Blog Posts by MotorMike from The Flower Room

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One of Our Favourite Roses

September 19, 2019

One of our favourite roses is Pink Floyd. This rose opens fully and has great longevity as well as a lovely, light fragrance. Just look at that beautiful burst of colour!

Pink Floyd

Red Florals for Harry Rosen

June 16, 2017

We had an exciting project this week. We created a fresh arrangement in these two containers with mostly red florals for Harry Rosen. These pieces are very large and required a special delivery to Bay and Bloor by Mike & Kristina to set them up.

Red florals for Harry Rosen red florals Harry Rosen

Remembrance Day Poppy Display

June 1, 2017

We received a request to work with this poppy from a client. The Stoneclough Remembrance Day Poppy Display was inspired by last year’s breath taking display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. Our designer Robin created this piece with it. The poppy is one of 888,246 pieces in the display at the tower. Each poppy represents a British fatality in the first World War. It was a real privilege for us to do this project.

Remembrance Day Poppy Display

A Very Special ‘Thank You’ Drawing

May 17, 2017

We had a request a few weeks ago from someone who wanted to send something to a dear friend to uplift her spirits. Olivia was very specific on what it needed to be — “not too big, not too small” — and, “my friend will be upset if I spend too much money.” I suggested a large posy and a vase, and Olivia went with the suggestion. Her friend, Rose, was delighted and Olivia sent us a ‘thank you’ in the form of this drawing. We have never received a ‘thank you drawing’ before! Thank you so much, Olivia!

Flower arrangement drawing

Massive Floral Arrangements by Robin

May 5, 2017

Our designer Robin is creating these fantastic arrangements in the store today. Four of them have been ordered for a celebration of life ceremony. To give you an idea of the size, they are 33 inches wide by about 40 inches tall. They’re almost as wide as our door, so be careful on your way out!

Floral Arrangement by Robin

Christmastime is Here in Toronto

December 8, 2016

The colder weather is finally coming, and we are ready for Christmas at the store. One of a kind dried arrangements, wreaths and our Norfolk pine planters seem to be selling very well. Don’t forget to shop early, as we would love to see and help you get what you need at our store.

Christmas at the store - For all of Life's Events

Final Shipment of Plants for the Festive Season

October 24, 2016

We have received a shipment of plants for the festive season this week. They are a tropical indoor plant that is grown in Florida – the Norfolk Island pine, which is easy to care for and decorate for the festive season. Shop early for these as it is our last shipment due to the wrath of hurricane Matthew in the south.

Norfolk Island Pine

Last Day of Working Outside on Fall Urns

September 27, 2016

Yesterday was our last day of working outside on the fall urns. I caught Helen having some fun with her hat during her work. We are inside our busy store this week with two weddings and two parties all on Saturday October 1st. Also a photo of me and some of our work we did yesterday.

Custom Made in House Dried Arrangements

August 16, 2016

Since The Flower Room opened almost 20 years ago we have always been known for creating lovely intricate small dried arrangements. These are custom made one of a kind pieces that are created randomly by our designers or custom ordered by a client perhaps in their special container. These dried arrangements can last up to nine years if not placed in direct sunlight.

Custom Made in House Dried Arrangements

A New Flower Room Ural Motorcycle

July 13, 2016

It is with a little excitement and sadness that we announce the retirement of our Ural motorcycle, Olga, named after my Grandma who came here from the Ukraine. It was purchased on April 9th 2005, and over the years she has done many a delivery and carried our clients and their pets for rides around the neighbourhood. Everyone seemed to like seeing the bike scoot to and fro and parked in front of the store.

Now for the exciting part – we have a new Ural for the store! The new Olga is forest green in colour and I am very excited to be her pilot. She did her first day at the store yesterday.

A New Flower Room Ural Motorcycle

The Toronto High Park Football Club Sponsorship

July 8, 2016

The Flower Room has been a sponsor of The Toronto High Park Football Club for many years. We always ask to sponsor a girls’ team as we think the boys might prefer a more masculine sponsor. I was very pleasantly surprised to receive my own Flower Room team jersey as a gift from the club. I will wear it with enthusiasm – go team go!

Jersey sponsor

Our New Summer Creation

June 7, 2016

Nadya at Cocos Closet on Jane Street very much loves our summer creation! Couture clothing and accessories with our florals to compliment. Thanks so much Nadya.

New summer creation

Spring is Arriving Soon

Spring is Arriving Soon

Spring is hopefully going to arrive soon. When it does Helen, Luba and I will be out planting your urns for spring. It appears the worst of the cold will be over after this weekend. No one said that the arrival of spring would be easy. It always has a twist. These photos hopefully put a bit of warmth in the equation.


Spring Wreaths

March 16, 2016

Our photographer friend Ron took a lovely photo of this spring wreath that he found in the store. All of our wreaths are made in house by our designers and are one of a kind. We can even custom make one for you. Unlike a fresh wreath, dried wreaths can be carefully stored after each season and used for many years to come.

Spring Wreaths

Celebrating Nelson Mandela, The Giant of Africa

December 5, 2015

This event happened on Saturday December 5th at the ACC and was hosted by the Toronto Raptors. Guess who did the florals?

custom dried arrangements

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

December 2, 2015

Helen just picked up these cute little trees recently. She went over to drop one off to her mom and Luba gave her a Charlie Brown Snoopy toy that she played with a couple of years back when she was a kid. The toy was originally filled with soap and purchased from the local Avon lady. The tree of course has now become the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It is also for sale at our store minus the Snoopy toy.

custom dried arrangements

Custom Dried Arrangements

July 3, 2015

These were made for a client who has been visiting us since the beginning of our business, when we were a small kiosk in the back of Art In Iron about 20 years ago.

custom dried arrangements

Helen recently created a series of dried arrangements for the lobby of a condominium residence in our neighbourhood. This is one of three. Handmade by us!

custom dried arrangements

Perfect Rainy Weekend Project

June 30, 2015

These few items show up on our list same time every year: full-petaled rose called harlequin, sweet scented clove flowers and blooming oregano. My little vase I took home for that rainy weekend. Perfect.

perfect rainy weekend project

Hand Painted Flowers

June 26, 2015

Robin, our designer, created these extremely cool pieces for a young lady graduating high school. These florals are hand-painted in the rainbow colours by her mother in celebration of Pride Week. We think they look amazing, and our Kristina took these lovely photos for us to share with you.

hand painted flowers

We Buy Local When We Can

June 18, 2015

Helen went to the market this morning to visit our friend Janet, a local grower. Helen has been purchasing flowers from Janet for over 15 years at the market. Here are some photos of local peonies, stock and sweet peas grown in the Niagara region. We buy local when we can.

we buy local when we can

Little Miss Sunshine

June 18, 2015

Miss Sunshine 50 shades of pink. Received these gerbera daisies yesterday. Kinda cute!

little miss sunshine

Summer Urns 2015

May 25, 2015

We have started planting. With the very low temp of plus 1 on Friday night we were reminded why we don’t like to start the summer planting too early! We started on Sunday, and we will be in the store until Wednesday this week and working outside starting Thursday again. I know everyone is anxious for their summer pots, but please remember these tropical plants will flourish and provide much enjoyment until mid-October and the cold nights come. We are right on track and even earlier than last year, as we started last year on May 28th. Hope to see you soon. Here are a few photos of our work on Sunday.

summer urns

Toronto Highpark Football Club

May 11, 2015

The Flower Room is a sponsor of THPFC. Our girls received their new jerseys on the weekend! Go team go! Have a great season!

toronto highpark football club

Spring Urns Planting 2015

April 8, 2015

With Easter coming early and winter staying late, it has been difficult to start planting.

spring urns

Easter Week at The Flower Room

April 5, 2015

Thought I would share some of the amazing photos that we have of our Easter week at the store.

easter week at the flower room

easter week at the flower room

Posy Bowl

February 27, 2015

Posies Posies Posies! The bowl is always full!

posy bowl

Dried Flower Arrangement

February 6, 2015

Our designer, Robin, created this lovely dried arrangement this week featuring little hot pink hearts! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

dried flower arrangement

Spring Is Near!

January 31, 2015

Kinda scrumptious! Sure reminds me of spring! Every day that passes brings us closer to spring renewal. Blackberries, heather, ranunculus, freesia, tulips and lisianthus! Ready for your table.

spring is near

The Raptors Host a Tribute for Mandela Dec 5th

December 12, 2014

The Flower Room is proud to have provided the florals for this amazing event. The event was held at The ACC. There is a large arrangement on either side of the podium and many others.

the raptors host a tribute for mandala

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

November 16, 2014

Baby, it’s cold outside! Thanks to all our friends and neighbours who came out today in support of our local merchants! We appreciate you very much and are very proud to be here for you. I had to take this photo of the great band playing in front of the store today! I think it was a great day for everyone.

baby its cold outside

Great Photos from Ron

October 10, 2014

Our great friend Ron took some photos of our latest urns creations. I had to post some of these, as his work is just amazing.

great photos from ron

Leafs Opener VIP Party

October 9, 2014

Leafs VIP party at Dundas Square tonight. The Flower Room provided some florals for the party. It was a very difficult delivery, as there were street closures and music provided by The Tragically Hip. Here is a quick photo of vases provided for the cruiser tables.

leafs opener VIP party

Fall Planting Now Complete!

October 5, 2014

Helen and I are officially finished with the fall planting. Our last project was the planter box in front of our store. I took a quick photo today after watering.

fall planting now complete

Helen Is a Star

September 12, 2014

Helen had a great day in the store today. We were very busy with a variety of things going on. Helen was involved in a video interview for a chance to be featured on a new TV series coming out this spring on the FOX network. The show is called ‘Profiles In Business Excellence’ and will feature different businesses and their owners in each episode. Helen answered a series of questions and was interviewed today. We will know in a few weeks if they would like to use our business. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

helen is a star

Autumn Is Here

September 4, 2014

The beginning of autumn is here! Helen, Luba and I are starting to prepare ourselves for the fall planting and gathering supplies at the market. Hope everyone enjoyed the summer months — hope to see you in the neighbourhood!

autumn is here

Vases for the Cottage

August 15, 2014

These vase arrangements will be travelling to cottage country today. They were purchased for a dinner party tonight. Our client is hoping they will warm up her guests from this unusually cold week we are having.

vases for cottage

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