Sunday, December 2, 2007


11/27/07 THE GIFT - Emmett Marion -- then a combat sergeant in New Guinea during World War II -- arranged to have a dozen red roses sent to his mother at her home in Mt. Airy, NC on Mother's Day. His mom cried all day, so touched was she that her son would take time in a war zone to do such a thing.

"The Gift" is a series about the things we've received, the things we've given, the things we remember. In big ways and small, they are gifts that have changed our lives. The day he and the others left for World War II, Emmett Marion looked out the window as the bus rolled past his house outside Mount Airy. There, by the side of the road, waving and crying, was his mother.
Auta Jane Marion had already lost two of her seven children: a boy at age 4, a girl in infancy. Now her second-born -- she nicknamed him "Sweet Boy" -- had been drafted into the Army Air Corps and was bound for the South Pacific.
To New Guinea, as it turned out. A sweltering island of jungles, coconuts and exotic birds -- quite a change from his family's 25-acre farm, with its vegetable garden, and pigs and chickens.
Pfc. Marion sent a portion of his $50-a-month pay back to North Carolina. And he told his family that where he was stationed, malaria was a bigger threat than Japanese bullets.
He was wearing uniforms now, not the clothes his mother had made him over the years. But he clung to gifts from her that helped form the young man he had become. He traced his religious faith to those Sundays when Mom would gather her children together, then read -- and explain -- the Bible to them. Marion's sense of sharing with others came from his mother, too -- he remembered all those times, during the Depression, when she had fed wandering hobos on their front porch. She never let anybody go hungry.
And then there was the certainty of her love, which he cherished during this time away from home.
As Mother's Day 1944 approached, Marion, inspired by the enchanting odors of the island's strange but beautiful flowers, got an idea. If I send you the money, he wrote his brother Curtis, would you hitchhike to the florist in Mount Airy and get Mom a dozen red roses?
His mother grew flowers and she traded cuttings with neighbors. But he was sure nobody had ever given her a store-bought bouquet.
Not Dad. Until they moved to the farm, Roscoe Marion had made 33 cents an hour at Mount Airy Mantle and Table. From that he had to pay $6 in rent for their mill house and other expenses. Their food came from some livestock and a vegetable garden (Mom canned lots of vegetables) and Mom also made most of their clothes.
Probably the only time she had even seen flowers from a florist was at a funeral. No, she'd led a lean life as far as luxuries go.
Marion sent his brother a $15 money order.
On Mother's Day, half a world away, Mom got her roses from the son she hadn't seen in more than a year.
And she cried all day.
Marion made it back to Mount Airy just before Christmas 1945. The snow was ankle-deep. Mother was so happy to see him.
She didn't mention the roses -- not then and not once before her death in 1981.
But today, her 84-year-old son still thinks about that gift he gave her. And the many she gave him.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Every Wednesday for the next four weeks we will be receiving Quebec greenhouse grown poinsettias in 8 and 10 inch containers. Smaller poinsettias are available through pre order only. Mid-month we will also be receiving poinsettia standards (trees) but quantities are limited, if you are interested in purchasing one for yourself, a friend or a family member please contact us as soon as possible as they are going fast!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


I just finished reading a very interesting article in the Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 edition of the Montreal Gazette. It spoke of brides and grooms going green for their wedding and how they might achieve it. Some may say its radical but if you choose just one item on the list, you are contributing to reducing waste that is too often the case of many weddings.

Here's a list of environmentally friendly options for your wedding (from the Montreal Gazette and "Eco-Chic weddings" by Emily Elizabeth Anderson).

The rings: I myself was shocked to read that a single gold ring can generate up to 20 tonnes of mine waste. Diamonds often originate from areas in Sub-Saharan Africa where the "profits" are used to fund guerrilla military activity.

Opt instead for faux diamonds or recycled gold. Have a two for one and have your engagement ring serve as your wedding band as well.

The gown: A wedding dress can take up to 15 metres of fabric or more. Very often it's made in China using child labor and/or harmful chemicals.

Go local! buy something made in Quebec. Choose a dress that you could possibly alter and wear again. Think organic cotton, hemp, silk or linen - all sustainable, naturally produced fabrics. Consider renting a dress or wearing a recycled one.

The bridal registry: Create a registry to cut down on unwanted gifts you'll never use. Or be totally selfless and ask for charitable donations in lieu of gifts.

The invitations: Consider a simple invitation, using tree free or chlorine free paper. Some companies (The Crane stationary company) offer wedding invitations made of organic cotton. Include a "please recycle" note on the back. Another option which I was introduced to at a friends wedding was paper with seeds embedded in it so that guests could plant the invitations and enjoy the flowers/herbs that grow from them. Or simply send e-vites.

Flowers: Organic (environmentally responsible growing methods, use of recycling and proper waste disposal) flowers are available ask your local florist what they can obtain for your wedding day.

The menu: It is humanly impossible to eat everything at most weddings. It's way too much even if you've been saving room for days and tons of it ends up in the dumpster after the party is over.

Simplify the menu. Have guest return home with leftovers in reusable containers or donate the leftovers to your local food bank.

Monday, May 28, 2007


I wish I would have had a little time to post our contest winners name before today but ever since Mothers Day, we have been extremely busy with wedding season kicking in.

Thank you to all who participated in this years contest.

Our winner will be receiving fresh flowers ($50 value) once a month for the next year to come.

Congratulations to Rosetta Primerano, from Lachine (Quebec)

Monday, April 23, 2007


The latin name ranunculus means "little frog". The word refers to the swampy ground where many types of the flower grow. This is one little frog I find very difficult to resist. One of my favorite flowers by far. I love the pink ones, and the white ones, and the yellow... I love them all! They are so delicate and oh so beautiful, their petals almost like tissue paper. They are just perfect on their own so you can admire their curvy stems and their plump blooms or just as beautiful tucked in with other spring flowers. These bulb grown blossoms are available all year round through imports but the peak season is December to end of May (best value). Care Tips: Remove all foliage, recut stems and change water regularly. The stems are inclined to buckle. If you don't want them curvy, insert a flower wire to keep them upright or cut the stems short.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


This year we are offering your choice of jewel or pearl wristbands that you can have as a keepsake and wear with any of your favorite outfits after the big day has come and gone. Our bracelets are made of semi precious gemstones and fresh water pearls to match your dress and are priced according to the width and type of jewels used.
We highly suggest you provide us with a material swatch from your dress so we can perfectly match the jewels and ribbon.
Please take note that due to the high demand for the made to measure bracelets we need up to 2 weeks to prepare your order.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Monday April 23rd to Friday April 27th, 2007

To recognize the work of clerical employees such as administrative assistants (receptionists, paralegals, ect.)

The most common way of recognizing your Administrative professionals are (but not limited to)
Gift basket
Gift certificate
Taking them to lunch

We have many gift ideas available in store. Such as potted flowering plants, cut flowers, flower arrangements in vase, balloons, cards and jewelry.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Some flowers and plants may be deadly for your pets or at the very least give them a belly ache. Other symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, coma and hyperactivity. There are over 100 varieties listed on the ASPCA website.

Here are some examples of varieties we often carry in store. You may want to avoid these all together if you have an animal that likes to get his/her nose and paws into places they shouldn't be!

Asian Lily
Bird of paradise
Calla lily
Charming Diffenbachia
Day lily
Easter Lily
Elephant ears
English Ivy
Lily of the Valley
Peace Lily
Morning glory
Stargazer Lily

Please contact your vetenarian if your animal ingests any of the above mentioned flowers/plants or any from the list on

Thursday, March 15, 2007


It smells like spring and gardeners are starting to feel the itch. Theres nothing like getting right down into your garden and getting your hands dirty. Now if only the snow could go away for good. Check out Garden Design magazine's hot trends for spring/summer 2007.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Spring is right around the corner and we are seeing more and more spring bulb flowers on the market, such as Crocus, Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinth. Peak season is from January through May so now is the time to pick up some fresh bunches of cut tulips and or hyancinths or some potted bulb gardens. Every week we bring in a wide variety in an array of colors.
Potted bulbs. Remove all plastic wrapping and check soil moisture. We often cover the earth with moss, you may leave all or none or you may simply remove it. Moss helps to maintain even soil moisture and humidity around the plant. If your plant did not come with a pot and saucer, we recommend you place it in one with proper drainage.
Bulb basket care (pre-planted) Your plant will need 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Once the foliage breaks the soil, keep the pot cool and remove it from direct sunlight. This will promote stronger and shorter stems. The flowers will bloom for 1-2 weeks.
Planting the bulbs (Hyacinths, Daffodils and Crocus) Remove the spent flowers and allow the foliage to grow for 6-8 weeks. Reduce watering until the foliage withers then remove the bulbs from the earth and let them dry out for a few days. Store the bulbs in an open paper bag and place them in the dark in an ideal temparature of 60F until the weather permits you to plant them outdoors. They will not bloom again till next spring.

Sunday, February 25, 2007


Imagine waking up to the beautiful smell of fresh cut hyacinths, lilies or freesias paired up with some fragrant greens such as eucaliptus or rosemary. Flowers can be a simple and inexpensive way to brighten someones spirits through colors, scents and style.
Whether it be the warming glow of a sunflower or the colorful blooms of a gerbera daisy, a Harvard Study of The Home Ecology of Flowers has proven that "Living with flowers strenghtens feelings of compassion and decreases anxiety, worry and depression". Nancy Etcoff - a Harvard Medical School researcher and Massachusetts General Hospital psychologist - found that fresh flowers can provide a boost of energy and enthusiasm at home or in the workplace.
What better way to show a loved one you appreciate and care for them. I'm always amazed at the reactions I get when I deliver flowers to an office, all the girls wishing they were for them. According to a study* 83% of people would like to receive flowers when they are not expecting them and 88% say flowers can change your mood for the better. The society of American florists (SAF) reports that not only do women enjoy receiving flowers but 60% of men polled said they would like to receive flowers at work, make that "manly" flowers such as exotics or brightly colored flowers in the reds, yellows, oranges and blues.
So the next time you want to relieve some stress or put a smile on someones face offer them a couple of stems of their favorite flower.


Thursday, February 15, 2007


How to care for your cut flowers
  • Remove any leaves that may come in contact with the water in the vase
  • Fill a vase with room temperature water and add floral preservative to the water.
  • Cut up to one inch off the flower stem. Cut at an angle. Immediately place them in water. This will allow the flower to absorb more water.
  • Display your flowers in a cool area and away from direct sunlight
  • If possible change the water daily, this will minimize bacterial growth
  • For longer lasting flowers you can place your vase and flowers in the refrigerator at night and remove them in the morning
  • Keep flowers away from ripening fruits and cigarette smoke as they produce ethylene gas and it will considerably reduce vase life.

Friday, February 9, 2007


This is toooooo funny. A friendly florist over at did a test order at Proflowers. It perfectly demonstrates what you get for your money. I'm still waiting top see if she gets her money back. The reason they are not saying anything throughout the video is to keep them from laughing...It's a mystery how they did it.

Saturday, February 3, 2007


With Valentines day quickly aproaching the flower buisness is cut throat. From everyone to local grocery stores, to super stores, to online brokers everyone is trying to cash in on the holiday. Some consumers don't take the time to think about the decision they are making when picking up a bouquet at the grocery store or by browsing the internet for the cheapest deal but florists across the country are feeling the hit and it's hurting the industry.
1800 flowers has come up with an negative ad campaign against local florists claiming their flowers are fresh from the farm (meanwhile they are busy handing out millions of dollars in coupons after settling a couple of lawsuits regarding the "fresh from the field" claim). My friends at have come up with a witty replacement for their campaigning. Enjoy!

Friday, February 2, 2007


So I have a new hobby and I want to share it with all of you. I have been creating costume jewelry for a few months now and I am about to display my first collection right here at the shop.
Jewelry making as I have discovered from visiting some local bead distributors, is becoming one of the fastest growing hobbies but people don't realize how expensive and time consuming it can become. I have already spent countless amount of hours researching the proper materials and hours attempting to put it all together. I would love to put a wedding collection together for the 2007 season but i'm afraid there are just not enough hours in a day! Come visit the shop to view my bracelets and necklaces, it would be my pleasure to make one just for you! and it's all wrapped up in the prettiest little package of your choice.

Saturday, January 6, 2007


Why not send a gift basket?
Every gift basket prepared at Gigi's is personalized and we give much attention to detail. We can custom-tailor a basket with a special item you may supply such as a bottle of wine. There are no limits to a gourmet baskets.
Houseguest or a corporate client from out of town, we can combine local newpapers, Montreal bagels, some smoked meat, maple treats, tickets to a show...
Baby gift baskets, pyjamas, booties, bibs, blankies, plush animals, books, 100% natural products for Mom and baby...
The chocolate obsessed, cookies, chocolate flavored coffee, chocolate covered nuts, assortment of chocolate bars (imported or not) chocolate wafers, truffles, hand made chocolates, hot chocolate, liqueur filled chocolates, recipe book....
Coffee and/or tea basket, combine a variety of coffee and or tea with biscuits or chocolate, a teapot, a bodum, travelling mug...
Gifts for her, candles, bath products, sweet treats, teas, gardening products...
Gifts for him, sport theme, barbecue theme, beer and nut basket, fishermans basket...
Get well soon, cosy blanket, fruit, healthy snacks, teas, scones, soothing music...
Wine and cheese...
Fruit baskets, from everyday to exotic
Sympathy basket, express your sympathy through a gift basket filled with comfort foods.
For the gourmet, smoked salmon, cheeses, crackers, only the best chocolate, premium nuts, gourmet coffees and teas, decadent cookies, wine or port...
Gift and gourmet baskets are suitable for all occasions. Whether you wish to express appreciation to a valued client, associate or employee or to send good wishes to a friend or family member a gift basket will be appreciated and long remembered.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007


Phalaenopsis are among the most popular orchids sold as potted plants. In your home they can last two to three months. In nature they are typically fond of warmer temperatures (20 to 35 °C) but are adaptable to cooler conditions (15 to 30 °C). At temparetures below 18 °C watering should be reduced to prevent root rot. Phalaenopsis requires high humidity (60-70%) and low light. Phalaenopsis prefer to be potted in fir bark which drains well. Overwatering and poor drainage causes the roots to deterioriate and therefore kills the plant. Light is vital to the well being of your plant. Keep it in indirect sunlight near a southern window. Direct sunlight will cause brown spots on the leaves. The green point at the end of the root signifies that it is actively growing, do not cut them! When the last flowers loses it's color, cut the stem halfway down. Continue caring for your orchid with a high nitogen fertilizer at 1 teaspoon per gallon of water and wait for a possible rebloom. (you may lucky to have it bloom up to twice a year)

Source Wikipedia, online encyclopedia