Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

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Cool Flowers for Hot Summer Nights

by Leanne Kesler on July 5, 2016 at 6:43 am

Bohemian Centerpiece — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonIt’s time to take the party outside! The garden is blooming, the patio is warm and the sky is blue.

Nothing is easier than outdoor entertaining. Fire up the barbecue, fill a bucket with ice to keep the drinks cold and set the table for a casual feast. Freshly cut flowers from the garden casually dropped into a vase look fabulous in the evening light. At dusk, the candles come out to extend the evening just a little longer.

Entertaining at home is one of my favorite parts of the summer season. Stop by my house most any day of the week from June to September and you’ll find me relaxing with friends in the back yard.  Oh, what a wonderful fantasy. Read More

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Bring Out the Red, White and Blue

by Stephen Rittner on June 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

— Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston, www.floralschool.comJuly 4th is the birthday of our country. We enjoy the holiday, getting together with friends and family, having barbecues and watching fireworks. Here in the Boston area, where there is a proud history leading back to colonial days, we celebrate Independence Day very seriously.

Flowers enhance just about every aspect of our existence, and they can definitely enhance the Fourth of July experience. There are many beautiful flowers available in red, white and blue, and your florist can help you celebrate with a custom floral design.

Welcome guests with patriotic flowers in the entry area of your home. This adorable ensemble features red roses, white and blue hydrangeas, and blue delphinium. Read More

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Welcoming Summer Guests with Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on June 20, 2016 at 5:41 am

Sunflowers and Eryngium - Photo Courtesy Carol Caggiano, AIFD, PFCIEntertaining is one of my favorite past times. I love having guests over, and there is just something special about inviting them in the summertime. Summer entertaining can be relaxing and casual, really leaving time for conversation and “catching up” on all of our busy lives. Cooking on the grill and eating outdoors is perfect for a memorable summer afternoon or evening.

Flowers are important to me and I use them to welcome my summertime guests just as I do throughout the rest of the year. However, in summer I can often combine the seasonal blooms I purchase from my local florist with accents from my garden.

Just this week, I picked up some petite sunflowers and eryngium (blue thistle) to create a centerpiece for the dinner I was preparing to have on my porch with my neighbors. I added fresh mint from my garden.

Not only did it look great, its fragrance was spectacular and combined perfectly with the aroma of steak and veggies. Rosemary is another garden favorite that combines well with seasonal blooms and also lends not only texture but a very nice scent to the bouquet as well. Read More

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Everything is Coming Up Roses

by Carol Caggiano on May 31, 2016 at 7:49 am

Keira Roses - David Austin RosesThis month everything is rosy… literally! As roses are at their peak of bloom in June it seems only fitting for it to be National Rose Month. The rose is beloved year round, yet it seems appropriate to give it some extra attention in June. So loved is the rose by Americans, that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the rose as our National Flower in 1986.

“Roses are red…violets are blue” is a quote familiar to all of us, yet until 1800 all cultivated roses in Europe were shades of white or pink. The beloved red rose first came from China the beginning of the 19th century. Unusual green roses arrived a few decades later. A Frenchman by the name of Joseph Pernet-Ducher is credited with the discovery of the yellow rose around 1900, and we have had yellow and orange roses ever since. Intensive cultivation has revealed all of the remaining colors, except blue or black. Black is considered less than an attractive rose color, but the pursuit of the blue rose has been likened to the “Holy Grail.” Many have tried but none have truly succeeded. Progress has been made, and the quest continues. Read More

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Four Summer Color Trends

by Leanne Kesler on May 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

This summer, the trend color palettes match our moods. Are you ready to relax by the lake, or hike the mountain at sunrise? Is it time to sit with friends and enjoy a glass of wine? Is the family gathering for an afternoon in the park? Whatever your plans and style, add flowers to the event. Flowers will make it extra special. Take a look at these top summer color trends and choose flowers in the hues you love the most. If you are like me, you can’t decide. No problem; rotate the color choices throughout the weeks.

Trend #1. Berrylicious: Blues, lavenders and purples

Start your summer by slowing down and taking a deep breath. As we race through the year, it is such a treat to slow down for summer fun. Sometimes, stopping is just the thing to do. Stop thinking, stop working, stop running, stop and spend some time with friends and flowers.

A summer interpretation of the Pantone Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, fits into the berry-licious category. Add lavender roses to the soft blue of hydrangea and pink orchids for the perfect baby shower reveal party or a garden wedding.

Berry-licious by Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonA summer interpretation of the Pantone Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity fit http://aboutflowersbl.wpengine.com/hello-pantone-color-of-the-year-2016/ into the berry-licious category. Add lavender roses to the soft blue of hydrangea and pink orchids for the perfect baby shower reveal party or a garden wedding.

Go bold with the addition of vibrant blueberry-blue delphinium for a design that celebrates the simple beauty of the summer sky. Pull up a chair, sit a moment and visit with friends. Berry-licious is a flower-friendly palette. Hydrangea, lilac, clematis, delphinium and so many more flowers come in colors of this palette.

Berry-licious by Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon Read More