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Local florist bests big delivery sites in Yahoo! ‘Savvy Spender’ comparison

Yahoo!’s “Savvy Spender” set out to review four of the top floral delivery sites:,, Teleflora and FTD.
But at the end of the day — or approximately 2:40 of this video clip — it was a local florist that outshone the big online retailers.
“To see how a local florist compares to the online experience, we ordered a dozen roses from our neighborhood florist,” said Savvy Spender host Vera Gibbons. “It was by far the most impressive arrangement with the longest stems, the most vibrant roses, and beautiful accents.
“Remember, roses travel all the way from South America, and it takes a professional florist to rehydrate them properly.”

Poinsettia Care Tips for this Christmas and Next!

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A 5+ bloom red poinsettia wrapped with a gold wrap and decorated with gold balls and a plaid bow.

Keeping your poinsettia looking great this Christmas takes two easy steps, but did you know with a few more steps you can have a wonderful poinsettia next Christmas as well?
This Christmas
1. When the surface of the soil is dry to the touch, water the plant.
2. Keep the poinsettia in a room with temperatures between 60 and 72 degrees. Keep the plant out of hot and cold drafts, such as those from a heating vent or open door.
Next Christmas
1. When leaves begin to drop, let dry slightly between watering.
2. In late spring (early May) cut back plant to 6 inches, shake free of soil and repot in new potting soil, then resume regular watering. Fertilize with a 30-10-10 fertilizer twice monthly. Stop fertilizing November 1st until December 30th.
3. Place outdoors in a warm sunny location when the temperatures are consistently over 60 degrees.
4. Pinch the tips of new shoots when they reach 6 to 8 inches long until late July. Continue to fertilize every two weeks.
5. Bring indoors before cold nights (early September) and place indoors in full sun. Three to six hours of sunlight is needed.
6. In order for poinsettias to bloom, they must have 14 hours of uninterrupted darkness each day for 40 days (late September through October). Place in a dark place such as a closet or cover with a bag from early evening and remove the next morning so that the plant is in total darkness.
7. When #6 is followed, your poinsettia will bloom at Christmas, but remember, it only takes 10 minutes of light per day during the time it was dark and your plant won’t bloom until January or February.

Learn How You Can Get The Most Out Of Your Freshly Cut Flowers

Having flowers in your home enhances your décor and livens up your space. Learn about caring for flowers and plants by reading through these resources. Visit us at Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts for the freshest, most beautiful floral arrangements, plants, and gifts in town. If you’d like to know more, give us a call at (614) 539-4000.


3 Tips for Choosing Flowers She Will Love

There are many ways to show the special lady in your life that you care, but none is so simple and classic than giving her a beautiful bouquet of flowers. The trick is to pick the perfect kind to make her feel special. Here are a few tips that can help you in your quest:
Choose Her Birth Flower
Add an extra bit of thoughtfulness to your gift by choosing her birth flower. If you’re not familiar with the concept, birth flowers are similar to birthstones—each month has its own special flower. If she was born in April, bring her a gorgeous bunch of sweet peas. If she was born in July, she’ll love the beautiful larkspurs you bring her. If she’s an October girl, you can’t go wrong with a vibrant marigold.
Pick a Flower in Her Favorite Color
If you’re stuck, find out what color she loves most and pick a flower based on that. For instance, if she likes blue, she’ll love the beautiful blue hydrangeas you bring her. If she’s a fan of yellow, pick out some chrysanthemums or gladiolas to brighten up her day. She’ll appreciate the thought you put in to choosing something especially for her.
Go for a Classic
If you’re stumped, go for an old favorite; for example, red roses will let her know you care. Calla lilies are an elegant choice that she is bound to love. For a fun gift, give her a bouquet of sunflowers and tell her how much she brightens up your life.
For help picking out the perfect floral arrangement for the special woman in your life, come to Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts. Our friendly floral experts will guide you through our amazing selection of flowers, plants, and gifts. If you have any questions, give us a call at (614) 539-4000.

Why You Should Consider Having Foliage in Your Home

You don’t have to have a green thumb to keep some wonderful houseplants healthy and flourishing indoors. There are a large number of beautiful flowers and plants that do great with filtered light and occasional watering, such as the philodendron, a lovely plant with beautiful heart-shaped leaves. There are many great reasons to keep foliage in your home, including:
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Indoor plants do wonders for the air in your home—they release oxygen to improve the quality and help rid the air of carbon dioxide. In fact, certain houseplants are useful for purifying the air of certain common household pollutants as well; for example, English ivy, gerbera daisies, pot mums, peace lilies, and bamboo palms are excellent for air that contains trichloroethylene, a chemical found in paint, varnish, and ink. For air with formaldehyde, which is found in particle board and foam insulation, mother-in-law’s tongue, dracaena warneckii, peace lilies, dracaena marginata, golden pathos, and green spider plants can help to keep your air clean.
Brighten Up Your Décor  
Coming home to a house with lush, colorful plants can turn your home into a natural oasis that encourages serenity and relaxation. Bamboo is a great addition to a spa-inspired home, and vine plants are an excellent choice if you are looking to give your home a traditional interior design.
Feel a Sense of Pride
Taking care of plants can fill you with a sense of satisfaction at helping a living thing thrive in your environment. It’s also a great way to teach children responsibility. If you want to start small with your children, give them a cactus or a hearty plant that can thrive without daily watering.
Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts has the best selection of flowers, plants, and wonderful gifts. We offer birth flowers, wedding flowers, and holiday flowers as well as plants and flowers for other special occasions. Visit our website or give us a call at (614) 539-4000 for more information.

How to Make a Stunning Late Summer Floral Arrangement

Even though summer is almost over, you can still make beautiful floral arrangements to brighten up your home. Learn from the experts by watching this instructional video.
For an incredible late summer floral arrangement, you can’t go wrong with sunflowers. Choose a few different kinds of sunflowers, and arrange them with dark, attractive grasses and colorful dried leaves.
For the freshest, most beautiful flowers, come to Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts. Our helpful staff members will help you find the perfect floral arrangement for any occasion, including weddings and holidays. If you have questions, call us today at (614) 808-1693.

Want More Flower Arrangement Tips? Check Out These Links

Flowers are a stunning and beautiful addition to your home. Check out these articles and websites to learn more about DIY floral arrangements and the benefits of shopping at your local floral shop. Call Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts at (614) 808-1693 to order your fresh flowers today.

Choose Local When It Comes to Flowers

Buying flowers is a wonderful way to brighten your day or let someone know that you are thinking of him or her. While you have many choices when it comes to where you’ll purchase your flowers, shopping at a local florist is always best. Here’s why:
No Hidden Fees
Buying flowers from a national company costs more because of the service fees added to the cost of the flowers. These fees can be even higher during peak holidays and rarely include the cost of delivery. Ordering flowers from a local florist reduces the price you’ll pay—there aren’t additional fees or service charges. If there is a delivery fee, your local florist will be upfront with you about it.
High-Quality Flowers
local florist has access to the same resources as a national company, plus connections with local growers. The quality, longevity, and beauty of your flowers will be just as high as from a national company, if not higher. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also get a fresher, more beautiful product since your flowers won’t be enduring excessive shipping and inadequate storage arrangements.
Personal Relationship
When you use your local florist for all of your floral needs, you begin to develop a personal relationship with the shop. This means that your florist will have a better idea of what you need and want as you continue to do business with them. You’ll be able to establish trust with your florist and feel confident that he or she can deliver exactly what you need.
Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts is your local florist of choice. We offer beautiful, high-quality flowers that will brighten anyone’s day. To place an order or to speak with one of our florists, call us at (614) 808-1693 today.