MY FAVORITE ORCHIDS ARE LADY SLIPPERS.
LADY SLIPPERS ARE MY FAVORITE ORCHID, the exotic looking flowers have claret petals that frame a beautiful bright yellow pouch.
Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fishes and more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species.
PARTS OF AN ORCHID
DID YOU KNOW?
An orchid seed is the size of a dust particle and has no endosperm. That is, there is no nutrition within the seed. The orchid seed must associate itself with a fungus, often a specific fungus, to germinate.
DID YOU KNOW?
At present count, there are approximately 30,000 species of orchids in the world. Orcidaceae is the largest plant family or second largest plant family in the world-depending on your reference.
WE SELL LOTS OF ORCHIDS AT OAKS FLORIST
SUMMARY OF THE STATE OF THE FLORAL INDUSTRY
- Sales averages have been creeping up in 2014.
- Everyday purchases are down and so are purchases for occasions that once meant big business for florists.
- Businesses looking to send small thank-you gifts to clients have been stepping up their floral purchases lately.
- Competition in the industry remains fierce.
- Online flower sellers and call centers are also challenging the market like never before, continuing to offer rock bottom prices that brick-and-mortar florists simply can’t compete with.
TIPS FOR 2014 BY INDUSTRY EXPERTS
“In order for us to be successful, we need to focus on and look after our existing customers. If we focus on them and keep them happy, then they will pass that on to other people and we will get new customers.”
– Pam Goold, Goold’s Flowers
“Be aware of colour trends, be aware of fashion, be aware of interior design. I think if we can do that, we can be successful. Creativity in this industry never ends and professionalism will carry you through.”
– Marianne Suess, Seneca College
“Make sure that your product quality and your care and handling of the product is second to none, and that your service level is something that you can be proud of.”
– Jim Turley, Turley’s Florist
“Know your market. Know who you’re selling to. If your market is changing, if your market now has a lot of Chinese, then you have to start to stock a lot of red during Chinese New Year and go after that business.”
– Jeff Waters, Waterdale Inc.
I FOUND A NEW WEBSITE… http://flowersandcents.com/
Big Dreams for a Small Business
I am a little flower shop owner… and can totally relate to the blog. I just love it!!
Have you always dreamed of opening your own flower shop? You help brides plan their big day, create beautiful arrangements and have time to stop and smell the roses — literally. After reading this inspiring blog, I thought I would do a little FLOWER SHOP RESEARCH… here are some interesting things I read:
- Roughly 67% of fresh flowers come from imports. Columbia is the largest provider (at 61% of sales). Red roses are far and away the favorite, accounting for 39% of all flowers sold, according to the Ipsos-Insight FloralTrends Consumer Tracking Study.
- Don’t undersell yourself. The big box stores (grocery stores, etc.) can sell flowers cheaper because of the volume. An independent florist cannot. YOU MUST CHARGE ACCORDINGLY… START HIGHER RATHER THAN LOWER.
- A florist is a retailer, a manufacturer, a designer, a delivery service and an event company all rolled into one… A NOT SO EASY PROFESSION.
- There are no set prices in wholesale flower businesses. What you pay will be determined by your salesperson.
- The florist of the future needs to be perceived as affordable, knowledgeable, creative and dependable, and the flower shop of the future must be a place where consumers can buy flowers easily, in every possible form and at reasonable prices.
- Floristry is the production, commerce and trade in flowers. It encompasses flower care and handling, floral design or flower arranging, merchandising, and display and flower delivery.
I love this color guide… awesome
I had no idea tulips came in sooo many different shades!! Well, now I know…
Cinco De Mayo is almost upon us! Have you started planning your festivities? Are you in desperate need of a pair of VINTAGE mexican MARACAS? This holiday was made for MARACAS!! Oaks Florist is giving out complimentary MARACAS with every Cinco de Mayo bouquet. Take your festivities to the next level with a little floral love. After all, they make the perfect decoration!
Flowers are available in a variety of colors, provide atmosphere, and set the tone for your fiesta. You can buy them already put together as centerpieces or arrangements, or you can buy them singly to use as personal decoration. Can you think of a better way to greet your guests at the door than with a maraca in your hands and a yellow rose in your hair?
Call 818.991.5444 and order your Cinco de Mayo flowers. We deliver locally…
Flowers are a MUST when decorating for your Cinco de Mayo party or holding your bash at the office. A centerpiece on your Cinco de Mayo fiesta table will bring more color to the festivities. Your colorful arrangements should include: vivid yellow, spicy red, bright orange, hot pink, bold purple, and lime green. Olé!
Be sure to hang festive banners, enjoy joyous mariachi music, dance, eat Mexican food and embrace the spirit of Mexico!
P.S. If you REALLY want to be the hostess with the mostest bust out a piñata, filled with CANDY.