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Tips for a Garden Free of Unwanted Guests

Posted by Exotic Flowers on Fri, Sep 11, 2020

When it comes to planting spring flowering bulbs animals look at your garden as a meal. Tulip and Crocus bulbs are the animals favorite. Use the three tips below to help keep animals out of your garden. If you remember these tips this fall while planting your flower bulbs you should have a garden free of unwanted guests.
 Fall Bulbs New England
 
TIP 1: Plant fritillaria bulbs with tulip and
crocus bulbs. Animals actually do not like
the smell of fritillaria and will stay away.
 
TIP 2: Plant flower bulbs that animals do not like to eat. There are many to choose from, but the most popular ones are alliums, daffodils and hyacinths.
 
TIP 3: Clean up your area after you are done planting. Animals like the smell of things like bulb bags and bulb skins, so clean up the area and you will be critter free.

Tags: Gardening, Fall, bulbs

Message From Forest Hills Cemetery

Posted by Exotic Flowers on Wed, Sep 02, 2020

 

Hi Rick,

photo of bronze by Fern Cunningham

Fern Cunningham-Terry was buried at Forest Hills yesterday.  She was a local sculptor and we have one of her beautiful bronze pieces on our grounds.  Many times, people leave flowers in the arms of this particular sculpture, (The Sentinel).  Of course we had to do the same for her family on the day of her burial.  Attached is a picture of a stunning spray of baby pink roses you father sold me and it looks perfect.  The family was very touched.  Thank you for you and your family’s assistance in reaching people’s hearts when words aren’t enough.

 

Best,

 

Janice

Tags: Cemetery Flowers, Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain

An Excerpt from The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Jul 30, 2020

"Nature continues to take no notice of the imbecilities of mankind and despite even the bad weather the garden and the roses have never been so fine." - Louis Bromfield

Edith Wharton agreed. "Yes; the garden is the last moral life-preserver left, I pity those who haven't it." 

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My wife Suzie's incredible backyard paradise.

Gardening like baking has experience a renaissance during the pandemic. In a disorderly world, your garden not only provides order but solace.

Grow your food, plant some herbs. Color in your world with vibrant blooms. Get dirty. Not all medicine comes in a pill.

 

Tags: Gardening, Books, Suzie Canale, Covid-19

Exotic Flowers in Store Safety Measures for Staff and Visitors

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Our Roslindale location at 609 American Legion Highway is open and welcoming clients and guests. Things are a little different from years past but everything we do is for our safety and yours.

We are still here every day but our hours have changed a bit. We are here Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Saturday 830 am to 2 pm and a skeleton crew on Sunday from 9 am to 11 am. As always, sometimes we come earlier and leave later. If we're here, we can assist you. We still deliver six days per week.

Exotic Flowers in Boston Covid

A few things we are doing to ease your burdens. 

  • Curbside pick up is available. Call ahead and we can bring it out or leave it outside the door.
  • In-store service is available. Masks are required. We offer a free mask to anyone who needs one. Please make sure your nose and mouth are covered. A mask is not a chin strap.
  • Two stand-alone hand sanitizer stations in the store and a workshop sink with hand soap. All are welcome and encouraged to use.
  • All staff is also equipped with branded pocket hand sanitizers. Check out our new logo as a symbol of precious life from a new beginning.
  • There are a few familiar items we will not have until Phase 4. Lollipops, pens, and portfolio books will return later.

We're in this together. Your kindness, patience, and support matter. Thank you.

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Tags: Boston Flower Shop, Covid-19, Corona Virus

Behind The Florist Counter

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Sometimes we hear people's darkest secrets. Sometimes they make us laugh. A recent phone call below:

EF: 'Good morning, Exotic Flowers'

JM: 'Hi, my husband sent me flowers but you sent the wrong item.'

EF: 'Let me look it up. His name?'

JM: (name blanked to protect the innocent);

EF: 'We do not have anyone by that name in our system. What is yours?'

JM: name given

EF: 'Yes, we have your order 18 red roses.'

JM: 'My husband did not order that'

EF: 'I helped him myself. He was clear about what he wanted'

JM: 'No, we did not order that'

EF: 'He was here this morning and showed me what he wanted'

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JM: 'My husband is out of the country.'
 
EF: 'Anthony? He paid me in cash'
 
JM: 'Oooooh, that's not my husband'
 
EF: 'Let's not tell your husband then'
 
JM: 'Don't tell Anthony either'

Tags: Boston Florist, Florist

Exotic Flowers Staff Safety Protocols During Covid-19

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, May 20, 2020

At Exotic Flowers in Roslindale, the safety of our staff, vendors and clients is more important than any transaction.

We'd like to share our safety standards with you to know how we're working to keep everyone safe.

Exotic Flowers safety masks

Processing / Design:
CLEANING / SANITIZING PROTOCOLS
Appropriate PPE will be worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
Practice frequent handwashing.
Save your resources! Latex gloves are only effective if you are avoiding cross-contamination.
Routinely wipe down all workstation surfaces, multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray.
Routinely wipe down tools and equipment multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray. Don’t forget the cooler door!
No sharing of tools or equipment. This includes knives, shears, buckets, etc. If tools or equipment MUST be shared, they must be sanitized anytime transfer occurs between employees.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL
Employees must keep a minimum of 6’ distance from other employees and customers.
Mark the floor with tape to promote safe distance.
SALES
CLEANING / SANITIZING PROTOCOLS
Appropriate PPE will be worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
Practice frequent handwashing.
Save your resources! Latex gloves are only effective if you are avoiding cross-contamination.
Routinely wipe down all workstation surfaces, multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray.
Routinely wipe down tools and equipment multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray. This includes phones, tablets, and keyboards. Don’t forget the cooler door!
No sharing of tools or equipment. If tools or equipment MUST be shared, they must be sanitized anytime transfer occurs between employees.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL
Employees must keep a minimum of 6’ distance from other employees and customers.
Mark the floor with tape to promote safe distance.
Precautions must be taken to ensure customers keep a minimum of 6’ distance from each other. This can include a designated pick-up area with a clear indication of flow-of-traffic.
DELIVERY
CLEANING / SANITIZING PROTOCOLS
Appropriate PPE will be worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
Masks should be worn from the van to the recipient’s property / drop-off location.
Practice frequent handwashing.
Save your resources! Latex gloves are only effective if you are avoiding cross-contamination.
Routinely wipe down all workstation surfaces, multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray. In addition to the store, your vehicle is also your workstation! Disinfect those steering wheels and door handles.
Routinely wipe down tools and equipment multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray. This includes phones, tablets and keyboards.
Use hand sanitizer after each delivery to help prevent the spread of germs.
If a delivery vehicle needs to be transferred from one driver to another, it must be properly sanitized.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL
Employees must keep a minimum of 6’ distance from other employees and customers.
All deliveries are no-contact deliveries. You may not enter a recipient’s home. If you are delivering to a place of business, follow their safety procedures.
Contact the recipient prior to delivery and let them know a delivery will be left at their door. The driver can wait in vehicle to ensure delivery was received.

Tags: Exotic Flowers Employees, Rose Bear, Covid-19, Corona Virus

Adding a Green Plant To Your Home Office Is Better for Your Health

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, May 12, 2020

'Looking at green foliage can enhance creativity, increase calmness, lessen irritability, and restore mental energy. Researchers found that indoor plants prevent fatigue during demanding work.' Men's Health Magazine

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Text below from www.aboutflowers.com Workplace Productivity Study:

Texas A&M: Flowers & Plants Promote Innovation, Ideas

In today’s economy, it is more important than ever for businesses to gain the competitive edge. Constant fluctuations in unemployment, productivity, consumer confidence and other major economic factors make it imperative for businesses to implement the right strategies to stay ahead of their competition.

According to business experts, the key to gaining the competitive edge in the modern economy is easy to understand – a happy, productive workforce. And, while sometimes the easiest notions can be the most difficult to achieve, a scientific study conducted at Texas A&M University finds that nature can hold the secret to business success. The research demonstrates that workers’ idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

“Our research shows that a change as simple as adding flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy,” said Dr. Roger Ulrich, lead researcher on the project. “People’s productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, improved – which in certain circumstances could mean the difference between mild and great business success.”

Research Findings: Overall and Men vs. Women

In an eight-month study, the Texas A&M University research team explored the link between flowers and plants and workplace productivity. Participants performed creative problem solving tasks in a variety of common office environments, or conditions. The conditions included a workplace with flowers and plants, a setting with sculpture and an environment with no decorative embellishments.

During the study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants. In these surroundings, men who participated in the study generated 15% more ideas. And, while males generated a greater abundance of ideas, females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems when flowers and plants were present.

“We know the importance of learning, for example, how natural surroundings affect drivers, school children, and hospital patients,” said Ulrich, who has conducted extensive research on the effects of environments on psychological well-being, stress and health. “To businesses, it should be equally as important to understand what features can improve performance at work and make employees more productive.”

 

Methodology

Researchers at Texas A&M University recruited 101 participants to take part in The Impact of Flowers and Plants on Workplace Productivity study. During the eight-month scientific study, participants took part in emotional, creativity and attentional demand protocols, in conditions that were carefully controlled, yet were similar to those in many office workplaces. Subjects were asked to perform a series of tasks in one of three environmental office conditions, selected at random: with fresh flowers and plants; with abstract sculpture; or with no embellishments at all. Throughout each session, subjects self-rated their moods four times, executed two creativity tasks and completed one attentional demand test. Researchers measured the number of ideas participants generated, their ideas’ originality and flexibility, and other responses, using data extracted from the tests, which included Torrance Tests of the Creative Thinking and Profile of Mood States.

The research lends weight to growing scientific evidence that flowers and plants, as well as other aspects of nature, have a beneficial impact on state of mind and emotions. The Society of American Florists worked in cooperation with the Texas A&M University research team, bringing an expertise of flowers and plants to the project.


About the Researcher

The Impact of Flowers and Plants on Workplace Productivity Study was conducted by Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, Director of the Center for Health Systems and Design, Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Dr. Ulrich is a professor of landscape architecture and is an internationally recognized expert on the influences of surroundings on human well-being and health. His interests concern applications of environment-behavior knowledge to healthcare buildings, landscape architecture and urban design.

 

Tags: Boston Greenhouse, SAF, Plants, Stress

Flowers Can Bridge the Social Distance Gap This Mother’s Day

Posted by Rick Canale on Mon, May 04, 2020

mothers day boston florist

(MAY 1, 2020, BOSTON, MA) – This year, Mother’s Day looks different for many of us. It may not be possible in light of COVID-19 to visit with mom or other women who have influenced your life. Such separation induces stress and loneliness but, according to several research studies, flowers may be just the antidote moms and women in general need this season.

According to a survey by Wakefield Research, 68 percent of people feel stress on a weekly basis, and 32 percent are stressed every day—numbers that are now almost certainly higher in today’s COVID-19 environment. Women, in particular, are affected, as one in four report experiencing stress multiple times a day.

Research from the University of North Florida shows that something as simple as flowers can help. The findings show that people who lived with flowers in their homes for just a few days reported a significant decrease in their levels of stress and improvements in their moods. Additional research from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, shows that the presence of flowers around senior citizens decreased depression among 81%, refreshed recent memory among 72% and encouraged outreach to loved ones among 40 percent. And research from Harvard University found that people who live with flowers report fewer episodes of anxiety and depressed feelings.

“Flowers have evolved to activate positive emotional responses from people,” says Rutgers University researcher Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., director of the university’s Human Emotions Lab. “Each bloom has the potential to put a smile on our face and sway our opinion of a friend, colleague or loved one. That’s powerful.”

“When you receive flowers as a gift, you know that someone is thinking of you right now, this very minute,” said Rick Canale, owner of Exotic Flowers in Boston, MA. “Flowers spark joy, something that everyone needs right now—especially mothers.”

For Mother’s Day gift ideas, visit www.exoticflowers.com  or call (617)942-4803.

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Tags: Mother's Day, Mother's Day Flowers, Press Release, Mothers Day, Covid-19

Give Flowers on #GivingTuesday

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, May 01, 2020

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GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. We're launching #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity to take place on May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. - www.givingtuesday.org

We have joined the path set out by non-profit American Floral Endowment. They have announced the launch of a new online campaign promoting Giving Flowers on #GivingTuesdayNow. This new campaign aims to promote a day of flower giving. We’re here to help spread messages of the emotional benefits that flowers provide, such as reducing stress and improving emotional health while promoting flower buying.

  • Thank you for support at this time. You are helping to keep this small business open.

We wish you much success during this most challenging time. We remain, #InThisTogether.

 

 

 

Tags: Covid-19, Corona Virus, AFE, GivingTuesday

Message In A Bottle; Flower Bouquets with Recommended Card Messages

Posted by Rick Canale on Mon, Apr 27, 2020

 

Say It With Flowers has been a catch phrase of the floral industry for decades. It makes sense. What better to express your emotions that to connect with flowers.

At Exotic Flowers, we are rolling out card stunning rose bouquets that also give you a hint at waht to say in case you are at a loss for words.

rubies and pearls roses in boston

Rubies and Pearls Bouquet

This exciting bouquet of red and white roses in a dazzling silver cube is guaranteed to show you care. Simple, stylish. 

Card Message Recommendation: "I want to shower you with rubies and pearls." or "The jewelry store is closed but these gems are for you."

blue roses

When looking for a truly unique reaction. Our sapphire blue roses are grown and dyed in Ecuador. This long-lasting rose is an ideal unique gift.

Card message recommendation: "I know you love sapphires and want you to have these."

rainbow roses boston

Rainbow Roses

Each petal is individually dyed to create a kaleidoscope of color. These roses are imported from Ecuador and are not available often.

Card Message Recommendation: "You are the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow."

Walked out this morning, I don't believe what I saw
A hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore
Seems I'm not alone in being alone
A hundred billion castaways looking for a home

- The Police

There's no coincidence that a message in a bottle is a romantic metaphor immortalized by Van Halen and The Police.

Saying it with flowers is awesome but words matter too. Let us help write the card, they will keep that card long after the flowers are gone. Your card will become a living memory of the gorgeous flowers you sent.

 

Tags: Blue Roses, Card Messages, Music, Roses, Rainbow Roses

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