Thursday, October 07, 2010

Send Funeral Baskets

Cut flowers arranged into baskets for the funeral are what I would consider the quintessential way to send flowers to a funeral for whom you are not family, or even to the home of the person you care about after the funeral. The flowers will die in about a week or so, but the grieving will also have a basket to use as they please in the future. A plant on the other hand is kind of a risky option versus funeral baskets, as that plant may create too much ongoing heartache if you send it to the home since it probably will not die in a week. You know your loved ones better than anyone else, but sometimes when a colleague, co-worker, or even a close friend is dealing with many emotions during this time, a funeral basket is the best choice.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How to send flowers and buy liquor

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this...Now you can smell like roses when you're three sheets to the wind...This florist and liquor store is in Old Forge, in the Adirondacks. I wasn't able to go inside the store, but from looking in the window it was a weird amalgamation of a retail flower shop and a retail liquor store all under 1 roof. Here's a picture of the sign...
And what is Barton Vodka?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Send Flowers Overseas

These days there are many online sites that are located in other countries that probably have a reputable way to send flowers overseas for delivery. I haven't used any, so I can't recommend any options, but I do know of some friends of mine who used their US based online florist to send flowers overseas. Some were sent to the UK, and the other one was sent to Iraq for flowers for a troop overseas. In either case, the online florist was able to facilitate the transaction, and most interestingly sent the flowers over to one of the airbases that had a flight that evening. If anyone has any experiences please let me know.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Send flowers and get your hair done

However bizarre this may seem, a Canadian retailer set up shop as a combination florist - hair salon. This concept has a certain novelty to it that just may be a welcome innovation to both industries in an exercise in cross marketing. The thinking in part was derived that special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, and such require a trip to both the florist and the salon, so why not combine them. Very interesting indeed. To read more on this please see:

Monday, June 02, 2008

How to Send Flowers to the Troops Overseas

This is one of the more difficult tasks for florists. In a stable base area and one that is developed, there may actually be a florist on base that services the troops overseas. Other times one may be able to find a florist in the same city as a base. Since most people speak English one can attempt to call themselves and set up this international transaction. The credit card company will figure out the best exchange rate albeit charge a fee for doing so. Some shops in the US can also usually facilitate flower delivery through one of the wire networks. However, obviously there isn't much access to a flower shop in Iraq or Afghanistan. It's not impossible to send flowers to these areas though. I've heard of stories where it may be sometimes possible to get a US shop near a major airforce base to take an arrangement over to the base to go on the next plane to the area. It's my understanding that much of this has to do with good timing, but its worth a shot.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Top 3 Tear Jerker Sympathy Comments

3. There were days when we were young and immortal, times when we wanted to die, but the reality of you gone is unbearable to my soul.

2. You were our friend. You were unconditional. You were our protector. You were always there for us. Thank you.

1. You picked me that day we met, you were without your brothers and sisters for the first time and you were scared. I slept next to you until you were strong, then you slept next to me until I left you. You waited at the window until I returned. I can still see you at the window waiting for me. I’m sorry I wasn’t with you your last day on Earth. You must have been scared. I will always miss you.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

How to send flowers and save the planet.

This post's title may seem overstated, but really it is not. When sending flowers, this produces much more of a carbon footprint than one may realize. There's the delivery truck, and before that there is the cold storage, then before that, even more cold storage, then before that an international long haul air flight. Well, I stumbled upon this recent floral article about a company that offsets the carbon for each order for its customers. Click the link and read more.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sending Flowers or Not?

Well, if this doesn't seem fair to every chivalrous gentleman out there, you're absolutely correct. Some poor woman was duped into thinking her husband had sent her flowers, but were actually thieves looking to steal money. One of the most romantic gestures one can do for their significant others is surprise them with a bouquet of flowers delivered by a local flower shop, hand delivered, of course. There is no other way. Yet, now we've got some guys posing as deliver personnel, although the first clue to this lady should have been that there are 2 delivers. Since when does it take 2 people to deliver 1 bouquet of flowers? Ladies - keep your wits about you. Husbands - perhaps a clue to keep your mouth shut about a bunch of cash lying around the house is in order.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

How to send long lasting flowers

Send Alstroemeria and one will not be disappointed. Alstroemeria is in the lily order, and is also known as Peruvian Lily and the lesser known "Lily of the Incas". The thing about these flowers is that the colors and varieties are so plentiful that one could never get tired of them. But even better is that they are known to last in the vase for 2 weeks. This makes it a great gift to send to mom or your favorite aunt, or to send flowers to yourself. One more thing about these little beauties is that they are also fairly inexpensive, so breaking the bank won't be an issue either. Gee, could this be the perfect flower?

Monday, August 06, 2007

Send flowers like a European

Many urban wage earning Europeans buy flowers a couple times a week, mostly to dress up their home décor and office cubicles. Americans however, tend to only send flowers on special occasions, and usually to others. I believe this points to the difference in lifestyle between the two sets of populations. To generalize, for the most part, this reflects the hurried attitude of the American, skipping lunch, naps, vacations, and smelling the roses. Here’s the thing, though. Are these particular American behaviors actually more productive? Exclusive of any differences in comparison, I would guess that it does result in higher productivity. It has been proven however that flowers in the workplace do result in higher productivity as well. Comparing these two factors of increased productivity, which is greater? More specifically, compare the American work ethic without flowers to the European work ethic where there is flowers in the workplace, and I ask, which is more productive?

Thursday, June 28, 2007

How to send flowers without hurting the environment

If you’re into flowers, then you may have read the book Flower Confidential. If you haven’t read it, go read it. It will open your eyes to the cut flower industry and its customers (that may or may not be you). Hey, there’s nothing wrong with learning more about yourself, right? To answer the question, one can’t really send flowers without compromising and adding stress to the environment. One can reduce those effects, by making better decisions with which florist you use, and more importantly, by encouraging your favorite florist to buy from fair trade suppliers, buying organic, and also encouraging your florist to offset the resulting carbon footprint of the complete path of those flowers. Most importantly, but a longer term initiative is to encourage your congressperson to implement incentives for these types of initiatives industrywide, and also repeal laws and coercive trade agreements such as what we have with Equador. It seems that we essentially force this small, poor country to make flowers for us to send to each other in exchange for food crops at favorable pricing.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

How to Invoke "Affection"

Daisies have been known to be the flowers to send if one is trying to invoke the feeling of affection to his or her recipient. Daisies are not expensive and are a great first or second date type of flowers. It invokes that feeling of, "I like you!". Wild daisies tip that scale a bit more, and have been known to begin asking the question, "Do you love me?", or perhaps in today's world, "Do you like me a lot, too?". Although, wild daisies may say too much if the recipient knows that there isn't easy access to wild daisies. Daisies for affection, young love, and first dates.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

What to say when you send flowers - part 3

When sending flowers to the love of your life...This doesn't need any recommendations. We all have different ways of communicating with our loved ones, and sending flowers is no different.

Just some observations however... The stigma, "I'm sorry, please forgive me for screwing up." is not the only occasion for sending flowers, and the card message along with the type of flowers is the major way of doing this. Oftentimes, we hear, "I love you more than words can say." This approach is unoriginal and says to your lover that you either don't have a creative bone in your body and/or your lover is uninspiring. Avoid it. Think back to when you were fools in love if you have to, but while we are fools in love, sometimes our foolishness gets the better of us, and what was well intended, may just come out off kilter. So be careful. Put yourself in your lover's shoes before you send them.

Friday, March 30, 2007

How to send flowers with a local Mom & Pop Flower Shop

These days it is difficult to tell whether or not the shop you are buying flowers from is a local mom and pop or a larger enterprise. Well, oddly enough, chances are some of the larger flower shops are still mom and pop's, just better at competing in the new marketplace, and finding YOU, the customer! The better question is, does it really matter if you buy flowers from a local mom and pop, or a mom and pop that is out of the area you are sending flowers to? From a price/value standpoint, that answer is NO. The value proposition is exactly the same. The only difference is that the profit margin is moved or better yet, dispursed in a lesser manner; the local mom and pop will get all of the profit margin, leaving the out of area shop with nothing, and the wire service with nothing. Well, you say, that means that extra money that would normally be split there would go into my arrangement? Wrong. The arrangement you are paying for is what your recipient is going to get. If they don't, you'll have recourse, but it is NOT going to be any better. So those same dozen red roses or Tea Cup Arrangement is going to get there either way. Sure you could shop around for about a half hour or so and save 5 or 6 bucks, but it may not be with the local shop, and that 5 or 6 bucks may be the difference between having a great arrangement or having one that looked much better in the picture, leaving you, shall we say, wilted? From a service standpoint, YES, but this has nothing to do with whether it is a local mom and pop or one that is out of area. It has to do with keeping YOU, the customer happy with your flower buying experience, and is a topic for another day. However, in answering the title question of the topic, you can find a local mom & pop flower shop by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

What to say when you send flowers - part 2

Now with more fun occasions for sending flowers, I find that those who attempt humor usually do it when they are either in the dog house with their significant other, or just to say hi. Just saying hi with some humor is great, however, all too many times the humor in making up for something just gets twisted into "now you want to make light of this?" sort of reaction. Humor in the dog house is a risky, risky move. Or even worse, you've finally got your head out of the dog house and the humor backfires, and in you go again. The point with using humor is to cheer someone up or just to make them laugh. Either way, this will take some creativeness and some serious thought. Try pulling something from a past experience together and giving it a twist. Take a popularized piece and use it relative to each other. Just spend some quality time with it and it should turn out fine.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

What To Say When You Send Flowers

It is important to be as thoughtful and genuine as possible, without sounding trite. This is especially important for sending funeral flowers or a sympathy arrangement to a coworker or aquaintance.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you"
or short and sweet is always a okay..."with sympathy" or "please accept our condolences"

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Inaugural Post

Sending flowers is a multi-billion dollar industry. We send flowers all over the world for delivery. Today, just about any flower shop can handle this for you, either by telephone, in person or online. Online is the ever more popular and easier way to do it. Online catalogs of flowers make it easy to choose the right arrangement, invoke a particular sentiment, and using the secure online forms is much less risky than doing it over the phone. But more importantly, there is more to it than just finding a suitable flower shop that has the capacity to service your needs. What about the greeting card, or the type of flower or the right time to send flowers. This gets a little more complicated and hopefully what this blog will help clear up.

How to Send Cheap Flowers

This is easy. Or is it? Find out who puts their flowers in a box and ships them through a common carrier. These flowers are usually placed in a vase and tightly wrapped, and then placed in an insulated box for shipment. Many companies do it these days, proflowers proliferated it, FTD now does it, as do others like Martha, and Value Flora. Buyer beware. The shipping charges can creep up to professional florist delivered price ranges, and may end up being a better value to just have them hand delivered by a florist especially if you can get same day delivery.