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Flower Facts & FAQ
"Let us share some flower facts as well as answer a few questions."
Administrative Professionals Day is always observed on the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week (April 22-28 in 2013).
Administrative Professionals Day recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and other office professionals for their contributions to the workplace.
More than 4 million secretaries/administrative assistants are part of the U.S. workforce. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2010)
Rose Color Trends: Rage for Red Roses
A rose is a rose is a rose. Or is it? Unbeknownst to most of us, the 1990s spawned a virtual baby boom of rose varieties. Brought on by a fertile production period, today there are close to 120 rose varieties commercially available - up from the few dozen choices found in flower shops in the 1980s. These new rose varieties have not only expanded the color palette - from extreme lights to bright brights - but have enhanced characteristics such as bloom size, shape, stem length and strength of fragrance. The new reds for roses range from shades of bright raspberry to majestic scarlet to velvety-dark red to orange-kissed hues.
How do I take care of loose or boxed flowers?
Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep vase with water and add a flower food from your florist. Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower. Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.
Fun Facts #2
Almost 60 percent of fresh-cut flowers grown in the U.S. come from California.
What causes Valentine's Day rose prices to be different than everyday rose prices?
A simple case of supply and demand affects the price of Valentine's Day roses: Valentine's Day inspires the heaviest demand for long-stemmed roses, and several rosebuds must be sacrificed to create a single long-stemmed rose. After the Christmas season demand for red roses is filled, growers need 50-70 days to produce enough roses for Valentine's Day. Winter's shorter daylight hours and higher energy costs hamper efforts to grow large rose crops. Inclement weather often requires extreme measures to ensure that flowers are delivered in time. To fulfill the tremendous number of orders for Valentine's Day flowers, we have to hire additional help, work longer hours and acquire extra delivery vehicles and drivers.
Is it appropriate to send a plant to the funeral home? If so, will the funeral home send it to the family after the service?
Yes, it is appropriate to send a green or flowering plant. Some funeral homes will deliver plants or flowers to the home if specified. In some cases, we may make arrangements to pick up the plant after the services and deliver it to the family. Otherwise, the funeral director will simply notify the family members that they may take the plants with them after the service.
I heard that flowers are good for your health. Is that true?
According to recent behavioral research conducted at Rutgers University, the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. "Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy," said Dr. Jeanette Haviland-Jones, lead researcher on the study. "Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.
Need help with sending flowers to a man?
Men love to get flowers for the same reason they send them - to be recognized. Everyone likes to feel special. A good indicator of when it might be appropriate to send flowers would be to consider his favorite occasions for sending them. Does he send flowers for birthdays, or perhaps as a thank you? Don't forget that no reason is often the best reason! Just as women love receiving flowers for no reason at all, a surprise floral gift will surely catch his attention too.
What type of flower arrangement should I send for someone who is considered Natural?
People who are casual, earthy and prefer the outdoors. Flowering or green plants, meadow flowers and woodsy accents suit this personality best.
Earliest Mother's Day Celebration
The earliest celebration of mother's in recorded history comes from ancient Greece, when there was a spring festival dedicated to Rhea, the mother of the gods.
I need to send sympathy flowers. What should I send?
It is never easy comforting a relative, friend or associate who has lost a loved one. People are often uncertain as to the best way to show their sympathy. Adding to this uncertainty are changing trends in how Americans commemorate the death of a loved one. Services are simpler and shorter. Viewing periods are now typically limited to one day, if they occur at all. A greater number of cremations have resulted in shorter or no memorial services. Flowers have traditionally been sent to the funeral home for display during the viewing and service. However, this does not mean that there should be no show of sympathy if no service is held. Grief therapists agree that the rituals surrounding death are an aid in the grieving process. In instances where there is no service, experts recommend sending condolences to the bereaved person or family's home.
Roses in Unique Colors
A dozen red roses remains the classic Valentine's Day favorite. However, many women report that they adore roses in other colors just as much. There are hundreds of colors to choose from. The choices are endless and it is easier than ever to select a rose that is as unique as your sweetheart. Be sure to ask us for our available colors or have us pick the nicest available rose color!
If I want to place a tribute in or on the casket, what should I do?
This tradition is usually reserved for family members or special loved ones. Ask the family before ordering anything for the casket. We can offer suggestions for other special tributes.
What are the different meanings for the different rose colors?
Red- Love and Affection, Dark Red- Deep Passion, Light Pink- Gentleness, Pink- Grace & Elegance, Bright Pink- Appreciation & Recognition, Lavender- Love & Enchantment, Purple- Enchantment & Magnetism, Dark Purple- Enchantment & Magnetism, Blue- Mystery & Ambiguity, Turquoise- Calm & Fertility, White- Purity & Innocence, Yellow- Friendship, Gold- Joy & Gladness, Peach- Modesty, Orange- Fascination, Black- Farewell & Sorrow.
How can I make my fresh flower arrangement last?
Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution. Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes flowers to dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.
Where did the tradition of sending funeral flowers come from?
Flowers have always played an important role in burial traditions because of their soothing qualities. In ancient cultures, floral and herb essences were used to anoint the bodies of the deceased and aromatic flowers and greens were displayed.
Does someone who is ill have to have been in the hospital to get flowers? What if he or she is sick in bed or just feeling blue?
Flowers are a heartwarming and appreciated gesture any time. They are a simple, sincere and unobtrusive way to lift spirits, bring a smile to a tired face or brighten up a room for someone who is under the weather. In fact, they might be just the trick to cheer someone up.
Will you, as my wedding florist, work within my flower budget?
Absolutely! Be honest with us about your budget on the initial consultation so we know what to recommend. By taking your budget into consideration from the very beginning of the planning process, we can give you the best advice on how to place the flowers for maximum effect and what types of flowers will be the best value to achieve your desired look.
When can I expect my delivery to arrive?
Typically, local deliveries to businesses, schools, or timed morning delivery, go out first thing in the morning and are made throughout the day as needed. Deliveries to residences are usually made shortly thereafter. Out of Town deliveries usually go out late morning till early afternoon. We make every effort to get your order out with next available delivery trip. If you have a specific request, please let us know.
Mother's Day Date
Motherâs Day is officially designated the 2nd Sunday in May, rather than on a fixed calendar day.
Mother's Day Color Tradition
Carnations are a popular symbol of Motherâs Day. The tradition is to honor mothers who are living with colored flowers, and those who are deceased with white ones. Most of the flowers given for Motherâs Day come from California.
I want to send flowers to Mom. What should I send?
Let's face it. Moms deserve a floral reward just about every day of the year. And, what moms want more than anything is to feel their kids' love. So, how easy is this? Pick a day, any day, and send her the kind of flowers that express your love. Choose flowers that say something about her. Does she love purple? Does her favorite painting have daisies? Did she carry roses at her wedding? On her birthday, tuck an old photo of her and you into the card with a note saying another year younger. Or, send her flowers you grew in your garden growing up. For many of us, an aunt, a godmother, in-law or even a family friend has been a mom to us. Return the love with a gift of flowers saying, Thank you for the impact you've made on my life.
What is appropriate to send for a cremation?
A tastefully designed floral tribute adds beauty to any type of memorial service. It is common for the family to have an arrangement designed for display with the urn. Because cremation is quite common in an increasing number of regions, many florists will have specific suggestions.
Some General Information about Sending Get Well Flowers to a Hospital
Patients in certain areas of hospitals, such as Intensive Care Units, are not allowed to receive cut flowers or plants. Some such patients can receive Mylar balloons and stuffed animals. If you are in doubt about what you are allowed to send to a particular patient in a particular hospital, call the information center of that hospital.
Due to possible latex allergies in hospital patients most hospitals do not allow patients to receive latex balloons. However, most hospitals allow patients who are not in restricted areas to receive Mylar balloons. Mylar balloons often last a lot longer and come in many cheerful styles and colors.
If you are sending flowers to the hospital and feel things are a bit too uncertain to sign the card âGet well soon!â or if, in fact, you know the patient wonât be getting well it is always appropriate to say, âIâm thinking of youâ or âWeâre thinking of you.â
How long should balloons stay afloat?
There are 2 main types of balloons that we typically deliver. Mylar balloons(the silver shiny ones with sayings and pictures on the side) and latex balloons(the colorful, rubbery ones that are common for water balloons!) Mylar balloons filled properly with helium should typically last a week or longer. Latex balloons filled properly with helium should last about 18-24 hours.
Mother's Day Histrory
Although it may seem like Motherâs Day has been around forever, thatâs not the case. In fact, itâs been an official observance for just 98 years. Congress designated Motherâs Day as the second Sunday in May in 1914 at the request of Anna Jarvis, who first held similar observances in Philadelphia and West Virginia in 1908.
I have a rose that is droopy at the neck. Is it possible to revive it?
Believe it or not, yes! If a rose wilts prematurely, remove it from the arrangement and try the following easy tip to perk it up. Fill a sink with warm water. Lay the rose horizontally in the water bath and cut the stem (about 1 ) with a sharp knife under the warm water. Leave the rose in the bath for about two hours and let the water cool. This process can work wonders, but if the rose is already past its vase life it will not revive.
What are some creative flower ideas for my wedding reception?
Garland the center of the head table with flowers, foliage and votive candles. Use the bridesmaids' bouquets to create lavish buffet table decorations or to surround the cake. Have us create guest table centerpieces with 4-5 separate clusters of flowers so that each couple can take a part of the centerpiece home. Float large fragrant flowers, such as open roses or gardenias, in crystal containers with votive candles. Sprinkle rose petals on the cake table and walkways. Have the toss bouquet double as a cake top. Decorate goblets and cake knives with flowers. Use a cake plate with a mound of flowers on it as a centerpiece. Use roses to make a dome at the top of a glass bowl filled with pretty rocks, and place a wreath around the bowl to highlight it. Toss rose petals instead of rice as the bride and groom leave.
Is it acceptable to send roses or flowers in a glass vase to the funeral home?
From an etiquette standpoint this is perfectly acceptable; however, some funeral homes have rules about certain types of arrangements. Your florist will be familiar with what each funeral home allows.
If several of us want to go in together for funeral flowers, how do we sign our names so the family knows how to thank us?
When groups go in together on flowers, the arrangements can be very special and make a larger showing. There should be room on the floral enclosure card for several names, but if there's not enough space it is best to sign as a group, such as "The Girls in Accounting" or "The Smith Family." Include a contact name and address on the card so the family knows who to thank.
Is it ok to send sympathy flowers to a family's home? If so, when is it appropriate to send them?
Absolutely. This is a wonderful way to express your sympathy and is a common trend. Some people choose to send flowers to the home immediately while others prefer to wait a week or more. There are no rules.
Flowers can be a very comforting reminder during the grieving process that friends haven't forgotten.
Mother's Day Celebrated
Motherâs Day is not celebrated on the same day throughout the world. In the UK, Mothering Sunday has been celebrated since the 16th century on the 4th Sunday in Lent. In other parts of the world, celebrations of motherhood can take place in other months, with some taking place in fall or winter.
Moms are awesome.
Rose Color Trends: Pretty Pink Roses
A rose is a rose is a rose. Or is it? Unbeknownst to most of us, the 1990s spawned a virtual baby boom of rose varieties. Brought on by a fertile production period, today there are close to 120 rose varieties commercially available - up from the few dozen choices found in flower shops in the 1980s. These new rose varieties have not only expanded the color palette - from extreme lights to bright brights - but have enhanced characteristics such as bloom size, shape, stem length and strength of fragrance. Choose roses from the family of traditional bridal pinks or adopted siblings of hip hot pinks. Cousins on this family tree include peaches, apricots, corals and lavenders.
Is it appropriate to send flowers for the casket?
The tradition of adorning the casket with fresh flowers is typically reserved for the closest family members, often the deceased's children or those making the funeral arrangements. For that reason, it is recommended that you inquire with the family before ordering a gift of flowers for the casket.
What are some creative flower ideas for my wedding ceremony?
Adorn the ceremony entrance with flower-filled urns that can later be moved to the reception. Use flowers and candlelight at different levels to give dimension to design. Use a single rose to mark the seats of both the groom's and the bride's mothers. Attach flower petals to a large ribbon for an elegant decoration piece.
I want to send flowers to a friend. What flowers are best for friendship?
One of the best-kept secrets is that a gift of flowers from one friend to another is the perfect fit, and the flower power can be immense. Pick a flower or flowers that remind you of your friend's unique spirit, and include a note linking the flower to them. One of the greatest gifts you can give a person is the gift of really seeing them, especially at the times that matter most. There is something magical about sharing your life's path with a friend for those important milestones... marking special times with flowers will keep you in their memories forever. Congratulate them on a professional achievement, a baby or anything new, or send a big dose of love when they really need it most, after a break-up or a spell of bad news. The time to build a friendship is when it's strong, so one of my favorite times to express my appreciation is when they're least expecting it.
How do I know what is appropriate when ordering flowers for a funeral?
Sympathy tributes vary region to region, so it is best to ask your florist what he or she recommends. Sometimes a florist will know what the family has ordered or what other tributes are being sent, and can create something for you that will be a nice complement to the other flowers.
The florist should also be familiar with any restrictions the funeral home or cemetery might have. Additionally, if a family has any special requests, the local florists are usually notified and can pass that information on to you.
I have seen a lot of different styles of floral arrangements at funeral services lately. What is best? How do I order a "special" design?
Highly personalized sympathy tributes that depict an aspect of a person's essence are a growing trend. If the deceased was a man who loved the outdoors, perhaps a tribute incorporating branches and natural materials would be ideal. If the deceased was an avid gardener, a tribute with a collection of garden flowers may be a perfect choice.
Be prepared to give the florist a few hints about the person you want to memorialize. If you prefer to send a design that is more a reflection of your style, be sure to communicate that to the florist.
Most flower shops will have photos of traditional sympathy styles for you to peruse.
What are Romantic Flowers?
A sensation of intimacy, nostalgia and comfort is captured in this color palette, a blend of delicate warm and cool colors with lavenders and pinks at its heart. Romantic arrangements express loving sentiments and admiration to mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, significant others and brides-to-be.
Fun Facts #1
Roses are related to apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears and almonds.
Why are some items local delivery only?
Items that are marked "Local Delivery Only" are those items where the vase may be unique and another flower shop in our network is unlikely to carry that vase and instead of disappointing you with a substitute, we will only deliver locally. There are also instances where the item is priced less than the minimum order for other florists in our network, thus we can only offer the item within our delivery area.
What are some creative flower ideas for my wedding?
Welcome gifts for out-of-town guests and members of the bridal parties. Thank you gifts for those people who make the bride and groom's day special. Rehearsal dinner and wedding brunch dĂcor. Decorations for the wedding transportation. Floating arrangements for ponds or pools. Accessories for the bride's hair, in some cases replacing the more traditional veil.
Should I put my floral arrangement in the sun? Will that help it last longer?
No. Growing flowers require sunshine for maturation, but cut flowers will fade much faster if exposed to heat and direct sunlight. To keep flowers fresh longer, place them in a location away from sun and drafts.
What type of flower arrangement should I send for someone who is considered Romantic?
People who are generous, spontaneous and extravagant. Bouquets of soft colors, light fragrances and accents of lace or ribbon might suit romantics.
Is it still appropriate to send flowers if the death notice mentions a charitable donation?
Yes. Because flowers help say what is often difficult to express, they are always appropriate and in good taste. Flowers also play a functional role, adding warmth to the service and providing the visible emotional support that the family needs during this time.
Is it ok to wait for someone to get home from the hospital before sending the flowers?
Absolutely. While patients can look forward to home's familiar, comfortable environment to help ease pain and speed recovery, recovering at home can be lonely. Flowers are a great way to let someone know you're thinking of him, even if you can't visit him in person.
Do you deliver worldwide?
Absolutely! Wylie Flower & Gift Shop offers flower delivery not only anywhere in the country but also worldwide. Our floral experts are always available to help you with your order, no matter where it is going!
Impact of Flowers in the Workplace Study
Conducted in partnership with Texas A&M University, the Workplace Study demonstrates that idea generation, creative performance and problem-solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.
I need to send flowers to a hospital. What do I need to do?
If you order flowers to be delivered to a hospital, it's helpful to have the following ready when you call your florist: The name of the hospital, the patient's name, the room number (if possible), when you want the flowers delivered. It is also good to know if the hospital has a policy regarding flowers. For instance, most urgent care and intensive care units do not allow flowers. Sometimes hospital rooms have certain display areas for flowers, but they must be a specified size. We know all about the hospitals in our area so feel free to leave that up to us.
Tips about get well flowers:
Flowers are a great way to let someone who is ill, or just feeling blue, know you're thinking of them, even if you can't visit them in person. They're not only a terrific way to brighten up a hospital room, but can ease the loneliness of recovering at home. They are a simple, sincere and unobtrusive way to lift spirits, bring a smile to a tired face or brighten up a room for someone who is under the weather. In fact, they might be just the trick to cheer someone up.