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Happy Earth Day!!!

EARTH DAY: THE SYMBOLISM OF NATURE

By Cassier Brewer
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Friday Flowers

Freesia

Named after the German physician Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese, freesia – with their bell-shaped blooms and sweet, citrus scent – are among the most popular fragrant flowers. And, while in most cases the white variation of a flower is the most fragrant, in the case of freesia, the pink and red varieties are actually more highly scented. With their wiry stems and delicate blooms, it’s not surprising that one of the most popular freesia varieties is named Ballerina.

The 7th wedding anniversary flower, in the language of flowers, freesia are said to symbolize innocence and friendship

Teleflora's Spring Rhapsody Bouquet

Are you excited with thoughts of filling baskets of morel mushrooms to overflow capacity? Here are some tips to help you have a great mushroom harvest this year.

If morel mushrooms aren’t already showing up where you live they soon will be. Are you ready? Here are ten quick tips to help fuel your morel mushroom daydreams.

1. The temperature is just right and slope of the hill.

I’m not saying that morels are fickle or anything, but they are a little like the baby bear who wanted his porridge to be “just right.” Keep an eye on the temperature outside. Morels like it when it starts to get around 60 degrees and above during the day, and night temperatures hover around 40 degrees. Also, get yourself a soil thermometer and check the temperature of the soil where you hunt. Morels start popping up when the earth gets between 45 degrees and 50 degrees.  The side of a hill that gets more sun will, of course, get warmer before the other side. That’s where morels will start showing up first. Check those south-facing slopes early in the season.

2. Know your trees.

Morels can be tree huggers. Learn to identify the trees, with and without their leaves, that morels like to hang around and you’ll be more successful. Elm, ash, poplar and apple trees are well-known morel mushroom favorites. Look for dead and dying trees too. But bear in mind that morels also show up wherever they show up.

3. The lay of the land.

Morels like loamy soil. Loamy soil is what you might find in creek bottoms. It’s well-drained, moist but not wet, has a good mix of clay, sand, decaying matter, calcium and/or lime. But again, morels can appear wherever they appear. I’ve found them growing in gravel  and under pine trees.

4. Disturbed ground is good ground.

Burn sites and logging areas are often prime morel locations. Check online sources for wildfires that occurred the previous year in your area.  Pay attention to wooded areas that have been torn up by large equipment or logging operations. Morels like areas that have also been disturbed by flooding.

5. After a rain.

A warm spring rain can be just the right medicine for getting morels to show themselves. If the temperatures are right (see #1 above) and you get a nice rain, mark the following day on the calendar as “morel hunting” day.

6. Pack a lunch.

Of course you can head out to hunt and harvest mushrooms, and then go right home to clean and cook them. But most of the best days I’ve had hunting morels, whether I’ve found mushrooms or not, have been the days that I brought a light lunch to enjoy in the field.

Sitting down with your back to a tree, with a sandwich and a thermos of hot coffee, is a simple pleasure not to be missed. You might even pack a small camp stove, pan, and a tin of butter to easily fry up a few morels right there. You’ll probably find that they taste even better when eaten in the woods.

7. Other tasty treats.

Morels and fiddleheads go together like peas and carrots. Keep an eye out for ostrich fern fiddleheads (not all fern fiddleheads are edible, so be sure to properly identify). Ramps are also a spring delicacy. A basket full of morels, fiddleheads and ramps is a beautiful thing.

8. Take a few pictures.

A camera is a wonderful item to bring with you when foraging. These days most smart phones have excellent cameras already included. Photos are also a great way to share your outing and any cool things you may see. A small journal is another useful item to record your observations, and could be useful in planning future outings.

9. Those darn ticks.

You may not find morels every time you hit the woods, but you can probably bet on a tick or few finding you. Lyme disease is not something to take lightly. Dress appropriately, use a tick repellant and be sure to give yourself a once-over when you get home.

Good luck, have fun, and good eating!

 

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Tropical Thursday

Pincushions are a delightful – Protea Pin Cushion Flower is an unusual yet stunning flower that will add a touch of the exotic to your event. This novelty flower gets its name due to its resemblence of a pincushion! Displaying a rich orange, yellow or red color, this bloom would be an amazing statement!

 

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Check out some of our tropical bouquets!

https://www.thewildorchidllc.com/product/sandy-beach/

Relax with a tropical drink pineapple iced te

Makes 12

  1. Stir first 3 ingredients together, add splenda to taste if desired, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Garnish with lemon slices, diced pineapple chunks on skewers, and or diced kiwi.

Happy Hour, Ice Cream and More…

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Todays Flower – Parrot Tulip

Parrot tulips are flamboyant with their curly, twisted, and fringed petals that resemble the colorful feathers of the tropical bird of the same name. However, their beak-shape buds are what earned them their moniker. Nearly all varieties of parrot tulip are vibrantly colored, and many are two-toned.

Parrot tulips bloom mid- to late season on stems ranging from 12 to 28 inches tall. Their huge blooms do not stand up well in windstorms or rain, so plant them in a sheltered location.  They are spectacular in arrangements!

Simply Gorgeous   Call us today so we can make an arrangement for you!   515-276-4600

white parrot tulip | they are huge, almost not natural | I therefore call them…:   parrot tulip…..I just must run down some parrot tulips for next year. I can’t find them here.: ~Tulipa 'Black Parrot' is a sport of 'Queen of Night' with heavy ruffling and a verdiflora brushing of green. Probably too dark a contrast with pure cold white but happy with ivory whites, apricot, and soft pinks.:

these are beautiful! I had some last year and go SO many comments on how pretty they were :) Texas Flame Tulips:    Roscoco Parrot Tulip - Feathery fire-red petals, bold green markings. Uniquely shaped and exotically striped, the Parrot  Tulips are endlessly fascinating. Their vibrant  colors and strong growth make these bulbs  covetable from coast to coast.:   Tulipa parrot 'Flaming Parrot' Tulip: TULIP GREEN WAVE  A terrific cut flower, this sport of Greenland is pastel mauve-pink with green flames and an exterior white base. ...:

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5 Ways To Keep Flowers Fresh

Once you’ve got your cut flowers and vase at the ready, here are five ways to make your flowers last as long as possible – you’ll be surprised how long the arrangement stays fresh!

1. Vodka

Vodka inhibits bacteria growth so a few drops would help keep the water clean for fresh flowers, advises plant expert Jane Earthy.

2. Lemonade

The sugar in the lemonade nourishes the plants and will make the blossoms last longer, says horticultural expert Peter Burks.

If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear, use a clear lemonade like Sprite or 7Up. A teaspoon of sugar works just as well, advises Jane Earthy.


3. Pennies

The copper in pennies works as an acidifier and inhibits bacteria, explains Jane Earthy.

Putting a copper coin in the bottom of a vase can help your tulips stand strong, rather than drooping around the vase, confirms plant expert Katie Gilbert.

4. Boiling hot water

Yes, really! You can help roses and hydrangeas last longer by cutting the stem at an angle and then pouring boiling water over the fresh cut ends, before putting into the vase, says horticulturalist Nikki Hollier.

5. Aspirin

Put a crushed aspirin in the water before adding your flowers to keep them looking fresh and perky.

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Homemade Cookies for Our Military

My husband LOVES cookies. And he especially loves getting them in a care package. There’s nothing quite like homemade cookies to make my pilot’s eyes light up and his smile grow big, even on a boring day during deployment.

One common problem in sending care packages is getting them there in one piece. In other words, not as a bag full of crumbs but actually still in the whole cookie shape.

The solution? It’s all in the packaging. Your loved one can receive and enjoy fresh-tasting, whole cookies and while we are a flower shop we also do many custom gift baskets, one of them being homemade cookies.  Recently we had troops return to Iowa and thought about what they might have missed.  Homemade cookies came to mind.  We sell gift baskets of cookies and have looked into sending them.  The Wild Orchid is pleased to offer shipping homemade cookies to your special someone of our troops out of state.

Picture the disappointment. Your Marine’s, misfortune when a box of “Sent with Love” chocolate cookies arrives melted onto the children’s photos. Your sailor’s sadness when moldy brownies mailed from Grandma have to be discarded. Your soldier’s irritation when faced with a pile of cookie crumbs that can’t be salvaged.  The Wild Orchid will guarantee the arrival of cookies in tact and edible.

I am sure most service members would love home-baked cookies any time of the year.

At Christmas times we have learned of the following schedule

  • Nov. 8 Standard Post®
  • Nov. 26 Space Available Mail
  • Dec. 3 Parcel Air Lift
  • Dec. 10 First-Class Mail®, Priority Mail®
  • Dec. 17 Priority Mail Express Military® Service

Contact Us at 515-276-4600 to get started on your order of gooey yummy homemade cookies.

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International Women’s Day

This year we wear red….

 

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.

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Life Is Like

A Box of Chocolates

 

You might think you never know what you are going to get but here is a handy decoder

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Life has its share of mysteries, but the contents of a box of drugstore chocolates (think Russells and Godiva) doesn’t have to be one of them. Most follow the same plan, largely for practical reasons. Square and rectangular treats typically have crunchy or chewy centers: “Fillings like caramel and toffee cool on large slabs, then are cut at right angles and dipped in chocolate,” says Tom Ward, the president and CEO of Russells. Circular and oval treats almost always contain soft fillings, such as ganache or cream. Nut candies have easy-to-read bumpy surfaces. And a shiny foil wrapper signals an ooey-gooey liquid center, like the cherry cordial spilling forth here. (The foil protects against leaks.) See, you do know what you’re going to get.

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Des Moines Valentine’s Day Delivery

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Des Moines Valentine’s Day Flowers + Des Moines Valentine’s Day Delivery

Sending Des Moines Valentine’s Day Flowers

Valentine’s Day flower delivery florists in Des Moines, you have come to best Valentine’s Day florist in Des Moines for next day romantic Valentine roses in Des Moines, long stem roses for your wife or girlfriend, Des Moines Valentine orchids, Des Moines Valentine’s cupcakes, and Valentine’s balloons. We also have pink roses, yellow roses, stargazer lilies, orchid plants, and some fun romantic and cheap valentine’s day gifts for our Des Moines Valentine’s Day Delivery packages.

We deliver Valentine’s Day roses and flowers to Des Moines restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes and more throughout the entire Valentine’s Day in Des Moines. Call us today to schedule your florist delivery in Des Moines.

Steal her love and heart this Valentine’s Day in Des Moines, and give her the Best Valentine Flowers in Des Moines

  • ALL DAY VALENTINES DAY FLOWER DELIVERIES (incl 2nd and 3rd shift hours)
  • GOT VALENTINE DINNER RESERVATIONS? WE WILL DELIVER AFTER 5pm for you.
Classic Dozen Red Roses $74.95
Classic Dozen Red Roses $74.95
Upgrade with Orchids
Upgrade with Orchids
Upgrade with Orchids
Upgrade with Orchids
3 Dozen Red Roses $225.00
3 Dozen Red Roses $225.00
2 Dozen Red Roses $139.95
2 Dozen Red Roses $139.95
3 or 4 dozen Roses with Orchids
3 or 4 dozen Roses with Orchids
Premium Upgrade $175.00
Premium Upgrade $175.00
Be My Love $125.00
Be My Love $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is always a special and romantic holiday of saying “I love you” that is to send Valentine flowers in Des Moines, Iowa to your girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, husband, or fiance. The amazing thing about our Valentine’s Day florist in Des Moines, IA is that we have some great Des Moines Valentines Day arrangement ideas as well as other romantic Valentine flowers like one dozen red roses or pink roses with orchids to make your holiday spirit look and feel loving.

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If you ask us we will always tell you to get at least one Valentine’s flower arrangement delivered in Des Moines to your special someone because those romantic loving flower arrangements or dozen red roses really do make someone feel special in Des Moines.

Broadway $195.00
Broadway $195.00
Roses and Lilies $110.00
Roses and Lilies $110.00
Dendrobium Orchids $120.00
Dendrobium Orchids $120.00
Empirical $150.00
Empirical $150.00
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Cupcakes $3.50 each
Cupcakes $3.50 each
Valentines Day Balloons
Valentines Day Balloons
Champagne and Roses $165.00
Champagne and Roses $165.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Wild Orchid, we offer a romantic selection of Valentine’s Day flowers for delivery in Des Moines so that no matter if she likes red rose or orchids, we’re sure to have a gorgeous Valentine’s Day flower arrangement she’ll love in Des Moines.

Cupids Creation $125.00
Cupids Creation $125.00
Spa Baskets starting at $75.00
Spa Baskets starting at $75.00
Yellow Roses $65.00 and up
Yellow Roses $65.00 and up
Purple Roses $74.95
Purple Roses $74.95
Sunrise $65.00 and up
Sunrise $65.00 and up
Lucky in Love $75.00
Lucky in Love $75.00
Trio of Roses $49.95
Trio of Roses $49.95
Sweet Thoughts $59.95
Sweet Thoughts $59.95
Rose and Calla $110.00
Rose and Calla $110.00
It Had To Be You $90.00
It Had To Be You $90.00
Valentines Day Heart $75.00
Valentines Day Heart $75.00
Raspberry Crumble $95.00
Raspberry Crumble $95.00
Heart Vase $65.00
Heart Vase $65.00
Red Ginger Lei $100.00
Red Ginger Lei $100.00

 

 

 

 

While Valentine red roses are the popular flower for Valentine’s Day in Des Moines, many other types of flowers or pink roses or purple roses or yellow roses also are given during this loving holiday! Other popular Des Moines Valentine’s Day flowers include but are not limited to tulips, orchids, daisies, carnations, violets, daffodils, and peruvian lilies. If you’re not sure of her favorite flower, you may want to consider trying a mixed Valentine bouquet featuring a variety of beautiful mixed flowers! With same day Valentine gift and flower delivery, it’s never too late to put a smile on her beautiful face.

Additional Des Moines Valentine’s Day GIfts

Besides the pretty red roses and orchids for the special day, you can include a card or many other Valentine gifts that we provide during our Des Moines flower delivery service. Have you thought about a Valentine’s Day balloon so you two can fly away together away from Des Moines, or include some chocolate covered strawberries to feed to one another later in the bedroom when you get home from dinner in Des Moines, or maybe surprise her at work with some tasty Valentine Red Velvet Cupcakes. Here at Wild Orchid in Des Moines we also have a champagne and rose basket or a Valentine Spa Basket that we can deliver to her work in Des Moines.

We are the best Des Moines Valentine’s Day flower delivery!

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Rose Color Meanings

What the flowers convey:

Red:”I love you”
Nothing says “I love you” like red roses. Red symbolizes love, beauty, courage, respect, romantic love, and even congratulations.

White: “I am the one for you”
While many send red roses on Valentine’s Day, surprise your Valentine this year with white roses that symbolize true love, purity, innocence, reverence, humility, youthfulness, and charm.

Pink: “Thank you”
Perfect for a friend that you want to honor on Valentine’s Day, pink roses show appreciation, grace, perfect happiness, admiration, gratefulness, and gentleness.

Yellow: “We’re friends and I care about you”
Another way to honor your friendship, yellow stands for joy, gladness, friendship, delight, new beginnings, welcome back, and remembrance.

Yellow with Red Tip: “I’m falling in love with you”
The beautiful sunset roses let that new person in your life know that you want more than friendship—they symbolize falling in love.

Orange/Coral: “I want you in my life”
Orange lets the receiver know that you are passionate about them. The color means desire, enthusiasm, and fascination.

Red and White Together: “We are a great match”
Send a mixed bouquet of red and white roses to your Valentine to signify unity.

Peach: “Let’s make this a memorable Valentine’s Day”
If you are ready to say, “Let’s get together,” peach roses are the ones to choose as the rose color symbolizes intimacy.