Just in time for Mother’s Day! Relax…from Seeking Balance Candles

April 24th, 2013

We’ve been following the trends in gardening at Calyx Flowers and are offering a small collection of products that are perfect gifts to give Mom this Mother’s Day, especially if she loves all things from the garden. Our new candle’s fragrance and color provides a soothing scent of garden favorites – lavender and geraniums. We discovered this wonderful candle at Root.

What’s Root? Root is an American candle company based in Ohio and founded way back in 1869. Their line of candles is quite impressive so we’re pleased to offer the Relax Geranium Lavender Candle from the seeking balance collection. The holistic candle is crafted of soy wax poured into a glass container and finished with a sustainable wooden wick.  When lit you experience the soothing lavender scent along with the beauty of the candle burning and the sound of the crackling wick. It’s made for a complete “sensory” experience.

Fragrance description: RELAX – Pure essential oils of lavender and the geranium bud combine with the tranquil color of lavender to provide an atmosphere of comfort, calm and relaxation.

It’s available right now at CalyxFlowers.com in limited quantities so be sure to order early for Mother’s Day.

Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2013

 

Some pretty terrifying things have happened this past week which can make seeing the beauty in things difficult.  However, we at Calyx Flowers believe in paying it forward – be kind and see kindness come back to you.  The planet is full of wonderful people and natural beauty so let’s take today to notice that.  Let’s be kind to our planet that graciously provides us with so much.

How will you celebrate Earth Day?  Planting a tree?  Spending some time in the garden?  Even just going for a nice walk to appreciate all of natures offerings around you.  Today is a day to celebrate the planet!  Today isn’t the only day we should be kind to our mother earth, it’s important to do something daily that will contribute to the betterment of our communities and the continual improvement of our planet.  We want our children and our childrens’ children to be able to enjoy the same fruitful natural beauty that we often take for granted.

So, grab a shovel or a rake and get to work.  Let’s all give the planet a little loving today and know that we’ll be getting it right back.  Happy Earth Day flower lovers!

 

The Orchid Allure

April 9th, 2013

Beauty, love and luxury are some of the alluring attributes of the orchid.  For centuries their bold colors and tender blooms have intrigued cultures the world over.  To this day, the orchid is known as the Chinese symbol of intimate friends, good teaching or a good harvest. Inspired by their beauty, CalyxFlowers.com is delighted to bring to you the artful nature and history of this fascinating plant.

Cymbidium Orchids

Orchids through the Centuries

Dating as far back to the third century B.C. orchids have gained prominent note from Greek philosophers to an aristocratic European society to the titles of many modern day books like “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean.

In 1818, the first orchid bloomed “in captivity” and forever changed the flower world. The bloom inspired obsessive orchid collecting to near disastrous levels. Collectors were bewitched by this newfound beauty.  Forests were stripped and many species of orchids endangered. The practice was eventually banned thus giving rise to the twentieth century practice of commercial orchid breeding. Today, over 25,000 wild orchid species and over 100,000 manmade hybrid varieties continue to dazzle us.

Orchids have been used for everything from perfume for kings to aphrodisiacs and love potions for anyone who could afford them.  Today the orchid is used as an added addition to wedding décor and stylish modern home design.

Image Making Orchids

A single flower says everything.   Whether it be one single stem amidst a bud vase or a bunch of orchids gathered together, the orchids beautiful modernistic approach is perfect for decorating around the home for a sense of wholeness, harmony and radiance. Orchids make an impressive statement with their invigorating aura that uplift one’s spirits.  Our favorites for stylish décor are dendrobiums, oncidiums and the moth-like phalaenopsis but each and every orchid proves to be irresistible.  

Flower fact: Did you know that the vanilla plant is considered an orchid? The Aztecs of Central America used vanilla as an essential ingredient for chocolate beverages. The Spanish explorers brought it back to Europe first introducing it as a perfume then later as a medicine and aphrodisiac.

9 Great Flower Gifts to Give at Easter

March 25th, 2013

Celebrate all things Easter with Calyx Flowers. We’ve put together nine fabulous flowers you can send that capture the beauty of spring and will let your special recipient know you are thinking of them in the very best way. Peruse our picks and don’t wait another second to order! Easter is this Sunday, March 31st.

  1. Springtime Tulips Hatbox Bouquet (shown top left) – Set the scene with the gorgeous gift of tulips in a rainbow of colors. What sets this gift apart from all the others? The bouquet arrives in our keepsake sating hatbox with bow.
  1. Candy Stripes Bouquet (shown top center) – Make Easter special with a marvelous mixture of pastel blooms that will coordinate just right with all your Easter eggs and candy. 
  1. Blueberry Blue Hydrangea Plant (shown top right) – The spring season is that special time of the year when hydrangea once again come into bloom. Delight in the brilliant blue blossoms of this popular plant week after week. 
  1. Spring Style Gerbera Daisies (shown center left) – The soft palette of pink, yellow, cream and white was designed to capture the graceful beauty of the Easter holiday and springtime season. 
  1. Spring Garden Wreath (shown middle center) – Looks perfect anywhere in the home you might need to add a touch of spring beauty and color. Isn’t the tiny nest of eggs a well-suited touch? 
  1. Easter Jewel Orchids(shown center right) – Inspired by a basket filled with colorful eggs the Easter Bunny has left behind, our orchids are not only vibrantly beautiful but they are long-lasting too. 
  1. Lavender Love Bouquet (shown bottom left) – With all its distinct shades of purple our popular bouquet represents one of the quintessential colors of the Lenten season and Easter holiday. 
  1. Grand Garden Bouquet (shown bottom center) – Meet the best bouquet that brings the beauty of an outdoor garden in! The mixed bouquet of fragrant flowers fills its uniquely designed cabbage pitcher to the brim. The pitcher makes a keepsake gift when the flowers have faded. 
  1. Bunny Calla Lily Plant (shown bottom right) – Our cute calla lily plant is an Easter essential. Available in limited quantities so hop to ordering it today!

Spring is Almost Here! Wait, is it?

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

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.

http://pinterest.com/calyxflowers/wedding-flower-inspiration/

Emerald Orchids

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!

Party Flowers

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!

 

The Blossoming Home

March 4th, 2013

The season of spring is alive with a rainbow of flowers and fragrance.  Today let’s discovers the personality of a home and its connection with flowers.  It’s simple, yet spontaneous and believe it or not, an integral part of stylish living.

Featured: Scent of Spring Bouquet

Historically, springtime bouquets created color and visual interest in the home when in past eras there were very little offerings in terms of furniture, textiles and home decor.  Flowers were the easiest way to enliven a room, welcome visitors and to even create feelings of celebration or romance.

Homes develop a personality and style.  What makes the home so special is that our individual uniqueness and imagination are constantly at work. Flowers play a special role in making the home more stylish and inspiring.  They are a particularly enduring natural tradition of fashion used in the home, as they are an outward expression of its inhabitants. They adapt effortlessly as our choices in décor, patterns and motifs constantly evolve.

It’s easy to achieve a blossoming home especially when the spring season of renewal is upon us.  Lilies are an ornate and elaborate choice as their blooming cycle is long lasting and their colors vibrant.  A single bouquet of lilies can be spread about like natural knickknacks with a grand bouquet as the crowning touch.  Designing with these flowers is a cinch and the results, spectacular.  Have fun and enjoy spring’s beautiful bounty.

Flower fact: Did you know the Easter Lily, long identified with spring and the Easter season, is also symbolic of love and marriage?  Roman mythology relates the story to Juno, the queen of the gods.  While nursing her son, Hercules, excess milk fell from the sky.  Part of it remained in the heavens (thus the creation of the Milky Way) and the rest fell to earth creating lilies.

Easter Lily

Easter Lilies

Share Kindness in Your Day by…calling an old friend or distant family member to reminisce about an old memory or good time occasion.

Would You Like Some Pepper on That? Edible Flowers

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!