Halloween, they can still get a good sugar rush.  While you might not be able to control what they get at other egg hunts, you can fill your own eggs and their Easter baskets with some healthy alternatives.  Here are some ideas.

For eggs:

•    Small crayons and erasers
•    Mini boxes of raisins
•    Jelly beans
•    Coins
•    Small toys (for older children)
•    Pictures of toy prizes (if the prizes are too large to fit in eggs, or if the children are too young for small toys)
•    A small baggie of trail mix
•    If you do go with chocolate, get dark chocolate – it’s healthier
•    Sidewalk chalk
•    Stickers
•    Peanuts, pecans, almonds, or pistachios

For your Easter baskets, here are some healthy options:

•    Fruit
•    Muffins
•    Pencils and other drawing supplies
•    Puzzles
•    A disposable camera
•    Beading kits
•    Books
•    A DVD
•    A new stuffed animal
•    Gardening tools and some seeds

Don’t forget to order Easter flowers in Kansas City, MO.

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