Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Message About Mother's Day Flowers

Mother's are special individuals and without them as we all know humanity would not exist.

But beyond that they are so many other things, Caretakers, Maids, Coaches, Friends, and more and without them most of us would be swallowed up in this big ol' world of chaos and confusion.

Flowers are a major part of celebrating our Mother's on the fabulous holiday of Mother's Day and letting them know just how much we appreciate them and love them can not be left unsaid. Although we all could make it a point to say it more often in between our hectic schedules and busy days, Mother's Day makes sure that Moms everywhere get their just and well deserved recognition.

Now recently a question was asked by a fellow florist to post a blog answering the question “What are your three favorite Mother’s Day flowers and how did/does your Mom inspire you in the flower business?” You can see the original blog post at Avante Gardens Blog.

It's refreshing to hear the responses from other fellow florist all across the country, such as the one from Felicity Flowers & Gifts.

Now to answer the question:

My 3 favorite flowers for Mother's Day are:

Tulips: They have a stately appearance, and have become one of the most popular flowers of Spring. There's a Dutch saying that every bulb holds a promise--a promise of a world alive with color and good cheer. Certainly, the exuberant colors and dependable flowering of tulips fill that promise.

Gerbera Daisy: A cheerful bloom that seems to just smile every time you look at it. The range of bright colors are vast and it always seems to make an arrangement come alive.

Lily: The blooms are large and bold and demand attention and the fragrance is yet delicate and beautiful. They remind me of my Mom as she fit the description of a lily perfectly.

As far as inspiration, well I guess I didn't have any direct inspiration from my Mother when it came to inspiring me into this business as she passed away when I was a very young. But being raised a large, deeply povertised family my Mother's strength, wisdom and words "Never doubt who you are or what you can be and do. Your mind is your key out, you just have to be smart enough to know how to find your lock" was my inspiration to being as successful as I could in whatever I choose to do and be.

Flowers were never purchased in our household as it was a luxury my family simply could not afford. But the house we lived in had a row of beautiful, orange Asiatics up against the side of it and I loved to pinch a few once in awhile to take inside for my Mom. She would look at me out the corner of her eyes (she hated us to mess with her flowers) and say "you know your not suppose to be pulling my flowers" then she would smile and say thank you as she put it in a plastic water glass to place it on the table, warning me gently once more to stop pulling her flowers out her beds.

Sometime as I arrange those particular flowers, I chuckle and think if she could only see me now, she may not have minded all of the flowers I snuck from her flower bed.

I am tagging:
Cheryl at Parkway Florist
Eric at Everyday Flowers

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

WOW! Spring Flowers
An Eye-Popping Gift.

Spring is in the air and the colors of spring blooms are bright, bold and eye-popping! Now is the perfect time to send fresh spring arrangements for Birthdays, Get Wells, Pick Me UPs and almost all occasions.

Fresh seasonal spring flowers such as Tulips, Iris, Snapdragons, and Gerbera come in an array of beautiful, bright, eye-catching colors and make a dazzling display when arranged together.

Bold colors like the ones displayed in our Spring Bling arrangement shown here command immediate attention and highlight the arrival of the spring season with cheery, colorful blooms that so perfectly compliment each other.

So the next time you need to send flowers, or just want to treat yourself to a little something special. Be sure to ask your florist for a nice spring mix for display that will have everyone taking notice.

Be sure to properly care for your arrangement by simply grasping your flower arrangement around the top rim of the vase it is in and removing it, keeping it in hand cut off approximately 1" from the bottom of the stems, reinsert the arrangement in to a clean vase containing fresh water prepared with flower preservative (usually supplied by florist with arrangement). Following this procedure each time the water becomes murky and it will greatly extend the life of your flowers and allow you to enjoy them that much longer.

Want to see more of our Spring line? Click Here!

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Will the Real PRO Please Stand UP?

Another Valentine's Day, another onslaught of negative advertising about professional florists from Liberty Media's ProFlowers.

Here's what Real Florists really want you to know:

ProFlowers takes the pro out of the gift of flowers.

-The roses arrive with damaged outer petals (called guard petals) because there's no pro to remove them prior to delivery.

- Your Valentine gets to clean and condition her own flowers since there's no pro to do it for her.

- Your Sweetheart has to assemble her own gift since there's no pro to professionally design it.

Avante Gardens blogged about replacing a box of ProFlowers roses last Valentine's day and about getting a guy out of the doghouse after his wife was embarassed to receive one of ProFlowers' boxes at the office.

So if you want a profession of love from your Valentine, turn to the real pros

- Local Professional Florists like us that deliver grower fresh, thoughtfully arranged flowers.

See tips about ordering Valentine's Day flowers for more advice about how to choose just the right floral gift for your sweetheart.

Other Real Florists blogging about being pros:

Everyday Flowers

Felicity Flowers

Flowers from the Rainflorist

Florist Detectives

Chappell's Florist

Real Florist Blog

Avante Gardens

Friday, January 12, 2007

Order Early for Valentine's Day

It's never to early to place your order for Valentine's Day. Placing your order early will insure that your special someone receives their special surprise on Valentine's Day! During this holiday many Florist's reach delivery capacity several days prior to the holiday. Unfortunately, this results in the last minute order request being unable to be accommodated. Take a look at some of our premier Valentine's Day Gift's this year and be sure you order early. Valentine's Day delivery available to Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Poquoson, Grafton & Seaford.


With Valentine's Day just around the corner many consumers will begin searching for a local florist to deliver that special bouquet of roses to their special someone. What they may not realize is that deception runs rampid in the flower industry. Many companies are now advertising in local directories and on search engines posing as a local florist with a local address in the city where your order is going, when in fact they may be located thousands of miles away from that city. The company...... simply a phone bank, that will take your order and then charge you a fee just to make a phone call to a real local florist.

If you plan on sending flowers this Valentines day, you will want to see this video!

Hank Investigates: PHONEY FLORIST
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