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The Designer’s Guide to Blooming Your Café

March 29, 2017
Blooming Your Cafe | A Better Florist

How many times have you visited a café this week? At least once a day, maybe? After all, cafés have become essential locations for on-the-go professionals. A good coffee shop is a workplace, a meeting place, an escape from the daily grind and a quick stop for a pick-me-up. This is why, apart from quality coffee, the vibe of the place is an important concern. Café owners make sure their shops are classy without being intimidating. Lush and cosy settings can draw people in, which is why entrepreneurs incorporate fresh cut flowers into their décor for a touch of style.

Flower Power

Flowers are pretty, but also functional. Aesthetically, they add a splash of color to an otherwise drab space. In terms of ambience, flowers add warmth and create a cosy atmosphere. They bring life and brightness to a space. In fact, a study on the home ecology of flowers found several emotional benefits to having flowers in your environment. They provide an energy boost, chase the blues away and make people more compassionate.

Now you know why certain coffee shops make you feel extra perky and energised after your coffee run. As it turns out, it’s not just the caffeine.

Choosing Flowers for Your Café

The conditions of a place can contribute to the lifespan of cut flowers, such as the temperature, humidity and amount of sunlight. Upscale and restaurant-type cafés can benefit from romantic and aromatic flowers like roses, carnations, dahlias and lilies. These (usually) indoor establishments are much kinder to more delicate varieties of flowers due to the temperature and humidity. Just like us, flowers love air-conditioning too.

For outdoor and open space cafés, go for the hardy variety of blossoms. The heat and humidity in outdoor settings can make flowers wilt faster. Long-lasting flowers include zinnias, carnations and orchids. Wildflowers in mason jars also fit the casual and laid-back ambience of hip shops and industrial-type concept cafés.

Flowers can be an afterthought for most café owners, but details are very important. A cosy vibe and “Instagrammable” space can make your place a hit with social media-savvy customers and yes, I’m talking about those people who take photos of their food. Pretty blooms can instantly score you a free promotion.

Lengthening the Life of Cut Flowers

Sadly, if you’ve ever received a bouquet of flowers, you know just how quickly those blooms can wilt away. To see how long your roses will last, India Sturgis tested roses from various florists and found that at most you have about a week of perk and perfume from your blooms.

To help extend their life, here are a few standard tips to lengthening the life of cut flowers:

  1. Remove any dirt or rotting leaves from the stems of the flowers to avoid any bacterial growth.
  2. Place the flowers in a clean container filled with distilled water. Remember to replace the water daily.
  3. Make sure the leaves don’t touch the water in the vessel because this would promote rotting.

Usually, florists include packets of preservatives or flower food which you can mix into the water to keep your flowers hydrated and prevent the growth of bacteria. Make sure that you check the instructions on the packet for the ideal amount of water you’d need. With a plant food solution, rather than replacing the water daily, you can opt to change it when the water gets cloudy.

Alternatively, you can always DIY your very own preservative solution. Some common household items you can use as flower preservatives are soda, hair spray, apple cider vinegar, aspirin, bleach, copper coins, sugar and vodka. So maybe save that last shot of vodka for your flowers rather than your liver.

If you follow care instructions carefully, some flowers could last as long as two weeks. Still, cafés need to replenish flowers every week or so for optimum freshness. Fortunately, you can now easily sign up for a floral subscription with your online florist. This way you actually get curated and in season flowers for the freshest possible quality of blooms, fuss free! At A Better Florist, you can get your flowers whenever, wherever and however you like them. For more details, reach out to kate@abetterflorist.com.

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All About Peonies

March 23, 2017
All-About-Peonies

Meaning

Peonies are commonly known to mean romance, a happy marriage, good fortune, riches, compassion, honor and prosperity. That’s a lot of meanings to tie down to one flower, but it’s pretty understandable once we get down to its history and mythology.

The peony is the state flower of Indiana, the traditional floral symbol of China and the 12th wedding anniversary flower.

In China, peonies are highly valued and often referred to as the “king of the flowers”. Up until 1929, they were the national flower prior to being replaced by the plum tree. Peonies were once implanted at the Imperial Palace, during the Sui and Tang dynasties. Due to this, they are known to symbolise honor, wealth and nobility.

Also, did you know that Chinese name for “most beautiful” actually translates into Peony?

 

History & Mythology

It is said that the peony was named after Paeon, a physician to the Greek gods. He was the student of the god of medicine, Aesculapius, who became jealous of his talents and tried to kill him. To save Paeon, Pluto (the god of the Underworld) transformed him into a peony, a flower that people would admire and praise. In another version of events, he was “saved” from mortal death by being turned into the flower we now know as the peony.

In ancient and medieval times, peonies were used for medicinal purposes. Their seeds and roots were believed to have been the cure for over 20 diseases including snake bites and epilepsy. Back in the day, in England, young children used to wear necklaces made out of peony roots to help with teething pains and prevent seizures.

Want to find out more about flowers and maybe even learn how to arrange them into beautiful bouquets? Check out our flower workshops! Email kate@abetterflorist.com for more details.

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What you need to know about Flower Delivery in Singapore

March 22, 2017
A Better Florist | Flower Delivery in Singapore

The renewed interest in the flower industry and online florists has made buying flowers easy and accessible. You can click on blooms and avail of free flower delivery in a matter of minutes from the comfort of your home or office. If it’s your first time to purchase flowers online, here’s a rundown of reminders to ensure a quick and painless transaction.

Flower selection

First thing’s first: What kind of flowers are you looking for? Who is the recipient? What kind of message do you wish to convey?

Before shelling out your bread for buds, work out the details of the floral gift. Flower selection is tied to the occasion. Roses are for romance, chrysanthemums for friends and daisies are for recuperation. Knowing the recipient’s preferences are also significant to the purchase, especially if the recipient has flower allergies. Or perhaps you just want a good bargain for your home’s floral requirements or for the centrepieces at your event. Whatever the case, make sure you have the details down before you proceed to the checkout page.

Flower delivery options

Once you’ve selected the perfect bouquet, there’s the matter of putting in the details of the flower delivery. Here’s where complications usually arise. To avoid miscommunication, be as specific as possible. Here are some helpful tips to consider for various types of delivery address.

Residential address

A residential or home address is relatively easy, just plug in the exact address, helpful landmarks, name of the recipient and ideal times for delivery. The time you put in basically lets the florist know that there’s someone who would receive the delivery. Otherwise, put in a note if it’s okay to leave the delivery on your doorstep or entrust it to your neighbour. Usually, the package is sent back to the office when no one’s on location to receive the delivery. This could cost you addition money and effort to retrieve or have it delivered again. In which case, the whole point of a fuss-free online transaction becomes pointless.

For condominiums and HDBs, in addition to the crucial details discussed above, it would be helpful to give the guard or receptionist a heads up that you are expecting a delivery. For extra strict buildings and establishments, you can even give them the name of the florist to reduce back and forth communications between you, the receptionist and the delivery person. Either let the receptionist know that you’re expecting a delivery from so-and-so florist and have them sent up to your unit or leave a note on the checkout page that the package would be received by the receptionist or guard. Naturally, if you opt for the latter, give the guard or receptionist the heads up.

Hospitals and commercial establishments

For public or commercial establishments like offices, schools or hotels informing the guard/receptionist about the flower delivery is helpful. While it is standard procedure for them to call up to your office or room before they’re cleared to proceed, it would at least expedite the process. Give your name and unit/room number. The guard would also be able to properly guide the delivery person to the right location. Time of delivery is crucial for public and commercial establishments because of the specified working hours, so make sure you indicate the window hours for delivery.

Finally, for flower delivery to hospitals, we recommend that you call the hospital or the ward first in case they don’t allow deliveries on patients’ rooms. Certain flowers can also aggravate certain conditions especially if the person is prone to allergies. In such cases, you may want to send hypoallergenic blooms or unscented flowers.

Purchasing flowers does not need to be daunting, in fact, it has never been easy. All you need is a little know-how and good connectivity to get those flowers delivered in a snap.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Flower Selection

March 15, 2017
Beginner's Guide to Flower Selection

Gifting flowers is a sweet and classic move towards letting someone know that you care. While buying flowers may be quite cumbersome before, online florists has made the process easy breezy these days. You can buy flowers and have them delivered in a matter of minutes within the comfort of your home.

So you’re thinking about giving flowers to your loved one and you don’t know where to start. Don’t fret, we have the perfect guide to help you throughout this whole process.

Consider the basics

First, you need to deal with the basic details.

Who’s the recipient? The types of flowers you send to your mother or a boss is different from a bouquet for your significant other. Red flowers may be romantic for your romantic partner but wildly inappropriate for a boss. Below is a basic guide on flower meanings to help you out. Of course, if you know the recipient’s favourite blooms, you’re already on the right track. It’s also helpful to find out if the recipient has allergies, so you can avoid certain flower choices. Check out this list of allergy-prone flowers to avoid.

What’s the occasion? Is it for Mother’s Day? Valentine’s Day? Or maybe there’s no special occasion and you just want to express your appreciation. Occasions can dictate not only the type of flowers you send, but also the floral arrangements for your bouquet.

Do you have a budget? Another detail to consider is your budget. If nothing else, this can narrow down your flower selection based on your price range.

Flower customs

Another key factor to consider are the customs of certain cultures. In order to avoid unintentionally offending your recipient, be aware of the basic dos and don’ts especially in a multi-cultural environment such as Singapore.

For example, the Chinese culture associate the lotus flower with wellness and purity. The lotus symbol appears quite a lot in their arts as well as religion. It is also in Chinese tradition to send flowers as gifts for unpleasant occasions. In particular, yellow chrysanthemums and white flowers are considered funereal flowers symbolising death. Alternatively, red flowers are considered auspicious, while poenies and orchids are associated with prosperity and luck, respectively.

Flower meanings

Below are some of the most popular flowers in Singapore along with their meanings:

Roses symbolise love and passion. This makes roses a staple during Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. They figure quite heavily in arts and poetry as metaphors for beauty and desire. While a red rose says “I love you,” white roses evokes loyalty and pure love. Other shades, such as pink, can convey admiration and blossoming love.

Orchids is growing in popularity because they are not only elegant, they’re also fairly low maintenance. They’re symbols for beauty and sophistication. Their exotic appeal articulates a sender’s admiration and romantic inclinations. It also illustrates the sender’s unique and refined taste.

Tulips is another favourite for romantic gestures. They represent perfect love and commitment. This sophisticated flower also exemplify elegance and grace.

Iris can be perfect for any occasion. Generally, they represent hope and devotion. Depending on colour, you can send purple irises for wisdom, yellow for passion, blue for faith and white for purity.

Chrysanthemums are great for friendly affection. This “golden flower” is an allusion to positivity and prosperity. They’re usually given for loved ones who recuperating or a gesture of good will. Red chrysanthemums can indicate love, white can mean truth and yellow can symbolise jealousy.

Sunflowers are symbols of optimism. Its “sunny” aesthetic can lift anyone’s spirit, so you can send these blooms to someone who needs some cheering. Perhaps you’d also want to send them for some joy and inspiration. This is why a sunflower is usually a fail-safe choice for its positive message.

You can always consult your online florist for the meanings behind different flowers for the perfect bouquet.