Category Archives: People & Society

Card Signatures

For all you guys out there who send flowers to a secret admirer, hopeful girlfriend or your office crush, and choose not to sign the card, you know you drive the recipient mad, right?

Sending cards anonymously is not recommended.

You spend all this money on the girl and don’t sign the card, how are you supposed to get any credit for your nice gesture! You should be proud and confident of what you are sending and who you are sending it to.

Signed Card with Message

Signed Card with Message

Nine times out of ten the recipient will call the flower shop and ask who the sender is. This is where it gets a little tricky. Some shops don’t even allow orders to go out anonymously because sometimes they can cause some trouble.

Bottom line, gentlemen, whether it’s for love, a crush or to cheer someone up, sign your card and have pride in your actions! Don’t make the recipient squirm with uncertainty.

WARNING:  Unsigned messages and gifts are often considered to possibly be stalking and harassment.

Card Message Etiquette

Sometimes less is more, as the saying goes.

The usual cards that we attach to your floral order are a little bigger than a business card. In saying this, although it is very sweet to profess your undying love for your sweetheart, it’s best to stick to the important points of what you would like to get across.

Large Greeting Card

Large Greeting Card

Even more so can be sympathy messages when words fail you. Short and simple is best. A Thinking of You card is almost always appropriate.

Many times we receive card messages that are more similar to what we like to call a “novel” rather than a “message”. This can be very difficult to fit all those words on a small card and sometimes the printing would be so small you would need a magnifying glass in order to read it.

Most standard cards today are typed by the flower order software. Much neater and easier to read.

There is the option to purchase a large full size card if your message is a longer and we will hand write your message for you. You may even prefer a large hand written card. Also, what some people have done is email/fax or drop a card/message off which we can include with the delivery. These options are subject to availability.

Whatever way you decide to get your message across, short & sweet is always best!

Springtime Rituals


Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and every spring, I go through the same rituals. As do many others, I’ve learned. We all know the cliche of “spring cleaning” and of throwing open doors and windows on sunny days, despite the chill, to air things out and freshen things up. Most of us do this, of course.Many, however, have their own little rituals on top of that. One of mine is renewed contacts. I have many extended family members and friends who are normally only seen around the holidays of late fall and winter. I see these cousins, old friends, and so forth for Thanksgiving or perhaps Christmas, and that may be all for the year.

So I make it a point in March or April to reach out to those people to keep the connection strong. Summer is a busy time for everyone, making this reaching out harder to do, so spring is just a better time. Plus, renewal and hope are on everyone’s mind as a natural course of things at this time of year, which also facilitates the connection.

If you don’t have a ritual of writing notes, making cards, sending flowers, or otherwise connecting with distant loved ones in the spring, maybe it should become your new springtime ritual. Take a break from the carpet beating, floor scrubbing, trash tossing, and window opening to sit down for a while and connect with your distant friends and family.

Heck, invite them over to help clean as a vacation from their own spring ritual. 🙂

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

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A funny dinner story

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and the holidays are a great time of year for some sort of family gathering. Take Christmas for instance, in our home it’s a time for children – of all ages!

It’s always a time when there are children running and yelling, adults trying to quiet them down to no avail, and old folks smirking at the memories of doing the same for those adults not too long ago.

One year, I don’t recall which exactly, we all came together as usual and were gathering in our living room sipping hot beverages and talking as people arrived, took of coats and hats, and generally made the walk around the room to say hello and give hugs. On this occasion one of the children, who was perhaps three or four, took it upon himself to be very manly about his introductions – shaking hands, formally calling us by Mr or Mrs, and so forth. It was quite amusing.

A few hours into the night, the meal served and eaten, and all of us still sitting at the table too content to stand up and leave the room just yet, the little guy stood on his chair and used his spoon to tink his plastic cup to get our attention. I guess he’d seen this in a movie and thought it was the way you got attention at a gathering such as this. He announced:

“Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends. Today I want to announce a happy occasion to all of you.” His exact words weren’t so well-elucidated, of course, but this was the gist. His announcement?

“I can now use the grownup’s potty. Mommy is quite proud!”

He said it deadpan, with a completely straight face, as if it were, in fact, an exceedingly important announcement. His mother gasped and stared, not sure what to do. I was having trouble processing this myself. Then a huge guffaw erupted and his father, standing and running to hug his son, let out a woop of laughter. That put the rest of us into the carpet too.

To this day, years later, we still bring up that story and laugh about it. I wanted to share it with you all.

Merry Christmas or if you prefer, Happy Holidays 🙂

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

Merry Christmas