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Local Florists

Well Park Garden Centre

Mill St, Kirkwall KW15 1NE, UK – 01856 874203

Good sized garden centre stocking a wide range of products. Homeward, kids toys etc. The cafe was pretty good too.

Visited The Willows Coffee Shop for a late lunch. Although quieter than normal by 2pm, some of the options had run out [quiches etc] but there was still a good core menu. Service was efficient and pleasant. The Garden Centre appears rather bare at this time of the year due to the changeover from Christmas merchandise to the presentation of new plants / trees & equipment. The core shop areas for pet food & equipment, seeds, tools & the florist shop still provide a good service regardless of the re-stocking elsewhere.

Highland Park Whisky Distillery

Holm Rd, Kirkwall KW15 1SU, UK – 01856 874619

Great distillery tour with Viking heritage (great shout out to our tour guide Charlie - she was the absolute best). Highly recommended. If you drive ask for the driver's kit for 4£ in advance.

Good tour but it was the 'silent' season so no moving or working parts. A lot of people going through and lucky to get a spot due to a cancellation. Good to see a traditional distillery.

Florbaunda @ Simply Special

14 Albert St, Kirkwall KW15 1HP, UK – 01856 877677

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Each box of Devon pinks is packed by hand, and includes a hand-written card with your own message.  ALso gifts including gift pens, pill boxes, mirrors and vases for the fresh Devon flowers, grown in the heart of the UK countryside!

Tips - Caring for your flowers once they are delivered


Placing your flowers in vase half to two thirds full with lukewarm water, will help closed buds to start opening.

  • Be careful when un-wrapping a hand-tied bouquet as it is delivered in a water bubble to keep the flowers fresh.
  • Arranging your flowers in cold water should be avoided as this can reduce the their life in the vase.
  • Avoid puting flowers in metal or aluminium containers - glass is ideal. Keep your flowers in a cool location, away from draughts, direct heat or sunlight. Arrange once unwrapped
  • Your flowers may take up to 24 hours after being placed in water to reach their full potential.
  • Strip off all excess foliage and leaves below the water level to reduce any harmful bacteria within the water.
  • Bacteria can block the stem and stop the flowers taking up the water.unwrap. Flowers like their stems trimmed. So, trim them, at an angle with a knife (rather than scissors) by an inch or so. When trimming stems, always cut at an angle of roughly 45degrees; this increases the surface area allowing your flowers to absorb more water.
  • If a Rose starts to droop at the head, re-cut the stem, wrap the head in paper to support it upright and plunge 5cms of the stem into boiling water for about 30seconds. Cut the stem again and place in deep cold water for two hours.trim

Most orders are accompanied by a sachet of cut flower food which will encourage buds to open and help to prolong the life and beauty of your flowers. Top up regularly with water and flower food, removing any fading flowers. Ensure the floristry foam used in arrangements is moist and topped up daily; this helps to prolong the life and vibrancy of your arrangements.