How can they not? Look what we did to the flower shop last week.
Starting with the outside, two galvanized pots are filled with 6 foot birch poles flanking the entrance. Although you cannot see it, the centre is stuffed with moss.
This is the view that most customers see, if they are just walking by. Hopefully, it is eyecatching enough to draw them in.
On one side of the room we have a fireplace mantle. This has been a lovely feature, and always interesting to display on. We have placed a small wooden table in front of it for an extra display area this Christmas.
This is the other side. It is much brighter as it has a window behind it. Customers can see in from the outside as well as from the inside, so the displays have to be arranged so they can be viewed from both sides.
These four pictures hanging over our design desk are actually framed moss. They were created for last Christmas and have stayed up all year. They have not deteriorated at all. I love them!
Look at the beautiful colours in the cooler now. See the peonies from New Zealand.
This is the front display window, sorry for the glare.
Unlike most retailers, we do not start decorating for Christmas in October. To me this is ridiculous. It seems to start earlier every year. I do not even want to think about Christmas when there is still leaves on the trees, veggies to harvest, that is autumn. Christmas is a winter holiday. Can the stores not wait to decorate, we all know Christmas is coming, no need to shove our faces in it. (Sorry, I guess that is a touchy point.)
To me (personally) any time after the middle of November, it can start, all though at the flower shop I am working at now, we have always decorated the last weekend in November.
So much of what we sell is perishable, we cannot afford to start too early. Next week, I will show you some of the designs we are making for Christmas.