The Pet Costume Contest Extravaganza!

pet costume contestDid you know that annually there is an average of $6 billion spent on Halloween-related purchases? Nearly $300 million of this is spent solely on pet costumes. That was last year, this year American consumers are projected to spend over $370 million on pet costumes. That’s a $70 million increase over last year and 40% more than 2010.

This means we will have far more dogs dressed as tacos, princesses, leprechauns and more cats dressed as spiders, frogs and dragons. Last year’s top sellers were hot dogs, demons and pumpkins.

We love this. We love the Halloween spirit and the hilarious, cute costumes that people dress their pets up in. So in honor of our furry friends we put together a contest for your own benefit! A pet costume contest to be exact. If you want to enter, here’s how you do it, and here’s how you can win!

If you want to compete in our pet costume contest head over to our site and enter a photo of your pet in their best costume, get friends to rate your photo and whomever ends up with the best rated photo will win a free bouquet!

The contest is over on the 31st so hurry up and get your photos posted and get to voting!

If you’re wanting to join but hard-pressed for ideas, this may give you a bit of inspiration!

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!

September Birthday Sapphire Flower Arrangements

blue flower arrangementSeptember marks a new month, a new season, and a new beginning for many. Fall is a glorious time with changes in the environment, summer fades to fall, and September is the one time of year we get to celebrate the people in our lives who are celebrating a birthday this very special month.

The birthstone of the month of September is the glorious blue sapphire and no florist has more sapphire themed choices than Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts! From beautiful blue flowers to bright blue vases, its easy to browse through the online assortment at Veldkamp’s and find the perfect arrangement for anyone, and with a same-day hand delivery to the Colorado area we’re just a click away!

This “All Wrapped Up” arrangement from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts is the ideal birthday gift for any loved one with a September birthday! In this bouquet, a buoyant blue and white polka dot ribbon encircles a hand-crafted cube vase arrangement of while lilies, blue delphinium and fresh greens, bringing to mind a beautifully wrapped gift box.

Got a wife with a birthday this September? How about this “Blue Hawaiian Floral Margarita” arrangement from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts? This assortment is bursting with different shades of blue and is tropical treat for the senses! Inspired by the popular Hawaiian cocktail, expert florists hand-arrange the freshest roses, blue delphinium and poms in an oversized margarita glass and top it with a faux pineapple pick and a paper umbrella.

How about a special man in your life with a September birthday? This nautical themed arrangement from Veldkamp’s Flowers and Gifts, the “Captain Carefree Bouqet”, is a great idea for fathers, husbands and sons! Delivered in a blue keepsake sailboat, this arrangement includes yellow spray roses, blue delphinium and white daisy spray chrysanthemums.

There are many different choices to brighten a “blue” day this September with a floral arrangement from Veldkamps Flowers and Gifts!

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!

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

Nosegay Wedding Bouquets

If you were to make a list of the most important ingredients for a wedding – minus the intangibles like love and patience – you’d get to flowers real fast. They’re not as critical as say, a bride or groom or the rings, but they’re heads and shoulders over some of the other trappings like candles, programs or string quartets.

Flowers can play a significant role, from the bride’s bouquet to smaller bouquets for bridesmaids to the groom’s boutonnieres to corsages for grandparents. Arrangements of flowers can be placed all around the church or hall, and the flower girl can sprinkle petals as the bride approaches. Even a small-scale wedding can be enhanced with fresh and colorful flowers.

Here’s a quick run-down of useful floral-related wedding options:

  • Real is better. Silk flowers are available, but there’s nothing that matches the look and feel of actual flowers.
  • You don’t have to splurge. Your wedding planner or floral specialist should give you several choices, not just colors or styles but possible costs for different budgets.
  • Colors abound. Any florist can find white flowers, from white roses to white carnations. But excellent florists can find combinations that match or complement the other colors at your event.
  • One size doesn’t fit all. Veldkamp’s Flowers in Denver, Colorado offers many options even where bouquets are concerned. There are hand-tied ones that include the stems and are an excellent choice for garden weddings, or nosegay bouquets, which are round, aromatic clusters of flowers and a trendy choice.

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.

Discover the Secret and Magical World of Orchids

White Phalaenopsis OrchidThe mystery and intrigue surrounding the orchid family is powerfully alluring for flower fans all over the world. Even those who don’t know the specific language surrounding the amazing universe of flowers, and orchids in particular, are often drawn to this truly unique family of flowers.

These flowers, which range from delicate to bold and powerful in appearance, make a statement about personality or some special quality about a person. When sending these expressive, long-lasting flowers, it is often a testament to the recipient’s inner beauty, strength and many other unique traits.

The Phalaenopsis Orchid is also known as the Moth Orchid.

Maybe a small five-point primer will help fans become more familiar with some of the facts about orchids that make them so special and worth a closer look and sniff before placing an order for Denver flower delivery.

  1. With well over 25,000 species of orchids growing on six continents, you can find orchids all over the world. Travel to deep jungles in Costa Rica, tropical and mainland Asia and many American regions to experience these glorious blooms in person.
  2. The Phalaenopsis Orchid, or the Moth orchid, is so-called because its simple and elegant blooms often look like moths in flight.
  3. One species of orchid mimics its intended suitor and pollinator. The Bee Orchid, or Ophrys apifera, blooms and looks like a bee, so attracting bees for pollination is as simple as blooming. However, this orchid has evolved and can now self-pollinate.
  4. Orchids can grow only to become as small as the head of a pin while others grow more than 10 feet high.
  5. The Vanilla Orchid is the only orchid grown specifically for commercial purposes.

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.