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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.

The Blossoming Home

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Happy Spring! I can’t begin to tell you how truly happy I am now that both daylight savings time and Spring have arrived. Here in Florida I’ve experienced the coldest winter on record in nearly three decades!

Now we get the chance to see Mother Nature awaken and bring about a season alive with flowers and fragrance. My favorite thing about Spring is the endless options of flowers available to fill the home. A home with flowers displayed has instant personality and style. While working on a new bouquet for the Calyx product line, friends kept telling me how beautiful and effortless the flowers looked. I respond as I usually do by telling them it’s so easy to acheive the look themselves — just try.

The easiest flower to arrange in your home might be the lily. They are an orante and elegant choice as their blooming cycle is long lasting and their colors oh so vibrant. A single bouquet of lilies can be spread about like natural knickknacks with a grand bouquet of ten or twenty stems as the crowing touch.

Designing with these flowers is a cinch and the results, spectacular. Have fun and enjoy spring’s beautiful bounty.

The Lily: Colorful & Fragrant

The Sorbonne Lily: Colorful & Fragrant

How Flower Food Works

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Some visitors to the blog have asked me why flower food keeps cut flowers fresher longer.

This answer comes from Annie Bond, author of the book “Better Basics for the Home” (see link below):

The little packet of flower food are bactericides that kill the bacteria, yeasts, and fungi.

Here are tips of reaching this same goal without the chemicals:

  • Copper is a fungicide and acts to preserve the water from too many yeasts and fungi.
  • Aspirin is an acid and helps to kill bacteria overgrowth.
  • Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar to 1 quart of water. The idea here is the same as with aspirin, since lemon juice and vinegar are acidic.

That also explains why, when arranging bouquets, we remove all the leaves below the water line — so that submerged leaves don’t act as a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria and shorten the life of your blooms.

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