Care of Flowers & Your Questions Answered



Please inform your Florist your Bouquet or flowers are to be preserved.  Request that it is preferable to have the flowers, if not tied, arranged in wet oasis, leaving the natural stems, and using the least amount of wire and gutta as possible, as wires internally bruise the flowers causing the bloom to rot and disintegrate from the inside first, therefore any damage is not always visible from looking at the blooms from the outer petals.

Please request your florist does not use any floristry product to prolong the life of the blooms by sealing in moisture, as this can prevent the rapid extraction of the moisture required for the success of preservation.

Please note - The Pressed and preserved flowers and foliage will lighten or darken or vary in colour tone depending upon the variety and condition.  However we are able to enhance colours of flowers and foliage to an extent, bringing a freshness and vibrancy to your picture. You will observe, over the years, subtle colour changes in your picture, this is quite normal, as your flowers will naturally age over time. 

Care of your Flowers

Please read the following information to help obtain the maximum preservation results.

DO keep your flowers in a cool, dry place out of direct heat and sunlight.
DO put tied Bouquets or exposed stems in water.  If the exposed stems are dry at the ends, carefully re-cut each stem individually with a sharp knife or scissors with a diagonal cut to maximise the amount of water allowed to be taken up by each stem.
DO water wet oasis, being careful not to wet flowers or foliage. 
DO remove corsages or buttonholes that you wish to be preserved, as soon as possible to prevent flowers wilting. 
DO remove bridal flowers as soon as it is possible from a warm reception room

DO NOT spray or submerge flowers or foliage in water.
DO NOT keep flowers in a freezer, refrigerator or any type of very cold storage.
DO NOT keep flowers in hot or wet conditions,  for as long as it is possible.
DO NOT put flowers into plastic bags when delivering for preservation, but DO pack carefully in a dry cardboard box and leave open so enable flowers to breathe.

Helpful Notes for your Florist

Please inform your Florist your flowers are to be preserved. Request that it is preferable to have the flowers, if not tied, arranged in wet oasis, leaving the natural stems, and using the least amount of wire and gutta as possible, as wires internally bruise the flowers causing the bloom to rot and disintegrate from the inside first, therefore any damage is not always visible from looking at the blooms from the outer petals.

Please request your florist does not use any floristry product to prolong the life of the blooms by sealing in moisture, as this can prevent the rapid extraction of the moisture required for the success of preservation.

Please note - The Pressed and preserved flowers and foliage will lighten or darken or vary in colour tone depending upon the variety and condition. White and pastel-coloured flowers have the most noticeable changes and will darken. However, I can enhance colours and flowers and foliage to an extent, bringing a freshness and vibrancy to your picture. You will observe, over the years, subtle colour changes in your picture, this is quite normal, as your flowers will naturally age over time. 

 

 

 

How soon do you need the flowers for Pressing or Preservation?

Flowers are required to be booked in prior to event, if possible, especially in the busier months from April through to September, although not essential and last-minute enquiries always welcomed.

All flowers are required within 2 days after event, however, please do contact me if you have flowers over the 2-day requirement period. I will gladly advise you if we feel preservation is achievable to create a picture, only to our highest standards.

Your flowers may be arranged in a water retaining agent called oasis. If so, the flowers will keep fresher for longer allowing preservation to take place later than the 2-day recommendation.

 

 

How long does it take to preserve and frame my flowers?

The completion time of your picture may vary due to season, frame type and style chosen and time when frame is decided upon (before or after Preservation). 

The average completion time is approximately 12-16 weeks

Will you return my booking deposit if I decide not to proceed?

Yes. I will return your booking deposit if you cancel your order 30 days or more prior to the event. Any orders cancelled with less than 30 days prior to the event will not be returned.

 

Can I take home any unused flowers that were not displayed in my picture?

Yes of course, and unlike some other preservation companies, I will not charge you for doing so!

 

 

Can I send my flowers by courier?

No, I NEVER accepts flowers sent by courier service. No matter how carefully flowers are packed and boxed the blooms will endure stress and may suffer damage, which is irreversible, especially if for any reason they do not arrive to their destination in their allotted time. 

Flowers are only accepted when delivered by person.

 

 

I've changed my mind - can you press instead of preserve!

Yes and No! Any time up to the point of the pressing or preservation procedure commencing you can change your mind, but please be aware not all flowers are suited to all types of preservation, therefore it may not always be possible.

Once a pressing or preservation has begun the process it will be too late to change as each procedure is irreversible.

 

 

Can you collect my flowers?

Sorry, I do not offer a collection service. Flowers are required to be delivered by hand.  If you are unable to bring in your flowers by person that is no problem, just arrange an appointment for a friend or relative to drop then them in for you.

What if I decide not to have my flowers framed after they are preserved?

If you decide you do not want your flowers framed after pressing or preservation, but want to take them away with you, I will box the petals or blooms with an additional charge of £50.00. 

If you do not collect your flowers, we reserve the right to use them for display purposes. Please note that NO booking deposits, frame deposits or any monies paid up to that date will be returned.

When and how do I pay?

The full amount is NOT required all at once! The payments are made over 2 or 3 instalments as follows.

 A booking deposit of £100.00 (£50.00 for five blooms or less) is required prior to event or when the flowers are delivered to us. At this stage, a frame may be chosen, and a further deposit will be required (this deposit will depend upon style and size of frame ordered). The final balance will be payable upon collection of your completed picture. If you wish us to deliver your picture, the final payment will be required before the picture is dispatched. Please note that no pictures will be released before full payment has been made.

Payments can be made by BACS (preferred method) or by Cash or Cheque. Sorry Floristics 8 does not accept card payment currently

 

Are there any extra or hidden costs?

No. Prices quoted are your completed picture as detailed on the " prices" page. The only additional charges would include extra or coloured mounts, additions of photographs, scrolls or personal belongings, all at a small fee, and discussed fully with you at the time of ordering. 

 

Will my flowers be reconstructed to their original design?

Yes. If you require your Flowers to be reconstructed as their original design i.e., Bridal Bouquet, this will be discussed with you. Detailed photographs and notes are taken before preservation and used to help in the reconstruction process.

 If you require an alternative design, that is fine. Unlike other preservation companies, no additional charges will be applied for any artwork fees for designing the format of your picture.

 

 

Where is the best place to hang my picture?

Please remember your Flowers, even though framed are very delicate. Hang a picture securely with adequate wall fixings. The best place to hang pictures is on a wall out of direct sunlight (even though fitted with UV glass) not above a radiator, or direct heat or cold. Avoid humid conditions. Clean frame and glass gently. 

Avoid removing picture to clean as this could potentially cause small fragments of dried material to fall. Any fragments can easily be removed, but if you prefer us to do this, please deliver the picture to us and we will gladly help, with no additional charges! 

You will observe, over the years, subtle colour changes in your picture, this is quite normal, as your flowers will naturally age over time

 

 

Will you frame or embed in resin flowers I have preserved myself?

Sorry no, only flowers I have preserved will be framed or embedded in resin. I require to see the flowers when still fresh to access their age and detect any potential problems. There are techniques I use before preservation to help reduce the possible issues arising from signs of ageing or deterioration, along with techniques to allow the flowers to be reconstructed in the framing process.