Need to send flowers to someone on Cat Island? Yes We Can!

Flowers are the international language and florists are the messenger. Did you know? You can count on George Thomas Florist, your local florist here in Indianapolis can send flowers ANYWHERE in the world!

Sending flowers across town? That’s easy. How about, Cat Island, Japan?

A short ferry ride from Japan’s east coast, Tashirojima is a small island boasting a population of around 100 people. That doesn’t sound too unusual until you discover that the humans on the island are outnumbered 8-1 by feral cats!

Originally the cats were encouraged as the island produced silk and mice are a natural predator of silkworms. Local fishermen regarded them as good luck and the island even has a cat shrine, along with newly built cat-shaped cabins for tourists to stay in. It goes without saying that there are no dogs allowed.

Okay, sending flowers there might be a little tricky, but suddenly Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t seem so far away anymore – and we can definitely deliver flowers there!

The bottom line is that the best way to send flowers – whether in town or out of town – is to always think local! George Thomas Florist is your connection to the world. Give us a real challenge and bring it on, we’re ready.

Did you know we are much more than just flowers? How about chocolate baskets or a seafood basket? If that’s starting to sound interesting then welcome to our industry, it’s fast, fun and exciting! With our Yes We Can attitude we can make it all happen for you; all you have to do is ask!

Why take chances with some out-of-town company you’ve never heard of when you can rest assured with an unconditional guarantee from a name you trust?

We specialize in beautiful florals imported from around the globe that we create and customize with your personalized message and deliver it wherever you desire. So next time an occasion arises and you want to send flowers or gifts, just give us a call and we’ll be ready to exceed your expectations – even if you want them delivered to Cat Island.

Know Your Flower Etiquette

We all know that flowers make wonderful gifts for a variety of different circumstances. It’s hard to go wrong with choosing flowers as a gift, but there are a few rules of etiquette that should be followed when giving flowers on certain occasions.

Choosing the right flowers

  • While there are no definitive rules about what kind of flowers to send, certain types or colors of flowers may be inappropriate depending on the circumstance. A dozen red roses typically suggest romance and may send an unintended message if you are giving them to a co-worker or casual acquaintance.
  • White or light yellow flowers are usually the best choices for sympathy flowers. You certainly will want to avoid bright colored flowers in most instances.
  • Bright colored flowers, however, are almost always appropriate for happy occasions or milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, congratulations, or thank yous.
  • When thanking someone, choose their favorite flower or favorite color instead of the cheapest option, the extra effort on your part will be appreciated and it makes your gratitude appear more personal and genuine.

Timing is everything

  • Some hospitals prohibit flowers, so check to make sure they’re allowed if you are sending them there. The local florists should know which hospitals accept them, and which do not. If the recipient’s hospital visit is brief, consider sending them to the home after they are dismissed.
  • While many people prefer to send sympathy flowers directly to the funeral home, it is perfectly acceptable to send them to the family’s home afterward. It’s even okay to wait a week or two in order to let the family know you’re still thinking of them.
  • Birthdays, holidays and anniversary are obvious occasions for sending flowers, but giving flowers “out of the blue” or “on a whim” are more impactful, especially if the recipient is not expecting a gift.
  • If you are late hearing about an occasion, but still wish to send flowers, be sure to mention that to the recipient – otherwise, the timing may seem odd to them.

Consider the recipient

  • Size matters, so consider where the flowers are going and what will happen to them after they’re delivered. Designs that are too small may not send the appropriate message you wish to convey, but larger gifts may be intrusive in small offices or rooms – especially if they’re shared with other people.
  • Putting yourself in the recipient’s shoes and asking yourself how you would feel receiving the gift should give you a good idea of what is appropriate.
  • Do some research when sending flowers to people from different cultures. Some cultures have stigmas against certain colors or flowers, and you don’t want to misconstrue your message or create an obligation to reciprocate.
  • Sending sympathy flowers If a family specifically asks for donations in “lieu of flowers” is a breach of etiquette, even if you mean well. In circumstances such as this, a fruit basket or other memorial item may be appropriate if you would still like to send a gift.

Flowers are such an excellent way to convey a personal sentiment, so it’s important to consider the message you are wishing to express. When in doubt, give us a call and let us know the circumstance and we’ll help you select the perfect gift!

Summertime’s Sensational Sunflowers

Sunflowers are admired in floral arrangements for their warm and inviting beauty and are known to symbolize loyalty, adoration, and longevity. They are used in the floral industry to express feelings of happiness and energy, but the wondrous sunflower is so much more than just a pretty flower.

While admired for their simplistic beauty, sunflowers are also some of the world’s most versatile agricultural crops. In addition to the large daisy-like petals that add excitement and intrigue to fresh-cut floral arrangements, they are an excellent source of food and edible oil. Along with its nutritional seeds, sunflowers are commonly used for industrial applications such as biofuel and livestock feed.

Here are some fun facts that will make you take a second look the next time you see a sunflower:

• Sunflowers are primarily native to North America and were a common crop among Native Americans who not only used the ground seeds for food but also the flower for textile dyes and the stalks for kindling.

• Sunflowers are rugged flowers that are tolerant of both high and low temperatures making them easy to grow.

• Sunflowers can grow up to 16 feet in height and some varieties can produce over 2,000 seeds per flower.

Sunflower Fields by George Thomas Florist

• Among their many industrial applications, sunflowers are used to extract toxins from contaminated soil and were used to aid in the cleanup from the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters.

• There are over 70 different varieties of sunflowers in a wide range of sizes with petal colors ranging from vibrant yellow to deep oranges and browns.

• Sunflowers are among the fastest growing plants and can reach maturity and heights of 8 to 12 feet in 90-100 days.

• Sunflowers are often associated with renowned Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh who depicted the flowers in two series of still life paintings. One of those paintings was purchased for $53.9 million in 1987.

Be sure to take a closer look the next time you see one of these magnificently versatile flowers and consider including some of these cheerful favorites the next time you send flowers. Click here to check out George Thomas Florist’s summer flower designs.

Celebrate July 4th With George Thomas Florist

Spirit of America by George Thomas Florist

It’s time for Independence Day, and for many, that means a long weekend full of fun activities like picnics, parades, and fireworks to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our nation’s independence from the British Empire.

It’s a day to celebrate our freedom and reflect on the history of the country we call home. It’s also a perfect time for flowers!

Whether you’re looking for a gift for the host of your barbecue or trying to find the perfect way to decorate your 4th of July party, we have you covered in red, white and blue.

One of our most popular items this time of year is our Spirit of America. This festive delight is sure to turn heads at your holiday gathering.

It’s not the 4th of July without the fireworks, and it’s certainly not a proper celebration unless food is involved. Leave the grilling to someone else this year while you sit back and enjoy the festivities knowing that your Gourmet Picnic Basket from George Thomas Florist is the hit of the party.

Speaking of food, did you know that about 155 million hot dogs are consumed each year on the 4th of July? That’s enough to stretch from Washington D.C. to L.A. five times! Last year, 70 of those hot dogs were consumed in just 10 minutes by competitive eater Joey Chestnut at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest which is held every year in Coney Island, New York.

Here are a few other interesting facts you may not have known about Independence Day

  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies. The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was South Carolina’s Edward Rutledge, 26, and the oldest delegate was 70-year-old Benjamin Franklin. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
  • Benjamin Franklin was displeased that the bald eagle was chosen as the national bird – his choice was the turkey. In a letter to his daughter, Sarah Bache in 1784, he said of the bald eagle, “He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.” He claimed that the turkey was “a bird of courage” and was far “more respectable” than the “lazy” bald eagle.
  • Gourmet Picnic Basket by George Thomas Florist

    In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 326 million.

  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee wastes little time in getting their celebration underway. The Annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade steps off each year at 12:01 a.m. This year’s parade is the 42nd annual installment and is expected to draw an estimated 80,000 spectators.
  • Due to concerns about cracking the iconic Liberty Bell, it has not been rung since 1846. Instead, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times each year on Independence Day.
  • Over 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July according to The American Pyrotechnics Association.
  • The United States isn’t alone in celebrating their independence on July 4th. Both the Philippines and Rwanda also celebrate July 4th as a day of liberation. In Southeast Asia, it is known as “Republic Day” and Rwandans celebrate “Liberation Day.”

From our family at George Thomas Florist to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July! Give us a call today to help get your party started off right.

 

When You Think Father’s Day, Think George Thomas Florist

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 18, and we’re here to help you find the perfect gift for dad. Of course, everyone loves flowers, but if they aren’t exactly dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day gift, we have many other wonderful options that he is sure to enjoy!

Father’s Day Balloon Bouquet by George Thomas Florist

George Thomas Florist has a wide selection of unique gifts that you won’t find anywhere else! One of our most popular gifts for dad is our Happy Father’s Day Dish Garden which features a blooming tropical kalanchoe amidst a gathering of peaceful, fresh green plants set in a unique moss planter with a “Happy Father’s Day” Mylar balloon.

Does dad like to eat? Treat him to a snack basket filled with his favorite treats, or a gourmet picnic basket featuring fresh fruit if he wants to keep it healthy. For something totally unique, perhaps a succulent terrarium or a peaceful zen garden would do the trick!

Happy Father’s Day Dish Garden by George Thomas Florist

If you would like to go with a more traditional gift, we offer a wide variety of long-lasting plants that are easy to care for and look beautiful in the home or the office. If flowers are more dad’s style, there are many terrific options that dad will love. Sunflowers and tropical flowers like birds of paradise and anthuriums are popular choices for Father’s Day. If he’s not a fan of flowers, we also offer a Father’s Day balloon bouquet that is sure to make his day extra special!

No matter what dad’s style, we can help you make this year’s Father’s Day unforgettable with a gift that he is sure to love! We can even send his gift out of town so he can enjoy it no matter where he’s located. Stop by to see our selection or order online. Happy Father’s Day!

Avoid These Common Pinterest Pitfalls When Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

In April, we discussed how to choose the perfect florist for your wedding. Now that you’ve found us, here are some common Pinterest pitfalls and how to avoid them when working with your florist!

If you’ve recently changed your Facebook status to “engaged,” congratulations! We hope you have a florist in mind, but if not, we know a great one!

We absolutely love wedding flowers! For us, working with couples to set the tone for their big day is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. We think you’ll enjoy it too, but there are some important decisions to be made – that’s why it’s important that you and your florist are on the same page.

Pinterest is a fantastic resource for wedding inspiration, but people often make several key mistakes because it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with the vast quantity of pictures they find online. In order to make your wedding flower experience as smooth as possible, we identified a few common Pinterest pitfalls that you’ll want to avoid.

Falling in love with everything

You might be starting off on the wrong foot by arriving at your consultation and showing the florist 3,000 wedding pins you like. In years past, most brides only had pictures of weddings from people they knew, or from a few bridal magazines.

Today, thanks to social media, we’re inundated with millions of professional wedding photographs and many of them make the flowers look amazing in all sorts of different settings. In reality, the same flowers that look picture-perfect in a photo of a beach wedding could look out of place if your wedding is in a church or a rustic rural venue.

A good strategy is having an idea or theme in mind and then showing a handful of favorites to your florist and letting them work their magic. They typically have a great eye for design and once you’re on the same page, it’s much easier to work out the details.

Not having an accurate budget

At this stage of wedding planning you should, at least, have a “ballpark” idea of how much of your wedding budget is allotted for decorations and flowers. It’s important to be realistic and accurate as possible to avoid major changes later on.

There are some incredibly cool ideas to be found on Pinterest, but it may not be feasible to include everything you want and still remain within your budget. Having an accurate budget goes a long way towards minimizing the stress of having to cut details that you really want.

Wedding florists are experts in making the venue as beautiful as possible, but they need to have a good idea of your budget in order to start their planning. In many cases, they’ve worked with your particular venue in the past, so they know what works and what doesn’t. They should be able to give you options, offer you alternatives, or give you advice on how to make the most of your allocated budget.

Not being flexible or having unreal expectations

Pinterest is definitely a welcome addition to the wedding industry, and we certainly recommend that anyone planning a wedding use Pinterest during the initial stages to gather ideas, but remember that it should be thought of as a place for inspiration and not duplication.

Your wedding to be unique; it should tell your story and reflect your style and personalities without being a carbon copy of someone else’s ideas. Relying on Pinterest to plan every last detail will only lead to disappointment because there are just too many variables in play.

Many weddings are big productions that require multiple vendors working in unison to make sure everything comes together without a hitch. Often times couples dream big initially but are forced to sacrifice or cut back on certain aspects of their big day. Unless you have an unlimited budget (wouldn’t that be nice?) you might have to temper your expectations or modify some details. Don’t worry, it happens to almost everyone, and that’s why you hire experts.

Chances are, your wedding won’t look exactly like one you saw on Pinterest – but that’s a good thing. You never know; a year or two from now anxious couples may be looking at your wedding photos for inspiration of their own. The important thing is to make the day yours!

We know most people don’t have much experience when it comes to wedding flowers – it’s just not something you do every day – that’s why our goal is to make your wedding look fantastic! Give us a call at 317-353-9161 and we’ll help walk you through the process and set up a consultation.

11 Fun Facts for Mother’s Day

The Bridgette by George Thomas Florist

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, so the time is now to find something special for mom. George Thomas Florist can help you find the perfect gift! Give us a call, visit us at the shop, or check out the Mother’s Day section of our website to see our incredible collection of Mother’s Day flowers and gifts. Be sure to shop early in order to guarantee delivery on Mother’s Day if you’re ordering flowers to be delivered.

After you’re done shopping, enjoy these fun facts about Mother’s Day:

1. Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday in the world, behind only Christmas and Easter.

2. According to the Pew Research Center, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.

3. A research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, found that flowers affect human behavior and make people feel happier and more compassionate around fresh-cut blooms.

4. Approximately 65% of all greeting card sales occur in the last five days before Mother’s Day.

5. Women purchase 80% of all Mother’s Day cards.

6. In what was formerly Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. The only way she could be freed would be to “pay” her children with candy and treats.

Garden Bouquet by George Thomas Florist

7. Anna Jarvis is considered the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States. She quit her job to focus full-time on persuading politicians, business executives and civic leaders into making the holiday official. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day thanks to the persistence of Jarvis. Jarvis never married nor had children of her own.

8. Around one-quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year are purchased for Mother’s Day.

9. Many of the trademark sweaters that Mr. Rogers wore on his television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, were knitted by his real mother.

10. Mother’s Day was intended to be a day to honor mothers individually and not collectively, thus the reason for the apostrophe before the “s” – making it singular possessive instead of plural possessive.

11. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for the restaurant industry with 62% of Americans dining out.