Hey Flower Lovers -
The Calyx Team wanted to wish you a (belated) happy Independence Day! We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful and beautiful place – hoping everyone had a safe and joy filled day and have a restful weekend!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Decorating for a party can be overwhelming. However, the classic and timeless solution to all party decor is flowers. Let the flowers set the mood and tone for you and your guests. Recently, one of our very own Calyx employees went to a birthday party for her mother with a Downton Abbey theme. For those of you unfamiliar with the popular Masterpiece PBS show, it is set in an aristocratic English household on the cusp of WWI and decadence rules the roost. The whole show is aesthetically beautiful, from the costumes to the home it’s set in to the gorgeous flowers that pour over the tables at every meal.
The party was minimally decorated, except for the flowers. The flowers, quite literally, ran the night – they set the perfect theme and enchanted the guests from cocktail hour through dinner. Peonies definitely stole the show but all the flowers complimented each other beautifully in a colorful display of birthday festivity. Mark Hall Flowers, a prominent Boston floral design studio, outdid themselves in preparation, decoration, and execution.
The lesson here is flowers are a powerful decorating tool, be it for a party or for your every day home. Little else needs to go into preparation when you allow flowers to set the mood for your guests. Having a theme party? Choose arrangements you feel speak to the era or theme so all else you need is a fresh table cloth! Having a birthday party? Find brightly colored flowers to spread cheer and celebration across your home. Having a garden party? Find beautiful Peony bouquets and classic lush flowers to bunch around in timeless vases for your guests to admire.
Flowers are powerful works of art, making the home more enjoyable and festive when they’re around. Next time you’re having a party, think of the endless floral possibilities to help shape and execute a theme your guests will gush about for years to come!
Winter can be a difficult time of year. Everything is covered in ice, most days are grey, nothing is blooming except cabin fever, and you forget what feeling hot is like. You spend most of your time indoors catching up on tv and books itching for the warmth of the sun. It’s easy to slip into a winter funk. We’ve all been there.
But, being inside all the time does not mean you have to surrender to days feeling down. Spruce up the place you spend your time in – your home! Take pride in your winter hibernation by making your home beautiful inside and out. A bouquet or a centerpiece can make a big difference in a room and in a day! Maybe send one to a friend who you know has been feeling beat down by winter. Once your environment is cheerier, you’ll be able to enjoy being stuck inside! Curl up with a book and a cup or tea or plan a fun craft project for the kids to do after school. Enjoy the beauty of your home and all the warmth it provides.
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.
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.
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:
Finding the perfect bouquet does not mean that you have to empty your wallet. Sometimes, it’s the simple arrangements that grab the most attention. A small arrangement of tulips is appropriate for any occasion and will add a sweet touch of spring to any room.
If expressing your undying love through flowers, no matter the cost, is important, then a large bouquet of roses will be sure to leave her breathless no matter the occasion.
Certain flowers and plants require a little more care and attention than others, and depending on the person who will be receiving the flowers, you might want to gauge their expertise before choosing a flower.
For those with little flower experience, start with something small and simple. Flowers arranged in a small bouquetare always elegant and easy to care for. Just be sure to cut the bottom stems about a 1/2 inch under water. Fill a vase with warm water and place the bouquet in the vase, making sure the stems are submerged. Remember to change the water every couple of days to extend the life of your flowers.
A good florist will send care instructions with your order. Be sure to read the instructions because certain bouquets might require a few extra steps to ensure that they last longer.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, a graduation, a birth or a holiday, there is sure to be the perfect flower for the occasion.
Roses are a traditional way to show love and appreciation. Gerbera daisies are a great, versatile flower that can be sent in celebration of a birthday, a new baby, or even just to brighten someone’s day. A nice plant makes a great house warming gift.
Keep in mind that some flowers will arrive in bloom and will just need some water, but other flowers or plants will arrive in bud and may take some additional time to bloom. Be sure to inquire which ones will arrive in bloom and which ones arrive in bud when you place your order.
Today most online florists guarantee the freshness and quality of their flowers and plants. If you order from a “direct-from-the-grower” flower service, you cut the amount of time that the flowers spend in a delivery van or truck, which makes for fresher flowers. Or, visit your local florist, where you can personally check the bouquets for freshness.
It’s also wise not to wait until the last minute to order your flowers – - especially if you need fresh flowers to arrive on a Monday. For the sake of freshness, most online flower services do not ship flowers over the weekend.
Flowers and plants don’t stand up well to extreme temperatures. Be sure to send your flowers to an address where someone will be able to receive them and take them inside, remove from the packaging, and rehydrate. Over a year ago, Calyx & Corolla introduced its “Weather Wrap” packaging, an insulating layer of air to protect fresh cut flowers from freezing air in the winter or extreme, or wilting heat in summer. That extend’s a bouquet’s life considerably, but they still don’t want to be sitting on a doorstep for hours!