The Latest Craze in the Floral Industry: Succulents

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succulents3Succulent plants have long been admired near their native habitats, but now the floral industry as a whole are using this extraordinary plant in all types of ways. And the reason for their rising popularity isn’t surprising; they’re easy to maintain, look amazing in an arrangement or a standalone piece, and come in over 20,000 varieties of shapes, colors, and sizes. A couple of months ago, we talked about how to incorporate succulents into your wedding, and now we want to give our readers an overview on why succulents are the newest trend and how you can include them in your indoor and outdoor decor.

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The most loved characteristics of succulents is their hardy composition, versatility, and naturally grown beauty. Succulents also require less hydration than your typical house plant or floral arrangement. And that means that you’re plant will have a better chance of living a long and beautiful life. Because of their longevity and relatively small intake of water, succulents have become a favorite among designers and environmentalists (especially on the drought ridden west coast) who want to get the most from their arrangements.

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These fascinating and adaptable creations can be placed anywhere and make a wonderful addition. And with so many succulents to chose from, it’s easy to create a colorful and diverse mosaic of succulents in a garden. It’s common to line the garden with rocks to mimic it’s natural landscape. Or create a modern succulent arrangement for your home with the addition of fast draining soil and a vase of your choosing. Whether it’s metal, ceramic, stone, or glass, the subtle tone of a succulent will look amazing in any kind of vase. One of the best things about succulents is that they can be replanted and used again for another arrangement. For example, a succulent can be taken out a bridal bouquet and planted in a container or garden as a token of your special day.

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In short, succulents have become the top choice of designers and home-owners alike because they’re just as captivating as flowers, and yet more sustainable than both flowers and house plants. Recently, we at Wholesale Flowers have been creating some of the finest designs that highlight succulents. And our customers can’t get enough of them. So if you’re in the mood for a fun DIY project that’s affordable, attractive, and contemporary or would like to check out one of our beautiful handmade arrangements, come on down to Wholesale Flowers today to stock up on this year’s hottest trend.

Holiday Centerpieces

During the wintertime, there’s no substitution to having a sweet smelling and breathtakingly beautiful holiday arrangement on your table. At this time of year, when the air gets colder and the scent of pine is in the air, a lovely centerpiece showcasing seasonal flowers and greens is one of the best ways to show your holiday spirit. Including colorful ornaments to your arrangement will really bring out the greens and add a nice change of texture. Holiday-themed floral designs usually comprise of all the different elements of wintertime to create a warm and nostalgic symbol of the season.

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One of the special attributes about holiday and wintertime arrangements is that the greens play a more significant role in these pieces than in any other season. This is great for a few reasons; the fresh aroma, they make a nice backdrop for your flowers, and greens are an economical filler for any arrangement. Incorporate fresh greens such as Holly, Pine, Juniper, Cedar, Eucalyptus, and Magnolia in your designs to give it a timeless look. Berries and pinecones are also commonly used in holiday arrangements because of their seasonality and texture. Red Rosehips or berries that are attached to greens like Cedar are the most popular options. Your flower choice depends upon your tastes. There’s been a growing trend to do flower arrangements that are more contemporary and wild for the holidays. Using taller flowers are atypical season colors are an easy way to achieve that. But traditional holiday arrangements are always a pleasing addition to your decor. For those arrangements, red and white flowers reign supreme. When matched with your greens, those colors will pop beautifully. Soft colors like pink and purple can also be incorporated to add a bit of flare to your design. Flowers that are commonly seen in traditional Christmas centerpieces include Roses, Hydrangea, Spider Mums, Lilies, Snapdragons, and Carnations. Big and bold flowers will brighten up any room.

The use of candles in holiday arrangements is an alluring and chic addition, even if it’s never to be lit. Candles can provide an extra touch of color and texture to complete your centerpiece. Now the only question that remains is which container to choose for your arrangement. It’s important to keep the season in mind when selecting vases. Decorative gold and silver containers are the conventional options, but wooden and glass containers will always look classy. In fact, most holiday arrangements don’t call for vases at all. Simply place your arrangement in a plastic tray or dish with floral foam and cover the exposed areas with your fresh greens. This method tends to be the most popular because it’s virtually maintenance free and keeps the design low enough for your guests to clearly see over it. You can find all the different types and styles of containers that would be great for your holiday design on our website.
Holiday arrangements can offer your home a garnish of vivid color, sweet fragrance, and admirable beauty that captures the essence of wintertime. Coupled with a wreath, decorative ornaments, candle holders and garlands, a wonderful holiday centerpiece will be the pinnacle of your decor.

Succulents: The Newest Trend for Weddings

One of the hottest trends this wedding season has been the addition of succulents to your ceremony. They can replace virtually any flower on your special day and succulents are much more hardy and sustainable. That means you can take home and admire a token from your special day for months even years after the party. Plant them in your garden and watch them grow like the love you and your partner share. You don’t need to live in California to appreciate the fact that succulents need very little water and maintenance. When planted, they only need to be watered once a week. Succulents come in a wide variety of astonishing shapes and colors that can be made to look as elegant or as casual as you would like. The thick, fleshy leaves on succulents give beautiful contrast to delicate flowers in an array of different arrangements at the ceremony. We’ll talk about the different locations and ways you can incorporate succulents into your chic wedding.

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Deck out your reception with custom centerpieces containing succulents. This is a great idea because they will last months after the ceremony and you or your guests can take them home and have them as a treasure from your amazing wedding day. Also, you will save a ton of money using succulents instead of flowers. You can always mix succulents with fresh flowers as well!


Bridal Bouquets
Give your bridal bouquet an organic feel without sacrificing any class by adding beautiful and unique succulents to your bouquet. Complement the succulents with a softer flower like peonies or roses for a classic, garden look. Make them extravagant or simple, the choice is yours.


Boutonnières
Keep the same organic feel for your boutonnieres while keeping it simple and beautiful. Succulents are great for boutonnieres because they look great, they stay alive for many hours and they are easy to make. Use other earthy flowers such as billy balls or dusty miller to complement the succulent in your boutonniere.

Corsages
Succulents go great in corsages and give the earthy feel you are most likely going for if you chose succulents. Easy to make and beautiful, succulent corsages are a perfect choice for your wedding. Use one or many succulents, the possibilities are endless.

Asiatic Lilies: The Flower of Good Fortune

For thousands of years, the beautiful Lily has been a symbol of life, creativity and good luck. They have been used in ancient mythology across the Mediterranean region and Asia. Asiatic Lilies in particular, are a relatively new addition to the Lilium genus. They’ve only been in cultivation for the last few hundred years, and have quickly become one of the most popular flowers on the market. Lilies like these, sometimes called “true Lilies”, consist of a trumpet-shaped flower, it’s signature stamens, and its long and pointed leaves. Consider removing the pollen-producing stamens to prolong the 1-2 week vase life of your Lilies and prevent staining of the flower petals. Asiatic Lilies come in almost any color possible except for blue. The dark leaves on the stems provide a great contrast for the popping color of the flower. Each color that Asiatic Lilies possess, have their corresponding meaning or a significance behind them. White Lilies often represent purity, life, and motherhood. Those connotations make white Lilies one of the most beloved and widely used wedding flowers today. Warm colors, such as red, orange and yellow, represent energy, creativity and passion. There’s always a color that’s a great fit for any occasion.

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The perennial Asiatic Lilies are very close in appearance to their cousin, the Oriental Lily. The main difference is that Asiatic Lilies bare generally smaller flowers, but a large color variety. Asiatics can grow up to 5 feet tall and bloom earlier and longer than other types of Lilies. There are generally 3 blooms per stem of Lily. Warm-colored Asiatic Lilies with dark spots on the petals are commonly known as Tiger Lilies. The flamboyant hybrid is a spirited addition to any floral arrangement or can make a statement by arranging them exclusively. Asiatic Lilies are known as the “flower of good fortune” for one reason: they’re delicate-looking flowers are actually quite easy to grow and maintain because it is such a hardy flower. That’s the reason why Asiatic Lilies are becoming more popular than ever, it’s not only a beautiful flower, but anyone can grow it. It also has a very distinct, sweet smell and is wildlife friendly to most animals, excluding cats. It’s worth noting that the ASPCA has linked some varieties of Lilies with damaging the health of cats and they should not come in direct contact with the flower. Parts of Asiatic Lilies are edible for human consumption and were historically consumed to treat various ailments. In modern times, Asiatic Lilies are used to create stunning floral arrangements thanks in part to its large color pallet and its prosperous symbolism. They’re a flower that can effortlessly lift anyone’s spirits, making it the true flower of good fortune.

Hydrangea: The Flower of Understanding

 

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Hydrangeas are one of the most commonly used and widely appreciated flowers in the world today. It’s delicate flowers and pom-pom or ball shape makes them a popular choice for all sorts of arrangements. They’re given as gifts as a sign of gratitude for the recipients understanding and devotion. Hydrangea’s are also known to be the official 4th anniversary flower. There’s over 70 variations of the hydrangea genus, most of them made in France. They grow naturally in White, Blue, Pink, Lavender, and Green, but can be dyed to create wild colors for any occasion. The color of the flower is determined by acidity of the soil. Because of its distinctive cluster of elegant petals that resemble a group of butterflies about to take flight, hydrangeas have become a standard for wedding centerpieces, bouquets, pew and belly bar arrangements. Or enhance your everyday flower arrangements with the addition of a soft touch, change of texture, and popping color.

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Deriving from the Greek words “hydos” and “angos“, the word hydrangea literally translates to “water vessel” or “barrel”. This is fitting because the flower requires frequent watering and care during the one week of admirable life that it will have. To further the vase life of your hydrangeas, change out the water and re-cut the stems every other day. Indigenous to the Americas and East Asia, hydrangeas were introduced to Europeans in the 18th century and quickly became one of the most admired flowers on the market. In the past, Native Americans have reportedly used the stems and roots of the flower to remedy bladder problems and muscle pains. According to folklore, hydrangeas were used to break curses that were placed by witches by wearing it as a necklace or consuming its roots. Today, they’re used to create effortlessly beautiful floral arrangements and sincere gifts.

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Oriental Lilies: The Flower of Life

Stretching as far back as 1580 B.C. the Lily has been a symbol of beauty and love. It’s been used in wedding centerpieces and bridal bouquets all over the globe. In fact, its stunning appearance makes it the second most popular flower in world, just behind roses. Many countries actually prefer the Lily over roses and feel they better represent love. The ancient Greeks believed that the Lily was created from the milk of ‘Hera’, or the Queen of the Gods. Today we know them to be a native flower to China, Japan, and most of the northern hemisphere. In some of these societies, the Lily has traditionally stood for good luck, purity, majesty, and even considered holy. Lilies have also been used to treat depression and toxicity in herbal medicinal practices and continue to lift spirits to this day. For many cultures, the trumpet shaped flower has represented the soul leaving the body for the afterlife in a funeral arrangement.

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Oriental Lilies are a relatively new breed of Lily. They are a hybrid between two flowers that are also in their genus, Lilium Auratum and Lilium Speciosum. Orientals differ from Asiatic and other Lilies by their growth and cultivation season. The stem length of Oriental’s can reach up to 6ft. in their natural habitat and when the flower is fully open, the diameter can be upwards of 9”. They also bloom later in the season than Asiatic Lilies, sometimes reaching into the fall. Other types of perennial Lilies don’t have the elegantly ruffled petals that the Oriental Lily features. There’s anywhere between 3-6 flowers per stem and here at Wholesale Flowers and Supplies, we sell them in grower’s bunches of 5 stems. The two commonly known types of Oriental Lilies are identified as the pink Stargazer and the huge, white Casablanca. Both of which are notorious for their romantic fragrance, which led to them becoming some of the most beloved flowers in the world. Depending on the species, some pink or Stargazer Lilies can be seen with naturally spotted petals and white edges, while others are one solid pink color. The Lily bulbs will open at different times over a period of 1-2 weeks, a characteristic that makes them a wonderful choice for your vase or arrangement. The opening of the flower has been closely related to the birth of a child or the beginning of a relationship. Prolong the life of your Lilies and prevent staining or discoloring the petals by removing the stamens that are used to pollinate and reproduce. The Lily is edible to humans and various animals due to its high starch content. It is worth noting that the ASPCA has reported it can be toxic to cats.

Lilies have always been pleasing and noteworthy. Their beauty catches your eye and they are usually the first flower you can identify in an arrangement. The Oriental Lily is, without a doubt, one of the most marvelous flowers in the world and has rightfully symbolized everlasting love and beauty throughout history. It’s large, ruffled edge petals have been adorned in wedding arrangements for centuries and will continue to be a staple in wedding flowers. Oriental Lilies continue to be one of the most respected, fragrant, and appealing flowers in the modern world.

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. – Chinese Proverb

Roses: The Silent Messenger

With roses being this week’s special, we’d like to take the opportunity to share the meaning and significance behind their beautifully distinguished colors. For thousands of years, the rose has evoked feelings and emotions without ever needing to say a word. The Latin saying “sub rosa” translates to “under the rose”, which means that something was told in secret. They’re the most popular flower in history, making the rose