Whether you’re buying a vase of flowers for your desk or getting a floral arrangement for your office’s reception area, there are things you need to take into consideration before bringing flowers to a shared work environment. Most of us can agree that flowers are pretty to look at, but not everyone likes or can physically be around the smell of flowers. To be more precise, inhaling flower pollen can be extremely uncomfortable for those with allergies. Here are a few things to consider before selecting fresh and fragrant hand picked flowers in San Francisco, CA:
- Coworkers may have allergies: Many people suffer from pollen allergies. Therefore, it’s best to assume at least one coworker has an allergy to flower pollen. Chrysanthemums, daisies, chamomile and the common sunflower top the list of the highest pollen producers, and thus are some of the worst types of flowers for pollen allergy sufferers. On the other hand, lower pollen producing flowers such as tulips, lilies, daffodils, roses and hostas are safer bets—these flowers are just as pretty, but have a lesser chance of spreading pollen.
- Strong fragrances can cause headaches: There are many flowers with mild to no scent, as well as a lot with extremely strong natural scents. Think of something with a heavy fragrance—perfume, cologne or hot food, for instance—and how that smell affects you. Now imagine breathing the air after it’s been filled with strong scented flowers. From easier problems to deal with, like being annoyed by a smell, to smells causing debilitating headaches, you must be considerate of others.
- Know what you need them for: One important question to ask yourself before taking flowers to work is how long you need the flowers to last. Are they needed as accents for an afternoon meeting, or just to provide some nice decoration to enjoy during the work week? Some fresh picked flowers will remain healthy and vibrant for a few days, while others begin to deteriorate within hours. If you are picking out flower arrangements for a large conference that will go for a day or two, then there’s little need to be picky with lifespan. If you want flowers to remain alive and vibrant on your desk for a week or more, ask your local florist for recommendations of hardier varieties.
- Get a simple arrangement: Many floral shops will offer gifts ranging from single roses with a sprig of baby’s breath to large intricate flower arrangements made of several beautiful flower varieties. So unless your office is setting up for an event like a big office-wide party or hosting a fundraiser, go simple and get something everyone in the office can enjoy. Besides, with a big space-crowding flower bouquet, your desk area can easily transform into a colorful but awkward jungle.
Want to add some color and beauty to your office? We’ve got a wide assortment of the most popular and seasonally available flowers for you to choose from! At The Delicate Daisy – House of Flowers, we can help you select the best hand picked flowers in San Francisco, CA, which are locally sourced from the flower market several times a week. Come see us today to check out our selection!