July Birthdays & Summer Delphinium

delphinium

As we move into the heart of the summer, with long days and ever-warmer temperatures, you may be looking for ways to give your home a fresh, bright makeover. And it can be easy, with a few simple additions from Gordon Boswell Florist.  Colorful arrangements of cut flowers will infuse style into any living space – and whatever decorating style suits you best, Gordon Boswell Florist has designs that will fit in perfectly. This month we shine a spotlight on one of our favorites – the blue delphinium – which also happens to be the birth flower of July.  Continue reading

Bee Friendly Plants & Gardens

bee friendly plants

One of the more pressing environmental problems globally is not in the news on a daily basis, but it affects us all. The bee population around the world is declining at an alarming rate, with 40% of the bees gone from the United States alone. While scientists aren’t sure of the exact cause for their disappearance, they do know that the world’s capacity to grow food will be greatly affected without these helpful insects. However, there are ways we can all pitch in to do our part to assist them in their plight –  and Gordon Boswell Florist is here to help you in creating a yard that will invite the bees to safely thrive. Bee friendly plants are just the beginning!  Continue reading

Beautiful Summer Florals for Your Outdoor Table

summer florals

You’ve invited your guests, prepared the food, and set up the tables and chairs. But when planning a summer party, no matter how casual or formal it may be, you aren’t done until you choose the flowers! Summer florals are the perfect way to add color, vibrancy, and fun to any get-together with family and friends. Before your guests arrive, make sure you have the beautiful centerpieces and bouquets that will turn an ordinary occasion into an extraordinary one.  Continue reading

Blues to Reds – July Birthday Bouquets

july birthdayBirthdays are a great opportunity to give a gift that is highly personal, and that represents the unique person you are celebrating. In July, you have an opportunity to choose between two very different traditions that will be symbolic of a July birthday. Is your loved one more relaxed, serene and peaceful? Or do they have a red-hot streak that makes them fiery and passionate?

july birthdayThe July birth flower is the demure and elegant blue delphinium. Often confused with the equally ethereal larkspur, this gorgeous summer flower exhibits the color of bright summer skies and is a traditional flower of choice for wildflower bouquets. This shy flower is rarely presented on its own, but is normally found providing a pretty backdrop for more bold blossoms; still it is the perfect bloom to add to a birthday arrangement this month.

At the other end of the color, range is the fiery red ruby, the birthstone of July. The ruby stands for passion, for opulence, for extravagance, and prosperity. It’s brilliant red color was rumored in ancient times to have the power to boil water and melt wax, not to mention repel evil spirits and bring good luck. It was the favored gemstone of emperors and kings and is considered the king of stones. Bold and red hot, the ruby can be represented florally by red roses, red gerbera daisies, red carnations – or tropical flowers such as the red bromeliad or the anthurium plant.

july birthdayOf course, you may choose to honor your loved one with a unique arrangement that encompasses both of these elements – after all, everybody has a bit of both! Whatever your choice, the floral designers at Gordon Boswell are ready to create the perfect floral arrangement for your celebration, whether in Fort Worth or across the country.

Don’t Forget the Summer Flowers

summer flowersHenry James once said, “Summer afternoon – to me, those have always been two of the most beautiful words in the English language.” And it seems the world agrees. Whether it is because the daylight lingers for hours or maybe because family schedules are relaxed; but all of Fort Worth seems to take a deep breath and slow down. Summer undeniably is a special time that we all treasure.

summer flowersSome of the most evident beauty of summer is in nature; summer flowers are bright, vibrant and bold! Some of the most popular flowers this time of year are the ones who withstand the heat beautifully; the summers best include gladioli, hydrangea, and roses. One of the most prolific and widespread class of blooms is the aster family – gerbera daisies in bright hues, marigold and zinnias that populate our gardens, and the beloved sunflower, the reigning king of the summer flower. Not only does the sunflower grow on stalks that stand proudly high above all others, the cheerful yellow flower head wakes with the sun and follows the sun’s track throughout the day – like all of us who crave the sunshine!

summer flowersIn the summertime, the vibe is carefree and informal. Choose these colorful summer flowers to bring the outside in, or to liven up any picnic or barbecue! The floral designers at Gordon Boswell are committed to creating summer bouquets that are both lavish yet friendly and welcoming, perfect for all summer get-togethers. Don’t forget, if you are headed to a family gathering or an evening with friends, these floral arrangements make the perfect hostess gift. Stop by and let our florists design the perfect bouquet for any occasion – and in the summertime, that means arranging the colors and blooms of summer in a display reminiscent of our favorite season.

Make Your Home a Tropical Oasis with Exotic Flowers

exotic flowersTropical flowers are always a popular choice for both home or office, because of their unique aesthetic that is both beautiful and elegant. The vibrant shades of red, orange, purple and yellow are just the beginning of the allure of these hot weather plants – their shapes and varieties are rare, exotic looking and make for dramatic arrangements with bold lines and textures.

exotic flowersReminiscent of the rain forest and some of the most idyllic islands on earth, these flowers also bring us to a dreamy place, transporting us even for a moment to a place of white beaches and blue skies. And while many of these flowers do not grow well outside of their native climates, the Fort Worth classification as humid sub-tropical allows for many of these species to thrive. Therefore not only can you transform your lanai or patio into a mini tropical paradise, but there are many species of flowering plant that you can also plant in your yard, and they should do well for the majority of the year.

One of the most iconic emblems of the tropics is the bird of paradise, with its easily recognizable geometric orange flowers. Red ginger plants are popular additions to any arrangement, adding a fiery spear of blooms; while long petaled Fuji mums and protea lend a spidery beauty. The brash and confident anthurium, with its red and yellow silhouette, makes for a wonderful tropical office arrangement; and of course, orchids are the most chose exotic flower of choice; their wide selection of hues and impressive varieties are widely esteemed. To get an authentic island vibe right here in Fort Worth, assorted potted bromeliads will transform a patio or back deck into a tropical garden.

exotic flowersEven if a tropical vacation isn’t in your plans this year, you can bring the ambiance of the islands home with you – stop into Gordon Boswell for more ideas and inspiration as to creating a striking tropical bouquet, then sit back and relax like you are in paradise.

How to Decorate this Labor Day

labor dayAs the end of August inches up on us, we’re reminded that summer is winding down, the kids are heading back to school, and those days of hanging out outside with family, friends and the all-important Texas barbecue grill, are becoming few and far between. Labor Day represents the end of summer in many ways. This federal holiday is always observed on the first Monday of September. This year, we’ll celebrate Labor Day on Monday, September 7. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 after President Grover Cleveland signed the bill that enacted the holiday into law.

Labor Day is all about celebrating the end of summer with backyard barbecues, family gatherings, or celebrating with friends and neighbors. Any Texas Labor Day celebration will be a big one because everything is bigger in Texas. That’s just how we do things. You’re not going to skimp on the food, and you certainly wouldn’t want to forget about the flowers! You need those flowers to crank up the WOW factor for your celebration!

labor day

Fort Worth may be a long way from the ocean, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a Taste of the Ocean to your Labor Day festivities. We think this is one of our most unique arrangements we’ve created. We chose a clear glass cube vase for this design. The cube is filled with seashells. Then we add blue and green hydrangeas, sunflowers, orange spray roses. We place echeveria succulents above the flowers and add some decorative greenery and ornamental grass. We think this arrangement really captures the essence of the sorts of things that residents in our area might actually grow in their backyards, gardens, or outdoor living and relaxing spaces.

You still have plenty of time to choose your Labor Day flowers. Gordon Boswell is eager to help you make your Labor Day celebrations, an event that everyone will remember.

How to Make Someone Smile

make someone smileMake Someone Smile® Week began almost sixteen years ago as a charity event that Teleflora thought of and sponsored. Over the course of the years, interest spread throughout the industry, and florists across the country have eagerly joined in this campaign.Gordon Boswell is excited to be a part of this crusade, because we truly believe in the power that flowers have to make people happy, to make them smile, or to cheer people up.

Make Someone Smile® encourages people to think about their elderly relatives, neighbors, extended family members, or anyone they may know who is confined to a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility. Think of children in hospitals, or foster homes. They long to be able to do everything that all kids love to do. Southern hospitality is all about being warm and friendly, and that’s a big part of what this campaign seeks to do.

We thought about the arrangements we have and came up with some suggestions that we hope will inspire you to reach out to a loved one or stranger, simply to do a good deed, and to make them smile – for a moment, for a day, or for any length of time.

make someone smile

Fun in the Sun

Our Fun in the Sun arrangement is the epitome of summer and sunshine, and we’re sure it will make someone smile. We arrange a combination of sunflowers, orange roses and blue and white hydrangeas in a clear glass vase. Accents of greenery and berries add color and texture to this delightful nod to summer.

make someone smile

It’s a Perfect Day

It’s a Perfect Day Bouquet is packed with color and delightful blooms that are sure to lift someone’s spirits, even on the gloomiest day. We arrange stargazer lilies with orange spray roses, sunflowers, yellow Alstromeria, pink Gerbera daisies, and deep blue hydrangeas. We add lush greens for a dramatic effect.

The Be Happy® arrangement is Teleflora’s signature for this event. What could be more cheerful than a bright yellow mug with a smile emblazoned on it? We really dress this keepsake mug up by filling it with yellow roses and white and yellow daisies. When you want to make someone smile, this is guaranteed to accomplish the job.

We encourage you to join us as we spread some happiness around our community. Transform that southern hospitality for which Texas is so well known, into an act of kindness that brightens the day of someone who needs some warmth and cheerfulness.

 

Decorating for Summer Parties with Outdoor Plants

outdoor plantsTexans are fortunate in that the weather is normally pretty mild throughout the year. Summer, however, is always very special in the Lone Star state. The season encourages people to spend more time outside than they do inside. If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor living space, a patio, deck, balcony, and other amenities, you are even luckier. Texans take pride in their property, making sure that the lawn and landscape are always meticulously manicured and maintained. It is easy to forget about other places like the patio, deck, or balcony. After serving the Fort Worth area since 1919, Gordon Boswell knows how important entertaining is in Texas hospitality and life in general. We also know that Texans like to go all out when they entertain, so decorating your outdoor entertaining space is just as important as decorating your indoor entertaining areas is.

We’ve come up with some versatile ideas that will let you spruce up your outdoor entertaining area effortlessly while allowing you to enjoy these plants indoors when bad weather strikes.

outdoor plants

Bromeiliad Plant

A Bromeliad Plant is an interesting plant that creates a huge impact with the exotic tropical flower spike that emerges from the center of the plant. These plants are quite hardy, and they don’t require a lot of care, so they’re ideal for everyone. Since they grow in tropical environments, they’re sure to thrive on your patio or balcony. Our designers go to great lengths to select the most beautiful Bromeliads to combine in a ceramic planter. Use the plant as a unique centerpiece, on an end table, or on a coffee table in your outdoor living area where it will become a focal point.

Our Garden Basket with an Orchid is an unusual combination of seasonal flowering plants and green plants with a spectacular orchid that arches over the top. You get the illusion of a window box with this unique arrangement, and you can enjoy it inside when it gets too cold, or when bad weather strikes. The basket planter will look wonderful in any outdoor area, and the variety of plants will perk up your outdoor living area instantly.

We have a huge selection of Blooming Plants that will instantly transform a boring and drab outdoor entertaining space into an elegant and sophisticated retreat. Choose from Kalanchoe, Hydrangea, Azaleas, Calla lilies, daisies, and many other flowering plants. You will be able to enjoy them whether you’re entertaining guests or hanging out with the family outside. You’ll also be able to enjoy them in your home for the rest of the year.

 

July 4th Flowers

4th of July Flowers Hurst, TXAmericans celebrate July 4 as the birthday of the nation. Historically, however, July 4, 1776 is the date on which the Second Continental Congress met for the formal adoption of the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration wasn’t actually signed until August 2, 1776 when most of the members of the Congress gathered to sign it. The Declaration wasn’t official until that day.

Interesting Facts About July 4

It is very interesting to think that John Adams’ vision of how Americans should celebrate what is arguably the nation’s most important secular holiday, turned out to be so true. The National Park Service quotes from a letter that John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. In it, he told her that he believed future generations would celebrate July 2 as an Anniversary Festival. He went on to explain that he saw it as the “most memorable Epocha, (sic) in the History of America.”

The Massachusetts Historical Society quotes another part of the letter where Adams explains that the day “ought to be solemnized with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other from this Time forward and forever more. (sic)” The American Revolution continued until 1783, but that didn’t stop the Colonists from observing this important occasion.

Adams didn’t have any idea that the grand celebrations he described and urged people to arrange, would be so fitting for a place like Texas, and a city like Fort Worth. It’s no secret to anyone anywhere that EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas. When it comes to any type of celebration, Texans will go all out, and Independence Day is no exception.

4th of July Flower Delivery Fort Worth, TX

American Beauty

How Texans Celebrate July 4th

Regardless of whether the Fourth of July turns out to be a sunny or rainy day, you’ll be hard pressed to find a Texan who isn’t willing to man a barbecue grill anyway. If it rains, the celebration just moves to a covered patio, or indoors, if necessary. Texans are all about sharing their food with friends, family and neighbors, and big gatherings and picnics are part of that. July 4 celebrations are always big. Outdoor living spaces are popular throughout all of Texas because people want to enjoy the fantastic climate. Pool parties, backyard games, baseball, and fireworks are all part of July 4 festivities around the state.

If you’re going to celebrate the Fourth of July with great food, great friends, and some good old-fashioned American fun, you need to surround yourself with beautiful patriotic floral arrangements. American Beauty is a delightful nod to July 4 with red, white, and blue flowers. The beautiful red roses, white lilies, and blue accents go beautifully with the blue cube-shaped vase that is accented with a small American flag. This arrangement is perfect for a dining table – whether it is indoors or outside.

Be sure to let the floral designers at Gordon Boswell help you come up with a unique July 4th flower arrangement, for your house, outdoor living area, or picnic space somewhere else.