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On this special day everything must be absolutely perfect. Your dress has to be stunning, your shoes and accessories must compliment your look, and your hair and make up has to be flawless. Make sure however, that you remember to create your own personal corsage design to really pull your entire prom look together.

This prom season is filled with bright colors, prints as well as the classic black and the very glitzy glam girl. But with whatever look you decide to go for, we can customize the corsage and boutonniere just for you and your date.BRIGHT

1. LIGHTS- Don’t jump into the past with pastels; break into the trend of bright colors. Sunset orange, citrus yellow or popsicle pink are all very bright, vibrant colors that are a huge hit for prom 2012.

Compliment your bright, bold look with corsage wristlets like…

2. BASIC BLACK- Well girls, it has been confirmed, black is definitely back. Don’t shy away from it because you feel you need to live the pink prom dress fantasy. You can look absolutely dashing in a little black number. Show your bold streak, be different, and wear black.

If you are scared that you will be black and boring, dress up your little black dress with …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. FLIRTY PRINTS- So you think you need to choose just one color? Absolutely not. This season you can mix-it-up by wearing several colors all at once and look color-tastic! Stand apart from the sea of solids and leave your stream of color.

Corsage wristlets that compliment the flirty print look would be…

4. GLITTERATI- It’s a glitter melting pot – from beads to sequins, rhinestones to jewels, and metallic’s to frosted hues. Glitterati is the hottest way to jazz up the plainest of dresses. Let us help you transform into a true glamour queen by injecting a shiny dose of drama with must-have glitter accents so you can sparkle the night away.

Continue the bedazzled look with corsage designs like…

North Raleigh Florist has several different options of wrist corsage bracelets with a wide variety of flowers to choose from. Spice up your wrist with different bling and ribbon available in all tones of the color wheel. Ladies, don’t forget to get a matching boutonniere for your date. Come in today to pick out your personal design that will pull your perfect prom look together.

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The Request:
Many customers call to send flowers to the home of a friend or coworker who has lost a loved one. They might choose to send both to the service and the home, or just the home due to the relationship or location of the funeral. Another common request from customers who do send to the service is that a specific individual take the product home, but we can’t always assure that happens.

The Solution:
The best way to let a specific individual know you are thinking about them in their time of loss is to send flowers, plants, or gift baskets to their home. This doesn’t mean sending to the service is a bad idea, it just means if you are looking to send condolences to just one person, sending to the home is the best way to accomplish this.

What not to do:
Selecting a large product like a spray or large urn might not be the best idea for sympathy. We want to avoid creating more work for the individual which large arrangements will. This type of product is meant for the service. Also, avoid delivering sympathy arrangements to the office. This will draw extra attention to the recipient’s situation and prompt questions they might not want to answer. Emotions can run high during a time of loss, so avoid disrupting the recipient in their work environment.

What to send:
We offer a large array of products that are perfect to send to the home of a recipient experiencing a loss

Fruit baskets are great to send to the home. Many experiencing a loss are not thinking about when or what to eat. They might also have a lot of unexpected guests in their home. Sending a fruit basket will provide easy snacks for the recipient.

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Peaceful White Lilies basket is one of our most popular products for sympathy. It is also the largest size arrangement I would recommend sending to the home. It is Approximately 26″ W x 25″ H and contains lilies and carnations. If you want to make this basket extra special without increasing the size, we can add white roses or more lilies.

Dish Gardens start at $25 and are filled with easy care mixed green plants that all have the same light and water requirement. They are perfect for end tables, coffee tables, and counter tops.

Peace Lilies are one of the most common plants sent for sympathy. They range in size and are available in 6”, 8”, and 10” pots. Starting at $25, 6” pots are best for apartment living or limited space. 8” and 10” Peace Lilies are best for recipients that you know have space or a good corner to place them in. They are a very easy care plant that requires minimal light and will let you know when it needs to be watered by drooping its leaves.

Vase arrangements are also great for the home. They take up limited space and do not have to be taken care of as extensively as a plant. We recommend sending whites, creams, and yellows or other soft colors for sympathy. White symbolizes sympathy in flowers, while yellow can mean “I care”. You might consider sending another color scheme to represent a cause. For example, hot pink can be sent to a recipient who lost someone to breast cancer.

You can’t go wrong with any of these options when sending sympathy products to the home. Let North Raleigh Florist help you find the perfect arrangement for your relationship and situation.

 

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Peaceful White Lilies basket is one of our most popular products for sympathy. It is also the largest size arrangement I would recommend sending to the home. It is Approximately 26″ W x 25″ H and contains lilies and carnations. If you want to make this basket extra special without increasing the size, we can add white roses or more lilies.

Do you have a plant that is starting to outgrow its pot? It’s spring! Time to repot! Due to the temperature, light conditions, and the plant’s growth cycle this is the optimal time of year to repot your plants. Spring is considered the growing season for most houseplants.

When to repot
If the roots are starting to extend outside the pot at the top or through the holes at the bottom; or if the plant seems to have trouble holding or soaking up water it is time to repot. Before repotting, make sure the soil has begun to dry out. Generally speaking, find the next size pot, and purchase soil similar to what the plant is already growing in.
Pot Size Guidelines
A pot is measured on the inside diameter. Typical pot sizes are 6”, 8”, 10” and 12”. Sometimes pots also come in 7” and 7.5” sizes. Know what size pot you have. If you need help, visit your local florist or nursery.

Don’t go too big
When repotting a plant don’t select a new pot more than 1-2 inches larger than the current pot. You want the roots to have room to grow, but you don’t want the soil to get water logged and take a long time to dry.


Drainage
Make sure your new pot has adequate drainage. This can be accomplished though holes at the bottom of the pot. To catch the water, place the pot on a plastic or decorative saucer. If your plant is in a basket, be sure to take the plant out of the basket and let the plastic pot drain the water. It is important to avoid root rot and complications from over watering.

Select the right soil
Make sure you have the right soil for your plant type. For example, orchid like light soil that contains wood chips or rocks to allow more air flow. Check your local plant store to see if there is a specific soil for your plant type.


Loosen the roots
Before placing your plant in a new pot, be sure to gently loosen the soil around the roots. This will allow the roots to continue to grow outward and not in the shape of the old pot. If they have grown tightly into the plant in a circle, take a sharp knife to break the circle gently.

Where to put soil
Be sure to put some soil on the bottom of the new pot before placing the plant inside. Having soil beneath the root protects the plant as well as allows for room to the plant to continue to grow. Next place soil around the outside of the roots and soil on top, also known as topdressing. Water your plant and place back in the same light it was used to.
Voila! You are done.

North Raleigh Florist provides a wide variety of house plants from Dish Gardens to Orchids and we are always available to answer plant questions. We can help you figure out when it is time to repot, if your lighting is correct, and if your temperature is appropriate. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions!

The color buzz on every wedding planner’s lips this year is “tangerine tango”. This bright red-orange color screams boldness and is sure to give you an energy boost to keep moving forward.  Pantone even named tangerine tango it the color of the year for 2012 in THIS article. Paired with Honeysuckle (the Pantone color of 2011) and green this is one wedding color scheme will get you noticed.

Tangerine Tango and Honeysuckle are both warm colors that can be balanced out with the addition of a cool color, like green or blue. Using green creates a spring feeling while deep blue adds a nautical element.

These three fabulous colors have also begun appearing in fashion, like this Lilly Pulitzer Taytay Dress. Perfect for bridesmaids!

Now what else can be done with these dramatic colors? Flowers

Some flowers that are available in tangerine tango include Alstroemeria, Roses and Spray Roses, Gerbera Daisies, and Calla Lilies.


Flowers available in medium pink or honey suckle include Hydrangea, Gerbera Daisies, Ranunculus, and Peonies.

Bright green flowers are available in Bells of Ireland, Hydrangea, Carnations, and Fuji Mums.

If you are interested in learning about this color scheme or other popular color choices for 2012 contact North Raleigh Florist for a wedding consultation!