Early Spring Flowers

Welcome in springtime the right way with freshly cut spring flowers! Flowers that grow and are popular in the spring are generally characterized by their vibrant pastel colors and bulb shaped blooms. They’re usually grouped together with other flowers of the same kind in arrangements to create an explosion of color and fragrance. These flowers are seeded during the fall or winter in dry and temperate climates and when springtime comes, these perennial flowers blossom with an extremely high demand from around the world. We all adore roses, but because of their year-round availability, let’s take a look at some of the other beloved flowers that we at Wholesale Flowers will carrying this spring.

Tulips – The most popular and respected flower that blossoms during the spring season is the tulip. They require a bit of cold to grow so they’ll look their best in the spring time. Tulips are great for arrangements because they naturally grow in a wide variety of colors, with the exception of blue. They’ll even continue to grow a bit after being cut and arranged. Fun fact: tulips are the national flower of Turkey and Afghanistan. These countries have been influenced by the flower throughout their respective histories and even hold annual tulip festivals.

Ranunculus – Another bulb flower that blooms in the springtime and comes in a variety colors are ranunculus. They grow in almost every shade of warm color, making ranunculus a symbol of radiant charm. The multi-layered, delicate petals are a favorite among brides and are a cost-effective substitution for peonies, which bloom a little later in the year. They’re also long lasting and can last up to 6 weeks in a vase.

Freesia – Freesias are one of the most fragrant and unique spring flowers. All 16 species are native to southern Africa, but the seven most popular ones used in the floral industry today are primarily grown in the U.S. and are renowned for their hanging row of funnel-shaped flowers. The stem of freesias bend at a 90 degree angle just below the first flower, giving them their uncommon shape. Freesias are synonymous with springtime because of the captivating blooms and sweet smells they produce.

Hyacinth – The last spring flower for today is the highly scented and exceptionally shaped hyacinth flower. They’re often associated with spring because hyacinths are a sign of rebirth and are even the official flower of the Persian New Year celebration, held during the Spring Equinox. Hyacinths aren’t necessarily flowers, they’re actually flowering plants native to the Mediterranean region. The bulb produces a dense stalk filled with wonderfully colorful and aromatic flowers. Hyacinths are defiantly a welcomed treat in a spring-themed floral arrangement.

These are just four of the popular spring-blossoming flowers that we’ll have on-hand throughout their growing seasons. At our San Diego location, you can find an array of colorful and fragrant flowers that truly capture the essence of spring. With the arrival of spring, our excellent design team will be including these flowers in beautiful arrangements for our design cooler and for custom orders. For more details visit our website at www.wholesaleflowersandsupplies.com or stop by our store and speak to our friendly staff.

Natural Centerpieces

Trends come and go in the floral industry, but some basic principles stay the same. One of those principles is to have an appreciation for nature and the colorful and fragrant beauty that it produces. With the arrival of spring right around the corner, there’ll be an abundance of organic materials that can be combined to make the ideal natural centerpiece. It’s important to keep the outdoors in mind when selecting everything you intend to use, from the flowers, foliage, and container.

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Let’s start from the bottom-up. When you’re brainstorming your design, start by contemplating what you would like to achieve. The type and size of container you choose will help determine how the rest of the piece will be structured. For obvious reasons, a variety wooden containers are the most commonly used for natural arrangements, but don’t be discouraged to use a metal, glass, or ceramic vase. Rustic and galvanized metal containers are quality choices for a natural arrangement. Now that you have your vase picked out, it’s time to build your design.

Natural floral arrangements are designed look as if the flowers were freshly picked from the fields. Most natural centerpieces include flowers that are considered garden flowers such as roses and tulips or wild flowers like daisies, asters, and feverfew. Although the flower selection can be important, there’s no set structure for a natural arrangement. It can be any shape or size that you’d like. Start with wet floral foam to hold and hydrate your flowers then start inserting the flowers to create your scenery. Try not to overcrowd it with flowers because these types of designs call for a larger amount of greenery and fillers than everyday arrangements.

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The essence of natural centerpieces is to keep it as wild and organic as possible. Which means your design will need it’s fair share of greenery such as boxwood and eucalyptus. Wild flowers like wax flower and queen Anne’s lace would fit right in with your theme and is a appropriate substitute for gypsophilia (baby’s breath). You can incorporate more wood into your arrangement with the addition of curly willow or tree bark. If you have any open area around the base of your flowers add sheet or reindeer moss to simulate the wild. Stones and bark would be a nice touch as well.

Just like in the wild, the different elements in your design are what makes it whole. Bring the scenery that we so much overlook to the spotlight with a wonderful natural centerpiece. Not only are these arrangements adaptable to any season of the year, but they combine all of the finest aspects of wild right in your living room.

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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.