Answering Some Common Questions That We Hear:
Hello again, friends! You've probably heard the expression, "curiosity killed the cat." What you may not have heard is the refrain, "but satisfaction brought it back." So, I'm going try to answer some of the questions we hear most often at McArdle's. I hope I'll be able to satisfy any curiosities you may have. So, let's jump right into the questions.
When Are You Open and Where Do You Deliver?
These questions are probably the most common, but they're also the easiest to answer, so I'll get them out of the way first. We're open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. The exception is during the months of December and May. During those busy months we're open until 6PM and also on Sundays!
As far as delivery goes, we can do same day deliveries to Stamford, Greenwich (Old Greenwich, Riverside, Cos Cob, Back Country & Greenwich Proper), Port Chester & Rye Brook, Rye, Purchase, Harrison, and West Harrison. Occasionally, we make deliveries beyond this radius, but we go on a case by case basis. However, if you need flowers delivered beyond our normal range, we can wire your flower order to another shop across the US or anywhere in the World that can deliver on our behalf. Give our flower shop a call for details.
How Long Do Your Flowers Last?
We guarantee the life of all our fresh cut flowers for one week. If you bring home loose cut blooms, give them a fresh cut at an angle with a flat knife. Get the stems into water as soon as you cut them; they begin to seal up very quickly. Also, when trimming stems for the vase, remove any leaves that will sit below the water line; they will befoul your water if left on. With our arrangements, you'll want to check the water level each day, and top them off as needed. You'll also need to change the water and recut the stems if the water becomes cloudy. That will maximize vase life. On a related note...
Can I plant my blooming houseplant outside?
This is a very common question, especially with indoor hydrangea and azalea. You may have gotten a gift like our Blue Hydrangia in Birch Cachepot and thought "Oh, I'd love to have this blue hydrangea growing in my garden. I wonder if that's feasible..." Unfortunately, the best answer I can give is "sort of." All of the blooming plants in our greenhouse are bred for indoor use. If you plant them outside, they may survive, but we can't promise anything. Also, your only should would be with plants that are perennial in our zone like hydrangea. Certainly, a Calandiva or a bromeliad would perish in the cold.
I've heard if you put aspirin, a penny, or bleach in the flower water it keeps the flowers alive longer. Is that true?
For the most part, this is NOT true. You may have sporadic luck with these homespun methods, but your best bet is to condition the water with commercial flower food. It contains agents that both feed the flowers and suppress bacterial growth. It's the best way to ensure the longevity of your flowers. McArdle's will provide a packet of flower food with your order or gift.
I need an easy houseplant for my office or den. What do you recommend?
Generally when people say "easy," they are referring to plants that don't require very much light or very much water. As it happens, I've already written a post on this topic. So, click here for some low maintenance houseplant recommendations.
I just water my orchids with ice-cubes, right?
This one is a hard no! The ice cube technique is myth circulated by a Big Box competitor store's garden center to sell their line of "ice cube orchids." The premise was, "Look how easy it is! Just water with ice cubes." Orchids have a reputation for being fussy and hard to keep, but that's all due to misinformation. If you know how to take care of an orchid properly, it's a very easy houseplant. The reality is once an ice cube melts, it's very little water. We recommend checking the moisture of the moss or bark in the pot with your finger. When it's nearly dry, soak it well. So, if you were to receive a beautiful McArdle's orchid as a gift, keep it away from the ice cubes!
What if my question wasn't answered here?
Well, if I've done my job, I've satisfied at least some of curiosities. But if you have any more questions, please call us at 203-661-5600. We'd love to hear from you. You can also write to us at [email protected]. Thanks for reading and we'll see you soon.
by Justin Lievano, who typically prefers answers to questions.