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“I ALWAYS ASSUMED YOU HAD TO MEET WITH A FLORIST IN PERSON”


Photo by Freckled Fox Photography

Photo by Freckled Fox Photography

Someone recently made this statement to me.

It made me pause & ask WHY? I mean, yes, flowers are definitely a sensory experience. The textures, the scents, the beauty…these all lend themselves to meeting in person and experiencing the flowers.

But what if you’re planning an event several months ahead of time? What if I don’t have the flowers you want because they are out of season or are you want a flower that I only order by special request?  Is it really necessary to meet in person to discuss ideas & concepts of something that won’t come to fruition for several months?  

Couples planning a wedding are a special subset of clients. :D :D  In general, my clients come to me knowing they want big & beautiful or simple or classic & elegant but they don't have any idea how much flowers cost. Most of the time, they don’t even have an idea of what the starting point is. My clients know what they like when they see it but have trouble talking about it because they don't have the knowledge to describe it.

Most (many? I'm not really sure of the breakdown here) florists are right-brain artistic types...creative but not always all that organized.   So when you put these 2 types together, you can get a lot of stress and confusion. How do you know if the artistic design I come up with is similar to the one that other florist comes up with when you are starting from scratch and don’t have much knowledge about the field? (Hmmm….I see another blog post that needs writing!)   

 
Right-brain-left-brain

I'm pretty much a 50/50 split on the right-brain/left-brain thing.  I'm artistic & creative AND I like spreadsheets, budgets and technology.   In college I passed Spanish by making and memorizing charts. Non-symmetrical decor was an extremely difficult skill to learn.  I can spend hours tweaking a spreadsheet and feel completely satisfied with my time.  BUT I'm also freakin' awesome at storage-tetris and packing a car for a long trip. AND I can 'see' how floral elements will go together (or not) in my head. In fact, most of my design process actually happens months before I order or receive flowers.   

 

Because of this 50/50 split, I personally use digital tools for almost everything except the actual floral design work. I completely geek out when talking about budgets, spreadsheets & new systems and I’ll keep myself awake trying to design the perfect floral installation. I can talk for hours about how to get flowers to do what you want them to do (Did you know that you use boiling water to extend Dahlia life?) or sit at my computer all day balancing the books down to the penny.

So virtual consultations work for me. Because I can visualize the floral details before designing and because I'm comfortable with technology, I can meet virtually, create a proposal, & make it all come together all without you needing to hold the flowers in your hands.

To answer the question, no, you don’t have to meet your florist in person...But only if the florist can answer your questions, synthesize your ideas, and convey the plan in a way that makes you comfortable. AND only if the florist has examples (photos) of past work that you like and has the experience to make it happen.

After all, it’s not really about how the rose smells today. It’s about finding someone that you can trust to make planning Your Day effortless and who can make Your Day beautiful, fragrant, and most of all YOU!

Photo by Hudson Photography

Photo by Hudson Photography

Food For Thought: SETH GODIN’S recent BLOG

On Sunday mornings, I like to catch up on my blog reading. Seth Godin is one of my favorite. Seth’s posts are almost always thought provoking.  Sometimes you need to sit with it a moment. Sometimes they hit you hard & fast. Sometimes they are mind-changing & sometimes they are affirming.  They’re never long, but they are always powerful. Of the 5 that I recently read, one (Digital Hygeine) was particually affirming.

These two lines, in particular resonated.

“The solution is fun and simple: find a smart person and have them watch you…”

“…power brings choices, and you may need some help with your choices.”

Mountain Top Wedding Reception

Why did it resonate so much for me? Well, I’ve been working on offering mentoring/coaching recently & as with all new business ventures, I’ve had to define what I’m doing as well as why & how.  These 2 quotes define the why. Why am I offering this? Because sometimes you may need help with your choices & sometimes you may need shortcuts & principles that come from outside experience. It’s not about knowing the One True Way. It’s about having experience and knowledge that comes from 25 years of Doing The Things AND about being willing to share it with you. Sometimes you just need someone to watch you and help you with the choices.

Intrigued? Give me a call (479-973-0588) or shoot me an email (althea@roseofsharonar.com) and we’ll chat.

Read the full post by Seth Godin here: ”https://seths.blog/2019/05/digital-hygeine/

Mother's Day at Rose of Sharon

We design for more than just weddings at Rose of Sharon. At Mother’s Day, we work with you to design something perfect for every mom — grandmoms, step-moms, those who are like a mom to you! Flowers are sure to make these wonderful women feel special and loved.

Farm & Garden Grown Collection

Now that spring is in full swing, we’ve brought back our popular FARM & GARDEN GROWN COLLECTION.

We love partnering with local growers to use locally grown, FRESH flowers in our creative, one-of-a-kind designs. Each unique arrangement in this collection is made with at least 75% locally grown items!

The local blooms and foliage change from year to year. For example, last year at this time anemones and ranunculus were perfect and peonies weren’t quite blooming yet. This year, the anemone and ranunculus crops are almost done blooming, but peonies are perfect! No matter what’s in season, local blooms are always perfect for Mother’s Day arrangements.

When you order from our Farm & Garden Collection, you’re supporting TWO local businesses while celebrating Mom: your local flower farmer AND your local floral artist!

We have a wide array of fresh flowers and fresh flower arrangements available — something for every mom! We deliver to Fayetteville, Springdale, Farmington, Greenland, Johnson, Tontitown, and Lowell.