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Talking Flowers // September October 2011

Welcome to our autumn edition of Talking Flowers, one we've crammed full of new Flowercard creations, fresh ideas for the home and some very inspiring stories.

This time, Flowers for Now looks at new beginnings - and not just that  ‘back to school’ feeling we all associate with Autumn. With a harvest of beautiful new Flowercard products to share - including the amazing Mini-Bouquet Flowercards at only £14.99 – there are so many lovely ways to celebrate life’s new chapters.

Rainbow Shopping focuses on all things yellow, from classic creams to modern magnolias, peaceful buttermilks to zingy lemons! If you’ve a yellow lover in your life, here’s our guide to what flowers to buy them.

Link Lovers returns, and this time it’s based on a Fab Three featured products – if you click the link through to our website and buy one of these beauties, you could win another Flowercard for free!

And, alongside these newer features, our much-loved Flowercard Award continues, and this month a very special mum has been nominated by her own, very special mum!

Last but not least our excellent craft tutorials, and for this issue it’s rather appropriately about pumpkins – but this is no recipe! Just pop over to our Made with Love feature to read all about them!


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Rewarding our Link Lovers

As you know, each edition of Talking Flowers includes links to our lovely cards and bouquets online so you can find out more or easily buy. Same goes for every photograph, so if you click on a photo of something you like, you also click through to the website to find out more.

Links Lovers is our new reward scheme, only available to readers of Talking Flowers. Just quote: Y1101 at checkout and you’ll be automatically entered into our draw to win a FREE FLOWERCARD.

Why not start off by clicking through to discover our florists’ favourites from new Mini-Bouquet range? The same premium flowers presented in a gorgeous card, in a tissue-wrapped miniature posey, priced at an amazing £14.99!

Click to enlarge - Highland Pink MiniNEW Highland Pink Mini

Thistles and butterflies frame ruffled pink carnations wrapped in lilac tissue, the perfect way to send a card and fresh flowers for a special anniversary.


Click to enlarge - Raspberry NouveauNEW Raspberry Nouveau

Real and divine, these deep purple carnations are perfectly framed with some very art nouveau roses. What a great Get Well card this would make this winter!


Click to enlarge - Autumn ZestNEW Autumn Zest

With rich, autumnal tones from the carnations and crisp, white tissue the finishing touch, this is a perfect card and gift combined for September or October birthdays.


All products ordered using our Y1101 code qualify until the 25th of October 2011 and the winner will be announced in the next issue of Talking Flowers.

The winner last issue was Mrs E Davies.

Shop our full range of fantastic new mini bouquet Flowercards.

Flowers for Now: New Beginnings

Autumn’s always been a time for new beginnings, as people return to work with their batteries recharged after the summer holidays! In our “Flowers for Now” feature, we focus on the many new beginnings life brings.

Click to enlarge - Fluttering By

As one door closes, another opens, never more so than in the case of retirement. All those things you didn’t have time to do, you can finally enjoy, in the sure knowledge you’ve earned it! If you know someone retiring soon, try our NEW Fluttering By mini bouquet. With the emphasis on bright and breezy, an ideal message to give someone embarking on this new adventure.

Click to enlarge - Seville Sky BouquetMoving home is one of the biggest changes a person can make, and those exciting first weeks in a new home are always remembered. Send them a luxurious bouquet like our NEW Seville Sky, and your kindness will be part of their treasured, new home memories. A classic mix of germini, roses and lilies with a clever bouquet’s built in vase – perfect when all your vases are still packed!

Click to enlarge - Zodiac - Virgo
A birthday is your own personal New Year, and a great time to take stock and plan for the future you want and deserve. Our fabulous NEW mini bouquet Zodiac Flowercards capture this feeling perfectly, with the recipient’s star sign printed on the front and a delightful mini bouquet of fresh alstromeria and timman!


Click to enlarge - Lilac Time 
Starting a new job can be a heady mix of excitement and nerves, and a lovely card like our NEW mini bouquet Lilac Time will let someone know you’re behind them all the way. And of course as it’s a Flowercard you can print their name on the front, and even their new place of work, to give them a great conversation starter they can pop on their new desk!


Rainbow Shopping: Say Yellow!

If you’ve a friend who’s home is full of yellows – be it delicate creams or vibrant lemons – here’s our guide to buying them fresh flowers that will complement their sense of style.

Click to enlarge - Queen’s MeadowThere are the well known yellow flowers which are the perfect choice here: daffodils, sunflowers, primroses, etc. 

And almost all the most popular flowers come in shades of yellow – roses, tulips, carnations, gerberas, chrysanthemums and lilies.

The trick when buying for your yellow-loving friend is to combine opposite ends the scale. If their room is a subtle buttermilk, think bright lemon tulips, if their walls are a brilliant yellow, some soft cream or white petals are the way to go, such as t the gerberas in our NEW Queen’s Meadow bouquet.

Click to enlarge - Forever Together
Yellows and reds look fantastic together, so a lush bouquet of ruby red cymbidium orchids or deep red roses will always work with yellow toned walls. Take a look at the red freesias and yellow tinmman in our NEW Forever Together mini bouquet card to see how well these colours team up.


Click to enlarge - Pear BlossomYellow and orange are perfect partners, so a tall bouquet of tiger lilies will look just magnificent in any yellow themed room, just add a spray of baby’s breath - that’s all it needs! We’ve gone big on yellow and orange in our lovely Pear Blossom Flowercard, with an arrangement of alstromeria, carnations and santini. Stunning for Autumn!


Our final idea for giving flowers to a yellow loving friend is think blue! The perfect accent colour in a yellow room, all blue notes look fantastic against creams, golds, lemons or buttermilks. Keep in natural with a pot plant of fresh white chrysanthemums in a Cornishware blue and white stripe pot.

We hope this has inspired you to shop with confidence for any friend that likes bright and yellow. Next month, we’ll be looking closely at True Blue – popular in kitchens and bathrooms. Idea for anyone you can think of?

Your Story: What we want to know

Following the heart-warming success of our Flowercard People award, we’re launching a new feature in our magazine where customers also star.

Who can enter? Anyone who’s sent a Flowercard and been delighted with how it was received. We’ll pick the best entry each month and if your entry is chosen, you’ll be featured in the magazine, the catalogue and best of all you’ll win 3 FREE FLOWERCARDS!

All you have to do is send an email to talkingflowers@flowercard.co.uk answering these questions:

  1. Which Flowercard or Bouquet did you order?
  1. Who did you send it to and why?
  1. What message did you ask us to print on the card?
  1. What reaction did your card get?

We’re looking for good stories to share, so tell us all the best bits, as if you were writing telling it to a friend. Please make sure the person who received the card would be happy to be featured too, it would be a shame for you to spend time telling us about them, if they’re going to feel too shy to take part!

Please click here for full terms and conditions for submitting your story to the Your Story feature.

The winner last issue was Veronica Kinahan.

Flowercard People

It’s always very difficult to pick a Flowercard People winner from the many touching stories we are sent each month. This time we’ve selected a true hero, because she manages to be one every day.

Karen Hawkins is the lady that’s wowed us with her story, a story told to us by her mum Judith Granger, who nominated her. Judith tells us:

Karen gives every moment she has to her autistic son who really is a full time job to care for. Somehow she still finds time for her 5-year-old daughter and husband and even finds time to walk my dogs weekly as I am disabled. Karen gives her time unstintingly to Stanley her son and us all and so has no time left for herself, It would be lovely for her to know that she REALLY IS APPRECIATED FOR BEING HER.

Thank you Judith for putting Karen forward for this award, we’d be honoured to acknowledge the care she provides, day-in, day-out, to make her whole family a happy one.

It’s now up to Judith to select the Flowercard she thinks Karen would be most delighted by, and to tell us the personal message she wants us to print on the front to congratulate Karen on simply “being her”.

If you know someone like Karen who deserves a Flowercard, do nominate them for a Flowercard People Award. Every month we’ll select a winner to receive your choice of Flowercard, with your personal message on the front, for FREE. Even if they don’t win this month, they’ll still go back into the draw, to be considered again and again.


How to make your FREE Flowercard Nomination

  • Please tell us the full name of your nominee, and describe why they deserve a FREE Flowercard in no more than 100 words.
  • Be sure to include your full name too, and daytime phone number for us to contact you should your nomination win.
  • Send your nomination in an email to our NEW dedicated address and please type “Flowercard Award Nomination” in the subject line.

Please read the Flowercard Award Terms and Conditions

Make with Love: Jumper Sleeve Pumpins

Take a couple of old jumpers, add some twine, stitching and a bit of stuffing and you’re well on the way to making these fabulous autumnal pumpkin decorations!

Perfect for Halloween or Harvest Festival, a bag of sand inside will turn them into adorable doorstops, or maybe you like the idea of adding winter-spice pot pourri to make them as fragrant as they are cute.

Brought to us by Natalie on her lovely blog Tins and Treasures, here’s the link to follow for the full tutorial on making some of your own. Enjoy!



Coming Soon

Our next issue is November-December, so no prizes for guessing we’ll be look at everything Christmassy. Get a sneak peek at our new Christmas Flowercards as part of our Flowers for Now Feature, and we’ll be rounding up some fantastic Christmassy crafts for you to try. As ever, we’ll be featuring a worthy winner of our Flowercard award, and of course our Rainbow Shopping will look at buying for people who love that most seasonal colour: white!