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BusinessIamA - We are employees at the largest family owned brick and mortar florist in the US here to talk Valentine's Day! AUA!

Feb 3rd 2017 by thinkflowers • 8 Questions • 267 Points

I am a filmmaker and the son of renowned drug-policy activist Amanda Feilding. My latest feature documentary, The Sunshine Makers, is out now on select US cinemas and VOD. It's about Nick Sand and Tim Scully, two underground chemists united in a mission to save the planet with the consciousness-raising power of LSD. Together they manufactured industrial quantities of Orange Sunshine, the most famous LSD ever made - with the Fed hot on their tails... I am here with Tim Scully, the science genius behind the Orange Sunshine who changed his mind about the ultimate use for LSD. Ask us anything!

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Have you seen allergies towards a particular flower become more common over the years? What are the safest bets if your SO wants flowers but hasn't shared allergy info with you yet?

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Yes, with hindsight 300ug was more than necessary. The high dose led to many emergency room admissions because people got frightened.


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More people seem to have allergies issues with strongly smelling lilies. Some (typically) safe bets would probably be alstroemeria, daisies, carnations, orchids, sunflowers, blue delphinium, snap dragons - flowers with little to no fragrance.

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The science suggests that LSD could have amazing potential for treating serious psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety, but there is still a lot of research to be done.

We don't want people running out and thinking they can cure their mental illness on their own with acid from the street. This has to be taken extremely seriously. The scientists leading this research into LSD have gone to great lengths to insure safety. The studies are done in hospitals and there is always a medical professional there along with many other safety measures.

THere is a lot of room for LSD to be abused, and if too much of that happens it will hinder the scientific research again just as it did in the 60s.

I hope in the next 5-10 years there will be enough science for LSD to be approved as a medicine under very strict regulations


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Lillies are also toxic to pets, and 'shed' lke crazy.

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What would be your preferred process for reintroducing LSD into society? Do you feel the main priority is to reduce restrictions on, and enable state funding for, research so that we can treat people with certain illnesses?

Are you in favour of making it accessible to the whole of society? If not, why not? If so, do you feel there needs to be an informational campaign to debunk decades of misinformation about LSD and educate people about its most suitable application – as a ‘tool for introverted spiritual growth’?


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Yes those are both true! We do our best to remove all the "lily poop". And a pet friendly alternative to lilies is alstroemeria, incase you wanna get your cat some flowers for V-day!

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Good questions...

I think first and foremost the focus should be on getting psychedelics approved as medicines for very particular medical conditions which will be heavily regulated by the government.

In the long run I think people should be allowed to experiment with these substances in very controlled and safe environments - just as psychedelics have been used in most ancient cultures for millennia.

But as you say, I think a lot of education is needed to prepare society for this kind of wider societal use.

Psychedelics are certainly not for everyone, but they can clearly be of great benefit to some people and some of those people have been a great benefit to society as a whole: e.g. Steve Jobs, Jimmi Hendrix, the Beatles, and Nobel Prize winning scientist Francis Crick


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If I want to send flowers to someone in the hospital, what would be the best choice for ones that look really nice, but don't have a strong scent?

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Hi and thanks for doing this AMA. NYT recently ran a story on micro-dosing, do you feel stories like these hint at a growing awareness or push for further study? Do you ever see LSD being legalized recreationally like marijuana?


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I (Laura) always recommed something really bright and colorful, something to brighten the room! Long lasting flowers are always a good idea too. I'm super partial to sunflowers because they are both bright and longlasting! "Get well soon" balloons are a good touch too!

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I think we are a very long way away from legalization of psychedelics. The best we can hope for is that they might be rescheduled so that it becomes easier to do scientific research

At the moment they are classed along with the most dangerous and addictive drugs which is actually crazy because they are extremely non-toxic and non-addictive and very little social damage has come from them

There are so many more cannabis users that it will be hard for there to ever be enough popular support to force psychedelic legalization, but if enough convincing science comes out that shows the potential benefits of these substances then who knows? It's hard to argue with science.

I believe there is a very long way to go in terms of changing the public image around psychedelics, but I believe Silicon Valley are a very powerful influence on the whole world, so maybe they can bring about change faster than one might expect


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How often do you get people sending flowers to themselves on Valentine's Day? Do they try to do it covertly? Do they just outright do it? Or do they make a card from someone else, but you just know?

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I saw the film last week here in New York--It was wonderful; very informative and a lot of fun. Will any of the filmmakers or Tim or Nick be doing any public appearances in support of the film? Is there anyway to write to Nick or Tim directly?


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We have had people do that a lot. Usually it's to make an ex at work jealous. Typically, they're pretty outright with it, but sometimes if they try and write a fake card, we have our suspicions- but never any judgement. Sending flowers to yourself is great.

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Thanks so much. Tim in here now to answer your questions...send him a message :)


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Hi! I'm Debb's Mom, Can you tell her that she's the best daughter in the whole wide world?

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Best films to watch while under the influence of LSD?


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She's an amazing employee too! We're so happy to have her on our team!

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The Sunshine Makers :)


Q:

In the last few years what has been your most popular VD flower? How has that changed from say 10 years ago?

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What's the next film? Another doc, or something completely different?


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Red roses have always been the biggest hit on Valentine's day! It does seem like in the last couple of years people have been adding more flowers like peonies and lilies to make the traditional rose arrangement more unique.

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I'm not entirely sure yet. I've got a few different ideas on the boil. I love documentaries because I think if it's real it's just more exciting.

I have one idea that is really incredible. Not about drugs, but about another group of people who wanted to save the world. But it's not entirely clear whether it's even possible to make it yet.

It would be amazing if it did. It even has relevance to the Trump administration...


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"VD" heh heh

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Hi Do you have any directorial advice?


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One of our favorite Valentine's jokes. The code in the system we use to make a standing order is STD- that's a good one too.

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I would say just make stuff. That's the best practice you can get. I'm still learning so much.

And if you can work with people you like and who care about the subject that makes a huge difference. It takes a whole team to make a film


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How many deliveries do you have on Valentine's Day?

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What was the distribution process like?


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It changes year to year, depending on what day of the week the big day falls on. During the week of Vday it can be in the thousands.

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Ask me in a few months ;)

It's slower that you would like but i think that's the same for everything to do with film.

I was really lucky to have a good production company, sales agent, and interest in big platforms and theatrical release, so I can't complain, but at this stage it's really out of my hands


Q:

What does it take to get in to floristry? I'm in a weird position in my life and all I know is I'd like to do something artistic. I want to make people smile and happy, but preferably without too much direct interaction with them; I'm a "behind the scenes" person.

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We asked some of our designers how they got into it, and they said that a lot of community colleges have floral design programs. It's always good to talk to a local florist and see what kind of experience and training they require. Some shops will hire you and train you as well. Good luck! Floral design is fun and rewarding. Make sure you get comfortable shoes! Any other questions you might have we'd be happy to help you with - you can shoot us a PM with your area and maybe we can help!


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I was in floral design at a brick and mortar store for a few years and was let go because Telaflora and 1800FLOWERS put the florist I worked for out of business with their high prices but minuscule payout to the actual designer. Have those companies negatively impacted your business at all?

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In our situation, Teleflora has opened doors of opportunity for our locations. To be able to offer nationwide delivery to our network of customers to cities where we don’t have a location of our own turns one-time customers into lifelong patrons. We’re sorry to hear about your experience, though! It’s hard to compare our business with others because there is no other florist in the country, or world, that operates like we do.


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This might be a dumb question, but where do you guys get the flowers? Do you have a huge beautiful flower garden out back or are they all imported from somewhere?

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Flowers come from all over the world. The biggest places I can think of offhand are California, Ecuador, Netherlands, and Columbia. Tons of trucks come out of Miami every day filled with flowers. Our shop used to have a greenhouse behind it in the 1950's, but now people want all flowers all year and importing them allows us to bring the best flowers and prices to ya'll, the customers.


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How big of impact does V-Day have on your business?

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It's the biggest day of the year! I like to call it our super bowl because we must be at our very best. We hire seasonal help, order so many flowers, and work insanely hard to fill the massive amount of orders we get. That one day takes weeks and weeks of preparation and planning. It has a HUGE impact on our business.


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May I ask in term of annual revenue, how much of a percentage does VD contribute to? My gf wants to start her own Floral Shop, just wanna get some stats.

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I'm going to check on that for you- I know it is different depending on the year and the location. I'll get back to you!


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What's the craziest card message you have received?

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My favorite, and I'm paraphrasing, was "I can't wait to rip that black lace off and watch you do the chicken dance while I'm eating a 10 piece. The camera is charged and so am I"


Q:

Any recommendations for a girl that might want to send something to her man on valentines day?

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Succulents!!! They're kind of the greatest, and super low maintenance!


Q:

what's the most creative thing you remember being asked to do?

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We have this really cool local theater here (we love you Theater in the Park!) that puts on all kinds of amazing shows and we do the flowers for their shows. My favorite, and most creative, was the Dracula arrangement we made. It was super spooky with black flowers, little bats, and spider webs. It was so amazing.

We also made a Gibson Les Paul out of flowers for the funeral of a young man. It was super cool too. We kind of specialize in the weird and creative.

When I go into work tomorrow I'll see if I can find some pictures!


Q:

Hello! I'm the flower delivery boy at my families florist shop. How often do you get bad addresses? Like it doesn't even exist or it's just plain wrong?

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Multiple times a day it seems like!