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Why is it tradition to send red roses?

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Why is it tradition to send red roses?

First of all, at Bloomstall Flower Boutique we don't sell red roses.  Our owner and lead designer Michelle doesn't like working in red, preferring a softer or more muted palate.  We also don't sell half dozens or dozens of any flower.  We specialize in mixed flower bouquets and arrangements.  With a single flower bouquet or arrangement all of the flowers die at the same time.  With a mixed floral bouquet or arrangement, you can pull the stems as they wilt and still enjoy the other flowers that have a longer vase life.  Now, on to the history of sending red...

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Flower Availability by Season Workbook now available!

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Flower Availability by Season Workbook now available!

We've compiled a list of over 80 flowers commonly used by florists along with their seasonal availability.  This is a digital PDF file.  No physical item will be sent to you. The flowers are listed first in alphabetical order along with the seasonal availability for each.  Then we've also included the list parsed by season.  Each season will have an individual alphabetized list of flowers available for that time period. This list will give you a very good idea of when your local floral farmers will have specific flowers available.  It will also provide seasonal information for flowers that aren't...

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Dispelling the baby's breath wedding flower myth

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Dispelling the baby's breath wedding flower myth

We've noticed a trend in wedding florals lately that pushes the idea that greenery and baby's breath can serve as a cheap alternative to using aisle flowers or floral table runners.  In our experience neither is cheap.  It takes a large amount of baby's breath to fill a vase or a meadow box.  Making clouds of it is even more expensive.  The additional bunches you need to take up the same amount as actual flowers negates almost any savings. As for greens?  Greens are not cheap.  Eucalyptus is the most common green used in floristry and it is by no...

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Do florist flowers last longer than supermarket flowers?

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Do florist flowers last longer than supermarket flowers?

Whether or not florist flowers will last longer than supermarket flowers will depend on several factors: The quality of the flowers The storage of the flowers The handling of the flowers The processing of the flowers The environment in which the flowers will be displayed The purchaser or receiver's treatment of the flowers First off in general florist flowers are of higher quality than grocery store flowers.  Flowers come in different grades.  Many grocery store chains purchase flowers in bulk and they are normally not the highest grade. Secondly, most grocery stores offer pre-made arrangements and bouquets that are stored...

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Are supermarket flowers better than florists?

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Are supermarket flowers better than florists?

In general supermarket flowers are lower quality than florist flowers.  Supermarket chains purchase flowers in bulk to receive discounts across several stores.  Some even have farms that grow flowers just for them.  Flowers have different grades and generally grocery stores do not stock or use the highest-grade flowers, while florists normally do. Grocery store flowers are often cheaper than florist flowers for these reasons.  If you look at how grocery store flowers are kept and displayed, in open face coolers or even in cardboard boxes by the checkout line, it's pretty easy to tell that florists take better care of...

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