Green – as it is the leading color of all things floral (and evermore present in light of the growing environmentalism trend) – inspires us on a daily basis. So, when Bridal Guide magazine asked us last summer to design a bold, single-hue bouquet around a color of our choice we knew immediately that it would be the color GREEN.Our inspiration for this particular combination arose from the local landscape on Long Island last summer where we were able to pick fresh sedum and succulents. Green applied to our love of adding fresh herbs (like mint) to arrangements for bolder color, texture and fragrance. We mixed the structured succulents with the more organic shapes found in the antique green hydrangea, garden roses, parrot tulips and variegated leaves.Finally, we hand-wrapped natural cord around the stems to complete the look – perfect for a city bride at her garden wedding. Not only were we were lucky to contribute flowers to our go-to bridal magazine, our verdant bouquet landed on the cover page of the spread. Check it out in the current issue of Bridal Guide (January/February 2011) for a closer look!
We at In Bloom New York are huge fans of flea markets and thrift shops. Whether we are looking for decorative pieces or just perusing, Housing Works is on the top of our list of places to find funky items at a great price in support of a charitable cause. Not only could you find anything from pewter candlesticks to amazing iron benches, you can shop knowing that you are helping fight HIV/AIDS and homelessness.
When our friends at Laura Kirar asked for a flower & plant donation for their vignette at the annual Housing Works Design on a Dime event, we immediately said, Yes! Every year Housing Works has the top interior designers in the country put together room vignettes for the event showcasing new furniture, housewares and accessories. All the items are available for purchase at the event and donated to charity.
We created two small arrangements of green Cymbidium orchids and two handmade glazed ceramic pots filled with mixed succulents. Below are pictures of Laura Kirar's gorgeous vignette - Enjoy!
While vacationing in St. Barth's a few weeks ago, I noticed that the island was covered with various types of Succulent plants - they blanketed the mountain and hill tops and stretched all the way down to the beach. Succulents are water retaining plants and survive in extreme heat and changing weather, which made the island terrain ideal for these plants. Since they have the ability to store water for longer periods of time, these resilient plants can live weeks without a drop of rain. This ability makes the texture of the plant more swollen and are sometimes referred to as "fat plants".
My favorite succulent plant is the Jade. It is one of the most popular houseplants worldwide, mainly because it requires very little care and maintenance. However, as common as it is, the plant can grow to become vary large and is quite beautiful when grown in the wild.
Using succulents for weddings and events is a great idea because they are so versatile. A few different varieties potted in a beautiful urn can become a gorgeous centerpiece. Small succulents in tiny terracotta pots can be a chic way to present an escort card. They can also serve as a great, lasting party favor for your guests to take home.
Here is a sample of some of the new succulents we have in stock at the Plant Shed store on 209 West 9th Street.