Merry Christmas

We wish all of our readers a happy holiday season and best wishes for the new year!

Why You Should Use Your Local Florist

There are all sorts of places that want to take your floral orders today. The larger ones like 800 Flowers, FTD.com, Teleflora.com and many others are what we call “order gatherers”. As the name implies these places take your order and do not fill it themselves, but rather “sell” them to regular everyday florists at a deep discount. They will charge you a handling fee of at least $11 and in many cases more just to take your order. This is true even if your order is being delivered right in the same town that you live in. Your local florist, like us, will only charge you the price of the item and a delivery charge.  The order gatherers will charge you that also in addition to a hefty service charge. When the recipient receives the flowers and knows that the sender spent $50 they may question why the arrangement is not larger or worth more value, when in fact the florist that filled the order only received $35 or so. Now when we send an order out of town/state for you we do charge a nominal $5.00 for that service. That fee covers our membership in the organization of florists that is going to guarantee your satisfaction as well as our follow up if necessary. Eventually there will be no more independent florists to fill these orders and the order gatherers will be left with orders and no way to get them placed.  But until that day comes we will still be here to serve you in either of our stores.

More Poinsettia Info

Click on the link below for a brochure on the history of the poinsettia, care instructions and more information about the myths surrounding this beautiful Christmas plant.

History and legend of the poinsettia

Debunking The Poinsettia Myth

Nearly 80 years ago when an Army officer’s 2-year old child died after allegedly eating a poinsettia leaf, the myth of the poisonous poinsettia was born. Though the story was later determined to be hearsay, nearly 66% of those participating in a 1995 Society of American Florists poll still believed poinsettias to be toxic if eaten.

Abundant evidence exists to debunk the myth, however. Researchers at the Ohio State University, working in conjunction with the SAF, tested the effects of ingesting unusually high doses of the leaves, stems, and sap from the poinsettias and found the plant to be nontoxic.
Further evidence of the plant’s benign nature comes from POISINDEX, the information resource for the majority of poison control centers in the United States. According ot POISINDEX, a 50 pound child would have to eat 500 to 600 leaves to exceed experimental doses that found no toxicity. The American Medical Association’s Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants lists occasional vomiting as a side effect of ingesting otherwise harmless poinsettia leaves. And in 1975 the Consumer Products Safety Commission cited lack of substantial evidence in its decision to deny a petition requiring warning labels for poinsettias.

So why does the myth persist? According to the results of an SAF-sponsored poll released in 1994, 43% of those who believed the poisonous poinsettia myth were repeating “word-of-mouth” information. And another 37% listed the media as their source of information.
Of course poinsettias, like most ornamental plants, are not intended to be eaten by people or animals. But this universal holiday symbol can safely be displayed in any environment.

Of course when looking for a poinsettia, our stores feature only high quality healthy plants.


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