Salvation Army Rockingham

Last Sunday the Rockingham Salvation Army held a banquet to thank those in the community that have helped them. Hanging Basket Florist were pleased to be invited and to receive a Certificate of Appreciation. For many years we have been providing flowers for their chapel every Sunday, at the end of the service a deserving member of the congregation are given the flowers to take home.

It was a great day to meet others from the Rockingham community that support this wonderful group and their good work.

Sympathy Flowers

Here is a beautiful sympathy flower arrangement created by Ingrid, featuring Oriental Lilliums and Green Dis-bud Chrysanthemums, which we delivered to Bertram last week.

Queen’s Birthday Honors

Hanging Basket Florist would like to congratulate Port Kennedy resident Christopher Smith on receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia for his volunteer work with many Rockingham area community groups.

Saturday Specials

Every Saturday at Hanging Basket Florist Rockingham we have specials on cut flowers for cash & carry sales.

The specials vary from week to week but today we have Gerberas at 2 bunches for $12 (that’s 10 stems!) and Oriental Lilliums for $20 a bunch.

Open Sunday

Just a reminder that we are open at Rockingham Shopping Centre on Sunday’s during school holidays and Monday’s on long weekends.

We also deliver on these days so for a flower delivery in Rockingham, Safety Bay, Warnbro, Bertram and surrounding areas on Sunday give Hanging Basket Florist a call on (08) 9527 5562 or order your flower delivery on our website

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.