One way we show appreciation and celebrate motherhood is by giving flowers. If you’re unfamiliar with the language of flowers it may be difficult to choose the right type considering the many varieties and colors that are out there. The following is a small list of popular Mother’s Day flowers and their meanings to help you narrow down your choices.

CARNATIONS

Symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; pink carnations symbolizes love of a mother.

LILIES

Although white lilies are associated with funerals, there are many other types lilies to pick from. Calla lilies signify beauty and Day lilies are the Chinese symbol for motherhood.

ORCHIDS

Orchids are exotic plants the symbolize refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. They also symbolize proud and glorious femininity.

ROSES

Roses of various colors convey a number of different meanings. A bouquet of mature rose blooms sends a message of gratitude; white roses signify virtue, purity, and reverence. A rose symbolizes grace in a medium pink hue, gratitude in a dark pink color, and youthful joy in light pink.

SUNFLOWERS & GERBERA DAISIES

These bright and cheerful flowers send a message of adoration and respect. Similarly gerbera daisies have a joyful look in their myriad colors. Daisies are traditionally a symbol of beauty, and gerbera daisies also signify cheerfulness and playfulness.

TULIPS

The general message of tulips is love. More specifically, pink tulips signify caring and red tulips suggest true love. Yellow tulips, as might be guessed from their appearance, bring a message of cheerful thoughts.

VIOLETS

Violets signify faithfulness and devotion. The gift of a violet plant can provide a lasting reminder of your appreciation for a mother’s devotion.


Having trouble selecting a flower for your Valentine?  Looking for the perfect flower that will send the right message? It’s important to know that every flower might express something just a little different. Understanding what certain flowers express can help you in choosing the perfect flower for your Valentine. Here are some popular flower choices and what they might convey on Valentine’s Day.

Roses

Red Rose– Love and romance. The obvious representation of love. Don’t be shy to shower your lover with red roses for Valentine’s.

White Rose– White roses can either be a sign of purity and innocence or often associated with sympathy and death. Might not be the wisest choice for this holiday.

Yellow Rose– Friendship and cheer. Good choice to give to a best friend this Valentine’s Day.

Pink Rose– True love. Might not express as much burning passion as a red rose. Good for newer relationships. Also associated with giving thanks and admiration.

Lavender Rose– Royalty. Good way to tell your loved one he/she is king/queen of your heart.

Orange Rose– A mix between red and yellow rose representing middle ground between friendship and love.

Black Rose– Represents the start of new things or major changes in ones life. Definitely a unique flower but not recommended for this holiday.

Daisies

Innocence and happiness.

Tulips

Relatively happy flower that can represent awakening. Meanings can change based on the shade; red means love, white forgiveness, pink caring and purple royalty.

Orchids

Delicate beauty and a flattering sentiment.

Carnations

Relatively happy flowers and meanings vary with the shade. Avoid striped carnations, those represent refusal.

Mums

Secret admirer or excitement. Great choice for a crush or a first date.

Daffodils

Represents chivalry. Great gift from a man to his best female friend.

Hydrangea

Perseverance. Great choice for long standing couples. Popular for weddings.

Peony

Riches and goodluck. Great choice for a newly engaged couple.


In preparing your displays for Valentine’s, it’s important to understand what items are impact items and whicharrangements draw attention.  Some flowers draw attention more than others, and it’s important to know when to use them in arrangements and where to display them for your customers.  For Valentine’s, of course roses are right up there with impact items that can lure the eyes of consumers, but lets look at some other items that can garner the attention of many customers.  Here are some helpful ideas for displaying Valentine’s impact items.

Orchids and Tulips are two flowers that draw attention for Valentine’s because they are a favorite to many and have natural beauty.  Tulips have a very elegant look to them and come in an array of beautiful and vibrant colors.  It’s important to take proper care while displaying your Tulips though because they continue to grow while in water (possibly 1-6 inches).

Tulips are a beautiful impact flower and would look great in a storefront designed to draw people into the store.  Keep in mind though that you do not want to store tulips in full sun, near heaters, or under lamps because heat shortens the life of blooming flowers.  The best environment is in cooler temperatures whenever possible.  Orchids are another delicate beauty that remain one of the more popular variety of flowers.  Orchids showcase such a natural beauty, that it’s common to display Orchids in unique ways.  For some display ideas, just look around your home or store for ordinary objects commonly used for other purposes, then transform them into a planter used  for displaying the Orchid. With Tulips, Orchids and other impact arrangements, it’s wise to make them part of your centerpiece that you plan to showcase for your store.  You want consumers to see unique and beautiful arrangements so they can pick and choose what they like and what they want for their loved one.  If you plan to offer candy, stuffed animals, or other goodies, you may want to display these items near your floral display so consumers understand the options they have.

When displaying impact items in your store, it’s important to display arrangements in areas of your store that is exposed to consumers.  You do not want your impact arrangements hidden or out of sight.  In the front of the store towards the window displays would be a nice place to display your beautiful arrangements because it can invite customers into the store.  Keep in mind that you do not want to store the flowers in full sun, near heaters, or under lamps because heat shortens the life of blooming flowers.

 


Times are tough and so are wedding budgets.  Recently our friend Brett at Forever Blossoms was asked to do a small wedding for a friend.  The wedding was intimate and took place at a private home with only 20 guest.  The bride originally wanted white phaleonopsis orchids, but being on a budget, couldn’t afford the cost.  She opted for green and white dendrobium orchids instead, keeping her cost down without sacrificing the simple and elegant look she wanted to achieve.  An assortment of tropical greens including ti leaves, aspidistra, and bear grass helped give the arrangements volume and texture.

Brett took a sticky situation and made these marvelous arrangements, our favorite was the elegant and fun bouquet.  We often hear brides asking for expensive varieties like Callas, Hydrangeas and Orchids but tend to get sticker shock when they hear the price.  Several florist told us that they use color schemes to keep the customer happy when substituting flowers due to budgets.

Click below to watch a funny video made by a florist:

How much do your wedding flowers cost.


It’s summer and to many that means long hot days and for others it means Wedding time.  Chrysal fan and Forever Blossoms designer Brett Usina worked his magic recently for a stupendous wedding in Groove Isle, FL.  His arrangements included Sarah Bernhardt Peonies, Polar Star Roses, Esperance Roses, White Hypericum, White Hydrangea, Pink Lisianthus, Hanging Green Amaranthus, Green Dendrobium Orchids, White Phaleonopsis Orchids, and Wax Flower.  Brett made sure to  hydrated his flowers with Chrysal Professional 2 T-Bags and Chrysal RosePro Solutions for his perfectly Pink Peonies.  In order to guarantee the fresh look to the bride in groom he used Chrysal Professional Glory which prevented the petals from wilting and provided a shield to protect against evaporation.

We love the color combination and the use of the Peonies in the aisle & marvelous chuppah!  Great job Brett!!! Check out the gorgeous pictures below.

Here are some tips for Peonies:

RETAILER

  • Prepare clean buckets (or vases) with Chrysal RosePro Vase food
  • Follow mixing instructions on label. Use cold water
  • Cut 1-2 inches from stems. Immediately place flowers in prepared cold solution
  • Allow flowers to drink 2-4hrs min. before designing. (Overnight in cooler even better!)
  • Flowers can stay in same solution up to 5-6 days
  • Watch solution level—peonies are BIG drinkers!
  • Top up containers with fresh solution (not tap water)
  • Vase life potential ranges 4-7days depending on variety, cut stage, age & treatments

Cut flower food prolongs the vase life more than 60% over water treatment

BOUQUET MAKER / WHOLESALER

For wet-pack s hipping and sales display ~

  • Store boxes cold (34-36F)
  • Prepare clean buckets with cold water and correct amount of Professional #2 (liquid or Tbags)
  • Cut 1-2 inches and place immediately into Professional #2 solution
  • Store buckets in cooler (34-36F) 
  • Advantages of Professional #2 treatment
    • Low-sugar flower food boost flow in stems
    • Lowers pH to 3.5—5.0 range to dissolve air blockages in stems—boosting flow!
    • Controls pollution up to 5 days
    • Provides energy to keep foliage and flowers turgid