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‪#‎Tuesaytip‬ If you are sending orders out of the area for the holidays here is the most important advice I can give you 

I cannot stress to you what a waste to give a third party 27% to 33% of your money to a wire service that has NO clue about design or flowers. The internet makes it very easy to find a florist. Ask them "are you a local florist" in the town that you are sending and look at their website to see their work and make sure it's not stock photos. Remember when you ship flowers in the box, the recipient has to arrange the flowers themselves and in most cases the flowers arrive wilted.

Tuesday Flower Tip - Poinsettias

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Tuesday Flower Tip: Poinsettias

Poinsettias are commonly recognized as a "holiday" plant with their beautiful, crimson red leaves that scream Christmas cheer. But as a pet owner, you've admired them from a far, worried that your dog or cat may gnaw on the leaves and succumb to the plant's deadly poison.

Fear not: Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias really aren't toxic to your pets.

The History of Poinsettias
Poinsettias, also known as the Christmas flower, Christmas star, Mexican flameleaf and lobster plant, were first introduced in the United States during the 1820s.

Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. minister to Mexico (ambassadors were not appointed until 1896), brought a “Noche Buena” plant from Mexico to the United States in 1825. Poinsett, who was also a botanist, became the namesake for the “poinsettia” in the U.S., where the plant was eventually cultivated in the subtropical climate of southern California’s deserts.

The poinsettia’s association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico (“Noche Buena” means Christmas Eve in Spanish). Folklore of a young, poor girl who was inspired by an angel to gather roadside weeds as a gift for Jesus’ birthday celebration tells of how the weeds sprouted crimson blossoms when placed at the church altar.

Franciscan friars in Mexico began including poinsettias in their Christmas celebrations during the 17th century. The plant’s star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus.

Since the 20th century, poinsettias have become popular Christmas decorations throughout North America. In the United States, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.

The truth is that poinsettias are mildly toxic to pets, if at all.
Are Poinsettias Toxic?
Poinsettia plant
The myth of the poinsettia’s severe toxicity began in 1919 when the two-year-old child of a U.S. Army officer was alleged to have died from consuming a poinsettia leaf. The rumor was false, but the urban legend took off and, to this day, continues to thrive.

Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) have measured the effects of ingesting unusually high doses of all parts of the plant (including the leaves, stems and sap) and found the plant to be non-toxic. According to POISINDEX (R), the information resource used by the majority of U.S. poison control centers, a 50-pound child would have to eat more than 1.25 pounds of poinsettia bracts (500 to 600 leaves) to exceed the experimental doses that found no toxicity.

The truth is that poinsettias are mildly toxic to pets, if at all, according to the Pet Poison Helpline.

The plant produces a milky white sap that contains chemicals called diterpenoid euphorbol esters and saponin-like detergents. If consumed by your pet, mild signs of gastrointestinal upset including vomiting, drooling or, rarely, diarrhea may be seen. It’s possible that some pets may experience dermal irritation if the milky sap is exposed to their skin, including redness, swelling, and itchiness. Generally these symptoms are self limiting but if they persist a trip to the veterinarian may be necessary.

If you suspect your pet has eaten a poinsettia and is displaying concerning symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. If your veterinarian is not available, the Pet Poison Helpline has a 24-hour consulting help line.

Beware of Toxic Holiday Plants
While the poinsettia may not be a poisonous plant, there are other “holiday” plants which are, including mistletoe, lilies, rosemary, holly and holly berries.

Red berry Mistletoe
It is wise to note that lilies are frequently used by florists in bouquets, so inspect any holiday floral arrangements brought into your home. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, just one or two bites from a lily can result in severe acute kidney failure in cats — even the pollen of the lily is considered highly toxic.

Ingestion of Christmas and English holly can result in severe gastrointestinal upset for dogs or cats thanks to the spiny leaves and the potentially toxic substances (including saponins, methylxanthines, and cyanogens). If ingested, most dogs and cats smack their lips, drool and shake their heads excessively due to the mechanical injury from the spiny leaves.

While most of us hang mistletoe high enough so it’s out of reach of our dogs and cats, it can also be toxic if ingested. Mild signs of gastrointestinal irritation are seen, although if ingested in large amounts, collapse, hypotension, ataxia (walking drunk), seizures and death have also been reported in dogs and cats.

While these other holiday plants may be deadly, you need not banish poinsettias from your home for fear of a fatal exposure. Keeping poinsettias out of the reach of your pets is still a good idea, but don’t let an urban myth prevent you from celebrating the Christmas holiday with a touch of floral style. — in Thousand Oaks, California.

Picking the Right Florist To Send Flowers

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Because of the internet the ease of finding a local florist out of state is a phone call away. So here are a few helpful tips to remember when picking a florist. Consumers might not know, but not all "local" florists are local. Some out-of-state telemarketing and online firms pose as local florists. These companies mislead consumers into feeling they are ordering flowers from a local florist, but without their knowledge, are being call-remote forwarded to another state. These firms charge higher fees and take business away from legitimate local florists.

Consumers are deceived into thinking they are doing business with a local company when they're not. That's unethical, unfair and more common than you think.

This is an important fact to remember, when you use a wire service to send flowers be aware of the fact that the wire service is getting 27% of the order. 

It's important to remember the era of the traditional retail walk-in flower shop is moving towards warehouse or private studio locations. (Which is something we have done on and off for 30 years.) So how do you determine who is reputable? If you use a wire service make certain it is a reputable one and ask the shop owner what the policy is if the product you picked is not what you ordered.

 Your other option is to speak directly to the florist designing the arrangement. 
 The best way to find a florist in the city you are sending is the internet, or ask family, friends, and co-workers for florist recommendations. 
 Deal only with shops that service their local area and will not wire it out to another shop. 

Always ask "are you a flower shop in the city I'm sending".

The Right Fit: Look for a floral shop that offers the product mix, level of service and design style that fit your needs.

Personal Attention: Choose a florist who will get to know you, keep track of your floral preferences and offers a web site of their designs NOT STOCK PICTURES FROM A WIRE SERVICE.

Excellent Service: Get recommendations from family, friends and business associates. Word of mouth is often the best resource when looking for a  reputable florist.

Helpful Suggestions: Good florists ask questions about what you're looking for, offer expert advice and suggest floral gifts or ideas to match any sentiment, occasion, personality or home decor.

Creative Flair: Look for artistry in the florist's arrangements, design and presentation.

Selection and Variety: From roses to exotic tropical, a great shop carries a complete menu of flowers to choose from.

Top Quality Product: The finest florists in the field carry quality product.


Flor Consejos Martes: Gracias a Internet la facilidad de encontrar una florería local, fuera del estado es una llamada de distancia. Así que aquí están algunos consejos útiles a tener en cuenta al elegir un florista. Los consumidores podrían no saber, pero no todos los floristas "locales" son locales. Algunos fuera de estado de telemarketing y empresas en línea plantean como floristas locales. Estas empresas engañan a los consumidores en la sensación de que están ordenando las flores de una floristería local, pero sin su conocimiento, se están desviando de llamada remota a otro estado. Estas empresas cobran tarifas más altas y tienen negocios fuera de floristas locales legítimos.
Los consumidores son engañados haciéndoles creer que están haciendo negocios con una empresa local cuando no lo son. Eso es inmoral, injusto y más común de lo que piensas.
Este es un hecho importante a recordar, cuando se utiliza un servicio de cable para enviar flores sean conscientes del hecho de que la agencia de noticias es cada vez un 27% de la orden.
Es importante recordar la era de la tradicional tienda de flores a pie-en el comercio minorista se está moviendo hacia los lugares de depósito o de estudio privado. (Lo cual es algo que hemos hecho de manera intermitente durante 30 años.) Entonces, ¿cómo determinar quién es de confianza? Si utiliza un servicio de cable de asegurarse de que es una buena reputación y pedir al dueño de la tienda lo que la política es si el producto que usted escogió no es lo que pedimos.
  Su otra opción es hablar directamente a la floristería el diseño de la disposición.
  La mejor manera de encontrar una florería en la ciudad que usted está enviando es el Internet, o pedir la familia, amigos y compañeros de trabajo para las recomendaciones a la florista.
  Tratar sólo con tiendas que dan servicio a su área local y no cablear hacia fuera a otra tienda.
Siempre pregunte "¿estás una tienda de flores en la ciudad que estoy enviando".
El ajuste correcto: Busque una tienda de flores que ofrece la combinación de productos, nivel de servicio y de estilo de diseño que se ajuste a sus necesidades.
Atención personal: Elija una florería que conocer a usted, mantenga un registro de sus preferencias florales y ofrece un sitio web de sus diseños NO FOTOS DE ARCHIVO DE UN SERVICIO DE ALAMBRE.
Excelente Servicio: Obtener recomendaciones de familiares, amigos y socios de negocios. El boca a boca es a menudo el mejor recurso en la búsqueda de una floristería de confianza.
Sugerencias útiles: Buenas floristas hacen preguntas sobre lo que usted está buscando, ofrecer asesoramiento de expertos y sugerir regalos florales o ideas para combinar con cualquier sentimiento, ocasión, la personalidad o la decoración del hogar.

Talento creativo: buscar el arte en la floristería arreglos, diseño y presentación.

Selección y Variedad: De rosas a la exótica tropical, una gran tienda lleva un menú completo de flores para elegir.

Calidad superior de producto: Los mejores floristas en los campo de calidad de transporte asociados de negocios product.d.

Sugerencias útiles: Buenas floristas hacen preguntas sobre lo que usted está buscando, ofrecer asesoramiento de expertos y sugerir regalos florales o ideas para combinar con cualquier sentimiento, ocasión, la personalidad o la decoración del hogar.

Talento creativo: buscar el arte en la floristería arreglos, diseño y presentación.

Selección y Variedad: De rosas a la exótica tropical, una gran tienda lleva un menú completo de flores para elegir.

Calidad superior de producto: Los mejores floristas en el campo llevan a la calidad del producto.

Tuesdays Flower Tips - Less Is More

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#tuesdaytip My tip for today is about simplicity when planning your wedding or any event. The collage you see pictured below is from three different weddings at the Westlake Village Inn at the Tuscan Gazebo. In our professional opinion we think the gazebo is magnificent and should never be covered like the picture in the center. Flowers on the side or on the top to frame this beautiful structure adds to the architectural splendor of the gazebo.
Ultimately it is the florist's job to make our customer happy and our bride loved her covered gazebo, which is what matters most. But sometimes, less is MORE and I think if you already have a beautiful location you should compliment the space and keep it simple, elegant and part of the surrounding environment.

#tuesdaytip Mi consejo de hoy es acerca de la simplicidad en la planificación de su boda o cualquier evento. El collage que aparece en la foto de abajo es de tres bodas diferentes al Westlake Village Inn en el Gazebo de la Toscana. En nuestra opinión profesional pensamos que el mirador es magnífico y nunca debe ser cubierta como la imagen en el centro. Flores en el lateral o en la parte superior para enmarcar esta hermosa estructura se suma al esplendor arquitectónico de la glorieta.
En última instancia, es el trabajo de la florería para hacer que nuestro cliente feliz y nuestra novia amaba a su templete, que es lo que más importa. Pero a veces, menos es más, y creo que si usted ya tiene un hermoso lugar usted debe complementar el espacio y que sea sencillo, elegante y parte del entorno que lo rodea.


Tuesday's Tip - Phalaenopsis Orchids

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Orchid planters are some of our biggest sellers at David Jeffrey Florist. We only carry the large grade A premium Phalaenopsis Orchid Plants but if they could talk there is one sentence that EVERY orchid plant would say "Please STOP drowning me with love." Orchid plants are easy, low maintenance and need less attention than you think and suffer from too much water. So here is a simple easy to follow list about Phalaenopsis Orchid Plants 

Medium to bright (indirect) light. Avoid direct sunlight, as leaves burn easily. If leaves turn yellow or splotchy, plant is getting too much light.

Day: 68-85° F; Night: 65–75°F. Plant should have even temperature if possible, especially when in bud. Chilly temperatures or drafty areas can cause flowers and buds to drop.


Water Phalaenopsis about once a week: it’s best to allow potting mix to almost dry out between watering. Check the medium with your finger - if you feel moisture do not water. Do not let stand in water

Plantadores de orquídeas son algunos de nuestros más vendidos en David Jeffrey Florist. Sólo llevamos la gran grado A Plantas Phalaenopsis Orchid pero si pudieran hablar hay una frase que cada planta de la orquídea diría "Por favor, deja que me ahogo con el amor." Plantas de orquídeas son fáciles, de bajo mantenimiento y necesitan menos atención de lo que piensa y sufre de demasiada agua. Así que aquí es un simple y fácil a la lista de plantas de orquídeas Phalaenopsis seguir 

Medio a la luz brillante (indirecta). Evite la luz solar directa, ya que las hojas se queman fácilmente. Si las hojas se vuelven amarillas o con manchas, planta está recibiendo demasiada luz. 

Día: 68 a 85 ° F; Noche: 65-75 ° F. Planta debe tener una temperatura uniforme, si es posible, sobre todo cuando en la yema. Temperaturas frías o zonas con corrientes de aire pueden causar flores y capullos caigan. 

Phalaenopsis de agua una vez por semana: lo mejor es permitir que la mezcla para macetas a casi secarse entre riegos. Compruebe el medio con el dedo - si se siente la humedad no hacer agua. No deje reposar en agua.

Tuesdays Tips - Bridal Bouquets In The Summer

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#tuetip Tuesday Tip: Bouquets for the bride and bridal attendants should always be handled with care and kept out of the sun on a warm day. 

If your photographer insist on taking pictures outside before the wedding ceremony and the temperature is over 80 degrees, limit the exposure of the flowers to 1 hour. Anything over that we highly recommend a duplicate bouquet or use artificial flowers as an extra precaution. Remember your bouquet is either hand wired, tied, wrapped, or in a bridal holder, they are NOT POMS POMS!

Tuesday's Flower Tips - Toxic Plants, Flowers, and Our Pets

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Tuesday Tips. This week I want to share helpful information concerning toxic plants, flowers and our pets. Like most pet owners, we love our dog and cat Oliver and Sadie and take every precaution when it comes to their health and welfare.
Luckily none of my pets go near any of the flowers I keep in my home and shop so it has never been a concern for me but there are other pet owners that are not so fortunate. The best way to protect your pet from flowers and plants that could be harmful is to keep them away from them.  

Here are a few links to keep you informed and always consult your veterinarian when in doubt concerning any health issues with your pet.