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" This Is Not Your Grandmother's Valentine's Day " - @DitaVonTeese

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Feb 04, 2014

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February is the most romantic month of the year. Thanks to Valentine's Day: TV, Social Media and the press is all buzzing about the most romantic gifts for 2014. As florists in Boston, we go head first into the Super Bowl Sunday of the floral industry. In the next few days, you will be bombarded with ads for jewelry, perfume, teddy bears, lingerie and flowers. Wouldn't it be great if you could surprise your lover with all those things ?

But in 2014, some gifts have more star power than others. You want to send to a gift that ignites your lover's senses. This year take some tips from Femme Fatale / Glamor Girl Dita Von Teeseshowbiz dita von teese liberty 2 resized 600 photo credit: DigitalSpy/ © PA Images / Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

The self styled fashion icon and living legend offers some great tips for Valentine's Day in 2014. " ROSES: EXPECTED, PERHAPS, BUT NEVER A BAD PLACE TO START," states the burlesque star.

When asked what the best gift she has received ? Von Teese's reply: " The best gifts I’ve ever received are things like love letters, art or any gift that took a little effort. The worst is getting a gift from someone you don’t feel romantic about, or getting flowers that were bought last minute at a grocery store. Order flowers in advance from a creative florist."

We all know that flowers and celebrity go hand in hand. Why not show your partner how much you care with amazing flowers that reflect their star power ? Roses and Orchids are always the best flowers to send for Valentine's Day. If you're in Boston, come and visit the show we put on for Valentine's Day.


Tags: Celebrity Florist, Hollywood Florist, Valentine's Flowers, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Roses, Dita Von Teese

Card Messages and Love Notes for Valentine's Day

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Jan 21, 2014

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While Valentine's is the busiest day in the floral industry in Boston, clients often find themselves at a loss for words. We often say, 'Say it with Flowers,'. But if you need a little help with your roses being delivered in Boston on Valentine's Day, then here are some ready to use card messages.

  • (For flowers delivered on February 13th): Couldn't wait another day to say I Love You!
  • (For flowers delivered on February 13th): I love you so much I couldn't wait for Valentine's Day!
  • Cupid's aim is still pretty good.
  • Today is a very special day for sending all my love your way!
  • With you it's Valentine's Day 365 days a year
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You've stolen my heart. I know it's in good hands.  
 You bring joy and love to my life.  
 You make me complete.  
 My love for you grows stronger every year.  
 Be mine.  
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or my favorite 'Roses are red. Violets are blue. Every day of my life is better with you.' or thanks to the movie, 'As Good As It Gets' .. "You make me want to be a better man,".

Tags: Card Messages, Valentine's Flowers, Valentine's Day, Roses, Valentine's Roses

Tim Tebow - a Spokesman for Valentines Day at Exotic Flowers in Boston ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Sat, Jan 11, 2014

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Tim Tebow could sell ice to the eskimos. What better spokesperson than the stud quarterbacK ? Yes of course Tom Brady would be a great choice, but he is a little busy selling Uggs. Think about it. Tim Tebow is sensitive, caring and attractive. Tim appeals to all markets. He even cries. Sensitive guys send flowers. Sensitive guys could really sell flowers. Florists have used NFL hulks before to pitch flowers. Rest in peace Hall of Famer, Merlin Olsen.

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From this photo we see that Tebow is comfortable around flowers. If Tim's handlers are listening, Exotic Flowers in Boston is ready to do business on a worldwide scale. Tebow's missionary work in the Phillipines resonates with Exotic Flowers' ability to send flowers worldwide. Exotic Flowers wants to work with you Mr. Tebow. We believe that Tebow's endorsement could be not only a game changer for Exotic Flowers in Boston but for florists worldwide.

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Check out this image as Tebow hands off flowers as well as a football. Tim if you're available, Exotic Flowers in Boston is hiring. Just in time for Valentine's day, we know you can help sell flowers in Boston and around the world. 

Tags: Tim Tebow, Marketing, Valentine's Day

Exotic Flowers and Traci Bingham - Scenes from Valentines Day in Boston

Posted by Rick Canale on Sat, Feb 16, 2013

Baywatch star Traci Bingham ignited the crowd at Exotic Flowers in Boston on Valentine's Day. Only scheduled to appear from 2pm-4pm, the TV star stayed til 5pm as she was having a great time wrapping flowers clients.

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Traci loves flowers and it shows. We cannot wait to work with her on the Traci Bingham collection for Exotic Flowers. 

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At the beginning of Traci's appearance, she stepped right behind a design bench and made some of her own designs. Needless to say, those floral arrangements were the first to be snapped up.

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Even with all the bling, Traci was not shy about doing the hard work of a floral designer. 

Traci Bingham and Sonny Canale Owner Arnold 'Sonny'Canale and Traci Bingham sharing a laugh on Valentine's Day.


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Exotic Flowers' #Qupid Traci Bingham gift wraps a bouquet of ginger for a customer.

Tags: Sonny Canale, Valentine's Flowers, Valentine's Day, Traci Bingham

Baywatch Star Traci Bingham is Exotic Flowers' Qupid for Valentines Day

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Jan 30, 2013

traci bingham baywatch resized 600"I mean it's just a bunch of pretty people runnin' around on the beach, ya know. CHANDLER: Well that's the brilliance of it. The pretty people... and the running." Friends

Baywatch was a pop culture phenomenon and remained on television for more than ten years as one of the most popular TV shows in the world. From 1996-1998, Cambridge native Traci Bingham played the role of lifeguard Jordan Tate on the hit show.

After a successful career in Hollywood, Traci has returned to her Boston roots. Traci remains at the top of every A-list in Boston. Actress, reality TV star, spokesmodel and Playboy model, Traci Bingham personifies the Exotic Flowers' vision statement of 'Reaction Guaranteed,'.

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This Valentine's Day, Boston's Premier Florist is proud to work with Baywatch Star Traci Bingham as our very own Qupid. Traci loves flowers and really loves the flowers at Exotic Flowers in Boston. One of Traci's recent tweets lavished praise for her recent flowers from ExoticFlowers.  ":   !!!! .com !!!" You Do the BEST!!"

traci bingham florist As Exotic Flowers' Qupid, Traci will be tweeting about Exotic Flowers in Boston and the benefits of having beautiful flowers for the most romantic day of the year. Traci will promote her relationship with Exotic Flowers on all her social media pages as well tweet daily the week of Valentine's Day. Traci will make a personal appearance at Exotic Flowers headquarters at 609 American Legion Highway in Roslindale on Valentine's Day from 2pm-4pm. She will be available for meet and greet, autographs, fan photos and even assist clients in helping select the perfect flowers.

At Exotic Flowers, we continue to be on the cutting edge of the flower business in Boston. We strive to bring new ideas, exciting in store events and the best flowers in Boston.

Tags: Exotic Flowers Marketing, Baywatch, Qupid, Exotic Flowers Employees, Boston Florist, Valentine's Flowers, Boston Florist Staff, Valentine's Day, Traci Bingham

Top Five Gifts for Valentine's Day

Posted by Rick Canale on Mon, Jan 14, 2013

These five Valentine's Day gifts are guaranteed to put a smile on your favorite girl's face. 

* Victoria's Secret Lingerie what is better for romance than sexy lingerie. I would however consider this only an accessory gift. Lingerie should not be your only gift. Please include roses from your favorite Boston florist too. 

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* Jewelry - as my wife has always told me, a girl can never have enough jewelry. Why not blow her away this year with a ruby necklace from our favorite Boston jeweler, EB Horn ?

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* Flowers: not just any flowers. Flowers from Exotic Flowers in Boston. How about a custom arrangement of black magic roses and hyacinth in a barn box ! This arrangement exudes passion and is an office show stopper.

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* Custom Made Perfume: want to channel your inner romantic ? How about creating your own custom perfume ? This one of a kind fragrance is sure to melt the coldest heart.

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* Her Very Own Star: 'If I could give you the stars, then I would.' Well now you can. Give your girl her very own star. This has to be one of the all time greatest Valentine's gifts. Name a star after the girl you love. 

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Tags: Valentine's Perfumes, Valentine's Flowers, Valentine's Day, Adriana Lima, Valentine's Roses

Valentine's Day Comes Early in Boston

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Oct 05, 2012

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When we think of Valentine's Day in Boston - roses, romance and restaurants come to mind. Valentine's Day in Boston is a celebration of love and also the busiest day of the year for florists too. Yesterday, October 4, 2012 Valentine's Day came early. Red Sox fans paused to briefly celebrate the termination of Bobby Valentine as manager of the Boston Red Sox. Valentine watched over the worst Red Sox record in decades. 
The hiring of Valentine never sat well with this Red Sox fan. I knew his ego would never fit in Boston or in the Red Sox clubhouse. More than twenty five years ago I used to collect autographs at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston when visiting teams came to play the Red Sox. There was always a handful of kids and some adults too waiting outside and inside for players to show up and sign. One time when Valentine was managing the Rangers, I got his signature. Thank you Bobby. But he was not exactly friendly about it. When security came to shoe me away, Valentine quickly had to throw in his 'now run along, you're not supposed to be here,'. Dear coach, I was a kid. I knew I was breaking the rules. No need to embarass me. I see why your players felt like you did not know how to speak to them either.
I do find it admirable that Valentine walked out of his firing with his head high and wishing the team the best. But after reading an article by the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, it all made sense. Valentine has a gag order. He cannot bad mouth the team or his 2.5 millions dollars due in 2013 will be withdrawn for breach of contract. So I ask this, if the North Korea-like Red Sox PR team knew Valentine could not control his words when the contract was written then why even put him in the pressure cooker of Boston sports ?
I wish you the best Bobby. 'Run along now, you're not supposed to be here,'. Valentine's day came early in Boston and this Boston florist is thrilled. The Red Sox lost their last game to the Yankees who scored '14' runs. Valentine was fired '14' hours and '14' minutes after the last pitch of the season. Valentine's Day is February '14' - coincidence ? Maybe or maybe the baseball gods needed a laugh.  

Tags: Baseball, Red Sox Florist, Rick Canale, Valentine's Day, Red Sox

Top Five Reasons Why Florists Hate Valentine's Day

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Feb 10, 2012

  1. It all happens in one day. Everyone wants delivery on the day and everyone wants it early. 
  2. Weather - we are at the will of Mother Nature. If it snows, we are screwed.
  3. Prices - on Valentine's day a florist's rose prices double, of course we cannot double our prices so we work on a much slimmer margin.
  4. Media types cutting down flowers. Scientific research from Rutgers University proves flowers make people happy.
  5. Proflowers - their $19.99 street peddler type roses create the wrong image of the importance of receiving beautiful hand delivered arranged flowers.
I would love for my colleagues to share their dislikes too. Please share your comments below.

Tags: Flower Deliveries, Rick Canale, Flower Deliveries in Snow, Valentine's Day, Roses

Valentine's Day Facts and Fiction by Jonathan Bornstein

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Feb 08, 2012

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It has been said that there is a thin line between love and hate. Those of us swept up in the affairs of the heart are all too familiar with this concept, not only from the perspective of how tenuous it is to balance on this particular tightrope, but also in light of the complications that Valentine’s Day can add to the terrain. For some, the opportunity to express romantic inclinations regardless of age (remember back in the day when you used to count up all the little handheld Valentines you received in class?) or the tokens of affection involved (do we ever truly outgrow our fascination with the numerous sayings on a candy heart?) is one we embrace. Other more cynical types decry the occasion as more commercial than Cupid, where the delicate beginnings of a budding romance can be dashed on the rocks as we are forced to send the wrong signals too soon.


Truth is, while most of us have a keen awareness of the occasion and it’s romantic themes, we know little about Valentine’s Day’s origins and history. Hence, an opportunity to play one of our favorite games here at the old Exotic Flowers’ blog, “Fact or Fiction” (although given the nature of the holiday, perhaps “Truth or Dare” might have been more appropriate).


1)   Valentine’s Day was an invention of the Hallmark Greeting Card Company to push love-themed paraphernalia for profit. Fiction. First, the earliest mechanically produced Valentines date back to the early 1800’s, prior to Hallmark’s existence. Second, the roots of the holiday are a subject of much debate. The general consensus is that it began as the Roman festival of Lupercalia, a celebration of fertility or the marriage of Roman gods Juno and Hera (depending on who you ask) dating back to the Middle Ages. The “Valentine” aspect was introduced when the Catholic church attempted to de-paganize the holiday by associating a catholic martyr named Valentine with it to create a feast day in his honor,  bringing us to Fact or Fiction #2:

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2)   Valentine’s Day is a tribute to St. Valentine. Fact. Well, sort of. Little is known about the martyr Valentine, and there appears to be more than one in Catholic canon. There are stories of a Valentine who defied the Roman Emperor Claudius’ edict that men not marry (making military recruitment easier) by performing the illegal ceremony for young lovers, an activity he was ultimately executed for. A Valentine dating back to 200 AD is also purported to have helped free prisoners from jail, restored sight to his jailer’s daughter prior to being executed once he was caught helping others escape, and credited with possibly being the first to use the phrase “From your Valentine” in a note written to a female prisoner he had fallen in love with prior to his execution. There is no definitive historical evidence for any of these actions or the Valentines who performed them, hence the removal of the holiday’s status as a feast day from the calendar by the Catholic Church back in 1969 (wasn’t that the Summer of Love? Ironic, huh?).


3)   More roses are sold than any other flower on Valentine’s Day. Fiction. I would have guessed red roses trump every other flora on this holiday, but according to, mixed flowers are the number one choice, and according to noted authority and Exotic Flowers in Boston luminary Rick Canale, the number of red roses sold on Valentine’s day seems to decline every year.

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4)   Valentine’s day is an American holiday. Fiction. The roots of the holiday began in ancient Rome, as we discussed earlier, and iterations of it are observed all over the world, from Asia, India, Europe, and the Middle East, all the way to South America. Some countries have banned the holiday for its Western or “pagan” roots, and some use it to honor friendship or the beginnings of Spring. My favorite connection to the holiday is in South Korea, where on April 14th (Black Day), those who did not receive gifts from secret loves on Valentine’s Day eat black noodles to mourn the absence of love from their solitary existence. I also enjoyed learning about Jack Valentine, a mystical character who was legendary in Norfolk County, England for leaving treats and gifts for children on the holiday. Unfortunately, his presence and practices spooked the children of the region so badly that parents stopped propagating his lore.


Well, once again, Exotic Flowers blog has broadened your mind and helped you take your first steps into a much larger world. Now why don’t you take that newfound wisdom and share it with someone you love, along with one of the many tokens of affection that the Cupid consultants here at Exotic Flowers in Boston offer?

Jonathan Bornstein

On Twitter @Zucrow

Tags: Boston Florist, Rick Canale, Jon Bornstein, Valentine's Day, Roses

Exotic Flowers Boston - Top Five Gifts for Valentine's Day

Posted by Rick Canale on Mon, Feb 06, 2012

valentines flowers boston resized 600Uniquely Chic Bouquet - always one of our best sellers, this vibrant bouquet is long lasting and arrives in a contemporary clear glass cube. Hot pink and hot orange roses exude passion for this Boston flower delivery.

dozen red roses in boston resized 600Dozen Red Roses - A Valentine's Day sure thing, our large head long lasting red roses are grown in Ecuador. If you need red roses in Boston, Exotic Flowers delivers the best. We bring in more than 10,000 red roses for Valentine's Day.

valentines day boston flowers resized 600Enchanted Journey - fileld with purple and pink flowers, this Manhattan inspired design sets you apart from the typical Valentines Day flower deliveries in Boston.

exotic flowers in boston flowers resized 600Roman Holiday - Purple carnations, red roses, pink roses, all the colors for your Boston Valentine.

orchid valentines boston resized 600Orchid Plants - Some clients look for something that will last a little longer than fresh flowers. Exotic Flowers in Boston will have hundreds of orchids in a variety of colors available for a Valentine's Day delivery.

Tags: Best Sellers, Orchid Plants, Valentine's Day, Roses

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