Ranunculus

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Ranunculus  is one of nature most gorgeous flowers.  There are over 400 species of Ranunculus .  Their bright and vibrant petals come in different shapes and sizes.  Ranunculus  heads range from 3”-6” large.    Their beautiful ruffle edged petals make this flower sought after by many brides to add Ranunculus to their bridal bouquet and centerpiece.  The receiving of Ranunculus from your admirer means that you are young and radiant, attractive, and charming.

Easter Lily

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Easter Lilies are a symbol of Hope, peace, and tranquility.  The large, trumpet-shaped, fragrant white flowers are mainly grown in the United States. The meaning of Easter is about the resurrection of Christ.  The Easter lily’s re-birthing from their bulb, year after year, and its bright white blooms symbolizes His resurrection. Making the Easter Lily a meaningful gift for the holiday that is highly regarded as a joyful symbol of beauty, hope and life.

Those pretty indoor Easter lilies are really hardy perennials, so don’t throw them out after the Easter holiday has passed, plant them outdoors to beautify your landscape instead.

Prolonging Indoor Bloom

To prolong bloom time indoors, be sure to pinch off the yellow anthers as soon as the flowers open.  This prevents pollination (un-pollinated flowers last longer), and keeps the flowers white.  Daytime temperatures in the 70’s and nighttime temperatures in the 40’s will also prolong bloom time.  Warmer temperatures negatively impact bloom time.

Preparing for Outdoor Bloom

If grown indoors as a houseplant, it’s difficult to get an Easter lily to re-bloom, but if planted outdoors, they readily re-bloom each year.  To prepare for planting outdoors (once your Easter lilies flowers have faded) remove all of the plant’s flowers.  This forces the plant to enlarge the bulb rather than producing flower seed.   Then, keep it in bright, indirect light until nighttime temperatures stay above 40 degrees outdoors.

Planting Outside

Plant it about 6 inches deep, in a partially-sunny site with well-drained soil.  Cover with several inches of mulch in cold winter areas  for winter protection. Easter lilies planted this way should bloom mid-summer next year.

Read the whole article on Better Hens And Gardens 

Pansies

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Pansies are a petite, delicate flowers the you will mostly find growing in flower beds. The pansy’ is well-loved for its charm and versatility that comes from its tri- color Petals of white, purple, and yellow.  Originally a European flower, The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, which means “thought”.   Pansies have a meaning of remembrance, free thinking, and loving thoughts. In Victorian England, suitors would give pansies to their lovers, as a sign of a secret courtship. It would be given in a bouquet of greens, with flowers in the middle, as to not be detected.  It would be a sign to their beloved, to not forget them and that their love was true.  Read about natures Fibonacci’s Sequence here.

Do blue roses exist?

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 Blue Roses have been sought after for hundreds of years.  People’s love for the true blue color have them searching, but they have always been out of reach. Blue roses are also a common symbol  in literature, representing impossible prosperity and unrequited love. This is because nature has unfortunately made it so roses can not get that blue pigment in its petals.  People have tried to imitate nature, and have created blue roses..but by dying them.  This process is done by either cutting white roses and placing them in water with blue food coloring, or injecting blue dye straight into the stems. A company in Japan has believed to genetically modify a rose making it blue, but the color turned to be more lavender in color, making this color still unattainable.

Read about the white rose here 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is the color green’s real time to shine.  In honor of all things Irish, florists like to pay tribute to Ireland’s green landscape.  Designing arrangements that really play up green’s true hue. Some gorgeous blooms are: Green garden roses, mums, hydrangea, tranquilium, orchids, berries..BUT you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with out Bells of Ireland!  These tall spiked blooms, are a symbol of luck, making them a true St. Patty’s Day Flower!

Order our “Springtime in Ireland” arrangement on our website !

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Helleborus

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Helleborus come in different variations of  white, pink, purple, and green. People like planting them in gardens, because they bloom in mid- late winter, and will help to fill empty garden beds. They are mainly found in Europe, Turkey, and parts of Russia, and can thrive almost anywhere they are planted. Hellebore blooms in late winter (sometimes when snow is still present) and continues into spring, with a long 8-10 week bloom period. Helleborus has a lot of nicknames, including “Christmas Flower”, “Hellebore”, and “Snow Rose”. However, don’t let these sweet names fool you. Helleborus is actually one of the most poisonous plants when ingested.

Check out our blog on Moon Flowers, they bloom at night!

Snow Drops – the first sign of spring

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                In nature one of the first flowers to poke through the snow is called a “Snow Drop”.   They are a tiny bulb flower, that has drooping ivory blooms, almost like little bells.  Snow Drops prefer winter on the colder side, and don’t bloom in regions that have a milder winter.  They grow about 3”-4” tall, and are great for your garden path, or even grow great in pots.  The best time to plant your Snow Drops are in the autumn. The snow drop has the meaning of purity and hope. They get the meaning of rebirth, by being one of the first flowers to break through the snow.  These tiny, beautiful blooms are now becoming endangered.  Their popularity has been growing, and people are digging up bulbs, which is helping lead to their demise.  The Snow Drop needs pollination to create seeds, but because you need bees for that, and there are not may bees in January, if at all. They are having a hard time reproducing in the wild.  Some countries, have made it illegal to dig up Snow Drop bulbs.  We hope these little blooms will always be around to remind us that spring is right around the corner.

Find out more about another delicate white flower, the Paper White, Here

Meet Our Favorite Local Farmers

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Muth Farms

                We pride ourselves in buying as locally as we can, and having the freshest flowers possible for our customers.  Muth Farm is located in Williamstown, NJ and owned by two sisters Mary Ellen and Margaret.  They had a passion for flowers since a young age.  Their flowers are carefully tended, and organically grown using sustainable methods, without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.  They love growing rare variety of flowers, along with the classics.  They grow many flowers such as: Lisianthus, Dahlias, Sunflowers, Zinnias, and many more unique wild flowers.  Their love and care for their blooms, show on each and every flower they grow.  They also grow and sell fresh produce, which is available at their farm stand May  to October.

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Formisano Farms

  Most flowers come from all over the world. Israel, Thailand, Holland, and South America to name a few.  But what people don’t know is some are grown here, locally in New Jersey.  We pride ourselves in the fact we buy local when we can, especially from New Jersey farmers.  Formisano Farms is located in Buena, NJ, the heart of Atlantic County.  Farmisano Farms has been in the Farmisano family for four generations, since 1908.  They grow seasonal flowers like dahlias, and sunflowers, as well as unusual pods and foliages  that add that unique touch to our arrangements. They also grow and sell produce as well.  We see this farm staying around for more generations to come. Read more about the benefits of supporting local farms here!

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The Florist At The White House

The Chief Floral Designer, has a very important role to play at the White House. They are responsible for the arrangement and management of all floral decorations and events for the First Family.

The White House did not introduce flowers into its everyday decor until the 19th Century, When President James Buchanan ordered the construction of a conservatory on the west side of the White House.  The conservatory supplied the White House with flowers up until the end of the 19th century. When Theodore Roosevelt took office, he put the White House through a ton of renovations.  He took out the conservatory, and added what is known as the “West Wing” to the White House.  This added more offices for his cabinet. It was not until the 1960’s, when Jacqueline Kennedy became First Lady, that she established the Official Office of the White House Florist, which was located in the basement of the White House

The current Chief Floral Designer is Hedieh “Roshan” Ghaffarian.  She is an Iranian Imagrant, who achieved the American dream.  She came to America as a small child, and became a citizen.   In her early twenties, Hedieh started her own floral business in her parents garage,  called Flower Affairs. She has over 25 years of experience in the floral industry and has successfully completed over 1,000 events.  With an expansive portfolio and extensive experience in envisioning, planning, and executing large-scale events with great attention to detail, she was the perfect fit for the White House.  The florist not only needs to be up to date with the latest floral design trends, they must also know each flower and and what they or their colors signify in every country, as to not offend any visiting diplomats.  Check out some of her latest floral designs:

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Fibonacci’s Sequence

Fibonacci’s sequence is a series of numbers: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34, etc.   It is seen everywhere in nature – plants, fruit and flowers.

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Flower petals form from the center of the flowers in patterns than mimic the Fibonacci sequence.  You may think that lilies have 6 petals, but in fact the lower 3 petals are known as sepals or “protection petals.”  The sequence is what keeps nature in balance. Sunflower  centers are a prime example of Fibonacci’s sequence – the seeds create spiral pattern.  Unknowingly it does this sequence to maximize space for it to grow more seeds.

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If you look at the curve of a wave, and break it up in Fibonacci’s sequence, you will see the tip of the curve blends into the next portion of the wave and so-on, into a continuous spiral.  Fibonacci’s get sequence is all around your world, if you only just look for the pattern.