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Six Ways to Celebrate National Flower Day

Celebrate National Flower Day with Brant Florist

March 21 is the big day for flower lovers around the globe. Even if you aren’t enamored by flowers, their presence will help you kick off the start of the spring season in the perfect way. Many elect to send flowers to someone special on National Flower Day. Others reward themselves with a sweet-smelling bouquet. There are all sorts of different ways to make this underrated holiday a memorable one.

  1. Plant a Flowerbed

If the weather permits, you can celebrate National Flower Day by planting a flowerbed by your window, deck, pool or other outdoor space. Depending on your location, Mid-March can be the perfect time to start a lovely flower bed. Your flowers will have their full colors on display as we move through spring and into the summer. These hues will liven up your property, impress your guests and provide some lovely eye candy for everyone to enjoy.

  1. Add Flowers to Your Beauty Regimen

Flowers provide much more than sweet smells and visual appeal. Pick up some lotion or soaps with flower extracts and your beauty will blossom. You can even add flower extracts to your own DIY soap/lotion recipes to give your skin quite the lovely scent. Incorporate some lavender in your bubble baths and you’ll have the perfect means of unwinding after a hectic day. If you would like a fresh new scent, pick out a fragrance with rose or jasmine notes.

  1. Accessorize Your Look With Flowers

Flower Hair Accessory with Brant Florist Flowers

Flowers are quite the adorable fashion statement. Add a flower to your headband, pin one to your hair bun or sport a pair of tights with a floral pattern for National Flower Day.

  1. Accent Your Room With Flowers

Flowers are eye candy of the highest order. Add some blossoms to your living or work space and they will immediately add a bright and cheery tone. Furthermore, flowers are a much more vibrant option to accent a room in your home. Add some orchids to a space in your home that is in need of some much-needed visual flair. Perhaps you have a color neutral space that could benefit from some vibrant daisies. Maybe your office or the study in your home is a little bare and would feel much more peaceful with the addition of lilacs.

  1. Cook With Flowers

Most flowers have a lovely scent. Some provide a scrumptious taste. Add some rose petals to your jam with this Rose Petal Jam recipe and you will never look at flowers the same way again!

  1. Send Flowers to Someone With a Sweet Note

Flower Day Arrangements by Brant Florist

Order a lovely flower bouquet from Brant Florist for your special someone this National Flower Day and your sweetie will appreciate you for making them feel loved on this national holiday. Brant Florist goes further than other flower businesses by adding a customized note to each delivery. Rely on our team to add a personalized message and your recipient will receive much more than stunning flowers. This person will receive a gift that is custom-tailored in every possible way.

Brant Florist’s Hand Made Flower Arrangements are just a Phone Call Away

Brant Florist is here to make your National Flower Day and every other holiday a very special one. We have all sorts of gorgeous flowers for your significant other, family, friends and anyone else deserving of a colorful bouquet. We hand make each order and add on a personalized message to make your flower delivery that much more special. We will stop at nothing to give your flower recipient a smile that lasts the entire day. Brant Florist’s hand made flower arrangements are just a click or phone call away!

Three Simple Ways to Appreciate Your Boss for Boss’ Week

October 17th is the beginning of Boss’ Week! Time to show your employer or supervisor some appreciation. You could show your gratitude for the support and advice they’ve given you, or simply your thanks for their continued confidence in you.

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There’s no better way to convey your appreciation for your boss than a gift of flowers. This year we’ve got a large selection of beautiful flowers ready for Boss’ Week. We’ve also got three sure ways you could thank and impress your boss.

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Smile Often – A smile goes a long way! Smiling while you interact with your boss can show interest, engagement, commitment and appreciation all on its own. You’re conveying that you like their presence and their conversation. You can easily turn a depressing discussion about a negative subject into something completely different through a simple smile. In addition, they say that when you smile the world smiles with you. If you smile at your boss they’re likely to smile back. Improving their mood in this way will make you seem an overall more pleasant person to have around.

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Dine Together – One of the most commonplace gifts North Americans get for their bosses is treating them to a nice meal. It’s a great way to share a personal moment with your boss and get to know them better. If you treat them to a specific cuisine that they like it’s even better, as you’ll demonstrate that you’ve paid attention to them as a person, not just as a boss.

Add to this time together a flower centerpiece to carry on your sentiment of appreciation.

This idea has become so popular that in some companies the employees have turned Boss’ Day into a different celebration, such as Toast Day. For this occasion everybody brings something they can toast, including bread, bagels, etc. They share it with their boss and coworkers, forming a simple potluck.

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Create a More Personal Bond – As we mentioned for the food, getting your boss something that has personal interest to them indicates that you’ve paid attention to and value them as a human being, not just as your supervisor.

Do they have a hobby? Consider a book they’d enjoy. If their hobby is gardening or floral care, you’re in luck, as a bouquet of beautiful flowers would be just the thing to brighten their day. Are they part of a local cause or group? Perhaps you could make a donation or get involved. Do they have a family, perhaps young children? They might just appreciate something cute and cuddly like a teddy bear.

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This year, give your boss something they won’t soon forget. It might be something to enhance their personal pursuits, a lovely meal or even just your winning smile. Whatever you decide, don’t forget the beautiful flowers to complete the gesture. You can see Brant Florist’s full lineup of Boss’ Week flowers here.

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Brant Florist shares their secrets on how they get fresh flowers into your flower arrangements

By looking at an arrangement of fresh flowers, you might not think about all that those flowers went through and all of the people that were involved to get them to your door. Each and every flower has a story, as do the people who care for them. This is why we are giving Brant Florist customers and readers a special sneak peek behind the scenes to get fresh flowers from all over the world into your unique flower arrangement.

Early-morning flower deliveries 

Brant Florist receives their first shipment of the day each weekday bright and early about 6:45am. The team is always at the shop to receive the trucks to ensure that the flowers are cared for immediately.

The Willow Creek Floral truck delivers the fresh flowers first thing in the morning every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Brant Florist shop

The Willow Creek Floral truck delivers the fresh flowers first thing in the morning every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Brant Florist shop

We work only with the best flower suppliers

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Tim Bolt helping to unload the Willow Creek truck

Over the years, Brant Florist has worked with various partners locally and internationally. We have now created long-standing relationships with the best growers, greenhouses, importers and wholesalers in the world.

This includes Willow Creek Floral, owned by Robert VanNoort,  servicing flower shops from Niagara and throughout the GTA. Robert grows both fresh flowers and plants in his Niagara area greenhouses.  Crops include different varieties of lilies, alstromeria and other seasonal flowers.

Caring for the flowers

Once Robert VanNoort delivers the order, Tim Bolt, co-owner of Brant Florist, unpacks, cuts and places the orders in water. The Bolt family are on hand to ensure that this is done quickly after the flowers have arrived to
maintain their freshness and lengthen the life in your bouquet.

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Removing the leaves from the stems helps to improve the vase life of flowers because leaves will foul the water. It also reduces the natural ethylene gas given off which causes flowers to age quicker.

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There are some flowers, such as lilies, that can take up to one week just to open up. We don’t want these types of flowers to show up for someone’s wedding or event unopened. To avoid this we like to be prepared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Tim explains that the flowers will open for about two to three days in the shop store front on display, and then will be moved to the refrigerators to help slow down the opening process. This is what florists refer to as stasis mode.

“Since we are managing perishable products, careful planning and attention needs to be paid to ensure the best quality of freshness for the deliveries of bouquets for our customers”, says Tim.

Designing beautiful bouquets

Once the shipment of flowers has been trimmed and placed in either the fridge to slow down the aging process, or out front to quicken it up, the designers come into the shop to check out the delivery of fresh flowers they get to work with.

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Brant florist floral designers creating beautiful flower arrangements!

The designers set out to create the arrangements for the orders that come in for the day, again, being very careful to use flowers within their “sweet spot” so that the recipient can enjoy their flower arrangement for as long as possible.

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One of our one of a kind crafted flower bouquets ready for delivery!

Once the designers have arranged the flowers into a beautiful bouquet, they are ready to be delivered. The number of deliveries per day vary depending on the time of year. On average, Brant Florist does about 30 to 50 flower deliveries per day.

Only quality service

The Brant Florist Team works extra hard to time the deliveries perfectly so they arrive right when you need them. “We take pride in our customer service efforts,” explains Ken Bolt, who has managed the family business for over 50 years and has now proudly passed on to his two sons.

Give us a call at 905-639-7001 or send an email to gifts@brantflorist.com to place an order for your very own fresh flowers!

Happy Canada Day Brant Florist

5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Canada Day… Right in Your Backyard!

With Canada Day around the corner, we Canadians are getting ready for the first long weekend of the summer! The July long weekend means so many wonderful things: warm and sunny weather, blossomed summer flowers, and celebrations to show our pride in Canada and in being Canadian.

We have a few ideas on how to show our Canadian pride this long weekend as we celebrate Canada Day:

1. Backyard party

Canada Day falls right at the start of summer, which (generally) means great weather! This is the perfect opportunity to invite friends over for a backyard BBQ. Outdoor dinners are tons of fun for the whole family, and it doesn’t break the bank. Ask your guests to bring something to contribute and make it a potluck! There’s nothing better than being with friends and family on the long weekend.

2. Canada Day arts and crafts

Canada Day craft idea Canadian Flag handprintThere are lots of easy and fun crafts you can make with the kids to celebrate Canada Day. Check out our Canada Day Pinterest board for ideas on what to do this long weekend for crafts, food and more. Here’s one great idea: paint two red vertical lines on a piece of white paper or bristol board, separating it into thirds, and paint the outer blocks red. Instead of a maple leaf, have the kids make a red handprint in the centre white block of the bristol board to create personalized Canadian flags!

3. Decorate for Canada Day

Canada Day Craft Mason JarsIf you’re having people over or not for Canada Day, show your patriotism by decorating your house and backyard with red and white! Use red and white paint and glitter to decorate mason jars. You can use these as holders for your cutlery or as vases for patriotic red and white flowers to make Canada Day themed centrepieces! Decorate your backyard or your house with string lights and hanging pots of summer flowers, red table cloths and napkins.

4. Explore

You don’t have to go far to discover the beauty of this country. In almost every town or city, there are hiking paths, bike trails and parks to walk around and enjoy the Canadian summer weather and nature. Do a quick search to find where you can explore in your town this long weekend. Many communities will also organize events to celebrate Canada Day.

5. Fireworks

Plenty of cities and towns offer free fireworks for Canada Day. Find out if your town is doing a fireworks display near you. You are also likely to see and hear your neighbours setting off red and white fireworks this long weekend… grab a blanket to cozy up outside and enjoy the show!

Whatever you do Canada Day flowersto celebrate Canada Day this long weekend, we hope you enjoy it with lots of Canadian pride, laughter and flowers!

Visit our special Canada Day page for red and white flower arrangements for your backyard party or to just decorate your house this long weekend.

You can also give us a call at 877-545-5535 or email us to place an order for easy delivery!