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Double Deck Those Halls with Our Deck the Holly Bouquet

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Dec 04, 2019

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Hand-glazed with a shimmering finish and jolly holly details, this keepsake ornament jar is a festive vase for a lush Christmas bouquet, then becomes a beloved home for holiday treats!Teleflora's Deck the Holly Ornament

This festive bouquet includes red roses, red miniature carnations, variegated holly, noble fir, and white pine. Delivered in Teleflora's Deck the Holly Ornament.

This ornament jar with lid, can be filled with holiday treats throughout the season and for years to come.

Tags: Christmas, Christmas Flowers, Christmas Ornaments, Holly

Fire Up The Cheer with Thomas Kinkade

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Nov 29, 2019

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This holiday, we reflect and honor everyday heroes with a vintage, rustic twist - making this iconic Christmas scene an instant classic.

An instant holiday classic! Capture the vintage charm of small-town Christmas with this this festive Thomas Kinkade fire station sculpture. Set atop an arrangement of red roses and fresh winter greens, the hand-painted keepsake lights up for years of fun!

This charming gift features red roses, white carnations, red and white miniature carnations, oregonia, noble fir, and white pine. Delivered with a Thomas Kinkade's Festive Fire Station Keepsake.

In addition to the whimsy and charm of this truly heroic scene, this fire station lights up to make holiday spirits even brighter.

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Tags: Traditions, Thomas Kinkade, Christmas, Christmas Flowers

Melt Hearts With Winter Warmth

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Nov 20, 2019

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This season it's all about keeping cozy, enjoying hot cocoa, and bringing frosty snowmen in from the cold to add delight and charm to your holiday decor.

Welcome home winter with a cozy bundled-up ceramic snowman mug, fill it with cocoa and keep those warm holiday feelings all season long. This mug is FDA-approved to safely serve and store food.

This festive friend features red roses, miniature red carnations, miniature white carnations, white sinuata statice, douglas fir, white pine, oregonia, and birch. Delivered in a Send a Hug® Snowman Mug.

This charming mug also makes for a great teacher or coworker gift, either filled with flowers or without.

Supply is limited.

Tags: Christmas, Christmas Flowers, winter

Go Vintage This Christmas

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Nov 13, 2019

 

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This season, what's old is new again. Rustic reds, burlap and copper accents, vintage trucks and lots of evergreen pine create a very merry vintage motif.

This season, we are reminded of what endures. This is our 89th Christmas as a family owned florist. We have endured. We are thankful for our traditions and thankful for you, our clients.

In partnership with Teleflora, we are proud to offer this Quaint Christmas Bouquet. This vintage container celebrates and honors all those who have purchased Christmas Trees from us.

Capture the quaint charm of a country Christmas with this vintage-inspired metal cube, arranged with lush holiday roses, fresh winter greens and festive decorations!

This vintage-inspired bouquet features red roses, white spray roses, red miniature carnations, white waxflower, flat cedar, noble fir, and oregonia. Delivered in a Merry Vintage Christmas Cube. Celebrate the timeless magic of Christmas with this vintage-inspired metal cube, bursting with charming holiday blooms!

 

Tags: Teleflora, Christmas Trees, Christmas, Christmas Flowers

In Lieu of Flowers Is An Affront To The Living

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Suggesting donations 'in lieu of flowers' for a funeral is an affront to the living. Sending flowers is an expression that helps the living grieve, a fundraiser does not. Better wording; "In addition to flowers, cards or expressions of care, donations can be made to..."

I tweeted this the other day. While it was received quite well, Twitter inevitably finds someone who will disagree. 

e.g.,

"Wildly self serving tweet advising others how to deal with loss"
 
and my reply. My role as a florist has bestowed that responsibility upon me. The 'Emotional Impact of Flowers' studies by Rutgers and Harvard offers proof that flowers given and received help the grieving process. Thank you for your feedback.
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Tags: Rutgers Floral Study, Twitter, Harvard Research Team Floral Study, Funeral Florist, Funeral Flowers, In Lieu of Flowers

Why We Sell Pumpkins and Decorate for Halloween

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Oct 11, 2019

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For years we have been displaying ghosts, vampires and ghouls for a Halloween display. Over the years, we have found that less clients were purchasing pumpkins. In 2018, we did not sell pumpkins and did not decorate for Halloween. We had been losing hundreds of dollars selling these items.

Halloween 2019 - Pumpkins, goblins and scarecrows are back. Why are selling items that we know we are losing money on? 

Last weekend, my family and I bought our pumpkins at a farm in Peabody. My fourteen year old son asked why Exotic Flowers no longer sold pumpkins? I explained that we lose money on them. His response, 'Dad, if you decorate for Halloween and celebrate fall- it shows the community you care about them.'

Talk about a proud parent moment. I must be doing something right. Sometimes, it's not about the money. It can't be. We appreciate our place on the highway and will no longer lose sight of that.

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Tags: Halloween Decorating, Pumpkins, October, Halloween

Summer Reading and Geraniums

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Catching up on reading in the summer is a favorite past time. While on vacation last week, I was reading The Stories of John Cheever. While reading the passage below, I had the good fortune of seeing this geranium beneath our balcony.

 

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"Why does not everyone who can afford it have a geranium in his window? It is very cheap. Its cheapness is next to nothing if you raise it from seed or from a slip. It is a beauty and a companion. It sweetens the air, rejoices the eye, links you with nature and innocence, and is something to love. And if it cannot love you in return, it cannot hate you, it cannot utter a hateful thing even for your being the case, and living as it does purely to do you good and afford pleasure, how will you be able to neglect it? But pray, if you choose a geranium..." - John Cheever

 

 

Tags: Free Geraniums, Books, reading

What Is Your #OpeningDay Tradition ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Mar 28, 2019


From 1979 to 1987, I collected a lot of baseball cards. I ran to the corner store to see the first packs arrive or sat inside the store waiting for the stores to reload their inventory. Topps baseball cards always sold out and I could not never get enough of them. I devoured the statistics on the back. Did you know that Bill Buckner struck out only 26 times in 657 at bats in 1982? I did and still do. I still have many of these baseball cards and grab a handful almost daily and still read those stats. As long as my eyesight will allow, I always will.
Opening Day is here and I could not be happier. Baseball is on the television, the pc, the Galaxy (never been an i-phone guy), the radio and in the air. It's likely that you are not as enamored with the game as myself, but baseball connects us.

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Please celebrate Opening Day with me and open a pack of baseball cards. This is my Opening Day tradition and I am honored to share it with you.
see you at Fenway!
Rick

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Tags: Baseball, Traditions, Spring, Opening Day, topps

Better the balance. Better the World. #IWD

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Mar 01, 2019

From our friends at DVFlora -

International Women's Day, observed annually on March 8th, is a day to honor and celebrate the influential women in our lives and throughout history - from business to politics, to athletics to philanthropy, to celebrity. It is also a time to celebrate the amazing women we interact with on a daily basis and to express our respect, appreciation and love.

Thank those that have made a difference in your life on this special day!

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Tags: International Women's Day, Women's Day, March

Free Patriot Rose With An " I Voted " Sticker

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Nov 02, 2018

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018:

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On Election Day, stop into Exotic Flowers at 609 American Legion Hwy, Roslindale, MA 02131. If you are wearing an "I voted" sticker, then Exotic Flowers will give you a free rose. The first 50 people will get the limited edition Patriot Rose.

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Tags: Election Day, Patriot Day, Free Roses, November

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