Floral Inspiration with Single Stem Blooms

September 12th, 2013

If you look around your home you’re sure to find lots of glassware, small bud vases or empty yet decorative bottles that can serve as the perfect vessel for a single flower stem. I made a quick trip around our photo studio and gathered a few interesting ones for my display.  When clustered together the look is gorgeous and I’ve only used 7 stems. (Left to right: Babe orange spray roses, pink phalaenopsis orchid, blue hydrangea, Hot Princess pink rose, yellow alstroemeria)

The look is is casual and airy and will look great in a home’s entryway or on your kitchen table. Creating this multi-blossomed display is not only super easy, but is very inexpensive. In fact, if you’re planning an event or party use any left over or broken stems for this project. You can make the look more formal by utilizing silver vases or mercury glass bottles. I’ve even added short blooms to interesting votive candleholders.

Have fun with it and let the flowers and your vessels provide the inspiration!

 

National Grandparents Day is Approaching!

August 28th, 2013

Happy Monday Flower Lovers!

As you may or may not know, National Grandparents Day is on September 8th.  That means it’s time to start preparing to show your love for the most loving and comforting people!  If you can’t be with your grandparents, send a beautiful bouquet from Calyx Flowers like the Lavender Love Bouquet (shown) Summer Melody Bouquet or Delphiniums & Lilies.  They’ll be sure to feel the love, regardless of how far apart you are.

If you’ve lost grandparents along the way, send flowers to your parents or your spouses parents!  All parents, grand and not, love flowers and love being appreciated even more.

Maybe your Grandmother made you homemade cookies or taught you how to play cards – say thank you with something beautiful!  And don’t forget Grandpa, all those games of catch and trips to the candy store certainly deserve to be rewarded.

Send a little love with Calyx and let the people in your life know how much you care.

Anthuriums!

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

Sunflowers!

August 8th, 2013

 

August is the month of the Sunflower – beautiful sunshine and sunny skies!  We’re proud to offer several bouquets featuring the late summer flower such as Tuscan Sunflower Bouquet.

Did you know? These native American flowers were originally grown more for their usefulness than their beauty, as the oil from sunflower seeds is used for food, soap, paint and cosmetics.

Radiant sunflowers!

Check out Calyx Flower’s selection and bring some sunshine into your home today!

Flower Photo Shoot for Holiday 2013

August 7th, 2013

Over the past week the Calyx Flowers team (with the help of the photographic genius of John Goodman) created fabulous floral sensations for our 2013 holiday catalogs.  Here is a little look around the studio. We may be cramped for space but that doesn’t offset the brilliant bouquets that came to life on set.

Our Holiday catalogs will be in home beginning in November. Are you on our mailing list yet? If not, click here!

Getting Ready for the Holiday Photo Shoot!

July 26th, 2013

 

The time has come upon us!  Here at Calyx, we’re getting ready to shoot our Holiday catalog for you – in July!  While awfully confusing for those involved, the process is great fun and we can’t wait to share our new products with you.

We’re very busy bees buzzing around gathering vases, ordering flowers, and prepping the photo studio as a winter wonderland. Inside, the smell of pine and sugar cookies are in the air – outside the smell of BBQ and fresh cut grass.  We have some great products up our sleeves and we know, come holiday season,   you’ll be dashing through the snow to get your new catalog!

Stay tuned for pictures, Flower Lovers!

Happy Parents Day!

July 22nd, 2013

Happy Monday Flower Lovers!  As you may or may not know, Parents Day is this Sunday!  A special day in July to honor both your mother and father for all of the wonderful things they’ve done for you and to thank them for bringing you into this world.  We love an excuse to send flowers and this seems like a pretty great one.  If you can’t be with your family this weekend, let Calyx send your love for you!

Our Summer collection is beyond gorgeous and is guaranteed to convey your gratitude and appreciation – bloom after bloom!  We have gifts for both Mom and Dad so make sure to check out our “For Him” Gallery.

Send some Calyx love and tweet us pictures of your parents and their bouquets @CalyxFlowers

To all you parents out there – keep sharing your love and we hope you get something special on Sunday!

Atlanta Gift Show – Southern Shopping

July 19th, 2013

AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta, Georgia

The “High Design” Floor

Well I have wrapped up another successful buying and sourcing trip to AmericasMart in Atlanta where lots of great products were found. I saw some wonderful showrooms filled with designer vases and cachepots that I know will look absolutely exquisite when paired with an exclusive Calyx “look.”

The show was definitely busier this time than it has been the past five seasons. Hopefully it is a good indicator that the retail economy is on an upswing.

Bright & colorful creations at the Fringe Studio showroom

The color palette was across the board at the show. Blues are definitely trending but there was not a dominant color theme in the showrooms as I walked the floor after floor. There’s still a lot of sparkle and bling out there as well as an “earthy” feel to many products so it really runs the gamut. Holiday patterns and tones were vivid and strong.

On Friday, the temporaries open and I find myself swept away by the offerings in the High Design section. I also love to walk the Gourmet floor and taste the many samples the different vendors offer. This is how we were introduced to our current truffles and carmel supplier, Mary Ann’s Chocolates. One bite was pure bliss!

I look forward to the next show in 2014. I’ll catch the MARTA once again and head to downtown Atlanta, ready for more treasure hunting.

MARTA

We Love America!

July 5th, 2013

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!

~Calyx Team

Inspired by Lemons

July 3rd, 2013
Lemon Wreath

Our newest preserved wreath features bright yellow lemons & more.

With the 4th of July holiday tomorrow it’s time to think about the day’s festive menu. With my new Lemon Wreath hanging on my kitchen door, I thought what a great inspiration! Tomorrow friends and family will be treated to scrumptious Lemon Coconut Bars and of course, getting to see my new wreath which is part of the Calyx Summer Collection.

If you would like to add a lemon recipe to your tabletop here’s this tried and true dessert recipe for you. And if you would like to see more information on the Lemon Wreath simply click here. Happy 4th of July to all the Flower Lovers!

Lemon Coconut Bars

Dough Ingredients

1 cup flour

¼ cup powdered sugar

½ cup butter or oleo

Mix and press into an 8×8 inch greased pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Filling

2 eggs (beaten)

½ tsp salt

2 T. flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 cup coconut

2 T. lemon juice

Mix and pour on partially baked dough. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into bars. Enjoy!