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Air-Filtering Plants For Your Home

As we head into a new season, a lot of us start preparing for allergies. However, did you know that there are plants that can purify the air you breathe and help during allergy season?

In our air, we have many toxins that mostly derive from products we may use in our household. NASA conducted a Clean Air Study to determine which indoor plants are the best for air filtering. As it turns out, many are commonly found at local flower shops!

 

Here is part of an infographic by Love The Garden that outlines the 18 air-filtering plants that NASA recommends for improving your air quality. Click the photo to read the full infographic! Once you have determined which plant is right for you, contact your local florist to find your perfect air-purifying plant!

Introducing Radiant Orchid – The Color of the Year!

Radiant Orchid

Pantone, the global authority on color and issuer of professional color standards for the design industry for over 50 years, has been selecting a Color of the Year since 2000. They base their selection on expert color-sampling from the world of design and fashion, often predicting those hot trends you’ll soon be seeing everywhere.

For 2014, Pantone: Radiant Orchid was declared the Color of the Year!

“Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” -Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

Captivate With Radiant Orchid

This “it” hue is going to be seen all over – from women’s dresses to men’s ties to throw pillows to accent walls. And, of course, in our favorite flower designs everywhere.

Want to brighten someone’s office with this trend-setting color?  Ask your florist to include roses, matsumoto asters, chrysanthemums or stock in lovely shades of this pinkish purple.

Planning your wedding? Feature radiant orchid as your accent color with gerbera, orchids, callas or roses for stunning bouquets, boutineers, alter flowers and centerpieces.

And what could celebrate this color better than orchids themselves! Purple cymbidium orchids and phalaenopsis orchids come in dazzling arrangements and as graceful, long-lasting potted plants.

Injecting this vibrant color into your day is sure to inspire a wonderful freedom and happiness that comes from appreciating, and reveling in, all life has to offer!

Need help from a knowledgeable florist? That’s no problem! Use our florist search to find a skilled florist near you!

 

Winter Wedding Flowers, Foliages & Accessories

White Winter Wedding CenterpieceWhen most people think of a wedding bouquet, they instantly think of red roses or brightly colored flowers bunched together. You might even think of white lilies or callas. But what about a winter wedding? What flowers come to your mind? Sure, with today’s technology, most flowers are available year-round, but if you’re planning a wedding for the winter, why not add a touch of the season (as well as traditions) to your wedding decor?

Winter Wedding Flowers

  • Agapanthus – firework-like flower available in a wide range of colors.
  • Amaryllis – very large, winter-blooming flower.
  • Anemone – unique flower with dark center disks.
  • Brunia – ball-like flower; beautiful in silver.
  • Calla Lily – elegant flower available in almost any color.
  • Carnation – the new variations of carnations are absolutely beautiful.
  • Dahlia – available in many sizes and colors.
  • Eryngium – also known as Sea Holly, is a blue, star-like flower.
  • Freesia – heavenly fragrance and wide range of colors.
  • Hyacinth – highly fragrant; symbol of spring.
  • Hydrangea – very large flowers full of texture; available in many color variations.
  • Kale – beautiful with flowers, this out-of-the-garden bloom is available in purple, white and green.
  • Lily – traditional wedding flower; available in many colors.
  • Narcissus – beautiful spring flower, means luck.
  • Star of Bethlehem – beautiful flower with unique spike at the tip.
  • Waxflower – small, unique flower adds texture to any arrangement.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to flowers available in the winter. Your local florist will be able to help you choose the perfect flowers for the style and theme of your wedding. [Read more…]

Wave Goodbye To Summer With Flowers In Your Hair

With the last days of summer fast approaching, you better be soaking up all the bright sunny days you can stand.  And what a better send off for summer than embracing the year’s hot trend of flower crowns!

Celebrity Flower Crowns

Flower crowns have been very popular lately. From Pixie Lott showing off giant yellow flowers, to Kristen Dunst wearing a tiny crown of rosettes, and even Lady Gaga sporting rainbow roses has made the trend of flower crowns fun, flirty, causal or classy. Whatever you want it to be!

From big and bold, to tiny and delicate, women from so many different cultures have been wearing flowers in their hair for ages. Always popular at weddings and special outdoor events, flower crowns have recently become a fashion accessory for any day. And the end of summer is the best time to show your nature-loving, carefree side.

How To Wear Flowers in Your Hair

Go simple with a single statement flower, like a bright spray mum, clipped into your basic up-do or braid. Nestle a ring of eye-catching orchids with mixed greenery into your loose locks. Gypsophila, often called baby’s breath (or gyp in the flower shop) is always available and has a wonderful vintage chic quality when used all on its own, with just some ribbons or greenery for accents

Flower Crown by A Towne Lake Florist

Your local florist will have a ton of ideas. They can create a stunning flower crown or hairpiece that will be sturdy, long-lasting and perfect for any of your end of summer parties and gatherings.  What are you waiting for? Rain and snow will be here before you know it. Go live it up while the weather lasts!

Photos provided by A Towne Lake Florist and Lauren Farrell Floral LLC

Florists Share 2013 Wedding Color Trend Secrets

Our florists are definitely the top experts of what is happening this year when it comes to wedding color trends. With every new client comes a little insight into what brides are asking for, and that translates into what’s hot for 2013 weddings.

When asked to divulge the most popular colors seen this summer, florists responded with popular trends happening in their area. Here is a detailed list of hot color palettes designers, and brides alike, can’t seem to get enough.

#1. coral

(with mint blue) – most votes!
With refreshing sea hues, this combination recalls the soft coral color of shells and fond dreams of the beach.

coral

#2. shades of blue

Proof that calm soothing colors can be exciting and eye-catching as well.

blues

#3. purple

Purple is the meeting place between red and blue; combinations of this hue lend a perfect mix to a happy day.

purples

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Houseplants for Modern Design

While many people do not associate plants with modern interior design, you might be surprised how many are available with the sleek and sophisticated look fans of this look crave.
Red-Margined Dracaena - Modern Houseplant
Modern design is generally characterized by simplification of form and creation. We see this daily, from new tech gadgets, to appliances to even modern cars, but mostly we see it in architecture and interior design.

Characteristics of Houseplants for Modern Design

  • Strong lines, especially horizontal or vertical
  • Unified or solid colors
  • Simple; elimination of unnecessary detail or texture
  • Minimal accessories or extra frills, (ribbons, garden picks, etc.)
  • Sharp angles
  • Low profile
  • Airy and open
  • Neutral, subtle color shades

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Corsage Inspiration: BLUE!

It’s PROM SEASON! Time to get with your local florist to create a fab, one-of-a-kind corsage creation. Today’s prom corsages are nothing like they used to be — that’s for sure. These days florists capture the spirit of youth with playful, exciting and dramatic wrists corsages that match modern fun and funky prom dresses and other trendy accessories. Today we’re using BLUE as our muse as we take a look at last year’s hottest designs.

Blue Prom Corsage

Beautiful blue corsage with a fun rainbow rose as it’s focus.

Teal Prom Corsage

This fun and feathery prom corsage uses blue orchids and shimmery blue wire and mesh.

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Going Beyond Red This Valentine’s Day

When you think Valentine’s Day flowers, most people instantly imagine a bouquet of a dozen red roses. Why? Roses have been the traditional romantic gift for generations, but these days more and more people are craving something more personal. This Valentine’s Day, if you’re looking for something unique to send to your sweetie, why not choose flowers specifically chosen just for her? Not only will she be blown away by your sweetness, she’ll love that you remembered her favorite color. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Purple Valentine’s Day Flowers

Precious Purple Valentine's Day Flowers Purple Tulips For Valentine's Day Purple Flowers For Valentines

Purple has been said to evoke feelings of spirituality and luxury; it encourages creativity, uplifts, and calms the mind/nerves.

Orange Valentine’s Day Flowers [Read more…]

Shades of Emerald Green – The Color of the 2013!

Send Emerald Green Flowers - the 2013 Color of the Year

Pantone, the global authority on color, has named PANTONE 17-5641, or Emerald Green the color of the year for 2013!

Why Emerald Green for 2013?

 “Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

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Zombie Wedding Bouquet

Zombie Wedding Bouquet

This unique wedding story was shared with us by local flower shop, Mullica Hill Floral Co. in Mullica Hill NJ.

“Last week we received a call from our friend Jill at Jillian Kathryn Photography. She had entered a zombie-themed photography contest and decided to create a zombie wedding. In need of a bridal bouquet, she called on us, and we were more than happy to help!”

How The Zombie Bouquet Was Made

“The bouquet consists of dried celosia, yarrow, cockscomb and straw flowers, which were sprayed black to achieve a moldy look. Also included are red spray roses, which were left out of water so they could wilt. The bouquet is framed with dying ginger leaves. I used white tool to wrap the bouquet, then used a light coating of black spray paint to make it appear dirty. As a final touch, I took a knife and shredded the tool ribbon to further keep with the theme.”

“I had a lot of fun creating this bouquet and I can’t wait for future challenges!”

Anything zombie-themed is so trendy right now. With all of the popular movies and TV shows out. it’s easy to see why. This story just goes to show you that you’re local florist is there to help you make your wedding dreams come true.. No matter how far towards the nightmare side your dream might be. Has any other florist-readers out there had a similar challenge? Don’t forget to share your story!

How would you create your zombie bouquet? Tell us in the comments below!