Moon Flowers!

moonflower_full_bloom

Moonflower is one of the most romantic plants you can grow in the garden. It’s a statuesque, ideal evening-garden plant bearing large trumpet-shape flowers that unfurl in the evening (or on overcast days) and stay open until the sun rises. Some are sweetly fragrant when open, and they are actually a close relative of the morning glory. This beautiful plant is also very heat- and drought-resistant, and given the right soil and temperatures, they can continue to bloom in your garden every year. But beware, It’s quite poisonous, especially the seeds.

A Steampunk Wedding

A new trend for the quirky Bride, on the wedding scene, is Steampunk. Steampunk incorporates aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century style with industrial steam-power. It is more than just Industrial pipes and grandma’s lace doilies. The ideas of classic, Victorian style with dark silhouettes, long sleeves, lace, high collars and hats, but with a twist. Mixture of Science, fantasy, and vintage style can make for one gorgeous and fun event. The amazing thing about steam punk is you can take it as far as your imagination

Steampunk reinvents these elegant stylings and gives them a somewhat futuristic design by envisioning the technology of the time using steam power or mechanics. If you’re a fan of Tim Burton movies, Sherlock Holmes, or Alice in Wonderland, this theme may be for you. You can go as bright or as gothic as you like, further down the rabbit hole. Steampunk colors consist of antique gold, brass, coppers, black and white, with pops or red or dusty mauve..the choice is yours.

Steampunk style centerpieces can be made of many things you find at an antique store, such as clocks, lamps, globes and quirky pieces, such as hourglasses, keys, gears, medicine bottles and magnifying glasses. It might not be a soft and subtle look for a wedding, but it will definitely add a certain edge and get guest’s heads turning.

 

The use of your imagination, rock, gothic, Victorian, vintage and a mix of futuristic that is steam punk. If you believe this style maybe for you, start going to antique shops and yard sales and collecting odds and ends that inspire your vintage steam punk style!

Steampunk Blog collage BeFunky Collage

Dahlias, one of nature’s truly unique flowers.

Nicked named “Tubers”, they are the national flower to Mexico. These fabulous blooms originated in South America and Mexico, in their mountain regions. One of the more hardy flowers to grow, as long as they are protected from wind, making the mountain range perfect protection. Now, mostly grown in North America in the Pacific North West, by farmers, these beauties make one hardy crop. They grow in between mid-summer to first frost, and take about 8 weeks to grow once planted. They need full sunlight, at least 6-8 hours.

The Dahlias bloom in a variation of sizes, from a 10”-12” dinner plate to a small 2” Lolli pop size. Their wide range of colors include red, pink, white, orange, yellow, purple, and many more. Some of the species may have bi-colored stripes, while others may have a variation of color just on the tips of the petals. Contrary to popular belief, there are no black dahlias, they are actually a deep burgundy color.

Florist use dahlias for almost every kind of celebration, while they are in season. The flower meaning of Dahlias is it that they are a symbol of an everlasting union, which make them great choices for engagements, weddings, and anniversary.

Visit our website HERE for fresh seasonal arrangements available for delivery.

Or view our wedding flower portfolio to see our weddings featuring dahlias.

Dahlia Blog collageLeighStyledShoot-143BeachStyled_234BeachStyled_108

Zinnias – The true sign of late summer on the East Coast

Scientific name: Zinnia elegans

History: First discovered as a wildflower by Dr. Johann Gottfried Zinn, a German botanist, who took it back to Europe and started crossbreeding it with other zinnias, making hybrid variations, of the flower.

Meaning: the zinnia flower has several meanings including thoughts of friends, endurance, daily remembrance, goodness and lasting affection. Attracts Butterflies

Origin: strong, drought tolerant sun loving flower that is originally from southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.

Season: In warmer areas with long growing seasons.

Growing: Zinnia flowers are one of the easiest plants grow, and bloom heavily. Zinnias are annuals, so they grow for one season and make great cutting flowers. They grow well in window boxes, and containers. Zinnias are grown from seed; they grow very quickly in the right conditions. Zinnias do not like to be transplanted.

Colors: many shades of red, orange, yellow, white, pinks, lilac and even lime green.

Variations: the zinnia flower can be as small as one inch across or as large as seven inches across.

Stop in for a bouquet of locally grown Zinnias, available now through October.

zinniasLeighStyledShoot-141

Lovin’ Local Flowers

We love this time of year when our local flower farmers arrive with their homegrown beauties. The freshness of these flowers is amazing! We love that local flowers don’t arrive on a jumbo jet. They are fresh picked the same day or just the day before delivery. They last a lot longer in the vase too!

Flower farming is an art in patience, hope, forethought and intention. We notice that our farmer friends are smart planners and even scientist. They work with and against the weather including too much rain or not enough.

This is a refreshing change from the 80% of flowers sold in the US are actually grown thousands of miles away. Most are grown in Colombia, Ecuador, Thailand, and Kenya.

Local flowers are usually grown organically or with very minimal chemicals, and grown in a field, rather than a greenhouse, where the natural rain and sun support their growth.

The bees, butterflies and birds in the fields go on to pollinate nearby food crops.

Please support local farms whenever possible!

Below are a couple of farms who provide our flowers:

Muth Family Farm

Formisano Farms

LeighStyledShoot-108 LeighStyledShoot-143 LeighStyledShoot-148 LeighStyledShoot-171 LeighStyledShoot-1 LeighStyledShoot-3 LeighStyledShoot-6 LeighStyledShoot-13

Photo credit : Ashley Gerrity Photography

Sarah & Josh – The Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm

003 040 091 094 103

The Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm is a very cute and comfortable bed and breakfast  located in Holicong, PA.  As you drive down a long dirt road, nestled among over 100 acres of preserved farmland and forests, the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm is a true historic and hidden gem of  Bucks County. Sarah and Josh are a very sweet couple and we wish them lots of love and joy on the road to happily ever after.

Photographer – Emily Wren Photography

Florist – leigh Florist

Venue – The Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm

Happy Spring Weddings!

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

 

1

 

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

 

 

2

 

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!

 

3

 

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

 

4

 

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.

1 2 3 4 5

Flower Meanings

Whether you find the act of giving a rose to a loved one a timelessly romantic act or just a cliché gesture, one thing is certain: the rose is a universal symbol for love and adoration. But roses aren’t the only symbolic flowers. In fact, each flower has its own secret meaning. Now, chances are you have no idea what message you are conveying when you give someone flowers. Depending on the type of flower or its color or how many stems you give, your gift offers more than just a pretty visual. While it’s not likely that the recipient will know anything about flower meanings either, knowing what the flowers mean can help you better communicate what is (or isn’t) in your heart. And hey, it’s always good to get the correct message across just in case the recipient is in fact fluent in flower symbolism.

If you want to tell someone that he or she beautiful, amaryllis or ranunculus will do the trick. Amaryllis symbolizes splendid beauty while ranunculus says you are attractive. Red carnations and chrysanthemums convey the idea of love while tulips are a declaration of love. Beware yellow chrysanthemums and carnations for they represent rejection, disdain, and slighted love.

Also, be wary of the yellow rose. The yellow rose represents great platonic love. To give a yellow rose is to say that you really care about a friend in a way that is not romantic. If you want to give roses to someone you do not have romantic feelings for, yellow roses won’t send those confusing mixed signals that might make for awkward situations. However giving yellow roses to someone you wish to court won’t convey those deeper feelings.

If you wish to present roses to someone you have deeper feelings for, the red rose is the best choice. It stands for love and admiration. Just be careful, a deep dark red can imply sorrow or regret. And the darker the red, the more black the rose becomes which translates to this relationship is over (talk about a huge misunderstanding, right?)

A single red rose says I love you while a dozen roses means be mine. If you really want to go for the gusto, 50 red roses means my love for you is limitless.

If your feelings for the recipient are not yet that strong, a pink rose will let her know that you like her. A single lavender rose means that she enchants you and a white rose means that your feelings are pure.

There are blue roses but they are not naturally made; they have to be dyed that color. Because blue roses are unattainable in nature, the message it gives is the same. Giving a blue rose to someone says, you are an unattainable dream or I want you but I cannot have you.

Valentine’s day will be here before you know it. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be sure to give your girl (or guy, let’s not exclude anyone) the perfect bouquet!

 

-Lacey Bouchard

http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/flower-meanings

Muth Flower Farm

Farms are old news. Literally. They’ve been around for thousands of years. My grandparents had one, Old McDonald had one, and New Jersey—the “Garden State” and rockin’ home state of Leigh Florist—has 10,000+ farms according to the NJ Dept. of Agriculture. But farms, especially in the crisp, harvest season that is Autumn, are nothing to be overlooked. Now is the time of year to get together with friends and family and go apple and pumpkin picking. The orange-red views are stellar for walks  and hayrides. And who doesn’t love a hot cup of apple cider? Farms offer this and more to their communities.

A farm we are particularly fond of is called Muth Family Farm and they have something really cool called “Community Supported Agriculture”. This “CSA” program involves people from the community purchasing shares of the crops from the farm’s 16-week harvesting period. This program allows owner Bob Muth to focus less on marketing his crops and more on producing the best quality and most bountiful harvest. Also, the money Mr. Muth needs for the care and maintenance of the farm is already provided to him at the beginning of the season. The CSA program gives members the option of purchasing a mini, medium, or large basket and every week, at a preselected pick-up time, they can come and fill that basket with as much produce as possible. The growers at Muth Family Farms try to produce a wide variety of crops from Arugula to Spaghetti Squash to satisfy all of their members.

Muth Farm_Sunflowers_Dahlias_Lisianthus_Gladiolus_Thistles_Zinnias_New Jersey Flowers

20130819_094553

Muth Farm_Sunflowers_Dahlias_Lisianthus_Gladiolus_Thistles_Zinnias_New Jersey Flowers

But this isn’t the only cool thing about Muth Farms. Bob Muth’s work in sustainable agriculture,  soil development, and organic farming have gained him recognition in the agricultural world. His farm even received the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer award. Muth Farms was the first organic farm in NJ to receive such accolade.

And the coolness doesn’t stop there. A local bee keeper uses Muth Family Farms as the site for his bee pollination and they are now selling the honey at the farm. And they’re located right in Williamstown, NJ only 26 minutes away from us, 53 minutes from the shore, and 32 minutes away from Philly!

Muth Farms grows a wide variety of blooms.  They provide sunflowers, dahlias, lisianthus, gladiolus, thistles and zinnias – to name a few.

Muth Farm_Locally grown flowers_

20130819_094629

Muth Flower Farm_New Jersey Weddings_New Jersey Wedding Flowers_Philadelphia Wedding Flowers_Locally Grown Flowers_Green Weddings

Muth Flower Farm_New Jersey Weddings_New Jersey Wedding Flowers_Philadelphia Wedding Flowers_Locally Grown Flowers_Green Weddings

Agriculture aside, Muth Family Farm also has some spectacular views. Denise snapped some excellent photos of the beautiful barn they have last time she was there. We are big fans of the old, rustic barn look so this is just another reason why we love Muth farms.

So let’s recap: Muth Family farms is one of the leading farms in NJ with its revolutionary views of agriculture, it’s organic, it’s high quality, it supports other local businesses (i.e. the bee keeper,) it’s well located, and it’s just so darn pretty. If you have some time, go ahead and check it out. I think you’ll be pretty fond of it too.

 

Contact us to find out more about locally grown flowers for your wedding!  For New Jersey, locally grown flowers are available from May to November.

Find out more about Muth Farms – click here!

 

-Lacey Bouchard

 

Leigh Florist

400 Amherst Road

Audubon, NJ 08106

(856)547-1090

sales@leighflorist.com

http://www.leighflorist.com