Flowers, a welcome sight of spring!

FlowersPlease enjoy this week’s post by guest contributor, Judy Shaw from Flowers by the Greenery in West Chester, PA who has created beautiful arrangements for me!

As we shake off an exceptionally cold winter, we look forward to the warmth and promise of Spring! Here are some floral tips to help you when purchasing flowers:

Don’t go online and pay ridiculous fees to get just a few flowers in a banged up box!  These order gatherers have completely taken the personal touch out of such a personal gesture.

Take the time to find a local florist in the town where you are sending flowers and have a conversation with them. Tell them the favorite colors or flowers, if you know them – and get to know them with time. Pay attention to the little things, and your thoughtfulness will shine through every time.

You don’t have to know anything about flowers to develop a relationship with your florist.  In fact, I have many customers whom I have never met in person, but I know their mom, their grandmother, or their wife and I know what I have sent in the past.  With the feedback from each delivery, we develop a profile of what to send for fabulous impact each delivery.

Flowers will die. That is a given and I believe a common reason people shy away from the gesture. To this day, I can picture the dozen white roses my sister sent to me 25 years ago when I was promoted to a job. They were beautiful and happy and I still smile when I think of them.

Cut your own flowers and bring them inside to welcome the season into your home or business!  For cut flowers to last as long as possible, keep the water clean and wipe off the stems when you change the water to ensure you’ve eradicated any bacteria (which is what kills the flowers). Be sure to give the blooms a re-cut when you change the water.

When you do bring the outside in, have fun with the containers you use!  An empty wine bottle, an old mason jar or an old pitcher can add to the delight of the flowers.  Let your creativity fly because Spring has Sprung!

Redesign RightThank you Judy for those fabulous tips! The forecast for eastern Pennsylvania this week is predicting temperatures in the mid-60s! I can’t wait to open my windows and let in the fresh air! Time to start my springtime decorating! Do you have any projects lined up? If you need help with color selection, redesign, or wondering where to begin in a room makeover call 610.955.8202 for an appointment with Debbie.

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