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.

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.

Mother’s Day!

The day when we honor one of the most important people in our lives. To make the holiday longer and better we suggest that you have your gift delivered during the week instead of waiting for Saturday. That way Mom has more time to enjoy it. Our stores are loaded with many great ideas, from planters and plants to floral arrangements.

Springtime!

Easter is here and so is spring. Spring in Oregon is a dicey time of the year. Today and this week in general it has been cold and rainy and windy. What a horrible combination. So, the answer to all of that is…a beautiful bright spring flower arrangement from one of our stores. One of our most popular is “Mad About Tulips” 15 beautiful, local grown, tulips in a vase. What could be more elegant or springlike than tulips. We pick them fresh from a grower that is less than 2 miles away so you know you are getting the freshest, most beautiful tulips possible. They are arranged in a clear vase with nothing else. Just the beauty of the tulips. Now one thing you need to know about tulips, they are photo tropic.  Wow that is a mouthful and what exactly does it mean? It means like some flowers, tulips go towards the light. Even after they have been cut and are no longer growing! So what does this mean? Well in spite of all the pictures of tulips that you see in a vase, including the one that we use, the tulips will eventually grow toward the light. This means that they will be bent in all sorts of shapes. This does not mean that there is anything wrong with them, but rather that they are acting in accordance with their nature. So if you receive a vase of beautiful tulips don’t be alarmed if they exhibit this characteristic.  After all they are only doing what nature intended for them!

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