Archive for February, 2013

Would You Like Some Pepper on That? Edible Flowers

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Did you know you can eat some flowers? We are not exactly talking about the beautiful, sugary flowers that decorate a cake. Melissa Breyer shares some edible flower facts from the book “True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You”. Check out this interesting article and if you do decide to go down the edible flower path, make sure you research it thoroughly!

Sunflowers!

 

Colorful Flowers help beat Cold Weather Blues

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Flowers and good health seem one in the same.  Just think…when our family and friend are feeling ill or are in need of recuperation, many a time we have chosen to send flowers.  You may have never thought twice about the benefits of a bouquet but recent research has scientists touting that exposure to flowers actually boosts psychological health.

Could flowers be a factor in keeping your energy level high throughout the day and helping you to feel less moody? 

Small bouquets of colorful flowers can do more for your mood than you might have realized.

It’s one thing to have your day brightened by the delivery of flowers but you can enjoy physical and emotional benefits of having flowers in the home, especially during the dreary winter months.  Ancient Chinese healers believed in “flower power” to summon power and emotion.  The color of a flower contains amazing healing attributes as they stimulate hormones like adrenaline or activate mood-boosting hormones like seratonin. It may seem flowers can promote well-being in more ways than one.

  • Yellow stimulates the brain and helps us feel more optimistic.

    An assortment of brightly colored orchids can make you feel fabulous.

  • Green slows the production of stress hormones and helps us relax.
  • Violet relieves tension and can suppress hunger.
  • Orange strengthens the immune system and give us a boost.

Do you ever purchase flowers as a pick-me-up to beat the “winter blues”?

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Flower Lovers from everyone at Calyx Flowers.

Each Valentine’s Day holiday season is an exhilarating rush as we take our floral designs to an all new level and then strive to find the perfect flowers to fill all the orders. For us, today is a time to kick back and relax now that the roses are out the door and on their way to yours.

We hope you love your Calyx Flowers and remember we stand behind our flowers with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

How to send a Guy Flowers

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Roses take on a masculine look for the men in our zinc metal vase.

Love getting flowers from your guy at Valentine’s Day? Are you thinking how great it would be for him to have that same warm feeling of love and appreciation? But then are you doubting whether or not a guy really wants to get flowers? Is it “not manly” to be a guy and a recipient of a bouquet of roses? STOP right there…you don’t need permission!

The gift of roses or any other kind of flower or plant for that matter is a personal choice you’ve made especially for him and one that truly came from a good place in your heart. Sure there will always be some naysayer that says it’s not cool to get flowers from a “chick” but at the same time I know alot of women who have also made snide comments when someone around them receives a flower delivery. Could it be the green-eyed envy monster coming out?

When designing our Valentine’s Day collection this year, we thought about the idea of having one specific bouquet for HIM. The idea came full circle when we happened upon a very modern and masculine-looking vase.  Thus, Uniquely Him Roses was born. The vase itself is comprised of a cylinder glass insert that sits inside a wrapping of zinc metal. It’s industrial and interesting all at the same time. The classic bouquet of red roses looks right at home inside the vase. It’s appropriate for the boyfriend, the husband, the dad or even the grandfather. And if you send it to his workplace, it’s guaranteed to be a water cooler topic of conversation.

We hope this helps if you were thinking of ordering your guy Valentine flowers. We’re planning on making this bouquet available for all special occasions, year round. Dare to be different and do it. And please, tell us how it went as we would love to hear about it at Calyx Flowers.

 

 

Stand Out Valentine Orchids & More

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Valentine's Day Orchids with Rouge Royale Gift Set

Here at Calyx Flowers we’re always looking to make our gifts be more than expected. We want the recipient to be stunned by the sheer beauty of our flower arrangements and then see that “But Wait…there’s more!” when they open the box. This year we gave our Valentine’s Day Orchids an added something extra by offering our Flower Lovers the option to combine the orchid bouquet and vase with the Rouge Royale Gift Set by our friends at Fringe Studio.

Arriving with the bouquet in a gorgeous gold gift box, the fragrant gift set is a beautiful combination of bath salts and matching soap on a decorative glass tray.  It really makes an elegant statement as a Valentine’s Day gift.

  • Fragrance: Mulberry & Lily
  • 6 oz. Soap
  • 7 oz. Bath Salts
  • Tray: decorative glass, 4″ x 6″

Perfect for Valentine's Day!

The Very Best Chocolates for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Do you know someone who is a flower lover and has a major sweet tooth? Calyx Flowers has the answer in chocolate and of course, flowers. We’re proud to offer this Valentine’s Day gourmet truffles by a superb American chocolatier – Mary Ann’s Chocolates.

Based in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, this family business has been making gourmet chocolate for over 30 years. Committed to gourmet excellence and pure, chocolate extravagance, Mary Ann’s Chocolates has known for a very long time…a luxurious bite of chocolate pleasure indulges the senses and makes life so much sweeter! After one bite we were hooked and decided to offer these specialty chocolates at Calyx Flowers.

Four Gourmet Truffles by Mary Ann’s Chocolates

For Valentine’s Day you can add a box of four gourmet truffles to your fresh flower bouquet order. Each has its own unique and scrumptious flavor.

Be My Valentine Roses

Or you can choose to send the Be My Valentine Roses that offers a delectable 12-piece assortment of delicious gourmet truffles all dressed up in a Valentine red heart box. The flavors include chocolate insanity, raspberry, tiramisu, milk chocolate, Irish creme, butterscotch, mocha hazelnut, creme de menthe, and black forest chocolate. This combination is guaranteed to be sweet enough for your sweetie.

12-piece Assortment of Gourmet Truffles by       Mary Ann’s Chocolates

 

5 Fantastic Flowers Men Should Send at Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Calyx Flowers  decided to make it simple for the men this Valentine’s Day. We put together a short list of fantastic flowers they could send to their special someone for this year’s Valentine’s Day holiday. So read through our list and get busy ordering! Don’t wait until the last minute…again.

Finally! An easy, short list of 5 Fantastic Flowers men can send this Valentine’s Day.

1) Roses 

Tried and true, this flower is the ultimate symbol of love to send on February 14th. Today there are hundreds of rose cultivars. With names like “Ingrid Bergman,” “Hot Princess,” “Engagement”, “Blush” and “Vogue,” we are reminded of what the image of the rose evokes—feelings of romance, passion, enchantment and fascination. You cannot go wrong making a loving statement with roses. (shown: center)

2) Dutch Tulips

The tulip itself means “perfect love” and it’s the second favorite flower variety after roses given for the Valentine’s Day occasion. During the 17th century in Holland, the popularity of tulips resulted in “Tulipomania” and bulbs were incredibly expensive and the subject of financial speculation. In the Victorian language of flowers, red tulips are a declaration of love. (shown: top right)

3) Orchids

These long-lasting beauties with their star-like blooms are a spellbinding and unusual Valentine gift. Orchids have long been highly sought after, probably for the unusual beauty of their design. Orchid hunters in the nineteenth century collected them by the ton, and chopped down as many as four thousand trees at one time for the Orchids growing on them. (shown: bottom left)

4) Gerbera Daisies

A vibrant Valentine this perky flower will make. Not only are they cheerful, Gerbera daisies have become very popular in recent years as women love how easy they are to arrange. It won’t be a question of “he loves me, he loves me not” when you give the gift of Gerbera daisies she will absolutely know you’re saying, “Be Mine.” (shown: bottom right)

5) Calla Lilies

With its straight-stem and glossy green leaves, the flower itself could remind us in a way of Cupid’s arrow. The word “Calla” comes from the Greek word for “beautiful” which makes it very Valentine appropriate. Native to South Africa, calla lilies make for an exotic and different type of bouquet than most women expect to receive but one she’ll surely admire (and so will her co-workers if you send it to the office). It’s a great choice if you’re daring to be different. (shown: top left)

See more great Valentine flowers like these by visiting CalyxFlowers.com. We have a fabulous Valentine gift gallery with tons of bouquets and plants for men to choose from. But if you’re still feeling stuck, never fear the Calyx Concierge is only a phone call way. Call 1-800-800-7788 and let us know you need help selecting the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. We would be more than happy to assist you.

Love getting ready for Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 1st, 2013

When everyone at Calyx Flowers was in planning mode for Valentine’s Day 2013, we thought this would be the year where we offer roses in all colors and sizes.  After all not every girl, woman or even guy is wanting your typical bouquet of red roses. Now don’t get us wrong. We absolutely adore red roses and have lots of options highlighting the different varieties of red that scream “I love you!” However we wanted a collection of bouquets so encompassing that our flower lovers would take notice.

“When you’re designing with roses, it doesn’t take much to create an incredibly beautiful bouquet. What does take a lot is how to give the roses a platform to be dramatic and stand out”, says Calyx designer, Brittany Streufert. In addition to creating the bouquets that grace CalyxFlowers.com and  our catalog, the flower expert searches high and low for luxurious vessels and amazing vases that work with the different floral components she selects.

“Valentine’s Day is a day when you want to make your love stand out. You want the recipient to say, ‘This is the most unbelievable bouquet I have ever received.’ With our Valentine’s Day 2013 collection of roses I think we have the right product selection to touch the hearts of many.”

We would love to hear from you and your thoughts on our Valentine’s Day bouquets.