Flower Shop Adventures With Joy Knight

March 21st 2024

To finalise this month’s florist shop visits I popped into Central City Flowers Christchurch also a member of direct2florist meeting up with the owner Allan Jarden lovely to take a few moments reminiscing on past florist events we have shared together. Allan is a super Master florist always a delight to share flower ideas here we are pictured together in his beautiful shop every area presented with immaculate designer skill, attention to detail is paramount in this very successful business.
Thank you Allan!

Sunday 10th March

We found ourselves in Clyde at Tania Florist shop Bunts Florist Clyde.

Great welcome from Tania in her atmospheric flower shop large shed great workplace wonderful shed packed with interesting treasures and masses of flowers, archways of dried flowers and splendid walk-in cooler it was great to renew this friendship, Tania is extremely busy looking after a wide rural area of central Otago, and thank you again for coming back down to open your shop for us.

Once again Tania welcomed us with open arms and we loved sharing flower news Tania quickly made a lovely hand tied bouquet in the picture below and magical also found us a vineyard accommodation of a cottage to stay that night.
Thank you Tania it was all great Joy.

Saturday 9th March

Saturday morning 9am found me at the Greenhouse Mosgiel.

Meeting with Renae Watt owner of the Green House Mosgiel in her lovely revamped shop with marvelous coolers great high benches its so important to have the correct height, workshop space and beautiful floristry work also a bonus to meet Renae Mother and niece, who was doing their Saturday morning jobs cleaning and deliveries. We can all appreciate and relate to this family support Renae mum was in to do both office work and deliveries a very typical family business. It is many years since I have had the opportunity to visit the Greenhouse Mosgiel it was refreshing to see the changes in light décor complimenting the flowers and beautiful dried floral arrangements. Well done lovely Renae you have it all including both style and skill.

And the opportunity to have a photo with Renae taken by her niece and flowers of course Thank you all on a busy Saturday wedding morning. Joy.

Friday 8thth March

I visited Donna of Simply Flowers Dunedin and The Orchid florist Dunedin Direct2florist members how Marvelous to catch up with Donna owner of Simply Flowers and Orchid Florist Dunedin.Thank you, Donna, for coming back down to work today to say hello to me.

The years have passed so quickly and now young Donna married with children 4 and her business and life is blooming with Peter Johnston Shop the Orchid blended in with Simply Flowers in amazing new signage on her shop window incorporating into the intriguing basement a wedding venue with Donna a registered wedding celebrant. This was all very rewarding to see the progress well deserved in the years we have been friends once again saying it with flowers outside Donna magical florist shop in Dunedin (sorry we didn’t quite catch the new signage at this time due to the lightI feel certain Donna will help us here.

Thank you Donna Joy.

Thursday 7th March

Visiting Bloomers Florist in Timaru our 3rd Direct2florist members to visit this trip. It was great remembering the past friendships made when we were florists in Oamaru I again choose flowersfor Ron Logan whowe were staying with the evening of the 6th, My friend Christine friend he was an astonishingly young 88 year old there friendship spanned 50 years I asked Bloomers Florists to make a bold tall bunch for our host whom I had never met as I presented Ron (who is 6ft 2 tall) with the flowers I said has anyone given you flowers recently he was completely lost for words so the gorgeous bouquet did the trick thank you all atBloomers We displayed the bouquet in the blue and maroon coloured umbrella stand I found in the garage the bloomers bouquet was perfect with the extra tall gladiolus twisted willow and proteas stunningly arranged and then placed on the fire surround (no fire necessary in this week of glorious South Island weather). Ron kept up the conversation after the initial surprise with memories and laughter it was a great evening Picture of the Bloomers Florists and the bouquet for Ron.
Thank you Joy.

Wednesday 6th March

Traveling on to lunch at Geraldine I visited Flowers Inc in Geraldine another Direct2florist member Beautiful bouquets were displayed in Geraldine and here I am with holding one of their fresh flower bouquets. It was great to catch up and enjoy their creative shop and displays with lots of fun and laughter shared certainly Anne and Linda have a great eye for everything complimentary to flowers and her beautiful floristry skill to display these objects of art in her Flowers Inc. In the Main street Geraldine shop. Thank you Ann for you directions to the great café you suggested for our lunch in Geraldine and lovely happy memories we were again able to share.

Thank you, Joy

Tuesday 5th March

Hello to my lovely FLORISTS who this trip I called on sorry I didn’t get around you all. I will next trips south and north Islands NZ this year it has been so much fun.Firstly, I stopped in Ashburton and visited our Direct2florist member Samantha Rose Florist How beautiful Samantha Flower shop is and as I was visiting friends, I took flowers of course Beautifully arranged by Samantha Trott owner of Samantha Rose Flowers Ashburton It was also great to meet Samantha mum and staff family support in small business is paramount Samantha is on the committee of FLONZI Florist and Flower Growers NZ Inc. Samantha is totally involved with the people of Ashburton looking after all their floral requirements. Beautiful shop, beautiful flowers, beautiful staff, beautiful Samantha.

Thank you, Samantha!



Joy Knight– Ph 021 556 347
Business Development Manager NZ
joyhitonz@gmail.com – www.direct2florist.co.nz

By Joy Knight 28 March 2024