10 Ways to Green Your Flowers

April 22, 2015

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In honor of Mother Earth’s favorite day, we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can go green when choosing flowers for any event, big or small. These are simple and effortless ideas that go a long way – and they can be implemented every day, not just in celebration of Earth Day. You can help the planet and farm workers in developing countries by planning ahead and using these techniques when selecting blooms.

1. Buy local flowers – Find out what is available to you within an easy driving radius of your home or office. You can cut down on carbon emissions by keeping your flower shipments close to home.

2. Go organic – Reduce the chemical impact on the planet by purchasing American-grown and  organic arrangements  for your next event. Because flowers are not eaten, there is no limit on the amount of toxic pesticides, fertilizers or artificial scents that importers can use.

3. Choose seasonal arrangements - Identify the flowers that are most available to your region during the spring, summer and fall months. For example, choosing tulips, ranunculus or peonies for your springtime wedding will avoid using exotic flowers that need to be shipped from far away. Check out this seasonal flower guide for spring from Green Wedding Shoes.

4. Look past traditional arrangements – Roses are lovely, but what about flowers that can be replanted? Succulents can be placed in gardens or planters and enjoyed for years to come. They are also drought-tolerant plants that don’t require a lot of water. If you live in an area where water preservation is a concern, succulents are also a great addition to any arrangement.

5. Go eco-friendly beyond your blooms – Look for companies that go green all the way. Many companies offer to pick up client’s containers after use to repurpose them, recycle the water that has not been absorbed by the flowers at the end of the day, and some even deliver flowers by bike!

6. Look for ways to give back – If you’re planning a wedding and you know that you’ll have a lot of flowers left over, consider companies like Rebloom or Bloomerent which offer a hassle-free way to recycle your wedding flowers after your big day. This will brighten up someone else’s event and your flowers will get major mileage at two events.

7. Less is more – Work with your florist to come up with unique and stunning arrangements that use less flowers all together. Planning a wedding? Ask your bridesmaids to carry a single calla lily instead of an enormous bouquet.

8. Avoid killer filler – Avoid buying arrangements that use florist’s foam or any other materials that cannot be recycled. If you want to bunch your flowers together for use in a bouquet, use twine, not plastic.

9. Petal power – Large events that require elegant and elaborate table settings often come with a grand arrangement and  petals scattered on the table to compliment the flowers. Instead of tossing the petals away at the end of the day, plan ahead and choose edible flowers that you can freeze dry and use for future use.

10. Turn your flowers into invitations or thank you notes – There are many companies that specialize in turning flowers into gorgeous invitations, scrapbooks, gift tags or thank you notes. Try Cast Paper Art for an earth friendly and innovative design.

Do you have any other earth friendly flower ideas? Let us know!

5 Plumes boast their favorite blooms

April 20, 2015
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He’s tough. He’s rugged. He loves morning glories? Our friends at BookTrib talked with some of their favorite authors about their favorite flowers, and the answers might surprise you. New York Times bestselling author of the Patriot Threat Steve Berry gives us some insights into his choice for favorite flower along with four other authors spanning every genre. This season is the right time to revel in the beauty of nature for creative inspiration and these authors are no exception. You can really learn a lot about a person by their favorite flower. From an early bird’s affinity for morning glories, to a garden office, here are five plumes on their favorite blooms.

Read more here

Top Wedding Spots in NYC

March 25, 2015

New York is considered one of the best places to get married. With so many top wedding spots in NYC, how can a bride and groom choose? Surroundings Flowers is here to help with the decision process a little by providing you with our top four choices of wedding venues.

1. Plaza Athenee

This beautiful hotel located in the heart of the Upper East Side is the perfect location for couples to exchange their vows and celebrate their nuptials. The romantic atmosphere of each room can be transformed to provide the perfect setting for any wedding.

Beautiful floral designs at the Plaza Athenee.

Beautiful floral designs at the Plaza Athenee.

2. New York Botanical Garden

This beautiful National Landmark is an oasis of floral diversity. It offers a number of captivating views that allow for magnificent photo opportunities and an array of magical moments to capture and remember.

Various photos of weddings at the New York Botanical Garden

Various photos of weddings at the New York Botanical Garden

3. Tappan Hill Mansion

Nestled atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River, Tappan Hill Mansion is a beautiful stone structure with luxurious, spacious rooms and a garden terrace.

Tappan Hill Wedding decorations.

Tappan Hill Wedding decorations.

4. New Leaf

Located in Ft. Tryon Park, New Leaf offers brides and grooms a picturesque ceremony in one of New York City’s most beautiful parks and a beautiful, elegant and natural reception area.

Photos Courtesy of AhmetZe.

This beautiful setting for a bridal reception.

International Women’s Day

March 2, 2015

International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world each year on March 8th. This day is used to commemorate the many achievements and accolades of women. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911.

Each year a new theme and color are chosen to celebrate the day. This year’s theme for the joyous occasion is Make It Happen and the color is purple. We ask that any and everyone who has a woman they want to celebrate, please hashtag Make It Happen and Paint It Purple in all your posts on and before March 8th. We all need to raise awareness about female equality and shed some light on amazing contributions women give to our societies overall.

International Women's Day 2015: Make It Happen

International Women’s Day 2015: #MakeItHappen #PaintItPurple

Surroundings Flowers is showing support for International Women’s Day  with some of our beautiful purple floral designs. Be sure to celebrate the women in your life with one of our designs and order an arrangement for them today.

Plum Perfection

An all purple flower arrangement of callas, hydrangeas and lisianthus designed to perfection.

An all purple flower arrangement of callas, hydrangeas and lisianthus designed to perfection.

Spiced Wine

An offering of pure indulgence. Indulge in purple hydrangeas and callas along with lime green roses and berries.

An offering of pure indulgence. Indulge in purple hydrangeas and callas along with lime green roses and berries.

Infinity

Rustic meets sophisication in this ecclectic arrangement of curly willow and callas.

Rustic meets sophistication in this eclectic arrangement of curly willow and callas.

 March is also Women’s History Month. So, be sure to learn all you can about the women who helped pave the way for those after them.  In honor of the occasion, the following are ten inspiring quotes by influential women:

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” — Maya Angelou

“Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.” — Oprah Winfrey

“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” — Rosa Parks

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” — Michelle Obama

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” — J.K. Rowling

“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” — Toni Morrison

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” — Audrey Hepburn

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” — Lucille Ball

2015 Oscars Best Dressed

February 25, 2015

When attending the Oscars, stars know they must bring their “A” game to the carpet. The 2015 Oscars Best Dressed list this year seemed a little longer than usual. After much scrutinizing and careful picking, we have selected our top five picks of Best Dressed and the arrangements they inspire.

Behati Pronsloo captivated everyone’s heart in this romantically deep red Armani Prive dress. The exquisite texture and contrast from red to black can also be seen in our Heart to Heart arrangement.

Behati Pronsloo captivated everyone's heart in this romantically deep red Armani Prive dress.

2015 Oscars Best Dressed: Behati Pronsloo in Armani Prive.

Gwyneth Paltrow looked stunning and sweet in this pale pink Ralph & Russo Couture number. She was our First Crush primarily because of the flower on her left shoulder and the uncanny resemblance to our arrangement.

2015 Oscars Best Dressed: Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture

2015 Oscars Best Dressed: Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture

Lupita Nyong’o radiated elegance in this Calvin Klein jewel gown covered with 6,000 pearls. The breathtaking beauty resembles our Bonjour arrangement with the white Veronica and pure white orchids and roses.

Oscars 2015: Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein

2015 Oscars Best Dressed: Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein

David Oyelowo is the true definition of a Lady Killer in this Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo. He definitely brought a little flare to the carpet with this colored, textured piece. Rightfully so, he is compared to our Lady Killer arrangement.

2015 Oscars: David Oyelowo in Dolce and Gabbana

2015 Oscars Best Dressed: David Oyelowo in Dolce and Gabbana

Emma Stone looks absolutely stunning in this Elie Saab celery green number. The simplicity and elegance of the dress is clearly illustrated in our Creme de Menthe design. The light green hydrangea add the perfect pop of color to the arrangement just like Emma did to the red carpet.

Oscars 2015: Emma Stone in Elie Saab

2015 Oscars Best Dressed: Emma Stone in Elie Saab

Valentine’s Day Ideas

January 31, 2015

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, LOVE is in the air.

From year to year, lovers often stress over how they can improve or top what they did last year. Well stress no more! We are here to help get your Valentine’s Day Ideas together.

1. Quiet Homemade Candlelit Dinner

Valentine’s day is honestly all about the effort. Cooking may not come so easy to most, but it isn’t as hard as it seems. Surprise your love one with a nice, homemade dinner.  Find a fantastic, easy to prepare recipe and wow their taste buds.  Decorate your table with a single long stem rose and enjoy a bottle of bubbly with your dinner.

A single long stem rose with a sparkling drink to go with it

2. A Night of Movies and Fun

Unless you live under a rock, everyone knows about 50 Shades of Grey is coming out in theaters February 13th. Most, who have read the book and even those who haven’t are interested in seeing what the hype is all about. Why not take some of the pressure off your back and get your night started with this sultry, seductive flick. If your not interested in dealing with the crowds at the move theater, you can always stay home and rent a movie. You can even surprise her with our rendition …10 Shades of Pink.

This beautiful collection of pink shades is bound to win her over.

This beautiful collection of pink shades is bound to win her over.

3. A Weekend Getaway

Planning a quick trip out of the city is always a great idea. You don’t have to go extremely far to escape all the noise, lights and daily issues. There are plenty of websites that offer great deals and ideas of places to go. It’s best to act now before someone else reads this and books their stay first.

4. A Relaxing Gift

With what may feel like the weight of the world on their shoulders, most people look forward to going home for a nice hot shower and a warm comfortable bed. This Valentine’s Day, Surroundings Flowers is helping with the relaxation process. We have created a romantic, soothing basket for him or her. The basket comes with a box of chocolates, a choice of wine or champagne, a small beautiful rose arrangement and a scented candle to set the calming aromatic mood. You can also order a bag of rose petals to add that extra flair to the mood. Remind your sweetheart that all the stress is worth it sometimes.

Complete your Valentine's Day with one of our beautiful gift baskets that have a little bit of everything.

Complete your Valentine’s Day with one of our beautiful gift baskets that have a little bit of everything.

Death by Roses

January 30, 2015

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Surroundings Flowers is proud to be a part of BookTrib‘s Caption Contest!  The debut novel by Vivian R. Probst, Death by Roses, is an original and funny love story that is all about second chances.  Click on the above image to enter and you can win a dozen roses to your loved one from Surroundings Flowers.

Overview

For the first time in nearly thirty years of marriage, Art McElroy Sr. buys his headstrong, disapproving wife a dozen yellow roses. Hours later he discovers her lifeless body seated on the toilet. Mae Rose McElroy’s sudden death leaves a void in her family and in the entire Midwestern farming community of Fairview. It’s a void Mae Rose will attempt to fill, herself, from the hereafter by meddling directly in earthly affairs.

Mae Rose’s meddling leads to her spiritual expulsion from heaven, and she winds up in the body of Mary Lee Broadmoor (Scary Mary), a crusty writer and director of exquisite horror movies. Mary Lee refuses to succumb to stage-4 pancreatic cancer until she gets one final shot at an elusive Oscar. Like Mae Rose, who argues with God for a return to earth, Mary Lee pleads, from her Hollywood deathbed, for more time to complete her work, as her hospice nurse, Gertie Morgan, looks on.

The two women’s spirits work together, and Mae Rose provides her host with a new script idea: a love story, based on her life! The script earns Mary Lee her coveted Academy Award, but the movie’s release shocks and disturbs Mae Rose’s family. They set out to find, and confront, the woman who has somehow co-opted, and publicly revealed, their personal tragedy.

Along the way, new love emerges as the reader meets a caste of crazy, eccentric, but highly memorable characters. Death by Roses suggests that relationships don’t end at death, but continue until their ultimate purpose is achieved. The universe has every resource at its disposal to get the job done. It also has an amazing sense of humor.

Arrangement of the Week

January 17, 2015

This breathtaking beauty is our Designer’s Choice arrangement of the week.

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 Calla lilies, hydrangeas, orchids, roses and lisianthus are brought together to create this Designer’s Choice arrangement. Our designer channeled a woman’s inner grace with the use of soft pinks and yellows against the dark purple. This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind arrangement was created in a compact, lush design to showcase the beauty of just the flower heads and not the stems of the flowers. Our signature style arrangements are always assembled with the highest quality, premium flowers that are flown directly from the flower farms.  This arrangement is by far one the favorites this season.

 

2015 Golden Globes Best Dressed

January 14, 2015

To be on the 2015 Golden Globes Best Dressed list is an honor in itself…of course winning an award is always best. Most of us in the world can’t even afford half the the dresses worn by these leading ladies, so Surroundings Flowers has decided to give you a floral spin to the list. Instead of trying to buy the dress, why not buy the arrangement that matches the dress!

Lupita Nyong’o is Perfection in Plum

It looks like we inspired Giambattista Valli with this couture piece worn by the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o. The dress resembles our Plum Perfection perfectly. The purple bustier looks just like the purple hydrangea depicted in the arrangement, which then flows into the lighter color.

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Golden Globes Best Dressed 2015: Luipta Nyong’o in Giambattista Valli

 

Kate Hudson Flows in White

Elegant, dramatic, and gorgeous are just a few of the words we can use to describe Kate Hudson in her all white Versace gown. We chose Waterfall for this dress because of the flowing train on the dress and the flowing phalaenopsis orchids in the arrangement.

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Golden Globes Best Dressed 2015: Kate Hudson in Versace

Reese Witherspoon in Silver

Simple and tasteful describes Reese in this silver Calvin Klein ensemble and our Sentimental in Silver arrangement. Although our arrangement has less glitz and glam, we think its a pretty good match.

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Golden Globes Best Dressed 2015: Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

Naomi Watts Looks Just  Precious

Naomi looks just Precious in this eye popping dandelion yellow Gucci gown. It obviously reminded us of our arrangement called “Precious” with the pops of yellow peeking through the bed of white phalaenopsis orchids and white hydrangea.

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Golden Globes Best Dressed 2015: Naomi Watts in Gucci

Allison Williams is Lavish in Red

Contemporary with a side of pizzazz describes Allison in this Armani Privé gown. Instead of getting the usual dozen red roses, these Lavish Red Roses are bound to make her feel that much more special.

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Golden Globes Best Dressed 2015: Allison Williams in Armani Privé

House Plant Care

January 9, 2015

Taking care of house plants can become a full time job for some.

Whether trying to figure out if the soil should be completely dry before watering or if it should be placed in front of the window for direct sunlight or off to the side for indirect sunlight; it is all very confusing. In honor of National House Plant day (Jan 10th), we are here to help you out with a small cheat sheet to better help those who can’t seem to get their green thumb. We offer a variety of different house plants ranging from Peace Lilies to Chinese Evergreen.

Amaryllis

A white amaryllis plant potted in a glass cube vase and topped with river rocks.

A white amaryllis plant potted in a glass cube vase and topped with river rocks.

Watering Care: The amaryllis should be watered regularly.

**If in a glass cube or pot with no drainage, the soil should be a little dry before watering.**

Light and Temperature: The plant should be placed in a sunny location to assist with growing process and then rotated to ensure equal growth of the stalks. Once the blooms fully open, it is best to move the plants to indirect sunlight to prolong the longevity of the blooms.

Chinese Evergreen

This plant is a native of the subtropical forests of Southeast Asia.

This easy to care for house plant is is adaptive to most climates.

Watering Care: Constantly moist soil equals a happy plant. Remember to not make the soil too soggy.

Light and Temperature: The Chinese Evergreen can not tolerate the cold. If exposed to temperature below 55 degrees, you can see grayish-yellow patches on the leaves. It is important to put the plant in well lit draft free area.

Dieffenbachia

A tropical plant with large and variegated leaves.

A tropical plant with large and variegated leaves.

Watering Care: Like most plants the soil needs to be moist, but not soggy. In the summer time it is important to water the plant a little more because the planet drinks more due to the rise in temperature.

Light and Temperature: This plant thrives well in room temperatures between 65-75 degrees and loves indirect sunlight. During the summer it is important to not allow the room the plant is in to get too hot and to not let the sun hit the plant directly.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Popular elegant house plant

Double stem white phalaenopsis orchid plant

Watering Care: Your orchid should be completely dry before watering. Make sure all excess water drains out of the bottom of the pot. The plant should never just sit in water. Once dry, water your plant thoroughly, approximately 1-2 times per month.

** If in a glass container the soil be completely dry before watering. Over watering can cause the roots to rot, and we don’t want that! It is best to place 2-3 ice cubes on top of the soil and allow them to melt down naturally.**

Light and Temperature: Orchids like bright, well sunlit rooms, but don’t like to have it all  on themselves. Indirect sunlight and a room temperature between 65-75 degrees will keep your orchid happy.

Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

Common known as a "snake plant".

A beautiful display of this popular house plant.

 

Watering Care: Because the Snake Plane is a member of the succulent family, a lot of water is held in the leaves of the plant. This plant should be watered every 2-3 weeks or once the soil is completely dry. The Sansevieria makes for a great house plant because it doesn’t require much special care.

Light and Temperature: The plant should be placed in a moderately bright lit room.

Spathiphyllum

This house plant is commonly known as a "Peace Lily".

This beautiful evergreen sprouts gorgeous white flowers.

Watering Care: The soil should be moist at all times.

Light and Temperature: This particular house plant prefers a temperature between 65-80 degrees and indirect sunlight. If the leaves are starting to turn yellow it means the plant is getting too much light. Brown spots and/or streaks mean the plant has been burned by the sun. This plant is known to be able to survive in a room with no sunlight or windows.

Succulent Garden

A magnificent display of succulents in a low compact design style.

A magnificent display of succulents in a low compact design style.

Watering Care: Before watering, make sure the soil is dry.

Light and Temperature: Succulents can withstand a large amount of sunlight. In extreme heat conditions they plant should be moved the a shaded area for sometime.