I have nothing to back this up and Ive no doubt florists all over the land are wetting themselves at my arrogance (for the record I also think I have a great singing voice, my husband, friends and family assure me I really don't)
So when Interflora asked me if I wanted to "Unleash my inner florist" using their new state of the art online bouquet Creation tool I couldn't have been happier.
Its a niffy concept. You log onto their website and rather than simply clicking to order a standard bouquet you pick which flowers you want to include, the vase type, ribbons, foliage the whole nine yards. And its not just a tick box. You are given a picture menu of each bloom and can actually see how your flowers will look, add more, take some away until you are completely satisfied.
I had a good half hour of fun designing my bouquet pretending I was Jane Packer, it was lovely.
|Unleashing my inner florist-online|
My slight criticism would be there wasn't a massive choice of flowers but hey its January and I understand they have to guarantee that all their florists nationwide stock the same kinds of blooms.
|Pinks to cheer up gloomy January|
I decided on a pink theme as quite frankly I'm so over this grey January weather. The great thing is that not only can you save your creations (so basically once you have created a bouquet you love you can simply send it again and again) but also you can look at other peoples saved bouquets which is great for inspiration.
Once I had designed mine I simply clicked that I wanted to collect it the next day and picked an interflora florist down the road.
When I collected my bouquet it was exactly as I had asked for. Somehow I had been so dazzled by the colour pink that I had actually added a few dreaded carnations to my handiwork but overall I thought it looked very beautiful.
|Quite pleased with my design even with the carnations|
Am I a natural florist? maybe not, would I use this service again? yes if I wanted to send flowers to friends or family members outside my local area.
Now in the interest of openness I confess I stopped using the standard interflora service a long time ago. I just got annoyed that I would ring and place a very specific order asking for sunflowers or pink roses and discover that the person the flowers were intended for got a bouquet mainly made up of carnations (my most hated flower) I tend to always use two very good florists on the Wirral (Earth and Eden if you want to know) as I trust that they have the artistry and flair to deliver what I'm after.
|Say it with flowers|
I still think the expertise of my two favourite florists surpasses the creation I made but as they are only able to deliver for me locally,this is a great idea if I need to send a bouquet nationwide and want to avoid the slightly impersonal feeling that the usual flower delivery service can have.
|A lifetime ambition fulfilled|
One final thing that rather amused me was the hand written note telling everyone the bouquet was "designed by Betty" so for one day only I became a florist. That's a tick off my career bucket list. Thanks Interflora.
The My Interflora Creation bouquet service can be found here
All content (text, photos and other) are the property of Betty Bee unless otherwise stated. Please refrain from copying any material without recognition of the author and a link to the source on this blog.