Archive | April, 2013

April Birth Month Flower: Sweet Peas

25 Apr
If you must go, go with flowers.

If you must go, go with flowers.

Sweet Pea Blooms for April Babies

Hi bloomies!

I was so busy enjoying the sun (and preparing for an upcoming trip) that I forgot to post this yesterday! I don’t want you to miss out on this month’s birth month flower though, the delicate little sweet pea.

About Sweet Pea Flowers

Sweet Peas are the flower for the month of April. If you have a birthday this month, then this is YOUR flower. It is powerfully fragrant, but incredibly delicate. This flower really does resemble a regular edible pea plant, with tendrils, strong vines, and beautiful hood shaped flowers.

Sweet Peas usually come in shades of white, purple, and pink. Rarely they are available in pale yellow. They are easy to grow, but don’t last very long when cut. They are truly fragile, but quite beautiful while they last.

Sweet Pea Meaning

Sweet Peas symbolizes departure. Hopefully the departure is from past negative experiences, and into positive future changes. It’s a great flower to include in a farewell bouquet, a true departure.

Earth Day is Almost Here: Sustainability at Your Favorite Florist

17 Apr

JBlooms Practices That Make Your Flower Arrangements Earth Friendly

Hi Bloomies! It’s almost Earth Day, which reminds me I should tell you all about the sustainable practices I like to use in my business.
Earth Day- Lovely Branches

My Every Day Commitment to The Earth

Local Flowers

When at all possible, I use the most local and in season products I can find. There are several local floral vendors that focus on seasonal, NW and sustainable plants. Peterkort Roses is located right here in Portland, and has year round availability on locally grown roses and lilies. Twigs, a vendor at the Portland Flower Market, uses birch bark, branches, cork and wood to make creative containers (like the one below), wreaths and household decor. Hubrich Farms, another market vendor, is locall too, in Hillsboro. They grow hyacinth, tulips, wheatgrass, and lily of the valley, most of which are sold to be planted and are therefore also reusable.

Recycled Products

There is a whole new line of vases and containers made from recycled glass. They come in different shapes and sizes and are actually less expensive than the non-recycled glass containers!  I also love to use plastic, which seems counter to “Earth Friendly”, but they are lightweight, easy to clean and are recyclable if you don’t want them.

Biodegradable Products

You know that green brick under all structured flower arrangements? That floral foam is in fact biodegradable and goes right in the compost! It can take a little longer to break down, so smaller chunks are recommended. Flower food and floral spray are both environmentally friendly and non toxic. Don’t eat it by the spoonful, but if a dab gets in your coffee it’s not harmful to you (or pets!).

Urban Foraging

As long as it’s not directly on someone’s property the local greenery is, in fact, up for grabs. Grapevines and ivy overgrowing a fence and that are in “public domain” are a cheap and effective way to reuse what’s out there, reduce overhead, and make the neighborhood a little more attractive. Seriously, though: NO FENCE HOPPING. Keep it to the sidewalks, ok?

This last week we chopped down a dogwood that was in a bad spot, really old, and sickly. Both picutred arrangements are courtesy of that ailing tree. It had just sprouted buds, and I was able to reclaim the flowering branches for a multitude of projects. The wood will go for the fire pit  and the rest will all be composted. I truly try and save everything I can. When I can’t, I do recycle, and compost.

Plantables

Centerpieces that “break apart” into individual potted plants are also a good reusable item, as you can invite each guest at your event to take a seedling home with them to plant in their own garden.

Reclaimed Blossoms and Naturally Decorative Container

Funeral Flowers vs. Memorial Plants

11 Apr

Hello Bloomsies.

Sorry this post is late; yesterday was the first anniversary of my dad’s death, and I felt like I needed a moment before I wrote this.

rose bloomBeing in the flower business, I have done more than my share of funeral arrangements. Having someone close to you die gives a different perspective of the process. There were so many arrangements people had sent my step mom that she wanted to have at the memorial, I offered to put some in my cooler and take them to the memorial the next day. Which was fine, until I got there and say the size and enormity of all the other arrangements that were there. Clearly, transportation for most grieving families is an issue.

Also, these arrangements are beautiful and last a while, but inevitably fade and leave the recipient nothing but vases to fill or get rid of.

Plants might not seem as beautiful a sentiment, but they last longer and are a constant reminder to the person that you are thinking of them. If you know the deceased liked a particular type of plant (indoors OR out) get that for the family members. It can be planted outside and be a yearly blooming reminder, an evergreen memory, or a houseplant that gives you oxygen and comfort.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask the recipient. If you’re not sure, say “I am feeling the need to get you something as a sympathy gift. Is there something you’d prefer?” They might not even want a plant of flowers, perhaps just a meal or a sympathetic shoulder. Anything is welcome in the time of grief.

Peace and Love, Jessicasingle tree in field

Spring Break

6 Apr

Hi Bloomies…

I just wanted to check in and say hi. I’m on Spring Break, but I’ll be back at the blog on Wednesday!

Have a beautiful week!

JessRoses and Hydrangeas