Valentine's Day February 02 2017
It's that time of year again!!!
A lovely day to celebrate LOVE!
It's been quite a year for most of us... hearts have been broken and mended, ready to love again. There's been false love and false friends replaced with true love & every form of fidelity & friendship. And of course~ always sublime, unconditional, everlasting LOVE.
Things are a little different around Fleur this year and we have created a Valentine's Day schedule and minimums for delivery.
PRICES FOR VALENTINE'S DAY CUSTOM FLORAL DELIVERY
Saturday, February 11th $95 minimum
Sunday, February 12th $125 minimum
Monday, February 13th $150 minimum
Tuesday, February, 14th $195 minimum
PLUS TAX AND DELIVERY
Beauty in Action January 20 2017
We will be closed on Saturday, January 21st.
We debated posting as to why we will be closed as it is personal, but we've never adhered to the "it's not personal, it's just business" idiom.
In fact...can't think of anything more personal than what we do all day, every day, pour our hearts and souls into, blood, sweat equity and tears.
And that is particularly true for this business.
The great honor of having a floral business is getting to participate in the important moments of our customers' lives. Everyday we get to participate in celebrating birth and death, anniversary and marriage, getting a driver's license, starring in play, saying you are sorry, forgiveness and every expression of LOVE imaginable.
Beauty is as beauty does.
So, tomorrow we close to take action in a beautiful way. Tomorrow we march.
We march for our daughters to never have to settle for being represented by this man in the highest office in this county, not in the office we visit or may work in, not anywhere.
We march for our mothers to receive the respect and care they deserve in the later part of their lives.
We march for ourselves to declare our incredible value, our worth and our rights as people and as the creators of life and love.
We march to plant seeds of peace and prosperity~ one nation, united with liberty and justice for all.
We hold these truths to be self evident.
We plan to bloom in the pursuit of Happiness~ creating a wildflower garden of Freedom, Equality, Life, & Liberty.
The shop will re-open on Monday.
Be The Light January 16 2017
We will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
let's be the light.
THANKSGIVING November 21 2016
We will be closed Thursday-Sunday this week to celebrate Thanksgiving.
A happy, health and hearty thanksgiving to you with much gratitude,
A Day of Honor November 10 2016
We will be CLOSED tomorrow in honor of Veteran's Day.
We will be back on Saturday.
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character.
We can get through this.
Happy Day of Honor. Honor yourselves. Honor your friends.
Hope and Honor for our country.
Falling in to Fall September 03 2016
We are CLOSED Monday, September 5th.
We are saying adieu to a hot and hurried summer as September is upon us.
Looking forward to the seasonal blooms coming in the next couple months.
Cool evenings, boots and scarves.
Warm drinks by a fire.
We are taking Monday off to squeeze the last bit of summer from the petals and ocean and air.
Hope you do too.
See you back on Tuesday.
A Lovely Little Wedding June 09 2016
Ain't love (and flowers) grand?
Happy St. Valentine's Day February 06 2016
We love a day to celebrate love!
We love our loyal customers and take care to make each order custom to the recipient.
No two orders will be exactly the same!
We do sell out every year~ so get your order in early!
We know it's difficult to understand for some people who have a wire service, direct from warehouse, or larger floral company experience. Please do keep in mind that there are only three of us and our trusty delivery company. That's only six hands to make every order custom and amazing, take orders, answer the phone, prep flowers, handle in store customers and organize deliveries! We can only do what we can do! (And that's staying late and working through without breaks. If you are picking up your order, feel free to bring coffee! )
This year, the LA Marathon takes place on February 14th and the finish line is in Santa Monica, so gratitude in advance for understanding our delivery challenges.
We have some really lovely options available this year and each arrangement will be a one of a kind expression of your love and/or adoration~ made to order, delivered fresh and fast as possible.
HAPPY LOVE DAY!
A New Year December 23 2015
It has been quite a year.
We are grateful for all of it.
But mostly, thank you, all of our wonderful, loyal amazing customers.
We wish you the happiest of all the secret wishes of your hearts and look forward to bringing some happiness in floral form this new year.
Please note: We will be CLOSED from December 24th to January 3rd.
We will re-open on Monday, January 4th.
Thank you again, and some more...and we look forward to a beautiful New Year.
Zen and The Art of Flowering November 16 2015
Here's the thing~ the flower shop you grew up with, or the idea you have in your mind of a flower shop? It most likely doesn't exist anymore.
Huge florists with giant walk in coolers full of pre-made arrangements and propped up, dyed, spray painted flowers sitting in bleach, yeah, that doesn't work so well.
(And we have never participated in any of that. We are self proclaimed and proud flower snobs.)
The biggest florist chain went bankrupt a few years ago. You can get grocery store flowers or farmer's market flowers (very rarely from a farm) or corporate on-line flowers, where if you think it will look like the picture~ you are sadly mistaken.
If you are not in the floral industry then you probably don't know about the huge changes in the last 20 years and even more so, in the last 10. Why would you? Not your job!
But it is our job. And we love our job. And we are good at it.
What we're doing here at fleur santa monica is something different. We are proud of what we do and your expectation of an old business model needs to be left at the door, please.
We are pioneers and happy participants in a floral revolution!
We are not a flower shop.
Let that sink in.
We are not a flower shop.
We are not a flower store or a flower market of any kind. That's a separate business, you understand. Like the difference between a grocery store and a restaurant. You don't go to the restaurant and demand a carton of milk, a loaf bread and a hunk of cheese! (At least, we hope you don't...) NO indeed, you order an artisan grilled cheese sandwich and a glass of organic milk, and hopefully, you enjoy the heck out of the fine ingredients being sourced and prepared for you by a professional chef.
We are a custom floral design studio and boutique. We fill our 'pantry' and fridges with fresh, locally grown, incredible floral product. From field to vase. Sustainable. Conscious. Each order made to order with the best product we can source. We buy fresh flowers everyday. We do not sell flowers by the stem or the bunch, but by the professionally arranged bouquet using only the finest florals available each day.
We work by color palette and price range and we are very good at what we do.
If you want to do it yourself, or have a specific vision, then by all means, please do!!!
But then, leave us out of it, please. And thank you!
We don't offer pictures of our arrangements, other than for inspiration and a general sense of our style, for a myriad of reasons from:
it being a completely separate skill and service to take pics of florals
to not having the time to download and send pictures back and forth all day
and we DO NOT know any other designers sending out pictures. Not a single one.
We understand that our vision and taste may be different from yours and you know what? That is more than okay.
If what we are offering is not what you want~ that is okay too.
Go out and find what it is you want! We want you to get what you want!
But we can't help you other than giving you our sincerest best wishes in finding it!
On the other hand, if you let us do what we do~ we will create something wonderful and unique to your occasion or recipient using only the most premium product in lovely containers!
And we do our best work for EVERY order, regardless of price point or recipient. Whether it's a pick me up for your elderly granny, your moviestar wife's birthday, or your friend whose dog just passed away. EVERYONE gets our equal and best work without exception.
We understand that your reason for flowers is important to you and it's important to us too. We are honored to get to participate in all of it.
Thanks for understanding what we're doing and being such an amazing inspiration for doing it to the best of our abilities everyday.
All of Us
June Groom June 01 2015
Hello to our flower friends~
We will be closed this weekend for an out of town event.
But we wish you a very Happy June (tis the season to get married) and look forward to seeing you next week.
in gratitude and flowery goodness,
Happy Memorial Day May 23 2015
Please note: we will be CLOSED Monday, May 25th in observance of memorial day.
We will be 'strewing flowers' in a grand tradition.
According to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, the tradition that later became Memorial Day was begun in 1868 by the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, General John Logan, three years after the U.S. Civil War ended leaving 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead.
Logan issued General Order No. 11 declaring: “The 30th of May, 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”
He called it “Decoration Day.”
We look forward to more beautiful flowers next week!
Happy and Honorable Decoration Day.
Mother's Day May 02 2015
So~ Mother's Day is May 10th.
This year we are only taking orders for the first 25 customers that would like a Saturday delivery ONLY.
~WE WILL BE CLOSED ON MOTHER'S DAY~
We know that may not work for some of our favorite customers and we appreciate your understanding!
We wish you a very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Floriography March 14 2015
Floriography~ The Language of Flowers
Flowers have meaning! They have been used in folklore, the Bible, and written word for thousands of years. We incorporate this tradition when building our arrangements. Utilizing the intent of the sender~ so that recipient feels the thought or wish behind each arrangement and bouquet.
The Turks in the 17th century developed formal flower meanings, as a way for the concubine women who could not read or write to communicate with each other. In 1718 the wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople, Lady Mary Wortley Montague, wrote a letter expounding on the “Secret Language of Flowers” that she had discovered during her visits to Turkey. Europeans quickly picked up on the concept.
In 1819 Louise Cortambert, under the pen name, Madame Charlotte de la Tour, wrote and published what seems to have been the first dictionary of the flower language entitled, Le Language des Fleurs. It was a small book, but it became a popular reference on the subject.
During the Victorian era, the meaning and language of flowers became increasingly popular. Victorian women especially picked up the silent language that allowed them to communicate feelings and meanings that the strict propriety of the times would not allow.
In 1884 a whole book on the subject and entitled, The Language of Flowers, by Jean Marsh and illustrated by Kate Greenaway, was published in London. It became popular and respected and has been the standard source for Victorian flower meanings. But you had to be careful, as so many new floral dictionaries were published, that your loved one had the same dictionary, or huge miscommunications could ensue! William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many others, all used the language of flowers in their writings.
Lady Mary Wortley Montague
Here are some selected flowers and their meanings: a short dictionary.
Almond flowers — Hope
Anemone — Forsaken
Aster — Symbol of love
Balm — Sympathy
Basil — Best wishes
Bay leaf — “I change but in death”
Bell flower, white — Gratitude
Bergamot — Irresistible
Bluebell — Constancy
Borage — Courage
Broom — Humility
Campanula — Gratitude
Carnation, pink — I’ll never forget you
China rose — Beauty always new
Clover, four leaved — “Be mine”
Coreopsis — Love at first sight
Daffodil — Regard
Daisy — Innocence, new-born, “I share your sentiment”
Fennel — Flattery
Fern — Sincerity
Forget-Me-Not — True love
French Marigold — Jealousy
Gardenia — Ecstasy
Gentian — Loveliness
Geranium — “You are childish”
Hare bell — Grief
Honeysuckle — Bonds of love
Heather — Admiration
Hyacinth — I am sorry, Please forgive me
Ivy — Fidelity, friendship, marriage
Jasmine — Grace
Jonquil — “I hope for return of affection”
Lavender — Luck, devotion
Lemon Balm — Sympathy
Lilac — First love
Lily — Purity, modesty
Lily of the Valley — Purity, the return of happiness
Lily, Calla — Magnificent Beauty
Marigold — Health, grief or despair
Marjoram — Kindness, courtesy
Myrtle — Fidelity
Oregano — Joy
Orchid — Love, beauty, refinement
Pansy — Loving thoughts
Peony — Good health, happiness
Periwinkle — Happy memory
Phlox — Agreement
Poppy, red — Consolation
Primrose — I can’t live without you
Rose, cabbage — Ambassador of love
Rose, red — Love
Rose, pink — Grace, beauty
Rose, yellow — Friendship
Rosemary — Remembrance, constancy
Sage — Gratitude, domestic virtue
Snowdrop — Hope
Star of Bethlehem — Purity
Sweet Pea — Departure, tender memory
Sweet William — Gallantry
Tuberose — Voluptuousness
Tulip, red — My perfect lover, Reclamation of love
Violet — Loyalty, modesty, humility
Violet, blue — Faithfulness
Wormwood — Grief
Wheat — Riches of the continuation of life
Willow, weeping — Mourning
Wallflower — Fidelity
Yew — Sorrow
The Rose is the flower whose meaning we most understand, but here are some details of the meaning of the Rose that may be of further interest.
Rose, Black – You are my obsession
Rose, Champagne – You are tender and loving
Rose, Leonidas – Sweet love
Rose, Nicole – You are graceful and elegant, aristocratic
Rose, Orange – You are my secret love
Rose, Pink – Brilliant complexion; the glow of your smile; perfect happiness
Rose, Red – Passionate love; I love you
Rose, Single Stems – Simplicity
Rose, White – I am worthy of you; spiritual love; Innocence and Purity; Secrecy and Silence
Rose, White and Red – We are inseparable
Rose, White and Red Mixed – Unity; Flower emblem of England
Rose, White, Dried – Death is preferable to loss of virtue
Rose, Yellow – Friendship; Jealousy; I am not worthy
Rose, Bridal – Happy Love
Rose, Dark Crimson – Mourning
Rose, Hibiscus – Delicate beauty
Rose, Tea – I’ll remember always
Rose, Thornless – Love at first sight
Roses, Bouquet of Mature Blooms – Gratitude
Single bloom red Rose – Love at first sight or I still love you
Single Rose, any color – Gratitude or simplicity
2 Roses – Mutual feelings
3 Roses – I love you
7 Roses – I’m infatuated with you
9 Roses – We’ll be together forever
10 Roses – You are perfect
11 Roses – You are my treasured one
12 Roses – Be mine
13 Roses – Friends forever
15 Roses – I’m truly sorry
20 Roses – I’m truly sincere towards you
21 Roses – I’m dedicated to you
24 Roses – Forever yours
25 Roses – Congratulations
50 Roses – Unconditional love
99 Roses – I will love you all the days of my life
108 Roses – Will you marry me?
999 Roses – I love you till the end of time
Garden Roses Galore January 14 2015
Garden Roses Galore- Tuscan style (with a bit of French flair, bien sur) dozens of garden roses, chocolate geranium, sweet peas, hydrangea, kumquat branches, protea. Full and fragrant. Sensuous and scented.
Noel December 21 2014
It is truly an honor to get participate on the lives of our customers everyday, but especially at this special time of year. May your holiday season be joyous and this New Year be the best yet!
May there be flowers and sparkly celebrations galore, delicious foodstuffs and good friends and family to share in goodwill and appreciation.
The shop will be CLOSED
December 24th- January 4th.
So that we may do a little celebrating of our own.
We look forward to a New Year of flowery fun!
may your days be merry and bright,
Thankfulness in Abundance November 22 2014
The holidays are here. And one of our favorites is the holiday dedicated to gratitude.
We are so grateful for the abundance of seasonal florals available to us that are grown by small farms, local friends and conscious growers.
We are grateful for our long time customers that have become good friends.
And our new customers that bring in an energy of excitement as we look forward to a new year of floral fun, joy and beauty.
In observance of Thanksgiving the shop will be CLOSED November 26-30
Thank you for being you,
All of Us
September Morn September 09 2014
Stay with me a while
I only wanna sing for you
We've traveled halfway 'round the world
To find ourselves again
We danced until the night became a brand new day
Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play
September morning still can make me feel that way
We hope you'll stay with us through September as we close September 12-15 for an event.
Back in the shop on Tuesday, September 16th.
And closed again for a week of Tuesday, September 30th-Tuesday, October 7th.
Back in th shop on October 8th.
We have so many events in September and October and our little staff will do our best to keep our regular shop hours as much as possible.
We appreciate your business and understanding!
~All of Us
August: respected and impressive August 02 2014
Welcome to August! Named after the first Roman emperor, usually considered the last month of summer---sultry, hazy, and summeriest of the months, is it not?
We are happy to be participating in many events this month and we are a bit short staffed as so many of our friends take their vacations.
So, we will be closed this Sunday (as usual) and Monday the 4th as well.
We look forward to seeing you in all your august splendor on Tuesday...
Endless Summer July 21 2014
The summer breeze makes everything better, a little sweeter as it catches the honeysuckle scent and and carries it to us, past us and on towards the sunset.
Summer flowers reflect the season. They seem a bit brighter, more fragrant...a touch more wild. Our favorite summer moments seem to be inspired by dining al fresco with loose bunches of flowers tumbling out of make shift containers like carafes, and old garden pots, pitchers and green bottles.
Summer road trips are made all the more fun by stopping by the roadside now and again and creating dashboard arrangements that dry in the sun.
Some summertime favorites include: Black-eyed Susans, Cosmos, Dahlias, Delphiniums, Green Mist, Lavender, Geranium, Climbing Roses, Peonies, and Hydrangea.
We are indeed fortunate to be surrounded by beauty.
Our shop summer hours for the next few weeks will be a bit more relaxed. As we have many events... and still haven't figured out how to be in two places at the same time.
Independence Day July 10 2014
It is interesting how life balances itself out. A we close the shop to work on a wedding extravaganza in Santa Barbara~ we also get a request to make a divorce bouquet.
As it turns out while we are celebrating a union of two people that have found one another, another couple becomes officially divorced. All on July 4th! It certainly seems poetic somehow.
May you enjoy your Independence and fleurish in every way! We will be CLOSED July 4-6
Look forward to seeing you next week.
A lovely something new... April 30 2014
From the design team of The Language of Flowers: a simpler, more modern take on the poetry of posies.
We still have the same original designs that combine the finest florals with custom made and vintage containers.
The intent that goes in to all our arrangements is the same: made with love.
Each bouquet is custom imagined and assembled especially for the recipient~ be it your elderly granny, your passion's flame or an entire event of celebration, product launch or honor.
Fleur is the culmination of all that we have learned the last five years at The Language of Flowers.
We took all the best bits, gathered them together with care and consideration (just like we do with our bouquets) and put it all in one new place:
Welcome to your new home for flowers.