Posts Tagged ‘Calyx Flowers’

The Beautiful Blues in Delphinium & Lilies

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Delphinium & Lilies

Delphinium & Lilies

Every season is a new adventure and it’s always interesting to see what bouquets our loyal customers are going to pick as their personal favorites to send. One bouquet in particular has really taken flight since its first introduction back in Spring 2008 – Delphinium & Lilies.
From its inception this bouquet gained a large flower lover following and we’re never ceased by how many choose to send the bouquet for a variety of reasons – birthdays, anniversaries or just because. I think one of the most appealing attributes of the bouquet is the striking blue color of the delphiniums. They are tall flowers like lilies but they bloom in a profusion of blossoms graduated up the stem. Delphiniums are known to have dark or white small flower centers called “bees.” Too cute!
 
Flower Fact: the name delphinium is from the Greek word delphis, meaning dolphin, the buds being said to resemble a dolphin’s snout. (Flowers A to Z: A Practical Guide to Buying, Growing, Cutting, Arranging by Cecelia Heffernan)

Thus the combination of the casually unique delphinium surrounded by the pure white blossoms of Asiatic lilies makes for a perfect bouquet, perfect to give on any occasion. I hope you’ll enjoy this bouquet in the near future like many of the Calyx Flowers flower lovers. Have a wonderful day!

Calyx Flowers is getting ready for Christmas

Monday, August 9th, 2010
Styling a Fabulous Holiday Bouquet

Styling a Fabulous Holiday Bouquet

Most people do not begin to think about Christmas until Halloween has passed us by but that’s not the case here at Calyx Flowers. We’re always thinking about gifts and we’re always thinking about flowers and now we’re thinking about Christmas and the holiday gift season too.

This past week we had our holiday photoshoot at the corporate office in Shelburne, VT. Lots of reds and whites filled the studio as did the fragrant scent of cedar. As each new bouquet was created the song lyrics – “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” kept popping in to my head. I hope you’ll be as excited as I am about the magnificent new bouquets and evergreens in a variety of vivid colors and flowers.

Now I just need to get my holiday plan in place for all the home and office decorating! Don’t we all?

Ode to the Sunflower

Monday, July 26th, 2010
Sunflowers!
Snapped a Close Up of Sunflowers!

Warm yellows with bronze and black centers make it easy to see why sunflowers are such a wonderful, showy summertime flower. I love to see them mixed in a bouquet with fun flowers like Gerbera daisies or sassy roses but I’m also partial to a big bunch of sunflowers in an interesting pitchers. I’ve created a look for our Summer catalog that will be finding its way to your mailboxes next week – check out the Sunflower Sensation Bouquet.

Sunflower Trivia
  • Did you know that there are over 100 different varieties of sunflowers?
  • Sunflowers are native to North America and Kansas is the Sunflower State (wild sunflowers are a weed issue there).
  • Sunflowers are grown in all shades of yellow, some varieties are rust and brown in color while others can be dyed a certain shade (we call those color enhanced).
  • It’s possible to purchase sunflowers in three of the four seasons (sorry winter) with summer being their predominant season.
  • A sunflower grown in the Netherlands holds the record for being the tallest sunflower in the world. It measured 25 feet, 5.4 inches. (Source: 2004 Guinness World Records)
  • For more information visit the National Sunflower Association website.

 

East Woods & Beyond

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
East Woods - Cornfield

East Woods - Cornfield

Hiking Down the Trails

Hiking Down the Trails

Sharon gives us yet another trail adventure this week. It’s hard to imagine these vivid pictures are in an area backed by busy street traffic. Vermont is certainly living up to its “Green Mountain” name this month. So much green – so gorgeous! Here’s what Sharon writes for us….

We had a refreshing ramble through woods on both sides of Swift Street, starting from the East Woods parking area.  Although these areas are bounded by busy roads, the woods had a peaceful, remote feeling to them and we had the trails to ourselves.  We first did trails off of the bike paths and as we were heading over to East Woods, a deer bounded across the field we had just edged and then dashed across the road into the woods on the other side.  Our view was close-up but fleeting as the beautiful deer quickly clattered across the pavement. 

Chicory

Chicory

We heard a barking dog in the distance who followed a couple minutes later, nearly getting run over in the process.  After all that excitement, we dipped back into cool woods and enjoyed walking along Potash Brook which is a lot prettier than what my photos were able to show. Another great evening on the trails with good company!

Pretty Potash Brook

Pretty Potash Brook

How a Rose Got Its Name

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

One of the highlights at this year’s Floriculture Expo was the 2010 Rose Naming Ceremony that took place for the first time in the United States on center stage Thursday afternoon.  A crowd of industry professionals gathered to witness the introduction of this new rose variety and its new name of course.

Much to the surprise of Bobbie Ecker Blatchford she was called up to the stage. Bobbie has been a prominent member of the floral industry for decades, who by the way introduced me to the meaning of people termed “WOOFs” (Well Off Older Folks). She is a noted designer, commentator and innovative marketer of everything flowers which stems from years of working in her family’s greenhouses and as a fabulous florist. Among her awards is the Tommy Bright Award from the Society of American Florists and the Award of Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry by AIFD.

She was acknowledged for everything she has done in our industry and then was told the new rose variety was being named “High & Icon” in her honor. Bobbie was given a lush bouquet of the High & Icon roses and her disbelief was evident. Everyone cheered because those of you who know Bobbi know just how much she deserved this honor. It was quite touching to see it all. I can’t wait to have Calyx offer this stunning new rose!Bobbie receives the news that the new rose variety "High & Icon" is named in her honor.

Congratulating Bobbie on her new rose.

Calyx Flowers & Social Media

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Hello Social Media, Hello New Conversations -

It’s time for Facebook and Twitter and The Flower Lover’s Blog to become part of our company’s core. It’s funny to reflect on the journey that has brought Calyx to the year 2010. Way back in 1988, the company was founded as the very first to ship flowers “in a box” direct from the growers. Our means of marketing – the catalog.

Today we still mail those beautiful catalogs to your home via the US Postal Service but we now email and tweet and talk to our fans on Facebook, oops I mean those who “Like” us. The fabulous part of it all is that we can gather inspiration from all these new areas and really get to know our customers. Case in point – it made my day to read on May 8th a post from a Calyx recipient thanking us for delivering beautiful Mother’s Day flowers from her babies. It’s our hope to keep these conversations going, expanding and becoming more inspirational!

Check Calyx Flowers out on Facebook (bit.ly/bnOQBW) or Follow us on Twitter @calyxflowers and share, share, share!