Okay, so I thought I would take time out to write my first journal. So where to begin? Well, it start about 30 years ago....um, seriously, I'll start with my job first.

I work as a flower wholesaler. No, I don't wear rubber boots and hose down flowers at 5am. Actually, I wear a different sort of hat, or hats. I wear an apron at times when needing to work flower arrangements. I also wear business casual clothes when working the desk, or something more dressy when needing to attend a formal event to promote a new product or attend a flower conference. Or I may be outdoors at a flower farm in 60 degree weather standing in somewhat muddy dirt. Yes, I do love my job. Every day is different and that variety in work keeps me happy.

Most of the time, I am talking wedding flowers. My company, WholeBlossoms.com, is a flower importer and distributor of fresh cut flowers. We sell flowers, and flowers for wedding, and my role has a lot to do with obtaining and marketing flowers for use in weddings. I talk to farms around the world, who may speak dutch or spanish, or my native language. I talk to brides, too, and I talk to wedding magazines, and industry forecasters, and I come up with plans on what flowers to offer and sell. It makes for some interesting days.

Did you know there are about over 200 varieties of roses grown commerically in South America at any one time? Can you imagine trying to decide which ones to bring to market? And each rose has its pros and its cons. Some have a perfume and some don't. Some are standard shaped and others are shaped like a rose. Some last for only a few days and others last over a week. And then you have hydrangeas, calla lilies, gerbera daisies....these are the usual suspects that every bride wants. What do you do about the less common and popular succulents or other varieties that few customers ask for? It takes a lot to offer those when so few ask for them.

In my role, there are good days, and not so good days like when the US Dept of Agriculture stops a plane full of wedding flowers bound for the US that have to make it to their wedding destination by tomorrow. Or when a flight experiences a delay due to weather or mechanical issue. Believe me, it all makes for a wonderful job no matter how you look at it. It pays off when we get those customer testimonials on how beautiful a bride's wedding flowers were and how the bride was so grateful. It brings tears of joy to my eyes.

So that's my first writeup. I hope you like it. If you did, please let me know. Please be brutally honest, and I'll consider it before writing a second post.

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Apr. 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I love flowers and I loved your post. I learned some things from you that i didn't know. GREAT JOB AND GOOD LUCK!!

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Apr. 24, 2011 at 4:35 AM

welcome to cafemomInteresting! Sounds like a fun job! :-) Thanks for the link!

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Apr. 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM

I've often wondered what it would be like to have to coordinate the importation of these live plants when there are so many restrictions. And having to contend with weather too! Here in Canada, there are days that are so cold the flowers would be at risk of freezing in a matter of seconds if they were not properly protected!

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