The Daily Fleur

I'm a girl surrounded by flowers.
Autumn has taken hold round here, walking in the woods I discovered a golden carpet of fallen leaves. Nobody ever wants Summer to end but Autumn is a colourful successor. 
This little fella flew into the gift shop today! A reminder of the long nights to come.

Autumn has taken hold round here, walking in the woods I discovered a golden carpet of fallen leaves. Nobody ever wants Summer to end but Autumn is a colourful successor. 

This little fella flew into the gift shop today! A reminder of the long nights to come.

Once a week all the vases have to be washed; we clean ours by hand in a bucket of hot soapy water, it takes all morning to finish. Before I put the flowers back in their respective jars, they get a drink of fresh water and their stems get snipped. 

Let’s talk about Gerberas (please note: the G is soft, as in German as opposed to the hard G of Gorgeous); They’re a classic ‘Daisy’ form with a straight stem and come in a variety of colours. I think people are attracted by their simplicity, they’re really popular and we sell a box of 60 easily in a week! But they do have a flaw; the first thing to fade on a Gerbera is it’s neck, it just weakens until you’re left with a sorry drooping head so we have to cheat a little to make them last.

A little florist wire works a treat; insert it at the base of the neck, taking care not to push all the way through (the wire mustn’t show on the flowers face), then carefully (and I do mean, very carefully) turn the stem and gently spiral the wire, et voila!

Beautiful (longer lasting) Gerberas, now you know the secret too. 

…Did I mention we have a cat?

Love is in the air…

Love is in the air…

It’s been an extremely windy weekend and today is no different, the wind really whips around our corner and we often have to bring our displays inside to save them from blowing up the road.

See here my diligent parents cleaning up last night’s debris, Dad swept the entire street you know. They’re good sorts, my folks.

We had just one ‘Naomi’ Rose left and rather than let it go to waste…
Unbelievably, it’s still there and the offer still stands.

We had just one ‘Naomi’ Rose left and rather than let it go to waste…

Unbelievably, it’s still there and the offer still stands.

These arrived today, the prettiest house plants I’ve ever seen. 
I’ll miss them when they’re gone.

These arrived today, the prettiest house plants I’ve ever seen. 

I’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Did I mention that we have a gift shop?
Well we do and it’s finally starting to look like one too.
Pictures to follow… 

Did I mention that we have a gift shop?

Well we do and it’s finally starting to look like one too.

Pictures to follow… 

It’s not all fun and games, this floristry lark. Sometimes folks pass away and a floral tribute is a popular way to say goodbye.

We’ve had some emotional times here at Flowers on the Corner, grief stricken families mourning their loss have filled our tiny shop with tears. I do my best to console them, I’ve hugged quite a few too.

You hear some touching stories like the one about the farmer’s wife, who was the only one attending his funeral. She bought a pile of un-arranged blooms from us and went off to dig a hole to roll him in, under a tree, on their farm. 

Yes, we’ve had some imaginative requests but Mum relishes the challenge and loves it when we’re asked for something unusual. In the past she’s made things like, a 3D Tea Cup with saucer, a miniature garden cushion and even a Treble Clef for a musician! It’s not easy when all you have is wet foam, a knife and some flowers but it’s not easy to lose someone either, and having their tribute reflect the personality of their loved one is paramount.

Everyone called her AUNTIE they said, and her favourite colour was Red. So, I based the letters in a mass of Double White Chrysanthemums and Mum worked her magic on a Red Rose feature, to give it that special finish.

We did well I think. Her nephew came in today to thank us for the work we did. Surely, knowing that the customer is more than satisfied is the best part of any job. I hugged him.