Get Your Arrangements Now for Feb. 14

The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching, and the clock is certainly ticking to buy the one you love a gift. Waiting until the last minute like you may have done is always such a risk that your gift may not be delivered on time or be ready in time for pick up.
 
Lavender DreamsWhat is the one gift that your loved one will enjoy this season? Flowers, of course! There are so many different flower options that your wife, fiancé or girlfriend will enjoy, from traditional red roses, tulips and lilies to carnations, irises, Gerbera daisies and more. During this time of year, too, you may see a slight price hike from your favorite florist. While you may think this is due to the romantic season, it’s actually completely normal. Since this is the busy season for rose growers – especially since they use V-Day to keep their businesses afloat – most flower growers charge more for the incredibly high demand and costs they have in producing such a bumper crop of these beautiful plants for clients from coast to coast.
 
If you are a non-believer when it comes to V-Day, you may ask “Why do women enjoy receiving flowers and gifts on this special day anyways?” Flowers have the ability to stop time in a way. When flowers arrive at a woman’s work or home – especially when they are unexpected – she can get lost in the moment, gazing at the flowers and the love that they reflect while basking in the amazing smell. Women also have a special spot in their brains where they can recall each moment that they received flowers as well, whether it was on V-Day or an anniversary. This year you can be the cause behind stopping time for her and make sure that you secure your place in that happy part of your loved one’s mind forever more.
 
Heart Throb Plush AnimalNo Feb. 14 delivery is complete however without a nice addition to the bouquet. We highly recommend taking a look at our boxed chocolates, cute plush animals, balloons and truffles. Each of these options adds a more long-lasting and tangible treat to personalize your gift and impress your special someone all the more. We even carry gift baskets with soaps and lotions that would be a welcomed gift by anyone.
 
Order your bouquets and chocolates today to make sure that you’re ready for V-Day! Take a look at our lovely selection of Feb. 14 roses and flowers, or explore our plush animals and our diverse selection gourmet gift baskets for even more options. For help selecting the perfect gift, call Fancies Flowers today at 605-342-2829.
 

Send Well Wishes with Flowers

The winter season activities and celebrations may take precedence over every other occasion when it comes to television and other forms of media, but life still goes on within our circles of family and friends. There are countless birthdays, anniversaries, engagements and graduations that deserve our congratulations this winter season and nothing says it better than a bouquet of flowers.
 
One of the main reasons flowers are loved so much is that they are a great way of expressing exactly how we feel. A personally chosen bouquet is a symbol of love and care and is a gift that is always greatly appreciated. When we think about it, flowers are a gift that is vibrant and alive, and one that keeps on giving for many days. A gift of flowers can even last a lifetime in the heart of those who receive them, and many people choose to press their flowers inside the pages of diaries, journals and their favorite books.
 
Smile for You BouquetThe variety of flowers and congratulatory floral combinations that exist makes just choosing the right bouquet or arrangement a fun and creative project. There is no need to think that only women enjoy the gift of flowers, many men appreciate the gift of a floral bouquet as much as anyone. For example, a graduation bouquet for your favorite nephew can be filled with strong vibrant colors, such as deep reds, blues and purples. Going traditional is also an option, as almost everyone will be thrilled with a dozen roses.
 
You can also personalize a floral birthday gift by choosing flowers that are your gift recipient’s favorite color or a bouquet that matches the color of a loved one’s new house or apartment. Say “congratulations” to your favorite couple who are celebrating an engagement during this popular season for proposals with an innovative bouquet created to look like a celebratory cocktail. You can always ask your florist for new and fresh ideas for creative and memorable bouquets.
 
Elegant Stargazers and RosesIf you love traditional seasonal flowers like the poinsettia, these flowers can also be given to celebrate many special occasions beyond the festive time of year, including as a celebration of a newlywed couple’s first anniversary, or a family celebrating the ethnic tradition of Kwanzaa, which begins the day after Christmas. Red and green floral combinations can be wonderfully soft and elegant, too, without looking too much like Christmas bouquets.
 
It is beautiful to remember all of the events that are being celebrated by your loved ones this winter, and flowers will help you say how much you really care and are happy for what is going on in their lives this season.  As you plan for the many different celebratory occasions this time of year, including engagements, anniversaries, graduations and more, a bouquet of flowers can be the perfect gift. Give Fancies Flowers & Gifts a call today at 605-342-2829 and discuss your own personalized flower arrangement or gift, or order from our online inventory today.
 

Ring in the Season with Festive Flowers

Flowers are nature’s contribution to a festive decor. Whatever winter celebration you have planned this season, there is a bouquet or floral arrangement to brighten up your home and dinner table. Though in many parts of the world, winter takes us away from the colorful beauty of nature; floral arrangements are a wonderful contrast to the snow-white wintertime scenery outdoors.
 
Christmas PoinsettiaWinter floral arrangements come in the most vivid colors, from vibrant reds to deep burgundies and forest greens. Arrangements and bouquets are the perfect choice for seasonal decorating because you can mix and match all the vibrant colors available. The classic Christmastime poinsettia is always a great choice, but there are many other floral arrangements that will bring the atmosphere of festivity into your home.
 
If you want to add a twist to your seasonal decor, pink and cream poinsettias are a unique option and will make for a great conversation starter at your parties this time of year. Poinsettias, however, are just one option. Holly, red carnation and chrysanthemum will also bring a table to life. You can even start your own traditions with a simple, yet classic bouquet of red roses.
 
Fields of FlowersA vase filled with shades of green and white can give a nod to the beauty of winter – and the hope for a glorious spring. One of the greatest things about flowers is that you can arrange them to reflect any celebration. Reds and greens are traditional for Christmas and the yule season, but you can also ask your florist to design a bouquet filled with a rainbow of different colors to celebrate the winter solstice as we make our way towards spring and warmer weather.
 
Whatever the celebration, flowers are a beautiful way to honor any season, and bring the wonders of nature into your home at this time of year. Check out our full selection of winter flowers and winter-themed centerpieces or give us a call today at 888-845-5778 to place your order or to discuss a unique arrangement for your home this season.
 

Caring for your Flower Arrangement

 
charming gerberas flower arrangementFlower arrangements are a beautiful gift for any occasion – or for no reason at all. Show your special someone you are thinking of them with a brightly colored bouquet of fresh flowers. Their pretty scent will fill the room with a cheery, summery feeling regardless of the season. Make your arrangement last longer with some quick advice from us at Fancies Flowers & Gifts.
 

Trim

Before placing your flowers in water, cut at least an inch off the bottom of each stem. Use sharp scissors to do this and cut at a 45 degree angle. Place the blooms in a vase filled with warm water and flower food for best results.
 

Flower Food

Create your own mix of flower food by combining sugar and vinegar. This mixture nourishes the blossoms while preventing the growth of bacteria. For every quart of warm water, dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
 

pretty bud vase flower arrangementHair Spray

Just like it keeps your hair in place, hair spray can also keep your fresh cut flowers looking great! Spray a little bit on the underside of the petals and leaves for best results.
 

Cleaning

As blooms die, remove them from the vase to keep the rest of your flowers healthy. Also remove petals and leaves that have fallen into the water, changing it every few days to remain fresh. Flowers placed in a cool area out of direct sunlight tend to do better as well.
 
Looking to purchase a fresh floral arrangement in the Rapid City area? Fancies Flowers & Gifts is located at 1301 Mt Rushmore Road in Rapid City, South Dakota. We are happy to help you find the perfect gift in-store and orders can be placed online or by phone as well.
 

Sympathy Flower Etiquette

 
white standing spraySympathy flowers are a traditional way to express your condolences to the family of the deceased. Whether you send a bouquet to the family’s home or purchase a standing floral spray, this gift will send a message of love and compassion to those feeling a deep loss.
 
There are many options to choose from when deciding what type of arrangement you would like to send; with food baskets, plants and small floral arrangements as some common choices. We recommend white flowers or those in pale yellow, pink or purple hues. A food basket is another way to express your condolences, as well as care for the family during this difficult time. Here at Fancies Flowers & Gifts we have a variety of baskets, including fruit, meat and snack varieties.
 
When choosing a spray, wreath or bouquet to send to the funeral parlor, there are many options to choose from. A few appropriate choices include lilies, roses and carnations, because of the meanings they hold. White lilies are frequently given, and are seen as a sign of innocence and peace.
 
spring casket sprayDifferent colored roses have different meanings, and red are the most commonly given, as they symbolize love and grief. Roses mix well into arrangements with other flowers, like carnations. These blooms portray affection and innocence in red and white respectively, and are a beautiful accent flower.
 
Regardless of the arrangement you choose, remember to sign the card with your first and last name to reduce confusion for the grieving family during this strenuous time. To purchase a sympathy arrangement in Rapid City, South Dakota, call Fancies at 605-342-2829 or stop by our store at 1301 Mt. Rushmore Road.
 

Wedding Flower Trends

 
bridal bouquetWhether you just got engaged or your wedding day is almost here, there are plenty of beautiful floral trends to consider when choosing your bouquet. From modern to classic, and everything in between, there are plenty of great floral ideas to choose from!
 

Romantic

If you are looking for luxurious and romantic flowers for your bouquet, choose an arrangement that boasts full blooms with minimal foliage and stems showing. Orchids, roses and hydrangeas all have a sweet and romantic feel. Choose an array of pastels, including creams, pinks and whites to embellish your dreamy scene.
 

Classic

Looking for a more traditional wedding bouquet? Choose a monochromatic white or ivory scheme including orchids, lily of the valley and gardenia. Stick to one type of flowers for a crisp, simple look or combine a few of your favorites for a stunning arrangement. Add a bit of color and “something blue” by tying the stems together with a blue ribbon.
 

Modern

For the girls with a more modern taste, there are plenty of unique, eye-catching options to choose from! A long bouquet of calla lilies or a bunch of yellow roses are two great choices. Be bold and make a bouquet that is all your own!
 

Rustic

Rustic, country chic weddings have become extraordinarily popular in the past few years. Create a bouquet that looks like it was picked from a garden by mixing flowers and greens. Opt for a bright combination of sunflowers and fern curls for a pop of color or a more muted array of roses, peonies and sweet peas to add some romance. The key to this “just-picked” look is a loose arrangement that includes a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as some green.
 
Check out more trends at Bridal Guide and Wedding Ideas, then head to Fancies Flowers & Gifts to design your dream bouquet! Contact us online or at 605-342-2829 today.
 

Caring for Your Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

Summer is here; which means hanging baskets are going up on porches and in backyards everywhere! Hanging baskets come in an assortment of sizes, colors, and styles and often hold geraniums or petunias. Caring for your hanging baskets this summer is easy. Just follow these tips:
 

Water

Regular watering is very important for the health of the flowers in your hanging basket. Check your hanging basket daily, especially when it is extra hot outside. Water the plant if the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. When you water a hanging basket, add water until water comes out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Providing your hanging basket enough water is vital for proper growth and survival. Remember not to water the plant too much though. Allowing a pot to sit in water will keep the soil too wet and can cause mold and plant death. We recommend watering plants in the morning instead of at night. Watering plants at night leaves them wet for too long and will affect them negatively, like standing water does.
 

Fertilizer

Unlike flowers planted in the ground, hanging baskets only get the nutrition that you provide them! Fertilizer is a great way to keep your baskets thriving all summer long. Add a control release fertilizer to your hanging basket when you first bring it home. Midway through the summer, begin using a water-soluble fertilizer once every other week. This will proved the flowers in your basket with a continual flow of nutrients, keeping them strong and healthy throughout the summer.
 

Pruning

Prune the flowers in your hanging basket to keep them blooming all summer long. Both geraniums and petunias should have their old blooms removed on a regular basis to keep them blooming longer. To prune your flowers, pinch off the stems just below the base of the flowers that are wilted and old. Pruning shears can be used to keep your hands from being stained green.
 
For more information on maintaining your hanging baskets throughout the summer, contact Fancies Flowers & Gifts, local premier florist & flower shop, in Rapid City, SD, 57701 at 1-605-342-2829.