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.

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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!

 

Colorful Flowers help beat Cold Weather Blues

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”?

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Flower Lovers from everyone at Calyx Flowers.

Each Valentine’s Day holiday season is an exhilarating rush as we take our floral designs to an all new level and then strive to find the perfect flowers to fill all the orders. For us, today is a time to kick back and relax now that the roses are out the door and on their way to yours.

We hope you love your Calyx Flowers and remember we stand behind our flowers with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

How to send a Guy Flowers

February 12th, 2013

Roses take on a masculine look for the men in our zinc metal vase.

Love getting flowers from your guy at Valentine’s Day? Are you thinking how great it would be for him to have that same warm feeling of love and appreciation? But then are you doubting whether or not a guy really wants to get flowers? Is it “not manly” to be a guy and a recipient of a bouquet of roses? STOP right there…you don’t need permission!

The gift of roses or any other kind of flower or plant for that matter is a personal choice you’ve made especially for him and one that truly came from a good place in your heart. Sure there will always be some naysayer that says it’s not cool to get flowers from a “chick” but at the same time I know alot of women who have also made snide comments when someone around them receives a flower delivery. Could it be the green-eyed envy monster coming out?

When designing our Valentine’s Day collection this year, we thought about the idea of having one specific bouquet for HIM. The idea came full circle when we happened upon a very modern and masculine-looking vase.  Thus, Uniquely Him Roses was born. The vase itself is comprised of a cylinder glass insert that sits inside a wrapping of zinc metal. It’s industrial and interesting all at the same time. The classic bouquet of red roses looks right at home inside the vase. It’s appropriate for the boyfriend, the husband, the dad or even the grandfather. And if you send it to his workplace, it’s guaranteed to be a water cooler topic of conversation.

We hope this helps if you were thinking of ordering your guy Valentine flowers. We’re planning on making this bouquet available for all special occasions, year round. Dare to be different and do it. And please, tell us how it went as we would love to hear about it at Calyx Flowers.