Archive for the ‘DIY Flowers’ Category

Meet a Member of the Calyx Flowers Team!

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

Hi Flower Lovers,

Today we thought we’d introduce you to a member of our esteemed Calyx Flowers’ team – his name is Brian Goodhue and he is our resident marketing whiz.  Not only is Brian our number one numbers guy, he has quite a green thumb – two actually.  As you can see, he has taken good care of his Brazilian Rain Tree bonsai and it is growing quickly!  At Calyx Flowers, we not only provide flowers to our customers, but we truly love all plant life as well and like to keep our offices adorn with fresh flowers and plants when we can.  We know the number one tip to keeping our flowers blooming and our plants growing is tender love and care.  Check out our website for specific tips on your plant or flower order!  We want you to keep your beautiful gift for as long as possible.

Have a great weekend!

-Team Calyx Flowers

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Floral Inspiration with Single Stem Blooms

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

If you look around your home you’re sure to find lots of glassware, small bud vases or empty yet decorative bottles that can serve as the perfect vessel for a single flower stem. I made a quick trip around our photo studio and gathered a few interesting ones for my display.  When clustered together the look is gorgeous and I’ve only used 7 stems. (Left to right: Babe orange spray roses, pink phalaenopsis orchid, blue hydrangea, Hot Princess pink rose, yellow alstroemeria)

The look is is casual and airy and will look great in a home’s entryway or on your kitchen table. Creating this multi-blossomed display is not only super easy, but is very inexpensive. In fact, if you’re planning an event or party use any left over or broken stems for this project. You can make the look more formal by utilizing silver vases or mercury glass bottles. I’ve even added short blooms to interesting votive candleholders.

Have fun with it and let the flowers and your vessels provide the inspiration!

 

Happy Summer! What we love…

Monday, June 24th, 2013

 

Well, Flower Lovers, it’s officially Summer!  Here in Vermont, it seemed like a long road to get to the season of beach days and cookouts but it’s finally here.  We have the windows open and the sweet smells of the gardens wafting into our office – something in the air definitely changed and it is Summer!

We would like to know what is your favorite thing about summer? Is it the beach?  Is it having the kids home from school?  Is it the smell of sunscreen or perhaps the taste of fresh watermelon?  Let us know!  Also, what is your favorite summer bouquet?  If you had your choice what fresh flowers would you buy at the farmers market?  Do you prefer a DIY bouquet or one perfectly designed for you? At Calyx, we like to know what our customers like so that we can be inspired to create bouquets we know everyone will love!

This summer, we have several floral obsessions.  For the Fourth of July, we’re going gaga for the All American Orchid Bouquet.  We can see it on a beach wood table outside near sand dunes, the ocean within eyesight, adding a pop of color to a 4th of July picnic. It says ‘Cape Cod’ with a pinch of fun and a whole lot of class. We also can’t seem to get over Blue Heaven Hydrangeas – they’re perfect in a window in a cottage near the shore or on a bedside table so the first thing you see in the morning are these fresh and gorgeous flowers.   Mango Delight Callas in our funky bubble glass vase are the perfect statement to put on a dinner table for a summer eve’s dinner party where your guests eat at dusk and spend the rest of the night dancing beneath the stars.  The Calyx Enchantment Bouquet makes us think of hot summer days in the country, picking strawberries and making pies!  Lastly, we can’t get enough of Jewel Orchids.  These tropical and exotic beauties make us want to go for a swim in a clear pool with a pina colada in our hand!

OK, so now we’ve shared ours – it’s only fair for you to share yours!  Tell us what summer flowers you’re mooning over and we’d love to use your ideas!

Happy Summer to our Flower Lovers!

 

Happy May Day!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

Although you might not stroll down the street wishing passerby’s a happy May Day, today is indeed a very interesting holiday! Beginning in pre-Christian eras, May 1st was acknowledged as the first day of Summer while Feburary 1st was the first day of Spring. In pagan tradition, the day was spent doing a dance around the May pole and crowning a ‘Queen of May’.  In Catholic tradition, May was observed as Mary’s month and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

While beginning in Europe, May Day was observed in the United States until around the time of the Cold War by leaving “May Baskets” on neighbors doorsteps.  May Baskets were baskets of flowers and treats which the neighbor would drop on another neighbors doorstep, trying to hide before they came to the door. If the recipient caught the May Basket giver, it was tradition to kiss!

Today it would seem highly unusual to chase after your neighbor with puckered lips after they dropped off a basket of flowers on your doorstep, but it’s always good to acknowledge holidays of yore.  A great and modern way to celebrate May Day is to drop off a bouquet on a friends doorstep – they’ll appreciate it and hopefully carryout the tradition! If not May Day, celebrate the real first month of Spring by filling your home with fresh flowers.

 

Wedding Flowers

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Planning a wedding can be stressful.  There is a lot to think about regarding decor, venue, wedding party, groom choice, the list goes on.  Our experience at Calyx Flowers has really shown us that once you figure out what type of floral motif you want on your big day, the rest falls into place easily.  That might sound silly and expected coming from a floral company, but flowers are found all over weddings – not just in centerpieces on the tables.  In the bride’s bouquet, the bridesmaids’ bouquets, the groom’s lapel, on the bride’s dress, in the bride’s hair, along the aisle, in a flower girl’s basket, on the alter, in the chuppa, on the cake, on the tables, during cocktail hour, hanging from tents and ceilings  on the back of chairs, and really, any place you can think.  Weddings really are floral events.

So, once you figure out what type of floral designs you’re interested in, the rest of the planning should be a piece of cake. Hydrangeas, Peonies, Roses, and Lily of the Valley are typically popular choices for Weddings – colors are generally soft, romantic, and feminine.  Calla Lilies also make for beautiful bouquets or centerpieces.  Some brides opt for something more dramatic, choosing a pallet of dark reds to accent the whites and creams found elsewhere in the decor.  Do you want your centerpieces to make a bold statement or softly cascade across the tables?  You want your wedding to be representative of you and your style, so think about what colors you gravitate towards in your daily life.  Do you wear red lipstick?  Maybe maroon or red hues peppered in your centerpieces, bridesmaid decor, and bridal bouquet would suit your fancy.  Do you wear a lot of black?  Black vases are a chic and classic wedding staple.  Are you more of a chapstick and jeans girl? If that’s the case, perhaps a rustic wedding with lavender and taupe tones would be right for you.  Did you grow up in polos and spend summers at the country club?  Navy blues with white Calla Lilies are an elegant choice for a tasteful upscale wedding.

The Calyx Flowers team took the time to put together a Pinterest board of wedding flowers that inspire us.  Although we find it’s best not to replicate someone else’s wedding, it’s certainly encouraged to find inspiration from other peoples beautiful and happy events. We invite you to take a look at the board and let us know what you think!  Weddings are joyous events, so no need to stress, start with the flowers and let the rest unfold.

http://pinterest.com/calyxflowers/wedding-flower-inspiration/

Bride & Blooms

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Summer is definitely wedding season, and Calyx Flowers is proud to play a part in many couples’ important day. Here’s a picture from a summer wedding last year showcasing our canary yellow Skyline roses, beautifully surrounding a pillar candle. The look is romantic and seasonally appropriate. No doubt the guests felt the warmth and love throughout the reception.

Skyline Roses Centerpiece
DIY Rose & Candle Centerpiece

Today’s wedding flower choices are unlimited for the do-it-yourself bride. You’ll find you can create bouquets in perfect pastel shades and centerpieces of electrifying orchids in intense, bold colors any time of the year. Many DIY divas are also adding sparkle and ambiance to their creations with gemstones, crystals, candles and tealight votives.

Do you pay extra attention to the flowers in special events such as weddings? Are there any arrangements that were really memorable?