Alta Vista Flowers

Blooms from the heart of Old Ottawa South
Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays

On November 17th, 18th and 19th we decorated a home at 50 Craig St. for the Homes for the Holiday tour. The tour helps raise money and awareness for Hospice Care Ottawa, an essential organization for our loved ones in a palliative stage of their life. The home at 50...

The story of the purple butterfly

The story of the purple butterfly

I first heard of the purple butterfly when a customer ordered an arrangement for a recipient in grief of the loss of her newborn twin. Our floral designer Tricia, just happened to use a card with butterflies on it in the floral design she made for the recipient.  The...

Top 5 Plants for Grandparents

Top 5 Plants for Grandparents

Plants are great gift for grandparents from you or the little ones. Before buying a plant, consider your grandparents' living arrangement and their aptitude to care for plants. Those living in retirement residences are met with certain policies regarding having plants...

Week 3 of Flowers

Week 3 of Flowers

My apologies to readers who have been anticipating Week 3 of Flowers, which was scheduled for last week. As August's past few days ago, and we are on the first week of September I want to dive into new projects, but not without ending our Week of Flowers. So, here...

Week 2 of Flowers

Week 2 of Flowers

It's Week 2 of Flowers dedicated to those who are unfamiliar with heliconia, lychnis, and nerines. Heliconia - "Lobster-Claws" Either people mention Lobster-Claws or False Bird of Paradise, they're meaning the colourful heliconias, native to the tropical Americas and...

Week 1 of Flowers

Week 1 of Flowers

As mentioned in last week's blog, the three flowers chosen for this week are Alstroemeria, Bells of Ireland (did you guess it?), and Chrysanthemum. Alstroemeria The cut flower alstroemeria, which we refer to as alstro, is a flower that we always have in stock because...

A Book of Flowers

A Book of Flowers

As usual, after my weekend swim I go straight to the public library's Used Book Sale section to find, hopefully, a recently released fiction for $2. I didn't find any this time, but I did leave the library with a book called "A Book of Flowers". "Flowers have never...

A Personal Gift For Mom

A Personal Gift For Mom

Your mom(s) must have a tin that she absolutely adores. Or you have one that means a great deal to you and your mother(s). Or you have an unused tin that you simply don't want to throw in the bin. If you're looking for a way to personalize your gift for Mother's Day,...

Weekly Fresh Flowers For Your Home

Have you seen Twin Peaks? If you have, then you'll remember agent Cooper's saying, "Everyday, once a day, give yourself a present." Agent Cooper loves coffee, and a good cup of coffee is his treat to himself. What are you treating yourself?! How about a beautiful...

The Life of a Co-Op Student

The Life of a Co-Op Student

Hello, I'm Katelyn I am a grade 12 co-op student from Ridgemont High School. For my co-op placement I ask if I could work at a flower shop. I was the first student to consider a flower shop. I choose to go to a flower shop because I like to design and I am a artistic...