We were honored to provide the floral for Molly and John’s wedding at The Farm this past September. The color palette was a sweet mix of blush, caramel, ivory, and contrasting brown. We were able to harvest local grasses and the bride provided lovely feathers that we enjoyed using in all of our designs.
The bridal bouquet featured blooms such as caramel antikes, patience garden roses, white ranunculus, quicksand roses, thistle, scabiosa seed pods, ferns, grasses, and feathers. The combination of colors and textures was dreamy!
Here in Western North Carolina, we’re so lucky to have such a rich variety of local blooms. Taking a hike at this time of year can feel like taking a trip to fairy land! There are so many beauties, but here are a few of our favorites…
Yarrow, Achillea Millefolium, is a favorite in summer flower arranging. The tiny clusters of flowers are complimentary to many other seasonal blooms and it’s sweet fragrance is so refreshing. Yarrow, like many other wild botanicals, is also medicinal. The leaves and roots have astringent properties that cause tissues to tighten up which is why this plant can be used to stop bleeding. Its been said that Achilles used poultices of yarrow on his soldier’s wounds during the battle of Troy!
Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia Hirta, is a lovely flower that almost everyone is familiar with. Its ability to grow and spread quickly has made it a garden favorite, but its seen often on the side of the road or in open meadows. The roots of the black eyed susan are used for treating the common cold and seasonal allergies. Recent studies have shown that it’s immune boosting properties are more effective than Echinacea!
Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium, is a beeautiful wild edible that starts to bloom in late July. It’s purple-pink plumes are mildly fragrant and can be used in teas and medicinal poultices. The plant was named after a medicine man, Joe Pye, who used the whole plant medicinally and taught early settlers how to use it as well. The root can be used to induce fevers and the leaves and flowers are useful in promoting digestive health.
Here at the boutique, we’re always stocked with interesting houseplants. They’re a great way to improve the air quality of your home while also adding a decorative touch. Fiddle leaf figs, tillandsia, exotic ferns, and succulents are trending right now, showing up in magazines, advertisements, and television shows. If you love botanicals like we do, its always exciting to add a new member to the family… but sometimes exotic plant care can be tricky! So heres a guide to what’s fresh in the world of houseplants and how to keep them healthy.
Fiddle leaf figs
Fiddle leaf figs are popping up in so many magazines, ads, and home design shows! Their decorative appeal makes it easy to see why so many people love them. Though they’re gaining aesthetic popularity, some folks shy away from them because they’ve been known to be one of the most fussy houseplants. Its important to remember that fiddle leaf figs are tropical, therefor they’ll thrive in a warm, humid environment. If you live in a humid climate, this plant would be perfectly happy to live outside during the warm months. Keeping your fig out of direct sunlight is very important! But bright light is recommended. Keeping the plant near a bright window inside is a good idea and misting the leaves will help simulate humidity. Make sure its planted in a pot with drainage and remember to water it when the top layer of soil is dry.
Here at Flora, people come in every day asking about succulents. They are, by far, one of the most popular plants. Brides love adding them as an accent in bouquets and personal flowers. They’re easy to care for and there are so many pretty varieties to choose from. Their thick leaves enable them to store water, which is why they don’t require moist soil. Succulents are happy in full, direct sunlight. If your plant’s leaves start to elongate and the stems stretch, this means it is under lit and reaching for the sun. Water your succulents when the soil is completely dry. This may be once per week or 2 weeks, depending on the environment. Placing or planting your succulent outside during the summer is a great idea, but don’t forget to bring them inside when the weather gets chilly and the nightly temperature reaches below 50 degrees.
Ferns have been a popular houseplant for a long time. At Flora, we carry a very wide variety of ferns that you can’t find in many other stores. We love using them in terrariums and under cloche jars- they love the humid environment. If you’ve had bad luck with delicate ferns, its probably because it’s environment was too dry. If you plan on displaying your fern in an open container, misting it daily will help it maintain health. Placing a humidifier in the room will help as well. Humidity trays are another option- they’re easy to make and are low maintenance. Just put decorative pebbles in a wide, low container (such as a saucer) and add water. As the water evaporates, the humidity in the air will increase and your fern will be happy! Ferns are shade plants and do well in low to medium light. Keeping the soil moist is key. Make sure it’s container has drainage to prevent root rot.
Staghorn ferns are now in the shop! Stop by and check them out. They’re so unique and easy to care for.
Staghorns prefer indirect or filtered sunlight and humidity. It’s important to mist the plant if its in a drafty or air conditioned room. To prevent root rot and over watering, make sure the moss ball at the base of the plant is completely dry before watering it again- this could be once per week or 2 weeks, depending on the environment and humidity levels. The easiest way to water a wall mounted staghorn is in the sink- simply place the plant under the faucet and let the water saturate the roots and leaves, just like a heavy rainfall would do.