Valentine’s Day at West Van Florist

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When shoud You order your flowers for Valentine’s Day?

We all have loved ones and due to the large volume of orders placed, West Van Florist can sell out of specific flowers – especially roses – before the end of Valentine’s Day. By ordering before February 13th will guarantee what your heart desires.

Where do you deliver?

We deliver to West and North Vancouver, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Burnaby and even to the top of Grouse Mountain! Call us for more details.

What do you recommend to WOW my partner or loved one?

We have so many beautiful options – something for every budget. How about a gift basket filled with French Doux Soap, Rogers’ Chocolate, a bottle of wine and a beautiful arrangement of flowers? Or for a lasting impression we can arrange to have a beautiful arrangement or bouquet delivered every month to home or place of work.

Can you create custom floral designs?

Our award-winning designers specialty is designing unique and memorable custom designs. Find out your loved one’s favourite flowers and colours and we’ll take if from there – creating something special!

What is most popular for Valentine’s Day?

The most popular flower is our premiuim long stemmed red roses. However, these days there are so many other creative options available to you be sure to visit our web-site at www.wvf.ca and see our Valentine’s Day offerings.

Can I order on-line?

You bet! We are able to take your order on-line or by telephone 24/7!

Where are you located?

If you have never visited our shop before it is worth a trip. We are conveniently located at 1821 Marine Drive, West Vancouver on the corner of 18th Street and Marine Drive. We have our own parking lot and are easily accessible by transit. We are not only one of the largest florist’s in Western Canada but a one-of-a-kind garden centre and gift shop. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Caring for Cut Roses

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Follow these simple steps to obtain the maximum vase life and enjoyment from fresh cut roses:

 

Hydration, hydration, hydration! It’s very important to have roses in water as soon as possible whether they are purchased, delivered, or garden cut.

 

Use warm water: Prepare the vase first by cleaning it thoroughly. Then, fill it three-quarters full with lukewarm water (about the same temperature as bath water). Warm water and nutrients are absorbed by the flower with greater ease than cold water.

 

The importance of flower food: Add flower food to the water according to the package instructions. Flower food contains three ingredients which work together prolonging the life of the flowers: a food source for flower development, an acidifier to control the pH of the water, and a biocide to kill harmful bacteria.

 

Eliminating bacteria: Before placing the flowers in to the water, remove any foliage that would fall below the water level. Foliage in the water will cause bacteria to grow which will shorten the life of the flower.

 

How to properly cut stems: If the flowers were delivered with water vials to keep them hydrated please remove them. Then, ideally, cut one inch from the bottom of each stem, at a 45º angle, while holding the bottom of the stem under water. Once the stem has been cut, place it immediately in the vase. By cutting under water, the rose will immediately start to absorb water, preventing any air bubbles from forming in the stem. Cutting at an angle maximises the amount of water than can be absorbed by the stem. This prevents blockage of water flow to the bloom which is where the water needs to be. On a daily basis, check the water level and add warm water as needed. Change the water every two to three days following the above procedure.

 

How to display roses: Display flowers in a cool place away from direct sunlight and draughts. Avoid displaying near a direct source of heat or any extreme temperatures, such as a window with strong sunlight, heating and cooling vents, and appliances that give off heat.

 

Give roses a ‘face-lift’:  Gently remove discoloured or drooping petals from roses to give them a fresh, just-received appearance.

 

Flowers and Fruit: Fruit gives off ethylene gas which will shorten the life of cut flowers.

 

If roses wilt they can be revived: Submerge the entire rose under water in a large sink or bathtub. In about one hour the rose will have absorbed enough water to become replenished. Before replacing the stem into the vase remember to cut one inch off the stem under water using a sharp knife or secateurs.

Garden Center Through 2013

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Another year has almost come and gone and what better way to see the seasons pass than through our stunning Garden Center.  Endless beauty was everywhere; from spring bulbs poking their heads out of soil, summer blooms full of color, stunning colors of fall in our trees, and a blanket of snow covering our seasonal Christmas greens; nothing speaks more of how beautiful this year has been. So here is to our last hurrah of 2013 with a collage of Garden center pictures and we wish you all the best for the coming 2014!!! Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

Christmas Time at West Van Florist

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West Van Florist isn’t just your average florist. Every department has something to offer for this upcoming Holiday season.

1-      Beautiful, dazzling and precious gifts for you family, friends and loves ones, or just to treat yourself are scattered throughout the store for you to discover!

2-      Gold and Champagne, Silver and Black, White and Gold themes all designed to turn your home into a winter wonderland or to add to your already growing collection of holiday items.

3-      Chocolates, Gingerbread men, sweets and treats to make everyone on your list happy!

4-      A spectacular array of festive and custom made flower and plant arrangements to fit in every budget and taste.

5-      Come walk through our wonderful garden center and get inspired to deck your halls not only inside but outside as well

6 –     We have one of the largest selections of cut flowers in the Vancouver so we are sure to have what your looking for to add that little bit of color to your home for the Holidays

Come in and talk with our friendly and helpful staff so we can assist you in finding that special item to make your Holiday season simply perfect!

Tips and Tricks for your Christmas greens

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Here are some helpful tips for getting the best out of your Christmas garlands, swags, wreaths and greens.

  • Keep cool and moist
  • Will tolerate slight freezing temperatures
  • Keep out of direct sunlight
  • WiltPruf prevents moisture loss- spray until dripping wet
  • Soak green prior to use
  • To store, lay on ground in complete shade and will keep for months
  • Noble fir and pine are longest lasting
  • Hemlock and spruce dry out quickly
  • Cedar is the most fragrant

The History of the Christmas Tree

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Ever wonder where/when the first Christmas tree came to be? We here is what we found out for you!

“The First Christmas Tree”

Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort, is usually credited with having introduced the Christmas tree into England in 1840. However, the honour of establishing this tradition in the United Kingdom rightfully belongs to ‘good Queen Charlotte’, the German wife of George III, who set up the first known English tree at Queen’s Lodge, Windsor, in December, 1800.

When young Charlotte left Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1761, and came over to England to marry King George, she brought with her many of the customs that she had practised as a child, including the setting up of a yew branch in the house at Christmas. But at the English Court the Queen transformed the essentially private yew-branch ritual of her homeland into a more public celebration that could be enjoyed by her family, their friends and all the members of the Royal Household.

Queen Charlotte placed her yew bough not in some poky little parlour, but in one of the largest rooms at Kew Palace or Windsor Castle. Assisted by her ladies-in-waiting, she herself dressed the bough. And when all the wax tapers had been lit, the whole Court gathered round and sang carols. The festivity ended with a distribution of gifts from the branch, which included such items as clothes, jewels, plate, toys and sweets.

These royal yew boughs caused quite a stir among the nobility, who had never seen anything like them before. But it was nothing to the sensation created in 1800, when the first real English Christmas tree appeared at court.

That year Queen Charlotte planned to hold a large Christmas party for the children of all the principal families in Windsor. And casting about in her mind for a special treat to give the youngsters, she suddenly decided that instead of the customary yew bough, she would pot up an entire yew tree, cover it with baubles and fruit, load it with presents and stand it in the middle of the drawing-room floor at Queen’s Lodge. Such a tree, she considered, would make an enchanting spectacle for the little ones to gaze upon. It certainly did. When the children arrived at the house on the evening of Christmas Day and beheld that magical tree, all aglitter with tinsel and glass, they believed themselves transported straight to fairyland and their happiness knew no bounds.

Christmas trees now became all the rage in English upper-class circles, where they formed the focal point at countless children’s gatherings. Any handy evergreen tree might be uprooted for the purpose; yews, box trees, pines or firs. But they were invariably candle-lit, adorned with trinkets and surrounded by piles of presents.

By the time Queen Charlotte died in 1818, the Christmas-tree tradition was firmly established in society, and it continued to flourish throughout the 1820s and 30s.

When in December, 1840, Prince Albert imported several spruce firs from his native Coburg, they were no novelty to the aristocracy, therefore. But it was not until periodicals such as the Illustrated London News, Cassell’s Magazine and The Graphic began to depict and minutely to describe the royal Christmas trees every year from

1845 until the late 1850s, that the custom of setting up such trees in their own homes caught on with the masses in England.

By 1860, however, there was scarcely a well-off family in the land that did not sport a Christmas tree in parlour or hall. And all the December parties held for pauper children at this date featured gift-laden Christmas trees as their main attraction. The spruce fir was now generally accepted as the festive tree par excellence, but the branches of these firs were no longer cut into artificial tiers or layers as in Germany, but were allowed to remain intact, with candles and ornaments arranged randomly over them, as at the present day.

Whatever their type or mode of decoration, Christmas trees have always delighted both children and adults alike. But perhaps no tree ever gave greater pleasure than that first magnificent Yuletide tree set up so thoughtfully by Queen Charlotte for the enjoyment of the infants of Windsor.

Published on History Today – www.historytoday.com by Alison Barnes

Here is also a few helpful tips to get the most out of your Christmas tree this season.

  • Give tree a fresh cut at least 1” to 2” above the old cut
  • Place immediately in water with a tablespoon of bleach to destroy bacteria which can clog the sap stream.
  • Trees can ‘drink’ several liters of water a day. Check the water level!

10 Great Gifts you can find at West Van Florist

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Here are 10 gift ideas that you can find at West Van Florist this Holiday. Going from left to right on the images above please read the below description. Happy Holiday!

1-      A stunning array of jewelry. You’re sure to find the perfect piece for that special someone this Holiday season.

2-      The perfect throw blanket to curl up in this winter. They come in every color, style and fabric blend you could think of.

3-      Rogers’ chocolates. It simply is quintessentially a Canadian tradition to have a box during the Holidays.

4-      Lolia lotions, creams, soaps and fragrances are the best luxury gift to spoil someone with this Christmas.

5-      Buritto is a wonderful collection that is sure to bring a smile to someone face when they open up the box. We have large variety of styles and designs for you to choose from.

6-      Vintage Toys are the hottest rang this Christmas for the little ones. They are new a different to them but they will bring you back to when you were a child and fill your Christmas with wonderful memories.

7-      Plush stuffed animals really are timeless gifts to give any child during the Holiday.

8-      Lampe Berger is the best gift for that person who seems to have everything. Their beautiful designs are sure to fit every home and they are perfect to fill a home with soothing and subtle fragrances.

9-      Strathcona 1890 urban seed collection is great for the avid gardener you know.

10-  Gourmet dips and spreads are a great add on to any gift this season. We have everything from soup mix that will be perfect to add that leftover turkey to or a mustard spread that would make a welcome hostess gift to that party you attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The History and Care of the Poinsettia

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All garden centers and florist should provide the poinsettia with some protection for the journey to your home. Never expose the plant to cold temperature for more than a few minutes; a chilled or frozen plant will drop leaves in the matter of days. When you have the plant at home, remove the protective wrapping immediately.
With proper care, your poinsettia will last through the holiday season and right into late winter.

Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your poinsettia

  • Place in a room where there is bright natural light but not where the sun will shine directly on the plant. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves and flowers of your poinsettia.
  • Keep the plant away from hot or cold draughts. Extreme temperatures like this will cause your plant to drop its leaves
  • Make sure you water the plant thoroughly when the soil surface is dry to the touch. Make sure the plant isn’t sitting in any excess water. This will cause root rot.

The History of How the poinsettia came to be part of our Christmas Traditions

The legend of the poinsettia comes from Mexico. It tells of a girl named Maria and her little brother Pablo. They were very poor but always looked forward to the Christmas festival. Each year a large manger scene was set up in the village church, and the days before Christmas were filled with parades and parties. The two children loved Christmas but were always saddened because they had no money to buy presents. They especially wished that they could give something to the church for the Baby Jesus. But they had nothing.

One Christmas Eve, Maria and Pablo set out for church to attend the service. On their way they picked some weeds growing along the roadside and decided to take them as their gift to the Baby Jesus in the manger scene. Of course other children teased them when they arrived with their gift, but they said nothing for they knew they had given what they could. Maria and Pablo began placing the green plants around the manger and miraculously, the green top leaves turned into bright red petals, and soon the manger was surrounded by beautiful star-like flowers and so we see them today.

The poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett (that’s why we call them Poinsettia). He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825. Poinsett had some greenhouses on his plantations in South Carolina, and while visiting the Taco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began growing the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens.

Fall Textures

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Fall is a season full of textures and colors only available to us during a few short months every year. The spectacular fire tones that come out in flowers makes any gloomy day feel brighter. Dahlias and Sunflowers are at their finest, making bright bold statements, even in the simplest arrangements. Cattails, bulrushes, branches, ornamental grasses and berries are just some of the items available to add texture and create the ultimate fall look in your home. Now to help you get the most out of these fall specialties there are a few tips and trick you might want to try.

 

Dahlias and Sunflowers love cooler temperatures so before you go to bed place your arrangement either outside (as long as it’s not freezing ) or in a basement.  This will help prolong the life of your cut stems by a couple days.

 

Re-cut your stems every 2 days and place them into fresh water. The water should be tepid not cold. Ice cold water is harder for flowers to adsorb. Dahlias and sunflowers also do best with just plain water, no flower food added.

 

Cattails, bulrushes and ornamental grasses all plume after an extended period of time in your home. To help keep this from happening to fast spray them with extra firm hair spray. This creates a seal over the stem and as long as they aren’t disturbed too much will help them hold their shape.

 

Berries or any woody stemmed flowers need extra help drinking water. Take your stems and cut them on a 45° angle.  After making the angled cut, slit the last bottom inch.

 

To dry Cattails, spray them thoroughly with extra firm hair spray then place them out of water for at least a week. Make sure nothing disturbs them during this process otherwise they will start to plume when handled. After they have thoroughly dried, spray them again with hairspray to increase their sturdiness.

 

Drying curly willow is a simple process.  To combat decay and mold, make sure you remove all greenery and leaves.  All that is required after that is to remove the stems from water and wait about a week.

 

Fall Chrysanthemums

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Chrysanthemums, or as they are commonly known as “mums,” are available in a wide range of colors and varieties. The indoor mums are bred and designed in a greenhouse to flower just once, and will not perform as well in the garden. Fabulous in the fall, garden mums help to add a burst of color to the landscape when other flowers are out of season.

Place the plants in full sun whether you are planting them in the ground or keeping them in a container. Water thoroughly 3 times a week if they are planted in a garden and if they are planted in a container, then you’ll have to water more frequently.

The majority of mum varieties are considered delicate perennials and depending on the severity of the winter, they may not come back. Plant your mums in early fall so they can grow and create a stable root base. Keep watering your mums up until the first frost. After the first frost, apply a layer of mulch or straw around the base of plant to insulate for the winter. Remove the dead mum pieces and replace the old mulch in the spring once the mum begins growing. If you want your mum to bloom again in the fall, then continuously prune the mum growth throughout the summer to prevent buds from forming until late in the summer.