Archive for December, 2006

Tips When Ordering Christmas Flowers

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

As the temperature outside gets colder, the atmosphere inside grows warmer. The fireplace crackles and pops as the warm glow from the flames dances throughout the room. The aroma of gingerbread and spices gently floats through the air. Hues of red and green decorate every corner of your home. Family and friends crowd the halls as the snow from their boots melt into tiny puddles. The holiday season has arrived and what better way to welcome guests into your home then with a few traditional christmas flowers placed throughout the house.

Christmas Poinsettias

The Christmas poinsettia has always been a favorite during the holiday season and because of its festive colors, it will be sure to bring holiday cheer to any home. The poinsettia is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico as well as the first to introduce the plant into the U.S. almost 200 years ago. Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and Central America and therefore, like lots of bright, indirect sunlight and prefer humid conditions. Be sure to let the soil dry out between waterings and do not let the the poinsettia stand in water at the plant’s base (A layer of pebbles in the bottom of the saucer keeps the poinsettia out of the water and increases the humidity around the base of the plant). Poinsettias are sensitive to extreme temperature, so be sure to keep them a good distance from heaters or fireplaces and out of cold drafts.

Poinsettia Tip:
When picking out a poinsettia, check to make sure there are no yellow or wilting leaves or tiny white flies buzzing around the plant when you pick it up. Whitefly is a common pest to poinsettias and are only visible if you gently shake the plant or pick it up and look closely. A healthy poinsettia will have dark green leaves down to the soil line and bright colored leaves at the top and will look full and balanced.

Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cacti were originally forest cacti, growing as epiphytes in the Organ Mountains north of Rio de Janeiro in southeast Brazil. Christmas cacti is just one variety included in the holiday cacti; there are Thanksgiving and Easter cacti as well. Christmas cacti have flattened leaves with rounded teeth on the margins as opposed to the Thanksgiving cacti that have pointed teeth. Easter cacti have pointed teeth with fibrous hairs in the leaf joints. Each holiday cacti will bloom close to the holiday suggested in its name. When the Christmas cactus is in bloom, it should be kept in bright, indirect light and mild temperatures; be sure to keep it away from heaters and fireplaces. When watering, be sure to let the soil dry between each watering. However, it is important not to let it dry too much while in bloom or it may drop its flower buds.

Christmas Cactus Tip:
After the cactus is through blooming, you can add fertilizer to the soil once a month up until November. It is also best to keep the plant in a cool and dark place. Placing the plant in a closet for at least 15 hours each night and watering when dry will be sure to produce blooms for the next holiday season.

Christmas Holly

Christmas holly is a very versatile plant; the boughs of holly are often used in christmas wreaths or garland, sprigs of holly add festive accents to christmas bouquets and holly plants look wonderful in a decorative flower pot. The wood from the holly plant is often used for carving chess pieces because of its white color and density, and during the 1800s, the wood was also used to make spinning rods for Looms. Some American holly species has also been used to make tea.

Holly Tip:
Holly berries are mildly toxic and will cause vomiting and/or diarrhea when ingested by people. However, they are non-toxic when ingested by birds.

Send Flowers Online to Spread Holiday Cheer!

Friday, December 1st, 2006

As the holiday season nears, the days become shorter and the list of to-dos become longer. In the bustle of preparing your home for guests, let Calyx & Corolla Luxury Flowers take care of your holiday trimmings with their beautiful array of christmas flowers, christmas wreaths, christmas garland and christmas roses.

Nothing sets a table like a beautiful arrangement of holiday flowers. Whether it’s a small family gathering in the country, or a large, extravagant, city soiree, there is sure to be an arrangement that accents your setting perfectly.

This holiday season let Calyx & Corolla inspire you. The fragrant and colorful displays of flowers will be sure to send your senses on a wild adventure into lands of sugar plums and snowflakes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

*For a simple country setting, center a fresh green wreath on your table and place an arrangement of pillar candles in the center. For added color, scatter sprigs of poinsettia around the top of the wreath.

*For a simple contemporary setting, place a small arrangement of red roses on the center of your table and accent with silver dinnerware.

*For a more formal setting, an arrangement of red calla lilies or orchids with fresh greens will be sure to impress.

Flower Fact: Exercise Care When Ordering Poinsettias

Poinsettias can be poisonous to animals if ingested, so if you own a cat or dog, be sure to place your poinsettias out of reach of your pets.