Floral Focus

Fall Floral & Foliage

As November begins, the winter chill starts to set in and we find ourselves ducking into our favorite coffee shops and restaurants to keep warm. Fortunately, along with the cold, the fall season surrounds us with some of the year’s prettiest shades of floral and foliage.

From the burnt orange hues of beautiful Dahlias and the rich color of the Aqua Red Chrysanthemums, these flowers emanate the warmth and coziness we crave in the fall. Whether in a luxurious arrangement or a simply arranged piece, the softness of  brown Scabiosa Pods and Mango Calla Lilies reminds us of home sweet home.

One of the best ways to soak up nature’s fall beauty is simply taking a walk outside. Gazing up at the sky, you may catch a glimpse of the changing reds of Photina and Burning Bush leaves or the dark maroon of Cotinus trees. Bittersweet Berries remind us of winter Holly Berries, filling us with excitement for the holiday season to come.

With only a month or so left of the season, what has caught your eye this fall?

 

Introducing H.Bloom Plant Gifts!

This week we’re excited to announce the launch of our plant gifts!  Perfect for any occasion, or just-because, our plants will bring weeks of enjoyment and beauty into your home or office. With a mix of traditional flowering plants and more exotic species, there is a plant for every personality, no green thumb required.  We’ve chosen a range of plants that are well-suited for an urban life.  With a watering once or twice a week, your plant is good to go!  And no worries about water leaks onto your window sill or desk – each of our plants are potted in a closed vase with self-contained interior drainage.  Shop the complete collection below.

Featured Varietal: Coral Charm Peonies

Coral charm peonies are one of the most theatrical peony varietals, with vibrant pinkish-orange petals and neon yellow centers.  They begin as a tightly folded ball, but over the course of several days will unfurl their petals in a lush, delicate bloom, some reaching six or seven inches across.  Like all peonies, they are fragile and susceptible to extreme temperatures, so they’re perfect for one-day events, such as a weddings.  Romantic, with just a tinge of drama, they’re an easy way to inject a memorable accent into your celebration.

 

 

3 Steps to Build Your Own Terrarium

Terrariums are quite possibly the easiest way to garden.  These self-sustaining environments are the perfect project for plant enthusiasts with a less-than-green thumb.  Below are Hannah’s tips to build your own terrarium in 3 quick and easy steps.

Step 1: Choose the Right Container

Choosing the proper vessel is of utmost importance.  The goal is to create a closed environment that will support your plants and allow for easy viewing – a transparent, covered container is best.  For our terrarium we chose a uniquely shaped apothecary jar.

Step 2: Create a Layered Base

In assembling this small, self-sufficient vessel, a layering technique creates the most suitable base for the plants. The components should be layered in the following order, from bottom to top:

  1. gravel
  2. charcoal
  3. sphagnum peat moss
  4. potting soil

Gravel provides drainage, charcoal reduces odors, sphagnum retains moisture and potting soil provides nutrients to the plants.

Step 3: Choose the Right Plants

A wide variety of plants can adjust to this type of closed environment including many small ferns, African violets, bromeliads and many other small houseplants. Be adventurous in your choices, test out your green thumb and don’t forget to give your vessel lots of sunlight!

You need only water three to four times per year, as the closed vessel creates a self-sustaining environment.  The moisture in the terrarium is absorbed through the plants’ roots, then transpired from its leaves.  It condenses on the walls and cover, then falls back down the walls into the soil.  Once initial setup has been completed, maintenance is truly minimal.

Arranging in Vintage Vessels

Vintage vessels are the perfect way to add your personality to an arrangement. Whether romantic or funky, the vase you choose can bring a thematic party to life or create the ambiance for the perfect date night. 

When pairing varietals to match your distinctive vintage finds, everything from color to shape and texture should factor into decision-making. Garden varieties such as larkspur and Queen Anne’s Lace can give a soft vintage feel to a unique vase. Lilies and mums can provide an unexpected burst of color.

So, the next time you find yourself at your favorite antique shop, be sure to grab a unique vase or two and start making arrangements to host your next cocktail party!

Popular Vintage Flower Varietals

In the same way that design, fashion and cultural trends evolve as the years go by, flowers come in and out of vogue.  Every few years a set of hot varietals will emerge, showing up in floral boutiques, garden clubs and the pages of design and fashion magazines.  Looking back this week to vintage trends, we were drawn to the iconic flowers of the 1970s.  We love the way these blooms directly mirror the classic 70s color palette of Autumn shades with pops of chartreuse green and clean yellow.

Read more for information on the most popular vintage flower varietals – spider chrysanthemums, dahlias, cushion pompons and ranunculus.

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