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Essential Summer Tropicals

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Summer Sands Bouquet by Calyx Flowers

Summer Sands Bouquet by Calyx Flowers

Even if you don’t live in the Caribbean or another tropical climate, chances are still good that you love the bright colors and casual elegance of what we here at Calyx Flowers call “tropical style”. Sometimes it’s hard to find a way to bring a taste of the tropics into your home environment but we’ve solved that dilemma. Imagine bold pink and purple orchids alongside of breezy palms with amazing orange parakeet heliconias poking through the gathering. These tropical delights are all found in our new Summer Sands Bouquet.

Plus if you’re really into color we’ve added a vase with lots of visual charm and a sense of modern quirkiness. The glass vase is a work of art by Fringe Studios. Its round rectangular shape is tall and thin to support the diverse collection of tropical flowers. Its sleek sides are beautified by a wavy transferware print resembling streaks of multi-colored sand.

All together — tropical perfection!

 

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!

 

Spring is Almost Here! Wait, is it?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

 

The first day of Spring is Wednesday, March 20th, which is right around the corner!  However, if you live in the Northeast you’ll know that the conditions are anything but Springlike – there’s a huge snowstorm coming our way so most of us will spend the first day of Spring shoveling our driveways or snowed in.  It doesn’t seem like we’ll be celebrating Wednesday by getting out into our gardens, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring flowers into our home.

Even if the weather is less than quintessential spring (we DO expect the snow to melt soon though Mother Nature, we’d like singing bluebirds and blooming forsythia at your earliest convenience.  Some of us have long awaited picnic plans to execute and have just about had it with heavy down jackets), we can still bring Spring inside!  Calyx has a Spring Collection that reminds us Easter is on the way, and Summer is not far behind it. All About Spring Bouquet is perfect to brighten your home and Powder Pink Peony Bouquet looks great in a window – be it snow or shine.

So, let’s encourage the weather to get warmer by bringing Spring inside our homes – hopefully the outdoors will want to catch up and bloom soon!

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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Emerald Orchids

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Don’t let your Irish pride end with the flag outside your home, show it with the beautiful Emerald Orchid Bouquet from Calyx Flowers.   The color is enhanced but there is nothing fake about the beauty of these gems.  Looking like a bouquet of shamrocks but holding tight to the majesty of orchids, the emerald bundle will no doubt surprise and delight guests and recipients - maybe it will even inspire a little luck of the Irish.

 

Emerald is not just festive this season, it’s also very chic.  Not only was Emerald named the Pantone 2013 Color of the Year but Calyx Flowers has found a way to infuse the luxurious hue to create the perfect St. Patrick’s Day bouquet.  Our Emerald Orchids is sure to make an elegant statement on March 17th as a gift or to decorate the home.  A holiday is a fun excuse to decorate and St. Patrick’s Day is the most fun holiday of all!

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!

Luxury Rewards August Grower’s Special

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Luxury Rewards Mistine DendrobiumsIt doesn’t happen very often, so here’s a chance for you to send a beautiful bouquet at a significant discount. Today through August 19, 2011, Calyx Flowers is offering the exotic Mistine Dendrobiums at a $25 savings. Send the surprise of fresh cut orchids to your someone special right now and they will receive a ten stem bouquet along with our petite amethyst hobnail vase (a Calyx exclusive).

Did you know that 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. Dendrobium is as an unusual name as it is word. It comes from the Greek “dendron” (tree) and “bios” (life) referring to the orchids’ epiphytic habit of attaching to tree branches. The dendrobium family is generally believed to contain the largest number of species, somewhere around 30,000.

To take advantage of the August Luxury Rewards offer, click here and use code CFGS811 at checkout to receive your $25 discount.

Do you have a favorite Calyx Flowers’ bouquet or plant that you would like to see in a future Luxury Rewards Grower’s Special?

Looking for the best summer bouquets?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Attention Flower Lovers! Check your mailbox as its time to unveil Summertime’s hottest bouquets. Our newest catalog is arriving in home this week and we have filled it with the very best of summer flowers. In it you will see the newest in hot tropical trends like our Pink Sizzle Orchids and the stately Tropical Tradewinds Bouquet. Each look conjours up the feeling of island living at its finest. And do not forget to check out on Page 11 the new Rainforest Monkey Bouquet - its a new twist on a customer favorite! You’ve never seen monkeys look so cute and might I say beautiful. Plus the bouquet with two monkey pitcher makes two gifts in one for double the birthday delight.

 
One way to surprise your family and friends who are celebrating milestone birthdays in August to send the unexpected. What do we suggest?  The Summer Symphony Bouquet. It’s a gorgeous gathering of color-drenched florals in every shade of the rainbow. Lilies, roses, lisianthus and more!

The final touch to sending the perfect summer bouquet or blooming plant is to include the Soleil candle tin by Voluspa. It is a beautiful blend of pineapple, organic tangerine, coconut and vanilla. We declare that it makes a perfect pair with everything at Calyx Flowers.

And you know we have to ask, what is your favorite new look from the August catalog. Tell us today!

Pink Sizzle Orchids

NEW! Pink Sizzle Orchids

Fresh-Cut Orchids: An Inside Look at Stylish Sprays

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Orchid Blaze Bouquet
Our October Cover Bouquet

For those of us who like to make a strong statement when sending flowers in a stylish fashion, fresh-cut orchids are the go-to blooms. This fall Calyx Flowers is showcasing a modern selection of orchids in a wide array of unusual varieties and autumn colors.

Orchid Blaze Bouquet  graces our October catalog cover. This beautiful bouquet is a combination of three different mokara varieties alongside striking tigertail arandas. Tropical ti leaves and curly willow provide a final touch. What’s great about our bouquets is that they are available to purchase many different ways. Customers can select the “shown” look which is the bouquet with the decorative vase that we show in our catalog or on the web site. Or you may want to just send the bouquet with a glass vase and we have that too. Have too many vases at home? Order just the bouquet. We try and accommodate everyone’s desires.

Fun Orchid Fact from one of my favorite books, “Easy Orchids” – Did you know that orchids have been known to drape themselves exotically in trees and rocks? They draw their nutrients from water that falls upon their roots and from decomposing organic matter that often builds up around the roots.

Orchids

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Orchids

Most people are intimidated by the thought of owning and caring for an orchid because of their delicate and intricate appearance. Don’t be! Orchids are just like any other houseplant, all they need is water, light and a little TLC.

About Orchids:

Orchids are the largest group of flowering plants with around 30,000 species and 800 genera. Although most varieties of orchids are grown in tropical regions, like Asia, South America and Central America, they do grow in a variety of other regions, like the Arctic Circle and Patagonia as well. Because there are so many different varieties, it is sometimes hard to identify an orchid species, making it even more complicated in differentiating between the species that are endangered, and those that aren’t.

Selecting An Orchid:

In selecting an orchid for your home or office, keep in mind the conditions that you are providing for your plant. Different varities of orchids require different levels of light and temperature. If you are a first time orchid buyer, consider the phalaenopsis (or moth) orchid. It requires less light and does well in average household temperatures. Below are some other common orchid varieties to fit a variety of conditions:

Caring For Orchids:

  • Place your orchid in the appropriate light as listed above.
  • Keep your orchid evenly moist, the roots should never be dry. Water once or twice a week, but be sure that the roots are not soggy. Take the orchid out of basket or cachepot to water and drain.
  • Orchids require 40-50% humidity. Misting the leaves or placing a tray filled with rocks and a small amount of water under the orchid will help increase humidity.
  • Fertilize once a month with a balanced orchid food at ½ strength.
  • If the roots of your orchid look overcrowded in its current pot, or the pot looks too big for the plant, you will need to repot the orchid in an appropriately sized pot. Most garden stores sell specific pots for orchids. Be sure to repot your orchid in orchid-specific potting mix.

Lady SlipperMistine Dendrobiums