Valentine’s Day 2016

Valentine’s Day is always an exciting day for all of us at Cosentino’s.
Actually it began for us in October when Jessica was in Bogota, Colombia. She met the folks that we would be buying our roses from for this holiday. They have been talking to each other.
Then, the day after Christmas the emails from our various area Blog Feb5wholesaler’s started. It was an never ending wave of them with special offers, price changes and deals. It does become very confusing. Then, all orders have to be finalized some time in the middle of January. It takes a lot of time, but it is important because we want to bring the very best quality at the best price to you, our customer.
Yes, Valentine’s Day is just a little over a week away. We know that we have sourced the very best flowers and designed the perfect arrangement for you to say exactly what you want. We go from “Red Hot and Romantic” all the way to the “Big Daddy Bouquet.” that one has roses, a fudge heart, a balloon, cookies and more. Take a look at our website http://www.cosentinosflorist.com to get the whole picture.

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Valentine’s Day almost here

So it is nearly over with. Staff is exhausted. But, all of us will be on deck Saturday and half of us on Sunday to be of service to all the guys who forgot.logo
So far, it has been a wild week., an exciting week. We are all glad to see it come and are somewhat thankful that it comes but once a year.
And, just in case you forgot— Call us right now. It is not too late.

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Getting Ready For Valentine’s Day

A whole lot has been happening at Cosentino’s over the past few days, boxes alogond boxes of flowers have arrived and had to be unpacked.
At Cosentino’s we do not just open them up and pop them into water as so many other vendors do.
Once the box is opened we take the temperature to be sure that it hasn’t overheated indicating possible problems.
Then we take each bunch over to our “mechanical stripper” where we remove any leaves that would be under the water line. That takes away breeding ground for bacteria and mold. We also blunt the thorns so they do not stick our designers or recipients.
Then the flowers are taken over to our “underwater cutter.” Here we cut off about an inch of the stem. You see, in the 4 or 5 days in transit the leaves have given off water and the stem end is crusted over leaving about a half inch vacuum. By cutting under water, we eliminate a potential air bubble preceding the water up the stem and causing problems.
Then flowers are put into sanitized buckets that hold warm (110 degree) water and the proper amount of flower food. In the case of roses, they go into a black plastic bag and into the cooler. This last process adds days to their life.

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Are you remembering Valentine’s Day, it’s 9 days away.

Valentine’s Day is always an exciting day for all of us at Cosentino’s.
Actually it began for us in October when Jessica was in Bogota, Colombia. She met the folks that we would be buying our roses from for this holiday. They have been talking to each other.
Blog Feb5Then, the day after Christmas the emails from our various area wholesaler’s started. It was an never ending wave of them with special offers, price changes and deals. It does become very confusing. Then, all orders have to be finalized some time in the middle of January. It takes a lot of time, but it is important because we want to bring the very best quality at the best price to you, our customer.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just a little over a week away. We know that we have sourced the very best flowers and designed the perfect arrangement for you to say exactly what you want. We go from “Red Hot and Romantic” all the way to the “Big Daddy Bouquet.” that one has roses, a fudge heart, a balloon, cookies and more. Take a look at our website http://www.cosentinosflorist.com to get the whole picture.

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Flowers, Plants and Things

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On a personal note: As our busy season begins I thought we would send our newsletter 2 or 3 times a month. I want to let you know what is happening at Cosentino’s, give you some flower tips and talk about flowers. I hope you like my efforts. Got an idea? Please send me your comments to cosenti@aol.com
Jessica has just returned from a one week trip to Bogota, Colombia where she attended the International Pro-Flora Flower show and took time to visit several greenhouse operations where she saw the production and harvesting and packing of roses and carnations.

 

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Papa has kept me really busy this week. Where do all those leaves come from? He did teach me that gardeners never put them in bags on the street. We piled ours in a big pile so that they would rot down and make compost (whatever that is.) Any way I had some fun jumping on that pile.

 

Here is a quick Plant tip: as our days grow shorter, be sure to move houseplants to different spots so you can find where they get the best light. Never mind the instructions about low light plants; in Auburn everything is low light until April.

Today’s arrangement
SugarMaplesAs Autumn draws to a close and winter begins to threaten, there is still time to send or to enjoy for yourself the “Sugar Maple Bouquet.” our most popular seller for the season goes away on Thanksgiving Day for another 9 months. Send one or order one for yourself today.
It is only $44.95
Order from this blog and mention code A111 and we will take $5.00 off

 

 

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Community Spotlight in the CNY Injury Law Newsletter

From the  Michaels & Smolak Newsletter!
Community spotlight
Cosentino’s Florist
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We’re Auburn’s homegrown personal injury law firm. And although we are from a small town,
we get big city results. Our clients come from all over, including Syracuse and Rochester,
because of our reputation. But we are not the only bigtime business in this small town.
In the next few issues, we are going to spotlight some of Auburn’s other homegrown business
treasures. Cosentino’s Florist was an easy choice for this issue. Everyone in Auburn knows and loves that flower shop! So we chased owner Carmen Cosentino down and got an  interview:
US:  So Carmen, let’s start at the beginning.  How did Cosentino’s Florist begin?
Carmen:  Well, like many others of their generation, my parents were victims of the great depression, depression, which took their business and even their home.  They had little choice but to move
into my grandparents’ home in Geneva.  Mom’s parents were florists and my parents wanted a fresh start in the business.  In November of 1934, the property now housing Cosentino’s Florist on 141 Dunning Avenue in Auburn was up for rent. My parents snagged it.  Rent was only $200 a year. Under the lease (which I
still have), the renter was allowed to keep one cow, two pigs and some chickens there! Cosentino’s Florist is still there, but the cow, pigs and chickens are long gone.

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An Extraordinary Meeting

  What a week this has been! A lot of good things happened to me. Jessica and I attended the annual meeting of the Society of American Florists. It was held at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island near Jacksonville, Florida. The SAF always picks superior places and I think that this oneIMG_1455 is, perhaps, the nicest I have been to in 40 years of going to the SAF convention. . I had a good time and learned a lot
The convention is a meeting place where between four and five hundred leading growers, retailers and wholesalers gather to exchange ideas, see new designs and hear speakers (this year 42 of them) present seminars (this year 37 of them) on topics as varied as diseases of Geraniums, new advertising ideas and floral design. My favorite last week was one on equipment and techniques for making great pictures for use on your website. Jessica spent time in one where 3 Florida funeral directors gave information on how to better work with your funeral director, what, generally speaking, they like and what they dislike about florists and flowers. I popped in for a bit and found it to be most interesting. Continue reading

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