It’s The Holiday Season!

Still plenty of time to order for the holiday. Flowers and plants make great gifts. If you are planning a holiday party then be sure to add flowers to decorate and make the occasion festive! We are here to help and can help you with your needs.  2012_Kinkade_lg (1)


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Valentine Pricing

Every year we have to deal with the issue of what to do about pricing at Valentine’s Day. The sad truth is that the growers and wholesalers raise the prices to the retailers for this holiday. Whether the short supplies are real or imagined, that is the excuse that is given. Consequently the retailer has to raise their prices in order to make a profit on this busy holiday. The part that is unfair in this scenario is that the public thinks that the retailer is just being greedy and raising their price simply because they “can”.  I can tell you that I for one would be much happier if we did not have to raise our prices and did not have to endure this assumption by the public that we are somehow gouging. I can also tell you that we do not raise the prices in the same proportion as our regular pricing. In other words we make a larger percentage of profit on everyday orders than we do on Valentine’s Day orders. We raise the prices only enough to help defray the higher cost to us.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. There are many stories concerning the origin of the holiday with several states claiming ownership. It is believed that organized women’s groups in the South decorated the graves of Civil War dead.  Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. Today we have expanded the holiday to decorate the graves of all of our loved ones. Our stores work with the local cemeteries so that we can take care of decorating the graves of your loved ones. Our most popular item, seen in the picture here, is called a wet pack. As the name implies the flowers are arranged in a piece of wet floral foam that is placed in a container with a water reservoir. This will insure that the flowers stay fresh throughout the Memorial Day weekend, even if the temperature does get warm.

Administrative Professional’s Week

This is the week that we honor and thank our administrative professional. This week was originally called National Secretary’s Week, but the name was changed several years ago to properly identify this important position. So far this year there has been quite a bit of activity this week. Hopefully that signals a warming in the economic freeze we have been locked in for too long. There is still plenty of time to remember your administrative professional and show them that you appreciate all the hard work they do for you!

Valentine Pricing

Every year we have to deal with the issue of what to do about pricing at Valentine’s Day. The sad truth is that the growers and wholesalers raise the prices to the retailers for this holiday. Whether the short supplies are real or imagined, that is the excuse that is given. Consequently the retailer has to raise their prices in order to make a profit on this busy holiday. The part that is unfair in this scenario is that the public thinks that the retailer is just being greedy and raising their price simply because they “can”.  I can tell you that I for one would be much happier if we did not have to raise our prices and did not have to endure this assumption by the public that we are somehow gouging. I can also tell you that we do not raise the prices in the same proportion as our regular pricing. In other words we make a larger percentage of profit on everyday orders than we do on Valentine’s Day orders. We raise the prices only enough to help defray the higher cost to us.

Post holidays business

Well the holidays are over for another year. It is the slow period in January up to Valentine’s Day! Along the way there are still many occasions to order flowers, such as new babies, birthdays, anniversaries or for no reason at all. Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. Sending flowers “just because’ often has the most impact because the recipient is not expecting them and is totally surprised at the thoughtfulness of the sender! One of our most popular non-event arrangements is our “Have a nice day arrangement”. It is a happy face mug filled with an assortment of timely seasonal flowers. At the low price of $19.95 it is a terrific value and tells someone that you are thinking of them that day! 

Have A Nice Day Mug Arrangement

Poinsettia – Fact and Fiction

As we get into the holiday season, we inevitably hear questions about poinsettias and the “supposed” toxicity. We have enclosed a link to a pamphlet provided by The Society Of American Florists that debunks that myth and also includes many helpful hints in the care of these traditional Christmas plants.

Red Poinsettia

Thanksgiving Is Right Around The Corner

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Fall Cornucopia

Seems hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here again. Seems like only a few days ago it was Halloween…oh wait, it was just a few days ago. Okay so I am getting ready early this year. Thanksgiving is a great day to get together with family and friends.   No Thanksgiving celebration is complete without the flowers. Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving at home or with someone else remember to order flowers now and have one less thing to think about during the big week. If you can’t be there for Thanksgiving send one of our bouquets. Just give us a call or order from our website and we will take care of all the details and make sure that your order is delivered in a timely manner.

Fall Flowers

With Halloween behind us and firmly into November we are officially in the fall season. Many people love this time of the year and the colors of fall. There is something warm and comforting in the beautiful oranges, yellows, browns and rust colors. Our stores feature these arrangements throughout this month and of course have several centerpiece options for Thanksgiving. Currently one of our more popular arrangements is our Autumn Splendor Bouquet . This arrangement features the colors of fall in an attractive rectangular shaped vase. The arrangement is accented with cattails. For a centerpiece we are featuring something a little different this year. Our Votive Candle Centerpiece is different than the standard centerpiece with taper candles. This arrangement would go well on a coffee table as well as a dining room table. It is complete with votive candles.

Halloween is coming!

Halloween and parties are just around the corner. Remember that flowers make the event! Fresh pumpkin arrangements are one of our more popular items. They can be ordered online, or by calling into the stores or by stopping in and ordering one to go. These are sure to make an impression.

 

Fresh Pumpin Arrangement

 

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