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Get Well Soon! 9 Tips for Sending Flowers to a Hospital October 16, 2019 05:34

Los Angeles Florist

Sending flowers to a hospital is a thoughtful gesture, and one that those you care about will really appreciate. Are you looking to send flowers to someone in a hospital but you're not sure what colors or arrangement to order?

This article has you covered. In this article, we will go over some tips on picking out the perfect bouquet to send to a loved one. 

Read on to discover these great tips on sending flowers to a hospital. 

1. Don't Be Afraid of Cheerful Colors 

You might be worried about what type of flowers to send while your loved one is in a hospital. Even though it's never fun to be in a hospital, it doesn't mean your flowers can't be cheerful.

Some bouquets that are more cheery and colorful will be more well-received than others as well. It's a thoughtful gesture for when you can't be there but show you're thinking of that person. 

Keep in mind your loved one's preferences and favorite colors too when it comes to picking out flowers. If you're not sure what colors they like best, most people enjoy a colorful assortment. Some popular florals for get well arrangements are roses, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, and carnations. 

2. Consider the Rules at the Hospital 

Your local Atlanta florist will have experience with sending flowers to local hospitals. Ask your florist any questions you may have before picking out your arrangement. Some hospitals won't accept flowers, such as intensive care or the emergency room, so it's important to find out before sending them. 

It's also a good idea to google the hospital's phone number and call the front desk to see if floral arrangements are allowed. 

If that's the case where the hospital doesn't allow it, you can always send an arrangement after surgery or treatment. Any other requirements, such as the flowers being in a container, your florist can help you with as well. 

Check out some of our Get Well Florals here

3. Tailor a Gift to Go with the Flowers 

Sending meaningful flowers is a thoughtful gift, but sometimes people want to send a gift as well. You'll want something that matches the flowers and needs of your loved one, like, for example, sending a flower.

If you're not sure what to send but still want to send something else, a get well balloon is a thoughtful gift as well! 

4. Include a Card 

You'll want to always include a card with your floral arrangement. When your loved one is in the hospital, it'll mean a lot to know who the flowers are from, plus read and appreciate the card! 

Are you not sure what to say? Your local Atlanta florist can help you with suggestions. It's a kind sentiment in itself to send flowers and a card, so don't worry too much about what to write/not write. 

5. Allergies, Go Green 

If your loved one has many allergies so you can't send flowers, opt for green plants. This will still cheer them up and show you're thinking about them! A great example is bamboo! Plus your loved one can enjoy the plant when they're out of the hospital too. 

6. Things to Consider  

You'll want to consider some things before sending a floral arrangement.

You'll need to consider:

  • Who is receiving them?
  • Are you sending flowers or plants that need extra care afterward? 
  • Are they able to return home with them?

It's important to consider if, when they head home, they will be alone or have someone else helping them? If you know they'll have others there to help them out, you can go ahead and send a beautiful and large arrangement. 

If you think they'll be alone, then you might want to consider a smaller bouquet they can easily bring home with them. Find out from family or the hospital if they'll be heading home alone or with help. 

Think about care as well. Will they be able and want to water a plant every day? If you decide to go with an Orchid delivery, the great thing about them is they don't need to be watered as much. 

Keep in mind who you're sending them to as well. If you're sending them to a child, they'll love stuff animals with their flowers, and their parents will really appreciate the flowers. 

7. How to Send Flowers to a Hospital 

It's important to remember that your loved one can always change rooms when they're in a hospital. Because of that, it's normally not necessary for a florist to know the room number.

When your Atlanta florist goes to deliver your flowers, they'll have to check-in at the front desk anyway, and then the flowers will be delivered to the appropriate room. If you did put a room number down, don't worry. It'll still get to the appropriate location. 

Sending Flowers to a Hospital 

When sending flowers to a hospital, they're some great tips you just learned about picking out the best floral arrangement for getting well.

What's most important to remember is it's the thought that counts, and that's what will matter most to your loved one. Sending flowers will show you're thinking of them and will brighten their day.

Are you ready to purchase a lovely get well soon floral arrangement? Contact us today, and we'll help you pick out the perfect floral arrangement for your loved ones and their needs. Before you know it, your loved one will receive your thoughtful flower arrangement and be smiling knowing you thought of them. 

 


9 Flower Books that Make Excellent Gifts September 27, 2019 07:07

Los Angeles Florist

All around the world, there are about 400,000 estimated flower species.

That's a lot of flowers, and people love them. Some people can't get enough of them and even find themselves reading books about them. 

Add some enjoyable flower books to your summer reading list, or give these books as excellent gifts to friends.

1. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine may be one of the most interesting flower books. 

Most people don't see a dandelion as a flower, but rather as a weed. However, as the book says: "A common flower, a weed that no one sees, yes. But for us, a noble thing, the dandelion."

This book actually started out as a short story. It follows the story of a twelve-year-old boy. He lives in a fictional, rural town in the midwest. The story takes place in the summer of 1928.

This book will make you look at dandelions and weeds differently as you read the perspective of an innocent child. The flower has a special meaning to the main character, which you can find out about when you read this book.  

2. The Art of Flora Forager by Bridget Beth Collins

In this book with flowers, there is beautiful artwork that will make this book a keeper.

There are beautiful pieces of art not only of flowers but also of fungi and leaves. For example, in some of the artwork, Bridget will take pieces of nature like rocks or leaves and form them into some other kind of shape.

There are all kinds of different scenes and images on here that really capture the author's imagination and creativity. 

These artworks originally appeared on Instagram until they were compiled into the aesthetically pleasing little book.  

3. Flower by Andrew Zuckerman

Flower is a beautiful book featuring some of the most beautiful flower photography. 

Andrew Zuckerman is an American filmmaker, and he put this book together after capturing pictures of common and exotic flowers. His photography style captures the exquisite details and bold colors of the plants. 

This book would be a great addition to any coffee table. 

4. Radical Gardening by George McKay

If you are into gardening and growing your own flowers as well as the history behind it, you may be interested in this book.

This book will also explore some of the politics behind gardening, which you may not have even known existed. This book also talks about how some marginalized communities have found solace in the midst of the vegetables, fruits, and flowers. 

This refreshing and honest book will fuel your passion for gardening as well as open your eyes to so many new ideas and information.  

5. Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy

If you love flowers but also want a garden that can produce some food for you and your family to eat, this may be just the book for you.

This book will help you make your garden look aesthetic while also being functional. It will also help you figure out how to eat healthier and more organically.  

6. The Flower Book by Rachel Siegfried

The title of this book kind of speaks for itself.

This giant book was written by Rachel Siegfried, a florist and farmer from the U.K. This book is 10 x 12 inches and actually weighs close to 4 pounds!

Now this is definitely a coffee table book. Inside, there are enlarged photos of flowers along with tips on how to care for different ones. This book will have you flipping through the pages over and over again because, with each time, you will notice something different in the photographs. 

7. Living Art: Style Your Home with Flowers by Olivier Giugni

Giugnia knows that flowers can brighten up your home and make you happier. 

He demonstrates that in his book and tells you how to utilize flowers in the right way when it comes to interior design.

He gives you examples of other homes, including his own. You will notice how the flowers don't even stand out and just blend in with the room. However, their presence still gives the room a certain feel to it. 

Even if you don't follow some of the tips in this book, it's still a great resource for inspiration. 

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is more of a modern book that uses a wallflower as a metaphor throughout the book.

This story is set in the 1990s and follows the story of a high school freshman. He is a "wallflower." Always on the side, observing everything but never really being noticed.

However, towards the end of the book, things start to change and people realize how beautiful a wallflower really is. 

9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden is a classic. If you don't know, the story follows Mary, who is an orphan. She is sent to live at her uncle's mansion where she finds the key to a secret garden. 

In this book, there are all kinds of beautiful descriptions of the flowers in this hidden garden. The imagery will make you feel like you are right there with the characters.

Read These Flower Books Today

These flower books will give you a deeper appreciation for nature. 

It may even inspire you to start planting some of your own. Or you may be inspired to share the love and send a beautiful bouquet to someone you care about.

We have you covered. Check out these luxury bouquets today! 

 


8 Warm Choices for Summer Wedding Flowers July 23, 2019 07:49

Los Angeles WeddingsNearly 71% of all weddings happen on a Saturday. And nearly 80% of all weddings occur between May and October.  The summer months are popular for good reason. The warm weather, long days, and good vibes all around. If you're having a summer wedding, you should maintain the seasonal theme with your flowers. 

Not sure about which flowers to choose? Keep reading for 8 ideas summer flower arrangements. 

History of Flowers at Weddings

Traditionally, people who had weddings in ancient Rome and Greece would wear garlands around their necks. The flowers represented hope and new life for the marriage. 

During the Middle Ages, women had bouquets made of spices and herbs. They were meant to ward away evil spirits. Flowers were included in the wedding bouquet during the Victorian period.

The tradition of a bouquet made of flowers became popular by Queen Victoria who married Prince Albert. She held a bouquet of moss and orange blossom. 

Flowers also held a special meaning. Each flower represented a different message and people would send different flowers as a form of expressing love. 

Today, flowers now reflect the bride's style and aesthetic. A bouquet of flowers is a gorgeous accessory that should complement the theme of the wedding both in color and the type of flower chosen.

For example, if you're having a vintage-themed wedding, you may want to express that with white anemones. If you're going for the classic romantic look, you'd go for roses. 

Top Summer Flower Arrangements

Want to reflect the fun, summer feeling at your wedding? Here are 8 summer flower arrangements to choose from. 

1. Sunflowers

What better way to celebrate the sun than with bright yellow sunflowers at your wedding? These cheery flowers are said to be good luck

You can use sunflowers for a pop of color in a floral arrangement. For a rustic or vintage feel, you can add a single sunflower to your bouquet of garden flowers.

You can also go all out and have a bouquet of sunflowers or decorate your wedding with sunflowers to go with a casual summer wedding theme. For a romantic look, you can combine sunflowers, roses, and gerbera daisies. 

2. Hydrangeas

These flowers are in season from July to November. Hydrangeas have a unique, voluminous look. They can fill up a centerpiece or bouquet and create volume. 

You can use hydrangeas to add an elegant touch to your wedding. You include them in your bouquet, centerpiece, or even on your cake. 

3. Garden Roses

With the rise of Pinterest and do it yourself weddings, many people are looking for unique flower choices instead of the classic rose. However, garden roses are a versatile flower choice that can match any wedding theme. 

They exude romance and elegance. They also come in a variety of soft colors such as white, pink, orange and red. 

You can go classic and combine a bouquet of roses and calla lilies. You can also go with a rustic look and combine roses with greenery. 

4. Chamomile Daisies

It's not just for your tea. For a whimsical-style wedding, you can incorporate chamomile daisies into your decor. These small flowers look cute and button-like. 

You can use these flowers as a filler, or you can even use them as the primary wedding flower. Create a bouquet of chamomile daisies to give your wedding an all-natural garden feel. 

You can create a runner of chamomile daisies. These flowers give off a happy, cheery vibe.

5. Protea

If you want a unique flower arrangement for your wedding in the summer, you can go with protea flowers. These flowers are native to South Africa and hold up well in the hot Georgia climate.

Protea flower plants are bold, beautiful, and definitely untraditional. If you want your flower arrangements to turn heads because of their beauty, these are the flowers to choose. 

6. Dahlias

Dahlias have a rich, vibrant look that makes them the perfect summer flower. If you want a romantic summer wedding, but you're sick of roses, this is the flower for you. 

These flowers come in a variety of colors ranging from deep purple to red to white. 

7. Baby's Breath

Sometimes, simplicity can be beautiful. You don't need the biggest, brightest flowers to make a statement. You can create a romantic, dreamy atmosphere with baby's breath. 

These flowers are a great choice if you're budget-conscious. They can be used as a filler to add volume and elegance to other flowers. Or, they can be used as the main attraction for your wedding. 

You can put together a bouquet of baby's breath for a soft, beautiful look. You can use baby's breath , centerpieces, and all throughout your wedding.

8. Peonies

Peonies are a good choice if you're holding a late spring/early summer wedding. These fluffy flowers come in shades of pink, red, yellow, and white. 

For a budget-friendly idea, use peonies as the accent flower in your bouquet or wedding decor. You can pair them with wildflowers for a boho-chic summer wedding. You can also go for the romantic look of white and peach peonies. 

Choosing Your Summer Flower Arrangements

Choosing your wedding flowers should be a fun part of your wedding planning. Flowers are a great way to add your own flair and style to your big day. 

Looking for more summer flower arrangement ideas? Stressing about which ones to choose?

We have in-house wedding floral consultants that can help you choose the perfect flowers. Contact us to learn more. 


6 Tips for Finding the Best Get Well Flowers for Someone June 25, 2019 06:02

Los Angeles FloristWhen you hear a friend or loved one is ill, the first thing you want to do is help. You might visit them at home to cook them a meal. Or you might visit them in the hospital to keep them company. But if visiting isn't possible, then send a message to let them know you're thinking of them. It'll help boost their spirits, which is exactly what they need to get on the mend faster.

One of the best ways to send a message is by sending flowers. Studies have shown that flowers trigger your so-called 'happy' brain chemicals: dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin.

But how do you know what to send? Read on to learn how to choose the best Get Well flowers.

1. Does Your Friend or Loved One Have Allergies?

If they're already ill, you don't want to make them worse by provoking allergies. And if they're at home, don't send something like lilies if they have cats. The pollen is toxic to them.

Also avoid flowers like daisies, sunflowers, chrysanthemums or goldenrod. They produce a lot of pollen which makes allergies much worse.

But there are plenty of flowers you can send instead.

Choose hypoallergenic plants like succulents. They're easy to look after and they'll last well beyond your loved one's illness. You can also choose arrangements with different plants for more color and variety.

Geraniums are hardy flowers and you can find them in a range of bright colors. Clematis, periwinkle, and columbine are also good options for allergy sufferers.

2. Think of Where the Person is Staying

Is your loved one ill at home? A blooming plant is a better option than a bouquet. Something like a potted hydrangea is an unusual choice but it'll last longer than cut flowers.

Incidentally, hydrangeas are also an excellent choice for allergy sufferers. 

Potted pansies are another good choice. Their bold colors make them an attractive plant to have nearby and the flowers symbolize loving thoughts.

For loved ones in the hospital, try a colorful bouquet. It'll brighten a boring hospital room and cheer them up.

Peonies are a fantastic flower in spring, with their spectacular blooms. They represent healing and good health. Daisies are a good springtime choice and liven up any room.

You can also go down the seasonal route and choose flowers that your loved ones might see outside. It'll help them feel involved in the world beyond their window.

Or pick a bouquet of many blooms to give your friend something more interesting to look at throughout the day.

3. The Best Get Well Flowers Last 

Certain blooms are known for having a better vase life. These long-lasting flowers are a better choice if your loved one will be staying in the hospital for more than a few days.

It'll save you from having to send multiple bouquets. And the hospital staff won't have to keep disposing of wilted blooms.

Phalaenopsis orchids are a good choice, since many blooming varieties flower for weeks at a time. They're also easy to care for, needing minimal watering. Orchids will easily outlast their illness.

Chrysanthemums in their cut form provide a lot of color. Choose your loved one's favorite color, or pick colors that are naturally more cheerful, like orange, yellow, or pink.

Carnations are also a fabulous option. Red carnations represent perseverance and strength, which is a wonderful symbol to give your loved one while they recover.

4. Choose Plants That Are Easy to Look After

Specialty flowers may look and smell great, but they require more care and attention that your loved one might not be able to give.

Hardy flowers that only need sunlight and water are better choices.

Hostas need minimal water and sunlight. They're also good for allergy sufferers and many varieties are unscented.

Zinnias, delphiniums, and gladiolus also last a long time. They provide plenty of color and spread cheer to whoever receives them.

To get zinnias to last a long time, change the water every two days. Chrysanthemums need fresh water every day.

Make sure you remove carnation petals or leaves that land in the water. Otherwise, it can change the bacteria balance for the flowers.

5. Use Flowers to Send a Message

Make sure you send flowers as soon as you can. The simple act of sending them shows the person matters to you, which can help boost their mood.

The language of flowers was a popular way to send secret messages during the Victorian era.

A sweet basil plant shows you're sending good wishes. 

The cactus represents endurance while white heather symbolizes protection. Mixed zinnias mean you're thinking of an absent friend.

Daffodils show you're sending your regards. Giving daffodils as a gift also symbolizes good luck for the recipient.

Just beware the old folklore not to bring daffodils into a house while chickens are sitting on eggs!

Yellow flowers, in general, are a great choice because they're so brigh and give off a "happy" vibe.

6. Check if They're Injured or Ill

An injured person can stand more heady scents in 'get well' bouquets. So you might send something highly fragrant like freesia or lilacs to a friend recovering from a broken leg.

Cheerful fragrances can help boost their mood.

But an ill person might not be able to stand such perfumes. Choose quieter blooms (or succulents) to say 'get well soon' without overpowering them.

Or choose something more unusual like lavender stems. Their quiet scent can help improve sleep, which is something ill patients need to heal faster.

The scent of lavender may also help combat anxiety. Just another reason to send a bouquet including lavender.

Now You Know Which Flowers to Send to Say 'Get Well'

Flowers are a thoughtful gift and putting a little time into choosing the right ones is a great way to show you care.

With such a dazzling array of flowers and plants to choose from, you'll be able to pick the right gift for your friend or loved one.

If you're still looking for the best Get Well flowers to send, then browse our selection of bouquets and potted plants.


No Sneezing Allowed! The Perfect Hypo Allergenic Flowers for People with Allergies June 3, 2019 09:05

Los Angeles FloristDo you have allergies or are you looking to buy a flower arrangement for someone who does? The great news is there's a wide range of hypo-allergenic flowers available. Generally, it's the pollen that causes problems for people with allergies. Hypo-allergenic flowers produce very little pollen, so they won't cause much of an issue for people who are allergic to flowers.

Here are some of the best hypoallergenic flowers that you might want to consider.

Carnations

You won't have to worry about experiencing a sore throat or a runny nose around this kind of flower. Carnations are shaped like a ruffled ball and they can easily add texture to any arrangement of flowers you'd care to use them in.

This is a flower that's generally available in both spray color and standard, so you should be able to put them into any sort of color scheme or arrangement fairly easily.

Hyacinth

This is a flower that has a very low level of pollen, but you should keep in mind that its scent can cause irritation to some people.

The hyacinth looks great when you display it alongside other spring flowers, such as tulips. With the right level of care, you can expect this plant to last at least eight days at a time.

Orchids

While these flowers do have pollen, it's actually sticky, meaning it doesn't usually become airborne. These flowers can be bought throughout the year but are best used in tropical arrangements.

They're easier to care for than you'd think; they usually need an ice cube's worth of water once a week. If you're looking for hardy, low-maintenance, low-pollen flowers, then give these a shot.

Tulips

This plant was so popular in the Netherlands that it once caused a huge market crash. Looking at this beautiful flower, it's easy to see why it was so popular.

Not only are tulips an amazing looking flower, but you can also use them without fear of an allergic reaction. They're available in a huge range of colors and varieties. Make sure you wear gloves when you plant these, as they've been known to give people with allergies a rash when handled.

Snapdragons

If you're looking for a great flower for height, the snapdragon can add a little bit of texture to an arrangement. They're also a very low allergen flower.

These can often be used to create the framework for a flower arrangement. In most arrangements you use them in, the snapdragons will really grab the attention of anyone who looks at it. You can expect these flowers to last for around five days, as long as you care for them properly.

Irises

Irises are a springtime flower, but you can expect to find them available for purchase all year round. These are low pollen flowers, so you won't need to worry about having an allergic reaction.

Roses

Roses are a classic flower that most of us are familiar with. Different colored roses can symbolize different things. For example, a red one could be used to represent romantic love.

While roses certainly do have a good amount of pollen, it generally doesn't become airborne. This is because the pollen particles are much too big to get in the air.

Not only do roses look fantastic in almost any setting, but they'll also last long in a vase. The average rose will survive for over a week while in a vase.

Asiatic Lilies

Did you know you can actually modify a flower, making it much more bearable for someone who suffers from allergies?

For example, say you want to buy some lilies. You can simply cut off the stamens from the flower. This is where the pollen is kept, so once the stamen is removed, the lilies will no longer produce any pollen.

Just make sure you do this before anyone with allergies gets close to it, as lilies are some of the worst flowers for people with hayfever.

Cactus

When you think of a beautiful flower, you probably don't imagine it belonging to a cactus. You might be surprised at how impressive of a flower certain cacti are capable of producing; some can sprout pink, orange, and yellow flowers.

Not only are these flowers great to look at, but they're also very low in pollen count. Anyone with allergies won't need to worry about being around a cactus.

Peonies

If you have allergies, you don't need to stay away from this popular variety of flower. Peonies are known for their large, double bloomed flowers. These plants are in season from around April until about June.

With that being said, some retailers may be able to offer these amazing flowers out of season.

Yarrow

These are tall, slender, and brightly colored flowers. They're also great for people who have allergies thanks to their anti-allergic qualities. This plant produces significantly less histamine than other flowers, making it ideal for a hypoallergenic bouquet.

Astrantia

This is a great flower to use to add a bit of color to an arrangement. Adding this to a bouquet will create somewhat of a wildflower feel.

It's great for allergy sufferers due to its low pollen count. It's also a flower that's quite trendy at the moment.

Get the Perfect Hypo-Allergenic Flowers

A lot of people are allergic to flowers, so asking for hypo-allergenic flowers is not that strange of a request. Are you looking to go the extra mile for that special someone who's allergic to flowers? Just tell any good florist you're looking for hypo-allergenic flowers and they should be able to help you with the perfect arrangement.

People with allergies can't normally get flower arrangements, so getting one they can enjoy will probably be seen as an extra special and thoughtful gift.

Want to put together a special arrangement for a loved one? Then get in touch with us today!


The Best Summer Flowers to Give and Display May 13, 2019 07:14

The grass is green, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the weather is nice and warm. There's no denying it -- it's summertime! There are tons of fun ways to enjoy the summer months. Visiting a beach or going to a theme park are popular choices. Another great idea? Enjoying the many beautiful summer flowers!

Whether in your garden or in a thoughtful bouquet, we've got the definitive guide to the best summer flowers. Learn what they are, what they mean, how to combine them, and more -- keep reading!

Roses

We're going to go over some of the most popular options first before we look at other interesting flowers. Roses are the most recognizable flower of them all so we'll start with this stunning classic!

While they make a very popular Valentine's Day bouquet, summer is their time to shine. The majority of roses start blooming in mid-June, smack in the middle of summer.

With so many colors to choose from, these will certainly brighten up any space. Roses are sure to make anyone who receives them smile!

Daisies

Like roses, daises are one of the most recognizable flowers out there. Plus, did you know that in "flower language", they symbolize loyalty and love?

With their fresh white petals and cheerful yellow centers, they are the epitome of summer. Daises have a friendly and sweet air about them and will brighten up any bouquet.

Hydrangeas

Not everyone loves hydrangeas. It's a shame because these flowers are beautiful, versatile, and hardy.

Hydrangeas grow in cute and colorful clusters. One head of hydrangea makes a dramatic statement by itself -- no other flowers needed.

Hydrangeas look gorgeous even after you take them out of an arrangement. Leave them in a vase with a little water and plenty of air circulation and in about two weeks, they'll dry out perfectly.

Marigolds

These dense, orange blooms aren't just pretty to look at. They traditionally help keep away pests from your garden or home.

Their strong scent keeps away both insects and animals. Plus, their packed petals will bolster your bouquet.

Lavender

The scent of lavender is said to be relaxing and calming. You'd think it was a flower but you'd be wrong -- it's actually an herb.

Humans aren't the only ones that love lavender's scent. Bees and butterflies are attracted to it, making it a charming addition to your patio or outdoor space.

Dried lavender makes a fragrant potpourri. Keep some in satchels to freshen up your clothing drawers or place them around the home to keep it smelling great.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers are a popular theme during the warm part of the year. These yellow summer flowers are like having sunshine on a stalk.

These flowers are very dramatic, growing up to 15 feet high with a single, giant bloom. While they do work nicely in a bouquet, a single sunflower in a vase looks amazing by itself.

Amaranths

Here's another flower that likes to show off. Amaranth blooms can grow up to six feet tall and come in a variety of shades.

You can get them in purple, orange, red, gold, and even green. You can't go wrong with so many shades to choose from.

While they're eye-catching, they play along with other flowers when creating an arrangement. Make sure to pair them with flowers that complement their strong colors.

Cosmos

Cosmos are delicate and pretty, the very definition of a typical flower. They come in soft colors like white, pink, and crimson and have bright yellow centers.

These flowers look beautiful in little bunches. They can also frame other, larger blooms.

Common Zinnias

Zinnias are another versatile flower. Because they come in tons of different colors, they're a great addition to any arrangement.

Plus, you'll help pollinate other flowers if you place them anywhere outdoors. Bees adore them and you'll see them flock to these gorgeous blooms.

Foxgloves

These dainty flowers look like little multicolored bells sitting on a stalk. Popular foxglove colors are lavender, red, pink, and white.  

Although the blossoms look delicate, the flower can grow quite large. If foxglove is left on its own, it can reach heights of up to six feet!

Daylilies

Looking for something showy but are afraid you can't keep a bouquet fresh and vibrant? Try some daylilies.

These hardy beauties do just fine with very little attention. Plus, their blazing blooms look just like a summer sunset.

Anyone who receives a bouquet with a spray of daylilies has been handed a little piece of summer.

Peonies

Peonies produce magnificent blooms with thick, lush petals. Their abundant blossoms make a great focal point for any arrangement.

Although they come in bright fuchsias and reds, the soft corals, pinks, and whites are very romantic. A June bride would be smart to add them to her bouquet.

How to Combine Summer Flowers

Now you have a beautiful selection of flowers to start with. How can you make them work together best in an arrangement or in your home?

Here are a few ideas for pairing complimentary colors together:

  • Purple and yellow are a bold combo. Pair some lavender stalks with a few tight marigold blooms.
  • A rich, dark purple amaranth bloom works well with soft purples or blues like hydrangeas.
  • Multicolored zinnias look cute against a more neutral flower. Daisies, with their whites and yellow, provide the perfect background.
  • Peonies have a soft and romantic quality. Roses have the same attitude and would make a stunning bridal bouquet together.

No matter what, have fun and be creative when putting together your flower arrangements. Or, you can always call a professional!

Enjoy Summer Flowers Bouquets

If you want more summer flowers arrangement ideas, we're always happy to help. Our experts have spent years in the floral industry and they're always ready to put together the perfect combination for your event or celebration.

Need it fast? No worries -- we offer same day deliveries all with the same loving care and high standards we demand.

Check out some of our summer arrangements and show someone special how much you really care about them or just treat yourself!


Buy Yourself Some Flowers, You Deserve Them May 8, 2019 10:06

You talk about your favorite flowers. You drop not-so-subtle hints about how much you love getting flowers "just because." And you even come right out and ask your significant other to consider sending you flowers every once in a while.Yet, you still get...nothing. You wait and you wait and you wait. But flowers never show up at your front door.

If you're tired of waiting around for flowers, it's time to take matters into your own hands. There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying your own flowers and displaying them in your home.

Check out 7 reasons why you should buy your own flowers every now and then below.

1. You Know What Kinds of Flowers You Like

Roses have turned into the go-to flowers for most people shopping for their significant others. And while it's great to receive a gorgeous bouquet of roses, there are other flowers out there in the world!

Maybe you love tulips and wish you could put them around your house more. Or maybe you love hydrangeas and wish someone would pick you up a bouquet featuring different types of them.

Whatever the case, you know what you like better than anyone else. So treat yourself to flowers and choose exactly what you want.

2. You Love the Way They Look in Your Home

Is there anything better than walking into a home that's filled with flowers?

Even if the house isn't immaculate, flowers can brighten up any space and make it look alive. Whether you choose to place them in a foyer, a dining room, a living area, or all of the above, you'll enjoy coming home every day and seeing flowers everywhere after buying your own flowers.

3. You Love the Way They Smell Too

Flowers will do more than just look good when you bring them into your home. They'll also let off a pleasant aroma that'll make it impossible for you to be in a bad mood.

From the second you walk into your home at the end of a long day, you'll get hit with the sweet smell of the flowers that you've placed inside your home. They'll welcome you and put your mind at ease so that you can relax.

4. You Want to Make a Good Impression

Did you just invite a bunch of people to come to your house for dinner on a Saturday night?

It doesn't matter if you're hosting a holiday meal or just getting a group of good friends together for the first time in months. You need to have some beautiful centerpieces on hand to decorate your dinner table. They'll make a great impression on people when they show up.

And if you're going to purchase centerpieces for your dinner party, why not go the extra mile and splurge on flowers to put in other parts of your home as well? There are so many beautiful arrangements that will bring any area of your home to life.

You'll set the right tone with your flowers and let everyone know that you went above and beyond with your party decorations.

5. You Need to Eliminate Stress

It's not a secret that America as a whole is a stressed-out nation. According to studies, about 80 percent of people in the U.S. say that they're under stress on a regular basis.

Do you fall into this category? If so, start taking steps to change that so that you don't let stress get the best of you. It can cause all kinds of serious physical and mental health problems for people.

You can beat stress by committing to exercising more. You can also do it by practicing meditation.

But one of the most effective ways to knock stress out, without putting in a ton of effort on your part, is by buying your own flowers. It's going to be difficult for you to sit around and be stressed when you're surrounded by incredible flowers.

6. You Want to Boost Your Mood

Have you been feeling a little bit down in recent days for some reason?

It's not uncommon for people to feel this way. Everyone feels blue sometimes.

If you want to boost your mood, there are lots of quick and easy things you can do to make it happen. You can:

  • Go out of your way to talk to a stranger
  • Flash a smile at someone
  • Spend 15 minutes sipping a delicious cup of coffee
  • Play your favorite song over and over (and over!) again
  • Go for a long walk

You can also run to the store, pick up a bouquet of spring flowers, and sit and look at them for as long as you want. This will boost your mood right up and pull you out of the rut that you've been stuck in.

7. You Feel Like Treating Yourself "Just Because"

There is nothing better than getting flowers "just because." It shows that someone out there cares about you.

But there is also nothing quite like buying flowers "just because" for yourself. When you do it, you're practicing self-love and showing that you care about yourself.

Take a look at what flowers are on sale today and make it a point to stop by the flower shop to pick some up for yourself. Buying your own flowers is a great way to build up your confidence and feel better about who you are as a person. 

Consider Buying Your Own Flowers Today

If you wish you had flowers in your home right now, stop sitting around waiting for someone else to buy them for you. You deserve to buy yourself some flowers.

By buying your own flowers, you'll let the world know that you don't need anyone else to take care of you. You'll feel empowered when you do it, and you'll wonder why you didn't do it a whole lot sooner.

Do you need help picking out the right bouquet for yourself? Contact us today to see what we have available.


Win the Crown: Here's What Flowers to Use for a Homecoming Corsage April 16, 2019 05:51

Los Angeles FloristHomecoming has a fascinating history. There's actually a debate on which school started the tradition. Some say it's the University of Missouri, while others believe it's Baylor University in Texas. But no matter where the tradition started, one thing's for sure. Homecoming is an important part of the high school experience. And there are certain things you have to get right for the event.

One of those things, of course, is the homecoming corsage. Here, we'll talk a bit about its history, the best flowers to use for your corsage, as well as those for your date's boutonniere.

Homecoming Corsages: A Brief History

Flowers as part of formal wear didn't just happen in the last century or so. As far back as the Victorian Era, stylish women wore flowers on the bodice of their dress. They called it "bouquet de corsage" - a French phrase which translates to "the bouquet of the bodice."

Eventually, the term was shortened to just corsage. Corsage placement also evolved over time. From the bodice of a dress, it became more common to put a corsage on the shoulder strap. 

That was until spaghetti straps and strapless dresses became popular. From then on, it became customary for corsages to be worn on the wrist.

To this day, wrist corsages are still the preferred way to show off flowers as part of one's prom attire. But there are other ways to wear a corsage if you're going for a different look or just want a more modern take on the tradition. 

The Different Types of Homecoming Corsages

We talked about the different types of corsages in a previous post. Here, we mentioned how corsages can be worn on one's waist, dress, jacket or gown.

But which is the best way to wear a corsage for homecoming? Let's talk a bit about each type of corsage so you can decide how to wear yours and how to match it to your date's boutonniere, too.

Wrist Corsages

Wrist corsages for homecoming are not that different from those worn for a wedding. It's a small arrangement, usually consisting of 3 or 4 flowers.

But you can wear one that only has a single flower in it. A single, open rose would be a great choice for this. 

As for why wrist or wristlet corsages are popular, it has something to do with how comfortable they are to wear. With a wrist corsage, you don't need to check your dress every now and then if it's still there. Plus, there's little risk of damaging your gown, unlike pin-on types. 

Pin-On Corsages

Pin-on corsages, as the name implies, are corsages that are to be pinned on one's dress. They're a more traditional choice and perfect for gowns that have straps. 

But if you're worried they might damage your dress, you can opt for faux pin-on corsages that use magnets. They're more expensive, but certainly worth the extra investment if you're wearing couture or vintage. 

Modern Corsages

As we mentioned earlier, there are other ways to wear a corsage for homecoming. Some options to consider include ring corsages, hand corsages, and armband corsages. 

But they're not for everyone. A ring corsage, for example, isn't the best option if you want big, attention-grabbing flowers. Hand corsages or nosegay corsages are nice though carrying them all night long may be bothersome for you. 

As for armband corsages, they make for a bold look, sure. Just remember that since they're longer, they require more flowers and will cost more. Dancing with one on can also feel uncomfortable as the night goes on.

On to Flower Choices: What Are Your Best Bets?

The important thing when picking flowers for your corsage is to make sure they match your dress and your personality. But if you want something timeless, you can't go wrong with these traditional options.

Chrysanthemums

Are chrysanthemums too plain for a corsage? We don't agree, especially since much of their beauty lies in their meaning. 

If you're going for the crown, you may find it interesting that chrysanthemum flowers are considered the blossom of nobility in ancient China. In Britain and the United States, chrysanthemums are associated with happiness, joy, and optimism - all very good things to remember for the big night. 

Of course, you can't forget about how chrysanthemums come in different colors or how they can add liveliness to a mixed bouquet. If you're basing your choice on versatility alone, chrysanthemums are a sure bet. Plus, they make a great match for your date's boutonniere for homecoming. 

Carnations

Like chrysanthemums, carnations make great corsages and boutonnieres for homecoming. They also come in different colors and are associated with love, affection, and admiration.

One of the best things about carnation corsages is they're hardy. So if you plan to dance all night long, you can be confident they'll remain beautiful throughout and even beyond homecoming. They're also a budget-friendly option, something you might want to mention to your date if he's buying your corsage.

Orchids

As we've said before, orchids represent a lot of good sentiments such as love, beauty, refinement, and charm. Any guy or girl would appreciate being associated with those sentiments, especially during homecoming. 

But beyond what they symbolize, orchids make great floral accessories for homecoming because of their gorgeous colors and shapes. Their waxy texture also makes them ideal for events in hot climates. 

Roses

What's more traditional than a rose? If you think they're too traditional though you can personalize them by adding crystals or having them dyed in your favorite color. 

Tip: If you're worried about roses bruising easily, you can ask your florist to spray your corsage with a preservative. 

Ready to Choose a Homecoming Corsage? 

If you're looking for a Los Angeles florist for your corsage and boutonniere needs, we can help. Whether you want a traditional or non-traditional homecoming corsage, Socal Petals can hook you up with the freshest and most gorgeous flowers available. 

For more information on our flowers and prices, don't hesitate to contact us


Best of the Best: The Top 10 Most Popular Wedding Flowers of 2018 April 3, 2019 08:27

Los Angeles Wedding FloristThe world's largest wedding bouquet weighed over 202 lb and consisted of more than 1500 flowers. This OTT arrangement featured at the wedding of Christa Rasanayagam and Arulanantham Suresh Joachim, a habitual Guinness-World-Record-breaker. 

The good news is that this kind of trend never became a thing. However, 2018 does have a fair share of popular wedding flowers for you to consider for your special day. 

1. Popular Wedding Flowers in Ultra Violet

Ultra violet is 2018's color of the year, and the best way to include this popular shade in your wedding color scheme is with wedding flowers. 

Glamorous and striking, ultra violet adds energy and excitement to any wedding. It's famous for these uplifting qualities in the realm of color therapy too.

What's more, is that this one of Mother Nature's favorite tones, so you have plenty of variety to choose from for your wedding flowers. 

Big beautiful hydrangeas, delicate orchids, and classic roses all come in shades of ultra violet. You're sure to find something to suit the design of your bouquet.

Less is definitely more if you want to include ultra violet in your floral arrangements, and it plays nicely with the traditional wedding colors of cream and white.

2. Happy Days

Yellow is universally accepted as a happy tone but you want to steer clear of the in-your-face hues of this primary color for your wedding. This year, soft, butter yellow adds a hint of sunshine to the proceedings and looks beautiful alongside apricot orange shades.

Icelandic poppies, Juliet roses, peonies, ranunculus, chrysanthemums, and carnations are your go-to blooms for this wedding color combination. 

3. Off-the-Wall Flowers

Brides are getting creative with their wedding arrangements these days. Wall arrangements are hot news. Super colorful and decorative, living walls in seasonal shades are a great backdrop for photographs as well as gift and buffet tables. 

Wreaths and hoops are adorning tables and even making their way down the aisle in place of traditional bouquets. There are infinite ways to combine these circular shapes and sizes to add a unique touch to your wedding set up.

Mandalas are also big news this year, with petals, flowers, and greenery placed in attractive round patterns to generate good vibes. They look great too and there's no end to the way you can include mandalas in your wedding decor. They look great in front of the altar or on a strategically placed tabletop.

4. Wearable Wedding Flowers

Flower crowns have been around since Ancient Greek times and they've been making a comeback in recent years. 

For 2018, savvy brides are taking it to another level, with floral arrangements worn as bracelets, cuffs, and tiaras.  You can go big with huge floppy blooms, or pick a petite ensemble to suit your mood. 

5. Delightful Dahlias

Once deemed to be old-fashioned, dahlias are back with a big beautiful bang to become one of the most popular flowers for 2018 weddings.

Unashamedly showy and available in every color of the rainbow, as well as brown, dahlias are a versatile and attractive choice for your wedding bouquet or table arrangements. 

These beauties have a long flowering season and you can get your hands on dahlias of every shape and size all the way from May through November. 

6. Staying Single

Surprisingly, arrangements in just one tone are incredibly striking. Hydrangeas are your go-to when it comes to something blue, with thistle and delphiniums to add texture. 

For a classic white bouquet, there's an endless choice. Roses, lily of the valley, hydrangeas, peonies, tulips, and orchids are some of the most popular wedding flower choices for traditional brides.

You can compose a purple rain of blooms with sweet peas, calla lilies, anemones, and hellebores or be pretty in pink with roses, cherry blossoms, tulips, and peonies. 

7. Succulent Sophistication

Endearing and enduring, succulents have been all-the-rage in interior design during 2017. Now they're making their way down the aisle.

You can't beat succulents for adding texture to an arrangement and they're even great on their own, or as a small wedding favor for guests. 

8. Embossed with Moss

While no-one's made their way to the altar clutching a ball of moss (yet), this unusual plant is everywhere on the wedding scene at the moment.

Moss is the new greenery for 2018 and it's making an appearance in increasingly innovative ways. You can slip it in amongst your table arrangements, use it as a runner under the buffet spread and even have a moss monogram made for your wedding.  

Moss adds a fairytale feel to any wedding decor and it's more versatile than the more usual sprays of wedding greenery.  

9. Foraged Flowers

Although DIY won't do when you're a stressed-out bride, going for the foraged look is a way to add an element of charming disarray to your bouquet. 

These kind of bouquets are becoming one of the most popular wedding flower choices for the modern bride.

Foraged floral arrangements comprise elements sourced directly from the bosom of Mother Nature. They can include anything your florist finds along the way from autumn leaves to attractively shaped twigs and vines. 

If you are going for a back-to-nature feel for your wedding, you'll hit the mark with a foraged flower arrangement this year. 

10. Getting Artistic With Anthuriums

If its dramatic impact you want, that's what you'll get when you choose to include anthuriums in your bridal bouquet. Hailed as the next best thing to a protea, even a single anthurium can lift an ordinary bouquet to another level.

They're available in a huge assortment of glossy shades to suit any wedding color scheme. Their attractive tapered shape gives a modern-feel to even the most traditional bouquet. 

Where to Go for Wedding Flowers in Atlanta

Fashions come and go, but your wedding photos last forever. Be sure that you are comfortable with all your choices and don't blindly follow fads. 

Whether you have your heart set on these kinds of popular wedding flowers or prefer your own fanciful designs on your wedding day, get in touch and we'll arrange it all for you.


The Different and Most Popular Types of Orchids March 19, 2019 08:58

Los Angles FloristWhen you want a flower that says luxury, few flowers convey the message quite like an orchid. Anytime you see this coveted bloom, you can understand why--orchids are just the right mix of delicate, exotic, graceful, and strong. Funnily enough, orchids in ancient Greece were a symbol of virility. The connotation of luxury came several centuries later with the Victorians.

However, you may not know that there are many different types of orchids to choose from, each with its own distinctive look. Here, we're breaking down a few beautiful orchid varieties for you to consider in your next arrangement.

Phalaenopsis

The Phalaenopsis orchid, or Moth orchid, is probably the orchid you picture when you think of orchids.

That's because you've seen them all over design magazines and coffee tables across America. It's also one of the easiest orchids to grow at home.

It is a gorgeous, simple plant with thick leaves, an arching stem, and sprays of vibrant blooms with wide outer petals around smaller, richly-colored petals at the center.

Now, easy is a relative term. The Phalaenopsis doesn't like direct sunlight and has a low drought tolerance. If you buy a Phalaenopsis as your first orchid plant, you need to water it when the exposed roots turn silvery, usually once a week. It should get water only every other week during the flowering season.

Cattleya

One of the other most popular orchid species (besides Phalaenopsis) is the Cattleya Labiata orchid, often hailed as the Queen of Orchids for its delightful fragrance and rich colors.

It's named for William Cattley, the first person to grow the orchid in the 1800s.

The good news for orchid lovers is that the Cattleya has been widely hybridized, which means there's a variety of colors and styles, though bicolor features are especially popular.

If you do wish to grow a Cattleya, you're best served by growing it in a greenhouse, as they need heat and humidity to thrive.

Cymbidium

Cymbidium orchids are commonly known as Boat orchids and are frequently used in corsages because of their small blooms.

But don't worry--the cymbidium packs a lot of punch in a small flower. A single plant has multiple flower spikes with showy six-petal blooms. Even if they're not in bloom, they put on a show with long thin leaves which can reach up to four feet in length.

Dendrobiums

Dendrobium orchids are considered one of the most common types of household orchids, which makes a lot of sense since they're relatively easy to care for.

There's also a huge variety of Dendrobiums out there--about 1,200 species. The even better news is that they grow in a wide range of clients from hot, swampy lowlands to high, cold mountains.

This means you can select the type of Dendrobium that's best suited to the climate you live in, rather than trying to create a greenhouse in your home to keep the orchid alive.

Don't be worried about everyday blooms, either--Dendrobiums produce impressive blooms in a variety of colors (all with minimal maintenance).

Encyclia

Encyclia orchids are a highly unique flower, even among their exotic family members.

Encyclias consist of a small, upright central petal with several long, curling petals under it, sort of like fingers. Some horticulturalists liken an Encyclia flower to an octopus.

It isn't fragrant like many of its cousins, but the Encyclia has a lot more attitude to go around. It also blooms longer than many other orchids--in fact, they usually for several consecutive months at a time.

Miltonia

Once you see the Miltonia orchid, it's easy to understand where it got its nickname as the pansy orchid. It has the same features that make the pansy so welcome in cold weather. However, the Miltonia stays in bloom from late spring into summer.

Of course, the blooms are stunning and aromatic in their own right, which makes it easy to understand why homeowners love the Miltonia so much.

While you might be tempted to keep this flower in the sun and tropical conditions like its warm-weather cousins, the Miltonia actually prefers low light. You can tell if the orchid is happy by touching the leaves--cool leaves mean one delighted Miltonia.

Vanda

Vanda orchids are just as exotic as their name implies. Sometimes called the Singapore orchid, Vanda orchids are often displayed in special hanging baskets.

When you see one, you'll understand why. Vanda orchids have a small collection of delicate blooms topping a spray of slanting green leaves. What's visually distinctive is the tangle of thick white roots that spread underneath the plant, many as long as the stem itself.

Because of this, Vandas need to grow in specialized baskets or a chunky growing medium. These are not for the uninitiated--in fact, Vanda orchids are extremely picky about their growing environment. They like high light and humidity and won't tolerate much else.

Paphiopedilum

Also known as the lady's slipper orchid, the Paphiopedilum only produces one flower per plant. It doesn't sound like much until you see that one bloom.

The name comes from the Paphiopedilum's unusual appearance. It has one upright petal on top with two long, narrow petals sprouting downwards at an angle. Between the two long petals is a large, cup-like petal--the lady's slipper.

It's an intriguing flower, and if you take care of it, it will reward your hard work. In fact, some healthy Paphiopedilums can bloom for a whole year. The good news is that it's also a hardy orchid, which makes it very beginner-friendly.

Choosing the Right Types of Orchids for You

Now that you know all about the various types of orchids, are you ready to choose one to make a statement?

We offer a variety of orchid options, from our orchid garden to our orchid planter.

If you would like to order one of our beautiful orchids, check out our delivery area or get in touch with us today.


The Different Types of Wildflowers You Can Have In Your Bouquet March 12, 2019 07:43

Los Angeles FloristIs your best friend having a housewarming party? Or maybe you want to woo that special someone on your first date? Flowers make the perfect gift in a variety of situations. They can welcome a new family to the neighborhood, cheer up a sick family member in the hospital, or show your wife how much you care.

But what should you include in your gorgeous bouquet? There are so many types of wildflowers that it can be hard to pick the best.

Do you need some inspiration? Keep reading to discover different types of wildflowers you can have in your bouquet.

Chocolate Cosmos

With fall right around the corner, you'll probably be looking for a way to incorporate deeper colors into your bouquets. Chocolate cosmos are one of the best flower types to really bring in that autumn feel.

The best part is that they're rather small, so they don't have to be the main attraction. You can choose larger flowers in varying shades of red, orange, and yellow, then throw some chocolate cosmos into the mix to ensure your bouquet doesn't look too summery.

Clematis

Do you want to create a bouquet reminiscent of a lush rainforest? You'll want to include lots of bright colors and greenery. Clematis should be included among other flower types to give this bouquet a real wow factor.

They add interest by leaning downwards instead of straight up. This will give your bouquet an extra level and make it seem like it's bursting at the seams. Plus, you'll see more exposed leaves which help to add greenery to really complete the effect.

Blue Hydrangea

Are you looking for a more unique bouquet? Blue Hydrangeas are a great way to add something with a little extra texture and color.

A bushel of these small flowers has a fluffy and intricate appearance from afar and the gorgeous hue will add a nice pop of color. They can be a nice way to create a fun centerpiece for your dining room table or welcome a newly born baby boy into the world.

Roses

Has your wife or girlfriend done something special for you recently? Maybe she surprised you with tickets to your favorite team's game, or maybe she's been very supportive during a difficult time. A bouquet is a great way to show her that she is appreciated and loved.

Roses are among the most common flower types that go in bouquets - and there's a good reason why. Red roses are the epitome of love and passion. They make great bouquets throughout the year, so don't worry about saving it for Valentine's Day.

If you want something a little more unique, consider opting for different colored roses. Pink roses symbolize admiration and gentleness while peach roses symbolize appreciation. For something really different, go for a bouquet of lavender roses which represents a deep, fairy-tale love.

Dendrobium

Are you looking for the perfect bouquet for the sophisticated and classy women in your life? Dendrobiums make a great gift for mothers, coworkers, and friends.

These purple orchids are simple, but elegant and really make a statement. They're a great way to celebrate a promotion or housewarming party and will act as a focal piece in any room of the house or office.

Love-In-A-Puff

Just because summer is winding down, doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to those bright yellow flowers until next year. In fact, yellow field flowers make great additions to autumn-themed bouquets. They compliment red and orange flowers and mimic the color of changing leaves.

Love-in-a-puffs bring happiness into any room, so they're great for anyone who needs a good smile. The simple shape and fun color also make them a great addition to a rustic wedding centerpiece. There are so many ways to incorporate these little flowers to bring joy into any bouquet.

Lavender

Close your eyes and imagine you're in a field of wildflowers. What does it look like? What does it smell like?

Lavender is one of the best flower types to mimic this dream. Their soft purple color is very relaxing to look at and they are among the most fragrant flowers. A bouquet of lavender is a great way to freshen up any room naturally or help you de-stress after a rough few days.

Mini Calla Lilies

Have you ever gone to the garden section and ended up a handful of similar-shaped flowers? This can make your bouquet seem a little flat and bland. You'll want to vary your flower types and shapes.

Calla Lilies have a unique asymmetrical shape that makes them a great go-to when you need some more variety. If you don't want them to be the focal point of the bouquet, consider getting mini call lilies. The small size allows them to blend in enough that another flower can be the star, while still adding interest to the bouquet.

The best part is that they come in different colors, including white, pink, yellow, purple, and even black. You're sure to find the right color of mini calla lilies to complete any bouquet, whether it's for a funeral or an anniversary.

Types of Wildflowers for Bouquets

If you want to send a friend or loved one the gift of flowers, you may not be quite sure what to include in the bouquet. But, don't worry - it doesn't have to be so complicated. Just follow our guide to different types of wildflowers for inspiration.

Are you ready to order flowers? Check out our original bouquets today.


How to Write the Perfect Flower Card Message March 4, 2019 11:10

Los Angeles FloristToday, people send flowers to friends and family to express various emotions. Some send them to say thank you while others do so to congratulate people. And, some even send them to express their condolences. But, most of the time, these flowers don't travel to their recipient on their own. No, they have the company of a card with a message. In fact, greeting card sales add up to a whopping $7.5 billion each year.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know what to write in these cards. This is especially true when someone passes away or if you want to tell a person you love them.

Read this article to find out more about how to write the perfect card message to go with your next bouquet of flowers.

Consider the Occasion

Before you start writing your card, you need to consider the occasion. For example, the message you write for newlyweds won't be the same as for mothers day. Here are some examples you can get inspiration from:

Love

Nothing tells someone you're in love like a big bunch of red roses. But, if you want to impress that special someone, you're also going to have to write them a note that pulls on the heartstrings.

The note you write will depend on how much of a wordsmith you are. You could choose to write an entire poem. You could also research poems online.

Additionally, you could keep it simple with a one-liner. With a few simple words, you can tell that special someone they're the love of your life.

You could also tell them they make your dreams come true. The options are endless.

Sympathy

Sympathetic cards are some of the most difficult to write. If you are sending your condolences to a friend or family member, put thought into your message. Your card should support and comfort them.

If you don't know the deceased, keep it simple. If you live nearby, you can offer them physical support. For example, you could offer to bring them food. You could also help them make funeral arrangements like choosing the flowers. Be careful to not make promises you can't keep.

Family Cards

Family cards are among the most popular today. Card companies design specific cards for:

  • Mother and fathers day
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Aunties and uncles
  • Nieces and nephews

When it comes to writing a message for a family member, consider how close you are to them. You may want to make your card emotional.

You may also want to share a funny anecdote. Whichever route you choose to go down, keep your message personal.

Congratulations

If you are sending flowers and a card to congratulate someone, get as much detail about the event as possible. Here are some of the various events you may want to congratulate your loved ones for:

Birthday Wishes

There are so many different birthday cards you can send today. Depending on the person you are sending the card to, you could add a level of humor to your message. Card messages with ageist jokes are very common.

When sending a birthday message, try and remember the person's age. Kids, in particular, love showing off their age as they get older. Every year is like a new milestone to them.

Adults, on the other hand, would often prefer to forget their age. Try and steer clear of specific numbers, especially if you're not 100% sure of their age.

New Born Baby

If you have friends who are welcoming a new baby to their family, you may want to send them a quick congratulations. Once again, you can choose between comical and emotional messages. You could also write a poem if it's relevant.

Your friend may have once said they would never have a kid. You could remind them of that. Aside from cracking a joke, you'll be reminding them of your years of friendship.

Gratitude

Did someone help you in your time of need? Or did they give you an incredible gift on your wedding day? Whatever the reason, a thank you message should come from the heart. It should show the recipient you're truly grateful for their efforts.

Keep Your Card Message Short and Sweet

The key to writing a card to go with your flowers is to keep it short and sweet. If you can't fit everything you want to say on the card, write them a separate letter. A few words should suffice to get your message across.

This is a great rule if you're writing a card for a funeral or other sensitive circumstances. Keeping your message short will stop you from overthinking it. It may stop you from saying something which may offend them as well.

Choose a Relevant Quote

Quotes are a great way to get the reader's attention. Plus, there are thousands to chose from. You can find quotes on various topics on the internet. You can also choose between emotional and comical ones.

If there is a saying which has meaning to you and your loved one, use it. This could have more impact than anything else you could write.

Add a Thoughtful Gift to Make Your Message More Meaningful

No matter how nice a card you send, you need to choose the flowers to match. With more than 15,300 retail florist businesses in the United States alone, making a final decision can be challenging.

Today, there are individual bouquets of flowers which show different sentiments. For example, loved ones buy their partner roses on Valentine's Day. Also, people buy white Lillies for those mourning a loved one. Whatever the occasion, choose relevant flowers to go with your message.

Order Your Flowers From Peach Tree Petals Today

As you can see, there are various ways you can express yourself on a flower card message. The key is to keep the specific occasion in mind. You should also consider how well you know the person you're sending the flowers to.

If you want to order some flowers for someone special in the Los Angeles area, why not call Socal Tree Petals today? We have bouquets for all occasions and we provide a same-day delivery service.


The 7 Best Chocolate Gifts to Pair with Your Flowers February 12, 2019 08:20

What's better than getting flowers? Having some delicious chocolate with them! Here's the best chocolate gifts to pair with the flowers you send. Valentine's Day doesn't need to be around the corner for it to be a good time to send someone flowers and chocolate. In fact, most women will accept these gifts with open arms all year 'round. There's just something classic and heart-warming about pairing the perfect chocolate treat with a beautiful bundle of flowers.

You may be looking for the right combination to make a special occasion even more memorable. Or you may just be wanting to show someone who means a lot in your life some extra appreciation through a random act of kindness.

No matter what the scenario is, we've got you covered with the perfect ways to make a loving statement. Keep reading to find out what we think are 7 of the best chocolate gifts to pair with flowers. 

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are one of the best chocolate gifts because they mix two delicious worlds together -- fresh fruit and tasty chocolate. This gift can often add a cherry on top to a romantic gesture. The combination of both flavors creates a blend that is almost indescribable to those who have never experienced it.

Another great advantage to this gift is that you could possibly save money if you have a little extra time to spare. Whipping up a quick batch of chocolate covered strawberries is fairly easy.

If you want to add a personal touch to your gift then consider doing a DIY recipe for chocolate covered strawberries

2. Godiva Chocolate

Nothing says classic and elegant in the world of chocolate the way Godiva does. Godiva is a Belgium brand established in 1926 and they've seemed to have perfected chocolate throughout their years of business. Godiva features plenty of luxury packaged sets that are the best box of chocolates for gifts for any level of chocolate connoisseur.

This high-quality brand sells a multitude of flavors and styles from dark ganache hearts to white chocolate mint truffles.

Pick up a gorgeous bundle of flowers and a beautifully wrapped gift box filled with the most decadent assortments of chocolate to make any occasion priceless.

3. Liquor-Infused Chocolate

We're not sure if the inventor of liquor-infused candy has received any honorary awards yet but they certainly should have by now. If you're looking to add a festive twist to pair with your flowers then finding a good liquor-infused chocolate will definitely do the trick. The blend of sweetness with the rich, punchy infusion makes for one delicious dessert.

And nowadays there are plenty of liquors that have been tested with chocolate. One of the best chocolates that have been infused with liquor is John & Kira's Chocolate Figs.

These irresistible goodies are made with organic dried figs that are imported from Spain and are filled with a smooth, whiskey infused Valrhona dark chocolate ganache. Did someone say "heaven on Earth"?

4. Spicy Chocolate Treats

Who would have thought that adding seasoning to chocolate would be such a hit? But chocolate and spices are easy to find and people love the combination so much that it often makes for one of the most exciting chocolate gift ideas. And, just like liquor, plenty of chocolate and spice pairs have been tested.

You can currently find chocolate with added spices including, chili, habanero, cardamom, paprika, salt, saffron and many more. There are even brands that market "the world's hottest chocolate" to buyers.

A treat with some sugar and spice would be one of the best chocolate gifts for someone who to have a little fun with their flavors. 

5. Classic Chocolate Bar

The chocolate bar has been a staple in chocolate candy production since the beginning of time. Anyone can enjoy the tasty, classic feeling of a well made chocolate bar.

This is what makes it one of the best chocolate gifts. Chocolate bars are simple yet make a bold statement in the chocolate world. 

Most of them are smooth, creamy and rich. Even textured chocolate bars have a way of preserving their timeless taste and nostalgic feel.

Pairing gentle, calming flower with a sweet, hearty chocolate bar can help to create a comforting child-like moment for the recipient. 

6. International Chocolate

This chocolate gift idea may be of interest to the traveler at heart. Consider gifting chocolates that are sourced from different places in the world to create an exotic feel for a homey gift. This gift would be exciting for many reasons.

Firstly, the receiver may have never tasted -- let alone heard of -- some of the chocolates since they are international. This creates an element of surprise for each bit. Also, they get a chance to experience, and sometimes learn about, different styles and flavors of chocolate from all over the globe.

Trader Joe's has created a lovely chocolate gift that allows tasters to get their taste bud passports stamped with every bit. This is definitely worth trying at least for the thrill.

7. Rich Hot Chocolate Mix

Winter is almost not complete without a succulent, hand-warming cup of deliciously rich hot chocolate to melt your body and your soul. Although there are plenty of hot chocolate mixes on the market, it's sometimes important to find the best quality ones to help bring up that decadent flavor and velvety texture. 

Williams Sonoma features a holiday-inspired collection that will please any chocolate lover looking to indulge in a cup of hot cocoa. There are a variety of flavors to try, such as refreshing peppermint, buttery salted caramel or chocolaty traditional flavor.

Without a doubt, these are the perfect additions to any snowy morning or chilly night by the fireplace. 

Looking to Pair Flowers with the Best Chocolate Gifts?

We've given you the best of the best when it comes to some great chocolate gift ideas. Any of these items listed would make for perfect companions to go alongside flowers.

However, don't worry if you need more specific guidance on which of these chocolate gifts go with which flower. Feel free to contact us today for more help with creating the perfect gift flower and chocolate gift for anyone on any occasion. 


Top 10 Allergy-Friendly Flowers January 10, 2019 06:16

Los Angeles FloristOver 50 million Americans currently suffer from moderate to severe allergies. But just because the special people in your life have to deal with a runny nose and watery eyes, doesn't mean that they don't deserve flowers.

Still, we know that you want to send them allergy-friendly bouquets that will look beautiful for any occasion -- without causing someone to sneeze and sniffle.

So, what are the ten best types of flowers to send to an allergy sufferer, or just someone with an especially sensitive nose?

Keep on reading this post to find out.

1. Roses

You might be surprised to see roses on a list of allergy-friendly flowers, given how famous they are for their signature scent.

However, because they have a low pollen count, a beautiful bouquet of roses won't cause the recipient to have to deal with itchy eyes and a runny nose.

Plus, they're also one of the longest-lasting flowers on this list, and they bloom perfectly in nearly every season.

That's just one more reason to say it with roses.

2. Tulips

Tulips have long been heralded as one of the best flowers to include in cheerful and festive bouquets, especially at the start of the warmer months.

But few people realize that they're also a wonderful option to include in bouquets for people with a sensitive nose.

Tulips can add color to any arrangement, and they come in lots of different varieties. You can work with parrot tulips, the Red Cross tulip, French tulips, and even tulips in stunning pinks and purples.

The sky is the limit when it comes to this flower.

3. Orchids

While orchids do contain a bit of sticky pollen, they still work as allergy-friendly flowers and plants because the pollen hardly ever actually becomes airborne.

We think that orchids make a stunning addition to a wedding bouquet, a dinner table arrangement, or even a romantic surprise for a loved one.

And, like roses, orchids also last for a long time.

4. Daffodils

Is there anything sweeter than a bright yellow daffodil in a floral arrangement?

We don't think so.

Not only will daffodils put a smile on every face, but they also produce a very limited amount of pollen.

Tuck them into your spring and summer bouquets for a pop of color.

5. Carnations

Carnations are one of the most common flower types used in arrangements for numerous reasons.

They're affordable, stunning, and can help to add layers to texture and volume to smaller arrangements. Plus, they're completely free of allergens and have a lighter scent.

They also come in a wide variety of colors, including bright red, white, and even blush pink.

This makes them perfect for almost every type of arrangement.

6. Hydrangeas

It's no secret that hydrangeas are a favorite flower of Southerners -- and it's certainly not difficult to see why.

Hydrangeas are especially popular for those who are looking to make a statement with their centerpieces, which is why you see them included in so many weddings and special events.

These are the perfect flowers for those who aren't afraid to go bold, no matter the occasion.

Plus, they're completely free from pollen.

7. Irises

When you're on the hunt for a flower that comes with a sense of refinement and elegance, look no further than the iris.

The stunning yellow and purple coloring of this flower makes a statement in any bouquet.

Plus, they'll look their best for about a week, so they're ideal for arrangements that you need to shine for a longer period of time.

Get them in the springtime.

8. Snapdragons

Looking for some unexpected flowers to add to your arrangement?

Sending something to someone who always seems to think outside of the box?

If so, then you simply must include snapdragons. These have a low pollen count, and they're great for adding some serious height on any type of arrangements.

They can last about five days with the right care, and they're quickly becoming a major trend in the flower world.

9. Peonies

It seems like you can't go on Instagram these days without seeing countless images of peonies.

These flowers are all the rage, but the good news is that they're also a great option to send to those who deal with allergies.

We just can't get enough of the beautiful pink tones of peonies, and we know that the influencers and trendsetters in your life will certainly agree.

10. Hyacinth

Are you looking for a flower that's safe to give to those who suffer from allergies, but that still gives off a beautiful fragrance?

If so, then look no further than the spring hyacinth.

We love the pastel shades of this bloom and those you're giving the flowers to will love that they can last for over a week. If you want to create a truly allergy-friendly arrangement, then we suggest pairing hyacinth with some bright tulips.

Ready to Create an Allergy-Friendly Arrangement?

We hope that this post has helped you to understand how to select allergy-friendly flowers for the next arrangement or bouquet that you plan to send to someone special.

Remember that there's no occasion too small to brighten someone's day and show them how much you care with a flower delivery.

However, we know that sometimes, those important occasions can sneak up on you. That's why we offer same-day delivery in Los Angeles.

Browse through our stunning selection of flowers and gifts, and place your order with us today.


Bloom Meaning: How to Pick the Best Flowers for Congratulations October 1, 2018 08:26

Los Angeles FloristGiving someone a bouquet is a thoughtful and sincere way to acknowledge important moments in their life.Some of these moments might include things like high school or college graduations, getting a promotion at work, doing well at sports, becoming a grandparent, attaining a hard-earned achievement, and other successes.

What kind of flowers fits congratulatory events like these? To pick the right ones, you have to look at the bloom meaning.

Check out this guide to learn the best types of colors and flowers to congratulate someone on their success.

Why Do People Send Flowers for Congratulations?

Sending flowers conveys an expression of love or comfort. Many people buy flowers for their significant others on anniversaries, grieving friends and family after the death of a loved one, or people who have completed an important accomplishment.

How did it come to be this way?

You can trace the act of giving congratulatory flowers all the way back to Ancient cultures. In Greece, victories athletes received wreaths made of olive leaves after a win. They wore these wreaths on their heads to show off their accomplishments.

Charles II of Sweden believed each flower had their own meanings. He would send flower arrangements to express feelings in the 18th century.

Giving flowers become popular in the Victorian Era. At this time, many people considered expressing emotions like love in a public setting impolite. Because of this, people resorted to giving flowers instead.

The tradition of giving flowers to express emotion or celebrate a special occasion has continued on to this day.

The Meaning Behind Flower Colors

Every flower color portrays a different emotion. So before you pick out congratulatory flowers, you have to understand what these colors mean. Otherwise, you could end up sending someone romantic flowers by mistake.

Here's a quick breakdown of different flower colors and what they mean.

Red

The color red symbolizes passion and vibrancy. That's why red flowers, red roses in particular, are perfect for romantic settings. They express emotions like admiration, respect, courage, and desire.

Orange

Because orange is so bold, this color represents excitement and enthusiasm. Orange flowers contain a lot of energy, so they're a perfect color to put in your celebratory bouquet.

Yellow

Another good congratulations color, yellow flowers convey a strong sense of pride and success. But yellow also symbolizes friendship and joy. If you're getting ready to congratulate a close friend, you might want to pick some yellow flowers.

Green

The color green makes people think of things like health and growth. These types of flowers are often a wish for good luck and a healthy life.

Blue

These comforting flowers are beautiful, but they aren't the right fit for congratulation flowers. When it comes to flowers, the color blue is a sign to relax, distress, and takes things slow. Blue flowers are all about peace and calm.

Purple

Purple flowers have a gentle, delicate, and old-fashioned feel. But they also represent grace, femininity, and sophistication. They fit in place with modern floral arrangements.

Pink

While pink is also a romantic color, it doesn't have the same desire or passion as a strong red. Pink flowers express feelings of joy, innocence, gentleness, grace, and love.

White

White flowers can take on several different emotions. Depending on how you arrange them, white flowers can be a symbol of humility and innocence or gentleness and sympathy.

The Best Type of Flowers for Congratulations

When you're picking the color of your congratulatory flowers, you should stay away from softer colors like purples, blues, and whites. Congratulations are exciting and successful times, so you want your bouquet to be vibrant and cheerful.

Colors like orange and yellow are the best choice for congratulatory flowers. Though these colors should be the focus, you can always include other colors along with them.

But once you pick the color, you have to choose the right kind of flowers too. Because every flower conveys a different meaning, we've put together a quick list of the best congratulations flowers you can give.

Irises: These flowers represent feelings of admiration, courage, and hope. This makes them a great choice for cheering people on and recognizing a success.

Jasmine: Giving someone a bundle of jasmine is like saying, "Good luck!" It's an encouraging gesture when taking a new step in life.

Orange Tiger Lilies: Orange tiger lilies show pride. For example, a parent might send their child orange tiger lilies after graduating from college.

Peruvian Lilies: These flowers show your friendship and devotion toward another person. Peruvian lilies are a good way to say congratulations to someone you know well.

Heather: When you give someone heather, you're telling them you admire what they've done. And you're wishing them luck on the next stage of their journey.

Yellow Poppies: A common symbol of prosperity, luxury, and success are yellow poppies.

Gladiolus: Gladiolus represent strength and integrity. You might give these flowers to someone who has shown strength in a stressful or difficult situation. While orange and yellow are always good colors for congratulations, you can also find gladiolus flowers that in red, green, purple, and pink.

Orange Roses: Remember, orange is enthusiastic. These are energetic flowers that convey feelings of passion and excitement.

Yellow Roses: Yellow roses represent friendship, but they also have a positive effect on your mood. These flowers can make people feel happy and energetic.

Hibiscus: These flowers symbolize seizing the moment. Because of this, they're a great addition to any congratulations bouquet.

Yellow Tulips: When you want to send someone cheerful thoughts, you should send them yellow tulips. These flowers will express happiness and lift their spirits.

Pink Tulips: While pink tulips also portray a sense of happiness, they represent strength and confidence as well.

Consider Bloom Meaning when Picking Congratulation Flowers

All flowers are beautiful, but there's a big difference between sympathetic flowers and congratulatory flowers. Seeing that difference comes down to understanding the bloom meaning. Every type of flower represents their own emotions, and each color expresses their own feelings.

So make sure you pay attention to the color and kind of flower when you're putting together a congratulatory bouquet. You don't want to send the wrong flowers at the wrong times.

Are you searching for the best congratulations bouquet? Take a look at some of our options.


10 Most Expensive Flowers in the World August 9, 2018 07:43

Los Angeles FloristA beautiful bouquet of flowers is a gift as old as time. Flowers have always been a highly valued as gestures of appreciation and decoration. They're even good for one's mental health. Affordable and appropriate for almost any occasion, they are and always will be an easy and amazing purchase.

For some people though, affordable flowers aren't good enough. There are certain types of flowers that can be incredibly tough on the wallet but might be worth it for their eye-catching beauty, radiance, and exclusivity.

If you've got an eye for nice things, read on and as we detail the ten most expensive flowers available in the world.

10. Gloriosa

Native to South Africa and some parts of Asia, this flower has a striking, bright-red appearance. Its bloom is unique, growing long tendrils that change color over the length of the flower. The leaves of this plant can grow up to an incredible three meters long, making it one big flower.

The Gloriosa does have medical use in some functions, it can also be deeply poisonous and cause skin irritation. An average gloriosa flower can go for $10 on the market.

9. Hydragena

The hydrangea flowers have a very unique, bulbous appearance, making them a popular pick for weddings, showers, and other events. Visually, they appear almost as colorful cotton balls and grow in a cluster off of bush-like plants.

They are delicate and sell for up to $7 a stem, making bouquets a pricey affair. This doesn't stop their popularity, however, as they are one of the more commonly purchased flowers in the world.

8. Lisianthus

This incredible lavender flower is fragrant and colorful, but also fragile. The fragile nature of the lisianthus prompts its value. Though they bloom beautiful, lisianthus flowers can only last a short period of time once cut, making it a difficult flower to sell and a rare one to find.

They can be pricey, ranging between $20 and $35 for one bundle.

7. Lily of the Valley

This famed and sweetly scented flower is worth a pretty penny. You may have seen it most recently in the Royal Wedding, where Kate Middleton's bridal bouquet consisted almost solely of this flower.

The Lily of the Valley can cost up to $50 per bundle. Though it looks cute and sweet, it can be highly poisonous. It's a frequent choice for high-class weddings and symbolizes humility, sweetness, and purity of heart.

6. The Oriental Lily

The reason this particular flower is so highly coveted has to do with its growth process. They are pricey because it can take several years for them to bloom to their full blooming size, and they can be very fragile.

Colorful and exuberant in appearance, the oriental lily is an elegant addition to any arrangement. They're also wonderful at keeping a room smelling wonderful and inviting. A fully bloomed oriental lily can be between six and eight inches in size, and a bundle can cost up to $50. The flower can be found in various colors, most frequently yellow, white and pink.

5. Saffron

A huge jump in price from the previous options, saffron is easily one of the most expensive flowers in the world. The saffron flower is used for producing saffron spice, an expensive spice used by chefs and cooks around the entire world.

To be able to extract 450 grams of dry saffron, harvesters must reap over 50,000 flowers, all by hand. This can be long and difficult work, making the flower and the spice it produces highly coveted and expensive. Saffron spice alone can cost anywhere between $500 and $5000 per pound.

4. Gold of Kinabalu Orchid

This particular orchid, also referred to as Rothchild's orchid, wasn't even discovered until 1987. The rare flower was found in the rainforests that surround Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. It is an incredibly unique flower because it holds its petals in a horizontal fashion and can take a lengthy fifteen years to fully bloom.

Gold of Kinabula is one of the most expensive flowers in the world, catching a fee of up to five thousand dollars per stem. Its rarity-- it only blooms in a small month window in the spring, and only at very particular altitudes-- has made it a coveted item on the black market for flower-collectors.

3. Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

Another expensive orchid is actually not even of the natural world. The Shenzhen Nongke orchid was actually man-made, as some flowers are. It was created by scientists at the Shenzhen Nongke University. It took eight years of heavy research to be able to create the flower how it is today.

It's an elegant and delicate creation, and it takes four or five years to be able to see the orchid bloom. The original orchid was sold at an auction back in 2005 for a sum of $275,000. To date, that is the most expensive individual flower ever bought.

2. The Juliet Luxury Rose

Another man-made creation is the Juliet Rose, designed by rose breeder and writer David Austin. He unveiled the rose in 2006 where it became known as the five million dollar rose-- the amount it is said was needed for Austin to develop the unique flower.

The process of designing the Juliet Rose took fifteen years, making it the most expensive to develop flower of all time. The elegant large blooms are unique to Austin's flower and make it one of the most expensive flowers for weddings. It's available for sale via Austin's site for $82 a bouquet.

1. Kadupul Flower

This exquisite creation is more than expensive-- its impossible to possess. The Kadupul, known as The Queen of the Night, is considered priceless by many around the world.

The Kadupul grows in Sir Lanka, but only lives its gorgeous life for a few brief hours. It blooms sometime after midnight and dies by morning. Also, if picked, it dies within hours. Kadupul flowers, therefore, can't be bought and are impossible to grow. Their value is more than money, they have passed into the realm of mythicism.

The World's Most Expensive Flowers

Money can buy many things, and if you have money to throw around, you may be able to deck out your home with some of these extravagant and expensive flowers.

Working with a little more of a budget? Check out our on sale section for flowers both beautiful and a little easier on the wallet.


Questions to Ask a LA Florist to Do Your Wedding June 26, 2018 05:23

Los Angeles FloristYou're set on getting hitched in Los Angeles, but have you thought about your wedding flowers? Floral wedding decorations may not be your first priority when planning your wedding, but the right arrangements can really tie together your theme and add more romance to every setting. The best way to make the most of wedding flowers whatever your budget is to get a professional in to help.

Here are some essential questions to ask a LA florist before you sign a contract.

Questions a Bride Should Ask a LA Florist Before Signing a Contract

Before you go any further, check they have the date free. There's nothing worse than finding a florist you love, but realizing they aren't able to do your wedding flowers.

If they're available for your wedding, use these questions to make sure they're the right florist for you:

Experience as a Florist

How Long Have You Been Doing Wedding Flowers?

Less experienced florists are more likely to offer cheaper packages as they try to build their portfolio. However, if you want to feel safe in the knowledge that you can leave all floral worries to a professional, you might want to consider a florist with more experience.

Can I See Examples of Your Recent Weddings?

Brides and grooms everywhere will only recommend a wedding service provider if they felt 100% happy with them. The smallest problem can feel like it ruins your big day - so if your florist is able to provide references from recent nuptials, you're onto a good start.

Ask to see their wedding portfolio, too. Florists have their own unique styles, just like any designer: you'll be able to see if you like their approach to flowers or if it doesn't quite match your taste.

What Insurance Cover Do You Have?

You don't want to assume that something will go wrong with your wedding day, but it's vital to make sure that one of the questions to ask your LA florist is about their insurance policy.

What happens if the flowers aren't delivered on time? What if the quality of flowers is poor? Where do you stand if your bouquet droops before you've even walked down the aisle?

What Is Your Deposit and Cancellation Policy?

As well as insurance for supplier problems on the day, it's important to find out your rights as a consumer should you call off the wedding too. Find out how much your deposit would be, and how far in advance of the wedding you can cancel with a refund.

Will You Be Personally Doing My Wedding Flowers?

Some florists work independently and manage all of their arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres - while others have large teams to help.

If you like a particular florist's style, make sure they will at least be having input and quality control on your wedding flowers. If they are unavailable on your wedding date to do this, see if you can negotiate a discount.

Questions to Ask a Florist About Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Are My Favourites in Season?

You might have your sights set on sunflowers, or have a penchant for peonies. However, if your flowers are out of season, you might need to consider alternatives - or rearrange your wedding budget.

Ask a LA florist if the flowers you want are in season. If the ones you want aren't available, a good florist will be able to recommend ideal alternatives.

What Wedding Flowers Would You Recommend for Hayfever Sufferers?

The only tears on your wedding day should be happy ones. If you suffer from hayfever, ask a LA florist if they can suggest low-pollen flowers to minimize potential puffy eyes on the big day.

What Colours Would Work with My Theme?

You might already have this worked out, but if you're still trying to figure out how to tie your wedding theme together then ask your LA florist for their advice.

You're not just paying them to arrange flowers. Their creative skills, eye for color, and design experience come with the package too.

Is Greenery Included in My Wedding Flowers Package?

Foliage can look amazing and be a cheap way to do wedding flowers. Ask an LA florist if your greenery is included, though, as this is sometimes an additional cost to your flower stems and can really add up fast.

Can You Safely Provide Edible Flowers for the Cake?

If you want your wedding florist in LA to contribute to the wedding cake decorations, make sure they are able to provide food-safe flowers and petals.

Can You Tell Me About Packages Versus a Custom Order?

A package can often save you money, as a florist is able to put together standard arrangements more quickly and without needing special additional orders.

However, it may not always save you money. Ask about bespoke wedding flowers versus package prices to see if you can save.

The Logistics of Wedding Flowers

When you think you've found a supplier you like, make sure you ask a LA florist how they manage the wedding day logistics too.

Is a Site Visit Required?

Find out if they are familiar with the church and venue, or if they will need to visit to plan logistics and design suitable arrangements. If a visit is required, make sure you know whether this is an additional cost.

Who Is Responsible for Transporting to the Venue?

Will the florist drop the arrangements off at your hotel in the morning, or will they be able to set up in the venue on the day? If the florist is responsible for transport, make sure they know when and where they need to be well in advance of the wedding date.

How Much Time Will You Need in the Venue to Set up the Flowers?

Make sure you know how long your floral arrangements will take to set up on the day of the wedding so that you can negotiate this with the church and reception venue.

The Next Steps After Your Wedding Flower Consultation

When you've gone through the list of questions to ask a LA florist and have been satisfied with all responses, it's time to sign your wedding flower contract.

Make sure that you know when and how to pay a deposit and any installments, and when your designs need to be finalized with your florist. The next step is to book a wedding flower design consultation and you'll be well on your way to a beautiful wedding day.


Flowers at Work: How to Choose the Best Flowers to Send to a Workplace May 29, 2018 07:35

Los Angeles FloristThere's no better surprise than flowers at work. A bright colorful bouquet immediately sends a smile to someone special in your life. Someone you're grateful for, who you want to know that you appreciate them. But sending someone special flowers at work can be nerve-wracking. What bouquet should you choose? How can you make sure they get there? Does it send the right message?

There are a lot of things to consider before sending even the simplest bouquet of flowers at work. We got your covered with all the information and answers you could possibly need so you can make sure the flowers you choose are appropriate for any workplace atmosphere.

Who Are The Flowers at Work For?

Floral advice can vary based on who you're sending the flowers to. You're going to send a completely different bouquet to your significant other than you are to your mom. Here are some things to consider.

Someone You're Dating

If you are sending flowers to someone you just started dating, and things aren't exactly official yet, you might want to think twice before you send flowers to their office. While everyone loves getting flowers at work, if you just started dating, your special someone might not be ready to let everyone know you're dating.

But some occasions make it safer to send flowers than others, even if you just started dating. Valentine's Day, for example, is a safe place.

Everyone else at work will probably be receiving flowers, so you're special someone likely won't feel uncomfortable even if you just started dating, and might even feel left out or wished you did if you don't send flowers.

Sending flowers to the office will make special someone's day.

There's no better feeling than getting a bouquet of unexpected flowers at work. The sweet smelling colorful bouquet and the thoughtful note will brighten up anyone's dull work day and warm their heart. Your person will feel special, appreciated, and admired.

It's honestly one of the best surprises. Go above and beyond for anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions by not only sending beautiful blooms but also including a gift or something sweet.

Is it Okay to Send Flowers to a Man at Work?

Men love getting surprises at work too! If the man you want to show appreciation to, isn't into flowers, plants make a great gift as well!

There's a ton of plant and succulent options, that can brighten up an office window or breath life to a desk.

And the best part? Some plants can even last longer than flowers and only need a few drops of water a week.

How to Send Flowers to a Coworker

It's always nice to acknowledge your employee's hard work with a surprise. It can be with lunch, treats or simply telling them how much you appreciate them.

Flowers on Administrative Assistant Day really goes above and beyond, just make sure every administrative assistant in the office is getting a bouquet so no one feels left out or mistakes the gesture as romantic.

You can also chip in with other employees to send flowers or a plant to your boss on his or her birthday, work anniversary, retirement or to celebrate the birth of children. Make sure you do this as a group, so no one gets the wrong idea.

If a co-worker or boss has suffered from a loss or is hospitalized. It's always a good idea to have everyone chip in for flowers from the office. This is a great way to brighten up their day and remind them they have support at work.

What's the Work Environment Like?

This is another important factor to consider when sending someone flowers at work. What's their work environment like?

Does your significant other work in a formal office environment with a desk where the flowers can be placed? Or is your significant other a bartender, waiter or works retail where he or she doesn't have a place to put the flowers, so sending flowers at work doesn't really make sense? In this case, it's probably best to send flowers to their place of residence.

Choosing Flowers

Before you send flowers to someone at work, make sure you know what kind of flowers they like. For example, a lot of women dislike red roses. They find them to be generic and unimaginative.

Pay attention to the kind of flowers or plants your significant other keeps in their home or office if you've had a chance to see it. Think if your person's style and personality and find a bloom that matches that vibe.

Also if your recipient is a very private person, shy, and reserved, they might be embarrassed by flowers at work. Whereas if you're dating someone who loves to be the center of attention a big beautiful bouquet might just hit the spot.

It's also important to consider the other employees in the office when sending flowers. You don't want to send flowers that are too scented, in case anyone has allergies. Your florist can tell you which flowers are low scent or scentless.

You also want to pick a flower that won't die quickly, because dead flowers is a whole other smell. Also, try to send flowers at the beginning of the week so they can be appreciated longer and not die over the weekend.

The Logistics

Now that you have decided if it's appropriate to send someone flowers at work, and what kind of flower, bouquet or plant you're going to send, you just have to confirm the logistics.

Here's the information you should have ready: the full name and number for the recipient, so if the delivery person has a hard time locating them, there's a contact number.

It's also good to know when the person you're sending flowers to is in the office. Know around when they take lunch or leave for the day to ensure they're there when their delivery arrives.

If the person you're sending flowers too works for a huge company in a big building, make sure you have the department they work in. Also, know specifics like their floor number or room number if necessary.

Put time and thought into the message you're going to write on the card. Try to make it personal. Have that ready before you place your order.

And like anything you buy online, you'll, of course, need your credit card number, billing address, security code, expiration date, phone number, and e-mail.

Send Those Flowers!

Now that all your questions about sending flowers at work are answered, and you have all the information you need it's time to send them!

Contact us for more information and see how we can help you send the right bouquet to that special someone.


How to Choose the Perfect Graduation Flowers for Your Favorite Graduate May 22, 2018 08:49

Los Angeles FloristYou've sat through all the speeches and the roll-call of names. The moment where you greet your special graduate for the first time finally arrives.  Presenting them with a gift of graduation flowers is the perfect way to show you are both happy for them and bursting with pride.

They also have the added bonus of adding a splash of color and festiveness to your graduation photos!

With so many flowers to choose from, picking the right bouquet for the occasion can feel overwhelming.

This helpful guide for what kind of flowers for graduation to choose can take the stress out of the decision.

Use Colors for a Festive Look

One of the advantages of giving flowers as a gift is the vast variety of colors they come in. Presenting your new grad with a burst of bright, colorful blooms will match the celebratory feel of the moment. It is hard to go wrong with a mix of blue, pink, white, red or yellow flowers.

You could also choose flowers to match the colors of the school. Most schools have adopted a pair of compatible colors, which makes it easy to create an arrangement limited to just those two.

Unless, of course, one of the school's color is black.

And yet you could still wow your graduate with an arrangement including some black dahlias, black pansies (neither of which are actually black, but rather a deep purple), or purple calla lily.

Convey a Message Through Blossoms

You can also take advantage of the special language of flowers, as almost all symbolize their own unique sentiment.

Have fun with choosing flowers that symbolize something appropriate for a graduate. Here are a few suggestions for the best flowers for graduation:

Roses

You can never go wrong with a classic bouquet of graduation roses. Red roses send a clear message of love. The meaning of other colors is not as well known.

White roses symbolize new beginnings and pink are symbols of admiration. Sending a bunch of yellow roses used to be an accusation of infidelity, but now they are more commonly associated with friendship and joy.

Bird of Paradise

These flowers manage to capture all the emotions of this significant milestone. They symbolize joyfulness. They also are used to convey a message of excitement and wonderful anticipation.

Carnations

Some say these flowers are symbols of love, with red carnations also sending a message of admiration. You should probably stay away from yellow carnations, as some say these are symbols of disappointment or rejection. Hardly the message you want to send to your graduate!

Irises

Different colors of irises send different messages. Purple means wisdom and compliments while white conveys hope and faith.

Daffodils

A bunch of these bright yellow blossoms indicates joy and happiness as well as new beginnings. But don't give just one, as this predicts misfortune.

Long-Lasting Gifts

If you want to present the graduate with a gift that will last long after the celebration is over, consider giving them a plant.

And don't worry that a houseplant won't seem festive enough. There are many beautiful and colorful options available. For example, orchids make for a particularly elegant gift. Despite their exotic appearance, they are no more difficult to care for than other typical houseplants.

Another approach is to try something symbolic, such as some lucky bamboo. These plants bring a quiet serenity to their surroundings. One stalk means truth, three is for new beginnings, and five represents wealth.

If you want something more colorful, you could also send flowering plants. Chrysanthemums and African Violets are festive and will continue to flower for months and even years.

Finally, for those who prefer more understated plants, succulents are very popular these days and can fit in with any decor.

Graduation Flowers for a Party

For a celebration following the ceremony, you will want to use flowers in vibrant colors and eye-catching displays. Bouquets for right after the ceremony need to be easy to carry and not ostentatious. But flowers that are part of the party decorations can be as bountiful as you like.

A centerpiece of flowers that match the school's colors would work well with the other decorations.

You could also create a large display of flowers that can be given as party favors to the guests at the end of the event. Choose flowers that stand well on their own, such as roses, carnations, lilies, and sunflowers.

What About Flowers for Boys?

Presenting flowers to girls as a graduation gift is a common practice. But not so much for boys. Some may even feel a little awkward if presented with a large bouquet of roses.

But just because they are not traditional recipients of blooms doesn't mean boys should have to miss out completely on this gesture of love and celebration.

If you want to present graduation flowers to the boys of the class, consider giving out leis. The practice started in Hawaii but has now spread to all regions of the U.S. Boys and girls alike are presented with necklaces of flowers.

Because they are typically presented when someone is leaving or arriving, they are quite fitting as a graduation gift. They can be symbolic of both leaving school and embarking on a new phase of life.

Many leis are made from strings of orchids, but other flowers can be used as well. Lilies, roses, tulips, and even leaves all make beautiful leis.

Sending Flowers to the Long-Distance Graduate

For those times when you are not able to attend the graduation ceremony, you can still present the graduate with a graduation flower bouquet.

You can check the delivery area of your favorite florist to make sure they can take care of your order.

One nice bonus of having flowers delivered is they will come beautifully arranged and in an attractive container. You don't have to limit yourself to flowers. Balloons, chocolate, and plush animals also make great graduation gifts.

Order in Person or Online

Although same-day delivery is possible, you may want to check with your florist in advance about availability. Giving flowers to graduates is such a widespread practice, you want to make sure you get the best selection of graduation flowers.

Graduation is such a significant milestone in everyone's lives. Every graduate should be proud of this achievement. Presenting them with a festive and meaningful gift of flowers will make them feel loved and supported.


The Easy Seasonal Flower Guide You Need May 1, 2018 04:55

Los Angeles Florist
Flowers are nature's most versatile gift. They can be used in a variety of different ways: medicinally, in cooking, home decor, gardens, and also literally, as gifts.

Whether they're given as a celebration of a milestone, an aid in recovery, or to ease the pain of a loss, anyone can appreciate a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

There are just so many flowers out there, though. Scientists currently estimate that there are 400,000 different species of flowering plants on Earth. How do you choose?

Well, it helps that your selection is narrowed down for you depending on the time of the year. When considering putting together a flower arrangement or bouquet, you should always select a seasonal flower to build it with.

Below, we've broken down the different types of flowers available by season.

Your Seasonal Flower Guide

Like with grocery store produce, different flowers have different availability depending on the season. Of course, it's always springtime somewhere on the planet, but off-season flowers, similar to produce, will be more expensive. You're better off buying what's blooming in your own hemisphere.

So enough with the build-up, let's get into it.

Spring

We all know the old saying: April shows bring May flowers. Springtime is the time of the year when most flowers bloom.

In order for a flower to grow and bloom, it requires ample sunlight, water, and warmth. Spring delivers all of these. It's a rainy time of the year with warm temperatures and longer days, providing everything a flower needs to grow.

Because of this, there are a ton of flowers to choose from. This is partly why spring is the busy season for weddings.

Spring generally runs from late March to late June and within this timeframe, you have roses, tulips, lilacs, daisies daffodils, cherry blossoms, violets, and azaleas to choose from. There is so much more we could list, but suffice it to say, your options are limitless.

You can be sure that your spring bouquet will be colorful and elegant.

Summer

As far as flowers are concerned, summer is just an extension of spring. You may feel the increased heat, but they won't. Certain flowers, like irises, can be considered spring or summer flowers and you wouldn't be wrong either way.

The only thing that can affect flower growth in the summer is drought, which we know all too well in southern California.

That being said, if the rains are generous, you can find a similarly large variety of flowers in late summer as you can in spring.

On top of the flowers listed above, you can also find hydrangeas, sunflowers, gardenias, chrysanthemums, snapdragons, and many more.

Autumn

Typically, flowers only bloom when there are enough sunlight hours of the day (more on this later), otherwise, they shut down. For some flowers, autumn is that time. At this time of the year, your seasonal flower options begin to dwindle.

If you live in a less volatile climate whose seasonal changes are less severe (like southern California), however, you may still have a bevy of options to choose from. And even in harsher climates, many flowers continue to bloom well into fall.

Flowers like marigolds, carnations, chrysanthemums, daisies, roses, and some lilies can all be easily found in autumn.

Winter

It is during this time of year that flower blooming reaches a near-complete halt. The days get much shorter, depending on your latitude, during the winter and so the flowers mostly stop blooming. But some do not. Here's some science for you:

All flowers have a gene that decides when to bloom called CONSTANS. This gene is only triggered in the light and tells the flower to bloom once the amount of sunlight available surpasses a certain threshold.

A separate gene called DNF (Day Neutral Flowering). In normal flowers, the DNF gene suppresses the activation of the CONSTANS gene until there is enough daylight.

Some flowers, however, do not have this gene, or its defective, and so they bloom during the winter months anyway.

Because of this, it is possible to find rogue flowers that are still available during winter. They're still most likely grown in areas without a true winter and are imported. One such place is right here in SoCal, so you still have plenty of options in the winter months.

Roses, amaryllis, carnations, and chrysanthemums are still readily available during the winter. Of course, there is also the poinsettia flower, which is wildly popular as a gift around Christmastime thanks to its festive red and green colors.

The Poinsettia is a quintessential winter seasonal flower because it isn't really a flower at all. While they're generally mistaken for petals, the red parts of a poinsettia are actually leaves.

Those red leaves, scientifically known as bracts, actually require darkness to get their dark red color, making them a perfect winter plant.

Additional Quick Tips

All the seasonal flower knowledge in the world won't help you if you don't know anything about the person you're buying them for.

In order to maximize the satisfaction a floral gift can provide, find out what colors or even smells the receiver likes.

More importantly, make sure that the person you're giving flowers to doesn't have any severe plant allergies that could turn a well-intentioned gift into a disaster.

Make sure you relay all of this information to your florist before you buy a bouquet or arrangement.

Need Help Choosing Flowers?

Knowing about which flowers are in season and which aren't isn't all you need when putting together a flower arrangement or bouquet. You also have to have an eye for design and color.

If you're not comfortable in this area, you may just want to leave it to the experts. If you're looking for an arrangement or bouquet, consider checking out our original floral gift selection.

We also provide options for any occasion. Whether you need flowers for a birthday, wedding, graduation, a funeral, or hospital visit, we've got you covered.

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7 Summer Flowers and What They Represent April 24, 2018 06:20

Los Angeles Florist
There are few better ways to brighten someone's day than a beautiful bouquet, especially in the summertime when there are all sorts of colorful blooms on display.

What makes a summer bouquet even more special? A careful pairing of the flowers and their meanings--from Victorian times to ancient China, you have a lot of symbolism to work with.

Here are seven of our favorite summer blossoms and what they mean (plus a few of our products that feature the flower!)

1. Dahlias

At the top of our list is a classic: the dahlia.

The dahlia is a classic choice for bouquets because of its visual appeal--layers of geometric petals add body to an arrangement, while the bright colors of dahlias make the whole bunch pop.

Dahlias have a long history and several meanings. You might have thought of the infamous Black Dahlia (fun fact: the black dahlia flower is actually burgundy and is often tied to a warning of coming betrayal).

However, the common dahlia can include any of the following meanings:

  • Staying graceful under pressure
  • Drawing on your inner strength
  • Standing out from the crowd
  • Making a major, positive life change

Got a friend going through some rough times? Use some dahlia flowers and their meanings to encourage them to stand strong and stay graceful. Our Dahlia Delight arrangement is a great option.

2. Peonies

Peonies are among the most popular wedding flowers and for a good reason.

These giant, delicate pink blossoms are a joy to smell and a greater joy to behold--no wonder they come in every color except blue.

The peony has a variety of meanings across the world. In their native China, peonies are a symbol of honor, beauty, riches, and royalty. In fact, the Chinese word for peony roughly translates to "most beautiful".

In the West, they're often a symbol of good fortune, happiness, and everlasting prosperity, which makes them a great choice for a wedding flower.

We love seeing peonies in action in our Simple Sophistication bouquet, featuring a group of gorgeous blush-colored peonies tied with a peach ribbon.

3. Morning Glories

Have you ever stepped outside early on a summer morning just to be greeted by these brilliant blue beauties? We can't blame you.

Morning glories are named for their short lifespan--they bloom after sunrise, close by the afternoon and die by the evening.

Because of this, morning glory flowers and their meanings are often dual. They often mean love, but not a straightforward love. In fact, they're often taken to mean either restricted love, love in vain, or the mortality of life.

Morning glories in a bouquet or arrangement are therefore a sign to enjoy the fleeting, happy moments of life whenever they arise because you don't know when they'll be gone.

4. Sunflowers

What flower says summer more than a bright, cheery bunch of sunflowers?

They're warm and inviting with an unmistakeable sun-like appearance and deep yellow petals. But don't get caught in the easy symbolism--sunflowers actually have quite a rich history.

Much of their meaning stems from the sun itself. They're a symbol of happiness and vitality (no wonder you get a little burst of energy when you look at one) but according to Greek myth, they also represent unwavering adoration.

If that sounds like a message you'd like to send to a special someone (or if you just want to brighten someone's day) we recommend our Smile bouquet with a choice of five or seven sunflowers.

5. Marigolds

You may have heard of marigolds as a magical bunny repellant used to line flower beds (bunnies don't like eating the stems). They're a common, simple and hardy flower that packs a lot of color in a single blossom.

But sometimes, flowers and their meanings don't need to be flashy in order to be symbolically rich and significant.

For example, marigolds often mean the warmth of the rising sun, winning someone's affections through hard work, or promoting cheer and good relations. But marigolds can also mean despair over the loss of a love or a celebration of the dead.

This is why marigolds are a cultural staple in Mexico, specifically in Dia de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.

Whatever meaning you're looking to communicate with marigolds, our Leaves bouquet is just the thing to do it.

6. Oriental Lilies

The lily family is enormous, from stargazers to tiger lilies. But when summer rolls around, oriental lilies are the star of the show.

These are the most dramatic lilies of the lily family with huge, star-shaped flowers in pink, yellow, white, or crimson with a spicy scent.

Lilies grow all over the world and are significant to a number of cultures. For example, lilies are often in high demand in China for weddings because their name sounds like the start of a phrase wishing the couple a happy union.

The Greeks and Romans also held them in high regard, often associating them with the feminine.

These days, lilies have a variety of meanings from passion to motherhood to regality to renewal.

Our Summer Meadow arrangement features a collection of oriental lilies paired with roses, tulips, and white monte casino aster.

7. Calla Lilies

Last but certainly not least on our list of summer flowers and their meanings is the regal, classic calla lily.

Few blossoms are quite as elegant or distinctive as the calla lily, with a range of shades including red, yellow, orange, pink, white, and deep burgundy. Despite the name, it isn't actually part of the lily family.

In the Victorian and ancient Greek traditions, the calla lily represents overwhelming beauty, while in Christianity they often represent faith and purity. They're also a symbol of resurrection and overcoming challenges, as the flowers can survive deep frosts and start regrowing in a vase.

Our Pure Essence bouquet is a showcase of the clean beauty of calla lilies paired with white hydrangea.

Flowers and Their Meanings in a Bouquet

Who knew summer flowers could be so symbolic?

Let us help you send the right message through flowers, whatever that message may be. Click here for a look at what bouquets and arrangments are on sale today, or get in touch with us to ask about delivery options for any occasion.


Top 7 Alternatives to Roses March 27, 2018 07:03

Los Angeles FloristWhile roses are a beautiful and fragrant flower, that doesn't mean everyone loves them. Some women prefer other flowers. That's because roses have become somewhat of a cliche. Around 198,000,000 roses are produced specifically for Valentine's Day. Yet, they also convey that the giver didn't really give too much thought to the floral arrangement. This year, try buying flowers that go beyond the traditional.

Here are the top seven alternatives to roses.

1. Dahlia's

Dahlia's are a wonderful substitute because they come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. They're known for their spiky, tube-shaped petals which result in gigantic blooms.

But variety isn't the only reason to choose dahlias over roses. In Victorian times, this gorgeous flower signified a lasting bond and commitment between two people.

Their message is to celebrate what makes you different. This is perfect for anyone who is a flower-loving non-conformist.

It's also easy to pick the perfect shade when you know their meaning. Red means power and strength.

Both pink and purple are associated with kindness and grace. Meanwhile both blue and green are associated with big fresh starts and big changes.

You can also choose white, which is a symbol of staying focused and pure.

2. Ranunculus

Unlike roses, ranunculus flowers don't smell. A perfect choice for someone who doesn't enjoy the smell the rose gives off.

Ranunculus flowers have a large number of tightly-layered petals. One tuber can produce as much as 40 blooms.

But their meaning may be the biggest benefit to giving these beautiful flowers. The ranunculus flower means the receiver has a radiant charm and is attractive.

You can usually find ranunculus flowers in warm shades. Reds, pinks, peaches, oranges, whites, and yellows are generally available for gift giving.

3. Tulips

Tulips were once so popular they created the first economic bubble. Today, they're available in a wide variety of colors.

You can give tulips or double tulips. Both varieties are a gorgeous alternative to traditional roses.

But their meaning is also what makes them perfect gifts for any occasion where you want to tell that someone special how you feel.

Tulips convey a perfect enduring love between romantic partners or family members. However, only send red ones to someone you have romantic feelings for.

Choose pink to send to family members and friends as it conveys great affection.

The undying and passionate love exists whether that love is returned or even spurned. To convey a message of unrequited love, send yellow tulips.

For those who tend to forget special occasions, the tulip is perfect because it represents forgotten or neglected love.

For couples celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary, tulips are the gift to give. But tulips also represent abundance and indulgence as well.

4. Sweet Peas

Sweet peas, like their name suggests, are the picture of delicacy. Their colors range from deep reds to crisp whites. You can also get a stunning arrangement that meets somewhere in the middle with colors like peach, pink, or ecru.

Sweet peas were very popular back in Edwardian English times. They were often found at weddings.

They are a fragrant flower and their dried leaves are often used in potpourris. The meaning of sweet peas can represent blissful and delicate pleasure.

They also match well in bouquets with roses if you're looking to blend traditional with something new.

5. Peonies

Peonies are large, lush flowers. They come in a wide variety of colors and shapes.

What's most surprising is that they also have a wide variety of scents to choose from. Their scents range from citrus to baby powder.

As for their meaning, peonies represent ideas and values. They can be the perfect bouquet to that special someone who brings honor to their family through their success.

But they also represent the idea of romance and romantic love. Choose pink for weddings or when you want to tell that special someone how you feel.

If you're trying to apologize because you forgot a special occasion or messed up, use white or very pale pink. They'll help communicate your regret.

There is a particular focus on love between two strangers, so if you believe in love at first sight, these could be a great bouquet to break the ice.

Peonies also represent beauty in all its forms. Deep red has ties to honor and respect and is a symbol of wealth and prosperity in some Asian cultures.

6. Sunflowers Rather than Roses

Giving sunflowers as a gift will put a giant smile on anyone's face. While often associated with late summer and early autumn, they're a great flower arrangement to receive any time of the year.

Sunflowers represent a long happy life, perfect for those just beginning their journey together. Just make sure you buy the yellow ones to convey that meaning.

When giving sunflowers to friends or family members, they can represent feelings of adoration and admiration. You can give them a more vibrant orange or red color, as they're connected with strength and positivity.

You can also choose the brown and burgundy variety to show loyalty and support. To convey innocence, perhaps to your child, stick to the white or cream-colored varieties.

Best of all, sunflowers also come with their own snack. The seeds are edible.

7. Orchids

While orchids are generally thought to be a stunningly beautiful flower.

Orchids have also come to represent many good sentiments over the years. These include love, beauty, fertility, refinement, thoughtfulness, and charm. These are descriptions any man or woman would like to think is representative of themselves.

However, their colors also have a deep meaning associated with them. Be careful which one you choose as a gift for someone.

Blue orchids represent rarity while red orchids mean passion and desire. Red orchids can also symbolize strength and courage.

Pink means grace, joy, and happiness. They can also mean innocence and feminity.

White orchids mean humility, purity, elegance, and beauty. Purple means admiration, respect, and dignity.

Choose yellow for your friends or when you want to convey good luck with new beginnings. Orange goes best with boldness, pride, and enthusiasm. Perhaps perfect for someone who just got a raise or a new job.

Green orchids are best known to bring good fortune and blessings. They also represent good health, longevity, and nature.

Choose the Best

When it comes to selecting the perfect bouquet, no matter what flower you choose, you deserve to receive the best.

We guarantee that you'll love our work. But don't take our word for it. Check out what our satisfied customers have to say.

 


Fun Peony Facts Every Flower Enthusiast Should Know March 14, 2018 07:57

Los Angeles FloristDid you know that peonies are the state flower of Indiana? This is one of many interesting facts about peonies. Peonies are an important part of many cultures and gardens. What's more, they are incredibly beautiful and versatile, with feathery petals and large blossoms. People everywhere have fallen in love with this garden bloom, for good reason.

If you are a peony enthusiast, read on to learn more peony facts, so you know what to include when you choose your next special flower arrangement.

1. Peonies Are Culturally Significant in China

The peony is central in Chinese culture. It was actually once the national flower because it is native to this country.

Now it is one of several floral symbols of China. It's visible in a lot of art, architecture, and other design. Throughout Chinese history, the peony appears in poetry, literature, songs, and medicinal texts.

In the Chinese language, the peony's name means beauty, honor, riches, and royalty. Culturally it is also symbolic of wealth and nobility. This is because peonies decorated imperial gardens as early as the Tang Dynasty.

Today, peonies always make a special appearance in the infamous Jingshan Park in Beijing during an annual flower festival. Visitors can glimpse hundreds of varieties of gorgeous peony blooms and learn about the different kinds.

Peonies grow all across China, and compete with the plum blossom for the country's affection. Tourists will also want to visit Luoyang, a Chinese city that is home to the National Peony Garden.

2. This Lovely Bloom is Deeply Symbolic

When it comes to peony facts, this is one of the most central. Peonies have acquired their own symbolism around the world, and not just in specific countries and cultures.

In general, the bloom symbolizes romance, marriage, honor, and compassion. It is officially the flower used to celebrate a twelfth wedding anniversary. This is understandable, given the peony's delicate and blushing appearance. Its petals are soft and numerous, and a common shade of peonies is pink or white.

But the symbolism of peonies goes way back in history. There are a few myths surrounding the origin of the peony blossom.

One is a Greek myth, involving the Greek god Paeon who was a talented divine physician. Paeon was transformed into a peony by another god in order to save his life. This myth speaks to the medicinal properties of peonies and its symbolism of kindness and graciousness.

In another myth, the nymph Paeonia is transformed into a peony as punishment for being too shy to acknowledge romantic attention.

3. Peonies Have Medicinal Properties

Historically, people revered peonies for their medicinal properties. Herbalists and physicians used peony roots, seeds, and blossoms in tinctures, teas, and powders to cure anything from epilepsy to menstrual cramps.

People also thought peonies warded away evil spirits or disease. They often wore peonies in the form of protective jewelry and amulets.

Today, you can still use the peony flower for medicinal purposes. It can treat a variety of illnesses, including the common cough, respiratory issues, gout, muscle spasms, and epilepsy. Peonies may even help improve liver health, ease childbirth, and lower cholesterol levels.

Women may benefit from peony use for menstrual cramps, treatment of PMS side effects, and other menstrual help. Typically herbal supplements come from the root of the peony and are available in pill form, although teas are also an option.

4. Choose From Most Any Color and Variety

People love peonies for a reason--they simply exist in nearly every color and form imagined. When it comes to peony facts, this one is essential.

It's a key reason why peonies continue to appear in wedding arrangements, gifts, and other bouquets.

There are over 3,000 varieties of peonies! Of these varieties, you can find blooms in all shades of pink, red, white, yellow, and beyond. The only color you can't find peonies in is blue.

5. Peonies Love Nutrients

Healthy peony blossoms are a result of a steady diet of potassium, a nutrient that helps with stem growth and blossom sturdiness. They also appreciate fertilizers and soils rich in nitrogen and phosphorous.

Plant experts even recommend mixing bone meal into your peony's fertilizer to ensure it gets the right nutrients. Peonies grow best when planted in the spring and fed a consistent diet throughout their lifetime.

6. Peonies Enjoy Long Lives

This is one of the most fascinating peony facts available. Your favorite bloom, if treated carefully, won't just last a season. Some peony plants live for over 100 years!

Peonies will, of course, live longer if they are introduced in the right climate and given the best nutrients. They are perennial plants that can come back season after season.

These plants can grow blossoms up to 10 inches in diameter and can grow to over 10 feet tall if in the shrub variety.

7. You Can Eat Peony Blossoms

We've already discussed in this list of peony facts the medicinal properties of the peony root. Yet peony blossoms themselves are also edible.

You can add peony petals to a salad as a garnish. Peony enthusiasts can also sweeten peony petals and consume these as a special dessert dish, as is common in China.

8. Ants Help Peonies Live

The peony flower is incredibly sturdy and self-sufficient, and can self-pollinate in order to continue growing. It achieves a long life with the help of ants.

Ants love peony flowers. They are attracted to the blossoms and, as a result, protect the peony plant from harmful insects and other pests.

Peony Facts for Flower Enthusiasts

The peony blossom is exquisitely beautiful. There is a reason why it's become such a fixture in cultures and histories around the globe.

When it comes to interesting peony facts, it's important to know the peony's importance as a floral symbol of China. Throughout history, the peony has come to symbolize romance, longlasting relationships, compassion, and opulence.

It also has extensive medicinal properties. Home growers of peonies will appreciate the fact that peonies are hardy creatures that can live at least a century when treated well.

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The Top Mental Health Benefits of Flowers March 13, 2018 05:19

Los Angeles FloristFeeling anxious or stressed? Can't have enough sleep at night? Looking for ways to be happier and productive at work? If your answer is 'Yes' to any of these questions, then you are typical go-getter living in the 21st century.

The bad news is that depression, anxiety, and stress are among the most common mental health challenges facing people in the world today. And the good news; there is a cure for most of these problems that occur naturally.

The best part is that in this post, we're going to focus on one such cure--flowers.

Did you know that flowers are good for your mental health? Multiple studies have shown that the simple act of visually seeing and smelling the sweet fragrance of flowers can help to improve your state of mind.

Here are the known mental health benefits of flowers.

Flowers can Boost Your Memory

It has been proven through research that flowers can help to boost memory and concentration.

A floral arrangement in a room can help to stimulate your brain cells, which can, in turn, make you feel more energetic. Flowers, especially rosemary, can also strengthen your memory and enhance your ability to remember different situations.

In 2015, a group of researchers conducted a very interesting experiment, which tested the impact of different scents on memory. The test involved 60 volunteers, and none of them had an idea of what was being tested.

The tests were carried out in three rooms: one infused with rosemary scent, another with lavender scent, while the last one had no smell.

At the start, objects were hidden around the room in places where volunteers had to remember later. The testers then performed a series of fun but distracting activities geared to confuse the volunteers and test their memory.

What researchers found was remarkable. The volunteers in the rosemary-scented room scored the highest.

Those in the lavender-scented room scored poorly. Traditionally, lavender is linked with sleep and sedation. It was presumed that lavender had a soporific effect that induced drowsiness in the volunteers.

It was safe to conclude that the relaxative fragrance of the rosemary flowers energized the volunteers in the rosemary-scented room to perform better.

2. Flowers can Help You Sleep

One of the health benefits of flowers is that they induce sleep. A good night's sleep is incredibly important for your health.

In fact, experts maintain that a good sleep not only improves your memory and moods but also keeps cravings in check.

So what part do flowers play?

Some flowers, such as lavender and lily have strong scents that are known to induce sleep.

The smell of lavender, for instance, is known to lower blood pressure and heart rate, which in turn, allows you to relax and have a soothing sleep. Apparently, such flowers can't cure insomnia but can help to ease things at night.

3. Flowers can Help to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Stress and depression are part of our everyday life.

One of the many mental benefits of flowers is that they help to ease stress, anxiety, and depression.

Ever heard of aromatherapy? It's the practice of naturally utilizing the extracted aromatic essences from flowers to help harmonize, balance, and promote the well being of the body, mind, and spirit.

Aromatherapy, especially using lavender oil has been found to reduce pain and stress. In one study, patients who were using aromatherapy with lavender scents reported reduced stress levels and less pain during stressful situations.

Scientifically, it has been proven that oils from some flowers such as jasmine and rose can help to boost our physical and psychological well-being.

By simply keeping flowers in your home or office, you can create a soothing environment that can help to reduce anxiety and keep you free from stress.

4. Boost Happiness

It's a widely-accepted truth that flowers make people happy.

When you give a bouquet of flowers to a person on their special occasion, or just as a thank you gesture, you'll definitely put a smile on their face. In fact, flowers also make the giver happy by the very act of making someone's day brighter.

There is a common fallacy out there that flowers are only for women, but multiple studies have proved otherwise.

One particular study found that 80% of people who received flowers showed a positive emotional reaction. Also, 88% of those who gave flowers had a positive change in mood.

The truth is flowers make a great gift for all, and most people we read about or encounter in all walks of life have had a positive reaction to floral gifts.

5. Increase Productivity

One of the less-known benefits of flowers is their ability to boost productivity.

Flowers are known to increase productivity and cognitive functioning of employees.

Clean and elegant offices might appear impressive to passers-by, but they don't offer enough visual motivation to the workers, which could have an impact on productivity.

Flowers can boost office productivity in various ways. In one study conducted by researchers at Harvard University, participants felt happier and more motivated to work after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.

Another study found that employees were 15% more productive when their workplaces had some fresh flowers or houseplants of any kind.

Flowers help to reduce stress and provide a relaxed and congenial office environment.

And not just in an office environment. Studies have shown that putting plants in lecture halls and classrooms can increase attendance.

6. Help in Recovery from Illness

It's a common practice for people to send flowers to ill people to wish them a quick recovery.

The fragrance and beautiful colors of flowers have a therapeutic effect on ill people. Flowers not only help to reduce anxiety but also work great in reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and pain.

Multiple studies have shown that when indoor plants or fresh flowers are in the room, patients take less pain medication pills and also tend to have reduced recovery time.

Wrapping Up on Mental Health Benefits of Flowers

Flowers can make a significant difference in your mental health. Not only are flowers great for you, but gardening itself is good for your physical and mental health.

These benefits seem like pretty good reasons why you should fill your house with flowers.

Know someone who could do better with a little boost of happiness? Surprise them with a bouquet of flowers.

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