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Tulips have gotten a bad rap…. April 24, 2013

People give tulips a bad rap, that they don’t last long. Well, here are three vases: on the right are the ones we got in yesterday, notice the yellow ones leaning over. They were laying in a box and tried to pick up their little heads.

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The ones in the middle are from last Monday. They were cut a bit shorter and are still perky.

The ones on the left are from two weeks ago. See how they are very open? They open like this as they mature and then drop their petals.

Thought you would like to know!

 

Green flowers… For St Patrick’s day and beyond March 15, 2013

Here are a few recent arrangements for your inspiration! The first 2 are available in our shop today as seen on Channel 3’s Your life A  to Z this week.

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Bells of Ireland are manipulated into swirls, and Green Hydrangea and it’s own foliage provide the base. Pussy Willows with suspended ‘bells’ provide graceful height.

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Green Hydrangea and Green Anthos Mums make a splash in a beautiful glass vase with swirled colors.

And at Old Main at Asu a few weeks ago. Enjoy!

Green hydrangea and hanging amaranthus provide a stunning base for purple orchids, tulips and other green and purple flowers. Photo by Jill Lauren Photography.

Green hydrangea and hanging amaranthus provide a stunning base for purple orchids, tulips and other green and purple flowers. Photo by Jill Lauren Photography.

 

Budgeting and Deposits for Wedding Flowers August 25, 2012

BouquetsYou’ve had your consultation.

You know what flowers you want.

You know how and when to order them.

But how much should you expect to spend and when should you have your deposits in?

Right now the current national industry standard is to budget about 8-15% of the entire wedding budget for flowers (all expenses, not just the venue).  With that said, let’s touch on price fluctuations with flowers as you will need to adjust your budget or your order based on this information.

Some flowers have steady pricing throughout the year, and other flower prices can fluctuate from 30-40%, up to 50-200%. For example: Red roses at Valentine’s day (high demand, but not the prime growing season for roses) can run 2-3 times what they are the rest of the year.  Mother’s Day weddings also will see a premium upgrade for the floral designs and delivery services.

Peonies out-of-season are typically at least twice as expensive. Also, when thinking about flowers that are in season, remember that it depends on the growing season, not colors for the season. For example, in the fall, orange roses and almost anything else orange is actually a higher price because there is so much demand. On the other hand, tulips are very plentiful in the spring and prices come down significantly.

Remember that there are some seasons during the year where specific flowers either just aren’t available or are very, very pricey and must be pre-ordered well in advance.bridesmaid bouquet For example, tulips in July, August, or September are available in a limited supply and are much more expensive. Daffodils are just not available at all except a short season in the winter and early spring, at least here in Phoenix. 

Also, where you are located in the country greatly affects availability and cost as well. If you are closer to the area where your favorite flower is grown, the prices will be better. And as is typical with our other selections, we always seem to want the exotic for our area – for example, hydrangeas can be seen as a very common flower in the Northeast or Midwest where it grows in many gardens. Here in Phoenix, it is in high demand because we never see it in the landscape.

It is common for most florists to ask for one-quarter to one-half of the price as a deposit.  At God’s Garden Treasures we require one-third of the complete package for the full deposit. We also offer a hold-the-date deposit for brides who know they want to use us and still are working to make final decisions about their package style. This allows us to release all the information and photos we have gathered, so that they can utilize this in their final decision-making.

Planning a wedding can be stressful for brides, fiancés, and family members. Let use help take away some of that stress and provide you with quality flowers and outstanding customer service. Call us today to schedule your wedding flower consultation.

As always, check out our other wedding tips on our blog here.

 

Lilacs for Mother’s Day! May 4, 2012

Announcement! Fragrant Lilacs are on the way!

Fragrance is one of the amazing gifts God gives us through flowers. And lilacs are one of the most amazing, and yet elusive. It is very seasonal, ie, the best is not grown in a hothouse, and is subject to the vagaries of the weather.

Wholesale Lilac Flowers

Wholesale Lilac Flowers

One of my floral suppliers just reported on their blog:  ‘Every now and then the planets align just right to allow something special happen and that is the situation that we have found ourselves in for this Mother’s Day holiday. Lilac is such a beautiful flower and I was just informed by our purchasing team that this is the best they have seen in years and it is currently being fresh cut for Mother’s Day!’

The lilacs we have been seeing so far this spring have been small, expensive and not as fragrant. We have brought it in on request, because that is what we do. And you bet, we are getting these lilacs in, as soon as they are in! 

Now we will be able to create our ‘Vintage Chic’ bouquet with lilacs and hydrangea the way we really would like to!(At least with the flowers – we are out of the container, sadly… and have other really cool vases in, to. See… we are really honest, let people know about substitutions… 🙂

Vintage Chic Lilac and Hydrangea Garden-style Floral Arrangement

Vintage Chic Lilac and Hydrangea Garden-style Floral Arrangement

And fun blog world happening – I saw the tweet from @Mayesh, followed the link to the blog, called my local rep, who hadn’t heard about them yet, placed an order for when they DO come in. Stay tuned on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for an update for when they are in our shop. And yes, the purple text is intentionally in honor of the lilacs. Enjoy!