Archive for July, 2010

Sisters’ Day is August 1st.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

With July almost behind us, I was flipping the calendar to see if there were any exciting activities in the month ahead. I noticed that the first Sunday in August is designated as Sister’s Day. So August 1, 2010 is officially the day to  celebrate being or having a sister. Surprise your sister this Sunday!

From HolidayInsights.com - Sisters are truly special and unique. Sure, we may argue and fight. But, when it comes right down to it, sisters are the best, the very best.  Celebrate Sister’s Day by spending time with your sister. Make it a special day in some way for you, and for her.

Would you like to send flowers to your sister? My recommendation is our colorful Summertime Roses.

Summertime Roses

Ode to the Sunflower

Monday, July 26th, 2010
Sunflowers!
Snapped a Close Up of Sunflowers!

Warm yellows with bronze and black centers make it easy to see why sunflowers are such a wonderful, showy summertime flower. I love to see them mixed in a bouquet with fun flowers like Gerbera daisies or sassy roses but I’m also partial to a big bunch of sunflowers in an interesting pitchers. I’ve created a look for our Summer catalog that will be finding its way to your mailboxes next week – check out the Sunflower Sensation Bouquet.

Sunflower Trivia
  • Did you know that there are over 100 different varieties of sunflowers?
  • Sunflowers are native to North America and Kansas is the Sunflower State (wild sunflowers are a weed issue there).
  • Sunflowers are grown in all shades of yellow, some varieties are rust and brown in color while others can be dyed a certain shade (we call those color enhanced).
  • It’s possible to purchase sunflowers in three of the four seasons (sorry winter) with summer being their predominant season.
  • A sunflower grown in the Netherlands holds the record for being the tallest sunflower in the world. It measured 25 feet, 5.4 inches. (Source: 2004 Guinness World Records)
  • For more information visit the National Sunflower Association website.

 

East Woods & Beyond

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
East Woods - Cornfield

East Woods - Cornfield

Hiking Down the Trails

Hiking Down the Trails

Sharon gives us yet another trail adventure this week. It’s hard to imagine these vivid pictures are in an area backed by busy street traffic. Vermont is certainly living up to its “Green Mountain” name this month. So much green – so gorgeous! Here’s what Sharon writes for us….

We had a refreshing ramble through woods on both sides of Swift Street, starting from the East Woods parking area.  Although these areas are bounded by busy roads, the woods had a peaceful, remote feeling to them and we had the trails to ourselves.  We first did trails off of the bike paths and as we were heading over to East Woods, a deer bounded across the field we had just edged and then dashed across the road into the woods on the other side.  Our view was close-up but fleeting as the beautiful deer quickly clattered across the pavement. 

Chicory

Chicory

We heard a barking dog in the distance who followed a couple minutes later, nearly getting run over in the process.  After all that excitement, we dipped back into cool woods and enjoyed walking along Potash Brook which is a lot prettier than what my photos were able to show. Another great evening on the trails with good company!

Pretty Potash Brook

Pretty Potash Brook

My Top 10 Favorite Summer Flowers

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

From the sassy hot pink of blooming roses to the silky orange blossoms of the hibiscus, there are so many picturesque flowers blooming during the summertime that it’s hard to pick just one favorite. So I’ve compiled my first “Top 10 Favorites” for all our flower lovers – I’m not saying these are my all-time favorites but they hold a special place in my heart during the summer season.

Each are offered by Calyx Flowers to send as a gift or for self-purchase. In no particular order I bring you…

  1. Island Orchids – from the viscaya shell vase to the exotic orchids I love putting these on display when company is over. Many floral conversations ensue.
  2. Pink Sorbonne Lilies – lilies last forever and these are no exception! The beautiful blooms captivate while their fragrance fills the room.
  3. Butterfly Gerbera Daisies – cheerful, colorful and always fun. You just can’t go wrong in displaying gerbs. Plus, our Lynn Chase “Butterfly Paradise” vase makes the day even brighter.
  4. Sunflower Sensation Bouquet – it’s a wonderful way to bring the outside sunshine inside.
  5. Fair Trade Pink Intuition Roses – such a unique rose with its two shades of pink on every petal, plus feel good about displaying them since you’re helping make a difference.
  6. Enchanting Lisianthus Bouquet – purple perfection! I love giving these as a hostess gift as they’re frilly, a little untamed and rich in color but best of all they are memorable.
  7. Wild Anthurium Plant – just try and tame this tropical delight. And you know everyone needs some sort of animal in the home. Why not a zebra?
  8. Blue Hydrangea Bouquet – always a favorite, always satisfying. I could stare at hydrangea for hours admiring all the little blooms that make up a single stem. Every time I walk by them I want to give them a little pinch.
  9. Sago Palm Bonsai – if you can’t be in the tropics simply bring them to you. Nothing says “Island Time” like this little feathery palm. Is it 5 o’clock yet?
  10. Hibiscus Plant – you know summer has arrived when the hibiscus are in bloom. It’s so much fun to watch them unfurl throughout the day in bright vivid colors. I always plant mine outside after I’ve enjoyed them indoors.

Purple LisianthusBlue HydrangeasSorbonne Oriental LiliesOrange Gerbera Daisies

Tropical Fever!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
The summer season in general tends to dictate color and warmth and as I set out to visit one of our South Florida growers, I quickly saw how Mother nature interprets this time of year. Tropicals galore!

Upon entering the greenhouses where many of our plants are nutured, I was amazed to see the essence of the tropical climate in vivid vibrant hues. Hundreds of bold colored bromeliads created a festive spirit that shone bright on this hot summer day. Many of you have probably seen a bromeliad out and about. Hotels and conference centers use them in their decor. But what you probably didn’t know is that the pineapple is actually a bromeliad, making it the most well known variety.

Vibrant red, yellow & orange bromeliads

Vibrant red, yellow & orange bromeliads

These tropical beauties bloom in vibrant hues of red, orange, yellow, pink and burgundy. The flower itself is spiky looking and protrudes high above the lush green foliage. What makes them so special and desirable is the “Decorative Life.” Many bromeliads will last weeks to months in flower. I always have a few bromeliads blooming about my home. They are so easy and require little maintenance. I am a believer in the beauty of the bromeliad.

An upclose look at the bromeliad bloom An upclose look at the bromeliad bloom

A little background info for you – They are native to Tropical America. Besides the pineapple, common plant relatives include the Christmas cactus and Spanish moss. Yes, the same moss that is seen growing on trees in many parts of the world including many parts of southern and western US.

Want to bring the beauty of a bromeliad into your home or anothers? Calyx Flowers offer the Summer Bromeliad Garden. To learn more about them,  The Bromeliad Society International is a good source for information on these tropical plants. Enjoy your summer day!

On Colchester Pond

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Another week, another trail walk. This week my fellow co-workers tackled trekking around Colchester Pond. Being the only Floridian of the bunch, I had to laugh at all the humidity talk that ensued in Sharon’s description. But then again, they laugh at me during my visits when its 60 degrees outside and I have my winter coat on. Here’s what Sharon writes…

Pretty Colchester Pond was last week’s destination. Four dedicated (foolhardy?)walkers braved the heat, humidity, and air-quality warnings to take a stroll around the pond. Pulling into the parking lot gave us a great bird’s-eye view of the large pond, and I thought, “Wow, we’re going to walk around that? That looks longer than the advertised 2.5-3.0 miles!”

Colchester Pond with view of golden grass

Colchester Pond with view of golden grass

Several large birds quickly caught our attention and we decided to travel counterclockwise in order to get closer to the shoreline where the birds were hanging out. We saw a heron, a cormorant, and an osprey. The osprey made a spectacular dive into the water in search of fish (or maybe he was just hot). We walked on double-planked boardwalks close to the shoreline and then rambled through fields on mowed paths at the south end of the pond. Then we entered onto a wide woods path that we followed for the remainder of the route. We tackled several hills and saw a few toads.

Reflections: The pond & the bridge

Reflections: The pond & the bridge

 

A short spur path led to an outlook at the northern end of the pond. There were wooden slats nailed to a slanting tree trunk and a rope for swinging out into the water. Back on the main trail, we hit a couple more outlooks to the water and saw a couple canoeists.

Purple Flowering Raspberry

Purple Flowering Raspberry

 

We walked past a large field and then were soon heading up a final hill back to the parking lot, feeling either lighter (from the exercise) or heavier (from the sweat and humidity) from our efforts. Based on it taking 2 hours to circumnavigate the pond, as well as info from my mapping software, I’d say we hiked nearly 4 miles.

Red Berries

Red Berries

Luxury Rewards July Rose Promotion

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Attention all Calyx Flowers Luxury Rewards members. Our July Grower’s Special is running now through Friday, July 16th. Special savings, fresh flowers and a splendid vase are why we love sending flowers for every occasion. Hurry! Quantities are limited.

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One Dozen Roses - Only $39.95

Want to be up-to-date on all of our special offers? Then you simply must join our “Calyx Flowers Luxury Rewards Program“.  When you sign-up, you will also be entered to win a free luxury bouquet of your choice (up to $100 in value). Enjoy your day!

Going to Geprags Park

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

With the official start to summer occuring last week, my co-workers are now hiking into a new season which happens to be a very beautiful time of year in Vermont. Check out their latest adventure to Geprags Park located in northwestern Vermont, nestled against the edge of the Green Mountains. Sharon gives us our weekly recap:

Last week we went to Geprags Park in Hinesburg and walked for about an hour and a quarter. We traveled through a charming mix of woods and mowed paths, passing by a plethora of wildflowers,

Rough Fruited Cinquefoil

Rough Fruited Cinquefoil

some flowering shrubs, a lupine “garden”, and vocal but invisible song birds. There were a couple barns, one of which was very inviting and sturdy looking and had us dreaming of transforming it into a cozy cottage. There were many more trails in real life than were depicted on the map, none with signs or trail names. We didn’t follow our intended route and ended up back at the parking lot as it started to rain so we decidedo to call it a night at that point. There are still more trails left to explore on another day.

Geprags Park Images: 

The View at Geprags Park

The View at Geprags Park

Wild Parsnips

Wild Parsnips

 
 

Moth with iridescent orange wings

Moth with iridescent orange wings