Cut Flower Transportation 101
For those of you who are planning for a special event, here are a few tips for what to do with your cut flowers once you leave the farm.
First, be sure to bring along a vehicle that can actually hold all the flowers that you have ordered. When we had a family last summer show up with a not to be named vehicle that was loaded with kids, suitcases and things for their parent's anniversary dinner, the dozen mason jar bouquets and two larger vases did not have a big enough seat in the car! Luckily, they were a very resourceful couple and voila, once a few larger items were tied to the roof, life was good. The flowers had a comfortable ride to the party.
Air conditioning is a key! Flowers like to stay cool before your scheduled event and will also look so much better. Don't we all want to look our best? So be sure that your air conditioning is in good working order. After you arrive at your destination, be sure to keep the flowers out of direct sunlight in an air conditioned room or cool basement while you are setting up for the occasion.
And finally... if you need to borrow a vehicle for flower transportation, be sure it is the proper one for the job. We came to the aid of a young woman last year who had borrowed a friend's pickup truck to go to a flower farm to pick up the load of cut flowers. And while it seemed liked a good idea for most garden chores, it most certainly was not a good one for transporting flowers! Because after driving those buckets of flowers for two hours on the highway in an open bed, they looked like that they had been in a hurricane and only a few were usable! Treat those flowers with care, so that they will look their best for your special occasion.
"I must have flowers, always, and always." -Claude Monet