Archive | January 2016

How to Pick a Florist

Like all other professions, florists are not created equal.  Most shops have refrigerated already made up bouquets that you can pick up anytime.  But have you tried to go in and ask for fresh cut bouquet or have a bouquet created on the spot only to be told that you have to pick from what is already done?   There are those that go above and beyond to help you and get you what you need when you need it.  These steps can assist you in the process.  Or if you are in the Murrieta or Lake Elsinore areas of California looking for a florist or just a fresh bouquet, give us a call and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.


The Society of American Florists recommends these tips to help you select the perfect florist for you:

  • The Right Fit: Look for a floral shop that offers the product mix, level of service and design style that fit your needs.
  • Personal Attention: Choose a florist who will get to know you, keep track of your floral preferences and send reminders of upcoming special occasions.
  • Excellent Service: Look for convenient hours, easy-access location and a satisfaction-guarantee.
  • Helpful Suggestions: Good florists ask questions about what you’re looking for, offer expert advice and suggest floral gifts to match any sentiment, occasion, personality or home decor.
  • Creative Flair: Look for artistry in the florist’s arrangements, design and presentation.
  • Selection and Variety: From the familiar carnation to exotic tropicals, a great shop carries a complete menu of flowers and plants to choose from.
  • Top Quality Product: The finest florists in the field carry quality product, provide floral food with each purchase and offer instructions for proper care to ensure maximum enjoyment.
  • Professional Affiliation: Florists who belong to professional groups are committed to being the best in their field. Look for affiliation with national wire services (FTD, Teleflora), national trade associations like the Society of American Florists, state and local trade associations, and local community and civic organizations.
  • Word of mouth is often the best resource when looking for a florist. An outstanding florist will have a good reputation in your community.
  • If you use a telephone book or directory assistance to find a florist, look for one with a local address.
  • If you choose a national service with a toll-free number, pick an established organization with a strong reputation for providing great service.

SAF’s Florist Directory helps consumers find local professional florists. The Directory is searchable by name, city and state and ZIP code.

Get more Vitamin F (flowers)

With 2016  upon us,  did you  make a long list of resolutions that may or may not last in the new year.  Research results are showing that more Vitamin F or “flowers” can help us attain some of our basic needs and goals.    Here are 3 flower descriptions to ring  in the New Year with “new beginnings”, “motivation”, and “prosperity.”  Call Murrieta V.I.P. Florist or Lake Elsinore V.I.P. florist and we’ll be happy to create these inspirations for you.

         1. New Beginnings: Welcomes change with open arms and mind

Key Color: Stimulate joy, enthusiasm and excitement with a simple arrangement featuring the color orange. Complement it with white — the color of purity and freshness — and green, characterizing new opportunity and growth.

Vase Style: A square, ceramic vase brings an earthy energy, proclaiming that while the sky’s the limit, it’s good to keep your feet firmly rooted on the ground.

In the Home: Put the spirit of new horizons on display on a mantle or coffee table, where it will instill faith, creativity and endless possibility.

Suggested Flower Options: Gerbera, carnations, Asiatic lilies, spray roses, alstroemeria

         2. Inspiration and Motivation: Infuses the soul with rejuvenating energy

Key Color: Red epitomizes motivation, fame, courage and power. Design an up-shooting spray that also includes sensuous, rich orange and fuchsia, which suggest enthusiasm and exuberance.

Vase Style: A tall mirrored or shiny metal container of any kind will stoke inspiration. Mirrors boost positive energies and bring good luck, which will circulate through all endeavors.

In the Home: The home office is an ideal place to inject motivational energy — or the power of now. Anyone will feel encouraged to reach for the stars and live life to the fullest.

Suggested Flower Options: Roses, callas, Asiatic lilies, snapdragons, hypericum

       3. Prosperity: Stimulates action and indicates success and richness

Key Color: Let red or deep purple dominate this abundant arrangement, intimating accomplishment and wealth. Accent with shades of gold, the preeminent color for good health and fortune.

Vase Style: Select a metallic, perhaps golden container, representing a pot of gold.

In the Home: Give your home a boost by placing this inspirational bouquet where you welcome guests or potential buyers.

Suggested Flower Options: Lilies, roses, lisianthus, snapdragons  and