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We’re Moving


We’re Moving and Having a Huge Sale!

Apple Blossoms Floral Designs is moving to Columbus Drive.

We are currently have a Huge Sale with Huge Savings at our location 3625 W. Kennedy Blvd.

Our Hours are 11am – 4pm Mon-Fri

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Hanna and Noah’s wedding at Armature Works, Tampa

Hanna and Noah’s Wedding at Armature Works in Downtown Tampa

For Apple Blossoms Floral Designs and it’s team it was an honor creating this wedding.

Hanna is in the event industry in Atlanta for a major Hotel and came to us with a vision.  She also came to us with a budget that was workable.  We pulled it all together for her over the course of 3 months. The family has been has been customers of ours for many years.  The Wedding consisted of Southern Smilax or Jackson Vine with all white flowers.  She just loved the texture of greenery.  This has been very popular with brides today.

The Chuppah Hanna wanted was to have a rustic design style with lots of greenery.

Hanna’s family provide a beautiful wood structure that we adorned with Southern Simax, White Stock, Green Hanging Amaranthus, White Hydrangea, Dusty Miller, and White Roes.

Even though a Chuppah is traditional for a Jewish Wedding we find that we also crate these for Christian Weddings as well.  The Chuppah symbolizes the Jewish home being created by the marriage.

The additional details of the pew markers using Silver Dollar Eucalyptus were removed after the ceremony and use as additional decoration to the Kings Table for the Reception.

Hanna’s Bridal Bouquet was a Lush Collection of Garden Roses, Blush Spray Roses, Succulents, Dusty Miller, Blue Thistle, and Seeded Eucalyptus in a Garden Style.

We created the Kings Table where the entire wedding party was seated was 32 feet long with an elevated garland of Southern Smilax and hanging votive candles.  The table glistened with the twinkle of more than 60 hanging candles.

The Guest tables were adorned with lush High and low arrangements that complemented the Rustic Style of the wedding and the Rustic Style of the Armature Works Gathering Hall.

Location: Armature Works Tampa

Catering: Puff n Stuff Catering

Wedding Planning: Breezin

Florist: Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

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scottHanna and Noah’s wedding at Armature Works, Tampa

Scabiosa Flower

  • Scabiosa Flowers

Scabiosa is an herb used traditionally as a folk medicine to treat scabies.

Some species are annuals and others perennials. The leaves of most are hairy and divided into lobes, but a few are smooth.  The flowers are in forms of heads, each containing many small florets.  Each floret cupped in a saucer shaped bract. After the flowers have dropped the calyces together with the bracts form a spiky ball that may be the reason for the common name “pincushion”.  Scabiosa varieties differ in the colors of their flowers, but most are soft lavender blue, lilac, burgundy, cranberry or creamy white.

They make a beautiful addition to a bridal bouquet or arrangement not only for their color, but texture as well.

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The Peony

Peonies have a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s not surprising that even the mythology surrounding the origin of the peony as it has multiple versions. One legend has it that the peony is named after Paieon, the physician to the gods, who received the flower on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo. And another tells the story of that same physician who was “saved” from the fate of dying as other mortals by being turned into the flower we know today as the peony.

Peonies are native to Asia, Europe, and Western North America.  There are 33 identified species. Ranging in color from Purple, Pink, White and Yellow. Most are herbaceous perennial plants but some are upright woody shrubs.  Peonies are among the most popular of garden plants as well as one of the most loved wedding flowers. Peonies are cultivated for the floral industry as from Africa, Israel, Spain, South America, and North America as far north as Alaska.  This allows Peonies to be available for many months out of the year.  Just be prepared to pay premium prices when they are coming from long distances.

The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

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Garlands of Greenery

Greenery Garlands have become all the rage, but can be a bit costly.  Typically a upscale garland of Italian Ruscus and Seeded Eucalyptus will start between 20 – 25 dollars per foot.  This does not include any additional flowers in the garland.  To help with costs we suggest placing greenery on the table to create the look and feel of a garland.  This will still give you the same look, but at a lower more cost effective alternative.  Those garlands sure are beautiful, but can really break the budget quickly.  Greenery can cost more than some flowers.  It’s all about demand.  For instance Seeded Eucalyptus and Italian Ruscus has doubled in price in the past year due to the fact that it is in such demand.

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French Country Bridal Bouquet

Brittney and Kyle’s Wedding

Ceremony and Reception

The Columbia Restaurant Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

It’s always fun to create something different with texture.

When a bride gives you a chance to create a one of a kind bridal bouquet.

The bridal bouquet consisted of Feverfew, White Tulips, French Lavender, Craspedia, Seeded Eucalyptus, Italian Ruscus.

When designing flowers and clients want a particular look you have to have knowledge of design styles from around the world.

Here at Apple Blossoms we take great care and time in researching design style from around the world and our clients are always very happy with knowing that we always pay close attention to detail and quality.


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Pixie Terrariums

Pixie Terrariums

Terrariums are all the rage.  I remember making terrariums back in the 70’s when I was just a kid.  We would collect small plants and items in the mountains and create these amazing little echo systems that would last for years with little care.  It’s like looking into a miniature garden.  The plants we use in our terrariums here at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs are called Pixie Plants.  These plants have been cultivated to maintain a miniature garden.  These are great for the office or the home.  They have also become very popular as wedding centerpieces or a signature arrangement on a special table such as a sign in table, or gift table.  Who wouldn’t want to receive these as a gift that keeps giving?

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Christmas at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

We brought back Christmas of years gone by.  Creating feelings of nostalgia with the Aluminum Christmas Tree and color wheel to the ceramic Christmas tree my Mom made more 40 years ago.  The Sled was my Mom’s Brother’s Sled that was passed down to my brother and I who enjoyed many years of bitter cold days riding the back roads around Central Pennsylvania.

So stop by Apple Blossoms Floral Designs at 3625 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609 and take a step back to your childhood.

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Succulents as far as you can see

I was so lucky today to have spent some time on a bit of a field trip.

I went to the central part of the state with 102 planters to a succulent growers and it just blew my mind.

The planters will be filled with a selection of succulents for an event we have coming up in October.  It will take seven weeks for the succulents to grow to fill the containers.  I can’t wait to see the end result.

Here are a few pictures of the amazing succulents I had the privilege to enjoy.


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