Category Archives: Flower Bouquets

Using Foliage as Fillers for Flower Bouquets

One thing you learn very quickly as a online florist is that you never deal with just flowers. There’s so much to  creating, presenting and delivering the perfect floral bouquet.

As the seasons change, so do the range of available flowers and plants. As an experienced floral arranger you need to adapt and work with the available materials that you have to hand.

One of the most important floral accessories is foliage. Foliage is used to bulk out a stunning bouquet of flowers and it also provides contract for everything else. Again your available foliage is going to be different in Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.

If you have the capacity in terms of time and available room you could look into growing your own foliage from seed. Grasses and grains can make excellent choices for foliage and are also relatively easy to grow yourself. Cress and millet are two popular types of foliage. There is also nothing to stop you from adding in herbs that can also compliment and enhance the fragrance of your chosen flowers.

You can really experiment with your herbs and flowers to find combinations that bring out the best in each other for that sweet smelling bouquet that the receiver can’t get enough of. This is one thing you learn very fast as a Internet florist, how the flowers look is a big part of success but if you can play on the sense of smell your bouquets will turn a lot more heads.

Foliage can really add character to your floral bouquets. Tall, wispy grasses placed strategically within your bouquet can really do wonders for its visual appeal.

Some of the most popular foliage that you can take advantage of for your arrangements are Green Bells, Bupleurum, Euphorbia and Honeywort.

Euphorbia is one of the easiest plants to use for your foliage requirements. It can be used in many different ways and can compliment any floral bouquet with ease. Just be cautious when you harvest your Euphorbia as the sap can irritate some peoples skin.

Mint is another foliage favourite of hours. Who doesn’t like the smell of mint? Mint is such a fresh, fragrant smell that easily reminds you of nature. Another great advantage of mint is that it’s easy to grow and is usually available during the colder months.

Plumping Up the Volume in Your Bouquet Arrangements

Flower arranging is a unique skill. Once that can take many years to commercially good at. As professional floral arranger at http://flowersbypost.org we often get asked for our advice and tips on how the receivers of bouquets can make the best out of arranging their flowers.

There is nothing worse than receiving a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, bringing out your favourite vase, arranging your flowers but left with gaping holes in your floral display.

Does this happen to you? Yes frustrating isn’t it?

Well today we’ve got some awesome tips to help you solve those common flower arranging problems.

There is nothing worse that placing your bouquet in a special vase and then not being able to arrange the flowers in a way that does your flowers any justice. Either you experience gaps in your bouquet or you just cannot seem to fit in the odd flower and get it exactly where you want it.

Once of the best tips we give out is once you receive a bouquet don’t rush to cram it in your vase. Lay out all of the flowers on some newspaper. Sort the flowers into different categories. Those categories should be by length of stem and also the strength of the stem.

What we want to do first is to start creating our bouquet by placing our medium sized stems in the vase first. This will give us our starting point and a level base from which to build from. As always make sure you prune or cut off any protruding stems or leaves that will sit below the top of the vase.

Many people also believe that each flower should be placed straight up and down. This is one mistake that can ruin your arrangement. As you place each flower individually, be sure to place each alternative flower in a diagonal fashion. After you’ve place a few more flowers it will look like the stems actually criss cross each other.

If you have many flowers in your soft stem category, you can now place those in your vase and placing them next to your stronger stems will help. Another great tip is to also place those soft stems around the edges of your vase. This will help some of them lean over giving you a nice draping look to your arrangement.

We hope these tips are going to help you with your flower arranging skills!

Popular Floral Trends for 2020

The trends in the flower industry are not different to the trends that happen in fashion or music. Its a never ending cycle of what’s in and what’s not. What was popular last year may not be this year.

Often things that was popular 20 or 30 years ago can find itself back in favour in modern times. as we said, it goes in cycles.

So whats hot for 2020?

Stems that Speak Volumes
One of the upcoming trends in the floristry market are stems. What we means is that bigger and bolder is becoming more popular. Long stems and large floral heads are quickly replacing the smaller flowers we’ve been used to seeing.

Bold Vases
Over the years the plain old vase had one job to do, hold the flowers in water and not fall over. These days though more emphasis is being placed on the vase itself. The vase can also become an important part or even the centrepiece of any beautiful bouquet. You can be very artistic with your vases and experiment with many shapes, colours and vase designs for the ultimate look and feel.

Drying Flowers
Have you ever received a gorgeous bouquet from a friend, lover or partner that you held onto for dear life? You loved the bouquet so much you wanted it to stay with you for as long as possible. Well no one says you have to throw it away. Flowers can be recycled and dried and kept for many years. Imagine treasuring that prized bouquet forever!

Doing More with Less
You don’t always have to go overboard and purchase bouquets that are over flowing with flowering beauty. In a world where we all have too many things, minimalism is becoming a lot more popular. You can create or buy a minimalistic bouquet and still make a powerful statement with it.

 

Stuck With What Flowers to Buy? Here’s Some Inspiration

Have you ever been in that situation where you really feel like you want order flowers and have them placed around the home? Or maybe you want to surprise someone dear to you but you really are lost as to what to buy. You just cannot get inspired and cannot make a decision on what to buy.

In this post we are going to try and help you with some inspiration based on our many years of experience.

Small but Makes a Statement
You don’t have to go too overboard when it comes to buying yourself some flowers. Its not the size of it, it’s what you do with it! Heard that a few times before! Choose some seasonal flowers and arrange in a way that gives the appearance of it being circular. These small charming bouquets work well when they are displayed on a corner table.

Make A Big Statement
There are some flower arrangements that just sit quietly in the corner, they get noticed but they are very subtle. Now they do server a purpose and every floral arrangement can serve a specific purpose. Buy maybe you want something overpowering with beauty and fragrance, to become a showpiece or centrepiece of your room? What you need is a very large and flamboyant bouquet that catches your eye as soon as you enter the room. What will serve you best is having flowers with tall stems with a matching tall vase. Flowers like delphinium will work well as well as using the branches of the willow tree. Placing these tall stems in the centre or at the front of the vase will maximise their impact.

Flowering Eye Candy!
You could also call this a medium size bouquet. You want this arrangement to make a big statement but maybe not as obvious as the largest more flamboyant bouquet. This bouquet would typically be just over 30 inches in height and with any large flower arrangement, its best place away from a wall. Placing tall or large arrangements can make the room look a little crammed, so put this one in a place where all its glory can be v

The Perfect Wedding Flowers – How Do You Choose?

It’s official! You are now engaged and have set a date to be married! How exciting! Then you realise the extent of all the planning that you must do including choosing your Autumn wedding flowers! You never really knew just how much planing was involved until now. All you want to do is scream!

One of the biggest decisions is going to centre around your wedding flowers. You will want to of made decision in other areas before you can really decide on what flowers you will require for your wedding day.

So before you even think about your flowers you may want to have already made decisions on the following:

  • Wedding dress style and colour
  • Wedding accessories – headwear, shoes, bag etc
  • Church and reception venue
  • Number of guests
  • Colour and style of bridesmaid dresses
  • Number of Bridesmaids

Without making decisions on the above is going to make it extremely difficult for you to decide on what flowers you will need for your wedding day.

Now this is your special day and one you don’t want to hold back on. It is always beneficial to have a budget but having said that you don’t want to be creatively subdued by money. You want this day to be as close to a fairytale as possible.

Another important to factor that relates to the choosing of your flowers is going to be the data and time of year that you will get married. Choosing seasonal flowers is going to not only make it easier to obtain flowers but can also enhance your wedding’s aesthetic appeal.

Most online florists like ourselves with be able to create you a stunning floral bouquet consisting of seasonal flowers for Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.

The colour shades you choose will be dictated by the time of year and the colour of your wedding theme.

When you sit down with your partner to discus your flower choices it may help to get some understanding of the special meanings of flowers. You may decide upon a flower that has specific meaning to your relationship and each other.

There is a lot to think about and we wish you all the happiness, love and joy that you deserve!

Make Your Valentine Blush with These Gorgeous Flowers

Flowers are the most popular gift given to lovers, partners, spouses and friends on Valentines Day. Some people go to great lengths to find original and thoughtful gifts to give other than flowers. They feel that sending flowers is too common, everybody does it.

So we hope in this post to give you some other perspectives to just how beneficial sending flowers can be.

Flowers are a wonderful representation of nature. It reminds us on avery subtle level of just how mind blowing creation is. If you have ever looked at a flower closely in great detail you’ll understand what I mean. How can something so precise, so wondrously beautiful have been created? Really look at the detail of a flower it is truly amazing.

Most flowers also have hidden meanings and can represent different things. There is a hidden language of flowers. Learning more about there special meanings allows you to be able to send flowers that convey a special meaning based on where your relationship is at the moment.

If there is one gift that can lift the spirits of someone else is it giving flowers. Flowers are tremendous in bringing happiness and wellbeing to others. Research has proved over the years that being near plants and flowers can make a big difference to your wellbeing and your overall health. We have noticed that people that around flowers are plants are a lot more laid back. Flowers have also be noted for providing increases in creativity and focus so ideal for that home business. Probably are reason why all of us here a FBP are so laid back we’re horizontal!

A French study also suggested that women receiving flowers actually had an increase in their sexual drive. If that’s not a reason for more men to send flowers then I don’t know what!

There is nothing quite like receiving a bouquet bursting with beautiful coloured flowers, with sumptuous smells and gorgeous shapes from many different species of flower. This has an effect no matter when sent. Valentines Day is the most popular but an unexpected bouquet will make the biggest impression!

Using Colourful Flowers to Brighten Up Your Day

What a gorgeous time of the year Spring and Summer are. Blue skies, warm subtle winds, the birds singing from early morning and nature both domestically and in the wild full of beautiful colours and smells from flowers and plants.

Thats all very nice but many people spend most of their day at work coupled up inside. It can feel very frustrating being locked up for 8 hours with glances out of the window bing your only connection to the gorgeous nature that lies outside.

So what can you do for your workplace or office?

How about brightening up the place with a selection of bright beautiful blooms?

Bringing some brightly coloured plants and flowers into your workplace can bring a taste of nature into your workday.

So what are the best flowers that are well known for their brightness?

The Cockscomb
From the Amaranthaceae family this gorgeous coloured flower actually looks like the human brain. This is one of the most sensitive flowers when it comes to bacterial growth. So if this becomes one of your picks you will need to make sure that all due care is taken to keep the vase and water clean from bacteria.

Chrysanthemum
This is a fantastic choice of flower to bring into your workplace or office. It comes in so many different colours and shapes making it a popular choice amongst  many. The bright yellow version of this flower is a favourite and did you know that the Chrysanthemum is one of the most purchased flowers all over the world. There are many wonderful things regarding this flower, it is very popular in Asia especially Japan where is stands for happiness. It is also one of the few flowers that lasts over the normal 10 day timeframe. Care should be taken when placing into a vase. You want to make sure you trim off any leaves or branch stems that would be below the vase opening.

This gives you a two great choices for brightening up your day and bringing a taste of nature into work.

Using the Right Flower Tools for Your Online Floristry Business

You have really great floristry skills and have always dreamed of owning your own online floristry business. There is so much to do, to buy, to have in place, it can seem to overwhelming. Not only do you have to now learn to market your new business, you need to have the systems in place to operate legitimately.

You’ll also need to form business relationships with flower suppliers, wrapping suppliers, accountants as well as credit card processing and banking.

So you get all of this in place but theres one thing you may of forgotten based on being to occupied elsewhere.  The worse thing is its one of the most important aspects of running your online flower shop on a day to day basis.

And that is – your floristry tools.

Sharp Knife
Working with blunt knives and shears is going to make it a lot harder to do your work efficiently and may also waste more of your valuable time. Now believe it or not but using blunt cutting instruments can actually block of the channels in a plant of flower that it used to soak up its much needed water. This can result in rotting and eventually dead flowers way before they’re typical lifespan.

Pliers
Having a good set of pliers can really help make your day to day floral arranging easier. You’ll not only be working with flowers but wire and other types of plant too. Plier are great for cutting wire and other unnatural materials.

Flower Shears
Not all flowers stems will cut easy with a knife or other blade. Some of the stems you will work with will be think, strong and tough to cut. If you try to cut a stubborn stem with a tool that is not strong enough, you are going to be damaging a lot of flowers. This will cause your floral arrangements to not last as long as they should. Damage will make is difficult for your flowers to take in much needed water and nutrients.

Modern Day Flower Arranging

As a florist you are always trying to get the upper hand with your online flower shop. That could manifest in your marketing, the way that you present yourself, your price points and even the quality and presentation of your flower bouquets.

So now are we are in the end stages of spring, many different varieties of gorgeous flowers and plants are in bloom. This is a great time of the year for flowers whether thats in your garden or in the rooms of your house.

As a competitive business person you are always looking to get the edge on what you do. To learn and study new ways of doing things and becoming as creative as possible.

The act of arranging flowers is very therapeutic and relaxing. With flower arranging, the more you do it the better you will get and the more your signature bouquets will reflect your personal creativity.

So whether you’ve just received a beautiful bouquet from a friend or a loved one or you’re working with flowers, go and grab some flowers now that you can work with.

Understanding Your Flowers
Once you have your bouquet or selected flowers in front of you, it can really help you either lay each of the flowers down so that you can take a really good look at them. You want to look at their general shape, the direction the stems naturally lean towards and the positioning of the leaves and flowers.

Round Flowers
Flowers that are typically round are also the most colourful. The rose or carnation flower are prime example of round colourful blooms.

Spiky Flowers
These types of flowers point up and stand to attention. The spiky flower’s stem does not divide into other branches allowing it to be easily inserted into a bouquet. These flowers create height and depth for a really unique bouquet look.

Compound Florals
These are the types of flowers that are branched and have many dividing branches off of the main stem. These flowers really need to be positioned into your vase or bouquet first as they will be difficult to add in later.

We hope that gives you some creative ideas and knowledge to approach your flower arranging in a new light.

A Mothers Day Celebration No Matter Where You Are In The World

We are living in some strange times in Spring 2020. With Mothers days fast approaching many Mothers and their children are concerned how Mothers Day will play out even though it is still possible to send flowers by post uk. Distance hasn’t been something that has stopped lovers and friend over the years from remembering and celebrating each other every year. Why should Mothers Day be any different this year?

Times like these call for increased creativity. So if you are naturally creative you’ll be fine but if you’re not then don’t worry we got you covered.

So lets give you some unique ideas that you can pull off to please your Mum!

As we’ve said, many florists should still be operating with many having online portals. Be aware though that a florists stock will be low at the moment because of issues with their supply chain.

So no excuse for sending flowers and a card, even if its a eCard.

How do you replace the fact that you can’t be there in person?

Well we have what we think is a brilliant idea. These days technology is advanced. Most of us even out parents have access to a computer and a high speed Internet connection. So you could organise for the other members of the family to all cook their own Sunday dinner and all setup either FacetTime or Zoom and all have a virtual Mothers Day dinner together. We know that its not the same as being there in person and being able to hug your Mum but its the next best thing.

You all have a lovely dinner, you can chat as if you were there and also raise a glass and thank Mum for everything she’s done and continues to do.

To make it even more special you could all create a menu that you all then cook on the day. It will then at least feel that you are all sitting down together and eating the same meal.