Autumn Trend Report – 2017

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We admit we’ve fallen for Fall. From the leaves changing colours to pumpkin spice everything, it’s hard not to love this time of year! So we’re “harvesting” some of the trendiest ideas for this season and passing them on to our readers!

Colour Palette:

Subtle touches of burgundy reds and golds, saffron yellows, burnt oranges, forest greens, soft greys, teals and creamy whites are all the rage this year! This palette is one in a million because not only are they each individually stunning, they are extremely versatile! You can mix and match with practically any of the colours listed. Want to maintain a mid-century appeal in decor? Mix the teal with burgundy red and gold for the charm that never ages! Thinking more of a minimalistic Scandinavian look? Creamy whites and soft grey keep this modern look fresh! How about our favourite rustic chic? Saffron yellows, burnt oranges, burgundy reds with forest greens creates the classic yet elegant rustic look…throw in some gold accents and it’s drop dead gorgeous!

Weddings:

There’s just something about Autumn weddings that heightens the excitement – and the on-style trends for 2017 do not disappoint! A lot of brides are focusing on the classics of the 70s and 80s for inspiration in flower arrangements. Centrepieces are being revamped from the usual glass pieces to grand pedestal arrangements with the blooms of the season, perfectly placed in an array of colours from classic yellows and oranges to the very popular deep wine/burgundy and whites. These flowers create a beautiful focal point that can range from low profile to extremely large.

Also making a comeback is cascading bridal bouquets, which we absolutely adore! These eye-catching arrangements have long trails of spilling flowers that are so versatile when designed that it will fit any theme or style. It also seamlessly adds a bit of drama and class with willowy wildflowers, breathtaking roses, and even sweeping orchids. But perhaps one of the most popular choices for brides this season is incorporating flowers
into their hair. This is featured by many brides in forms of flower crowns, floral barrettes, and even scattered throughout for a more whimsical look!

Flowers:

But ladies and gentleman Fall doesn’t disappoint in the category of actual flowers either! During this time of the season, we have beautiful Dahlia’s, Sunflowers, Calla Lilies, Thistles, Ranunculus and Mums at our disposal. Textures, vivid colours, and cheer, how can you compete with that? Get your arrangement in a pumpkin for a wow factor that leaves your guests asking “where did you get that!?” This time of year has so many options for unique arrangements that is just left up to the imaginations of designers and customers alike! We implore you to come into our shop and customize your own centerpieces for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Fall Harvest parties. We also have a variety of beautiful outside flowers and plants to spice up your stoop – making your door the envy of the neighbourhood!

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And to all our readers, have a wonderful Fall!

Orchids

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“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh

The beauty of an Orchid is undeniable. From their exotic shapes to the rainbow of colours that bloom in literally every shade, they often catch the eye of any passer-by. And for good reason! These ancient flowers have flourished around the world for so many years that it has been able to accumulate over 20,000 different species – making it one of the largest families of flowering plants on Earth; growing in every continent but the Antarctic. The history of Orchids is as large and vast as its amount of species available. Ancient Greeks believed that Orchids were a symbol of fertility and if eaten by a woman would
produce a male heir. Traditional Chinese medicine used the flower medicinally for lung and respiratory issues. Even Aztec warriors were known to drink a mixture of chocolate and vanilla provided by Orchids, to give them strength. Yes, you read correct, our favourite ingredient in baked goods is provided by orchids, vanilla!

From the symbolism, history, and beauty Orchids have a large number of fans but with great beauty comes great responsibility…right? Wrong! The problem with being a “complex” flower is that most people are often confused with the maintenance! We’ve all been there, but let me tell you, Orchids require little care once all their basic needs are met such as light, temperature, watering, and humidity. Once those conditions are amassed they will continue to flower for 30-45 days in intervals of 1-3 times a year.

At Karen’s Flower Shop, our Orchids are equipped with a handy dandy instructions card that will give you information of the care involved – and what’s better, we have professionals at the shop that can help you with any further Orchid questions! Such as, “do I cut the stray vines produced by my Orchid?” Or “how much do I water it?” And even, “do I need to re-pot my Orchid?” To further your blooming Orchid here is a basic list of dos and don’ts for Orchid care:

  • DO keep the soil moist and water thoroughly when dry, but allow the bloom to dry out a little in between waterings. Utilize this by poking your finger into the base of the Orchid. If it’s dry give it some water if not just leave it be. Watering every 5-12 days is the rule of thumb, though this changes seasonally when the sun is hotter or cooler.
  • DON’T water the leaves of the blooms themselves, this will cause rot. If you wet the leaf use something such as a tissue or cotton ball to remove the additional water. The best method to avoid this is to water right at the base of the plant beneath the leaves.
  • DO place an Orchid in a relatively sunny location, as Orchids, like most plants, love the sun both indoors or out!
  • DON’T leave an Orchid in direct sunlight, this will cause the Orchid to burn. The
    leaves will become discoloured and blooms with wilt and fall off quite quickly. This also changes seasonally based on the intensity of the sun.
  • DO have good humidity and airflow for your Orchid. It should always be around 18-25 degrees for your bloom. How do you make it humid you ask? Provide the plant with a shallow dish or saucer and fill it with a little bit of water. Then watch Mother Nature run its course!
  • DO re-pot every 18-24 months as Orchids do outgrow their containers/pots. This will require a pot, some fertilizer, and soil (all conveniently carried at the shop)!
  • DON’T cut the vines that grow out of the Orchid, these often aid the bloom in
    gathering oxygen. If the vine is shriveled up then you may remove it, but leave the healthy ones, as those act as the plants’ lungs.

Need further assistance? Have more questions that weren’t answered?
Contact Karen’s Flower Shop, at www.karensflowershop.com or 905-878- 2881 for all your needs including care, maintenance and pricing on all our Orchids.

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#trendingsucculents

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2017 is the year of the succulent…and let’s face it, how could it not be? These trending beauties check a lot of boxes when it comes to an eye-catching and whimsy plant! But have you ever wondered what exactly a succulent is? Well, succulents derive their name from the Latin word “succos,” meaning juice. Thus, they are known in the botanical world as water storage plants; as they store a myriad of different juices in their leaves and/or spines (some of which even have medicinal properties).

These plants are extremely versatile in shapes, sizes and grow in an array of climates and zones across the world – from beaches to jungles and even deserts! So yes, that means that cacti, aloe vera, and even asparagus all belong under the umbrella of the succulent family! Neat, right?

At Karen’s Flower Shop, we are often asked about our succulents, so if any of the listed below appeals to you? Maybe it’s time you add some our prized succulents to your household!

Fit into any space imaginable?  ✔
Available in various colours?   ✔
Cost efficient? ✔
Drought tolerant? ✔
Great indoors or out? ✔
Unique, modern, & utterly adorable all at once? 
And of course…
No green thumb? No problem! ✔

As versatile each succulent is, so are the ways in which you can enjoy them! Why not in a unique bouquet on your special day? Or perhaps as little favors to your guests? Our incredible designers can even create one-of-a-kind terrariums to suit your unique style. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed when you bring succulents into your home, office or any special event! Be a #trendsetter and pick up your #succulents today!

Contact Karen’s Flower Shop, at www.karensflowershop.com or 905-878-2881 for all your succulent needs including care, maintenance, and pricing on all our succulents.

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