Tag: florists

Operation Floral Chef: Pizza, Banana Bread, & a Side of Pollen

 

I had heard that Saturday was going to be the worst day for deliveries, and the weather certainly lived up to that. Blowing snow and biting cold is a pain to drive in, and harsh on flowers. We need to warm up the van and make sure all the flowers were well wrapped, or we would not live up to our reputation for quality. Everyone knows you can get poor quality flowers at Walmart for cheap – we can only compete via quality. You could say the invisible hand is holding the bouquet…

Previous installment here and here.

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Flower shops are one of the businesses that directly profit from death. Alongside weddings, funerals are major sources of income. When important people die, that’s usually the source of huge orders for flowers. As death is one of the constants of the world, there are no exceptions for holidays. Thus, as I stumbled down the […]

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Some of you may recall that I previously narrated the saga of my work in a northwestern Illinois flower shop – Operation Bloom. That was in the lead-up to Mother’s Day, one of the busiest times for a flower shop. This is about a colder holiday, where we deliver flowers to sweethearts through snow – […]

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M-3: Calm Before The Storm

 

Today was a day for introductions & preparation. Tomorrow and Saturday will be incredibly busy.

Introductions are in order, but not all the faces are new. Overall command and expertise lies with the Steel Rose, our fearless leader and lead florist. She has decades of experience to draw on. The number one rule around here is do what she says. Silence handles IT and communications with the various wire services like 1-800-FLOWERS, BloomNet, and FTD. Each uses a separate system and has random eccentricities, like repeatedly sending orders we cannot complete, sending orders with obscenely low prices where we can’t make a profit, and general errors / omissions. It requires an expert geek, and Silence is certainly qualified, having delivered flowers and managed the wire services for decades. Besides, it is appropriate that a military history major manages our logistics. Honeybee is our dedicated assistant florist; she has several years of experience and is very helpful.

M-1: Until The Last Bloom

 

Previous Entries in Operation Bloom: M-4 M-3 M-2

Something not widely known is that most florists do not deliver on Mother’s Day itself. This includes the shop I am working at — even the Steel Rose needs a day of rest. This means today is the big day.

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Previous Entries in Operation Bloom: M-4 M-3 M-2 M-1 M-0 Mother’s Day is actually celebrated on a wide variety of days worldwide. Interestingly, it is associated with the Virgin Mary in many countries, which I imagine makes sense. Former communist bloc countries celebrate it on International Women’s Day. Preview Open

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Group Writing: M-4

 

The subject of this series of posts is going to be a bit different from normal. It’s a different experience for me, certainly. For today is M-4.

I sit at a borrowed computer in an apartment over a flower shop in a historic building, somewhere in small town Illinois. A small TV shows Fox News continuously on mute. I’m here on vacation to work during the busiest time of the year for florists: Mother’s Day. And I will transcribe the highlights here, as part of our Group Writing series on Bloomin’ Ideas.

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I’ve been thinking about all the effort that is involved in a lawsuit. There is much money, time and effort that goes into bringing someone to court. Probably if you are going to sue someone, you have to steel yourself for putting all of your spare time for the next year, or two or three, […]

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