Monday, January 26, 2009


Locally Grown....Orange "Monarch", Fuschia "Graffiti", and double cream "Verona" varieties are perfect with just their natural foliage.....

The United Flower Growers Co-Op Auction.....6am this morning. Tulips grown by local Fraser Valley Greenhouses are lined up for bidding.

"Isle de France" locally grown lipstick red Tulips....

Have a vase life of 5-7 days when purchased fresh from a reputable florist.

Grow about 1-2 cm per day, in stem length and petal size.

Like fresh lukewarm water, changed every 2-3 days.

Are LOCALLY available in a myriad of colours at a good price until late May/early June (availabilitydepending on weather)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

LOCALLY GROWN....The Orchids of Winter

One trend I have noticed in the flower industry over the last few years is an increase in interest & demand from my clients for environmentally and ethically friendly flowers...
Over the next year I will be profiling the best of our LOCALLY GROWN flowers.
Buying locally grown flowers is one way to support local business, guarantee safe workplace standards and decrease fuel usage!
Locally Grown Chartreuse Cymbidium Orchid
In Metro Vancouver I have easy access to the The United Flower Growers Co-op. (UFGC) where I can buy flowers from a consortium of local Fraser Valley greenhouses & farms in a "Dutch Clock" style Flower Auction. These Auctions are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays starting at 6am.

Locally Grown Pink Cymbidium Orchid

Locally Grown Brown Cymbidium Orchid

Locally Grown White Cymbidium Orchid
These Orchids are fairly pricy at $3.50 per bloom ($35-50 per stem) but pay off in the long run due to their amazing vase life of 3-4 weeks.
These and several other varieties are grown at a local Delta BC greenhouse and are available now & over the next 1-2 months.

Next Blog.....Tulips!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year....Re-Opening January 6th!

How to work THE CARNATION...
Sculpt & display on fabulous white glass bottles
('s fabulous)
Wishing all of my clients & friends a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

I have been busy, enjoying the holidays & also repainting the store, packing away Christmas, & embracing the whole concept of Spring!!! (Okay, I know Spring is a while away, but a girl has to have a dream or two)

The store looks so fresh & fabulous... I can't wait to go to the Auction tomorrow to buy Tulips, Anemones, Daffodils, Freesia, Daisies, Roses & whatever else looks fabulous in Winter Whites & Spring Brights...yellows, pinks, oranges, chartreuse, purples, and reds!

My favourite Celery Green Cymbidium Orchids, and fabulous Cymbidiums in Pinks & Yellows are coming tomorrow....and the Thai Orchids arrived today.....all in anticipation of opening up again tomorrow...

The holidays are always fabulous but....
It's great to be back!

(Now if only the snow would melt it would just make life a whole lot easier!)
Lola in her new Toque