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Flowers, for centuries, have been a defining token gesture for showing one’s appreciation to another person. Gifting someone flowers communicates to them that you care for them, you want them to be happy, and you’re thinking about them. There’s a reason why that practice has never died — it’s just hard not to feel happy when you’ve been given the gift of flowers.

As professional flower delivery experts and florists in the Washington D.C. area, we’ve made more than enough flowers to see all kinds of different situations in which somebody can be pleasantly surprised by an unexpected flower delivery! Want to make someone’s day? Consider some of the following ideas:

Randomly Sending Flowers To Your Significant Other

Want to know one of our biggest pet-peeves when it comes to flowers? The idea that there has to be some kind of occasion to gift them to someone! In reality, we can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy a random gift of flowers from their loved one, just because.

While we definitely advocate randomly showing up with flowers when you greet your partner, we think there’s also a special kind of significance when you send a company to do it; it says, “I’m thinking of you” much more strongly than a tactfully worded text message ever could (yes, even a really cutesy one).

Sending Flowers to Someone Who’s Hospitalized

We never want it to happen, but sometimes it’s unavoidable and a loved one will find their way to the hospital, often for an extended period of time. We don’t have to say that the most ideal option is, of course, for you to be there by their side, sometimes that’s just not possible. It might be someone who’s out of state (but still very important to you) or someone who you can visit, but not all the time, due to work or other responsibilities.

Sometimes the best way to make their day is to send some flowers as a sincere “get well soon” gift. It shows that, even though you can’t be there, you’re still thinking of them and hoping for their active recovery. It can also give a bedridden patient something lovely to look at, and provide some much needed floral scents to their hospital room.

Ordering Flowers to Your Home for Your Sick Partner

This idea is similar to the one above, but in a slightly different way. Have you ever considered getting flowers delivered to your own house, while you’re there? If you really want to score some points with your partner, consider ordering some flowers for delivery during a period where you’re taking care of them in a time of need.

Sometimes the best way to make your significant other happy when they’re down is to just be there with them — snuggling, watching movies together, and making hot soup for them. These are all things that can go a long way when they’re struggling with illness or general sadness.

Why not go the extra mile, and get them flowers as a get-well gift while you’re tending to their needs? It’s a cute and clever way to surprise them, while still not having to leave their side.

Sending Flowers to a Family Member Out of State

One last way to make someone’s day with flowers is to send them something when you can’t personally be there to deliver it yourself. This most commonly applies to out-of-state situations.

There are all kinds of circumstances that can pull family apart. Young adults will spend tremendous amounts of time away from home as they pursue their schooling and careers; traveling businessmen may find themselves constantly moving around while their family remains rooted in one place, or a loved one might move to a different state due to a job or other opportunity.

In all of these instances, arranging flower delivery from afar can be a heartwarming and easy way to brighten their lives. If you have someone in the Washington D.C. area, we would be happy to deliver a floral arrangement to them!

Never Underestimate the Power of Flowers

Flowers, even though they don’t do much except for look and smell nice, will likely continue to be a token of goodwill and affection for as long as they exist. There is something so natural in us that can’t help but feel good from a lovely flower gift, so finding ways to provide that for friends, partners, and family can be an easy way to make them feel very special.

For all of your flower delivery needs in the Washington D.C. area, please contact Nosegay Flowers today, or browse our online store! As professional florists, we know how to make floral arrangements that everyone can love. Help us make the day of someone who means a lot to you!

When it comes to floral arrangements, beautiful bouquets, gift roses, or even the dandelion that you plucked from the side of the road, there’s one inevitability you can always be certain of — all flowers, eventually, will die.

This is a sad truth to cope with, because as florists ourselves in the Washington D.C. area, we know just how incredible a beautiful flower arrangement can be; we put such care into our arrangements and we love seeing how they light up people’s faces or add serene beauty to any occasion. It’s a shame, then, that the flowers will soon die afterward. Flower arranging isn’t an art form for the faint of heart because no matter what you do, your composition won’t last.

But, doesn’t it seem such a shame to just throw away a perfectly lovely, beautiful bouquet of flowers? Isn’t it sad throwing away the beautiful arrangements that were prepared for that wedding you just went to?

Fortunately, there’s a solution — death doesn’t have to be the end of your flowers! As flower experts, we know of several creative ways you can make use of dried-up flowers. Instead of tossing them in the trash, consider one of these fun ideas!

Create Some Potpourri

Isn’t it kind of silly to be buying your own potpourri when you could be making some yourself? You’re essentially paying for dried up fruits, flowers, and spices, most of which you already have on hand. Why not try making something out of your dried flowers, fruit, and other aromatic products?

While teaching you how to make potpourri goes a little beyond the scope of this blog post, you might be surprised at how fun it can be to have a go at it! All you have to do is look up potpourri recipes online, and you can get started at your own homemade solutions. It’s a pleasant way to make use of your departed flowers, and you can bring wonderful new aromas into your home.

You might even find that you want to keep making more after your first batch! Making potpourri is a creative endeavor that allows you to easily experiment to find new scents, and it leaves your home smelling lovely. Who knows — you might just stumble upon a new hobby!

Create Some Beautiful Pressed Flower Art

As professional florists, seeing quality pressed flower art is one of our favorite things; it’s amazing what you can do with flowers when they’re pressed.

For the uninitiated, flower pressing is a type of art form that originated in China and Japan but has since become common among many cultures. Essentially, with the right technique and tools, you can flatten a flower onto a certain surface, and with enough pressure, your flower will turn into a flat image on the page.

There are so many crafting applications for this! If you use the right paper, flower pressing will “stick” to whatever you mount it to, lending itself to a lot of artistic possibilities. Need a bookmark? Making a card for someone? Maybe you just want to create a lovely picture? These are all possible with flower pressing!

Freshen Your Drawers, Car, or Other Spaces

Another great application for deceased flowers is to harvest their scent so they keep on giving. This, of course, depends on what kind of flowers you’re dealing with, as some have much more potent scents than others. But, assuming that you do have a flower that exudes a strong aroma, there are a few spaces you can put its petals that will provide some much-needed freshness!

One obvious candidate is your drawers — a popular option for keeping fresh smelling clothes is to use dryer sheets, but using dried flower petals will provide a satisfying natural scent. Who, after all, doesn’t like the scent of flowers? This is a good way to freshen things up without spending money or going out of your way.

And, of course, your car is also a good option. Cars can accumulate all kinds of funky smells for a myriad of reasons, which is why car fresheners are so popular in the first place. Leaving some flower petals in there can passively provide the car with the floral scent that you love.

Create Bath Bombs

If you liked our idea above about creating potpourri, this idea may also be right up your alley! Just like potpourri, creating bath bombs is easy and fun. A quick internet search for bath bomb recipes will provide you with endless options, many of them involving flowers and their petals as ingredients!

If you’ve ever used a bath bomb, you probably already know that there are few things that are as relaxing and luxurious as dropping it in the water, and basking as it diffuses all around to. A beautifully intoxicating scent fills the room and depending on the bath bomb, your water will change colors. How much more fun would this be if you knew you were the architect?

Getting the Most Out of Flowers

We hope you’ve appreciated some of these ideas on how to repurpose your flowers. There are so many ways to make use of flowers even when they’ve begun to dry up or wilt. Consider putting some of these into practice, or even finding unique uses of your own!

And, of course, there’s always the question of how to replace the flowers that have passed away. If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, we’ll be more than happy to help you with that choice at Nosegay flowers. If you want a new bouquet, arrangement, and flowers just delivered to you, we’re happy to help! Stop by today, or check out our online store!

Everyone loves receiving a beautiful floral arrangement! However, there is nothing more disappointing than the new flower delivery starting to wilt after just one day of having them on display. Never have that issue again with our proper care guide! We wanted your flower delivery to last as long as possible, which is why we want to share some of our top tips and tricks.

A Lovely Delivery—Now What?

You just received a stunning bouquet and you couldn’t be more excited to show it off. But now what do you do? First, consider where you are going to put the flowers. We highly recommend keeping the flowers as far away as possible from any drafts and extreme temperatures. This can dry out your flowers and even lead to quicker wilting. Make sure not to put your arrangement anywhere near the path of cigarette smoke either, as the ethylene gas can cause issues to many types of flowers. Oddly enough, fruit also gives off this gas, so don’t put your new arrangement next to your fruit bowl!

While some people might think that plants need sunlight to thrive, this is not the case with your bouquet. Your arrangement will be much more likely to die if it sits on a windowsill where it can get quickly overheated by the sun. Most flowers tend to last longer in cooler conditions, so don’t try to feed your plant by placing it in direct sunlight.

Keeping the Flowers Fresh

In order to keep your flowers looking as if they were just cut from your garden, make sure to keep your vase filled with water! We recommend submerging all flower and foliage stems completely. Flowers stay fresher for much longer when they can easily quench their thirst. Also, if your flowers came in some sort of basket or foam container, be sure to add clean water each day.

While you can keep your flowers in good condition overall, there will be some wilting happening as time goes on. As soon as you see any wilting leaves or stems, pull them off! This can help you keep the rest of the flowers looking lovely. Also, keep an eye on the water. Once it gets cloudy, it’s time to change it out.

How to Change the Water

While changing the water may seem simple, it isn’t as intuitive as you may think. Follow these steps to make sure you change the water properly without harming your plants:

  1. Remove any dying or dead flowers from the arrangement.
  2. Carefully remove all the flowers that are in good shape.
  3. Clean the vase thoroughly with soapy water in order to get rid of excess bacteria that could harm your flowers. Rinse thoroughly as well, as the soap is not good for plants!
  4. Replace the water and add in flower preservative according to the directions provided by the florist.
  5. Cut the stems with a sharp knife at an angle. We recommend doing this about one to two inches from the bottom in order to allow them to better absorb water. Do NOT use scissors, as they can crush the stem and limit the flower’s ability to get water.
  6. Place any loose stems or wrapped bouquets in a water mixture as quickly as possible!

Call Nosegay for Flower Delivery

If you are looking for the top flower delivery services in Washington DC, look no further than Nosegay Flowers! From weddings to anniversaries, birthdays to newborn babies, we offer customizable floral arrangements to match your needs for any special occasion. Contact our team now to get started and tell us how we can help!

Flowers are beautiful, but you don’t need us to tell you that! If you appreciate a thoughtful bouquet or a carefully placed flower arrangement, you aren’t alone. And, if you’ve ever gifted anyone with a bouquet of flowers, you are one of the millions of people to do so this year alone! However, have you ever wondered where this tradition comes from? We sure have! Today, Nosegay Flowers is going to share some of the known histories of flower delivery and sending flowers as gifts to loved ones.

Tradition

We know from archaeological findings that flowers have been given as part of tradition for a long, long time. This is particularly true when it comes to burials. Archaeologists have found pollen in ancient burial sites in highly concentrated batches. This indicates that bouquets were used for laying the dead to rest for good. Since many of the flowers found in groups outside of burial sites have medicinal properties, some scientists believe that they were used as a sort of “get well” present.

Feelings

Flowers have also long been gifted to express feelings or emotions for others. For example, they have been given to show love, to brighten an environment, to commemorate an important ritual, or just to mark a certain observance. This is absolutely still the case today, as we well know!

Worldwide Flowers

Historians and scientists alike have found evidence that points to flowers being sent in several civilizations for many centuries. However, they have noticed an increase in flowers being given as gifts during the 17th century. Men used to provide women with flowers to express romantic feelings for them. Not much has changed! However, historians found that it was in the Victorian era that flowers became known as the flower of love. Certain flowers, such a roses, became more popular than others as gifts. Other flowers were used to add to a hairstyle or other accessory. This was particularly common for European women.

Special Meanings

In some civilizations, certain flowers meant specific things. In ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek cultures, meanings were assigned to flowers, and they were given only to express certain sentiments. They were also given to express love! In Greek mythology, flowers represent both the intense beauty and unimaginable power of the gods. In ancient China, flowers were believed to each possess a spiritual value on their own.

Today

Today, flowers are given for just about any reason! People send flowers when someone is sick and in the hospital. Others give a giant bouquet to their spouse on their anniversary. Some rely on flower delivery to show someone they are loved and cared for, even when the sender is far away. Regardless of the reason, everyone recognizes that sharing flowers with one another is a beautiful tradition that is unlikely to change anytime soon.

Nosegay Flowers

If you are interested in sending flowers to a loved one of yours in the Washington D.C. metro area, it’s time to shop our collection today! We would be happy to help you choose the perfect bouquet to show your loved one how much you care.

We are likely not alone in our anticipation for fall since it will finally mean an end to the summer heat! However, we love fall for lots of reasons, all of which have to do with the amazing fall flowers that are about to bloom! We know there are plenty of green thumbs out there who are getting ready to plant their fall gardens before the colder months hit. We thought we would add some of our favorite fall flowers to your repertoire as you get ready to start planting.  

Calla Lilies: One of our all-time favorites that are absolutely stunning and elegant. Even as a single flower on their own, they look like perfection. Despite their gorgeous appearance, they are actually a low maintenance flower to grow. They need to be planted in well-drained soil with full sun. The only exception is in the warmer climates they should be in partial shade.

Carnations: One thing to note about planting carnations is they may not bloom the first year you plant them. They do enjoy sunlight throughout the day and access to lots of water. You can also begin planting them indoors and then transfer them outside if you want a better chance of them blooming their first year.

Chrysanthemum: We love seeing the “mum” craze that happens across gardens in the fall. We can understand why since chrysanthemums are such a robust flower and help to take up a lot of space in a garden. We’d recommend making sure you pick the right type of chrysanthemum for your garden before deciding on which one to plant. They also prefer lots of sunlight, so make sure you pick a sunny area!

Amaryllis: These plants are perfect for indoors or outdoors! People adore them for their huge, brightly beaming blooms and large leaves. If you are looking for a tropical element to add inside or outside…look no further! They also need lots of sunlight to fully thrive in any garden.

We hope you will use Nosegay to celebrate all your flower needs. Nosegay Flowers has the fastest flower same-day delivery service in the Washington, D.C. metro area! We have the best collection of exquisite flower bouquets, assorted gifts, and plants that are sure to impress that special person in your life. Whether you need D.C. Flower Delivery, Maryland Flower Delivery or Virginia Flower Delivery, we can have your stunning floral bouquet and wonderful assorted gifts in the special recipient’s hand in no time. You can count on Nosegay Flowers for your floral needs! No one does flower same-day delivery or wedding flowers better!

Only a few more days before the clock strikes Labor Day, which means summer is almost officially over. Make sure you get your summer floral arrangements out the door before you don’t have a chance until next year. There are so many beautiful flower bouquets to treat someone special or yourself before the summer is up.

Summer Sunset. Capture the warm summer sunshine in this cheerful bouquet. Sunflowers, orange roses, billy balls and blue thistles are all held in a square, wooden container sure to make anyones day a little brighter!

Endless Summer. With the finest of flowers that summer has to offer is the Endless Summer arrangement. The arrangement is designed in a blue mason jar with flowers such as stock, yarrow, spray roses, coxcomb and much more.

Hackwell Farms. This bright and cheerful summer arrangement has the perfect amount of summer flowers with pop. The arrangement is designed in a pink mason jar with flowers such as gerbera's, larksburg, veronica, yarrow and so much more.

Sunshine and Lilies. Standing tall and proud are our lilies and sunflowers in a darling glass, pebbled vase. Perfect for any kitchen table or to brighten anyone's day.

Apple Martini. How do you like your martini? We prefer our Apple Martini arrangement not be shaken or stirred. This monochromatic beauty is filled with antique green hydrangea, stems of green hypericum berries, green grass loral, green coxcombs and green jade roses. Unique flowers varieties, perfect for your unique loved one!

Homegrown. A bright and full mix of purple hydrangeas, Picasso calla lilies, lavender roses, purple lisianthus, blue veronica, dark purple hydrangeas and lavender wax flowers set in a rustic green mason jar.

We hope you will use Nosegay Flowers to celebrate all your summer flower needs. We are here for any and all of your flower needs. Nosegay Flowers has the fastest flower same-day delivery service in the Washington, D.C. metro area! We have the best collection of exquisite flower bouquets, assorted gifts, and plants that are sure to impress that special person in your life. Whether you need D.C. Flower Delivery, Maryland Flower Delivery or Virginia Flower Delivery, we can have your stunning bouquet and wonderful assorted gifts in the special recipient’s hand in no time. You can count on Nosegay Flowers for your floral needs! No one does flower same-day delivery or wedding flowers better!

Anyone else struggling to stay healthy with all their summer travel plans? Us too! We thought we would share some tips and tricks for staying healthy this summer since it can seem nearly impossible to do especially while traveling!

  1. There is nothing better for your body than lots of water. It is also very easy to get dehydrated while traveling, so beware! We suggest at least eight full glasses of water a day regardless of whether you are traveling. Easiest way to do it on a plane? Buy a big bottle of water before boarding and make sure you finish it before you land!
  2. Avoid bread when you can. We know that the bread basket at lunch and dinner can be tempting, but avoid it whenever possible. It will lead you down a slippery slope because one piece of bread often leads to many! It will also fill you up so you won’t get to enjoy that meal you’ve been looking forward to at a new restaurant.
  3. Bring your walking shoes. Even if you can’t motivate yourself to get to the hotel gym while you are traveling, take advantage of walking wherever you can—especially if you are traveling to Europe. There are so many beautiful sights to see and it’s often easier to get around by foot than taxi anyways. Take advantage of walking while sightseeing!
  4. Drink in moderation. We know for many travelers out there that vacation often means day and night drinking. Try to find a few days of your trip (if it’s a long one) that you won’t drink and instead hydrate with water! If you don’t want to take a day off from drinking, which we can understand on vacation, try to decide on drinking during the day or night instead of both!
  5. Sunscreen! Now everyone might not think that applying sunscreen is the same as being healthy while on vacation, but it is really important to protect yourself from the sun! Bring lots of sunscreen on your trip or make sure you stop to buy some once you land at your destination. We also suggest bringing a hat on vacation since you will likely be walking around outside. A hat is an easy way to protect yourself from all day sun exposure.
  6. Pick the healthy option when you can. Most people eat out at restaurants a lot while on vacation. Some restaurants that you visit have healthier options than others. When you do go to those restaurants or events with healthy options, make sure to take advantage! That way, when you are at a place with less healthy options, you can feel less guilty about indulging.
  7. Sleep as much as you can! One of the things we look forward to the most on vacations is catching up on sleep! Take advantage of not having to go to work and sleep in as much as you can. We know some people like to start their day early to sightsee before it gets too hot and crowded…if that’s more your speed, then make sure to go to bed early those nights!

We hope you enjoyed all of our summer travel tips for staying healthy! Remember, Nosegay Flowers is here for any and all of your floral arrangement and bouquet desires this summer. Nosegay Flowers has the fastest flower same-day delivery service in the Washington, D.C. metro area! We have the best collection of exquisite flower bouquets, assorted gifts, and plants that are sure to impress that special person in your life. Whether you need D.C. Flower Delivery, Maryland Flower Delivery or Virginia Flower Delivery, we can have your stunning bouquet and wonderful assorted gifts in the special recipient’s hand in no time. You can count on Nosegay Flowers for your floral needs! No one does flower same-day delivery or wedding flowers better!

Mother’s Day is only a few days away! Make sure you are getting ready for how you are going to celebrate with your mom on May 14, 2017. The best (and easiest) way to celebrate is with a beautiful spring Mother’s Day floral bouquet. Good news is Nosegay has the perfect floral arrangements for all your Mother’s Day needs! Nosegay will start delivering for Mother’s Day as early as Monday, May 8th.

Bella’s Berries. Fresh picked raspberry stems with blush pink peonies, accented by mini white casino, pink veronica, and scabiosa blooms. This perfect, botanical picked bouquet is ready for delivery wrapped in burlap or designed into a burlap covered vase.

Turner’s Tulips. These beautiful white tulips are perfect to celebrate Mother’s Day. They are “super special,” and we would love to put together this arrangement for your mom this year.

Vintage Victoria. We are head over heels for this one! The Vintage Victoria is a soft and delicate design with pink and green hydrangeas, pink astilbe, Queen Anne lace, pink hyacinth, peach parrots, peach garden roses and pink spray roses in a glass vase.

Bella’s Bliss. A petite cluster of lavender roses and pale pink orchard blossoms atop a bed of green hydrangeas and sedum. This arrangement is perfect for your mom this Mother’s Day because it’s full of bright pink and purple colors.  

Jewels of Spring. A bright and cheerful mix of three hot pink gerbera daisies, two yellow spray roses, two pink hypericum stems, three purple callas, three orchids, blue delphinium and green trachelium all set in a modern yet classic gold cylinder vase.

Harper Bouquet. A treasure that will brighten someone's day! The Harper bouquet brings a splash of spring with bright pink and green flowers that pop against the backdrop of textured foliage. Stock adds a beautiful aroma and signifies the bouquet's arrival with style.

We hope you will use Nosegay to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day. We are here for any and all of your flower needs. Nosegay Flowers has the fastest flower same-day delivery service in the Washington, D.C. metro area! We have the best collection of exquisite flower bouquets, assorted gifts, and plants that are sure to impress that special person in your life. Whether you need D.C. Flower Delivery, Maryland Flower Delivery or Virginia Flower Delivery, we can have your stunning bouquet and wonderful assorted gifts in the special recipient’s hand in no time. You can count on Nosegay Flowers for your floral needs! No one does flower same-day delivery better!