Weddings by Smith’s

More and more, it seems that there is no longer such a thing as “wedding season”.  Smith’s has had weddings every month for the last year and we getting many bookings for Spring and Summer 2009 already.  We like weddings!  We like being a part of your special day, and we take great pride and care to make sure your special day, really is special.

Smiths Flowers, in Midland Mi just recently added a Wedding Contact Form to their website SmithsFlowers.com in their bottom links to help brides looking for information to be able to contact the store at their leisure 24 hours a day.  The form asks preliminary questions to allow Smiths to get an idea of the bride and grooms wishes even prior to talking to the couple.

Those brides looking to set up an appointment with a Smiths Wedding Consultant are requested to fill out the form and then a Smiths representative will contact them to get further information and set up a personal appointment to further discuss the brides dreams for her special day.

Proflowers for a funeral?

We get it, we do understand, “we” being florist’s that is.  We know many consumers are duped into thinking that they will get a good quality experience with fresh flowers when they order “direct from the fields” as claimed by Proflowers.com and other direct shippers of perishable product.

But, when you ordered from Proflowers.com did you really intend to send your emotions in a box?

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen this unsuspecting customer ordered from Proflowers.com for a funeral.  And yes, this is an actual picture taken in a Philadelphia PA, funeral parlor recently.  I do not doubt for one minute, that the sender intended to send a beautiful bouquet.  Proflowers.com pictures many nice looking designs on their site, but they come, as shown above in a box.

And before you think this is an isolated case, think again.  This type of thing happens time and time again, day in and day out all across North America.  Unsuspecting consumers trust a beautiful picture to convey their emotions, but receive something much different.

We can’t blame the funeral directors either.  They are not floral designers, what would you expect them to do?  They either have to leave the box out back in the garage or flower room, or simply set it in the parlor so that the family knows it’s there.  Usually they leave them out back, and give them to the family when they are leaving to go home.  But, in some cases as you can see above, they place them in the viewing room for all to see.  I certainly would not want the grieving family to know I did not care enough to find a local real florist, and sent flowers in a box.

When you need to send flowers either in town or out of town, give us a call, or visit the florist directory on our site and select one of our recommended real florists.  Flowers in a box just don’t cut it…ever.

Valentines Roses

One week guys!  That’s all you have until Valentines Day to get ready to show here just how much you care.  And once again this year, roses are the top dog for gift giving once again.  Smith’s Flowers will be fully stocked and ready to send your love and admiriation to your sweetheart either at home or at the office.

Our red roses from Royal Flowers are awesome!  We only sell the “Freedom” variety of red roses.  From our tests they preform far better than any other red rose on the market today and while they do cost us a bit more, once again we will be offering our dozen red roses vased at our normal everyday excellent price of $50.00 a dozen with greens.

freedom-roseEither stop by, call or order online from Smith’s soon to be assured that we have the gift of love you want to send.  Once again this Valentines, we are offering Free Valentine Delivery on orders in Midland delivered February 12th and 13th.

Blossom Springs is here!

Well, you’ve been patient and it’s time for your reward, well actually time to reward your plants.  Smith’s Flowers, Midland Michigans only retail outlet for Blossom Springs™ finally has it in stock for you to purchase.  You can purchase online, or stop by the store to get this newest evolution in the fertilizer product category.

Blossom Springs™ is a “Natural Growing System”  develped right here in Midland MI by Gantec Advance LLC.  In test after test, ornamental plants, both green and blooming grown in the Blossom Springs™ Natural Growing System are reported by users to be more full and vibrant, to have larger or more numerous flowers, to resist stress and disease, to mature more rapidly and to hold their blooms longer.

blossom-springsAs you can see in the image above, the  plant on the left that was treated with Blossom Springs™ is much larger, fuler and has more flowers on it.  In our own testing here at Smiths over the last year we saw the same thing on green plants and the orchids we tested on.

blossom-springs-tomatoesFor you outdoor gardeners, you too can take advantage of the benefits provided by Blossom Springs™.  In the photo above, it’s obvious which plants were treated (on the right) and which ones were not.  You can easily see the difference in growth sixe, color and health of these plants.

blossom-springs-apple-treeFruit growers too can benefit from Blossom Springs™.  It’s been tested on several varieties, and I  hear that the Blue Berries are wonderful, plumper, more numerous and more resistant to bugs and disease.

blossom-springs-peace-lilyHome owners… YOU NEED THIS PRODUCT!  The Peace Lilies above are the very ones that I ran my test on in the store last fall.  The treated plant is on the right.  Both of these plants were from the same  batch, watered exactly the same, in the same location, light and care.  You can see the big difference, but what you can’t see is the things we noticed in the store.  The Blossom Springs™ treated plants were much more resistant to drought.  The difference was amazing.  Not only did the treated plant flower more, it held it’s flowers longer too, but when we drought tested, (no watering for 2 weeks) the untreated plant wilted down to the pot in 5-6 days, and the treated plant remained upright and beautiful a full week longer before showing signs of weakness.  And when they were watered again, the treated plant came back so fast you could almost see it before your eyes.

Stop into Smiths and check out our plant selection for your home or office.  All of our plants are treated with Blossom Springs™ and we are the only florist in the Tri-Cities so far utalizing this revolutionary new product.

Over the next few months we’ll bring you more information on Blossom Springs™,  like where the ingredients originate, stories on the people in Senegal Africa (where Gantec has put more then 100 people to work) and the whole Blossom Springs™ “Natural Growing System” story.

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Boxed Flowers for Valentine’s Day?

If you can make this:

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Out of this:

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Then we want to talk to you about designing for us!

Seriously though, all too often consumers are duped into thinking they are getting the beautiful roses pictured in the top image, and when their gift is delivered they receive the later, a bunch of roses, wrapped in cardboard and a vase (maybe) in the box.

Sites like FTD.com show a bouquet of colorful roses in a vase, but unless you read the whole page, and click on their delivery policy you don’t know they come in a box via UPS.  And the price… $19.99… seriously, what kind of quality are you going to get for that price?  Not to mention, flowers delivered in a box, in Michigan in February?  Transported in the back of an unheated UPS truck?

Roses and other flowers do not like to be in temperatures below 35-40 degrees for too long.  Most UPS trucks leave and are out on their routes for the whole day, and if your roses are one of the last stops, they WILL be frozen.

Smith’s Flowers roses for Valentines Day are premium 70cm Freedom Roses from Royal Flowers Inc.  We sell nothing else and nothing less.  Yes we pay more for our roses than FTD sells theirs for, but we want our customers to receive the best roses, of the highest quality available.

Processing too is an important part, Smiths’ s spends hundreds of dollars a month to make sure the flowers we sell are processed correctly.  Our buckets are sterilized daily, we use Aqua Fresh for flower longevity and go to great lengths to make sure you receive the best, freshest flowers possible.

Once again this year, Smith’s is offering free delivery for Valentines orders delivered February 12th and 13th, so surprise your loved one and order from Smith’s, we will treat your order with care.