Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Beautiful Orchids

Orchids are instinctively synonimous to the island state of Hawaii. The exotic orchids have a lot of species, and some of the smaller orchids are native to Hawaii, and most of all the orchids today have been introduced by Polynesians arriving in Hawaii a long time ago, then the orchids have been hybridized by farmers experimenting and adding thousands of various species.

Most orchids need little more than moisture-laden air to survive. Masters of adaptation, orchids grow in semi-arid desert, marsh and swamp, from the sub-arctic to the tropics.

If beauty can hypnotize and inspire perfection, the orchid must be oe of the proofs. Under the tropic sun, nourished by moist humid air, it is an elegant tribute to the image of Hawaii-as-Paradise.

Send one to someone as a gift, a gesture of appreciation, or for any occasion.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

My Job as a Florist

Owning a business in this economy has been a challenge. During summer, business is somewhat spotty. For flowershops, summer is a period for a little rest from the hectic days of spring when there are holidays like Mother's Day and Easter, school dances, graduations, and weddings. And for established florists, the corporate accounts and weekly standing orders help keep the business afloat, and the website helps put us on the map too. As a florist, we not only arrange flowers, we are also advisers to people who have no idea of what to send, for a birthday, or a new baby, a get well or a sympathy. We are also Planners - we plan what flowers we need to purchase, what supplies we are low of, other items such as plants, balloons, plush, etc. to buy and which suppliers to use. In a small shop, sometimes all the jobs are handled by one person, the owner; jobs including cleaning, display design, marketing, sales, customer service, web maintenance, bookkeeping, etc. The most rewarding is the ability to practice the art of flower designing. There's a satisfaction in seeing the result - a happy smile from the recipient of the flowers.