Dreaming of Spring

Dreaming of Spring

This year has been FLYING by! We blinked and we have already whipped through to spring! 

Product is changing and we are able to source out so much more locally grown product like tulips, hyacinths, matthiola, daisies, lilies, ranunculus and much more! We are so ready to embrace to warmer temperatures and bright spring blooms. 

We are getting busy sitting down at chatting with brides about their wedding florals and our dates are getting booked quickly! If you are planning your wedding, you should start thinking about your wedding flowers 4-6 months before your wedding date! Then come in for a wedding consult so we can help you bring your vision to life! 

We are constantly changing things up with our shop, flowers and events. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with whats going on as well to see our weekly specials! 

 As I'm sure many of you have heard, our shop manager Makaela has just gotten married! So stay in tune to see some of the beautiful wedding photos to come! 

Tea Party for One

Just before Christmas we collaborated with this wonderful group of people and created a styled shoot for a tea party for one! We love working with other local businesses and support each other as we grow in the community. 

Photography and Shoot direction- Details By Nicole Danielle
Decor and Styling- Jubilee Collection
Floral Bouquet- Makaela from Rosebay Floral
Makeup- @gabby.beaumont.beauty
Hair- @Khromatica_ from The Loft Salon, Spa and Beauty Bar
Cupcakes- @priscillas.cakes




It's That Time of Year Again!

Not sure were time has gone but we are now turning our focus from falling leaves to falling snowflakes. The stores have fill their shelves with Christmas ornaments, decorations, and all the fancy trimmings! We have pulled out our Christmas boxes and we turned our shop into Santa's Floral workshop to provide you with the freshest season blooms for all your holiday festivities. 

We are now taking orders for our hand tied Christmas wreaths, fresh greenery swags, winter greenery door decorations, and centerpieces.
Looking for something specific, let us know and we can try our best to accommodate the piece you are wanting! From earthy to traditional and everything in between. Or you can let us design a one-of-a-kind piece for you!

Looking to spruce up your outdoor pots by your door or on your deck? We have a fun winter solution for you! We have DIY planter bundles! 
It comes with everything you need to fix up your pot.! In your bundle you will have a variety of winter greens, cone, branches and some have berries. Still have soil in your pot? No Problem! What we do is place the stems right into the soil! This is easier if the soil isn't completely frozen.

Not only will we be pumping out floral arrangement for pick-up and local delivery, we are hosting a wreath workshop at Tracycakes on November 30th (details on home page) and we will have a booth at the Historic Downtown Abbotsford Winter Jubilee on December 2nd!  We will have floral bouquets, wreaths and lots of other  floral creations for you to choice from. Find us rain or shine bundled under our tent from 5-9!




Flower Care

Ever wonder how your suppose to care for your flowers once you have received them? 

We care for and process the flowers when they arrive at our shop but there are a few tips that can help prolong the life of your fresh cuts!

 Fresh flowers should never be put in a standard refrigerator, near a heat register or any other source of excessive heat. They should also be kept away from fresh fruit, vegetables and cigarette smoke as they both produce ethylene gas which will shorten the life of flowers.

If you receive a vase arrangement, check the water level daily and replenish as needed. If the water begins to gets murky/cloudy, gently pour out the water over the side of vase and refill with fresh cool water. Some vases and containers have green floral foam in them, they also need to have the water level checked daily. If you receive a wrapped bouquet, and the stems are dry, re-cut the stems on a 45 degree angle with garden clippers or a sharp knife, take off about 1/4" and place it in clean vase filled with cool water. Remove any leaves that are below the water line to prevent bacteria forming in the vase.

Special Maintenance for certain flowers:

Lily- carefully remove the anthers-the orange pollen-coated tips inside the flower- using a tissue advised to prevent the anthers from staining. 

Hydrangea- if the blossom wilts prematurely, take the blossom out of the design, cut the end on a 45 degree angle and submerge the whole flower and stem in warm water for an hour or until it perks up.

Calla Lily- bruise very easily, you will want to handle with care.

Peony- once bloom has fully opened, they become fragile and need to be handled with care.

Alstroemeria, Chrysanthemums and Callas are all thirsty blooms and need the water level checked daily.

Rose- re cutting the stems will help prolong the life, take them out of the design and cut the stems on a 45 degree angle and place back into the design with fresh water. 

Anemone and Ranunculus- have soft, hallow stems and need to be handled gently.

Dahlia- check water levels daily and change the water in the vase every two or three days

Birds of Paradise- water every two to three days, and snipping about ¾” off the stems. If the flower is arranged in a way that you can’t take the flower out just add water and avoid letting the arrangement dry out.

Tulip- They are phototropic and geotropic, meaning they are affected by gravity and light which causes the bloom to curve upwards and bend towards sources of light. If possible every few days, remove the flowers from the design and cut about an inch off and place back into the design with cool fresh water. If you cannot remove the flowers, you will want to add water daily or empty the water out and add fresh cool water.

Daffodil- large quantities should not be placed with other varieties of flowers due to the sap they emit. The sap can clog the stems of different flower varieties (one or two daffodil stems mixed with other varieties is okay).

To keep in the know with Rosebay and what we are up to next, check back in a few weeks for updated posts!


A little more about Makaela

I figured I should tell you a little more about myself since I will behind this blog!

Like most people out of high school I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career. I knew that I wanted to work with people and be involved in the Abbotsford community. I knew I had a creative mind but I wasn't good at drawing or painting and I wanted to find a way to express myself. As I was figuring out my life, I saw my mothers lush,full garden and dreamed of piecing the different textures and colours together. I began to wonder what it would be like to be a florist... I was lucky enough to have a shop take me in and teach me the ins and outs of basic floral design. I l fell in love with flowers and I knew I wanted to learn more! Since then I have earned my certificate of Floral Design and I am now the lead designer here at Rosebay! I love what flowers can say when there are no words and being able to bring a bit of happiness to people through my work.

A few random facts about me!

  1. My favorite flower right now is a Ranunculus
  2. I think succulents are the cutest little things
  3. I don't function with out coffee in the morning

My plan for this blog is to share what is in season, whats going on at the shop, and projects we are working on!