Punching the Clock: Flower Power

Who needs a haircut and is a natural when it comes to arraigning flowers?

This guy.

Just look at the picture on the right. Hair: Hamster-like. My first floral arraignment: Full and colorful.

The people at Pires Flower Basket in Norwich were so impressed they asked me if I had previous experience.

“Yes,” I said. “I’ve been full and colorful all my life.”

They actually meant experience with putting together flowers. Everyone there was amazed to learn it was my first time. At least they acted amazed. (I’m telling myself my mini-carnation basket didn’t get tossed in the can the second they saw that I was a safe distance up the street).

But after spending a morning in the cutting room, I know the folks at Pires wouldn’t do that. They’re very nice. They’re also professionals. If my basket was lousy, they would’ve made me fix it then and there (by way of a friendly suggestion, followed by some helpful words of encouragement). Because that’s how a job gets done right, the first time. And next week, Pires will have one of its biggest jobs of all: Valentine’s Day.

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