During the biggest floral holiday the silent psychologists known as Florists will be biting their tongues and holding back while writing the personal messages that will accompany the gorgeous designs.  We asked fun florists worldwide to help us collect some of the funniest cards they had to write out.  The responses were hilarious, crude and honestly not suitable for a company blog (although the whole office had a blast reading them, we are all adults).

After much deliberation & counting the always scientific “likes” of facebook, we decided to share the ones that seem PG-13.

We hope you enjoy & have a successful holiday season!

“Darling Girl, she’s just a friend. Believe me, if I was going to cheat on you, I wouldn’t take her to a Harry Potter movie.”

Delivered one dozen roses with a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day a couple years back. The sender wanted the card to read: “They say it takes one hour of sex to burn off two pieces of chocolate. Eat the whole box, I’ve got plans!”

“Come near my husband again and I will be sending you funeral flowers”

On a sympathy card. “Sorry you won’t be at Christmas.”

“Happy Mothers day, With lots of love from your favorite, not the mistake!”

“Drop your drawers and the flowers are yours.”

“Happy 30th anniversary! Thanks for the best 26 years of my life!”

 

“No card needed, I’m sending these anniversary flowers to myself as I know my husband won’t!”

“Sorry I threw up. XXX”

“I’m sorry it is your fault.”

 

Thank you to all the florist who participated, we would love to give you all credit but we understand your client/ florist confidentially agreement.


Last year an estimated $1.9 billion dollars were spent on flowers for Valentine’s Day. With such a large amount of money being spent on this holiday, it is important that your flowers are being properly handled. Ensure your investment and provide the customer with the highest quality possible by following these proven rose handling techniques.
GENERAL
                                                        • Do not drop boxes on pallet or floor in order to avoid impact damage and internal bruising
                                                        • Stack boxes on top of pallets in cooler to maximize air flow and also prevent soggy bottoms
                                                        • Allow roses to drink water 1 – 2 hours before sales display
                                                        • Place roses to top shelves away from drip areas to lessen the chance of Botrytis
                                                        • Soak foam, fill vases with Chrysal Rose Pro Vase so flowers stand tall to the end

DRY PACK PROCESSING

                                                          • Store boxes at 34 – 38F. Avoid fluctuating temperatures in order to reduce excessive condensation
                                                          • Remove ONLY as many boxes as you can process within 30 – 60 minutes
                                                          • Fill buckets with Chrysal Professional #1 or Professional #2
                                                          • Measure when mixing solutions
                                                          • Clean buckets, clean cutters, clean solution
                                                          • Let bunches sit outside cooler (in sleeves) for 30 minutes to allow condensation to evaporate
                                                          • Remove only foliage and thorns below water level
                                                          • Hydrate roses for a minimum of 2 – 4 hours before displaying or designing

WET PACK PROCESSING

                                                          • Follow same guidelines as dry pack processing
                                                          • Check solution level on arrival
                                                          • Top up with fresh solution (not tap water), if needed
                                                          • Do not drip on flowers
                                                          • Remove any diseased flowers (Botrytis etc.) 

CUT ROSE CARE TIPS


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.