Tag: Pretty Petals

pretty petals – scabiosa pods

November 13, 2014

It is hard to believe that the beautiful scabiosa flower becomes this unique looking pod once the bloom goes to seed.  These funny little balls remind me of the velco type burrs that cling to your pant legs when you encounter a patch of…

pretty petals – white carnations

October 30, 2014

We love carnations.  There.  We said it!  Never thought the day would come, but we have  fallen for these simple, timeless flowers.  Carnations are not just your grandmother’s flower anymore!  These flowers are a delight to work with because they look incredible clumped together,…

pretty petals – paphiopedilum orchids

October 23, 2014

We are pretty smitten in the studio this week.  We are featuring a type of orchid that we have never had the pleasure of having – paphiopedilum, or more commonly known as the lady slipper orchid.  This particular kind of paphiopedilum is an exotic…

pretty petals – carnivorous plants

October 16, 2014

Our weekly Tuesday column is called pretty petals, yet these oddly shaped carnivorous plants are anything but pretty!  Pretty weird maybe? Pretty creepy perhaps?  But definitely not pretty. These are  pitcher plants (also known as cobra lily, bog bugles, Adam’s cup, frog bonnet, and…

pretty petals – blueberry rose

October 9, 2014

The only thing that would make this rose called blueberry any better were if it smelled like blueberries!  This rose is divine.  It has beautiful frilly petals and lots of them.  It has a vase life of up to 10 days – until blueberry…

pretty petals – geraldine rose

October 2, 2014

Let us introduce you to one of our favourite pink roses called Geraldine.  Geraldine is a South American grown light pink  rose with green guard petals.  It is  classified as a medium sized rose with a bloom size of approximately 6 cm when fully…

pretty petals – autumn joy sedum

September 25, 2014

This beauty is in full flower everywhere in Southern Ontario right now!  Sedum “autumn joy” is one of the most prolific of all the fall bloomers.  There are so many things about sedum that makes it a great flower to have in the garden….

pretty petals – viking chrysanthemum

September 11, 2014

These locally grown cuties are from the chrysanthemum family and are called viking. Strange name for a flower huh? Our Niagara growers produce this bloom year round, but are most abundant in late summer and early fall. Viking is a useful bloom for the…

pretty petals – turtle rose

August 28, 2014

Let me introduce you to a rose that we have recently discovered called “turtle”.  Not the prettiest of names for a rose – in fact, it is somewhat nonsensical if you ask me since there is no such thing as a bright yellow turtle…

pretty petals – poppy pods

August 7, 2014

Poppies are a magnificent flower.  But did you know that in the floral industry we enjoy a poppy once it has gone to seed as well?  These goofy looking pods are a neat way to add interest to a floral design.  We use them…

pretty petals – shasta daisies

July 24, 2014

Shasta daisies are plentiful in the perennial gardens of Ontario right now. The expression “fresh as a daisy” is certainly applicable in this case – the crisp white blossoms of the shasta daisy livens up any garden. Shasta daisies are an excellent choice if…

pretty petals – thlapsia

July 17, 2014

Let us introduce you to thlapsia, commonly known as green bell or penny cress. It’s a newcomer to the the floral industry. We like to think of it as the new baby’s breath!  It is a delicate, filler flower that serves the dual purpose…

pretty petals – prickly pear cactus

July 10, 2014

Apparently Peelee Island isn’t the only place in Ontario where Prickly Pear Cactus can thrive!  I have a glorious patch of this southern Ontario rarity right in my own backyard.  I am truly amazed every year when it bounces back after our long, harsh,…

pretty petals – lupins

July 3, 2014

Lupins are one of those flowers that have been made famous from pictures. Perhaps you have seen images such as the one below – pictures like this one just make me want to grow lupins in my garden.  I also get the itch to…

pretty petals – primrose

June 19, 2014

Primula vulgaris, commonlyknows as primrose, has about 24 different varieties.  Most are perennials, but there are some annual varieties too.  The type of potted primrose that we sell in the studio is an annual variety.  Each spring/ early summer, we look forward to bringing…

pretty petals – keira garden roses

June 5, 2014

Keira. Isn’t she a beauty?  Keira is one of David Austin’s prize cut roses.  According to the David Austin growers, Keira “breaks all the normal rules for the cut flower industry, because each rose is subtly different in colour”  This is what we have…

pretty petals – gypsophila

May 29, 2014

Gypsophila is most commonly known as baby’s breath.  And believe it or not it comes from the carnation family.  This poor little flower gets a bad rap.  People have come to hate baby’s breath because of the “old fashioned” stigma attached to it.  Yes,…

pretty petals – allium

May 22, 2014

Did you know that allium is Latin for the word garlic? From the monocot genus, allium come from the same family as edible garlic, onions, leeks and chives. There are hundreds of species of the monocot genus, but only about a dozen are grown…

pretty petals – cappuccino ranunculus

May 15, 2014

Any ranunculus is a good ranunculus!  We have featured many varieties of this flower over the years on our blog, but have never shown off the cappuccino kind.  Isn’t it pretty? This delicate tissue-like flower has the same dainty qualities as all its brothers…

pretty petals – coral charm peonies

May 8, 2014

Because the season for peonies is such a short one, this flower is a coveted one.  And although we are partial to all peonies, we have a particular love for paeonia coral charm. This peony is one of the earlier bloomers and is a…

pretty petals – lavender

May 1, 2014

Lavender! Lavender! Lavender! We have it in the studio right now  – you can smell it the moment you walk through the door!  We are so in love with this plant right now.  We buy the plants to sell to our clients, but we…

pretty petals – magnolia branches

April 24, 2014

A blossoming magnolia tree is an incredible specimen.  And although we don’t have the climate for the well-known Southern Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora),  here in Southern Ontario we have many hardy varieties as well.  The Saucer Magnolia is the most prolific of the varieties you…

pretty petals – air plants

April 17, 2014

We know that aren’t really that pretty, nor do they contain petals, but air plants have been one of the most popular botanicals in our shop this year, so they deserve a blog column to call their own. Air plants are epiphytes:  they feed from water…

pretty petals – dendrobium orchids

April 10, 2014

Since ancient times, orchids have been celebrated in China for their beauty. These unique flowers are appreciated for their symbolism of nobility, friendship, and refinement.  Even today, the orchid still remains one of the most sought after flowers to mark a special occasion.  So…

pretty petals – baroness garden rose

April 3, 2014

We love baroness.  It’s a garden rose so that shouldn’t surprise you!  Baroness has the perfect spiral that garden roses have become famous for.  Once fully open, it is a very flat rose.  As far as longevity goes, this flower outlives many of its…

pretty petals – hellebores

March 27, 2014

If you are unfamiliar with a hellebore, then you are in for a real treat.  This is one of the earliest blooming perennials in our gardens here in southern Ontario – and they are fabulous!  In the studio, we often purchase potted hellebores as…

pretty petals – hyacinth

March 20, 2014

If you are looking for a flower that will make an entire room smell sweet than this is the bloom for you! It has become a favourite of ours in the studio without a doubt. We make this flower available in two forms:  potted in soil,…

pretty petals – muscari (grape hyacinth)

March 13, 2014

This fun little bulb flower is a favourite of ours this time of the year.  Its dainty flowers reminds us of spring!  The Muscari is a blue flower that varies from pale shades to extremely dark (almost black).  It gets its common name, grape…

pretty petals – tulips

March 6, 2014

Receiving a bouquet of tulips in the dead of winter is so unexpected.  What a delight!  They have become one of our biggest sellers in the last month – probably because we have had such a severe winter here in Southern Ontario.   Our studio…

pretty petals – cymbidium orchids

November 14, 2013

10 Reasons why we love the cymbidium orchid: 1. Cymbidiums are timeless. They are your grandmother’s flower, your mother’s flower, and your flower. The cymbidium has been used in wedding flowers and corsages for many years. No matter the decade, you will never regret…

pretty petals – commercial fall mums

October 31, 2013

Commercial chrysanthemums (mums for short) come in an out of fashion almost as frequently as carnations. An although the carnation is still going strong, the commercial mum is starting to phase out. In an attempt to keep the trend from fizzling, growers are getting…

pretty petals – kale

October 24, 2013

These past few weekends have been busy ones for gardeners and farmers alike. It’s time to harvest the last bit of fall veggies. About two weeks ago I pulled up the remainder of our kale and we enjoyed meals of all things kale. This…

pretty petals – celosia

October 17, 2013

Welcome to another week of pretty petals where we like to write about flowers that inspire us. Well, you’re in for a doozie this week!  We’ve chosen celosia. This is by far the flower we get asked what the heck is that?? the most….

pretty petals – phalaenopsis orchids

October 10, 2013

Orchids orchids and orchids! This type of flower used to be synonymous with the rich and the royal. They were once only available to the affluent societies. Importation of these rare beauties from the various parts of Asia used to come with a hefty…

pretty petals – gladiola

October 3, 2013

Welcome to week twenty-two of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – colchicum

September 26, 2013

Welcome to week twenty-one of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – amaranthus

September 19, 2013

Welcome to week twenty of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – hydrangea

September 12, 2013

Welcome to week nineteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – blushing bride protea

September 5, 2013

Welcome to week eighteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – cosmos

August 29, 2013

Welcome to week seventeen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – queen anne’s lace

August 22, 2013

Welcome to week sixteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – zinnias

August 15, 2013

Welcome to week fifteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – dahlias

August 8, 2013

Welcome to week fourteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – astrantia

August 1, 2013

Welcome to week thirteen of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – freesia

July 25, 2013

Welcome to week twelve of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – cobra lily

July 18, 2013

Welcome to week eleven of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – bachelor’s button

July 11, 2013

Welcome to week ten of our column entitled Pretty Petals. Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore. Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – clematis

July 4, 2013

Welcome to week nine of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy…

pretty petals – stock

June 27, 2013

Welcome to week 8 of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – anemones

June 20, 2013

Welcome to week seven of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy…

pretty petals – peony

June 13, 2013

Welcome to week six of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy…

pretty petals – ranunculus

June 6, 2013

Welcome to week five of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – lilacs

May 30, 2013

Welcome to week four of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral eye-candy…

pretty petals – medinilla

May 23, 2013

Welcome to week three of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

pretty petals – poppies

May 16, 2013

Welcome to week two of our column entitled ‘Pretty Petals’.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…