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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Flowers

Just because it’s four days after Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that you should think “too late” on this post. Yes, flowers for your sweetheart on Feb. 14 are nice, but flowers on a RANDOM day the rest of the year are even better; at least to me.

Brookshire’s floral department never ceases to amaze me. I stopped in on the last day of school last year for gigantic bouquets of brilliant sunflowers for my boys’ teachers. I had a horrible migraine last week and I was the lucky recipient of a mixed bouquet of magenta blooms that are still fresh and vibrant over a week later. I’ve purchased green plants for offices and cheery arrangements of daisies, tulips, lilies and roses. I even gave someone a pepper plant as a gift once from the Brookshire’s floral department.

So just remember, it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to give the gift of flowers. Just saying! 

Shop the Sale: Perfect Poinsettias

Except for the Christmas tree, no plant says “Christmas” like the poinsettia. Bred to bloom best throughout December, the brilliant red plant is a perfect centerpiece, looks great next to the Christmas tree or on a holiday buffet, and makes an easy seasonal  hostess gift for neighbors and friends.  (And, hey, they’re on sale starting today, two for just $12 – so you can make a splash with a whole display of them, or buy one for yourself, one for a gift.)

There’s a wonderful Mexican legend about how the poinsettia first became associated with Christmas. According to the story, a poor girl was on her way to church on Christmas Eve, but had no money for a gift or offering. She gathered some tropical weeds and fashioned them into a bouquet. When she laid them at the feet of the baby Jesus inside the church, the branches supposedly burst into the brilliant red we now associate with the poinsettia. To this day, the poinsettia is known as the flor de noche buena in Mexico – Spanish for  “Christmas Eve flower.”

What else do you need to know about the poinsettia?

  1. They’re not poisonous after all. For years, you’ve probably heard that poinsettias can be deadly to children and pets. Not true. Ohio State University researchers actually disproved this as far back as the early ‘70s, but the myth kept getting repeated, possibly because some plants related to poinsettias ARE poisonous. Yes, a small dog who eats an entire poinsettia could end up sick to its stomach, and may vomit, and a child who nibbles on a leaf may get an upset stomach, but that’s true of many plants. However, it’s unlikely even an animal would eat more than a leaf or two; they’re bitter and inedible to humans and animals alike.
  2. They don’t like the cold. The poinsettia is native to Mexico and Central America, so it thrives in warmer, slightly humid temperatures. Some of the traditional spots to showcase poinsettias, including the hearth and on windowsills, actually may cause them to drop leaves or wither, as poinsettias do not like drafty, cool places. They’ll do best if you don’t let temperatures drop below 65 degrees.
  3. Don’t overwater. A poinsettia needs water only when the soil is actually dry to the touch. If the air in your home is warm and dry, that may mean every few days. Don’t let it rest in standing water, either. In between waterings, you may want to mist poinsettias briefly with plain water, to keep the air moist and humid.

Inside the Store: July

You know that July is here by how you determine the best parking spot. The best parking spot is determined by shade instead of distance. The July heat is in full swing.

Fact about July:

According to the Gregorian calendar, July is the seventh month. On the Roman calendar, it was the fifth month and it was called ‘Quintilis’, meaning ‘fifth’. Julius Caesar gave the month 31 days in 46 B.C. The Roman senate named it ‘Julius’ (July) in honor of Caesar.

During July, when there isn’t much rain, the grass often loses its greenness. Some flowers are abundant in July, because they strive in the heat. Also, insects are abundant as well – life is striving in July!

Be sure and check our floral departments for indoor or outdoor plants to bring beauty and life to your summer. We have staff members that can help you pick out the right plants for you and give you tips on how to take care of the plant you choose. The water lily is the flower for the month of July.

One of the biggest dilemmas in our summer cookout is controlling the insects. The pesky ants and flies being our challenge in making sure we can enjoy our outdoor activities. We suggest treating any area for ants before the cookout and to control the flies and mosquitoes. We offer many varieties to help control the pests in your life.

July is national Hot Dog month and according to the national hot dog and sausage council. Americans will be consuming the infamous little red tubes of “meat” in record numbers this summer.  The council estimates that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten in America between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The July 4th weekend being the biggest hot dog event of the year.   How do you top off your hot dog? 

My favorite is the Oscar Mayer premium Jalapeño and cheddar frank, topped with Food Club mustard, onions, home grown tomato slices and instead of relish, I use Mt. Olive diced Jalapeno peppers. I use tortillas instead of buns to cut back on the bread. Heat the tortillas up right on the grill and add a slice of cheese, wrap the hot dog and enjoy. My favorite summer time drink with hot dogs is our Red Diamond sweet tea. Great for taking to any picnic and we offer in sugar free, regular and decaf.

Top off your cookout with one of our Goldenbrook ice creams. The flavor of the month is Watermelon.

Stick Vase

30 inches of 1/4″ to 3/8″ ribbon of choice
36 – 40 1/4″ thick sticks about 2 1/2″ to 3″ long
Small (4 oz) pimento jar (lid removed)
Small rubber band

Place rubber band around pimento jar. Tuck sticks under rubber band around jar as close as possible until jar is surrounded.  Wrap ribbon around jar to cover rubber band, and tie into a decorative bow.

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