Saturday, July 31, 2010

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 13

Todays Challenge ~ Go Shopping!

Well back to school is just around the corner so I almost jumped on this one then I read a bit further.  What they wanted us to do today was look at what was drawing customers to the shops.  I decided I could use our own shop and my personal retail experience to do this so I decided to forgo the mall today.

We have been working on different marketing ideas not only for our blog but for our store.  We have had some success and some failure in both so far and we are learning from each.
The main thing is to have a good hook to draw people in.  I have found with my blog posts if I can make the title interesting folks will stop in and take a look at what we are talking about.   The same way with our sign out front.  See The Name Game for a look at what we do with our sign to draw folks into the shop.

So today I will look at my future posts to see how I can create a hook or interesting title that will get people to want to read.  This does not always have to be a funny title or bizarre but it could be something that is relevant to my customers and/or fellow bloggers.

To see how this challenge started and where it's going click here.

Friday, July 30, 2010

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 12

The challenge for today was to set up a schedule for our blog.  Because we are actually running 5 blogs all rolled into one this was a little trickier then it sounds.

To start I took our 5 blog titles and drew a week calendar under each title.  Then I went over to the ideas I came up with yesterday and plugged them into the calendar.  I tried to space out the posts between the blogs so that each one would get new content regularly.  With this 31 day challenge I have my schedule made for this blog easy.  Next I looked at what I had planned for posts and arranged them so that they would flow into each other and create a series.  So you will soon see a series like this on each blog when we have a topic we want to discuss in detail.  Other times you may just see smaller stories or ideas but it will be on a regular basis.

I am really looking forward to seeing the posts flow together to create a major idea.  The schedule will also help me make time to blog each day, sometimes twice a day.  I also look forward to seeing how the readers enjoy this.

Once again the 31 day blog challenge has helped make my blog better then ever!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

31 Day blog challenge ~ Day 11

So today we were challenged to come up with 10 new blog ideas.  I chose 4 different blog posts and charted out ways to branch out from the post to new topics.  This is what I found.

Heart Strings ~ This was a post about a funeral piece we created for a customer a few weeks ago. 
  • How to choose an arrangement for a funeral.  Show different types of arrangments and explain
  • What to do when the obituary says, "In Lue of Flowers".
  • How to order flowers for a funeral out of town.
  • Grave Saddles and other cemetary pieces.
House Plant Care Guides ~ This was an article for our list post challenge. 
  • Re-Potting your house plants
  • Everyday care - watering, pruning, and such
  • Choosing a house plant
  • Decorating with house plants
  • Top 10 occasions to give a plant for
  • What plants do you need to bring in for the winter
  • Easy to care for house plants
  • Best outdoor for your area
  • Top 10 indoor house plants
Fresh Flower Care ~ This blog was about ways to care for a fresh bouquet.
  • Best Value for your money
  • How to make a simple arrangment (step by step with pictures)
  • Selecting the right size and shape of vase
  • Top 10 reasons to send a fresh bouquet
  • Best seasons to buy types of flowers (example daffodils in the spring, poinsettias in the winter)
  • Selecting the right flowers for the occasion
  • When silk flowers work best
  • How to order flowers
  • Local florist vs order takers
  • Why to buy ~ compare costs to other gift ideas
Marketing Guru ~ This was a cute post about my little marketing children. 
  • How they relate to our shop
  • She said what? Kayleigh
  • Warren and his Bunny Cereal
  • Leanna and how she sees small businesses
  • Out growing clothes
  • Back to school
  • Best movies and T.V. shows for kids
  • Fun in the car
Those are just a few of the ideas I came up with in less then 30 minutes.  It is really a lot of fun to brainstorm like that.  You should try it sometime and see what kind of ideas you can come up with.  Simply start with one idea and just gooooo!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 10

Well we are half way through the 31 day challenge and today was another great one!

We were asked to monitor our niche market by using our choice of services.  These services monitor blogs, tweets, mentions, and more of the terms you want to watch for in a blog.

Today I set up at Twendz - this monitors twitter for mentions of whatever you are interested in. ~ I picked The Secret Garden.  Now I can see when someone mentions us in a tweet.  The downside to this is I also see  when someone mentions any Secret Garden.  So I am seeing a stream of book readers, movie watchers, a restaurant in Vegas, and who knows what else.  This will take some fine tuning I am sure but it is fun for now.

I also joined up with Moniteer.  This does just about the same thing but you can monitor 3 different topics.  For us I choose, The Secret Garden, Teleflora, and Flowers.  The best part about this one is you can put in a mile radius so I am just watching tweets within 30 miles of us.

The last one I tried out today was google alerts.  This alerts me to when my above keywords are just about anywhere.  They can appear in tweets, blogs, articles, news outlets, and so much more.  This goes straight to my RSS feed so I can watch it live!  This one I think I will like the most because it is ongoing and always watching.

So now to go back out into the blogosphere and read, read, read!  Have a wonderful evening everyone.

If you want to see more on this challenge simply go here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 9

Wow I can't believe it's day 9 already!  I have learned so much over the past 9 days I can't even imagine how much more is to come.

Today's challenge was to find a blog forum in our niche and to join and share in that forum.  Well I am having a very difficult time finding a group of florist blogs out there.  I found a lot of individual florist blogs but not a group of them together.  I did find "Helpful Gardener Gardening Forum"  .  This is not so much a group of bloggers but a group of garden lovers.  I choose this one to join because it looked very friendly and informative.  I think I will enjoy reading this forum so even if it does not fit 100% into what I was looking for it will still be great to read.
I am enjoying my time with the SITS girls though!  Learning, blogging, reading, and more learning!  Through them I have found so many great blogs to read and follow.

See how the challenge is going and read past posts here

Calling all carnation lovers ~

 Today when I walked by this bucket of carnations on our counter I caught a beautiful scent.  Now normally the carnations we have in the shop have a very light scent or almost none at all.  But today it was different.  I took a big whiff of them again and called Carol over.
She said, "I don't know why some people do not like carnations, I think they are so pretty."  I agreed.  So we started thinking of reasons people would not like these beautiful creations.

The only thing we could really come up with is the stigma attached to the price of these flowers.  They are typically inexpensive so we think that some people may view them as "cheap".   When you work around flowers you tend to stick up for them when someone is putting them down.  Today I stand up and say ~ Carnations are beautiful, Carnations are fun, and Carnations can be for anyone!  Wow I made that rhymed and I was not even trying.  Anyway next time you are ordering flowers, or stopping in to take some home, why not grab some carnations?

Carnations are long lasting and will outlive the majority of flowers we put them with in an arrangement.  Carnations have a light scent (except for the few that caught my nose today), so even people that are sensitive to strong smelling flowers can enjoy them. 

Wondering how to care for your fresh cut flowers?  Check out our blog here for some helpful tips.

Monday, July 26, 2010

31 Day blog challenge ~ Day 8

Well today is another great challenge.  Today we get to look over our past blog posts to see how we can link them to each other.  This is also a great way for me to look over past blogs to see what I can do to improve the overall experience for my readers.  So I will start with this post.  If you have missed some of my previous posts on the 31 day blog challenge you may want to start here

There that was pretty easy!  Let's try out our list post and link everything together:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

Now you can follow day by day of our challenge so far!

Caring for your fresh cut flowers~

We love it when customers come in and buy our fresh cut flowers.  Here are a list of tips we give them to help them care for them when they get home.
1. Fill your vase with fresh cool water and add your fresh flower food.  Most florists will provide you with this at the time of your purchase.  We like to use "Floralife" fresh flower food the best.

2. Remover any leaves that may fall below your water line.  This will help prevent bacteria growth in your water.  With the flower food and the leaves trimmed off this will help your water stay clear and bacteria free.

3. Cut the stems of each flower about 1/4" to 1/2" at an angle.  The angle helps keep water flowing through the stems, if the stems are flat they will sit flush on the bottom of your vase and prevent your flowers from drinking.

4. Display your flowers in a cool spot away from direct sunlight.  Try to also prevent your flowers from sitting under cooling vents and ceiling fans.  Never sit your fresh flowers on top of your TV or radiator.  These will heat the water and harm your flowers.  

5.  Change the water and add fresh food when the water becomes cloudy.  It is also best to re-cut your stems when you do this.

These simple tips will help keep your fresh flowers looking fresh longer.  If you have any questions please contact us direct at or 217-875-9038.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

31 Day blog challenge ~ Day Seven

Good evening all.  I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend and are getting ready for the new week ahead.  Today is day 7 of our blog challenge and it is a very useful one.  Today we are writing posts that contain links to other blogs that we enjoy or use as references. 

I have greatly enjoyed working with all of the ladies in the SITS group!  They are full of great ideas and I have learned so much.  I am also picking up many tips and tricks from problogger.  This is a great resource site for novice bloggers as well as professionals. 

On a professional note the blog that I turn to the most is Smile Blog by fellow florist Georgianne Vinicombe.  I find her blogs informative and also entertaining.  She has a wealth of knowledge and ideas and I find myself drawn to her style of business. 

To see what part of the challenge we are on now go here.
These are just a few sites that I find helpful and worth the read. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your evening!

Paradise Found ~

This is one of our favorite tropical flower arrangements.  When someone is looking for a modern design this is the first thing that comes to mind. 
    Modern designs are making their way into the mainstream these days.  More and more people are looking for something outside of the traditional floral.  We love this idea!  We enjoy creating new and different arrangements and thinking outside of the traditional daisy pom basket that we all know and love.  
    When someone calls and asks for something "unique" we are up for the challenge.  We love to do one of our lily topiary designs or a rose garden.  Really anything at all from our modern section on our website is fun to do.
   If you need something unique and different please don't hesitate to call and we will be glad to assist you. 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 6

Today the challenge was a bit more difficult.  We were given a list of 27 blogs to read, skim, look over, or simply study.  Well my beloved laptop has been diagnosed with a scary case of malware so I could only get to a few of them after working on that for most of the evening.

But I did find a few that I really liked~
Chris Garrett wrote about branding. I enjoyed this because we are working hard on our image and brand.  We want to build our reputation and show people what we do and how we do it.  He talked about how a brand can be broken with just a few bad experiences in this world of tweets and facebook.  He also talked about making your brand and how to get it out to the world.
Chris Brogan wrote about different forms of media.  From social media and what works and how to email blasts and blogging.  These are all things that we are working on for the shop and I will go back and read more about them. 
The list is long but if I break it up into many days instead of one I will make it through the relevant topics and apply them to my blogging.
Looks like tomorrow is going to be another great topic... can't read ahead though I promised myself I would take this one day at a time!

To see what challenge we are on today go here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 5

Today I had the chance to share some love!  Our challenge today was to either e-mail, visit the blog of, or contact in some way one of the people who commented on one of our posts. 

I went to visit everyone who posted a comment on my family blog and read theirs and posted a comment for them.  I strongly believe that a blog should lead to relationships with your readers.  This is just another forum where we can connect with people.  I try to comment back quickly when someone leaves me a comment but I must admit life gets in the way.  I will also commit to taking time every day to check the comments and make sure that I get a chance to respond to all questions.  Now this may be at 1am but I promise to try to follow up on all of them.  

I am really enjoying this blog challenge.  With so many great women cheering each other one we are all sure to come out stronger then we went in!

To see where we are at in our challenge now go here.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 4

 So today I became a spy!  Yes, part of my 31 day to better blogging challenge was to scope out a blog in my niche and see what makes them tick.  I investigated there posts, followers, how they promote, and what makes people keep coming back for more.  I LOVED it!  I felt like a real CIA agent or something.
Here is what I found:
~ There are not a lot of florist blogs out there!  Can you believe that?  With all of the stuff we do and memories we make it seems that very few of us write about it.  Now that could be because most of us are to busy running our shops to take time to write.
~ The few I found have amazing followers.  The followers are dedicated and reply to posts on a regular basis.
~ Florists make pretty good bloggers.  I saw tons of great photos, stories, and promotional ideas.

What I learned from all of this is that I am on the right track.  It's all about sticking with it and writing about topics that showcase our work and knowledge.  The personal touches we add to each post set us apart from each other but we all seem to have the same goal: Educate the public on the joys of flowers.

To see what part of the challenge we are on now go here.

The Secret Garden & Easter Seals A Perfect Pair

Starting July 23rd, 2010 when you make a purchase at The Secret Garden we will donate 10% to Easter Seals.  We are very excited about this opportunity to help this wonderful charity.  If you want to see what Easter Seals does for our community see for yourself here.

How it works:  When you place an order just mention Easter Seals and we will make the 10% donation for you.
You can shop in store, by phone, or online.  For online orders please indicate Easter Seals in the special instructions area.  We do not have a minimum purchase amount and we do not require you to purchase a certain item. This offer does exclude wedding orders.

We hope that you take this opportunity to help Easter Seals assist the special needs families of Central Illinois.  We look forward to seeing you soon! Hurry in, offer ends August 31, 2010.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 3

Today is a new experience for me.  I have always promoted my blogs to just my facebook friends, fans, and twitter pals.  The idea of going out and finding new ways to promote my blog has been on my to-do list for sometime now but I just have not gotten around to it.  

Today I signed up for a account and submitted my first article.  You can read the full article here.  It is a post we wrote a few months back on how to prepare for a bridal consultation.  We are excited to see if this brings traffic to our blog and what others think of it.  

Do you have any blogging tips?  Where do you promote your blog?  We want to hear from you!

To see where we are on our challenge now go here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

7 Can't Miss Houseplant Care & Handling Websites

3. Wikipedia
4. eHow

31 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 2

It is day two of the blog challenge and today we have been tasked with making a list post.  I have one here but I think that may be cheating so I will make my new one tonight.
I for one like list posts when I have a lot to say and do not want to get it jumbled in translation.  I could have written an article on Bromeliad care but it would not have been as easy to follow or reference when I'm in a hurry.  That particular list, I now know, is a list within a post.  An extended list would be just the list without the post around it.  I think I have that right but if you are a fellow blogger please correct me if I am wrong.
So now I sit here thinking of what kind of list I can make tonight.  I did not plan a topic because I had no idea what the assignment for today may be (I am not reading ahead).   I think I will update that blog page and put our top 10 sites that we reference when helping a customer with plant care.    I know, not that exciting, but blogs are to inform as well as entertain.  Okay off I go to make my list.. the list will be here when it's done if you want to check it out.

31 Day blog challenge ~ Day One

So this evening I was browsing around and found this "Problogger Challenge".  Well I am a novice blogger but it did peak my interest.  I read a little, then a little more.  The ideas interested me and so I have joined.  Today is day one, we are to right an elevated pitch... OK had no clue what that one was... but now I do and so I begin.  Digging out my thinking cap and everything, as you can see by my stellar picture to the left. 
So tell us what you think here was our old blog intro:  The Secret Garden is a flower shop located in Decatur Illinois. We hope to make this blog THE place to go for tips and tricks on flower arrangements, handling, and care. We will also use it to showcase our ideas and share news with our followers. We hope you join us and come along with us on our journey!
A little dry I must admit but what can I say... I knew nothing about writing a pitch. 
Here is our new one:  Have you longed to work in a flower shop?  Dreamed of being surrounded by the glorious scents, textures, and beautiful blooms?  Well my friend here is your chance to see the ups and downs of our little shop.  In this blog you will find a little about family, a sampling of our work, a few tangent rants, and a whole lot about flowers!   Step through the gates and into The Secret Garden.  Follow us on our journey and we promise to keep you entertained, informed, and above all else give you time to stop and smell the roses.

Everyday we will show you before and after of our blogging improvements (excluding behind the scenes stuff that is just to html based to brag on), we invite you to come on along with us and to tell us what you think.  I am a bit behind though we were tasked with starting our journey on the 19th.... but only 2 hours late so I think if I work extra hard tomorrow I can catch up :)

To see where we are now on our challenge go here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A short video from Valentine's Day 2010

Join Petal Point Rewards Club Today!

Petal Point Rewards
The Secret Garden is proud to introduce their new Petal Points Rewards Program.  For every purchase you make you will earn point to use on your future purchases.  To get you started on earning points today we are offering you 500 bonus points for any purchase you make in August.  Call today to start earning your points ~ 875-9038 or see us on the web at

The fine print:

Petal Point Rewards are not applied for past orders.  Only purchase made after July 19th 2010 will count towards your Petal Points Rewards. 
Minimum Order: We do not require any minimum purchase to earn points on your purchase.  From time to time bonus points may be awarded for purchasing certain promotional products or services. You will receive 5 points for every one dollar that you spend.
Fees for Membership: Petal Points Rewards is free to all members. There are no sign–up or monthly fees.
Redeeming Points:  Once you reach 2,500 points ($25.00) you will be given the option to apply your points to your purchase.  You may choose to roll your points over but the maximum number of points you can hold in your account is 5,000 points ($50.00).  Points can not be used towards weddings or wire out orders. 
Cash Value:  Petal Points do not hold any cash value and are only good towards purchase made at The Secret Garden.  Your points are not transferable to anyone.  Petal Points do not expire but we do reserve the right to make changes to the program at any time.  Petal Points earned at The Secret Garden are only redeemable at The Secret Garden.  Petal Points earned at any other location are not redeemable at The Secret Garden.

If you have any questions regarding this exciting new program please contact me directly at 875-9038 or

Thanks and enjoy! ~Lori

Friday, July 16, 2010

Heart Strings

Whenever we get a family member ordering flowers for the loss of a loved one it always tugs the heart strings.  This was a special creation for a wonderful lady from California.  She had just lost her cousin and she wanted to send something to the service.  She told me that she has now lost all of her cousins and she was the only one left from that generation of her family.  Her cousin would have been 99 next month.  
The picture to the left is what we created for her.  To me the yellow, pink, purple, and white make for a very beautiful display.  This design is called a mache and it is left at the graveside.  This was my first mache and with the help of Carol it turned out beautiful.  
I am so happy I could help her express her love and well wishes to the family.  Even though she is far away they will know that she is thinking of them today.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's A Circus

 Hello everyone!  We just wanted to take a moment and tell you about what's going on around here.  We have been hard at work recently with promotions, blogging, facebooking, and of course filling orders.
 Here is a brief rundown on the new blog layout.  The tabs at the top of the blog will now direct you to useful links.
Buy Flowers: Takes you to our website so you can order flowers, plants, and other great gifts for friends and family.
Our eBay Store: Takes you to our online gift store.  Where you can see a sampling of our gift items, purchase them, and ship them across the globe.  You can also purchase these items for pick up at our shop.
Facebook Friends: This will take you to our facebook page.  You can see lots of great information and share your stories with us.  "Like" our page and you will receive special facebook discounts, advanced notices of sales, and so much more!
Our Creations: This is a blog exclusive for our creations, our designers, and our inspiration.  We will post some of most popular designs, best loved, and of course our favorites.
Promotions: Takes you to our blog on upcoming events and sales.  Not only in our store but around the community.  If you have an event coming up be sure to let us know so we can add it to the list at the bottom of the page.
Care & Handling: Great tips on caring for fresh flowers as well as plants.  See all of our great resource links on the side.  We will post questions and answers as well some tips.  Check here when you have a question on flower care.
Family: A little about the Barrett family.  We will share our stories and a little about our life with you!

That is just a quick overview of our new blog.  If you like what we have done here please hit the follow link so you are always kept up to date.

Spur of the moment...

This little dandy was made today for a last minute bride.  We love it when people stop in for something like this.  Your wedding day will be a day you look back on with joy for years to come.  We hope that our flowers make you smile even then.  Simple yet elegant this bouquet has it all.  White roses are always beautiful but the mini red carnations make them POP!  The salal leaves make a wonderful collar around the bouquet.  The bouquet has a simple wrap with small pearl pins to hold the ribbon in place.  So beautiful yet the size and flower choices help hold the cost down. 

We're full of hot air

  Balloons are making a big comeback for offices, hospitals, and even deliveries to the home.
When you want to send something that is bright and fun this is a great choice.  Balloons on a desk at the office draw attention and get people talking.  
We have a wonderful selection and invite you in to see for yourself.   Our message balloons are mylar and we have all sorts of colors of latex as well.
We offer 3 different sizes of bouquets to choose from or you can make your own size using our "A La Cart" selections.  For weights we offer sandbags, hard candy, kisses, tootsie rolls, bite sized candy bars, and even plush animals. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Name Game

Today we played the name game!  It was so much fun meeting all of the ladies that stopped in.  A bunch had not ever been in before and this was a great way for them to see what all we offer.  We will do this again soon with a different name so be sure to watch facebook and our sign for your name!  We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Ever wonder how to care for your fresh cut flowers when you get them home?  See our Care & Handling Blog for more detials.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Flower Power Happy Hour

Remember every week day from 5pm to 6pm we offer our stems and bunches for half price.  Here is a quick run down on some of our most popular stems and bunches.

Sunshine Bouquet ~ $7.99
Long Stem Rose ~ $4.00
Gerbera Daisy ~ $3.50
Asiatic Lily ~ $4.75 Stem
Daisy Stem ~ $2.00 Stem
Alstromeria Lily ~ $2.00 Stem

Remember stems are not counted as per head they are one price for the entire stem.  Some of our stems of daisies and alstro have five blooms or more.  All of the prices above, plus many more in store, are half off during our flower power happy hour.  Join us for the fun and bring home a fresh bouquet tonight!

Visit our Care & Handling blog for more details on how to care for your fresh cut flowers.

Country Cottage Inspired!

This is such a cute arrangement.  It was made by one of our designers, Sheryl, who loves to make unique and one of a kind designs. What brilliant colors and summer feel this arrangement has.  It makes me think of long walks in the country with wild flowers, birds, and bees fluttering by.  The vintage look of the birdhouse reminds me of our old 2 story farmhouse.  The summer heat could never keep us inside for long.  Our long country road was the best place to ride bikes and pick flowers for mom.  We spent our days outside then and loved every minute of it.  Long before the days of the internet and play stations kids actually enjoyed the outside!  Now I am not that old just that old fashioned :)  I can remember my dad saying "IN or OUT you are letting the flies in." or how about this one, "We are not paying to cool the outdoors".  Gotta love parents and the wisdom they instilled, I say those same things to my kids today!  So today go take a long walk in the warm summer air, as dad would say, "You think this is hot, wait till summer gets here".
This is such a lovely idea for someone who is having a party, housewarming, or just to say "Thinking of You".  
About this arrangement: This is an all wood container with whitewashed design.  This can later be used as a planter for an indoor or outdoor plant.  The picket fence area holds a fresh bouquet of flowers that include; sunflowers, carnations, mums, statice, and some delphinium.

Bromeliad Care

Bromeliads are members of a plant family known as Bromeliaceae (bro-meh-lee-AH-say-eye).  This is one of our best selling house plants.  Bromeliads are a tropical plant that can be grown inside and out.  For our area it is best to have them as house plants or at least brought in for our harsh winters.  Bromeliads grow in many different colors, styles, and even claim the pineapple as one of their own.  The flower stalk is produced in the center of the plant and grows up as it blooms.  We have found that the stalk lasts several years, some of our clients have even claimed to have the stalk last for over 5 years on the same plant.   A small flower will bloom in the center of this colored foliage. Here are some care tips for the Bromeliads.

1. Give them adequate light.  A window with southern sunlight is ideal all year around.  Some varieties may even "burn" with direct sunlight.  Filtered or indirect sunlight is best as long as it is bright.  Different types of Bromeliads have different light needs.  Determine the type of flower and you can find the right lighting for it.

2. Water them properly. It is best to never allow the plant roots to stand in water but at the same time keep the soil evenly moist.  One way to water your bromeliad is to poor water down the center stalk, if you use this method make sure not to allow the water to pool in the stalk, this can cause rotting.  The bromeliads with a "tank" like to be watered that way best but they will absorb water from the roots as well.

3. Keep the correct temperature. For best growth these tropical plants like to have the room between 55 degrees and 85 degrees.  Most of the time the inside of your home should work just fine for that temperature range.  If the area they are in is cooler at night this will prolong the bloom life and even help enhance the color of your plant.  If your house is humid the temperature can even be a bit higher, bromeliads love the moisture in the air.

4.Fertilize the plant. Fertilizing is not required if your bromeliad is a house plant.  If you want to help stimulate growth use a water based plant fertilizer but only use about 1/2 of the recommended dose.

5. Repot the bromeliad if needed.  Most of the time repotting is required.  Bromeliads will produce a smaller version of themselves in the pot, these can be removed and potted to grow a new plant.  These plants normally take 2-3 years to bloom.

Bromeliads only bloom once in their life.  The small plant that they produce can be used to replace yours once the bloom has gone.  We do enjoy the greenery of a bromeliad almost as much as the bloom and you may as well.  If you have any questions on the care of your bromelaid don't hesitate to call us 217-875-9038.

For more plant care tips see our list of best plant care sites on the web here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Easter Seals

Easter Seals 9th Miranda Jess Softball Challenge July 31st at the Northwest Diamonds in Decatur. This year we have added a double elimination tournament and we will still have our regular games. Double elimination cost is $100.00 per team and must be coed. Regular game cost is still only $50 and can have up to 12 Call Easter Seals at 429-1052 x110 for more information
For more information see: Teri Johnon Moore's Facebook Profile

Free Flower Day~

Don't miss our next free flower day!
Saturday July 17th, 2010
Will be our next free flower day.  On Saturday stop in to the store and pick up your free "sunshine bouquet".  This bouquet is FREE and we do not require a purchase.  We just want you to come in and say hello, maybe take a look around to see our new fall merchandise.  This is just our way of thanking all of our customers, fans, and friends for all of their support.

Have you ever wondered how to care for your flowers once you get them home?  Visit our Care & Handling blog for details.

Something to smile about!

This is one of our all time favorite "just because" arrangements.  We love to suggest this when someone calls and asks for something "bright and cheery".  You can just see the sunshine in this bouquet.  Daisies are a hearty and long lasting flower so the smiles will go on and on.  
Daisies are also a mild scented flower so it works well for people with allergies or sensitivity to strong scents. 
Whatever the occasion this bouquet is certain to brighten any ones day!
~To order yours call us at 217-875-9038 or visit us online at

Friday, July 9, 2010

3/50 Project

The other day while surfing the web I came across a website called "The 3/50 Project".  My interest was peaked so I went in to take a look around.  The first line on the page was this: "What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?"  Wow!  That got me thinking... what businesses are around that I could not live without?  Well Krekle's ... but then again it was almost dinner time.  New To You Resale shop... that is my favorite place to bargain hunt.  Tasty's ... did I mention I was hungry at this point.  Well that's my 3 but my mind kept working... Farmer's Market is a must have!  What about Pastabilities, yes still hungry.  Well heck could not live without my own shop either!  Now I'm at 6 and my mind was still racing through all the places I go.  Now I go back to reading and I see that if 1/2 of the US population spent just $50.00 a month in small businesses it would generate 42.6 BILLION, yes that's Billion with a B, in revenue.  Talk about a recession buster! 
So how can I help?  Well I can help by supporting the people that support us.  Going to local shops and restaurants more and really taking the time to thank them for being around.  We are supposed to take my daughter to see "Eclipse" soon and I think we will go downtown.  We will eat at Pastabilites and see the show at The Avon!  That will be a good start.  If we get down there earlier enough I would like to walk around some of the shops and maybe pick up a few things for the office at Haines & Essick.
How can you help?  It's simple.  Commit to spending $50.00 a month among 3 independent businesses.  That is all you have to do!  Now that is not $50.00 at each business that is $50.00 for the month.  Of course all of us small business owners would love it if you spent more but that is not what the project is about. The project is to help the community by reinvesting in the people who make that community so great.  The 3/50 project also says that for every $100.00 spent in small businesses $68.00 is returned to the community where that business is located.  This is through taxes, payroll, and more. 
So if you want an easy way to help your community the answer is simple ~ Shop Local!

If you want to find out more check out the website 3/50 Project.  Let us know what you think!


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