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Dennis van Wonderen keeps you updated in this blog with useful floral hints & tips as well as latest promotions and special offers.

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Black Friday Offer

This Friday is Black Friday. The biggest day to kick start the Christmas shopping season and there are some great deals to be had for customers in a number of stores across the UK. We're also joining in the madness by offering 20% off your Christmas orders on our website. The promotion runs for 1 day only and finishes at midnight on Friday 28th November.


To claim your 20% off your Christmas order use the voucher code BLACK FRIDAY when placing your order on our website. CLICK HERE to see our complete Christmas collection.

OFFER VALID ON WEBSITE ORDERS ONLY - NOT IN STORE        

Not long till Christmas

This the season to be jolly and  Christmas is almost upon us once again. Now is the time to start ticking off all those last remaining items ‘still to do’ on your lengthy list. I’m sure you’re all pretty well sorted but there is always that last remaining present still to get. Christmas planning seems to starts earlier each year yet despite the many months of preparing for the big event you still manage to overlook a few gifts. You’ll be pleased to know that we’re open until 17:00hrs on Christmas Eve just for you. If there is something special that you require just let us know in advance and we’ll be happy to source if for you. We have an ever increasing number of our customers bringing in their special bowls and dishes for us to fill with a stunning Christmas arrangement By bringing in your own dish you will save some valuable pennies that you can spend on something else. Have you got a special bowl that would look great as a table centre? Why not bring it in and we’ll add some festive spruce and glitzy decorations to take centre stage on your Christmas table. Just tell us your colour scheme and favourite flowers and we’ll let our creative juices work their festive magic. As always we will be delivering all over Sunbury and the surrounding areas until Christmas eve. You can beat the rush by placing your order early as our Christmas range is already live on our website. CLICK HERE to view the complete Snow White Collection. There’s something there for everyone catering for every budget. Don’t forget that Nationwide delivery is also available through our florist relay network. The stalls have now sold out at the annual Christmas  market and we’re looking forward to a great event on the 11th of December here on the Avenue Parade. We kick off at 17:00hrs and finish around 21:00hrs. Take a look at the special advert in the Sunbury Matters magazine for more details. That just leaves enough space to say ‘Thank You’ to all that turned up to celebrate our 7th anniversary earlier this month. It’s was 7th November 2007 when our doors first opened and thanks to the support of our loyal customers we’ve made it this far.

Click & Collect - try it today

Need flowers but can't hang around waiting for them to be made? Well, you can save yourself some time and order them ahead of collection from your desk or the comfort of your sofa. Our Click & Collect range offers a selection of our stunning products that you can order for collection from the shop. Simply order on-line and collect them in an hour from. Can we make it any easier?

To view the Click & Collect range just CLICK HERE 

7 years old today!

On this day back in 2007 our doors first opened. Thank you to all our loyal customers for your continued support. Look forward to seeing you later on for a celebratory drink and some nibbles. Here's to the next 7 years!

November News

I think we can all agree with the fact that we’ve had a great summer. I was certainly sad to  see it go when the clocks went back again last month. The short days are now upon us once again and in the dark evenings that warm Christmas feeling is in the air. The lovely autumnal shades are proving very popular with the customers as we are using lots of warm reds, oranges, rusts and yellows in the bouquets and arrangements. We’ve had a great response to the Christmas workshops I announced last month (see dates below) and there are a few spaces left if you managed to forget booking your seat. All your materials are included in the tutorial and of course you create your own piece to take home with you. As I’m writing this note I am preparing for a demonstration in Ireland where I will hopefully be wowing the crowds with some inspirational pieces of floristry. Being a demonstrator can be quite a daunting task sometimes especially when you’re showing your fellow florist colleagues what they can do with their flowers. But fortunately the   appreciation after the demonstration always makes it worthwhile doing. Some people talk about stage fright when they’re appearing in front of the audience in a large theatre, well I can share their experiences with them! Work has begun on the Chelsea Flower Show. We’ve written a great schedule for the 2015 competition which will be here before you know it. It’s a year round job although the show is only on for a week, it takes the remaining 51 weeks to get it all prepared. Next month we’ll be in full on Christmas mode. The popular Christmas market on the Avenue Parade that I organise together with Laura from the hairdressers at the end of the parade will be on Thursday the 11th of December. Save the date in your diary now so that you won’t forget to come along and join in the fun and festivities. We’ve got the real life reindeer back again this year that were a real hit with all the kids last year. Right, off I go, flight to catch.

Autumn has arrived

Can you believe it? October is already here. It won’t be long now before we start getting ready for Christmas once again. Now that’s a scary thought. And talking of Christmas the dates for the Christmas Floral Workshops have been announced. Once again students from all levels are welcome as we take you through the paces and show you how to create a stunning fresh pine floral Christmas door wreath and centre piece for your Christmas table. These classes are taught in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with plenty of time and all the materials that you need to create your design included in the price. At just £35.00 per person they make an excellent Christmas present or you and your work colleagues could make an evening of it and all join in the fun! But don’t leave it too long to decide to book as the spaces are limited and really do fill up quickly. We have a number of regulars that attend each year and their friends and family are making it a regular fixing on the annual calendar. With autumn fast approaching the wonderful oranges, reds and rusts are beginning to make their appearance on the trees and landscape outside. Last weekend we created a fabulous wedding in just those colours for a delighted bride who just loved the whole look. It’s a great buzz when you can create something with flowers that totally transforms a room. I often take for granted the beautiful flowers by which I am surrounded each day but it’s customers that bring it back down to reality when they compliment us on the wonderful selection or scent that hangs around in the shop. Funny how my nose has gotten immune to that scent but I can smell a colleagues shop a mile away and not my won. Anyway, I’m starting to ramble somewhat so time to push off and get ready for the next delivery. Enjoy the Indian summer as it looks like we’re in for a bit of a treat until the winter weather arrives. 

Summer antics

What a bummer that we got stuck with that tail end of hurricane Bertha last month as I think it’s managed to blow away our last summer days. But now that the last Bank Holiday weekend is behind us it certainly looks like autumn is on its way. Despite the heat this summer we’ve kept busy right the way through with flower shows, weddings and events. The RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in Manchester was our last show of the season. We endured temperatures of over 30C inside the marquee and at times the people actually suffered more from the heat than the flowers which was pretty amazing. 

I’ve started planning the calendar dates for our next round of floral workshops as the regulars have been starting to enquire about what’s on and when. There will be something for everyone, so keep an eye out for the next issue which will be displaying the full calendar. 

The end of last month was also a bit sad for us as our lovely Catherine decided to call it a day after three years with us. I’m sure the regulars will miss her just as much as we will as she was a very well liked member of the team and very popular with all the Sunbury residents. I’m sure you’ll all join us in wishing her all the very best in her new job. But as one     departs another one starts and we’re delighted to welcome Louise to the team. Lou has been a part of our ‘Peak Period’ team over the last few years and has helped us through many  Christmas, Valentines and Mothering Sunday events. So when you’re next in the shop and you see a bright and bubbly blonde behind the counter feel free to introduce yourself. 

Hampton Court Flower Show

Is it me or is this year just flying past? I simply can’t believe I’m writing my July blog already! During June lots of you were asking if I’m at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year and the answer is yes. You won’t have to look that hard to find our exhibit as we’re letting the visitors to the show create their very own floral cupcake design this year. And guess what: It’s completely FREE! How good is that? Simply turn up and ‘Have a Go’ at floristry. It’s great fun and we’ll even let you take your very own master piece home with you.

We’re currently giving away a couple of show tickets in our Facebook competition. To enter the competition simply ‘Like’ and share our page and you could be our lucky winner of 2 complimentary tickets to this years show.  Just make sure you live in Sunbury or in the local surrounding area. When you like our page you’ll also be kept up to date with all our fab floral news, events, and special promotions that will save you money each month or on you next floral purchase. I think we can say that it’s a very worthy ‘Like’ indeed. 

The Loyalty Card offer for the month of July is: Spend more than £10.00 in store and get 10% off your purchase. It’s our way of helping you pay less when you spend more. Last month saw the last class in our current term of Workshops. We’ve now broken up for the Summer but will be back in the Autumn with new classes. That’s enough for me for now. Good luck if you’re entering the competition.

And the winner is...

As mentioned last month I help to organise the final of the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition in my role as Events Director for the British Florist Association. The final is held at the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May and is the culmination of many months of hard work with Regional Qualifying Heats being held across the UK. This year the competitors were asked to design and create a fantasy floral dress to be worn at a crystal themed ball. I promised you some piccies, well here they are! The final delivered 2 winners, one in each category (under 25 and over 25). Well done to both the winners

Chelsea Time!

This month I will be spending most of my days at the 101st edition of the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A true feast for the eye as the show will once again be bursting with the finest flowers, plants and all things floral. All in prime condition of course in the hope of securing one of the much sought after RHS medals.

The show doesn’t just attract gardeners from across the UK and the globe, it also is the place to be seen for the crème de la crème and the rich & famous. It’s a truly breathtaking experience and for me a real honour to be there each year. You can’t help but wanting the take one of the show gardens home. 

In the June blog I will hopefully be able to show you some snaps of the show but for now you’ll have to make do with the one of me and my ‘student’ Nicky Chapman who each year attempts to recreate one of my designs in the daytime TV coverage of the show. I won’t spoil the surprise and tell you what we are making this year, you will be able to see it yourself when watching the programme. Our new Loyalty Card scheme is proving to be a big hit with our regulars and many of them took advantage of last months great offer. For the month of May we are offering FREE local delivery on all orders over £30 in Sunbury, a saving of £4.95! 

We’re almost at the end of our current term of Floral Workshops. The last couple of dates are listed on the Floral School page. They will return after the summer holidays so keep your eye out for our autumn dates as they will be released soon. Read more ramblings of my floral world next month, till then let’s enjoy our summer!

Loyalty Card launch

With the female population of Sunbury all flowered up after Mothering Sunday I hope you will enjoy your floral gifts girls! This month I can reveal the schedule in the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition as the competitors have had their copy. They’re asked to create a  fantasy floral dress to be worn at a Chrystal themed ball. How very exciting! Can’t wait to see the finished results next month. Look out for them in the Chelsea coverage and yours truly on the lunchtime and afternoon shows on the BBC. Another exclusive for you all this month is the launch of our Loyalty Card scheme. You can collect your very own card for FREE at the shop or if you’re lucky enough to receive a floral delivery from us you will find one in your envelope with your card message. Card holders will save money on all sorts of  monthly offers and promotions. The offer for the month April is: Buy 2 bunches of Tulips and receive the 3rd bunch FREE! Terms & conditions apply, please check in store for details. Some exciting workshop dates have been added to the Floral School page on the website. If you haven’t been to one yet, We’d love to see you at one!

Marvellous March

Where is the time going? It’s March already! Hard to believe the Chelsea Flower Show is only 2 months away now. If you haven’t booked your tickets yet try and get on-line to order yours before they sell out. I’ll be there once again this year working on the NFU stand in the Great Pavilion and also for the Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition. I’ll be able to tell you a bit more about that in next month’s issue as it’s all still very secret squirrel right now. I do hope all you ladies enjoyed your Valentines flowers last month. It was great to see all the husbands, partners and boyfriends popping in for their bouquets. The Freedom Rose certainly was the most popular item and they looked stunning once again this year. My growers really didn’t disappoint going by the feedback we’ve had to date. One lady even managed to keep hers going for over two and a half weeks, she now holds the  record until next year. Well done Sylvia! Later this month we  celebrate Mothering Sunday on March the 30th. It all started in the sixteenth century when people returned to their ‘mother church’, the main church or cathedral of the area, for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering", but whether this term preceded the observance of Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, this Mothering Sunday became a day when all domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own  mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by the conflicting working hours, and servants were not given free days on other occasions. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday that we know today with the secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers. Here in the UK we started celebrating Mother's Day on the same day that Mothering Sunday was celebrated, the fourth Sunday in Lent. 

Mothers Day is on the way

Where is the time going? It’s almost March already! Hard to believe spring is on the way with all the dreadful weather we've experienced this winter. I do hope all you ladies enjoyed your Valentines flowers earlier this month. It was great to see all the local husbands, partners and boyfriends popping in for their bouquets. Our Freedom Rose certainly was the most popular item and they looked stunning once again this year. My growers really didn’t disappoint going by the feedback we’ve had to date. Later next month we celebrate Mothering Sunday on March the 30th. It all started in the sixteenth century when people returned to their ‘mother church’, the main church or cathedral of the area, for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering", but whether this term preceded the observance of Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, this Mothering Sunday became a day when all domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own  mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by the conflicting working hours, and servants were not given free days on other occasions. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday that we know today with the secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers. Here in the UK we started celebrating Mother's Day on the same day that Mothering Sunday was celebrated, the fourth Sunday in Lent. Our Mothers Day collection is now available on our website and offers something for all tastes. Why not take a look in advance of the big day and plan ahead what present to get. We're here for you, call us if you need us 01932 761071 - Browse our Mother's Day Range
 

Valentines Day - Order Now!


This Friday is Valentines Day, the international day of love.

Guys, get prepared and order your flowers in advance and save yourself endless phone calls to all the local florists in the area to see who has got anything left.

'It takes a bouquet to make her day!'

Valentines Roses - Here's how to choose yours

Choosing the right rose for your loved one on Valentines Day is difficult, we know. You might have peeked into a florist on Valentine’s Day and seen one single rose stem for £5. Then you've turned on your TV and seen an advert for a dozen supermarket roses priced at £5. What’s all that about?  Let me explain. It’s like when you buy clothes. You might want something cheap; it isn't made particularly well, but that doesn't matter as you only want to wear it a couple of times. Or you might want something more classic, that will last longer, and that you can tell is made from better fabric.  Right at this very moment there are dozens of varieties of red rose available to buy as cut flowers. (One company alone offers 11 different sorts to its growers.)  Florists, supermarkets, street stalls and online companies can’t sell every variety - so they choose two, three or maybe four key ones. The varieties they choose, depends on type of business they are.  My customers at van Wonderen Flowers want high quality, long lasting flowers with good long straight stems and a strong red colour. Something classic and well-made, if you like.  Our rose of choice this year is called Freedom. We  have chosen this rose as this is a classic Valentine’s florist rose. It’s a real cracker, has a rich scarlet red colour - like a soldier's uniform. Looks very vibrant and lasts incredibly well. We also carry Grand Prix which also has a big open flower head with a beautiful shape, lots of well-formed petals. It has a darker red colour which is also popular with some of our customers. The cheapest roses you will see are often half the length, and the flowers less than half the size. If you look at the flowers side by side, you can really see the difference in the number of petals, and often the richness of colour. The vase life can be affected sometimes too, because of the way they are grown.  Another difference in price is down to presentation. We carefully wrap and package all our valentine flowers – even if you buy a single rose stem, we’ll gift wrap it for you. We don’t just pop a bunch of flowers in a cellophane sleeve and stick a price tag on!  If want to see what a high quality valentine rose looks like, come along to the shop and we’ll be happy to show you the difference. 

Happy New Year - Holiday opening times

Happy New Year to all our customers. Thank you for your local custom throughout 2013! We look forward to serving you in 2014 :-)

Our shop is closed from 1st-6th January 2014 and will reopen on Tuesday 7th January at 09:00am

The Christmas Pledge

This Christmas spare a little thought for your local shops. From Florists to Butchers and Greengrocers their shops are not just here for Christmas, they're here all year round. Day in day out providing your local community with their unique skills, crafts, expertise and service. That's why this Christmas we're asking you to try and spend your money with small independent retailers where you can. Your support of their business makes a BIG difference!

Christmas Workshop 18th December - SOLD OUT

 We've had a great response to our Christmas Workshop dates this year. So much so that the Christmas Table Centre Workshop on the 18th of December is now fully booked. Well done to those of you who booked early!

There are still a few places available on the 4th of December to create your own Christmas Door Wreath. But don't delay in booking as they are selling fast :-)

Help us help Pudsey!

Following the success of the Pudsey Bouquet last year we've decided to run the same promotion for 2013. So show your spots - Support Children in Need with our Pudsey Bouquet!

Each of our Pudsey's Choice bouquets is individually crafted by our skilled florists (with a little help from Pudsey), ensuring that each one is different and features the very freshest flowers available - all with Children in Need firmly in mind! Carefully and lovingly made up to your specified value, our Pudsey's Choice bouquet may include any mix of flowers, but rest assured, your bouquet will be absolutely beautiful!

£2 from each bouquet sold goes straight to BBC Children in Need 2012 (registered charity number 802052 in England & Wales, SC039557 in Scotland).

Flower of the Month - Sunflower

August is for many the last month of our summer in the UK. So before we move in the autumn again we have decided that there is no better way to celebrate summer than with the Helianthus (that’s Sunflower to those of you who’s Latin is not that great). The Sunflower is a genus of plants with circa 52 species in the Asteraceae family, all of which are native to North America. The common name "Sunflower" also applies to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus. Perennial Sunflower species are not as popular for gardens due to their tendency to spread rapidly and become invasive. These are usually tall annuals, growing to a height of between 50 to 390cm or more. Several ornamental cultivars have red-colored ray florets; all of them stem from a single original mutant. During growth, sunflowers tilt during the day to face the sun, but stop once they begin blooming. CLICK HERE for a selection of Sunflower products we currently have on offer for collection and delivery. Or if you’re passing the shop, have a look out for our ‘Pick Up & Go’ Sunflower bouquets from as little as £7.95 

Bouquet of the Month - July

The Bouquet of the Month is proving to be a big hit each month with our regulars. This July we have chosen 'Scensational' to be our bouquet of the month. A simple arranged hand tied medley of large headed pink Roses, cerise coloured Gerberas, Stargazer Lilies and lime green Shamrock Blooms, mingled between a little fresh foliage. This vibrant bouquet is quite "scentsational", smelling absolutely beautiful and comes stylishly presented in a complimentary wrap and a van Wonderen Flowers gift bag. It is featured on our Facebook page and if you 'Llike us on Facebook you will receive a stonking 20% off this design when you enter the Facebook promotional code at the check out.

Shop Small by American Express returns

This July sees the return of the 'Shop Small' promotion by American Express. Once again we are pleased to announce that will have partnered up with American Express to support small businesses through the Shop Small campaign. How does it work? Well, American Express is offering their Card members a £5 credit off their next statement, just by spending £5 with us on a single transaction between 1st and 31st of July 2013.

To take advantage, simply visit www.amexshopsmall.co.uk to register your American Express Card. There you will find a map showing local businesses, including ours, which are taking part. Be on the lookout for Shop Small stickers on retailers windows and doors, just like the one on our door and start being rewarded for supporting local businesses today.

Full terms and conditions can be viewed at www.amexshopsmall.co.uk

Introducing: Millie Edwards Candles

 After a very successful in store trial period we're very proud to announce that the scented candle collection by Millie Edwards has now been added to our on-line range. Each candle is hand made by Millie and her team. The fragrances produced by each candle are a welcome addition to any room. After just 20 minutes you will transform your room and lift your mood. Pop in for a free sniff, there's always one of Millie's candles lit in the shop. Her candle of the month is  Heather & Honey which we have in stock in the small size for £7.95

Floral Demonstration

 

Next Monday the 10th June Dennis will be demonstrating at the Dorking Flower Club in Betchworth Memorial Hall. The hall is located on Station Road, opposite Knights Garden Centre. During the demonstration entitled 'Summer Loving' Dennis will be creating some stunning summery themed designs. The demonstration starts at 14:00hrs, doors open at 13:30hrs. Come and join us!

 

Bouquet of the Month - June

 

This fabulous bouquet is simply oozing with summer scents. Beautiful Peonies combined with Artemis Roses, Lisianthus, Bouvardia, Eryngium, Eupatorium and Phlox all stylishly presented in a complimentary wrap and a van Wonderen Flowers gift bag. It is featured on our Facebook page and if you like us on Facebook you will receive a stonking 20% off this design when you enter the Facebook promotional code at the check out.

 

Flowers fit for a Queen & Duchess

 As the appointed supplier to Transport for London we sometimes get some fabulous jobs. This time we were asked to create two hostess posies. They were to be presented to Her Majesty the Queen and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge as they visited Baker Street Station today on the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground. The colours used in the posies were chosen to reflect the lines of the underground that pass through Baker Street. Pink, Yellow, Brown, Silver & Maroon. The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge as they traveled to Baker Street Underground station. The royal party met staff and viewed a restored 1892 carriage. During the visit to Baker Street, the royal party also met ticket, maintenance and train staff. The Queen, Philip and Catherine also met staff and apprentices involved in the restoration of the rolling stock. They then walked through a new S7 train before her majesty unveiled a plaque, naming the train Queen Elizabeth II. Check out our Facebook page for lots more pictures. What a lovely job we have! 

Mothering Sunday 10th March

 We're less than 3 weeks away before Mothering Sunday is upon us once again so to get you in 'that frame of mind' we have uploaded our Mothers Day collection with a great range of gifts, all for delivery on the big day.

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. In the UK Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, 10th March 2013Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. In the UK Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, 10th March 2013

Remember: 'It takes a bouquet to make her day, so don't delay and order one today!'

Extended Valentine Hours

Do you want your loved one to receive her flowers the very moment she opens her eyes on Valentine's Day? We may just have the solution for you....

So that you can hand deliver them to her yourself we are extending our opening times on Wednesday evening until 22:00hrs. Perfect timing for the working man, you can come and collect your order on your way home from work and hide it somewhere overnight. ** Remember to store your flowers in a frost free place, the boot of the car or the garage are not suitable should the temperature drop below freezing! **

Attention all men of Sunbury!

 'Don't be 'the one who forgot',

But make sure she loves you a LOT!!

It takes a bouquet, 

to make her day.

Thursday 14th February = VALENTINES DAY

Tulip Time

Happy New Year to all our customers and blog readers! Here's to a fabulous 2013

Not surprisingly the flower of the month this month is the Tulip. Often associated with my home country of Holland the Tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which up to 109 species have been described and which belongs to the family Liliaceae] The genus's native range extends from as far west as Southern Europe, Israel, North Africa, Anatolia and Iran to the Northwest of China. The tulip's centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindi Kush and Tien Shan mountains. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or to display as fresh-cut flowers. Most cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa Gesneriana.

Now for the important bit: The Tulip Bulbs are on special offer for the whole month of January! We have a vast selection of varieties to choose from. Buy 2 bags of large Tulips (10 in a bag) for just £6.00 (or £3.95 each). Small Tulip bulbs are also available at £1.95 a bag or 3 bags for £5.00

 

And remember, plant your tulip bulbs before the end January so they will flower in May!


 

Advent

The time of preparation for Christmas is now as the festive season is soon upon us. Traditionally now is the time to decorate the house and start thinking about sourcing this years Christmas tree. Any quiet moment is used to start writing your Christmas cards and early buying of presents to avoid a last minute rush. In the Church it is a time to prepare hearts and souls for the message of Christmas day.

Advent is a Christian festival leading up to Christmas. The name advent means coming or arrival. It is a time when Christians are encouraged to remember not only that Jesus came into the world in Palestine 2000 years ago but that Jesus also promised one day to return in all His glory. Christians should prepare their hearts and souls for the time when Christ will return.

Advent starts on the first Sunday after Saint Andrew's day (November 30th) and continues through the next four Sundays that will lead up to Christmas day. This year advents starts on Sunday 1st December and finished on Monday 24th December. As always we will be making a selection of advent wreaths to use for your own celebrations. We can make hanging or table top designs starting from just £24.95. Please call us on 01932 761071 to order your wreath

 

Shop Small with your American Express card

We are very pleased to announce that this November we will be partnering with American Express to support small businesses through the Shop Small campaign. To help promote small businesses like ours, American Express is offering their Card members a £5 credit off their next statement, just by spending £5 with us on a single transaction between 1st and 30th of November 2012.

To take advantage, simply visit amex.co.uk/ShopSmall to register your American Express Card. There you will find a map showing local businesses, including ours, which are taking part.

Be on the lookout for Shop Small stickers on retailers windows and doors, just like the one on our door and start being rewarded for supporting local businesses today.

Full terms and conditions can be viewed at www.amex.co.uk/ShopSmall

Grandparents' Day

Only a few more days to go until Grandparents' Day is here again. Sunday 7th October is the day to say: 'Thank You' Grandma & Grandpa for all you do. Perhaps 'I Love You' applies to your Nanny & Gramps, whatever the message, let us convey it with one of our stylish floral gifts. Order by Friday 5th October for a guaranteed delivery the following day, in time for the big day. So come on, don't delay, order some flowers for Nan and Pops today.

Friday Fiver Fever

During the month of August we're turning up the heat as we introduce Friday Fiver Fever. You will receive £5,- off your purchase when you spend more than £20,- in store.

Is it really that easy? Yes it is! To receive your £5,- discount all you need to do is print the voucher below and present it in store when shopping on any Friday during the month of August.

 

 

 


FRIDAY FIVER FEVER

 

£5.00 off your purchase

 
Print this voucher to receive £5,- off your puchase every Friday during the month of August.
Offer only valid when presenting the voucher in store when spending £20,- or more.
Not valid in conjunction with any existing offers or when used on relay orders.
 
Expires 31.08.2012
 
 

 

 

Hampton Court Flower Show

Isn't it amazing how the year just flies by? It's hard to believe that we're in July already! The start of July always signifies the start of the summer to me when the Hampton Court Flower Show comes to town. For one week the landscape around Hampton Court Palace is transformed into a feast for the keen gardeners and lovers of anything floral. Whilst we don't have a stand at the show this year we still have a small prescence at the event as we were asked to provide the plants for the Telegraph tent at the show. I was able to sneak in a quick show preview after I had finished setting up in the Telegraph tent and must say that it's all looking fabulous! If you haven't got a ticket yet to come to the show this year it's not too late to book. You can visit the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show pages by clicking on the image on the left. Enjoy!

Flower of the Month July - Peony (Paeony)

PEONIES are always popular with our customers. Any man looking to impress his lady should give a bunch of peonies to win her heart! 

You might be familiar with the pale pink and white flowers – especially “Sarah Bernhardt” which is always popular – but peonies also come in gorgeous shades of coral pink, soft lemon, and pale peach. Peonies represent high summer as European-grown flowers have quite a short season, peaking from May to July. If you’re having a winter wedding, but have your heart set on peonies, don’t despair! We can get them for you in the middle of winter from farms in Chile and New Zealand. (But do save up; it costs a lot to buy a plane ticket for a bunch of flowers.) 

Dennis’ expert tip:

Peony buds usually pop open pretty fast, once the flower stems are in water. If yours are looking reluctant, you can help them by gently dipping the tighter buds in just-warm water first, and putting the vase in a warmer room. The huge flowers will soon burst into full bloom.

 

It's Prom Time!

It's that time of year when the schools are about to break up for the summer. For some of the pupils it's the end of their school days and the start of their first steps towards adulthood. The prom as it's called in America (short for promenade) is a formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high school students. It is typically held near the end of the senior year (i.e. the last year of high school). It figures greatly in popular culture and is a major event among high school students.

Here in Britain (but also Australia) the terms formal and grad are most commonly used for occasions equivalent to the American "prom", and the event is usually held for those graduating high, secondary or middle school. However the term "prom" is becoming more common in the UK due to the influence of US TV shows.

We have a wide selection of wrist corsages available for the girls and can create a matching buttonhole for the boys. Wristcorsages start from £14.99 and buttonholes from £4.99

Bouquet of the Month - June

Tequila Sunrise is our Bouquet of the Month this June. Order this design and we will include an additional 30% worth of flowers in your bouquet. (that's roughly £10.00 extra in money terms!)

Now that's what we call Summer Value!! 

Dennis meets the Queen at Chelsea

Dennis meets the Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show

In his role as Events Director for the British Florist Association you will find Dennis at most of the RHS Flower Shows during the summer months. The Chelsea Flower Show is no exception where Dennis organises the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition. This competition is designed for florists in the UK to enter in one of the regional heats across the UK. Only one person from each heat (the winner) qualifies to go to the final at the Chelsea Flower Show. The schedule for this year asked the competitors to create a chandelier. Her majesty the Queen came to stand during her royal visit at the show and commented on the work created by the competitors: "What beautiful pieces of work, some look like real chandeliers. The makers of these are true craftsmen".

Flower of the Month April - White Lilies

White LILIES, especially “Longis”, are traditionally associated with Easter, but happily you can get them all year round now. We love them even more at this time of year though! I love white lilies because they last such a long time, and they look so dramatic with their huge star-shaped flowers. They seem to suit any style of room, whether it’s modern or classic. Almost everyone loves them so they make excellent gift flowers. Maybe it’s because of their intense perfume. By the way, you don’t have to have just white. Oriental lilies come with stripes of pink, peach or yellow too; and new LA hybrids have soft pastel colours and delicate fragrance.

Dennis’ expert tip:  When your lilies open, you can take the pollen stamens out – just pinch the ends off with your fingers. Some people prefer the flowers with the stamens. It’s up to you. If you get pollen on fabric, don’t rub it off, or wet it. Get some sticky tape and dab the pollen until it all comes off on the tape

Flower of the Month March - Daffodil

Flower of the Month March - Daffodil  Happy Mother's Day DAFFODILS are the traditional symbol for the Welsh on St David’s Day March 1st. And they are often what we first think of, when we think of spring. Bunnies, lambs, green shoots, daffodils.  We’ve got the traditional yellow daffodils that everyone knows; they’re usually called “trumpet” daffs. And we also have more unusual sorts like tazettas – the mini-flowered daffodils that come in white as well as yellow. These often have a really strong perfume too, especially the Soleil d’Or variety. 

There’s even daffs that don’t look like daffs – well, strictly speaking they are called narcissi. They have frilled flowers, not trumpets, and as well as white and yellow ones that look like scrambled egg, they occasionally come in pinks and peach. So if you want something different come along and have a look!  Dennis’ expert tip: daffodils and narcissus like cold water and cool rooms. This helps them last longer. Don’t mix them with other flowers unless you’ve got special flower food in the water. Ask us for a sachet of this if you’re buying a mixed spring bouquet.    

Love and Gratitude

Love and Gratitude - MOTHERING SUNDAY 18th March 2012 Choosing flowers for Mother’s Day, with help from your local friendly florist 

Happy Mother's DayMother’s Day is the one day of the year when we get the chance to say thank you to our mums. Thank you for suffering twenty hours in labour. Thank you for staying up all night with us when we had the measles. Thank you for endless hot meals and clean clothes and hugs when we were feeling sad. Thank you for support, and encouragement, and pride, and love. So how do we say thank you for all that care and attention? In the United States they traditionally give carnations on Mother’s Day. Carnations are great value, especially if you are on a budget – very longlasting flowers, and keenly priced.If you’re used to the spray carnations with their small flowerheads, you might be surprised by “standard” carnations. They have big frilly flowers in gorgeous colours, sometimes stripey. “Prado” is a lovely variety, in a fresh minty green; and there are new antique-style varieties in vintage fashion shades. What if you are looking for something more unusual to show your mum how much you care? Down Under, in Australia, they give ‘mums to their mums on Mother’s Day - or chrysanthemums! Chrysanthemums are usually thought of as an autumn flower, or something cheap to fill out a bouquet. I think this is unfair! In the wintertime you can find “bloom” chrysanthemums, which have enormous frilly flowerheads. They look very exotic and only have a short availability. We can also offer British grown blooms, to support local growers. Flowering plants are also popular gifts with our customers, as they carry on giving pleasure and enjoyment throughout the year. We have a range of plants that we will giftwrap to your instructions, so they are as beautifully packaged as any gift bouquet. We wrap and present all our flower gifts for Mother’s Day in beautiful coordinated paper wrapping, adorned with ribbons, raffia ties, whatever you choose. That way each bouquet is unique, and packaged as a luxury gift. We add a handwritten greeting card to each bouquet or plant, to make it personal to you. However you choose to thank your mother this Mother’s Day, we’ve got plenty of fresh colourful choice. And if you need advice or assistance, we are happy to help! And don't forget to save the date, it's Sunday 18th March!!

Flower of the Month February - ROSE

The Rose - it couldn’t be any other flower in February, could it? Red is the colour of love and passion, you know, so red roses are very popular this month. Yesterday certainly proved how loved up the men in Sunbury were feeling as the red 'Freedom' rose bouquets were selling like hotcakes!  If you don’t like red, or want to be a bit different when expressing your love to your partner, we have lots of other rose varieties too! If you want a special shade we can even order a rose to match it for you (unless it’s blue to match your lover’s eyes, then we’d have to dye a white rose.) There’s spray roses, if you like dainty flowers; Ecuadorian roses, if you want impressive flowerheads and long stems; garden-style roses, if you are nostalgic for old-fashioned fragrance. Just ask us, and we’ll tell you our favourites! 

Dennis’ expert tip: We take the rose thorns off the bottom of any stems we are using in bouquets, so you don’t scratch yourself when you hold them. We might leave the ones higher up the stem near the flower, as it helps the flower last longer.

A rose is a rose is a rose

A rose is a rose is a rose - isn't it? Choosing the right red rose for Valentine’s Day, with help from your local friendly florist You might have peeked into a florist on Valentine’s Day and seen one single rose stem for £5. Then you’ve turned on your TV and seen an advert for a dozen supermarket roses priced at £5. What’s all that about?  Let me explain. It’s like when you buy clothes. You might want something cheap; it isn’t made particularly well, but that doesn’t matter as you only want to wear it a couple of times. Or you might want something more classic, that will last longer, and that you can tell is made from better fabric.  Right at this very moment there are dozens of varieties of red rose available to buy as cut flowers. (One company alone offers 11 different sorts to its growers.)  Florists, supermarkets, street stalls and online companies can’t sell every variety - so they choose two, three or maybe four key ones. The varieties they choose, depends on type of business they are.  My customers at van Wonderen Flowers want high quality, long lasting flowers with good long straight stems and a strong red colour. Something classic and well-made, if you like.  Our rose of choice this year is called Freedom. We  have chosen this rose as this is a classic Valentine’s florist rose. It’s a real cracker, has a rich scarlet red colour - like a soldier's uniform. Looks very vibrant and lasts incredibly well. We also carry Grand Prix which also has a big open flower head with a beautiful shape, lots of well-formed petals. It has a darker red colour which is also popular with some of our customers.  For people that ask for really dark red roses we offer Black Baccara as this has the deepest reliable colour and a lovely shape to the flowers.  These roses are grown with long stems, up to 80cm long or even more. The flowerheads are large too, in proportion. The cheapest roses you will see are often half the length, and the flowers less than half the size. If you look at the flowers side by side, you can really see the difference in the number of petals, and often the richness of colour. The vase life can be affected sometimes too, because of the way they are grown.  Another difference in price is down to presentation. We carefully wrap and package all our valentine flowers – even if you buy a single rose stem, we’ll giftwrap it for you. We don’t just pop a bunch of flowers in a cellophane sleeve and stick a price tag on!  If want to see what a high quality valentine rose looks like, come along to the shop and we’ll be happy to show you the difference. 

Short of Cash?

Here’s how to get the most for your money this Valentine’s Day, with help from your local friendly florist Times are tough at the moment and every penny counts.So when you’re ordering flowers for Valentine’s Day to send to your loved one, wouldn’t it be nice to know you are getting full value for your money?  If you order from a national website or relay company, you could loose a large chunk of your money to cover internal administration charges. But when you order direct from a local florist, all your money goes to delivering a beautiful bunch of flowers. Doesn’t that sound better?  I left a big national flower company last year, to concentrate on my local business. It was a big step for me as I may lose some orders. But I know this way I can give full value of every order I do get; and you know you are not paying for any hidden charges or admin fees – all your money is going towards the gorgeous flowers. As you might guess from my name, I was born in Holland; and I have the Dutch belief in fairness and equality. You might be looking for something truly magnificent and impressive this Valentine’s Day, like Amadora at £169.95. But I know you might also be on a smaller budget – or have more modest tastes – and would prefer Amore Mio at £64.95 or Amadeus at £34.95  Local florists like me can cater to any budget from the very tiny – such as individually-wrapped single flowers – to the breathtakingly extravagant, because every order we make is unique.

Another excellent tip to get best value, is to look for seasonal flowers at this time of year. Everyone in the world wants long-stemmed red roses for Valentine’s Day. There’s a limited amount available – after all, you can’t stockpile them like baked beans! – and so this means the best-quality roses are in great demand.  If you are short of money, ask for a bouquet of spring flowers like daffodils and tulips with twigs and blossom; or if you must have red, look for alternative red flowers such as a stem of amaryllis or a bunch of cheery gerbera daisies. Our bouquet of the month always offers 30% extra flowers, so even this would be worth a look if you are out to impress. As well as offering full value for money, your local florist can also save you time at Valentine’s Day. Many carry other gifts such as glassware, champagne, candles, even jewellery and handbags! Van Wonderen Flowers offers 70 different types of Belgian chocolates, which we can giftwrap for you. You don’t even have to buy flowers to go with them (though we’d love it if you do!) 

Here’s a further tip to make your money go further. If you live in the Sunbury area, why not sign up to the Village Card scheme which gives all residents a discount in participating shops and restaurants? It’s been a great success in just the first few months. The scheme launched in 2011 for businesses in Sunbury and Shepperton and already it is looking to expand it by linking to Ashford and Staines businesses as well. Cardholders get 20% off their meal in local restaurants, and not forgetting the 10% off all our products. (you could save up to £10.00 on your Valentines delivery!)   So there you have it. Even if your wallet is looking a little threadbare this Valentine’s Day, there are ways to show someone you love them without breaking the bank. And all thanks to your local businesses like ours.

New Gift Card Range

Award Winning Cards from Five Dollar Shake

Our NEW range of award winning Gift Cards is now in stock. Each card is lovingly made using an array of genuine Swarovski crystals. They are printed on specially selected board made from pulp sourced from sustainable and renewable forests. Each card is hand made, in Britain. Just like you, each card is unique!  

Customer Service – not a dying art

  Customer Service – not a dying art Automated machines, pre-recorded messages, self-service counters – wouldn’t it be nice to talk to a real living person the next time you go out shopping?  We think so too. One of the nicest parts of running a local florist business is getting to know all the customers. It might be a loyal regular who pops in every week for a little bunch of seasonal blooms, or someone we see a couple of times a year when it’s a special occasion. It doesn’t matter, every customer is a friend.  It’s one of the reasons we get involved in the local community as much as possible. We’re great supporters of the Village Card scheme – click the link if you haven’t already signed up – which helps you save money in local shops and businesses. We also get involved in annual events like the Christmas Market (15 December 2011) where everyone works together to create a great seasonal atmosphere.   Van Wonderen Flowers opened up for a special Christmas preview evening so our customers could see the new flower ranges, meet the staff, place orders – and enjoy a little glass or two of mulled wine! If you’d like an invitation to the next preview evening, sign up for our email newsletter (bottom left under the product categories) or like us on Facebook which gives you exclusive access to these events.  Here’s a photo of winter 2010  – remember that awful snow we had? It didn’t stop us getting to people who had ordered Christmas wreaths or Valentine’s bouquets from us. So we strapped the flowers to a sledge – well-wrapped against the cold – and hiked through the streets to deliver them by hand. You don’t get that with a big national chain!  Hopefully the weather won’t be as severe this year. But even if it is, you know you can count on us to be here – in person.      

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