Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, or I guess that would just be the Canadians! Eat, drink and be merry, (how many cliches can I come up with).
I hope that every one has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Just a little eye candy for you. The shop was looking particulary yellow.
Last week when we were making Thanksgiving centerpieces, I took a few pictures for you to see.
We call these long and low, great for a rectangular table.
Fruit is great in arrangements, especially for a “harvest” holiday.
Or you can do a round arrangement.
And everyone loves sunflowers.
I love dahlias. At this tine of year, dahlias are going into every arrangement that I make at the flower shop.
A: As we try to be very seasonal, they are the new flower in season.
B: They are huge and cheap, two words that floral designers love to hear.
C: So many yummy colours and shapes.
This arrangement has two sizes of very, very, pale yellow dahlias, and a creamy rose. I love monochromatic arrangements. These are actually old flowers from the store and this is in my kitchen at Kilbourne Grove.
This is a really lovely one, the flash of the camera really changed the colour. It is a very dark red, almost black, very velvety looking.
It is such a shame the season is so short. We buy these at the Food Terminal from a local grower. They are not available until late summer and will end with the first frost.
A lot of sunflowers at the shop lately.
The shop looking gorgeous.
A sunflower arrangement.
We have a longer season for sunflowers than we do for dahlias. We can buy imported sunflowers, but they are always more expensive. Sometimes, it the petals on the sunflower are wilted, or spotty, I will pull off all the petals, just leaving the seedhead in the middle. People are always surprised, and tell me they never would have thought of that!
When I was in Kingston on the weekend, I visited my former place of employment.
Trugs is a lovely flower/gift shop at 65 Brock St in downtown Kingston. It is in a very cool historical building, with very high ceilings and a brick wall.
It is “the” flower and gift shop in Kingston. It was started by my friend and former colleague at East of Eliza, Bill Lennox in 1991. Orginally, a garden design and gift shop, he added a high end floral shop as well in the early 90’s.
In the mid 90’s Bill added a partner to the shop, also a Bill, now known as W.J. to avoid confusion. A few years ago, the business had grown in size and was split into Trugs Flora and Trugs Home, with each Bill taking responsibility over a different section.
There is an amazing selection of gifts, ranging from bath and candles, to decorative items and furniture for your home. And of course, the flowers and plants are the best you can get!
The store is mostly neutral due to the wooden floor and the brick wall, but every few years Bill picks a new colour to paint the one wall with.
The store can be reached by calling 613 547-5348 for Flora and 613 547-4663 for Home.
We sell a lot of orchids at the flower shop where I work, plants as well as cut.
The Flower Shop
One of my favorites is the cymbidium orchid, this is an architectural masterpiece, and the longest lasting cut flower you can buy. A few years ago at Valentines Day, the owner of the flower shop where I work, decided not to sell roses for Valentines Day. There had been some very cold weather in Ecuador, where the majority of our roses come from, and the quality was just not great. Since we stand behind the quality of our flowers, we decided to sell orchids instead. Our special was a boxed cymbidium with exotic greens and a vase. It was nail biting time, would we lose a ton of business because we were not selling red roses. Well, we had a lot of convincing to do, but the majority of our customers bought the orchid. And we got great feedback from them, on the longevity of the flower as well as a lot of grateful women pleased they were not getting a dozen red roses AGAIN!
The following year, we had tons of pre orders for the cymbid again, and we never looked back.
This is just one of the arrangements that you can make with a cymbid. When the lower flowers have finished and you are just left with one or two blooms at the top of the stem, you can make these lovely little arrangements. they are great for a bedside table, powder room or you can make multiples and string them down your table.
The Arrangement, x 2
You just need a small vase, a few stones in the bottom and a minimal amount of water, just enough to cover the stones. You don’t want the blossom in water as this will rot your bloom, but be sure to keep an eye on the water level. Cut your stem short and use a bit of greenery, these are from a fern but lily grass is another favorite. These arrangements should last a week to 10 days or even longer.
A stem of cymbid is well worth every penny, try one, you’ll like it.