EVENING HERALD Thursday 9 September 2010

FEATURES

A DAY IN THE LIFE….

FLORAL DANCE:

Lamber de Bie dashes between his workshop in Thomastown and shops in Waterford and Kilkenny.

FLOWER
POWER

FLORIST LAMBER DE BIE TELLS CONOR DE LION ABOUT MINDING HIS OWN BLOOMING BUSINESS

MONDAY morning starts early with the arrival of a lorry-load of flowers from Holland. They arrive at about 6am at the workshop witch is near our house in Thomastown. We check the order, put the flowers in vases and store them in a cold room. By 9am we have the van loaded up for delivery to our two stores in Waterford and one in Kilkenny. We buy direct from Holland and pay the daily auction price, plus a commission to our agent. Once the van has left, I get to have breakfast, usually at around 10am.

After the rush of the early morning, I spend a few quiet hours in the office. I deal with email enquiries, mostly about weddings. Our wedding season has definitely got longer in recent years. It stretches trough the whole summer and even takes in some of the spring and autumn. On top of that Christmas and New Years weddings are becoming very popular.

Tuesday is our quietest day and if I get time off this will be it, which is nice because Wednesday morning is our busiest time of the week. This is when we get our main delivery for the week – these are all our wedding flowers and retail stock for the weekend. Because it’s such a big delivery,it’s all hands on deck. The Van delivers to our two shops in Waterford and I take care of Kilkenny.

When I get to the shop, I pitch in to condition, clean and present the blooms. Last Wednesday, there were around 35 orders waiting to be made. Many of them were wrist corsages for debs. Young guys have become a lot more romantic in recent years, asking for specific colours and flowers. They often buy a bouquet for their date’s mother, too.

CONFIDENT

We definitely see more men walk into our shops than we did when we opened 10 years ago. Irish men are a lot more confident about buying flowers and there’s no shame in walking down the street with a colourful bunch for your partner.

Thursday is usually the day to meet the weekend bride. This week I’m doing the church and Marquee for a Waterford wedding. The marquee is in the mother of the groom’s garden so she’ll be meeting us, too. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep everyone happy!

I spend most Fridays doing the arrangements for a wedding the following day, and Saturday morning is an early start to get the bouquets and buttonholes to the bridal party, not to mention decorating the church and venue.

I have to place my order for the following week before lunchtime on Sunday, but I allow myself to have a rest after the business of Saturday before I set my mind to that task.

I’ve noticed a few new occasions where flowers are in demand in recent years. March 8, International Woman’s Day, is a popular celebration among eastern Europeans. They also buy for name days, witch are almost as important as birthdays.

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http://www.lamberdebie.com

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