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The Blossoming Home

Monday, March 4th, 2013

The season of spring is alive with a rainbow of flowers and fragrance.  Today let’s discovers the personality of a home and its connection with flowers.  It’s simple, yet spontaneous and believe it or not, an integral part of stylish living.

Featured: Scent of Spring Bouquet

Historically, springtime bouquets created color and visual interest in the home when in past eras there were very little offerings in terms of furniture, textiles and home decor.  Flowers were the easiest way to enliven a room, welcome visitors and to even create feelings of celebration or romance.

Homes develop a personality and style.  What makes the home so special is that our individual uniqueness and imagination are constantly at work. Flowers play a special role in making the home more stylish and inspiring.  They are a particularly enduring natural tradition of fashion used in the home, as they are an outward expression of its inhabitants. They adapt effortlessly as our choices in décor, patterns and motifs constantly evolve.

It’s easy to achieve a blossoming home especially when the spring season of renewal is upon us.  Lilies are an ornate and elaborate choice as their blooming cycle is long lasting and their colors vibrant.  A single bouquet of lilies can be spread about like natural knickknacks with a grand bouquet as the crowning touch.  Designing with these flowers is a cinch and the results, spectacular.  Have fun and enjoy spring’s beautiful bounty.

Flower fact: Did you know the Easter Lily, long identified with spring and the Easter season, is also symbolic of love and marriage?  Roman mythology relates the story to Juno, the queen of the gods.  While nursing her son, Hercules, excess milk fell from the sky.  Part of it remained in the heavens (thus the creation of the Milky Way) and the rest fell to earth creating lilies.

Easter Lily

Easter Lilies

Share Kindness in Your Day by…calling an old friend or distant family member to reminisce about an old memory or good time occasion.

Have a Festive New Year’s!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Tis the season to take down the wreaths and garlands, to take down the ornaments, to wear our new sweaters as we clean the house.  Removing decorations can feel a bit grim so it’s important to not leave your home devoid of festivity.  New Year’s can be a fun holiday to decorate for so try sprucing up your home with gold, white, and blue.  After New Year’s comes Valentine’s Day where our homes will be adorned with reds and pinks.
To beat the post Christmas blues, make sure there’s not a gaping hole where wreaths used to be.  Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean your door has to be naked and your tables flowerless.  Embrace New Year’s as an excuse to decorate and don’t let your home be without some pizzazz!

Saying “Merry Christmas”

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Christmas season is a favorite here at Calyx Flowers. There’s something in the air that makes the world seem just a little brighter, slightly kinder, and brimming with cheer. Generosity is celebrated and people wear their hearts on their sleeves, it is truly a magical time. Being Flower Lovers, it’s not just the warm fuzzy feeling we get when we think about gifts under the tree and a perfectly viable excuse to eat as many cookies as we’d like that makes Christmas special to us, it’s the bountiful amount of seasonal flowers and plants that will adorn our homes.

Della Robbia Centerpiece

Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ like poinsettias, centerpieces and wreaths of made of evergreen, holly, mistletoe, and luscious red roses peppered with green berries and leaves. We love the excuse to fill our homes with the colors and smells that come around just once a year. The holidays are the perfect time to decorate your home with whatever reminds you of the most wonderful time of the year. Perhaps it’s a nativity set, childhood ornaments, stockings hanging in front of a roaring fire, or just the sound of family gathered under the same roof. Whatever it is, bring along a little extra cheer with a plant or bouquet from Calyx.

100 Holiday Roses & Wine Chiller

Our October Catalog could be in your Mailbox today.

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Rest assured, Flower Lover fans the next edition of the Calyx Flowers’ catalog should be arriving in your mailbox this week. We’re featuring over 50 new designs in our autumn collection. In fact, to celebrate this season of color, we are featuring the gorgeous Bountiful Harvest Bouquet on our cover. It truly embraces the season like no other bouquet with its colorful palette and vast variety of flowers.

Bountiful Harvest Bouquet

Need a fall favorite to hang on a door, in a hall, or above the mantel? You will find our Autumn Traditions Wreath in the Preserved Designs gallery. It’s the perfect addition to your home’s seasonal decor. Looking for a fabulous fall find at an outrageously good price point? Check out our Pumpkin Chrysanthemums. We love decorating with these blooming beauties. They’re great to add to a tailgating table as they do well in outside fall weather. They are warm and welcoming in an entry way and also make great gifts to give teachers, friends or new neighbors. The best thing is that they are on SALE!

Pumpkin Chrysanthemums

When you see all that’s new at Calyx Flowers this season, we guarantee you’re going to fall in love with fall! Shop CalyxFlowers.com today and send an autumn surprise to someone special.

 

Harmony in the Home with Flowers

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
I’ve always found that Flowers help awaken a sense of tranquility and peace through their beauty. By channeling your own inner creativity you can discover the spiritual art of flower arranging which in turn allows you to bring a natural infusion of freshness into your home. Simplicity is the key. Use a single flower type (like our Amnesia Roses below) and bring to life a modernistic design. It’s really easy to begin – just take that first step. The satisfaction of bringing simple beauty of the outside inside is harmonious and quite healing.
A new rose variety with subtle tones of lavender, gray & green. A new rose variety with subtle tones of lavender, gray & green.

Flower Food Recipes: How to Make Your own Cut Flower Food

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Cut-flower bouquets bought from a flower delivery website or from your local florist will usually have powdered “flower food” to extend the life of your bouquet. But for wildflowers or flowers gathered from your garden, if you don’t have store-bought flower food on hand, you can make your own.

Warning: I have NOT tested these recipes, and it’s pretty hard to separate the folk-wisdom from the science. I would love to hear from others who have compared the various recipes. And if you have your own “secret recipe” that works, please add it to this blog as a Comment!

Flower Food Recipe (thanks to Kathryn M.)

1 teaspoon bleach
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 quart clean, room-temperature water

Recipe Using Copper Pennies & Aspirin (thanks to Mark M.)

a few copper pennies
a couple aspirin tablets
2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
1 quart clean, room-temperature water