Why do roses have Thorns?

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To quote Guns ‘N Roses, “Every rose has it’s thorn” but actually rose thorns are called “prickles”. Thorns on other plants and trees are made up of the same materials as the plant. Those thorns are deeply embedded in the woody structure of the plant, and can’t be broken off easily. Rose thorns by definition, can’t really be thorns at all, because they are made up of small, sharp outgrowths of the rose’s outer layers. Unlike a thorn, a prickle can be easily broken off the plant because it is really a feature of the outer layers rather than part of the wood. Roses grow prickles as a form of defense against predators.

 

However, not every rose has prickles. There are a few varieties that have little to no prickles on them. These are great to plant along walkways, or in gardens.  

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Pansies

Pansies

 

Pansies are a petite, delicate flowers the you will mostly find growing in flower beds. The pansy’ is well-loved for its charm and versatility that comes from its tri- color Petals of white, purple, and yellow.  Originally a European flower, The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, which means “thought”.   Pansies have a meaning of remembrance, free thinking, and loving thoughts. In Victorian England, suitors would give pansies to their lovers, as a sign of a secret courtship. It would be given in a bouquet of greens, with flowers in the middle, as to not be detected.  It would be a sign to their beloved, to not forget them and that their love was true.  Read about natures Fibonacci’s Sequence here.

Douglas & Shauna Rowe Wedding – May 2014

Thank you Roxann Thomas Photography for sending us photos of Shauna, she looks beautiful! Shauna chose pink Sorbonne Lilies, gorgeous Geraldine Garden Roses and white Hydrangea for her wedding. Her reception was at Lakeside Manor in Gibbsboro New Jersey.

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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.

 

Flowers as Cake Toppers

What is a wedding without a cake of sorts? Whether you go with a traditional three-tiered masterpiece or a fun cupcake display, the cake you choose is just as important as the colors of your linens or style of your flowers. Speaking of, why not include flowers on your cake? They come in all different colors, sizes, shapes, and styles making them perhaps the most versatile and customizable decoration you could put on a cake. While there are bakers out there that can handcraft the most incredibly realistic flowers from sugar, why recreate the beauty of flowers when you can use the beauty of a real flower? Sure, you can’t eat it, but the aesthetics of the cake are just as important as its edibility.

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Using the same flowers on your cake that you use in your bouquets and centerpieces helps tie the cake into the rest of the wedding décor. Or if you’re like me and you have a hundred different favorite flowers that won’t all fit in one bouquet, use the ones that didn’t make the cut on your cake. That way, you still get the flowers you want without having to hold a bouquet that’s a foot around the handle. If you are having a black and white event, the cake is the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color that doesn’t fit anywhere else in your theme. Imagine a few red roses on a black and white cake; it is visually striking.

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Flowers don’t only fit a theme but also emphasize a theme. Red and white flowers with fern accents make beautiful cake toppers for a yuletide wedding. A modern wedding—characterized by sleek, clean lines—gets kicked up from unimpressive to remarkable when color-coordinated flowers are added along the side.

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Flowers aren’t just pretty, they are also functional. One time on a set up, our bride’s cake came in with a crack in the fondant. We took a few flowers and used them to cover the crack. Not only were guests none the wiser, the cake had that little extra touch that tied it into the rest of the wedding décor.

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Just be wary that if you choose a butter cream or similar icing for your cake, the design will be soft and easy to mess up. The florist will only get one shot to put the flower on because it will not hold its original shape. Once the icing is touched, it will retain the mark made by whatever touched it. So this can be a good thing if your caterer accidentally bumps the cake and needs to use a flower as a quick fix. But if you are planning to use flowers from the beginning, be sure that this is what you want. If you change your mind, you need to tell the person decorating your cake before they put the flowers on. And if you are particular about the placement of the flowers, make sure you clearly explain this to the person placing them on the cake. Once they are down, they are down lest you risk a cake with jacked up icing.

There are plenty of resources online for inspiration and you can always ask your baker and florist for ideas.

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-Lacey Bouchard

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

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

Jewelry and Accessories!

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Lucky Charm Necklace

Along with the awesome soaps created by our dear friend Corrie of Three Sisters Soaps & Scents, we have hand made jewelry and hair clips for those of you who like to accessorize  🙂

 

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Stop into the shop today to check it out!

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Sabotta Imagery

Jeffrey Sabotta of Sabotta Imagery is an excellent photographer!  We did a photo shoot with him on Thursday August 22nd.  Despite the crazy weather, he made it to us all the way from Germantown, PA.  We really appreciate his hard work and effort to make our flowers come to life in these images.  Click here to see the photos and read his blog!

 

Thanks Jeffrey!

 

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Flowers in Fashion!

Check out this AWESOME dress we came across in Flowers& magazine!  Entitled “Autumnal Ruination”, this dress is made of copper tones, oranges and greens to bring the season of Fall to life.  Twigs, branches, and grass were used inthe creation of this work of art.   According to the magazine article, each piece was sewn into the design rather than being glued.  We can only imagine the time it took to piece this entire gown together!  “Well done!” – to the designers of this dress!!

 

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