Feb 12

Valentine’s Day 2014

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Nov 19

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Well, it’s that time of year again ~ a time of Thanksgiving for all of the many blessings we have received throughout the year. Getting together with friends and family is just an added blessing ~ uhm ~ and eating like pigs gone wild isn’t too bad either! Don’t forget the Thanksgiving Centerpiece though, what table is complete without fresh flowers adorning the center of the table?

Check out the many offerings for Thanksgiving Flowers on our website or call and we will create something just for you!

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Jan 18

1. Memories in the language of flowers

Flowers and their silent language have a rich and long history in human civilization, reaching all the way back through Greek mythology. Many, many books have been written about the language of flowers, from indexes to complete novels. The latest (that I know about) was just published in August of 2011, entitled “The Language of Flowers : A Novel”  by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

There are so many facts, myths, and legends revolving around flowers that rather than just do one long blog post trying to cover them all, I thought I would attempt a series where we can go a little more in-depth and maybe have a little fun.

To start things out though, I’ll tell a few tales about myself and my own recollections of my use of this special language in my youth. My parents were always avid gardeners, my earliest memories include picking raspberries. They were in the very back of the vegetable garden in two rows that were draped toward each other over a bunch of wire cages that formed a tunnel. (This tunnel was where I also learned that the wonderful little brown balls that I collected along the way were actually bunny turds :)……).

When I was three years old, I convinced my mom that I should have my own “garden”. She let me plant some zinnia seeds, and I carefully planted them in a row and nurtured them from seedlings to plants and then into flowers. When they flowered, I promptly pulled them all up and presented them to my mom. I still remember her consternation when she saw my toddler hand clutching the poor bedraggled blooms, roots and clumps of dirt dangling below. The gift, as given, may have been less than perfect but the unspoken language of flowers ~ my love for my mom ~ was spoken cleanly, perfectly, and unblemished. That’s what flowers do.

By the time I was 16, my love for flowers and instinctual understanding of their unique language was fully bloomed. (yes, terrible pun intended). Because I’d already decided I was going to be a florist, I mostly concentrated on growing flowers that were most typical in a flower shop. Roses of course, but also Gypsophilia (baby’s breath), Liatris (star flower), Dianthus (miniature carnations or pinks) Shasta and Marguerite daisies, Day Lilies, Tulips, Daffodils, and Chrysanthemums. I had also learned by this time to cut the flowers and preserve the plant ~ lol.

Below is a picture of me at 16. In our zone 3-4, when a hard frost is coming we frantically harvest everything we possibly can before the killing frost turns everything into mushy compost. The day before Halloween, we were expecting that hard frost, so I went and cut all of my mums down. I had decided that I would hand out flowers to the adult companions of trick-or-treaters and this was the picture my dad took as I prepared bouquets.

I still remember the surprised and pleased smiles of so many people, young and old, as they received their bouquets of flowers. It’s like magic, all you have to do is hand a person a flower and a smile blooms…. (ya, another pun). It’s true, flowers have their own silent language.

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Dec 15

Our new website!

If you are a regular visitor to our website, http://www.any-timeflowers.com you may already have noticed quite a few changes. Right now, I’m especially loving the “snowflakes” on my home page. How fun is that?

A big new change is our affiliate program with Amazon.com. Right now, we simply have a box at the bottom of the home page that shows you Amazon’s lightning deals and deal of the day. That may change as I forge deeper into this but what a convenient way to see what super deals they have going, just go to our home page and scroll down and a picture is shown. I’ve conveniently linked to the Amazon site on our website so you can see the full range of deals going on, or, shop on their site!

Here is another link for you for a little extra holiday gifting if flowers are not going to be enough.

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Oct 30

A Personal Note From the President ~ Linda Pawlik, CFD, MNCF

My personal passion has always been working with fresh flowers. Finding new and creative ways to add an extra dimension to an already beautiful creation ~  the flower~ is a wonderful occupation.

I wrote my first business plan when I was 13 years old, I just always wanted to be a florist. Starting Anytime Flowers in 1997 was just a culmination of  the experience and dreams of a life time in the pursuit of what I love ~ being a florist in Minnesota. My first job as a florist was in 1980 and I continued to learn the art for the next 17 years as a floral designer in various flower shops in Minnesota.

My learning did not stop once I started Anytime Flowers though, I don’t think the continuing education will ever end. The letters behind my name mean a lot to me, and although the average person may not know what they mean specifically, those letters assure one thing. Here is a professional who spends the time and money to continue on a life-long path of learning an ever changing craft. What that DOES mean for you is that you will always receive the best in flowers and floral design, simply because it is my passion.

Visit our website for more information about Anytime Flowers

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Oct 29

Flowers delivered to…..you might be surprised!

We often have people ask us how far away we can deliver flowers and they are usually pretty amazed at just far of a reach we have. Straight from our coolers to the recipient!

Did you know that Anytime Flowers delivers flowers to the entire seven county metro area? We do ~ six days a week.

We are able to do his through a somewhat unique floral delivery pool of local florists.  All of our floral packages each day go to one large facility where the delivery drivers exchange floral packages and then deliver the flowers in their territory. It works great and most packages are delivered between 1:00pm- 4:00pm except during peak holiday weeks. In the case of a recipient not being at home or at work, the driver will leave a message or in this day of cell phones, just call and ask when delivery of flowers will be convenient. Sometimes a neighbor is kind enough to accept the flowers on behalf of the recipient. In this case, a message is left on the phone as well as a note left on their door telling them about their floral delivery.

Pleasing you is of the utmost importance at Anytime Flowers, we want your online flower shopping experience to be pleasant with no surprises.  It is always helpful if we have as much complete information as possible such as full address, phone numbers, as well is business or church names.

We always call to get patient room numbers for hospital floral deliveries so if you do not have this information, this is not a worry. If the patient is in ICU or an oncology ward, certain metro hospitals do not allow flowers or plants on these wards due to the compromised immune systems in some of their patients. If the patient is unable to receive a floral delivery, we will contact you.

We do not deliver flowers on Sundays with the exception of delivery of funeral flowers to local funeral homes. This will require a phone call or, if you prefer, simply place your funeral flower order for a day before the service and advise us in the special instructions area of your order. We will contact you if there is going to be any question. We very much appreciate having the funeral visitation hours if you know them but again, we will call the funeral home if we need more detail for your order of funeral flowers.

We are dedicated to serving our customers and we also employ a special courier flower delivery company. We understand there are times in your busy life where important dates or emergencies pop up without much warning. We want to help you get flowers delivered when you need them. As you might guess, there is a special price tag attached to rush floral delivery, usually between $20-$30 depending upon how fast and how far your flowers need to be delivered.

The following is a complete list of the communities we deliver flowers to.

Albertville, Andover, Anoka, Apple Valley, Arden Hills, Bayport, Birchwood, Big Lake, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Buffalo, Burnsville, Carver, Centerville, Champlin, Chanhassen, Chaska, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Corcoran, Cottage Grove, Credit River, Crystal, Crystal Bay, Dayton, Deephaven, Delano, Dellwood, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River(limited), Empire Township, Excelsior, Falcon Heights, Farmington, Fletcher, Forest Lake (limited), Fridley, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Ham Lake, Hamel, Hasson, Hastings (limited), Highland Park, Hopkins, Hugo, Independence, Inver Grove Heights, Jonathan, Jordan (limited), Lake Elmo, Lakeville, Landfall, Lauderdale, Lexington, Lilydale, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Long Lake, Loretto, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Maple Plain(limited), Maplewood, Medicine Lake, Medina, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Monticello, Mound, Moundsview, Navarre, New Brighton, New Hope, New Market (limited), Newport, North Oaks, North Saint Paul, Oakdale, Oak Park Heights, Orono, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Pine Springs, Prior Lake, Ramsey, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, Rosemount (west), Rosemount (east ~ limited), Roseville, St. Anthony, St. Bonifacius (limited), St. Louis Park, St. Michael, St. Paul, St. Paul Park, Savage, Shakopee, Shoreview, Shorewood, South St. Paul, Spring Park, Spring Lake Park, Stillwater (limited), Sunfish Lake, Tonka Bay, Vadnais Heights, Victoria, Waconia, Watertown, Wayzata, West Lakeland, West St. Paul, Willernie, Woodbury, Woodland, White Bear Lake, Zimmerman (limited)

Whatever your floral needs for delivery in the twin cities, we’ve got you covered!

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Jun 10

Congrats Grads!

June. It’s amazing that it’s already June!

With this month comes a whole new crop of young adults starting out the rest of their lives. It’s such an exciting time, and yet melancholy too. Not only for the new graduate but for family and friends. So many decisions to make for the future, career paths to be pondered and pursued. Should you go to college? Who will pay for that and how? It’s an entirely new set of rules you will be living by now, your own!

Make the best of those decisions, they are yours to make. I for one respect you for what you have accomplished, it’s been a long road. Parents of course cannot believe how quickly those years went by, but for you they have dragged. Especially the last couple of weeks, right?

As you taste your new freedom, keep in mind these thoughts. There are a lot of people out there who love you and want to help you follow your dreams, to make them a reality. Accept their advice in the light it is given, or at least give it true thought.

Be prepared for some of the bigger responsibilities that come with your new freedom. Party? Absolutely. You need to have fun, it’s what you have been waiting for, after all. Just do it smart.

You have earned your right of passage, from dependent to independent. That means something. It can be pretty scary and exhilarating all at the same time, just remember that all of the generations before you have made it, and you will too.

More will be expected of you, both from your family and society. As far as I’m concerned, you’re up to the challenge!

I’m proud of you, hat’s off for your accomplishment. Now go get ‘em, tiger!

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Mar 21

Our Small Effort for Japan Aid

I didn’t start out with any plan other than to put a name to one of the designs I plan to feature for Mother’s Day this year. I was quite pleased with the finished result, and diligently photographed it and edited it, planning to get everything ready to go onto the website.

I always name my designs, it’s much easier for me and for my customers if we have a name to go with a certain product. But on this particular piece, the names I was coming up with were just…..well…..stupid sounding. I’m not even going to share what they were.

Somewhat in desperation, I posted the image on a professional florist’s forum, Flowerchat. There were quite a few responses as florists from around the world piped in with their thoughts and ideas for an appropriate name. Every single one of them was a winner, especially in comparison to the ones I came up with.

Then, Sprout from Massachusetts piped in, and boy, was it a winner!

Why not name it “Japonica” she suggested, and donate a portion of each sale to the Red Cross for aid to Japan.

Bingo!

With it’s clearly eastern flavor, it is the perfect fit for such an endeavor. Additionally, another florist, Melissa from Canada, remarked about how the greenery appears to be “hugging” the flowers, much as a mother would hold her child. I thought, hmmm, or how the world would like to embrace Japan in a global “hug”.

So, without further adieu, I give you Japonica.

Japonica

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Feb 06

Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Flowers for Valentines Day

What are the perfect flowers for your valentine? Sometimes, that is a very difficult choice for people.

First of all, let me make something very clear. Flowers are always appropriate. Always. Not everybody understands the magical good feelings that flowers evoke. That’s okay, as long as you understand that flowers WILL work magic.

Now onto the heart of this discussion, pun intended.

So you want to give your loved one something that will express your feelings, but also give the recipient enjoyment. For many, a mixture of quality flowers will make them happy, it’s just the fact that you thought about them and then did something to show that, like stopping at your local florist to purchase flowers. You are already 99% there!

A little sleuthing would not hurt, and at this point it isn’t too late. Make a point of asking about favorite colors, and if you happen to be in the vicinity of flowers, casually ask if there is a preferred or disliked flower. For example, a lot of people love stargazer lilies, but their strong fragrance can be over-powering to others. If they have allergies, this flower is a no-no.

You don’t have to purchase the whole dozen roses if that is beyond your comfort zone in price, roses tend to rise in price around holidays, and Valentine’s Day Roses come at a premium because of the demand at a time when climates do not agree with the demand. Consider a bouquet of mixed flowers with one or two beautiful roses for an affordable alternative.

Orchids have become much more affordable in the last several years, especially in view of their extraordinary longevity. We will be well-stocked with our popular blue orchids as well as cymbidium orchids.

Some people do prefer a blooming plant for even longer lasting quality, and we will have all of the favorites in stock.

If you are somebody who prefers to order on line, buyer beware! The companies who promise the moon are usually those who have cornered the market on deceit. They will trumpet that their flowers will be hand-delivered by a local florist. Most often that is true. HOWEVER. They will charge you a fee for that, a fee that will NOT go to the fulfilling florist and as a result, will also NOT go toward your flower purchase. You just pay them for taking your order.

Be sure to check out our website to see what specials we are offering. Not all of them are on the website, so if you want more options, or want something special, please stop in or call us.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

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Nov 20

“I’m a funeral director, not a florist….”

Today was the last straw for me. I decided I at least have to write a post about this to get it off my chest.

As I was delivering family floral pieces to a funeral home today, I sort of breezed past the funeral director as he was un-wrapping floral tributes that had been delivered. I didn’t really pay attention to what he was doing, I had two urns in my hands that were connected. This piece takes a bit of setting up and is heavy and awkward so I headed straight for the chapel.

After I finished setting them up, I came back down the hallway and was chatting with the director as I walked toward him. As the conversation waned, I finally noticed what he was doing. He was wiping water off of a vase that had about a dozen yellow roses and probably 10 standard sized white calla lilies.

It should have been stunning, it was not.

All of the flowers were the same length, roughly 12-14″ tall. (That’s very short!) They were just sort of “in” the vase, bunched together, and he was headed for the chapel with it. When he noticed my grimace, he nodded at the black box marked with a gold FTD logo and said, “I’m a funeral director, not a florist”.

I am disgusted with FTD for allowing this sort of thing to happen. There will not be any oohs and ahhs during the service when people gaze at this mish-mash of premium flowers, I can guarantee that at best it will be passed by without a glance.

Is that REALLY the way FTD wants to portray itself? FTD has always touted it’s floral design as the best, and that they offer a wonderful product via their partner florists. There was no florist involved in this little horror and that was blatantly obvious.

Here is a picture of what the sender probably ordered, I do so wish that I had brought my camera with me to share what was actually presented to the family as a tribute to their dearly departed.

I might add that the foliage shown here did not exist in the vase he was carrying. This bouquet is the best upgrade, cost of $70 plus shipping.

Now imagine this with all of the flowers one length, no greens, and the flowers sort of clumped together. This picture may be what is shown, but it takes a professional to come even close to the pictured look.

Please FTD, stop selling this type of thing to the consumer, they will only be displeased.

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