Back to School – A Perfect Time for Flowers!

Back to schoolIt’s that time of year once again – summer vacations are winding down and school is back in session (or will be very soon). Whether you’re excited about this time or year or are already missing the hustle and bustle of summer activities, it’s an excellent opportunity to start anew. It’s a special time of year with a clean slate or new memories to be made and new friendships to formed, so why not take the time to celebrate the occasion – and what better way to celebrate than with flowers?

No matter what you role you play in the start of a new school year, there are plenty of opportunities to spread some cheer with some fresh flowers or plants. Here are a few ideas for back to school:

Apples are so cliché

Why does nearly every illustration of a classroom depict a big, juicy apple on top of the teacher’s desk? It may be a nice gesture in theory, but in reality, it pales in comparison to a beautiful bouquet of flowers! Even better would be a lovely green plant that would last the entire year.

Back to school

Bear Hug Bouquet by Adrian Durban Florist

It takes a village

Most people immediately think of teachers when they think of school, but it takes a finely tuned machine comprised of dozens (or even hundreds) of people to make a school run smoothly. From bus drivers to librarians and administrators to custodians – and everyone in between; there are many behind-the-scenes areas where people spend their time. Why not make these spaces special with some pretty petals?

Empty nest? Fill it with flowers

With kids back at school, the house is probably a lot quieter this time of year – which makes this an excellent reason to treat mom and dad to some beautiful flowers. They’ll appreciate the gesture and it’s a nice way of saying thanks for all their time spent on summer activities. Conversely, if you have older students leaving home for school, what better way to warm up their dorm or apartment with beautiful flowers and plants?

Whatever the reason, flowers are the perfect way to make someone’s day a little brighter. Adrian Durban Florist can help you find the perfect gift for any occasion, whether it’s back to school-related, a birthday or anniversary, or just something out of the blue. Give us a call today – we’ll take care of the rest.

The Marvelous Month of March

Tulips and

Tulips and

There’s something special about the month of March.

For many of us, March not only signifies the end of a bitterly long and cold winter. It serves as a warm (and welcoming) transition to spring, the season of growth and prosperity.

For sports fans, March signals the dawn of a new baseball season with the start of spring training, along with a thrilling end to “March Madness” and the college basketball season.

For outdoor enthusiasts, March offers a great chance to get outside of the house as local parks and green fields come to life with longer daylight hours and warm(er) temperatures.

For students (and teachers), March begins the official countdown to a much-deserved and well-earned “spring break.”

For gardeners and nature lovers, March signals a new growing season as we anxiously await Mother Nature’s’ first new sprouts to push their way up through the soil.

Tulips and Forsythia by Adrian Durban Florist

Tulips and Forsythia by Adrian Durban Florist

And who doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day?! A whimsical day of celebration and parades – with a little luck thrown into the mix – always makes for a good day. That’s unless you forget to wear something green!

Simply put, March is a time for the senses to come alive.

It’s a time to bask in the bright, bold colors of spring and waft away at the unmistakably sweet aromas that only the current month can provide. March 2016 is busier than ever, with an early date for Easter on the calendar and the promise of a quick winter’s farewell from our beloved groundhogs. Whether your March came in quietly like a lamb, or it roared in like a lion, we hope you take the time to stop, take a deep breath, and smell the flowers!

If your blooms aren’t quite ready yet, or if you just want to get an early start by sharing some beautiful flowers with someone you love, Adrian Durban Florist has you covered. We’re just as excited about spring and can’t wait to help you pick out some of nature’s most delightful floral creations. Give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to help you find something special!

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Invited to a “Super Party”? Don’t wait until the last second!

football for blogsThere’s a big game coming up in a couple of weeks, in case you haven’t heard.

Last year’s Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched show in U.S. television history, hauling in a ridiculous 114.4 million viewers and shattering the previous record of 112.2 million.

The Super Bowl has indeed become much more tradition than football game. It’s become an annual celebration that non-football fans look forward to just as much as the diehard fans do, if only for the food and viral-worthy commercials.

Champagne, Fruit and Gourmet Basket by Adrian Durban Florist

Champagne, Fruit and Gourmet Basket by Adrian Durban Florist

If you’re not hosting a party for this year’s Super Bowl, chances are you’ve been invited to one.

Now, while some people choose to go all out with elaborate recipes and sophisticated side dishes, not everyone has the ability – or the time – to create their own culinary masterpiece.

One trap you want to avoid as a “Super Party” guest is waiting until the last minute!

Good food and drink are essential for any great Super Bowl party, yes, but stopping by the store at the last minute to purchase your party gift? Not so much!

This simple act of procrastination will leave you sifting through leftovers and hand-me-down dishes with no clear end in sight. Not the best way to make a “super” impression, right?

A Taste of Cincinnati Basket by Adrian Durban Florist

A Taste of Cincinnati Basket by Adrian Durban Florist

While cheering for the wrong team may earn you ribbings from fellow partygoers, the “showing-up-to-the-party-empty-handed” foul will most certainly draw the biggest penalty flag.

There is one option, however, that is much easier and a lot less stressful. One that will cut the time and hassle out of your busy Sunday and make you the MVP of your Super Bowl 50 party:

That option is having a gift basket from Adrian Durban Florist DELIVERED directly to the party!

Not only will your gift basket serve as a token of appreciation, but it’s a great way to say ‘thank you’ to the party host and makes a delicious statement that will be enjoyed and admired by everyone at the party.

Why bother with dirty dishes in the kitchen or the hair-pulling frustration of finding a last-minute gift at the grocery store? A simple phone call to Adrian Durban at 513-756-1111 is the only game plan you need!

So sit back, enjoy the game, and let your friends at Adrian Durban take care of the rest.

Let’s play some football!

It’s Time to Go Green With Amazing Indoor Plants

We often hear the term “going green” applied to energy-saving tactics such as recycling and renewable energy, but as our society focuses on better living and healthier lifestyles, literally going green with indoor plants is an incredible way to naturally enhance our overall health and well-being.

In addition to the established psychological effects that flowers and plants have on our moods and emotions, green plants benefit our physical health as well by purifying the air we breathe and replenishing oxygen supplies in enclosed spaces.

As the seasons change and the days get colder, we tend to spend less time outside and more time indoors where it is more difficult to reap the rewards of natural clean air. We all know that green plants make excellent indoor companions in our living spaces, but what exactly do they do for us?

Moisturizing the Air

Cooler temperatures tend to bring lower outdoor humidity levels which can lead to dry skin along with colds, sore throats, dry coughs and sinus problems for many people. Investing in a humidifier to bring the indoor moisture levels up is the best way to combat this issue, but green indoor plants also do an outstanding job in boosting oxygen levels and adding some moisture inside the home while also enhancing the beauty and style of your indoor spaces.

Purifying the Air

Among the most important benefits that green plants provide is air filtration. Plants work hard to combat harmful toxins and pollutants in the air. Our air contains dangerous chemicals such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and ammonia, which are byproducts of many of the household goods and materials that we use on a daily basis.

The adverse health effects caused by these chemicals depends on many different factors, but the less exposure we have to them, the better. NASA conducted a comprehensive clean air study in 1998 and found 18 of the most effective indoor plants for removing toxins from the air. Here are the plants they recommend:

Boston Fern by Adrian Durban Florist

Boston Fern by Adrian Durban Florist

– Dwarf Date Palm
– Boston Fern
– Kimberley Queen Fern
– Spider Plant
– Chinese Evergreen
– Bamboo Palm
– Weeping Fig
– Devil’s Ivy
– Flamingo Lily
– Lilyturf
– Broadleaf Lady Palm
– Barberton Daisy
– Cornstalk Dracaena
– English Ivy
– Variegated Snake Plant
– Red-Edged Dracaena
– Peace Lily
– Florist’s Chrysanthemum

Find Your Perfect Plant

With such a wide variety of plants to choose from, there are many outstanding choices for every room in the home or office. It is important to match the right plants to the right growing conditions as some require more light and more attention than others. Make Adrian Durban Florist your first stop when searching for that perfect plant. Check out our selection of green plants, or stop in and let us help you find the perfect plant for every circumstance.

Don’t forget Your Pets

If you are a pet owner, keep in mind that some plants and flowers are toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets. Be sure to check the toxicity level of any plants or flowers that you introduce to your home.

“Pumpkin Spice” up Your Autumn

iheartpumpkinIt all started with a simple beverage. Starbucks opened the floodgates in 2003 when they introduced their infamous pumpkin spice latte, now autumn will never be the same again.

Beginning sometime in August and continuing until the last of the New Year’s Eve partygoers calls it a night, we’re invaded annually by the taste bud-tingling delights and sweet fall aromas of ginger and nutmeg. The epidemic continues to grow larger and stronger with no slowdown in sight. Last year alone, 37% of American consumers reported purchasing a pumpkin-flavored product, accounting for $361 million in sales – an increase of nearly 80% from 2011.

Consumers won’t have to look far to satisfy their pumpkin spice fix this season either as the list of products containing the creamy orange obsession expands like a virus. If pumpkin spice coffee isn’t for you, never fear – you have a few other options. In fact, your entire day can now be filled with all things pumpkin spice.

pumpkinsucYou can start your day with some pumpkin spice English muffins…or bagels…or waffles, topped with some pumpkin spice Country Crock spread. After washing that down with some pumpkin spice milk and popping in a piece of pumpkin spice chewing gum, you’re ready to face the rest of the pumpkin spice world – but not before giving your dog some pumpkin spiced dog treats!

Lunch could include some pumpkin spice hummus along with some pumpkin spice Pringles on the side. Your afternoon snack options are nearly endless; Twinkies, Oreos, M&Ms – take your pick – you’ll find pumpkin spice flavor options for all of them.

What’s for dinner? How about some organic pumpkin spice chicken sausage? Yes, it really exists! If pasta is more your style, pumpkin spice noodles are available as well as gluten free pumpkin pasta sauce.

Country Pumpkin Bouquet by Adrian Durban Florist

Country Pumpkin Bouquet by Adrian Durban Florist

What better way to end the day than with a big bowl of pumpkin spice ice cream or a pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen? Perhaps you would enjoy a nightcap from one of the craft beer industry’s most popular seasonal offerings – pumpkin beer. You could always build a cozy fall fire and roast some pumpkin spice marshmallows…where does it end?

How about spicing up your pumpkins in a fun way this fall with some succulents from Adrian Durban Florist? We’ll help you get in the pumpkin spice spirit with our adorable Country Pumpkin Bouquet featuring seasonal favorites in a special hand-painted ceramic pumpkin! We also offer a wide variety of beautiful fall-themed designs and centerpieces for your entire family to enjoy. Give us a call today or stop by the store to get yourself in the pumpkin spice spirit.