For The Love Of Flowers

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By Barbara P.G. Williams

Co-owner of Belak Flowers


Barbara Williams, a floral designer for over 30 years, is co-owner of   Belak Flowers.

In 32 years of working in 8 flower establishments, I thought I had heard all the flower stories to be told.

Recently, however, I have heard from my many happy brides about the wedding journey my bouquet has taken with the bride & groom;  how well it was treated, all the places it has been, being treated like a fragile new puppy.

So it begs the question, how long do blooms normally last?  Of course this depends on the flowers selected, the weather, and how well the flowers are watered and protected.

A normal bridal bouquet of mine can be expected to last over a week in water.  But in everyday bouquets, the expected  longevity  really starts with variety of the flowers.  Many blooms are simply sturdier than others and the length

of time from bud to full bloom varies enormously.

Flower Longevity

When flowers are harvested correctly and given the proper care and handling, they can be expected to last to their optimum    life expectancy.  Changing the water and keeping them in a cool place also helps.

Happiness is to carry flowers in both hands.

-Japanese Proverb

1 to 2 days

belak_on12_sweet peas

Gardenia

Sweet Pea

3 to 5 days

Cornflower

Peony

Daffodil 

Phlox

Iris

Queen Anne’s Lace

Lilac

Stephanotis

Tulip                     belak_on12_tulip

Lily of The Valley

5 to 7 days

Anemone

Gloriosa Lily

Bouvardia

Gypsophila

Calla    

Rose

Delphinium

Snapdragon

Freesia

Stock

Gerbera

Zinnia

belak_on12_tuberose

7-14  days

Agapanthus

Asiatic Lily

Alstromeria

Oriental Lily

Asters

Nerine

Bells of Ireland

Orchids

Chrysanthemum

Tansy

Gladiolus

Tuberose

Heather

Waxflowerbelak_on12_Statice

Liatris

Yarrow

14 or more days

Anthurium

Heliconia

Carnation

Star of Bethlehem

Miniature

Carnation

Statice


Applause:

I found Barb and Belak by reading other reviews and recommendations and I have to say, all those other ladies were right! Barb was beyond awesome! I’m not a big flower person, I like relatively simple things. I had an idea of what I wanted and Barb was able to show me some pictures and help me create bouquets that I loved. My bouquet was the perfect size and my bridesmaids’ bouquets werealso the perfect size for them. Our corsages and boutonnieres were gorgeous – she even included an extra one for the groom! ~ Lindsay

Belak Flowers did an amazing job as the florist for my wedding. Upon meeting with Barb as I was doing my vendor search, I could tell that she was skilled at her work, friendly, and very flexible. She had fabulous ideas and could offer me everything I wanted for a significant amount less than what other florists were charging. I met with Barb several times before the wedding, and she asked many questions to be sure that she had a grasp of my vision for my flowers. ~ Allison

Just like the other reviews left about Belak, I as well have to say that Barb was amazing and completely professional. She was able to turn my vision into a reality. Our flowers not only looked great, but the scent from the English roses were magnificent. I have referred two of my bride to be friends to Belak and know they will be just as pleased as we were. As an added tip to those unsure, just make an appointment to talk to Barb, I can guarantee when you leave you will know that you have found your florist! I had another appointment set up that I was sure I’d probably go with, but one meeting was ALL it took for me to know I had found my florist and I instantly canceled my other floral appointment. ~ Lynn

Belak Flowers

Where Your Vision Comes Into Bloom

Belak Flowers

since 1954

302-762-5000 888-762-8877

www.belak-flowers.com

832 Philadelphia Pike

Wilmington,  DE  19809

Barb’s Email: Bgwbelaks@comcast.net

established wedding specialist free personal consultation with Barb, all budgets possible evening appointments available

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