Monday, January 14, 2013

365 Days of Floral Education - Days 71-75

As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration at Stein Your Florist Co. we are sharing a year of floral education, November 1, 2012 thru October 31, 2013. Each day we will post something new on our Facebook page to share our knowledge of our favorite things, flowers and plants and we'll be updating our blog every 5 days or so. No need for pencils and notebooks, just sharing some simple lessons in floristry.

Day 71 – Green ball or Green Trick Dianthus is a wonderful and unique new variety of dianthus developed by the breeder Hilverda. It is looking to be a favorite for modern wedding bouquets, especially with Pantone’s color for 2013 being Emerald. The extraordinary pompom shaped, green flowers are ~2” wide and last an incredible 4 to 6 weeks in a vase! This modern relative of the ever popular Sweet William performs superbly in gardens and flowers within just 8 weeks of planting.

Day 72 – Solidego, commonly known as goldenrods, are considered weeds by many in North America but they are prized as garden plants in Europe, where British gardeners adopted solidego long before Americans did as garden subjects. Solidego only began to gain some acceptance in American gardening (other than wildflower gardening) during the 1980s. Solidego is commonly used for ornamental purposes in the floral industry and is said to be a sign of good luck or good fortune.

Day 73 - Also known as the Flamingo Flower, Boy Flower, Painted Tongue and Painter's Palette – because of their distinctive shape and color – the name anthurium comes from Greek, meaning "tail flower." Exotic and compelling, with bold, typically red flowers and shiny, dark green foliage, anthurium, like the hospitality they represent, are long-lasting and irresistibly beautiful.

Day 74 - Since 2001, when imports of cut Hypericum were finally allowed into the U.S market, there’s been an explosion of new varieties and colors available. What was known, until not long ago, as primarily a burgundy colored berried branch is now available in bright red, orange, peach, coral, pink, cream, yellow, green and even white! These developments, combined with the perfect high altitude growing conditions for Hypericum in Ecuador, have given us a wonderful array of trendy berries to add to floral designs year round.

Day 75 - A symbol of happy life and contented existence, the stock flower, with its sweet, heady-scented blooms, is native to Southwestern Greece and the Mediterranean. Typically found in white, pink, red or lilac, stock is also called gillyflower or Virginia stock.

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