Guide to Buying Anniversary Flowers

Posted: July 18th, 2017
Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot!

If you have a wedding anniversary coming up, chances are you’ll be celebrating your other half by sending them a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

If you have a big anniversary approaching, consider committing to an elegant floral arrangement that will speak for itself.

Below are some of Cole’s Flowers’ best anniversary arrangements along with some tips on choosing the right arrangement for your anniversary.

Classic Roses: First, Second, or 15th Anniversary

Roses are a traditional anniversary gift, and whether you’re celebrating your first anniversary, second anniversary, or a major milestone, roses are a good choice. Our Classic Dozen Roses arrangement is simple, elegant, beautiful, and will tell your spouse “I love you always.”

Carnations: Traditional First Anniversary Gift

Carnations are a traditional wedding anniversary flower to celebrate your first year of marriage. Our Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot! arrangement has bright and beautiful lilies, roses, gerberas and carnations in pink and orange shades that stand out.

Stargazer Lilies: Traditional Sixth Anniversary Gift

Lilies are a traditional gift for the sixth wedding anniversary, but if your spouse loves lilies, they’re great for any anniversary you might be celebrating. Our Isn’t It Romantic arrangement has bright pink spray roses, roses, carnations, tulips and stargazer lilies meeting the expectations of many “suggested” anniversary flowers.Coles Flowers

Golden Anniversary: 50 Years

The golden anniversary is your 50th wedding anniversary. If you’re lucky enough to have been with your partner for so many wonderful years, celebrate with our As Good As Gold arrangement. This striking arrangement has lily grass, yellow roses, yellow mums, and other floral accents, tall and beautiful in a square metal container.

Both yellow roses and violets are also a traditional 50th wedding anniversary flower. However, after 50 years of marriage, you probably know what your spouse loves: choose their favorite flower and you can’t go wrong.

Call Cole’s Flowers today at 802-388-4003 for more information on ordering the best floral arrangement for your upcoming anniversary.

Tips for Running a Successful Floral Shop

Posted: June 19th, 2017
Floral Shop Tips

Creating a successful floral shop can have its challenges, especially in a small town.

Not only are your competitors a little closer to home, but you have to think smart and get creative in order to drum up business outside of major holidays, like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Trust us; we know what it’s like. Here’s how we make it work, and how you could too.

Establish Your Suppliers

To run a successful business, the first thing you’ll need to do is decide where you’ll be purchasing your materials from. Talk to reputable wholesalers nearby, and find the one with the best products for the best price. Remember, it’s okay to purchase some flowers from one supplier, and other materials from another. Regularly checking in with your suppliers and making sure their prices stay fair and consistent will keep your business cost manageable.

Local Outreach

When you’re opening a new business, it’s important to get in touch with the locals. Have a few grand opening events to invite neighbors and potential customers into the shop. You may also want to consider offering a special discount, enticing people to try out your services and review the quality firsthand.

Teaching a floral arrangement class, or hosting a get-to-know-you event with a few snacks and a little wine may also get people in the door and create brand exposure. Talk to the local book club, drop flyers off after Sunday brunch, and get the word out about your shop.

Weekly Deliveries

Are their restaurants or hotels in your neighborhood that always have fresh flower displays? Drop off some arrangements to local businesses to establish a potential relationship and encourage weekly floral orders from them. These deals could be your bread and butter when you’re in between busy seasons.

Though owning a floral shop can have its difficulties, there’s nothing more rewarding in our book. We love the look on our customer’s faces when they are surprised with a beautiful bouquet of our flowers. Click here to browse through our selection of flowers for delivery here in Middlebury, Vermont, or stop on into our shop on MacIntyre Lane. We’d be happy to chat with you!

Best Bouquets for Father’s Day

Posted: June 7th, 2017
Lush Garden

Father’s Day is coming up, and if you haven’t thought about what gift to get Dad, we have narrowed it down for you.

Send Dad a beautiful floral arrangement to let him know you’re thinking of him.

Here are some of our favorite bouquets that we feel fit Father’s Day perfectly.

Lush Garden

If your Dad has an office, this can serve as the perfect plant to help spruce it up. Our Lush Garden arrangement includes a terra cotta plastic bowl along with an assortment of green plants. He’ll love bragging about his kids when his coworkers ask him where he picked up his new plant.

Multi-color Memories

To tell your Dad how much you love and appreciate him, send him our Multi-color Memories Flower Arrangement. This striking arrangement is chock full of leather leaf, orange cherry brandy roses, peach snapdragons, orange lilies, lavender wax flowers, and much more. This arrangement is sure to bring a smile to Dad’s face and add a splash of color to his holiday.

You’re the Greatest!

Let your Dad know that he’s the greatest with our You’re the Greatest bouquet! This arrangement features a bronze or rust rectangular metal container with myrtle, red roses, orange gerberas, purple aster, and much more. Dad will love both the flowers and the sentiment.

Salty Snacks Basket

If you don’t feel like a bouquet is quite enough for Dad, we also have our Salty Snack gift basket, perfect for a Father’s Day treat! This basket includes salty snacks such as chips, Cheetos, Planters peanuts, sunflower seeds and more, packed into a perfect gift basket.

Visit Cole’s Flowers for our full selection.

Celebrate Mom with a Beautiful Mother’s Day Bouquet

Posted: April 24th, 2017

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – May 14 – which means that now’s the time to think about ordering some gorgeous flowers to show the special mom in your life how much you care! Check out some of our featured Mother’s Day bouquets below that are guaranteed to bring a smile to mom’s face.

Carefree SpiritCarefree Spirit

Our Carefree Spirit floral arrangement is filled with leather leaf foliage, yellow lilies, coral roses, peach snapdragons, white and pink alstroemeria as well as bells of Ireland. Arranged in a wide-mouth ginger vase, this bouquet is bright and gorgeous, and makes a perfect Mother’s Day surprise.

Beloved Bouquet

The Beloved Bouquet arrangement is a dazzling mix of pink blooms. Featuring hot pink and white lilies, hot pink garden roses, hot pink mini spray roses and pink tulips – plus a little green hydrangea for good measure – this gift comes arranged in a tall gathering vase. It’s the perfect way to celebrate any mother, grandmother or wife who absolutely loves pink!

Tenderness Bouquet

The Tenderness bouquet is a short arrangement that bursts with pink hydrangea, hot pink roses, pink tulips, pink gerberas and hot pink mini spray roses. The low and clustered design makes this a perfect gift for mom’s office – the ideal reminder of how much her children and family care.

Spring BlushSpring Blush Bouquet

Our Spring Blush bouquet makes a statement with yellow lilies, coral pink gerberas, yellow snapdragons, purple larkspur, coral roses and misty blue limonium. Tell mom “I love you” and “thanks for everything” with this tall, striking arrangement of purples, yellows and pinks.

Lavender Luxury

The Lavender Luxury arrangement is a tall, gorgeous bouquet of lavender roses, lavender stock, mini carnations, lavender asters and purple waxflowers. Set in a tall rectangular vase, this lavender-themed arrangement is the perfect way to make sure mom knows you’re thinking of her this Mother’s Day.

Sweetly Spring Basket

Our Sweetly Spring Basket arrangement is a cluster of lavender stock, hot pink roses, lavender daisy poms, purple aster, and fuchsia and pink carnations. The blooms are all delicately arranged in a whitewashed wicker basket with a handle that mom can reuse throughout the springtime season. Send mom a beautiful basket of flowers that she’ll cherish and a lasting gift to use after the flowers are gone.

Shop our full selection of Mother’s Day flowers online today or call us at Cole’s Flowers at 802-388-4003 to order a special Mother’s Day surprise for the moms in your life.

Brighten Someone’s Day with these Just Because Bouquets

Posted: April 6th, 2017
Bring on the Happy

What’s the best reason to get flowers? For no reason at all!

To spread a little extra love, to celebrate the beginning of the spring, or to send a bouquet to someone “just because,” buying someone you love the gift of flowers is always appreciated. You’ll brighten their day, and they’ll spread the sunshine to someone else – it’s a win-win! At Cole’s Flowers, we have plenty of gorgeous bouquets that are great for any occasion. Here are a few of our favorite “just because” bouquets.

Bring on the HappyBring on the Happy

For the perfect pop of color to brighten any day of the week, send our Bring on the Happy bouquet. This arrangement is chock full of gerberas, orange roses, red spray roses and yellow lilies. It’s an explosion of bright colors sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Epic Bloomers

To make your favorite person smile, send our Epic Bloomers bouquet. Hot pink gerberas, miniature spray roses, and mini carnations are arranged in a tall glass vase in this bouquet that is sure to make an impression. Whether your recipient places it on their desk or on the kitchen counter, this will be a wonderful reminder of how much you care.

Cheergiver Basket

For a sweet gift that can be used long after the flowers fade, send our Cheergiver Basket. This arrangement is created with a variety of poms, gerberas, spray roses and carnations, plus greenery as an extra touch. The flowers are all settled into a beautiful basket that can be used as a decoration for many years to come!

Oh Happy Day!

If you’re thinking of someone and you want to let them know, send our Oh Happy Day! bouquet. This tall, striking arrangement is full of gerberas, lilies, delphinium and other bright, seasonal flowers, all arranged to stand tall in a small white vase.

Tried & True Blue

Perfect for sending to anyone “just because,” our Tried & True Blue arrangement is simple and elegant, but its fragrance will delight the recipient for the whole week! Large blue hydrangeas are arranged in a small ginger vase. This is a perfect small arrangement for a countertop or desk, making it a wonderful gift for anyone.

For more information on ordering “just because” floral gifts for your friends and loved ones from Cole’s Flowers, call us today at 802-388-4003.

Sending Your Sympathies: Guidelines for Funeral Flowers

Posted: February 24th, 2017

Funeral FlowersA death of someone close to you, a friend or a loved one is a terrible thing. During these times, one of the more instinctual ways to express sorrow is to send flowers. However, the type of arrangement sent may or may not be appropriate. Even the type or color of flower could be offensive, depending on a family or individual’s beliefs. If you need to send a gift to friends or loved ones who are grieving, here’s a few floral tips and tricks to refer to.

Type of Flower

There is a wide variety of flowers that are often chosen for funerals. Usually lilies, carnations, roses, gladiolas and chrysanthemums are sent. White flowers are popular for most Christian funerals, sending a subtle message of calm, serenity and peace. These flowers are then selected and then placed into a wide variety of arrangements. But which arrangement will portray the best message? Funeralwise suggests a few different options:

Wreaths

Wreaths are a common choice, and can be filled with any type of flower. Symbolically, the circular shape of wreaths is seen as a traditional representation of eternal life.

Standing Sprays

Floral spray arrangements are designed to be viewed only from the front, and will typically be most appropriate as a display during a calling hours or viewing where they can be placed tastefully near the casket or urn.

Casket Spray

A casket spray may sound like a good arrangement to send, but these are typically purchased by family members as a display atop the casket of the deceased. Before you order one of these arrangements you should check with family members to see if it is appropriate.

Sympathy Arrangements

Finally, a tasteful floral arrangement is also appropriate. These can also include more variety and color than a traditional arrangement. For example, if the deceased was a veteran or firefighter, patriotic colors can be an appropriate color palette.

Cultural Consideration

When it comes to religious or cultural services, we would recommend getting in touch with a religious leader for recommendations. Most Jewish ceremonies occur within three days of the person’s passing in accordance with Jewish customs, and flowers are not traditionally sent as a gift. Some Islamic services do not deem floral arrangements appropriate, so you should try to find out from family members whether flowers would be a welcomed gift. Finally, Funeralwise notes that in many Asian cultures the use of white and yellow flowers is most welcome.

At Cole’s Flowers, our staff is highly trained and skilled in the area of sympathy arrangements and can help you select a tasteful and appropriate way to send your condolences. Place an order online now or give our staff a call today at 802-388-4003 for help selecting the appropriate arrangement.

 

Bring Home the Fresh Looks and Smells of Spring

Posted: February 13th, 2017

With April showers come May flowers, which means spring is just around the corner! At Cole’s Flowers, we huge fans of spring and all the beautiful smells and sights that come with it. If you want to get over your winter blahs and bask in sunshine and warmth, treat yourself to something colorful and warm this spring!

Butterfly Garden

Our Butterfly Garden arrangement is one of our favorites. It combines orange roses, bells of Ireland, purple irises, lavender carnations and purple liatris all in one setting that’s fresh and full of color. The flowers are then arranged in a low design bowl and finished with sweet butterfly picks, giving the illusion that a burst of spring has been carried inside of your home.

Spring Floral ArrangementsSpring Sophistication

The Spring Sophistication arrangement is full of bold colors. There is no denying spring is here when you bring this collection of color into your home. It is a great way to boost anyone’s spirits! This arrangement starts off with a flared vase. Next, hot pink and orange roses are added. Then orange carnations and orange miniature carnations are added to the mix. To finish the arrangement, pink tulips and pink waxflowers are used to complete the warm, rich color palate of spring.

Friendship Blooms

If you are looking for a way to show your friend some appreciation, look no further than the Friendship Blooms basket! This basket arrangement is simply darling with two-colored purple carnations and pink spray roses contrasted with hot pink Matsumoto asters and pink larkspurs. The basket is then completed by adding yellow and green alstroemeria, adding fresh sprigs of green leather leaf, pittosporum and Ming fern to round out the arrangement.

On the Bright Side

Is yellow more your color? Never fear! We have the perfect spring arrangement for you! Look On the Bright Side and find this arrangement, organized in a lime green plastic container. The primary flower in this arrangement is yellow tulips, with green and yellow poms used to add more color and body. Yellow alsteroemeria is added to fill out the arrangement with a sweet bird figure and natural bird’s nest used to complete the look.

If spring can’t get here soon enough for you, wash away the winter blues with the gift of springtime flowers! Shop our full selection of spring flowers today or call us at 802-388-4003 for help finding the perfect arrangement!

Valentine’s Day Is Coming: Don’t Forget the Flowers!

Posted: February 1st, 2017

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Instead of scrambling at the last minute at the grocery store to find a generic bouquet, do something different this year and preorder your Valentine’s Day bouquet. Making your flower plans early will save you a large amount of time and stress and make sure that you’ve got the perfect gift taken care of well in advance! Let’s take a look at a few of the top Valentine’s Day arrangements to consider for your special someone this romantic season.

Valentine’s Day Bouquets Love is Eternal

Our Love is Eternal bouquet is one of our more mellow Valentine’s Day arrangements. The bouquet uses ivory roses, pink and white stargazer lilies and white anemones to create a sweet look. This particular arrangement also has bells of Ireland, snapdragons, hydrangeas and peach hypericum. Overall, this bouquet is the sweetest!

Embraceable You

The Embraceable You arrangement is in the same family as the Our Love is Eternal bouquet, but pops more with even more color. This particular bouquet uses shades of pink to make its statement, featuring hot pink hydrangeas, light pink lilies, hot pink roses, pink tulips, pink gerbera daisies and more! Pink shades wrap all throughout this gift, and are perfect for an arrangement named for a warm hug.

Charismatic Crimson

The Charismatic Crimson arrangement takes a page from the Embraceable You bouquet, but instead uses vibrant shades of red instead of pink, to say “I Love You.” This statement features roses, gerberas, carnations, spray roses and alstroemeria to create a bold and vivid statement. This is a great piece for romantic gestures – after all, red is the color of love.

Red Roses and Wispy White Accent Flowers

Speaking of red roses, you can never go wrong with a traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet. Our team can create a custom arrangement of red roses, dressed up with accenting white waxflowers, silver eucalyptus and leather leaf. If you want to make a giant statement that unmistakably screams Valentine’s Day, then this is the arrangement for you.

Take a look through our full Valentine’s Day selection to find the perfect choice for your loved one or learn more about placing a custom order. Place your order online now or call Cole’s Flowers today at 802-388-4003 and make sure that your Valentine’s Day is full of fresh flowers and loving thoughts.

How Did Roses Become a Symbol of Love?

Posted: January 25th, 2017

Everyone knows that one of the most traditional ways to say “I love you” is with bright red roses, but how did this combination of color and flower become the romantic floral choice?

RosesIn Greek mythology, the goddess of love, Aphrodite, was often depicted with roses around her head, neck or feet, as Whats-Your-Sign.com notes. Later, upon the death of her lover, Adonis, his spilled blood created a pool from which a rosebush grew, with the crimson red of the blood combining with the immortality of love in the form of a rose.

In later times, the association continued. Shakespeare integrated red roses into his works as symbols of love and desire, and in the 18th century, lovers used red roses to communicate with one another. Scottish poet Robert Burns – whose is celebrated today, Jan. 25, on his birthday, as RobertBurns.org reports – famously wrote the poem A Red, Red Rose, which opens by comparing his love to a red rose. It is concerned to be one of the more romantic pieces of the centuries, and one of the many times throughout the ages when roses and the color red flourished to life as a symbol of love.

With Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away, it is not too soon to start looking into floral gifts for your special someone. From a single red rose to a whole bouquet, at Cole’s Flowers we have a full selection of roses to suit your needs for the romantic holiday. We also carry a variety of other arrangement carefully put together to help you celebrate love this Valentine’s Day. Let us help you find the perfect way to show that special someone in your life how much you care by calling Cole’s Flowers today at 802-388-4003.

Say Happy Birthday with Cole’s Flowers

Posted: January 19th, 2017

Don’t just send a card. Say “Happy Birthday!” to a special someone in your life with a delivery of beautiful flowers for them to show off on their desk or countertop for their whole birthday week. We have a wide range of bouquets that are perfect for celebrating a birthday at Cole’s Flowers. Here are a few of our favorite ones, perfect for all the special people in your life.

Celebrate Today! Bouquet

Cole’s Celebrate Today! Bouquet features a fun, rectangular vase with purple iris, orange gerberas, purple carnations, hot pink spray roses, purple stock, yellow tulips, green button poms and solidago. This classic celebration bouquet is sure to make any flower-lover smile.

Birthday Confetti BouquetBirthday Confetti Bouquet

For fans of a smaller vase and more modern arrangement, we have our Birthday Confetti Bouquet. This arrangement has a small square vase with pink gerberas, yellow tulips, pink mini spray roses, lavender stock and bells of Ireland. This cheery pink, purple and green bouquet is as colorful as sprinkles on a birthday cake!

Spring Zing Bouquet

If you want to send an even brighter arrangement with a special touch, check out our Spring Zing! Bouquet. This arrangement has a round glass vase and is loaded up with vivid colors from hot pink carnations and lime green poms to yellow poms, lavender tulips and more. Plus, it’s wrapped up in a pretty pastel plaid ribbon – a wonderful gift for a springtime birthday!

Gift Baskets

If the birthday boy or girl isn’t into flowers, maybe they’d enjoy a candy gift basket! We also offer a few gift baskets for the non-floral types: the Junk Food Basket for the candy lover, the Salty Snacks Basket for the snacker, and the Chocolate Lovers’ Basket for the chocolate fiend.

You can place your order for birthday flowers 24/7 on our website, or call us at Cole’s Flowers today at 802-388-4003. Check out some of our customer reviews, and remember, we can even fulfill custom design orders. Order a wonderful birthday gift today from Cole’s Flowers!