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.
We recently provided the floral designs for a Cinderella inspired photo shoot at the Melange Bed and Breakfast in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The antique gazebo was a perfect backdrop to give this styled shoot a fairy tale feel. Exploring our local venues is always exciting. We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful place!
We always look forward to this time of year because we can use local blooms and greens. The flowers for this shoot were so feminine and delicate and the gold pedestals contrasted beautifully with the color palette- light pinks and peaches, whites, blues, and dusty greens.
Eucalyptus, lamb’s ear, and pieris greens were used. Garden roses, tea roses, hydrangea, tulips, and stock were used in the bouquet and artfully arranged on the feasting and cake tables.
We’re so excited to have received pictures from a beautiful wedding that took place at Asheville’s historic Grove Park Inn in February!
The color palette for this wedding combined rich reds and creamy whites accented by deep blues and soft greens. The bouquets were classic french mound style and featured fresh blooms such as garden roses, calla lilies, tea roses, and mona lisa anemones. Seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus were used as greenery.
The centerpieces were inspired by the couple’s love of travel and books- small globes, framed maps, and vintage novels were artfully arranged on the tabletops. White hydrangea, heart roses, ranunculus, viburnum berries, and eucalyptus were used in the floral designs… what an elegant combination!
Terrariums are a unique way to display plants and tropical foliage. In the Flora boutique we create terrariums out of apothecary jars, Wardian cases, cloche jars, and other decorative containers. Terrariums were first used by horticulturalists to protect delicate tropical plants during long sea journeys. Although nowadays their purpose is decorative, they still serve a purpose to protect the plants from less ideal conditions, such as air conditioning, heating, and drafts. The containers foster a healthy, warm, and humid environment- perfect for ferns, tropicals, and orchids.
Enclosed containers, such as apothecary and cloche jars, require less care because the environment is self contained- outside air will not effect the plants and humidity will not escape from the inside. The biggest problem with enclosed containers is controlling the humidity level. If condensation starts to accumulate, its time to take the lid off and let it air out for a few hours. If there is too much moisture, the foliage will start to rot.
Many decorative terrariums sold in stores have openings- this means the plants will need more care because humidity level will be low. Misting the plants and checking the moisture level of the soil are two easy ways to solve this problem. The soil should always be a little moist but not wet. Its very important to not over water a terrarium because theres no drainage and the roots will start to rot. If the soil is starting to look a bit dry, we recommend adding a couple tablespoons of water. A little goes a long way!
Before you plant your terrarium, research the proper care for the type of plants you want to use. If using multiple plants, make sure they will be happy together. Want your own terrarium? Stop by Flora! We have containers, soil, plants, and everything else you need. We’ll even plant it for you!
Last week, two of Flora’s team members traveled to the Big Apple to attend the Chapel Designer’s 5th Annual Conference. It was a few exciting days filled with meeting like minded folks from around the world, visiting wholesalers, and workshops with leading designers.
Our lead floral designer woke up early to visit the flower market in New York, while our event coordinator visited botanical boutiques around the city. During the day, the Chapel Designers navigated the streets to visit M+J Trimming, Vasesource, Jamali, and many other wholesalers.
Guest speakers included wedding and event professionals, business experts, and social media specialists. The designers visited David Beahm’s studio, Martha Stewart’s studios, and hands on learning sessions with Holly Chapple, Sarah Winward, and Robbie Honey.
Tillandsia, also known as air plants, are one of our favorites! Not only are they easy to care for, but they also add a unique focal and texture to floral arrangements.
They’re native to Southern U.S., Central and South America, and the West Indies. In the right environment, they produce beautiful, brightly colored flowers.
Here at the boutique, we have many customers come in and ask for advice on how to keep their tillandsia healthy and happy. The common name, “air plant”, is deceiving… although these plants are very easy to care for, they need more than just air to survive and flourish! Once per week we soak them in room temperature water. Everyday we mist them. Soaking and misting help recreate their natural environment. They love bright/indirect or bright/filtered sunlight during Spring and Summer, but can be in direct sunlight during the winter months. Don’t forget, tillandsias are tropical plants, so they will thrive outside during the warm months but should be taken inside during the cold months.
Stop by our botanical boutique to look at our diverse collection of air plants and whimsical display cases! We’re open Sunday-Tuesday 10-4, Wednesday-Saturday 10-6. See you soon!