Celebrate & Remember Moms with Local Flowers

Here’s a little roundup of some flower-themed ideas to celebrate and remember your mom, mother-in-law or other special ladies in your life: Flowers from your garden Nothing tops a vase full of freshly picked flowers from your own garden. I try to bring my mom a bucket of flowers every time we visit and for Mother’s Day and I always try to make her something extra special. This year, I hope to take her a giant bouquet of lilacs, which are one of her favorite flowers. The window when lilacs bloom always seems so short and fleeting, which makes these fragrant flowers feel that much more meaningful. One of my happiest memories as a young mom was getting wild, weedy bouquets that my kids picked just for me each Mother’s Day. Their adorable creations were usually a mix of too short dandelions, some weeds from the lawn and inevitably some of my prized flowers that were supposed to be off limits. The look of pride on their little faces when they brought me their sweet posies is something I’ll never forget.  A bouquet or flower subscription from a local flower grower If you don’t have a lot of flowers in your garden or if more than a few miles separate you from your mom, consider connecting with a local flower farm or floral designer in her area who specializes in seasonal blooms. A great place to find local flowers is via Floret’s Farmer-Florist Collective our online directory and map that now includes more than 1,000 members! Many flower farms offer a bouquet subscription program, which is a wonderful way to shower your mom with flowers not just on Mother’s Day, but all summer long. Similar to a community supported agriculture (CSA) program offered by vegetable farmers, flower subscriptions provide a weekly “share” of the harvest. Subscriptions are typically weekly mixed bouquets. The rates and dates vary from farm to farm. For example, Arcola Trail Flower Farm  in Stillwater, Minnesota offers 10 week subscriptions, while Blühen Acres in Nichols, New York offers 4 and 6 week subscriptions. Here are a few more bouquet subscription examples: Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, California offers single and double subscriptions of local, organic flowers as part of their bouquet CSA. Throughout the month of May, Wild Roots in Danville, Kentucky offers weekly bouquets of spring blooms including tulips, ranunculus and anemones.   In Eugene, Oregon Petal Pink Flower Farm offers a summer bouquet subscription that begins in July and runs for eight weeks. Each subscription comes with a printable gift certificate that you can give on Mother’s Day.  Forage + Design in Calgary, Canada offers three bouquet share options: a 4 week option that includes a bouquet every other week or a weekly bouquet for 8 or 12 weeks. Their bouquet shares run from mid-late June through the end of September. Flower-themed gifts Seeds and garden supplies are another great gift option. Over in the Floret Shop, we are offering two great Mother’s Day specials. Flower events & experiences Another idea that is gaining in popularity is local build your own bouquet “bars” and arranging classes with seasonal flowers. Many Floret Workshop alumni […]

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Flower Spotlight: Calla Lily

This month, we’re putting the spotlight on the calla lily! This gorgeous flower has become a staple of wedding season, but it’s a beautiful choice for any occasion. Origins Calla lilies are native to regions near South Africa. They are able to grow in water, and can even survive frost. The name ‘Calla Lily’ comes from the Greek word for beauty. They have come to be an extremely popular choice for weddings, but are also a great flower for any occasion that involves major transitions or starting over. Facts Calla lilies aren’t actually lilies! They were mistakenly named in the 18th century by a Swedish botanist, but the error was realized shortly after. It was too late— the name calla lily had already stuck! Extremely popular by the 20th century, they became a fixture in American art, especially in the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. She painted several famous works depicting a close-up view of the flowers. Colors and their meanings Most commonly, calla lilies are white, but they can also come in a wide assortment of colors. The colored versions are called mini calla lilies. White – purity, innocence Pink – admiration, appreciation Purple – passion Yellow – gratitude Black – elegance, mystery With so many varieties of calla lilies available, you’re certain to find them a great choice to send for any occasion.

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Orchid Care Guide – Top Tips On How To Care For Your Orchid Plant

Orchids are one of the most common types of household plant that people tend to buy. Their beautiful blossoms add a touch of colour and grace to any room. However, many people struggle when it comes to caring for this popular plant. The problem is, most fall prey to the myths surrounding them and more often than not, end up killing their poor orchid before it has a chance to shine. So, we’ve broken down the most frequently asked questions when it comes to caring for orchids so you can become a pro in no time. Watering – How often should you water an orchid? This is the most frequently asked question when it comes to orchid care. The problem is, there is no set answer. How often you water your orchid depends on a number of things such as what conditions the plant is in. But do not despair. There are some simple ways to know just when you should be watering your orchid and when not. Top Tip: The best way to check if your orchid needs watering is to place a finger about an inch into the pot mix and pull it out. If your finger is damp, you can leave watering it for a while longer. If it is completely dry, you are safe to water. First thing to check is what type it is. You can see our most common types that you can buy in the UK. There will usually be a label on the plant when you purchase it to tell you what type it is. Most orchids prefer only a little water though. The best bet, if you are ever uncertain is to check how dry the pot mix is. If it is damp leave it alone. If it is bone dry, then it is safe to water. Don’t worry about leaving your orchid to dry out. The one thing you don’t want to do is over water, that is the number one killer for orchids. In warmer weather, you may need to water more frequently but always check first. What Are The Perfect Conditions For Orchid Flowers? In the wild, orchids naturally tend to grow on trees with their roots exposed. So, they prefer to sit in places where lots of air can get to their roots. This, again, means less watering is needed. Like with most plants and flowers, you want to keep them away from drafts and direct sunlight. Orchids also usually prefer humid climates. This can be difficult to replicate in the home where the air tends to be rather dry. A simple solution to this is to mist the leaves and visible roots to keep the plant moist. Simply use a spray bottle filled with clean water. You can do this up to two times a day depending on where your orchid is situated in your home. The water will evaporate quite quickly especially in warmer weather. If you are worried about over misting, simply check if the leaves and roots […]

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