OTTAWA FLOWERS BLOG
So you've made the decision to send flowers to someone special with Ottawa Flowers. It's guaranteed they're going to love the expression. But, whether you're ordering online, have a florist appointment, or you're calling in, you have some decisions to make as to what your flower delivery will be. There are so many options and all the colours of the rainbow to choose from, so it's completely natural to feel a little lost!
One of the fundamental questions you should ask yourself is, what type of design are you looking for? Let's use a Valentine's Day standard as an example, there are so many ways an arrangement or bouquet of a dozen roses can be presented!
through the types of designs:
Classic means classic. Think about a dozen lush red roses with baby's breath and greens. A dome shaped arrangement that has an evenly spread balance between blooms and greens sitting in a traditional glass vase. When in doubt, this is the safest option to choose as it satisfies expectations with a breath taking classic arrangement. If you want to create a moment that makes someone the feel like the star of a Hollywood movie, a classic arrangement is the way to go.
Florists absolutely adore creating modern/minimalist designs. These types of floral arrangements are directed at a more creative and forward-thinking recipient. This design style subtly accents the natural beauty of individual blooms. Modern/minimalist designs rely on linear and geometric design elements, as well as grouping flowers in clusters, more than any other style, and the container acts as a frame for this dramatic work of art. This type of design is right at home in front of a floor to ceiling window that overlooks a busy cosmopolitan city.
Rustic designs speak to a rural country aesthetic. If you were to send a rustic style Valentine's Day Bouquet, expect softer toned roses accented by seasonal and wildflowers, and a few stalks of wheat and tall grass tied in twine. Containers also further this poetic view, as they can be placed in metal watering cans, woven baskets, or coffee mugs. Rustic designs are meant to evoke the feeling of a weekend getaway in lone wood cabin beside a still lake.
Vintage/Regal Designs conjure a nostalgia for the luxury of a bygone era. Your roses are accompanied by complementary coloured lilies, gerberas, and orchids that work together to create a plush, round, and full bouquet. This type of floral arrangement is made for a porcelain or painted clay vase to complete the look. The Vintage/Regal design is taken from the sophisticated culture exemplified during the roaring twenties in Paris.
Do you or your recipient have a dramatic flair for over the top productions? Then the Haute Couture style is precisely for you. These floral bouquets and vase arrangements are striking art pieces in size, flower choice, and design. This is an apex moment where a floral designer's skill, experience, and creativity is put to the test. A six-foot arrangement with rainbow roses in a glowing vase? A perfect sphere of long stem maroon roses on a stand? The only boundary is the limit of your imagination! Each Haute Couture design is made to order and should involve a florist appointment either in person, over the phone, or teleconference. This design is a journey to create a truly unforgettable moment using flowers.
things to keep in mind while considering the design of your floral order:
Traditional European designs focus on the number of flowers in an arrangement. A contemporary Valentine's Day bouquet of roses would be a dozen, whereas in a European arrangement it is important that flowers come in odd numbers, in addition, they tend to be a little edgier in their design style.
The floral industry is a creative one that is always evolving, and has constantly changing trends. Something to keep in mind is that the current PANTONE® Color of the Year for 2018 is 18-3838 Ultra Violet. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
Hopefully this guide points you in the right direction and assists you in confidently choosing the best design style from the wide range of floral arrangements Ottawa Flowers has to offer. Feel free to call in or send an email if you have any questions. We love hearing from you and collaborating to make sure your recipient receives the perfect arrangement from Valentine's Day to everyday!
Bouquet Care and Maintenance:
It begins with a knock on the door, or maybe reception lets you know that there's a delivery for you. And with great excitement you get to unwrap a gorgeous delivery from Ottawa Flowers. It's wonderful when someone in your life expresses their sentiment through stunning flowers, or a beautiful plant arrangement. It's an important moment, one that you can extend through the proper care and maintenance of your arrangement.
Fresh Cut Flowers
If arriving in a vase, remove the bouquet wrapping and enjoy.
If you receive a fresh cut bouquet, cut the stems diagonally one to two inches from the bottom, and avoid using scissors as they can crush the stems inhibiting proper water absorption.
Avoid placing flowers close to drafts and high temperatures, or full sunlight, as this can cause them to prematurely wilt. Flowers last longest in cool conditions.
Remove dead or wilting foliage or flowers from the arrangements.
Clean the vase, and replace the water and flower food mixture every other day, or when you notice the water has become cloudy.
Avoid placing flowers or arrangement near cigarette smoke and fresh fruit, as they emit ethylene gas which will cause flowers to wilt prematurely.
If flowers came in a basket or container with foam, add fresh water daily.
Blooming and Green Plant Care
Unwrap your plant.
Place it in a location with bright light and moderate temperature, but avoid intense and direct sun.
Soil should remain moist to the touch, if it feels dry, water the plant thoroughly. Depending on your plant, expect to do so every 2-3 days.
Place the plant on a dish or saucer to minimize water leaking through.
Place the plant in a conspicuous place in the room, to avoid damaging it, spilling the soil, and ensuring it stays out of reach of children and animals.
Wipe leaves as needed with a damp cloth to remove any collected dust.
Remove leaves or blooms that are wilting or dead, and remove fallen vegetation from the soil when necessary to avoid pests or disease.
Keep in mind that plants grow with the seasons, so get to know your specific plant and its natural blooming rhythm.
All plants and dish gardens come with a label describing the species of the plant, and it is worth a quick search as some may be toxic to people or animals if consumed. The following is a list of common plants that are potentially dangerous if consumed:
Mother-In-Law's Tongue (Snake Plant)
Orchids are typically placed in bark mulch, which is not as dense as potting soil. As to not drown the roots, you'll want to water your orchid sparingly. Once a week during the winter, and twice a week during the hot, dry summer should suffice. Place the orchid pot on a plate, or in a bowl, and add water directly to those containers instead of the interior of the pot. You can even place a couple of ice cubes into the pot to slowly water your orchid. And as with all plants, keep your orchid out of direct, intense sunlight, but within a well-lit room.
Special Bouquets and
Corsages and Boutonnieres:
Unwrap the corsage.
Mist blooms with water.
Place them in a covered container or plastic bag.
Place arrangement in a cool, dark, and dry area.
Another tip is to never place flowers in a non-floral fridge as temperatures and humidity can vary greatly, and can end up damaging your arrangement.
Store out of direct sunlight.
Mist wreath daily.
Water foam daily.
Store in a container or plastic bag to maintain moisture.
Refrigerate until needed.
And there you have it!
Follow the above tips to develop an amazing green thumb that can keep your flowers and plants beautiful and healthy. And as always, feel free to contact Ottawa Flowers with any questions regarding your bouquets and plants, or to order from our large range of options and spread the love to those you care about from the office to the holidays.
Life Events: Funerals
Funerals are one of the most difficult events in life. The passing of a loved one is often marked by grief and sadness and the sending of flowers is time honoured tradition to let the family and friends of the departed know that they are supported and remain in your thoughts. Knowing the proper etiquette will go a long way to reassure you that your sentiments are communicated correctly and will end up comforting those in mourning.
The type of
funeral arrangement to send is based on various factors, so here's how to
navigate this difficult time:
The funeral is a ceremony designed to respectfully celebrate the life of the departed, so avoid sending balloons or plush animals, and if possible, a handwritten note goes a long way in showing your support.
If you are a member of the immediate family, then a casket spray or funeral wreath is the appropriate choice. Options for spouses, children, or parents also include sympathy crosses, table arrangements, and heart shaped arrangements.
If you are a member of the extended family or a close friend then there are a wide range of suitable options available. A traditional standing spray is a common choice, with white flowers, especially lilies, being the primary flower, as they represent purity. Larger arrangements in disposable vases are also appropriate for this occasion. These can also be transported to the cemetery following the funeral.
If you are a close to the family or deceased, options range from arrangements in baskets, vase arrangements, plants, wreaths, or standing sprays. These can be sent to either the funeral home or directly to the family's home.
If you knew the deceased as a business associate, you can also have sympathy flowers in a container sent to their workplace.
Another factor to consider is the cultural and religious context in which the ceremony is taking place:
Chinese Funerals: send white and yellow lilies or chrysanthemums, fresh or silk, arrangements to the funeral home. Red is an inappropriate colour of flower to send.
Baha'i: Primarily white arrangements are appropriate to send to the funeral home.
Buddhism: Sending primarily white flowers to the funeral home is becoming a more accepted expression, however it is best to check with a close family member to confirm whether or not the family will be accepting flowers.
Orthodox: The sending of flowers to a funeral home is a welcomed sentiment.
Hindu: The sending of a spray of funeral flowers is a welcomed gesture, however it is not traditional or required.
Judaism: Jewish traditions do not accept any form of floral arrangements, it is best to send a fruit or kosher food basket to the home of the family.
Mormon: Practitioners of this faith appreciate funeral arrangements and sprays, however do not send them in the form of a cross design.
Islam: Charitable gifts are preferred over floral arrangements, it is best to consult a member of the family prior to sending.
Christian: All Christian religions appreciate austere, primarily white floral arrangements.
Catholic: Roman Catholics will welcome all types of floral arrangements to the family home, funeral home, church or cathedral.
We at Ottawa Flowers appreciate you choosing us to be your funeral florist, and please do not hesitate to contact us for any floral delivery information or guidance with options.
Holidays: Valentine's Day
Let flower petals rain from the sky!
Release the words from a thousand poets into the first warm breeze of spring!
Sing a thousand songs to swell the hearts and invite the body to dance!
This is Valentine's Day!
24 perfect hours, painted red, pink, and purple to celebrate one thing. Our favourite thing. The best thing about our incredible human lives.
This is the day for love.
To say that the team at Ottawa Flowers is excited to help you celebrate this holiday is putting it mildly. We're crazy for Valentine's Day. We eat, breathe, and live flowers 365 days a year. It's our passion made real through the most beautiful medium we can think of. It drove us through floral design school, and it's why we get up and go work every day. To say through flowers what words cannot. And Valentine's Day is our time to show and prove our well-honed craft. It's our championship game, our mountaintop, our raison d'etre.
So let us serve you.
First and foremost, there is no substitute for sending flowers on Valentine's Day. It is a worldwide standard. One of the rare times where although someone knows the gift they're receiving, they're still surprised when they get it. It's pure magic. The question then, is how do flowers factor into your Valentine's Day celebrations?
Some ideas to get your creativity flowing:
A classic dozen red roses in a glass vase delivered your partner's workplace?
A fresh spring bouquet delivered to a cherished family member?
A modern white rose arrangement delivered to a close friend?
A Fruit Couture Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Tower?
A Fresh Fruit and Gourmet Gift Basket to a mentor?
A Dozen Long Stem Roses and a Bottle of Dior Perfume?
A Single Rose presented at the perfect time?
Consider the voyage of a single red rose. Grown in a greenhouse in distant Latin America, it is plucked days before blooming, travels thousands of miles, and is delivered fresh to us. Hands that have held thousands of flowers before, prepared with all the skill and care decades of experience can muster, and placed in glorious unity, form, space, harmony, and balance. This creates a Valentine's Day Arrangement that urgently, emotionally, and honestly conveys how you feel about the recipient. That moment is beyond words. So, we work hard to earn the privilege, and it is not something we take lightly.
Feel free to contact us by phone or online so we can help create the perfect Valentine's Day Moment for you and the special people in your life.
How to maximise & reuse your wedding flowers
Having helped thousands of brides over the years with their special day, one question that almost always comes up is how can we maximize the usage and effect of our flowers all the while be budget conscious. Well, we have the following options that have been proven to be ideal. Alter pieces - Most weddings that have a ceremony, either at a church or any other location, require 2 larger arrangements that can be placed at the alter of the ceremony. These are great options to provide a finished look for the alter yet help bring your weddings colors & style to life! We also provide the service of delivering, setting up for the ceremony yet we can have them picked up after the service and delivered to the venue. Most clients request that they be placed behind the head table, thus, you gain a dual & full day usage of them, very popular feature! flowers Centerpieces - Clients that have larger/grander centerpieces at the venue, love our feature of offering to have them setup at the church/ceremony, in most cases down the isle. This is a great way of achieving a rich & full look at the ceremony without having the buy new flowers. Most cases, this simply means an additional cost for the service, but always significantly lower then having to create/purchase arrangements just for that 30-60 min ceremony. We would also suggest to potentially simply use a different vase for the ceremony so you do not give away your full venue look ahead of time. Toss Bouquet - The most popular way to maximize the usage of the toss bq in 2016 has been to simply have it rest on the cake table for extra decor throughout the evening until you are ready for the tossing of the bouquet. Cocktail tables - Majority of our clients that had cocktail table arrangements this year have had a dual usage from them after the cocktail hour. We usually suggest either on the head table as decor, or other venue tables like desert tables, food stations, bars, etc. florist Bridal Party Bouquets - Ottawa Flowers provides complimentary rental vases to all wedding clients so they can reuse their bqs at the head table for decor, with zero additional cost. We suggest a 5" cube in most cases as they offer the best possible display/splash of the bouquets simply by allowing them to rest sideways versus the classic vertical/standing up right which limits what the guests see from their tables. Home Pieces - For those traditions that often send flowers to both the bride & groom to their home the day of the wedding, if planned ahead with our design team, these would be designed in a way that compliment the wedding colors, flowers & style, thus, the family could then bring to the venue for additional decor throughout the room, once again at no additional cost. We offer such services for picking up from the home & taking to the venue if needed. Ottawa Flowers http://www.ottawaflowers.com http://www.ottawaweddingflowers.ca
What is our wedding process
Planning your wedding or event could prove to be challenging due to the harmonization of multiple vendors, timelines and overall vision execution. We at Ottawa Flowers pride ourselves on having industry leading steps implemented for all of our weddings & events that have proven to be second to non all the while ensuring the client is in the driving seat along the way allowing for educated and a simplified decision process. When contacting us for your wedding or event, these are the steps we follow to ensure the above: a) Complimentary consultation - An initial 1hr consult is crucial to help educate, display and assist with narrowing down the list of needs while considering both vision & budget. b) Complimentary quote - Upon the completion of the consultation, we provide a detailed copy of the accurate & competitive quote and review all elements with the client. At which time we also explain our overall process for the special day. c) Booking/reserve the date - We suggest a 30% deposit, of either the quote or ideal budget. This deposit value will simply be subtracted from the total which is confirmed at the final 2 weeks prior to the wedding date. Meaning, we do not lock-in our clients into contracts, thus, this allows them to completely change anything in the initial quote up to 2 weeks prior to the wedding day when doing the final. d) Centerpieces sample - Once booked, we offer unlimited complimentary sample of the centerpiece. The client is able to come see the mock-up, discuss it in detail and make any changes if needed. Samples will be made until the client is 100% content with the end result. e) Bridal party - Once we have engaged and approved the centerpiece sample, if applicable, we will engage further on the bridal party items by providing photos of similar products we have created, or inviting them into the shop on days with many weddings to view other bouquets to compare for size, style, colors etc. f) 7 days a week - We are available for our clients 7 days a week should they wish to meet, discuss their day - as often as needed! g) The final - 2 weeks prior to the wedding date, we meet for the final. The objective for this meeting is to allow the client to leave with the flowers aspect of their day being 100% complete. Thus, at that meeting, we go over all requested items in detail, any/all changes can still be made at this meeting. Once established, we zone into establishing all delivery/pickup & setup timelines, we offer care instructions for the flowers, 24/7 management contact info is provided, the option to view or send pictures of the final product the day prior to the wedding day are offered at which time we simply add-up the confirmed products & services, subtract deposit payment made to the florist and collect the final payment at that meeting. h) Execution - Our team will synchronize with planners, decorators, cake people, officiants, etc for the day-of to ensure a smooth flow for the day yet allowing for all vendors to be in contact should issues arise throughout the day of the event. The above summarizes our process and commitment to delivering 100% every time! With over 5000 weddings served in Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal(and surrounding), and Toronto in the past decade alone, you can rest assured we will deliver accordingly. Plus, our recent accomplishment of being rated the most award winning florist in Ottawa' history(ever!) speaks for itself. We look forward to helping with your upcoming special day, regardless of the size, complexity and budget. Ottawa Flowers
What is our wedding process
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR SWEETHEART THIS VALENTINE'S DAY? Is February 14th one of those days on which you have no idea what to get for the special person in your life? Why not consider adding a new flare new to that floral, flowers or plant arrangement or chocolate basket this year? Why not give the gift that says I love you enough to care about your well-being? Consider adding not only the aroma of essential oils but the health benefits too! DoTerra produces CPTG (certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils. They are sold as singles, and blends as well as being used in an array of top, high quality products safe for your loved ones this Valentine's Day. They contain no chemicals (safe for the person that special someone to whom you cannot give a synthetic or chemical based perfume/cologne), synthetics, heavy metals, pesticides or herbicides. Whether for the new or exhausted mother, the athletic teenager, the deadline driven husband, the first year university student, or anyone else to whom you want to say "I love you" or "I care" do it in a different way this year. Below are listed some wonderful options: STUDENT - Balance - Peppermint - Wild Orange - In Tune - Past Tense ATHLETE RELIEF - Muscle joint rub - Carry Case - 5 CPTG essential oils - Skin Care Basket LOVE CONNECTION - Passion essential oil - Cassia essential oil - Massage essential oil - Fractionated Coconut oil NEW MOTHER/NEW BABY - Lavender - Balance - Whisper - Wild Orange - Fractionated Coconut Oil - Petal Diffuser GET UP AND GO - Motivate - Cheer - Elevation Flower STRESS RELIEVER - Citrus Bliss - Serenity - Balance TAKE A BREAK - Balance - Serenity - Peace - Wild Orange *Add any of the oils above to a flower or plant arrangement, bouquet or request a custom basket. Add an Ultrasonic Petal Diffuser to any package for $80.00. HAPPY OILING! To add oils to an arrangement or basket: ottawaflowers.com To order products directly: florist Ottawa Flowers Inc.