Category Archives: Fall Flowers

Pleasant Things I Enjoy About Fall

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and this time of year is fun in many ways. All four seasons are interesting to me, but fall has a special charm that many people seem to enjoy more than they do the other three seasons. There are three things I enjoy most about this time of year: planting things that I won’t see until Spring, collecting the colorful things that seem to be everywhere this time of year, and walking in the woods.

Beautiful Fall Walk

Beautiful Fall Walk

To be honest, I like walking in the woods no matter what the season is, but in the fall, it goes hand-in-hand with collecting colors and watching the flurry of last minute activity from the animals that are getting ready for the long, cold months ahead.

Planting bulbs is another activity I enjoy and it’s often shared with those I love. This year, we replaced several tulips on the property that had been absent this spring. Sometimes, the little guys just don’t make it through to the next year for whatever reason. It’s part of the life cycle. We also took the opportunity to prune roses, clear a few things, and cut back some trees. We’d considered planting another one, but went with a hydrangea instead, which we will prune and train to be tree-like.

Between our excursions so far and the grand kids appearing with their bags of finds, we have a lot of color in our house. Fall leaves are one of my favorite things and the children pressed dozens of them in books last year, which I’m still finding when I open the pages of long-forgotten tomes now. It’s a funny thing, as I recall digging out an old photo album a few years ago when our grandson was born and flipping through its pages to find an old oak leaf fluttering out from where one of the kids had placed it back who-knows-when. It fluttered like a forgotten memory, reminding me that this page in particular had struck someone as important at one time and they’d marked it with a yellow oak leaf. The photos themselves were of Thanksgiving with the family, a year or two before someone close had died.

These are the things that make fall great for me. What about you?

By the way, Brant Florist is running an online promotion at the moment. Use the promocode NOV13J and save $5 on all online orders over $50 with delivery in Canada or the USA.

Until next time..

 

Goodbye Summer….Hello Fall SUNFLOWERS!

Photo of Sassy Sunflowers in a glass vase

Sassy Sunflowers

We’re nearing the end of August and in a heartbeat summer will be a distant memory. We’ll miss all that the summer season has shared with us including many fabulous summer weddings, fun in the sun parties, the arrival of new babes, happy birthday celebrations and of course, all the flower arrangements that we have created for these wonderful occasions. Now, we can barely catch our breath as the cooler nights signal the arrival of autumn. What this means at Brant Florist is the arrival of sunflowers!

Photo of a SUNflower Bouquet in a glass vase

SUNflower Bouquet

We love sunflowers for their simplistic beauty, awesome hit of color and bold presence. And in honor of sunflower season, allow us to share a few fun facts about this beloved flower. The scientific name for sunflower is Helianthus. In Greek helios means sun and anthos means flower, hence sunflower. More than sixty varieties of sunflowers can be found around the world and they are thought to be native to the Americas, (North and South). In fact, sunflowers were cultivated by Native Americans over 1000 years ago. The sunflower blossom is comprised of petals and a central disk. The short petals, which look like the rays of the sun can be yellow, red, maroon, orange and some varieties even have striped petals. Sunflowers have a unique trait called heliotropism where the bud of the sunflower turns to face the sun at all times throughout the day, starting the day facing the east and ending it facing west.

Glass Bowl Sunflowers Arrangement

Sunny Skies in Glass Bowl Sunflowers

Sunflowers are a breath of fresh air! At our shop they are a popular fall flower favourite. We create stunning fall arrangements, (how could we not when sunflowers take center stage), that are a super way to express cheerful wishes for a wedding anniversary, birthday, get well, or new arrival. Browse our Sunflower Arrangements page and you’ll be as smitten by these showy fall flowers as we are!

Top Thanksgiving Gift Ideas by Brant Florist

When you think of Thanksgiving flowers, the most popular fall arrangements include some combination of chrysanthemums, roses, gerbera daisies, sunflowers, carnations, marigolds, alstroemeria or lilies. Certainly, this Thanksgiving many of us will use the holiday as an opportunity to send fresh cut autumn blossoms when we can’t be there.

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it! It falls on Thursday, November 24th this year. How can you express sentiments of appreciation and love easily and beautifully this Thanksgiving? A thoughtful Thanksgiving centerpiece, bouquet or arrangement is perfect. Thankfully with the help of our family run Brant Florist shop, 50 years strong, we can expertly help you send hand- arranged, hand-delivered Thanksgiving flowers to family members living just about anywhere in the United States.

On November 24th, when many families will gather together to share a bountiful Thanksgiving feast and to give thanks for a year of abundance, you can express your gratitude with a gift of flowers. Whether a Thanksgiving centerpiece adorned with candles or perhaps a rustic cornucopia, (see our Harvest Home Cornucopia), or perhaps a more whimsical ceramic pumpkin filled with stunning fall flowers, (our Pretty Pumpkin Fall Bouquet is fun), flowers are always appropriate.

Quite simply, fresh, beautiful flowers make people happy. If you want to warm a heart or see a smile emerge upon a loved one’s face, send flowers this Thanksgiving. Not only will the centerpiece or arrangement dress up the Thanksgiving dinner table, the flowers will help capture the true spirit of the holiday without having to say anything at all.

The colors of our fall flower collection are warm and rich. Hues of rust, pumpkin, gold, scarlet and deep purple are abundant for fall. With stunning seasonal flowers in rich hues, it’s easy to select a fall flower arrangement that is perfect for your family or far from home friends. Want to send a centerpiece with presence? Consider our Bright Autumn Centerpiece complete with two taper candles surrounded by lilies, gerbera daisies, roses and poms. Our Autumn Medley Basket highlights the best of autumn’s offerings with spray roses, sunflower, carnations and daisies all hand arranged in a sweet basket. If you are looking to send classic roses, our Deep Emotions Rose Bouquet bursting with roses in deep fuchsia and orange and highlighted by greens is sure to please any recipient.

Another popular gift option that many of our customers opt for when looking for something extra special is a gift from our top selling Thanksgiving gourmet gift basket selection. We offer fruit and plant baskets, (see our Fruit and Blooms Basket which includes a large wicker basket filled with apples, bananas, pears and oranges that surround a flowering plant), a Chocolate Lover’s Surprise basket and many fruit and gourmet treat combination baskets that are sure to please family members, employees and groups.

Let our website inspire you at www.brantflorist.com or come in and speak to us personally about your Thanksgiving floral and gift basket needs. We give thanks for your patronage and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall Flowers are Fabulous at Brant Florist as we Celebrate 50 Years in Business!

Fall Flowers

Fall flowers feature beautiful fall colors and will make their day!

Welcome to the first issue of Brant Florist’s fun and info packed blog. Our blog will always highlight fresh flower news, new product introductions, flower care tips, lifestyle trends and helpful hints as they relate to, of course, flowers! So get comfortable, take in autumn’s rich outdoor hues and allow us to first thank you, our loyal customers, for supporting Brant Florist through 50 fabulous years of business!

Yes, it’s our 50th anniversary! We are honored by your continued confidence in knowing that excellent service and beautiful product come standard with every order at Brant Florist. Again this year we have achieved top FTD worldwide florist status but we are most proud of the fact that we are at the top your list every time you need fresh flowers, fast. You can count on us to provide same day service across Canada and the USA and next day service delivery internationally through FTD, Teleflora and Interflora worldwide partners. No matter whether you are sending flowers to your sweetheart across town or your aunt half way across the world, rest assured that Brant Florist ensures fresh, hand-designed and hand-delivered flowers will get there in time.

We feel privileged to be your go-to, real florist shop every time you need spectacular anniversary and birthday flowers or when you’re looking for beautiful custom designed flowers for that someone special, for no reason at all! Locally, we encourage you to visit our retail flower shop at the corner of Brant and Maria streets in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Come see our coolers full of fresh, stunning flowers. If you are running short on time, (who isn’t these days!), breathe easy knowing that you can order from us 24/7 in the convenience of your own home at www.brantflorist.com.

Certainly the technology we use to help serve you has changed over the years. It was 2004 when we first redesigned our original website, (we are continuously improving our site to better serve you), yet our personal touch will never go out of style. We have always been a family run business and even today you will find either Ken Bolt or sons Doyle and Tim answering phones and processing orders on just about any day of the week.

For fall and winter 2011 we are excited to introduce new products from FTD and Teleflora to our website. This means you have hundreds of new flower selections to choose from for fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a hostess gift, why not send flowers in advance of your arrival to a fall dinner party. Your host will be thrilled by your thoughtfulness and the flowers will encourage lots of conversation over dinner. May we suggest our Teleflora’s Sunrise Sunset arrangement? This new fall flower arrangement is awash in fiery orange roses, lilies, spray roses, gerberas and red carnations. It’s sure to spice up any gathering! If you are hosting your own Halloween bash don’t forget to spook up a little fun with boo-ti-ful flowers.  Our new Fall Grandeur Halloween arrangement features lilies, roses and greens. It is spectacular, you should check out the image on our website.  

 Whether you need a fall flower centerpiece to make your dinning room table come alive, (order Thanksgiving flowers soon, U.S. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 24th this year),  need help planning funeral flowers of a loved one, or are planning a winter wedding date, our Brant Florist team is ready to serve you. With 50 years of experience under our belts we execute each flower order with the highest level of professionalism. Excellent customer service and beautiful, quality product are what our customers receive with every flower bouquet, arrangement, gourmet fruit basket and plant order.  Thank you for a beautiful and flowery 50 years!