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Funeral Flower Arrangements

August 13th, 2013 11:04 pm

Casket Spray

As the name implies, a casket spray is a floral arrangement placed on top of the casket. For cremations, your florist can prepare a smaller casket spray to place near the urn or picture of the deceased. Casket sprays are often from the deceased’s family, a spouse or offspring who wants to honor their loved one. During a burial, the casket spray will be taken to the cemetery and left behind at the cemetery.

Standing Spray

On the other hand, a standing spray are funeral flowers in the shape of a cross or wreath that is hang from a tripod. Similar to the casket spray, this is often sent by family members next to the spouse or offspring. This is a traditional composition that’s being seen less since they’re hard to dispose of after a funeral. What some florists do instead is to make a fireside basket, which is something similar to a table arrangement that matches the casket spray. The best thing about these floral arrangements is that they can be brought home or given to a church, hospital or nursing home where it can be enjoyed since they don’t look like your typical funeral flowers.

Interior Casket Piece

An interior casket piece is a relatively minimal floral arrangement that can be set inside the top corner of the coffin. This floral composition often comes from grandchildren or great-grandchildren. It can also be designed so it would match the other funeral flowers given by other family members.

Flowers have long been identified with funerals. There have even been archeological proofs of flowers being buried with remains of our Neanderthal ancestors. Most historians accept the notion that flowers are a fitting symbol of the cycle of life. The seeding, sprouting, blossoming and eventual withering are correlated to a human’s progression through life. The fact that most flowers carry their seeds with them can also be seen as a symbol of human life, for even if our loved ones are no longer with us, our memory of them remains and keeps them alive. There was also a practical use for flowers; before our modern embalming methods were perfected, flowers hid the odor of decay.

There are some who’re in two minds about sending flowers to a funeral service as some believe that it’s a waste since funeral flowers don’t last long. But those working in the funeral service business, like Brampton florist, know that flowers can make a difference. Flowers can be a big source of comfort for families. When a family who has just lost someone walks into the wake and sees the arrangements of funeral flowers, they know that others care about them and the deceased. It’s the same thing with memorial donations. They help support worthwhile charities while also serving as a comforting reminder to families that they have a support network behind them.

How to Select Fresh-cut Flowers

April 18th, 2013 1:53 am

Careful selection is key.  Get the healthiest, freshest bunch possible by taking a peek at the stems.  Consider how clean and fresh the cut is, and the color of the stems near the cut: are the stems black?  If so, pass.  Are the stem bottoms clogged with white gooey stuff?  Pass.  Is the bucket-water cloudy or dark?  If yes, you may want to look for a vendor that takes better care of their merchandise or at least find a bucket with clean water.  While you’re checking your stems, be careful not to drip water on the tops of other bouquets, because this encourages disease.

Now inspect the health and quality of the foliage and flowers.  If you see black or grey slimy spots, pass!!  In fact, I recommend choosing from an entirely different bucket. The black spots are a fungus that spreads like wildfire and is very common problem caused by moisture on the leaves.  (Careless customers or vendors that allow water to fall onto the leaves of the bouquets are usually the culprit.)  Don’t think you can simply remove the offending foilage because the disease has usually spread beyond your sight and you’ll likely find afflicted areas tomorrow that you thought were okay today.  I honestly think this is the most common problem I see at big box stores, and local grocers.

Many tropicals, protea, orchids, chrysanthemum and “Peruvian lilies” or alstromeria are among the longest lasting of cut flowers.  If those are available to choose from, I would go straight for those.  Look for netted socks around the mums (this protects them during shipment) and look for orchid and tropical stems to be individually packaged in water vials.  For tropicals, keep the display area humid by misting your flowers early each morning because too dry of air will hasten senescence.  Most South American roses will be open and spongey and fresh, so looking for only tight hard roses isn’t always necessary, it really depends on the variety and source.  Personally, I pass on roses unless they are grown organically.  Peonies should be tight, almost closed, if you expect to get decent shelf-life from them.  Tulips are easy to pick : if they are squeeky and the bottom stems are clean, they are prime.