Friday, February 15, 2013

Done

It's over.  It wasn't so bad.  I mean crazy, not 'bad'.  There were moments however when I couldn't believe what I was hearing over the phone. Customers who start at one budget and slowly whittle it down and ask for flowers we don't carry, color combinations that run like 1000 volts through my ear and come out as expletives when I'm off the phone, and, after ten minutes of micro managing their pick up order, decide they'll 'think about'.  Truthfully, this only happened twice. Yet....

And then there were all the happy, grateful boyfriends and husbands who waited patiently .. . and only one customer complained that his red roses weren't long-stemmed.  We will not be designing a dozen long stemmed roses ever again.  Sorry to disappoint, but nothing looks so ordinary ... so cliché .  I understand if it's desired.  There are, I say again, many florists to accomodate this design.  Just not us.

The weather was beautiful.  The flowers were beautiful. The deliveries were made. And I got a hug from my secret crush. And my husband made dinner. What more could I ask for?


There they are, lined up and ready to be delivered.



And our French Queen of Valentine's Day presided over all, sporting an Yves Piaget rose in her bonnet.

Thanks to Marisa, Lizzie, Lee and Joe for all the good help and support.




13 comments:

An Urban Cottage said...

These are what Valentine's flowers should look like. Pity the poor woman whose husband/boyfriend wanted longer stems.

paisleysummer said...

Your posies looked beautiful! Glad you survived the stressful day x

Lotte and Bloom said...

"color combinations that run like 1000 volts through my ear" BEST EVER

Jen said...

Oh glorious flowers! Hortense is looking magnificent.

"1000 volts throurgh my ear." I don't miss those customers.

webb said...

A bunch of long-stemmed red roses is a total waste of everything. If i were in Boston, you can bet my flowers would always come from Bow Street.

marlowe said...

Bravo!

flwrjane said...

I have written a scathing expose of Valentine's day and it's users on my secret blog that only exists in my mind.

read it and weep.

your pictures make it all seem lovely and doable.

Thank you for all the love and support and spreading the word.

You are the queen.

xo jane

rachel said...

Sigh.... envious sigh.... the florists here are much like the supermarkets here, and the supermarkets here aren't so different from the petrol stations here - and no one but me seems to mind!

Why aren't you within reach??

rachel said...

Pfff - have just read flwrjane's comment, and am tickled to find I'm not the only one with a secret blog that only exists in my mind! Mine is mostly about people who leave patronising or disapproving comments.....

Amelia said...

Beautiful flowers, as usual. I saw Jen's picture on her post and immediately knew exactly where they came from!

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Try not to think about those 1000 volt customers, or send 1000 volts their way. I understand the joys of retail all too well! Think about those beautiful flowers and how many people made happy by your gorgeous flower and colour combinations. They look so stunning. x

flowers on my table said...

Shelley, thank you for your visit. I forgot to say when I was here earlier that your valentines bouquets are refreshingly different.
Lovely to hear from you, and keep loving those donkeys.
Big hugs, Linda x

The Monkey Flower Group said...

So pretty, Shelley! Thanks for another lovely portrait of the florist's world : ).