We also hope you know how much your support this past week means to this small event based business. Mother's Day was the light we needed to see as it shown bright that beauty, generosity, and camaraderie are alive + well even in the muddiness of such stress filled, uncertain times.
We saw it at every turn from every direction- in our online store tech support going above and beyond to help us meet compliance requirements, our flower farmers making special trips to town to bring product; our Kennicott Milwaukee wholesaler letting us know more #americangrown product arrived and putting together a last minute vessel order; Colectivo Coffee moving forward with hosting our yearly pop up and offering us a conference room so we wouldn't have to work out of a van (no way that one would have worked out well); a college friend offering to help find media attention and coaching us through;
Brian Kramp and @Suzanne barthell generously encouraging and supporting a tv neophyte; more friends streaming the coverage from the East coast; a stranger calling to say the 9:15 segment was a good one; Clark Graphics Milw rush printing signage and care cards so we wouldn't have to go to a big chainstore printer; friends and family sharing posts, posting pictures of their flowers, and even inventing reasons to buy flowers for others; a spouse checking in every few hours to say, "you're doing great! You've got this!" alongside making sure food and sleep were happening; an employee offering a deeply discounted rate on labor (don't worry, we didn't let that one happen:-) customers calling, texting, and emailing to say how much they enjoyed their flowers; another floral company offering distanced assistance if we needed it; and finally, Milwaukeeans turning up to celebrate their Moms with our flowers and the flowers of all our floral friends.
We have so much gratitude that mere words couldn't possibly convey how we're feeling. So, said simply– Thank you.
Mother’s Day in quarantine: Alternative celebration ideas
This year, Mother’s Day, like everything else, will look a little different than usual. But with some creativity and forethought, no social distancing or safer-at-home restriction can stand in the way of mom receiving the royal treatment she deserves – and experiencing the full extent of your love and appreciation.
More than ever, flowers and natural elements should take a starring role.
The importance of botanicals on mental health
It seems almost too obvious to state – social distancing and being cooped up indoors are taking a toll on the mental health of all of us. We find ways to cope, to adapt. We watch Netflix to the end and back again. But we still feel stressed and on edge.
Natural elements in the house can help mitigate some of that anxiety. Countless studies have shown that viewing and having regular interaction with nature – even something simple like garden bouquets – can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous systems, or the systems that give you a sense of meaning.
Flowers also invoke calming feelings and provide numerous other physiological and psychological benefits. When you’re forced to remain distant from social interaction, natural interaction can provide a little bit of catharsis.
Flower shops might be limited, but flowers are still a must
Many flower shops are operating under restrictions. The old tradition of walking into your neighborhoodflorist on Mother’s Day eve and selecting the most alluring array isn’t going to work this year. And while grocery stores are still open, Mom definitely deserves better than a dozen cellophane-wrapped Pick ‘N Save roses (no offense, Pick N’ Save).
So if you’re looking to shower mom with bouquets of beautiful botanicals, your options are limited. But options still exist. Here’s what you’re working with:
You can make mom feel especially special this year by doing your own floral heavy lifting. Pull some of the flowers that are growing in your backyard – or take the kids on floral foraging hunt (maybe it helps to call it a “scavenger hunt”) through a wilderness preserve or park near your house. Select pretty,
healthy flowers as well as other natural elements to complement them: branches, ferns, twigs and whatever else strikes your fancy.
Bleach Alternative Flower Food Recipe
• 1 container with lid
• 1 qt. lukewarm water
• Add 2 Tbsp. white vinegar (inhibits bacteria growth and lowers pH levels)
• 2 Tbsp. sugar (gives flowers nourishment)
• Replace lid on container and mix together by shaking vigorously. pour desired amount into vessel.
If you need a little something more to go with your flowers check out some of our favorite Milwaukee small businesses to love –
Olson House - for fun scandy house items.
Fischbergers Variety - for fun everything items.
Daisy Blu - for all those pictures you finally print & great keepsakes
Aromatic Acres - for her garden.
Company Brewing - for her beer buds.
Tall Guy and A Grill - for her take out taste buds.
Lake Effect- for living her best life buds.
Bliffert Hardware - the question isn't what IS it for, the question is what ISN'T it for?
*There are so many more amazing Milwaukee small businesses that we haven't posted, so keep buying local!
Mother’s Day might take a little more planning this year, but with a little bit of foraging – or by pre-ordering a Floral Alchemy pickup or delivery bouquet – you’ll be in excellent shape to show Mom just how much you care about her.
Thanks to all you moms out there (especially you, Annette E.) for all you do.
We love and appreciate you!
Floral Alchemy is a studio based floral design business, prioritizing WI farms, American grown specialty cut flowers, and environmentally sustainable farms. We approach our clients wedding, events and floral installations with a looser, more organic, natural aesthetic.