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Spring for Tropical Flowers

by Ardith Beveridge on March 18, 2017 at 2:08 am

Tropical Flowers - Photo Courtesy Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA,Koehler & Dramm's Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis, https://www.kdfloralinstitute.com/I’m writing this post on a beautiful March morning when the wind is looking for the warm spring skies to blow in. This is the time of year when anything can happen weather-wise. In the past few days, we have had hail, snow, sunshine and wild turkeys walking around, even on busy roads.

One thing consistent about March is we like to brighten up our indoor spaces — our homes and offices. Tropical flowers are a great choice. They transport us to beautiful and exotic places.

I have always enjoyed designing with tropical flowers because of their beauty and also because of their unpredictable nature. Their lines, shapes, colors, sizes and textures change with each flower and create a stunning presentation. Everything goes together — no matching. Tropical flowers are stunning with roses, lilies, stock, and every other flower that comes to mind.  Read More

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Tap into Terrariums

by Ardith Beveridge on October 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Terrariums — Farrell's Florist in Drexel Hill, PAA terrarium is a glass container used for growing ornamental plants. Inside, is a living breathing world, a bridge between indoors and outdoors. A terrarium allows you to bring nature into your environment; a way to imagine nature indoors.

While you don’t need a green thumb to create or care for a terrarium, your local florist  can help you realize your vision.

Your florist can recommend the perfect plants. Small, shade loving plants work best as do plants that love high humidity. And your florist has great options for terrarium containers, such as art glass, hanging glass in delicate metal frames, handcrafted vases, or fun small containers with magnets on the back to display on an office file cabinet.

Be sure to keep your terrarium away from direct sunlight, heat and sudden extremes in temperatures. Always place a tray beneath your terrarium to protect your furniture and flooring from water damage, staining and mold.

Caring for your terrarium is rather easy. Water as needed, remove yellow or damaged foliage, and keep the glass clean.

What do you think about terrariums?

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Family Fun with Herbs

by Ardith Beveridge on August 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Herbs-Photo-Courtesy-Koehler-&-DrammCut herbs are at their peak outdoors in the summer and early autumn.

Make plans with your kids to visit your local flower market to learn more about herbs. You and your family will be delighted, amazed and intrigued to see the large variety available. You’ll recognize many herbs right away. They are the ones that are most often used in cooking, such as dill, coriander, mint and lavender.

Try saying the names of herbs out loud. Do you immediately taste, see, feel and smell it with pleasure? Isn’t it interesting how easy it is to recall their fragrances and textures?

What herbs do your kids like on their pizza or other food? Tell them about the plant. Bring herbs home and look up uses for them in your food. There are wonderful recipes online. For the grownups, try Mint Mojitos.

In addition to enhancing our food and beverages, herbs have other uses. One of my personal favorite ways to use herbs is cutting a few fragrant stems, placing them in a charming small vase for display beside the bed or in the bathroom, or a work desk. Did you know your florist knows how to use herbs in floral arrangements, and can create a special gift for you to send to a loved one? Read More

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How Do I Know My Style?

by Ardith Beveridge on July 18, 2016 at 4:03 pm

shutterstock_103453673-lowresWe begin to develop personal style in early childhood. As soon as we start showing signs of individuality, we demonstrate preferences for particular colors, patterns, design styles and flowers. Give ourselves some room to engage with those natural affinities, and our style further evolves. Since the time you began dressing yourself, you have begun to develop a sense of style, with color as your foundation. You have already mastered the basics.

Don’t worry if you are already past the point of really being aware when you first set out to identify your sense of style; just start where you are.

Set the stage for style success. What is your favorite color? Look in your closet at the colors you like to wear. Do you like glitter, casual or dressy clothes, or both? You do have a preference for one. Look around your house. What are the colors and style of your bedroom? What helps you feel peaceful? Is your kitchen painted with energetic colors and country decorative accents, or industrial? Look around your world and make note; your style is in front of you, you will learn how to identify it. Read More

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SeaMistOne of the hottest color trends right now is as neutral as can be: “greige,” a perfect combination of gray and beige. It is taking over Pinterest.  The word “greige” derives its original meaning from the old French and Latin words meaning “raw silk”, unbleached or raw fibers.

Greige is the color for creativity. It is one of the simplest colors for the eye to process and one that permits a variety of color accents. It is not shiny or matte; it’s a comfortable middle.

We borrowed swatches of popular Greige dresses from the popular Charleston, South Carolina bridal boutique LulaKate to show you ways to make the color pop.

The blue evokes water, on the lakeshore in Minnesota or the seaside in California accented with shells. This style of cascade bouquet has a base of hydrangea, with blue delphinium and gentian and bachelor buttons. Yes, there are lovely blue flowers. Dusty Miller and spiral eucalyptus are accents with color and texture. This “cool” color bouquet will be stunning with the addition of a secondary color of peach, pinks, greens and violets. Read More