Autumn Flower Style Tips

Style your home with flowers and foliage in the tones of autumn.

Embrace the change of season and start making a shift from summer brights and whites to warm, soothing colours. You don’t need a huge budget to add fresh floral touches to your living space.

TIP: Bring your vase into your local florist shop. Give them your budget and ask for advice. A good florist will know what works best with your vase and which flowers and foliage provide excellent value for maximum impact.

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Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium orchids have already made their way into the Sydney flower market, indicating an impending change of season. They are not cheap, but are excellent value as they can last around two weeks (sometimes more) if their vase and water is kept clean and away from heaters or direct sunlight. Plus you only need one or two stems in the right vase (tall with a narrow opening) to create maximum impact.

Add a single sculptural leaf or stem of glossy green magnolia foliage with curly, tortured willow for drama and height, and voila! Guaranteed chic.

The variety of colours Cymbidium orchids come in are to die for! Pure white, chocolate, burnt orange, golden yellow, and burgundy are all perfect choices for bringing autumn indoors.

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Fall Foliage and Berries

Nandina, silver dust, magnolia, oak and maple. Autumn-winter foliage and berries are absolutely gorgeous simply arranged en-mass in a vase without anything else. Let the leaves speak for themselves!

A vase that is straight up and down, or wider at the base than the top, is perfect for displaying foliage. The smaller opening at the top helps to make the vase appear ‘full’ with only three to five stems, and the extra width at the base enables you to angle the branches at varying degrees.

Florist shops sell all types of foliage by the stem or bunch. Most varieties are wonderfully long-lasting (providing you keep the water fresh and vase clean), and are excellent value for money. Fresh foliage = Fab feng shui! Your florist can even arrange the foliage properly so all you need to do is pop it in a vase when you get home.

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Autumn Branches

Straight or wild, interesting sculptural branches are what autumn is all about. Style your home or office with autumn branches on their own or combined with fresh foliage. Particularly gorgeous if you have high ceilings to add a touch of drama!

You might want to try your hand at an ‘Ikebana-style’ floral design and place one exquisite, gnarly magnolia branch in an earthy pottery vase. Or get your hands on a quirky old alcohol bottle like the one pictured below and fill it with fabulous pussy willow.

You can purchase all kinds of interesting branches and sticks from your local florist!

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Apothecary medicine jars are very vogue right now too, and the brown versions (new or vintage) are perfect for adding an ‘essence of autumn’ to your home. Split an inexpensive bunch of long lasting alstroemeria lilies in a series of jars as per below pic or group together in one big jar.

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Farewell summer, it’s been fun, but we’re ready for you autumn!

And don’t forget, creating a stylish ‘vignette’ of autumn flowers for the home can be achieved on a budget. Keep your eye out at op shops and garage sales for vases in all shapes and sizes and bee line it to your local florist for helpful style advice.

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Orchid Plant Care Tips

Phalaenopsis orchid plants (pronounced fayl-eh-NOP-sis) are not only exquisite and delicate in appearance, but also great value, with their exotic moth-shaped blooms lasting for weeks on end. They make the perfect indoor plant for either home or office, for male or female, for any occasion.

Learn how to care for your orchids with these handy tips:

Position your plant near gentle filtered sunlight. Window sills are great! If you can tell your north from your south, then growing your ‘phaly’ near an east facing window is ideal. If the sun coming through your window is quite harsh, an orchid plant will benefit from a sheer curtain or blind to filter the light and heat.

Your orchid plant’s leaves should be an olive green. If they are darker, it means the plant is not getting enough light. If they are red tinged, the plant is getting too much light. Once your plant is in bloom, you can place it anywhere in the home out of direct sunlight. If it does not re-bloom, increase the amount of light it receives.

To water, place the plant in a sink of tepid water. Let the water seep through the plant for a minute or so. It is important that the plant drain completely. If there is any water remaining in the crown (where the leaves join in the centre), blot with a paper towel to avoid crown rot.

How often you water will depend on the potting medium. Bark retains less water than moss. If your phal is potted in bark watering once a week is generally sufficient. If your plant is potted in moss, water when the top feels dry (usually every seven to ten days). The amount of light and heat your plant receives will also affect how soon your phal needs watering. Summer months will need more frequent watering, winter will need less. You can generally tell by the weight of the pot whether it has dried out.

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After your Orchid has Finished Blooming

After a spike has lost all its blooms, it starts to turn brown and die. This is the time you cut the spike back and re-pot.

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If the spike is dead and brown along the top part of the stem yet green still near the base, you may be able to grow a new spike to branch out from the existing one. This method is usually done when the plant is a large, well established orchid with a robust root system. To do so, cut the spike just above a ‘node’ where the stem is still green (see picture below). Cut at the same angle of the node. If it is only a small, young plant with an immature root system, just cut the spike completely off at the base. In either instance, re-pot using quality orchid mix.

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A beautiful new spike emerging from an orchid plant should look something like this.

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Just to confuse you, some species of Phalaenopsis orchids (violacea to be precise) do not need their spikes cut as they bloom sequentially from the same flower spike. You may have a violacea species if the plant bears horizontal spikes. Obviously the best way to know whether to cut the spike or not is to know the parentage of the orchid, otherwise just observe the plant. If the spike remains green, leave them alone to re-bloom!

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References

http://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=217

http://www.repotme.com/orchid-care/Phalaenopsis-Care.html

Roses for Valentines – Which Would You Choose?

So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and now is around the time ‘hints’ start getting dropped, some subtle, some not! Sound familiar to anyone?

If you were lucky enough to receive an elegant rose presentation box for Valentine’s Day (hint), which colour would you choose? Are you a red rose person? Pretty pink maybe? Or a bright and bubbly rainbow rose fan?

RED

To express love and passion, red roses are the ultimate symbol of romance for Valentines Day. The ultimate ‘shout it from the roof tops’ kind of love statement. Just so you know, our classic one dozen long stem red rose gift box is only $99 including free delivery in the Sydney metro and a free ECOYA candle worth $19.95. Not so subtle a hint that one! 🙂

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PINK

Pink roses mean love, affection and gratitude. They are the elegant option to the classic red rose for Valentine’s, exuding a sweet, ‘poetic’ kind of romance. Tickle your fancy? We have single pink rose stems in our super awesome ‘Love Me Tender’ signature gift boxes for $39 plus $11.95 flat delivery in Sydney. Another not so subtle hint! 🙂

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RAINBOW

The fabulously fun and vibrant rainbow rose is perfect for people with equally fun and vibrant personalities, who are not so big into tradition, but still love a bit of romance! Stray away from the pack with these `Willy Wonka-esque’ beauties. On that note, they go really well with chocolate! Check out this gorgeous gift box of 12 rainbow rose stems and chocolate for $109 plus $11.95 delivery in the Sydney metro. Okay, that was yet another not so subtle hint… 🙂

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So which colour roses are your favourite? Red, pink or rainbow? Write your favourite in the ‘Comments’ box below for the chance to win one dozen roses delivered in Sydney this Valentine’s Day!

*Prize winner drawn at random on Friday 12 February midday and winner notified by email by close of business. Prize delivered in the Sydney metro only either Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th February 2016.

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