In May, Vahini Franklin opened Blue Blossoms in Toronto, where she specializes in boxed bouquets. “I participated in the Blossom and Bloom show and had taken a couple boxes with me,” she said. “When they sold out immediately, I knew this would be my niche.”

Franklin described the box style as simple, but chic. “Just soak some foam in water for 10 minutes, then line the bottom,” she said. It’s also very versatile. “You can do this with literally any box you find,” she said. “In the future, I plan to customize boxes with my logo.” For now, she’s conveying a sense of luxury with a robin’s egg blue box that calls to mind a very famous jewellery store.

Here are a few of her favourite flower boxes.

“This is an example of my ‘proposal box.’ I noticed a lot of people ask the question with a ring, then give a bouquet,” Franklin said. “This combines the two gifts. We usually create an arrangement with the person’s favourite flowers (in this case, pink roses and peonies). It comes with a lid, so it can sit on a table as a surprise until the right moment arrives.”

“This was for a makeup artist. She had a photo shoot to launch her business. It featured a really bright shade of lipstick. I chose pale colours because I wanted to make her product stand out,” Franklin said.

“I call this my tropical box. It’s very popular,” Franklin said. “One customer bought it for his wife, whom he was taking to the Dominican Republic for a surprise anniversary trip. He hid a plane ticket in the box with the flowers.”

“There’s this woman I follow on Instagram who loves peonies and I wanted to get her attention,” Franklin said. “It turned out to be a big hit. A lot of people saw this on social media and called to order it.”

“There’s this woman I follow on Instagram who loves peonies and I wanted to get her attention,” Franklin said. “It turned out to be a big hit. A lot of people saw this on social media and called to order it.”

“Here I accented red roses with three stems of lilies,” Franklin said. “When the lilies open, it creates a layered effect. You see a scarlet base beneath the petals.”

“This is a vibrant and lush look,” Franklin said. “I used ‘Bridal Piano’ garden roses, red sweetheart roses, and a little greenery.”

Read more about Franklin in Florist Spotlight.

Katie Hendrick
Katie Hendrick is the editor-in-chief of Canadian Florist.
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