Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother's DayMother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday of every May. This year, for 2015, Mother’s Day is on May 10. If you’re looking to make your Mother’s Day gift stand out from past years, consider these unique Mother’s Day gift ideas; they’ll help you to break with tradition and surprise Mom on her special day:

Luxury Flowers

When ordinary just won’t do, a bouquet from Billy Heroman’s Luxury Collection is sure to make a big impression. From premium roses to the most elegant orchid gifts, the bouquets in this collection are carefully chosen and artfully arranged. All of these luxury flower arrangements feature an explosion of fresh blossoms and color along with refined vases and presentation. For an extra special touch this Mother’s Day, send Baton Rouge’s very best and order from the Luxury Collection. When Mom receives these flowers, she’ll be beaming for a week.

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Tropical Flowers

Exotic orchids, stunning birds of paradise and Asiatic lilies are just a few of the beautiful flowers in the Tropical Flowers category. While cut flowers have a beautiful, fresh energy, a potted orchid can last weeks, months or even years. There are a variety of orchid types and colors to choose from, so there’s sure to be one that’s perfect for your Mom’s style and preferences. Tropical flowers bring a special, exotic energy all their own, and if your Mom has an affinity for lush, warm climates, the gift of tropical flowers can give her a bit of island air any time of the year.

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A Specialty Gift Basket

Gift baskets are another special way to change things up for Mother’s Day. There are gift baskets that contain fresh fruit, chocolates, gourmet items, and bath and body products. There’s even a health food basket, as well as a junk food basket; when it comes to Specialty Gift Baskets, there’s truly something for every taste and appetite. Mom will be able to enjoy its contents for weeks to come, and she’ll think of you every time she does.

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Mom’s Bath & Body Basket

This Mother’s Day, why not surprise Mom with a departure from the expected? Luxury bouquets, orchids, tropical blooms and specialty gift baskets are just some creative ways you can surprise Mom on Mother’s Day — or any time of the year. Contact Billy Heroman’s for more flower and gift ideas, and to place your Mother’s Day gift or flower order.

 

4 Tips for Celebrating Employee Appreciation Day

footer-590pxEmployee Appreciation Day comes around just once per year, and it falls on the first Friday of March. Do you know how you’re going to celebrate this year? While there are still a few weeks of winter left, you can raise your staff’s mood by showing them your gratitude on this special holiday. Here are four ideas for celebrating Employee Appreciation Day:

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Purple & Gold Spirit Bouquet

1. Bold, Beautiful Arrangements

Flowers are a time-honored way of showing affection and appreciation, and there’s a wide range of choices. One of the most impactful ways you can get their attention and let them you know you care is with big, bright, bold, impactful blooms and arrangements. Some of the most joy-inspiring flowers include the sunflower, tulips, roses, stargazer lilies and Gerbera daisies. Combine a variety of flower shapes, styles and colors for a result that’s sure to make them smile.

2. Exotic Arrangements and Tropical Blooms

Flowers from warm, exotic climates are a great way to bring your staff some cheer during the home stretch of winter. What better way to make them smile than with bright orchids, birds of paradise, ginger and anthurium in sleek, gorgeous vases? Make an impact this Employee Appreciation Day with an arrangement of exotic, tropical flowers that they won’t soon forget.

3. Spring Classics

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As the winter months continue, there can seem to be no hope of spring in sight. That’s why giving a spring bouquet for Employee Appreciation Day can be the perfect gift. Spring flowers lift the spirits and make us smile. Consider sending an arrangement of colorful tulips, bright lilies, sunny sunflowers, radiant daisies or other wildflowers, and you’ll bring the promise and hope of spring right into your office.

4. The Luxury Flower Collection

Perhaps one or several of your employees have gone the extra mile this past year, showing you just how indispensable they are? When only the best will do, the Luxury Flower Collection can provide the perfect gift for Employee Appreciation Day. From lavender or pale pink roses to elegant orchids, these exquisite arrangements are the perfect gift for those valued employee who truly make a difference.

Your employees are the infrastructure of your business, helping it to succeed and thrive. Take the time this Employee Appreciation Day to show them your gratitude with these four flower ideas. Contact Billy Heroman’s for more great gift ideas or to place your order.

 

Violets are the Birthday Flower of February

Violets are the Birthday Flower of February

The small but vibrant violet is full of symbolism and meaning in many cultures. With its heart shaped petals and deep mythology, it makes the perfect birth flower for February. Presently it is also the state flower for four states: Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey.

A Flower with a Rich History

Violets are flowers that have a rich history, even though it the growth and cultivation of the flower is not detailed in historical writings. Throughout history you will find violets in paintings and literature of many of the world’s most famous artists and writers. The flowers have been linked to resurrection of the earth and the gods of the earth. They have also had the symbolic meaning of love and truth, or even the love of truth.

Historic literature and art have tied a deep emotional meaning to violets. In Hamlet, for instance, Ophelia uses violets to show her devotion to her deceased father, and English painter John Millet included the violet in his painting The Death of Ophelia.

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Violet Visions

Violet Shades Are Ideal for February Birthdays

When you give flowers for a birthday, you can make the gift more meaningful by attaching some symbolism to the gift. Choosing the official flower, or an arrangement designed in the hues of that flower, is one way in which to do this. Add in the meaning of dedication and love, and you have the ideal gift for someone you care deeply for this February.

Violets can’t be cut or harvested to use in floral arrangements. They are mostly used for growing in flowerbeds and pots. If you are looking for a floral arrangement that reflects the symbolism and meaning behind violets, consider Violet Visions, our February birthday bouquet. Purple roses and other violet colored blossoms are accented by violet jewels in this arrangement perfect for February birthdays! .

Give a gift with rich meaning and beauty this February. With the help of Billy Heroman’s you can give a birthday gift that is sure to please.

 

How to Decorate for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is right around the shutterstock_167364551corner, which means that now is the time to get decorating. Nothing helps bring out the festive spirit in people more than fresh flowers. Especially in the winter when many people are increasingly stuck inside and cannot see flowers and greenery outside, having some fresh flowers inside can help lift people’s spirits and put a smile on their faces. Since flowers come in such a wide range of colors as well, it is easy to find arrangements that match the traditional Hanukkah colors and symbols. Here are a few fantastic ways that families can add some gorgeous arrangements to their Hanukkah decorations this year.

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Welcome people to the home to celebrate a Hanukkah dinner by having some wonderful arrangements out near the main entrance to the home. Arrangements that use the traditional blues and whites can be perfect because they use the Hanukkah colors while also offering beauty and elegance. Consider also adding a little well placed green to the arrangement as well. This color will help to call to mind the cold winter weather yet beautiful scenery that the season is known for.

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When people decorate their homes for holiday parties, it is common for them to adorn their main living spaces with various decorations so that no matter where people congregate, there are some gorgeous decorations to enjoy. Do the same thing with flowers. Look for something simple and elegant that can be placed on a variety of surfaces, including end tables in the living room, mantels over any fireplaces, or on the counter or islands in the kitchen. White roses will look lovely, and they can help call upon the traditional colors and themes used to celebrate Hanukkah.

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Dinner is an important part of any celebration, but many Hanukkah parties will revolve around this essential meal. Dress up the dining room table with a centerpiece that speaks to the occasion. The story of Hanukkah revolves around candles, so many families find it particularly appropriate to include a few candles in the centerpiece. Look for one that also includes the whites, and if possible the blues, associated with Hanukkah. One that includes white along with   symbols of winter, such as evergreen pine needles and pinecones, can also work well.

Hanukkah is quickly approaching and now is the time to start selecting flower arrangements for the holiday. Consider any of the above three suggestions and make the home look spectacular for the upcoming festivities.

 

Always the Perfect Gift

central-square-14112684122-1We’ve all been there, that exciting moment just before opening the gift you’ve been dreaming about from your spouse, significant other, or good friend. Did they remember all the ideas you gave them? Did they pick up on all of those subtle hints you’ve been dropping for months? Holding back your excitement you unwrap the box slowly and… “wow, it’s really… um… unique. Thanks…” Do they know you at all?

 

Every year more and more people are a victim of that less-than-perfect holiday gift. Everyone knows what it’s like to open that bizarre gift. This holiday season you have the chance to change all of that and bring thoughtful joy to someone’s holiday with flowers. No more unexcited responses, flowers truly are the perfect gift.

 

thumbnailPoinsettia Plants are the perfect holiday flower! Festive and vibrant, they are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

 

Give us your story. What’s the weirdest gift you’ve received? How did you react? Did you pretend to love it or give them a more honest response? Watch our video and share your weirdest gift ever received to be entered in our special holiday sweepstakes for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate (for flowers and plants) from Billy Heroman’s. Make this year special by giving the perfect gift this holiday season.

 

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Flowers for Labor Day, The Full Guide

pink rosesWith Labor Day right around the corner, it’s time to think about how you’ll surprise the hard-working people in your life. Whether it’s your children, parents, significant other or a friend, give the gift of flowers to celebrate their hard work and achievements. Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts is happy to help you choose a meaningful bouquet for the people you love.

Purple: The Color of Success

Purple has long been linked to royalty and all the meanings that come with it, such as dignity, pride and success. That makes purple flowers an ideal Labor Day gift. Whether you decide to go with light lavender hues or a rich amethyst shade is up to you!

For a soft, elegant surprise, try “Purple Passion.” Lavender roses blend with pink and purple flowers to create a dainty arrangement. Show your admiration with either the “Applause” or the “Sensational” bouquets. “Applause” features 72 long-stem roses in shades of lavender and pink, while “Sensational” is truly that with 48 long-stem lavender roses.

Orchids, such as the royal purple “Orchestrating Orchids” arrangement, are another great option. You can also give potted orchids. With blooms lasting up to two months and the potential for new blooms to appear, these beauties will look great at home or in the office!

Show Your Appreciation with Pink Roses

Pink roses are often considered a romantic flower, but their meanings go much deeper than that. A pink rose can also symbolize gratitude and appreciation, which makes it a perfect way to thank someone for their hard work. If you’re looking for a gift to celebrate an achievement, light pink roses are associated with admiration.

For lovely deep pinks, try our “Alstroemeria and Roses” bouquet. You can also mix dark and light with “Pink Elegance,” or show how much you care with the “Delighted” bouquet.

Celebrate the End of Summer

Of course, Labor Day flowers don’t have to be symbolic. You could opt for something bright and cheerful to mark the passage of summer instead. Dazzlingly beautiful gerbera daisies come in a variety of gorgeous colors – they’re sure to brighten up any space in your loved one’s home!

With their intense yellow color, sunflowers are another great choice. These bold blooms are the hallmark of summer. Sunflowers are a great way to say thanks or simply show that you’re thinking of your loved ones.

Let us help you choose the best Labor Day bouquet for your family, friends and co-workers. With so many beautiful blooms, there are infinite ways to celebrate Labor Day with flowers!

Why You Should Bring Summer Flowers to The Perfect Picnic

Summer is the ideal time for outdoor activities, and everyone loves a summer picnic. If you’re invited to one, don’t make the mistake of arriving empty-handed; why not bring along a gorgeous bouquet of flowers?

The right flowers will show gratitude to your host and add to the fun, festive spirit of the occasion. Flower types should be chosen based on the type of picnic and the tastes and preferences of your host. The top summer flower choices for picnics and outdoors parties include:

Summer Daisies

Daisies have the sunny disposition that’s perfect for a picnic. A Simple Pleasure vase of white daisies will add classic country charm to any casual picnic setting. A Gerbera Daisy vase offers multi-colored daisies that everyone will enjoy, especially as an eye-catching centerpiece. For more formal events, large White Gerberas can add elegance and class to any summer gathering.

Artful Arrangements

Certain flower types, colors and combinations seem to epitomize summer. An artfully arranged bouquet can combine summer favorites to add beauty and distinctiveness to any picnic table. A Bold and Beautiful arrangement features a variety of brightly colored blooms in oranges, reds and purples to make a big statement at the picnic. Garden Greatness offers a more subdued look with beautiful blooms in pastel tones. You can browse a variety of other artful arrangements and bouquets at Billy Heroman’s.

Sunflower Glory

The sunflower is the quintessential summer flower, offering warmth, vibrance and radiance exceeded only by that of the sun. Its bold look and size will “wow” your hosts as well as the other guests, and there are a variety of sunflower arrangements to choose from.

Say it With Roses

The beautiful, iconic look and unmistakable gorgeous scent of roses will uplift any summer gathering. Roses are available in just about any color you can imagine, and Billy Heroman’s offers bouquets ranging from the simple to the highly elaborate and ornate. A Pink Elegance bouquet offers a more subdued look, and Billy’s Treasure combines roses with large, stunning lilies that are sure to turn heads.

Patriotic Colors

If you’re invited to a Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day picnic, consider bringing along a flower arrangement that shows respect for your country. A Patriotic Salute arrangement with red, white and blue flowers is bursting with pride in the U.S.A.

Whether it’s a patriotic barbecue, a casual picnic with family and friends, or an elegant outdoor dinner party, don’t arrive empty-handed. Honor the event and show appreciation to the host by bringing them a bouquet of lovely summer flowers.

Orchid Care Instructions

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Orchids are beautiful flowering plants that bloom for fairly long periods of time. They come in a vast variety of shapes and sizes. And with a little love and care, they can last for years! Three common types of Orchids are Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and Cattleya.

Dendrobium Orchids are among the most common form of the plant and must be considered for 2nd, if not 1st, choice. They are very common and readily available in most areas. They are very easy to care for and are available in a wide variety of colors.

Phalaenopsis Orchids’ timeless elegance reflects the finest of taste when given as a gift. While no two are alike, it is truly a statement of opulence when displayed. They are stunningly beautiful and can be located in most areas. They do not release any fragrance and bloom for 3 to 6 months.

Cattleya Orchids are very exotic in nature and, therefore, are more difficult to locate. Some produce a pleasing hint of fragrance similar to that of a Hyacinth.

Bougainvillea Care Instructions

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Bougainvilleas are plants that thrive in tropical areas/temperatures with high heat and little rainfall. They are full sun plants meaning they need AT LEAST five hours of direct sunlight a day. In winter, Bougainvillea CAN survive only if brought indoors.

The most important part of Bougainvillea care is the use of a fertilizer specifically made for the Bougainvillea (such as “Bougainvillea & Flowering Vine Food” by Ferti-lome), as it’s root system is very delicate. Feed the plant about every two weeks until blooming begins, then, once a month after that.

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A good rule of thumb for the Bougainvillea is to let the soil be visually dry before watering. But once it is time to water, make sure the whole root system is included. Wilting flowers are another warning that your plant needs watering. Take care not to allow the plant to get too dry, while making sure it does not sit in water for too long– balance is the key. If planted, plant on higher ground and if in a pot, make sure to keep all holes used for drainage clear.

If you want to prune your plant, it is best to do it after it is finished blooming– as Bougainvilleas bloom in cycles.

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