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Flower of the Week {Daffodil}

What reminds me more of spring that the Daffodil.

The Daffodil is the first of springs flowers that will even force their way through the snow.

Also known as Narcissus, Jonquil, and Daffadowndilly.

Narcissus the Greek god became so infatuated with his own beauty that when looking into a river and seeing his reflection he fell in and drown trying to capture his reflection.  At that point the Daffodil sprung to life at the spot where he drown.

The Daffodil symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings, and the coming of Spring.

Some of the more common meanings are:

  • Creativity
  • Inspiration
  • Renewal and Vitality
  • Awareness and Inner Reflection
  • Memory
  • Forgiveness

 

Daffodil

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Florida Weddings, Tampa

Tampa Downtown Wedding at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and The Vault.

Gold, Peach, and Cream was the color pallet Tammy and Daniel wanted for their wedding.

Their wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful Sacred Heart Catholic Church just a block away from the reception venue.  The Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in Tampa.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida

The Vault located just a block away was where the celebration continued.

This venue is one of our favorites.

With it’s Neoclassic architecture and it’s Chic Elegance set the scene for the reception.

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Flower of the Week. Hydrangea

The flower of the week is Hydrangea.

Thought to be one of the most fragile of flowers these flowers a actually one of the hardiest.

There are 70-75 species of Hydrangea.

Hydrangea are native to Southern and Easter Asia notably Japan, Korea, and China as well as the Americas.

The most common is White and Light Blue although colors can be altered by changing the pH.  The lower the acidity (pH below 7) of the soil will cause the flowers to take on a blue hue and the more alkaline the soil (pH above 7) the flowers will take on a pink hue.

Most of the hydrangea you find in floral shops are of a more temped or tropical variety and don’t dry well.  On the other hand the Antique Hydrangea varieties not only are beautiful as a fresh cut flower, but will dry very well and retain their color.

The White and the Light Blue are less expensive and more readily available.  The deeper colors of Purple, Blue and Pink are typically more expensive and much smaller in size.

We have been able to alter the color of the hydrangeas several ways.  Hydrangeas can be stem dyed, dip dyed, and tinted with floral sprays to achieve any color your heart desires.

Hydrangea

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Flower of the Week. Anemone

These have got to be one of my favorites.

Anemones come in a vast array of color.  Whether it be White, Red, Purple, Pink or Magenta.

They are so delicate and beautiful.

Anemone means Daughter of the Wind, form the Greek, Anemos the wind god.

The plant was created by Aphrodite when her tears landed on the earth after the death of her lover Adonis.

The flower is known as the windflower.

Meaning of the flower range from protection from ill wishes and evil to bad luck or ill omens.

This flower will close up with the oncoming rains.

None the less the Anemone is a beautiful flower cherished by many for weddings.

Anemone

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Flower of the week. Banksia

Banksia

Banksia is an Australian plant of 173 different species and all but one are native to Australia.

Named after Sir Joseph Banks who was the first to European to collect specimens in 1770.

The flower heads are made up of hundreds of tiny flowers grouped together.  They range from yellow to red.

I find this one of the most unusual flowers and they last a long time.

They can even be dried and used over and over in arrangements for interesting texture.

Typically available in the fall and winter.

Banksia

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Flower of the Week. The Gardenia.

The Gardenia.

Gardenia

Did you know the Gardenia is in the Coffee Family?

In fact it is.

The Gardenia is actually named after Dr. Alexander Garden, a Scottish born naturalist.

It’s know for it’s intoxicating fragrance.  Just saying the name Gardenia I can detect the fragrance even when not present.

The meaning behind the Gardenia is “You are Lovely” and secret love.

Gardenias are most commonly used in bridal bouquets and corsages.  They also make great flowers to float in a bowl.  When they are blooming in my garden I love to bring one in and place it in a shallow bowl of water and keep it on my nightstand.  Gardenias take special care and can discolor from something as simple as breathing on them.  Carbon dioxide will cause them to yellow and brown quickly.  The oils from your hand when touching the petals will quickly cause the marking of the petal.  The are very delicate and are extremely perishable.  This is one reason Gardenias tend to be more expensive than many other flowers.

Gardenias can be purchased from you local florist in boxes of 3-4 blossoms, but you will typically need to give them a week or two notice that you need them.  Most florists do not stock this item and need to order them from their wholesaler.

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day February 14

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

Here are some things you want to consider when ordering your Valentine’s Day Flowers.

Let’s begin with how to order your flowers.

First of all ordering online is not always the best way to go.  When ordering online you are not always dealing with a real florist.  During holiday seasons many companies will setup bogus websites to reap the rewards of the holiday and deceive the consumer.  You might think you are dealing with a local florist, but you are actually dealing with a clearing house that will charge you all kinds of fees that you can avoid by dealing with your local florist.  How do you avoid this you ask?  It’s simple.  Just pick up the phone and call the florist.  Ask them for their physical address and if you can stop by and see the flowers.  Better yet go to your local florist and see what they have to offer.  I always recommend go all my customers to search online for a florist in the zip code in your area or the area where you want to send flowers, and check out their reviews and call them direct.   Dealing with your Local Florist you will cut out additional fees and deal with professionals that can help guide you through the process of ordering the flowers that will make your purchase more personal and save money, and you know we are all about saving money.

One Dozen Premium Red Roses

Let’s begin with roses.

Red roses are the most traditional Valentine’s Day flower that are sent, but in the past years we have found not always the most popular.  Roses come in a variety of grades and lengths along with some amazing colors and varieties.  Long stem roses are roses that average 24 to 30 inches or more in length.  We at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs only carry Premium Grade A long stem roses.  You typically won’t find these at your local grocer or big box store.

Mixed Flower Arangement

Mixed flowers over the years have been the growing trend in popularity for Valentine’s Day.  Studies by the Society of American Florists have shown that women prefer a variety of flowers for Valentine’s day.  I know it’s easy to just up and order Red Roses, but there are so many wonderful flowers out there.  Everything from Exotic Tropical Flowers to amazing Garden Flowers such as Tulips, Garden Roses, Peonies, and the list goes on.  If you are looking for something that will really WOW your Valentine let us create a custom floral arrangement the will be more personal and show you put more thought into selecting special.  You can always request to add a Red Rose or two.

Wrapped Flowers

Even better yet.  Stop by your Local Florist and let them create a hand tied bouquet of a mix of fresh flowers wrapped to take to your Valentine.  Just imagine arriving home after work with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers and present it to your Valentine.  Something much more special than the cookie cutter bouquet you will find at your local grocer or street corner vendor.  Something that will be more personal, custom made and unique.  You will find at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs as well at many of your local florists you will get the very best of the best and freshest of the fresh flowers available not to mention supporting the local economy and building a relationship with a trusted professional.

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Flower of the Week the Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

Also known as wild carrot.

Lovingly used in bridal bouquets and arrangements.  This flower is named after Queen Anne of Great Brittan and her Grandmother Anne of Denmark.  It is thought that the red fleck in the center appeared when Queen Anne pricked her finger on a needle while making lace.  Today in the floral industry you will not typically see the red fleck.  This is more so seen in the wild variety.  You can easily alter the color by cutting the flowers stem and placing in a vase of water colored with food dye.  In the language of flowers Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary.

 

Wedding Flowers.

Wedding Flowers.

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