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Monday, February 18, 2013

The Saga of the Frozen Flowers

"Our cooler is freezing."  These are words that strike fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned florist.
We've all had those fears.....You have a big wedding in your cooler and come in to find the thermostat went on the fritz overnight and it's all frozen.  What would you do?  Well I've asked myself this question many times.  And thankfully, I've never had to put the backup plan into action.  And I pray I never have to.   I had a rose supplier once who had his coolers backed up to an alarm system so if things got too cold, he was automatically called.  And the big boys all have backup generators and all kinds of bells and whistles to avoid this problem.  Little tiny folks like me we rely on ingenuity, diligence, keen observation, and dumb luck.  But, honestly, it never occurred to me that I might hear those words circling around Valentine's Day. Banish the thought.  Just inconceivable to think what might happen to have a cooler packed with morning deliveries all ready to go sitting in vases of frozen water.  And thankfully, yet again, my lucky stars were shining.  Because it wasn't until the day after Valentine's Day that Becky's surprised voice rang up in my office.  "Jewel, our cooler is freezing..."  And it couldn't have happened at a better time.  There was hardly a flower to be found in that cooler.  And the tulips and jasmine managed to even survive the tiny freeze.  It's only the second time in almost twenty years that our cooler has frozen up and it happened the day after my biggest floral day of the year.  I might say I dodged a bullet, but I feel more like I just surfed a big wave.  Feeling pretty darn grateful.

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