Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What You Should Consider When Picking Birthday Flowers

A birthday comes but once a year -- even if most of us enjoy stretching out our celebrations for as long as possible.

Instead of getting the special someone in your life a trendy new tech toy or yet another scented candle that you know will likely end up being re-gifted next Christmas, why not go with a classic?

This year, give them what they really want -- birthday flowers. But what can you do to take your gift to the next level, and what are the important things to keep in mind when sending flowers?
Read on to find out.

1. Know The Recipient

When it comes to buying birthday flowers, the most important thing to consider is the person you're buying them for.

Hopefully, you know their tastes when it comes to both arrangement styles and preference of flower. Are they more trendy, or would they like a more classic arrangement? Are they obsessed with all things roses, or are they completely into the succulent scene?

Whatever you choose, make sure that it's to the recipient's taste and personal style.

2. Go For A Symbolic Message

Of course, if you're not sure exactly what the person you're sending the flowers to would love, you can always select flowers based on their meaning.

Looking to send them a not-so-subtle hint that you're into them? Nothing says "please go out with me" like red roses. Want to celebrate your friendship with your bestie on her birthday?

If so, send her irises or chrysanthemums, traditional friendship flowers.

Want to send birthday flowers to a baby or younger cousin? If so, then send daisies, which are meant to symbolize innocence.

You could even include a book about decoding flower meanings to ensure your loved one gets the message!

3. Consider Their Birth Flower

You have a birthstone... but did you know that you also have a birth flower? If symbolic messages aren't exactly you're thing, you can always use traditional birthday flowers based on the month in which the recipient was born to send a special arrangement.

Check out this quick guide to make things easier, based on information from the trusted Farmer's Almanac:
  • January: Carnations
  • February: Violets
  • March: Daffodils
  • April: Daisies
  • May: Lily of the valley
  • June: Roses
  • July: Water lilies
  • August: Poppies
  • September: Morning Glories
  • October: Marigolds
  • November: Chrysanthemums
  • December: Holly

4. Think About The Size

Another thing that you'll need to keep in mind when you want to purchase birthday flowers for someone special? The size of the arrangement itself.

Consider where the person getting them is the most likely to put them (or make a suggestion yourself on the card if you have a space in mind.) If it's on their office desk, then an enormous arrangement that's likely to get knocked over onto a computer probably isn't the best idea.

But if they'll probably put the flowers in their foyer, then why not go for a large, over-the-top arrangement? Keep in mind that the size of the arrangement will also impact which kind of vase you choose to order to put them in.

If you need help deciding on the right size and vase, one of our florists will be more than happy to assist you.

5. Don't Forget The Details

You've heard the well-worn expression "the devil is in the details." Well, it's no less true when it comes to buying birthday flowers.

Many people get so hung up on things like the size and type of arrangement, they can often end up completely overlooking some of the most important things about how the birthday boy or girl will actually get their flowers!

First of all, make sure you choose the right address when it comes to delivery. This means that you'll also need to consider the delivery time. Will the person getting them be at work during the delivery slot, or at home?

If they're at work, how will they be notified that they have a delivery? It's a good idea to contact their office just to be sure that everything goes smoothly. Also, when you're sending the flowers, make sure that you put down the correct contact information for the recipient.

This will help the delivery person connect with them in case wires get crossed -- without ruining the element of surprise!

6. Consider Longevity

Have you ever spent a ton of money on what you thought was your dream purchase, only to have it break two days after you bought it?

You don't want the person you're gifting flowers to feel the same sense of frustration and sadness because their arrangement wilts and dies in 48 hours.

When you're buying flowers, always go with a professional florist. The quality of the flowers themselves will be higher, and they'll be able to point you towards flowers that last for a long time.
Orchids, zinnias, larkspur, and chrysanthemums all have a lengthier lifespan. Be sure to make them a part of your arrangement.

7. Write The Perfect Card

Last but not least, when you're ordering birthday flowers for someone special, never forget the importance of the message you plan to write on the card.

Even if you want to send the flowers anonymously, a nice, celebratory birthday message is still a smart idea. Keep things short and sweet -- the flowers will say everything you need to!

Where Can You Order The Perfect Birthday Flowers In Los Angeles?

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If your birthday flowers go over well, we might even be helping you with your wedding flowers one day! One of the best things about working with us?

We know that sometimes, a birthday can be easily, accidentally, forgotten. Luckily, your recipient will be none the wiser. Our amazing teams can get your flowers out in hours if need be. Make your loved one's birthday even more unforgettable by heightening the celebration with a stunning bouquet.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

7 Tips for Giving Floral Baskets as Gifts

Whatever the occasion, floral baskets are always the answer. Who doesn't love flowers? And even if they say they don't, chances are that they secretly do!

Whether it's an anniversary, something for your girlfriend, or some business appreciation, floral baskets make excellent gifts. In fact, with Americans spending over $26 billion a year on flowers, they're the most popular gift in the country!

If you're considering a basket for a loved one, there are several things you need to know. Keep reading for tips on giving floral baskets as gifts.

What Are Floral Baskets?

Imagine the basket Little Red Riding Hood had swinging from her arm as she skipped through the woods to visit Grandma. Now, fill it with flowers - you've got a floral basket!

Floral baskets are more popular and coveted than typical floral bouquets, because they're so much, well, fancier.

1. Give a Gift That Lasts

With cumbersome bouquets, you have to be super careful when unwrapping them. Then, you need to trim the stems and arrange them in water, whether you know how to or not.

Know what you're doing and you'll get a pretty arrangement that'll last for days on end. If you're not blessed with green fingers, though, you might just mess up your bouquet and wish you hadn't fiddled with it in the first place.

With a floral basket, your arrangement's made to last. A week later it will still look as perfect as the day it arrived.

2. Cut Flowers Are a Safe Choice

There are a few things to consider when choosing the right kind of floral basket for the occasion.
Do you know whether the recipient is great with things that grow, or do they tend to make things wither and die? Either is fine when it comes to a floral basket - you just need to pick the right flowers.

Choose cut flowers for a plant-nurturing novice, for low maintenance. There are plenty of ways to make cut flowers last even longer, so be sure to print this handy guide as part of your gift.
If your basket is part of a corporate gift, though, it's recommended to use cut flowers. If the office isn't great at looking after plants, you wouldn't want your well-meaning token to become a nuisance.

3. If They're Green-Fingered, Get a Living Basket

Maybe the recipient grows their own flowers, though. Perhaps they even talk to their flowers, because flowers need attention too!

In that case, they might prefer a living basket instead. Choose high-quality flowers from a trusted source, for long-lasting flowers they'll love.

Living baskets are also a wonderful and thoughtful choice for funeral homes, and for the friends and family of the deceased. What better way to remember a loved one than a living, blossoming tribute that will last.

4. Think About What She Likes

When you're choosing the right flowers for your floral basket, have a think about who you're giving them to.

Does your girlfriend have a favorite flower or color? There's no better way of showing you're a great listener than giving her something she already told you she loves!

Roses are always a great choice for wives and girlfriends. A top anniversary tip would be to choose at least 1 flower from her wedding bouquet. If you're unsure, send your florist a picture from your wedding. You're sure to earn brownie points - just make sure you point them out if she doesn't notice!

5. Remember the Occasion

Of course, flowers are traditional on some occasions, so you'll need to think about expectations and sensibilities.


If your flowers are to take to a funeral, whites, pale pinks and yellows are often a safe color choice.
However, again, if you know that the deceased liked a particular color or flower, then it might be nice to use those, and show the family how much you care.

Get Well Flowers

Did you know that flowers can promote good mental health?

Bright, vibrant colors work well when the message is, 'get well soon'. Oranges, yellows, fuchsias, and purples work well to invigorate and uplift, for a refreshing floral gift.

For longer-term illnesses, though, paler flowers are a thoughtful choice, as they promote a more relaxed atmosphere.

Business Gifts

For unique and special corporate and business gifts, floral baskets are a great way to go. Whether it's a thank-you for them nudging some business your way, a landmark year or just to show your appreciation, they'll love the flowers you send.

Don't stress about the right colors for this one. A nice touch would be to match their logo or business colors. If that won't work, choose something you love and run with it - someone in the office is bound to love it, too!

6. They've Got Allergies? No Problem!

If your significant other is prone to allergies, there's no reason why you can't still send a floral basket. In this instance, a basket arranged with succulents is a better choice.

You'll still get a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from, but with far less sneeze-inducing potential.

7. Choose Your Price Point Wisely

The last thing to think about is how much you should spend.

Often, the amount you spend will show in the flowers you choose, so you want to send out the right message.

If you know your wife loves flowers but hates the expense, then an inexpensive floral basket is definitely the right choice. That way, you show what a good listener you are, twice over! With funeral flowers, it's best to spend the most you can afford. It'll show your regard for the deceased and their family, and can lift their spirits on a sad day.

Anniversary flowers vary - if your floral basket is part of a bigger gift, then spending less is fine. If your basket is delivered with her anniversary gift, though, then splash out - it's going to live long in the memory. And if you're giving her flowers to say 'I'm sorry', then push the boat out, dude. Seriously - she deserves it.

The Takeaway

Floral baskets make a wonderful gift, no matter the occasion. Whether it's a 'sorry', a 'thank you', or something to say 'I love you', a floral basket will always be appreciated.

Choose your flowers wisely, with the person in mind. Know your audience and pick either cut flowers or a living basket that'll last.

Don't worry, we've got you covered. Read up on our tips and keep them in mind when choosing your next floral basket, and you won't go wrong.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Top 7 Alternatives to Roses

While roses are a beautiful and fragrant flower, that doesn't mean everyone loves them. Some women prefer other flowers. That's because roses have become somewhat of a cliche. Around 198,000,000 roses are produced specifically for Valentine's Day.

Yet, they also convey that the giver didn't really give too much thought to the floral arrangement. This year, try buying flowers that go beyond the traditional.Here are the top seven alternatives to roses.

1. Dahlia's

Dahlia's are a wonderful substitute because they come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. They're known for their spiky, tube-shaped petals which result in gigantic blooms.

But variety isn't the only reason to choose dahlias over roses. In Victorian times, this gorgeous flower signified a lasting bond and commitment between two people. Their message is to celebrate what makes you different. This is perfect for anyone who is a flower-loving non-conformist.

It's also easy to pick the perfect shade when you know their meaning. Red means power and strength.
Both pink and purple are associated with kindness and grace. Meanwhile both blue and green are associated with big fresh starts and big changes. You can also choose white, which is a symbol of staying focused and pure.

2. Ranunculus

Unlike roses, ranunculus flowers don't smell. A perfect choice for someone who doesn't enjoy the smell the rose gives off. Ranunculus flowers have a large number of tightly-layered petals. One tuber can produce as much as 40 blooms.

But their meaning may be the biggest benefit to giving these beautiful flowers. The ranunculus flower means the receiver has a radiant charm and is attractive. You can usually find ranunculus flowers in warm shades. Reds, pinks, peaches, oranges, whites, and yellows are generally available for gift giving.

3. Tulips

Tulips were once so popular they created the first economic bubble. Today, they're available in a wide variety of colors. You can give tulips or double tulips. Both varieties are a gorgeous alternative to traditional roses. But their meaning is also what makes them perfect gifts for any occasion where you want to tell that someone special how you feel.

Tulips convey a perfect enduring love between romantic partners or family members. However, only send red ones to someone you have romantic feelings for. Choose pink to send to family members and friends as it conveys great affection. The undying and passionate love exists whether that love is returned or even spurned. To convey a message of unrequited love, send yellow tulips.

For those who tend to forget special occasions, the tulip is perfect because it represents forgotten or neglected love. For couples celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary, tulips are the gift to give. But tulips also represent abundance and indulgence as well.

4. Sweet Peas

Sweet peas, like their name suggests, are the picture of delicacy. Their colors range from deep reds to crisp whites. You can also get a stunning arrangement that meets somewhere in the middle with colors like peach, pink, or ecru.

Sweet peas were very popular back in Edwardian English times. They were often found at weddings.
They are a fragrant flower and their dried leaves are often used in potpourris. The meaning of sweet peas can represent blissful and delicate pleasure. They also match well in bouquets with roses if you're looking to blend traditional with something new.

5. Peonies

Peonies are large, lush flowers. They come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. What's most surprising is that they also have a wide variety of scents to choose from. Their scents range from citrus to baby powder.

As for their meaning, peonies represent ideas and values. They can be the perfect bouquet to that special someone who brings honor to their family through their success. But they also represent the idea of romance and romantic love. Choose pink for weddings or when you want to tell that special someone how you feel.

If you're trying to apologize because you forgot a special occasion or messed up, use white or very pale pink. They'll help communicate your regret. There is a particular focus on love between two strangers, so if you believe in love at first sight, these could be a great bouquet to break the ice.

Peonies also represent beauty in all its forms. Deep red has ties to honor and respect and is a symbol of wealth and prosperity in some Asian cultures.

6. Sunflowers Rather than Roses

Giving sunflowers as a gift will put a giant smile on anyone's face. While often associated with late summer and early autumn, they're a great flower arrangement to receive any time of the year. Sunflowers represent a long happy life, perfect for those just beginning their journey together. Just make sure you buy the yellow ones to convey that meaning.

When giving sunflowers to friends or family members, they can represent feelings of adoration and admiration. You can give them a more vibrant orange or red color, as they're connected with strength and positivity.

You can also choose the brown and burgundy variety to show loyalty and support. To convey innocence, perhaps to your child, stick to the white or cream-colored varieties.
Best of all, sunflowers also come with their own snack. The seeds are edible.

7. Orchids

While orchids are generally thought to be a stunningly beautiful flower. Orchids have also come to represent many good sentiments over the years. These include love, beauty, fertility, refinement, thoughtfulness, and charm. These are descriptions any man or woman would like to think is representative of themselves.

However, their colors also have a deep meaning associated with them. Be careful which one you choose as a gift for someone. Blue orchids represent rarity while red orchids mean passion and desire. Red orchids can also symbolize strength and courage.

Pink means grace, joy, and happiness. They can also mean innocence and femininity. White orchids mean humility, purity, elegance, and beauty. Purple means admiration, respect, and dignity. Choose yellow for your friends or when you want to convey good luck with new beginnings. Orange goes best with boldness, pride, and enthusiasm. Perhaps perfect for someone who just got a raise or a new job.

Green orchids are best known to bring good fortune and blessings. They also represent good health, longevity, and nature.

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