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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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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.      

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to every one.

New Website

Our new website is now live.

 

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