Friday, June 5, 2015

Here at Paul Wood Florist we are enthusiastic about providing quality flowers that will be long lasting once they've left our store, and are in the comfort of your own home or office. Prior to arrival at our store, our flowers have been stored in a special preservative solution. With each of our floral arrangements, specific rose arrangements, and loose cut flowers, we provide a care package with a packet of flower food along with care instructions. 

The instructions for pre-arranged flowers include:
1. Check water level of arrangement, add warm water with preservative or flower food as needed. Always keep the water level high in your vase, and if your flowers were arranged in floral foam, keep that saturated as well.
2. Display arrangement in a cool location away from direct away from direct sunlight, and avoid excessive hot or cold areas. 
3. Add water with floral preservative daily. 

If you choose cut flower stems to put in your own vase the instructions are:
1. Start with a clean vase. You wouldn’t want to drink out of a dirty glass, neither do the flowers!
2. Mix the fresh flower food packet with warm water in the vase.
3.  Remove from the stems any foliage that may be below the water line, foliage in the water creates bacteria.
4.  Re-cut the stems (at least 1 inch) with a sharp knife or scissors, and immediately place in the vase with flower food.

     So why are we so adamant about adding flower food? Flower food is filled with sugar to provide an energy source through carbohydrates which keeps the flowers thriving and healthy. Floral food is also formulated with an acidifier which lowers the pH level of the water, helping the flowers uptake more water as well as its nutrients. Stem unpluggers are also added to flower food, which are a mixture of ingredients that also lower the pH level, and eliminate stem plugging. All of these formulated ingredients will provide you with thriving, long lasting flowers!

Visit this link to view a video on the proper care and handling of your flowers!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

"Ain't no Sunshine"

         We've all heard the classic 1971 version of, "Ain't no sunshine," by Bill Withers. And it applies to all of us in Colorado more than ever these past few weeks with our constant rainstorms and lack of sunshine, and much desired warm weather. The News Stations are even saying this year we can't market our state with our usual 300 days of sunshine. Even as I sit here and type, the pattering rain is falling on the street while the thunder roars, creating small flowing rivers on the sidewalk.
        It's easy to find yourself feeling 'off' when the weather seems to be consistently gloomy. Having a hard time getting up in the morning? Or losing your motivation early on in the day? Catching yourself gazing at your flip flops and swim gear with a sense of longing? You're not alone, we are all ready for the warm sun to heat our homes and cast rays of light into our bedroom windows each morning.
        However, all of us here at Paul Wood do have a solution that can help with these rain blues. Stop in, shake off the umbrella, and browse through our house plants (we have quite the selection), or stroll through our cooler full of floral arrangements. You may also choose to pick through some of our loose stems of roses, lilies,  or daisies, to create your own personalized arrangement. It's amazing what a positive affect a flourishing plant, or blooming, wonderfully scented, colorful flowers can add to your everyday life.
      So, come on in, and bring home some happiness, because we know, we know, we know, you need some.
      For example, this arrangement with yellow lilies, orange tulips, and sunset orange snap dragons can add just the right amount of sunshine to your home or work place!


     And the purple roses, white daisies, and yellow calla lilies of this arrangement, accented by yellow solidago filler can create the perfect amount of joy and light within your space!

Friday, March 20, 2015

It Smells Like Spring!

Happy First day of Spring!
You are not alone if your thoughts are turning to blue skies, sunny days and colorful, fragrant flowers.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people comment when they walk in our front door "It smells SO good in here" or "it smells like Spring in here"! We are so fortunate to work around beautiful flowers all year long that I'm sad to say we become a bit immune to the smell.
If you love fragrant flowers, you too can have the smell of Spring around you.
Whether it be Stargazer Lilies, Hyacinth, Stock, or any number of Rose varieties, it only takes a few stems to bring Spring indoors to be enjoyed now, before everything bursts to life outside.
Drop in and see what aromatic blooms we have today!
Stargazer Lily

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Positive New Year

20 Tips for a Positive New Year
Updated for 2015 by Author Jon Gordon
(borrowed from Bill Schodowski)

A new year is upon us once again. (The calendar seems to turn over faster and faster.)
The following "tips" or "resolutions" if you prefer are things we can all work on (especially myself)!

20151. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. Take a morning walk of gratitude. I call it a "Thank You Walk." It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

3. Make your first meal the biggest and your last meal the smallest. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

4. Zoom Focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: "What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?" Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

5. Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself and feed your mind with the words and encouragement you need to keep moving forward.

6. Choose faith instead of fear. Faith turns adversities and dead-ends into detours to a better outcome than you thought possible.

7. Don't chase dollars or success. Decide to make a difference and build meaningful relationships and success will find you.

8. Get more sleep. You can't replace sleep with a double latte.

9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in your purpose, people and the positive present moment.

10. Build your life and career with the 3 greatest success strategies of, serve & care.

11. Every day focus on your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don't get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.

12. Remember there's no such thing as an overnight success. There's no substitute for hard work.

13. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. If you are complaining, you're not leading.

15. Read more books than you did in 2014.

16. Don't seek happiness. Instead decide to live with passion and purpose and happiness will find you.

17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to." Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

Here's to a Happy, Healthy and Successful 2015 to all!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost Here....

Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 27th.

You've bought the turkey, the yams, the pumpkin about flowers for your table?   

                                           Autumn Cornucopia
A lovely fall arrangement will add that finishing touch to any holiday table.
They also make wonderful gifts for a hostess, or to send to loved ones who may be miles away.
Let them know you are thinking of them!                                
                                    Crazy For Chrysanthemums

If you are a "DIY"er, come in and browse in our walk-in cooler and hand select a few stems to put in your own vase. We also sell dried lotus pods, wheat, and cattails for that natural look.

Whether it's a centerpiece, or a wrapped bouquet, flowers add a special festive touch!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Holiday Open House

Join us Saturday November 8th from 9:00 to 5:00 for our
Holiday Open House.
A free gift and Free rose! Refreshments!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just Because Day ... and Category

Today, for whatever reason, is Just Because Day.

Believe it or not, Paul Wood Florist is forward-thinking. We've had a Just Because category on our website for years!

Here's a couple of the arrangements up on that page right now. Feel free to browse the category yourself as well, and let us know if you have questions.

Vibrant, vivid summer colors nestled into a cube make a perfect centerpiece or arrangement for a side table or office.

Orange, pink, and yellow in a tall, upright design make a beautiful statement, especially with an accent of trailing grasses.