Hydrangea

If you have been invited to a wedding in the past couple of years, chances are you have seen the hydrangea flower in either the wedding centerpieces or even in bridal bouquets. If you are big on the meaning of flowers, hydrangea means love and admiration, making it a sought after flower by brides to-be.

Hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan, but they have recently found fossilized hydrangea in North America dating back millions of years. Hydrangea was not seen in Europe until the 18th century when a colonist brought the North American hydrangea plant over to England.

Today, hydrangea mainly grows in the Americas. Big hydrangea heads are many smaller blooms clustered together. The little star-shaped flowers grow along wooden stems and create a big, pompom shape, making them very versatile and very easy to use in arrangements.

The most common color of hydrangea is white, but they also come in a variety of colors; such as blue, red, pink, or purple. In hydrangea varieties, the exact color often depends upon the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple. They can also change color, or be bi-colored. All depending on how acidity is added or removed from the soil. Hydrangea is available all year round, making it great for any occasion you would like to celebrate!

Some brides often worry that if they choose hydrangea for their wedding flowers it will wilt easily.  If your florist sources the hydrangea from top quality sources and hydrates each bloom properly, you will have nothing to worry about.  They are a beautiful flower that will compliment any wedding arrangement.

Take a look at a past wedding we created which included hydrangea in the wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces.

Alstromeria

Alstromeria is one of nature’s most exotic looking flowers, also known as Peruvian Lilies. It comes in a variety of shades and colors, making them a perfect choice for any occasion. The Peruvian lily represents friendship and devotion and come in a variety of colors making them an ideal match for any birthday, graduation, or a “just because” arrangement. A few of the most popular colors include shades of yellow, pink, orange, and white.  The Peruvian lily is a very long lasting flower that has multiple blooms on a single stem, making these a popular choice for designers to place in vases or bouquets.

Alstromeria is native to South America, but now grow all over the world.  It was brought to Europe in the 1800’s, by a Swedish Botanist.  Not long after his discovery of the Peruvian Lily, did the flower gain popularity among flower enthusiasts.  With their meaning of devotion and friendship people quickly started giving them as gifts to friends and family.

Tulip Garden arrangement by Leigh Florist featuring Peruvian lilies (Alstromeria). 

 

Industrial Chic Wedding

The trend of mix metals, and Edison lights have helped shaped this new wedding trend of an industrial wedding.  More and more brides are looking for a blank canvas in order to create their own super modern vision. They seek out old industrial warehouses or more modern venues with more raw qualities. The result? An ultra-chic, modern wedding.  It’s all about bringing the outdoor feeling of the city, indoors.

Choosing your venue – To achieve the industrial look, you must first start with your venue.  Hosting your wedding at a warehouse venue, or even an ultra-modern one, with exposed metal or brick would be an ideal place to tie the knot if this is the look you want to achieve. Some off season farm warehouses will rent out a space for you to use for your reception. Be sure to consider the time of year and weather. If you don’t have a venue such as these around, you can always bring in some outdoor elements, to change the feel of the room.

Wedding Décor – You can achieve an industrial look by thinking outside of the box.  When you think centerpiece, your first thought would be some pretty flowers in a vase but to achieve the industrial chic look consider this…place two cinderblocks on your table, with one its side and place votive candles in the open gaps, with moss around them. Then take little groupings of flowers and scatter them on top and in between the blocks. This will definitely be a great conversation piece among your guests and offer that chic look. You can even add bits of mixed metals, copper piping, and geometric shapes to add different textures.  Something that is very popular is a DIY copper piping candelabra, which is a little more simple and classic but still adds that industrial look, you can find the inspiration on Pinterest.

Extra lighting – Instead of using traditional or existing lighting you can use Edison lights which have grown in popularity lately. They act as industrial décor as well as soft warm lighting for your reception. A great idea for your ceremony is to make a backdrop full of Edison lights and stand in front of it while saying your vows.  It will silhouette you in a brilliance of light.

The most important thing in creating your ideal industrial chic wedding is to include the key elements of mixed metals, soft open lighting, and exposed concrete or brick. This can be a daunting task but there are tons of resources for you to use to help you plan. The industrial modern look is becoming more and more popular with the younger generation, who want to keep some things traditional but with an outdoor modern flare.

This venue is AMAZING. Perfect for that chic modern wedding.

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Fill these with soft pinks and white for a simple and breathtaking centerpiece.

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How cool is this? Rustic and chic at the same time!

Amaryllis

 

Amaryllis are one of the world’s famous flowers.  You will most likely see them around Christmas time. The name Amaryllis means “to sparkle” in Greek – making them a great gift to give to friends and love ones. These plants are native to South America and South Africa.  Nowadays most Amaryllis plants are grown in green houses around the world.  Amaryllis plants can have single or double blooms, with petals that are frilled at the edges.   They come in various

shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange.

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The plants can grow up to 10 inches wide, with a top stalk being 18 to 36 inches tall.  Amaryllis are most often grown indoors to provide bright colors in a winter home, but they can also be planted in the spring and bloom in the summer.

 

Planting Tips:

Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting soil. Plant the bulb up to its neck in soil, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting. You can dig up bulbs after the blooms die off and store them for future use.  Amaryllis are a gorgeous flower to brighten up your life, no matter the season.

Congratulations Alex and Mike!

Our lovely couple, Alexandra and Mike, were married at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ.

She loved a very natural look for her flowers and decor.  The florals included whites, touches of blush peach, pale blue and pops of raspberry tones.  Her bouquet featured, hydrangea, dahlias, hypericum berries, spray roses and interesting textures like thistles and scabiosa.

Check out the photographer’s blog for some awesome photos!  Shilliday Photography captures such beautiful photographs!

Here are a few snap shots from the blog:

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

Our favorite fall flowers

Fall weddings can be very romantic with the warm color leaves sprinkling down from the trees in shades of burgundy, orange, yellow and rich red.  This makes the perfect backdrop for such an event.  There are very beautiful flowers that grow in the Fall.

Here are 5 of our favorite seasonal Fall blooms:

  1. Sunflowers

Sunflowers grow locally here in late Summer and Fall making them a budget friendly option.  Their bright sunny blooms bring a lovely accent to the deep rich red and orange Fall tones.

  1. Dahlias

These unique blooms are a favorite of many brides.  Their blooms range from small and delicate to a large dinner plate size bloom.  They come in a wide range of colors to compliment any wedding color.

  1. Mums

Mums are a great way to bring Fall into your wedding.  Using mum plants as altar arrangements adds a beautiful Fall touch to any wedding.  These blooms are available as both plants and fresh cut blooms.  They are available in a variety of bold and beautiful colors such as purple, burgundy, orange, copper and yellow.

  1. Celosia

Celosia comes in a light and airy “feathered” variety or “coxcomb” variety which resembles coral in the ocean.  Popular celosia colors are its dark burgundy, red, orange and fuchsia.

  1. Bi-colored rose

These roses are grown all year round, but really got the spot light during the fall. Popular fall roses are high and magic, or circus rose.  Its bright yellow and orange petals make them a true show stopper. They look amazing in all aspects of the wedding from centerpieces, bouquets, cake flowers and other décor.

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

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.

 

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