This Week’s Collections (Week Of 12-27-10)

 

Classic A:

White “Crystal Blush” Miniature Calla Lily (Ecuador) – calla lilies are grown in bogs and ponds and are native to cool, temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The plant is highly poisonous if eaten.

White Agapanthus (Costa Rica) – a member of the lily family, also called the Lily of the Nile or African Lily, agapanthus are native to South Africa. The blooms consist of large, round clusters of blue, white or violet bell shaped flowers atop tall stems which can grow up to six feet.

White “Vendela” Rose  (Columbia) –  “Vendela” roses are some of the most hearty white roses available today. They have a creamy white center and traditionally large heads. The “Vendela” rose is the number one rose requested for wedding bouquets.

Silver Brunia (South Africa) –  Cultivated in South Africa’s Western Cape, silver brunia berries are tight spherical knob-like inflorescences that are clustered into flat, rounded heads. The knobby inflorescences are covered by scale-like leaves, and before their white flowers break through, they show as decorative silver berries. These silver Brunia berries are more prized than the flowers that bloom from them.

Seeded Eucalyptus (California)– an Australian native, seeded eucalyptus are the mature top branches of the tree. The “seeds” are immature flower pods the occur in clusters along side the spade-shaped leaves.

Classic B:

Pink “Brindisi” LA Hybrid Lily (Costa Rica) – a type of hybrid lily derived from central and East Asian species.  Lily bulbs are eaten in China, especially in the summer, for their ability to reduce internal heat and are said to have a texture and taste similar to that of a potato.

Pink & White Variegated “Esperance” Rose (Columbia) – these are very special roses with blooms that can grow to nearly 7" once fully opened and include up to 40 petals.  The petals are a creamy pink on top gradually becoming pinker towards the middle of the bloom.  These roses have a long vase life so you should enjoy them for quite a while.

Peach “Cream Café” Miniature Gerbera Daisy (Canada) – Indigenous to South Africa, the Gerbera Daisy is commonly referred to as the “Aftican Daisy.” The fifth most cut flower in the world, gerberas are members of the sunflower family. Gerbera species bear a large, often dark center, with striking, two-lipped colorful ray florets. The center, which has the appearance of a single flower, is actually composed of hundreds of individual florettes.

Cream “Chablis” Spray Roses (Columbia) - the spray roses have clusters of multiple  2 to 3 inch bloom on each stem. This variety is a pale peach color.

Heather (California) - a flowering shrub in the ericaceae family which also includes blueberries and cranberries. Heathers are found naturally occurring throughout Western Europe and in parts of northeastern North America and Siberia. This variety has small pink flowers.

 

 

Exotic C

“Lady Slipper” Orchid (Thailand) – “Lady Slipper” orchids are tropical flowers known for their moccasin shape and pouch-like lips. These unique orchids are also known by their horticultural name cypripedium. The name cypripedium comes from the word cyprus, where mythological Aphrodite was born. The word pedilum, means shoe or slipper.

White Hydrangea (Columbia) – hydrangea is a flowering shrub native to southern and eastern Asia. In most species the flowers are white but in some species they can be blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. Incredibly the color isn’t determined by the variety of hydrangea but rather by the pH of the soil – more acidic soil produces blue flowers, neutral soils produce very pale cream or white petals, and alkaline soils results in pink or purple.

White “Crystal Blush” Miniature Calla Lily (Ecuador) – calla lilies are grown in bogs and ponds and are native to cool, temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The plant is highly poisonous if eaten.

White Agapanthus (Costa Rica) – a member of the lily family, also called the Lily of the Nile or African Lily, agapanthus are native to South Africa. The blooms consist of large, round clusters of blue, white or violet bell shaped flowers atop tall stems which can grow up to six feet.

White “Vendela” Rose  (Columbia) –  “Vendela” roses are some of the most hearty white roses available today. They have a creamy white center and traditionally large heads. The “Vendela” rose is the number one rose requested for wedding bouquets.

Seeded Eucalyptus (California)– an Australian native, seeded eucalyptus are the mature top branches of the tree. The “seeds” are immature flower pods the occur in clusters along side the spade-shaped leaves.

Exotic D

Pink “Jules Elie” Peonies (Chile) - also spelled paeony, the name of this flower is from the mythical Greek physician Paeon. Paeon was a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil so, to save Paeon from his wrath, Zeus turned him into a flower. The Monsieur Jules Elie variety, which dates back to 1888, is heavily-petaled pink blossoms that measure 6-8 inches across and comes in many variations of pink, red and white. 

Pink Sweet Pea (Japan) - Native to the eastern Mediterranean region from Sicily east to Crete, the sweet pea flowers come in a wide range of colors. The strength of fragrance of a Sweet Pea is sensuous and captivating and depends on a number of factors, such as rain, high temperatures, time of day and the age of the flower. These special, long-lasting pink sweet peas are not in season right now and have been acquired from a small crop in a select farm in Japan.

Pink & White Variegated “Esperance” Rose (Columbia) – these are very special roses with blooms that can grow to nearly 7" once fully opened and include up to 40 petals.  The petals are a creamy pink on top gradually becoming pinker towards the middle of the bloom.  These roses have a long vase life so you should enjoy them for quite a while.

Cream “Chablis” Spray Roses (Columbia) - the spray roses have clusters of multiple  2 to 3 inch bloom on each stem. This variety is a pale peach color.

 

Contemporary

Pink “Piano” Garden Roses (England) – Garden roses are known to have more texture and scent than modern hybrid tea roses. The garden rose is an estimated 35 million years old. Gardening with the rose began in China approximately 5,000 years ago. Piano garden rose is a magnificent rich, deep pink rose, with a large, cup-shaped head, high petal-count and a wonderful fragrance.

Pink Miniature “Garnet Glow” Calla Lily (Holland) – calla lilies are grown in bogs and ponds and are native to cool, temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The plant is highly poisonous if eaten. The “Garnet Glow” variety has a pink/lavender tone.

Pink “Calypso” Mokara Orchid (Thailand) - Mokara Orchid is a trigeneric hybrid, meaning it comes from three "parent" varieties (like Nicole on My Two Dads). Created in Singapore in 1969, Mokara has a unique sunburst shape and the can last up to two or three weeks in the vase with proper care.

Tall

“Green Goddess” Calla Lilies (Ecaudor) - The botanical name “Zantedeschia” is a mouthful, but you'll recognize these immediately as familiar callas. This particular variety, “Green Goddess”, is long-stemmed with large, unusual green flowers brushed liberally in creamy white.

Choose Your Bundle for Next Week’s Classic Collection – To Be Delivered Week of January 3rd

Hallo all!

When you get a chance, pop over to my Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HBloomcom/164129383642?ref=ts to choose your preferred bundle for next week's Classic Collection delivery.  

For the week of January 3rd if you choose option A you will receive a bouquet that includes:

• Lavender "Coolwater" Roses
• Purple Stock
• Lavender Double Tulips
• Burgundy "Chess" Spray Roses
• Purple "Matsumoto" Asters

Those that choose option B will receive a bouquet that includes:

• Pink & Yellow "Ambiance" Roses
• Pink "Fleur" Spray Roses
• Pink Variegated Tulips
• Yellow "Football" Chrysanthemums
• Yellow Solidago Asters

Remember, if you select a bundle, I'll hand-tie and hand-deliver precisely the bundle for which you cast you choose.  I'll keep the selection open until Noon THURSDAY, at which time I'll place my order to receive the stems from my international contingent of growers.  If you don't have a Facebook account, or would prefer to let me know your choice directly, simply shoot me an email at hbloom@hbloom.com.

Happy voting and enjoy the flowers!

-H.Bloom 

Choose Your Bundle for Next Week’s Exotic Collection – To Be Delivered Week of January 3rd

Hallo all!

When you get a chance, pop over to my Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HBloomcom/164129383642?ref=ts to choose your preferred bundle for next week's Exotic Collection delivery.  

For the week of January 3rd if you choose option C you will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Pink "Piano" Garden Roses
• Pink "Garnet Glow" Miniature Calla Lilies
• Pink Mokara Orchids
• Lavender "Coolwater" Roses
• Purple Stock

Those that choose option D will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Yellow "Florexgold" Minature Calla Lilies
• Pink "Piano" Garden Roses
• Pink "Garnet Glow" Miniature Calla Lilies
• Yellow "Pin Cushion" Proteas
• Pink "Fleur" Spray Roses
• Pink & Yellow "Ambiance" Roses

Remember, if you select a bundle, I'll hand-tie and hand-deliver precisely the bundle for which you cast you choose.  I'll keep the selection open until Noon THURSDAY, at which time I'll place my order to receive the stems from my international contingent of growers.  If you don't have a Facebook account, or would prefer to let me know your choice directly, simply shoot me an email at hbloom@hbloom.com.

Happy voting and enjoy the flowers!

-H.Bloom 

This Week’s Collections (Week Of 12-20-10)

Classic A:

Ornithogalum Arabicum (Holland) – also known as “Star of Bethlehem,” these flowers come as densely packed white blooms on long, foliage-less stems. When boiled, the bulbs of the ornithogalum are nutritious and tasty, and it is believed that the ancient Greeks ate the young shoots as a substitute for asparagus.

Green Trick Dianthus (Columbia)- a member of the carnation family, this flower’s golf-ball sized head is prized for durability and texture

Lime Green Spider Mum (Columbia)-also known as Fuji mums, these flowers have thin, threadlike florets that are curve back at the ends.

Red “FreedomRoses(Columbia) – a classic red rose with velvety petals possessing a rich shade of red

Silver DollarEucalyptus (California) -this plant is native to New South Wales, Australia.  Its branches, which are covered with small, round, light-blue juvenile leaves, can grow down as well as up.The dusty silver-green leaves of the Eucalyptus are refreshingly aromatic.

Classic B:

Light Blue Bella Donna Delphinium  (Ecuador)– delphinium is a perennial in the buttercup family native throughout the northern hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa. The Bella Donna variety is renowned for its unique skyblue color. The juice of the plant can be used to make ink.

Blue Agapanthus (Costa Rica) – a member of the lily family, also called the Lily of the Nile or African Lily, agapanthus are native to South Africa. The blooms consist of large, round clusters of blue, white or violet bell shaped flowers atop tall stems which can grow up to six feet.

Yellow “Skyline” Roses (Ecuador) a sunny yellow rose with a large head that opens wide. According to the Victorian-era language of flowers, yellow roses symbolize friendship and devotion.

Yarrow (Peru) - Yarrow was once used as an herbal remedy to slow the flow of blood from wounds as so is also known as Soldier's Wound Wort and Knight's Milfoil. Native to the northern hemisphere, Yarrow is most commonly found in yellow, red, and white.

 

Exotic C:

Lilac (Holland) – lilac is a tree or shrub in the Olive family. The fragrant flowers, which bloom locally in the spring, grow in clusters called panicles. Lilac is native to Europe and Asia and is the state flower of New Hampshire.

Green Cymbidium Orchid(Holland) -Cymbidium orchids are thick, waxy flowers with five pointed petals on each bloom.  Originating in Asia, in Asian cultures it is considered an honor to give or receive the cymbidium as they symbolize respectand friendship.

Green Brunia  (California) Before blooming, brunia is made up of spherical knob-like inflorescences that are clustered into flat, rounded heads. They can be green, black, or silver and covered by scale-like leaves, and are used more often in floral design than the actual white flowers that bloom from them.

Green AntiqueHydrangea (Columbia) – hydrangea is a flowering shrub native to southern and eastern Asia. Incredibly the color isn’t determined by the variety of hydrangeabut rather by the pH of the soil – more acidic soil produces blue flowers, neutral soils produce very pale cream petals, and alkaline soils results in pink or purple.

Red “FreedomRoses(Columbia) – a classic red rose with velvety petals possessing a rich shade of red.

Exotic D:

Yellow “Florexgold” Miniature Calla Lily (Holland) – calla lilies are grown in bogs and ponds and are native to cool, temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The plant is highly poisonous if eaten. The “Florexgold” variety is native to Holland and features a bright gold bloom.

Yellow Cymbidium Orchid(Holland) -Cymbidium orchids are thick, waxy flowers with five pointed petals on each bloom.  Originating in Asia, in Asian cultures it is considered an honor to give or receive the cymbidium as they symbolize respectand friendship.

Blue “Renate” Hydrangea (Holland) – hydrangea is a flowering shrub native to  southern and eastern Asia. In most species the flowers are white but in some species they can be blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. Incredibly the color isn’t determined by the variety of hydrangae but rather by the pH of the soil – more acidic soil produces blue flowers, neutral soils produce very pale cream petals, and alkaline soils results in pink or purple.Hydrangea out of Holland tends to be larger and heartier than South American produced hydrangea. It also does well as a dried flower.

Blue Agapanthus (Costa Rica) – a member of the lily family, also called the Lily of the Nile or African Lily, agapanthus are native to South Africa. The blooms consist of large, round clusters of blue, white or violet bell shaped flowers atop tall stems which can grow up to six feet.

Yellow Tulips (California)- although tulips are associated with Holland, the flower and the word originated in Persia. In fact, the peak of the Ottoman Empire is referred to as the Tulip Era.  Tulips are credited with the first ever economic bubble during the early 1600s, when 40 bulbs sold for the modern equivalent of $1.5 million.

Yellow “Skyline” Roses (Ecuador) a sunny yellow rose with a large head that opens wide. According to the Victorian-era language of flowers, yellow roses symbolize friendship and devotion.

 

Contemporary:

“Red Lion” Amaryllis(California)– Amaryllis flowers arrive closed (as they are in this picture) with 3-4 giant blooms on each stem. Ornamental plants of amaryllis family are mistakenly called lilies. Amaryllis species are considered more advanced in evolution than the lilies due to the anatomical placement of the flower’s ovary.

Red “Van Dyk” Tulips (New Jersey) -Tulips are one of the most popular spring flowers of all time, and the third most popular flowers world-wide next only to the Rose and Chrysanthemum. Since first cultivated and hybridized by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire, the word Tulip is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word 'tulbend' for turban. Van Dyk tulips are grown in the US, instead of Holland where they are commonly cultivated, and often perform better as a cut flower with larger blooms and heartier stems then their Dutch counterparts.

Red “FreedomRoses(Columbia) – a classic red rose with velvety petals possessing a rich shade of red.

 

Tall:

Maroon “James Storei”Orchids(Thailand) - a type of arachnis orchid, native to Southeast Asia, so named because the blooms can resemble a spider. The flowers have several slightly freckled, maroon starfish-shaped blooms per stem.

Choose Your Bundle for Next Week’s Classic Collection – To Be Delivered Week of December 27th

Hallo all!

When you get a chance, pop over to my Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HBloomcom/164129383642?ref=ts to choose your preferred bundle for next week's Classic Collection delivery.  

For the week of December 27th if you choose option A you will receive a bouquet that includes:


• White Miniature Calla Lilies
• White Agapanthus
• White "Vendela" Roses
• Silver Brunia Berries
• Silver Eucalyptus

Those that choose option B will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Pink "Brindisi" Hybrid Lilies
• Peach "Cream Cafe" Miniature Gerbera Daisies
• Pink "Esperance" Roses
• Cream "Chablis" Spray Roses
• White Heather
 

Remember, if you select a bundle, I'll hand-tie and hand-deliver precisely the bundle for which you cast you choose.  I'll keep the selection open until Noon THURSDAY, at which time I'll place my order to receive the stems from my international contingent of growers.  If you don't have a Facebook account, or would prefer to let me know your choice directly, simply shoot me an email at hbloom@hbloom.com.

Happy voting and enjoy the flowers!

-H.Bloom 

Choose Your Bundle for Next Week’s Exotic Collection – To Be Delivered Week of December 27th

Hallo all!

When you get a chance, pop over to my Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HBloomcom/164129383642?ref=ts to choose your preferred bundle for next week's Exotic Collection delivery.  

For the week of December 27th if you choose option C you will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Green "Lady Slipper"
• White Miniature Calla Lilies
• White Agapanthus
• White Dutch Hydrangeas
• Silver Brunia Berries
• Silver Eucalyptus

Those that choose option D will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Pink "Jules Elie" Peonies
• Pink Japanese Sweet Pea
• Pink "Esperance" Roses
• Cream "Chablis" Spray Roses

Remember, if you select a bundle, I'll hand-tie and hand-deliver precisely the bundle for which you cast you choose.  I'll keep the selection open until Noon THURSDAY, at which time I'll place my order to receive the stems from my international contingent of growers.  If you don't have a Facebook account, or would prefer to let me know your choice directly, simply shoot me an email at hbloom@hbloom.com.

Happy voting and enjoy the flowers!

-H.Bloom

This Week’s Collections (Week Of 12-13-10)

“Red Intuition” roses are the star of this week’s Classic A bundle. These unique roses are a bright seasonal red with both darker and lighter red striations that stripe each petal of this magnificent South American rose. The heartiest of all hydrangea varieties, this week’s bundle includes some of Bogota’s finest “Baby Green” hydrangea. Though smaller and less dense than the garden variety hydrangea, this lime green beauty will last twice as long as other varieties. Psychologists believe that the color green imparts a sense of balance to the human mind, and these Ecuadorian Green “Jade” roses add a sense of balance to this bundle! Cilantro-like green bupleurum and the seasonally appropriate berried juniper greens add holiday appeal to this week’s bundle.

Classic B bundle has more of a garden-like feel. Purple kale, also known as Brassica or flowering cabbage, is an ornamental version of the full-size edible kale. These flowers are close cousins of broccoli, turnip, mustard, and cauliflower. Lavender cremon chrysanthemums can vary in color from a silvery-white to a pinkish-purple. In traditional Chinese medicine cremon chrysanthemums are known for the same properties as echinacea – to reduce congestion in the liver, lungs and eyes, ease coughs and colds, and fight viral infections. Grown in Ipanema, the fabulous peach “Donna” roses have hues of hot pink on their outer petals and peach and orange tones on the inner petals. Balancing out this bundle are Esmereldas bupleurum and creamy peach “Girlie Follies” spray roses.

It’s hard to deny that the fabulous red “Henry” peonies really steal the show in this week’s Exotic C bouquet. These peonies, grown during a very specific window of perfect climactic conditions in Punto Arenas, Chile, may arrive looking small and tight, but within a few days will open into magnificent fluffy blossoms. Though it is difficult to match the girth of an open peony, ornamental green and white kale comes close to doing just that! Balancing out these large, eye-catching blooms is a stem of extra-large headed antique green hydrangea. This specific hydrangea is a faded lime green color with hints of pink and red dotting the abundant petals. Adding a velvet-like silver finish to this bouquet is California grown silvery artemesia, also known as “dusty miller.” To finish off the seasonal flare of this exotic bundle we have also included the striped “Red Intuition” and green “Jade” roses.

Exotic D includes two highly sought after varieties of miniature calla lilies.  “Picasso” callas  sport deep purple inside the trumpet-shaped bloom, with a creamy white edge around the top. This calla lily justifies its name, as it could well have been designed by Picasso himself. Orange “Mango” calla lilies are reminiscent of the tropical fruit and appropriately signify magnificent beauty. Abundant in petals and fragrance, “Caramel Antique” garden roses feature large creamy pale yellow heads with peach undertones, giving the flower a caramelize look. Balancing out the purple in the “Picasso” callas is deep purple kale. Also included in this week’s bundle are peach “Girlie Follies” spray roses, lime green bupleurum and green lily grass accents.

Fresh green is the theme of this week’s contemporary bundle. Dense lime green antique hydrangea is paired with leafy green and white Dutch kale flowers. A metaphor for this week’s bundle,  Green “Jade” roses symbolize richness, abundance and bounty.

Majestic “Goddess” white open cut calla lilies are this week’s tall collection feature flower. Native to South Africa and Madagascar, long stem calla lilies are known for magnificent beauty. Callas have had many associations throughout history. The calla lily was by the Romans in association with the winter solstice. They were a sacred flower to the Minoans and also prized among the ancient Jews. In Christian iconography, the flower came to represent purity and chastity. In contrast with this, the flower's large spadix, a phallic flower stalk containing many male and female flowers, was symbolic of lust and sexuality among the Romans. Whatever meaning these beautiful long-stemmed calla lilies may have to you, in modern times they always make a thoughtful gift or a classically chic display in your home.

Choose Your Bundle for Next Week’s Classic Collection – To Be Delivered Week of December 20th

Hallo all!

When you get a chance, pop over to my Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HBloomcom/164129383642?ref=ts to choose your preferred bundle for next week's Classic Collection delivery.  

For the week of December 20th if you choose option A you will receive a bouquet that includes:


• "Green Trick" Dianthus
• White Arabicum Ornigathalums
• Green "Spider" Chrysanthemums
• Red "Freedom" Roses
• Green Hypericum Berries

Those that choose option B will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Blue Delphiniums
• Yellow Tulips
• Blue Agapanthus
• Yellow Yarrow
• Yellow "Skyline" Roses

Remember, if you select a bundle, I'll hand-tie and hand-deliver precisely the bundle for which you cast you choose.  I'll keep the selection open until Noon THURSDAY, at which time I'll place my order to receive the stems from my international contingent of growers.  If you don't have a Facebook account, or would prefer to let me know your choice directly, simply shoot me an email at hbloom@hbloom.com.

Happy voting and enjoy the flowers!

-H.Bloom

Choose Your Bundle for Next Week’s Exotic Collection – To Be Delivered Week of December 20th

Hallo all!

When you get a chance, pop over to my Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HBloomcom/164129383642?ref=ts to choose your preferred bundle for next week's Exotic Collection delivery.  

For the week of December 20th if you choose option C you will receive a bouquet that includes:


• White Lilacs
• Green Cymbidium Orchids
• Green Antique Hydrangeas
• Green Berzilia Berries
• Red "Freedom" Roses

Those that choose option D will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Yellow Cymbidium Orchids
• Yellow Miniature Calla Lilies
• Blue Agapanthus
• Dark Blue Hydrangeas
• Yellow "Skyline" Roses

Remember, if you select a bundle, I'll hand-tie and hand-deliver precisely the bundle for which you cast you choose.  I'll keep the selection open until Noon THURSDAY, at which time I'll place my order to receive the stems from my international contingent of growers.  If you don't have a Facebook account, or would prefer to let me know your choice directly, simply shoot me an email at hbloom@hbloom.com.

Happy voting and enjoy the flowers!

-H.Bloom

Choose Your Bundle for Next Week’s Exotic Collection – To Be Delivered Week of December 13th

Hallo all!

When you get a chance, pop over to my Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HBloomcom/164129383642?ref=ts to choose your preferred bundle for next week's Exotic Collection delivery.  

For the week of December 13th if you choose option C you will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Burgundy "Henry" Peonies
• White Kale
• Green Antique Hydrangeas
• Red Striped "Red Intuition" Roses
• Green "Jade" Roses
• Dusty Miller Artemisia

Those that choose option D will receive a bouquet that includes:


• Cream "Caramel Antique" Garden Roses
• Purple "Crane" Kale
• Purple "Picasso" Mini Calla Lilies
• Orange "Mango" Mini Calla Lilies
• Peach "Girlie Follies" Spray Roses
• Bupleurum

Remember, if you select a bundle, I'll hand-tie and hand-deliver precisely the bundle for which you cast you choose.  I'll keep the selection open until Noon THURSDAY, at which time I'll place my order to receive the stems from my international contingent of growers.  If you don't have a Facebook account, or would prefer to let me know your choice directly, simply shoot me an email at hbloom@hbloom.com.

Happy voting and enjoy the flowers!

-H.Bloom

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