Archive | February, 2013

Wearable Flowers For Any Occasion (Or None At All!)

27 Feb

Embrace Spring With Blooms You Can Wear

Tuck a flower behind your ear for an easy floral touch to any outfit.

Tuck a flower behind your ear for an easy floral touch to any outfit.

Does anyone else out there feel like the year is just FLYING by? It’s practically March and spring is nearly here. We all know that spring leads straight into prom season… and the weeks of corsages and boutonnieres (and sore hands) are closing in (for me at least!).

Corsages and boutonnieres are what we call “wearable” flowers, since you generally pin it to your person. But what about OTHER options for wearable flowers for a big occasion? And What about more casual ways to wear a few blooms, with no occasion at all?
You don’t have to wait for prom, (or be 17 for that matter,) to try some great wearable flower options. What could say spring better than a cute dress and a bloom tucked behind your ear on a Saturday afternoon around town? Here’s a few more ways to bring the drama and beauty of wearable flowers to real life.

Wearable Flower Trends for Spring 2013

Some fun new ways to wear flowers without this year, just for fun:

This cute little flower ring is just right for date night! From Flowers by Carolyn, in San Diego.

This cute little flower ring is just right for date night! From Flowers by Carolyn, in San Diego.

  • Flowers on your fingers. We all love the effect of big chunky rings. A flower ring is a great way to get that look with a fresh new approach. Don’t you just love the floral ring above from Flowers by Carolyn?
  • Flower head peices. A fascinator, hat or headband is a great foundation for wearable floral creations. A few flowers can make a fun small headpiece… and make a real statement! This is a twist on the ol’ “flower behind the ear.” With the structure of a headpiece as the base, you can get more creative with wearable flowers on your head, and use more flowers.
  • Flowers on your purse. If you’re out for a fancy evening, instead of wearing it on your wrist (too much like prom night) or ruining your dress with a pinholes, try attaching a small wearable arrangement, say a single rose and some greenery,  to your clutch for a fun pop of interest. For a more casual look, you could go big. How about a few Ranunculus on a big purse?
  • Flowers as a necklace or bracelet. Why limit materials to what’s available in your jewelry box, when you can have a custom made piece that matches your ensemble? You can use colored wires to create the “jewelry” and flowers as the “gems.” Or try something like the pendant below from Oh Joy.
Get inspired and learn how to make your own wearable flowers over at Oh Joy!

Get inspired and learn how to make your own wearable flowers over at Oh Joy!

How will you wear flowers this season Bloomies?
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What Your Favorite Flower Says About You

20 Feb

Find Meaning in Your Favorite Flowers

If you cant pick a favorite, just go with a little bit of everything!

If you cant pick a favorite, just go with a little bit of everything!

Every flower has some meaning attached to it, and we use those meanings to send the appropriate message with our arrangements. For instance, we all know that yellow roses are a symbol of friendship and fidelity, while red roses are for love and romance. Did you ever think about what flowers can say about you though?

We all have our favorite flowers, regardless of the meaning. Certain flowers just speak to us individually, and we just love them. There’s no real reason why one person loves Tulips and the next person loves Peonies. When we look into it though, a lot can be learned about a person from their favorite bloom.

11 Common Favorite Flowers and What They Say About You

Rose

Roses are timeless and classic. If roses are your favorite flower, you probably appreciate the finer things in life, and might be a bit old fashioned, in the best of ways.

Peony

Peonies are soft and full, dainty but not petite- there’s a lot of flower in each bloom. Peony admirers are full of heart, just like the flower: true romantics, and good listeners.

Orchid

Orchids are exotic and delicate, but survive on scraps of wood and little water. Orchid lovers are just as tenacious, thrive in any condition, and look good doing it!

Sunflower

Sunflowers are big and bold. Sunflowers on your desk top tell the world that you’re not afraid to take what’s yours and speak your mind.

Tulip

Tulips work well in many styles of arrangements, in just about any setting. Tulip lovers are easy going and competent, equally at ease in the board room as in the wilderness.

Daffodil

Daffodils are some of the first blooms to pop up in spring. They’re the go to flower for optimistic, hard working types.

Lily

Lilies are vibrant and smell delectable, adding a lot of energy to a room. Lilies appeal to those who are sensuous and generous with everyone around them.

Cala Lily

Cala Lilies have a certain understated aura of class and grace. Cala Lily fans are equally refined and have high standards.

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas have such big poms, but each bloom is made up of so many individual flower-ettes and petals.  If Hydrangeas make you smile, you’re great with the details, but don’t lose sight of the big picture.

Anenome

Anemones are quirky and fun, but work well in just about any kind of arrangement. If these cute little flowers tickle your fancy, you’re probably a team player who brings out the best in those around you.

What is your favorite flower and what does it say about you?

Valentines Flower Ideas that Don’t Suck

13 Feb

Leave the Wilting Red Roses at the Gas Station PleaseValentines Flowers: Pretty in pink and purple

Bloomies- It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Do I have your order? If not, it’s not too late to make your own! If you use the tips I gave you two weeks ago in my blog on basic composition, you can totally do this and get yourself out of the dog house. I know, it feels like a quiz, but look: There’s the link to it –> step-by-step.

Here are three out of the box, non yawn-inducing Valentine’s Day arrangements… and NONE of them involve a single red rose. Ready?

Easy Valentine’s Color Combinations

Start with a winning color palate.  I know that red is the standard color for valentines day, but we’re trying to get beyond “standard” here. Besides, good luck finding a nice bunch of red flowers at 4:00 pm on Valentines Day. Open up your color options and you’ll open up your flower options. Stick with this color scheme and you can’t go wrong: lavender, pink, purple, white, and green. Use any flowers in any of those colors. They will all work together, in pairs, or in monochromatic bunches. Bonus points for anything that is unusual or fragrant.  Negative points for babies breath.


ARRANGEMENT #1: Monochromatic, Monotype BouquetWhite tulips

Grab ONE color of ONE type of flower (example: Tulips). Get at least 15 stems. Some places have flowers in bunches of 10 and others only have 5, so COUNT! Select a vase that will allow the flowers fan out: something larger on the top than the bottom achieves this. Remove one or two layers of leaves, trim the ends and place in water.

ARRANGEMENT #2: Mixed Garden Vase Bouquet

Pink, purple, white, and not a single red rose to be seen. Absolutely adorable.

Pink, purple, white, and not a single red rose to be seen. Absolutely adorable.

If you can only find random stock that’s been picked over? Grab a bunch of stuff that looks good together (stick to the colors I gave you, if possible) to make up one mixed bouquet that still looks cohesive. Again, make sure the stem count in the bag matches what you want so you have enough.

ARRANGEMENT #3: Big Impact, Tiny Budget

A single lily sets the stage for a lovely dinner.

A single lily sets the stage for a lovely dinner.

Did you blow all your cash on dinner and wine instead? That’s not such a bad thing, but even a single bloom will go a long way to make the evening special. Small arrangements can still speak volumes if done correctly. A single large bloom floating in a pretty bowl, a bud vase with a couple flowers or a tiny handful of flowers can mean a ton.

If you choose to go with a tiny handful of blooms, go for some real flowers, not yard weeds. Roots with dirt still attached will probably ruin the gesture. Unless she likes roots, in which case I recommend skipping flowers and buying her a bunch of carrots with pretty green tops. It’d dinner and florals!

Good Luck, Bloomies. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February Birth Month Flowers: Pansies and Primrose, Oh My!

6 Feb

February Bloomies Get the Cutest Flowers of the Year

Pansies in a teacup, just for your special day!

Pansies in a teacup, just for your special day!

February is best known for roses, but if you’re a February baby, you get to celebrate with the cutest little birth month flowers of the year: Pansies and Primrose. Usually I pick one birth month flower to highlight each month, generally the one I like better or the less old fashioned choice.

This month however, I just can’t pick between Pansies and Primrose, and the good news is, you don’t have to either. Both of these spring plants look nice in a “Garden Basket”- a basket collection of small houseplants and other plantables. Of course, just a few on a cupcake, or in a small teacup planter is a great way to celebrate a birthday too.

Pansies for February Birthdays

I learned something new today, Bloomies! Correction- I learn something new most days, but today I learned something about flowers: A pansy is a version of a violet!

I was researching Violets and Primrose because they’re both the February birth month flower. When Wikipedia is the only source on something, I begin to panic. How did Wiki get the information if it doesn’t exist? Then I saw the photo link on the site and it clicked. I was looking for Violets, and I should have been looking for PANSIES!

Pansies are early spring flowers common in gardens and yards in the NW. Usually white, purple, yellow or a combination of those, they resemble little lion’s heads (to me, anyway). If you give a pansy, it means “you occupy my thoughts”.

Primrose for February Birthdays

A sweet little birthday treat: cupcakes decorated with primrose for February.

A sweet little birthday treat: cupcakes decorated with primrose for February babies.

Primrose, the other February birth month flower , is also a very common NW garden plant, popping up in early spring. It’s generally the first one I see at the garden centers and the flower market. There wasn’t a ton of information on these flowers, but I found a sweet clip of a poem I enjoyed:
‘Primrose, first-born child of Ver,
Merry Springtime’s harbinger
–Beaumont & Fletcher.