Self Care In The Form Of Gorgeous Plants

With the notion of self-care comes the idea that we must invest oodles of time, money and energy into something that only benefits ourselves. In reality small, simple changes can make a big difference in your own life and in the lives of those around you. When you care for yourself, you become better at caring for others, too. Finding balance, energy and peace can be achieved in many ways- eating healthy, exercising, meditation and rest, and even surrounding yourself with samples of nature are great ways to care for yourself. Gordon Boswell, the go-to Fort Worth flower shop, has beautiful arrangements of plants and flowers alike that will nurture your soul and help you find wellness.

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An Unforgettable 4th of July Arrangement

If you’re hosting a shindig at your place for the 4th of July this year, it’s time to have some fun. Gordon Boswell is going to show you exactly how you can do that in florals, but first, can we take a minute to appreciate the incredible opportunity to decorate we have on this day? We love it when we see patriotic bunting hanging from porches or clusters of sparklers on the table, especially if that table is draped with a red-checkered cloth. Everyone’s in a festive mood, and the decor we dress our homes in should seize on that spirit and reflect it back.

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Celebrate The Best Boss in Fort Worth

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If you have ever had a great boss – or if you have one now – you can attest to the fact that enjoying your work just makes life better. October 16 is National Boss’s Day, and is the perfect opportunity to tell your boss how much you appreciate his or her support, encouragement and guidance.

Gordon Boswell Florist is Fort Worth’s premiere florist. We are the first place you should call for gifts for all occasions, including to convey your gratitude to the best boss you’ve ever had. .  Continue reading

Indoor Green Plants and Dish Gardens

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One of the most popular ways to transform your personal environment into a sanctuary of beauty and peace is to decorate is with beautiful green and flowering plants. And while those with green thumbs can keep our plants thriving year-round, some of us may need a little extra help. That’s okay, the experts at Gordon Boswell Flowers have the knowledge and expert advice you’ll need – not to mention, the highest quality plants in Fort Worth. Here are the highlights on just a few of our favorites.

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The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum, shown above)
Level of Care: Low maintenance
Watering: Soil should always be lightly moist, never soaked.
Feeding: Fertilize throughout the winter, every 6 weeks.
Light Exposure: Moderate, indirect light
Miscellaneous: Re-pot each spring in fresh soil.

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Bromeliads (shown above)
Level of Care: Low maintenance
Watering: Fill the cup at the base of the leaves with water, remove debris and stagnant water once a week.
Feeding: Give a half-strength fertilizer during the growing season
Light Exposure: Medium to bright light
Miscellaneous: As tropical plants, bromeliads need high humidity. If necessary, set the bromeliad’s pot in a saucer of gravel filled partially with water. Make sure the roots are not submerged in the water to prevent rot. indoor green plants Gordon Boswell Flowers has a wide variety of dish gardens that showcase the freshest and most seasonal flowers. Each of these will come with their own care requirements, depending on the flowers. Because Kalanchoe and Begonia are two commonly used flowers, here are sample care instructions.

Kalanchoe 
Level of Care: Low maintenance
Watering: As a succulent, this plant only needs to be watered once a week.
Light Exposure: One to two hours of direct sunlight per day, bright light otherwise
Temperature: Room temperature
Miscellaneous: Make sure container allows water to drain when watered.
Begonia 
Level of Care: Moderate maintenance
Watering: Let soil dry in between watering
Feeding: Fertilize with Miracle Grow or similar every 2-4 weeks.
Light Exposure: Bright light

Regardless of what type of indoor green plants – or flowering plants – that are just right for the occasion, you can trust that the professionals at Gordon Boswell Florist. Browse our site, and feel free to ask questions – we are committed to making sure that your plants thrive!

How to Decorate for Outdoor Parties Using Flowers

outdoor partiesIn the summer time, there are few things we like better than relaxing outdoors. From casual barbecues for the neighbors to garden parties with the girls, our backyard decks and patios can be transformed into an entertainment venue with just a few tweaks.

outdoor partiesFor all except the most formal of affairs, an eclectic combination of furniture will give a relaxed vibe that your guests will love. Wicker chairs, big comfy cushions, lounge chairs – all inspire your friends to take it easy.

Flower baskets are an exceptionally easy yet beautiful way to change a standard backyard into a forest glade or summer meadow. Baskets can be placed on decks, hang from shepherd hooks or grace seating areas; and are easily shifted from sun to shade if need be. Professional Tip: Use flowers in your baskets that can later be replanted in a garden, for permanent seasonal décor.
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Encourage mingling by placing drinks at one station, food at another, and desserts at still another. Guests will get up and move around, and be a lot more likely to chat with different people.

If you are going to have formal tables and seating, centerpieces that embrace the ambiance of the party are a great choice. Spring wildflowers for picnics, or orchids for wedding receptions – flowers are a perfect way to set the mood.outdoor parties

Even if you are not entertaining, flowers from Gordon Boswell add gorgeous accents to patios and decks; and hanging plants can add draperies of color to a front porch, trellis or gazebo. Whatever mood you are trying to achieve, our florists are happy to help – give us a call today, and let us get to decorating!

Gordon Boswell – Earth Day

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The Earth Day phenomenon officially originated in 1970; but may actually have truly begun 8 years earlier, when author Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring. The book revealed the state of affairs regarding pollution, the environment and global health; and her effort may well have planted the seeds for the initiatives a few years later.

 

There are actually two Earth Days celebrated – the first, observed on the vernal equinox (first day of Spring) each year is considered International Earth Day, thanks to its backing by the United Nations. It is recognized in 184 countries, but began humbly when John McConnell, a well known activist, proposed the idea March 21, 1970, at a national conference in San Francisco. In June of the same year, an International Earth Day Proclamation was adopted by the United Nations; and 36 world leaders signed the declaration.

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The Earth Day most often celebrated here in the United States originated in the same year, but on Aprill 22. That was the date of the “National Teach-In”, a nationwide environmental educational campaign that took place on campuses across the nation. The man behind the effort was Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator who had been alarmed at the devastation he witnessed a year earlier after a major oil spill. With the help of a Congressman and a Harvard professor, the campaign capitalized the fervor of university students to spread the word; and it so sparked the consciousness of the nation that it led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

 

Plants comprise a critical ecosystem which is essential for the healthy existence of all life on Earth. We literally cannot live without plants an the air purification and replenishment they provide. This Earth Day – whether you celebrate on March 21 or April 22 – add a few new plants to your home or office, or send some to your friends. At Gordon Boswell in Fort Worth, we have a large selection of plants and flowers that will not only make your air easier to breathe, but will beautify your surroundings.

Share Houseplant Appreciation Day with Family & Friends

houseplant appreciationSome people may not be aware that January 10 is Houseplant Appreciation Day; a man named Dan Matthews started it, in hopes of bringing neglected houseplants into the forefront after the busyness of the holiday season have ended. As an avid lifetime gardener, he feels many people do not appreciate all the benefits plant life provides to the environment. Plants are shown to be a catalyst in removing contaminant from their surroundings as well as supplying oxygen, which results in providing people, especially those who may suffer from respiratory conditions, with an improved breathing experiencing.

I know a great way to share the meaning of the day with family and friend. You could present them with a lovely “green” gift to help them become aware of how important plants are to our overall health in balancing the quality of air, coupled with showing how much you care for them.

How about gifting mom and dad with the Areca Palm, this attractive plant features lush and delicate leaflets, displayed in a pretty wicker basket. This houseplant is sure to add a touch of class to any room.

Your special friend will love the Orchid Garden. Presented in a simplistic container this flower design is comprised of three different orchid plants. This modern arrangement will certainly get everyone’s attention.

Your sibling will be pleasantly surprise with a Blooming Plant; you have a variety of choices to choose from including kalanchoes, daisies, lilies, hydrangeas and more. Pick the perfect blossoms that match their personality. This plant comes in a fashionable container.

GordonBoswell.com is a multi-generational florist; we have been in business since 1919. We have all types of plants to help you share the message of Houseplant Appreciation Day. In addition, if you have any other special occasions you want to make unforgettable we can help with them as well.

We offer flower designs, a variety of gifts for every type of event, gourmet and fruit baskets and more.

Feel free to visit us online, our friendly and knowledgeable experts are ready to assist you with any questions or requirements you might have.

 

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.

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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.

 

Gifts for the Whole Office on Employee Appreciation Day

footer-590pxEmployee Appreciation Day arrives on the first Friday of March, which means the holiday falls on March 6th this year. The holiday celebrates the dedication and achievements of employees in all industries. It was the creation of a founding member of the group, Recognition Professional International.

There are no specific rules when it comes to celebrating this holiday, and your gifts may range from a catered lunch for everyone at the company to individual gifts like gift cards or bright vases of flowers to each employee. If you’ve regularly celebrated this holiday in the past, perhaps it’s time to try something different this year as a surprise to your employees.

Meaningful Yet Simple Gifts

Recognizing employees for their dedication to the company is an important part of being a good manager, but sometimes it’s easy to forget those small compliments and accolades during the year. Fortunately, Employee Appreciation Day makes it easy to show your thanks.

It’s likely your gifts will depend upon the size of your company, who hired each employee, and whether there are other managers at work. One simple way to arrange gifting is to make each manager responsible for his or her team. This allows for diversity and personalization in the recognition process.

For example, the IT department might head out for lunch at a local bistro while the members of Development might receive fresh fruit baskets. For small businesses with less than 10 or 15 employees, a communal celebration with a nice catered lunch is an entertaining option.

The gathering will give everyone a chance to do some socializing away from their desks. You can even use the event as a way to strengthen the working relationships between each of your employees and to bring some laughter and humor into the office.

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Beautifying the Office with Flowers

The fluorescent lights, cubicles, and manila envelopes that decorate the average office can seem a little gray after a while, and Employee Appreciation Day is the perfect time to introduce a little color to the desks of your employees.

If you’re looking for gifts for male and female employees, you might choose a potted plant like a blooming bromeliad, which is easy to grow on an office desk. You may also choose to beautify the entire office with vases and flowers placed at the entryways or in the employee break room as a reminder of the celebration.

Flowers and potted plants from Gordon Boswell are an easy yet meaningful way to show your employees you care on Employee Appreciation Day.

 

Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day

National Houseplant Appreciation Day is the perfect time to celebrate these gorgeous blooms that help bring a bit of light and color into the home. Not only are they the perfect complement to nearly any decor, they also can help clean the air and make everything feel fresher and more comfortable. Houseplants are perfect for lighting up the room and putting a smile on everyone’s face. Those interested in adding some houseplants to their home for the upcoming holiday should consider the following plants recommended by us at Gordon Boswell.

Orchids

Orchids offer an elegant and unique beauty that has drawn many shoppers in recent years. There are countless different types of orchids and they come in a wide range of sizes and colors, making it easy for people to find the flower that will suit them best. For the house, consider mixing a few different types of orchids into a single pot. This will help the colors bring out the best in each other and create a fabulous arrangement that can be enjoyed just about anywhere in the home, apartment, or even office.

Green plants

Many people enjoy adding some green plants to their indoor arrangements. The deep green of the Areca Palm can be particularly fitting. The simple yet appealing look of the plant means that it will look perfect nearly anywhere. They can be used around a fireplace, in the entrance way to a home, or elsewhere in the living room to decorate. They also can be fabulous gifts for a holiday or for a hostess.

Bromeliad plant

The Bromeliad is the perfect choice for those who do not have much of a green thumb. This plant is known for being hardy and being easy to care for while still looking incredible. The rich colors of the blooms mean that this plant will look amazing on countertops, bookshelves, mantels, and just about anywhere else in the home. Take advantage of how easy this plant can be and add a splash of color throughout the residence.

National Houseplant Appreciation Day is a wonderful opportunity for people to rededicate themselves to caring for and investing in indoor plants. These beautiful additions can help bring color and light to any room in the apartment or house. Those in the market for a new plant should carefully review the options above and see which one would best meet their needs.