…if you like Honey

June 27th, 2013

The Queen’s Honey Collection

CHECK OUT The Queen’s Honey Collection by Pre de Provence we debuted in April at CalyxFlowers.com. I will tell you that I am very picky with my bath products because I am so sensitive to fragrances. However, this collection met the mark and then exceeded it with these three products.

First, I’m already out of the Queen’s Honey Butter. It’s touted as being harvested from the honey bees that pollinate the Provencal lavender in France. “Uh-oh”, I thought initially as I love the smell of lavender but cannot have it anywhere near me for a long time much less on my skin.  I tried it out after a morning shower and thought it to be refreshing on my skin, the fragrance was light and I smelled more honey than lavender. I figured in the next hour I would know and I’m excited to report that a migraine headache never came.

I’ve used the butter now for over two months daily and have grown to love it and my skin loves it as well. I find the fragrance to be quite comforting but best of all not overpowering. The Honey Shea Butter Soap is much the same. You can almost feel it nourishing your skin. And finally, the Body Scrub exfoliant does its job with large crystals to slough away dead skin but not leave you feeling too oily. It reminded me of honeycomb when I opened the jar.

The Queen’s Honey Scrub…Looks like honey!

Needless to say, I am very impressed with the quality and my overall use of the collection. I can certainly understand why it won “Best New Product” at the 2012 New York Gift Show. It has my stamp of approval.

-Brittany Streufert, Brand Director

 

 

Happy Summer! What we love…

June 24th, 2013

 

Well, Flower Lovers, it’s officially Summer!  Here in Vermont, it seemed like a long road to get to the season of beach days and cookouts but it’s finally here.  We have the windows open and the sweet smells of the gardens wafting into our office – something in the air definitely changed and it is Summer!

We would like to know what is your favorite thing about summer? Is it the beach?  Is it having the kids home from school?  Is it the smell of sunscreen or perhaps the taste of fresh watermelon?  Let us know!  Also, what is your favorite summer bouquet?  If you had your choice what fresh flowers would you buy at the farmers market?  Do you prefer a DIY bouquet or one perfectly designed for you? At Calyx, we like to know what our customers like so that we can be inspired to create bouquets we know everyone will love!

This summer, we have several floral obsessions.  For the Fourth of July, we’re going gaga for the All American Orchid Bouquet.  We can see it on a beach wood table outside near sand dunes, the ocean within eyesight, adding a pop of color to a 4th of July picnic. It says ‘Cape Cod’ with a pinch of fun and a whole lot of class. We also can’t seem to get over Blue Heaven Hydrangeas – they’re perfect in a window in a cottage near the shore or on a bedside table so the first thing you see in the morning are these fresh and gorgeous flowers.   Mango Delight Callas in our funky bubble glass vase are the perfect statement to put on a dinner table for a summer eve’s dinner party where your guests eat at dusk and spend the rest of the night dancing beneath the stars.  The Calyx Enchantment Bouquet makes us think of hot summer days in the country, picking strawberries and making pies!  Lastly, we can’t get enough of Jewel Orchids.  These tropical and exotic beauties make us want to go for a swim in a clear pool with a pina colada in our hand!

OK, so now we’ve shared ours – it’s only fair for you to share yours!  Tell us what summer flowers you’re mooning over and we’d love to use your ideas!

Happy Summer to our Flower Lovers!

 

Floral Fashion at its Finest

June 7th, 2013

The stunning Sonam Kapoor took our breathe away when she appeared on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in this fabulous floral frock. Designed by Dolce & Gabbana the oversized floral pattern was not only eye-catchingly vivid but oh-so dramatic.  Kapoor wore the strapless floral design to the premiere of ‘Jeune & Jolie’.  In the Calyx opinion, it was the perfect red carpet look.

We’ve pinned this and other fancy floral fashions to our Flower Fashions We Love board on Pinterest. We invite you to check it out today. Let us know what you think!

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!