A Floral Spectacular from Freddies Flowers:
There’s always something rather special about a flower delivery; it just evokes a lovely feeling of being spoilt, even if it means treating yourself. I’ve had a couple of rough weeks, and so was delighted to discover a box of Freddie’s Flowers left discretely on my porch on Friday morning.
The aptly named Freddie Garland, inspired by Able & Cole fruit and vegetable boxes, launched his flower box delivery service in 2014. With each delivery, you get a guide to using the right shape and size vase for the flowers, and step by step instructions on how to arrange them to display them at their best.
The flowers are all cut to order and delivered dry, which may mean that they look a bit limp on arrival. This was certainly true of one of the Iris stems and the eucalyptus leaves in my delivery. I followed Freddie’s instructions hoping that his belief in a good drink, would perk them up as promised (it often works for me, but with wine rather than water!). The steps are very simple:
- Trim the stems at an angle (don’t crush), taking off about an inch. Remove any foliage that would end up below the water line in the vase.
- Fill a vase with room temperature water and pour in one of the flower food sachets.
- Arrange as you like, or follow the instructions in the box. The three vase shape suggestions for my flowers were: a hurricane, a bell jar, or a ceramic pot. I didn’t possess any of those exact shapes, but I think that the flowers still looked lovely. There’s also a video on the website if you need more help.
- Change the water every 3 days and add another sachet of the flower food.
True to the prediction, after a couple of hours the flowers had perked up considerably. And by the middle of the following week they looked like this:
The lovely people at Freddie’s Flowers then sent me another box (I’m guessing by mistake), and it was lovely to see what a completely different selection arrived. Aren’t these roses just beautiful?
If you fancy treating yourself the weekly flower delivery costs £22, with payment taken on the day of delivery.