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Wedding Theme Series: Flowers & Ice Cream


Ice cream has been a refreshing summertime dessert for centuries. It reminds us of our childhood and brings happiness to those who indulge. A wedding reception is a fine place to have ice cream and incorporating these colors into your floral décor will be such a delightful combination!

Since flowers come in so many wonderful colors and textures, they lend themselves wonderfully to an ice cream inspired wedding. Care in choosing the right types of flowers and color combinations will remind your guests of the popular ice cream flavors they have grown to love. Our flower shop can assist with this design concept, and here are a few examples of particular flowers that can reflect those ice cream flavors:

– Peonies make for a great vanilla ice cream cone (as shown above)
– Yellow roses for soft & dreamy lemon sherbet
– Ranunculus or tulips for orange sherbet
– Spunky pink dahlias for strawberry
– Green orchids for mint chocolate chip
– Hydrangeas or Himalayan blue poppy
for blue moon ice cream & last but not least
– Statice for blueberry ice cream!

Additional fun elements like diagonal stripes or polka dots can help achieve the look. Baskets can mimic waffle cones also. For another idea, here is a very nice Neapolitan inspired bridal shower: http://www.heavenlybloomsblog.com/2011/09/neapolitan-ice-cream-bridal-shower.html

Flowers by the Falls . Kings Mountain, NC  (704) 739-7331

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Christmas Cactus

The unique tropical Christmas cactus has been kept as a beloved holiday houseplant since the 1800’s. It is quite a bit different from cacti that grow in the dessert, because it actually keeps its blooms longer in cooler temperatures, and even wilts if it does not get enough water! They are great in hanging baskets from the florist.

Schlumbergera truncata is the botanical name of the Christmas cactus. The name is derived from Frédéric Schlumberger, a well known Frenchman who collected cacti and grew them at his home. Flower shops have many colors to embrace such as red, fuscia, pink, purple, orange and crème, the flowers of the Christmas cactus are pleasant indeed.

As for the “Christmas Tree”… Pine and fir trees are evergreens found in cold climates, and these generally are used as Christmas trees. They bring people comfort from the cold harsh winter. However, since some countries like Africa and Australia have hot dry conditions, nature does not provide pine and fir trees. So the custom of decorating the Christmas cactus as Christmas tree came into being. They decorate the Christmas cactus just as we would, having the best of both worlds with ornaments and flowers!

Here is a neat article from HGTV on these delightful plants: http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/getting-the-best-out-of-your-holiday-plants/index.html

Flowers by the Falls . Kings Mountain, NC  (704) 739-7331

Great Potted Plants for the Fall: Chrysanthemums

As the weather gets cooler and autumn leaves begin to change colors, we should remember that there are still many opportunities to enjoy flowers in the fall. Potted plants are a fantastic option from your local flower shop because, they not only are substantial in size, giving you an abundance of blooms, but they will faithfully return back to you each year!

Mums were originally cultivated in China. They used the chrysanthemum as their symbol of royalty, and consider this bloom the highest of all flowers. The Japanese were so taken with this flower, that they embraced it as the crest and official seal of the Emperor. In addition, there’s even a “Festival of Happiness” to celebrate this flower each year. Later, mums were then introduced into the United States during colonial times. Their artistic allure has grown in such popularity that they are considered to be “Queen of the Fall Flowers.” On the contrary, in Italy, these flowers are associated with death.

Chrysanthemums are daisy-like having a decorative “pompon”. They are as durable as they are delightful and are one of the longest lasting of all cut flowers. Years of artful cultivation have produced a full range of colors, many of which are traditional for autumn. Deep reds, purples, oranges, yellows and bronzes are among their many colors. This season though, the most fashionable without doubt, is the vibrant yellow mum. We just can’t seem to get enough of this fun great color, as it has been spotted in nearly every fashion opportunity! Take a glance at “The Looks We Love” on J.Crew’s website: http://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/lookswelove.jsp, and also how this bride had her wedding planner use yellow mums throughout her wedding décor: http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/decorating-with-mums.

Symbolism: The chrysanthemum is a symbol of the sun. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life. Mums are Chicago’s official flower, the November birth flower, and the flower for 13th wedding anniversaries. Other meanings include: laughter, optimism, joy, cheerfulness, friendship, peace, loveliness, abundance and wealth. Red pompons profess love, yellow means new opportunity and white speaks only of truth.

Flowers by the Falls . Kings Mountain, NC  (704) 739-7331

The Meaning of the Purple Rose: Love at First Sight & Royalty

 

Purple roses have a captivating spirit and are a great alternative for any romantic occasions. Their eye catching shades of purple are truly stunning. These roses have symbolism that is tied to enchantment, and have many time-honored meanings associated with them.

Purple roses have been a symbol of falling in love at first sight for many years. After meeting someone, these roses are sent by flower shops to show that the initial attraction has carved a deep impression on you, and that you feel the person is charming and simply irresistible. Expressing this beautiful feeling of falling in love, the hope is that the person will be much more familiar to you in the near future. So, as a recipient of purple roses, which are among the rarest, one should feel especially flattered having such beauty and charm, as to have captured the heart of the sender at the very first sight!

In addition, the color purple has always been a symbol of royalty, representing all things grand, glorious and noble. Therefore it makes sense that purple roses also symbolize these very things, as the mark of wealth and luxury. The first famous purple was a deep shade known as Tyrian purple. It was once reserved for rich and royal leaders like Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. Maintaining the air of noble regality and pure splendor, brides love to use purple roses in weddings. Even seen in the movie Bride Wars, actress Kate Hudson carried a simple bouquet of purple roses: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-finding-dress-replica.  The most fashionable arrangements and bouquets of roses by florists are grouped in a bold range of rich hues, including shades like violet, lavender, and lilac roses.

Meanings of the Purple Rose Include: Love at first sight, enchantment, fantasy, wonder, impossibility, grand, glorious, noble, wealth, luxury, dignity, pride, success, accomplishment, admiration, calmness, ease, regality, splendor, discretion, nobility, sacred, accomplishment and admiration.

Flowers by the Falls . Kings Mountain, NC  (704) 739-7331