Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
On May 11, 2011 Brete Harte Middle School held its annual silent auction event to raise funds to support their sister school, The Doris Dillon School in Cambodia. Efforts for this event went to nursing and providing scholarships for girls in impoverished families. Bloomster's answered the call and provided a donation for the silent auction to help support those abroad that have limited opportunities.
The Doris Dillon School is a schoole serving over 200 7th-9th grade students from four remote villages in Cambodia. The Doris Dillon School project is run through American Assistance for Cambodia, which has already built over 400 such schools through the Rural Schools Project.
You can read more about this story of inspiration in the San Jose Mercury News.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Bloomster's was honored to to contribute through donation to the Santa Clara County Firefighters Annual Charity Golf Tournament this year held on May 16, 2011 at Spring Valley Golf Course. Bloomster's is proud to recognize those who serve the community so courageously.
The Tournament's mission is to provide a social event to gather employees, families, peers and community members to remember the lives and dedication of their fallen brothers and sisters.
Monies donated and generated in excess of expenses will be placed into the Santa Clara County Firefighters Memorial Trust Fund to be used to benefit the families and charities of Santa Clara County Firefighters and Emergency Workers.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Bloomster's would like to congratulate the Presentation High School girls on the success of their "On Tour" 45th Annual Fashion Show, which netted $150K for their financial aid scholarship program.
As stated on their website, "At no time has the need for this show, which supports financial aid at Presentation High School, been more important. The cost of education continues to rise." We could not agree more with this statement, which is why Bloomster's was happy to support their show and plans on doing so again next year on March 23, 2012.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Bloomster's is thrilled once again to participate in the Annual Los Alamitos Silent Auction on September 24, 2011 with a donation. With the theme of "Walking on Sunshine," their goal this year is to raise money for their award winning SMART (Science, Music, Art, Robotics & Technology) Programs.
With public schools taking the brunt of severe state budget cuts, Bloomster's is more than happy to do its part to support education and encourage others to do the same.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Gilroy Assistance League is excited to announce their seventh annual Home and Garden Tour, "Impressions", which will be held on Mother's Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7.
Bloomster's is thrilled to provide decor for the home tour this year to showcase the floral arts. We are pleased that our participation this year is welcomed and we look forward to leaving our mark through embellishments of various kinds within the residence we are assigned.
Directions to our Home and Garden Tour: From Highway 101, take the Masten Avenue exit and drive West. Masten turns into Fitzgerald Avenue when you cross Monterey Road. Continue on Fitzgerald and take the first left onto Green Valley Drive through the gates. Continue to 10748 Green Valley Drive to check in.
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 the day of the event.
To buy advance tickets, please call 408-706-6235 by Thursday, May 5.
100% of all proceeds benefit local children’s programs
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
How to keep cut flowers looking fresh
By Trystan L. Bass
Posted Mon May 2, 2011 9:31am PDT
You receive a lovely bouquet of cut flowers on a holiday or just to brighten your day. But you don't want them to wilt overnight.
If you search online, you'll find all kinds of tricks to make cut flowers last longer: add a crushed aspirin to the water, put the flowers in 7-Up, put a copper penny in the vase, add a few teaspoons of bleach or vinegar in the water, etc., etc.
We asked professional florists if any of those home remedies work and what they recommend to keep cut flowers looking good. All the experts agree that commercial flower preservative works better than anything you can concoct at home -- and most florists hand a little packet out free with the bouquet. But that's not the most important thing for keeping cut flowers looking fresh.
According to Kren Rasmussen at Bloomsters, which has been creating floral designs in San Jose, California, for nearly 20 years, cool temperatures and fresh water are the real keys. Keep your flowers in a cooler area of the home and feed them fresh water every day. "People do not realize how much water flowers drink, it really is amazing," says Rasmussen.
"By re-cutting the stems daily, cleaning the vase daily, and placing the flowers in fresh water with floral food, you will be amazed as to how long flowers will last," he advises. Depending on the exact flowers in your arrangement, they should last between 5 and 14 days if treated well.
Clean, fresh water in the vase will do the most to keep cut flowers looking pretty. Adrianna Citti of Citti's Florist, a San Francisco Bay Area florist for 45 years, agrees. "The best way to increase the life of your fresh floral bouquet is to cut the stems on an angle when you receive the bouquet and to fill the vase with water daily," she says.
"Every other day, it's great to change the water," is Citti's advice. "This helps reduce the bacteria, which will prolong the life of the flowers."
There is one home remedy that can revive drooping stems. Rasmussen recommends: "If you have a bottle of alum from your spice rack, you can dab some alum on the bottom of the stem. This help to encourage the flower to draw water and to rehydrate." But again, this is really just helping the flowers get more water.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Yet again Bloomster's was excited to participate this year in the 29th Annual Willow Glen Home Tour. We were excited to showcase our work at two locations this year. One for a house on the tour itself and another for the Home Tour VIP Party. Bloomster's would like to thank those involved for yet another successful year and are happy that our efforts were truly appreciated!