Mother’s Day Behind the Scenes

Mothering Sunday is one of the busiest times for Flowers by Suzanne.  We created and delivered over 1,000 flower orders!


Our lives plant stands were well stocked full of gifts for Mum.


A large marquee gets set up to expand our workspace and protect our flowers.


Even the Tea Shop has to help absorb the influx of flower orders.

Space is a premium.  Hallways and supply closets are now inundated with flowers.  There are flower orders everywhere!

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Valentine’s Day 2014

Here are some sneak peaks into our flower shop at Valentine’s this year.

Anna’s gorgeous creation including cymbidium orchids, Heidi roses, white star germinis, phlox, antirrhinums, alstroemerias, pussy willow and pink bear grass.


Amy’s blue orchid handtied with eucalyptus cinerea and umbrella fern. This was a special order for a customer (who was incredibly good and ordered weeks before Valentine’s!) and were shipped from Thailand to Holland and then to us in Lincoln.


Our new marquee going up, the sky was pitch black, stars twinkling and the moon so bright and strong … It’s going to be a good one! We can all feel it! We’re getting excited!


Only a day later and a hive of activity! The shop is positively glowing and excitement is high. Fuelled on a takeaway, Corienne’s iPod tunes (although she protests too much that some of the songs are not hers!) and the knowledge that come tomorrow it is all over for another year! Continue reading →

Top Tips for Buying Flowers at Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is the second most popular time of the year to buy flowers (after Mother’s Day); with red roses being the most popular choice of flower to give.

After over 40 years in the floristry business, we thought we would share our top tips and inside facts on flowers at Valentine’s Day.

1. Delivering Emotions

Buy from the heart – what do you want to say? Can’t think of the words? Our friendly florists will never judge or laugh and we will always help you think of the right way to word your message. Feel free to write it down before you call or pop in to see us; or write your own Valentine’s card whilst in our shop and we can attach this to your flowers. We know it can be embarrassing, but please remember you won’t shock us!

2. Roses are not the only flowers

Red roses are the most popular flower sent at Valentine’s Day. Don’t be afraid to ask for something else if you know she has a favourite flower. There are so many amazing flowers at this time of year, as all the Spring flowers are now in season too.


3. Seeing what you buy

We have photographs of our most popular flower arrangements in our shops so you can see some ideas; alternatively look and buy online on our website or use the ideas to come and see us and find out our special offers. The earlier you book, the better the deal.

4. Find a florist you trust

Always find a florist that gives you confidence, that they are going to deliver and look after your special order. No matter whether it is a single rose or 100 roses (yes we do them!), it is our job to make sure your message and flowers are delivered.

5. A few things to remember

Florists do not rip you off at Valentine’s! We don’t drive Aston Martins I promise! Yes, flowers are more expensive at this time, not just red roses but all flowers. The demand on the growers, the flower markets, the logistics systems and the florists is immense.

Please buy from a reputable florist – local florists employs local people, they will hand create your order and then personally deliver it to you, it stands for a lot. If you are buying online, remember to check who the retailer is – is it the local florist making the item? Is it a reputable relay company like Interflora (who send your order to the local florists)? Try to steer away from the ‘courier delivered’ items, they are not made by the family local florists that keep the flower industry alive on our high streets.

The most popular type of flower arrangement we create all year round is a ‘hand-tied’, that means flowers hand tied to be able to stand up and wrapped in cellophane with a bubble of water at the bottom to keep them fresh for the day they are delivered.

6. And finally …

We take orders for Valentine’s delivery or collection in our shops and online until 1pm actually on Valentine’s Day, we do not close until 5pm and we always have arrangements made in the shop ready to go until we close – so if you forget, don’t worry it won’t be necessary to pop to the garage on your way home!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Poem

Valentine’s day will be here very soon

How will you make your loved one swoon?

 You could run them a bath with bubbles,

or embrace them with lots of cuddles

 Chocolates are nice and jewels are OK

but what could you do to really make their day?

 Light some candles to set the mood . .

cook him or her some beautiful food

 Or if you can’t cook, a take-away’s fine –

make it a nice one to impress your valentine

 Whatever you do, to make it really sincere,

and to show them how much you hold them dear . . .

 . . . you must get some flowers – they mean so much,

with their scent and beauty and delicate touch.

 Flowers are special, the occasion enhanced,

your valentine feels happy and truly romanced

 A dozen red roses or a mixed floral bouquet,

are the route to success this Valentine’s Day

Flowers say ‘I love you’ like nothing else can

So click here now and go to Flowers by Suzanne

How to make a paper Orchid flower


My favorite ways to use this paper orchid are on top of a gift and to clip into your hair for a tropical event. But I am guessing that you all have at least another dozen great ideas for using this ever blooming bit of bliss. Maybe napkin rings or added to a tropical centerpiece? With only 4 pieces, this is so far the easiest paper flower I have posted. So print either the bright pink or white PDF (or both) and follow the easy steps below! You can see the complete Luau Party Kit post by clicking this link. ~Lia


Download the printable orchids here