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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!

 

Beautiful Flowers!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

 

Hi Flower Lovers! We wrapped up our Fall 2013 photo shoot and after the last shot was taken, we had some fun putting together beautiful arrangements to share with you, our blog followers.  Here at Calyx, we love flowers and any excuse to play with them is a real treat.

The bouquet shown above is simple yet ever so appealing. This beautiful bouquet is perfect for a guestroom or a bathroom.  The container is a French-style bath jar, easily found in a powder room or a home goods type retailer.  It’s always fun to find unconventional vases around the house that will make for for an eye-catching arrangement.

The bouquet shown below is a great example of how to display flowers in a charming and rustic way.  Leaving flowers out around the home in baskets is a wonderful way to embrace the summer and show off your inner country goddess.  We chose yellow roses and Telstar Iris but the sky is the limit for this fun display!  Using fresh wild flowers is another great option, this could also make a great housewarming gift for a summer move in!

 

The final bouquet shown below is a personal favorite.  The medley of bright colors paired with a simple brown wooden box is chic, fun, and charming.  This bouquet looks like it belongs on a dinner table outside in Nantucket, late Summer or early Fall.  When arranging flowers, the most important thing to remember is to have fun! There is no bad arrangement, pick your favorite flowers and find a creative and free form way to bring them together. Putting flowers together is a way for you to be the artist and display your creations to all those you love.  Take tips from us, get out in the garden, and put something beautiful and creative together for your dinner table!

 

Top 10 Bouquets for Mom

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

 

Picking out the perfect bouquet for the woman who brought you into the world can be daunting – so let us help!  Below are the 10 top bouquets for Mom that she’s gaurenteed to love.  Check them out at CalyxFlowers.com

1. Calyx Anniversary Bouquet

2. Mother’s Day Favorites Bouquet

3. Springtime Tulips Hatbox Bouquet

4. Grand Garden Bouquet

5. Bal Harbour Bouquet

6. Simply Lovely Lily Bouquet 

7. Raspberry Swirl Orchids

8. Lavender Love Bouquet

9. Free Spirit Rose Bouquet

10. Cottage Roses

So let Mom know how much you care with a beautiful blooming bouquet from Calyx and find yourself at the top of the ‘favorite child’ list.

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

 

Some pretty terrifying things have happened this past week which can make seeing the beauty in things difficult.  However, we at Calyx Flowers believe in paying it forward – be kind and see kindness come back to you.  The planet is full of wonderful people and natural beauty so let’s take today to notice that.  Let’s be kind to our planet that graciously provides us with so much.

How will you celebrate Earth Day?  Planting a tree?  Spending some time in the garden?  Even just going for a nice walk to appreciate all of natures offerings around you.  Today is a day to celebrate the planet!  Today isn’t the only day we should be kind to our mother earth, it’s important to do something daily that will contribute to the betterment of our communities and the continual improvement of our planet.  We want our children and our childrens’ children to be able to enjoy the same fruitful natural beauty that we often take for granted.

So, grab a shovel or a rake and get to work.  Let’s all give the planet a little loving today and know that we’ll be getting it right back.  Happy Earth Day flower lovers!

 

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.

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Congratulations to our Fair Trade Certified Rose Winners!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Yesterday we were the featured partner with FairTradeUSA to celebrate our adopted Fair Trade Day.  They highlighted our beautiful selection of Fair Trade Certified roses that make gift giving easy and meaningful. We offered three lucky people a chance to win a bouquet of these lovely roses by telling us who they would like to give them to and why on their Facebook page. Here are the 3 winners’ entries – so inspiring. We hope their recipients enjoy the roses!

Betsy Ann Brinson My Mother. I am disabled, and she has always been there for me and loves me unconditionally. She has been through a lot in her life, yet she is very strong, kind, and generous. She always will offer help, even to strangers, and genuinely expects nothing in return. She is loving and never judgmental of others. I can’t do many nice things for her, so it would be fantastic to be able to do something for her as a nice surprise.

Erik Stordahl I believe my wife deserves some roses. Next Monday she has her final CT scan to determine if her ovarian cancer is in full remission. What a way to celebrate! We also run a coffee roasting business that only uses fair trade coffee, so this surprise would provide a huge impact on her.

Gloria Kaley I would give them to my dearest friend,Lisa. She has suffered so much loss and tragedy the past year..the loss of her beloved mother,a brother,her lively hood.Had a stroke followed by brain surgery and has had no follow-up care or rehab,a devastating flood ruined her home,still in disrepair,and now,she faces news on a condition of health that has rocked her to her very soul..she gets the prognosis today. Thru all of this and more,she has kept a positive attitude,been a source of strength and comfort to those around her who struggle and cares for her family and many pets without complaint or hesitation.She has never lost her sense of humor. One of the finest Women I have had the good fortune to meet in his life,I would give them to her. She deserves some beauty and happiness in her life. I would give her the world if only I could. Thank you. Blessings,Gloria.

October is Fair Trade Month

October is Fair Trade Month

October is Fair Trade Month 2010

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

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Get the new month off to a great beginning with the colorful promise of making a difference the next time you send flowers. Naturally appealing, our Fair Trade Roses make the perfect gift this October. Afterall, it is Fair Trade Month 2010.

The theme for this year’s Fair Trade Month is Every Purchase Matters which is why Calyx Flowers decided to offer each season, a showcase of Fair Trade Certified roses. And just what does that really mean?

The Fair Trade Certified Label guarantees our customers that strict economic, social, and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of these roses. The rose farm is dedicated to planting, nurturing, harvesting, and selling quality flowers that bring additional revenue back to their communities to improve the quality of life.  We are offering a collection of four rose varieties – Freedom, Ambiance, Pink Intuition and Chilis.

Freedom Red Roses
Freedom Red Roses

Calyx Flowers is also very excited to be sponsoring a day during Fair Trade Month. Our official Fair Trade Day is Tuesday, October 5th. In conjunction with TransFair USA we’ll be offering a rose giveaway as a way of saying we’re proud of our Fair Trade product. Be sure to support the Fair Trade movement not only by purchasing Fair Trade Certified Roses but also by following TransFair USA on Facebook and Twitter, where each day they will feature fun and easy actions that you can take to support Fair Trade far beyond your every day purchases.

Let’s start the celebration! After all, we think our flowers are like our customers: they both deserve the very best treatment in the world.