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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
Gibbs Gardens – Ball 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.