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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Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow

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 Snowflakes are the true symbol of winter.  When I think of winter, I think of the majestic beauty that is snow.  It drapes the world in white blanket, that gives you a surprising warm and fuzzy feeling inside.  Snow is magical.   The weather conditions have to be just right for it to snow.

 

Snowflakes are frozen water vapor trapped in clouds, which then starts to crystallize. The snowflake size depends on how many crystals latch onto each other. Thanks to Fibonacci sequence,  in nature, snowflakes are made in a hexagonal-shape.

 

Contrary to popular belief, each snowflake is not a unique shape.  Researches for decades looked and examined snowflakes and finally found some that look identical.  And believe it or not, snowflakes are not white in color.  They are clear.  It is the light passing through and shattering against the crystal formation that gives it the white appearance.

 

The most snow to fall in a 24 hour period in the United States is 75.8 inches. Over six feet of snow fell between April 14,1921, and April 15,1921, in Silver Lake, Colorado.

 

Snowflakes are a symbol of purity, individualism, beauty, and grace.  The next time you curl up on your couch drinking hot cocoa and watching the snowflakes fall, just remember all the beauty nature provides us.  Enjoy nature’s own little works of art, they are special moments to remember.

Add a personalized snowflake charm to your next floral arrangement!

 

New Years Eve Weddings

3,2,1 Happy New year!  The cheers of your family and friends all around you toasting to your health, wealth, and happiness! It’s your wedding! At midnight you Kiss your newlywed husband/ or wife and you start the New Year as the new Mr. & Mrs.

                Couples are rushing to book their wedding at the hottest venues, for their New Year’s Eve wedding. This kind of wedding is great for the couple whose friends and family don’t want to the party to end. The possibilities are endless with a New Year’s Eve wedding! Black tie, champagne, Glitter!  This is every bride’s excuse to include some glitz and glam to their wedding. In either the confetti, the centerpieces, or even the bridesmaid dresses. The hot new trend is to use mixed metallic color pallets, from gold to silver, or even rose gold.

Some centerpiece ideas even include clocks on the table, so that all the guests can see the time, and can countdown with the couple. Noisemakers, hat’s, and champagne make some great wedding favors for your guests, and have them joining in on the merriment! Hosting your wedding on New Year’s Eve will have you and your guest relive your wedding year after year with the amazing memories! Maybe now, you may even have a countdown of your own to your New Year’s Eve wedding extravaganza!  Check out our wedding page for more inspiration!

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The History Of Mistletoe

The holidays are upon us! Our trees are trimmed, the stockings are hung, and the smell of cookies and evergreens is all around.  It’s a Christmas party!  People drinking, being merry, and wishing each other a Happy New Year. Then, there alone in corner, a girl stands under the mistletoe waiting to be kissed. What does it mean if she gets a kiss? What does it mean if she doesn’t? How did this tradition begin?

                Mistletoe has been a winter tradition that began in Europe thousands of years ago.  The Norse, Germans, and Greeks viewed mistletoe as a plant that warded off evil spirits. They viewed mistletoe this way, because it defied odds and grows in the winter.  Through myths and legends it became the symbol of love. Men and women would stand under it, waiting to be kissed by their sweetheart.

When mistletoe came to Victorian England, any woman standing under mistletoe could be kissed by any man. If she refused, it was deemed bad luck.  A kiss could mean lasting friendship, deep romance, or even goodwill. If the girl remained “unkissed”, she cannot expect to marry until the following year.

Though these superstitions are long gone, today mistletoe adds a fun festive game to any holiday party.  Don’t forget to add a holiday centerpiece to your party this year!  Spruce up your winter décor with a fresh flower centerpiece from Leigh Florist – order here for local delivery.

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree did not become a household tradition in the United States, until the late 19th century. Germany was the first country to be credited with the first Christmas tree. Christians would bring trees into their home, and decorate them. Martin Luther King, was thought to be the first who added candle lights to the Christmas tree, wanting it to look like the night sky. Later, once Queen Victoria placed a Pine tree in her court,(a tradition originally started by her German husband, Prince Albert) it became all the rage in Europe, and still continued today.

The first record of a Christmas tree on display in the US, was in the early 1800’s, by the Pennsylvania Dutch.  The lighting of Christmas trees are now more popular than ever.  Even the white house has a tree lighting ceremony. Thomas Edison’s assistants are credited for making the first string of Christmas lights.

Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states, even Alaska and Hawaii.  7 Million trees are planted every year. The bestselling trees are Pine, Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Balsam, and White Pine.  Christmas trees take 6-8 years to fully mature. Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the best times of the holidays. It was a tradition a long time in the making, and we believe it is here to stay.

Order a table top boxwood Christmas tree today, or shop our other holiday favorites here!

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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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