Category Archives: Online Florists

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.

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!

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.

Florists Mothers Day Challenge in the Current Pandemic

As of Spring time in 2020, many businesses are facing huge challenges in order to keep running. This is heavily affecting the floristry business both online and offline. Every supply change during this current pandemic has been affected.

With Mothers day approaching, many florists are experiencing the issue of having limited stock.

This is devastating seeing as though just under 70% of gifts given on Mothers Day are plants and flower bouquets.

A lot of this comes down to many business owners confused at to who is classed as a essential worker. Now, we consider ourselves essential workers based on the happiness, joy and cheer our flowers and plants deliver but there are other key businesses such as our supply chain that may be forced to close temporarily. This in turn affects our access to flower and plant stock.

There is also another issue that the current pandemic brings. Flower farmers have been growing and tending to their fields of flowers and now many can’t get out to maintain them or have any where to sell them to. This could end up with a lot of wasted stock.

May florists both online and offline such as ourselves are adapting to this crisis the best that we can. For now we continue to deliver but with restrictions. We will delivery bouquets to your front door step, then know on the door and leave. We also will not be using as many flowers in a bouquet than we would normally use. So these are our restrictions for now but these will revert back to normal once everything gets back to normal again.

On some occasions we may not being able to fulfil your order specifically. In some instances we will have to use other flowers to stand in for those we don’t have. We will of course notify you of these replacements.

These times are challenging for all but we are very happy to be able to keep providing you, our loyal customers with plant and flower bouquet deliveries! Thank you.

What are the best flower delivery websites UK?

We’ve all been in that situation as we all know here at Flowers By Post. We take a break from our day and look to see what’s going on with our friends on social media.

And there it hits you! It’s one of your best friends Birthdays today and you forgot!

We all have busy lives and get distracted but not remembering to get flowers for your wife on your anniversary is something you’ll never live down!

You soon realise that tomorrow is your anniversary or the Birthday of a good friend. What are you to do? Its night time, shops are shut and tomorrow you won’t have the time to go shopping.

With technology these days, within in a few minutes, a beautiful bouquet of flowers or roses can be ordered and on it’s way to your wife or friend.

Now your only dilemma is which website or flower delivery company should you choose? Which online florist you decide to choose will come down to the type of flowers you want to send and also the cost to do so.

Here are some of the websites that we’ve personally used before:

NEXT

Beautiful range of flowers with reasonable prices. Next have many positive reviews with many people describing the value they’ve experienced. The price of their average bouquets is between £20 and £30 and they also provide next day delivery all over the UK.

BUNCHES

Bunches are a family run business and have enjoyed a lot of success serving many loyal customers.  These guys keep their website and their offering very simple which is the reason they are so popular. Their average prices are similar to Next coming in between £20 to £30. Bunches may not be an option for overseas delivery as their overseas delivery costs are quite high.

BLOOM & WILD

We like the personal touch that these guys provide. Bloom and Wild uniquely name their bouquets and they have a wonderful way of words in naming them. The biggest benefit these guys have over other online florists is the fact that their flowers can actually be posted through a letterbox. This allows recipients to receive flowers even if they aren’t at home.

Bloom and Wild offer a trackable delivery service and you also have the options for specifying delivery slots for an additional fee too!

So the choice is really yours and we do hope that despite the wonderful competition, you’ll continue to honour us with your loyalty!