The Flower Blog

Holiday and Winter Bouquet Favorites!

Posted by Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

Raw_badgetag-01-1The most wonderful time of the year means we have an abundance of winter and holiday themed bouquets for sending "Season's Greetings!" Lights shine brighter, our hearts are lighter and everything has a nice joyful sheen to it (except for fallen snow after a day of traffic...but let's not dwell on it right now!).  Here to get you in the mood for the holidays I am sharing the bouquets and centerpieces fit for any table, office and/or living space.
Tis the season!

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Winter Cardinal (18X02)
We are starting out the gate with something brand new from our designers. Maybe it's a favorite because I went to Ball State (Go CARDS!), maybe the colors OR MAYBE this says Indiana winter to me. There is so much to love about Winter Cardinal! Light blue carnations, delphinium, pine cones, fresh fragrant pine and a little cardinal nestled in a beautiful winter theme container. This arrangement brings back fond winter memories complete with bright red cardinals flitting to and fro.

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Tinsel Twist (16X05)
Now let's go for something a little more energetic and fun! Do you love candy cane colors? Baskets? Carnations and daisie in holiday colors in a basket? Then Tinsel Twist is for you! Lively red and white color flowers with refreshing greens topped with a boisterous ribbon all wrapped up in a basket. This bouquet says "Joy to the world and have the happiest of holidays!". I get psyched up just looking at it.

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Plum Enchantment (16X01)

Now that we are excited, let's take it down a notch with the peaceful warm glow of a golden glass hurricane surrounded by florals in colors of a sugar plum dreamland. Fragrant and fresh winter pine, pinecones, moon series carnations in shades of purple, purple statice, blue millimeter balls, a votive candle and a touch of silver glitter! 

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Williamsburg Lantern (18X05)

A new pick which is becoming more popular are lanterns! They are everywhere but leave it to the fantastic designers at Gillespie Florists to put the perfect artfully arranged spin on this new classic. Adorned with glittering red leaves, apple and pinecone, natural pinecone, red and black plaid ribbon, ornament and LED light candle which will warm up any living space! I am sold on this keepsake and can't wait to see the warm candlelight softly illuminating my living room.

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Poinsettias
What kind of list would this be without one of our most traditional winter decor staples? Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like poinsettias! Red, white, pink and now available in shimmer blue, come by our store and pick on up, call us or order online! We have 6", 7", 8", 10" and even poinsettia topiaries in stock.  Want to send poinsettias to a loved one with pets? Check out this informative article about pets and poinsettias!

We are excited for Christmas and are here to help you have the best holiday season yet. Call us at 317.273.1100 or visit our website to find the absolute best way to send your Season's Greetings to friends, family and colleagues. Happy Holidays! 

Click here to visit our Christmas Collection

Click here to visit our Blue Mountain Christmas Collection

Click here to vist our Winter Collection

 

P.S. Naughty, Nice or Still Deciding...Remember Santa's always watching!

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Topics: Christmas flowers, Holiday Flowers, Holidays

Fantastic Fall Bouquets and Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Posted by Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 04:04 PM

Raw_badgetag-01-1.pngThe most wonderful time of the year cannot be squeezed into just one month when you're talking about fall. September, October, November all play a role during the changing colors, cooling weather and special days to commemorate the upcoming holidays. Gillespie Florists has the best bouquets and centerpieces for anniversaries, birthdays, congratulations, Thanksgiving, special events, and many more for this exciting time of year!

 

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$44.95

Starting off with SNACKS! Because what is better than a cornucopia of sweets and treats you can enjoy anytime and then refill with fruits, more snacks, and/or gourds and small pumpkins! It's a perfect way to greet the fall season with comfort food and colors!


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$31.95

A darling bouquet of fall colored daisies, red carnations, yellow solidago, dried wheat stalks in a ginger jar. It is a sweet way to say "I Love You" "Thinking of You" "Happy Birthday" or "Just Because" with these bright color blooms.



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Sultana [15T01]
$49.95

Our talented floral designers created the stunning Sultana for our 2015 fall collection and we have been in love with it ever since. Creamy pink hydrangea paired with deep burgandy carnations and accesorized with dried wheat stalks, purple statice, and fancy cubed vase. This bouquet is a romantic expression of a quiet and crisp afternoon heated with the warmth of sunshine. 

 

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Moonlit Nights [14T05]
$129.95

Nothing like going big or going home with this striking vased arrangement! Moonlit Nights is artfully designed for a special occasion such as an anniversary, company event or simply to say "I love you" in a very grand way! Large golden sunflowers, bright green fuji mums, birch branches, liatris, peach carnations, green midollino sticks, gunni eucalyptus, limonium and hydrangea in a gorgeous vase!

 

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Sparkling Cider [16T01]
$44.95

Fall season is a magical time of year. Why not throw bit of glitter in to celebrate the excitement. Sparkling Cider does the job nicely with a shimmering keepsake hurricane, a tea light, burgundy carnations, fall color daisies, purple statice, hypericum berries and tinted baker’s fern! A small centerpiece to add holiday flair to a cozy family dinner, office party, Thanksgiving or just because! 

 

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Spicy Nutmeg [16T03]
$75.95

Speaking of table pieces, we have plenty in our Thanksgiving collection to consider. There could be an article dedicated to our top ten Thanksgiving centerpieces, however today we will focus on one grand arrangement. Glorious in color, Spicy Nutmeg has much to offer with two taper candles, orange asiatic lilies, fall daisies, purple statice, hypericum berry, wheat, pheasant feathers, glycerin fall oak leaves, leucadendron, red carnations and safflower. This centerpiece will be a feast for the eyes while delicious food of your Thanksgiving celebration is being set around the table. 

 

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Heart Warmer [17T02]
$68.95

Are we salivating yet? I am. Thinking of eating all the delicious food and then afterward sitting on the sofa listening to the crackling sounds of a fire. Our Heart Warmer bouquet also has the soothing, cozy feeling of a fireside with the colors of warm golden daisies, burgundy carnations, novelty mini-carnations, yellow solidago, glycerin fall oak leaves, small pine cones, fall silk accents, fall plaid ribbon, and a keepsake hurricane etched with leaves. Don't worry about tealights for this hurricane because there are battery-operated LED lights to keep the glow going. 

All this talk of food, cozy chilly nights gives me all sorts of warm fuzzies and excited for the upcoming holidays! Special occasion, birthday, anniversary, Thanksgiving dinner, family gathering, company event, etc; Gillespie Florists carries a variety of bouquets to fit any occasion during the fall season. Check out our website to find the perfect bouquet for your next event. Want to find something seasonally appropropriate for any budget and occasion? Visit our Monthly Specials page for the best choices updated monthly!

 

Topics: Thanksgiving, fall flowers, fall bouquets, fall season, Holidays

Trick or Treat Hours are Happening at Gillespie Florists!

Posted by Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 03:43 PM

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Treat or Flower!

Actually, Treat and Flower! We are having our fourth year of Trick or Treat hours at Gillespie Florists! We are excited to see what everyone will dress up as! I'm going to share some of my favorite pictures from the last  couple of years!

 

wizard of oz dorothy at gillespie florists  As always we will be offering candy and free flowers to anyone coming in dressed up during our Treat or Treat hours!

We have some really cool displays that are perfect for taking pictures! We'll take pictures for you and will be happy to email you a copy of the picture!

 

 

 

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English Bulldog Pearl at Gillespie Florists

 

Trick or Treat Hours:

 

Monday Oct. 31st 4pm-7pm

 

Since you'll be in for Trick or Treating, why not pick up a few things? Take 20% off carry out items with code "18A".

 

 

Candy, Flowers, coupons! It's a trifecta of treats at Gillespie Florists this Monday, October 31st!

For Halloween, Pearl and I made a video that was supposed to be scary but ended up being very funny! Click below to watch the video!

Topics: Holidays, Videos, informational

Mother's Day 2014 Specials!

Posted by Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 11:50 AM

describe the imageAlright kids! Mother's Day is coming up faster than a mom wiping the excess chocolate from her kids' outstretched hands as they are reaching for the freshly cleaned couch cushions for this weekends company!  In other words, the day dedicated to honoring moms everywhere is less than a week away...are you ready?  Got your gift or are you going to wait to the last minute and bribe your own kids into making a pretty card so you are off the hook? Oh my where on earth do these preposterous ideas come from? Of course you are ready! ...But if you're not, might I suggest checking out our Mother's Day Specials? We've got quite a few but if none of these catch your fancy, then be sure to stop by or shop online for a plethera of mom inspired bouquets!

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 What's not to love on a spring night? Warm nights, fireflies dancing, freshly mown lawn, and the aromas of spring floating around the neighborhood.  Southern Evening encapsulates the mood with golden alstroemeria lilies, dark pink daisies, red mini-carnations, berries, and fresh greenery!

mdblog 04Another delightful arrangement dedicated to the arrival of the warmer seasons is heralded by the bold Song of Summer!

The red cube vase radiates warmth with beaming yellow solidago, graceful pale blue delphinium, pussy willow, vibrant carnations, lush variegated pittosporum and an adorable little blue bird that sits in a sparkling nest made of red wire! A perfect reminder of a warm summer day!

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Sapphire Shower is brimming with vibrant yellow sunflowers, delphinium as blue as sapphire, bright alstromeria lilies, yellow solidego, green hypericum berry, purple statice and soft green carnations! I would love to walk into my kitchen and see this sitting atop my island so I could enjoy it as I'm preparing dinner or sipping coffee before leaving for work in the morning.

mdblog 06Such a lovely collection of bouquets for Mother's Day it is difficult to choose just one! However for the sake of my husband I will narrow it down to this one (hint, hint ;) ).

Mother of Spring is graceful and elegant with soft pink carnations, delicate lavender larkspur, vibrant purple statice, feathery lavender fuji chrysanthemums, and intricate waxflower!  Surrounded by the beauty of this arrangement is a gorgeous, sparkling keepsake glitter angel...perhaps as a permanent reminder for the kids that mom is indeed an angel, even when she insists on the rooms getting cleaned and chores done before bedtime. Yes, I think a glittery angel will do the trick...no more complaints for sure!

Once again, these are a few of our many marvelous bouquets designed especially for Mother's Day to celebrate the ladies in our lives we look up to, admire, and love.

Short on time to stop by our shop? Just click below to view our full collection!

 

Shop Mother's Day Bouquets!

Topics: Seasonal, Holidays, trends, Sales

The Value of Roses

Posted by Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

describe the imageValentine's Day is just around the corner; in fact, just a few days away and we are working diligently to have beautiful arrangements delivered and delightful bouquets at our shop for you to select when stopping by!  The most popular flower by far is the rose. Considered the favorite flower of Venus, goddess of Love, they are definitely a hot commodity right now! Across the globe, people celebrating Valentine's day are in the market for beautiful roses and are paying a higher dollar amount to get them, which begs the question "Why are roses so expensive this time of year?"  It's a great question and we have the answer!

rosesThe most important reason is the growing period for a rose. It is 60 days from a rose bush. In order for the grower to have sufficient quantity to meet the high demand on Valentine's Day, during the month of December, they cut back production of their current crop of roses by cutting them early.  Which means that the growers must throw away a potential good crop to have more room available for the roses on Valentines day. That is quite a gamble, especially considering the sporadic nature of inclement weather.

Growers only have a limited amount of space and the fact that they are dealing with a perishable product, makes it impossible to stockpile.  Winter and shortened daylight hours also plays a factor in the added expense of heating.

 The grower sets the price for the roses- which is higher due to the dumping of the crops in december- and the additional cost gets passed through each market level.  From the grower, the wholesaler, the florist and finally to the customer. 

 

vinrougeAnother factor is transportation. Most roses are imported in from Ecuador, Columbia, across the country in California. As the demand for roses rise, so does the space for cargo. More space needed leads to more vehicles on the road and in the air to transport the popular rose. It's remarkable, from cutting back crops, adding more vehicles, spending more money on gas, and that's not all!  Valentine's Day isn't the first day to hit high demand for roses in the new year.  

The Rose Bowl in Pasedena, California uses thousands of roses. The Tournament of Roses parade, well, it's hard to imagine how many roses are used for this event! The average float in the Rose Parade uses approximately 160,000 flowers...that's alot of flowers! 

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So that is the story, now what does this mean for you? Should you forgo buying roses or flowers this year altogether? Here are Gillespie's we have plenty roses AND alternatives to roses if the cost is a bit too steep this year.  Some of our other favorite flowers are stargazer lilies, gerbera daisies, carnations, alstromeria lilies, hydrangea; the list is endless! Our design staff has made fabulous designs this year for Valentine's day and with or without roses, our bouquets are sure to thrill your loved one!

 

 Click below to see our specials for Valentine's Day this year!

 

Buy Valentine's Flowers!

Topics: Seasonal, Holidays, Valentine's Day flowers, Roses in Indianapolis

From Goats to Greetings: A Valentine's Day Origin Story

Posted by Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

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Nothing says "I love You" quite like being smacked with a bloody piece of goat hide and having your name put in a jar to be matched up for a year with some guy you've never met. Sounds great, right?  It simplifies the process of dating and who knows, by the end of the year perhaps fate was right and the stranger selecting the scrap of paper with your name on it might end up being the man of your dreams! It could happen...maybe not today, but back when Rome was founded (traditionally 753 B.C.) or possibly even earlier. Romans, they really knew how to party! This party, Lupercalia, in particular occured February 13-15 and is often pinpointed as the origin for Valentine's Day.

lupercalia valentine Lupercalia was actually a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. 

To begin the festival, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and hit the streets, smacking (gently) both women and crop fields with the bloody hide. It sounds disgusting and unpleasant but Roman women looked forward to this portion of the festivities because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Then later on in the day is when they held the Roman version of "The Bachelor". All the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn and bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. It was common for these matches to end in marriage.

valentinemosaicLupecalia was celebrated until outlawed due to it being "un-Christian" around the end of the 5th century when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day.  It wasn't celebrated as a day of love right off the bat however; began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. One legend is Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine realized the injustice of the law and performed marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.  

Another popular legend is an imprisoned Valentine fell in love with a girl, the jailor's daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it has been said he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression which is still very common today. Ah, NOW we are getting somewhere. This sounds a bit more romantic, although tragic, than Lupercalia festivities, but Valentine's Day in modern times is still a far reach from its origin until the Middle Ages.A common belief in France and England was February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season. So it was romance between birds which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for love! 

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Although Valentine greetings began in the Middle Ages, written ones weren't around until the 1400's. The oldest one still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. I wonder if it ever reached her. This valentine is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.  

From the 1700's on, Valentine greetings and cards became more common place with the first ones being printed in the 1900's. Today, over 1 billion cards are sent a year for Valentine's day.  That is a lot of cards!

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If you happen to be celebrating Valentine's Day the modern way like me, there are many ways to say "I love you", from handmade cards, romantic dinners, unique dates, to beautiful bouquets! The fine staff at Gillespie Florists have outdone themselves again with fabulous designs this year! Click below to see what we have in store for you!Buy Valentine's Flowers!

Topics: Holidays, informational

Joy Through January: An After Christmas Sale!

Posted by Wed, Dec 25, 2013 @ 01:05 PM

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Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!!!

We wish you the merriest of holidays and a Happy New Year!  Spend some time with your loved ones, eat delicious food and treats, relax in your sleepy pants, and enjoy yourself!  

Here at Gillespie's part of celebrating the holidays and welcoming the New Year is having an After Christmas Sale!  "Out with the Old, In with the New!" as they always say.  If you didn't have a chance to stop by and see us before the holidays it's not too late to stock up for next year! 

See below for our  specials and check out our holiday video which showcases some of the fabulous items we'll have on sale along with the staff of Gillespie Florists, smiling and looking forward to serving you in the New Year!  Enjoy!

All Christmas and Fall Products 50% Off

Any Giftware 40% Off

All Silk Arrangements 40% Off

Candles 40% Off

Webkinz 40% Off

Don’t forget to ask about our Fresh Flower take out specials!

Sale Excludes: 

Any Fresh Flowers, Any Plants, Any Serviced Product Sale items cannot be delivered. Restrictions may apply.

All Sales Are Final. Sale Ends Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Questions? Call 317.273.1100

Miss our sale? Print this coupon for 20% off in store through March 31st!

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Topics: Seasonal, Holidays, after Christmas sale

Season with a Kiss

Posted by Thu, Dec 19, 2013 @ 02:26 PM

Kelly Gillespie Snyder

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Ever wonder what kissing and parasites have in common? What on earth does this have to do with flowers, holidays, blogs and people? Oh just a little science and history on one of our traditional holiday plants, the mistletoe.  mistletoe

First off, Science! There are 2 types of mistletoe. The one most commonly used for Christmas decoration is Phoradendron flavescens. Don't worry..you do NOT have to ask for it by that name! Did you know the name Phoradendron is derived from the Greek for "tree thief"? Pretty cool huh?  

This thieving little parasitic plant has been a part of of the winter holidays for quite some time but have you ever wondered why? Well friends, you could wiki some knowledge on it or let me give you the readers digest version. You've got things to do, parties to plan, gifts to buy, but for a few minutes just read on and I'll give you some interesting tidbits about mistletoe. So let's talk about the gods.  

describe the imageFrigga, The goddess of love, learned her son, Balder, god of the sun, had a dream where he died and the earth was destroyed because of it. As she wanted to protect her son from harm,   she told the elements earth, water, wind, and fire, and all the plants and creatures of nature that no harm would befall him. Everybody was good with that except Balder's one enemy, Loki, the god of mischief.

Loki knew of one plant Frigga had overlooked in her quest to protect her son; the lowly mistletoe. Why was it overlooked? Because it was not of the earth or under the earth. It thrived on the apple and oak trees. He took the unassuming plant and fashioned it into an arrow and gave it to the blind Hoder, god of winter, who shot it. The arrow hit Balder and killed him.       The elements tried for 3 days to bring him back to life, finally he was restored by Frigga, his mother. The tears she cried for her son turned into the pearly white berries on the mistletoe plant and Frigga was so joyful she kissed everyone who passed under the tree on which it grew.

After that, whomever should stand under the mistletoe would have no harm befall them. Only a kiss, a token of love. Sounds pretty nice, I'll take it! Of course, this was the legend; other countries have their own take on mistletoe and it's many magical properties.  

In Scandinavia, mistletoe is known as a plant of peace. Enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses could kiss and make-up underneath it. The English used mistletoe to make a ball and dubbed it a “kissing ball”. If a young lady stood under it at Christmas time, she could not refuse to be kissed, as it would lead to a deep romance or lasting friendship. If she remained unkissed, she would marry within the following year. To protect against all the lucky ones who did get kissed under it, some parts of England would burn the Christmas mistletoe on the twelfth night. In France, kissing under the mistletoe is linked to New Year's Day: “Au gui l'An neuf” (Mistletoe for the New Year).

These are just a few examples of many reasons why kisses are exchanged under the mistletoe.  

Some say mistletoe has magical properties, others say you'll kiss the love of your life under it, regardless of whether we believe the stories and legends or not, it's still a part of the fun and frolicking which occurs during the holiday season. Not only is its history rich, but the nature of mistletoe is fascinating as well! If you're looking to add alittle more frolic to your next holiday party or start a new tradition, be sure to stop by Gillespie Florists and pick up a bundle of this magnificent plant.

Tied together with ribbon and ready to be hung in a doorway for an unsuspecting victim, sparring spouse, or simply there to add a bit more festive to your décor. Either way, mistletoe is a winner for the holiday season.   

Click below to see more of what we have to offer during this wonderful holiday season!

It's not too late to order and have it hand delivered to your door!

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Topics: Seasonal, Seasonal, history of mistletoe, Holidays, christmas traditions

Slow Down and Savor The Holiday Season

Posted by Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

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After reaching in my mailbox and pulling out four Christmas cards, the realization kicked in that the holiday season has arrived and with it all emotions it entails. At this point it has more than just arrived; the season is well underway! How did this happen? I believe it has something to do with the hustle and bustle and hurry-scurry of preparation and celebration of impending finale of Christmas and New Years.

Remember Black Friday and it's array of great deals around town and online? It was over a weekend, the month of December is jam-packed full of things to do. Cards to send, parties to attend, gifts to wrap, closets and rooms to ransack for places to put said gifts, and let's not forget our daily responsibilities such as jobs, laundry, cleaning, child rearing, etc. wow, just reading this made my heart rate tweak! That or the highly caffeinated holiday blend coffee I just drank...

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But hang on! let's slow down a moment and bask in the glow of the seasons memories.The ones centered around love, family, friendship, and joy, because that is what it is about, right?    The warm glow of the Chrismas tree lights, scent of fresh cookies and seasonal casseroles baking...cuddling on the couch watching the traditional classic shows such as Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer, How the The Grinch Stole Christmas, Merry Christmas Charlie Brown...ah yes, this is what gets me in the spirit and slows me down.

You know what else slows me down? nature...

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What better way to appreciate what this holiday is about than to have an unexpected snow storm? Oh sure, you have things to do, but it can wait one or two days, right? You don't have to start baking your cookies this instant! Trip to the Toy Store? They're open pretty late on Christmas eve...I should know and by my experience and observations so do few other parents. Back to the point about nature and slowing down!

One of my favorite memories of Christmas is when my husband and I were marooned at my parents house with my siblings and their significant others. We ate all the leftovers, cookies, sat around talking about growing up together, the guys played video games, gals watched movies. We went outside for snowball fights, walking in the woods and sledding, I think we ordered pizza a day later when the roads cleared up and there was an extensive discussion on who would brave the weather to go get it...they came back an hour and a half later. Oh bad weather is tricky and inconvenient but it has the power to strengthen family bonds and give new meaning to season. Or rather it serves as a reminder of what the season is about to begin with.  I love how nature has the capacity to change our attitude and reboot our frazzled minds into the calm peacefulness which gets lost in the shuffle too often during the season of joy and love. 

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We seem to be programmed to go through the harangue of the hustle, bustle to get to the grand finale of late Christmas Eve when time gloriously slows down. Why do we wait so long and late into the season to experience this "silent night"?  Ever try to put a moment like that into words? What does it feel like?
To me, it feels like a mountain. Quiet, calm, overwhelming and sheltering. The outside world disappears and all that is left is peace. It's a truly wonderful feeling...so wonderful and dense is this feeling that I could walk out the door and see my calm mountain in the backyard! Of course, when I do open the door I usually get a blast of cold air, a tiny dog yipping in dismay that the breeze has interrupted his slumber, and a few cars zoom by...possibly trying to catch Santa before he hits their house...the spell is broken till the door shuts and I am back in my peaceful silent night of a world after taking in the ambiance and lovely pine scent of our Christmas tree.  I am reminded of the outdoors and the calm it represents without freezing to death.

I love having these reminders to slow down in my house. Admiring the brilliant red carnations mixed with evergreen and pine cones in the arrangement sitting on my kitchen table while drinking early morning coffee and planning out the day. Pausing by our little tree full of light and memories of selecting ornaments each year to add to it. Smiling at the realistic but fake palm tree dressed up in lights and tiny ornaments reminding me of past Christmases with my family in Florida...It is amazing how a bit of the outdoors reconnects me to what this season is all about and dims the busyness which can overwhelm us if we let it.

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The season isn't over yet. There is still time to slow down before the candle-lit gathering of friends and family singing "Silent Night" at church together.  Take a moment from worrying whether anyone is going to notice your gift-wrapping skills aren't up to par and look at your tree or out the window, take a deep breath and savor the experience and memories of this season. Maybe reflect on a favorite family memory.

Would you like more nature inside your home? Something to admire while making a holiday feast or maybe just cereal while getting ready for the work day?  You don't even have to battle traffic to have it. Click here to view our Blue Mountain Christmas collection and let us bring the peaceful outdoors to you.


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Topics: Seasonal, Holidays

Fresh Cut Pine

Posted by Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Sarah GillespieHave you ever wondered about where or how florists obtain the variety of fresh cut pine and greenery offered in seasonal/winter arrangements?

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First, let’s explore some of our most popular varieties of fresh cut pine and seasonal greenery that we offer throughout the winter months in our shop. Our favorites include: Port Orford, boxwood, flat cedar, incense cedar, silver pine tips and boughs, white pine, mistletoe, noble, balsam and holly. Occasionally, we stock the following as well: Juniper, Douglas, Spruce, Scotch, Red Pine, Hemlock, Frazier and Pepperberry.

Why do we stock so many varieties of seasonal/winter greenery? Generally, we design our seasonal/winter arrangements with at least 2-3 types of greenery to add texture and interest to the design. Since the shape and/or density of each greenery can vary, certain types of greenery are appropriate for specific design styles. For example, we use cedar for a lacey, cascading effect. Each greenery also has a distinct fragrance which also adds another dimension to each arrangement.

fresh pine and flowersNow that we have explored some specific types of seasonal/winter greenery, let’s look at where we can obtain the product. Most of our product comes from out West, in Oregon, Colorado and Washington State. We do obtain product from Florida, Michigan and right here in Indiana, too! One of our designers, Duane, harvests boxwood from his own Indiana garden for our seasonal/winter arrangements. Harvesting at the correct time, especially in Indiana, can be a tricky task! Duane watches the weather closely in October to determine when the first hard freeze will arrive. The harvesting must occur BEFORE the first hard freeze because of the effect that the cold weather has on the color and quality of the boxwood. The boxwood can be stored at cool temperatures, in water for several weeks. The greenery that we purchase from companies out of state are harvesting and packaging their products in 20-50 pound boxes throughout October and November for shipping in November and December. One company, located in Colorado, dedicates over 50% of their cold storage to seasonal/winter greenery every fall for the busy winter shipping season. Since the demand is high for a short period of time, these companies must harvest early and store their product until their customers are ready to receive shipment. 

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The weather and wildfires can play a significant role in the price and availability of seasonal/winter greenery. Several years ago, Western wildfires blazed through thousands and thousands of acres of farmland where greenery was to be harvested. Since there was less farmland from which to harvest, and the demand was steady, availability was limited and the price increased significantly that year. Last year, Indiana experienced a summer drought which affected the availability of local product, thereby affecting availability and driving the price up.

 Our seasonal/winter greenery arrives to us via refrigerated truck just before Thanksgiving. Shipping methods vary from florist to florist, depending on the quantity and shipping costs. Because of the weight of seasonal/winter greenery, I would guess that most florists prefer a ground (truck) method of shipment versus air (plane).

Check out some of our bouquets that include fresh cut pine! Click below! 

 

Christmas Flowers!

 

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