Flowers for Father’s Day

Posted: June 13th, 2019
Flowers for Father’s Day

This special day is dedicated to dads, grandfathers, uncles, and any special man in your life. Father’s Day is a time to celebrate fathers across the world for all they do to positively impact the lives of their children. Often times, people don’t realize the sacrifices and hard work that goes in to being a dad. This year show your dad how much you love him by honoring him with special gift.

So, what do you give the man that gave you life? Flowers for Father’s Day

 There is an old saying that goes, “Give people their flowers while they can still smell them.” Although this can be taken literally, it has a deeper meaning that we should show appreciation to our loved ones while they can experience it.

Here are some fun activities to enjoy with your dad:

Spa day- Pampering isn’t just for women, and chances are it has been a long time since your dad had a good manicure-if ever! Treat your dad to a soothing spa day with a massage and personal grooming.  This will not only make him look better but he will feel refreshed and relaxed.

Backyard BBQ- Most dad’s love grilling outdoors but now it’s your time to shine! Show your dad that all his years of manning the grill paid off by grilling him the perfect steak.

Take him to the movies- Most fathers are too busy working or taking care of the house to get a chance to go to catch their favorite movie in theatre. This Father’s Day treat your dad to a special night out at the movies. Check out upcoming mFlowers for Father’s Dayovie releases here.

After a relaxing day at the spa, now is the perfect time to actually give your dad flowers! Cole’s Flowers has a wide selection of flowers just for dad. Browse our custom-made arrangements and our selection of plants. We offer local delivery in Middlebury, VT and surrounding areas.

Make this Father’s Day one to remember!

Why You Should Talk to Your Plants

Posted: May 20th, 2019
Why You Shoul Talk to You Plants

Just like any living creature, plants need “food” and water to survive, but these complex living organisms thrive with the help of other elements like sunlight, compost, and… a good talking-to?

Many horticulturalists believe that talking to your plants can result in better growth cycles. According to a study conducted by MythBusters, plants that were exposed to recorded soundtracks performed better and grew faster than plants that were grown in a silent environment. In this experiment, MythBusters used three different control groups. One group was exposed to recordings of pleasant, loving praise. Another group was exposed to recordings of cruel insults and the last group was completely silent. Both the positive and negative recordings plant groups performed about the same-although we don’t recommend hurling insults at your Dumb Cane Plant– it can be concluded that plants respond to the vibrations of sound, not necessarily the context of speech.Why You Should Talk to Your Plants

Although plants don’t have nerve cells like humans, scientists have proven that plants have neurotransmitters that produce dopamine and serotonin.

In another study conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society, 10 plants were exposed to recordings of both men and women. Researchers believe that the plants would respond better to the male voice but, after a month the plants that had been attached to the female voices grew an average of an inch taller than those exposed to the male voice.

Talking to your plant also helps establish a relationship and will help you remember to routinely water and ensure that it receives adequate sunlight.

There are many benefits to having a plant in your home which includes air purifying, reducing stress, and reducing background noise. If you are interested in adding a new plant to your home, consider Coles Flowers in Middlebury, VT. Cole’s Flowers provides professional service and high-quality floral items. Browse our extensive selection of plants today

Fresh Florals that are Allergy Friendly

Posted: September 21st, 2018
Fresh Florals

Unfortunately, fresh flowers often prove to be unpleasant to people with pollen allergies. However, all is not lost for the people that get sneezy in the presence of some florals.

Many allergy-friendly floral alternatives offer allergy sufferers a simple, sneeze-free way to enjoy fresh floral arrangements.

Lilies

As a pollen-free blossom, lilies lack the substance that triggers most allergy sufferers. Due to their lower levels of fragrance, asiatic lilies are least likely to result in headaches for those sensitive to strong smells. Lilies are colorful and bold, with colors ranging from soft pastels to bright oranges. These flowers are perfect for bringing the happiness of flowers to those who have trouble typically enjoying them.

Snapdragons

With minimal fragrance, snapdragons don’t shed much pollen, making them a great flower for those with allergies. These unique flowers represent graciousness and fascination, and their interesting shape makes them eye-catching among other flowers. Snapdragons are a festive addition to bouquets and are an allergy-friendly flower for all occasions.

Daffodils

Gorgeous yellow daffodils are one flower that are least likely to trigger allergy symptoms, making them a preferred choice in the realm of allergy-friendly florals. As a symbol of rebirth, daffodils are a symbol of cheer and fortune. Though most commonly found in shades of yellow, daffodils can also come in other shades such as orange and pink.

Cole’s Flowers is your full-service florist serving Middlebury, VT, and surrounding areas, family owned and operated.

Benefits of Ordering from Your Local Florist

Posted: July 9th, 2018
Fresh Floral Arrangement at Coles Flowers

Flowers bring joy and light into the world, making them the most suitable, all-purpose decoration and a gorgeous gift for any loved one.

Although you can often find flowers at numerous locations throughout your town, there are many benefits to ordering from your local florist.

Fresh Florals

Local florists focus solely on taking care of their precious flowers. Through ensuring they receive proper nutrition and changing the water, to storing the flowers at the right temperature, local florists are professionals who boast their specialized stash of fresh flowers. Places like supermarkets often receive flowers they fail to care for properly, leading to duller flowers that last for less time.

Vibrant Variety

Many local florists double as greenhouses where they grow their own flowers and plants. Local florists therefore offer large varieties of beautiful blooms, from seasonal treasures to all-time favorites. These locally grown plants look and smell fresher than ones you may find at a store, which may wilt in a few days depending on how it was stored before it found its way to your home.

Creative Combinations

Stores often sell mass-produced, premade bouquets containing a few different types of flowers bunched together the same way as the other bouquets behind it. On the other hand, local florists create stunning arrangements and combinations of flowers to suit different moods, seasons, and holidays! These artists use their expertise to mix together numerous types of flowers in varying spectacular colors, inventing awesome arrangements for every occasion.

Riveting Recommendations

We gift beautiful bouquets to our friends, coworkers, and family members to lift them up, celebrate their accomplishments, congratulate them for a new job, or to help them feel better. These important events require only the best bouquets to get your message across. Local florists work with you to provide recommendations for the best type of flowers to suit your needs, answering any questions and showing you possible floral combinations on the spot.

Trust Cole’s Flowers for local, fresh, vibrant, and creative arrangements perfect for all occasions!

How Fresh Flowers Offer Health Benefits

Posted: June 25th, 2018
Fresh Flower Bouquet

We often present fresh bouquets to the special people in our lives to celebrate holidays or to commemorate big events.

However, the decision to keep fresh flowers throughout your home comes with numerous physical and mental health benefits.

As if the joy and aroma associated with flowers was not enough, fresh flowers can also improve your air quality, help you relax, and inspire creativity and focus. Here are some reasons why fresh flowers are the perfect “just because” addition to your home.

Boost Your Mood

A vase of fresh flowers quickly transforms and boosts your mood. When you are in low spirits, seeing and smelling a fresh bouquet of your favorite flowers can instantly lift you up. Beat the morning blues by placing flowers in places where you get ready in the morning; this invigorating technique helps you start your day with a revived start, causing you to feel relaxed, less anxious, and more empathetic towards others.

Improve Air Quality

Keeping leafy green indoor flowers and plants can increase your air quality by getting rid of toxins like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Houseplants and flowers can eliminate the pollutants in your air that cause issues such as headaches, coughs, and colds. People with allergies can benefit from houseplants that rid of certain toxins. Flowers also come with different memorable aromas that keep your home smelling fresh and clean year-round.

Initiate Relaxation

Natural beauty often takes our breath away, making us leave behind our stress and taking us to a mental space of relaxation and inner bliss. Walking in the door of a home filled with gorgeous flowers and plants in vibrant colors helps us to slow down and focus on something positive. Taking the time to sit back and look at each unique bouquet can slow your mind and produce an instant relaxing effect.

Increase Creativity and Focus

A classic go-to for sparking creativity, flowers are naturally unique and inspiring. Keeping fresh flowers in your home enhances your thought process and encourages imagination for adults and children alike. Flowers can give you a sense of inner peace and tranquility, both of which are needed to come up with great ideas. This in turn can make you more productive, motivating you to complete tasks and imparting feelings of achievement.

The health benefits of fresh flowers go beyond making you happy. Select your next indoor masterpiece from Cole’s Flowers, delivering the highest quality floral arrangements perfect for boosting your home’s interior.

National Gardening Day Blooms in April

Posted: April 4th, 2018
Yellow Floral Arrangement

At Cole’s Flowers, we believe that flowers are always in season but the spring season specifically brings forth luscious gardens and blooming bouquets. Celebrate National Gardening Day on April 14 with a fresh bouquet of flowers and get inspired to spruce up your garden.

Cole’s Flowers has highlighted several of our stunning spring bouquets that will motivate you to get outside and get working on your garden.

With some effort, you can sometimes plant flowers from an arrangement in an outdoor garden. It doesn’t always work out, but if you have a green thumb and some patience, you might be able to make it work! For example, here are some instructions on how to plant roses specifically.

Landscape Your Life with Yellow Blooms

This bouquet will bring a splash of sunshine indoors until you can get outside and add some warm yellow tones into your landscape. Our “Spring Comes Alive” arrangement is packed with yellow blooms including tulips, daffodils, spray roses and more. The brightness of this arrangement will pColorful Floral Bouquetut some spring into your step and encourage you to get outside and get started on your garden.

Display Colorful Floral Bouquets

This colorful bouquet is packed with a variety of different flowers, each one unique to itself. Sprinkled with lavender roses, white asters, pink gerberas and many more, every shade of spring is highlighted in this bouquet.  The beautiful display of colors in our “Amazing Day” arrangement will get you excited to showcase a rainbow display of colors in your garden as well.

Showcase Unique Spring Arrangements

One of the best things about gardening is enjoying all the elements of the outdoors, including the little critters that come with it. Among its beautiful flowers, this arrangement showcases a charming, vibrant butterfly decoration as well. The “A Breath of Spring” arrangement has yellow daffodils, lavender tulips, heavenly pink hydrangeas and more. Both colorful and charming, this arrangement will make you eager to get your gardening gloves out.

Find more brilliant spring bouquets at Cole’s Flowers and get inspired in time for National Gardening Day.

Rose Colors and Their Meanings

Posted: November 1st, 2017
Rose Colors and Their Meanings

Roses are usually synonymous with Valentine’s Day, but there are so many beautiful colors to be had  year-round. Whatever the message, there’s a rose color for that.

Check out our gifting guide to rose colors and their meanings below.

Red: This color is the most popular of the bunch. An auspicious symbol of love, the red rose is ideal for expressing your romantic side.

Yellow: Yellow is the color of friendship and joy. This color rose can be given to just about anyone. When you gift someone a yellow rose, you are letting them know that you appreciate them.

Pink: This is an ideal color for celebrating Sweetest Day. The pink rose is perfect for budding couples who have just begun dating, or a pretty gift for a loving sister or mother.

Peach: Peach is normally chosen by people who want to express gratitude. Do you want to thank a neighbor? A peach rose would certainly brighten their day.  

White: The white rose represents purity, peace, and innocence. In a wedding context, the white rose is a symbol of new beginnings. White is also the color of remembrance.

Salmon: Salmon is the color of passion and vitality. Share your enthusiasm for life by gifting your best friend with a salmon bouquet. This shade never goes out of style!

Cream: This color is another “thank you” color. If you’re looking for a neutral gift option for teachers and coaches, this colored rose is your safest bet.  

Green: Green is the color of rejuvenation. It could also represent new beginnings. Do you know someone starting a new job or moving to a different state? Wish them good luck on their journey with this color.

Cole’s Flowers carries a variety of rose colors that can be uniquely arranged to convey your message, and can order special colors for your events. Call us today at 802-388-4003 and find out what we have in stock!

 

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!

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.