Monday, January 19, 2009

Hello, Baby Ning!

We just got the picture to share! Jane, our supervisor, and her husband Tien En couldn't have celebrated the new year in a more perfect way. On January 1, 2009, they welcomed healthy and adorable Baby Ning into the world. Congratulations Jane and Tien En!!!

Baby Ning was born in Kuala Lumpur, measuring 49 cm and weighing in at 3.75 kg (that's 8.23 lbs!)... that's just her weight in cuteness, we're sure! She joins big brother Zheng and big sister Xin, and we welcome her to the Wishing Tree family :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Chinese New Year giveaways

From top: Azalea, oncidium twinkle, hyacinth and phalaenopsis

There is an auspicious Chinese saying "Hua kai fu gui" which means prosperity and wealth at the arrival of flower blooms. We can't think of a more appropriate occasion to present just blooming flowering plants to our clients, can you?

The azaleas (top row) are specially imported from Belgium and are just beginning to bloom. They will look absolutely amazing when the fuchsia pink flowers cover the entire plant! They also came in vivid purple. The oncidium twinkle (middle row) is a miniature orchid from the "Dancing Lady" family that grows to about 6-8 inches tall. It may be small, but it sure has a big personality with its profuse flowering and the most fragrant smell of vanilla and spice. This export quality orchid is grown in Malaysia (from imported seeds), but is mostly reserved for export to Japan and South Korea.

Seriously, how cute are the hyacinth bulbs (bottom row, left) from Holland?? These measure 5-6 inches tall and fit perfectly in our tealight holders. The florets haven't fully grown yet, and when they do, they really are stunning. One more for orchid lovers is the phalaenopsis imported from Taiwan. These are different from regular phalaenopsis because of their spots, and are long-lasting too.

We delivered some 60 pots to our hotelier clients and some of our most important customers - we hope you enjoy the flowers during this festive season, with much prosperity throughout the new year!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Valentine's Day Promo - HOT DEALS!

Show your darling how much you love her with a bouquet of Wishing Tree's specially-designed Valentine's Day bouquets. We have three superb Valentine's Day promotions reserved only for The Wishing Tree Blog readers!

First time in Malaysia - Old Garden Roses for RM300
Our super-sized Old Garden Roses are specially imported from the US for the first time in Malaysia! The Old Garden Rose measures 4-5 inches in diameter and looks absolutely stunning in a bouquet (that's a huge bouquet!). Surprise your dearest with these Old Garden Roses for just RM300 per dozen if you order before 10 Feb 2009. After that, it's RM380 per dozen. Place your order quickly as these wonderful roses are a limited stock.

We're offering 4 different types of Old Garden Roses - Antico Amore, Caramel Antique, Chartreuse De Parme and O'Hara - or what will look like these. The first three are pictured below for your reference but please take note that appearance of the roses may differ.

Antico Amore

Caramel Antique

Chartreuse De Parme

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Free Additional 10 Roses
Spend a minimum of RM300 on a bouquet of 18 imported roses and receive 10 free! That's RM300 for a grand total of 28 roses!! This offer is valid for orders received before 10 Feb 2009.

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Rose Bouquet for only RM200
Our unbeatable price for Valentine's Day bouquets is only RM200 for a dozen imported roses. All you have to do is place your order before 10 Feb 2009.

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Contact us now!
T: +6.03.2732.5501/5502
F: +6.03.2732.5503

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

DIY: Chinese New Year table decor

The Chinese Lunar New Year is just around the corner with less than three weeks to go! Are you as excited as we are?? If you love decorating your home or office and haven't done so, here's a decor idea you can do on your own for not a lot of money... and minimum manual labour. This is also a wonderful little project to do with friends and family, and we'll bet your children would enjoy it too! Or at the very least, keep them out of mischief for a few hours :)

Here's what you need:

1. Glass bottles / tall vases
2. Gold-coloured wire
3. Red glitter
4. Boat-shaped "gold" tael bars
5. Limes
6. Gold-coloured Chinese New Year symbols such as or 'choy' or 'fook'
7. Your favourite long-stemmed flowers (enough for your vases and to scatter on the table)

Bottle collectors, it's time to put your hobby to good use! We had a collection of limited edition bottled water at our disposal, which happens to be a beautiful shade of red and just the right colour for Chinese New Year. But please feel free to choose a different colour!

The gold-coloured wire is easily found in florist shops or hardware stores, while the gold tael bars and red glitter can be found in stationery shops or places that sell home decor items. Silver or copper wires will work just as well with this concept, but there's nothing like good ol' gold for the Chinese New year!

For our flowers, we've chosen the gloriosa, which is a type of lily. You may use other flowers, of course, but choose one that is a little more hardy and long-lasting than, let's say, the rose. A flower with a bit of "flourish" (or "drama" if you will) is great for this look.

These Chinese New Year stickers are really handy! Use big ones or small ones, and use as many as you like. The children will LOVE helping you out with this! Remember, there are no rules when it comes to stickers...

Coil the wire around the bottle - any way you like! We just covered the top few inches of the bottle and let the rest hang out. It doesn't have to be neat, and the best part - you don't need glue for this! The wire will coil easily around the bottle since it came in a coil at the store, so it will already be all curly-wurly. Just tuck in the ends when you're done, to avoid scrapes and scratches.

Carefully put the stem of your flower through the loops of the wire until it is secure. If you like, you can even put two or three flowers in there.

To make sure that our flower doesn't move around too much, notice that we've coiled the wire a little narrower at the top. But if you have more than one flower in the bottle, you could loosen the coils a bit more. But just a bit!

When you've dressed up as many bottles as you like, it's time to dress up the table. Didn't we tell you this was so much fun to do?? Arrange the gold taels, limes and extra flowers in neat piles, then add a little more here and there. We like a little structure to our handicraft, but at the same time don't want to make it look like it was too carefully thought-out. For the grand finale, sprinkle the red glitter over the items! We hope you bought the thickly-cut kind, because fine glitter will easily get blown everywhere and get stuck on everything... and we mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. An alternative is to use sequins!

We hope you enjoy this little "Do-It-Yourself" table arrangement for the festive season. The beauty of this project is that it can be customized for any occasion with different colours, flowers and decorative items, or whether you use one or ten vases. Now just sit back, relax and admire your lovely (and inexpensive) Chinese New Year decor!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Introducing.... the new Wishing Tree blog!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!!! How did you celebrate?? We hope you had a great time with loved ones.

We did something different for 2009 - we started the new year with a new blog! This is our first-ever entry and we're so excited to be writing this. We've been a bit nervous to delve into the world of blogging, but with helpful encouragement from friends and clients we decided it was the right time, especially since Wishing Tree is turning ten really soon. In fact...

We're celebrating our 10th anniversary this year! :)

How quickly time flies when you're having fun doing the things you love most! Our blog was created to mark this happy milestone and to usher in the start of something new, fresh and unique for us... and for you, our dear friends, clients, and readers. Having said that, The Wishing Tree Blog will be our online journal of sorts and a communication tool for Wishing Tree. It will be...

1) an online gallery, where we will post pictures and stories of Wishing Tree's fabulous weddings and events as they come

2) our inspiration board, to share any flowers, decor and inspiration that catches our fancy (or yours?!)

3) our message board to let you know of upcoming and on-going events, news, announcements, promotions and hot deals

4) your manual to floral artistry featuring tips, advice and how-to guides on various topics and subjects related to flowers and floral arrangement. We welcome your questions and suggestions, and will try our best to give you the answers you need!

Does that sound good? It gets even better! Wishing Tree, in celebration of our 10th anniversary, will be offering loads of goodies and freebies throughout 2009 - and most, if not all, will be exclusive to TWTB readers. Just be sure to check back often and take advantage of these great deals as they will be offered for a limited time.

As we prepare to celebrate 2009, we are also getting ready usher in the Year of the Ox (the Chinese Lunar New Year at the end of January) as well as Valentine's Day. There's lots of work to be done, and we'll be posting our promotions and hot deals in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions for Wishing Tree, please leave us a comment or send us an e-mail at Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to see you again!

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