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How to Keep Flowers Fresh Longer in a Vase

v1We all wish flowers would last forever, but unfortunately once we cut them and remove them from their natural environment, they begin to die. Even in nature, flowers eventually die and then are replaced with new blooms.

However, if you have flowers in a vase, there are some ways that you can keep them fresh longer so you can enjoy them for the longest time possible. These ideas may seem weird but they have been proven to work alongside regularly re-trimming the stems and adding fresh water:v2

  • Add ¼ cup of soda to flower water. There is sugar in the soda that helps the blooms last longer. Typically, it is best to use a clear soda. It’s just more attractive than pouring dark soda in the water as the water will then look dirty.
  • Spray your flower arrangement with hairspray on the underside of the petals and leaves. Just like hair, it keeps everything lifted and in place for a longer time.
  • Pour in two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar into the vase water to keep flowers fresh.
  • Get those flowers a little tipsy by adding a few drops of vodka or another clear spirit to the water along with one teaspoon of sugar. The flowers will be sure to be the life of the party.v4
  • Give the flowers a bit of crushed aspirin. Not only will the flowers get rid of their hangover, they will stay energized and fresh for longer.
  • While it sounds crazy, add ¼ teaspoon of bleach per quart of water as this helps to stop the growth of bacteria.
  • Throw a copper penny into your vase water as this also stops the growth of bacteria.

Also make sure you keep the flowers out of the direct sunlight and away from vents that blow hot or cold air on them.v2

You will also want to opt for a florist who can provide the freshest flowers available who hand arranges them and hand delivers them to ensure they have a fighting chance to stay as fresh as long as possible. We do not use any boxes to deliver our flowers because this is not an ideal way to help flowers last not to mention it does not deliver the best possible presentation to recipients.

Spring Flowers are Here! Let’s Celebrate!

v1While we are not quite there yet on the spring weather, it is coming and in the meantime we can enjoy the warmth and bold colors of the spring flowers now available in our garden showroom here in our Denver flower shop. Whether you are celebrating a birthday or having a spring wedding or maybe you are decorating for St. Patrick’s Day, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday, we have the flowers, flower ideas, and gifts to make this a special spring season.

We’re excited because all of our favorite spring flowers are here and you can check out some of the incredible new spring flower arrangements waiting for you in our Denver flower shop or our online florist shop. Check these beauties out:v2


This unique spring flower arrangement features petite bundles of pastel roses, tulips, lilies and a mini hydrangea hand arranged in a modern glass cylinder vase


This modern flower arrangement showcases seven stunning stems each of purple, pink and yellow tulips that are gathered together into single bunches that sit side by side in a chic rectangle vase.v3


This is a unique flower arrangement that combines numerous tulips with dramatic forsythia blooms in a tall vase.


Inspired by the fresh, colorful flowers on a winding country road, this charming compact spring bouquet features sunflowers, pink roses, hot pink spray roses, lavender monte casino, and yellow button poms inside a rustic burlap cube vase.

This adorable pink pitcher is filled to the brim with a bouquet of soft pink blooms.

Many of our spring flower arrangements are now on sale so it’s the best time to get the most for your money and enjoy that much more out of this year’s spring flowers. Of course, we have many more spring flower arrangements to choose from as well as hanging flower baskets, blooming plants, green plants and more. You can also work with our floral design team located in our Denver flower shop to create custom spring flower arrangements for a gift or event.v5

This is the time to order your Easter flowers and Easter flower baskets to ensure delivery on or before Easter Sunday.

Celebrate Plant A Flower Day at Veldkamp’s Garden Center and Flower Shop

052As a sustainable business that is focused on ensuring that Mother Nature keeps on giving for generations to come, we understand and respect that our natural resources have to be renewed and nurtured.

That’s why we partner with flower farms that only use sustainable farming practices and continually replant what they harvest. We want everyone to enjoy the beauty of flowers now and in the future.055

Ways to Participate in Plant a Flower Day

To help bring awareness to the idea that we should always give back to nature, we want to remind you that Thursday, March 12th is Plant a Flower Day. This is when you can do your part by adding flowers to your garden or creating a dish or basket garden to enjoy in and around your home as well as your office.

Better yet, you can work within the local Denver area and find a community garden to help add flowers to or even just enjoy some of our parks and natural areas to reflect on how much flowers add to our lives.054

Our Selection for Plant a Flower Day

Be sure to come visit our garden center and flower shop located near downtown Denver where you can find many flowers and gardening supplies as well as flower arrangements and bouquets to enjoy yourself or to give to other special people in your life.

We have basket and dish gardens, hanging baskets full of flowers, unique and luxury flower arrangements and even a great gift basket full of gardening supplies. You can also work directly with our floral design team on a custom flower arrangement or on flower arrangements for an event to celebrate Plant a Flower Day.059

Whatever you choose to do and for whatever reason, you should know that our fresh-cut flowers from premier sustainable flower farmers last longer and provide something beautiful for much longer than other florists that may offer you boxed flowers. Every floral arrangement we sell is hand arranged and uses the best available flowers that are placed in unique vases and containers. Then, these flowers are hand delivered to maintain their just picked look.

We deliver throughout the Denver area as well as throughout Colorado and the entire country. Order now to enjoy special pricing now available on many flower arrangements as well as to ensure delivery for Plant a Flower Day!

Gift Time! It’s Employee Appreciation Day and International Working Women’s Day!

v4During the first week of March, there are two special days that are all about celebrating the professional who works hard and strives to be the best in their field.

As your employer, colleague, or even friend, you may want to know that this week is Employee Appreciation Day is on Friday, March 6th and International Working Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th.v1

Gifting someone you know on one or both of these days is a way to inspire and show you value them not to mention the motivation they may feel when feeling so appreciated.

We’ve got a great selection of flowers and gifts to give on both of these days that offers the freshest flowers, unique arrangements, and great value with even some special spring flower promotions.

The Orange Escape Bouquet is a tangerine dream of color with a bright array that includes orange roses, spray roses, carnations, gerbera daisies, and alstromeria as well as green button poms and lush greenery hand arranged.

A Splendid Day Bouquet features lavender roses and monte casino asters, purple matsumoto asters, green hypericum berries, green button poms, and greenery in a glass bubble bowl. v2

The Well Done Bouquet sends the perfect message to an employee for their hard work. This flower arrangement is filled with pink roses, green Fuji chrysanthemums, pink alstromeria, yellow Asiatic lilies and greenery in a cube vase.

The Simple Perfection Bouquet is a stunning array of stargazer lilies and waxflower hand arranged in a square tapered glass vase.v3

The Lime-Licious Bouquet is a green delight with green roses, carnations, mini carnations, and button poms along with white cushion poms and alstromeria all hand arranged in a square green glass vase.

You can also order a custom flower arrangement by stopping into our Denver flower shop and working with our amazing floral design team.

Of course, we have other gifts too, including plants, flowering plants, silk flowers and plants, collectibles, gourmet food and gift baskets, balloons, and greeting cards, which other great ways to express your gratitude on these two special days.v5

We can deliver throughout Denver, including same day delivery, as well as across the country and even internationally. It’s time to place your order and recognize your talented team of individuals and those you know that work hard all over the world.

Share the Experience, Share the Reward Program

v7One of the best ways we can grow as a local Denver business is to have our customers pass our name on to their friends, family members, colleagues and social media acquaintances.

Word-of-mouth has always produced such incredible results for us and with the power of social media, we have seen viral growth thanks to the feedback and comments you share online.

How it Works

We want to thank each and every person who shares their experience with our Denver flower shop. That’s why we started a program that rewards our customers every time they share their experience with others. FDv2

All you need to go is go onto our website at and click on our Share the Experience, Share the Reward button.

You will be redirected to a page where you can enter your name and email address and then your friend or family member’s name and email address.jan15v1

We will then send them a courtesy email with a $10 savings coupon that they can use when they place an online order with us.

Even better, you will also receive a $10 thank you certificate that you can then use to save on your next order with us. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Our Rewards Program

We will also have a Rewards Program that helps you earn points for every dollar you spend with us that you can then redeem for discounts or branded merchandise.

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Joining our Facebook page also means that you can receive special discounts and rewards for being a brand ambassador online for us.

It’s about You – Our Customers

No matter what we do, we want to always acknowledge that we have a business like our Denver flower shop because of all of you. It is the customer that decides if we stay in business and if other consumers become our customers. van-big

We appreciate all that you do for us and strive to continually improve your in-store and online experience with us through these reward programs and having open channels where you can share your thoughts with us.

Go That Extra Mile for Birthday Gifts with Unique Flower Arrangements

v2Whether you come into our Denver flower shop or you shop our online flower shop, consider us the go-to partner for special birthday gifts, including unique flower arrangements and many other gift ideas.v3

Birthday Flower Arrangements

Check out these fun and festive birthday flower arrangements that show off our floral design team’s creativity and style:

  • The Sunlit Meadows Bouquet by Better Homes and Gardens features sunflowers, spray roses, mini carnations and daisies within an aqua blue glass vase.
  • The Happy Birthday Bouquet offers bold colors with pink roses, purple double lisianthus, yellow Asiatic lilies, green button poms and greenery along with floral wrap sheets, curling ribbon, and a Happy Birthday sign all within a ceramic vase.v4
  • The Wonderful Wishes Floral Cake looks good enough to eat but it’s actually made from white chrysanthemums, green button poms, pale yellow carnations and magenta mini carnations and then presented on a white cake plate.v5
  • This masculine All Wrapped Blue by 1-800-Flowers features a cube vase arrangement of white lilies, blue delphinium, and greenery in a gift box that has been tied with a blue and white polka dot ribbon.

Birthday Gift Ideas

Beyond flowers, we have other birthday gift ideas sure to suit your birthday guy or gal:

  • Our African Violet Garden includes two African Violet plants and two green plants that have been arranged in a rustic wooden planter.v1
  • The Lothantique of Paris Gift Set is an indulgent gift basket that features a reed diffuser, home fragrance spray, bar and liquid soaps, hand cream, a candle, and a nine-piece Godiva chocolate box.v6
  • The Garden Gift Basket is a perfect birthday treat for the green thumb. IT includes a blooming plant, a small ceramic garden gnome, a garden in a bag, a vegetable garden tin and a bonsai box.

Birthday Delivery

We provide same-day delivery within Denver and across the country thanks to our network of florist partners that share our philosophy for service, quality, and value.v7

Whether you are placing it last minute or planning ahead, know that we offer a delivery schedule that fits your birthday giving.

Leave Her Speechless with a Valentine’s Day Bouquet from the Luxury Collection

v1The idea of luxury often brings to mind something large and over-the-top or that includes the finest materials or ingredients available. You pay more for luxury because it is something that sends the message of exclusivity or that offers some sort of “wow” factor.

That’s exactly what our Valentine’s Day luxury floral collection aims to do for you when you are trying to find the perfect gift to leave her speechless and show the depth of your love.v2

To give you a sense of how our incredible floral design team defines luxury, check out these incredible Valentine’s Day flower arrangements:

Our Admiration Luxury Rose & Lily Bouquet features peach Asiatic lilies, cream roses, and white stock stems that are hand arranged in a flared clear glass vase.

The Astonishing Luxury Mixed Bouquet offers a way to give a wide variety of flowers that has been designed by fashion designer Vera Wang. It includes orange roses, pink hydrangea, and pale pink and hot pink stock stems all hand arranged within a clear glass and metal urn.v3

The Attraction Rose Bouquet is stunning with an overflowing quantity of 24-inch premium long-stemmed red roses in an elegant clear glass pedestal vase.

Even more spectacular is our Breathless Luxury Rose Bouquet, which contains 100 24-inch premium long-stemmed red roses within a 13-inch clear glass pillow vase. It’s draw-dropping gorgeous and will be sure to delight your significant other.v4

Don’t forget that you can even create your own custom Valentine’s Day luxury flower arrangement for your loved one by coming into our Denver flower shop and working with our floral design team, adding personal touches that are sure to please your recipient.

While you are here or when you order, be sure to add on a greeting card, chocolates, a pendant, or balloon bouquet to super-size that Valentine’s Day gift!

There’s still time to place your order for Valentine’s Day with our Denver flower shop. You can stop by, call us, or order online! We do offer same-day delivery service this Valentine’s Day so order now!

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