Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Happy Parents Day!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Happy Monday Flower Lovers!  As you may or may not know, Parents Day is this Sunday!  A special day in July to honor both your mother and father for all of the wonderful things they’ve done for you and to thank them for bringing you into this world.  We love an excuse to send flowers and this seems like a pretty great one.  If you can’t be with your family this weekend, let Calyx send your love for you!

Our Summer collection is beyond gorgeous and is guaranteed to convey your gratitude and appreciation – bloom after bloom!  We have gifts for both Mom and Dad so make sure to check out our “For Him” Gallery.

Send some Calyx love and tweet us pictures of your parents and their bouquets @CalyxFlowers

To all you parents out there – keep sharing your love and we hope you get something special on Sunday!

We Love America!

Friday, July 5th, 2013

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!

~Calyx Team

Happy May Day!

Wednesday, 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.

 

Wedding Flowers

Friday, 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.

http://pinterest.com/calyxflowers/wedding-flower-inspiration/

An Accidental Meeting with the Night Blooming Cereus

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Happy Friday to all the Flower Lovers!

I met up with four of my girlfriends who run this morning for a brisk 6 mile run at 5:45am. Yes, it’s early but the big advantage to me is avoiding as much heat and humidity as posssible. However today there was an even bigger advantage to getting up at the crack of dawn!

We were probably a half mile into our run when we came upon a gentleman standing on the sidewalk with a camera. (The road we run on is residential on one side of the street and the other side is the beautiful Indian River) I asked him if he was waiting to take my picture and he said, “No” but that I would want to turn and take a look at something pretty spectacular. So we stopped……

He told us to look up at this palm tree and explained that the weird plant growing up on it was a Night Blooming Cereus (aka Queen of the Night). What made this plant so special is the fact that they only bloom once a year in May/June after sundown, each flower only blooming once, and are rarely seen by people. They are pollinated by bats. And here we were just out running and got to see this amazing flower in full bloom. BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Night Blooming Cereus (pic from Bunny Chic Boutique blog b/c I did not have a camera with me on my run)

Night Blooming Cereus (pic from Bunny Chic Boutique blog b/c I did not have a camera with me on my run)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Night Blooming Cereus Info from www.DesertUSA.com

One of the strangest plants of the desert, the Night-bloomiing Cereus is a member of the Cactus Family that resembles nothing more than a dead bush most of the year. It is rarely seen in the wild because of its inconspicuousness. But for one midsummer’s night each year, its exqusitely scented flower opens as night falls, then closes forever with the first rays of the morning sun.

Range

Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of southern Arizona, east to western Texas and south to northern Mexico.

Habitat

Desert flats and washes between 3000 and 5000 feet, often in the shade of desert shrubs like Creosote.

Flowers

These very fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers, which bloom for only one night in June or July, are up to 4 inches wide and as much as 8 inches long. The waxy, creamy-white, many-petaled flowers are followed by a red-orange, short-spined ellipitical fruit about 3 inches long.

Description

The Night-blooming Cereus has sparse, angular, lead-gray, twiggy stems about 1/2 inch in diameter. Extremeley small spines grow along the 4 to 6 ribs of these woody stems, which can easily break. It can be erect or sprawling, reaching a length of up to 8 feet, but is usually half that length.

 

Boston Terriers & Flowers

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Hello Flower Lovers.

Whenever I’m designing new bouquets for upcoming seasons I always get people passing by commenting on the flowers, their beauty and their color. It’s uplifting to say the least. Quite often you’ll find my Boston Terrier, Laila Jane lying down next to me as I work. She takes an avid interest it seems in everything that I do.

So being the flower lover that she is I thought I had to share this image taken of Laila with the flowers. So pretty!

Happily posing with the lilies, lisianthus & veronica

Welcome to the beautiful Shelburne Farms

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

As I talked about a few weeks back, many of the employees at Calyx Flowers’ sister company, The Vermont Teddy Bear Company have been participating in summer trail walks. Last week Sharon provided this recap on the historic Shelburne Farms. Enjoy!

This week we walked along the Shelburne Farm trails and dirt roads for about 2.5 hours. We started out across an open field and soon found ourselves strolling along a smooth dirt road lined with magnificent old trees. The trees tower above the walkers. The furrows in the bark are 3 inches deep! Shelburne Farms offers all sorts of sights, but this was my favorite part. There were views of Camel’s Hump and the other Green Mountains from this allee.

Majestic trees line the pathway at Shelburne Farms.
Majestic trees line the pathway at Shelburne Farms.

A tractor laden with hay bales drove by us as we dipped into a brief area of woods and when we emerged, the castle-like Farm Barn came into view through the haze and almost appeared to be a mirage. Seeing some farm animals en route, we walked right past the “barn” and then headed uphill into the woods. There was an eerie gathering of totems near the trail. We followed the wide, smooth path farther upwards and soon reached a brick patio/bench/wall structure overlooking the lake, although the views there were mostly obscured by trees.

View approaching the Shelburne Farms BarnEnjoying their dinner & a nice summer evening at Shelburne Farms

View approaching the Shelburne Farms Barn & then some hungry pigs along we saw along the way.
Just beyond that we reached the “summit” of Lone Tree Hill with expansive views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Looking behind us, we could also see a slice of the Green Mountains. After enjoying the vista, we headed down the other side of the hill and made a wide circle through the property alternately going through woods and on dirt roads along fields with more views of the lake and the Adirondacks. We explored the Market Garden area which had both flowers and vegetables growing over a wide area. Whew, lots of hard work went into all those plantings. There was a neat shelter that looked like an inviting, shaded break area for the gardeners.

After that, we soon circled back to the parking lot, completing our loop, and bringing to an end another pleasant evening ramble.

A view of the garden area & shelter

A view of the garden area & shelter