Apologies for the late sending of my weekly blog but the combination of the clock going forward and long list of Mother’s Day orders left me flummoxed. This Mother’s Day we had over 60 orders to fulfill and I will be eternally grateful to Anna, Becky, Chieko, Dan Dan, Diane, Mary and Chris who was my delivery driver today and who not only dropped off orders but collected a last minute donation of wedding flowers in Finsbury Park. They were all amazing.
All week I’ve been collecting Mother’s Day leftovers from M&S which included bunches and bunches of tulips so by Thursday I’d exhausted my regular outlets of care homes, day centres and luncheons clubs to deliver to. If anyone has a group or day centre they’d like to nominate please let me know. The floral mayhem continued all week but reached new heights yesterday when Ian who with his late wife had run a successful florist in Colchester kindly delivered the entire contents and stock from his shop. It was like Christmas all over again and opening up boxes of ribbons, feathers and materials was akin to floral archaeology and my inner magpie loved seeing the shiny knick-knacks. Ian had heard about The Flower Bank from the Comic Relief Radio 4 Appeal a few weeks ago and decided that this was exactly what he and his late wife would like to support, but what really sealed the deal was that I’m a fellow Lancastrian. We were in the midst of trying to find a place for all these sundries when I receive an email from a customer who’s having a celebratory dinner at a hotel where they’re hosting a wedding. He contacted me to say that this wasn’t just any old wedding but he was worried that the £30K worth of flowers they’d ordered would be thrown in a skip after the wedding and that could I please contact the hotel to see if they’d donate. I’m waiting to hear from the receptionist this morning to see if the couple are happy to donate the flowers to me which means a trip to Ware later on today! Oh and I heard from our favourite 3rd Party Broker on Monday still hounding me for the supposed breach of contract so I contacted Martin Lewis with my tale of woe and on his forum site was a micro business posting how they’d mistakenly signed a second contract whilst still in a contract and were now being sued for £5K! Have a great week. Ursula