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Small Business Saturday – Sat Nov 30

Saturday, November 30 we celebrate Small Business Saturday with the rest of the country!  At Family Flowers we are also celebrating 25 years in business this November!

To thank you for your support of #smallbizsat, you can get a free gift card with your purchase:

  • Spend $50, get a FREE $10 Gift Card
  • Spend $100, get a FREE $25 Gift Card
  • Spend $150, get a FREE $40 Gift Card
NO Expiry Date. For use with any purchase
Scratch another name off your gift list. Or keep the gift card for yourself, we won’t tell anyone 😉
(Small Business Saturday spend amount calculation is before tax. Not applicable on pre-booked product)

 

Friday, November 29, 2019|

Black Friday Sale – Fri Nov 29

One day only! 25% off your entire purchase!
Black Friday Sale applies to Christmas Trees, Winter Urns, Greenery, Branches, Cactus, Soil, Succulents, Home Decor, Pottery, Poinsettias, Frosty Ferns, tropical plants, houseplants, Cyclamen and more – everything you can see.

Open Friday 8:30a to 5p

(Sale does not apply to Gift Card purchases or pre booked orders)

Friday, November 29, 2019|

Parade of Poinsettias Holiday Open House – Nov 14, 15 + 16

All is calm, all is bright, and everything Christmas awaits you at Family Flowers!
Family Flowers is full of locally grown poinsettias and welcomes you to pick your perfect plants, greenery and holiday decorations. Celebrate the season with family and flowers at the Parade of Poinsettias Open House – November 14th,15th and 16th.
Sip warm coffee or cocoa, experience the sights and sound of Christmas, and enjoy 15% off all your poinsettia purchases.
Treat yourself to a happy and relaxing atmosphere while you check off your holiday to do list.

Friday, November 1, 2019|

Plants and Pets – Pet Poison Helpline

If there’s one thing we love almost as much as plants, it’s pets.

Pets should instinctively avoid plants that could make them sick, but just in case, most pets don’t like chrysanthemum, hyacinth, iris, daisy, morning glory, daffodil, azalea, lily, carnation, sago palm, Chinese evergreen, philodendron, ivy, hydrangea, geranium, begonia, tomato plants, aloe vera, tomato, landata and oleander.

Dogs and cats also don’t love onion, garlic chives, leeks, flamingo flowers and duranta.

For a more comprehensive list of plants that domestic animals shouldn’t eat, check out the Pet Poison Helpline website.

Monday, June 3, 2019|

The Real Deal – Why Plastic Plants Just Don’t Cut It

Fake plants, artificial plants, plastic plants are just that – fake, artificial and plastic.  In fact, can we even call them plants?!  Either way, they have nothing on living, breathing, growing, real plants.  Here are a few reasons why:

They don’t clean the air

It has been scientifically proven many times that real, living plants clean the air.  Plants rid the air of toxins and turn carbon dioxide into oxygen.  Plastic plants, well, just sit there… doing nothing but attracting dust.

They can’t be propagated

Real, living plants are a simple and effortless gift. Sharing clippings from houseplants with friends and propagating your own is a great way to grow a greener thumb.  Cutting a plastic plant in half and gifting it to a friend would leave you each with… a half of a plastic plant.

They don’t grow, they just sit there and fade

There is no growth with plastic plants, no challenge of keeping them alive, no learning, no triumphs, no excitement.  The most excitement you can get out of a fake plant is watching the nylon petals fade to a bleached-out colour over time.

They don’t teach us anything

Getting your hands in the dirt and learning how to care for plants and grow food is fun.  Fake plants are lifeless and provide zero educational ability – at any age.

They are plastic!

Do we even need to elaborate on this one?!

People can tell the difference

You aren’t fooling anyone with fake plants.  Fake plants are lifeless and always feel out of place because of it.

 

Witnessing the growth and maturity of a living thing never gets old.  Living plants grow, breath and die.  They become a part of our lives.  There is something so soothing about living plants that plastic replicas just can’t match.

 

You probably already knew all of this, but maybe you know someone or somewhere (think insurance offices) that might need to freshen up (no pun intended) on their plant décor choices.  Share the love.  Let’s get more living, breathing, air cleaning plants out there!

Monday, April 1, 2019|

Plant Care – Re-potting

Re-potting should not be a daunting task – it is healthy to get your hands in the dirt!  While you are doing your plant(s) a favour, you are also taking care of yourself.

When to Re-pot

The best time of year to re-pot houseplants is in early Spring (late March, early April).  This will allow your plant(s) excellent opportunity to put down new roots after their move – literally, and prepare them for the start of the growing season.

Typically, houseplants require re-potting every 12 to 18 months.  Slow growers, like succulents and cactus can stay in their pots for years.

You will know it is time to re-pot when one or more of the following is evident:

  • Salt and mineral build up on the pot, plant or soil
  • Roots are growing through the bottom of the pot, or roots are pushing the plant up out of the pot
  • Plant becomes top heavy and falls over easily
  • Plant dries out quickly and it is difficult to get a ‘good’ watering in – water flows through quickly
  • Plant comes out of dormancy (over winter) and grows slower than normal

What you Need

  • Quality potting soil mix – weed free and sterile, premixed with vermiculite and perlite
  • Your plant(s) to be re-potted
  • Planter(s) to up-size into
  • A watering can
  • Scissors

Here we Go!

  1. Water your plant well a day or two before you plan to re-pot.
  2. If you can time your re-potting on a warm sunny day, you may be able to head outdoors to re-pot, which may make clean up a bit easier.
  3. Pour a layer of potting soil into the bottom of your new planter
  4. Hold your plant gently by the larger stems and tap the bottom of the pot to loosen it. The plant should slide out with a gentle tug.
  5. Use your hands to loosen roots a touch – just to encourage them to explore their new territory instead of circling around in the existing root ball.
  6. Set your plant into the new planter, on top of the fresh layer of potting soil (step #3) and position it properly (ie. centred in the pot).
  7. The top of the existing root ball should be positioned about one inch from the top rim of the planter. This will allow room to properly water the plant.  If your plant is higher or lower than one inch from the top rim of the planter, adjust the fresh layer of potting soil (step #3) accordingly.
  8. Add potting soil around the existing root ball and gently pack – not too tight because roots need to breath, but tight enough that the plant is supported.
  9. Water the plant well and let it drain.
  10. Pat yourself on the back – you did it! What a wonderful Plant Parent you are!
Monday, April 1, 2019|

Winter Walking Club

Local Business Helps Residents Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices this Winter

The weather outside may be dreary and unpredictable this time of year but inside the green house at Family Flowers a tropical paradise is waiting.

For the last seven years this family run business has been helping people to achieve their fitness goals by offering up its temperature controlled green house as an indoor walking track during the months of January and February.

People are welcome to walk wherever they choose in the green house; however, staff have marked out a specified walking track. Five times around this track is equal to ½ a kilometre. The track is free to use and is open to the public Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs are welcome. Children are also welcome and visitors are encouraged to stop at the mini farm to see the goats and donkey during their trip to the green house.

According to Retail Manager Jacklyn Versnick, the program originated as a way to more fully utilize the green house space during the quieter winter months. Most garden centres close down in January and February but because Family Flowers grows all its own products, it remains open while staff are busy tending to Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies during this time.

“The feedback from walkers has been great,” said Jacklyn. “People really enjoy that the track is dry, sheltered from the elements, has lots of natural light, is temperature-controlled, and allows them see flowers and greenery during this bleak time of year.”

For more information about the Walking Club at Family Flowers visit www.familyflowers.ca or like Family Flowers on Facebook.

(adapted from submission Jan 2016 by Katherine Thompson of Elgin County Economic Development)

Thursday, February 7, 2019|