Houseplants: Nature’s Decorative Air Purifiers

When NASA is hard at work solving problems for space exploration, they often find solutions with everyday, real life applications. One such study found that a few common houseplants are actually natural air purifiers, and remove common household pollutants such as trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and formaldehyde. We profiled four of the studied plants that also happen to be characterized by their unique aesthetic appeal.


1. Gerber Daisy (gerbera jamesonii)
Gerbera is one of the most popular flowers in the world, and with approximately 30 species to its name, is available in an array of colors. In NASA’s study, this little power flower removed an impressive amount of trichloroethylene (TCE) and benzene from their test chamber. It also removed about half of the formaldehyde.


2. Peace Lily (spathiphyllum “mauna loa”)
The peace lily is a popular indoor ornament and, despite its name, not actually a lily. Like the gerber daisy, this gorgeous flowered greenery did a top-notch job with removing all three offending chemicals that were tested.


3. Chinese Evergreen (aglaonema modestum)
This plant is popular for its simple beauty and maintenance ease. After being in NASA’s experimental toxic test chamber for six weeks of intermittent exposure, it removed 85.8% of benzene from the air.


4. Golden Pothos (scindapsus aureus)
An easy plant to care for, golden pothos is one of the longest lasting interior plants. Of all the plants in the NASA study, it seems the golden pothos exhibited the most notable overall air purification performance. Benzene and TCEconcentrations both dive bombed to near negligible amounts after sharing the chamber with the golden pothos for 24 hours, even with it’s foliage removed!

You can learn more about these and the other plants studied by reading the NASA report here. You can order them for your home today on our website or call us at 817-624-8413.

 

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Halloween Decorations To Delight or Fright

Halloween is a few weeks away and we know many of you are prepping for parties and trick-o-treaters. Here are some of our ideas for ways to decorate your home for this season. We have rated them from “cute” to “scariest”, so you can choose the idea that fits you!

Cute: Ghost Pumpkin
This is a great decoration for your porch or dining room table. First take a white pumpkin and clean out the inside, as if you were making a jack-o-lantern. You can also use a cleaned-out regular pumpkin and paint it white. Then purchase your favorite white flowers, we would suggest white carnations, and place them in the white pumpkin. This simple and elegant ghost pumpkin is a great way to add Halloween décor without being scary.

Scary: Vampire Vase 
This scary looking flower is perfect for vampire themed décor. Take a Black Bat flower and place in a black vase. While a very simple idea, the arrangement will really catch people’s eyes with its unusual shape and whiskers. This menacing flower looks as if at any minute it could morph into a bat and fly away.

Scarier: Blood Splattered Roses
For a creepy edge to your décor, these red splattered flowers will really be frightening. To create this look, you will need a few items: white roses, red food coloring, a straw and some newspaper. Place the roses on the newspaper and put a few drops of food coloring in a paper bowl or plate. Dip one end of the straw in the food coloring and blow onto the roses. Repeat this until you get the desire look. Allow them to dry and then place them in a vase or just lay them on a table.

Scariest: Funeral Flowers
To really scare your guests, purchase fake hands from a prop shop or Halloween store. Then take white calla lilies (a traditional funeral flower) and cross the hands over them, as if they were in a coffin. Use this as a centerpiece, on the mantle, or next to the candy bowl on the porch.

Whether you are going for cute and fun or blood-curdling decorations, flowers can be used in many different ways to create the look you’re going for. Visit our website or shop to purchase the flowers you need! Also, like us on Facebook to keep up with everything we have going on.

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What Makes Fall, Fall?

*Crunch* That’s the sound of a fallen leaf under your shoe as you walk along the sidewalk. It’s fall! As the weeks go on, the trees will begin to change from bright greens to yellows, reds, and oranges. The flowers will fall as well, and we won’t seem their blooms for a while. So, why does this happen? Why do leaves fall and flowers fade?

Scientists have been studying this phenomenon and have found the two major factors in why leaves and flowers change and disappear for winter are the longer nights, and the change in weather.

Plants need sunlight to produce the necessary nutrients to grown. As the length of daylight begins to diminish and the sun is less prominent, trees and flowers begin to shut down their food-making processes to get ready for the impending winter. They live off of the stored nutrients they collected over the summer and sustain themselves through the winter.

Also, as you can imagine, the colder weather keeps the flowers and leaves from thriving. With frosts and biting winds, plants have a hard time managing their life sustaining functions. Plants need the warmth and sunshine to grow and bloom.

However, even though flowers and trees are losing their colors and life, that doesn’t mean we will not have beautiful flowers for you to enjoy. During the fall, we create beautiful arrangements that fit the season, as well as maintaining the rest of our flowers. Visit our website and bring some color back into your home! Also, like us on Facebook for more flower facts and tips!

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

School is back in session, the pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks, and the weather is slightly more bearable. Fall will officially be here in Texas this Saturday the 22nd! Time to put away the seashells and neon colors, and make room for stunning golds and reds and pumpkins!

Flowers are a great way to bring the autumn season into your home. The color scheme for this time of year is what you would expect: reds, oranges, and yellows like the falling leaves; golds and copper to add a metallic touch to the colors of the leaves; and brown to mimic the changing trees. There are several great flowers to use in arrangements that will usher in the season into your home.

For example, the rust-colored Asiatic lilies in our “You’re Special Bouquet” almost look like fallen leaves off of a maple tree. The rich color pops through the orange lilies and creates a stunning Fall look.

Another great flower to use is the bi-colored Cherry Brandy rose. This yellow and red rose looks as if it is changing color with the season and no two roses share the same sunset coloring.

Burgundy mini carnations and butterscotch chrysanthemums again make for great fall arrangements. Don’t those names just make you think of autumn? The chrysanthemums almost look golden against the greens and burgundy carnations. Adding an orange and red ribbon creates a rustic look and feel to the arrangement.

Creating your own Fall-themed décor is easy once you’ve captured the color scheme of this time of year. We have an entire section of autumn arrangements on our website that will make it easy to bring Fall into your home or someone else’s. Also, like us on Facebook to keep up with everything we have going on this season.

 

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Festival of Flowers

We here at DFW Flowers think flowers are pretty great and should be celebrated. Apparently, plenty of people all over the world feel the same way! Every year, flower-centered festivals and parades are held around the world, from the U.S. to Europe to Asia. Here are our top 4 flower celebrations!

1. Bloemencorso Zundert, Zundert, Netherlands
While you may not be able to pronounce the name (which means Flower Parade of Zundert), this parade is the largest flower parade in the world boasting at least 7,500 citizens involved and up to 500,000 dahlia blooms per float. The parade was founded in 1936 and the majority of the floats are made from dahlia flowers. There is a contest for the best float and the entire town goes into frenzy over winning the prize.

2. The Jersey Battle of Flowers, Jersey, England
Started in 1902, this parade is the pride of Jersey with thousands of people participating and tourists flocking in from all over the world. The main flowers used are chrysanthemums, which are shipped in from the United Kingdom and Holland, and asters that are locally grown.  3. Rose Parade, Pasadena, California
Originally created as a marketing campaign to promote the “Mediterranean of the West” in 1890, The Rose Parade is now a widely recognized American event. With incredible floral floats, marching bands, and lots of people, this is truly a spectacular event.

4. Brussels’ Flower Carpet, Brussels’, Belgium
The first floral carpet of Brussels was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans. This beautiful carpet is made entirely of begonias, which are packed in with about 300 flowers per square meter. This prevents them from blowing away and allows them to create their own micro-climate that will help them last the week.

As you can see, flowers aren’t just for vases and gardens! There are many other flower festivals out there, where people are creating beautiful and spectacular displays with flowers. Maybe we should start our own… like us on Facebook and tell us what you think!

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy – With Fresh Flowers!

Who doesn’t love getting a bouquet of fresh flowers? They are beautiful to look at and smell wonderful! Did you know they have other benefits as well? Fresh flowers have more benefits than just decoration and winning points with your wife. They offer emotional and mental health benefits too!

Studies have been conducted on the effects of flowers and how they can impact a person’s mood. Rutgers University conducted a study on the emotional benefits of a person being exposed to fresh flowers. They found that those who had been given the flowers where happier and less stressed. Fresh flowers have shown to be anxiety reducers, their bright colors and cheeriness instantly brightening your day!

Researchers have also found that those who keep fresh flowers in their home have more energy and are more mentally stimulated. When people saw the flowers, especially in the morning, they showed more energy and productivity in work. Fresh flowers can also boost your creativity.

If flowers can have this kind of impact on you, imagine what they can do for others! Flowers symbolize sharing and invitation, so bringing them into your home will transcend that feeling to your guests. Whenever you play host to friends or family, having fresh flowers in the common areas and guest rooms will make them feel more comfortable.

If you’re stressed, looking for an energy boost, or have guests coming over, fresh flowers are a great and easy way to create a positive atmosphere for everyone! Come by our shop and pick out some flowers for your home or office!

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Flowers for Any Occasion

Have you ever had an occasion where you wanted to give someone flowers, but you were unsure as to what kind to get? Well, we have a handy guide to some of the most popular occasions and which kinds of flowers are appropriate.

1. Valentine’s Day – This one may be a no brainer, but the idea here when getting flowers for that special someone is “heat.” On the most romantic day of the year, you want to look for flowers that are rich reds and pinks. These show passion and love, which is what Valentine’s Day is all about! However, if you’re getting flowers for Mom or your sister, go with a light pink and purple bouquet.

2. Birth/Baby Shower – A new baby is a time for happiness and celebration. Tulips represent new life and love. They come in a variety of colors and you could maybe match the birthstone of the new baby. Another great flower is a Gerber Daisy because these are bright and cheerful. If all else fails, choose flowers you think the new mother would appreciate.

3. Funeral – The loss of a loved one is never easy. Giving someone flowers is a great way to show you care. The traditional sympathy flower is white, which represents peace. White roses and lilies are good options for giving to a grieving friend or for a funeral.

4. Get Well – Do you have a friend or family member who is under the weather? Send them some flowers to cheer them up! Choose flowers like Gerber Daisies or Button Poms in bright colors like hot pink or lime green. If they are in the hospital, these flowers will make the drabbest room look happy!

5. Host/Hostess Gifts – It is always a great idea to show the host/hostess you appreciate them. Give them flowers that follow the theme of the occasion. If it was a Christmas party, send them a wintery bouquet with red roses and pinecones. If he or she threw you a wedding shower, send them a bouquet with your wedding colors. The host or hostess will appreciate the thought and it’s a way to thank them for a great event.

Whatever the occasion, the right flowers make all the difference. If you are still unsure as to what kind of flowers to get, just ask your florist (AKA us!). We would be happy to assist you. Our website is also categorized with everything occasion under the sun to make for easy shopping. We have a Pinterest as well with different boards to help you find the right flower.

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