Monday, August 29, 2016

Calling all Crafters

Blumz by JRDesigns is looking for unique local vendors to participate in our annual ladies night out party. Ladies Night Out will take place on November 11th inside our Ferndale store. Admission, food and drinks are free to attendees so that they have more money to spend at your booth! We usually have over 200 people come through the store in just two hours! If you are interested in vending at this years event please email sadie@blumz.com to get more information. We are looking for 20 vendors and when we are full we are full, so if you are interested please reach out now!

Blumz will be picking the best of the best, not everyone who applies will get in!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sign Up For Blumz by JRDesigns October Terrarium Class Now!

Blumz by JRDesigns will be hosting a terrarium building class on Tuesday October 18th. Each person who attends will be building their own terrarium to take home at the end of class. We will also be sharing some tips about plant care and gardening so you know how to keep your new terrarium happy. 

The class will cost $35 dollars a person; this includes all the basic materials to make your terrarium. We will also be offering a free wine tasting and snacks to anyone who attends the class. 

The $35 fee includes: 

2 succulent/ cacti
A vase
Cut Class
Colored Glass
Blue Thistle
and Billy Balls

There will also be some add items on available for purchase so bring some cash with you in case you want to make your terrarium extra special.

Register for the class now to guarantee your spot, space is limited.

*To register sign up using the link below and choose in store pickup at the Ferndale store on October 18th!
Please email sadie@blumz.com if you have any questions about the class or payment!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Fresh From the Garden is Back for a Limited Time Only!

When you think of Michigan weather you probably think of snow. It's true that we have some very harsh winters but we also have really beautiful summers. For a few months of the year the sun peeks its head out from behind the clouds and the colors of summer start to bloom all around us. Blumz by JRDesgins likes to take full advantage of the summer by planting our own flower garden where we grow some of the most beautiful buds that you have ever seen.

This year's garden features an assortment of fresh flowers including yarrow, dahlias, campanula, dusty miller, hosta leaves, echinacea, sunflowers, snapdragons, marigold , zinnias, gomphrena, feverfew and more. We will be using these fresh Michigan grown flowers to create unique arrangements for our customers that will last,  there is nothing better than getting something fresh from the source.

If you would like to purchase an arrangement made fresh from the garden click here or stop in and pick out something that we just picked!

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Monday, June 6, 2016

National Rose Month: How to Grow a Rose From Teleflora

Roses are some of the most popular flowers of all time, whether they’re given as a gift or planted in a garden. And since June is National Rose Month, it’s the perfect time of year to start thinking about incorporating the blooms into your own garden. Luckily, roses are pretty easy to grow, even for beginning gardeners – it just takes a little bit of research. If this is your first time growing roses, take a look at this guide before you get started:

Understanding Rose Hardiness

There are more than 100 different species of roses with varying hardiness levels. The first step to growing roses is determining the types that are most hardy to your climate zone, which will ensure you plant varieties that will flourish. Most species of rose are pretty hardy overall, so if you have a particular affinity to one variety, you can absolutely still try planting it, even if it doesn’t fall in your particular zone. Keep in mind that most roses thrive in warm temperatures, which means you may have more trouble maintaining healthy rose plants if you live in a northern climate.

Choose Your Type

It’s not just hardiness that differs by variety. Roses come in all different shapes and sizes, from short to tall, and from shrubs to ramblers to climbers. If you’re looking to grow the traditional long, thick-stemmed variety, you’ll want to choose hybrid tea roses which are the best for cutting long-stemmed arrangements.

Sun, Soil and Water

Roses prefer locations where they’ll receiveat least six hours of sun per day, which means it’s best to choose a spot outside of any shady areas in your garden or yards. They grow well in moist, extra-fertile soil that drains well and do best when they’re planted in spots where they aren’t competing with other plant roots. Rambling rose varieties are OK with being planted near other greenery, and they are often used as ground cover in gardens or near trees. Because most roses prefer being secluded, many gardeners opt to grow them in their own raised flower beds (this is an especially good idea if your soil is particularly wet or heavy).

Planting Roses in a Garden

After you’ve decided on the perfect variety and the best spot in your garden, it’s time to get planting. Before planting your roses, soak them overnight in water, and make sure the roots don’t dry out during the gardening process. To plant, dig a large hole where you want your roses to go – it should be at least a couple feet deep and wide enough to comfortably fit the roots. Place the roses in their hole, then cover the roots with a mixture of soil and organic compost or manure. Water the soil immediately after planting.

Planting Roses in a Container

Roses thrive well in containers, but you must make sure the container you use will allow the soil to drain – if it doesn’t, your roses will drown in too-moist soil. Do your research and opt for varieties that don’t require a lot of room for their roots to spread out. Choose as large a container as you can, and plant them as you would in a garden, with plenty of fertilizer.

Caring for Roses

Roses require regular watering and fertile soil. Water them often – about 1 inch per week – at the base of the plant, rather than from overhead to keep their foliage mostly dry. You can also set up a drip irrigation system which will keep the soil moist and the roses happy. Many people recommend using slow-release fertilizer on their roses during the spring, as this will provide just enough nutrients without overfeeding the blossoms.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Win Tickets to See The Sound of Music in Detroit!

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A mother is someone who takes care of you, who looks after you and comforts you when you are down. Some of us only get one mom and others have lots of moms that look out for us and help us navigate through life.

In the musical "The Sound of Music" Maria comes into the Von Trapp family's life and changes everything. She looks after the children, teaches them, loves them and eventually falls in love with Captain von Trapp. It’s a touching story about love, family, and of course music. Maria isn’t the children's mother but she takes care of the children and looks out for them like she is.

If you are lucky enough to have a ‘mother’ in your life you know how important it is to show them how much you appreciate them on Mother’s Day. Blumz by JRDesigns has two ways for you to do that this year.
First, we created a one of a kind design inspired by "The Sound of Music" which is playing on Broadway in Detroit from May 10th-22th! This arrangement features roses, green trick, hydrangea, spray roses and more. The greens represent the rolling hills of Austria, the blues represent the sky and the yellow represents a “ray of golden sun”. The entire arrangement is placed in a “brown paper package” and “tied up with strings” and will be one of the receiver's favorite things. Plus, 20 % of the cost will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Detroit Race For The Cure when you purchase this arrangement!

We also have a five pairs of tickets to giveaway to see The Sound of Music on Broadway in Detroit. A night on the town is just what “mom’ needs! To win a pair of tickets click on the link below!

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Celebrating Administrative Professionals

National Administrative Professionals Day, contrary to the belief of many, was NOT started by the floral or gift card industry!! In fact, it's roots began back during WWII and were started by key figures such as the president of the National Secretaries Association, Mary Barrett, President of Dictaphone Corporation, C. King Woodbridge, and Public Relations Account Executive at Young & Rubicam, Harry F. Klemfuss. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association's name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998. As the organization’s scope and name changed so has the holiday’s name.

With the ever changing role of the Administrative Assistant, the stereotypical female secretary in a
typing pool is no longer even remotely accurate. The role of the “Admin” encompasses anyone whose job is to provide support, office administration, administrative assistance, paper and electronic filing, supply procurement, communications, technical support and so much more. These positions are filled by males and females alike. As such, when deciding what is appropriate as a gift in recognition of the contributions made by the Admin, don’t make the mistake of slipping into a gender pit fall!

While cards, balloons, and especially flowers are still totally appropriate, be sure to explore the many
options that will be appreciated by any Admin whether male or female. The popularity of “organic”,
green and succulent options is a perfect solution.

Featured here are a couple of cool, hip and totally funky options that will be appropriate for all. The
designs feature containers made of twigs and contain air plants, mosses, and succulents. The first, a
more compact design, showcases 2 exotic pincushion protea in yellow. Honey suckle and vine encircle the longer lasting flowers creating an interesting structure. A trio of yellow “billy balls” escapes to the right from the enclosure. At the lip of the container, to the right, a cluster of mossy-looking green trick dianthus provides a touch of bright green and on the left side, a couple of small cute echiverias are tucked in.

The second option is a bit taller with fresh red twig dogwood branches creating a “tree” onto which live air plants have been attached. The tillandsias (airplanes’ real name) are perfect for the office and very easy to care for. At the base of the branches, a succulent plant has been wrapped in green moss and tucked in with a few stems of blue eryngium thistle and a clump of green trick dianthus. Spanish moss and seeded eucalyptus finish off the composition.

So this year, show your appreciation for the Administrative Professionals contributions to the success of the company with a touch of green and a lot of cool. I'm sure the recognition will be appreciated!

-Robbin Yelverton
Blumz by JRDesigns

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Win Fresh Blumz!!!

Flowers have been utilized in many different ways throughout history. They are used to commemorate life, death, happiness, sorrow, love, remembrance, and sometimes they are given “just because”. Flowers are special because they do not last forever. Instead, flowers are an experience. If flowers lasted forever they would just be another item that we can own, but no one can own a flower, they can only capture and appreciate its beauty for a moment in time. The uncertainty, the smell, and the glamour of flowers make giving and receiving them one of the most extraordinary ways to show your love, appreciation or thankfulness to someone else.

Everyone should experience the glory of fresh flowers, so we are giving away a bouquet a month for the next 6 months. We want to give you the priceless experience of fresh blumz. If you would like to enter to win flowers for yourself to enjoy please email your name to sadie@blumz.com . We will draw one name at random at the end of each month and we will email a winner. That person will get to experience what we have been talking about. We guarantee that once you have felt the specialness of flowers you will understand why we love them so much!

~Blumz by JRDesigns