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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!

One of the best reasons to send flowers is no reason at all

It’s a wonderful feeling to give or receive flowers from Brant Florist in Burlington, but possibly never more so than when there’s no special occasion to celebrate.

Are you in the habit of sending flowers only on a birthday or Mother’s Day? Flowers are always appreciated, especially when they’re completely unexpected.

Loving Thoughts Vase by FTD - BF2027

Loving Thoughts Vase by FTD – BF2027

Send flowers not because of a specific date on the calendar, like Mothers Day, but simply because you can! Not only will it make your loved one’s day, but you’ll feel great doing so. There are 365 days in a year, and the recipient of your gift will love flowers on any one of those 365 days.

A home or office space is immediately brightened with a bouquet of colourful flowers, and it’s a constant reminder that someone cared enough to send them — just because.

If you want to send Mother’s day flowers that are especially long-lasting, an elegant orchid plant is a perfect choice.

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Butterfly Sunrise in Mug – BF4027

If you’re in search of fragrant flowers, stargazer lilies smell beautiful and look stunning.

The experts at Brant Florist can create a gorgeous gift with premium seasonal flowers. Ask for the Confetti Floral Gift to take advantage of the season’s most beautiful blooms. You can even add chocolates or a stuffed animal to your floral gift.

Family owned and operated, Brant Florist is a designated FTD Master Florist and has been serving customers for more than 50 years with the freshest and most beautiful flowers. They offer same-day delivery locally and throughout North America, and next-day international delivery.

To place an order, call 905-639-7001 or 877-545-5535. You can also order online at www.brantflorist.com

How much should you spend on flowers?

It’s easier than ever to order flowers online, but when you want assurance the flowers you order will be the best quality, contact Brant Florist in Burlington.

Unfortunately, there are thousands of deceptive florist websites that promise wonderful images for $19.95 or $29.95. Millions are drawn in by the low prices and beautiful images that are often copied from other websites. But what do you actually get?
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Sometimes nothing is actually delivered, or the bouquet is small, shabby, sparse and even old. Adjustments and refunds never come. Only phone messages and emails are accepted.

Buyer beware — always check the florist’s reputation and reviews.

For quality flowers and excellent customer service, deal with a real florist with an actual storefront. Since 1961, the staff at locally owned and operated Brant Florist have been pouring their hearts and talents into creating gorgeous flower arrangements that are guaranteed.

The phony, deceptive websites have only an 800 number and a lot of wordy promises. Both the Toronto Star’s consumer advocate reporter and the CBC television program Marketplace have featured the website bloomex.ca as one such floral website that promises much more than it actually delivers.

If the price looks too good to be true, it usually is, and that’s especially true with flowers. The average florist order for delivery is in the $60 to $95 range. Smaller bouquets can be delivered for less, and if you want a larger, more impressive gift, expect to pay more than $100. Florists fill orders based on the amount of money on the order; the image is a guide only.

Brant Florist has received a Readers’ Choice Award every year for the past 21 years for its outstanding, personalized service and quality products.

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Keep Smiling Mixed Flowers Smile Vase – BF2905

To place an order, call 905-639-7001 or 877-545-5535. You can also order online or in person. Visit Brant Florist at 461 Brant Street in Burlington to see the high quality of their flowers. Parking is free at the John Street entrance.

5 New Flowers You Shouldn’t Miss This Season

Peonies, garden roses, and dahlias get a lot of time in the spotlight and while we adore those popular blooms just as much as the next girl, some of the lesser-known wedding flowers are definitely worth talking about.

Peonies, marigolds, garden roses, zinnias and dahlias got a lot of spotlight in the garden, now it’s a perfect time to talk about few new flowers that are worth talking about. No matter whether you are amateur or a specialist to growing flowers, you can easily grow these beautiful flowers and explore its beauty. They are –

  • Ptilotus : I know it’s pretty tough to call out the name, but don’t worry you can ask for the flower with it’s another known name and i.e. lamb’s tail. The beautiful feathery flowers will surely remind you of celosia flowers, and it’s quite obvious as they are members of Amaranthaceae family. This flower is a tender perennial in zones 9-11, however almost all gardeners grow it from seed. The silvery foliage is evidence to the drought tolerance of this xeriscape favorite, so it’s a request that overwaters your plants. Just like other plants that grow in desserts, the lamb’s tail even require sun and loose soil.
  • Nemophila : Another name in the list of is Nemophila. There are various varieties of like “Baby Blue Eyes”, “Total Eclipse”, “Five Spot” and many more. The Baby Blue Eyes variety is the showiest that carries the masses of blue early summer blossoms with white centers. However, don’t forget the trendy black flowers known as Total Eclipse. Then next comes Five Spot which is another essential and cute quirky nemiphila favorite – it is a white flower with purple splotch.
    The three well-known varieties discussed create excellent ground covers particularly in areas with moist soil.
  • Viscaria : In the event when you cut these elegant attractive flowers for the vase you will easily identify why this 12-inch plant is named as catchfly as the sap is quite sticky. The actual blue essence of this five-petaled annual can’t be beaten, but the pink, white, red, and lavender types are lovely as well. But what when the temperatures rise? Will the fade? No the hardy annual won’t fade. You can plant the flower in full sun and water at the time when the soil dries out.
  • Clarkia : The clarkia flowers are even known by the name ‘mountain garland’ or ‘farewell-to-spring’. These most beautiful native wild cup-shaped flowers have petals that are reminiscent of crepe paper. It proves the garland name as they look lovely when the flower spikes are easy to fashion into crowns. Plus they start to bloom in the late spring, so they are named as ‘farewell-to-spring’. The flours are usually seen in the combination of these colors – red, magenta, hot pink and lavender. Vivid, intense, and undeniably beautiful, these wildflowers are one of the showiest in the meadows!
  • Rhodochiton : Vertical flowers are the unique flowers every Gardner would love to see in his garden and the purple bell is one such flower. Not just like the annual vines, that outgrow trellis before summer, purple bell vine has pretty slow growing, and it can be pruned to keep up a tidy shape. They usually take more than a month to grow from a seed. Hence, the ideal option is to go with transplants if you live in cold climate. You can site the bell with little sunny spot and keep it moist throughout the growth.

Such amazing flowers, right? I know you loved them as much as I adored them. Use these beautiful flowers at various places, it can be wedding too.