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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!

 

Anthuriums!

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

How much do you know about Anthuriums?  Well, let us fill you in!

Gorgeous Red Anthurium Plants

Pistachio Anthurium Bouquet

Common names for the Anthurium are Flamingo flower, Tail Flower, Oilcloth Flower, and Painters palette. Anthurium leaves are actually waxy bracts called ‘spaths’ and are heart shaped.  While most known for being red, Anthuriums come in burgundy, pink, hot pink, dark pink, red-orange, orange, salmon, yellow, green, purple, cream, white, brown, and multi-colored!

These tropical flowers can last in your home from 8 to 21 days.  Surprisingly, the longer the stem the longer the stem life.

Anthuriums really are a taste of the tropics – they are only native to tropical rain forests of Central and South America.

So, as the weather starts to cool down – bring a real piece of the tropics into your home with an Anthurium bouquet!  You’ll be able to tell all of your guests who comment how beautiful they are all of the fun facts you learned here!

Close-up of an Anthurium bloom

Gorgeous Flowers from St. Kitts

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Just had to share with our Flower Lovers!

One of our fabulous graphic designers, Ned, traveled to St. Kitts and shared his beautiful photography of tropical flowers with us. We were mezmerized by the exotic beauty of these flowers. Their colors and shapes pop amidst the lush green foliage that surrounds them. You almost feel like you can just reach out and touch them. Aren’t they incredible?

Hot! Hot! Hot Tropical Bromeliads!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
For Tropical Lovers
Make it hot for just the right loved one with a blooming Tropical Bromeliad Garden, planted with an eye-catching trio of tropical beauties, then placed in a modern design cachepot in a complementary jungle green hue. We’ve found so many of our Flower Lovers are also devotees of these chic plants and here’s why.
 
Our grower is located deep down in South Florida, nestled between the Biscayne National Park and the Florida Everglades. The hot and humid summer climate along with the mild winters make ideal growing conditions for bromeliads. As they begin to grow they form a spiraling arrangement of leaves which is sometimes referred to as a “rosette.” This gives them not only a unique shape, but an interesting look compared to other ornamental plants.
 
The BSI (Bromeliad Society International) tells us, “Within the last hundred years, bromeliads have become more widely used as ornamental plants. Originally only found in royal botanical gardens or the private greenhouses of wealthy Europeans, their popularity has spread to the masses. Today bromeliads are more available to the enthusiast than ever before. New species are still being discovered and plant breeders are developing ever more stunning hybrids to choose from.”
 
Did you know that the most famous of all bromeliads is the pineapple?

Tropical Bromeliads Bursting with Color

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

Orchid & Tropical Grow Lights

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

A reader recently told us about a line of grow lights designed especially for orchids. These Wonderlite orchid grow lights are wide spectrum bulbs designed for orchids and other tropical plants that tend to perform poorly in standard home or office environments.

According to the manufacturer, its “spectral distribution” balances blue, red and far-red wavelengths in the visible light spectrum (440, 660 and 740 nanometers), providing more than 90% of plants’ requirements. The Wonderlite can be used in standard incandescent sockets, and is is available in two wattages: 160 or 300 watt. The 160 watt is usually placed 1-3 feet above plants, depending on the types of orchids being grown. The 300 watt is ideal for high-light demanding plants, like Vanda orchids, or high ceiling installations when the bulb must be placed further distances from plants.