Congratulations to our giveaway draw winner Anna Gooderham!
Thank you to all who entered our contest, and to all of the mothers in our lives.
Take a look at what your kids, spouses, and friends have to say about you:
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11
Enter our Mother’s Day giveaway draw to win her a hand-tied bouquet from Sage Flowers…and a $50 charitable donation in her name to the charity of her choice!
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Did some impulse buying on the flower truck today, I just had to have this sunny calla lily. I love everything about calla plants. The flowers are pretty rad, obviously, but I also love the the curves and mass of the whole thing. AND THOSE LEAVES! The ripply fan shape! The dots! I cannot wait for the callas to grow in my garden. Summer brides, get ready- you are probably gonna carry some of these leaves down the aisle with you.
Callas are a popular wedding flower, but for me they bring back travel memories.
Spence and I lived in Pacific Grove, California, for a year back in 2009, and the callas there were bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s. Sorry, Ontario brides! Our primo $9 per stem bridal flower is Northern California’s garden weed. After a thunderstorm, I could walk around my block and pick myself a $100 bridal bouquet from callas that had blown onto the sidewalk. (On the plus side…. yay, healthcare?)
These are amaryllis growing out of the sidewalk down the block from us, but same idea. Sorry, 2009 me really wasn’t thinking ahead…
But I’m getting ridiculously off topic, I actually wanted to tell you all about Mother’s Day!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 11! Don’t forget your mom, or the important mother-figures in your life.
I am excited to announce that we will be running TWO Mother’s Day pop up shops this year.
Lakeshore School has graciously rented us space from 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11. They’re at 2312 Princess St. between the CAA and the RONA.
We will also have a table at the Mother’s Day Brunch market at the Queen’s University Club on Sunday May 11 from 10:00-2:00. We are so grateful to Nina and her team for the invitation to this lovely event- we’ll pass along more details as they become available.
Come out for some treats, pick up your order, or shop from our selection of bouquets and plants. At our Lakeshore shop, we can even make you up a custom bunch on the spot 🙂
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be adding more products to the shop, running a social media contest to win a hand-tied bouquet, and playing show and tell when our new shipment of planters and vases arrives May 1st.
We’re already taking orders, so give us a call, send us a message, or order online to ensure you’re the golden child for the rest of the year. You’re never too old to be a good kid.
Happy Thursday, all!
PS. Mr. Bingley and his new favourite (disgusting) toy, THE POM POM, send their warmest wishes. Now where’s the kibble?
Happy +10 degrees to all!
The cardinals and robins are going nutso in my backyard. Now that the snow is melting, I can see chaos everywhere (busted my wrist just in time for fall cleanup last year), but I’m so relieved to see green shoots and critters that I can’t even stay mad. *
I had a great shipment of agapanthus and lisianthus this week, and some blue eringyum- thought it would be a good day to do some blue flower show and tell.
Blue is popular, especially with brides, but it can be tricky to find seasonal blooms that are really blue. (I’m working to expand my knowledge and repertoire obvs- leave me a comment if you know a good blue fleur that I’ve missed!)
Cut agapanthus is usually an import- they are available from Mexico and South America Nov-June. I was introduced to agapanthus by my Auntie B on a visit to Kew Garden- it will always remind me of that trip.
Eryngium, or sea holly, or ‘those blue thistley things’ is a great, long-lasting filler. The little leaves and calyxes can go yellow after a while- pull them off and keep on enjoying the blue centres. As far as I know,eryngium is available year-round as an imported cut flower. I love them for their colour and spikey texture (If you mention your bouquet is going to someone from Scotland, and I can get my hands on this, guess what happens?)
Delphinium is available in the summer as a local cut, and most of the year as an import (it’s biggest and best in season) It is available in a range of colours from white to pink to purple to BLUE. I love the tall, spike shape, and the irridescent colouring and little spurs on the individual blooms. It shows well and lasts a long time in the vase, and you can also get away with it in corsages and crowns. Check out the difference between the import stems from February and the local stuff I was able to use last June- they’re in the same sized vase:
At the other end of the shape-spectrum are fat, poofy hydrangeas- I use these for mass. It can be tough to visually balance other, smaller flowers with them in the vase- they are definitely showstoppers. Hydrangea is another flower available locally in the summer and as an import pretty much year-round.
Did you know- certain varieties of hydrangea will only bloom green or white, but other varieties range in colour from white, pink, purple, or blue, depending on the PH of the soil?
And we’re heading into straight up purple territory with these lisianthus, but I couldn’t not show you how HUGE AND AWESOME
they are right now! Also, they are available in a much darker, almost bluish purple. I believe we are at peak season- these babies were grown at Slaman’s greenhouses in Burford, Ontario. http://slamans.ca/index.php?cID=68
Hope this helps you to better know a flower, and that you get to enjoy the double-digit temperatures and some sunshine this weekend.
* There is ONE critter I can stay mad at. He says ‘happy Thursday, chumps!’ Siiiigh.
Today a customer told me to just leave some flowers at the garage door if the recipient wasn’t home. While this might be a perfectly fine thing to do this SATURDAY, she will not fly today, my friends.
I give a standard ‘make us your last stop/pick up flowers last/ warm the car up first’ lecture FREE with each winter pickup purchase.
You don’t want your flowers to get anywhere near frost or freezing temperature. The water inside the flowers’ cells will freeze, expand, damage/rupture the cells, and turn your lovely bouquet or plant into mush.
Case study: One Christmas, my husband left a poinsettia in his car for three hours… and was disappointed to find a leafless Charlie-Brown-tree in the wrapper once he got it inside.
Case study dos: I was speaking to one of my wholesalers, and even their climate-controlled trucks and vans were struggling with the Arctic Vortex -40 last week. Some drivers had water freeze in buckets, others found that, despite protective wrapping/boxes, some flowers were damaged by cold during the short walk from truck to shop door.
I often have customers ask me if they should keep their flowers in the fridge at home, and when I was googling “how freezing damages flowers”, I actually found people asking how to freeze cut flowers so they last longer.
I think there might be some confusion because people see coolers in most flowers shops.
Although many florists in our bit of the world run a cooler all year long, the point is not to freeze, but to maintain a temperature of about 5-8 degrees C with the correct humidity. This slows bacteria growth and the ageing/dying process of the flower, without damaging or drying out plant tissues. (There are certain flowers, such as orchids, that don’t even handle those temperatures well, and are best stored around room temperature.)
Stop at the flower shop last, warm your car up first, and don’t stop for gas on the way home! We will probably wrap up your lovely gift in some paper for an extra layer of insulation – this is one time when those ugly grocery store triangular paper sleeves are really a good thing!
And now you know. Be sure to check back in the summer for my ‘gun the A/C, don’t let them turn into steamed veggies’ lecture.
We aim to please, not to freeze, babies.
Pick up your order or shop our beautiful selection of bouquets, centerpieces, floral arrangements, and plants.
There will be eggnog and coffee and cookies!*
Come have a nibble, take a peek at the historic Pleasant View building, and let us wrap up some holiday flowers for your table.
*Florist may devour all eggnog, coffee and cookies before you arrive.
FRIDAY already? As in, Friday, month-end, close to quitting time?
I’m not sure where the week went, to be completely honest.
Fun times here- I’m moving everything into my new basement studio space later on this weekend. And Santa came early in the form of a shipment from one of my suppliers. At busy holidays I have to break my ‘not buying things by the case’ rule, but I hope you’ll forgive me when you see the haul:
Birch pots, candles, blingy-blingy ribbon, (and some more subtle stuff), ceramic pots, shallow-dishes-that-can-double-as-pretty-candle-holders-post-holiday, dried fruit and lovely natural elements …
Watch ye olde online shoppe as we add an item or two every day- especially on Dec 1, when we begin our 12 Days of Christmas sale! Prepare to be bombarded with holiday flowers on the facebooks, twitter, and the Kingston Finest Values booklet. I’ll keep it as non-obnoxious as possible, promise 🙂
From Nov 30 until Dec 12, receive 10%off your holiday flower order (aka fleurs delivered or picked up between now and Jan 1. ) Use the promo Code 12DAYS online, or just phone me… maybe sing a verse or two of the song. You never know. I am a demanding woman and I demand entertainment! (Also, I prefer the Bob and Doug edition.)
Couple snaps of some bouquets that went out the door today- I try my best not to make the holiday birthday bouquets look too Christmassy…
Oh, and Mr. Bingley wishes to inform you that eating rose petals out of the compost bucket is now totally his jam.
Happy Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, happy No More Godawful Mustaches, and a merry weekend to all!
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