Three Fun Facts About the “Sweetest Day” Holiday

sweetest day bouquetThe Sweetest Day is a holiday which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed. The Sweetest Day is typically celebrated around the Great Lakes region and surrounding areas, as well as sections of the Northeast. The holiday is observed on the third Saturday in October.

Here are three fun facts you probably didn’t know about Sweetest Day!

1. Sweetest Day dates back all the way to October of 1921, when 12 confectioners got together and formed a committee. As the National Confectioners Committee, the group handed out over 20,000 boxes of chocolate to the poor, the sick and the indigent. This was the beginning of what would soon become Sweetest Day, a holiday celebrated all across the Northeast!

2. Over the years, jobs that require travel and an increase in populations spreading to other locations has caused a drastic increase in the amount of people who celebrate Sweetest Day. It’s popularity has grown to the point that Hallmark franchises have increased their Sweetest Day card selection from just 48 cards per store in 2000 to 142 cards per store in 2004. In 2008, Hallmark reported selling over 200 Sweetest Day cards across all of their franchises- acknowledging the widespread growth of the holiday.

3. Although Sweetest Day originated in Ohio and has been traditionally a holiday celebrated by those in the Northeast, recent studies show that the three states that purchase the most gifts to celebrate Sweetest Day are actually Texas, California and Florida! No Northeastern states at all make the list!

Regardless of where you live, Sweetest Day is a time of year to show appreciation and love for people in your life. Nothing says “I Love You” or “I Appreciate You” like a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts- the leader in online floral delivery in the Colorado area for decades.

This “You’re Special” bouquet from Veldkamp’s Flowers is a great selection for that special someone in your life this Sweetest Day. Eye-catching orange roses and Asiatic lilies are accented with burgundy chrysanthemums and lush greens to create an exceptional flower bouquet are arranged in an exquisite designer chestnut cut glass vase. A “special” way to celebrate Sweetest Day

In true Sweetest Day spirit, this “Godiva 19 Piece Assorted Chocolates” is the perfect way to honor the tradition of Sweetest Day while still showing the loved ones in your life how much you care. A box of chocolates was the first Sweetest Day gift and what started the holiday, making it an ideal gift for any special someone this October 19th.

The Secret to Flowers on National Boss’ Day

money treeNational Boss’ Day became a holiday in 1958, the year in which it was officially registered with the U.S.. Chamber of Commerce. The idea for the holiday was the brain child of an employee in the Deerfield, Illinois State Farm Insurance office. Patricia Bays Haroski was working under her father at the time, and what she saw as she watched him work, persuaded her that there ought to be a designated holiday on which to show bosses or other supervisors, that their employees appreciated them.

Inspired by watching her father, as he ran their State Farm office, she saw her father face almost constant set backs, challenges and difficulties, and he never lost sight of the fact that his role was to guide, inspire and motivate his employees despite all the seemingly insurmountable roadblocks he encountered.

Mrs. Haroski chose October 16th for the holiday because it also happened to be her father’s birthday. Today, the national observance is always on October 16th, and if that date falls on a weekend, the holiday is observed on the closest business day.

The idea of celebrating National Boss’ Day has spread beyond American soil. It is now celebrated in Australia, Great Britain and South Africa.

People typically show their appreciation by giving their boss token gifts and cards. Since people don’t want to get too personal in their gift giving, a plant is the perfect gift. It is suitable for a male or female boss, and it is something that will last and allow your boss to enjoy it long after National Boss’s Day – or the week during which it is observed.

If you believe in Feng Shui, then the Money Tree is the perfect plant to give to your boss. It is known by the botanical name Pachira acquatica. The braided trunk is supposed to be a symbol of good luck, and if you want to give your boss an offering that is believed to bring good luck, then this is the perfect gift. Because of its unusual appearance, people frequently make comments about it. This interesting good luck gift is something the whole office can talk about and enjoy.

3 Types of Fall Flowers

fall flower arrangementFall typically conjures up images of traditional autumn colors, taken from pumpkins, squash, gourds, or the changing colors of leaves. Those colors translate into flowers, and you will find many different types of flowers to use for centerpieces, to place on end tables, console tables, or anywhere else where you’d like to bring that seasonal feeling into your home.

The Country Pumpkin Bouquet from your Denver Florist, Veldkamp’s, represents the essence of fall, by using a ceramic pumpkin in place of a vase, and filling it with Gerbera daisies in orange, golden-colored mums and pom poms, and burnt orange or brown daisies. The addition of greenery, yellow leaves and berries make this the perfect choice to grace your dining room table, to create a focal point on your living room coffee table, or on a console table at the entrance to your home.

Although people tend to think of mums when thinking about fall flowers, there are countless other possibilities that can add the harvest warmth to any area of your home. A tall vase filled with giant yellow sunflowers, or a small vase filled with yellow, brown, or orange daisies will look lovely on a small table in the kitchen.

Day-lilies are always abundant, and you may even still have orange day-lilies in bloom in your back or front yard. Golden colored yarrow is the perfect addition to a fall bouquet, or to use on its own, and the best part of choosing yarrow is that you can dry it and display it all season long.

If you’re looking for something more formal, don’t discount the possibility of using roses. There are spectacular roses in ivory, yellow, many shades of orange, or deep red that will create that harvest feeling, while maintaining the formal feeling that is associated with roses.

When choosing flowers for any occasion throughout autumn, embrace the colors of the season, and think about those lush, earthy, warm and inviting colors that you’ll see everywhere as the leaves on trees, shrubs, and other plants change color. Don’t be afraid to combine different colors and different kinds of flowers. The harvest is all about abundance, and you can use that in creating other beautiful arrangements to transform your house into a warm and inviting home.

3 Care Tips for Keeping Sunflowers

autumn sunflowersThe sunflower is a very impressive plant to grow and looks beautiful in any garden. Most people appreciate the beauty of the sunflower but few people know how to grow and care for them. Luckily, sunflower care is not very complicated at all. Here are some tips to help your sunflowers stay healthy.

Sunflowers are extremely sensitive to the amount of sunlight they obtain, hence their name. They are also sensitive to the amount of water they should receive on a daily basis. It is crucial that sunflowers get ample sunlight but do not get overwatered. They should be checked regularly to make sure they are in moist soil and should be planted in an area that gets a fair amount of sunlight on a daily basis.

Another important thing to check when trying to grow a beautiful sunflower is that the plant stays stable during its growth process. Sunflowers can grow several feet in height, so making sure they stay stable throughout the growing process is crucial to making sure the roots remain intact and that the sunflower does not topple over. Using ties and rope to stabilize the sunflower stem can help give the flower stability once it reaches a certain height.

If you are growing a field of sunflowers, it is important to space the flowers far enough apart that they do not compromise the integrity of the other flowers. When two or more sunflowers are planted near each other and they begin to grow into each other, it may be needed to prune some of the petals from one of the flowers, or even trim down an entire flower in order to not compromise the growth of the other flowers.

Veldkamp’s Flowers is the premier Denver flower delivery company and provides many beautiful sunflower arrangements! This “Autumn Sophistication” arrangement is a gorgeous sunflower arrangement perfect for fall!

The Secret to Sending Flowers on Grandparent’s Day

Lavender Dreams ArrangementEvery day is a great day to send someone you love a beautiful arrangement of flowers, but Grandparent’s Day is the one day of the year to show the grandparents in your life just how much you love them. With Veldkamps Flowers offering same-day hand delivery in Denver, Colorado and nationwide, flower delivery is as easy as finding the perfect arrangement online, entering in some information and then sending it on its way to that special someone! Floral arrangements are the perfect way to put a smile on your grandparents face this year!

Got a grandfather who loves trucks? This “’48 Ford Pickup” arrangement from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts is the perfect choice! This whimsical bouquet is arranged in a reusable keepsake ceramic replica of the classic 1948 Ford pickup. Yellow daisies, orange roses, red carnations and purple statice are mixed with oregonia inside the bed of the truck. This arrangement is sure to make any grandfather smile.

For those looking for the perfect arrangement for Grandma, look no further than this beautiful “Lavender Dreams” bouquet from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts. Lovely long stemmed roses, daisy poms, stock, alstroemeria and monte casino in shades of pink and purple are all hand delivered in an ornate purple glass vase to bring out the vibrant color of the flowers. This beautiful arrangement will make any grandmother feel special on Grandparent’s Day!

This “Be Happy” bouquet from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts is a good choice to send to any grandparent. Arranged in a happy face mug full of roses and daisies, this floral gift is sure to make any relative smile.

What Flowers to Send for Back to School?

apple of my eye flower arrangementBack to school flowers are a great idea for children, college age students, bus drivers, teachers, spouses and more! A simple floral arrangement from Veldkamp’s Flowers, the local Denver florist is an easy way to show the special people in your life that you are thinking about them. With such a wide selection these days, you can find the perfect arrangement for just about anyone! With all of Veldkamp’s flower arrangements, Denver flower delivery is an easy way to show your loved ones that you care.

This “Apple of My Eye” basket arrangement is a beautiful and unique gift for a child, spouse or teacher. Daisy poms, solidago and variegated pittosporum in a charming handled basket, accented with bright red apples is a beautiful arrangement for any family member to buy for their favorite teacher!

This “Festive Big Hug” bouquet arrangement is the perfect choice for a child going to school for the first time. In this arrangement, pink gerbera daisies are surrounded by yellow Peruvian Lilies, fuchsia mini carnations, purple statice and lush greens perfectly presented in a ceramic light green vase hugged by an adorable brown plush bear.

Your children and the staff at your children’s school aren’t the only people who would be delighted to see a beautiful floral arrangement this back to school season. After a hectic summer, sending a floral arrangement to your spouse is a great way to say “I love you and I appreciate all that you do.” This “Perfectly Pastel” is the perfect choice to surprise your spouse this back to school season.

Also remember that if your child is going off to college we also offer nationwide delivery!

Send A Labor Day Message With Flowers

floral embrace flower arrangementOh no! Labor Day is Almost here. And you know what that means, summer is almost over. For most people it does, unofficially at least, mark the end of it all. The end of the balmy, sunny days, picnics and long weekends in the great outdoors, lazy days fishing and camping, cookouts, vacations, lightning bugs and flowers. On the other hand it also means the end of mosquitos, hot sweltering days and exorbitant air-conditioning bills. So either way you look at, Labor Day is a great excuse for celebration.Labor Day is always observed on the 1st Monday in September, which is on the 2nd this year. It all started in Oregon in 1887 and became a national holiday in 1894. It’s origins are a bit murky, but the day has a fascinating history involving unions, riots, Anarchists and Communists. That’s how they partied back in the day. But these days it’s a day of family reunions and barbecues.

A great way to send off the summer is with flowers. If you’re planning a get together, flower arrangements should be a part of your decor, almost a necessity for centerpieces. They’re beautiful, affordable, can be hand delivered right to your door nationwide from a well-known florist like Veldkamp’s Flowers & Gifts, and nothing adds that summery accent like flowers.

And, if you find you can’t make it to someone’s festivities, what better way to say you’re thinking of them and wish you were there than sending them a beautiful bouquet?

So wish Summer a fond farewell, enjoy some lovely flowers, and don’t feel too bad. It’ll be back next year.

Gift Ideas for an August Birthday

green leaf treeFinding the best gift ideas for an August birthday can put you in a tight spot, particularly when you just don’t know what to get someone. However, there is one solution that just about anyone will appreciate, especially if there is a big birthday celebration or summer blowout in the works.

Even if you can’t make it to the festivities, you can show that you care by planning a delivery or dropping by with a centerpiece of fresh cut green flowers or a live plant. Green is all around us in the summertime, but it is a special hue to those born in August, as their birthstone is the Peridot, an olive-green gemstone. As one of the few gemstones in nature to occur in only one color, Peridot is as unique as the people it represents.

Considering that every celebration needs a little decor, a floral gift, potted plant, or a majestic Ficus Tree will be much appreciated by the host and will add to the uniqueness of the gathering. Plants are widely popular August birthday gifts because they can last for years and bring the recipient joy for birthdays to come.

Show that special person you care with a gift that keeps on giving – order a green plant from your trusted local florist, Veldkamp’s Flowers & Gifts, who you can count on for the highest quality and reliable delivery.