Say “Thank You” To Your Office Staff

secretary's week 2014 In today’s fast-paced workplace, it is often easy to forget to stop and say “thank you” to your staff for all the hard work that they do. As the old adage goes “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. A little gift goes a long way and flowers (or chocolates) send a clear message that you appreciate them.

This year, Administrative Professionals Week is April 21th to 25th. Currently, since its inception in 1952, it is the largest workplace event celebrated nationwide. Because of its emphasis on the value of administrative professionals, and the roles they play in their respective organizations, this week is the perfect time to show your appreciation.

With our selection of gifts we make it easy for you to say “thank you” because with flowers, you don’t have to cater to individual interests and styles. EVERYBODY loves flowers! We have something for every budget and have highlighted some of our favorites right here.

choc devine

“Chocolate Divine” basket $39.99

moonstruck

Delicious Moonstruck Chocolates YUM! $4.99-$29.99

tulips

Tulips come in a variety of spring colors including yellow, pink, red, orange, white and purple $39.99

carnival

“Carnival” in bright, spring colors $34.99

bonsai

Our super-popular bonsai tree $29.99

mahalo

“Mahalo” with tropical orchids $19.99

 

Easter Flowers Announce Spring

Easter is such a fun time for flowers because spring showcases such amazing flowers that are only available locally, and for just a short time. After the cold and gray tones of winter, the colorful and soft pallets of spring colors are welcome. We love using these local flowers in our Easter flower arrangements. Pussy willow, anemones, ranunculus and tulips scream “Spring is here”!

The whole spring season and Easter in particular represents renewal and new life. As the first bulbs begin to burst from the soil, so too does the hope for warmer days and garden planting. We take nature’s lead and are inspired every day with spring’s bounty.

iris, hydrangea, roses, freesia roses, tulips, birdhouse tulips and gerbera daisies march 29 015 copypink and white flower arrangementdaffodil arrangement flowers delivered eugene

Easter Coloring Contest

Do you remember the good ole’ days when there used to be local coloring contests for all the easter flowers eugeneholidays? I miss those days so we are reviving the coloring contest this year for Easter! Kids can use their creative magic to turn the coloring page of the Easter Basket of Beauty arrangement into a work of art. Art mediums can include crayons, markers, paint, glitter…the sky’s the limit. HAVE FUN!! The winning entries (2 age categories see below) receive a coloring gift basket and the beautiful “Basket of Beauty” flower arrangement just in time for Easter.

Download your coloring page here: easter coloring picture pdf

IMG_1538

Rules & Guidelines:

Entry Information:

  • Entry Information:
  • Artist’s First & Last Name
  • Age
  • Name, Contact Phone Number & email for Parent

Eligibility:

There will be two age categories for entries and one winner within each age category. Ages 3-6 and ages 7-11.

Details:

Entries for the contest must be received by April 16. The winner for each category will be chosen April 18 and the parents notified by phone. Prizes will be awarded at Dandelions Flowers & Gifts with pictures taken.

Coloring Contest Entries can be snail mailed or dropped off to Dandelions Flowers & Gifts 1710 Chambers St. Eugene, OR 97402,  or scanned in and emailed to toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

Judging: 

Marketing Manager of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts reserves right to choose winners of the coloring contest. Entire Dandelions team may be recruited to help choose winner. Entries will be judged after the deadline of April 16, and winners chosen at this time.

*All entries become the property of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts and may be displayed in our store, on our website or Facebook page for public viewing. We encourage all Facebook members to participate and help with your ‘likes and comments’, but Dandelions reserves the right to choose the ultimate winner.

Winners & Prizes

Winners will be notified by phone. The winner of each age group will receive a fresh, floral Easter arrangement and a Coloring Gift Basket valued at $74.99. For a complete list of winners you are welcome to contact Toviana with Dandelions Flowers at toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

Mail/In-Person:

Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC

1710 Chambers St.

Eugene, OR 97402

Email:

toviana@dandelionsflowers.com

easter coloring poster

Behind the Scenes at Valentines

People often ask what our busiest time of the year is. Hands down it is Valentine’s Week. Our staff of 25 increases to a staff of over 60 in order to process flowers, answer phones, make arrangements (nearly 1500 the week of Valentine’s) and deliver them all to happy sweethearts.

It takes a lot of coordination, planning and hard work to make all of this happen. We have an amazing staff here at Dandelions who are dedicated to creating an experience for each person who places their trust with us when they order flowers in Eugene as well as for the recipient who is gifted flowers.

In order to store such a quantity of flowers we bring in a refrigerated semi-truck the week before Valentine’s. Our amazing crew who processes the flowers when they arrive and prepares them for designing works tirelessly, and often in the rainy cold, to make sure the flowers are at their best.  Our design staff creates bouquets and gift packages for each order all day…often standing in one place most of the day. It’s certainly not a walk in the park to be a florist!

Our sales staff helps countless numbers of men (and women!) choose the right style for their special Valentine and our blessed delivery drives brave the elements to bring a smile to individuals around Eugene and Springfield.

Valentine’s is a special time of love and an opportunity to convey your feelings to those around you. We feel pride in working hard to make this day be special for you!

valentines flowers eugene

Our design manager,Tami, creates low vases of roses for a clean, modern look

red flowers valentines

Red flowers and babies breath are always a popular choice for Valentine’s Day. As you can see…we make lots!

local eugene florist

There are lots of fun, family moments at the holidays for many of our staff. Diana has been at Dandelions for over 25 years and her daughter, Miriam, gets here feet wet helping out

flowers delivered eugene

A smile and a cheery attitude go a long way when working long days. Sheri brings sunshine wherever she goes

valentines

Crews work to get the flowers ready for the designers as soon as they arrive

flowers eugene

We need a refrigerated semi-truck to hold all of the flowers (plus our regular coolers) and Tara keeps it organized

arranging flowers

We utilize a completely different building for additional floral designers at the holidays to fill orders as fast as they come in. They are quite busy…notice you can’t see the floor!

feb 029

Delivery drives await their arrangements for their first deliveries of the day. We have a pretty nifty system for keeping all the orders organized so we know which driver takes what.

local flowers eugene

Helping drivers load up their flowers. Each driver takes a small section of town on each run and then comes back and loads up some more

dozen red roses

Marie, always cheerful, finalizes red bouquets for a lucky Valentine

family business florist

No rest for weary Mamas! One-handed designing takes a bit longer but we need all hands on deck!

photo-5

The news often stops by to see the hustle and bustle and take a moment to smell the wonderful fragrance of the flower store

Alternatives to roses for Valentine’s Day

Roses for Valentine’s Day, right? It doesn’t have to be.

Although roses are the traditional flower choice for Valentine’s Day there are a myriad of choices to express your love.

If You Want to Stay with Red:

F260_13Red is the color of love so choosing a flower in this color still holds the implied message.  Tulips are a popular choice and they have such a unique nuance about them. Tulips continue to grow after their stems are cut so they take on a life of their own, changing each day.

valentines flowers eugene, orGerbera daisies are refreshing and cheerful. Their deep red hue looks amazing in a mixed, traditional bouquet or designed in a contemporary, modern fashion.

Valentines Vase arrangementsCarnations are ideal for a traditionalist and come at a fraction of the price. Steer clear of babies breath and ask for the carnations to be created in a low container for an updated look.

A mixed red bouquet can include a variety of flowers that are available including alstromeria, carnations, hypericum berries, gerbera daisies, or ranunculus.

If You Want to Impress with Modern Elegance:

tropical flowers delivered eugene unique valentines flowers eugene, or Tropical flowers are the perfect way to send something different. They are incredibly long-lasting and have fun colors and textures. Personally, I think a vase of all orchids looks stunning all on its own. Heart-shaped anthurium and ginger come in Valentine’s colors but any tropical arrangement will be impressive.

large valentines bouquets flowers delivered eugene, orvalentines bouquets eugeneHydrangea is also a great choice with its fluffy, cloud-like blossoms. Soft white hydrangea paired with pink or red flowers is elegant and can fit into any budget.

F250_13After roses, stargazer lilies are the most popular flower choice for Valentine’s Day. Their sweet fragrance fills the air and they have a beautiful pink color.

Card Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Are you stumped on what to say on your Valentine’s Day card? The most important thing is that it is sincere and heartfelt. But if you need a little inspiration we have some ideas to get you started.

For a New Romancevalentines flowers eugene

  • “You have brought sunshine into my life. Happy Valentine’s Day”
  • “I hope your Valentine’s is as special as you are to me”

For a Long-Term Relationship

  • “If I had to choose whether to breathe or to love you, I would use my last breath to tell you that… I love you.”
  • “I love you even when you hog the bed”
  • “The laughter, the smiles, and the tears, the memories we’ve shared through the years, a love on which I can depend, my sweetheart, my forever friend.”
  • “You are my partner, my sweetheart, my confidant and adviser, my comforter and friend. You are my quiet place away from the rest of the world.”

If You Send Your Flowers Early

  • Sending flowers early on the 12th or 13th with a card message that says “I just couldn’t wait to say ‘I love you’ ” is a great idea. Since Valentine’s lands on a Friday this year this allows your Valentine to enjoy her flowers at school or the office for longer and makes you look great.

Valentine’s for Daughters & Mothers breakfast in bed

  • “Life is filled with lots of things that make it all worthwhile, but none is better than your little smile.”
  • “Be my love bug”
  • “A wish for a Valentine’s Day as sweet as you are”
  • “Thank you for showing me the meaning of love”
  • “You have loved me from the start and showed me how to love in return. Happy Valentines Day, Mom”

Why Roses for Valentines?

Everyone knows that the traditional and iconic flower for Valentine’s Day is the long stem red rose. Why is this?

HW0_34530

Well, Valentine’s Day actually originated during the Roman Empire as a celebration of Saint Valentine who, it was believed, performed weddings for soldiers forbidden from marrying as well as ministering to Christians. He was later executed by Emperor Claudius II- Valentine’s Day is actually an official religious holiday in various denominations.

red roses with branches

Photo by Syndicate Sales

Red: Love, Respect

Red: Love, Respect
Photo from Teleflora

After centuries of traditions becoming associated with the holiday the red rose now stands as the most widely recognized symbol. Red roses convey the message of love, passion and desire. During the Victorian era, flowers were commonly sent to convey complex meanings and messages as each flower had a specific meaning attached to it. This idea was the center of the popular book “The Language of Flowers”.

All flowers are beautiful but to send a clear message that says “I love you”, the red rose is the winner, hands down. A simple, single rose (at any time of the year) is a sweet gesture and send 3 dozen or 4 dozen long stem red roses REALLY makes the message clear.

March 2012 081 copy

As a florist, part of the reason I love Valentine’s Day (apart from the sleep deprivation and very tired hands/feet) is talking with customers who want so much for their feelings to be expressed. The gentleman who looks over each rose and selects just the right one to be wrapped and taken home reminds me of why we do what we do. He wants to show his love. He wants it to be just right. It is just so sweet and I get to be there to help assure him she will love it and to make it special.

So whether it is a single rose budvase or a room full of roses, the message is the same. You are loved.Valentines Rose Winner

Holiday Chocolate: Moonstruck

We are carrying a delicious variety of Portland-made Moonstruck Chocolates.  These gourmet chocolates are perfect for stocking stuffers or as a stand-alone gift for friends, teachers, or co-workers.  The packaging makes these handcrafted delights  an easy gift-to-go.

Christmas Colors Inspire Me

I love the holiday season, but this year is especially spectacular. Not only did it snow this weekend, but the temperature in Eugene has stayed cold enough to keep it looking like a winter wonderland! A week into December, and with the lovely evergreens surrounding Eugene laden with the white, fluffy precipitation; the streets and rooftops snow-covered, the season has announced itself: Christmas is here!Dandelions Flowers & Gifts

This year, along with my usual reasons for loving the season – putting a tree up and dressing it up for the season; the festive decorations and lights around town; holiday shopping and wrapping (or bagging) gifts; anticipating fun family get-togethers; watching people go by all bundled up against the cold; Christmas music – I get to add a couple of  new ones to my list: the scrunch of footsteps in the snow; snow blowing off branches and swirling in the breeze against a blue winter sky. But I always come back to an old favorite: the red, white and green flowers we work with in the store. When the snow-tinted pine cones and Christmas greenery come out at work, it’s easy to get inspired, so I thought I’d give you a glimpse of some red, white and green floral inspiration at Dandelions:

Green and white kale adds fantastic texture to any arrangement you add it to.green and white kale

The big, beautiful and exotic blooms of cymbidium orchids with their deep red throats are a great attention-grabber.green cymbidium orchids

Deep red ranunculus, with its lovely, ruffly petals.deep red ranunculus

I never get tired of the wild allure of bells of Ireland. Their height is perfect for a showy, seasonal design.green bells of ireland

Red dogwood is also great for height in an arrangement. It’s woodsy red tint is perfect for the season.red dogwood branches

Red poinsettias are a Christmas icon! Their bold beauty add festivity to anyone’s holiday decor. red poinsettia

Exotic, bright red anthuriums, if you’re looking for something different, and dramatic!red antherium

Wintery-white fuji mums! white fuji mums

White poinsettias! Another winter holiday beauty!white poinsettias

I love the elegance that white dendrobium orchids bring to an arrangement.White dendrobium orchids

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!snow dec 10

Happy Bosses Day, Shirley Lyons!

Last month, our wonderful boss Shirley Lyons was installed as the President of the Society of American Florists (SAF), a trade association representing the U.S. floral industry that has been around for 130 years. Not only is she their first woman president, she is also the first Oregonian to serve. What an accomplishment! And what an example to women! We are so proud of her!

Shirley’s love for her community and desire to touch lives and make everyday things just that much more special is  evident in the community contests and events Dandelions hosts, and the employees at Dandelions get to benefit from this great-heartedness up close. We get the everyday view of Shirley that not everyone sees, and for this Bosses Day, we wanted her to catch a glimpse of how we see her, a sense of who she is to us. Each staff-member at Dandelions picked a word or two to describe Shirley, so she’d know how special she is to us:

Working on Elton John’s flowers!

Juggling grand kids

“Dynamic, and an educator.” – Jodie

Big-hearted and generous.” – Brenda

“Energetic.” – Marie

“Simpatica y suave.” – ShariAnn

“World-traveler. “ – Tami

“Inspirational.” – Tovi

“Comedian.” – Julianne

“Motivated. Fun-loving.” – Martha

“Sympathetic.” – Diana

“Admirable.” Tammy

KMTR’s Job Swap with Jordan Steele

track meet

Making arrangements for the U. of O. Olympic trials.

“Passionate.” – Sophie

“Madame President! And Gregarious.” – Cindy

“Vivacious.” – Sharon

“Appreciative. She is grateful for our service in her company.” – Beth

“Driven.” – Chela

“lively, positive.” – Stephanie

To our boss, Shirley Lyons: Happy Bosses Day!

Shirley with Eugene Emerald’s Sluggo on Valentine’s Day.

Presenting Eugene’s Favorite Mom Contest winner with her prize.