Celebrate the Women in Your Life

There are so many reasons to celebrate the women in your life – least of which is the fact that without a Mother you wouldn’t even be here! Every year on March 8th, women around the world are honoured with the recognition they so deserve and this year may be the most important year to show your support and appreciation.

On January 21, 2017, millions of women, men and children all over the world marched to demand equality for their sisters, daughters, mothers and friends. They (we) took a stand against the the oppression that has dogged us for centuries. You’d think, by now – after decades of the Women’s Movement- that this would be a redundant cause. Now, more than ever, the equal rights of women are relevant, current and necessary. A certain presidential figure and his party have brought this issue of human rights to the center of attention and it will not be ignored.

So, without getting too political (!!!) I’d like to show my support for women around the world and their contributions to our society. Mothers, scientists, doctors, educators, farmers, lawyers, presidential candidates, designers, engineers, artists; we wouldn’t be here without you!

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SP012 Tulips and Mimosa with spray roses $50+

The traditional flower that celebrates Women’s Day is Mimosa. Known for it’s bright yellow, fuzzy blossoms it is a harbinger of spring in Europe and around the globe. It is a symbol of respect and solidarity and is given to and by women to honour the day.

Gift the women in your life with a lovely bouquet of Mimosa to brighten their day!

Happy International Women’s Day!

How to be Somebody’s Valentine

There’s a lot of pressure around the tradition of sending gifts to your Valentine and it seems to have gotten out of hand in recent years with extravagant expressions. Billboards declaring your undying love, truckloads of flowers being delivered every hour for the whole day and diamonds the cost of a house.  I’d be overwhelmed by those gestures, for sure! In some cases, men and women are intimidated by the experience of showing their affection  with gifts; fearing the bad choice or the ridicule of an unappreciative recipient. Ladies and gentlemen – do me a favour and be gracious about it. It will help prevent future Valentine’s day disasters if you are thankful and then educate your lover on future gifting experiences.

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Valentine’s Day Orchids, hearts and pearls,

You can also help yourself out a lot by leaving hints about what you like (and dislike). Tulips are your favourite? Great! Carnations make you gag? Scented flowers make you wheeze? This is important information for a florist. Love roses but not red? All good! There are soooo many beautiful colours of roses that will be perfect. Many men choose red roses because they think that’s what is “expected” or it’s what their dads chose for their moms. A little guidance will go a long way to avoiding a disappointed Valentine.

It also helps a florist out considerably if the flowers are ordered well in advance, but sometimes that’s asking a lot of our non-multitasking partners! If I may suggest, a very bold hint by leaving a my business card on the bedside table with a list of your favourite flowers is a great start! Sometimes, you need to be really obvious. Just sayin!

Off Whyte Floral Studio Valentine Roses
One Dozen Roses in a vase $150+

Here’s another angle – maybe you don’t like flowers for Valentine’s Day. I can appreciate that – it’s a commercialized non-holiday that forces you to buy at a time when prices are inflated (good old supply and demand at work here folks!). How about sending those flowers the week after the 14th? Make your own special day to celebrate your love!

Or, even better- give the gift of an annual subscription of flowers once per month for the year. You can choose when, where and what will be sent to your everyday Valentine! How romantic is that? Makes my heart flutter!

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Halloween is over; time to get out the Christmas tree! Well, that’s how some people think and if you’re one of them, you’ve probably already started your holiday preparations. It’s great to get the house all dressed ahead of the seasonal rush of parties and family gatherings but some just don’t have the time or vision to decorate. Maybe this is the year that you call me to do it for you. It could be as simple as a wreath for the front door and a centerpiece for the table or, if you’re really splashing out this year, a whole house transformation from the Christmas tree to garland on the mantle. Heck, I’ll even hang the stockings for you! Now is the perfect time to call to set up a consultation for your decorating needs.

Off Whyte Floral Studio: Christmas Flowers $+++
Outdoor decor to suit your style.

Here’s a short list of some of the items I offer in fresh flowers and greenery or artificial foliage;

  • Tree decorating (including lights!)
  • outdoor winter arrangements
  • wreaths
  • wall hangings, swags, garlands,
  • centerpieces
  • poinsettia planters and baskets
  • party decor
  • corporate gifting and so much more!


A short meeting will help establish the project requirements and a budget and then the magic begins! Let me help make your holiday season more relaxing and more beautiful than you ever imagined! Book your consultation today!