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Top 5 Flowers For Your Summer Bouquet

More than any other season, summer is the time to be bold, bright, and beautiful.

When the sun is shining, there is nothing quite like a burst of color to keep you in that cheerful ‘summer is finally here’ mood.

This is why we are going to talk you through the best flowers to include in your summer bouquet. Whether it is to brighten up that corner in a room, work as a gorgeous centerpiece for that summer garden party, or simply just to enjoy some beautiful summer blooms.

1. Hydrangea
Although these flowers need to be kept regularly hydrated and out of direct heat, many people opt for these flowers in the summer because they look so pretty. They come in a variety of different colors (the blue hydrangea is a favorite of ours) and they are a great way to create a fuller-looking bouquet due to being a cluster of lots of tiny little flowers.

2. Peonies
Peony season might not last long, but they are truly beautiful blooms that are typically available for a few weeks in the late spring and early summer. Peonies are seriously impressive, opening up into huge ball-shaped blooms with billowing petals. They’re an Instagram favorite too, due to the fact they’re naturally photogenic and look fabulous in pictures.

Coral charm peonies are available at the start of the season, whilst pink Sarah Bernhardt peonies arrive a few weeks later. With coral peonies, you’ll enjoy watching them change color – when they arrive, they’ll be a vibrant coral but over the next few days they will fade to peach, yellow, and cream tones. Get a few different looks in one bouquet!

3. Sunflowers
Nothing says summer quite like a sunflower. Resembling miniature suns, their beautiful bright yellow blooms are the perfect way to bring a classically sunny look to a bouquet. Sunflowers are naturally cheery too, so are the perfect gift to send to someone who needs a bit of extra joy in their life – or just as a treat to yourself to brighten up your home for the new season.

4. Lavender
A gorgeously fragrant flower, in a rich, indigo blue is a surefire way to summer bouquet perfection. The scent is just heavenly. Team lavender with calla lilies and your bouquet will be blooming with majestic charm.

Take a look at our Scented Lavender or Pomegranate Rose & Peony bouquets to see lavender in action!

5. Stocks

Also known for being wonderfully fragrant, this flower grows best in the sun. They bloom in an array of different shades from white, red, pink, blue – practically the whole rainbow. Its distinctive color palette is what sets it apart from other blooms. If you are looking for a real color-popping bouquet opt for the stock flower.

2022 Wedding Flower Trends

From bold colors to soothing neutrals to soft pastels, 2022 is looking to be a mix of trends. Before jumping into 2022, let’s take a look at some of the trends predicted for 2021:

-Dried Flowers
-Sustainable
-Bold Colors
-Modern Neutrals

It’s always good to look back at what trended in the past year because it affects what could trend in the future. And a lot of these trends are sticking around, with just a few tweaks here and there. Here are a few trends we think will be a hit in 2022.

Bold is in
The bold colors from 2021 are sticking around! Brides are wanting to make a statement with their floral arrangements and there’s no better way than with a bold, bright, and beautiful bouquet. Bright purples, deep reds, and striking pinks are almost guaranteed to make an appearance.

Non-trad & neutral
Dried flowers became a huge hit in 2021 and have honestly just gained popularity as time goes on, meaning they will for sure be making an appearance in weddings in 2022. We think that 2022 will attempt to combine the dried flower trend with the sustainability one, to create something beautiful and eco-friendly. This can definitely be achieved by mixing non-traditional flowers and fresh flowers together. From wheat to herbs to branches and more, this trend is evolving to be something new and fresh.

Simplicity is stunning
There’s something to be said about the elegance of simplicity and that’s 100% on trend for 2022. Featuring only one or two focus flowers, like roses or carnations, and then mixing them with lots of filler greens creates a simple, but elegant silhouette. It’s the perfect way to add small touches of color without taking away from the bride or ceremony.

The more greenery the better
This trend is not new, but it has picked up speed in the past year and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Fresh greens are the perfect touch to any wedding and can really tie in a theme, especially if you are wanting a boho wedding. From bouquets to centerpieces to ceremony decor, greenery will be seen in them all.

Regardless of the trends, we know that 2022 weddings are going to be beautiful! Tell us in the comments what trends you end up seeing! And don’t forget to talk to a local florist for all your wedding floral needs!

Love Flowers? Then Love the Planet!

There’s no denying that more and more people are becoming aware of many products causing harm to the environment. Millennials in particular have been the subject of many studies that have revealed the younger generations are more likely to buy products with better sustainable business practices.

In a 2015 Nielsen survey, it was shown that 73% of Millennials (those born 1977 -1995) were willing to pay more for sustainable materials. This was out of 30,000 consumers throughout 60 countries. With sustainability in mind, consumers and business owners are starting to question how to make commercial industries more environmentally friendly.

We love the flower industry but we also would be the first to say that there is a growing issue with the use of unsustainable materials and methods in cut flower design.

In this blog, we will try to break down some of the key issues and the potentially sustainable solutions we as an industry could start working towards.

Plastic-not-so-fantastic

Plastic is one of the most controversial materials in the game. We have found through our research, it’s also the most challenging material to get a straight answer about.

Most supermarket chains in New Zealand are now ‘banning the bag’ when it comes to single-use soft plastic and there is the ‘Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling’ scheme available in many outlets.

Most plastic flower sleeves are made of either PP (Polypropylene) or BOPP (biaxially-oriented polypropylene). There isn’t a lot of information out there on whether these materials can be put in the soft plastic recycling bins. We have tried contacting Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling scheme numerous times and have also tried via the companies associated with it, but no one seems to want to respond.

On the ‘Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling’ Website (recycling.kiwi.Nz) they state ‘as a rule of thumb, we accept plastic that scrunches up and doesn’t bounce pack’. Flower sleeves don’t do either of these things, but neither do many pasta bags, confectionery wrappers, biscuit wrappers, and a number of other products listed on the website as being ‘soft-plastic recyclable’.

Auckland Council very recently rolled out an app called ‘Binny’ which is meant to answer your questions on what soft plastic can be recycled. ‘Binny’ told us that polypropylene can be recycled, but had no answer for biaxially-oriented polypropylene yet.

Even if plastic flower sleeves do turn out to be recyclable, Asia and Australia have both stopped accepting New Zealand’s soft plastics.

Anything collected via the ‘Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling’ scheme is currently being stored in large shipping containers. Considering the ‘Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling’ Website reported that last year ‘kiwis dropped off over 365 tonnes of soft plastic recycling bags for recycling’ – that’s a lot of plastic being stockpiled!

Recently the ‘Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling’ scheme has collaborated with two companies taking some of the soft plastic load and recycling it into products such as fence posts and ducting, but it’s still only a small amount in the grand scheme of things.

Here’s to hoping, over time, more companies click on and find ways to give single-use plastic a second life as something new.

So, the best answer would be to get rid of plastics altogether, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that! Many flower growers have invested a lot of time and resource into both packaging and machines that sleeve their flowers for them. It’s how they protect their product as it moves logistically around the country and in and out of buckets or boxes. There is a reluctance to waste the investment made into plastic packaging when there is no guarantee that the industry will support its initiatives. Will a retailer still pay a good price for a slightly bruised product because it was picked, transported, and sold un-sleeved?

Many products are so hardy that they could bypass being sleeved altogether such as certain foliage varieties. But for the more delicate blooms a strong alternative would need to be found before any action is taken. Particularly for growers who send their flowers across the country.

We are currently researching alternatives for plastic such as paper wrap, paper made from stone, biodegradable plastic, etc. It’s an ongoing project, and while it may not be a short-term outcome, we hope that in the long term we are on the path to reducing plastic in the industry altogether.

Floristry Foam

The floral foam has been used for years in the flower industry as a base structure that doubles as a water source.

Useful? Yes. Time-saving? Yes. Good for the environment? Heck no!

Floristry foam is made of phenol-formaldehyde and is not biodegradable. On top of that it takes hundreds of years to break down and is often only single use. Yikes.

Many florists are choosing to remove the material from their flower designs, and are finding alternative options such as chicken wire and sphagnum moss. Plastic tubes are also a popular option as they can be continuously re-used.

It can be a bit of a case of ‘easier said than done, particularly for florists who have larger installations to complete, under strict budgets. Floral foam saves time and is a cheap option – which saves money for the consumer too!

The brand Oasis has recently brought out a new variety of foam with enhanced biodegradability.

Great! But the only issue is, our landfills don’t provide the right environmental conditions to give the foam the ability to biodegrade. We hope that the more eco-conscious our society becomes; the more funding and research will be given to ensuring our landfill and recycling centers are allowing our biodegradable products to do just that.

At the end of the day, this proves the flower industry is beginning to take a step in the right direction towards better sustainable practices.

And everything else…

There are so many other ways our industry as a whole is starting to look towards are more eco-friendly future.

Here are a few of them:

-The return of the dried flower trend has helped reduce wastage in many floral studios. Unsold products at a florist can now be given a second life as dried creations.
-Buying local means less air miles, therefore reducing the industry’s carbon footprint. It also results in less harmful sprays from the fumigation process imported flowers have to go through.
-A number of local growers are also looking at ways to reduce the number of chemicals that get sprayed on their blooms. One of these methods involves planting wildflowers in their nurseries to attract good bugs that eat harmful insects.

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Tulips

With their bright cheerful colors and beautiful blooms, tulips are an iconic symbol of spring.

If you love tulips, you’ll be pleased to know there’s much more to them than meets the eye. Keep reading for some of our favorite facts you didn’t know about tulips.


Tulips are native to Central Asia

Tulips originally grew wild in the temperate mountains and grasslands of Central Asia and Southern Europe.

It’s believed they were first cultivated in Constantinople in the 11th century. They eventually became the symbol of the Ottomans, with tulip motifs a popular element in literature, art, music, and more.

Although nobody knows for sure how they were eventually introduced to Europe, the most common theory is that an ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century sent back seeds and bulbs – and from there, their popularity exploded.

There are over 3000 types of tulips
Tulips are one of the most instantly recognizable flowers, but they’re definitely not all the same! There are 75 different species and over 3000 varieties currently recognized. New varieties are regularly being cultivated as well, so this number will only go up.

Some, such as single tulips have the classic cup-shaped flowers, whilst others are much less recognizable – double late tulips, for example, have big frilly double blooms resembling peonies. One striking feature that lots of tulips do have in common however is that most have completely symmetrical flowers.

Tulip Mania

In the late 1630s during the Dutch Golden Age, tulips became more desirable than ever before. Seen as luxury items and status symbols, their popularity exploded – leading to the famous ‘Tulip Mania’, one of the first financial bubbles in history.

The price of tulip bulbs had been steadily increasing from the start of the 1600s, but as word spread of their value, more and more people wanted in. By late 1636, the price of tulip bulbs had skyrocketed, with some rare varieties costing as much as houses, and thousands of people became involved in the frantic tulip trade.

This wasn’t to last, however – by early 1637, the prices had risen so high that nobody could actually afford the tulips. Prices collapsed once more, and unfulfilled contracts led to years of dispute over debts owed.


Tulips can be any color – except blue

Tulips are much loved for their vibrant color, and there’s definitely something to suit every taste. They can be grown in practically any color, from snowy white to purples so dark they are almost black.

The only color tulips aren’t available in is blue. Blue is one of the rarest colors in flowers, and despite breeders’ best efforts, ‘blue’ tulips are usually more purple or lilac.


Tulips Meanings & Symbolism

Tulips have a variety of symbolic meanings, but they most commonly represent deep and undying love. As springtime flowers, they’re also associated with rebirth and new beginnings.

Naturally, different colors also have different meanings:

Red Tulips

As with many red flowers, red tulips are the color most associated with love, passion, and romance.

The old Persian story of the star-crossed lovers Fahad and Shirin tells of how when the two died, red tulips sprouted from their blood, so it’s no surprise that red tulips are a symbol of eternal love.

Pink Tulips

Pink tulips are a great way to send a message of affection or congratulations, as they symbolize care, confidence, and best wishes.

Purple Tulips
Purple dyes used to be affordable to only the richest in society, so the color itself became a symbol of royalty. Purple tulips have kept this meaning, signifying royalty, sophistication, and elegance. What better way to tell someone you admire them?

Yellow Tulips

These sunny blooms represent joy, happiness, and cheer. In the Victorian language of flowers, they sent the adorable message “There’s sunshine in your smile.”

White Tulips
White tulips share their meaning with other white flowers and are said to symbolize ideas like purity, forgiveness, and peace.

Tulips are edible

If you like to get creative in the kitchen, try adding tulips. The petals are edible, and have a sweet taste – making them the perfect garnish for cocktails, cakes, and more.

The bulbs are also technically edible, but we wouldn’t recommend it. They don’t taste particularly pleasant, and they have to be prepared carefully as several parts of the bulb are mildly poisonous. Some people are more sensitive than others, but eating the bulbs often leads to nausea, stomach issues, fever, and more.

However, desperate times do lead to desperate measures. When food supplies to the Netherlands were blocked during the Second World War, tulip bulbs helped to stave off widespread hunger and famine. The government published guidance on how to prepare the bulbs, with people using them as substitutes for vegetables, and even grinding them down to use as flour or coffee.


Tulips continue to grow when cut

If you’ve ever had a bouquet of tulips, you might have noticed that the stems get longer in water, even after they’ve been trimmed down. This is because tulips are very receptive to sunlight, so they’ll keep growing towards it. Their blooms also close at night when the sun goes down!

If your tulips start to outgrow other stems in your bouquet, don’t worry – you can just trim them down again to match the rest. As they grow, they can also bend a little and droop. We recommend using a narrower vase to keep them sturdy and upright. It can also be helpful to rotate the vase so the flowers don’t bend too far in one direction.