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Nature's Coloring Skills

Pinterst. I love it. I've loved it since is started.  There's no better way to gather all the inspirations together for a wedding.  BUT it does have have some pitfalls.  

One of the biggest issues I run into when working on wedding plans is the expectation of color.  Pinterest shows us photo after photo of beautiful wedding flowers.  Brides pick colors for their wedding and then start matching  flowers to these colors.  The problem is that Nature isn't always a consistent colorist.  

Take the Juliet (or Juliette-I've seen it listed both ways) garden rose. This rose is one of the most popular wedding flowers around.  Here's the photo of the Juliet rose from the David Austin website.  

photo credit: David Austin Roses

Now you might look at these and think that the photography is completely different, or any number of reasons for the difference here.  But take a look at this photo....

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I ordered 'Juliette' roses from my supplier.  They had to get flowers in from two different growers.  I received these on the same day.  BOTH are Juliet garden roses.  But look at how different the colors are.  Because of different growing conditions at the different farms, the color can vary quite a bit!  

So when it comes to wedding planning, it's best to remember that Mother Nature is fickle. The same rose (by name) can be very different colors.  Rather than requesting a very specific color AND variety, be a bit flexible in your planning.  Request a specific variety because you love the shape, the fragrance, the color range. But if you want a specific COLOR, request the color and let us research the best option for your event!

Caring for Your Poinsettias

Remember when caring for your poinsettias that they are a tropical plant. They are accustomed to the tropical climate of Southern Mexico. There are a few things to know about caring for these tropical plants:

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They like direct sunlight. It is ideal to keep your plants in 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. But take care to keep them from getting too close to cold windows.

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Keep them in temperature from 65-75 degrees F during the day and no lower than 55 degrees at night. They like the slightly lower temperatures at night.

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Water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch. Water until the excess water drains from the plant. Do not let the plant sit in this excess water.

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Make sure your plants are not in the path of a warm or cold breeze from radiators, windows or open doors. This breeze will hurt the plant and any direct contact with too high or too low temperatures will hurt the plant as well. Do not let your plant touch a cold window.*

Follow these few tips and your poinsettias should last long past the holiday season.

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http://urbanext.illinois.edu/poinsettia/care.cfm

How to Care for Your Cut Flower Arrangement

Fresh arrangements are beautiful but they are not meant to last. Florists have a few tricks up their sleeves to help cut flowers last a little longer.

1.       Make sure to check the water level in your flowers every day. An arrangement with many flowers will pull lots of water and some flowers are very “thirsty” and go through water faster than others.

2.       Replace the water in your arrangements every 3 days. When the water becomes cloudy, change the water. If your florist sends a package of floral food with the arrangement, it should be added to the vase when water is replaced. (Follow the directions on the package for best results.) You can also pick up floral food at your florist to help prolong your flowers.

3.       Some flowers last longer than others. If a flower or foliage is dead in the arrangement, remove it. This will help the remaining flowers look fresher.

4.       Florists keep flowers in coolers until they are sold. Heat accelerated the dying process, so keep your flowers away from heaters, heat producing appliances and direct sunlight.

5.       Recut the stems of the flowers. A fresh cut will help the flower absorb the nutrients it needs to survive.

6.       Mist the arrangement with water. A lite mist will help hydrate the petals and leaves of the flowers.

Remember flowers are not meant to last forever. Even if the flower is never cut from the plant, it will eventually fade and die.