Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Flowers Make a Special Treat!

The FTD Bountiful Pumpkin Bouquet

The FTD Bountiful Pumpkin Bouquet

In anticipation of Halloween night, the kids are sure to be searching for the most ghoulishly large Halloween bag to hold their Halloween treats. You may be on your own mission to find a spooktacular Halloween gift for someone special. Sure, candy is a sweet treat, (I’m talking sugar overload!), but a gift of Halloween flowers is something to shout BOO about!

We always like to treat our daughter’s teacher to an unexpected Halloween flower gift. A single stem is all it takes to put the teacher in a bootiful mood for the rest of the day! The most perfect gerbera daisy or stunning rose and my daughter’s teacher is sure to be happier than a jack-o-lantern on Halloween night. This year, we can’t forget the ever faithful school crossing guard also. She’ll be sure to smile broadly when we present her with a sweet Halloween flower!

The Boo-Quet by FTD- BF7115

The Boo-Quet by FTD- BF7115

My girlfriend’s birthday is on Halloween…ohh the parties she’ had! This year I’m thinking of getting her a birthday gift of yes, Halloween flowers! She adores fresh flowers and I know she’ll love a spirited autumn bouquet of lilies, carnations and mums maybe in pops of vibrant orange and fuchsia to match her fun-loving personality.

When I was a youngster, my grandparents always made an extraordinary effort to present me with the most thoughtful treat bag filled to the brim with goodies each Halloween. This year, I think we’ll send them a bountiful pumpkin bouquet filled with lovely autumn flowers. I can just imagine the look on my grandmother’s face when she opens the door to the delivery of Halloween flowers!

Halloween is on Wednesday, October 31st. Who will you send Halloween flowers to?

Give Flowers and Make an Impression!

Six, Nine or Twelve Sun Flowers Gift Wrapped

Six, Nine or Twelve sunflowers gift wrapped with greens and bow.

My daughter loves being outdoors. While I’m making dinner she will often sneak into her Daddy’s home office and skilfully convince my husband to take her to the park or for a ‘short’ walk around the block. He’ll usually stops whatever he is doing to oblige her. Sometimes I get a little annoyed that dinner has to wait for them long enough to get cold but I know that these little impromptu outdoor adventures fill them both with so much joy. What’s also sweet is that upon their return, my daughter always bursts into to the house with a happy grin and an announcement that she has a gift for me.

Hand Tied Gift Wrap With Roses No Vase

Euro Style Bouquet With Roses.

With great excitement she demands that I close my eyes and then she shoves a handful of dandelions, hand picked flowers or leaves under my nose. Of course even though it happens time and time again, I’m always blown away by her thoughtfulness and I give her an enormous hug and kiss.

I feel good receiving my daughter’s sweet gift of flowers and I of course think that we’ve got the sweetest kid on the block. As it turns out, I’m not gloating. There is actual research to support the notion that flower givers make the best impression!!

FTD Precious Heart

The Precious Heart Bouquet by FTD is a blushing display of loving kindness.

A Rutgers University study sought out to determine how people perceive others based on the types of gifts they give. Guess what? Flower-givers rose to the top! The research revealed that the floral gift-giver is regarded as caring, trustworthy, loving, successful and valuing achievement and beauty in life. Flower- givers were also considered to be more likeable, friendly and emotionally intelligent.

We all know that receiving flowers makes us feel happy. And when I see the look of my daughter’s face, I also know that she feels pretty darn awesome giving me her flower gift! We adults could learn a little something from my daughter as well as from the files of scientific research…next time you need a gift for a special someone to celebrate an occasion or for no occasion at all, give fresh flowers. Research proves that flower-givers make a great impression! In fact, giving flowers makes everyone feel great!

Make Flowers and Plants Last Longer – Part 1

Long Stem Roses in Vase

Nothing speaks of love and admiration so much as a bouquet of beautiful red roses, but you wanna make them last!

A little extra care can make any size flower arrangement or fresh flower bouquet last longer. Part of the intrinsic value of fresh cut flowers is the fact that their beauty is so fleeting… it does make them all the more precious.

Nonetheless, we usually want those fresh flowers to last as long as possible. Fortunately, we can add several days to the vase life of fresh cut flowers by following the practices used by professional florists to prolong the vitality of their products. A small investment of time will pay off in the extended enjoyment of your beautiful blossoms. Most floral arrangements can be made to last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive.

Making Floral Arrangements Last Longer

Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet.

Fresh cut flowers, such as Red Roses, benefit tremendously from the use of these products, which contain three main ingredients: first, sugar in a form which is useable by the flowers so as to provide nutrition; secondly, an acidifier such as citric acid to lower the pH of the solution (cut flowers take up water best if the pH is around 4.5, well below neutral); third, a biocide to kill any bacteria that may be present. Many of the current generation of fresh flower nutrient solutions also contain an agent which helps keep the water in the vase clear longer.

Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of warm water. Mix the solution using lukewarm water – 110° F. is ideal. Fresh flowers absorb water faster if it’s warm. Flower foods should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution.

Fall for Daisies

Fall for this bright bouquet of fresh daisy spray mums. Keep it fresh!

If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution. Carefully unwrap your fresh cut flowers and remove any foliage from the stems that would fall below the water line in the vase. The leaves can rot underwater and can harbor bacteria which would decrease the life span of the cut blooms. Cut one to two inches off from the bottoms of the stems, at a steep angle. Use a sharp knife rather than scissors, which can crush the vascular system of the stem and impede the uptake of water and nutrients. If practical, cut the stems under clean water.

Re-cutting helps to remove any blockages from the stem, caused by callusing or air embolisms. Once the stems have been freshly cut, immediately place the flowers gently into the vase containing the nutrient solution. Don’t drop the stems in – this can bruise the cut ends when they hit the bottom of the vase, again damaging the vascular system. Never pound or crush the stems of cut flowers, even woody branches, for the same reason.

Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes flowers to dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.

That’s it for this part! Join us next time as we discuss how to Make Loose Bunches or Boxed Flowers Last Longer and offer you some helpful Plant Care Tips (green thumb not required).

Brant Florist Serves Up Thanksgiving Flowers

Family Gathering Centerpiece

Family Gathering Centerpiece

Plans for an oven roasted turkey and all the delicious fixings are likely in place at your household as Thanksgiving is just days away, Monday October 8th this year. As you finalize your celebration needs, we have you covered when it comes to gorgeous, hand designed Thanksgiving flower arrangements, autumn centerpieces and bouquets.

Fabulous Fall Bouquet by FTD

Fabulous Fall Bouquet by FTD

When family and friends gather to enjoy your fabulous Thanksgiving feast, remember there is something extra special when you decide to add beautiful Thanksgiving flowers to the table. This season we are creating flower arrangements in all the glorious rich tones of fall.

Here Comes The Sun Flowers by Teleflora

Here Comes The Sun Flowers by Teleflora

Stunning shades of orange, vibrant yellow, deep crimson and plum are all striking choices for fall flower decorating. We are using roses, eye-catching sunflowers, gerbera daisies, lilies, pretty alstroemeria, pompom mums and more to create arrangements fit for any Thanksgiving table and as gifts for family, friends and work associates.

 

Floral Gourmet Basket

Floral Gourmet Basket

Thanksgiving gift baskets are super popular during this festive holiday. Our ‘flowers to keep and gifts to eat’ baskets are a great way to give a gift of flowers and tasty treats all in one. And if you will be a guest this Thanksgiving weekend may we suggest you have us deliver an arrangement in advance of arriving to dinner. This is sure to surprise and please the hostess! Or, pick up one of our fresh fall bouquet bunches or a hardy potted mum plant at the shop and bring the gift with you.

Ginger Spice Fall Roses Vased

Ginger Spice Fall Roses Vased

Whatever you may have in mind, call or drop into the shop to get a taste of what we’re serving up in Thanksgiving flowers this fall! As always, we offer same day delivery in Canada and the USA and next day delivery to most international destinations. And, only until October 6th we’re offering 20% off all website orders over $60.00 for delivery up to October 31st. Contact us for complete details.