College Gift Baskets for Your Student

college gift baskets

For eighteen years, you’ve protected them and cared for them. And now that they are headed off to college, the emotions are bittersweet. Of course you are proud of them as they step out on their own, but you still want to make sure they have everything they need. Sending college gift baskets is a wonderful way to deliver a little bit of your love directly to their dorm room, and will assure your student that they are still on your mind. At Zeidler’s Flowers, we have the gifts that will make them smile.

college gift baskets

There are many types of students, and we have college gift baskets for each one of them. Whether your health conscious student would love a fruit basket, your sophisticated student would prefer a savory snack, or your big kid would love a basket overflowing with junk food – we’ve got you covered. Any one of these gifts is sure to prove essential for late night study sessions, breaks with new friends, or to grab a quick snack when they are running late to class. Browse our website for the many options we offer or call us to create a custom basket based upon the specific taste of your loved one.

college gift baskets

You may also wish to add a longer lasting gift to your student, one which they can keep in their dorm or apartment. These calla lilies are a beautiful and low-maintenance gift; but terrariums, cactus gardens, and easy-care plants like the peace lily are also great choices.

College gift baskets are a great way to remind your student throughout the year just how proud you are of them. Start the semester off right with a delicious gift from Zeidler’s Flowers.

Mother-in-Law Day Flowers at Zeidler’s

mother-in-lawWhen you hear the term “mother-in-law”,what comes to mind? While we often tell jokes and stories about awkward situations, the fact is that your mom-in-law was likely the single most influential person in your spouse’s life – before you, that is. On October 25th, you have the opportunity to thank her for creating and nurturing the person you love. For many, a spouse’s mom has become family; but even if you aren’t quite there, Mother-In-Law Day gives you the perfect chance to reach out and express your gratitude and respect.

 

As with any day we celebrate with flowers, the blooms we choose often carry deep meaning and sentiments. Traditionally, pink flowers – especially carnations- have conveyed gratitude to our moms, and those like mothers to us. But with so many flowers to choose from, tradition is optional. For instance, pinks and purples of all hues are popular choices; match those shades with the unspoken language of specific flowers, and you have a touching and meaningful message. Gerbera daisies represent cheerfulness and joy; roses speak to love and respect; and purple irises convey wisdom. What a beautiful way to honor her presence in your life!

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There is perhaps no more direct correlation than the Eastern culture’s understanding of the lily, which officially represents motherhood in its entirety. Calla lilies stand for beauty, as do roses, gerbera daisies and orchids. So if you think she’s beautiful, inside or out, these flowers will make an ideal gift.

 

 

This Mother-in-Law’s Day, the expert florists at Zeidler’s Flowers are ready and willing to assist you in creating the perfect bouquet. Let a very special woman know how much she means to you. Show your love and gratitude for all she’s done, with a beautiful arrangement from one of Zeidler’s three Evansville flower shops.

 

 

The Flowers You Should Give For Sweetest Day

With Sweetest Day falling on October 18, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to surprise all the people you care about the most. Whether it’s for your significant other or friends and family, everyone loves to get flowers! At Zeidler’s Flowers, we’ve created several custom arrangements just for this special holiday.

Say “I Love You” with Roses

Roses are the best flowers for sending your Sweetest Day sentiments. For instance, let someone know that you’re head-over-heels for them with a simple trio of gorgeous red roses. You can also inspire passion with hot pinks in an adorably romantic bud vase. Save the pale pink roses as a joyful surprise for someone you love and admire, such as a mother or good friend.

Celebrate Young Love with Stargazers

Stargazer lilies were created during the first part of the 20th century, which makes them one of the newest additions to the florist’s arsenal. With their relative youth in the flower world, plus their bright and striking colors, stargazers are often associated with youth, beauty and drama. That makes these flowers the perfect gift to celebrate a budding relationship. Send a stunning bouquet made entirely of stargazers, or choose our “Sweet on You” arrangement with stargazers, hot pink roses, daisies and more!

Send Delightful Daisies

Daisies are the best flowers to send to family and friends. Pure white daisies suggest love, loyalty and innocence. When paired with pink rosebuds as in this “Delightful Daisies” arrangement, the message is one of tenderness and affection.

As the fifth most popular flower in the world, gerbera daisies have long been associated with joy and festive occasions. You can find these flowers in nearly any color of the rainbow. For Sweetest Day, we have included gerberas in several arrangements, including the pastel “Peach Delight” bouquet and the dazzlingly beautiful “Plum Perfect” arrangement.

Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

If the lucky lady in your life prefers candy to flowers, Zeidler’s Flowers has you covered! We’ve created a cute little candy mug especially for Sweetest Day! Once the snacks are gone, your special someone can keep the mug as a reminder of your thoughtful gift.

If you want to make your delicious gift extra special, pair it with our matching flower mug. Between red carnations, white daisies and a mug full of candy, the recipient of your gift will know she’s truly appreciated.

On this Sweetest Day, come to Zeidler’s for a great selection of flowers and gifts. You can count on us to have something that will make the special people in your life smile!

Beautiful Flowers for National Boss’s Day

Established in 1962 by a secretary working for an insurance company, businesses celebrate Boss’s Day on October 16th each year, or the nearest working day when the 16th falls on a weekend. The holiday gives employees a chance to thank the boss with a small token of appreciation for a manager’s hard work during the year to create an enjoyable and rewarding workplace.

Traditional Gifts for Boss’s Day

Most gifts offered for Boss’s Day are small tokens, decorative objects, or edible gifts that serve as a gentle reminder of the holiday. A gift card for your boss’s favorite coffee shop will brighten the morning. A special lunch delivered to the office will let your boss know you value his or her efforts to run a happy and healthy workplace.

A fun basket of candy and treats will infuse the office with some fun, or a larger party basket that everyone can share can be a welcome choice for an office with a communal atmosphere. Baskets of treats and candy pair wonderfully with balloons.

Choosing Flowers for National Boss’s Day

Flowers provide days of beauty for the boss’s desk or office, and a vase of flowers or a lush plant is a wonderful way to include a little color in a standard corporate office. If your boss has a window with a shelf, you might choose a lovely palm plant for a beautiful green addition to the office during the autumn and winter months.

Alternatively, you can also choose some vivid flowers in a basket, vase, or decorative pot. Does your boss have a favorite color? A trendy vase full of orange roses, hydrangea, and lilies would be the ideal Boss’s Day gift to brighten the office.

Buying Something Special for Boss’s Day

If you’ve celebrated Boss’s Day before and want to get a little creative this year, you might choose a fun gift like a bright green arrangement of bamboo. Wish your boss health and happiness with a plant that symbolizes luck and is easy to grow.

You can also combine the best of both worlds with some cookies and silk flowers arranged together in a fun flower-topped vase. After the cookies are enjoyed, the jar may remain as decoration or as a place to keep office supplies or extra change.

If you’ve worked at your office for several years and know your boss well, the sky’s the limit for fun gifts and tokens of thanks for National Boss’s Day. If you’re a new employee and want to choose a tactful and humble gift, any small arrangement and card will let your boss know he or she is respected and appreciated.

The Guide to Giving Breast Cancer Awareness Flowers

October is the month to show your support to both survivors of and those still fighting the battle against breast cancer. During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, individuals and businesses alike put on pink to show their support, helping to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds to support breast cancer research. If, however, you personally know someone who has fought or is fighting breast cancer, let Zeidler’s Flowers help you show them your personal support with a special bouquet of flowers arranged in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people everywhere show patients, survivors, and caregivers support by decorating pink, wearing pink ribbons, and waiving pink banners. So, when it comes to flower arrangements, pink is the color of choice. At Zeidler’s Flowers, we have a wide selection of pink bouquets and bouquets which incorporate pink available in arrangements appropriate for any person in your life.

For the love of your life, the Sweetheart Bud Vase features pink roses for love and peach gerbera daisies for happiness in a pink vase embellished with a heart-shaped cut out. This simple arrangement brings cheer and love, letting any recipient know just how special they truly are.

A fresh arrangement of pink spray roses surrounded by white daisies freshen the air and brighten the room. Our Delightful Daisies bouquet makes the perfect gift for any angel in your life, caregiver, patient, or survivor.

To wish someone in your life a wonderful day, send him or her the Beautiful Day arrangement. Compactly arranged in a modern vase, its combination of gerbera daisies, roses, greenery, alstromeria, and waxflower bursts with color to truly brighten anyone’s day and outlook on life.

Also available in our collection of Breast Cancer Awareness bouquets is the Over the Meadow arrangement which features a tranquil fairy in a garden of snapdragons, irises, Asiatic lilies, roses, and daisies. The fairy statue will bring hope and happiness long after the flowers’ blooms have faded.

In addition to these bouquets, we have a wide selection of flowers specially arranged in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including a bouquet which will be perfect for your loved one. Although the important survivor, patient, or caregiver in your life will appreciate any thoughtful, heartfelt gesture, a special arrangement of flowers will not only let them know they are loved, but will also help to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

Shopping for Homecoming Flowers: All You Need to Know

A time packed full of excitement, homecoming marks the special week when students and graduates celebrate their school. For students, the homecoming dance tops off a week of school spirit, sports, and traditional revelry. While homecoming week is a time to show off your school spirit, the homecoming dance is a perfect time to express your own personality. Help your date flaunt his or her own style with a unique boutonniere or corsage. At Zeidler’s Flowers, we have a huge assortment of corsages and boutonnieres to complement anyone’s tastes. There are, however, a few things you will want to find out before you order your date’s flowers.

Corsages – While we recommend ordering a corsage for your date in advance, call her before you call us to ask her a couple of questions. Firstly, find out what color of dress she plans to wear to the dance. As our corsages are available in a rainbow of colors, this will help you choose a corsage arranged with flowers in a color which will complement the hue of her gown. If you still are not certain what color of corsage would work best, our florist will be happy to suggest something which she will love. Secondly, ask whether your date prefer a corsage to slip on her wrist or one which you will pin on her gown. Some dates prefer wrist corsages so they do not have to put a pin whole in their gown’s fabric, while others will prefer the pin-on corsage to free up room for bracelets. If she is the type who likes to stand out, our floral necklace arrangement will make her sparkle. Speaking of sparkle, we embellish all of our corsages with feathers, pearls, rhinestones, ribbons, and lace for a little extra dazzle.

Boutonnieres – Markedly simpler than corsages, boutonnieres usually consist of a smaller arrangement designed to fit on the lapel of your handsome date’s jacket. Usually fashioned from a single rose or other flower, our boutonnieres have a little extra jazz with embellishments to match their date’s corsages. We suggest girls also ask their dates what color they plan to wear in order to coordinate his boutonniere with his clothing. If he will be wearing black and white, you can match his boutonniere to your dress.

Also, be sure to order your date’s corsage or boutonniere at least a week in advance in order to ensure the necessary flowers are available for the floral adornment you select. No matter which flowers you choose for your date, we wish you the best homecoming yet!

All About Our Favorite Fall Flowers!

One of the best seasons for flowers, autumn brings the blooms we have waited for through spring and summer. With the weather cooling down, fall is a great time to bring the flowers inside to brighten up the home. At Zeidler’s Flowers, we provide a beautiful selection of artfully arranged bouquets for fall using some of our favorite fall flowers.

Anise Hyssop – This plant blooms through summer and fall, but we especially like it for fall because of its sweet, licorice scent. Anise hyssop features spikes of clustered blooms in lavender and blue, which provide a beautiful complement to the other more common yellow and orange blooms of the season, and look wonderful arranged in a hollowed out pumpkin. This flower does not just smell delicious, but is also edible. Consider incorporating it into the meal for which the arrangement will be centerpiece.

Perennial Sunflower – One of the more popular autumn flowers, the perennial sunflower features smaller blooms than annual sunflowers, and range in color from a creamy yellow to bright, golden yellow. These flowers do well in a garden, and regrow year after year, but have also proven to be quite versatile in arrangements with nearly endless combinations and possibilities. Blooms of the perennial sunflowers are synonymous with harvest, and combined with a few sprigs of wheat make a perfect centerpiece for the dining room table.

Aster – We also love the aster for its versatility. Available in white, blue, pink, and purple varieties, its blooms can be used to enliven nearly any bouquet. Their delicately petite blooms do well to soften an arrangement of bulky or large-bloomed flowers. They also make a wonderful addition to any autumn garden, attracting butterflies with their sweet pollen.

Chrysanthemums – Often called mums, chrysanthemums are one of the quintessential autumn flowers. They can be found almost anywhere during the autumn season. Typically available as potted plants, they warm up a front porch well in autumn with their abundant, welcoming blooms. These flowers also look beautiful in bouquets, adding bursts of yellow, red, white, pink, purple, or multicolored petals. In addition, cut chrysanthemums can be dried, and enjoyed in a bouquet throughout the winter.

Whether you grow your autumn flowers in the garden, in potted plants, or choose to decorate your home with arrangements, these fall flowers are sure to warm up and brighten the autumn season. At Zeidler’s Flowers, we can help you select the best fall flowers for your home this season.

Rosh Hashanah Floral Gifts, For Friends And For The Home

Rosh Hashanah is a wonderful holiday dedicated to celebrating the beginning of the New Year for the Jewish people. With a taste of apples and honey in hopes of a sweet upcoming year, people love to gather with friends and family to celebrate and participate in traditional rituals to welcome to coming year.

For those preparing to host an event, it is natural to want to find the perfect decorations to make the home feel welcoming and prepared. Those attending a dinner or other celebration at another’s home will want to bring some kind of gift to show their appreciation for the host. Fortunately, no matter which category one falls into, flowers and arrangements make for an excellent idea. Here are some wonderful ideas to consider when selecting the perfect one.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers are fantastic choices for this time of year because they are known for their bright, beautiful color that helps to bring any room they are in to life. They are wonderful for bringing a bit of the beauty of nature indoors. Sunflowers can make an excellent gift from guest to host or can be a great adornment around the house. Consider for example adding an arrangement to a fireplace mantel or a kitchen counter to brighten the atmosphere for the new year.

Sweets

Rosh Hashanah is the time of year when people like to indulge in sweets. It is common to eat traditional treats, such as apples with honey, but also a variety of other types of sweets, such as exotic fruits and baked goods. Liven up the dessert table by including decorative fruit or snack bowls. For example, some fruit bowls will come with flowers to make the arrangement look more decorative, or even cookie or candy jars can have flowers on them. It is a great way to be more festive while also remaining traditional for the holiday.

Lilies

Lilies are beautiful fall flowers that many people love this time of year. They make for great additions to a centerpiece because of the rich color and variety they offer. They can be easily paired with other wonderful fall flowers, such as roses, snapdragons, and other beautiful blooms. Look to include colors that help make the entire arrangement rich in fall colors such as purples, reds, greens, yellows, and perhaps a bit of pink. It will light up the dining room table and be perfect for serving the Rosh Hashanah meal.

Rosh Hashanah is a holiday about looking back at the past and anticipating the future. Celebrate the holiday with some of these stylish ideas and get the new year started on the right foot.

 

All You Could Need to Know About Orchids!

When people think about special flowers, whether as a gift, or as an indoor potted plant for the home or office, or a special cut flower bouquet, a flower that likely comes to mind is the orchid. The common perception about orchids is that they only grow in exotic rainforests of the tropics. You may be surprised to learn that orchids grow in a wide range of places and climates, or that orchids are one of the world’s most common plant groups. Many of the orchids that are sold in flower shops, nurseries, plant centers, and specialty stores today, are grown in greenhouses

Interesting Facts About Orchids

  • According to information from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, the orchid plant family is one of the largest known plant families. To put things into perspective, consider that there are two times as many orchid species as there are bird species.
  • Some orchids grow in the ground, but most species are epiphytes – or air plants. They attach themselves to other things – like trees, rocks, or whatever is convenient. They aren’t parasitic and don’t take nutrition from the things they rely on for support. They absorb water from rainfall and nutrients from decaying plant matter around them.
  • Estimates suggest that there are roughly 25,000 different kinds of orchids throughout the world.
  • There are 1500 known species of orchids in Costa Rica, while 70 species exist in the United States, and surprisingly, four orchid species exist, grow and survive in Greenland, way north close to the Arctic Circle.
  • The world’s largest commercial producers of orchids today are the Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Vanilloideae Subfamily

Vanilla that is widely used in cooking and baking actually comes from several species of vanilla orchids. Vanilla production relies on commercially grown plants to produce the world’s supply. If you ever wondered why vanilla extract or vanilla bean is so expensive, the reason is that every plant that produces those seeds and pods, does so because it was hand pollinated.

Important Information About Choosing Orchids to Grow at Home

Before you buy an orchid, make sure that you buy one that is suited to the light and temperature conditions you can give it. Orchids have very specific needs and temperature requirements, and unless you have, or can create the growing environment they need, your experience growing the orchid won’t be as fun or rewarding as it could be.

  • Best Orchids for Low Light – Phalaenopsis (or moth orchid,) Paphiopedium (or slipper orchid.)
  • Best Orchids for Eastern Exposure – Oncidinae – or Camanara Wildcat Miltonia, or Pansy orchid.
  • Best Orchids for Bright Indirect Light – Oncidium, Brassia, and Phragmipedium.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone, or a beautiful plant to grace a dining table, console table or accent table, you can’t go wrong with a Phalaenopsis from Zeidlers. Choose the Deep Waters Orchid Plant, a single-stem purple plant, a single stem white Orchid in a Decorative Container, or the multi-stem show-stopper, the White Orchid.

Why Gladiolus Are The Official August Flowers

Just as certain precious stones are associated with different birth month, the same goes for flowers. Gladiolus is the birth flower for the month of August. These tall-stemmed flowers get their name, most likely, from the fact that they were regarded as the official symbol of Roman gladiators who fought in the Roman Coliseum. That may also be the origin of one of the common names for gladioli: “Sword Lily.”

According to the Language of Flowers, Gladioli have many meanings, including love at first sight. They also symbolize integrity and character strength. One legend about these colorful flowers suggests that when someone gives a loved one a gladiolus, they are piercing the recipient’s heart with their love.

If you want to show your love for someone, or enjoy the August flower, look no further than the Glorious Gladiolus Bouquet from Zeidler’s Flowers. Arranged in a clear glass face with ornamental greenery, this elegant arrangement is true to these beautiful flowers’ meaning: splendid beauty.

Gladioli are widely grown for the cutting industry, and gardeners love them because they are easy to grow, and because they’re an excellent addition to a perennial bed, even though many varieties have to be removed from the ground before the first freeze.

Choosing Gladioli

Dwarf Nanus gladioli are hardy enough to withstand cold Midwestern winters – if they are protected with a heavy layer of straw mulch. Like other spring-blooming bulbs, Dwarf Nanus corms are planted in fall.

Larger gladioli varieties are planted in spring, so you can enjoy blooms around mid-summer, the traditional bloom time. Summer blooming varieties are grouped into categories, according to when they bloom – early, middle, or late summer. To get the optimal flower display in your yard or garden, plant a mixture of varieties that bloom at different times.

Planting Gladioli

Choose a sunny location that is protected from extreme wind. You can choose a site that gets partial sun if the area gets at least 4 hours of direct sun every day.

Wait to plant your summer-blooming gladioli until after the danger of frost has passed. Before planting, prepare your growing bed. Till or dig the soil to loosen the soil from the surface to 15 inches deep. After loosening the soil, add compost (not composted manure,) so that four inches of organic matter is blended into the soil.

For each corm, dig a 4 inch deep hole. Make sure the pointed end faces up. Space corms at least 4 to 6 inches apart to allow room for spreading. Cover each corm with soil and pat firmly in place to secure corms and prevent them from falling over because the plants do get top heavy. Cover with a heavy layer of mulch to keep moisture in, prevent weed growth, and maintain consistent soil temperatures.