A few weeks ago, Denise Murphy from Helensburgh Flowers visited her grower Walter Grootscholten. After her visit, she thought about the endless possibilities that Phalaenopsis bring. Since funerals are a big part of her work she wants to show you the strength of Phalaenopsis in floral tributes.
Written by Denise Murphy
I was delighted and slightly overwhelmed when I was given Walter Grootscholten as my grower. As their orchids are stunning and speak for themselves. After my tour with Pascal, I felt the orchid has been referred to all the time as a flower we use in wedding work. I then suggested designing tributes for funerals as this is a part of the industry that is very important to me.
I am very lucky to work with a funeral director who is one of the best in the West of Scotland. Not only have we worked closely together for a number of years we have seen and experienced first-hand how important beautiful flowers are at a very difficult time. It can give great comfort to families.
I feel as florists we are very lucky to design the final tribute in celebration of someone’s life. This has been, in my experience, an honour. And it makes me realise how lucky we are to be in this beautiful industry.
Walter Grootscholten’s Phalaenopsis tick all the boxes when it comes to stunning colours, quality and exceptional value. I hope my designs did them justice.
It’s all about quality
The Phalaenopsis is a niche market and Walter Grootscholten does not disappoint. They have the quality spot on. Grootscholten grows the biggest and longest stems with strong vibrant flower heads and the reason for this is quality, plain and simple. For instance, I was amazed to hear during my visit that after 3 years of growth they discard the plants and start the process all over again. This shows the commitment and passion that they have for their product of which they are very proud.
Each plant is grown in a tropical environment and they have 13 different varieties. The grower does not go after fashion trends because of the long process involved in growing and producing but prefer to stick with what they know works, which I admired greatly.