Recent Posts

Follow Me

Exotic Flowers in Boston

Sonny Canale Celebrates 64th Year As Owner Operator of Exotic Flowers

Posted by Rick Canale on Mon, Jul 12, 2021

sonny_1957-resized-600

On Monday, July 12th: Arnold 'Sonny' Canale will have been the owner and operator of Lombardi Florist for 64 years. An amazing testament to the talent, work ethic, and care for clients. As we tell clients every day, Sonny must be doing something right.

On July 12th, 1957 - Arnold 'Sonny' Canale purchased Lombardi Florist & Nurserymen at 599 American Legion Highway in Roslindale. Sonny had worked there for years as a designer, grower, salesman, delivery driver, and floor sweeper.

Sonny's mantra since that day has been 'never hire anyone who cannot sweep the floor.' That work ethic has remained in place at Exotic Flowers for 64 years.

Sonny remains at the top of the Exotic Flowers hierarchy. He works seven days on the property. So clients can rest easy knowing that the boss tends to every detail. 

In 64 years - he's sold more than five million roses, one million carnations, more than one million deliveries, grown thousands of poinsettias and outdoor plants, and has designed a million floral arrangements. He has operated five locations, supported dozens of charities, and employed hundreds. Three Best of Boston awards, a World Series florist, a PGA Championship florist, FTD Top 1000, Top 500, Top 250, Top 100, and Top 10. Teleflora Top 50. Floral Management Marketer of the Year, RedBook Circle of Excellence. The numbers are not only staggering but humbling.

Stop by the shop on July 12 and say hi. 

609 American Legion Hwy, Roslindale, MA 02131

617-942-4803

 

Tags: Roslindale Florist, Lombardi Florist, Sonny Canale

Behind The Florist Counter - The Orchid Thief

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Mar 02, 2021

blue_orchid

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

Behind the floral counter:

Customer(C): I need a plant for my boss.

ExoticFlowers(EF): we have great orchids right here.

C: are they easy to care for?

EF: yes, she'll have no problem.

C: well, I'll be caring for it. I am going to show it to her in our zoom meeting & keep it.

EF:

 
Thinking face

Tags: Boston Florist, Orchid Plants, Florist

Behind the Florist Counter - the iPhone Story

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Feb 18, 2021

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

EF: Her phone #?
 
Him: She doesn't have a phone.
 
EF: She doesn't have a phone?
 
Him: We got into a fight and I disconnected everything.
 
EF(lol): Maybe you should send her a phone instead of roses.
 
200ROSES-1-1-1

When the driver got there, the recipient could be heard swearing about the sender as she brought the flowers into the house.

Tags: Boston Florist, Florist

Why Do We Send Gold Roses on New Years

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Dec 30, 2020

gold roses

Italians eat lentils on New Year's Eve for wealth and prosperity because the flat legumes were once believed to resemble Roman coins. 

At Exotic Flowers in Boston, we import thousands of roses from Ecuador every week. This year, our friends in Ecuador gifted us with metallic gold roses. In a year of depression and loss, this rose not only lifted our spirits but has been our talisman. The roses are magical. Our sales have been steady as we have endured the retail effects of the pandemic.

Stop into our Roslindale location for a dozen or order them online for delivery in the Boston area. 

A little good fortune goes a long way. 

Tags: Roses, January, New Years, gold, gold roses

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees In Roslindale

Posted by Rick Canale on Mon, Dec 07, 2020

boston_christmas_trees-resized-600

You've all read about the Christmas Tree shortage this year. This is very true. Tree demand is at all time high and supplies are low.

Please come early. 

A few things to share:

we start with 400 Christmas Trees at our shop in Roslindale. You can view 75 standing on the lot from all angles. No hidden bad spots.

Our trees come from Canada. We carry both Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir.

Trees prices range from $60-$150.

We will give your Christmas tree a fresh cut, wrap it and tie it onto your car.

No hidden fees. No reservations needed. We close early but are here 7 days.

This is our 90th Christmas. Thank you. We appreciate you.

 

Tags: Symbols of Christmas, Christmas Trees, Christmas

Dispel The Poinsettia Toxicity Myth

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Dec 03, 2020

AboutFlowers_Plants_Poinsettia_pinkRed

From Our Colleagues at The Society of American Florists:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — December 2, 2020 — The poinsettia is the quintessential Christmas plant. However, many consumers (namely, pet owners and parents of young children) shy away from it because of the belief that it can endanger a loved one.
poinsettiasmaller_1762192.jpg
Set the record straight on this longstanding myth: The poinsettia is the most widely tested plant and has been proven to be non-toxic. Research trials at Ohio State University revealed that a pet or child would need to ingest more than 500 leaves to become seriously ill. (That said, poinsettias are a decoration and should be kept out of reach of children and animals prone to munching on foreign objects.)
About SAF
 
The Society of American Florists is the only national trade association that represents all segments of the U.S. floral industry. SAF provides government advocacy, education and marketing advice; and connects industry members who want to learn, share ideas and grow; helps the industry recruit and retain talent; and provides guidance to the industry to prepare for and navigate the future. The association was chartered by an act of Congress in 1884. To learn more about SAF or to join, visit safnow.org.

Tags: Poinsettia, SAF, Society of American Florists, Holiday Decor

The Old is New this Christmas

Posted by Suzie Canale on Tue, Dec 01, 2020

Each yuletide season, trends continue to change from everything to lighting, tree decorating and even celebratory cuisine.  As we prepare to take on the 2020 holiday whirlwinds, it’s fun to invest a little time in learning what’s hot on the menu for designers.  There’s no reason why we can’t take a peek to find out how to copy their taste on an affordable budget.  There’s no rule saying hosts must break the bank to recreate looks seen in magazines and lucky for us, this year’s theme relies heavily on the recycling of already owned items.


rosy sleigh teleflora flowers


Experts say that acclaimed designers are heavily relying on the idea that “Old” is the “New” when mapping out their selections for décor this Christmas and Hanukkah.  Instead of purchasing contemporary lines of modernized props, they are hunting yard sales and online auctions for previously owned memorabilia which dates back to more than a few decades ago.  Trunks, basements and attics are also busy places where professional decorators are scavenging to find old boxes, milk containers and other reminders of years past.  Remember that ancient train set you stashed in the closet years ago?  Or maybe you just couldn’t let go of a teddy bear from your childhood?  Well, now’s the time to pull them out of retirement because these are the exact props designers are looking for!  Think small trucks, wooden toys, antique dolls and wool hats for possible accessories to place amongst poinsettia plants, Christmas trees (used as ornaments) and outdoor urns where they will turn a plain arrangement into a real conversational piece!  Don’t worry if they have chipped paint or missing parts since this will only add to their authentic appeal.  We’re going for a “traditional” appearance this year so make sure to select pieces that you have warm memories associated with.  


Once you’ve collected your things, now what do you do with them?  That’s a very good question…  Creating your own displays can be as easy as investing in some seasonal roping and strategically placing the trinkets within the beautiful the pine.  Hang on banisters and lay across the hearth to make a merry presentation for family and friends or attach to wreaths on the outside of your door.  If you are interested in applying this technique to your floral arrangements, you can use the same application process as long as the items are small enough not to distract from the blooms in the vase.  A little goes a long way with this style so don’t cramp containers which will make them look junky and less professionally done.

Tags: Holiday Decor, Christmas, Holiday Memories, Christmas Flowers

Introducing The Thomas Kinkade's Hero's Welcome Bouquet for 2020

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Nov 05, 2020

Thomas Kinkade Christmas Flowers

Home for the holidays! An instant Christmas classic, this lush arrangement of red roses and fresh winter greens accompanies a festive Thomas Kinkade collectible with light-up windows (starter batteries included) and hand-painted details.

 

Tags: Traditions, Thomas Kinkade, Christmas, Holiday Memories, Christmas Flowers

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

Subscribe via E-mail

Contact Us for All Your Floral Needs