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Flowers From Abbott’s Florist in Champaign, IL Make Every Occasion Special

Flowers are fascinating. Just like snowflakes, no two are the same and each one stands alone as a magnificent work of art. But when you combine several flowers together in a bouquet, the magic truly comes alive with a dazzling array of colors, shapes, and scents that are just a bit different than anything ever created before. Its alluring display will catch your eye from across the room, inviting a closer look after eliciting your emotions.

Perhaps one of the reasons we are so drawn to the beauty of flowers is the emotional response they provoke. There is no feeling in the world quite like receiving a dozen red roses from someone you love. In that moment, no words are even necessary because the flowers say it all.

Sunshine Daydream from Abbott’s Florist in Champaign, IL

They help in other times too when we can’t find the right words to say. Sympathy flowers and plants serve as a perfect memorial that not only solidifies the love and devotion of family and friends, but also helps to provide a tranquil, peaceful setting for the remembrance of a beautiful life.

For the living, flowers have a remarkable impact on our moods and emotions and their positive effect on our mental health as a whole is nothing short of incredible. One study conducted by Rutgers University determined that every single one of the 150 test participants expressed happiness upon receiving even a single flower. The reaction was universal among all age groups and included both men and women and confirmed the possibility that flowers may even affect brain chemistry.

Other studies have shown that in addition to making us happy, flowers are also proven to: help reduce stress and lower blood pressure, fuel creative and quick thinking, increase focus, trigger memory, make employees more productive, and even lower blood pressure!

When it comes to flowers, the act of giving can be more beneficial than receiving. A study by Texas A&M University concluded that “givers” were perceived as successful, caring, and emotionally intelligent people who not only possess the ability to express their own feelings, but also take the time and care to understand the feelings of others.

Further studies have also indicated that we can actually influence and change what others think of us in a significant way through the gifts we give. And perhaps no other gifts have the same ability to evoke such positive perceptions and feelings as flowers.

A World of Variety

With so many different colors, shapes, sizes, and varieties of flowers available from around the world, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Many of our most popular selections, like our gorgeous roses from Ecuador, are available year around. While others, such as our Dutch tulips are only available seasonally – which makes them even more special.

In many cases, the varieties of flowers change with the season, but in other instances the only seasonal difference is the color. Red and white roses and carnations are excellent selections for the holidays and Valentine’s Day while orange and yellow varieties of the same flowers help welcome in the autumn season and along with favorite Fall festivities such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.

While some of our special flowers are imported all the way from Colombia and Ecuador, a vast majority of the cut flowers available in our shop are from right here in the USA. In fact, the state of California with its warm climate throughout the year, produces about 75% of the flowers available domestically, while many of the rest are grown in Washington, Florida, and Hawaii.

Most Popular Types of Flowers

In addition to the versatile roses and carnations that are popular all year long, we have a few other favorites to mention that are some of our most popular selections. You can find all of these in more at our shop as we always have them fresh in-season.

Tulip

A sure sign of spring, tulips come from Holland and can be found in every color of the rainbow. The Royal Horticultural Association of Holland recognizes over 3,000 different varieties of tulips ranging in color from pure white to a dark red that almost appears black to the eye. Some varieties of tulips even have different shades or colors in the same bloom.

Sunflower

The unmistakable sunflower is a truly a beauty to behold. Its vibrant yellow petals provide a vivid backdrop for its remarkable face that is always striving to follow the sun. It symbolizes loyalty, but that’s probably not the reason why sunflowers are some of the most popular flowers available today. The appeal is more obvious – they’re sunny and bright and simply make you smile.

Daisy

Daisies are another flower with the power to make people happy. It’s no coincidence because they are the little cousins of the sunflower and share many similar features. The slender white petals of the daisies draw the eye to the yellow or orange center. Daisies start blooming in late spring and continue to bloom until early fall, making them summertime favorites.

Gerbera

Gerberas are a variety of daisy that is one of the most popular flowers for floral bouquets. They are prized for their huge brightly colored blossoms and sturdy stems and can be found in shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, white, and purple. Because their stems don’t dry out like other cut flowers, Gerberas have an outstanding vase life that can last 10 days.

Orchid

Orchids are another favorite that often gets overlooked – possibly because they look like flowers but are actually blooming plants. Orchids vary widely in their appearance, but many are fragrant and feature bold vivid colors. Some varieties of orchids have beautiful distinctive stripes or spots. The most popular types of orchids available in store are Phalaenopsis (or Moth) orchids and Dendrobium orchids.

Abbott’s Florist Is Your Local Champaign, IL Flower Shop

For over 100 years, local florists have provided their communities with flowers in order to make every occasion special. From the birth of new babies to weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, or even just because; small independent flower shops have been hand delivering wishes of hope and recovery along with recognition of some of life’s greatest accomplishments.

While many other industries have automated and streamlined, your local florist still does some things the old-fashioned way, like offering same-day delivery on every bouquet we design. We were in the delivery business long before Amazon – they’re catching up, but in most cases still can’t deliver your order as fast as we can. And they still haven’t figured out a way to deliver flowers without sticking them in a box.

No matter what the occasion, Abbott’s Florist is here to help you celebrate with a custom bouquet of flowers. Visit our shop located at 1119 Windsor Rd, Champaign, IL 61821. Order online at http://www.abbotts.com or give us a call (the old-fashioned way) at (217) 352-9616 and our design team will be happy to select the perfect gift of flowers to fit any budget. For something extraordinary, consider an open “designer’s choice” bouquet. Simply tell us the price and we will design – and deliver – something beautiful.

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Back to School time is the perfect opportunity to say thank you with flowers from Abbott’s Florist

It’s almost that time of year once again! Back-to-school sales are starting to pop up everywhere, and teachers are busy preparing for the start of school year unlike any we’ve experienced before.

Not sure what to order? Selecting Designer’s Choice from Abbott’s Florist is an ideal option for Back to School flowers because YOU pick the price!

With summer winding down, now is not only the perfect time to show your appreciation to those who have been taking care of your kids during the break, but also a fantastic opportunity to start the school year off right with a gift of flowers for the teachers, facility, coaches, and staff who will be enriching their lives during the next nine months.

To some, it may seem like the summer flew by too fast while others have been counting the days until the new school year begins. Regardless of how you feel about your kids going back to school, we hope your summer was filled with adventure and learning experiences that can’t be taught in schools. If there are any nannies, babysitters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, camp counselors, clergy members or coaches who influenced your summer, flowers are always a perfect way to acknowledge and say thanks for their hard work and dedication.

Most of those people aren’t expecting gifts, so the gesture certainly isn’t necessary, but even a small token of your appreciation is a thoughtful way of showing gratitude that often means more to the recipient than the giver will ever realize.

Forget the apple

It’s 2021 – your teacher doesn’t want an apple unless it’s a phone or computer – so forget the fruit in favor of a beautiful bouquet of brightly-colored flowers instead. Flowers really are the perfect way to set the mood for the start of the school year while brightening up the classroom at the same time.

Teachers aren’t the only ones who enjoy flowers, however, so don’t forget bus drivers, teacher’s aides, facility members, crossing guards, and everyone else who makes the school a fun and inviting place to learn. Flowers are so wonderful at putting smiles on people’s faces, especially when they’re least expected. At Abbott’s Florist, we specialize in helping you choose the perfect gift for everyone on your list – no matter how big or small of an impact they have on your children’s education.

If you have a friend or family member going away to college for the first time this fall, flowers are a fun and festive way to decorate dorm rooms and live plants are perfect picks if you’re looking for a longer-lasting gift. Most of the plants we carry are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of work, which is ideal for busy students who are always on the go.

As a Yes We Can florist, features same-day delivery in Champaign, IL and surrounding areas for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon wishes, sympathy, weddings, or even just because. Visit our store, located at 1119 Windsor Rd., Champaign, IL 61821 or shop online 24/7.

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This Summer, Say it With Flowers

Flowers have a special way of bringing joy. So why wait for a special occasion to make someone smile? There is no need to wait for another birthday or anniversary to roll around in order to surprise someone with a gift of flowers. Some of life’s greatest gifts are the ones we least expect.

One great thing about flowers is that there doesn’t have to be any reason at all to give them to someone. And sometimes, flowers say things and help convey feelings for us when we can’t find the right words ourselves.

Something else is fantastic about flowers? Aside from the memorizing beauty and an instant ability to brighten someone’s day, their versatility and variety knows no bounds and makes them a perfect gift for almost any occasion – big or small.

Informal Flowers

At Abbott’s Florist, we specialize in happily ever after’s, and comforting loved ones with offerings of sympathy. But you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to spread lots of joy with flowers. You can do that today every day with Flowers by the Bunch, which we will be offering all summer long.

In fact, Flowers by the Bunch have been one of our most popular selections for several years. Our loyal customers think of it as a fantastic bargain (we agree). But we like to think of it as a way for everyone to enjoy beautiful fresh flowers during times when you don’t need to pay extra for a professional designer to use a recipe of required flowers.

Flowers by the Bunch offers everyone a convenient grab-and-go option at a terrific price, making them an ideal option for more informal occasions without all the fanfare, or even for keeping them all to yourself. At prices this low for flowers this incredible? It’s hard to find many bargains like this left anymore.

Flowers can make everyday occasions ‘special’

The summer of 2021 is shaping up to be much different than last year as we emerge from isolation and resume gathering again together in groups. This means more weddings, more receptions, more parties, and more reasons to celebrate!

But, there’s no need to wait for a reason to send flowers, you don’t need one at all. This summer is the perfect time to reach out to old friends and loved ones, or even someone new. And flowers are a fun way to break the ice or rekindle an old memory by serving as a lasting visual reminder of time shared together.

Abbott’s Florist features same-day delivery in Champaign, IL and surrounding areas or anywhere in the US. Visit abbotts.com to order online 24/7 or call (217) 352-9619 to speak directly with one of our agents who will be happy to assist you.

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This Mother’s Day, trust the experts at Abbott’s Florist to create a one-of-a-kind gift she will never forget

Click to order a Designers’ Choice bouquet for Mother’s Day from Abbott’s Florist, Champaign, IL

Mother’s Day is less than a week away, but the good news is you still have time to find the perfect gift for mom and have it hand-delivered to her door in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9. Even better news is that you won’t have to travel far to find a gift that is so unique and special that we can guarantee she has never seen anything like it before. All it takes is the click of a button and a little faith the experienced floral design team at Abbott’s Florist.

Ordering flowers online with the national retail companies can often be a frustrating experience. First you see a beautiful image of a perfect bouquet of flowers with a “special” price that seems too good to be true.

The further along you get in the ordering process, the more fees, and charges you manage to rack up until you finally end up paying nearly as much in mysterious service and convenience fee as you did for the flowers!

Several days later your gift to mom will arrive in a box that will be left on her doorstep with the rest of the packages. Please don’t do that to mom (or yourself) this year when there are better, fresher, and more cost-effective options right here in town.

Why Choose Designers’ Choice?

If you want the most bang for you buck when ordering flowers, a “designers’ choice” bouquet is almost always the best option, no matter where you shop. Without having to replicate an image from the website, our designers are free to create something totally unique with the freshest flowers we have available in the shop.

You also won’t be disappointed by unrealistic expectations! No matter how delicious the dish, the food you receive at a restaurant will never look exactly like the picture on the menu. But that is what you ordered, so expectations have been set and that is what you expect the waiter to bring. If your food arrives looking less-than-camera-ready, you might be disappointed before even taking a bite.

We certainly don’t ever want you to be disappointed with your flowers, and we definitely don’t want to disappoint mom this Mother’s Day with an ordinary gift that looks like all the rest. Make this year one she will never forget with Mother’s Day flowers from your friends at Abbott’s Florist. Same-day delivery is available in Champaign, IL and surrounding areas, or anywhere in the USA. In addition to Mother’s Day flowers, we also feature roses, plants, sympathy flowers, weddings and events, and much more!

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Abbott’s Simple Guide to Sympathy Flowers

One of the many wonderful things about flowers is their fascinating ability to help us express our feelings at times in life when words are simply not enough.

We send a dozen red roses when saying “I love you” doesn’t seem strong enough. A heartfelt “thank you” goes a long way, but a handwritten thank you note attached to a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers does a much better job of conveying our appreciation.

This is especially true when we have to say, “I’m sorry.” Those words never seem like enough in any situation, especially when they are used to express feelings of sorrow instead of offering an apology. Fortunately, sympathy flowers from Abbott’s Florist can help in a big way when we cannot find the words ourselves.

Things to consider when selecting sympathy flowers

The experience of grief effects everyone in different ways, and every situation is unique. So, (with a few exceptions) there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to selecting appropriate sympathy flowers. But there are several factors that can help make the choice much easier.

  • Consider your relationship with the recipient(s). The size and type of flowers you choose to send for the funeral service is a visual display that plays an active role in the service for all in attendance. While most may never know who gave each individual gift, they will know that each display represents an important person, family, or group in the life being celebrated. The family will distribute the sympathy flowers after the service and will certainly acknowledge and appreciate every gift they receive.
  • Consider honoring the deceased in a special way, but do not worry too much about the details. Throughout history, different flowers have been considered symbolic of specific feelings such as honor, love, peace, and tranquility. But in modern times, most people will not even try reading deep enough to decipher the meanings behind each individual flower and will simply view the entire gift as a thoughtful, and beautiful gesture.
  • Consider the fate the sympathy gift after the service. In most circumstances the family of the deceased will distribute the gifts as they see fit to family members and friends. Sometimes, the family donates any extra flowers to local care centers or senior facilities so the flowers can later be enjoyed by others. If you wish to give a gift; a lush plant will not only look beautiful at the service but will also serve as a long-lasting memorial afterwards.

Let us take care of the details

The best advice for sympathy flowers is to give what you feel is appropriate without worrying too much about the details – because we’re here to take care of them for you. The experienced sympathy flower specialists at Abbott’s Florist will not only help you select an appropriate sympathy gift, but we will also confirm the delivery time with the venue prior to the service whether it takes place in Champaign, IL, or anywhere else in the USA.

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8 Great Spring Flowers From Abbott’s Florist

We’re just days away from March 20 – the first official day of spring! After a long, dark winter with plenty of grays and browns, it is time once again for some springtime color! While spring’s arrival signifies the season of rebirth and growth, a few seasonal floral superstars stand head and shoulders above the rest. Here are eight of our favorite spring-blooming flowers to brighten up your world while we celebrate the first day of spring.

Peony

Loved throughout the world for their extravagant blooms, Peonies are colossal flowers that have an elegant natural beauty and a delicate, unforgettable aroma. Peonies make perfect companions for other spring flowers such as iris, alliums and roses and are a popular choice for spring and summer wedding bouquets.

The peony’s distinctive feature is its large, eye-catching flowers that have 5 to 10 petals each. Depending on the variety, their color can vary from pristine white to “bubble-gum” pink, and also bright red and gorgeous shades of yellow.

Iris

Irises are one of our favorite springtime flowers because of their incredibly colorful blooms. The name Iris was adopted from Greek goddess of the rainbow to represent the spectrum of colors of the many different species.

Throughout history, the Iris has been a symbol of power and elegance for monarchs and royal families around the world. In fact, the renowned “Fleur de Lys” symbol is a graphic representation of the Iris bloom that was known for centuries as the symbol of French royalty. Irises are also common themes in many priceless paintings by artists like da Vinci, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, and of course, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Hyacinth

This bright and beautiful spring flower boasts a unique shape which adds the perfect floral touch to any springtime bouquet. Hyacinths are deeply fragrant flowers that are available in shades of white, blue, purple, red, and pink. The flowers grow in thick clusters on tall spikes that are filled with small, bell-shaped blooms.

Tulip

Tulips are another spring favorite with their rainbow of color options. Aside from their beauty in gardens and planters, tulips are one of the most popular types of cut flower. As one of the most popular and recognizable spring flowers, tulips are said to symbolize perfect love and can pull together a wedding, anniversary, or birthday bouquet. Tulips can make a perfect bouquet among other tulips of the same color or within a mix of other exquisite flowers.

Daffodil

With their cheerful bright yellow, orange, and white trumpet-shaped flowers, daffodils are a crowd favorite come springtime, especially since they are one of the first blooms to pop up each spring. Frequently seen growing in large clusters throughout most of the U.S., daffodils are one of the first signs that spring finally has arrived!

Lilac

Lilacs are among the most popular and most recognizable spring flowers. Their bushy elongated cluster of small blooms feature a sweet and strong fragrance and are available in in purple, blue, violet, pink, and white. The fragrance of lilacs is often used in perfumes and other aromatherapy products for its relaxation properties while the essential oil extracted from lilac plants are used to treat infections, fevers, skin problems, and stomach ailments. Lilac flowers are also edible and make beautiful garnishes on desserts and in drinks.

Gerbera Daisy

These large daisy variations are the fifth most popular flower in the world. The gerbera daisy symbolizes cheerfulness, which makes it a perfect addition to this bouquet. The flower’s yellow center adds a bright pop of color to give this bouquet the right amount of cheer. A staple in the cut flower world, gerbera daisies come in almost every color and have sturdy stems that will not hollow out like other cut flowers. They also have an exceptional vase life, usually lasting up to 10 days.

Calla Lily

The Calla Lily, which is neither a calla nor a lily, is another popular choice for spring floral bouquets. With a single petal that wraps to create a beautiful statement, these sleek, elegant blooms are both recognizable and unparalleled. But the colorful part most people think are petals is actually a leaf. The Calla Lily’s real flower is on a spike inside that leaf.

Spring flowers are the perfect way to welcome the spring sunshine as we shed our winter layers. Fresh floral bouquets from Abbott’s Florist make unique and thoughtful gifts to celebrate a loved one or simply send a smile. We offer same-day delivery in Champaign, IL and surrounding areas for birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, get well soon, sympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (217) 352-9616 or shop online 24/7.

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Six Ways to Help Support Small and Local Businesses

Looking back, 2020 was a devastating year for small businesses. Many closed permanently, and most that survived were forced to downsize or racially alter their business model in order to keep operating. In many instances, customers stepped in a big way with innovative efforts to support their favorite local and small businesses. Here are six things you can do if you wish to help in 2021.

1) Follow and engage with the business on social media

One of the easiest and most effective ways to support a small business without spending a dime is by following them on social media. It is easy to engage with their posts and stories by commenting, sharing with a friend, or simply liking their posts.

Social media engagement is extremely important to a small business. If their content receives enough good engagement, algorithms begin pushing it to the feeds of other users with similar interests. This exposure helps a small business get noticed by people who may not know it even exists yet, which is a very powerful way of helping them grow.

2) Share your experiences with a small business by writing a review or offering a testimonial

Blooming Orchids from Abbott’s Florist, Champaign, IL

People love sharing their experiences on social media but are much less likely to leave a review unless their experience was either outstanding or terrible. Unfortunately, many of those reviews come from extreme circumstances that fall outside the norm and do not necessarily reflect the overall reputation of the business or the views of their regular customers.

You can help by writing reviews and offering testimonials for the brands and small businesses you love. You can even go a step further and become an influencer by posting about them on social media to let your followers know about them. Good reviews will encourage new customers.

3) Buy a gift card to a local business

Another fantastic way to support small business is by purchasing gift cards. Their versatility makes them a great gift idea because the recipient can use them to order online or can choose to save them for a time when they feel comfortable enough to use them in person.

Gift cards also make wonderful gifts for the friends and loved ones when you cannot get together to celebrate. While many large gatherings have been put on hold for a later time, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are still taking place. Gift cards are easy to put in a card and mail anywhere in the country for the cost of a stamp.

4) Be understanding and patient

For local business reopening after the pandemic, the retail landscape looks completely different than it did before COVID-19. While some of the larger businesses were able to return to normal operations, many of the smaller shops have taken longer to adjust.

In most cases, small business owners rely on a number of constantly changing factors in order to make difficult business decisions. While they are doing what they feel is best to keep employees and customers safe, they are often forced to rely on trial and error until they discover what works best.

5) Sign up for their email list

Email lists are extremely valuable for small business owners because email is a direct line of communication to you. Many businesses offer exclusive discounts and sales through email and some even offer a special promotion just for signing up.

6) Make someone smile with flowers from Abbott’s

At Abbott’s Florist, our expert floral designers are still working hard every day to arrange beautiful flowers and our delivery drivers are out every day of the week making same-day contactless deliveries. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, or even “just because,” now is the perfect time to send some love with the gift of flowers and plants. We offer same-day delivery in Champaign, IL or anywhere nationwide! Call us today at (414) 475-7080 or shop online 24/7.