Love isn’t all red roses. The way you care for those you love is unique, so the flowers you send them should be too. Welcome to the Club 826 guide on all things floral.

Who doesn’t love receiving flowers? Over the years I’ve found that, for such a small gesture it surely packs a punch and produces oversized joy.

Club 826 Tip – Remember what’s important. Set reminders of anniversaries, birthday or special days in your diary. But …don’t always save sending flowers for birthday’s, Valentine’s Day or an apology. It’s the ones you buy just because you were thinking of your significant other when he or she wasn’t around which will score you more than a few brownie points for sure.

Avoid a mixed bouquet.

Keep things elegant, simple and pure. Nothing says style and class more than a bouquet of one single flower type and colour.  Keep is fresh and simple with no foliage or fancy paper. Just asked for them to be wrapped in brown paper. Super simple and chic. Favourites to create the most impact would be large off-white or pale, dusky pink roses or cornflower blue hydrangeas or a simple bunch of pink tulips or sunny yellow daffodils in spring will bring a beaming smile to anyone’s face.

Avoid red if you can. It can be a tad obvious and lacks imagination and a little bit cliche. A classic white or soft dusky, pink or peach shows more thoughtfulness.

Choose a fool proof flower

Don’t try to be fancy and source something out of season. Just like fruit and vegetables, only certain flowers are available at certain times of the year although some, like roses are available all year round. Stick to peonies in the spring, dahlias in summer, for the autumn months opt for hydrangeas and winter something like a ranunculi’s. They will be easier to get hold off, look healthier and last longer.


You want you flowers to certainly last more than 24 hours and certainly still be fresh when they get delivered. To avoid drooping blooms choose flowers which are not already in full bloom or anything too tightly in bud. Opt for stems which are just budding and on the verge of blossoming opening. Add flower food to the water, if it’s available and trim an inch of the bottom before placing in fresh water. Keep water fresh and topped up to keep blooms blooming.

Not the time for War and Peace.

When writing the note – keep it short and sweet. A simple, I love you, will always hit the mark whether you’re in the opening throws of romance or been married for 25 years. No matter how many years have passed, it’s still lovely to see these three little words. Or if the blooms are an apology, a simple ‘sorry’ will work. This is not the time nor place for big, wordy explanations. Save that for the face-to-face connection.

Sending flowers isn’t always about the big romantic gestures or celebrating special days. It’s the note sent without any need for occasion at all.

Wrong place, right time

If you find yourself unable to get hold of flowers then a plant or orchid could be an alternative option.  A simple repotting in a stylish pot will do the trick. A current trend is potted cacti in stylish and pretty pots.

Club 826 Tip – if supermarket flowers are all that’s to hand then a simple repacking in clear cellophane or white paper with a raffia bow makes them look a million times better.