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.

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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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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.

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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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What is the first word I think of when I hear Valentine’s Day?

Roses.

Maybe because I am a florist but I believe roses are the true expression of love and emotion.

Recently, I visited a grower’s open house to see new rose varieties. The majority of roses are grown in South America. The blooms and colors are awesome but the petal count and vase life are also improving. I try to stay up on the industry trends for my clients but especially for my brides. So many weddings include roses because of the meaning of love and romance but also the range of colors.

For centuries Valentine’s Day has been a time to celebrate love and show appreciation. You will hear women say they don’t care about Valentine’s Day, we find that this is a really just a cover up. They do care! Everyone wants to feel loved and appreciated. Just a single rose and a note will really go a long way.

I look forward to Valentine’s Day to help customers find the perfect expression of flowers!

Our most popular Flowers behind the rose is tulips, gerbera daisies, orchids, calla lilies and hydrangea. Here are the rose meanings to help you choose a good match for your Sweethearts.

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Rose color meanings –

Red – Love, Beauty, Romance & Passion

White- Purity, Innocence, & Peace

Yellow- Joy, Cheer & Delight

Pink- Appreciation, Admiration, & Sweetness

Peach – Appreciation, Sincere Love & Gratitude

Orange-Coral: Desire, Fire, Excitement

Winter Jewels

Mary Kate & David are such an adorable couple and high school sweethearts! This wedding was filled with happiness and true love.

The red bouquets were a gorgeous pop of color against the navy dresses. The rich color combination of navy, deep reds, burgundy, and gold glitter, was so glam!

Tavistock Country Club was a beautiful, classic space for the reception. The flowers were an array of reds and burgundy roses , calla lilies, and cymbidium orchids. The candle light and gold table runners added a great shimmer to the rich red blooms. What a magical event!

Big thanks to Love Me Do Photography , who captured this awesome day and this great couple!Wishing Mary Kate & David a happily ever after!

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Happy Poinsettia Day!

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Today, December 12th, is National Poinsettia Day! To help celebrate this day, we compiled some care tips and facts.  

The rumors about toxicity of the poinsettia plants can spoil all the  holiday cheer! Is it all just a myth: the genus (Euphorbia) to which the poinsettia plant belongs does contain some highly toxic plants, however the popular poinsettia itself is not toxic. Some sources attribute the rumor about the dangers of poinsettia leaves to a case of poisoning in 1919 that led to the death of a two year-old child. At the time, the cause of the poisoning was incorrectly determined to be a poinsettia leaf.

Although the plant itself is not poisonous or deadly, the use of pesticides and fertilizers during growing could cause an upset stomach.

These tropical plants are native to Mexico – Euphorbia Pulcherrima

Here is how to care for those bright wonders:

Light – Place it near a sunny window. South, east or west facing windows are preferable to a north facing window. Poinsettias are tropical pants and will appreciate as much direct sunlight as you can provide.

Heat – For best results maintain a temperature of 65 – 75 degrees F. during the day. Dropping the temperature to about 60 degrees F. at night will not hurt the plant. However, cold drafts and extreme shifts in temperature will cause the leaves to drop.

Water – Water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but don’t let the plant sit in water. If your home tends to be dry and your poinsettia is in direct light, you will find yourself watering frequently, possibly every day.

Humidity – Lack of humidity during dry seasons, in particular winter, is an ongoing houseplant problem.

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This vintage inspired autumn wedding was filled with excitement and personized touches. When we first met Dorcas she was so excited to design her special day. The Haddon Fort Nightly was the perfect space for this Haddonfield wedding. The colors pallet used was pale blush pinks, Ivory, soft greens and a few succulents with a splash of gold. We loved being a part of this charming event with Sensational host catering and Alison Dunn Photography. Best wishes to Dorcas and Andrew! We are also preserving her wedding bouquet for her, in a custom shadow box to help capture their memories.

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Sammie & Kevin’s summer garden party wedding!

From the first time we met Sammie and Kevin, We knew that they were a true love story.  Sammie loves flowers, and Kevin loves Sammie.  She really wanted to create a lush and romantic garden party wedding. We used a variety of garden roses, tea roses, and hydrangea. The DuPont Country Club was a wonderful setting for her whimsical and lush garden celebration! A special thanks to Heather Curley of Twelve Stones Photography for sharing their photos with us!

 

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A traditional Hindu wedding at the Westin in Mt Laurel New Jersey

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We love being a part of  the weddings of different  cultures and traditions. Brian and Reena had a traditional Hindu wedding at the Westin in Mt Laurel New Jersey.

We find different cultures to be very inspiring! The different mix of colors, mixed metals and tradition really makes for a stunning and memorable event. After receiving their photos from Events Capture, we were curious about the Hindu wedding traditions. Here are a few things we found interesting;

Hindu brides have as many as 16 traditional elements of makeup and jewelry, that they choose for their wedding day. Each item is thought to enhance the natural beauty of the bride and bring out her inner goddess.  Here are a few things that represent Hindu wedding tradition ;

Mangtikka This giant jewel is worn in the middle of the forehead, on top of the hair-parting. Mangtika’s are extremely traditional as they hang over the ajna chakra, the home of the body’s mind and intellect.

Bindi There are a variety of reasons why Hindus place these jeweled stickers between their eyes, not least of which is the belief that it represents the woman’s third eye. The bindi traditionally signified the wearer was married.

Karn Phool  Meaning ‘ear flower’ these earrings can err on the side of ginormous.  Often they are so heavy they hook into the bride’s hair for extra support.

Nath The Nath, or nosering,  is considerably bigger than the standard Indian nose piercing today, it is still a wedding staple.  In some regions, the Nath is meant only for married women.

Haar Hindu brides typically wear a range of jewelry which can include any items from the following list: chokers, heavy draping bibs, princess-length jeweled necklaces, long gold chains, or intricate collars. In some traditions, brides will layer these pieces while in others it is more common to only see a single intricate necklace.

Choora No matter where in India you’re from, no Hindu bride is complete without her bangles.  Traditions vary as to what color and how many bangles there should be, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bride with bare arms on her wedding day.  Bangles can be made of glass, gold, metal or ivory and will traditionally come in red, green, white, and gold. Modern brides usually match them to whatever color their dress is.

The Mehndi event is a colorful and fun celebration held the night before the wedding, which is traditionally celebrated by the women on the bride’s side of the family. Generally, a professional mehndi artist or relative will apply henna in intricate designs to the hands and feet of the bride and other women in the family. These intricate designs symbolize joy, beauty, spiritual awakening and offering. The bride’s mehendi sometimes goes half way to her knees!

 The wedding dress can be a sari, a lehnga, or salwaar kameez, depending on what region of India the bride’s family is from.  It will usually come in a bright, auspicious color like red, maroon, green, or gold and is embroidered head to foot in gold and silver thread.  They’re usually majorly blinged out as well.  There is no simple guide as to what the wedding dress will look like because it depends about 90% (or more) on the personal tastes of the bride. Modern brides deviate often from tradition and will wear dresses in all the colors of the rainbow, dripping in rhinestones or completely modest.

We were so happy to be a part of Brian and Reena’s special day!

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