1110 Davis Street Evanston, IL 60201 - 1.847.328.7110

FlowersFlowers is on the move!

Moving day is coming up for FlowersFlowers…..yes, we’re moving from our long standing location on Dempster Street and moving to the exciting ‘downtown’ Evanston neighborhood (ok, it’s just 5 blocks away, but a whole different neighborhood!) at 1110 Davis Street.

We will be directly across the street from the Evanston main post office!

Other newĀ neighbors include:
TinkTinks http://www.tinktinks.com/
Grateful Yoga http://www.gratefulyoga.com/
Margarita European Inn http://www.margaritainn.com/
Bennison’s Bakery http://www.bennisonscakes.com/
Lemoi Ace Hardware http://www.acehardware.com/
Bramer Animal Hospital http://www.brameranimalhospital.com/
Tom Thumb Hobby & Crafts http://www.tomthumbcrafts.com/
Pine Yard Restaurant http://www.pineyardrestaurant.com/

And, many more!

We areĀ nowĀ part of Downtown EvanstonĀ http://www.downtownevanston.org/

Moving day is Saturday, May 22nd, and we plan to be closed just for the day, opening at 1110 Davis on Monday, May 24th. It’s very exciting, and I can’t wait to be in our new digs. šŸ™‚


Icelandic volcanic ash – and flowers!

We’ve heard all the news reports about travelers unable to return home because of the flight cancellations in Europe, but what about the flowers?!?! Those of us who buy flowers flown from Holland are currently unable to receive them! Yes, this may not be the most significant impact from the falling ash, but it’s an example of how interconnected we are with countries all over the world.

“Volcano Illustrates World’s Interconnectedness” by The Associated Press
CHICAGO April 16, 2010, 07:05 pm ET A volcano erupts in Iceland, and the effects ripple around the globe: A mom in Romania frets about making her son’s wedding in Texas. A florist in New York worries shipments won’t arrive. ….The fallout from the ash cloud looming over Europe illustrates just how interconnected our world has become. “
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126059483

Here’s the Bloomberg report:
Flowers, Fruit Start to Run Short as Volcano Disruption Spreads:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aC82IYwGn8D0&pos=9

Volcanic ash also impacts Kenya flower growers who ship to Holland auction:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/19/business/main6411694.shtml

Meanwhile, I await the latest report from my wholesalers, hoping that I’ll soon be able to be well stocked again with all my lovely Dutch flowers!


Valentine’s Day and its History

Do you know the history of Valentine’s Day?

It’s a good thing we don’t celebrate this holiday in the same way it originated! It’s SO much better to send flowers to those we love.

Here’s the history facts from history.com:  The History Channel: Valentine’s Day history  

And, once you know your history, be sure to order flowers from FlowersFlowers! We have beautiful specials featured, along with the best roses available.

FlowersFlowers home page

FlowersFlowers’ Valentine’s Day specials

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

November 2009

There are two exciting new items at FlowersFlowers this month….a new line of glass vases and paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs.

FlowersFlowers has a brand new line of vases, for your home….lots of bud vases perfect for that special bloom, and great to line up several of the vases, all in one color with various shapes, or mix them up…..and also perfect for a gift! And, medium/larger vases, perfect for an arrangement to go just about anywhere, from kitchen to dining room to office. They’ve got a lot of style with very low prices! Come check them out.

And, our other big news is that it’s time to plant your indoor bulbs – we have paperwhites and amaryllis, and they’re from the best supplier in Holland, and consistently produce big beautiful blooms!

Mid fall update

Autumn is in full force here in Chicago. It’s been quite chilly with lots of rain, and nights with frost, and the leaves have mostly turned to shades of yellows and golds and many have already fallen.

Here at FlowersFlowers, the wedding ‘season’ is slowing down, and in its place, we shift to wedding planning (meetings with brides).

And, of course, besides for weddings, we are busy with all the “every day” events in our lives, from births, to birthdays, to anniversaries, to illness, to ‘just because’ flowers.

The flowers in the shop look very autumnal! One flower that gets lots of comments is ornamental kale…..it looks rather like a rose, particularly when in an arrangement. We have varieties in purple, white/green, and lavender. Very pretty.


We’ve started to get ilex, also known as winterberry. Most people think of winterberry as red berries, but varieties include gold and orange, perfect for fall!

With it being time to pull out the more fragile plants from outdoor containers, these branches can make perfect replacements to transition to winter.

To everyone big and small, have a fun and happy Halloween this weekend!


October 2009

We have seen a trend towards having weddings in September and October, and though the weather in the Chicago area can vary from hot and sunny to cold and rainy at this time of year, it’s a great time to have a wedding! Of course, any time is a great time for a wedding. šŸ™‚

And, just because it’s fall doesn’t mean the flowers need to be autumnal! Here’s a couple of recent photos from some of our recent weddings.

And, FlowersFlowers has a new chuppah! Its got a wonderful prairie style architectural look, and we think that many Jewish couples will love to use this for their wedding day, whether it’s decorated simply with just a talis, or more elaborately with flowers and tulle.


September 2009

Labor Day is behind us, and the big, lush, hardy mums in the front of the shop signify that fall is arriving; they’re in shades of burgundies and red, yellows and butterscotch. These plants look perfect in urns in front of your home, or in simple baskets on a front porch.

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting cooler, Mother Nature has made a significant transition from summer flowers to fall flowers. The store is filled with shades of oranges and reds and purples.


The hydrangea colors are in transition from the pure pinks and lavenders to the multi-colored antique varieties. Whether you like greens/reds or blues/purples, there’s sure to be a hydrangea variety to love.

And, did we say BERRIES?!?!? We have rose hips, aronia berries, privet, hypericum, and they vary in shades from chartreuse green to reds and oranges to the color of a blueberry. Many berries have all sorts of health benefits, but these will be beneficial to your decor!
The store is filled with gorgeous bright fall colors….let your senses be delighted with red celosia, orange callas, pink zinnias, and much much more.


As the days get cooler, be sure to bring flowers inside to enjoy!


August 2009

Welcome to the first blog from FlowersFlowers!

Summertime brings the most beautiful Dutch hydrangea to the shop; you’ll see lovely, lush blooms in pinks, lavenders and blues, as well as in antique shades which are almost too gorgeous to describe with their multi colored hues.

In addition to flowers from Holland, at this time of year, we are able to have local Midwest flowers! The local beauties include cranberry viburnum, Annabelle hydrangea, zinnias, salvia, ageratum, and much more, with changes every week, depending upon what the local growers are growing and what’s ready for them to pick.
Our customers are always asking where the flowers come from – and, at this time of year, they truly are arriving from all over the world! The cymbidium orchids are coming from New Zealand, the mokara orchids from Thailand, the dahlias are from California, the roses are from South America.

Whether you’re looking for flowers to brighten your kitchen, to send to your sweetheart, or to make your wedding day memorable, there’s a wide selection to select from in August.

Thank you for joining me in my first blog!

Joanne