Edible Flowers

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine. The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. However, not all flowers are edible, so be sure to do your research before adding any flower to a meal. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat, and never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. It is best to order your edible flowers from a reputable grower who deals specifically in high quality edible flowers. We recommend  Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

 

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Flowers can be used in teas, salads, or as a garnish to add a bit of whimsy and color to your presentation. There are recipes that call to add spice flower petals in pasta dough, sweet petals in homemade ice cream, or syrups for cocktails.  Here are just some of the flowers you can eat:

1. Bee Balm–  minty flavor                                     2. Marigolds–  spicy, tangy taste

3. Chamomile– sweet taste. Found in teas           4. Hibiscus–  similar flavor to cranberries

5. Rose– more of a bitter taste                               6. Sunflowers– Petals can be eaten, and the bud

                              can be steamed like an artichoke.

7.  Violets- great addition to salads                       8. Tulips–  cucumber like taste

9. Lilacs– great to infuse with ice cream               10. Honey Suckle– Sweet taste

 

 

Edible flowers

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine

 The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. However, not all flowers are edible, so be sure to do your research before adding any flower to a meal. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat, and never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. It is best to order your edible flowers from a reputable growers who deals specifically in edible flowers such as Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

 Flowers can be used in teas, salads, or as a garnish to add a bit of whimsy and color to your presentation. There are recipes that call to add spice flower petals in pasta dough, sweet petals in homemade ice cream, or syrups for cocktails.  Here are just some of the flowers you can eat:

1. Bee Balm- Has a minty flavor                                       2. Marigolds- Have a spicy, tangy taste

3. Chamomile- has a sweet taste. Found in teas           4. Hibiscus-  Has a similar flavor to cranberries

5. Rose- has more of a bitter taste                                   6. Sunflowers- Petals can be eaten, and the bud

can be steamed like an artichoke.

7.  Violets- are great tasting in salads                              8. Tulips- Have a cucumber like taste

9. Lilacs- are great to infuse with ice cream                   10. Honey Suckle Petals- Sweet taste

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Why do we give Red Roses on Valentine’s Day

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                Valentine’s day is known as the romantic day of the year.  As you pick up those beautiful long stem red roses for your loved one, you may wonder where the tradition of red roses came to be.

Red roses have long been the symbol of love.  It all started back in Greek mythology when the Goddess of Love, Venus, chose her favorite flower to be a rose.  From then on, a rose would be the symbol of love.  The color red has always related to the emotion of love and passion.

Fast forward to the Victorian era, when lovers would secretly send messages through flowers, using floriography (the meaning of flowers) to communicate to their love ones.  A dozen roses soon became the arrangement of choice to show how much you love them, making it the official arrangement for Valentine’s Day.

The box of chocolate became a Valentine’s Day staple, all because of a guy name Richard Cadbury.  Back in the Victorian era, people became obsessed with showering their love ones with gifts and flowers, then came the box of chocolates.  Richard Cadbury figured out a new way to get the cocoa from the beans, which gave it a much more palatable taste then what Victorian Brits were used too.  He may not have patented the heart shaped box, but he started selling his Valentine’s day candy in a heart shaped box, claiming that after all the treats were eaten from the box, it could still be used to hold love letters or a lock of hair from an admirer.

Valentine’s Day is the second biggest holiday to send cards, one step behind Christmas.  An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.  The earliest Valentine’s Day card on record was from 1400’s, written by the imprisoned duke of Orleans, in the tower of London, who wrote a Valentine to his wife.

When St. Valentine was imprisoned, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter.  Before he died he wrote her a letter, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”  How he signed his letter is now the ending in most Valentine’s Day cards.  By the 1800’s it became popular to exchange gifts to friends and love ones. The earliest cards were hand painted and edges covered in lace.  By the 1900’s the invention of better printing presses gave way to paper lace and manufactured Valentine’s Day cards.

 

Looking to order flowers for your special someone?  Visit our webshop to order online

Why a white rose ?

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For many weddings,  white roses are the flower of choice. Their meaning of true love attracts many brides to incorporate them in their nuptials. These white flowers carry with them a sense of innocence, purity and new beginnings. The history of white roses for weddings starts with Queen Victoria, using them in her wedding arrangements. Since then, would-be suitors would send bouquets of white roses to their beloved, signifying the start of a courtship.

 

The white rose also signify honor and loyalty. Which stem from the historical 15th century dueling English kings fighting for the crown – known as “The War of the Roses.” Those who supported the House of York would grow white roses, or pin them on their attire, to show support for their beloved king.

Order your beloved a white rose bouquet here

 

New Year’s Eve Wedding Bash!

Ali Goodman & Joe Correale New Years Eve Wedding

Venue – The Hyatt Morristown 

Photography –  David E Starke Photography

What a celebration! This vintage glam event in Morristown, NJ was a classic. In proper New Year’s fashion we used white, black, silver and gold. To create the designs we used hundreds of white roses, hydrangeas and Hawaiian orchids. Lots of candles illuminated the room and shimmered the gold glittered runners. This wedding was full of special details including the gold alarm clocks set for 12:00! Metallic balloons and streamers over the dance floor transformed the room. As the ball dropped the ceiling rained confetti! What a way to ring in your new beginning. 

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What is the first word I think of when I hear Valentine’s Day?

Roses.

Maybe because I am a florist but I believe roses are the true expression of love and emotion.

Recently, I visited a grower’s open house to see new rose varieties. The majority of roses are grown in South America. The blooms and colors are awesome but the petal count and vase life are also improving. I try to stay up on the industry trends for my clients but especially for my brides. So many weddings include roses because of the meaning of love and romance but also the range of colors.

For centuries Valentine’s Day has been a time to celebrate love and show appreciation. You will hear women say they don’t care about Valentine’s Day, we find that this is a really just a cover up. They do care! Everyone wants to feel loved and appreciated. Just a single rose and a note will really go a long way.

I look forward to Valentine’s Day to help customers find the perfect expression of flowers!

Our most popular Flowers behind the rose is tulips, gerbera daisies, orchids, calla lilies and hydrangea. Here are the rose meanings to help you choose a good match for your Sweethearts.

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Rose color meanings –

Red – Love, Beauty, Romance & Passion

White- Purity, Innocence, & Peace

Yellow- Joy, Cheer & Delight

Pink- Appreciation, Admiration, & Sweetness

Peach – Appreciation, Sincere Love & Gratitude

Orange-Coral: Desire, Fire, Excitement

Winter Jewels

Mary Kate & David are such an adorable couple and high school sweethearts! This wedding was filled with happiness and true love.

The red bouquets were a gorgeous pop of color against the navy dresses. The rich color combination of navy, deep reds, burgundy, and gold glitter, was so glam!

Tavistock Country Club was a beautiful, classic space for the reception. The flowers were an array of reds and burgundy roses , calla lilies, and cymbidium orchids. The candle light and gold table runners added a great shimmer to the rich red blooms. What a magical event!

Big thanks to Love Me Do Photography , who captured this awesome day and this great couple!Wishing Mary Kate & David a happily ever after!

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Sammie & Kevin’s summer garden party wedding!

From the first time we met Sammie and Kevin, We knew that they were a true love story.  Sammie loves flowers, and Kevin loves Sammie.  She really wanted to create a lush and romantic garden party wedding. We used a variety of garden roses, tea roses, and hydrangea. The DuPont Country Club was a wonderful setting for her whimsical and lush garden celebration! A special thanks to Heather Curley of Twelve Stones Photography for sharing their photos with us!

 

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Okito Wedding October 2014 at The Westin Mount Laurel

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Their style was simple chic with a splash of glam! Incorporating gold, fuchsia & plum.
Flowers used: Garden roses, Specialty Hydrangea from Holland &  Ranunculus
Wedding Planner – Isis from Posh events
Photographer – Rashad Pleasant | Photography

Danielle and Kyle Kraszewski – May 2014

Danielle and Kyle were married earlier this May. Danielle loved the idea of the bright red flowers popping against the ocean blue bridesmaid dresses. We loved that she chose a bold paring! Congratulations to you both, we wish you all the best! Thank you to Douglas Photographics for sharing her photos with us!

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Anniversary Flowers

Flowers are the obvious choice when you need an anniversary gift. That is not to say that you shouldn’t give flowers to your loved one, but there is a fun way to spruce up an anniversary bouquet.

Each anniversary (with a few exceptions) has a special traditional symbol.

1st Paper

The internet is chock full of tutorials on how to make paper flowers. If you aren’t crafty, then ask your florist to make a paper funnel for you to put a loose bunch in.

2nd Cotton

A few months ago, we had a gentleman order flowers for his second anniversary. Denise affixed a few cotton balls onto the branches in his arrangement.

3rd Leather

A strip of leather can be tied around an arrangement for the third anniversary.

4th Books

The book anniversary can take a cue from the first anniversary and include paper flowers. You can find cheap books at a flea market or Good Will which you can used to make flowers out of. Or buy a copy of her favorite book or a book that is meaningful to both of you and use those pages.

5th Wood

All you need to do for the wood anniversary is incorporate branches into your arrangement. Or if you’re a handyman, you can create a wooden window box for her to put flowers in.

6th Sugar/Sweets

Chocolate roses are a perfect gift. You can buy them or find a recipe to make them at home.

7th Copper/Wool

We can make cool shapes out of copper wire to decorate a bouquet or you can use a strip of wool to tie up a loose bunch.

8th Pottery/Bronze

Go to Pottery Barn or a similar place and pick out a vase to hold your arrangement.

9th Pottery/Willow

This anniversary is perfect for an arrangement with curly willow or pussy willow.

10th  Tin/ Aluminum

You can make flowers out of aluminum foil, you can wrap the stems of flowers with aluminum foil, or you can turn a tin can into a vase for a small arrangement.

11th Steel

The steel anniversary can be represented by taking a clear vase and lining the bottom with steel wool.

12th and 13th Silk and Lace (respectfully)

Silk and Lace ribbons are perfect for tying around a loose bunch or vase .

14th Ivory

Roses, the most popular romance flower, come in a beautiful ivory shade. Many other flowers also come in ivory if you want to mix it up. Then tie off the arrangement with an ivory ribbon.

15th Crystal

We have little wires with crystals on the end that can be bent into all kinds of fun shapes and added to arrangements for a little flair. The crystals come in all different colors so you can mix and match them to meet your needs for your 15th anniversary.

20th China

This symbol can be incorporated simply by placing your bouquet in a china vase.

25th Silver

Silver wires can be used to add texture and detail to arrangements while silver ribbon can be used to tie off loose bunches. Also, silver containers can be used as vases and silver brooches make interesting accents.

30th Pearl

You can wrap a string of pearls around the stems of a bouquet or use pearl accents within an arrangement.

35th Coral

You can use all of the beautiful flowers that come in shades of coral. It will look much better than an arrangement with pieces of coral sticking out of it (most likely.)

40th Ruby

If you can’t afford rubies for the 40th anniversary, A bouquet of ruby red roses or other lovely red flowers make a fine alternative.

45th Sapphire

Making a bouquet out of sapphire colored flowers won’t be as easy since there isn’t a wide selection of blue flowers, especially not in shades of sapphire. However, sapphire blue ribbons, sapphire colored vases, and sapphire colored crystals can all be used to satisfy this requirement.

50th Gold

Gold vases, gold ribbon, gold wire, marigolds, sunflowers, irises, callas, gerberas, and roses (along with many other golden yellow flowers) can all be incorporated into a 50th anniversary arrangement.

60th and 75th  Diamond

While I understand many people can’t afford to do this, you can get a vase arrangement and place a diamond necklace around it. If that’s a little too pricey, sprinkling diamond dust over the flowers to give them a diamond sparkle is a nice touch.