Don’t Forget to Order Thanksgiving Flowers!

Order Thanksgiving Flowers from Boesen

Thanksgiving is all about celebrating and expressing gratitude with family and friends. It is a time for loved ones to gather and share stories and food. The “good dishes” are pulled out from the cupboard, and an extravagantly indulgent meal is prepared. Whether your celebration is filled with dozens of friends and family members or just a few, Thanksgiving is a time to feast and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.

Floral arrangements and centerpieces help set the mood for the meal and celebration to follow. Warm colors accentuate the season and act as the perfect supporting cast to those highly anticipated family recipes. You have likely spent days creating your shopping list and preparing side dishes, so let Boesen make decorating easy! Visit our website and pick from a delightful assortment of Thanksgiving centerpieces and arrangements.

How to Decorate for Fall with Seasonal Plants

Porch Decorated for Fall with Plants

Fall ushers in crisp breezes and changing leaves. Brightly hued summer decorations are stored away in favor of plaids and muted fall colors. While there are many ways to decorate for autumn and the upcoming holidays, seasonal plants, foliage, pumpkins and gourds are popular themes that continuously withstand the test of time. Whether you are looking to create a festive mantel, an inviting front porch or a beautiful centerpiece, these are just some of the ways to incorporate richly colored plants and arrangements into your own autumn decor.

Bring the Warm Colors of Autumn into Your Home with Seasonal Plants

  • Create an autumn-inspired front porch. Artfully stagger mums, pumpkins and gourds down your front steps. For a more dramatic or modern look, quickly spray paint the pumpkins and gourds white or metallic to emphasize the beautiful colors of the mums.
  • Decorate your table. Pick out a seasonal centerpiece from Boesen and surround it with candles and miniature pumpkins.
  • Think outside the box. While mums are quintessentially fall, other house plants also provide beautiful fall colors. For example, certain varieties of the bromeliad plant — while tropical — are full of deep red, orange and yellow hues. The croton plant provides similar colors. Plus, both of these hardy plants are easy to care for indoors, and with proper care, will last you well past the fall season.
  • Order arrangements. Add pops of color throughout your home with beautiful arrangements. Autumn flowers and bouquets quickly bring the colors of fall into your home. From sunflowers to roses to daisies and beyond, fall-inspired arrangements are an incredibly easy way to bring the season into any room in your home.

For more inspiration, visit our website and explore our vast selection of seasonal plants and flowers.

Top Trends for Wedding Flowers

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When it comes time to choose wedding flowers, color schemes and individual wedding details undoubtedly come into play. However, just like wedding dress styles, wedding flower trends are constantly evolving. While flowers in general will always remain classic, these are the specific wedding flower trends to look for this year.

Wedding Flower Trends

  1. Foliage. Thanks in part to the spectacular Royal Wedding, foliage is huge this year and beyond. Gorgeous greenery is dominating table decor, and bouquets are full of foliage. Some brides are even opting to include herbs for subtle fragrance. Plus, not only is foliage aesthetically pleasing, it is also comparatively gentle on the budget.
  2. Locally Grown. With the increasing emphasis on all things environmentally friendly, locally grown flowers are trending in a big way. Freshly picked seasonal blooms are working their way into wedding decor and bouquets. These locally sourced flowers add a sense of personalization to ceremonies, while also being more green.
  3. Deep, Muted Tones. Rich, deep shades like burgundy and plum are currently being mixed with lighter shades like soft sage green — often in succulents and eucalyptus — to create eye-catching bouquets and arrangements. For formal weddings, these deep tones and extreme contrasts set a romantic tone.
  4. Smaller Bouquets. Smaller bouquets are tending to take center stage over large and cascading bridal bouquets. Smaller wedding bouquets put the focus on the dress, and they are often more flattering on camera. Brides are also choosing textured, unstructured bouquets, as well as tightly packed, hand-tied creations.
  5. Floral Decor. Floral wedding decor is trending away from uber-traditional centerpieces to items like floral and foliage garlands, wreaths and chandeliers. These unique, eye-catching items emphasize the natural beauty of the flowers and foliage. While floral arrangements will always be classic and beautiful, alternative floral decor is becoming increasingly popular.

Wedding flowers have the ability to transform a normal venue into a romantic fairytale. While you can’t go wrong with any flower choice, these floral trends are especially appealing and excite us. Contact us today to request an appointment with our Des Moines wedding specialists.

 

Boesen’s Top 10 picks for Mother’s Days

Remember picking a handful of flowers for mom when you were little?

Moms love getting flowers from their children. Whether they were a bunch of dandelions from a tiny hand or a fistful of lilacs from the yard, Moms forever cherish these fond memories.

Here are our top 10 picks for flowers for mom with sweet thoughts attached:

1. Mom could cheer you up when no one else could. This will brighten HER day.

Radiant Lady by Boesen the Florist

 

2. Mom loves the outdoors. Add color to her patio or deck with one of our blooming planters.

Garden Center Patio Planter

 

3. Moms are just grown up little girls and still love pink!

Beauty & Fragrance

 

4. Mom’s practical and likes long-lasting blooms. A lush azalea will give mom’s home color for weeks.

Double Azalea Basket

 

5. Mom loves chocolate. Acknowledge her craving. Give her permission to eat it and not share.

 

Boesen STAM Chocolates

 

 

6. Remember all of Grandma’s special talents? Maybe one was growing African violets? Even if not, Grandma will be thrilled that you remembered her, too.

African Violet Basket

 

7. Mom loves flowers and summer. No matter what size mom’s outdoor space is, a colorful hanging basket swaying in the breeze will bring joy all summer.

Hanging Baskets

 

8. Help mom celebrate spring with a gorgeous hydrangea plant.

Hydrangea Plant

 

9. Nothing says “I’ll love you forever” like a dozen red roses.

Dozen Long Stem Red Roses

 

10. Bring the memories of fresh-picked childhood daisies and garden flowers back. Moms forever cherish the good times with their children.

Sunlit Meadows

Shop any of the above ideas at Boesen.com. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms we love from Boesen The Florist.

Say More to Those Who Help You Do More

Administrative Assistants (also affectionately known as “My Admin”). They know everything– not just where the paper clips and plastic spoons are – but how the office really functions. And, if you take time to ask, they know how it could work better– definitely an essential part of the overall success of your business!

Not only does your Admin enable you to do your job better, he/she makes you look better. An effective Admin helps promote your brand by adding another level of professionalism and interacting professionally with individuals from all levels of the organization and with outside clients (even when you don’t feel like doing so).

Admin Week is a good time to show your appreciation for this past year’s job well done.

Beyond that, it’s also a good time to consider how you can work together to further enhance professionalism, expand productivity and increase organization at your business. Are you using your Admin to handle your correspondence and emails, help you with time management, make travel plans and reservations, greet visitors, answer phones, organize and schedule appointments and meetings, develop and maintain the filing system, order office supplies, submit and reconcile expense reports? And you can probably think of more contributions!

In 2018, Professional Administrative Assistants’ Day is Wednesday, April 25th and the week starts April 23rd.

Your Administrative Assistant represents you, your business and your brand. Professional, friendly, intelligent, creative, thorough, considerate- your Admin not only enhances the daily functioning of your office but also adds value to your business image.There is no better display of gratitude and respect to your Admin–and the entire office– than flowers that represent your professional style.

Click here to visit our admin day page to order the perfect bouquet for the admins who serve you every day.

Springtime Means Tulip Time!

Sometimes it feels like winter will never end, but every year around this time we’re inevitably rewarded with the wonders of spring. Of course, one of the most telling signs of spring – and one of our favorites – is the arrival of tulips!

Despite their brief blooming period, which ranges from a few days to just over a week, tulips are the world’s third most popular flower – trailing only roses and chrysanthemums. With their nearly perfect symmetry made up of elegant lines and rich vibrant colors, it’s no wonder why these beautiful flowers are so popular.

Native to central Asia, and later introduced to Turkey, tulips quickly became an important part of the Turkish culture and remain Turkey’s national flower.

Their popularity really took off around 1560, however, when the flowers were introduced to the Netherlands and were so prized there that they caused the entire economy to collapse. During the height of during that era, a single tulip bulb was worth more than ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsman – making them more valuable than most houses.

Spring Tulips by Boesen the Florist

Today, the Dutch still lead the world in tulip production by growing and producing around three billion tulips each year, although the prices have dropped significantly since then.

As a member of the lily family, tulips are classified as herbaceous perennials, although their bulbs differ from other species in that they are living plants that house self-contained nutrients. When the bulb grows into the flower, the original bulb will disappear, and a clone bulb will form in its place.

Tulips have three petals and three sepals, which are almost the same size and shape as the petals making them appear to have six to a bulb. They can also be found in nearly every color of the rainbow with red being the most popular. Streaking tulips boast two colors instead of one solid color. This unique combination was originally the result of a viral infection, although in modern times this unusual coloring is a deliberate result of breeding.

No matter which color you choose, tulips are an intriguing flower with a rich history – and a terrific choice when sending flowers in the spring. Their extremely vibrant colors make a statement and they also look great in centerpieces for your home or office environment.

Say hello to spring with some tulips from Boesen the Florist. We have many different options for every different occasion including one of our most popular designs, the Spring Tulips. Call us today or order online to enjoy this wonderful springtime treat.

Did You Know?

  • There are more than 150 different species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties known to exist.
  • Tulip petals are edible and can be used as a substitute for onions in many recipes, although many people find their taste extremely unpleasant.
  • Tulips continue to grow up to one extra inch after they’re cut.
  • Tulips will bend and twist to grow towards light – even in a vase.
  • By 1636, tulips were traded on exchanges in Dutch cities. The skyrocketing prices caused many people to become suddenly rich or lose fortunes overnight.
  • In the Netherlands, tulips represent the briefness of life, but in Turkish culture, they’re a symbol of paradise on earth and have achieved a nearly-divine status.
  • Tulips have a short lifespan that typically only lasts for 3-7 days.
  • A sap released by daffodils cause tulips to wilt if the two flowers are arranged together.
  • Paul McCartney and Fats Domino are among a list of people who have had tulips named after them.

Shop Boesen the Florist for Easter and Passover

Did you know that Easter is the fourth biggest floral holiday of the year? It may not get the recognition of Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or Christmas/Hanukkah, but flowers and plants have long played an important role in Easter and Passover observances and are synonymous with the holidays in both home decorations and as gifts.

When choosing a floral gift for Easter, it’s important to keep in mind not only who it’s for, but also what it will be used for. Flowers are always appropriate for mothers, grandmothers, and other close relatives or loved ones. Of course, Easter baskets full of chocolates, Peeps, and other springtime treats are always a favorite for kids of all ages!

Easter Bunny Basket by Boesen the Florist

They also make excellent gifts for church or social groups as well as for co-workers or the staff of your child’s school or day care center and are certainly a perfect gift to take along if you have been invited to an Easter dinner or other Easter celebration.

Lilies are popular symbols of Easter as they represent love, hope, and resurrection. White lilies are especially symbolic during Easter as they signify purity and divinity. Daisies, azaleas, daffodils, chrysanthemums, hyacinths, and tulips are also popular Easter flowers.

Celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 1, with a traditional Easter lily plant, or with a beautiful bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers from Boesen the Florist.

Did you know?

  • Egg dyes for Easter were once made from flower petals. Other natural items like tree bark, onion peels, and juices were also used to color eggs.
  • The first story of a rabbit (later named the “Easter Bunny”) hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
  • Easter takes place on a Sunday, after the 40-day period called Lent. Lent is referred to as a time of fasting, but most participants focus more on giving up one significant indulgence.
  • Holy Week is celebrated during the week leading up to Easter. It begins on Palm Sunday, continues to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then finally, Easter Sunday.
  • The 140th annual “White House Easter Egg Roll” is scheduled for Monday, April 2. This event has been celebrated by the Presidents of the United States and their families since 1878.

Passover

Passover, or Pesach, is one of the most commonly observed Jewish holidays. It begins annually on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. This year it begins at sundown on Friday, March 30, and lasts through Saturday, April 7.

Passover is a celebration of the Israelites’ being freed from slavery in Egypt. It is also observed as a celebration of spring, of birth, and of rebirth, and of taking responsibility for yourself, the community, and the world. The first night of Passover includes a special ritual dinner called Seder.

Flowers make excellent gifts for Passover. Traditional spring-blooming flowers are used to celebrate the holiday. Sunflowers, Gerbera daisies, roses, lilies, irises, and tulips are all excellent choices for this holiday season. Boesen the Florist offers a nice assortment of centerpieces and fresh floral designs that make excellent gifts for this celebration.