Thursday 18 Dec 2014

What Do You Know About Amaranthus?

December 18th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Amaranthus 101

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Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are 5 important things to consider with Amaranthus:

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  1. Many parts of the plants, including the leaves and seeds, are edible, and are frequently used as a source of food in India and South America—where it is the most important species of Amaranthus, known as kiwicha.
  2. The red color of the inflorescences is due to a high content of betacynins, which is similar to the Hopi red dye amaranth.
  3. Ornamental garden varieties sold under the latter name is either Amaranthus cruentus or a hybrid between A. cruentus and A. powelli.
  4. In indigenous agriculture, A. cruentus is Central American counterpart to South American A. caudatus.
  5. The Aztecs used Amaranthus flowers in several of their ceremonies, making images of their gods (especially Huitzilopochtli) with Amaranth mixed with honey.

Here are some more details about Amaranthus:

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Names: Amaranthus is also called: Amaranth, Tampala, Tassel Flower, Flaming Fountain, Fountain Plant, Joseph’s Coat, Love-lies-bleeding, Molten Flower, Prince’s Feather and Summer Poinsettia.

Varieties: Amaranthus is a broad genus of about 60 species of short-lived herbs that mostly breed in tropical climates

Colors: Red, pink, purple

Scent: The flowers have no smell or odor worth the notice. At the most they smell like radish roots when crushed.

Freshness:  It is completely normal if your Amaranthus sheds, just make sure to keep them hydrated with fresh water continually.

Vase Life:  Between 5 to 10 days.

Availability: Year Around

Costs: Affordable

Meaning: Never fading flower

Arranging Tips: Making a hanging basket—using a hanging basket provides the opportunity to bring an arrangement into an area that may not be suited for a traditional tabletop piece. Trim all the zinnias and fill the basket so that the lower leaves rest at the rim. Trim and add the Amaranthus to the front and left side of the basket, allowing the blooms to hang over the rim. Trim and add the stems of lupine to the back right side of the basket so that the spires sit several inches above the zinnias. Finish by trimming the stems of veronica to a similar height and adding two stems to the center and two stems to the back left side.

Growing Tips: Amaranthus prefer partly shady to full sunlight conditions. The soil type is not overly important, though it should have a PH between 6 and 7; for most vibrant flowers it is best that the soil is not too rich, as this soil type encourages growth. They should be sowed indoors or outdoors when all the danger of frost has passed. Lightly cover the seed with soil, and make sure the seedling has plenty of light and protect from the cold. Spacing between seeds must be 10-14 inches apart. Germination is seen in 10-14 days at 70 degrees F.

Here are some varieties Amaranthus we have available:

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-          Upright Red

-          Upright Green

-          Upright Bronze

-          Hanging Red

-          Hanging Green

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What Do You Know About Alstroemeria?

December 15th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Alstroemeria 101

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Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are 5 important things to consider with Alstroemeria:

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  1. This particular variety grows from a cluster of tubers, sending up both, fertile and sterile stems. Some stems may reach up to 1.5 meters in height.
  2. The leaves of this variety are alternately arraganged and resupinate, twisted on the petioles so that the undersides are face up. The leaves can be in different shapes, while the blades have smooth edges.
  3. There are six curving stamens.  The stigma has three lobes. The fruit is a capsule with three valves. Alstroemeria are classified as an inferior monocot, meaning the petals are located above the ovary, and the leaves are parallel.
    1. If you look at an Alstroemeria stem you can sometimes see a spiral growth pattern on the stem. This is due to the production of new cells in a spiral sequence and this is the cause of the head moving the way it does.
    2. If the soil temperature rises too high (above about 22 degrees Celsius) the Alstroemeria plant puts its effort into producing more large tuberous roots at the expense of flowering shoots. With some varieties this can lead to production of exclusively blind non-flowering stems and no flowers.

Here are some other things to consider with Alstroemeria:

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Names: Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily.

Varieties: The South American genus has about 50 species of flowering plants, mainly from mountainous regions in the Andes.

Colors:  They come in many shades of red, orange, purple, green, and white, flecked and striped and streaked with darker colors

Scent: No fragrance

Freshness: Alstroemeria stops producing flowers if they get too hot.

Vase Life:  About 2 weeks

Availability: Year-around

Costs: Low cost

Meaning: Friendship and devotion

Growing Tip: If you look at an Alstroemeria stem you can sometimes see a spiral growth pattern on the stem. This is due to the production of new cells in a spiral sequence and this is the cause of the head moving the way it does.

If the soil temperature rises too high (above about 22 degrees Celsius) the Alstroemeria plant puts its effort into producing more large tuberous roots at the expense of flowering shoots. With some varieties this can lead to production of exclusively blind non-flowering stems and no flowers.

Here are some varieties of Alstroemeria we have available:

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-          White

-          White/Pink

-          Pale Green

-          Pink

-          Lavender

-          Purple

-          Yellow

-          Orange

-          Lily Salmon

-          Hot Pink

-          Red

-          Assorted

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Creating a Doorway Garland

December 11th, 2014 by Paul Walls

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Create a dramatic doorway with a garland bursting with spring flowers. Luscious greenery is entwined with Alstroemerias, wax flower, and baby’s breath for a decorative garland perfect for draping anywhere—from doors, arches, and windows to tables, candelabras and chairs.

To create these beautiful pieces you will need the following: Alstroemerias, wax flower, foliage, Plumosa, baby’s breath, paddle wire, and petite water tubes.

  1. Remove all thorns – If the stems of the Plumosa are thorny, use a hand towel to safely strip the thorns off.
  2. Begin Garland – Start by crisscrossing two stems of Plumosa and wrapping paddle wire around the center to secure the stems together. This will create one end of the garland.
  3. Continue Adding Stems – Begin to form the garland by adding more stems of Plumosa.
  4. Layer Stems – Layer each stem of stems (depending on desired fullness) one after the other.
  5. Wrap Stems with Wire – To secure the stems of Plumosa, hold the garland with one hand and wrap the paddle wire around it with the other. The paddle wire should be wrapped over some branches, but others can be loose and free.
  6. Cut Stems – Any excess stems may be cut with clippers as you form the garland.
  7. Finish Plumosa – Continue adding Plumosa until the desired length is reached. Finish off the end of the garland by adding last Plumosa stem in a crisscross fashion. Make a slip knot with the paddle wire to secure it at the end of the garland.
  8. Add Baby’s Breath – Cut branches of baby’s breath and space them along the garland. Wrap the stems into the garland with paddle wire.
  9. Add Foliage – Cut stems of foliage and lay them underneath the entire length of the garland. Wrap paddle wire from one end to the other to secure the stems to the garland.
  10. Add Waxflower – Add stems of wax flower to the garland and wrap with paddle wire.
  11. Add Alstroemerias – Cut stems of Alstroemerias approximately 8” (21cm) long and insert into water filled tubes. Place the flowers in various directions along the garland. Wrap paddle wire around the water tubes to secure the garland.
  12. Secure Flowers – Wrap the wire once more around the completed garland to secure everything. Wrap wire under individual flowers and foliage as needed. Cut the wire and bend the ends into the center of the garland.
  13. Store and Maintain – The garland can be made up to 48 hours in advance of the wedding. To prevent wilting, lightly mist the garland, and then coil it inside a dark plastic bag with a few air holes. Store it in a cool, dark place.

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

 

What Do You Know About Stock?

December 10th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Stock 101

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Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are 3 important things to consider with Stock:

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  1. Stock are sturdy spikes of dense clusters of sweetly scented single or double blossoms. Fresh stock have one-third to half of their blossoms open, with the remaining buds showing good color and size.
  2. Older stock have the bottom third of their flowers soft and wilted in appearance. Sometimes these blossoms have been stripped and only in the middle and tip are left. Check the blossom count to make sure you are getting a fresh product. Stock should be six or more blossoms high.
  3. Stock is useful as a base for arrangements, since the bottom part of the flower wilts first. Begin with a base of stock, adding other flowers in and around to hide the lower blossoms as the flower ages and leaving the middle part exposed. Stock also adds a lovely fragrance to any combination.

Here are some other things to consider with stock:

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Names: Stock, Matthilola, Gillyflower

Colors: Pastel shades of white, pink, apricot, and yellow are most common, but deep pink and purple are also available

Scent: Strong, spicy clove scent

Freshness: One-third to one-half of the bottom blossoms are open, with the remaining buds showing good size and color.

Vase Life: 3 to 5 days

Availability: All year, but spring and summer are the peak seasons.

Cost: Inexpensive

Meaning: Lasting beauty

Arranging Tip: Use this delightfully fragrant flower as a base for arrangements, so that the other flowers will hide the quickly spent bottom blossoms. The plump middle will make a nice addition for most combinations, their sturdy cushion appearance accenting other large flowers while acting as abrace for building the arrangement.

Other: Stock has very dense stems, which makes water penetration difficult and shortens the vase life of a flower. If the thick, white, fibrous base on the lower part of the stem remains, it must be cut away for proper conditioning. The fine fuzz that covers the stems contaminates the water and also shortens vase life. Change the water frequently and recut the ends.

Here are some varieties of stock we have available:

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-          Cream White

-          Assorted

-          Lavender

-          Purple

-          Yellow

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

What Do You Know About Snapdragons?

December 8th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Snapdragons 101

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Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are 4 things to keep in mind with Snapdragons:

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  1. Snapdragons are tall, vertical spike flowers with graduating clusters of velvety blossoms along the top part of the stem. They range from about two or three feet in height. A fresh snapdragon has some of its blossoms open on the bottom, with several developing buds closed toward the middle to the top. These buds show good color, and the tips are usually green with tight buds. The flowers are almost upright.
  2. Older snapdragons have about two-thirds of their flowers open. Some of the bottom blossoms may be wilted or soft to the touch. The tip of the flower may start to droop. Snapdragons at this stage will last several days if recleaned and cut shorter. The flower will then revive and last for several more days.
  3. If you gently squeeze the side of the snapdragon blossom, you can see how this flower got its name. The blossoms resemble the mouth of a dragon, and the bottom lip will snap shut when released. This is actually how the flower protects its nectar. The pollinator must know how to open the blossom and get inside.
  4. You can cut the tips off to encourage the blossoms to open sooner, but the closed blossoms and green tips offer interesting color and texture in arrangements.

Here are some more facts about snapdragons:

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Names: Snapdragon, Antirrhinum

Colors:  Shades of white, pink, apricot, yellow, deep red, and burgundy. Some have contrasting colors at the mouth of the blossom.

Scent:  Slight to none

Freshness:  A few of the blossoms are open at the base of the flower spike, with the others in bud stage and showing good size and color. The flower is mostly upright.

Vase Life: 10 days to 2 weeks

Cost: Inexpensive

Meaning: Presumption

Arranging Tip:  Cutting the tips off will sometimes encourage more blossoms to open soon, however, the tips add interesting color and texture.

Growing Tip: A single snapdragon plant can be turned into several flowers by “fooling” the plant. When the snapdragon reaches two to four inches in height, pinch the stem back to the base of the plant. The plant will send up several new sprouts in response.

Here are some varieties of Snapdragons we have available:

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-          Assorted

-          Bi-Color

-          White

-          Pink

-          Lavender

-          Yellow

-          Orange

-          Burgundy

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

What Do You Know About Roses?

December 7th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Roses 101

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Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are 5 things to keep in mind with Roses:

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  1. Roses, with their many layers of fragrant, velvet petals, are the most cherished and popular flowers of all times. There are hundreds of types and varieties of roses available as fresh cut flowers and for growing. Some types are the traditional tea rose, which is the most popular as a florist flower with medium to large well-formed blooms and long stems; the old fashioned types, such as the cabbage head roses or English roses, are more delicate and fragrant than commercial roses; the miniature rose, only about one inch across; and the spray rose, which consists of several branching small blossoms per stem.
  2. Roses are so mass-produced that you must check the blossom carefully before purchasing. The shape and size of the head indicates which blooms will open properly. When a bloom has been cut too early, the head becomes bullet-shaped. Most people mistakenly prefer their roses this way, in hope of purchasing a fresher product and a long vase life. The petals are curved inward with no signs of opening. Roses of poor quality that are cut too early usually result in drooping heads. A rose head with a nice shape has a few outer petals opening and the swirl of petals in the middle closed. It is somewhat firm to the touch with the feeling of several layers of petals to open.
  3. Older roses are fully open. The middle is exposed and the outer petals are brown or beginning to discolor. The flower is very soft to touch. Also, some roses appear closed (or fresh), but are actually very soft to the touch. Check before purchasing.
  4. Roses have traditionally been arranged with common fillers and tropical foliage, almost hiding the natural beauty of the flower. Many people remove the outer petals of a rose if they are slightly bruised or discolored, which creates an uneven appearance as the blossom opens. Let the rose remain in its natural state, allowing it to open naturally. This will give the arrangement more of a garden look.
  5. Choosing healthy roses and arranging without manipulating them will ensure a beautiful display.

Here are some more facts about roses to consider:

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Names: Rose, Rosa.

Varieties: There are hundreds of types of roses available.

Colors: Available in most shades and colors, except no trace of blue. Varieties can be two-tone, multicolored, striped, etc.

Scent: Traditionally thought to have a wonderful scent, most varieties available as cut flowers have no scent at all. Most of the garden roses or old-fashioned varieties have a wonderful fragrance, ranging from sweet to intense.

Freshness: Purchase or cut when the outer petals are just beginning to unfold. The middle of the rose should be slightly firm to the touch, with a closed swirl of petals.

Vase Life: 5 days or longer. The old-fashioned varieties have a shorter vase life. Roses are generally used in their full-blown stage for special occasions such as weddings, but their staying power is limited at this stage. Try spraying your open blooms with “Crown and Glory,” available at most florists. The blooms will have a fresh, dewy appearance and hold at this stage for a couple of days.

Availability: All year for teas roses. Summer is the season for old-fashioned garden varieties.

Cost: Most varieties—moderately priced to moderately expensive. Garden roses—expensive to very expensive.

Meaning: Red is for love, pink is for happiness, white is for silence or innocence, yellow is for jealousy.

Arranging Tip: It is common to disfigure the rose to make it a more perfect specimen to sell as a cut flower, or to use in arrangements. Try to preserve the rose in its natural state by leaving on the outer petals and using the natural green leaves instead of a foliage substitution. The arrangements will appear more natural.

Growing Tip: With so many different types of roses available, check into growing techniques for individual varieties. One important general fact to remember when planting roses is, “the more sun the better.” Roses are prone to mildew. Sunlight, especially early morning sun, will whisk away the moisture and help prevent the problem. Proper pruning is very important for bloom production, so trim away old wood in the spring to allow new growth and blooms for the summer.

Here are some rose varieties we have available:

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-          Assorted Roses

-          Roses By Color

-          Red Rose Varieties

-          White Rose Varieties

-          Pink Rose Varieties

-          Hot Pink Rose Varieties

-          Green Rose Varieties

-          Lavender Rose Varieties

-          Orange Rose Varieties

-          Peach Rose Varieties

-          Bicolor and Yellow Rose Varieties

-          Terracotta Rose Varieties

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

What Do You Know About Ranunculus?

December 5th, 2014 by Paul Walls

Ranunculus 101

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Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are 5 important things to consider with Ranunculus:

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  1. Ranunculus is small, cup-shaped flowers similar in shape and texture to peonies and camellias. These flowers consist of several multilayers of tissue like petals. Each stem bears several blooms atop fine, fernlike foliage. Ranunculus’s come in single or doubling flowering types.
  2. Purchase or cut ranunculus when the blossoms are open but the petals are curved inward and still cupping the middle part of the flower. The flower should feel firm to the touch. The flower should not shed when handled.
  3. Older ranunculus has petals that are more separated from the center. The tissue like petals appears more transparent, with fading color. The flower is soft to the touch and may shed when handled.
  4. Ranunculus’s have thin, hollow stems that break easily, which can make them difficult to arrange. Try inserting a wire into the stem with a wire to support the flower.  Ranunculus also droops because they have large heads atop their stems. A wire will also straighten the flower for better use in arrangements.
  5. Two-tone or variegated types are called picotee ranunculus.

Here are some more facts to keep in mind with ranunculus:

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Names: Ranunculus, French, or Persian Buttercup.

Varieties: Ranunculus asiaticus hybrids in single and double forms. The best variety for cut flowers is the tecolate strain, producing the finest and largest flowers.

Scent: Mild scent

Freshness: Purchase or cut when the petals are cupping the middle of the flower and still fold inward.

Vase Life: 7 to 10 days longer.

Availability: Winter through spring, the predominant season being spring.

Costs: Spring—moderately priced. Winter—moderately expensive.

Meaning: You are radiant!

Arranging Tip: Ranunculus stems break easily, making them difficult to arrange.

Growing Tip: Soaking ranunculus tubers for at least four hours before planting makes it easier for tubers to root. They resemble claws and are sometimes called crow’s feet. Plant them toes down. Ranunculus like cool nights and warm days with plenty of light. They can be grown as a garden flower and as a container flower.

Other: Ranunculus is heavy drinkers, so watch the water level.

Here are some varieties of Ranunculus we have available:

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Available Year Round

-          White

-          Pink

-          Yellow

-          Orange

-          Salmon Peach

-          Purple

-          Hot Pink

-          Red

-          Burgundy

-          Assorted

Available October through April

-          White

-          Pink

-          Yellow

-          Orange

-          Hot Pink

-          Red

-          Assorted

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

4 Steps to Create an Amazing Centerpiece

December 4th, 2014 by Paul Walls

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Long tables require linear arrangements for their centers. They can often be very narrow (some are only 2 feet wide), which means that once you have got place settings on either side of the table, you have very little room for decoration. Designing an arrangement for a long narrow table is ideal because it is a neat structural design and suits this kind of space perfectly. Creating an arrangement for a long narrow table requires a width of a standard block of floral foam, called a rackette. It has a plastic base—perfect for tables. To edge the plastic and the foam you can use Equisetum or any type of reed. Lavender and rosemary pinned all around the foam would equally work well; you could even use cinnamon sticks for winter weddings.

The choice of flower is more limited than the choice of plant material for the surround as, for this design to look sculptural; it needs to include flower heads of a uniform size. Even if you use roses as I have done, you need to make sure that the heads of a similar size to create the uniform bands of color. Small Germini Small Germini gerberas would work well or try dahlias. Choose vibrant colors—practically any combinations work, as long as you make sure that each variety of rose has the same depth of color. (Pastels can also work, with the use of white.)

How to Create a Centerpiece

Step 1 – Soak the block foam in water until the air bubbles stop rising. Bend the stub wires into two and then cut the long stems into three or four lengths, depending on the height, so that the Equisetum will be about 1 ¼ inch (2.5 cm) above the edge of the floral foam.

Step 2 – Pin the Equisetum into the foam, and work all the way round the block. Take care to pin the reeds in at the same height, so that this can later be concealed by ribbon.

Step 3 – Cut a length of ribbon so that it will fit around all four sides, and tie it and the end of the block. Take another piece of ribbon, and make three loops to create a bow at one end.

Step 4 – Cut the rose heads down to about 2 inches (5 cm) of stem, so their heads sit just above the edge of Equisetum and there is enough stem to take up water from the soaked foam. For the design to work, it is important that the lines of color are even. Think carefully about the order of the bands of color to create the most impact. Add the roses, and mist with a water spray.

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

 

 

 

8 Things to Consider When Preparing Your Wedding Reception

December 2nd, 2014 by Paul Walls

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For most couples, the reception is the party of a lifetime. It celebrates their marriage and marks the culmination of many months of planning. They want the reception to be unforgettable, to bring them together with their loved ones, and to unite two sets of friends. When it comes to floral decoration, the possibilities are endless, and, whatever the budget you are working to, it’s possible to create a memorable and imaginative reception.

Step 1 – Consider Planning Your Reception

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Your Reception can be as unique as you want to make it—from an early wedding and superb simple brunch to a late afternoon wedding or a lavish and elegant dinner dance. Most people go for the middle of the day and have an afternoon reception. Certainly limiting the length of your reception will help to curtail the expense. One option is to have an afternoon tea reception. Instead of large round tables, you can hire smaller ones and use fewer table decorations and simple flowers for the table or even choose one striking plant such as an exotic orchid.

Traditionally the wedding reception was held in the bride’s family home. Over time this tradition has prevailed and it is still lovely to have a home wedding, if practical. You do need to have adequate space, though, and a home reception is a lot more effort and work for all members of the family. Providing services such as adequate toilets and parking can become a logistical nightmare and cause tempers to be frayed. Over the years, it became more common to hold the reception in a local hotel or hall, but more recently there has been a trend away from the traditional sites towards informal and varied locations—museums, mansions, even zoos! But whatever your choice of site the three basic elements that contribute towards a successful and enjoyable reception are the decorations, catering, and the entertainment.

Step 2 – Consider the Florist’s Role

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For the decorations, most florists today offer more than just flowers. Many can also advise you on the look of the tables, including details such as renting tablecloths, chairs, and seat covers to help you create the ambiance you have in mind. Florists work so frequently with caterers and other related industries that they can often be a great source of recommendation as to whom to call for an estimate and whom they enjoy working with. Florists will often work closely with the caterers in particular to confer on the canapé decorations, and to design the floral decorations for the buffet. Often they will meet you at your tasting to discuss the food and table decorations in more detail. They also liaise with cake decorators to ensure that the cake table perfectly complements the room.

A creative florist will meet you at your chosen site and will give you the best advice on where to place flowers and how many you should ideally have. Most often, florists advise their clients to have fewer, rather than more, flowers but go for the grander displays which will be more striking when the party begins and the room begins to fill with guests. You also need to consider the installation and setting up of the room and timings for this. Hotels may have more than one reception in a day, so you will be allocated a particular time slot that must be rigidly adhered to, or rented spaces may limit access times for your deliveries and services.

A florist’s mission is to take your chosen reception site
and change it into a room that is special and has correct ambience for your wedding day. The blander the room, the more you will need to spend on decorations, so think seriously about this when you are looking at your budget. Often a more expensive site needs a lot less decoration and this can, in the long run, work out cheaper. Really formal sites do, however, necessitate huge and costly arrangements. Unusual sites may be more complicated for your contractors to work in. Stately homes and museums often limit the hours of parking and may be open to the public for part of the day, making the lead time for the caterer and florist very limited! If this is the case, it may mean that your florist does not have much time for complicated on-site arrangements, and everything may have to be completed off site and positioned quickly.

Fragrance is very important to the reception, I think that it is essential to have some scented flowers, incense, or scented candles at the entrance for your greeting line at cocktail hour. This is so evocative and the scents will always remind you of your special day. Don’t forget to check out the restrooms, and add some lovely touches such as flowers and scented votives to make your guests feel pampered.

Step 3 – Consider Creating Your Theme

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Some of the best sites to decorate are marquees or tented receptions because they offer the florist a blank canvas to work on, but any room can be transformed to fit any theme with a little imagination and a lot of money!

If your room is very decorative to start with, lavish floral decorations may compete too much. Often the best schemes are monochromatic colors of cream and white flowers. This may seem like an obvious route to take, but it does work very well and that is the reason for its endurance as a theme. It is classic and very beautiful. It can be made to look striking and minimal or romantic and blowsy. Fruit can also make a monochromic display more striking and add interest.

Step 4 – Consider Lighting

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Your florist will also advise you on lighting—whether it is the addition of candelabras or votives to the table or getting an estimate for a party lighting expert for making the best of your decorations. This cannot be emphasized too strongly how important this is—the whole ambience of the wedding is determined by how comfortable and attractive the lighting is. Most ballrooms or spaces of a similar size have lighting that can be dimmed, and each centerpiece can be spot lit from the ceiling, which greatly enhances floral arrangements. Candlelight is flattering, and the right lighting level makes everyone feel more confident and relaxed. If you decide to appoint a lighting company, there are no limits as to what can be achieved, from uplifting floral arrangements to huge flambeaux for the entrance and a dramatic firework display for the finale. You will have an engineer on site all night to highlight your special moments, such as the cutting of the cake and the first dance. You may even choose to project images on stars and moons or decide to change the color of the room through the use of light gels. Often these companies can also provide amplification systems if you are planning a large event.

Step 5 – Considering Chairbacks

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In a previous article we describe this, but it is important to know that chairs are an important consideration too because there are so many of them in the room, and generally there are very few designs—rental chairs are the same all over the world! It is a good idea to personalize at least the top table using Chairback arrangements, tiny garlands of flowers, or even a simple bow.

Step 6 – Considering Centerpieces

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The practice of adorning tables with fresh cut flowers, herbs and pose petals dates back as far as ancient Greece and Rome and has endured to the present day. The newlyweds’ table, whether it formal or round, should be different and more opulent to differentiate the bride and groom from their guests, you may consider having some tall table arrangements to make the most of your space. It is currently very popular to have a mixture of half the tables set with tall arrangements, and the other half of low ones. If you are planning 300 guests you may even have three heights of arrangements. Tall arrangements are usually candelabras, topiary trees, or tall glass vases so the flowers are raised above the table. Usually a florist tries to raise these above the heads of the diners, and a thin stem of the candelabra, tree, or vase allows guests to see each other across the table. It is very difficult to hold a conversation with guests sitting directly opposite you on a round table, because such tables are normally 5 to 6 feet (1.5 to 2 meters) across and the ambient noise precludes this activity, but it is always more comfortable to be able to at least see across the table, so bear in mind when discussing the table flowers with your florist.

Step 7 – Consider Decorating the Table

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Table linen is very important. Most hotels offer white as a standard, but all caterers can hire in linen of many colors and shades. Standard colors and sizes are less expensive than cloths that fall to the floor in deep or rich colors. Your florist can help you choose a color that complements your flowers and may even rent the linen for you. Napkins are a similar consideration. You can have them trimmed with taffeta ribbon, make them into a folded bed for an orchid, or even use a sprig of herbs to decorate them and to scent your tables. Place cards are normally coordinated with the linen and flowers, as are the menu cards. Your florist and caterer will be able to recommend a calligrapher to help with these if necessary.

Step 8 – Consider the Wedding Cake

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The cake is the centerpiece of the reception and another area where you can let your imagination run wild, commissioning any design. Sometimes it is common to have two cakes: the traditional white wedding cake and the groom’s cake, usually chocolate but sometimes a fruit cake. Often the choice is left to the groom, and this is a lovely way of including him in the arrangements. It is also a clever way of offering two cake options. The cutting of the cake normally happens towards the end of the reception; the bride takes the knife and the groom puts his hand on hers. A wish accompanies this and then traditionally they feed one another.

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4 Easy Steps to Make a Chairback

November 29th, 2014 by Paul Walls

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A Chairback is essentially a tied swag of fresh cut flowers which usually includes foliage. They are beautiful when incorporated into weddings, as they add an informal touch to a ceremony. They are quite easy to make, especially if you use one type of flower, such as gerbera, daisies, or roses.

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A few pew end and decoration or for a Chairback for the center of a chair, you do need more skill to get a flat back to the display and a lovely elevated diamond shape for the flowers to look really good. The secret to success is choosing the right foliage and flowers. Typically it looks best to use at least five types of foliage. You need something flat for the back like a branch of aspidistra, Coontie, Ti Leaf, or large leaf like Monstera. When you add some textural foliage such as Hypericum berries, poppy seed heads, or rose hips, and some fluffy foliage like Spanish moss, grasses, or branches of flower blossom in the springtime, the arrangement will look spectacular. Add a selection of pointed or long flowers such as calla lilies, roses, and Lisianthus, and then add round larger headed flowers such as gerbera Germini, open roses, or dahlias, as well as some trailing blooms, like Amaranthus. Once you have made your decision on the choice of flowers, it is essential to clear any excess foliage from below the binding point. (This is where you hold the hand tie while making it and it becomes the tie point when completed.) It may help you to lay the flowers out in their groups before you start, to make it easier as you build the swag.

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Step 1

First arrange your foliage, starting with the flat leaves at the back and adding more interesting textural foliage at the front, to make a diamond shape. Feed some of the berries through to create some elevation to the swag.

Step 2

Starting with the calla lilies, place one towards the top of the hand tie to make the point of the swag. Feed in the other flowers at different heights within the design, alternating from left to right.

Step 3

Add roses in the same way, pulling them down to graduate through the swag. Spiral the stems in the binding point, but try to leave them long enough to stand proud and not appear squashed. The largest flowers should be the most noticeable and in the best position.

Step 4

Attach the swag to the chair with a strong wire cord or binding wire, and then make a three-looped bow to cover the binding point.

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