Caro Verbeekfragrance historian
When you smell hyacinths, you know that spring has arrived!
The colour blue makes you happy. Think of an azure blue sky that gives you an instant feeling of freedom.
Combine the most beautiful shades of blue in a fresh and radiant spring bouquet. That has to include hyacinths, not least for the scent. Wrap a bouquet of spring flowers in appropriate packaging. A very tempting spring gift!
Make a necklace from a pure white hyacinth flowers in order to welcome spring. Thread the loose flowers, also called claws, on thin silver wire; they seem to have been made for it. The floral fragrance is an added bonus. You can make the floral necklace from hyacinths that have bloomed that you can no longer sell. No waste!
White symbolises fresh, clean and pure, but also represents radiant sunlight. It’s wonderful that the days are now getting longer again!
The more you know about hyacinths, the more you can sell. Talk about the cultivation and the care (don’t trim!), and above all allow the customer to smell the flower. Sold!
The Hyacinth is traditionally associated with the Bollenstreek, Holland’s bulb-growing region, where both bulb growers and bulb forcers can be found. Hyacinths thrive in the climate in this region – close to the sea – and on the local sandy soil. The bulbs are cultivated with care in order to be sold as a flower bulb, but also for the production of cut hyacinths. As a florist, they offer you a host of options.
The Hyacinth’s classic colours – white, pink and blue – offer timeless beauty. But if you’d like something different for a change, you can opt for hyacinths in beautiful soft pastel shades or very bright purple. With all those different colours you could almost forget that there are also different scents. Use white hyacinths for a light fresh fragrance, and blue for an intense sweet scent.
The flowers last a long time in a cool spot well away from the fruit bowl. Replacing the vase water every couple of days is also a good idea. Because you should not trim a hyacinth, it is a dominating flower: it determines the height of your bouquet. The hyacinth also has an inconveniently thick stem. But with some creativity – which you as a florist have – you still have a host of options. And you get so much in return: hyacinths mark the start of spring, even if it’s still cold and dark outside!
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From Valentine’s Day to a spring wedding: celebrate love with peonies! Thanks to growers around the world you can get to work with them now. What a display…
Peonies are already available during the winter thanks to the growers in the southern hemisphere. In countries such as Chile and New Zealand the seasons are precisely the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. Soon after come the peonies from Israel, where the consistent climate is perfect for growing these beauties. That means that you can get to work with peonies as early as February.
The first peonies that arrive from Israel in early spring have been grown in greenhouses. They’re followed by the Israeli outdoor peonies. At almost the same time the first peonies arrived from France (from the greenhouse), followed by the French outdoor peonies and the first Dutch specimens. Here too, they come first from the greenhouse and then from the field. Peak peony season is from the end of May to mid-June, when the Dutch growers harvest a profusion of outdoor peonies.
Spring guarantees an abundance of floral scents, from spring fresh to the spring sweet. Immerse yourself in the world of floral scents so that you can create bouquets with added value as a fragrance expert!
Memories are triggered by smelling a floral scent from the past. Florist Judith Ebbers asked her customers to write a happy fragrance memory on a card and hang it on the tree. Why not ask your customers about their floral scent memories? If you have the flowers they mention available, you can use them to create a personal scent bouquet. Talk about this in the newsletter. Another fun tip… ask your customers about their floral scent memories through your social media channels.
It’s a scientific fact: scents have a positive effect on the brain. Gosh, how lovely – a bunch of spring flowers. Regardless of whether the scents evoke nostalgic memories or just allow you to achieve total calm, everyone could do with a sizeable dose of positive energy right now. So tell your customers about the happiness hormone (endorphin) that is released by the fresh scents of spring flowers.
Draw your customers’ attention to the scented spring range, and organise activities that focus on scented spring flowers. In-store or online: you can seduce every customer with fragrance.
With good preparation it is very easy to tempt your customers. That is why we have created a download with sparkling spring content for you.
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Publication dates: February, June, August, NovemberEditorial: Bianca van Eijk, Siska van Kessel, Annemieke de Haan, Gerard GardienArt direction and concept: Concept FactoryWant to find out more?: email@example.com