It is a simple and elegant bouquet with Oriental Lilliums, Roses and Ivy. As the bride was overseas until a few days before the wedding, the flowers were organised by consulting with the groom and the bride sending pictures via email – this way we managed to create the very look the bride wanted and she was very happy with her flowers. The ivy, along with the pale cream roses, creates a nostalgic, romantic look while the oriental lilliums add some showiness.
Want to add some sparkel to your wedding flowers? We have diamantes that can be threaded through your bouquet or even inserted into the centre of the bloom like these roses. This rose bouquet was made for a local bride a few weeks ago.
I made this arrangement late yesterday for a man to give his wife as an anniversary gift. Most often men just ask us for ‘something nice’ but this customer knew exactly what his wife liked – he wanted long stem roses with sticks arranged in a ceramic container. I was happy to oblige and he was very happy with the end result.
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.
From last weekends wedding here is a trailing style bouquet (picture on the left – also known as a ‘teardrop’ or ‘cascade’) featuring White Oriental Lilliums and Red Roses with White Dendrobium Orchids. The bridesmaids posy (right) has White Oriental Lilliums and White Roses.
Sorry – not the best photo’s I’ve taken – but we were flat out busy!
There are many factors that can contribute to the perceived value of a flower arrangement or bouquet. While most of our customers prefer the bigger and more showy box arrangements, more and more people are starting to appreciate the elegant style of more compact designs like the one shown above in a quality vase that the recipient gets to keep.
This is a lovely, elegant flower arrangement I whipped up at about a quarter-to-closing last night for a young guy to give his girlfriend. It has beautiful cream Roses and orange Asiatic Lilliums in a square glass vase.
While long stemmed roses make a big, impressive bouquet, the flowers shown above with the shorter stems will actually last longer, so for many this design is a better value gift. When sending flowers to someone at work who will have to keep them on a small desk it would be more suitable to have delivered a more compact floral design like the one above.
It all comes down to what an individual sees as better value – be it size, style or vase life and at the same time making sure that the arrangement is appropriate for the occasion and situation. The important part is to let your florist know what aspect of a flower arrangement has the most value for you. We all have our own preferences, but we want to provide you with the gift that you find attractive and see good value in.
With the recent cold weather production of red roses has been greatly reduced, however this week we are again flush with beautiful, locally grown, red roses. We know that supermarkets and the like have had plenty of imported red roses, we prefer to support the local economy and only stock locally grown flowers.
While the designers here at Hanging Basket Florist have enjoyed using some of the different coloured roses we know that our customers will be pleased that our red rose specials will be again available for delivery in Rockingham, Bertram, Warnbro, Kwinana, Murdoch, Mandurah and Fremantle and surrounding areas from Hanging Basket Florist Rockingham.