In Season

We now have some lovely winter flowers available – Kale (Cabbage flowers), Stock and Asters are now in season along with Tulips & Iris.

The Meaning of Flowers

What do flowers mean to you? To me floristry means we can surround ourselves with nature’s beauty wherever we are, indoors or out, be it in a hospital bed or a grand hotel or your own home. But when it comes to specific meanings for specific flowers many people look to the symbolic meanings that were made popular in the Victorian era when ladies would send each other complex coded messages with flowers.

Today there is no need to worry too much about any possible implied meaning from your flower gift – remember the person you are giving the flowers to is not likely to know the flowers meaning either. However some of the old symbolism has survived – red roses, for example, are still largely considered a romantic gift and it is a good idea to carefully consider your relationship with someone before sending them red roses in case they get the wrong message. Traditionally yellow roses are for friendship, while white roses symbolise peace which makes them a good choice for sympathy.

A more important consideration than old fashioned meanings of particular flower varieties is the symbolism of the colour, as the colour of flowers has the most impact. For example if you wish to have flowers delivered to a man, bold, strong colours like red or autumn tones would be more suitable than pretty, feminine pinks and mauves. Of course, it does depend on the individual – many ladies do not necessarily like pretty and frilly and would be much happier with bright colours. As with sympathy or funeral flowers – some may prefer a bright, cheery arrangement to reflect the deceased’s personality or as a celebration of life, while others may like white (symbolising peace) or other subdued colours to reflect the mood. Personally I love white flowers and will use them for any occasion.

So while choosing a gift that is suitable to the personalities of the sender and receiver and is appropriate for the occasion is important, it is perfectly acceptable to choose an arrangement, bouquet or plant just because you like the way it looks.

Safety Bay Senior High School Ball

Last weekend was very busy for us here at Hanging Basket Florist with Safety Bay Senior High School’s ball at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth coming hot on the heels of Mothers Day.

As the trend in recent years has been for sleeveless ball gowns, almost all students forgo the traditional pin on corsage for a wrist spray. With the range of keepsake wrist bands for us to attach the corsage to, the girls can keep a reminder of their special night. Many of the keepsake wrist bands are similar to the beaded bangles which are now in fashion, so many of the girls get great value from their wrist corsages by wearing the bands long after the flowers have died.

Mothers Day 2010

As usual Mothers Day was a crazy time in our florist shop. At the beginning of the week I was coming down with a cold and our growers were telling us that we would not get all the flowers we wanted due to a lack of rain in recent months – but in the end everything went off without a hitch. With many glass-house grown flowers like tulips and lilliums to rely on we pulled it off and our phones were ringing off the hook on Monday with all the happy mum’s letting us know how delighted they are with their flowers.

Anzac Day

Sunday was, of course, Anzac Day and just like the 26 preceding Anzac Days, we delivered about 2 dozen memorial wreaths for the Rockingham service. We have relocated our shop four times (within Rockingham Shopping Centre) in these years, and in our current little shop big events like Anzac Day and Mothers Day can be a real challenge to try and get the same number of flowers into a shop half the size! But of course everything went off without a hitch.

Although it means we can’t attend the dawn service we are proud to able to serve the community and honour the day by spending our Anzac Day morning loading up our van with memorial wreaths and working with the RSL members to help the community mark this day of remembrance for fallen service men and women.

All of us here at Hanging Basket Florist look forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come.

Not just flowers

Looking for a gift that can be delivered but not flowers? Have a look at our Chocolate Arrangements – just like a flower arrangement but made with chocolates instead of flowers. We have been doing these for a while now but they really took off at Easter and continue to be a favourite with our Rockingham customers.

Flowering pot plants were also very popular at Easter. The Phalaenopsis Orchids (or Moth Orchids) are looking amazing right now – the big beautiful blooms will stay on the plant for months. The plants make a great little thank you or “just because” gift or if you are looking for something a bit more impressive a few plants in a basket is a lovely bright, cheery gift.

Be warned though, indoor plants are something of a myth as most plants, particularly flowering varieties, need plenty of sunshine for them to thrive. I usually recommend that flowering pot plants are kept on a patio or similar area in semi-shade. However, if you do want to bring a little more life inside your home put your pot plants right next to a window that gets lots of sunlight.

A nice decorating idea is to have a fancy ceramic or terra cotta pot that you can leave inside and swap the plant for a different one from the garden every few weeks. Just don’t take your plants from inside straight to a sunny spot as they will be used to the diffused indoor light and will burn – put them somewhere shady. This way you will be able to enjoy your flowering plants indoors but still give them a holiday outside in the sunshine to recuperate.

School Holidays at Rockingham Shopping Centre

From 5 April to 27 June 2010 Rockingham Shopping Centre (where Hanging Basket Florist is located) is taking part in the Better Schools program by giving local primary schools a chance to win a $40,000 Canteen Rescue package. Drop your receipts into the customer service desk and receive one point for every dollar spent. For more details see the Rockingham Shopping Centre website. There are chances to earn extra points like Double Points Tuesdays.

This is a great opportunity to help the Rockingham community so don’t forget to hand in your receipts.

Also this school holidays at Rockingham Shopping Centre the kids can learn about the benefits of eating fresh fruit vegetables and how to grow their own food.

Home Decor

We now have a range of home decor items including colourful Dragonfly’s to hang on your wall, large urn style vases and some beautiful mosaic mirrors.