The Romantic Gesture

Red Roses have long been the ultimate romantic gift, a beautiful touch of luxury to express feelings of love. For many, however, the cost of a dozen red roses is not always in the budget.

Short Stem Red Roses in Coloured Glass Vase
Short Stem Red Roses in Coloured Vase

Although a single rose is still a sweet, thoughtful, romantic gesture there are of course other rose gifts your friendly local florist can provide.  One of our most popular floral designs is a bouquet of roses and oriental lilliums – the lilies are showy and fragrant and add that extra touch of glamour to the romantic roses. Another affordable option for roses is to get a bouquet of medium stem roses (40cm length). Roses are priced according to stem length – longer stems being more expensive. While long stem (50 – 60 cm) roses make a much larger, more impressive bouquet the shorter roses look sweet in our little coloured glass vases and make for a lovely ‘just because’ gift.

Single Red Rose
A Single Red Rose – affordable romance

Many choose to go for a bouquet of six roses – while this means that the romantic roses can be had for a more affordable price (not always though – while our half dozen rose bouquet is $49.95, many florists charge as much as $65 for six roses!) a bouquet of mixed flowers for the same price would look much larger.

When trying to get a good value flower gift delivered in Rockingham, be sure that you are dealing with a genuine local florist. There are now many online merchants masquerading as real florists to try to grab your order to then on-sell it, minus a commission, to a local florist. Dealing direct is the best way to be sure you will get good value and to keep your money in the local community.

A gift of flowers shows you care, whatever you choose. Your thoughts and feelings can easily be shown with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from your local Rockingham florist.

Office Flowers

Many businesses have beautiful flowers on display – in the office, on the reception desk, in the foyer or boardroom – but few realise the full benefit fresh flowers can give.

Studies have shown that having plants and flowers in the workplace can improve productivity – but artificial flowers just do not provide the same benefits as the real deal. The beauty of flowers is in watching them bloom, change, and yes – die. Fresh flowers  look a little different each day, and using different flowers or colours each week will provide variety in office decor.

Spathaphyllum (Peace Lily)
Spathaphyllum can remove toxins from the air 

 

Some plants like the Spathaphyllum (Peace Lily),  Dracaena Marginata and Gerberas even help with “sick building syndrome” – working as air purifiers, removing toxins from the air.

While businesses have to watch their expenses, flowers can pay for themselves in improved productivity – particularly when you consider such affordable options as having a bunch of long lasting flowers like chrysanthemums, asiatic lilliums or sims carnations which cost around $15 – $20 a bunch and will last up to two weeks. So the question is: can you afford to not have flowers in your workplace?

 

Give some cheer, give flowers

With our aging population, more and more people are finding they have relatives in aged care facilities (nursing homes). While there are a wide range of such facilities, many are dull and dreary places. Sending a bright arrangement of flowers to a nursing home resident can go a very long way to make their lives happier.

As research has shown, flowers provide health benefits for older people – helping with depression and even improving memory! Add in the simple fact that you are letting them know that they are in your thoughts, flowers can be a gift worth so much, much more than the money spent.

With the great value flower arrangements on offer at Hanging Basket Florist, it is possible to send an older resident flowers frequently – say once a month – rather than just once or twice a year on those special occasions. We deliver to the aged care facilities in Rockingham, Spearwood and Kwinana daily. Most residents do not have much space for flowers, so a simple, small arrangement is just the thing to brighten someones room. Small box arrangements are a very affordable option, or a compact vase arrangement for a special occasion will beautify a room without crowding it.

A small gift can do so much for an older person – particularly one who may be living away from family and not receiving frequent visitors. A phone call will let them know you are thinking of them – flowers will be a constant reminder all week.

A bright, cheery flower arrangement
A bright, cheery flower arrangement

Make Your Flowers Last Longer

There are many old wives tales in regards to extending the vase life of cut flowers. Such tactics as putting lemonade or sugar in the water, while loosely based on science, is not the best thing for your flowers and can actually do more harm than good.

The first step in ensuring you get the most out of your flowers is to start with a clean vase, scrub it with bleach or put it in the dishwasher. The important thing to remember is that bacteria is the enemy, the grunge left in the vase after your last bunch of flowers died will kill your flowers faster than anything else.

If you want to add something to the water the best option is to use the packets of cut flower preservative (flower food) that your florist gives you with the flowers. It is important however to closely follow the directions on the packet as adding too much, or not enough, can actually do more harm than good. The preservative contains sugar in a form that is readily absorbed by the flowers, and an antibacterial agent. If you do not have any cut flower preservative available, add a small drop of bleach to the water – the bleach kills the bacteria, keeping the water (and vase) clean.

Taking care of the flowers from the moment you receive them is paramount if you want to get the longest vase life from them. Do not leave the flowers out of water any longer than necessary, and keep them cool and away from direct sunlight. Before placing the flowers in the vase be sure to remove any leaves that will be below the water line – these will rot in the water and produce bacteria. At the last moment, using a sharp knife or scissors, cut about 2 – 3 cm off the end of the flower stems, on an angle and the put the flower in water. Lastly, be careful where you place the flowers. They should be kept cool, away from direct sunlight.

Every other day the water should be changed, rinse out the vase and add cut flower preservative or a drop of bleach each time, and again cutting the stems just before the flowers go back in to water.

If you follow these steps you will be sure to enjoy your flowers for much longer than you are used to.

Father’s Day 2013

We have some great new Father’s Day gift ideas available on-line or in-store. Check out our Terrariums or our For Him Gift Basket. Also new this year we have something special for the dads that love chocolate. We have put together a package showcasing the delicious Fremantle Chocolate Factory range – featuring a box of chocolate truffles and three boxes of deluxe chocolates.

Our gift basket range is updated every year so have a look – we may just have the perfect gift for your dad.

Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are a great way to brighten up a living area, however many people have trouble keeping indoor plants alive. The biggest cause is usually a poor selection of plants to begin with.

Most plants need sunlight to grow well; few are suited to the low light conditions indoors, particularly flowering plants. Some of the better choices of flowering indoor plants are Spathiphyllum (Madonna Lily or Peace Lily) and Phalaenopsis Orchids (Moth Orchid, pictured below). These plants do well in a bright room, as close to a window as possible so that they can receive as much sunlight as they can. The Spathaphyllum do not like to dry out between watering – depending on local conditions they will typically need watering every other day.

Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid
Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid, a beautiful flowering indoor plant.

 

Twice a week the  Phalaenopsis Orchids need to be given a lot of water and then be allowed to drain. The flowers on the Phalaenopsis Orchid will last for months on the plant, when they have finished blooming just cut off the flowering stem above the first node to encourage more flowering spikes.

Fishbowl Terrarium
Fishbowl Terrarium

Terrariums are another popular, low maintenance option for indoor plants. Keep the terrarium near a window so that they can get get plenty of late and give them a good spray from a water bottle every other day. Just be sure to not over-water.

Hanging Basket Florist have beautiful plants, both for indoors and out, available for delivery in the Rockingham, Kwinana, Warnbro area.