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Holiday Cheer

Things are feeling festive here at Bloomsbury Park Flowers!  Our string lights are up and the shop is fully stocked with rustic birch candles, vases in cheerful holiday colors, and all kinds of seasonal plants: Delicate Hellebores, deep red Amaryllis, Cyclamen in shocking pink, and fragrant Paper Whites planted with moss in birch vessels.

Flowers and plants have a way of lifting our spirits as the weather gets colder.  They add splashes of scent and color to our rooms and heighten our sense of home as haven.  We hope to see you in the shop soon!

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Beating the Winter Blues With Succulent Gardens

Beat the winter blues this season with a lush succulent garden or terrarium from Bloomsbury Park Flowers!  Beautiful and easy to care for--simply place near bright, filtered light and water sparingly--succulent gardens and terrariums make wonderful office gifts, home decor, and even long-term centerpieces.  

The Bloomsbury Park team has been having lots of fun creating different arrangements using a variety of plants including Begonias, Pilea, Miniature Jade, and Echevarias.

Check them out in the gallery below and stop in at the shop to pick one up for a friend, relative, or just for you.


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Season of Thanks

It's the season of thanks and here at Bloomsbury Park Flowers, we're feeling so grateful and privileged to work with such a beautiful medium every day!  With Thanksgiving just over two weeks a way, we're busily preparing for the holiday rush.  Visit our Union Street location or check out our website to order some gorgeous flowers to brighten up your holiday table.  Our Autumn 2014 gallery includes a large section of pre-designed arrangements (like the ones pictured below).

We're also happy to create a custom-designed arrangement to perfectly suit your holiday decorations.  Just give us a call at 617-916-0343 or fill out our online order form to tell us more about what you're looking for.  This Fall, we're particularly loving using seasonal blooms, including miniature pumpkins in our arrangements, and incorporating rustic baskets as vessels for our designs.

Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon! 

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Exciting New Vessels for the Holiday Season

Autumn has officially arrived!  Here at Bloomsbury Park flowers, we’re “falling” in love with some gorgeous new additions to our vessel collection.

The new arrivals include the petite, gold “Jenny” vase (also available in silver).

"Jenny" vase

"Jenny" vase

We envision the “Jenny” vase as excellent seasonal accent vessel for a side table, entrance, or powder room arrangement.  

We’re also introducing two new vases that are real statement pieces. First, we have the silver mercury “Milk Jug” vase:

"Milk Jug" vase

"Milk Jug" vase

The “Milk Jug” vase would be stunning placed on a mantle, or as a centerpiece for a holiday party.  Next, we have the sleek “Chaz” vase, which can also be used as a planter: 

"Chaz" vase

"Chaz" vase

The “Chaz” vase doubles as an elegant centerpiece vessel, or as a container for graceful orchids and other plants.

Finally, we’re currently also featuring rustic “Hobnail” jars.

"Hobnail" vase

"Hobnail" vase

These jars add just the right amount of cheery character to highlight the flowers in a gift arrangement for your friend, loved one, or perhaps just for yourself!

We look forward to seeing you in the shop soon.

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Jewish High Holiday Arrangements!

L'shana tova! Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner! Ask about our centerpieces specifically designed for the Jewish New Year! A perfect gift for your host/hostess or for your own family's holiday celebration. Also great for the Yom Kippur break-fast, and even for decorating your sukkah! Here are some examples.

First is our "Sweet New Year" arrangement featuring gorgeous, golden pomegranates! $45 - $85. As shown here in the medium size, $65.
 

And, here is our "Season of New Fruit" arrangement featuring vivid, bright colors sprinkled with fun pomegranates! $45 - $85. As shown here in the medium size, $65.

Interested in placing an order? Give us a call at 617.916.0343 or start your order online.

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Fall into our autumn gallery!

The mornings are getting cooler, the evening air a bit more crisp than it used to be. It all points to one thing: autumn in New England! Yes, we're sad to see summer go, but Fall is our favorite season here at Bloomsbury Park!

We're so excited about our new autumn gallery, and the Fall favorites we're bringing into the store - like decorative green and purple kale, peach amaryllis, plum dahlias, orange roses, curly willow, berries, and so much more!

Our new "Harvest Table" centerpiece arrangement!

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Summer fun!

Why is blue hydrangea such a summer favorite? Is it because it's so seasonally appropriate... or... maybe because it's the color of the beach?!

Want to celebrate the beach weather with a gorgeous floral arrangement? Surf our summer gallery!

"Summer Breeze" with a starfish!

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Getting ready for Mother's Day...

Happy May Day!

We're getting our window display ready for Mother's Day. The countdown begins!

Want to start considering what to send Mom this year? Check out our extensive Spring gallery, with arrangements designed specifically for Mother's Day!

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Valentine's Day: Think Beyond the Dozen Roses!

An edited version of this post appeared in print in the February issue of Newton Life Magazine.

Orange calla lilies, magenta orchids and pincushion protea complement dark red roses in this Bloomsbury Park design.

Long stemmed red roses are a Valentine’s Day tradition. But what if you want to truly surprise someone with an exciting twist on the classic custom?

As we prepare for Valentine’s Day here at Bloomsbury Park Flowers in Newton Centre, we’re recommending three modern upscale trends that will transform your flowers into a one-of-a-kind statement.

  1. Go compact and modern. Long stemmed roses are timeless. But a full and compact arrangement in a low distinctive vase becomes an opulent gem. One twist on this concept is a “rose hedge” – short cut stems arrayed upright together to give you the sense of having your own tabletop rose garden.
  2. Make a romantic ensemble. Roses are certainly romantic, but including other flowers can deliver a more unique message such as passion, fondness or flirtatiousness. Orchids and calla lilies complement roses perfectly with their posh ornamentation. And, pincushion protea – an exotic bloom – explodes with energy against the stately red rose.
  3. Be bold with color. Red evokes love and desire, but other palettes can be equally romantic. All-white bouquets are clean, sophisticated and elegant, and are suggestive of purity and perfection. Dark purple is another great choice for a sumptuous and extravagant arrangement that evokes royalty and luxury.

Remember that every love is unique – so don’t be afraid to think outside the dozen roses this coming Valentine’s Day.

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Just add hot chocolate and marshmallows...

We can't believe that winter's here already! But just because nature is looking cold and bleak outside doesn't mean that winter arrangements can't warm your heart (awwww). Come check out the evergreens, berries, seasonal colored roses, gilded pine cones, glass ornaments and more that we're using to deck out our vases and bouquets this holiday season!

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It's September. Which means that...

Autumn is in full bloom at Bloomsbury Park today! We're ready for the season with baskets of small pumpkins, decorative gourds, fall colored flowers, and a must-see window display to welcome the new academic year!

Falling into Autumn at Bloomsbury Park.

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Houseplant Care Tips...

You know the saying "don't reinvent the wheel"...? - Well with that in mind, I came across this really cute blog post about how to care for houseplants. It is really straightforward, reassuring, and pretty much covers the basic tips I've picked up along the way. Enjoy! http://powazek.com/posts/2352

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High Holiday Orders and Fundraiser!

Place your orders now for the Jewish Holidays - table centerpieces, hostess bouquets, deliveries, plants, and more!

We are also excited to be working with participating synagogues in the area on their holiday fundraisers - to find out if your community is participating, or to inquire about further opportunities, please give us a call. 

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Wedding Bouquet Trends and Q&A with Pre-Dame!

Check out our Q&A with  Pre-Dame: A Beauty Guide for the Everyday Girl, where we talked about four different wedding design trends! 

1) Pods and Foliage - Using pods in bridal bouquets has been a trend for a while now, including Eucalyptus, Lotus, and Scabiosa pods. In the summer time, Poppy pods are abundant at the market. This bouquet blends together Poppy pods and extra foliage for a natural, green style with some pops of color. The bouquet shown here includes Poppy pods, Eucalyptus, and Variegated Aspidistra with purple Roses and plum Dahlias. The bouquet has been wrapped in a simple plum-colored ribbon.

2) Airplants - Succulent plants have become increasingly popular at weddings. To take the trend a step further, brides are now including Airplants, like the Tillandsias seen in this bouquet. The silvery-green of the Tillandsias and Dusty Miller tone down the bright, warm hues of the Roses and Ranunculus. The bouquet is wrapped with both natural raffia and silver wire to give it a sense of bringing the old together with the new.

3) Gilded Accents - This bouquet is a current update on the classic all-white bouquet. Gold leaf florets are mixed among the ivory cabbage and ivory hybrid-tea roses. A soft gold sparkle dresses up the white hydrangea, and delicate gold-striped ribbon has been Roman-braided along the stems.

4) “Hand-Picked” Look - This trend continues to be popular with brides and is meant to appear as though the blooms have been freshly gathered from the field. This bouquet, which is both rustic and whimsical, includes Nigella, Astilbe, Mums, Anemones, Brunia, and Ruscus. Many brides are also asking for fresh herbs in their bouquets. This bouquet also includes “Mentha Jocka” -which gives it a wonderful, minty smell. Other herbs which brides are asking for include; Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, and Lavender. A loosely-tied double-looped bow finishes off this bouquet.
— Posted on Pre-Dame: A Beauty Guide for the Everyday Girl

Check out the full write-up and interview here!

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Hello Summer...and New Window Display!

We are excited to show off our new Summer window display - "Holiday on the Riviera." Attached are a few photos to give you a sneak peak. 

If you missed our original Spring display - "Tea for Two" - you can see it in our Google Local 360-degree virtual tour!

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on our favorite Summer flowers. Also, FYI we now have a nice stock of leafy, green 6" houseplants if you are looking for something to liven up your home/office that is easy to take care of. 

Hope to see you soon! Enjoy the pics!  - Kayla

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Secrets for Extending the Life of Your Cut Flowers

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Customers often ask me how to keep their flowers looking great at home! 

I recently discovered a fun blog called Design Mom, and in this article, the author Gabrielle Blair lists the top ten secrets for extending the life of cut flowers. She really breaks it down for you and takes you through all the details - and the article has pretty pictures too!

Certain flowers require specific kinds of care to look their best and I will always be sure to go through that with you in the store. 

 

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The Great Gatsby and Gorgeous Flowers

I finally saw the Great Gatsby film last night and thought it was pretty good! The sweeping views of fictional East and West Egg, detail-rich clothing and accessories, and the roar and indulgences of the jazz-age era, brought to life by director Baz Luhrmann, were all a sight to be seen. But, I have to say what got me really excited were the vast and ample displays of floral arrangements throughout the film! Apparently, I wasn't the only one who noticed either - a quick survey of other sites online proves that "Gatsby" is making an impression this year - in fashion and flowers! Below are some pics from the film! -Kayla

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Mother's Day Specials Arriving in the Store!

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Mother's Day Specials Arriving in the Store!

Begonias

So much good stuff coming in to Bloomsbury Park Flowers for Mother's Day, which is this Sunday! Fresh Lilacs! Colorful Begonias and Pink Hydrangea Plants! "Coral Charm" Peonies, very fragrant Freesia, and more! Don't forget to place your order by this Wednesday, May 8th for 15% off!

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