We have been very busy this year in the lead up to Christmas. With Interflora releasing a new selection guide we have had many images of beautiful flowers to go through to try to select which arrangements we would like to add to our online offering. You can see a few of them here along with our own designs. Also just in time for Christmas we have added the new range of Interflora Gift Hampers to our online selection. But of course, flowers are the perfect choice for someone that has everything this Christmas.
For delivery in the Rockingham area (Mandurah to Fremantle) all arrangements, bouquets, gift baskets and other gift items can be ordered online, however if you see something on our website that you would like be delivered outside this area you will need to call us (08) 9527 5562 to place your order as not all items are available to send through Interflora and the Interflora service fee will need to be added to the price in addition to the standard delivery fee.
Those that have signed up to receive our email would have been sent a coupon code (“Christmas 2012”) to use on our website to get a %15 discount on all locally delivered items ordered on our website before 20th December 2012. To be sure that you don’t miss out on future discount opportunities you can sign up here.
Finally we would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.
We have some great gift ideas including flowers, balloons, plants and chocolates available for delivery in the Rockingham area (including Wellard) from $19.50 (plus the applicable delivery fee). Just look under the “Occasions” tab on our website and find the link to “Gifts Under $50” to see our selection.
Brighten someone’s dreary winter day (or your own!) with some lovely flowers. We are offeirng $10 off all purchases on our website from now until 31 July 2011. Just use the Coupon Code “Winter” when ordering. We deliver to all suburbs between Mandurah and Fremantle – including Secret Harbour, Warnbro, Kwinana and Spearwood.
Search Google for “your town florist” and see what comes up. Many of the results will be strictly online operators, known in the florist industry as Order Gatherers – they do not actually handle any flowers but will take your order and send it on to a local florist minus a commission. While the slick websites, professional photography and extensive advertising may be impressive, the trap with placing your order with a company of this type is that you often do not get a good price, with some of these online operators charging a service fee as well as an inflated delivery fee. Typically your local florist will only charge a delivery fee of around $10 and no other service fee.
A major issue affecting the price of flowers bought from online Order Gatherers is the fact that every individual florist will have their own price and as the Order Gatherers on-sell orders to florists around the country, the prices are averaged across all markets. So while it may only cost you $120 including delivery to send a bouquet of 12 long stem red roses in a vase in Rockingham for Valentine’s Day, it may cost a lot more to send them in Sydney. One price I found online for roses to Sydney was $129.50 – not in a bouquet, not in a vase – just laid out in a long box. Another had just 6 roses in a box for $109.99! One online merchant advertising as a florist in Rockingham shows a bouquet of 12 roses in a vase for $119 – reading the small print the vase shown in the picture does not come with the roses and there is $12.95 delivery fee added. So that’s $131.95 for 12 roses delivered, compared $120 delivered plus you get a vase.
Another issue the online shopper must be aware of when comparing prices is what exactly are you getting when your order 12 roses? There are many different ways to present a dozen roses, and roses are available in varying lengths – longer stems being more expensive. In the example I gave comparing roses in Rockingham to a Sydney florist’s price the roses from Hanging Basket Florist include a glass vase and quality foliage with the flowers made into an impressive bouquet – compared to a bunch of roses laid out in a flat box. While the box of roses (not to be confused with a box arrangement) is often seen as romantic (a box of flowers just like in the movies!) the roses in a bouquet in a vase is more impressive and more practical. When the delivery driver walks into your loved ones work place with a big bouquet that everyone can see, in a vase that can sit on the desk, it is a lot more impressive than just receiving a box. The practical consideration is that the roses in the vase have had plenty of water from the moment they left the florist and have not been kept in a hot airless box for hours. And after receiving the box what will the recipient do with them? Do they have easy access to vases and water at work? Do they have time to put the flowers in water?
While it may seem that there are many things for a shopper to consider when sending flowers for Valentine’s Day the solution is quite simple – call your local professional florist and ask their advice. Lacking the years of experience of actually working with flowers, quality advice is not something that a call centre operator for an online-only seller will be able to give.
Hanging Basket Florist have many great ideas for Christmas this year. Flowers and Gift Baskets make perfect presents for those that have everything. We can create a beautiful arrangement or bouquet of flowers (like the one pictured) and deliver it anywhere in the Rockingham area during Christmas week, right up to Christmas Eve. Even if you need a present for someone who doesn’t particularly like flowers we can send a gift basket like the one shown above, a basket of plants, or a chocolate arrangement.
I have added a page to our website to keep our customers informed about the great Cash & Carry specials we have at Hanging Basket Florist. Every Saturday we have special deals, and occasionally on other random days as well.
Hanging Basket Florist Rockingham will be open on Sundays during the school holidays (26 Sep to 10 Oct) and this coming Monday Public Holiday (27 Sep) at Rockingham Shopping Centre.
We will be open from 11am to 4pm. We will also be delivering on these days so if you need a gift delivered on a Sunday in the Rockingham area (Warnbro, Kwinana, Baldivis, Bertram, Shoalwater, Safety Bay, Waikiki etc) we will happily help you out.