Queen of all the Flower Crowns!


Flower crowns are all the rage these days. Fresh flowers in your hair just simply put a pep in your step. Brides, festival goers, graduates, birthday celebrators- there are many reasons to sport little lovelies around your tête.

 

 

 

Spring fashion is no exception. These floral crowns are definitely big, bold, and need I say beautiful. Harpers Bazaar has just done a bang up job showcasing these gorgeous posies en mass in their March 2015 issue.

 

 

Roses, cymbidium orchids, pretty pink peonies! I am just loving this trend, and desperately hope that it sticks around for years to come.

 

 

 “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. “

-Iris Murdoch

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Plant Profile: Paphiopedilum Callosum


The Paphiopedilum Callosum orchid, or Paph for short, is a genus of the Lady Slipper subfamily Cyprpedioideae of the flower plant family Orchidaceae.  It is commonly called the Venus Slipper orchid, and is highly popularized by its visually striking, waxy blooms.

A young Paphiopedilum Callosum bloom

A young Paphiopedilum Callosum bloom

 

The Pahiopedilum Callosum originates from areas in Vietnam and Malaysia. It is one of the most highly cultivated and sought after orchids in the world! It is available as potted plant and fresh cut flower, with unravelled roots known to stretch over 1 m long!

This orchid makes up for its lack of scent with its intricate, absorbent colour and bloom detail; it definitely demands your full visual attention.

 

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom:             Plantae

(unranked):        Angiosperms

(unranked):        Monocots

Order:                   Asparagales

Family:                  Orchidaceae

Subfamily:           Cypripedioideae

Genus:                 Paphiopedilum

Species:               P. Callosum

 

Hardiness Zone: 10- 11

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St. Patrick’s Day Flower Fun!


The happy green holiday is upon us! Grab your green hat, pinch an Irishman (or Irishwoman) and get green happy!

 May the Irish hills caress you; may her lakes and rivers bless you; may the luck of the Irish enfold you; may the blessings of St Patrick behold you

 

Looking for ways to celebrate with green? Flowers are a perfect way to bring a bit o’ Irish into your day! Here are a few uniquely funky St. Patrick’s Day flower arrangements.

 

Ask your local florist to turn a martini glass into this gorgeous green arrangement!

Ask your local florist to turn a martini glass into this gorgeous green arrangement!

 

birdhouse floral arragement with hydrangea and hypericum berries

Turn a bird cage into a St. Patty’s day display
photo from goodhousekeeping.com

 

Green Green and more Green!

Green Green and more Green!

 

Pick up fresh cut flowers in a monochromatic colour pallet- Go all green!

Pick up fresh cut flowers in a monochromatic colour pallet- Go all green!

 

Don’t forget to wear green! Body flowers are the perfect way to add green to your day!

 

Wear a green cymbidium orchid in your hair!

Wear a green cymbidium orchid in your hair!

 

Green rose and mini green cymbidium orchid blooms- Wear in your hair, as s wrist corsage or boutonniere.

Green rose and mini green cymbidium orchid blooms- Wear in your hair, as s wrist corsage or boutonniere.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

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Plant Profile: Aranthera Anne Black Orchid


The Aranthera Anne Black Orchid, more commonly known as Anne Black Orchid, was created for and named after the wife of the British governor of Singapore.

The orchid was registered by the Singapore Botanical Gardens in 1957, and was produced by combining a Arachnis Maggie Oei orchid with an Renanthera Coccinea orchid. The result was a stunning 2 to 3 foot tall strong branch like structure, with vivid red medium sized blooms. At first glance, it appears to be the very popular James Story orchid; however the Anne Black Orchid has larger blooms.

 

Today, the Anne Black Orchid is grown by suppliers in Thailand, and shipped to retail florists globally.

 

 

 

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10 Spring Flower Tips


Spring is almost here! The sun is shining and the snow is melting!

Tulips Galore!

Fresh cut spring flowers in your home will help usher in the new season and tide you over until the grass is green.

“Spring is natures way of saying “lets party”!”

                                                          -Robin WilliamsMixed Spring Flowers
Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your spring flowers.

  1. Daffodils are oh-so-cherry, however they do not easily get along with other fresh cut flowers. Daffodils secret a substance called latex which is harmful for other flowers. Allow daffodils to sit in water for at least 24 hours, do not recut the stem, and change the water before mixing with other flowers.

    pink tulips at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    Photo Credit, Flickr user Mabacam

  2. Tulips keep growing, or “stretching”, after they have been cut!
  3. Buy your flowers with closed blooms. A barely visible tulip bud is best. Don’t worry, it will soon bloom in all its glory!
  4. Use chilled water for fresh cut spring bulb flowers, or place ice chips in room temperature tap water.
  5. Place stems in shallow water. Ensure only the base of the stem is submerged; this delays the stem from deteriorating.Spring floral arrangement from Grower Direct Fresh Cut flowers
  6. Remove leaves that will be below the water line to prevent rot and bacteria growth.
  7. After giving your tulip stems a fresh cut, wrap them snuggly together with newspaper for a few hours. This encourages the stems to remain upright as they continue to stretch.
  8. Gently create a small incision with the tip of sharp knife through the green stem just below the base of the tulip bud. The tulip will remain upright. This works! Test it out if you don’t believe me!daff
  9. Always use the flower food sachet provided by your local florist. It is chemical designed to provide your flowers with the best possible nutrients needed for prolonged vase life.

10. Tulips and Daffodils are easily the first flowers to come to mind when anticipating spring, but don’t forget about other beloved spring blooms! Crocus, Muscari, Hellebore, Iris, Snowdrops and Pansy’s are all great flowers to bring into your home while the snow is still on the ground!

Iries from Grower Direct Fresh Cut flowers

Irises!

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Colour of 2015: Marsala!


Pantone has released the official colour of 2015.

The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.”

Nature has long been showcasing this wonderful colour. Here are a few flowers that are available in Marsala:

Marsala flowers

Here are a few more ways to bring this warm colour into your home and workplace with fresh flowers:

– Glassware- Find a uniquely shaped vase in Marsala, and fill it with blooms.

– Ribbon- Add detail to your arrangement with subtle, strong Marsala coloured ribbon.

-Set your table top with Marsala linens, and compliment with a fresh flower arrangement.

-Contrast with bright purple blooms, such as:

Purple flowers Marsala

 “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors”

Let us know how you are inspired by Marsala!

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Agave of the Century!


An 80 year old Agave plant at the University of Michigan botanical gardens has bloomed. The agave produced a 28 foot high stalk that passed all the way through the greenhouse roof!

Agave Michigan Bloom

The plant has resided in the Ann Arbour home since 1934, but is now on its last legs. The tall stalk will be cut down later this month, with hopes of being turned into an instrument by one of the music professors.

Agave DetailAccording to Mike Palmer, the horticulture manager at the school’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens, the agave is now on the decline, and will be cultivated for seeds. A new agave plant will be produced from those seeds, with high hopes for another long living, healthy plant.

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Flowers and Ice


Earlier this year, a talented Japanese artist, Azuma Makoto, put on an exhibit titled “ICED FLOWERS”. The exhibition featured compositions of beautiful flowers encased inside massive blocks of ice. Cymbidium orchids, anthurium, and helliconia were just a few of the glorious blooms that made their way into the frozen blocks. The artist and his team strategically arranged the fresh, unfrozen flowers, and then placed the blooms into vats of water to be solidified.

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“Flowers will show unique expressions that they do not display in everyday life, by [being] placed under a different environment”

 

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The live installation was on display for two days at a gallery in Saitama, Japan, and quickly gained international recognition.

Watch a video of the production:

 

Put it on ice!

All photos from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/21/azuma-makoto_n_6509720.html

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Flower Fun: Narcissus


The classic story about the man named Narcissus who was so self-absorbed that he wasted away staring at his own reflection until he eventually became a flower, the attractive Narcissus is the official flower for the month of December!

Another thing I noticed about the Narcissus is how similar it looks to a daffodil and that of course is because they are related – from the same family of bulbs! So perhaps, when you order these beautiful flowers, you will want to call them daffodils, unless of course you are giving them to a certain someone as a coded message!

paper white narcissus

The Narcissus are so beautiful and delicate and unlike many other flowers, come only in a select few colours.  They are mainly white and yellow and even their centers tend to be yellow, though a few oranges spill over into their colour palette.

The white ones remind me of the soft delicate winter snow and the beauty of a simple winter landscape. I can almost hear the crunch of snow beneath my feet and feel the cold crisp air on my face.

Spring daffodils

 

 

Gifting a Narcissus in December is  a beautiful way to remind you and your loved ones that  the spring will indeed come again.

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How to Make a Day of the Dead Shrine


Dia de los Muertos shrine

Photo Credit: Flickr, daftgirly

Happy Day of Dead/Dia de los Muertos!

Day of the Dead, which celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in many Latin American cultures, is a holiday that honours and commemorates the lives of deceased loved ones. Typically, November 1st is dedicated to children that have passed on, while November 2nd is for deceased adults.

Dia de los Muertos is the biggest and most important holiday in Mexico. Though some cultures may take a more somber approach in honouring the deceased, Day of the Dead is a festive and joyous occasion. Friends and family come together to celebrate with the dead and have a good time, as they believe the souls of the dead will return to visit the living.

Along with dinners and parties, creating a shrine or altar is one of the most important ways to celebrate Day of the Dead. Traditionally, families will build altars in their homes during the weeks leading up to November 1st. Today, altars and shrines can be found in public places like classrooms, museums and libraries.

But what does all of this have to do with flowers (since Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog)?

Well, the marigold, that distinctive yellow/orange flower with the pungent scent, is an significant symbol of Day of the Dead. In Mexico, the marigold symbolizes the brevity of life. That being said, this isn’t something unique. The marigold has long been known as the flower of death; it has been used for centuries in rituals and funerals.

To celebrate Day of the Dead, shrines and graves are decorated with marigolds. Mexican marigold (tagetes erecta) is the traditional flower used in Mexico and other Latin American countries; it is also known as the Flor de Muerto. These flowers grow abundantly this time of the year. Marigolds are thought to attract the souls and guide them back to earth with their scent and bright colours. In some villages, people leaves a trail of marigolds from their home to their loved one’s grave, so that the deceased can easily find their way back home.

Here is a guide on how to build your own Day of the Dead shrine/altar for your loved one:

  1. Decide where you want the altar to go.
  2. Build the altar base.  You can start with a nook in the wall, table, desk, stacks of crates, or bookshelf, to give you some ideas. To make multiple tiers, use boxes of various sizes to create height. Cover the space with a nice, clean tablecloth or bed sheet.
  3. Decorate the altar with items  and trinkets that honour your deceased one. Choose things that have meaning and reflect the character/personality of the deceased, i.e photographs, favourite books/movies, and other collectibles.
  4. Include some their favourite foods, candies and drinks.
  5. And most important, don’t forget the marigold flowers! Fresh or artificial flowers can be placed in vases or scattered throughout the shrine. They can be fashioned into garlands, wreaths and crosses.

And last but not least, remember there is no right or wrong way to do this. Have fun with it!

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