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The Day My Carnations Arrived

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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Recently I decided to order some carnations for my wife. I find people asking me all the time, since I work for a wholesale flower company, if I have flowers in our house all the time. The answer, of course, is yes. My wife and I are mostly partial to peonies, roses, and garden roses. We enjoy walking through our home and seeing them in about every room.  I can promise you that the vase life of these beautiful creations of God last for weeks. Occasionally customers will ask if their flowers will be alright for their wedding if they go ahead and have them delivered a few days ahead of time, and will full confidence we can assuredly tell them, yes! Not only will they last up to the time of their event date, they are sure to last many days, even weeks beyond their expectation (depending on the variety).

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I love flowers! They are living monuments of poetical musings that say more than human words can describe. One day, I decided to do some research on carnations, since I was planning on ordering them for my wife (All the photos in this article were from this particular order),  What I learned was that carnations have been mentioned in history for at least 2,000 years and are native to the Mediterranean region. Today, Colombia is the largest producer of these precious gems (the flowers in this article came from Colombia). In recent years (1954), though exotic to Australia, they have been producing them. They are the national flower of Spain and are the state symbol of Ohio.

The name carnation is derived from a couple of Greek and Latin words. Caro is Latin for flesh and the word carnation also comes from incarnation, which means God made flesh, making them a popular variety for churches.

When our flowers arrived, my wife’s face instantly began to glow with charmed excitement. Nothing makes her smile more radiant than when I create a centerpiece of flowers to decorate our home with. For the most part, carnations are rather less expensive and very affordable if you are on a tight budget. Their fragrance is mild, but breathtaking, they make you close your eyes and revel in their appreciation.

Occasionally we get calls from customers who are concerned, believing their flowers are dead or dying. A simple education in care and handling and they realize how perfect their flowers indeed truly are. They are a live product that have been in shipping for 24 hours or so, so when they arrive, they need to have their ends trimmed and placed in filtered water for about 24 hrs. The next day you can truly see the amazing fullness their heads employ, just be patient and do not panic. This is another reason for writing this article with proof in the photos.

When our fresh cut white carnations arrived, they came in a box and were packed very tightly. Please open you box right away.

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When you open your box, take your bundles of flowers and lay them aside from the box

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Take the flower stems and trim just enough off the bottom to make them fresh and to enjoy the water you are getting ready for them.

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Carefully place each stem in a container, preferably a vase and keep them in a cool place. As you can see, after they are unpacked, they look ok, but the heads are a little tight and not fully open.

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24 hours later, you can see the difference water and tender-loving care will produce.

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The love of my life looks radiant next to the purity of these carnations; her smile is worth every effort!

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.

 

7 Floral Steps towards the Perfect Wedding

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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In addition to having her own bouquet, a bride may plan on several other floral accessories, both for herself and for certain members of the wedding party. The outfits for the groomsmen, ushers, bridesmaids, flower girls, ring-bearers, and, of course, the immediate family all go toward creating the total look for her wedding day. Their clothes need to harmonize with the bride’s dress and complement the overall theme of the wedding, and this is equally true of any floral accessories they wear. They should enhance but not outshine the bride.

Here are seven things that can accompany a bride:

Step 1 – Adding Flowers in the Hair

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Flowers worn by the bride in her hair on her wedding day can be one of the most exquisite accessories. Wearing a ring of flowers is a tradition that dates from Ancient Greece. This is the most popular floral accessory, and it should be planned in conjunction with your bouquet and will involve collaboration between your hairdresser and your florist. Your choice of headdress will also be influenced by how you decide to wear your hair and whether or not you are going to wear a veil.

Bride’s can choose to wear a single large flower, a number of small wired florets (individual rosebuds or stephanotis, for example), a full headband, a floral circlet or a tiara, which is usually made from very delicate florets (such as hyacinths, stephanotis, or tuberose). A headband or comb of flowers is most often worn in front of the veil and this is the clever technique for adding a little more to your height if you need to.

Fresh flowers near your face can make you look younger, your skin rosier, and your eyes brighter. It is, after all, probably the only time you are going to be able to wear flowers in your hair, and there is something wonderfully indulgent about bedecking yourself with fresh flowers. However, if you are planning a headdress it is important that you have a run through with your hairdresser and it is certainly worthwhile asking your florist to make a trial headdress for you, as you do not want any snags or surprises on the day!

Some brides may choose to wear a hat, and this can also be decorated with fresh flowers and foliage. Ideally, flowers should be placed on a wider brimmed hat and deliver the two together on your wedding day. Sometimes the mother of the bride or groom may choose this accessory instead of wearing a corsage. Matrons-of-honor may also prefer this, and some of your guests will like the idea, too.

Step 2 – Adding Florals in Necklaces and Bracelets

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It is customary in India to wear floral garlands around the neck or wrist and is often made in weddings with mixed cultures. At a Hindu wedding, the bride and groom exchange sumptuous garlands, mainly of red and white flowers decorated with silver, assembled by threading the flower head into wire. Carnations work well for these, as they are relatively inexpensive (a factor when so many flower heads are needed) and are durable.

Some brides like to break with convention and wear something more unusual, such as a floral boa or a necklace of flowers. If you choose a necklace, you need to have a good elegant neck, so experiment first! Wrist corsages can also add glamour to a bridal dress and look fabulous on more mature bridesmaids or matrons-of honor. Some brides choose to have their shoes adorned with fresh cut flowers which peep out from under the gown when they walk. If you are planning something out of the ordinary, it is worth spending a little bit more money and asking your florist to make you a prototype to try out. That way you can be sure you are happy with your ideas. If you wish to sew flower heads onto your dress, you will have to ask your florist to wire them, so that the stem is removed, making it easier for you to attach them to your gown. A few miniature rose heads sewn to the veil can look very romantic.

Step 3 – Adding Floral Accessories for the Young

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Younger bridesmaids, flower girls, and young ring-bearers are often dressed more seasonally than the bride, with more attention to the time of year. In winter, bridesmaids may wear fake muffs decorated with flowers. How you decide to dress your attendants will depend largely on their ages, the time of the year, and any theme you are planning for the wedding. Your contemporaries are not going to speak to you again if you dress them in a sugar-almond pink tutu and give them a set of iridescent wings and a floral wand, but your three year old niece will undoubtedly think it the highlight of the year! Floral headdresses are best for the younger bridesmaids, and there are two types that are suitable for young children with especially fine hair—a circlet that goes all around the head and sits on the crown or a headband, where the flowers are wired onto a frame. It is a good idea to give your florist a size for the circlet as a guide. This measurement will depend on the bridesmaid going to wear it; however they are usually framed with a hook, which can be adjusted on the day.

Sometimes a headband can be the most practical option since you can ask your bridesmaid to break one in before having your florist attach the flowers and deliver it on the day. You may even ask your dressmaker to cover a band with fabric to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. Some bridesmaids are more stoical than others about wearing headdresses, and it is worth spending a little time thinking about this to avoid having a floral headdress cause a high drama just before your big moment. If you are lucky enough to have a hairdresser with you while you are dressing ask them to fit the floral headdresses for your attendants.

Step 4 – Adding Baskets of Flowers

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Baskets filled with fresh cut flowers are a very popular bridesmaid’s accessory. One of the main advantages of a basket is that it allows the bridesmaid to put down her flowers when necessary, whereas a bouquet if constantly handled can become damaged around the edges and start to droop. Baskets of petals are also very popular, and attendants can sprinkle petals on the floor before the entrance of the bride to create a gorgeous scent. Alternatively, rose petals can be put into pretty paper cones and handed to all the guests to scatter at the end of the ceremony.

Step 5 – Adding Flowers to Your Attendants

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When choosing flowers for your attendants to carry, remember that they should complement your overall scheme and be appropriate to your attendants’ outfits and size, as you do not want to overburden them. An experienced florist will advise you on this. Most often bridesmaids carry smaller bouquets, as this is the least expensive option. The flowers are usually more colorful than the bridal bouquet and are made in proportion to the size of the person carrying them, so be sure to let your designer know their ages. Make sure that your chief bridesmaid shows the smaller attendants how to hold their flowers, and to keep their arms relaxed so that they look their best as they walk into the ceremony.

Step 6 – Adding Floral Boutonnieres

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As well as other wedding flowers it is customary to order special boutonnieres for your fiancé, his father, and grandfather and your father, the best man, and all the ushers. The boutonnieres usually chosen to suite men’s ties and other flowers, so white are often the safest and easiest option, though you might pick a special color for your own father and fiancé. Although it is a lovely idea to want to give all your guests a floral accessory such as a boutonniere it is quite expensive and can be needlessly extravagant. In my experience, very often people do not want to pin a flower onto their outfit, so these gifts are passed by. If you are going to make this gesture, make sure you appoint an usher to offer them to each guest as they arrive at the ceremony, and make sure your florist has labeled any special flowers so that they can be offered to the appropriate person.

Step 7 – Adding Floral Decorated Bags

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It is traditional for mothers and grandmothers of the happy couple to have larger boutonnieres or corsages to wear. These are usually chosen to suit their outfits and may be pinned onto handbags to protect their clothes. If you want a florist to do this, it is essential to check that the bag is suitable; it works best if the bag is rigid, rather than of soft fabric. Leave it with the designer and ask them to have it delivered decorated on the day. For a handbag corsage, it is best to use gardenias or roses, which can be wired onto the strap or across the front if it is clutch style. Single orchids or smaller sprays of blooms are perfect for corsages, as they are durable and long lasting and come in a huge range of colors. For a sweetly scented corsage, you can choose freesias, stephanotis, garden roses, or gardenia. If a bag corsage isn’t appropriate, a flower to trim a hat is a good alternative to wearing a corsage or boutonniere. A flower wired into the hair is another possibility, and for sleeveless dresses a wrist corsage is also an option to consider.

You can adorn all parents, grandparents, siblings, and special guests with flowers as a symbol of unity with your new family and as a way of letting all the rest of the guests know who is special.

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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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

Lily Title What Do You Know About Lilies?

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 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

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 Kinds of Branches That Will Help Your Floral Design

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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Flowering branches have taken over the architectural floral designs of many occasions. With more brides and grooms welcoming the natural look of “green” elements to their centerpieces, parties and engagements never looked more sophisticated. Adding height and drama in the form of unique floral trees that reach upward to the ceiling tent, and sky, couples with any style or formality of wedding bring a big dose of wow factor to their traditional centerpieces—or they make these architectural items the sole items in their centerpieces.

In most cases, these accents can be a bit more expensive. When there is a wealth of cherry and apple blossoms, you’ll pay a fraction of what the usual flower-filled centerpiece would cost. And outside of spring, you can have flowering and exotic branches imported at prices that are still friendly to the wallet. Your floral designer or an in-the-know gardener friend may have to force the blooms on these branches by following a series of steps, including putting the stems in hot water, cutting them repeatedly, and placing them in the cooler. But the efforts are worth it when you produce height, texture, and pretty florals for your architectural centerpieces.

1.       Flowering

  • Considering the flowering branches for your centerpieces: cherry, peach prune, quince, North Star cherry, forsythia, pear, apple, magnolia, and Malus or crab apple.
  • Crab apple trees of this variety produces pretty white flowers (snow-drift crabapple).

2.       Non-floral

  • Consider the following uniquely shaped branches: curly willow, birch, Manzanita, twig coral, natural coco bunch, and kiwi vines.
  • Also consider the following straight-line branches: natural reed, natural river cane, and bamboo.

3.       Berry

  • There’s a tremendous variety of berry-bearing branches, particularly when Hypericum berries provide rich orange, burgundy, and red tones.
  • In winter, holly berry branches bring a festive tone.
  • Bittersweet branches come in two varieties: one with red and orange berries for summer and another with a mix of red, orange, and brown berries for fall.
  • Some couples choose high-quality faux berries in their centerpieces to avoid toxic berries

4.       Other Unique Accents

  • The following décor are commonly used in architectural centerpieces: orange queen silk blossoms; lunaria, or silver dollar branches, also known as a money tree; royal blue pronus; and pampas grass plume.
  • Each branch of a money tree has quarter-to half-dollar-size circular white leaves, inspiring this tree’s name.
  • While most floral centerpiece stems extend twelve to thirty-six inches, the usual lengths range between thirty and forty inches.

Branches are an essential part of floral designs, incorporating them into your planning with fill everything with natural wonder and beauty. Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers offers a selection of branches that allows many decorative options. Please take a moment and consider the following options:

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-          Pumpkin Tree

-          Cherry Blossoms

-          Cherry Blossoms

-          White Cherry Blossoms

-          Curly Willow Tips

-          Curly Willow Medium

-          Curly Willow Long

-          Manzanita Branches Firm

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7 Helpful Hints When Choosing and Using Foliage

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Greens are an important part to any floral arrangement, even more important than the flowers themselves. Foliage creates the shape of the arrangement, as well as balance. choosing foliage 7 Helpful Hints When Choosing and Using FoliageGreens also provide a dark background to highlight the bright colors of flowers. Greens are typically more affordable than flowers, so using them is not an added expense. There is a wide variety of interesting greens you can choose.

Before choosing, you may want to keep these 7 things in mind:

  1. You Want To Look For Foliage Varieties – Greens come in many shapes and patterns. Look for the right variety to complement your floral arrangement.
  2. You Want To Look For Leaf Shape And Textures – Not only is color important, but the shapes and textures as well. They are an important part of the creating of a beautiful arrangement.
  3. You Want To Look For Different Weights Of Leaves – You can create layered dimensions using heavy or light leaves.
  4. You Want To Select Leaves according To the Season– Some leaves are seasonal, so you want to plan according to the time of the year they are available.
  5. You Want To Arrange The Leaves The Way You Prefer Them – Heavier leaves should be towards the back of the vase, lighter leaves on top, or in front.
  6. You Want To Place The Leaves Firmly In The Arrangement – Push each stem firmly to ensure arrangement sits well. Make sure you have water in the container, removing any leaves below the water line, or they will begin to rot. Crush or split woody ends before placing them into the water.
  7. You Want To Condition The Leaves – To make the appearance of the leaves brighter, rub with olive oil. This will brighten up leaves and remove any stains.

Hopefully these are some helpful ideas to add to your wedding planning. At Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers, we would love to assist you and provide you with the freshest wholesale flowers available. We have FREE SHIPPING on every order and have very low prices.