Beautiful Flowers!

June 3rd, 2013

 

Hi Flower Lovers! We wrapped up our Fall 2013 photo shoot and after the last shot was taken, we had some fun putting together beautiful arrangements to share with you, our blog followers.  Here at Calyx, we love flowers and any excuse to play with them is a real treat.

The bouquet shown above is simple yet ever so appealing. This beautiful bouquet is perfect for a guestroom or a bathroom.  The container is a French-style bath jar, easily found in a powder room or a home goods type retailer.  It’s always fun to find unconventional vases around the house that will make for for an eye-catching arrangement.

The bouquet shown below is a great example of how to display flowers in a charming and rustic way.  Leaving flowers out around the home in baskets is a wonderful way to embrace the summer and show off your inner country goddess.  We chose yellow roses and Telstar Iris but the sky is the limit for this fun display!  Using fresh wild flowers is another great option, this could also make a great housewarming gift for a summer move in!

 

The final bouquet shown below is a personal favorite.  The medley of bright colors paired with a simple brown wooden box is chic, fun, and charming.  This bouquet looks like it belongs on a dinner table outside in Nantucket, late Summer or early Fall.  When arranging flowers, the most important thing to remember is to have fun! There is no bad arrangement, pick your favorite flowers and find a creative and free form way to bring them together. Putting flowers together is a way for you to be the artist and display your creations to all those you love.  Take tips from us, get out in the garden, and put something beautiful and creative together for your dinner table!

 

Memorial Day

May 22nd, 2013

 

Memorial Day makes us think of hot dogs on the grill, sparklers in the air, and children running barefoot through front lawns.  It’s great to enjoy this holiday with friends and family but also important to remember why we celebrate it in the first place.   The fallen men and women who have protected this country are the reasons we enjoy Memorial Day and our freedom everyday.  If there is a someone you know who has died during service, send their family a bouquet in the soldiers memory.  At least, send your love and gratitude for our country’s heroes to whom we owe so much.

Top 10 Bouquets for Mom

May 8th, 2013

 

Picking out the perfect bouquet for the woman who brought you into the world can be daunting – so let us help!  Below are the 10 top bouquets for Mom that she’s gaurenteed to love.  Check them out at CalyxFlowers.com

1. Calyx Anniversary Bouquet

2. Mother’s Day Favorites Bouquet

3. Springtime Tulips Hatbox Bouquet

4. Grand Garden Bouquet

5. Bal Harbour Bouquet

6. Simply Lovely Lily Bouquet 

7. Raspberry Swirl Orchids

8. Lavender Love Bouquet

9. Free Spirit Rose Bouquet

10. Cottage Roses

So let Mom know how much you care with a beautiful blooming bouquet from Calyx and find yourself at the top of the ‘favorite child’ list.

Happy May Day!

May 1st, 2013

 

Although you might not stroll down the street wishing passerby’s a happy May Day, today is indeed a very interesting holiday! Beginning in pre-Christian eras, May 1st was acknowledged as the first day of Summer while Feburary 1st was the first day of Spring. In pagan tradition, the day was spent doing a dance around the May pole and crowning a ‘Queen of May’.  In Catholic tradition, May was observed as Mary’s month and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

While beginning in Europe, May Day was observed in the United States until around the time of the Cold War by leaving “May Baskets” on neighbors doorsteps.  May Baskets were baskets of flowers and treats which the neighbor would drop on another neighbors doorstep, trying to hide before they came to the door. If the recipient caught the May Basket giver, it was tradition to kiss!

Today it would seem highly unusual to chase after your neighbor with puckered lips after they dropped off a basket of flowers on your doorstep, but it’s always good to acknowledge holidays of yore.  A great and modern way to celebrate May Day is to drop off a bouquet on a friends doorstep – they’ll appreciate it and hopefully carryout the tradition! If not May Day, celebrate the real first month of Spring by filling your home with fresh flowers.

 

10 Interesting Gardens to Visit in the United States – 2013

April 26th, 2013

Here’s a wonderful list of Interesting Gardens to visit in the United States to visit if you’re ever in the area. These resources are useful for flower lovers and garden gurus alike, looking to visit nature at its finest. To make it easier to use, this list is broken into states. Feel free to share the link to this post!

 Florida

McKee Botanical Garden –Vero Beach, FL

Known for its 18-acre subtropical jungle hammock, filled with plants appropriate  for horticultural growing zone 9B, this little botanical gem is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a historic Florida landmark.

Georgia

Gibbs GardensBall Ground, GA

Opened in March 2012, this new garden developed and designed by Jim Gibbs sits on a distinguished 220 acres in a mature forest in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. Get ready to experience “the harmony of nature” as you stroll through his 16 garden venues.

Hawaii

Limahuli Garden & Preserve – Kauai, HI

Located on the north shore of the island of Kauai, you can take a guided or self-guided tour of the verdant tropical Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Selected by the American Horticultural Society as the best natural botanical garden in the US,  prepare to see Mother Nature’s finest against the backdrop of  Makana Mountain and the Pacific Ocean.

Iowa

Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden –Des Moines, IA

Outside the offices of the corporate headquarters of Better Homes and Gardens® are 22 different garden spaces with hundreds of perennials, trees, and shrubs — and a changing palette of annuals and bulbs. Employees are even available to answer your garden questions.  

Louisiana

American Rose Center  – West Shreveport, LA

The gardens are home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. Best time of year to visit is during the official bloom season which runs from April through the end of October. View over 65 rose gardens with more than 20,000 rosebushes on the property.  

Nevada

Ethel M® Botanical Cactus Gardens  – Henderson, NV

Considered one of the finest cactus gardens in the American Southwest, the garden was founded in 1981 by Forrest Mars Sr., the patriarch of the Mars Candy Co. Over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds. Visit during the holidays to see the garden lit in over 250,000 twinkling lights.

New York

The New York Botanical Garden –Bronx, NY

With a new 3.5 acre Native Plant Garden that celebrates the beauty of Native Flora opening in May 2013, the New York Botanical Garden is a fine museum of plants, seasonal gardens, exhibitions and attractions like the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

North Carolina

Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Fayetteville, NC

Located on 78 acres the garden boasts more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and has several specialty gardens. Take in the lush outdoor garden and forest with a hike on their trails. Every season tells a different floral story and make sure to check out the magnificent collection of magnolias given to the Garden in 1996 by the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

Rhode Island

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum –Bristol, RI

Considered a top public garden in New England, Blithewold is located on Narragansett Bayand features an exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants and specimen trees. Tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils open the season on the property which continues to bloom for visitors through October.

Vermont

Shelburne Museum –Shelburne,VT

Over 20 gardens add color and natural beauty to the museum grounds. From hundreds of lilacs and peonies in the spring to thousands of daylilies in the summer, these gardens are maintained organically. Each year, new gardens are added to complement special exhibitions.

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!