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What Do You Know About Peonies?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Peonies 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 five things to keep in mind with Peonies:

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  1. Peonies are large, lush blossoms that can be single, semi double—or most popular—double blossoms. This variety is also known as the bomb type, because of its round shape and explosion of multiple petals. The blossoms sometimes reach five to six inches across.
  2. A fresh peony should be cut or purchased in bud stage, when this bud is about the size of a tennis ball and is semisoft to the touch—much like checking a peach for peach for ripeness. Buds too firm to the touch will probably not develop. Peonies make excellent cut flowers when cut at the proper bud stage.
  3. Aged peonies have most of their petals open and turned downward. The flower is soft to the touch, with some of the outer petals discolored. The flower may shed or fall apart when handled.
  4. Peonies’ dark-red shoots emerging in the spring don not at all resemble the large shrub that will develop in a few months. Peonies die all the way back to the ground in the winter, replacing all foliage in the spring.
  5. Arranging with peonies is easy. Just a few peonies can fill a vase, and a few flowers are needed to complete a bouquet.

Here are some more facts about Peonies:

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Names: peony, Paeonia

Varieties: Herbaceous varieties in single, semi double, and double-bloom types.

Colors: shades of white, cream. Peach, pink into deep crimson shades. Some varieties may be multi-colored, with specks of contrasting color at the base of the flower’s center.

Scent: From sweet, mild fragrance to very aromatic, depending on the variety.

Freshness: Purchase or cut when the flower is still in bud stage.

Vase Life: 7 to 10 days, or longer

Availability: Spring only, but some cut flowers are available from New Zealand in winter.

Costs: Spring—moderately expensive. Winter—expensive

Meaning: Bashfulness

Arranging Tip: With blossoms reaching to sometimes 5 inches across, peonies are an arrangement in themselves.

Growing Tip: For the best show of blooms, purchase tubers of plants with three to five eyes or growth shoots, since one- or two-eyed tubers or plants make take years to produce blossoms. Remember not to plant peonies too deep, or the plant will produce a show of leaves but no flowers. The eyes should only be about two inches below the soil level. Even though peonies will tolerate partial shade, it is best to plantin full sun, away from trees and shrubs, so that the plants need not compete for nutrients. Bloom time for peonies is only a few weeks, so select early-, mid-, and late-blooming varieties. Be careful when cutting for arrangements—cutting more than one-third of the flowers produced will inhibit blossom count and size for the following year. Be patient; peonies usually take three to five years to reach maturity, but once established, will bloom forever.

Here are some varieties available at Whole Blossoms:

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January Peonies

-          Hot Pink

-          Pink

-          White

February Peonies

-          White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

March Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          White

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

April 1 – May 15 Peonies- June 30 Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Pink

-          Coral

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

May 16 – June 30 Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Coral

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

July – September Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt

-          Coral

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

October – November Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Pink

-          Coral

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

December Peonies

-           White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Pink

-          Assorted

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What Do You Know About Orchids?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Orchids 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 six things to keep in mind with Orchids:

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  1. There are thousands of species of orchids in many different shapes and sizes.
  2. The most common types available are Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, and Phalaenopsis orchids are the best varieties to grow as house plants.
  3. Choose cut orchids by bloom size and color. Look for large blossoms in scale with stem size. Most of the blossoms should be open, as most varieties will not fully develop when cut. Orchids bruise easily, so check the blossoms before purchasing.
  4. Aged orchids usually have a yellow or faded tip where there are unopened blossoms. Some of the bottom blossoms may also be discolored or appeared wrinkled and transparent.
  5. In nature, orchids grow by attaching their roots above the ground. When growing them as houseplants, make sure that the roots are exposed to receive humidity and ventilation.
  6. Orchids are very a very versatile flower to use in arrangements because they can be paired with formal types of flowers for elaborate bouquets but work just as well with casual companions. White Dendrobidium orchids look enhanced when paired here Queen Anne’s lace.

Here are some facts about orchids:

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Name: Orchid

Varieties: There are over 30,000 varieties of orchid. The most common available fresh cut varieties are Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Oncidium, and Phalaenopsis orchids.

Colors: Every shade and color except for true blue. Orchids can be solid colors, but are usually multi-colored, with spots or stripes accenting the throat of the blossom.

Scent: Some varieties are fragrant, such as the Cymbidium.

Freshness: Most of the flowers are open, or beginning to open. If cut too early while mostly budded, they probably will not open.

Vase Life: Approximately 7 days, but some varieties will last two weeks.

Availability: All year.

Cost: Moderately expensive to expensive, depending on the variety. Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis orchids are the most expensive cut varieties.

Meaning: Beautiful lady, Belle

Arranging Tip: Orchids are very versatile in flower arranging, lending an exotic touch to any combination. Their amazing color combinations and lasting ability make them a good choice for flower arrangements. Long-stemmed orchids with multiple blossoms can be cut into two or three parts for use in arrangements.

Growing Tip: Most varieties like direct sun and warm, humid conditions, but some prefer more indirect light and cooler temperatures. One such is the Phalaenopsis orchid, which is a good variety to grow indoors under normal conditions. Plant in bark, stones, or moss, and place in high indirect or filtered light; the edges of the leaves will burn or brown if the orchid is receiving too much light. Water your orchid once a week by drenching the roots and draining them completely. Orchids prefer humid conditions. Misting frequently and resting the pot on a few pebbles will produce this type of environment. Occasionally place a few ice cubes on top of the bark to let moisture slowly soak in and cool the roots.

Other: Frequently misting of cut orchids will lengthen their vase life.

Here are some varieties we have available:

Cymbidium

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-          Assorted

-          Burgundy

-          Orange

-          Pink

-          Green (Yellow Throat)

-          Green (Red Lip)

-          Green (Clear Lip)

-          Peach (Clear Lip)

-          White (Clear Lip)

-          White (Red Lip)

-          Yellow (Clear Lip)

-          Yellow (Red Lip)

Mini Cymbidium

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-          White

-          Blush

-          Pink

-          Burgundy

-          Yellow Tropical

-          Green

Dendrobidiums

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-          Purple

-          Plum Purple

-          Hot Pink

-          Purple (Dyed)

-          Blue Bom (Dyed)

-          Blue

-          Green

-          Jade

-          Orange White

-          Yellow

Mokara

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-          Aranda Yellow

-          Calypso

-          Jaguar Pink

-          Gold

-          Nora Blue

-          Orange

-          Red

-          Tiger Tail

-          White Christine

-          Yellow Panee

Phalaenopsis

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-          White

-          Purple

Vanda

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-          Pink

-          Blue

-          Purple

Oncidium

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Loose Orchid Blooms

-          Bombay Dendrobium

-          Bom Blue (Dyed) Dendrobium

-          White Phalaenopsis

-          Pink Lavender

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What Do You Know About Lisianthus?

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Lisianthus 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 four things to keep in mind with Lisianthus:

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  1. Lisianthus are cup-shaped flowers that bloom along thin, gracefully branching stems. They resemble a cross between a rose and a poppy. The stems usually bear three to five flowers along several immature buds. The foliage is gray-green in color, with a waxy texture. A fresh Lisianthus has two to three mature open flowers with a couple of fully developed buds to open. The open flowers show good color and no discoloration or bruising on the edges. The tips of the branching stems have a slight curve, but for the most part are upright.
  2. Older Lisianthus may show signs of age by the discoloration of the flower petal edges. The tips of the stems have a more extreme curve and feel to the touch.
  3. Be careful not to let moisture remain on the flowers of Lisianthus, because water spots will discolor the petals. Lisianthus, because of water spots will discolor the petals. Lisianthus are also prone to mildew.
  4. Lisianthus are difficult to combine with other flowers. The structure of the flower is dense, with many branching blossoms, and when combined with other flowers the blossoms may appear crowed. Start the bouquet with a few Lisianthus stems as a base. When adding other flowers, clip the branch of the Lisianthus flower that is in the way, so to speak, and tuck other flowers into the new opening. Save the clipped blossoms and tuck them around the edges of the arrangement.

Here are some facts about Lisianthus:

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Names: Lisianthus.

Varieties: Eustoma grandiflorum varieties, single and double varieties.

Colors: White, cream, pink, peach, lavender, purple, pale green, and some bicolors

Scent: None

Freshness: When a couple of the outer blossoms are fully open with a few more blossoms just opening. Watch for bruising and discoloration around the edges.

Vase Life: 7 to 10 days, sometimes longer.

Availability: All year.

Cost: Moderately priced.

Arranging Tip: Lisianthus can be difficult to arrange with other flowers, owing to their dense, branching stems. Fill a vase with a base of Lisianthus, and gently clip away some of the branching stems for other flowers to be added. Lisianthus stems can be separated and the flowers and blossoms used in shorter combinations.

Other: As well as bruising easily, Lisianthus are also prone to water spots, which look as though drops of bleach have spoiled on the petals.

Here are some varieties we have available:

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-          Lavender

-          Bi-Color Purple

-          Dark Pink

-          Cream

-          Pink

-          Purple

-          White

-          Green

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What Do You Know About Lily of the Valley?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Lily of the Valley 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 Wholesale 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 Lily of the Valley:

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  1. Lilies of the valley are clusters of tiny white bell flowers hanging from a single stem. The flowers are surrounded by their large, pointed, deep green leaves. Flowers should be cut or purchased when most of the blossoms are fully open, with just a few buds on top. The fragrance is pleasantly strong.
  2. Older lilies of the valley have flowers beginning to dry out and brown around the edges. The fragrance is mild to none.
  3. The stems of lilies of the valley are connected and enclosed by the base of their leaves. Gently pull this connection apart and recut the stems and leaf base before putting in water. The flowers will last longer.
  4. The scent of lilies of the valley is so powerful that just a few flowers will fill a room with fragrance. Try some next to a bedside table or near a workplace. This little spring flower’s perfume is a great escape.

Here are some facts about lily of the valley:

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Names: Lily of the Valley, Convallaria

Varieties: The single variety is most common and popular, but there is a double white variety as well.

Colors: White, but sometimes pale pink varieties are available.

Scent: Very fragrant. A few flowers can scent a room. Lily of the valley is widely used in the manufacture of perfume.

Freshness: Most of the bell-shaped flowers are open, with just a few buds on top to bloom. If the flowers are closed on the stem when cut, they will probably not open.

Vase Life: 4 to 5 days.

Availability: Lilies of the valley only bloom briefly in the spring, but they are available year round in limited quantities.

Cost: Spring—moderately priced. Other seasons—very expensive.

Meaning: Happiness or the return of happiness.

Arranging Tip: Try just a few sprigs on your bedside table for sweet dreams.

Growing Tip: Lilies of the valley prefer a shady spot in the garden. The plants will take a few years to establish and flower, so be patient. Lilies of the valley are worth the wait. Once established, they will thrive spring after spring.

Look at what is available at Whole Blossoms

-          Lily of the Valley

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What Do You Know About Lilies?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Lilies 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 Wholesale Flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are five things to keep in mind with Lilies:

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  1. Lilies are large, star-shaped flowers with two to as many as five or six branching blossoms to a stem. The three most common varieties are Asiatic, Oriental, and longiflorum lilies; the last-named are also known as the Easter lily.
  2. It is important to remove the stamens from lily buds when they are open. This helps the flower to last longer, by tricking it into staying in bloom in hopes of getting fertilized. If left intact, the stamens will pollinate and may stain the flower and other things as well. Use a fork to lift stamens gently away from the lily if they are starting to pollinate.
  3. A fresh lily has only the bottom blossom open, with the next two to three consecutive buds showing good size and color. Lilies bruise easily because of their large, branching shape, so check for damage and discoloration on the closed blossoms.
  4. Older lilies have most of the blossoms fully open except for budded top. The blossoms may appear faded or slightly transparent. Some of the bottom blossoms may have been pinched away so check the stem and bloom count before purchasing.
  5. A recently developed lily nicknamed the LA lily is a hybrid developed from a cross between the longiflorum lily and the Asiatic lily. It combines the vibrant colors and shades of the Asiatic lilies with larger, showier blossoms of the longiflorum variety.

Here are some important facts about lilies:

Names: Lily, Lilium

Varieties: There are seven divisions or types of lilies, made up of over 400 species. The three most common varieties are Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies, and longiflorum lilies.

Colors: The Asiatic varieties come in almost every color and shade except blue and black. The Oriental varieties mostly come in shades of white, cream, and pink. Both of these varieties may be solid, or accented with spots, stripes, or contrasting colors in the throat of the flower. The longiflorum lily is pure white.

Scent: The Oriental varieties have a strong fragrance, the Easter lily or longiflorum lily a slight fragrance. The Asiatic varieties are scent-free.

Freshness: Purchase or cut when the bottom flower is just opening and the next two or three buds are full and showing good color.

Vase Life: 10 days or longer.

Availability: All year, but the predominant season is spring and summer.

Cost: Oriental—expensive. Others—moderately priced.

Meaning: Purity and sweetness.

Arranging Tip: Do not crowd lilies in arrangements, as the large blossoms need room to open up.

Growing Tip: Lilies prefer full sun, but also like cold feet. Plant where they will receive afternoon shade to cool their roots.

Other: Lilies do not like flower preservative or additives in the water.

Here are some Online Flowers we have available:

Asiatic Lilies

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-          Assorted

-          White

-          Light Pink

-          Pink

-          Peach

-          Orange

-          Yellow

-          Red

LA Hybrid Lilies

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-          Assorted

-          Lily White

-          Pink

-          Yellow

-          Orange

-          Red

Oriental Lily

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-          Assorted

-          White

-          Light Pink

-          Dark Pink

-          Starfighter

-          Stargazer

-          Dark Red

-          Yelloween

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What Do You Know About Liatris?

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Liatris 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 three things to keep in mind with Liatris:

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  1. Liatris are tall, narrow spike flowers consisting of dozens of tiny fuzzy blossoms graduating down the stem. Liatris are unusual in that they blossom from the top of the flower downward. The leaves are thin and grass-like. Fresh Liatris have the top one or two inches of the flower’s blossoms open, with the middle of the flower showing good size and color. The bottom blossoms do not fully develop after the Liatris is cut.
  2. Older Liatris have about half of the flowers open, and the tips discolored and dry. The bottom, undeveloped blossoms may have a dried appearance.
  3. Liatris add instant color to tall combinations, because the flowers open from tip to base. They are a versatile choice—useful in exotic bouquets as well as in more casual arrangements.

Here are some facts about Liatris:

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Names: Liatris, Gay Feather, Blazing Star.

Colors: Shades of purple and magenta.

Scent: None

Freshness: The top one or two inches of flower buds are open, in the middle of the flower budded and showing good color.

Vase Life: 7 days or longer

Availability: All year

Cost: Inexpensive

Arranging Tip: Tall, slender, sturdy Liatris add a touch of intense color to tall combinations. The flowers are nonobstructive in that they do not change rapidly or shift in their aging cycle. The flowers start opening from the top downward, unlike most tall flowers whose blossoms open from the base upward. Since the flowers open from the tip, Liatris add instant color and texture. They go beautifully with exotic flowers such as lilies and orchids, and also blend into more casual combinations with delphinium and iris.

Other: Liatris pollute the water very quickly, so be sure to strip all thin bladelike leaves that fall below the waterline and change the water frequently.

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What Do You Know About Gladiolus?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Gladiolus 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 five things to keep in mind with gladiolus:

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  1. They are tall,      dramatic flowers about two to three feet in height, covered with      funnel-shaped blossoms just on one side of the stem that opens from the      bottom to the top. The leaves are long and sword like in appearance. Fresh      gladioli have a couple of open flowers at the base.
  2. A miniature      variety, Gladiolus orchideola has smaller and fewer flowers along at a      narrow stem. The blossoms are spaced farther along the stem. Miniature      varieties are more supple and graceful in appearance, and are a better      choice to use in mixed arrangements.
  3. An unusual type      of miniature gladiolus is known as Gladiolus Tristis. It is a pale apple      green and emits a sweet scent only in the evening. Tristis blooms for just      a short time in the summer.
  4. Older gladioli      have the bottom blossoms open, showing signs of age with dry edges, fading      color and softness to the touch. When purchasing gladioli, check the bloom      count to make sure the lower blooms have not been pinched away.
  5. Several gladioli      arranged together can take an old-fashioned or a stark modern look.      Gladioli arranged together best show the character of this flower.

Here are some facts about Gladiolus:

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Names: Gladiolus, Sword Lily.

Varieties: Larger flowering hybrid varieties and smaller or miniature varieties. The most common of these are Gladiolus Colvillei and orchideola.

Colors: Almost every color shade is available, except for true blue. Bicolored are variegated varieties are also available.

Scent: None, except for the miniature Tristis variety.

Freshness: The bottom one or two flowers are open, with five or six buds showing good color. The tip is tightly budded and does not usually develop after cutting. The bottom flowers die as the others open.

Vase Life: 10 days or longer.

Availability: Available all year, but the predominant season is summer. The miniature varieties are only available in summer and early fall.

Cost: Inexpensive

Arranging Tip: These regal flowers can add height and drama to bouquets, but the stiffness of the flower makes it somewhat difficult to blend into a combination, and the bottom open blossoms are usually shadowed by other flowers. Gladioli are best appreciated when several are massed together.

Here are some specific varieties of Gladiolus you may like:

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-          Assorted

-          White

-          Yellow

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink

-          Lavender

-          Purple

-          Green

-         Orange

-         Red

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 Hyacinths?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Hyacinth 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 five things to keep in mind with hyacinths:

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  1. Grape hyacinths, also known as Muscari, are a related variety that is much smaller. They have a mild sweet fragrance.
  2. Dutch hyacinths are cone-shaped with numerous florets dense on the stem. A fresh hyacinth has most of its florets closed, with only a few openings at the base. The color is strong, the scent is sweet.
  3. Older hyacinths have most of their florets open. The color is faded and the scent is very strong.
  4. Hyacinths have a thick, fibrous base. This is the white part of the stem and should be cut off before putting the hyacinths in water. The water will then be able to penetrate the stem and reach the flowers.
  5. One hyacinth bulb forced in a glass of water: a perfect way to really appreciate this flower

Here are some facts about hyacinths:

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Names: Hyacinth or Dutch Hyacinth; Grape Hyacinth or Muscari.

Varieties: Hyacinth Orientals, available in single and double varieties. The most common grape hyacinth is the Muscari armeniacum.

Colors: available in a variety of colors—pinks, cream, white purples—but the most common are the blue shades.

Scent: Very sweet fragrance that becomes stronger with age as more of the florets open.

Freshness: Purchase or cut flowers when the florets are mostly closed.

Vase Life: 7 to 10 days or longer.

Availability: October to May

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

Meaning: Remembrance. It was common to engrave these flowers onto gravestones.

Note: Hyacinths are poisonous. Remember to wear gloves when working with them, because of their poisonous latex. When planting hyacinths, handling the bulbs may cause an itchy reaction.

Arranging Tip: This beautiful flower changes so much in its cycle that one can appreciate it best when it stands alone.

Growing Tip: Hyacinths are wonderful to grow inside in the wintertime.

Here are some varieties you may like:

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-          Assorted

-          White

-          Pink

-          Blue Giant

-          Blue Violet

-          Grape Muscari

-          Lilac Lavender

-          Lavender Purple

-          Purple Plum

-          Burgundy Dark Plum

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What Do You Know About Hypericum?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Hypericum 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 three things to keep in mind with Hypericum:

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  1. Hypericum      berries are large clusters of deep-brown branching berries atop slender,      woody stems. The berries should be large and full, with a smooth, firm      appearance. The berries also come in shades of pink and peach and deep      burgundy.
  2. Older Hypericum      berries are wrinkled and soft to the touch. They may also change color      with age.
  3. Hypericum      berries are wonderful accents for fall and winter bouquets. Most berries      drop from the branches when handled or with age, but Hypericum berries      stay attached to the stem, making them easy to use in arrangements.

Here are some additional facts about Hypericum:

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Names: Hypericum, Hypericum Berries, St.-John’s-Wort.

Varieties: Hypericum Perforatum.

Colors: The flowers are tiny golden yellow, but this plant is mostly sold for its large, decorative clusters of berries in shades of brown, peach, pale pink and deep burgundy.

Scent: None

Freshness: The berries show good size and color, and feel firm to the touch.

Vase Life: The berries will last 7 to 10 days or longer.

Availability: All year.

Cost: Moderately priced.

Note: Hypericum or St. John’s-Wort is widely used as a natural treatment for depression and to promote well-being.

Arranging Tip: Hypericum berries are wonderful to use in arrangements, because the berries stay on stems.

Here are some varieties we have available:

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-          Assorted

-          Creamy White

-          Creamy Yellow

-          Creamy Pink

-          Pink

-          Peachy Pink

-          Green

-          Red

-          Dark Red

-          Chocolate

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What Do You Know About Hydrangeas?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Hydrangeas 101

By Paul Walls

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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 four things to keep in mind with hydrangeas:

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  1. Hydrangeas are a shrub with flowers consisting of large, lush clusters of many blossoms. The three most common types are a) the large, full-headed variety, known as the mop head (the most popular; b) the disk-shaped variety with loose, graceful clusters of flowers consisting  mostly of small closed buds, known as the lace cap; and c) the cream-colored, cone-shaped hydrangea with full, elongated blossoms, known as the panicle hydrangea.
  2. A fresh hydrangea has most of the flowers in the cluster open, Except for the lace cap variety. The flower is sturdy and firm to the touch.
  3. Aged hydrangeas have some of the blossoms on the cluster wilted; the overall flower feels soft to the touch.
  4. Hydrangeas benefit from extra conditioning. Drape cold, wet cloths over the top of the blossoms after they are cut.

Here are some facts about hydrangeas:

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Names: Hydrangeas

Varieties: Hydrangea Macrophylla, which includes the mop heads and lace cap varieties, and Hydrangea Paniculata, from which the cone-shaped variety is developed. The latter is sometimes referred to as PeeGee or P.G. hydrangea (from paniculata grandiflora)

Colors: Pale to intense shades of purple, pink, white, green, and some burgundy shades. Some varieties produce two-tone colors.

Scent: None

Freshness: Most of the flowers are open and firm to the touch.

Vase Life: If conditioned properly, 5 to 7 days or longer.

Availability: Summer into early fall.

Cost: Moderately expensive.

Meaning: Perseverance.

Arranging Tip: These large blossoms are wonderful for creating a colorful base for arrangements. The flower acts as a big cushion, holding other flowers in place as you build your arrangement. Hydrangeas cut in the late summer and fall may dry naturally, holding their color and shape.

Other: Hydrangeas wilt easily when cut. They benefit from special care and conditioning for prolonged vase life. Place the ends of the stems in boiling water, being careful to protect the blossoms from the steam. Place the boiled end, approximately 1 inch, into powdered alum (available at most grocery stores). Gently tap the excess powder from the stem ends and place in deep, cool water. Drape the top of the blossoms with a cold wet cloth, keeping the cloth moist by misting frequently during the conditioning period—about four hours. This helps harden the blossoms.

Here are some varieties you may want to choose from:

-          Natural Assorted

-          Tinted Assorted

-          Jumbo Assorted

-          White

-          Super Select White

-          Jumbo White

-          Silver White Tinted

-          Jumbo Light Blue Tinted

-          Super Select Blue

-          Jumbo Blue

-          Blue Tinted

-          Elite Shocking Blue

-          Blue Dutch

-          Natural Blue

-          Elite Lavender Blue

-          Black Tinted

-          Purple Tinted

-          Berenjena Dark Purple Tinted

-          Elite Purple

-          Dutch Lavender

-          Lavender Tinted

-          Elite Lavender

-          Jumbo Lavender Tinted

-          Popcorn

-          Antique Purple Tinted

-          Jumbo Lime-Green

-          Green Tinted

-          Antique Green

-          Mini Natural Green

-          Yellow Tinted

-          Gold Tinted

-          Salmon Tinted

-          Chocolate Tinted

-          Terracotta Tinted

-          Antique Pink

-          Natural Pink

-          Jumbo Pink

-          Silver Pink Tinted

-          Pink Tinted

-          Dutch Hot Pink

-          Hot Pink Tinted

-          Elite Raspberry

-          Burgundy Tinted

-          Red Tinted

-          Orange Tinted

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