Seasonal availability for spring wedding flowers

 Wedding season is around the corner! Some of the best flowers bloom in the spring, and can really take your bouquets, and arrangements to the next level. These are just some of our favorites!

1. A top choice for brides is the Peony.  Peonies have a short growing time, making these sought-after blooms even more desirable to brides walking down the aisle.  They come in all different colors, but most popular is white and blush.

2. Tulips are a great choice for spring.  Available all season, tulips are a great choice for bouquets, and centerpieces.  Tulips come in a range of colors, so they would be great to match with bridesmaid gowns.

3.  Anemones come in an array of petal colors and sizes and have a dark center. A highly versatile flower. These will add a great pop of color to your bridal bouquet.

4. Garden roses are great bloom to add to your nuptials.  They open so perfectly they will have you in awe.  Garden roses come in a variety of colors, especially coral, or blush would be a great choice for spring.

5. Daffodils are one of the flowers that just define spring.  They are one of the first flowers to pop up out the ground as a sign that winter is almost over.  Daffodil’s come in white, yellow, or a mix of the two.  They would look great in a centerpiece, as their bloom is slightly larger, and will fit in just the right spaces.

6. Sweet Peas are a lovely and unique flower that are sure to draw attention to any arrangement .

Here is a seasonal guide for the top wedding flowers

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See full seasonal floral guide Here

Lisianthus is one of nature’s most delicate flowers.

Originating in North America, Lisianthus grows in riverbeds, in the desert and prairie. It gets the nickname of “Texas Blue Bell” and “Prairie Gentian” from growing, in the warmer regions, of Texas, Nebraska, Nevada and Colorado. This soft bloom can be grown in a container inside or in a flower bed. Growers report that seed-grown plants may take 22 to 24 weeks to develop. It is suggested to plant lisianthus seeds in a container then transfer it into your flower bed after this risk of frost is over. Lisianthus needs about 4-6 hours of direct sunlight, and lots of water, but avoid watering when the plant is dormant. Cut flowers of the lisianthus plant last up to two weeks in water .

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Rustic Glitz Wedding – Maggie & Dane

Maggie and Dane hosted a great wedding in Chestnut Hill at The Cricket Club Philadelphia. The vibe was laid back but elegant and their event style was Rustic with a splash of Glitz.  The flowers chosen were simple and classic whites using hydrangeas, garden tea roses, queen anne’s lace, accent foliage and a few gray succulents to add interest.
 We incorporated a lot of special details into this wedding to decorate the cricket clubs four rooms and fireplaces. We used tree slices, wooden table numbers, and lots of candles and a touch of glam with the glitzy gold sequin runners.
We created custom chalk signs for the event. Starting in the main entrance we had a hand scripted seating chart and a welcome sign with their initials. In the cocktail space we had a sign directing people to the Photo Booth with our prop signs and also Instragram sign with their custom hash tag.
We are so happy to have been a part of such a wonderful wedding!!
Congratulations Maggie & Dane!
Thank you to Ralph Deal for sharing these beautiful photographs with us! www.ralphdeal.com
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Happy Spring Weddings!

With Spring only 10 days away, we thought we would share some seasonal wedding inspirations!

 

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White and lavender lilac, white roses, dusty lavender roses and eucalyptus, create a rustic garden style bouquet that smells fabulous!

 

 

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A bold, bright combination of anenomes, ranunculus, dahlias and colorful seasonal accents, make the perfect bouquet to create a “pop” of color against the bride’s dress. Perfect for pictures!

 

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This is a sweet garden bouquet featuring ranunculus, anenomes and fever few, in soft shades of peaches and white.

 

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Succuluents add an interesting texture to any bouquet.  These gray-green succulents create a subtle contrast against the yellow craspedia.  The white ranunclus, fever few and ivory stock, soften the colors with accents of seeded eucalyptus.

 

 

What are some of your favorite spring flowers?

Cascade bouquets- Reborn!

A new spin on an old classic cascade bouquet is making a comeback. Although the round, lush, hand-tied bouquets is still very popular. The new cascade is bringing drama and romance in a big way. With draping orchids, textured amaranthus and vines, these designs offer a certain whimsy spilling with soft trails. Many of our brides want a version in a tear drop shape that is not as long trailing but still offers a graceful drape.

For the love of Nature-  We love the trend of loose gathered garden bouquets. This field grown and just picked feel seems to have more air whipped into its bundles. Unexpected elements of thistles, succulents and herbs, add texture and a bit of treasure to a custom bridal bouquet.

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Easter Flowers and Tablescapes

Easter falls at the time of year when the cold, harsh winter is finally wiped away by the warm, blossoming days of spring. It is a time when a wide variety of flowers begin to bloom again, but one flower in particular is known as the Easter flower: the Easter Lily.

Originally cultivated in Japan, Americans began to grow lilies during the second world war. The lily has roots in the bible as the flower that sprang from the blood drops of Christ. It is also said that the white flowers bloomed in the tomb of the virgin mother, signifying her purity. In depictions of St. Michael telling Mary that she is to bear the son of God, he is often seen handing her a bouquet of white lilies. They are said to represent love and hope and their sprouting in the spring represents Christ’s resurrection, bringing purity back to the land.

Other popular flowers associated with Easter include daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and irises. Daffodils represent rebirth and are said to have bloomed during Christ’s resurrection. In Germany, they are called Osterglocken meaning Easter bells and in England, they are called Lent Lilies. Tulips represent great love. They aren’t directly associated with Easter but are often associated with the idea of Christ’s endless love. Hyacinths are perhaps most famous for their fragrance; a light and sweet scent reminiscent of warm, breezy days. Just like the lily and daffodil, the hyacinth represents rebirth. The iris, which comes in an array of colors, symbolizes faith, hope, and wisdom.

On their own or mixed with other blooms, these flowers make beautiful gifts for loved ones and can be used to decorate your home during the Easter season. One of our favorite ways to decorate for the holiday is to make Easter tablescapes. They don’t have to be big or flashy or expensive. Flowers in soft pastel shades reflect the gentleness of the season while bright, happy colors are perfect for adding cheer to your table. This is also a great time to display bulbs as centerpieces. If you do want something grand or dramatic, arrangements with long blooming branches or pussy willow are compelling while also maintaining a soft aesthetic. The season of rebirth is full of fresh foods and flowers and we love decorating our homes with them to chase away any remaining winter blues.

While it is officially spring according to the calendar, it never really feels like spring until Easter rolls around. The bright colors and fragrant blooms that are always incorporated into Easter décor are what really make the season come to life. Here are a few of our favorite Easter floral designs:

Sweet and Pretty

Sweet and Pretty

Spring Waltz

Spring Waltz

Spring Bling

Spring Bling

Country Morning

Spring Awakening

Country Morning

Country Morning

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-Lacey Bouchard

 

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5188760_types-easter-flowers.html

http://www.theholidayspot.com/easter/easter_flowers.htm

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/lily/lily.html

http://www.proflowers.com/guide/history-and-meaning-of-iris

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Flowers for Every Season

One question that many of our brides ask is, “What flowers are available around the time of my wedding?” Favorites such as roses, hydrangea, lilies, stock, and gerbera daisies are available all year long. And lucky for us, many blooms incorporated in wedding decor are becoming available all year long as growers perfect their craft. So chances are, if there’s a flower you want, it’ll be available at the time of your wedding. If needed, flowers can be imported. However, we really discourage importing. By buying locally, brides can get high quality flowers without having to stretch their floral budgets. Also buying locally helps support our farmers and our economy here in South Jersey. We strive to maintain an eco-conscious flower shop!

When asked about buying seasonally, Leigh Florist owner Denise replied, “Trust me when I say seasonal is the way to go!” She has compiled a list of flowers available per season that will help you pick flowers for your big day:

 

Spring March-Maypale yellow amaryllis, anemone, bird of paradise, calla lily, dahlia, delphinium, freesia, gardenia, hyacinth, stargazer lilies, lisianthus, orchid, peony, poppy, protea, pussy willow, ranunculus, phlox, stephanotis, stock, sweet pea, tulip, zinnia
Summer June-AugustMJwed-321-of-928M alstromeria, amaranthus, baby’s breath, birds of paradise, calla lily, campanula, carnations, chrysanthemums, cockscomb, dahlia, delphinium, dianthus, freesia, gardenia, gladiolus, hydrangea, hypericum,, iris, peony, stargazer lily, lisianthus, stephanotis
Fall September-Novemberfall bouquets acashia, allium, alstromeria, amaranthis, baby’s breat, bittersweet, carnation, china berry, chrysanthemum, cockscomb, freesia, gerbera daisy, gladiolus, hypericum, iris, juniper, lily, orchid, protea, queen anne’s lace, roses, star of bethlehem, stephanotis, sunflower, zinnia
Winter December-Februarywinter_birch_branches_two acashia, alstromeria, amaryllis, carnation, chrysanthemums, cyclamen, evergreens, gerbera daisies, helleborus, holly berry, hyacinth, narcissus, orchid, pansy, phlox, protea, queen anne’s lace, ranunculus, roses, star of bethlehem, statice, stephanotis, tulip

 

Many wedding flower favorites are available in more than one season and each season has plenty of options. Note that this list does not include all flowers. One thing I’ve learned from being a flower shop blogger is that there are more flowers than I could possibly imagine! Every day I fall in love with a flower I had never heard of before so I promise you won’t ever feel like your options are limited. If there is a flower you like that is not listed above, ask us and we’ll see if it’s available for you!

 

-Lacey Bouchard

Lucky Flowers for St. Patty’s Day

We all know to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day lest we suffer from the onslaught of pinches from our peers. We all know that everyone is Irish on St. Patties Day and that there’s chocolate within those golden coins. We all know four leaf clovers are good luck. But how many of us know why the clover is associated with St. Patty’s Day or what it means?

The legends of St. Patrick say that he was responsible for the spread of Christianity throughout Ireland. He is said to have used the clover during his lectures to demonstrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Many depictions of the saint show him holding the clover. The first leaf of the clover represents hope, the second is faith, the third is love and, if you manage to find the elusive four leaf clover, the fourth represents—you guessed it—luck.

Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t a traditional flower-giving holiday, but there are many arrangement options if you want to send someone a little luck. The lovely Stephanotis, the exotic amaryllis, and the delicate azalea all represent good luck. The marigold is also an excellent choice for it too means good luck and it represents the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Stephanotis flowers

Stephanotis flowers

If you’d rather stick to color than meaning, cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, and chrysanthemums all come in shades of green. Also, using berries and foliage can help add green to an arrangement.

For a touch of gold, sunflowers, black-eyed susans, goldenrod, daffodils, tulips, pansies, irises, day lilies, and the aforementioned marigold can give that sunny pop of color.

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If you want to go for an arrangement to represent Irish pride, A mix of white, orange, and green flowers reflect the colors of the Irish flag.

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Since it is customary for the women and girls of Ireland to wear green ribbon in their hair on St. Patty’s Day, be sure to tie off loose bunches with green ribbon.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day to You!)

-Lacey Bouchard

 

Source on clover info:

http://www.wsaw.com/seasonal/misc/40129602.html

Choosing Wedding Flowers

For New Jersey–where we are located–wedding season runs from May to November with the peaks months being May, June, September, and October. For our brides getting married in the spring, we strongly recommend getting your flower plans together now. We’d like to offer some tips and hints for wedding flowers.

First things first, one of the biggest deciding factors for flowers is your wedding theme/color scheme. When you come into the shop for your consultation, it will help immensely if you have your wedding and bridesmaid dresses picked out or at least know what your wedding colors are. There are many ways you can use flowers to accentuate the style of your wedding. By choosing flowers in colors that contrast to your dress colors, you can avoid having the flowers blend in to your dresses and create a stunning visual in your photos. You can also choose flowers in varying shades of the colors you’ve chosen or just use hints of your color choices to accent the flowers.

Your theme is also very important. If you are going for a bold, wacky, and fun wedding, we would suggest pieces with bright colors and lots of fun texture. For a reserved, classic wedding, we would plan our designs around clean lines and timeless, elegant flower choices. For the romantic, blushing bride style, we would suggest flowers with soft textures and light or pastel colors. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for, don’t worry, we can help you find a style that fits your personality and vision!

Don’t be afraid of foliage. Adding greens can round out a design giving it a natural feel and adding bulk to the arrangements. They can also add flair to arrangements. Beach grass for example can be bent into arches to create a fun visual as it arcs in and out of the piece. The absence of greens can give arrangements a modern, clean-cut feel. This makes the pieces dramatic and visually striking, but can be more expensive because it requires the use of additional flowers to fill them out in place of greens.

Don’t be afraid of flowers either. Use them in bouquets, boutonnieres, and hair pieces. Decorate the aisles, chairs, tables, altars, and doorways. And don’t be afraid to go bold and personal especially in a place card table arrangement. Incorporate elements that show off what you love.

Another tip that we have to mention is knowing your budget. More importantly, you must understand what is available within your budget. It is typical for a bride to spend 8-15% of the total wedding budget on flowers. We will of course work with you to create the best possible designs for your budget. However, we can only do so much. Knowing what flowers are available at the time of your wedding will help you choose a design. Requesting flowers that are out of season or not locally grown will bump up the overall cost. A wedding full of orchids and roses is possible but expensive. Creating a wedding full of similar and less expensive flowers that will create an equally striking visual is also possible and perfect for a smaller budget. But if you are adamant about orchids and roses, we will either need to go above your budget or create something not up to your vision. Neither of which we want to do. We want to help you create the best possible floral designs without any added stress. Work with us and we promise you won’t be disappointed!

-Lacey Bouchard