Posts Tagged ‘wildflowers’

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!

 

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.

 

Checking Out Colchester Causeway

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Colchester Causeway provided a great outing for six of our employee/dedicated walkers last week.  Our narrator/walk coordinator, Sharon gives a wonderful recap of their experience.  Read on! 

The causeway juts 2.5 miles out into Lake Champlain, allowing for ample views of the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains, and several islands.  It was hazy yet we could still see the outlines of the many surrounding peaks.  There were fishing boats, sailboats, and canoes that also captured our interest.

Colchester Causeway Trail in Vermont
Colchester Causeway Trail in Vermont

We started at the closest parking lot on the Island Line Rail Trail and reached the causeway proper in just under a half-mile.  I was surprised to see a few trees lining the causeway at the beginning – I had been expecting a barren expanse of stone.  The trees quickly became scarcer and the views were expansive, but the trail was by no means barren.

 Wildflowers lined the gravel footway, as did shrubs and occasional trees.  Big blocks of marble could be seen alongside the causeway.  It was a fairly popular place for a Tuesday evening with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists.  People often climbed down amongst the blocks and vegetation to perches closer to the water and out of sight of the trail.

 The variety of wildflowers was impressive and I learned several species that I hadn’t seen before, including those with such interesting names as umbrellawort (wild four-o-clock) and viper’s bugloss.  There was also bedstraw (tiny, but abundant white four-petaled flowers), daisies, yellow sweet clover, crown vetch, cow vetch, wild roses, and many more.

 

Wildflowers: Crown Vetch
Wildflowers: Crown Vetch

Every step of the way was delightful with perfect temperatures and pleasant breezes.  For those of you that have walked here before and wondered if the causeway ever ends, we can attest, that yes it really does finally end.  Although, even as we approached, it looked like the trail kept going since the water cut was fairly small and the trail picked right up on the other side.  There was a bench at the end, a dock on both sides of the cut for the bike ferry, and a sailboat traveling through the opening.

 The return walk was also enjoyable as the setting sun cast the mountains and sky in pretty colors.  This would be a neat place to walk on a clear night with only starlight illuminating the landscape.

 

View of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks

View of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks