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Color is everywhere, but we notice it most when it stands out from the rest. That’s what we seek to do here at Nosegay Flowers. For example, your standard table decorations can be transformed with the bright colors of a spring floral bouquet. Our job is to help you find a color combination that not only adds beauty to your space, but one that makes sense. Today, we would like to share how basic color theory and the color wheel can help you make bold, yet stylish choices when it comes to your floral arrangements.

Primary Colors

There are three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow. They are called “primary” because no other colors can be combined to make these—however, these three can be combined to create the other colors on the wheel. They sit equidistant from one another on the color wheel.

Close Colors

The colors that sit next to or near one another on the color wheel typically make a nice combination because they include tones of the primary colors they are close to. For example, purple, red, and blue all go fairly well together in an arrangement because they are all close to one another on the color wheel. Of course, you can evoke different moods with the shades you choose. Light purple flowers, pink blooms, and pale blue petals can project a soft and calming mood. On the other hand, a dark red rose heavier shaded flowers can make more of a dramatic statement.

This brings us to tonal value, which is the “version” of the color we see. This is the light version, the dark version, and the overall mood of an arrangement. Of course, the texture of the flowers can also make a difference when it comes to the appearance and impression. Take these things into consideration when you aim for a certain mood.

Contrasting Colors

On the opposite ends of the color wheel sit contrasting colors! These are the ones that may not seem like they would look good together, but they certainly do. Even nature embraces complementary colors to enhance the appearance. For example, the flowering is a pink and lime-green bouquet look bold, vibrant, and saturated when placed together. Similarly, if you’ve ever seen a blue and orange bouquet, you know how incredible this combination can look.

Best Practices

Understanding color is a great start, but it certainly isn’t the only factor at play. For example, which there aren’t necessarily any colors that should never be together, there are some stronger choices than others. Yellow and red look great together, but throwing in pink, orange, and green with those might be a little much. If you want to make a professional-looking statement, you may want to limit yourself to three or four harmonious colors or to two complementary colors. We recommend one or the other! Too many colors can confuse the viewer and weaken your overall design. You can also opt for a mass of one variety of flower in one color to make an impact! Think about where the arrangement will be placed and consider the context of the space.

Contact a Professional Florist

When it doubt about using color for your ultimate arrangement, contact a florist! We at Nosegay Flowers would be happy to use our color and design knowledge to create the perfect arrangement for your needs. Our experienced florists will listen to your requests and create a bouquet that will stun all who see it. Regardless of whether you are looking for something small to surprise your honey or you’re hoping to plan your entire wedding flower set, we are the team to call. Contact us today to get started!

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!

Our favorite holiday is right around the corner…3 days to be exact! Valentine’s Day is upon us and all the fun activities that go along with it. We wanted to make sure our readers had the perfect way to spend the holiday without having to think about how to spend Valentine’s Day. Whether you are single or with someone…there are lots of ways to celebrate! Our top 10 Valentine’s Day activities included below: 

  1. Head to the spa. There is no better way to celebrate anything whether you are single or in a relationship than at the spa. If you enjoy relaxation…head to your local spa for a massage (couple’s massage if you’re in a couple) or a facial. It’s the perfect way to enjoy your day. 
  2. Go out for a delicious dinner. If you are interested in celebrating Valentine’s Day going to a new restaurant or one of your favorites. Make sure you order a yummy chocolate dessert before leaving the restaurant…it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate! 
  3. See a movie. We know Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year but there are so many great movies out now, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate! Grab your popcorn and large soda fountain and enjoy! 
  4. Eat lots of candy! You can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without lots of candy especially chocolate. It shouldn't be hard to fine…candy is everywhere this time of year! 
  5. Take a vacation. It’s always nice to get out of town especially if you live on the east coast and are ready for winter to be over. Go with friends, significant other or both! We love to travel to warm places this time of year. 
  6. Order flowers. We may be biased but nothing says Valentine’s Day like flowers! Order flowers for yourself or a loved one…traditional colors for Valentine’s Day are red and pink but we say mix it up! 
  7. Cook at home. There is nothing wrong with staying in on Valentine’s Day so pick one of your favorite recipes or try a new one and cook at home! 
  8. Make a photo album. We love do-it-yourself arts & crafts all the time but especially on Valentine’s Day. Gather all your favorite photos and put together a photo album you’ll always remember. 
  9. Try a new fitness class. On the spinning or pilates craze? Even if you’re not, it’s ways fun to mix it up during the week. Enjoy trying something new! 
  10. Grab a drink with friends. Everyone enjoys happy hour during the week! 

We hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day celebrations! Remember, Nosegay is here for any and all of your Valentine’s Day floral desires. 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 DeliveryMaryland 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!

 

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! We are so excited for our favorite holiday to almost be here. There is no better way to celebrate your loved ones on Valentine’s Day than with a beautiful floral bouquet. We’ve got great news for you! Nosegay Flowers has the perfect flowers for you to celebrate this special day.

One True Love. This is a Nosegay original. This red glass ginger vase is filled with reds, pinks and whites that scream LOVE. Three red roses, three pink spray roses, three white roses and four green hydrangeas are the perfect gift for your special someone. Pair this with a box of chocolates or a romantic scented candle from our gifts collection to complete this gift.

Trio of Affection. What’s better than roses on Valentine’s Day? How about roses, chocolate and a teddy bear. Give your sweetheart this lovely trio that includes a dozen red roses, Marich chocolate caramel hearts, and Valentine bear. 

Urban Affair. This is a Nosegay original. The perfect fit for a happy valentine. This stunning arrangement is designed in our pink mason jars filled with red, white, and pink tulips with white wax flowers to complete the look. A touch of spring in February. 

Be Mine. A bouquet of 20 stems of pale pink peony tulips is a perfect way to say "Be Mine". The arrangement comes arranged in a burlap covered vase by one of our talented designers.

Wrapped in Love. Why not be wrapped in love with this original nosegay design for valentine's. This beautiful arrangement is wrapped in burlap with flowers such as green hydrangea, red roses, white sweet heart roses, and white wax flower. Pair it with chocolates and be wrapped in love all over again. 

Love Bowl. Our Love Bowl arrangement is a contemporary, full selection of four green hydrangeas, five pink tulips, five hot pink roses, five light pink roses and two green cymbidiums set in a large, 8 inch bubble vase that has been lined with bear grass. We guarantee this will impress your loved one!

Grace’s Garden. A bright and full mix of two fuchsia peonies, two hot pink spray roses, one pink hydrangea, three white lisianthus stems and three white garden roses in a green mason jar.

Sophia Bouquet. The Sophia bouquet imbibes all that is modern and mysterious. Lavender stock, white roses and purple trachelium will delight that purple lover in your life. Wrapped in a rustic and hip burlap fabric to finish this bouquet with a touch of flare. 

We hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day celebrations! Remember, Nosegay is here for any and all of your Valentine’s Day floral desires. 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 DeliveryMaryland 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!

 

Valentine’s Day is filled with classic gifts like chocolate and romantic dinner, but isn’t there something a little more exciting you could do to treat your sweetie to some fun? We certainly think so! Read on to learn some of the top ways we know of to reconnect with your loved one and let them know how loved they are.

Look at Old Photos

Whether you’ve been together for 6 months or 60 years, you can always revisit fond memories with your significant other. Take a look at photos the two of you took together and reminisce about that vacation you took to the mountains. Break out the wedding album! If the two of you haven’t been together that long, dig up childhood photos instead. We know that they would love to see pictures of you as a little kid, and you can have them dig up some of their favorite photos of themselves, too.

Try a Fitness Class Together

Regardless of how athletic the two of you are, you can probably find a fun gym class to go to together. In fact, studies have shown that couples who endure a physical challenge together tend to feel more satisfied with their relationship and more in love with their partners once the challenge is over. Plus, working out is a natural mood booster that will keep the two of you smiling all evening long. Whether you want to try yoga or a salsa dancing class, it could be a lot of fun and a break away from a typical date night.

Cook for Each Other

There is just something so romantic about partners cooking for one another. Ask your partner what they would like to eat for Valentine’s Day dinner and ask if they want to help you cook it! You two can playfully flirt in the kitchen while cooking and help each other with the dishes at the end of the night. And, if you aren’t much of a cook, that’s okay! Worst case scenario, the two of you ruin the dish and you grab takeout instead. Either way, we think it’s pretty romantic.

Volunteer Together

Serving the community can be a rewarding experience, but it can also make for a fun memory when you do it with your partner. You can assist at a food bank or homeless shelter, or perhaps give some time at an animal shelter near you. It shouldn’t take long to find somewhere your services are needed, and you and your loved one can feel good knowing that you spent your time helping others in need.

Try Something New

Have you always wanted to go for a ride in a hot air balloon? Maybe you’ve been wanted to go to the new trampoline park in town. Whatever it is, take the plunge and try something new. If it’s new for both of you, your bodies will both be releasing oxytocin—the “love” hormone. By trying something out together, you can grow closer than you would have if you had just stayed home and snuggled on the couch.

Go on a Double Date

If you and your S.O. are pretty outgoing and sociable, then you might find that a double date is the perfect way to spend the day. One-on-one time is great, but friends are great too. In fact, a 2014 study that was presented at a social psychology conference found that couples who went out with other couples, and received validation from the other couple, felt greater passion towards each other at the end of the group activity.

Recreate Your First Date

Regardless of whether your first date was perfect or a disaster, recreating it could be a lot of fun! The closer it gets to the real first date, the more fun it will be. Include the awkward hug or kiss on the cheek at the end of the night, too! Both of you will laugh and reminisce all night long, as well as be able to happily reflect on how far you’ve come.

Nosegay Flowers

While it’s fun to switch things up on Valentine’s Day, there are some traditions that should stay alive! What better way to surprise your partner than with a beautiful, full floral arrangement? We can’t think of anything better. Pick them up on the way home or have them delivered to their office; whatever you choose, our team of florists is here to help. Reach out now, and we will get you the best bouquet in all of Washington DC!

We hope you have an incredible Valentine’s Day! Nosegay is here for any and all of your floral needs, especially when it comes to sending a bouquet to that special someone. We have the fastest flower delivery service in the area, and we look forward to showing you just how fast we can be!

Everyone has days that get them down. It’s okay; it’s part of being human. What most people find to be the hardest is finding a way to cheer up our loved ones and get them through the tough times with the love and support they need. Today, we are here to share some of the top ways to cheer up a friend. We always like to start any cheering-up situation with a flower delivery or arrangement from Nosegay! Flowers let your loved one know how much you truly care about them.

Listen to Them

If someone in your life is going through a hard time, it’s important to listen to them and let them discuss how they are feeling about a certain situation. Active listening is a perfect way to show your friend that you care and that they are being heard. Most of the time, careful listening is much more valuable than any other gesture you can offer. Just make sure that you are really listening, and that you are not being distracted in any way. Try to make eye contact and nod to show understanding.

Simply letting your friend know that you are there for them any time that they need can be all they need to hear. Friendship is about being able to offer support when your friends need. In time, they will return the favor.

Ask Questions

Ask questions to gauge how your friend is doing, but try to avoid yes or no questions. By asking things like, “How are feeling?” instead of “Are you still sad?” you open up the conversation and invite your friend to share more. Feel free to ask what they need. Extra assistance is always welcome when times are hard.

Spend Time with Them

Sadness can lead people to isolate themselves, so keep that in mind. Pull your friend out of hiding. It has been proven that humans are social creatures; they work better as a group! Find an enjoyable activity that you two can share that meets what they can handle at the moment. For example, if they have the energy, a workout class could be a great option. If not, offer to host a movie night or go grab dinner with them. Regardless of what you choose, they will be happy to have the company.

Empathize

Empathy is feeling what your loved ones feel. Sympathy is about feeling sorry for someone. By empathizing, you can understand their pain and come from a place of understanding. This will help you know how to approach the situation, as you can ask yourself what you would need in that circumstance. Your caring approach will help the situation.

Keep Your Friend Busy

Providing distractions can be a big help. Offer to go for a walk to change up the scenery. Host a movie night with your favorite comedy. Make a pillow fort and swap your favorite cheesy jokes. Whatever it is that will keep your friend’s mind off of what is bothering them, engage in that activity. In situations where things are really tough, consider taking a weekend trip to get away from it all. Any fun activity or getaway is going to be a great distraction. Score tickets to a concert the next city over, or even think about a trip to the beach. A new scene and a new experience could do wonders to help.

Send Gifts

Who doesn’t love a good present? Sending your friend gifts could give them the smile they desperately need at this time. While it’s hard to be physically present for some friends if they live far away, you can certainly send them things to make them feel loved. Bake their favorite cookies and send a note saying how much you care. Grab a small gift that reminds you of them, and tell them so when you send it.

Or, really dazzle them with a custom floral arrangement and delivery from Nosegay Flowers! We would be happy to cheer up any loved one with a flower delivery right to their office or front door. Our team will take your requests into consideration to create something they will be sure to love. Reach out now to design your perfect arrangement!

One of our favorite things about the beginning of each year is the announcement of color of the year. And this year is no different! We’ve always loved shades of purple especially when it comes to floral bouquets so this year is perfect because the Pantone’s Color of the Year is Ultra Violet. The color of the year has put us in a full blown purple obsession when it comes to flowers this year. Here are some of our favorite purple flowers. 

Lavender is native to Europe and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. We love lavender for so many reasons! First, it’s beautiful and second, it adds an amazing fragrance to any room. It’s also often used commercially for the extraction of essential oils. Lavender is also one of our favorite shades of purple in addition to ultra violet. 

Verbena is cultivated as a perennial plant and is also known as “purpletop” in U.S. gardens. This is likely a familiar flower that you often see in giant fields or big gardens that add a splash of color with it’s “‘purple tops.” Verbena is native to South America where it grows throughout warm regions. 

Bellflower is bell-shaped, tubular or star-shaped flower that often comes in shades of blue, white, pink and red. Our favorite color purples shades the edges of the white bellflowers. They have growth habits that range from low and creeping to tall and upright. 

Pasque Flowers are large violet purple flowers with contrasting yellow centers which is a beautiful combination of colors especially on a flower.  They do demands well drained soil when it comes to planting in your garden. 

We hope you enjoy bringing the Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, in to your everyday life. Remember, Nosegay is here for any and all of your floral desires. 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 DeliveryMaryland 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!

If you know someone who has a baby on the way, you might be asking yourself what you can do to help! Say congrats with a floral arrangement while the mother is still in the hospital, then be sure to stick around once the mom gets home. Here are some top tips to help a new mom once her little bundle of joy arrives into the world.

Providing Help

New mothers need as much care and help as they can get from their friends and family members. Their bodies are recovering after giving birth, and those who already have children are trying to care for a whole family while still nursing around the clock. If you know a soon-to-be mom or a new mom, it is possible to help.

Bring Meals

While this kind of help is often offered, it is always welcome. When moms don’t need to worry about making dinner for the family, it can lift a huge burden. For those of you who are looking to contribute dinners, make sure that you work with others who may be helping out and make sure they have dinner for about a month after the baby is born.

Also, for those of you who are bringing a meal, don’t stress too much about what the meal is unless the family has an allergy. Any food that you don’t have to cook is going to taste better! You can also offer frozen meals for a quick bite to eat when life gets a little hectic.

Offer to Watch Older Kids

By offering to take her older kids, you can provide a new mom with some peace and quiet while she tends to her newborn. Take them to the zoo, the park, or even just post up and have a movie night at your home. If you have kids, too, the group can hang out and spend time together. We know that one of the hardest parts of having a new baby is making sure that the older kids’ needs are being met, too!

Clean the Home

While this can be hard for the new mother to accept, usually due to pride, it is one of the top ways to help out a new family. Your new-mom friend or family member will probably not ask you for help, so you may need to volunteer. While she won’t have the energy to clean the home, it can be discouraging to try to raise her family while surrounded by mess. Let her know that you don’t care about the mess, and you totally understand everything that she has to take care of at the moment. You can:

  • Wash the dishes
  • Wipe down the counters and clean the kitchen
  • Sweep or mop the floors
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Gather up the kids’ toys and put them away

Stop By with Coffee

New moms have a hard time getting everything together that they need to leave the house, so many just stay home. This can get lonely after a while. Instead of inviting the new mom out to get some coffee with you, pick up a cup and go visit. She will appreciate the change of pace and the ability to have a conversation with an adult. As cute as babies are, they aren’t great conversationalists.

Call or Text

If you can’t stop by due to your schedule or other constraints, that’s okay. Just call or text to check in! Any new mother will appreciate knowing that her friends and loved ones are concerned about her and how she is doing. The first few days with a newborn can be a little isolating, so words of encouragement are always welcome.

Grocery Shopping or Errands

While some mothers will want to get out of the house, others will dread it. You can offer to pick up groceries from the story for the new mom. With more and more stores doing a grocery pick up, this may not be much of a hassle for you! When you are heading out to run your own errands, ask the new mother if there is anything you can pick up for her while you are out. Those of you who are feeling more ambitious can ask for a list before you head out to help. She will appreciate not having to run errands with a new baby, especially if she has other kids.

Celebrate with a Floral Arrangement

While it may not seem like much, you would be surprised how much a thoughtful floral gift will mean to the new mother. A bright arrangement may be just what she needs to brighten her home and remind her that she has friends and family who are more than happy to help her with her new-mom duties. For a thoughtful arrangement she is sure to love, contact Nosegay Flowers! We proudly serve the Washington, D.C. metro area.