Saturday, February 11, 2012

Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere!

Hi there!

I thought it would be fun to show some photos from my floral department at work, and what it looks like for Valentine's Day. I've done this before, but wanted to share again this year.

All the bouquets and roses are delivered dry, in boxes. We cut them, one bouquet at a time, and hydrate them in buckets of water. Last year, I totally ran out of everything, so I ordered even more this year. It took us approximately eight hours, yesterday and today, to cut them all! So glad that part of the work is finished!

The first few photos are of the massive amounts of flowers, inside the cooler.

These are the shelves. There are four of them and each one holds six buckets of flowers for a total of 24 buckets.


Here's the floor of the cooler. Can't even tell you how many buckets there are here. My guess would be around 25 to 30.



Here I am - in my element and loving it! You should smell it inside there - Mmmm! :)


And here's a few more pics of my department.

My larger bouquet case, filled with beautiful bouquets.




A smaller bouquet rack.




Here's the area where some of the pretty plants are displayed.




We started out with four of these cute bears and this guy is the last one (already!)


Close by my department, there is a large case filled with yummy treats from the bakery. Thought you all might want to see that too. Here's the case, which also holds some lovely plants on top.




There are cakes, brownies, large, heart-shaped cookies and some pretty amazing treats!



This is a flour-less cake that is so fabulous - the photo does not do it justice! Truffles are layered on top - yum!



And would ya look at the size of those strawberries! OH, MY!



Okay, I will leave you with a few of my faves. Here is a Campanula. LOVE this plant!



And here is my favorite bouquet. I love it because it looks like wild flowers - so pretty!



And these gorgeous flowers are in an arrangement. They sit in a red, ceramic pot. Love this mix of colors!


As you can imagine, I'll be working the next three days, including a long shift on Tuesday. With all the hard work behind us, the fun part now begins - just selling the product.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed all the photos! :)

44 comments:

Joy said...

Well I have to say that you look beautiful amongst the flowers, I still miss working with flowers and long for the day that I may be able to once again...although when it is the busy times like Valentines I sympathise with you as I know just how tired you can become...wishing you the best with it, take care and big hugs

Tina said...

Thanks for sharing! Totally love the photo of you among the flowers!

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness ~ all these beautiful colours and I can imagine the fragrance. You look so cool amongst the flowers Barb. Take care of yourself and don't work too hard.

CinnamonSally said...

Love all these gorgeous photos Barb, thanks for sharing. Don't work too hard you still need to rest.#

Hugs
Sally

Kathy said...

Oh my, love the flowers and the goodies! I was just admiring all the flowers at my grocery store yesterday...so tempted to bring home a couple bouquets. Who needs a florist shop when the offerings at the grocery store are so wonderful?!! Thank you for the peek, Barb!!

Heather Maria said...

Barb, wonderful post, thanks for sharing! Yikes I can only imagine how busy you must be at the moment! I'm drooling over the flowers and yummies! Hope you'll have a bit of a break after Tuesday:)

Karen B. said...

Beautiful flowers, Barb! I hope you are feeling better.

Jacqueline said...

Wow America knows how to celebrate big time! Loved seeing you among the flowers Barb, means that you are feeling better! TFS!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Great pictures, Barb! Just love Jerry's - such a wonderful store - and you really make the floral dept shine! Love the photo of you amongst the flowers - you'll be busy for the next few days!

walchowDesign said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and are always looking foward to see more of your beautiful flower arrangements. Those cakes look so yummy!Take good rest once Tuesday is over!

ThePurplePlace said...

Gorgeous....it must smell so wonderful there! I'm so dying for Spring and to see flowers and trees blooming!

Thanks for the share!!

Betty said...

what a wonderful place to work - glad you are feeling better - i knew you were when i started seeing comments again. don't overdue it and get sick again - happy valentine's day and hugs.

Virginia L. said...

What a TREAT to see the behind the scene photos, Barb! I can almost taste the yummy chocolate and wow...those two humongous strawberries! Thanks for taking the time to share these photos! I like this as a "tradition" in your blog :) Happy V. Day! (make that as Valentine's/Virginia's Day!!!).xoxo

judkajudi said...

Beautiful photos! Love when you share the excitement of Valentine's Day in a floral department! Hope you are feeling well! Hope you get some Valentine love, too!

Sue McRae said...

Beautiful flowers Barb! Love the photo of you surrounded by them and their wonderful fragrance! Glad to see you're feeling better!

Nancy said...

You are just too cute, sitting among the flowers! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos, Barb! I am judging by all the Valentine goodies, that Minnesota must be a very romantic place!!!

Lily Anuska said...

Barb this flowers are beautiful.But with these cakes attracted me craving for sweets. I want cake. Have a great day. Lily Anuska

cheiron said...

Gorgeous Barb! What a fun pix of you in all the flowers!

Lin said...

So glad to see you posting again, Barb! Looks like you are back to work with a vengeance! There's a grocery store here in FL which we love, called Publix, and they are stocked with pretty flowers, too - we love buying our flowers there for special occasions, as they sure do beat regular florists in price! Today we bought some medium-size roses, 4 stems of multi-flora ro $4.00 - there must be 2 dozen flowers on those 4 stems!

Rachel W K said...

love that picture of you surrounded by all those pretty flowers! It must be so fun to create all those pretty bouquets for valentines :)

Trinh said...

Gorgeous flowers, Barb! And you look beautiful surrounded by them! I hope you are doing much better, my friend!

AnitaRex said...

Hard work indeed!!!! Wow Bar I love all the photos you've shown and the description as you get ready for one of the most busy days of the year for flowers! I admire how much love you have for your job! :> Enjoy Tuesday!

Simone said...

Those flowers are all sooo pretty! Wow what a great place to work surrounding by so many gorgeous flowers! LOVE the yummy cakes too!

maria f. said...

Happy Valentines Day Barb!

Donna Bowman said...

Wow Barb - those flowers are beautiful!! Good luck this week and Happy Valentines Day!!

Debbie said...

great photos, thanks for sharing, such lovely lovely flowers!

Annette said...

wow those are all so pretty...

Lynn (toomanycrayons) said...

Thanks for sharing your valentines madness/fun. I miss my days as a floral designer - I couldn't earn enough money doing it :( but seeing the cooler brought that unforgettable scent back to me. I know how tiring it is getting ready, but what fun to put bouquets in so many hands for the holiday.

Kathy (krolski) said...

Your photos are beautiful and you look so cute with all the flowers! What a great pic! I hope you're feeling much better. Be sure to get some rest after working so hard.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Barb I soooo enjoy when you do your flower posts! So wonderful to be treated to the different beautiful flowers all at once! Thank you!

MarcyK924 said...

Oh how gorgeous Barb! You are a rose among them! Hope you're on the mend! TFS!! Hugs, Marcy

Tiffany said...

My goodness, Barb! What wonderful pictures and a Happy Valentine's Day to you!! You look fab surrounded by all of those flowers! I'm glad you are back on your feet and getting better! Sweet hugs!!

alexandra s.m. said...

It's a great post Barb!
I love it when you share a bit of your life ;-)
Good luck for the next 3 days!!

Thank You~

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

Beautiful photos Barb - tfs!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, hugs, Karin

ANIA said...

That's true that smell inside flower shop is amazing!! Love your foto with flowers :) Happy Valentine's Barb!!

xoxo
Ania
handmadebyania.blogspot.com

donna mikasa said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Barb! Thanks so much for sharing such great photos! I love seeing all the floral madness, especially on a busy holiday! I hope you're on your way to a full recovery. Take good care, and I hope to see you at the HA Scramble! Hugs!

Clare said...

SO pretty! Just looking at all these flowers makes me smile, and I almost feel like I can smell them!!
Happy St. Valentines Day! :)

Diana said...

Adore flowers!

paula said...

Hi Barb, I do hope you are feeling so much better. I love seeing where you work. It looks amazing & I bet smells even better. I hope that Cupid is kind & leaves you a flower or two just for you xoxoxo

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful pictures barb! What a lovely array of flowers! Happy valentines to you!

sheila said...

What a fabulous post! I just love all the colors of the flowers, the foods and displays! What a happy time and place to work at ! Just love all the joy that these pictures represent!

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Barb,
The flowers are gorgeous and the desserts all look yummy. Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures. I hope that you are feeling better and looking forward to seeing more of your cards. Take care and God bless.
Hugs to you.

Karen said...

Gorgeous pictures, the flowers are beautiful and the sweet treats are making me hungry,:-)... Glad to see you on the mend!! Hugs

Brenda said...

Thans for sharing these awesome pics Barb! I have to say that I love the one of you amongst all the flowers! And as for the cakes, I would have such a hard time resisting them!