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December 5th 2015

Floret’s Favorites: Postcards

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Floret_Postcards-01Over the course of the last few months, the team and I have been working behind the scenes putting together a small collection of tools and gifts that are specially geared towards farmer-florists and home gardeners. Each and every product in the Floret Shop is a favorite of mine and something that I personally use, recommend and love.

To celebrate the launch of Floret’s new line of holiday gift collections, I’ve decided to throw a little party here on the blog where I’ll be giving away a few of my favorite items from the Floret Shop.

Today, we’re continuing the party by giving away one of Floret’s beautiful new Postcard Sets.

Floret_Postcards-04Chris and I love photographing flowers almost as much as growing them. There’s nothing quite like that quiet time near the end of the day when the sun starts to set and casts a gorgeous golden light over our fields.  During that glorious hour before dusk you can usually find one or both of us out among the flowers, capturing the ephemeral beauty of their blooms.

As you probably know by now, one of my favorite pastimes is “decapitating” flowers and styling their pretty little heads in interesting ways such as creating big ombre blocks of color.  Incredibly, I’ve shared just a fraction of the photos we have taken over the years.  Our computer is clogged with literally tens of thousands of images of flowers (and kids)!  After fielding so many eager requests from Floret fans for copies of our flower photos, we’ve finally put together a collection of our top 25 favorite images.

Floret_Postcards-369This sweet little set makes a great gift, a pretty addition to your office, or key ingredient in your New Year’s inspiration board.  And of course you can use them to send notes to family and flower friends through good ole’ fashioned “snail” mail.  There’s something so special about getting a little handwritten note from a loved one or friend, don’t you agree?  These pretty postcards are a fun, flowery, personal way to bring a little brightness to someone’s day.

A limited quantity of these sets is currently available in the Floret Shop and we’ll be giving away a set to three lucky blog readers today.

UPDATE:  Congratulations to our three winners: Susan, Christina Lueking and Renee Heyer-Starrett (via Facebook).  Please send your mailing address to info {at} www.floretflowers.com and we’ll send these sweet little sets out to you soon!  Thanks for commenting and sharing about these new Floret Shop products– Happy Holidays.

Yesterday’s calendar winners were:  Holly Claire, Megan Mailhot and Chelsea Forrer.

92 Comments

  1. Molly on

    I’m so happy for you. And wonder if you ever sleep? Thanks for all you do.

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  2. Sheila on

    so beautiful! I would send these cards as thank you notes to my brides!

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  3. Nashisko on

    These photos are beautiful! I have many friends who love flowers and these would be a lovely way to let them know that I am thinking of them this holiday.

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  4. Mal on

    These postcards are so lovely! I would send them to friends and family who are all over the country. A sweet handwritten note on your beautiful postcards would brighten everyone’s day!

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  5. Carolyn Thompson on

    I would send one to my dad in England each month…he is has always grown beautiful flower gardens and still at the age of 78 grows flowers & vegetables on a 1/3 of acre allotment….grows so much he sells them in his small village giving the money to go towards fixing the leaking church roof! He is always my go to for any flower related questions or problems – I wished we lived closer.

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  6. Christina Lueking on

    These are very pretty and I would like to send one each month to our 4-H members that are interested in horticulture and floral design. Inspiring our youth to continue in this field of study will help provide for future farmers and florist.

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  7. Heidi on

    Those postcards are beautiful. I look forward to next spring and summer with all the blooms. These postcards would be a great reminder of the seasons to come. I think that I’d send a card to my grandma. She would love to receive one.

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  8. Chris G on

    My sister would love these postcards! Would send a bunch to her.

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  9. Shannon Farrell on

    These are beautiful…. I would love to send one to my aunt who has the most beautiful English gardens… five acres of flowers.
    My fingers are crossed to win these. Thank you for the chance, Erin. This is a lovely giveaway :)

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  10. Drea Loewen on

    I would love to send some to friends in Brazil. Their seasons are so different then ours here, and they just love to hear about my flowers! We sent some zinnia seeds home with them last time they visited, and they did great! You both are truly artists through your photography, Chris and Erin!

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  11. Haley on

    I love these! I would send to my grandma and other out of town family

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  12. Jody on

    I would send a postcard to my friend Heidi who just had a big surgery a month ago…Love the photos!

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  13. Gail on

    These would be perfect for keeping in touch with the “Tulip Trio” – 2 special flower traveling friends.

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  14. Karin Nierenberg on

    I love all of the lovely and special flower photos. I have a very dear friend who lives down in Ohio while I’m up here in Alaska. There isn’t a day that goes by without us writing to each other. She is in her 80s and she thrives on hearing from me daily for inspiration. The flower postcards would bring so much joy to her. Thank you for bringing happy thoughts to us!

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  15. Jill on

    I would start with my daughter and my mother who are both big time flower lovers. But actually who wouldn’t love these. They are delightful and I would share with many family and friends. I would have to keep a couple for myself!

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  16. Tomoko on

    I love your flower arrangements and pictures you take. I’d love to send these beautiful post cards to my friends in Japan and here in the US.

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  17. Carol Ann on

    I always enjoy your pictures. I am a flower lover and also take pictures of mine just to look at later, especially in the winter months. My next door neighbor, Sharon, also grows many flowers and is brave to try zone 6-7. We live in zone 3-5. Thank you for your offer.

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  18. Allegra on

    These are so lovely! I would send postcards to my mother, who is a lifelong gardener and grower of flowers and taught me to garden. I would also send postcards to my friend who is restoring a historic garden in Rhode Island, and her mother, a landscape architect and amazing gardener as well.

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  19. Stephanie on

    I would send a dahlia grandma, a true dahlia lover!

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  20. Jennifer on

    As, i mentioned in the calendar giveaway, ill be deploying overseas for 7 months, so if won, i would be sending these beautiful postcards back to my loved ones back home :)

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  21. Pat Hayes on

    I love these post cards! Where can I get the and your calendar?

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  22. Tanya on

    This answer came to me right away. A mystery friend of mine who must know of my newfound love of flowers and creating arrangements has been leaving me surprises on my front porch since December 1st. Each day a tag is attached marking the day (‘Day 1′, Day 2’, etc). The joy is twofold as I see the bag when I least expect it and then get to open it! When I find out who Mrs. Claus is, I would send her postcards randomly throughout the year!

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  23. Debbie Lerner on

    Love the beautiful reminders of what was blooming in the garden this past year. I think I would like to try and frame them, or use them in a wonderful collage. I would have a hard time parting with a single one. Thank you so much for your inspiration you share thru all your beautiful blooms!

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  24. Donna Lee on

    Everyone likes to receive snail mail, and I believe in Thank-You notes, Cheer-You-Up notes, Thinking-About-You notes, I-Love-You notes, and just about anything you can think of. I have friends who are creative artists who love cards like yours. My friend Vicki is such an encourager and mentor, so she would definitely get several of your beautiful cards. Thank you for your lovely homage to snail mail, and giving us the opportunity to share your flowers.

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  25. Tiesha on

    Decapitating … Funny description, that was a good chuckle first thing in my morning

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  26. chantal on

    I would sent them to all my flower loving friends :)

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  27. Linda Wong Garl on

    I write weekly to my 96 and 99 year old aunties who were avid gardeners in their day. Sending them bouquets of postcard flowers each week would make their day! They are the ones who shared their passion of flowers with me and inspired me to love gardening….thanks for your fun giveaways!

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  28. Amanda Rothbard on

    I would send a postcard to my grandmother across the country. She loves flowers, and always kept bouquets of flowers all over her house. As she has gotten older, she goes to the florist less frequently, but her love of flowers remains. She is detached from technology (she doesn’t own a computer) so any time I want to get in touch with her, I call her or send her a letter. I also send her flowers :)

    I think it would make her day to receive a beautiful Floret Flower postcard. Thank you for all your work – it was been so wonderful to follow!

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  29. Cristi P on

    I’ve loved your blog for years now! Everything from the writing to the inspiring photos. You’ve stirred something in me to start really purse gardening and now I’m hooked!

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  30. Sharon S on

    I have a very special Aunt who loves to write letters & receive them. She would love getting a beautiful post card!

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  31. Jenny on

    I’ve been a long time advocate of “snail” mail for as long as I can remember, so, I’d have trouble thinking of someone who I wouldn’t send one to. But, I’d definitely mail one to my very recent ex. We’re still on decent terms, and even though we said we would give each other space, we decided snail mail would be the one exception to the rule. So now I look for any excuse to drop a letter in the mail :)

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  32. Robin on

    My two favorite ways to tell people I love them — besides a big hug in person — are a surprise bouquet of flowers from my field, and a handwritten note in the mail. I would send one of your postcards to my mom who lives 1,000 miles away and taught me to garden.

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  33. Cathi Lamoreux on

    I work in long term care and I will use them to give to the residents to use as they would like whether it is putting them up in the their room for a little color or having something they can send to someone. I use a connection to nature as much as I can in my work with the residents and this would be another tool.

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  34. Victoria on

    This is such a clever idea!!! I have so many friends that would adore these postcards…I’d start by sending one to my Grandma, my friend Alice, and my friend Monica!

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  35. Yuliya Bedeshko on

    I would send a postcard to my dear friend in Washington. I think she would love to receive one of these beauties. I know I would!

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  36. Sarah Christopher on

    I hope to come to one of your workshops someday! You have inspired me to grow copious amounts of flowers.

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  37. Deanna on

    I suppose the first person that I’d send one of these to would be my darling sweet, grandma who constantly cheers our family with her beautiful, hand-written notes and cards.

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  38. Heather on

    These are beautiful. I trade post cards with my friend’s son, who has autism, as part of his writing hobby/therapy. These would be lovely for him and, by default, her. Love love love them.

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  39. Elke Griesfelder on

    I have always admired your flowers, the pictures of them and your always interesting notes about them. As a believer of “real” mail, I would love these postcards to send to my loved ones all over the world…

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  40. Taylor on

    Hello! I’d likely send one of these to my boss from a floral design internship, who introduced me this beautiful industry. Keep doing what you’re doing! ❤️

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  41. Angela on

    I would like to share these lovely images with my students! Thank you for doing what you do.

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  42. Brre on

    I’d send one to my aunt, a landscape designer

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  43. Sandi on

    I’m excited to receive all the items I purchased and hopefully a sweet surprise. So I can send postcards to someone who may need a little cheer in their life.

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  44. Sandi on

    I’m excited to receive all the items I purchased and hopefully a sweet surprise.

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  45. Lisa on

    Can’t wait to see these up close!

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  46. Amy Beausir on

    Learn from you everyday! thanks for all you do to inspire the locally grown & lovingly designed bloom movement- Indianapolis IN Flower Farmer

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  47. Michelle G on

    I would send postcards to my mother-in-law who lives only 90 minutes away. And then is send one to myself! When I saw these, my heart leapt! They are gorgeous, what a great idea!

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  48. Shelly Lyman on

    I believe in written correspondence. I love a hand written note. I don’t think anything is more meaningful than intimate communication via paper product and pen. My favorite stores are paper stores. And I’m at the post office at least 4 times a week mailing my affection to friends and family. Your postcards would have me at the post office even more often.

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  49. Elle on

    Yesterday, when I wrote for the calendar, I panicked (after work) trying to decide my favorite month and reason why to try to catch the deadline for the beautiful calendar -I- wanted. Today, I’m writing for all the people that I love more than I could ever possibly try to express. As mentioned before, I’m from Michigan but have lived in California just over a year now. I’ve been giddy over flowers ever since I can remember. Pressing them since I was a child and everywhere I travel, picking weeds and field flowers every time I was near them, always lending a hand in the garden. My Grandparents had a beautiful lake side yard full of different flowers- my Grandpa’s special dahlia area always being my favorite. Recently he wasn’t able to travel to Florida as the snowbirds him and my Grandma are. I wish more than anything I was there in cold Northern Michigan to spend time with them. These postcards would not only light up my life sending them, but I know he (and my Grandma) would be estatic. The beauty you have created would spark the memories we shared together in the garden and bring so much joy to all of our hearts; Connecting us from so far away! Wishing you the best with your growing business, lovely family, and stunning, hard, greatly admired work.

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  50. Jessie on

    I would keep most of the postcards for myself, so that I could hang them all over my house. It may be selfish, but I don’t think I could share many of them because they are just so elegant! I would send one to my sister who lives in Oregon & beg her to take me on a road trip to the Floret Flower farm!

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  51. Laura on

    At first I was so eager to enter because I absolutely adore your work and I was eager to send a postcard a month to my friend in MN, I moved away a year ago, we used to garden together and she introduced me to your page when I moved to the PNW. We send eachother snail mail surprises so I thought this would be lovely. However Susan’s post about sending one to her friend who is studying to be a midwife is so touching, I feel perhaps she should win. ❤️ So exited for you, keep up the great work! ?

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  52. Amber on

    These are so beautiful! I would send some to my sweet mother-in-law who loves flowers as much as I do.

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  53. Courtney Phillips on

    I would love to send a postcard to my mother who carried on the tradition from her mother of loving and caring for flowers. Now, I am pursuing becoming a flower farmer myself, trying to carefully walk in the steps of those who have gone before me. Thank you so much for sharing your journey!

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  54. Dinitya Putri on

    Your postcard and pics are so lovely and heartwarming! I would love to send the postcards for my dearest mom and for a dearest old woman who taught me patiently how to make flower arrangement. Because through them I learn how to love flowers.

    And I would love to hang some of your postcards on my bucketlist board, wishing one day I could visit your country and farm for the workshop. Keep on inspiring Erin.

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  55. pennyrudder on

    My mom…who is passing away. She has been my bouquet.

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  56. Emilee Quackenbush on

    Hi Floret:) my wife and I own a small flower farm in Arcata, California…we are just starting out. We got about 1200 bulbs in yesterday! We are beginning to appreciate just how much work it is, but wouldn’t have it any other way. I worked for Google in Seattle for awhile but being disconnected from the earth was so unrewarding for me. Following your photos has given us both inspiration and we are thrilled to share this passion for flowers. This year we are trying anemones and ranunculus!

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  57. Kathy on

    I would love to send one of your beautiful cards (or several over the course of a few weeks) to my 95-year-old aunt who is in a nursing home and simply loves flowers. Receiving hand-written notes makes heir day!

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  58. Michelle Maas on

    I would share these postcards with my mom and dad, along with my favorite aunt who’ve passed along their love of gardening to me !

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  59. Allison Norman on

    Absolutely love watching you fb page, blog, and news letter….I have photographed flowers for years all over the world and love seeing yours growing and then being harvested! I’m always so happy to see them coming in and your ability to capture the beauty and color is fantastic! I write a lot of notes to friends and family and would love these cards to do so!! ✨??

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  60. Rebekah on

    I love snail mail!! I collect stationary and love sending hand written notes to clients. I think it adds a special touch:) I hope to win!

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  61. Allison D on

    I would love to send all these to my sweet Grandma in 2016! So beautiful!

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  62. Carol on

    I would send these to my mom, who can’t get out much, but loves beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing your flower’s finest moments.

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  63. Daniele Allion Strawn on

    I like to imagine sending these postcards to my dearest friends and family (some as far away as Belgium and Austria – I’m in Cali) and/or to my past clients, and/or using them as glorified gift tags on birthday gifts, and/or keeping some for myself for inspiration and affirmation?
    Thank you for sharing your photography and story – always such a guide and joy for me in my work!

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  64. Amity on

    Love love love your work!!

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  65. Patti on

    Just lovely. Two years ago, my husband and I moved from MA to TN. Our 2 grown children, 23 and 20 at the time, decided not to come with us. Our daughter stayed in Boston. Our 20 yr. old son settled in NYC to pursue his photography career. I like to send them mail to remind them how much we love and miss them. How proud we are of them. My daughter use to reap the rewards of my vegetable and flower gardens. I know she would love to receive one of your beautiful postcards. Though my son isn’t really into flowers, he does appreciate beautiful photography, and I would have to keep at least one to put on the front of my refrigerator to admire.

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  66. Libby on

    I love your flowers, photographs, and your story! I would send one, or many, of these to a special friend and mentor who lives in a cold climate and could surely use some color and sunshine!

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  67. Marsha Giambalvo on

    I think your flowers are sobdarn beautiful!! I live vicariously through your fields of color and betvtheyvsmell like yes!!!!

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  68. Lindsay on

    I love your photos and it would be lovely to share your beautiful blooms with a friend by mail. Great giveaway!

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  69. Tricia Cisneros on

    I would send a postcard to my mom, who lives 10 minutes away, but always used to send me postcards when I lived in Chicago of scenery in the Pacific Northwest to true to lure me back here (it worked)!

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  70. LRigby on

    These are so gorgeous! I’d send these back to my sisters in Canada while I’m working overseas and can’t be with them! We all LOVE flowers and snail mail!

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  71. Sharon D. on

    I have several friends that I would share with. These postcards are so beautiful and that would put a smile on anyone’s face as well as an added note of encouragement :) Thank you :)

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  72. Lauren M on

    I still love sending handwritten cards in the mail (even though it seems to be a thing of the past), and these postcards would be a beautiful reason to send more mail!

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  73. Candace D on

    These are beautiful! What a beautiful way to share your treasures?

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  74. Linda d on

    I think I would send a note with my bridal bouquets next year to the sweetest brides in East Tennessee!

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  75. Kim Chander on

    Your postcards are simply perfect as are your flowers! The Instagram posts from your farm brighten each day!

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  76. Smurphy on

    Oops. I forgot the most important part. I would send these postcards to my sister who is living and working in Ireland (I’m in Canada). They would make her day bright!

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  77. June Volstad on

    I would send these cards to my mother, so there would be something cheerful in the mail. (I already do this.) She feels so blessed when she sees a couple of morning glories blooming or she has Roses. She lives her little garden. These would make her day.

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  78. Smurphy on

    These are beautiful and swoon worthy. My fingers and toes are crossed.

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  79. Donna on

    Living in the south, I love seeing the pictures of varieties you can grow in the Northwest. When I send a nite or card to a friend, I believe the images and textures of the card should be the first gift before the gift of my words. These cards would bless 25 dear people on my current writing list. Thank you for bringing beauty to all of us to enjoy.

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  80. Kate on

    These images of your flowers are amazing! I would send each of these as my thank you note to a client. I am so inspired by flowers and think each bride would think back to their special flowers when seeing your beautiful images.

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  81. Frankie on

    These are so wonderful!

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  82. Renee on

    Oh my, I think I would have trouble giving them away! I’m creating a design and inspiration room in our recently purchased farmhouse. My fiance and I are using the land to grow flowers and food for our wedding next August. I get so much joy out of growing flowers and then sharing them with others! I could picture these images clipped onto small clothespins, hanging from a piece of twine to continue to remind me of the beautiful potential hardwork brings. Maybe a few would go to my older sister who has encouraged my flower growing adventure :)

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  83. Susan on

    Good morning! I would send one postcard each month to the daughter of a dear friend of mine who passed away far too soon several years ago. Her mom used to love to come to my place and follow me around the property while we visited and I puttered. She found my gardens to be very soothing at a time when she needed it most. Her daughter would love the gentle reminder of her wonderful mother as she pursues her masters to become a Mid Wife. It would be a real treat for both of us. Thank you for your consideration and have a wonderful day in the incredibly beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • Sharon D. on

      Susan, that is so thoughtful!

    • Floret on

      Congratulations, Susan! You’re one of our winners! (by popular request by other entrants, no less!) Please forward your mailing address to info [at] http://www.floretflowers.com and we’ll get your postcard set to you so you can start sending them out right away. I’m sure your friend’s daughter will love your little notes to her. Enjoy—and Happy Holidays!

  84. LindaQ on

    I would send these postcards one at a time throughout the year to the lovely lady who sold us the land that we grow our flowers on. She and her husband retired and moved to North Carolina where he later passed away. She was left with this land that had been in her husband’s family for many years and she chose our family to sell it to out of the many offers she had received. She loves getting updates and these would be perfect to use when I write to her.

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  85. Lynn on

    I’d love to have these to send a quick, actually handwritten note to my older daughter that lives 5 hours away from me and I rarely get to see in person. She loves flowers also, and I think a handwritten beautiful card means so much more in these times than a text. Thank you for being so generous Erin.

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