The Lonely Bouquet Day 2013

Nothing to do, nowhere to be. A simple kind of free. Nothing to do, no one but me, and that’s all I nee. I’m perfectly lonely. ― John Mayer

Our blooms were perfectly lonely, indeed.  On June 30, 2013, the zinnia’s, coral peonies, daisies, seeded euc and every one of their budding friends were a simple kind of free.  As they spread throughout the Statesboro area tagged with only one mission: to make a stranger happy. Lucky clusters.

The adventure that this simple concept (to gather flowers to leave behind for an unexpected surprise) creates is precisely the kind of  joy we seek – the perfect mix of chance, suspense and delight.

Here’s how to join the (inter)National Lonely Bouquet Movement. It’s easy. And, it’s great!

First, print cards to be tagged on each of the leave-behinds. Here are examples of the “Take Me” cards to tag your bouquets before you say adeiu and farewell.

Then, gather your stems from the garden.

Paige making her FIRST BOUQUET (EVER!) for #thelonelybouquet

Next, strand the posies about town & countryside. Leaving your outcasted flowers friends in locations that create short term estrangement – because early adoption is great. Don’t you think?

Our favorite locations this were the bustling ones like The Market District, the court house, Gentilly Gardens and the GSU library.

 A Colonial House lonely bouquet looking for adoption. Statesboro, Georgia. June 2013.  Floral Designer: Tonia McElveen  The Lonely Bouquet Movement. Statesboro.  Floral Design: Paige Shearer  One of our Lonely Bouquets awaiting adoption. Statesboro, Georgia. Courthouse

And, that is it.

Though it doesn’t happen each time, it’s wonderful to find out where our flower friends went.

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The Lonely Bouquet Movement’s only goal is to brighten a stranger’s day through flower power – whether from your garden, local florist or yard. The movement started with one person, one bouquet, one tag and one wish. Emily (who founded the movement) documented every single bouquet she cast. Now, the energy spans the globe bringing smiles to the world one flower at a time.

The more enthusiasts the merrier. Come along. Join in with us!

Follow The Lonely Bouquet on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

And, see the Lonely Bouquet adventures of The Chapel Designers:

 Posh Floral Designs 

Exquisite Designs  

Alluring Blooms 

Floral Verde

Alicia Jayne Florals   

Stacy K Floral 

Celebration Florals

Soiree Floral

Urban Petals

Colonial House of Flowers



Only The Lonely Bouquet

Wow! What a great week this has been here at Colonial House of Flowers.

We are so excited to announce our participation in the first International Lonely Bouquet Day! We are so thrilled to bring this fabulous movement to our lovely little Statesboro, Georgia. The Lonely Bouquet Day is a way to brighten someones day through the power of flowers. The concept is to make flower arrangements and leave them anonymously around town for someone else to find and keep. You attach a tag to the flowers that says “TAKE ME!” and a little explanation of The Lonely Bouquet.

Paige received the chance to make a bouquets (for the first time ever!!!).

Paige making her FIRST BOUQUET (EVER!) for #thelonelybouquet

And,  deliver them all around town for people to find! Of course, she was not satisfied with just leaving them so instead Paige got out of her work clothes and went incognito to be able to watch who discovered the bouquets and their reaction to the lovely surprise! Paige was even able to snap a few pictures of their reaction from across the way!

What a wonderful feeling it is to brighten a strangers day!

 Here is one of the reactions Paige was able to capture:


 To view the rest of the photos Paige captured check them out HERE!

Also, make sure you check out The Lonely Bouquet Movements Facebook page and their official website and join the movement, we had such an awesome time taking part in this- and we hope you do too!

Sympathy Flower Feature.

flower sympathy wreath

Well hello, Flirty Fleurs! We ADORE you every. single. day. And, have for the longest time.

The sun shine through alllll the brighter when we learned that you featured Colonial House Sympathy Flowers today.  Helping our friends celebrate people they love with meaningful arrangements is something we work on passionately every day.

sympathy yellow wreath flowers

sympathy cross of flowers

Thank you for taking the time to include Sympathy Flowers in your topic list as they often are overlooked,

yet among the most cherished, intentional florist designs.

To see Flirty Flowers Sympathy Floral Design Post and all the pretty arrangements, go here.


Today we have great-and-super-awesome fortune to attend a  multi-day bridal flower workshop given by HitomiGilliam with Barry Cowart and A Floral Affair.
Are you familiar with Hitomi’s work? All we can say is: WOW. Like, totally. If you are unfamiliar, looking her up is worth the effort because Hitomi is absolutely fabulous.

Tonia McElveen, a senior floral designer, is traveling to Hilton Head to represent the Colonial House.

We’re so proud. 

Last week while in NYC, I had the pleasure of conversation with Laura  Iarocci of Faith Flowers. “You’re going to love visiting with Hitomi. She’s a dear friend. She is practical… knows a lot about mechanics. And, she is interested in encouraging the love of flowers in children… for future generations to carry-on this art,” she said.

We are eager to experience what Laura is referencing, to learn, to grow at this conference.

Have fun, Tonia. Give it all you’ve got! So, so, so very proud of you.



photo via sprout

Say “NO” to the Rose

roses by Colonial House of Flowers
roses, a photo by Colonial House of Flowers on Flickr.

Sure, your’e right: red roses are beautiful, traditional and crazy romantic. But at this time of year, they also tend to be of poor quality and overpriced. “You’ll be paying a lot and not getting the best flowers,” says Matt Phillips of the Colonial House of Flowers legacy. He grew up working in a premier family florist that was established by his parents in 1968.

“Instead, try sticking with flowers that tend to be in season, like as tulips or anenomes.”

If you can’t stand the idea of a Valentine’s Day sans fresh roses, look for roses with firm, hydrated heads.

The Early (LoVE) Bird Gets the Free Delivery

The Early (Love) Bird Gets the FREE DELIVERY

Order your Valentine something special from Colonial House of Flowers and delivery is on the house!

Give us a call (or visit our website) to order flowers, teddy bear,  chocolates, or balloons by February 10 and we’ll make the delivery free.  It’s on us!

Wait. Wait, there’s more. We have lots of Valentine Packages so you can be uber romantic this year.

Here’s our favorite: 

Call today, and we will make your reservation for a fabulous bouquet on Valentine’s Day.
photo of our roses by Bellajay Photography

Hello, Statesboro: Valentine Delivery is on US!


“Free delivery on all deliveries reserved before February 7th,” said pretty red-dress-clad cupid with a sparkling smile.

And, delivery said, “yes!”

And, so it is for our corner florist: every Valentine Orders placed before February 7th for Statesboro and Bulloch County is on the house.

Love IS in the air.


*free delivery available for all flower, chocolate, teddy bear and basket deliveries including van and bicycle deliveries.


Hanging Wreath

When hosting a party, especially a holiday party, you want to make sure that the ambiance is warm, personal and inviting. This is exactly why we make these hanging wreaths. Not only do we make them in-house, but we have searched high and low for the best designers to make these creations. In fact, Jenny Coulter, who is extremely talented with her wreath design, is using the Colonia House of Flowers as her exclusive design house. They are only available in the shop. We are sooo proud!

Yes, back to the topic of wreaths for soiree’s:  simple wreaths on their own are fabulous. But when guests see a few of these beauties hanging around your home, it’ll be as if you’re casually saying, “Oh, did I forget to mention that I’m an amazing hostess? Sorry about that!” When you’re inevitably complimented, of course, you’ll act as if it was just something you threw together. Inside, we know you’ll be glowing – it’ll be our secret.

Order Early, Save 10%*

Order Holiday flower arrangements by 12.19.12 and receive 10% off!


photo from our flickr account

Order Early, Save 10%* On flower arrangements for the Holidays.
Party planning? Holiday hosting? We’d love to help! Order flowers for your gathering by Wednesday, December 19 and save 10%* on your order. Let us help you set the tone for your Holiday entertaining with seasonal, fragrant flowers and evergreens. Have an heirloom vessel at home? Bring it in and we can design an arrangement fitting for your occasion and decor. Of course, you can always select from our range of glass vases and pottery for your needs as well.

Want to send flowers to someone in the South Georgia area? You can order flowers online for delivery around here or around the world.

*Offer expires 12.19.12. Applies to flower arrangements and vases only. Must mention code: EARLYBIRD10.