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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.

 

 

 

 

How To Include Your Pet in Your Floral Details

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Many couples are seeking to include their pets on their special day and, now that a huge variety of ceremony sites are available, it’s becoming far more common to include a dog—even a horse—in the wedding celebrations. Making floral dog collars for our canine friends, as well as floral decorations for horse halters can be fun.

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The easiest way to make a dog collar is to take a fabric collar and bind your flowers around this. If you can’t find professional floral wires, you can create a very basic version by tying a few robust flower heads to some ivy vines and attaching these to the collar. For more sophisticated version you will need a variety of heavy wires and some gutta-percha tape as well as some sturdy flowers. Roses are most preferable, along with hydrangeas, orchids, gerberas, Amaranthus, berries, and mixed foliage, but you can also make them with gloriosa and ranunculus. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the floral collar is comfortable for your dog. The first thing he will do if he feels irritated is roll, and that certainly will crush the flowers. This is why it’s safest and best to create an arrangement like the one we are about to show you, by wiring it onto a collar that your dog is familiar with and that fits well. Once fitted, gently spruce up the flowers. Tell your dog how handsome/pretty he/she looks and instruct not to roll.

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Here are four easy steps to make a collar:

Step 1

Cut off each flower head and add supporting wire. Wire each rose by inserting a 22-guage wire through the stem and into the calyx and secure it onto the main stem wire. (Place one wire along the stem and wind the other leg over it three times.)

Step 2

Tape the gutta-percha from the top of the wire to the bottom. This helps to protect the flower, keeping in moisture.

Step 3

Measure one 20-guage wire around the dog’s neck, to tape the flowers onto. Cover the wire with gutta-percha tape first to hide any joins.

Step 4

Add the flowers and foliage, piece by piece, alternately using gutta-percha to secure; start at one end making a hook first. Cut off any unnecessary wires as you tape along. Finish the collar with another hook to act as a clasp, and secure it in place. Wire it onto the outside of the collar, adjust the fit, and talk sweetly to your dog!

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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!

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.

 

 

 

 

What Do You Know About Peonies?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Peonies 101

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

There are five things to keep in mind with Peonies:

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

Here are some more facts about Peonies:

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Names: peony, Paeonia

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

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

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

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

Vase Life: 7 to 10 days, or longer

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

Costs: Spring—moderately expensive. Winter—expensive

Meaning: Bashfulness

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

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

Here are some varieties available at Whole Blossoms:

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January Peonies

-          Hot Pink

-          Pink

-          White

February Peonies

-          White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

March Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          White

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

April 1 – May 15 Peonies- June 30 Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Pink

-          Coral

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

May 16 – June 30 Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Coral

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

July – September Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt

-          Coral

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

October – November Peonies

-          Festiva Maxima

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt Pink

-          Pink

-          Coral

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Red

-          Assorted

December Peonies

-           White

-          Blush

-          Sarah Bernhardt

-          Pink

-          Hot Pink Fuchsia

-          Dark Pink

-          Assorted

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What Do You Know About Orchids?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Orchids 101

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

There are six things to keep in mind with Orchids:

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

Here are some facts about orchids:

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Name: Orchid

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

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

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

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

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

Availability: All year.

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

Meaning: Beautiful lady, Belle

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

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

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

Here are some varieties we have available:

Cymbidium

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-          Assorted

-          Burgundy

-          Orange

-          Pink

-          Green (Yellow Throat)

-          Green (Red Lip)

-          Green (Clear Lip)

-          Peach (Clear Lip)

-          White (Clear Lip)

-          White (Red Lip)

-          Yellow (Clear Lip)

-          Yellow (Red Lip)

Mini Cymbidium

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-          White

-          Blush

-          Pink

-          Burgundy

-          Yellow Tropical

-          Green

Dendrobidiums

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-          Purple

-          Plum Purple

-          Hot Pink

-          Purple (Dyed)

-          Blue Bom (Dyed)

-          Blue

-          Green

-          Jade

-          Orange White

-          Yellow

Mokara

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-          Aranda Yellow

-          Calypso

-          Jaguar Pink

-          Gold

-          Nora Blue

-          Orange

-          Red

-          Tiger Tail

-          White Christine

-          Yellow Panee

Phalaenopsis

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-          White

-          Purple

Vanda

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-          Pink

-          Blue

-          Purple

Oncidium

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Loose Orchid Blooms

-          Bombay Dendrobium

-          Bom Blue (Dyed) Dendrobium

-          White Phalaenopsis

-          Pink Lavender

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What Do You Know About Lisianthus?

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Lisianthus 101

Lisianthus Title What Do You Know About Lisianthus?

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

There are four things to keep in mind with Lisianthus:

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

Here are some facts about Lisianthus:

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Names: Lisianthus.

Varieties: Eustoma grandiflorum varieties, single and double varieties.

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

Scent: None

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

Vase Life: 7 to 10 days, sometimes longer.

Availability: All year.

Cost: Moderately priced.

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

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

Here are some varieties we have available:

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-          Lavender

-          Bi-Color Purple

-          Dark Pink

-          Cream

-          Pink

-          Purple

-          White

-          Green

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What Do You Know About Lily of the Valley?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Lily of the Valley 101

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

There are 4 things to keep in mind with Lily of the Valley:

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

Here are some facts about lily of the valley:

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Names: Lily of the Valley, Convallaria

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

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

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

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

Vase Life: 4 to 5 days.

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

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

Meaning: Happiness or the return of happiness.

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

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

Look at what is available at Whole Blossoms

-          Lily of the Valley

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What Do You Know About Lilies?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Lilies 101

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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