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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… 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

Holiday Floral Arrangements

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Kristin Lares

We're just days away from Christmas, and you likely already have your holiday dinner party menus planned by now. But, what about dressing the table with holiday floral? Sure, you can grab a bunch of consumer flowers in a pinch, but we suggest you check out the always fresh and beautiful arrangements made by Bristol Farms' Floral Designers. Our talented designers have been in the floral industry for years, and have kept up with the new trends of product to work with, and unique designs. When you visit Bristol Farms on your next shopping trip, please visit our floral department for your floral needs. We will be happy to create an arrangement for you while you shop, although we do recommend a 72-hour notice as this is our busiest time of year. If you have a specific vision in mind, our designers are very accommodating and can design anything from a large, elegant arrangement to a single flower arrangement, while working with your color and theme needs. We have great containers on… Read More

Poinsettias are here!

posted on December 7th, 2015 by Kristin Lares

Beautiful flowers make the best decorations for your holiday parties! By far, one of the most popular holiday flowers is the Poinsettia. Well known for the variety that boasts beautiful red and green foliage, poinsettias offer festive color to your holiday decorations, and they are particularly popular for the Christmas holiday. Bristol Farms' Floral Departments are offering extraordinary poinsettias for the holiday season! We buy the best quality from the top vendors here in California to give our customers the best experience in owning a poinsettia plant. We buy in January of the previous year to ensure our vendor's poinsettia selection is done carefully, and that the best graded plants are selected while still growing in their greenhouses. Our Floral Departments are offering a large selection of 6-inch potted poinsettias in a wide range of colors, such as red, white, and pink. Our Floral Specialists will be happy to personalize them with our Christmas themed branches and pine… Read More

Red Ilex for the Holiday

posted on November 16th, 2015 by Kristin Lares

Alongside the Poinsettia and Mistletoe plants, the Ilex Berry (or holly) is another very popular plant during the winter months and to be used in household decorations for the Christmas holiday. Bristol Farms’ Ilex Berry is grown by Sun Valley and is the “Oosterwijk” variety, which is the female cultivar of the Ilex plant. The original plant came from Holland and has been growing at the Willow Creek farm for about 10 years! Over the course of each fall season, Sun Valley’s gold, orange, and red berries come to harvest.  Starting now and through Christmas, Sun Valley’s red berries are in abundance and making their way to Bristol Farms. The picking team at Sun Valley harvests the branches, places them in white buckets, and then they get hauled down the mountain to the Arcata farm. In the warehouse, they remove the leaves to expose the stunning red berries, bunch, and then sleeve the branches. Over the last several years, Sun Valley has been propagating the bushes with the… Read More

Fall Garden Mums

posted on October 28th, 2015 by Kristin Lares

Fall is here! And our floral departments in-store have welcomed in the change of season with all our seasonal fall cut flowers and plants. We encourage you to take a stroll through our floral department on your next visit to see the beautiful autumn bouquets and arrangements we have made up for you. Simply stunning! Our fall merchandise is perfect to decorate for the holidays that are just around the corner, and to liven up your home or office. In addition to our seasonal bouquets and arrangements, Bristol Gardens is now offering Garden Mums! Of all the seasonal plants to choose from, fall wouldn’t be complete without our garden mum. Garden mum plants are much different from the floral mum that you often see in floral departments today. The one main difference is the garden mum is very hardy and can be left outside to decorate your walkway or the step in front of your home; this plant can survive any weather condition. On the other hand, the floral mum only does well with the… Read More

The Pumpkin Tree Branch

posted on October 20th, 2015 by Kristin Lares

They're back!! Locally grown Pumpkin Tree Branches are my personal favorite in fall floral and are back in our floral departments for a limited time. The pumpkin tree plants start their journey in greenhouses in early March, then are transferred to the fields during the months of April and May. The planting of the pumpkin tree plants are staggered until mid-June, and then harvested once the center of the plants turn bright orange (which is anywhere from September through November). Pumpkin tree branches are a great product to use during the fall months and holidays, and can be displayed anywhere in your home. I find them to be a great conversation piece too. Fun ideas for using the pumpkin stems Aside from the usual vase method displaying the entire branch, you can cut the small pumpkins off of the stem and place them inside a clear bowl or vase, or use them on display with your fall wheat/leaves, gourds, and pussy willow by laying them across your dining room table or fireplace… Read More

Locally Grown Basil Plants

posted on September 18th, 2015 by Kristin Lares

Bristol Farms' floral departments just received the most beautiful, fresh, locally grown Basil plants and they are ready to take home! We are enjoying the aroma of fresh basil in-store, but can't wait to take one of these home to enjoy in our kitchens. My favorite dish to make with fresh Basil is, of course, the Caprese salad. There's really no wrong way to do it - platter it, or skewer on some kabobs, as long as you have the right ingredients, you're all set. Grab a couple fresh Roma tomatoes from our produce department, some fresh Buffalo Mozzarella from our cheese department, and, of course, our Bristol's Own Extra Virgin Olive Oil in our grocery department. If you're a fan of a Balsamic drizzle on your Caprese salad, be sure to also check out our Bristol's Own Aged Balsamic Vinegar. Top it all with some sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Yum! Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is often referred to as the king of herbs. Basil plants are certainly one of the most popular herbs grown… Read More

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