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Green for the Holidays

posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

All of our holiday greenery comes from Continental Floral Greens, a West Coast purveyor of sustainable and gorgeous greens. Their Western greens are grown in the wild, just as Mother Nature intended, and they take great care of the land and resources so they can harvest beautiful greens now and for generations to come. They are part of the water recycling program in California, certified MPS-A for all western greens, and operate with minimal usage of non-toxic fertilizers. Sustainable home décor available in our floral department Poinsettias $7.99 each Our gorgeous velvety poinsettias are grown on a small California family farms that's been producing them sustainably for 50 years. 24” Noble Fir Wreath$19.99 each Harvested from the slopes of Mount St. Helens, this wreath is the perfect way to welcome friends and family. Farmhouse Holiday Swag $9.99 each Give your front door some holiday swagger with this impressive alternative to a traditional wreath. Blue Noble… Read More

Conca d’Or’ Lilies

posted on November 7th, 2016 by Kristin Lares

Conca d’Or’ Lilies never disappoint me. These gems are extraordinary reliable time after time. I am not quite sure if it’s their sophisticated upright trumpet-shaped blooms, subtle fragrance or the fact they are just fun to say. I think it’s all of the above!! Because of their gentle buttery hues, Conca d’Or’s compliment any season or holiday table. This divine lily is not grown by many any longer or easily found for purchase in California for that matter. I cherish the relationship I have with our local grower allowing Bristol Farms to offer these lilies year round! In 2010 the Conca d’Or’ was inducted into the Hall of Fame Lilies. So I am not the only one who thinks they are amazing! Read More

Spring has sprung with Blooming Branches!

posted on April 11th, 2016 by Kristin Lares

Spring is here, winter is gone, and the blooming branches are in season! This time of year is such a great time for floral. One of my personal favorites of the season are our spring blooming branches that are grown in Oregon. They are only available for a short time once a year, and I always anticipate their arrival. Our Floral Departments are currently offering a variety of beautiful blooming branches for spring! You can now find the following varieties in store: blossoms of peach, plum, prunus, flowering dogwood, pussy willow, and more. Our spring blooming branches are the perfect way to invite the season into your home. I love the way they dress up a room with such a settle elegance within minutes. I always lean toward the vintage and rustic look by using my grandmother's antique vase. When you use more than one variety in a setting, you will be pleased with the impact they make in your home décor. I find Pussy Willows are one of the most resilient branches. Our spring blooming… Read More

Spring Tulip Sale!

posted on April 7th, 2016 by Kristin Lares

I will never forget the first time I visited a tulip farm. The rows and rows of vivid color were beautiful, overwhelming, and delightful! I saw so many vibrant colors, and it reminded me of looking through a Kaleidoscope as a kid. While visiting the farm, I gained insight into the difficult work involved in maintaining the fields of flowers and the farm itself. I found it intriguing how this bulb has such discipline and grows in uniform, and the passion that the growers have for these beautiful blooms. Tulips are one the most recognized and loved flower.  They are one of the most anticipated flowers for spring, but - luckily - you don’t have to wait until spring to enjoy these little cups of heaven. Bristol Farms offers them year-round! Our tulips are locally grown, which means they are more fresh and have a longer vase-life than the imported options. Our Floral Shops are currently having a tulip extravaganza sale! Stop by and pick up a bunch or two of our beautiful 10-stem… Read More

Lucky Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day

posted on March 17th, 2016 by Kristin Lares

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today is the one day everyone wishes they were a bit Irish, wouldn't you say? As many of you will be rushing out to get your corned beef dinners, Irish soda bread, and Irish ales, don't forget to pick up a lucky Shamrock plant! The shamrock leaf is the most iconic and recognized symbol of the holiday, and it has such a deep history dating back into the 5th century. Our shamrock plants are loaded with this iconic leaf and are sure to bring you some luck. Enjoy one of these plants for yourself or as a gift for family and friends. Shamrocks (also known as Oxalis) surprisingly fall under the bulb category. I'll bet you multiple pots of gold you didn’t know that! There are over 500 varieties of shamrocks, but they are all available for a short period of time each year. For a limited time, you can support our local growers and capture the Irish spirit with our 4” or 6” live potted shamrocks. Shamrocks are a great indoor or work space plant because they… Read More

Beautiful Spring Blooms

posted on March 11th, 2016 by Kristin Lares

Spring always delivers a bounty of beautiful and fragrant blooms. So many of my favorite flowers arrive this time of year and are gone before we know it. Relish in these wonderful spring floral varieties while they are in season: Easter Lilies Gorgeous, big, beautiful, bright, and fragrant are words that can only be describing Easter Lilies! I love this time of year, and after many years of working in the floral industry, the Easter Lily still holds a special place in my heart. Our Single Spike Easter Lilies arrive on March 17th, and will be here for a limited time. With its trumpet like flower, it emits a beautiful fragrance that will make you wish they were available all year long. Lilacs We are so thrilled to be offering first of the season Lilacs in our floral shops! There is nothing better than a large bouquet of lilacs and, luckily for you, there is no waiting until spring. You can now start to enjoy the pleasant, sweet scent of a freshly picked lilac bouquet in your own… Read More

First of the Season Daffodils

posted on March 9th, 2016 by Kristin Lares

Regardless of what the weather may be like outside, vibrant Daffodils shout "Spring is here!" These yellow trumpets (and all flowers for that matter) have so much personality - when I look at a daffodil, I always think of the silly daffodils in Alice in Wonderland's "All in the Golden Afternoon". They make me smile. The daffodil has great symbolism - it is the birth flower for March and also the symbol for the American Cancer Society. Daffodils are a universal symbol of hope and life, and they're at the center of the American Cancer Society's "Daffodil Days Hope By The Bunch" campaign. Daffodils have limited seasonal availability. We expect to offer them through the end of March with weather permitting. Pick some up to enrich someone's day with this golden yellow gem. About our Grower William Roozen emigrated from Holland in 1947 with years of experience in the bulb industry. He had a good back, strong hands, and a heart pulsing with dreams. Roozen started a bulb farm on five… Read More

First of the Season Lilacs!

posted on March 1st, 2016 by Kristin Lares

We are so thrilled to be offering first of the season Lilacs in our floral shops! There is nothing better than a large bouquet of lilacs and, luckily for you, there is no waiting until spring. You can soon start to enjoy the pleasant, sweet scent of a freshly picked lilac bouquet in your own home. Our lilacs are locally grown in Acton, California by a farmer with a rich history. John Colombo, now in his mid-80’s, inherited the farm from his father, Christopher Colombo Brevidoro, an Italian immigrant who turned out to be largest lilac grower and founder of the industry. No one else was producing lilacs commercially in the country when Brevidoro put $1.50 down on a rock-strewn ranch overlooking Acton in 1935. Even during the Depression, the flowers were popular among Easterners who came to Los Angles for the winter. Brevidoro and his sons cleared brush and rocks on weekends, staying in the unheated farmhouse lit by coal lamps. Today, John continues to maintain the farm because of… Read More

Valentine's Day in our Floral Shops

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Kristin Lares

It's that time of year again - the time we show our loved ones just how much we value their friendship, companionship, and camaraderie through thoughtful gestures, such as giving gifts of fine dining, jewelry, sweet desserts, and beautiful floral! This is the time of year for our floral shops to shine and provide our shoppers with a breathtaking assortment of flowers through arrangements, plants, bouquets, and more. Of course, our professional floral staff are always happy to assist in helping you select a gift for your special loved one. Here's this year's line-up: Starting February 1, we're offering an amazing deal on wrapped Double Dozen 60 cm Roses for just $39.99*! That's a savings of $19.99 when you buy two. (single dozen roses are $29.99*) We will also have our 50 cm Single Stem Roses with Baby’s Breath and Greens for $7.99*. Exclusive to Bristol Farms is a 3.5 foot (110 cm) Rose Stem that wows for $9.99 a stem*. ($14.99* with filler and greens). We also offer an… Read More

The Meaning Behind a Rose

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Kristin Lares

Roses are available in a variety of beautiful colors, but did you know each color has a different meaning? The color of a rose can signify the strength and depth of the relationship you have with the one you want to give it to. This valentine's day, our roses are available in colors such as red, white, pink, yellow, peach, black (deep red), orange or coral, lavender, and blue. Each rose conveys a hidden message to the recipient within its color. So our message to you is "choose wisely." Gifting roses to a loved one is already a pleasurable experience, but think about the nice personal touch you can put on your selection of a rose. You have the opportunity to share why you chose a particular color and the meaning behind it. It's a great conversation piece and an impressive touch. Below are the colors of roses available and their meaning: White Rose = Innocence, Purity, Secrecy, Reverence, Worthiness Red Rose = Passion, Love, Respect, Courage, Congratulations Pink Rose = Happiness… Read More

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