13 Aug Your guide to buying fresh flowers in Auckland CBD
To help make your next flower purchase quicker and easier, we’ve put together this helpful guide on buying fresh flowers from a florist in Auckland CBD. It’s no secret that flowers are a great gift for all occasions, especially since they are the best way to express your feelings to family, friends, or significant other. Whether it’s graduation flowers, flowers for a birthday, anniversary, or special event, there are flowers to suit everyone.
Fresh flowers for every occasion
There’s a wide variety of flowers to choose from, so buying flowers can be an overwhelming task. Valentine’s Day may call for some timeless red roses or elegant yellow tulips, while birthday flowers or graduation flowers might call for something bright and lively to mark the celebration.
Here at Scarecrow Florist, we tailor bouquets to suit every possible occasion. For graduation flowers, we offer the Floribunda Graduation Bouquet – you can choose between rice mauves and pinks or glowing golds and copper. If you’re after some roses, we offer a variety of colours that we complement with a touch of seasonal foliage. For events like weddings, you are likely to prefer something more bespoke and tailored to your event. In this case, don’t hesitate to get in touch, so we can talk through your requirements and create the perfect flowers for your occasion.
Buying flowers for a birthday, or graduation flowers?
Something to consider when buying fresh flowers is your recipient’s taste. What is their favourite colour? How would you describe their personality? Would they like something bright and colourful, or would they prefer something more muted and rustic? These are important questions to think about, as they can help you narrow down the search for the perfect fresh flowers.
We create colour-themed bouquets using a tailored selection of seasonal blooms. If you’re after something neutral, have a look at our classical bouquet. If you want something a bit more vibrant, our Sing the Blues bouquet is more likely to appeal to the special person you’re sending them to.
Order early from your florist in Auckland CBD
If you’re after the freshest flowers, it’s best to get your order in early if you’re buying online, or head into our store first thing in the morning. This ensures you get your first choice of the fresh flowers you want. There’s nothing worse than leaving your order to the last minute and discovering that popular florists in Auckland CBD are sold out, or you’re left with a limited selection.
Work out your budget for fresh flowers
Another important consideration is your budget. This is especially helpful for your florist if you’re shopping in-store as we will use it as a guide to create the best bouquet suited to your budget.
If you’re shopping online, spend some time on research, as prices vary between Auckland CBD florists. This will ensure you’re getting the best value for your budget, without breaking the bank. All our ready-made bouquets start at $60 for a small size but if you’d like to make a grand gesture and you don’t mind spending a bit more, you can opt for a large size at $120. Looking for a small thoughtful gift? We have $40 Posies in-store only at Scarecrow Grocer – swing by and pick up your flowers from 811 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024
How to tell if you’ve got fresh flowers
Now that you’ve set a budget, you want to ensure that the flowers you’re buying are as fresh as possible, so you get the best value for your money. Here’s a mini guide of what to look out for:
Check the flower petals
Have a look at the petals to see if there are any brown or black spots. These are usually a tell-tale sign that the blossoms aren’t fresh and are cut the wrong way. If the petals are discoloured, wilting or transparent, this means that they’re past their peak freshness.
Look at the bulbs
Take a good look at the flowers from all angles. When looking at the bulbs, look out for ones that haven’t completely blossomed. The tighter the buds are, the fresher the flowers, as they’ll bloom once they’re in a vessel. However, if you’re buying flowers for a party or a wedding, be sure to select ones that are in full bloom.
Examine the stalk
A good way of checking if a bouquet is fresh is to look at the stems to see if they’re sturdy and firm. If the stems are bending or broken, this means your fresh flowers will wilt much sooner. Check to see if the stalks are still white and green and look like they’ve been freshly cut. Stay away from stalks that are yellowing, browning, or frayed.
Inspect the leaves
If the flowers are fresh, they should look healthy and green. If they’re turning brown, or if there are spots along the stem and the leaves are falling off or wilting, it’s a sign that the flowers won’t last as long.
In-store or online?
Going into a flower shop to select and smell fresh flowers is a wonderful feeling. But sometimes time isn’t on our side, so we have to rely on ordering online. There are plenty of benefits to buying flowers for a birthday, graduation flowers, or special occasion flowers online though. For example, if you’ve got an upcoming special occasion, ordering flowers online it makes it easier to compare bouquet and price options. Some florists in Auckland CBD also offer a delivery service, making it even more convenient if you can’t pick up and drop off the flowers.
The Scarecrow website makes it easy for you to view and compare our range of bouquets. We also offer same-day delivery in the Auckland region if you need to send flowers out ASAP. We also have emergency flower delivery so, if you have an urgent request, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do to make your flower delivery happen.
Add a special something to your bouquet of flowers
Personalising your fresh flowers with a little something extra on the side is a great way to make your bouquet even more special. There are plenty of treat you could add to your flowers order. For example, the Scarecrow online store stocks a range of items such as ethical NZ-made chocolates, boutique wine and craft beer. You could even include a gift hamper with your fresh flowers or delicious organic honey for the foodie in your life. We source from local artisan brands and businesses in New Zealand to our Auckland location, and we’re proud to be working with them.
Our range of seasonal flowers are carefully selected and arranged to offer you the best vibrant blooms for your budget.
Talk to Scarecrow – your local florist in Auckland central
If you’re ready to make your next flower purchase for yourself or a special somebody, we can help. Get in touch on (09) 377133 or browse our selection online and place your fresh flowers order there. Otherwise, you can pop in and see us in-store at 811 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland– we’d be delighted to help you choose the perfect flowers.