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Nature’s Goodness Is Found In Spider Mums

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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If you are looking for a natural flower full of goodness and natural, exotic beauty, then you will enjoy spider mums. We recently ordered some to photograph and put in our home and were so pleased with how they looked. We even gave some to our neighbors who were more than thrilled to receive them. There is something exotic in the way they look and I believe you will be amazed as well. If you are considering these flowers there are some interesting things to learn about them.

They come from the chrysanthemum family and are also known as football mums in the United States because of how they are used at homecomings and football events. In China and Japan they are revered. They are amazing because they retain their blossoms long after their heads have been cut. Spider Mums are also used as antibacterial properties. Not only that, they are used to produce natural insecticides that are not harmful for the environment.

Here is a little history of these natural beauties; did you know that they are native to China and just in the last century have become popular in the US?  In the 18th century Swedish botanist Karl Linnaeus created the name chrysanthemum from two Greek words, chrysos = gold, and anthos = flower, they are golden flowers. In 1989, NASA discovered that spider mums had the ability to remove toxins from indoor air by absorbing 61% of formaldehyde in the environment.  They are a natural source of pyrethrum which is an insecticide used in flea repellent. In Asia they have long been used in tea for medicinal purposes

Spider mums have a unique appearance on their heads, reaching up to 6 inches, coming in white, light green, pale purple, and bright yellow. Their petals are known as florets which are thin rays with hooked or coiled ends. Mum petals are termed florets because technically, each floret is an individual flower of its own springing from the blossom’s central disk.

Finally, what is significant about spider mums? They do have different meanings in other countries. In the United States they convey “elope with me.” They impart a bohemian style to any bridal bouquet. In Japan they convey “festival of happiness.” In China they convey “nobility.” In Europe they convey “death” and are place on graves.

These flowers are full of nature’s goodness and Whole Blossoms has some varieties for you to choose from. You will not be disappointed with their appearance, they make wonderful a wonderful floral to keep in the house or to use for your next planned event.

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Here are some varieties we have available:

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White

Yellow

Lavender Pink

Green

Bronze

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 Is The Whole Blossoms Difference?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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At Whole Blossoms, we strive to bring you the best flowers available from around the world. Many times our clients often wonder what makes us different than say the local florist, supermarket, or other online options. Some say we have knock out roses, I would have to agree with them because seeing is believing and we have eight things that define us as different.

1. Whole Blossoms offers a wider selection of shades and varieties. Just order six dozen roses and see for yourself. When you go elsewhere the selection is very small compared to what we have to offer. We are also constantly seeking to add more varieties to make your shopping experience the most beneficial.

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2. When you buy form Whole Blossoms you do not need as many roses due to the larger size heads we have on our flowers. This is perfect for making your arrangements, bouquets, centerpieces, and even boutonnieres and corsages. Just look at the difference between ours and others.

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3. Compare our stems with the stems from others, look how much thicker they are. This is perfect when working with flowers and trying to place them in arrangements without them breaking.

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 4. Our head size is taller and wider than flowers purchased from elsewhere. Just look at the difference.

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5. The opening of our heads are greater and far more desirable.

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 6. The vase life on our flowers are 3 to 4 times longer due to their cut to order and shipping process. The flowers are not cut from the farm until they are ordered, once you order them they are cut and shipped directly to your doorstep.

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 7. Another difference is where our flowers come from, they come from only certified farms with environmental and social certifications.  Our flowers are grown with the highest standards available.

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8. Whole Blossoms has a rose selection with colors, flower heads, and shapes that guarantee that you will only receive the highest quality of the most beautiful roses available on the market

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So when you are looking for quality roses, think wholeblossoms.com.

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.

A Closer Look At Our Flowers From Ecuador

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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Recently, I was able to travel to Ecuador to visit several of our farms and see for myself the climate and conditions for which our flowers grow in. The majestic Andes Mountains and fresh rain water overflowing from their towering mountain peaks into lush fertile valleys makes everything grow in a way you can’t find anywhere else. I took thousands of photos and hope to share a lot with you in upcoming articles and blogs. We are excited about our business and with confidence can say to you that you are getting the freshest flowers in the world. In the United States flowers have to grow seasonally in most areas, so the quantities and quality is somewhat limited. In Ecuador, which is on the equator, has a climate that never changes, is consistent and can produce the freshest flowers you can ever imagine.  I took this trip so I could see for myself how our flowers are produced, not to mention the feel of the atmosphere, which is tremendous.

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The flight was about four hours from Florida and had nothing but clear blue skies. We landed in Quito and made arrangements to stay with a local farm owner who is also a friend. The first thing I noticed was the mountains. They are nothing like I have ever seen. At one time the only mountains I had seen were the Appalachian Mountains, but when I got to Denver and saw the Rockies I was in awe. They are nothing compared to the Andes Mountains…imagine flying above the clouds, preparing to land and as you break the clouds you are eye level with the mountain peaks. It was crazy. So far, they are the highest mountains I have ever seen.

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Once on the ground I could feel the freshness of the air, it is cool and comfortable. Everything is surrounded by mountains and Ecuador is connected with such a rich history and culture. This is what I woke up to every morning as I went for my morning walk, searching for inspiration.

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Before actually going to see the farms, my wife and I went to the local farmer’s market and spent quite a of time looking at all the amazing fruit that is grown in the area. You would not believe how amazing their fruit is, considering this, it is easier to understand why Ecuadorian roses are the best.

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Another thing to mention is the closeness of the farms to the Amazon Jungle. This is an amazing tropical rainforest! My wife and I actually spent one night in the Amazon jungle, an experience I will never forget. They assured me that it wasn’t tarantula season, so I could rest assured that night.

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Even though I couldn’t sleep well at night and didn’t see any tarantulas, the bugs were huge!

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Our goal was two-fold in going to Ecuador, first was to see where our flowers come from and two, gather as many photos as possible to help create improvements of our catalog at wholeblossoms.com. It is extraordinary how the flower growing process takes place and was impressed with the various stages of operations. They have the perfect climate for a working environment.

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This is how your flowers look in the farms before they are harvested.

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This is how your flowers are separated and packed for delivery.

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After examining the process of how fresh roses are produced we began working on photographing certain varieties for our catalog. Look how amazing they look! You will never find freshness like this at the local florist. These flowers come right from the farm to your doorstep.

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This is our Pretty in Pink Garden Rose

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Red Eternity Garden Rose

Those were just a couple of examples, we have several garden rose varieties that you would love have at any event. We are proud of our flowers and assure the highest quality available.

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We also provide premium wedding bouquets. We experimented in creating some new varieties and took photos of some examples. If you are looking for a certain kind of bouquet that we don’t have just ask us. We might be able to have it special made for you.

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All in all it was a wonderful trip and very insightful. Sometimes we hear about prospective customers not really understanding the nature of our business or how we are different or better than the local florist. I hope this has been helpful. If you are looking for garden roses check out the varieties we have available.

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Blushing Beauty

Blush Garden

Pure Light

White Vitality

Bright Love

Romantic Creamy Passion

Cream Romantic

Just Peachy

David Austin Patience

Vuvuzela Peach

Gosciny Coral Orange

Salmanazar Pink Peach Peony

Pink Tea Spray

Prince Jardinier Pink White

David Austin Kiera Pink

David Austin Rosalind

David Austin Miranda

Pink Invitation

Passion Light Pink

Aurthur Rimbad Salmon Pink

Pink Devotion

David Austin Pink

Baroness

Pretty in Pink

Francois Rabelais Red Spray

David Austin Darcey Red Cranberry

Red Eternity

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.

 

 

 

 

We Have a Flower For Every Season

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

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These days, many flowers are imported and available year round. Some examples include alstroemeria, carnations, chrysanthemums, freesias, gerberas, lilies, orchids, and roses. Deciding which flower to use can be a challenge, or completely up to you depending on your occasion, style and taste. Whole Blossoms wants to give you its recommendation of flowers to use for all four seasons.

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Spring Flowers: anemones, hyacinths, lilies of the valley, ranunculus, and tulips.

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Summer Flowers: campanulas, daisies, delphiniums, hydrangeas, larkspurs, peonies, phlox, roses, stock, Sweet Peas.

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Fall Flowers: amaranthus, chrysanthemums, dahlias, hydrangeas, asters, scabius.

Winter Flowers: iris, and hypericum.

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.

The Beauty Of Hydrangeas

Friday, June 19th, 2015

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Hydrangeas have always been a popular flower variety. I can remember seeing my grandfather planting my grandmother’s favorite white hydrangeas; they would sit out by their garden in lawn chairs, holding hands and looking at their splendid floral displays. Unfortunately they are not really considered anymore because of the variety of other flowers available today. Whenever I look at hydrangeas I can think of many different things.

One thing to think of is that they are far more affordable than some of the other varieties people are planting or using for their events or displays. Newer varieties will even grow in cooler climates and have much deeper, and richer colors. Whole Blossoms has several varieties in which I will list for you below. Certain hydrangeas can even change their color depending on the soil they are planted in. We see this a lot with certain varieties that come from California and Colombia. Farms experiment with creating new colors by working with the acid and alkaline conditions of the soil, also by adding a layer of lime stone or chalk, red hydrangeas are dramatically enhanced.

Planting and caring for hydrangeas is pretty easy. They always seem to thrive when planted in sunny areas, moist soil, and plenty of room to grow without having to be pruned as often. Too much shade will cause a great deal of problems, especially when planting them under a tree. Trees love the moist soil that hydrangeas supply and their roots will cut off their ability to drink water.

They are also quite disease-resistant, but occasionally can be infected. Mildew sometimes forms in heavy shade and humid conditions. Leaf spots, root rot, and even rust can occur if they are planted in the wrong conditions.

Hydrangeas make wonderful cut flowers and are perfect for bouquets, but one thing to keep in mind is the variations of color than can occur because of the climate and soil conditions as previously mentioned.

If you have an event and are planning on using hydrangeas, we have some helpful tips for you to remember. Occasionally we will have a customer worry that their hydrangeas appear wilted. First of all, if they do look wilted it’s because they love to drink water and miss it during their transport. However, they are perfectly normal.

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Hydrangeas that appear wilted, but this is normal

The stems of hydrangeas have a liquid that seals the bottom so the heads do not receive water, even though people cut them they still don’t receive water. So what you can do is to get a peeler, like a potato peeler and peel the bottom of the stem all the way around, much like you would peel a cucumber. Then you take a knife a make several cuts all over and around the peeled part of the stem. When you do this the heads will get real big because they will be able to get more water. To get your hydrangeas at the maximum size on their heads, once you have peeled the stems, then you fill a tub with filtered water at room temperature. Once you have the tub filled then you fully submerge the stem and head, they cannot just be floated, but fully submerged for 4 to 6 hours and it is miraculous! They come back to full life. These flowers are extremely sensitive to water. That is why hydrangeas coming from a very long distance appear wilted or dying, they simply need hydration, but the result is a beautiful flower for arrangements. The heads are so full, sometimes you can make a bouquet with one stem.

Again, remember if your hydrangeas are a true blue, depending on the pH levels in the rains coming from the farms, your hydrangeas may have a tinge of purple and farms really don’t have a way of predicting this kind of outcome. At Whole Blossoms, we hope this article has been helpful and will be more than happy to assist you with completing an order for hydrangeas or any floral need you may have.

Here are the hydrangea varieties we currently have available:

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White

Silver/White

Natural Blue

Green Antique

Popcorn

Elite Shocking Blue

Elite Lavender Blue

Elite Purple

Elite Lavender

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Tinted Black

Tinted Purple

Tinted Berenjena Dark Purple

Tinted Lavender

Tinted Antique Purple

Tinted Green

Tinted Jumbo Lavender

Super Select White

Super Select Blue

Jumbo White

Jumbo Light Blue

Jumbo Blue

Jumbo Lime Green

Dutch Blue

Dutch Lavender

 

 

 

What Do You Know About Phlox?

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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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 things to keep in mind with phlox:

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  1. Phlox are large clusters of sweetly scented, disk-shaped flowers atop branching stems. A fresh phlox should be cut or purchased when two-thirds of the florets are open and the closed buds show good size and color, those cut too early, in tight bud stage, will not develop.
  2. Aged phlox have all their blossoms open and many have been dropped. Older phlox shed when handled.
  3. Phlox, with their large clusters of fragrant flowers, are a nice addition to combinations of large showy flowers, such as roses and peonies.

Here are some facts about phlox:

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Names: Phlox

Varieties: Garden phlox, phlox paniculata.

Colors: Shades of white, pink, purple, red, and orange. The centers or eyes may have a contrasting color.

Scent: Sweet, mild scent.

Freshness: Purchase or cut when two-thirds of the blossoms are open on the cluster, with the remaining buds showing good size and color.

Vase Life: Approximately 10 days or longer.

Availability: Summer

Cost: Moderately priced

Meaning: Agreement

Arranging Tip: Since they are a large cluster of blossoms, phlox can be the main showy ingredient in a combination, or an accent for other large showy flowers.

Growing Tip: Phlox are very easy to grow, but be sure to remove the spent flower heads, as the dispersal of seed will create undesirable plants and may crowd out main. Phlox also attract butterflies to the garden.

Here are some varieties of Phlox we have available:

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-          White

-          Pink

-          Lavender

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.

 

Choosing the Right Style of Wedding Service

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and if you are planning for a wedding you can surely identify with this. Making initial and crucial decisions about the date, the site, and the timing can seem a bit daunting and more difficult than you first expected. Whatever the location or timing, fresh cut flowers are the perfect way of creating the right atmosphere and enhancing the ceremony. With a little planning, you’ll find the perfect floral arrangement to suite your needs.

When to Choose the Site

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Having set your date, the next thing to do is to decide on the location and time of your ceremony. Traditionally the wedding was held close to the bride’s home, but if the bride and groom are arranging the wedding themselves, they may choose a place that is special or local to them, especially if the bride has been living away many years.

The ceremony is the soul of the wedding, where you and your fiancé pledge your love for and loyalty for one another. Wherever you choose the ceremony, there will, at some stage, be an exchange of vows, and this is the spiritual part of the day. The specifics of the ceremony will depend on your beliefs and preferences, and you may well have the opportunity to make this unique to you. Due to the immense range and style of wedding ceremonies, the choice of decoration also varies enormously. It may be that you have for a backdrop the hillside beside an old country church. No matter where you choose, flowers, such as fresh cut roses will enhance any site.  Whatever religious preference and budget, there are certain ways that you can make the service more spiritual. The use of candles outside the site in hurricane lamps or inside on stands adds ambiance. Even if you do not have a traditional place of worship you may wish to simulate an aisle or have your guests in a circle with you and your groom in the center.

Couples watching their costs may decide to forgo the expense of ceremony flowers and spend their resources on flowers for the reception, which will of course be enjoyed over a longer period. Alternatively, they may choose arrangements that they can take on to the reception and get the benefit of them for longer. There are limitations to this, as large flower arrangements do not travel well and you require your florist to move them there for you—this will incur added transport and labor costs on the day.

Choosing To Marry Outdoors

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When planning an outdoor wedding it helps to think like an architect or theatre designer. Make sure that everyone can see and that there is adequate seating and protection from the elements. If you are on a limited budget, have one large arrangement on your altar or by the celebrant’s table or, for a Jewish wedding, decorate only the top edges of the huppah.

An example of an effective outdoor wedding might have a huge urn of pink hydrangeas and an aisle scattered with pink rose petals. The aisle could be closed off with ribbon until the bride and her father arrives, so that guests enter via the outer ends of the rows of chairs, making the rose-petaled path sacred to the bridal party. In civil ceremonies, flowers can be an important part of the proceedings, for example, being offered to your new family. Sometimes, roses are given to each of the parents, uniting them in joyous celebration. The custom has its origins in Asia, where neck garlands are offered as a symbol of unity.

Choosing the Right Flowers

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The color of your ceremony flowers may be determined by a number of influences. It may be that the location you choose—if your ceremony is outdoors in the full summer sun then you may opt for brightly colored flowers or rich colors that will stand up to the bleaching effect of the bright sunlight. In a temperature climate, the popularity of the all-white garden is reflected in the frequent choice of white-and-green color schemes for wedding flowers; both trends are influenced by a need to work with lower light levels. White and lime green are quite luminous together and work well in dark churches.

Apart from the light and weather conditions, traditional or cultural beliefs may inspire your wedding color choice. In China, red and fuchsia are lucky and are the colors of marriage and good fortune. The luck associated with the humble shamrock in Ireland makes the green color of good luck and fertility. In India, where color is essential in the Hindu religion, brides are sprinkled with yellow turmeric; yellow and gold clothes are worn; and even yellow food is eaten to bring good fortune and health to the bride and groom. Or, the color you choose may be distinctively personal—you may think of red as the color of love—or you may just select your favorite color to make your day special.

Choosing Flowers for a Church

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Many buildings can be magnificent buildings in themselves, and a few well-chosen flowers will increase the sense of occasion and pleasure. The flowers do not have to be costly or elaborate; a few pitchers of scented blooms in a country church can look charming. If you have a limited budget, when planning the decoration for a medium-sized church it is better to have one or two major displays, rather than lots of small arrangements dotted around the place which will tend to get lost in their surroundings.

The larger the church, the more important the scale of any flower arrangement you include is, so if you are planning to hold your nuptials in a cathedral, think grand! If you really want to go to town and have a very flowery ceremony, then list all the places you would like flowers and see what fits the budget. It is especially welcoming to greet the guests with flowers at the entrance. Some churchyards have metal archways across gates where flowers can be attached, or swags can easily be attached to the gates themselves. The doorway to the church is a great place to construct an arch of flowers, which then becomes a fantastic frame for photographs. But if the budget will not stretch that far, place some small flower arrangements in the alcoves to welcome the guests inside on top of trees either side of the door.

Most churches have flower arrangements of their own and you should have the opportunity well before the wedding to see what level of skill they have. Some churches have bands of very talented and enthusiastic flower arrangers, who can do wonders with a few flowers and are often very generous, cutting plant material from their garden. But others are very amateur and you may not want them for your decorations.

The Christian calendar may influence the color of the flowers displayed in a church. For example, yellow and white flowers are traditionally arranged in Easter. The only other considerations that might affect your choice of color are the altar cloth and any carpet. It is customary and polite to leave the wedding flowers for the enjoyment of the congregation for the Sunday service.

Choosing Flowers for Jewish Ceremonies

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Officiated by a rabbi, Jewish weddings can take place almost anywhere, so long as they are beneath a huppah. Some brides like to create their own huppah from tulle or embroided fabric. Others ask florist to create an arbor or floral canopy, and these types can work effectively for outdoor weddings.

Because the canopy is not fixed and is only set up in the synagogue on the day of the wedding, it is advisable to use a professional to decorate this. Normally floral decorations are hung at the top of the four poles. Sometimes the poles are garlanded, and they are occasionally totally covered with more elaborate decorations. If the budget allows, two larger arrangements may be placed at the arc of the synagogue and a trailing decoration included for the bima, where the register is signed.

Choosing Flowers for Civil Ceremonies

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A judge performs a civil ceremony, and this can take place anywhere, except for a place of worship. In some countries, the area has to be licensed to hold such an event, but others (like the United States) are much more liberal about this, and you can get married wherever you like. Civil ceremonies can be just as spiritual and moving as religious ones, of course, and they can be more personal, as in some cases you have the freedom to write your own vows rather than be restricted to a prescribed wording.

The higher the ceiling in the ceremony building, the grander any flower arrangements need to be, especially in terms of their height, in order to make an impression. It is better to have one grand arrangement in a large space than ten small insignificant ones. It is always tempting to want an abundance of flowers all over the place, but always consider how the room will look when filled with people. One single, large arrangement that can be seen by everyone will say a lot more.

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.

 

 

 

 

Making Rose Pomanders in 4 Easy Steps

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Rose pomanders are becoming very popular for smaller bridesmaids because they are such a beautiful accessory. They look particularly pleasant when complementing rose nosegays, which are also a very popular trend. You can construct a pomander in many different ways, but the easiest method by far is to purchase a small ball of floral foam and attach a ribbon or cord. Then simply cut the roses with about ¾ inch (2cm) of stem, and push the soaked ball all the way around. Although easy to construct in this way, soaked floral foam can be very heavy. The downside to this type of pomander is that as the foam dries out some of the rose heads and may become dislodged, causing it to start to break up.

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The best method for making pomander is to wire each rose head and place it into a ball of sphagnum moss. A simpler way is to use the method in which they are wired into a ball without any moss or foam. This is the lightest possible method for constructing a pomander. Traditionally, all bridal flowers were wired in this way, as it also makes the arrangement more secure and, therefore easier to hold. In recent years, there has been a preference for natural-looking flower decorations, and the widespread use of floral foam has changed the way florists construct floral accessories. Wiring flowers in this way takes practice, and is not recommended if you are attempting to make a rose pomander for your own wedding without practicing several times first!

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Step 1

Cut off each rose head. Support each rose by placing a 70 stub wire up the middle of the stem and a 28 silver wire through the calyx to prevent it from twisting around the stub wire. After you have wired and wire each flower head tape with gutta-percha tape.

Step 2

Attach binding wire (32) to the first rose and start placing the rose heads together, binding around the wires as you go.

Step 3

Build up the pomander by bending each rose to its position and binding as you go. Work round the pomander building up layers, and then working in towards the base.

Step 4

When you have completed the pomander, and just before the last rose are in position, cut off any long wires and tapes over the exposed ends. Wire in the ribbon at this end and then finish off by adding the last rose, taping it to the other stems with gutta-percha into the middle of the pomander. Reposition all the heads to make the top perfectly round, and mist with water to refresh the blooms, and make them last longer.

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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 and check out are many fresh cut rose varieties!

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.