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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!

Party Flowers

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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!

 

Would You Like Some Pepper on That? Edible Flowers

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Did you know you can eat some flowers? We are not exactly talking about the beautiful, sugary flowers that decorate a cake. Melissa Breyer shares some edible flower facts from the book “True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You”. Check out this interesting article and if you do decide to go down the edible flower path, make sure you research it thoroughly!

Sunflowers!

 

Colorful Flowers help beat Cold Weather Blues

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Flowers and good health seem one in the same.  Just think…when our family and friend are feeling ill or are in need of recuperation, many a time we have chosen to send flowers.  You may have never thought twice about the benefits of a bouquet but recent research has scientists touting that exposure to flowers actually boosts psychological health.

Could flowers be a factor in keeping your energy level high throughout the day and helping you to feel less moody? 

Small bouquets of colorful flowers can do more for your mood than you might have realized.

It’s one thing to have your day brightened by the delivery of flowers but you can enjoy physical and emotional benefits of having flowers in the home, especially during the dreary winter months.  Ancient Chinese healers believed in “flower power” to summon power and emotion.  The color of a flower contains amazing healing attributes as they stimulate hormones like adrenaline or activate mood-boosting hormones like seratonin. It may seem flowers can promote well-being in more ways than one.

  • Yellow stimulates the brain and helps us feel more optimistic.

    An assortment of brightly colored orchids can make you feel fabulous.

  • Green slows the production of stress hormones and helps us relax.
  • Violet relieves tension and can suppress hunger.
  • Orange strengthens the immune system and give us a boost.

Do you ever purchase flowers as a pick-me-up to beat the “winter blues”?

 

Beat the Winter Blues

Monday, January 28th, 2013

 

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.

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!

Spreading Kindness and Joy

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Snow Angel Bouquet

 

In light of recent events, it’s not unusual to think of the world as a scary place.  At Calyx Flowers, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Newtown as they attempt to cope with a devastating situation.

In times like this, it’s important to take time to notice the great amount of light that lives in the world as well.  People have come together to help the people of Newtown in whatever way they can.  Earlier this year, New Yorkers opened their homes to people who were suffering from the affects of Hurricane Sandy.  Overall, human nature is good and people want to share that.  This holiday season, let your good nature shine through during a difficult time.  Hug your children, your parents, your neighbors and let them know you care.  Send a bouquet to a family in need of comfort or make cookies for your own family.  There are so many ways to spread joy and let the true spirit of the season ring out.  In the way you can, contribute to human kindness during a time when the world needs as much as it can get.

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

Black Friday!

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Avoid the crowded shopping lines & still receive an amazing free gift at CalyxFlowers.com on Black Friday.

Bring on the holiday season! We’re ready to get blooming at Calyx Flowers with an exhilirating array of new Christmas designs, Hanukkah flowers and festive holiday plants. That means easy gift-giving for everyone on your list whether it be family, friends or business associates.

Our designer loves to send our Holiday Joy Orchid as a thank you gift and even totes it along to holiday parties for the hostess.  You can send this and any other Calyx offering now through midnight with the added extra bonus of FREE SHIPPING. Simply use code CFFRIENDS when you checkout.

Holiday Joy Orchid

Plus, you could win a LUXURY BOUQUET from Calyx Flowers when you sign up for our Luxury Rewards email program. It’s a great time to join so you can get in on all our limited-time holiday specials and savings offers. A new bouquet winner is selected every month. Click here for all the info you need to enter.

Countdown to Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Thanksgiving is nearly a week away and we’re starting to make a list of things we are so grateful for that make our lives unique and exciting. Everyone has something that they are thankful for, be it friends, family, health, fortune, or turkey. Our list is long and on the top of it is Mother Nature for giving us the most beautiful place to live our lives. She has provided an amazing frame for people to live, love, and give inside of. At this time of year, when the world is ablaze with foliage, she makes herself easy to be grateful for.

We’d like to know what our readers and customers will have on their thanksgiving table aside from turkey and stuffing. Mother Nature has provided ample inspiration, so, what is your favorite thanksgiving decoration? Is it a Cornucopia, is it a festive bouquet, is it a pumpkin themed centerpiece? No two thanksgiving tables are the same and we’d like to know what makes yours precious to you. We’re looking forward to thanksgiving tables brimming with flowers, food, and family.

 (Photo credit: Turkey – Chow.com)