Monday, September 15, 2014

Selecting the Perfect Flower Centerpiece

Florist Advice on Sending Flower Centerpieces as a Gift to your Dinner Host

`With the High Holidays, Thanksgiving and winter holidays approaching, many of you will find yourselves on the guest list for a number of holiday dinners.  Flowers have always been the perfect hostess gift, beautiful and always appreciated.  To ensure that the flowers you have delivered by your local florist or bring yourself is truly and fully appreciated; please check out our helpful tips below.
If your intent is to present your host with a lovely bouquet of flowers to be placed anywhere in the home, then there is no need to have it delivered in advance.  Take it with you as you would if you were taking a bottle of wine.  You’ll have the priceless opportunity to witness the joy in your host’s eyes when presented with such a refreshing gift and the discomfort of feeling empty-handed will be eliminated. Having these flowers in a vase is preferred over a bouquet without a vase.  Your host has too many things to worry about and having to find a vase to fit your bouquet will only add to their stress.  Make it simple and easy by taking a vase arrangement with you.

If your intent is to provide the dinner table’s centerpiece, well there are a few factors to keep in mind to make sure your centerpiece is truly appreciated and admired not only by your host, but other members of the dinner party.  Keep in mind that the dinner table’s centerpiece is the focal point of the setting and can become a conversation piece, so you want this centerpiece to generate highly positive conversation among guests, which will make you and your florist look like true designers.
Stay away from fragrant flowers or any flower that is known to cause allergies.  An experienced florist will be able to help you with this, so let them do their job.  Although fragrant flowers are greatly appreciate, that appreciation diminishes when highly perfumed flowers are mixed with the aroma of rich foods….a complex and unwelcomed fragrance in a food dominant setting.

If you’re not familiar with their table size and shape, we’ve got an easy fix for you!  It is the “Modular FlowerCenterpiece” , coined by Boca Raton Florist, Petals of Boca.  The Modular Flower Centerpiece is often overlooked but can be a design savior when implemented.
The modular centerpiece is a collection of multiple small centerpieces that are smaller than the single large centerpiece that would traditionally take the place of the center of dinner tables.  Imagine the large centerpiece cut into 3 or 4 pieces and then distributed throughout the table.  Choosing the modular centerpiece opens up a world of design flexibility and introduces easy, functional and perfect designing.

Why is the modular centerpiece preferred over a large centerpiece for a table size and shape that is unknown?
1)      Mini flower centerpieces, let’s say 4 individual pieces, can be grouped together to form a triangle, a circle, a square, a rectangle or an oval.  This is perfect a round, square, oval or rectangular table.

2)      For larger tables, they can be spread out to provide proportionate coverage for the table.

3)      For smaller tables, they can be placed closely together to fit on the table.

4)      If the table is too small for all 4 mini flower centerpieces, then your host will be more than happy to use one elsewhere in the home.
When it comes to color choices, neutrals tones in whites, crèmes and soft greens are the safest choice.  If your hostess is not too discerning, then a seasonal color palate and theme is fun, inspiring and will bring the essence of the holiday to the table.  This is the most popular of centerpieces.
For a host who is very particular, you may want to discuss the colors with them prior to purchasing the centerpiece.  Don’t take the flower centerpieces yourself, have your local florist deliver them in advance.  This will give your host the time to arrange them based on how they will fit in with their table setup and you can rest assure they will be delivered intact.

Enjoy dinner, your flowers and the many accolades!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Many Faces of Lilies

Over the years, my shop has received so many phone calls, requesting to deliver lilies as a symbolic gesture from the sender.  These calls are sometimes long and confusing to the customer because when asked the question, "what type of lily would you like?," confusion sets in.  Some customers think of a lily as referring to just a single flower type, like a sunflower or a rose.  Well, it's a bit more complicated.

Lilies can refer to flowers such as Oriental lilies, which includes the Casa Blanca lilies, Stargazer lilies, Easter lilies or another variety of the Oriental lily family.  These are the more traditional and common lily flowers.  These lilies, especially the Stargazer lily can be highly scented.  They were traditionally used as wedding flowers and funeral flowers.  Some customers find the perfume-like fragrance of these flowers to be a bit offensive.  The scent can trigger migraines or it can be a reminder of a loved one's funeral.  In the old days, the highly perfumed lilies were used to conceal the odor of death and although no longer used for its odor concealing quality, it has continued to be a popular funeral flower.  Not all of the Oriental lilies are highly fragrant, but it is a common quality among most.
Stargazer Lilies available for delivery in Boca Raton
Next on the list of lily flowers is the Asiatic lily.  The Asiatic lily is a smaller version of the oriental lily and usually not scented.  It comes a wider variety of colors compared to its relative, the Oriental lily.  The most popular Asiatic lily is the Tiger lily, which is bright orange with brown spots or freckles on the inner portion of the petals.  Asiatic lilies and Oriental lilies are not harmful to humans, but can be fatally toxic to cats.
The Tiger lily is sometimes confused with the common roadside, daylilies.  Daylilies tend to grow in ditches and will open during the day and close at night.
Orange Asiatic Lilies can be purchase from florist, Petals of Boca
Another commonly requested lily flower is the calla lily.  This flower type does not belong to the traditional lily family and looks nothing like it.  Calla lilies can be large calla lilies, which come in white and the exquisite green tones of the Green Goddess.  The smaller calla lilies are referred to as mini or miniature calla lilies and come in a rainbow of colors.  Calla lilies are sometimes called "trumpet lilies" because of the shape of the flower's head or the less graceful, but cute, "pig's ear" which is what an open calla lily flower looks like.

Large, white calla lilies as seen above are popular wedding flowers.
The calla lily is not only a popular wedding flower, but it is also used for modern and masculine flower arrangements.  Calla lilies are not scented and have a long vase life.

Somewhat similar in shape to a fully open calla lily is a peace lily, but they are not related.  The peace lily is rarely used in flower designs.  Instead, it is left on the plant, which is usually sent as a sympathy gift.  The peace lily plant is an indoor plant which requires lots of water and little sunlight, making it a great office plant.

The many faces of the lily continue to present themselves in the form of other unusual lilies, none of which are related to traditional lilies or calla lilies.  Among these flower types are ginger lilies, water lilies, African lilies, gloriosa lilies and lily of the valley.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Florist in Boca Raton, Florida: Sending Flowers for Halloween

Florist in Boca Raton, Florida: Sending Flowers for Halloween: Thinking about sending flowers for the Halloween Holiday... My favorite fall holiday happens to be Halloween.  It's a time of whimsica...

Sending Flowers for Halloween

Thinking about sending flowers for the Halloween Holiday...

My favorite fall holiday happens to be Halloween.  It's a time of whimsical enchantment, filled with "Ghoulish Fun".  With that in mind, I always try to send the spirit of Halloween to my friends in Florida.  Most of friends, however, are adults on diets and care very little for a basket of candy, but have shown great appreciation for a flower centerpiece that fills their home with spirit of the season.

Pumpkins filled with fall tone flowers have always been a big hit.  Selecting flowers in the darker tones, such as purples & burgundy, creates a richer, more intense floral display.  Purple hydrangeas and burgundy roses are perfect flowers for this style of flower arrangement.  If they are of high quality and well cared for, they should last for quite a long time. 

If you're like me and enjoy the more edgy flower designs, I would recommend the famous, "Pumpkin Patch".  This is certainly a whimsical and unique interpretation of a pumpkin patch.

Petals of Boca, Florist in Boca Raton, FL
Live, miniature pumpkins in a fall field.  The "Pumpkin Patch" has been extremely popular among the lucky recipients over the years.  This fresh flower composition can be purchased from Petals of Boca, a florist in Boca Raton, Florida.

If you're planning to send this flower arrangement to someone special, please keep in mind that due to its popularity,  it's recommended that you place your order well in advance.

If you're looking for more traditional Halloween flower arrangements,

then consider sending the "Harvest Pumpkin" or the "Wicked Eve" as shown below from left to right:

Petals of Boca, a Boca Raton Florist
Wicked Eve Flowers
Petals of Boca, Florist in Boca Raton Florida
Harvest Pumpkin Flowers
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Petals of Boca, Florist in Boca Raton, FL
1101 S Rogers Cir #2, Boca Raton, FL(561) 998-3336