Monthly Archives: September 2017

  • The Secret To Being a Passionate Online Florist

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    From an intricate centerpiece at a wedding to a romantic Valentine’s Day bouquet, flowers are more than just a household decoration. Flowers are essential to celebrating special moments and bringing joy into a loved one’s life.

    At Kremp, there’s nothing we know better than flowers. The passion behind our business revolves around building a strong community that allows us to play a very personal role in your lives and relationships. Here’s a little bit more about the story of Kremp and how we came to be the passionate online florist business you see today.

    The History of Kremp

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    The history of Kremp goes back over 60 years and spans across three generations. Our company began with the goal of helping those in our Philadelphia community express their inner-most feelings and thoughts to their loved ones, and that guiding mission continues to remain at the heart of our business. Service, quality, and a commitment to satisfaction has allowed us to thrive over the years. You can even see Kremp Florists featured on ABC’s The Goldbergs! Yes, we were neighbors of the Goldbergs in the 1980s and it was just as hilarious as you saw on television.

    While floral arrangement trends may have changed many times throughout the years, a few things remain constant: our yearn to make a floral arrangement a meaningful exchange, our ability to take a client’s vision and bring it to life, and our commitment to helping our clients to express their feelings where words fall short!

    The Vision Behind A Successful Online Florist

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    The mission of Kremp centers around the idea of making each and every customer feel special. Our departments offer an extensive line of gifts and seasonal flowers, but you can always find exactly what you need with our custom arrangements.

    When you explore our Seasonal Arrangements, you’ll find the most popular seasonal blooms to match the time of year. With Fall upon us, all of our arrangements include fun details like this Country Pumpkin bouquet in a ceramic pumpkin base or this Deluxe Cornucopia filled with bright sunflowers and roses, perfect for Thanksgiving dinner!

    We also thrive with finding new ways to innovate our designs even in non-floral and edible gift baskets. Our edible gift baskets, for example, include a Sweet Smiles candy bouquet for the sweet tooth in your life or even a Fresh Cheese Making kit for a chef friend!

    With so many options, we know that whatever you choose to give is going to be a personal and thoughtful gift. That’s why we do love what we do. The secret to our unwavering passion? Seeing our community thrive each and every day.

    Kremp and the Community

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    Today, we’re passionate about who we serve, and without our client base, we wouldn’t have the strong presence that we boast today. We value the fact that we are continuously trusted to take part in our clients’ most precious moments of life: celebrating the union of love, honoring a loved one’s legacy, welcoming a newborn child, and everything in between!

    Kremp truly goes above and beyond to provide every customer with a not only a great experience, but with unforgettable products. Besides offering breathtaking floral arrangements, we also offer items such as greeting cards, bath and body products, gourmet teas, candles, and specialized sweets--making it easier than ever for customers to express themselves and to give meaningful and customized gifts.

    Sharing in Your Special Moments

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    One of the most important ingredients in Kremp’s “recipe” to success as an online florist is our ability and yearn to share in the special moments of the lives of our clients. Whether it’s an elegant centerpiece at a wedding reception, the bouquet a bride holds as she walks down the aisle towards her groom, or the sympathy bouquet that signifies love, life, and legacy--each professional at Kremp shares more than family ties and the same last name. We also share in a deep-rooted love for bringing the vision of a client to life in order to create a magical moment and an unforgettable memory.

    Flowers are fun to buy and heartwarming to receive. Gorgeous arrangements are the details that can serve to set the tone of a special event or to bring a smile to the face of someone who needs to know that they are loved on a hard day. To put it simply, what our professionals are doing at Kremp day after day is important work!

    When it comes to working with an online florist company, it’s refreshing to work with one that is as dedicated and excited about what they do as Kremp is, never ceasing to make each customer feel special. Life is all about experiences and memories, and the arrangements provided by Kremp are more than just a centerpiece or flowers that sit in a vase. These creations signify the passion we have for our community, allowing each customer to enjoy an unforgettable experience as well as a memory they will forever cherish!

  • 7 of Our Favorite Fall Birthday Flowers

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    As we say goodbye to the waning days of summer and begin to welcome the joys of fall (pumpkin spice lattes, plaid and flannel, football season, hot cocoa), it’s time to start thinking about switching up your floral arrangements to match the changing seasons.

    We love fall birthdays -- and flowers are the perfect way to say Happy Birthday! So here are 7 perfectly festive fall birthday flowers ideal for telling all the fall babies in your life just how much you love them.

    Flowers The Color of Autumn

    The first step to selecting the perfect fall birthday flowers bouquet is to choose an arrangement filled with shades of autumn.  We tend to associate dark, rich, warm tones with autumn -- colors you might associate with the harvest or find on a hearth on warm night. So, be sure to select flowers in shades of orange, yellow, red, and even brown and black to craft your perfect fall arrangement. Evoke the fields of fall with a beautiful basket overflowing with appropriately colored blooms.

    Sunflowers

    Because of their sunny disposition and name, we probably tend to think of sunflowers as a summer bloom. But actually, they are a fall blooming perennial. Even more importantly though, they’re a perfect shade of rich autumn yellow to create the perfect fall birthday arrangement.

    Calla Lilies

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    We often associate lilies with Easter or funerals, but that’s primarily white or lighter-colored lilies. You can create a beautiful birthday offering with autumn callas lilies  or beautiful orange lilies that provide the perfect fall shades for your bouquet in deep, rich Halloween and Thanksgiving oranges. There’s also asiatic lilies, which are a fall bloom, so they’re a natural seasonal choice.

    Heleniums

    There’s a lot of orange and yellow flowers out there, but sometimes it can be harder to find an appropriate rusty red that screams fall and not Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Heleniums are the perfect choice, available in a wide range of colors including rich reds and oranges.

    Fall Blooms

    Opt for an arrangement that privileges fall blooms. Though spring and summer are more traditional periods for blooming flowers, the fall has plenty of gorgeous flora and fauna to offer as well.

    Marigolds/Mums

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    Mums and Marigolds are hearty, similar looking flowers that are perfect for the more inclement and unpredictable fall temperatures. What’s more -- they naturally bloom in beautiful fall shades of gold, red, yellow, and orange.Don’t feel beholden to rustic fall tones though -- purple and pink accents, especially in deeper, richer tones, are a beautiful addition and quite common in the diverse range of mums.

    Asters/Goldenrods

    Asters and goldenrods are not only hearty fall flowers, but they tend to bloom in beloved fall colors like golden yellow and cardinal. Picking a fall bloom is a great way to ensure longevity in that extra special birthday arrangement and that it will reach your loved one in its full glory, regardless of fall temperatures.

    Fall Accents

    Another great choice for fall flowers is to make sure you pick distinctly fall accents for your blooms. This could be something that ties directly to fall such as an autumnal ribbon, an orange vase, or fall holiday themed decorations. But there’s plenty of fall floral accents as well -- chinese lanterns suggest the harvest and rich, warm fall colors with their brown, orange, and red blooms.

    Ornamental peppers are another beautiful option, especially if you find them in yellow, orange, and red. Or, consider getting some cotton to mix into your arrangement -- it evokes the fall harvest beautifully. Lastly, you can go with something a bit more non-traditional -- mexican sage and witch hazel are two great autumn blooms that are unique and unusual looking, as well as evocative of the season in which they flower.

    Year-Round Favorites

    Whether you want a distinctly fall bouquet in either color or bloom selection or prefer a bouquet that says “Happy Birthday” in your special someone’s favorite colors, there are plenty of year-round flowers that will make a perfect choice.

    Carnations

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    Carnations are a sturdy year-round bloom that come in virtually every color imaginable due to their porous blooms that allow florists to dye them any color they’d like. So that means you can choose fall colored carnations or you can give your loved one a bouquet of blooms in their all-time favorite color, whether it’s green, blue, or hot pink.

    Gerbera Daisies

    Gerbera Daisies are a year-round favorite because they also come in a wide range of colors and are one of the longest-lasting flowers. They naturally bloom in many fall colors like red, yellow, and orange, but you can also find them in pink, purple, and more. You can go with anything from to a bright yellow and orange spray of roses and daisies to  a cornucopia bursting with flowers to a basket with a distinctly autumnal touch.

    No matter what you choose, there’s a perfect fall flower arrangement to wish all the Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius birthdays in your life a very special day.

  • How to Create Your Own Floral Dish Garden With Seasonal Plants

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    Designing dish gardens brings the outdoor lush greenery into the home for a natural décor and stylized statement. But creating these artistic pieces involves more than just picking random plants and flowers and planting them in any old container. A dish garden should accessorize an area and add ambiance to the home.

    Choose a dish or bowl that accentuates and complements the room’s design and color scheme. Dishes that create a pop of contrasting color immediately command interest and direct attention to the garden. Patterned pots or dishes work well, but just be sure they don’t clash with the existing style of the room. Many also choose dishes that blend with earthy undertones as a means to allow more colorful flowers and plants to serve as the focal centerpiece of a room or table.

    The plants and flowers chosen are just as important as the dish that nurtures them. When taking greenery indoors, the seasons still provide the direction as to plant type selection. Choosing tulips in fall dish displays or adding Holly or winterberry in summer dish gardens would look completely out of touch. In-season blooms and shoots must direct the garden’s composition—even indoors. And, yes, please mix greenery with bold flowers!

    Fall Foliage

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    Autumn officially begins in less than a month. Selecting plants and flowers for fall dish gardens should begin as soon as possible. For fall décor, choose in-season plants that also feature blooms in bold and rich autumn hues. Think oranges, reds, warm yellows. Stay away from any hues that reflect warmer months—like pastels or tropical inspired arrangements.

    Unsure what to select for fall? Bold orange and red mums echo the colors of fall leaves. Mix in a few hearty succulents. Chinese Lanterns are an unusual and amazing centerpiece plant—but beware, the berries are poisonous.

    Snapdragons also are a great fall choice, but like many larger plants, these need to have a large pot for thriving. But large dishes and creative containers may easily be discovered at flea markets, thrift stores or even local discount stores for reasonable prices. Larger dish gardens and the plants within look best as corner pieces in a room. The bigger and bolder choices aren’t designed for tabletop décor!

    For those thinking on the smaller end of the garden size, plant a succulent centered dish garden. These plants come in all sizes, so pair up small and medium chubby succulents for a green masterpiece.

    Winter Wonderland

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    Not much blooms outdoors during the cold winter months, but indoors has fewer limitations. With the climate controlled environment, there are many more options to create an ideal and beautiful dish garden.

    Succulents, again, reign supreme. However, these plants aren’t all about the greenery. Some succulents offer beautiful flowers during the winter. Try incorporating the Christmas Cactus or the Crown of Thorns for a little touch of color to your winter garden. For a festive holiday dish garden, plant holly berries next to succulents or plant poinsettias (which are part of the succulent family) with other succulents like the Snake Plant. And integrating small evergreens like the Norfolk Island Pine create an extra festive display.

    Want to ‘go green?’ Choose succulents like the Aloe Vera plant matched up with vine-inspired succulents like Burro’s Tail. When pairing plants together during the winter months, make sure you match up varieties that need the same amount of water and light. Don’t pair a light-loving plant like Poinsettia with a plant that needs more shade.

    When selecting dishes for winter month gardens, don’t be afraid to embrace the holidays…especially if a garden is themed for this festive time. Opt for bold red, blue and silver dishes and include decorative elements within the dish for a touch of whimsy.

    Spring Splendour

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    During springtime, many choose to take their dish gardens outdoors to create an amazing backyard bounty of plants and flowers. Large dishes and pots give backyard porches and patios an instant decorative update. But if you’re taking the arrangements back into nature, be prepared to plant appropriately.

    Where you live dictates what you plant. For areas of the country that are experiencing a typical spring, this is the ideal time to plant traditional spring flowers and greenery. Succulents are hearty additions to almost any dish garden—indoor or out—but this season pair them with flowers…or let them shine solo.

    For a succulent-centric spring dish garden, we love Hens-and-Chicks. This type of succulent looks like flowers and flourish with leaves that resemble beautiful petals. Hens-and-Chicks come in many varieties—and colors—to create an amazing outdoor dish garden. Feel free to add in small aloe vera plants, too.

    For flowers, plant mums and daisies in various colors for a beautiful vibrant mix. Or choose other spring favorites. There are so many available, but just make sure that your pairings have the same light and water needs. Even for spring dish gardens, partnering plants requires a bit of research.

    Indoor gardens also can bring spring into the home. Yes, you can plant tulips for an indoor bloom. Add lovely greenery alongside these popular spring flowers. And spring tulips look amazing in baskets.  With Easter traditionally celebrated during this season, baskets are a suitable—and festive—planter option. Remember a dish can be whatever you choose! Baskets, bowls, large oversized mugs, heavy planters…anything goes.

    Summer Sensations

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    Summer, like spring, offers many beautiful choices. But if you’re living in a dry climate, we say embrace the dry heat…with cacti. These need very little maintenance and are a sleek and unique plant for indoors or out. They pair well with most other succulents.

    Bonsai gardens also add an Asian beauty to the home. Beware, though, bonsai trees can be a little fastidious and do require tentative care. Plant these tiny trees in stone dishes or planters, and keep bonsais together. Don’t interject other plant types. Embrace a meditative vibe for this soothing garden by integrating touch stones with optimistic messages.

    For gardeners keeping their potted beauties outdoors, select flowers in hot summer hues. Bright pinks, purples and fiery reds showcase the season. Also, remember to feed the bees by planting many flowering beauties that attract their buzzing attention and urge them to visit your garden. Bees love daisies and marigolds! However, bluebells and lavender also make lovely bee magnets.

    DIY floral dish gardens are an ideal and easy way to add colorful and natural beauty to your home. During fall and winter create colorful gardens indoors that reflect the seasonal colors and festive traditions. But spring and summer months allow gardeners to take their dish décor to the patio or deck for an amazing lush ambiance.

    No matter where you choose to place your dish garden, always make sure to pair plants and flowers with similar water and light needs--the right amount of water and sunlight is key to any plant’s survival and optimal beauty.  Choose a container for your garden that complements your room décor or pops against the interior’s hues…however, there are no rules for what containers to choose. Bowls, dishes, baskets all make unique garden choices. What you choose to house your plants in is limited only by your style and imagination.

  • Flower-pedia: 10 Peony Facts That Will Surprise You

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    Ever since the explorer Marco Polo referred to the magnificent peonies as, “Roses as large as cabbages,” Westerners have been fascinated with the beautiful and fragrant flower. Peonies are used in weddings and as a colorful accent to many floral arrangements. People have written about them and their uses for thousands of years, so it’s no surprise to know that there are a lot of interesting peony facts about these gorgeous blooms.

    Whether you plan on planting some in your garden, taking a picture or painting of them, or simply learning something new about them, here are 10 peony facts, just for you!

    1. Peonies are native to Asia, where they were cultivated for their many useful properties. They were brought to Europe in 1200 CE, and can still be found growing wild in some places.

    1. Peonies are the floral symbol of China and are displayed often in arrangements representing the country. This flower symbolizes riches and honour in Chinese culture and is frequently seen in Chinese art.

    1. Peonies are the traditional 12th wedding anniversary flower. Besides linen and silk, celebrate your 12th wedding anniversary with a peony bush to grow in the yard. This can commemorate the years you have ahead of you.

    1. Peonies come in every color but blue. Some of the blooms smell more fragrant than others. Look for lighter-colored blooms, such as pink, white or yellow, for the most scent, but peonies also come in maroon, red, and even multi-colored.

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    1. Peonies are associated with good luck and good fortune. This is why they are used in many wedding bouquets, and also in pictures and other good-luck shrines.

    1. Peonies are the state flower of Indiana. That’s perfect, because they thrive in the Midwest climate. The state failed to choose a color for their state flower, though, so any peony goes!

    1. Peonies bloom in late spring or early summer in climates with cold winters. The best time to plant is in the fall, before the winter frost hardens the ground. The blooms can be as big as 10” in diameter, and the plant can grow to almost 10 feet in height!

    1. Peonies have a lot of medicinal uses. They have been used to treat maladies such as headaches and asthma, as well as to help mothers giving birth. A surprising peony fact is that there are ancient writings which discuss the medicinal uses of peonies and recipes that include them!

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    1. Peony petals are edible! And not just as a garnish, either. In China, the petals can be boiled into tea or added into a salad.

    1. Peonies have been known to attract ants. While that sounds like a nuisance, the ants actually help the peonies pollinate and produce nectar. That doesn’t mean you need ants for a successful peony garden. Peonies will bloom without them, so you can plant ant-repelling insects around them and your peonies will be fine.

    Learning these peony facts can help you perfect your garden and find great uses for your blooming peonies. Whether you choose to use them in a bouquet, decorate with them, or even just have pictures and sculptures of them in your house, peonies are a flower that can add beauty and joy to your day!

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