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On Small Business and Unsung Heroes

Today we’re thinking about the myriad of unsung heroes among us right now. First responders and medical professionals come to mind, but were also thinking of school custodians disinfecting our classrooms, daycare workers, nursing home caregivers, sanitation workers. Their contributions to this effort go largely unnoticed and unthanked.

If you’re reading this and you’re in the first line of defense, we thank you. You’re helping to flatten the curve. Words dont express well enough our gratitude.

We’re using this time to support each other well and build bonds that will carry us through the next few weeks or months- checking on elderly neighbors, sharing our hand sanitizer and toilet paper, and extending extra kindness and respect to everyone will take us far. We hope that you also find ways to do small things with great impact in this time of intentional slowness. We’re glad that Durham is doing hard things for the benefit of everyone. 

When you have the opportunity, we’d love to invite you to learn more about how you can support small business in Durham and salute those unsung heroes in your life.

WTVD suggests the following ways to support small businesses:

  • Shop online or via phone. While some stores already have online shopping, others will help customers order via phone or FaceTime- gift flowers and other goods to first responders in your life.
  • Buy gift cards to use at a later date to support businesses now, even if you don’t currently need anything-gift them to the people working tirelessly to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in and send it to your exhausted friends in the medical service industry.

We wish everyone the best while we practice social distancing and isolation and we’re excited to welcome you all back to the store soon!

 

Flower Recycling

You’ve had a big party- maybe a corporate event or wedding or anniversary party. The drinks flowed, the food was good, people were merry, and the floral arrangements were stunning. When it was all over, you had a TON of flowers left over, even after a few guests took some home. Waste isn’t ideal, and throwing them away doesn’t seem like the best option. But there’s a non waste solution!

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Cue the up and coming floral recycling trend!

Here at the studio, we have a ton of Durham weddings and corporate events all the time, and we happily deliver and set up floral installments all over Durham and Chapel Hill. Many time, for a nominal fee, we’ll come back and bring the arrangements back to the store.

We also love when clients come in and bring back all their vases to the store. This keep glass out of landfills and off the street, and we put credits on clients accounts when they bring them in.

If you’d like your arrangements to go to a great cause, read on for another option for you to consider in endeavor to avoid unnecessary waste.

First is a beautiful local organization- The Flower Shuttle. Like us, The Flower Shuttle believes that everyone should have some beauty in their life, and they focus on creating arrangements for people in poverty, living with terminal illness, or who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford flowers. Based in the Moravian Church in Raleigh, using the service is free, and a donation is always welcome. The Flower Shuttle is a true gem, and they provide an invaluable service to an important part of our community.

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Next, if you’re an avid gardener and you’ve purchased plants from us or other stores, at some point you’ve found yourself awash in plastic gardening containers. While they can sometimes be reused for a season or two, at some point, they start cracking and breaking. When this happens, consider using the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program. There’s a drop off location at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Greensboro. The best part is that you shake off the plastics and donate. There’s no need to wash, or package in special way.

Finally, if you have plants that are unwanted or grown too big for their space, you can bring well cared for, thriving plants to our store and we’ll take them off you hands and find new homes for them. We love when people bring us plants and don’t let them die.

Happy Recycling Durham!

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You need to put some plants on your desk.

Monday, January 13th is national clean off your desk day! Not only is it a great day to thank your desk for a great 2019 and discarding things that don’t spark joy, a la Mari Kondo, its also a great time to replace clutter with beautiful uplifting plants.

But first, we need to clean off that desk.

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Youre not alone if youre staring down a giant pile of paper.

Basic tips for decluttering a desk:

  1. Less is more. Keep essential stuff, but if you need to keep track of other papers, take a picture of scan them all into a PDF and let them live digitally on your computer or phone.
  2. Throw away dead pens, lame pencils, and anything that isn’t helpful. A good rule of thumb is that if you havent seen it or used it for 6 months, don’t hang onto it.
  3. Need to donate some stuff from your desk? Pack into a box, and send it to goodwill via Give Back Box. We’ve used it, it’s amazing. Trust us.
  4. Put plants on your desk to keep clutter away!

Best Plants for your desk

The best plants for you desk are low maintenance low needs plants. Plants that tolerate shade and need little water make great desk plants. At Floral Dimensions, we really love succulents, and we currently have a wide selection of aloe vera in the shop!

Aloe Vera (barbadensis miller)

Aloe Vera is a great plant. It’s a beautiful peaceful shade of green, and it loves to be neglected. Put it in a little slate bowl, or pair it with echevarria or a tall succulent, and it’ll gracefully keep clutter away from the wherever you put it. It will also come in handy when you get a paper cut. Pull off a little tip and rub it on the cut for a natural antispetic.  We currently have a lot of aloe vera in the store, and you can buy one plant or build your own succulent bow. We’d love to meet you in the store. aloe vera, best plants for your desk, clean of your desk 2020, durham florist

Cactus (Cactaceae)

Cactus is one of the most underrated plants around. But if you’re a busy on the go individual, and need a low key plant experience, the humble but colorful cactus loves to be neglected. It likes moderate light and very little water, and it will lend a modern airy feel to your desk, signaling to coworkers and clients alike that you’re outside the box thinker who is going places. You can order a cactus dish garden here.

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Orchids (Phaeleonipsis)

Finally, we also love flowers. While they’re a more temporary option, there’s some great choices that last a long time. And for a long lasting desk bloom, the choice is obvious: Orchids. The long lasting blooms are great for a statement piece, and add a pop of color to a space that needs it. They’re a low maintenance plant, but if you want to putter about with a plant, you can coax it to bloom againCall the store to order and orchid.

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