Posts Tagged ‘Summer flowers’

Getting Ready for the Holiday Photo Shoot!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

 

The time has come upon us!  Here at Calyx, we’re getting ready to shoot our Holiday catalog for you – in July!  While awfully confusing for those involved, the process is great fun and we can’t wait to share our new products with you.

We’re very busy bees buzzing around gathering vases, ordering flowers, and prepping the photo studio as a winter wonderland. Inside, the smell of pine and sugar cookies are in the air – outside the smell of BBQ and fresh cut grass.  We have some great products up our sleeves and we know, come holiday season,   you’ll be dashing through the snow to get your new catalog!

Stay tuned for pictures, Flower Lovers!

Happy Summer! What we love…

Monday, 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!

 

Beautiful Flowers!

Monday, 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!

 

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, 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!

 

Party Flowers

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Decorating for a party can be overwhelming.  However, the classic and timeless solution to all party decor is flowers.  Let the flowers set the mood and tone for you and your guests.  Recently, one of our very own Calyx employees went to a birthday party for her mother with a Downton Abbey theme.  For those of you unfamiliar with the popular Masterpiece PBS show, it is set in an aristocratic English household on the cusp of WWI and decadence rules the roost.  The whole show is aesthetically beautiful, from the costumes to the home it’s set in to the gorgeous flowers that pour over the tables at every meal.

The party was minimally decorated, except for the flowers.  The flowers, quite literally, ran the night – they set the perfect theme and enchanted the guests from cocktail hour through dinner.  Peonies definitely stole the show but all the flowers complimented each other beautifully in a colorful display of birthday festivity.  Mark Hall Flowers, a prominent Boston floral design studio, outdid themselves in preparation, decoration, and execution.

The lesson here is flowers are a powerful decorating tool, be it for a party or for your every day home.  Little else needs to go into preparation when you allow flowers to set the mood for your guests.  Having a theme party?  Choose arrangements you feel speak to the era or theme so all else you need is a fresh table cloth!  Having a birthday party?  Find brightly colored flowers to spread cheer and celebration across your home.  Having a garden party?  Find beautiful Peony bouquets and classic lush flowers to bunch around in timeless vases  for your guests to admire.

Flowers are powerful works of art, making the home more enjoyable and festive when they’re around.  Next time you’re having a party, think of the endless floral possibilities to help shape and execute a theme your guests will gush about for years to come!

 

Looking for the best summer bouquets?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Attention Flower Lovers! Check your mailbox as its time to unveil Summertime’s hottest bouquets. Our newest catalog is arriving in home this week and we have filled it with the very best of summer flowers. In it you will see the newest in hot tropical trends like our Pink Sizzle Orchids and the stately Tropical Tradewinds Bouquet. Each look conjours up the feeling of island living at its finest. And do not forget to check out on Page 11 the new Rainforest Monkey Bouquet - its a new twist on a customer favorite! You’ve never seen monkeys look so cute and might I say beautiful. Plus the bouquet with two monkey pitcher makes two gifts in one for double the birthday delight.

 
One way to surprise your family and friends who are celebrating milestone birthdays in August to send the unexpected. What do we suggest?  The Summer Symphony Bouquet. It’s a gorgeous gathering of color-drenched florals in every shade of the rainbow. Lilies, roses, lisianthus and more!

The final touch to sending the perfect summer bouquet or blooming plant is to include the Soleil candle tin by Voluspa. It is a beautiful blend of pineapple, organic tangerine, coconut and vanilla. We declare that it makes a perfect pair with everything at Calyx Flowers.

And you know we have to ask, what is your favorite new look from the August catalog. Tell us today!

Pink Sizzle Orchids

NEW! Pink Sizzle Orchids

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.