February Flower of the Month

As another month rolls around, so does another flower. February’s flower of the month is the Iris. This bright blue and white flower has a distinct shape that is recognizable, by almost everyone. Iris’s bring wisdom and hope to all who receive them.
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Iris symbolize wisdom and hope because the Iris is the symbolic flower of the Greek goddess, Iris, who was also the messenger of love. Seems fitting that it’s the flower for February, which is also known as the month of love. The flower symbolizes that spring will soon return. Iris in greek means “rainbow”, which is why the flower was named that. It can bloom in many colors, including blue and purple, white and yellow, pink and orange, brown and red, and even black.

Iris-2.jpgAn Iris has many uses. In ancient times, the plant was used in perfumes and medicine. Iris roots are known to clear skin diseases and the juice from the flower itself has been known to get rid of freckles.Fresh Iris is also known to have been used to clear excess water from the body.

It is no wonder that the Iris brings hope and love, whether indoors or out. With the many colors it comes in, it’s sure to be someone’s favorite. Bring the promise of spring indoors with a beautiful bouquet, featuring Iris. Visit our website to order a custom arrangement.

Real Wedding: The Crossings at Carlsbad

Sometimes a bride just needs bouquets and bouts….and we can do that!!

This lovely bride opted for a white and purple palate with some greenery mixed in for her Fall wedding at The Crossings at Carlsbad. We LOVE lavender roses and we think they matched the bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly.  We also threw in some hydrangea and wrapped the bouquets and the bride was off on her way.

Who do you have to pay to get a sunset like this one?!?! Perfection.

Thank you to Carrie McCluskey Photography for the photos and to the bride and groom, Jessica and Matt for letting us in on your special day.

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History of the Bouquet

With a month already into the new year, we thought it would be fun to reminisce on the past almost 100 years of wedding trends! We came across an article from Wedding MBA and loved what we read. Below are some of the biggest trends of the decades, along with our version, of some of these trends.

1920: This is when we begin to see flowers at weddings. This was the roaring 20’s and was reflected in the style of bouquets. Over the top triangular and circular arrangements were made with add-ins like peacock feathers.

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1930: During this decade, things shifted to a more lightweight and airy feel. Wearable florals were not just part of the wedding, but pieces of art. The most notable wedding of this decade was that of Nancy Beaton where her bridesmaids were connected by garlands of spring flowers.
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1940: This was the decade of war, so not as much money was spent on florals. Baskets of flowers for decorations were really as far as it went during the 40’s.

1950: The times are a changing and so are wedding trends. More money is being spent and this is the decade that JFK and Jacqueline get married. Hand-tied bouquets begin to become popular and traditional flowers like roses and peonies are used. Jackie chose orchids for her bouquet.

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1960: A time of great change and movement: the flower-child is born. This is heavily reflected in the bouquets which are now more fun and include colors like hot pink and neon green.

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1970: The hippie era where flower crowns and soft colors became popular. A lot of baby’s breath and more delicate flowers were used in bouquets during this time period.

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1980: Lady Diana and Prince Charles married in 1981 and after the world saw her beautiful cascading bouquet, no other style would do. Throughout the rest of the decade all you saw were these long, lush bouquets with ribbons and ferns as accents.

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1990: A complete 180 from the 80’s, the 90’s brought us small, simple bouquets that were much more chic. The trend of putting fresh flowers on the wedding cake also became popular during this time.

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2000: With celebrity influence, over the top centerpieces and bouquets become the focal point of weddings.

 

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the changing trends in florals as much as we have while working with them. We can’t wait to see the trends of 2017 and in the years to come. For all your floral needs be sure to stop by the shop, visit our website or call at (760) 745-1191.

Real Wedding: Twin Oaks Garden Estate

What do you get when you pair two people together with their loved ones, insert  flowers and some rings, and of course a white dress….a wedding of course!!

We LOVE weddings at Twin Oaks Garden Estate because the backdrop is so beautiful, our florals just add to the already lush gardens. And can we talk about the infamous gazebo? We have done something different every time we are at this venue, but most brides opt for flowers at the gazebo.

We used a lot of hanging greenery, white flowers, dusty miller and baby’s breath for this rustic, outdoor Summer wedding. Pearls were draped throughout, both on the gazebo and mixed into the bride’s bouquet. We always recommend adding a little something to your bouquet or the centerpieces that aren’t flowers, as it really makes it original. We love neutral palates because it allows us to create something really unique.

Thanks to Dan Rice Photography for these photos and of course to the bride and groom, Chrissy and Nick for letting us in on your special day.

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January: Flower of the Month

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-12-42-03-pmIt’s a new year, which also means a new flower of the month! January’s flower is the carnation, a delicate flower with paper like petals, that come in many colors. Keep reading to learn more about this beautiful bloom and why it’s the perfect flower for a new year.

The word carnation traces back to the Greek words, “coronation” or “corone” which meant flower garland, because they were often worn in crowns in the ancient times. They were also used in religious ceremonies and references.

As usual, these flowers come in a variety of different colors that have different meanings:

RED– depending on the shade, this color can mean a few different things. Lighter shades symbolize adoration and care while deep red symbolizes romantic love.

PINK– one of the more popular flowers, pink carnations have a plethora of meanings. Gratitude, remembrance, perfect happiness and a Mother’s love are just a few of the meanings this flower carries.

YELLOW– you may think this flower seems happy and bright, in the ancient times it meant disappointment.

WHITE– a traditional color, a white carnation symbolizes innocent love and good luck for women.

Not only is the carnation the flower of January, but it is also the flower of Mother’s day! Remember this blog in May and send your mom a beautiful bouquet.

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Hopefully this has given you some inspiration for the month, stop into the store or call (760) 745-1191 to order someone special, or even yourself, a beautiful arrangement of carnations.

2017 Color of the Year

The New Year is just a few days away and we can’t wait to see all the new trends and creative ways we can use flowers in 2017! Pantone recently released their color of the year for 2017 and we could not be more excited about the selection. Drum roll please….Greenery is the color of 2017!

Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

What a great reason for choosing a color. Every year the color experts at Pantone search the world to find the next great color. They search high and low from fashion to travel to sports to technology and the inspiration for color of the year in the most unique places. Greenery is a unique combination of yellow-green and signifies personal passion, vitality and reminds people to take a deep breath.

The color Greenery is always relevant in the floral world, and we even take it a step further than just the color. We love to incorporate greenery into all of our arrangements to add dimension and depth for a more unique piece. The color also looks great, especially in spring and summer weddings and arrangements. Below we’ve picked out a few of our favorite pieces from over the years that incorporate 2017’s new color. We can’t wait to use this color in many arrangements for our clients in the new year. For all your floral needs visit our website or stop in our shop and get ready for a green new year!

 

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December: Flower of the Month

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For many people, Holly is associated with Christmas, but not many know that it is the official plant for the month of December. We love incorporating Holly into holiday bouquets and decorations. With bright green leaves, and rich red berries, if there’s one plant that will put you in the Christmas spirit, this is the one.

Holly is a staple in the home during Christmas, but why? We give it to friends and we use it to decorate the home, but that’s not always how it was. Holly was considered to be magic because it didn’t die during the winter, and remained bright green. It was bad luck to cut down an entire Holly tree, but it was good luck to have a holly branch hanging in the house. Holly was brought into the home and eventually adopted by Christians and given a deeper spiritual meaning.

Holly berries ripen in the early winter and just like mistletoe, the holly berries are toxic to humans. However, that’s not true for some animals. Many species of birds thrive off of the berries. The Holly tree was thought to be prone to lightning strikes, and in recent years, it has been proven. The leaves act as tiny lighting conductors, which keeps nearby objects safe from harm.

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Whether you’re decorating for the holidays, or protecting your home from lightning, Holly is all you’ll need this year. If you’re not lucky enough to have a Holly tree in your backyard, we’ve got you covered. Come see us in the shop, or visit our website to get your Holly fix.