How to Make Sure Your Mother’s Day Flowers are Perfect

Mother's Day Roses Orchids Dusty Miller
How to Order the Best Flowers for Mother’s Day

When it comes to our mothers we want the very best flowers on Mother’s Day. Because we want to show her how much she is valued and loved and appreciated.

Bussey’s Florist understands that when you send flowers to your mom, it’s important that we get them just right.  That’s why we have prepared a few tips for you to use when choosing the perfect Mother’s Day bouquet.

Having served the Georgia area since 1976, we’ve learned a few things about what makes moms happy!

Her Favorite Flower

Does mom have a favorite flower?  If you don’t know, it’s okay to ask.  Or, if you prefer not to accidentally drop hints, you can try to work it in a conversation naturally.  Or just look around her house for clues.  Perhaps a favorite painting or keepsake has a floral element.  Go shopping at a flower market and see what she pick (we recommend doing reconnaissance months in advance!)  If you just can’t figure out her favorite flower, we suggest doing her favorite colors.

Her Favorite Color

Flowers come in a beautiful array of colors and shades.  It’s usually easy to find a floral arrangement with the colors you know mom will love.  If you don’t find something on our website, give us a call or stop by the store and we will be happy to go over some options and fresh ideas.   Designing a custom bouquet is one of our favorite things!

Her Favorite Scent

It’s possible that mom has a favorite scent that we can recreate in a vase!  Lilacs, roses, gardenias and lilies are among the most fragrant flowers you can get freshly cut from a florist.  Again, contact us directly, tell us about your mom, and we can create an olfactory delight!

Regarding Your Budget

We have most price ranges on our website, but if you are looking for that perfect bouquet and want the most for your dollar, please contact us.  We have great options starting at around $32.95 and up.  Florists do charge a delivery fee so if you are going to see mom in person, you may consider picking up her flowers on the way and saving that nominal fee.

Above all, enjoy your mom this Mother’s Day!

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How To Send The Perfect Funeral & Sympathy Flowers

Sympathy Flowers

Comforting those who have lost a loved one is never easy. In fact, we are often unsure how to commemorate the death of loved ones. Today’s services are sometimes more simple and shorter in duration. An increase in cremations has resulted in shorter – or even no – memorial services. Yet, flowers remain an appropriate and thoughtful way to honor the loss of a beautiful life.

For the Service

Personalized funeral and sympathy tributes are a growing trend. If the deceased loved the outdoors, perhaps a design incorporating branches and natural materials would be ideal. If the deceased was an avid gardener, a tribute composed of garden flowers would be a perfect choice.

For the Home

Sending a gift of flowers to the home is a wonderful way to express your sympathy and is a popular trend. Some prefer to send flowers to the home immediately while others wait a week or more. There are no rules of etiquette, simply follow your heart. Flowers are a comforting reminder during the grieving process that friends have not forgotten.

One question that we are frequently asked – ” Is it still appropriate to send flowers if the death notice mentions a charitable donation?” Yes. Sending flowers is always appropriate and in good taste. Flowers communicate what is often difficult to say in words. Flowers add warmth and provide visible emotional support needed during difficult times.

To select the perfect gift, give the floral experts at Bussey’s Florist & Gifts in Rome, GA and Cedartown, GA a call. Share a few hints about the person you want to memorialize. Or, you may want to send a design that is a reflection of your own personal style. Bussey’s consultants will make suggestions and help you to make the perfect choice.

Flowers…always a beautiful way to honor a beautiful life.

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Five Floral Cures For Your January Blues!

Spring Delight Bouquet
Your Cure for the Winter Blues

January. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are behind us, the Christmas decorations have been packed away for another year, and the cold, gray skies are starting to take their toll. Adding a touch of nature to your home is a simple and easy cure for the January blues. Here are five easy tips to brighten your home or warm the heart of someone you care about this winter.

1. Winter Whites. One of our favorite things about winter is the quiet stillness of the air. A few stems of snowy white blossoms juxtaposed against dense evergreens and the woody texture of pine cones evokes a restful, serene tone. Select a bouquet with beautifully petaled roses, lilies, or elegant orchids to create a sense of calm and serenity this January.

2. Color has a huge impact on our mood. We suggest you select a color pallet that conveys soothing and nurturing vibes after the mad rush of the holiday season is over. Crushed, velvety purples and lavenders layered upon fresh, crisp greens bring about a feeling of calm serenity. Select hydrangea in a bright tone of green. Lisianthus, roses, and even carnations offer an eye-pleasing contrast.

3. Hope. Flowers bring a feeling of hope that brighter days are ahead. In January, we get our first shipments of Dutch tulips in the shop. When the first delivery arrives, there is a palatable change in the air. Spring is, indeed, just around the bend. Treat yourself to a grand bouquet or pick up a grower’s bunch of ten stems to enjoy.

4. Did you know that scientific studies have shown that plants have a healing effect and positively impact moods? Adding a green plant is a pleasant addition to any home. One great benefit is that plants act as an air filter, perfect for winter months when the house is shut tight. One reminder, heat can dry out your plants. In the winter months make sure to check soil for moisture more frequently.

5. If you prefer something more lasting, consider adding a permanent or silk floral arrangement to your home. Today, silk botanicals are more realistic than ever. We just had a new shipment of spring stems arrive at the shop. Why not have our designers work with you to create a great accent to brighten your existing decor?

Questions? Drop by our shop or give the floral experts at Bussey’s Florist & Gifts a call today. We’ve got the cure for your January blues!

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County Fair Nostalgic Bouquet

Take a trip to the County Fair with this nostalgic bouquet of seasonal blooms festively arranged in a faux heirloom harvest basket. Check out this quick video for a preview:

Questions? Give the floral experts at Bussey’s Florist & Gifts a call today!

HEIRLOOM FLOWER BASKETCOUNTRY FLOWER DESIGN

Why You Should Buy Your Flowers From A Local Florist

“Does the flower arrangement match the internet photo?” asked ABC Television’s “The Lookout” recently in a piece entitled “Full Bloom: Online Flower Purchases”. The piece caused quite a stir within the flower business because it addressed head-on a concern of locally-owned, independent florists, like Bussey’s Florist – the rapid growth of online order gatherers posing as local florist.

With growing awareness among consumers regarding the benefits of shopping locally, the piece was timely. When we spend money with locally-owned businesses, most of that money goes right back into the community. Shopping locally strengthens the community by creating jobs and building the tax base which leads to better schools, more recreational opportunities, and an overall improved quality of life.

We all would agree that the advent of the internet changed the way the world works forever — in mostly positive ways. However the internet has also opened the door for businesses that are less than scrupulous to prey on unsuspecting consumers. Regretfully, the flower business has fallen victim to some of these questionable practices through vultures known to the trade as ‘order gatherers’.

What exactly is an order gatherer? In the floral trade it is an online company that gathers orders for floral deliveries and distributes them to fulfillment centers via some type of distribution channel. While perfectly legal, these organizations often disguise themselves as local florists and do not disclose handling fees and other charges that are a part of the total purchase price.

How does this happen? Say you go online to send flowers to your grandmother who lives in upstate New York. You select a lovely bouquet, fill out the form, pay the $75.00 and the gift is on its way. Grandma is getting a beautiful $75 bouquet, right? Not exactly. The gathering organization failed to mention that they were keeping a $15.95 handling fee and $10.00 delivery charge for themselves, leaving the local florist who fills the order a total of $49.05 to design and hand-deliver your $75.00 bouquet. Assuming a local delivery fee of $10.00, that’s $39.05 worth of flowers being delivered to Grandma on your behalf.

As a second generation florist, I can’t bear to see unsuspecting consumers treated this way. Earlier this year our company, Bussey’s Florist, made the decision to cancel our membership in national wire services that make this activity possible. Goodbye, FTD. So Long, Teleflora. When you receive a bouquet from Bussey’s Florist rest assured that your order is filled to value 100% and then some.

At Bussey’s Florist, we have invested in a beautiful website to assist our customers, and later this summer we will launch an app for your smartphone to make ordering even easier. We embrace the greatness of technology and even have a new delivery management program that sends immediate delivery confirmations to our customers. But, you will never find us soliciting business from an order gatherer.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

We embrace doing business locally in Rome and Cedartown. When you shop with us you help to create jobs for your friends and neighbors. We are able to support our local mechanic to keep our delivery vehicles on the road. We support local schools, and pay our fair share in taxes to help keep the community strong. Plus, by shopping locally, you get a lot more bang for your buck.

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