Post # 1
My sweet DH had flowers sent to me at work. I know he took his time picking them out for me and ordered them with love. I appreciate this very much.
What I don’t appreciate is 1800Flowers charging my DH a small fortune and sending me a box with a vase and rolled up roses which are too small to fill said vase…
I admit, I’m kind of sad. I have to get up from work and take them into the kitchen to cut the stems and perform a sad attempt at making a ‘floral arrangement.’ They’re staring at me and I know I didn’t do them justice.
Google says this is what DH purchased–
This is what I managed to put together–
Any tips on how I can make these look remotely like that picture? Any way I can subtly suggest DH call a local florist for any future arrangements?
Post # 3
@jpalm13: You have to cut the stems at varying lengths, and then arrange then – tallest ones in the middle like a column, and then shorter ones around the taller flowers. The stems should be cut down so that the flowers are just above the vase.
Edit: Also your flowers aren’t in full bloom while the flowers in the picture are. In a couple of days, they will fully bloom and fill out more.
Post # 4
@jpalm13: It looks like they sent you less roses than they were supposed to. How many were supposed to be in the arrangement?
Post # 5
@jpalm13: The flowers look like they need to open- give them a couple days of fresh water and flower food and they will open up and look much better!
I almost prefer it when the flowers come a day or to from blooming- i get to enjoy them longer- if they came fully opened they would die faster
What a sweet hubs!
Post # 6
That’s strange! Ive never used 1800 flowers, but I’ve used teleflora, they deliver the arragement already made.. so it looks super pretty without doing any work to it.
Maybe he can call next time to see if they can pre-arrange it?
There isn’t alot you can do since the flowers you got aren’t open, but you can cut the stems at different lengths so they are tiered, like the picture.
Post # 7
@jpalm13: You can cut another inch or so off the stems, which will make them sit lower in the vase and make it look fuller. They’ll also look fuller once the roses themselves open up (in a couple of days). I have the same petrifying feeling when I’m arranging flowers for myself, but once they open up more they look much better!
Also, love your someecards mug. Happy Valentine’s Day! 😀
Post # 8
But the roses havent’ even openned up yet. That takes a day or two.
Post # 9
yeah i don’t like 1800 flowers for this reason. i got some one time and even though they were supposed to be these gorgeous open blooms (much like your photo) they were so close to bulbs it was ridiculous…like completely closed and hard and didn’t open for DAYS.
Post # 10
@jpalm13: Lol. I know what you mean. DH would order past arrangements from ProFlowers to be delivered to my work. While they did last forever, I would have to spend 20 minutes arranging them… and of course, they’d look nothing like pictured.
This year, we are foregoing the flower delivery to the office and DH is getting my favorite flowers at a florist close to our place.
Your roses are pretty though.
Post # 11
@starlitgirl: How do I do this without completely ruining them? They were kind enough to not include flower food either…
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
@jpalm13: It looks to me like they just haven’t fully opened yet whereas the ones in the picture have. Companies like that typically have a guarantee that your flowers will live for 7 days(ish) so they are often delivered a little before they’re fully open, that way they won’t die as soon. I would just give it a day or two and it will probably look much nicer. I also agree with pp about how to arrange them to get that photo look.
I don’t know that I would say anything to your FI right now. He did a great and thoughtful thing! Maybe closer to Valentine’s day next year (or the next holiday you think he’s going to get you flowers) start hinting about a florist you like, or about wanting to support small businesses in your community. I think that will go over much better than saying something now and risk making him feel bad. I would just be very grateful and appreciative of his gesture for now. 🙂
Post # 13
@MrsNewDay: They’re pretty and smell nice but I’m admitedly upset because I know it isn’t what he ‘ordered.’ When he called me, I could hear the surprise/disappointment in his voice when I said I was cutting them (he asked me for a picture and I said I’d send it when I got done).
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I agree with giving them a couple days to fully open 🙂 My husband used 1800 flowers and bought me roses (“kaleidoscope” ones) and I am also kind of annoyed that they send them packaged like that. He used another company that sends them via delivery person already in-vase, but I assume it’s more expensive that way. Personally I’d just prefer hand-chosen grocery store flowers!
Post # 15
@jpalm13: I don’t think they look that bad! They could use some fillers, and they’ll open up to look like your arrangement! Yours look better than the ones that arrived for our office manager today – hers were really open and kind of beat up.
The picture on the internet looks like twice as many – they also have the stems at different lengths to give the arrangement the rounded feel. It take a bit of messing around to do but I’m sure you can make it look pretty!
ETA – Did they actually not arrange them at all? Like you got a bunch of flowers and a vase??? 1-800 flowers doesn’t actually do anything, they send the orders to local florists, I know this because I used to work at a garden centre that took 1-800 flowers orders. The girl there usually did whatever she wanted because we often didn’t have the right flowers. Your FH should call and complain – I know the garden centre had problems because they were constantly not getting paid for the deliveries because they screwed them up so much!
Post # 16
Varying the height and giving them a day will make a HUGE difference! It’s actually good that they didn’t arrive fully bloomed, if they did, then they’d be wilting by Monday. This way, you can enjoy them for a lot longer.