Choosing the Right Bouquet for Your Party

Posted: November 4th, 2019
Choosing the Right Bouquet for Your Party

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time to host a variety of parties and celebrations. Flowers are the perfect addition to accessorize your table setting, but with so many options it can be difficult to land on a specific bouquet. Your flower choice should always enhance the theme of your setting by accentuating your decor.

Here is a simple guide you can pull out each time you plan a dinner gathering, cocktail party, or celebration event:

Be Mindful of Size

Remember that flowers or plants that are too tall should not be used for dinner party centerpieces. They will obstruct the view of your guests and get in the way of natural socializing during dinner. Tall flowers and plants can be used for walk-around type gatherings, where your guests are less likely to sit down the entire evening. Or placed on a countertop or credenza, this way they will not be in your guest’s way but will still be visible.

Small bouquets of multiple varieties or striking single flowers, work well on dinner tables. There is enough of a floral decor to be noticed and admired by your guests, but not enough to be distracting.

Focus on Subtle Scents

Highly scented flowers may be particularly overwhelming during a social gathering or cocktail party where many women and men will wear their own fragrances; the floral fragrance of flowers can be overpowering and may irritate those with allergies.

Consult with your florist to find out which flowers have more subtle scents and would, Choosing the Right Bouquet for Your Party therefore, be more appropriate for a social gathering.

Consider the colors in your decor

If your party decor is minimalist or natural; flowers can be used to add that splash of color every design craves. If you are throwing a more fabulous and colorful event; white flowers can be stunning and elegant. When you contrast the colors of your flowers with the colors of your decor, you create a powerful and stylish, look where no aspect of your design goes unnoticed.

Don’t overwhelm yourself, Plan ahead

Before visiting your florist, choose a few flower color choices, and do your best to stick with them. You can get easily overwhelmed in a florist shop by all the beauty and choices of flowers and plants and end up choosing too many colors and too many varieties.

If you are looking for holiday-themed bouquets this season, be sure to take a look through our list of holiday bouquets to find the perfect flower arrangement to coincide with your celebrations! Cole’s Flowers in Middlebury, Vermont is dedicated to exceeding all your floral needs. Contact us today to learn more, or to order a custom bouquet!

 

Halloween Bouquets to Decorate Your Home

Posted: October 22nd, 2019
Halloween Bouquets to Decorate Your Home

With a little over a week until Halloween, now is the perfect time to place your orders for Halloween bouquets! When you think about Halloween decorations, flowers may not immediately come to mind, but the bouquets we offer here at Cole’s Flowers this fall season can add a scream of fresh colors to your Halloween décor. They are also a beautiful way to decorate your home this Fall.

Here are a few floral arrangements, perfect for this spooky holiday: 

The Hocus Pocus bouquet is a perfect blend of lavender, black, and green. This unique bouquet is the perfect accessory to bewitch your neighbors with. If you are a fan of the 90s film, starring Bette Midler, you will notice the similarities in color scheme. Our Hocus Pocus bouquet is sure to put a spell on you!

If you prefer to have a few pumpkins in the arrangement to keep it traditional, fear not: we have a few great options. First is the Pumpkin Gathering Autumn Arrangement, which has yellow and orange blooms and a few miniature pumpkins. For a taller accent check out our Toasted Pumpkin Fall Flowers. This arrangement has myrtle, brown seed eucalyptus, curly willow tips, yellow roses, snapdragons, orange gerberas and more, plus decorative aluminum wire, preserved leaves and mini pumpkins.

For something a little lighter in color, check out our Musical Harvest Fall Florals. This bouquet is perfect for decorating your home for the fall season or bringing a bit of extra color to your Halloween décor with yellow sunflowers, daisy and cushion poms, fall leaves and stems of wheat.

Perfect for a centerpiece at a spooky Halloween dinner party is our Setting Sun Floral Design. This bouquet features the bright oranges and yellows of the season with eucalyptus, yellow mums, orange and lilies along with orange roses.

For a bit of pink color that’ll compliment the oranges and reds of the holiday nicely, try ourHalloween Bouquets to Decorate Your Home Dynamic Colors Bouquet. This arrangement features orange and yellow roses, peach snapdragons and green Kermit button poms all in a classic cube vase.

Trust Coles Flowers for all your floral needs this holiday season! Take a look at all of our Halloween arrangements to get a better look and select your favorite arrangement. Place your order online or call us at 802-388-4003 to learn more or to order by phone!

 

Celebrating Sweetest Day with Your Love

Posted: October 4th, 2019
Celebrating Sweetest Day with Your Love

This American holiday, Sweetest Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in October each year and is coming up fast – this year celebrated on Oct. 19th.

Sweetest Day dates back to 1922 when Herbert Birch Kingston, a candymaker in Cleveland, Ohio, decided to distribute candy and small gifts to orphans, people confined to their homes and others, according to a history posted by Hallmark. Kingston’s goal was to bring happiness to people who often feel forgotten, and in the decades since, the idea of spreading Sweetest Day cheer has spanned from family members to significant others and from coworkers to acquaintances.

A great way to spread some love and friendship this Sweetest Day is with a floral or candy gift from Coles Flowers.

Pump Up the Purple Carnation Bouquet

Placed in a classic urn vase, these eye-catching purple flowers will be the talk of the office when you surprise your sweetheart with this bouquet on Sweetest Day. The bold colors will proudly announce your feelings of love and affection and keep them smiling all week.Celebrating Sweetest Day with Your Love

Floral Exuberance Arrangement

Full of warm-colored blossoms, this arrangement is a perfect celebration and representation of the October and autumn season. This beautiful assortment includes orange gerberas, fuchsia stock, dark orange alstroemeria and orange spray roses. Fill friends and family alike full of cheer on Sweetest Day with this arrangement.

Robust Roses and Spray Roses Arrangement

Roses will forever be the ultimate symbol of love, and our Sweetest Day selection would be incomplete without this rosy arrangement. Orange and yellow roses and miniature spray roses create a blissful, attractive bouquet in amber shades. Use the upcoming holiday to brighten up someone’s home and life with this gorgeous arrangement.

Chocolate Lovers’ Basket Gift Basket

 Embrace the “sweet” in Sweetest Day with this chocolate lovers’ basket, full of delicious chocolates perfect for satisfying any sweet tooth. Include balloons or stuffed animals to really put your gift over the top. This basket is perfect for friends, family, loved ones or to put out in the office for anyone who may be forgotten, truly embracing the original tradition of Sweetest Day.

Visit Coles Flowers,  full range of bouquets and gifts or ask about custom-designed gift options online now, or call us today at 802-388-4003 to place your order.

 

 

 

 

Best Flowers For Fall Weddings

Posted: September 24th, 2019
Fall Wedding Flowers

Fall is an extremely popular season for weddings. The weather is just right-not too hot, not too cold, and the beautiful Autumn leaves create the perfect backdrop for a Fall wedding. When it comes to flowers there are many different options to choose from.

Here are a few flower options perfect for a Fall wedding:

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are the most traditional go-to fall flower, and are often referred to as the “Queen of Fall Flowers.” Chrysanthemums bloom in a wide array of colors, which is great news for brides, because there are lots of color options making it easy to match your mums to your wedding’s theme and décor.

DaisiesFall Wedding Flowers

While daisies may seem like they are primarily a summer flower, because they often thought of as yellow, these flowers also bloom in rich, fall colors, such as purples and reds. In dark tones, these flowers are big and beautiful, and will help draw out any other fall colors present in your theme.

Aster

If you’re looking to paint a to-die-for romantic setting at your fall wedding, consider going with purple aster flowers. The deep purple color on these tiny wild-looking flowers will give your wedding an intimate and regal feel. Purple aster is associated with love and patience, two things that are key to a successful marriage.

Snow DropsFall Wedding Flowers

For a unique winter-white bouquet, perfect for a fall wedding easing into the winter season, many couples choose to go with snowdrop flowers. These flowers have petals that turn towards the ground. They are thought to symbolize hope, purity and rebirth.

Weddings are about celebrating you and your spouse and it’s important to choose flowers that are an expression of your love for one another. Let Coles Flowers help you choose the right fall flowers for your wedding! Contact us today to find your perfect wedding bouquet!

 

 

 

American Business Women’s Day

Posted: September 17th, 2019
American Business Women's Day

She manages the day-to-day operations of your office, finds coverage for you when you are sick, keeps procedures running smoothly, and takes the heat when problems arise: She’s your boss, and she deserve plenty of  appreciation for her hard work and dedication.

American Business Women’s Day is observed on September 22nd. The mission is to help female business women grow and gain more opportunities in their field. This is a great reason to gift your female boss a beautiful bouquet of flowers!

At Cole’s Flowers, we have some truly standout arrangements for your standout lady-bosses this American Business Women’s Day.

Savannah Style Floral Arrangement

Make a statement of true appreciation for your supervisor with this fresh flower arrangement full of bright, colorful flowers. Brighten up your workplace with these shades of yellow, pink, green and peach. She will surely love looking at this arrangement all week!

Flor-Elaborate Bouquet

Help your boss channel a spring-like feel this fall with this vibrant assortment of flowers. Yellow lilies dominate this bouquet full of green “Fuji” spider mums, fuchsia miniature spray roses and purple stock. When your supervisor is working late again, she will appreciate this bright pop of color against the dark office.

Bright Before Your Eyes Flower Arrangement

“Memorable” describes this arrangement well. Show you care with red gerberas, orange roses and yellow lilies. This unique arrangement will make your employer feel truly special and important this American Business Women’s Day.

Perk Me Up BouquetAmerican Business Women's Day

A smaller bouquet, this petite option is still bursting with life and is the perfect way to give some quick recognition to multiple bosses and management staff. Give each higher-up a Perk Me Up Bouquet to express your gratitude for their hard work and watch them fill up with joy over this little beauty.

Our list of floral arrangements for  National Boss Day is the perfect selection to choose from to gift your female boss! Learn more or place your order by calling Cole’s Flowers at 802-388-4003 today.

 

Choosing the Right Flowers for the Occasion

Posted: September 4th, 2019
Choosing the Right Flowers for the Occasion

There are many different occasions where flowers are a necessary element. From gift-giving to weddings you can pretty much buy flowers for any event. Although there are many opportunities to buy flowers, not everyone knows which flowers work best with a specific occasion.   

Events like weddings and anniversaries are the type of occasion that brings about much importance for the parties involved, especially those who are directly sharing these special times together. Some popular wedding flowers include: calla lilies, gardenias, roses peonies, baby’s breath.

Flowers that are pale and delicate might work better in the springtime, whereas dark or rich colored flowers would go along well with fall.
Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving are a little different when it comes to flowers. Sure, they are special occasions, but they don’t exude the same feelings of romance and companionship like weddings or anniversaries do.

Popular flowers for Christmas include Christmas cacti or large red poinsettias.Warm Someone’s Heart this Holiday Season with Winter Bouquets

Flowers like chrysanthemums, gerbera daisies, carnations lilies, and marigolds work well during Thanksgiving.
Finally, holiday’s such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Valentine’s Day will be the holidays that bring about your classier flowers. For all three of these holidays, especially Valentine’s Day, roses would be the go-to flower to provide.

Various shades of red, white and yellow can be used on any one of these occasions and would suffice as the perfect gift for your loved ones. Flowers can be used any time of the year and can be given to people for any type of occasion, but you can always mix it up with the different types of flowers that are available to coincide with each holiday.

No matter what the event, Coles Flowers in Middlebury, VT has all the arrangements for your floral needs! Our designers will create fascinating floral arrangements just for you. Call us today to learn more! 

Don’t forget your grandparents this September 8th! Order your custom bouquets now!

Back to School Flowers For Your Teacher

Posted: August 20th, 2019
Back to School Flowers

Summer is coming to an end which means it is time for back-to-school preparations. If you are a parent, the end of summer is most likely a sigh of relief. As you get organized buying new clothes for the first day of school and checking off the school supply list, you may also be looking for the first day of school gift for the teacher. This is a great way to make a good impression and make your child’s teacher feel welcomed on their first day back.

Cole’s Flowers offers a variety of back to school floral arrangements to brighten the teacher’s first day of school. Cole’s Del Sol Lily Bouquet includes a beautiful Jordan Vase with bright yellow lily’s– perfect for a pop of color in the classroom!

When preparing for back to school, you don’t just have the teacher to think about. Don’t forget to thank the sitter, camp counselor or grandparent that made your child’s summer extra special!

 Thank you flowers like the Brilliant Basket
Arrangement
is a beautiful and kind gesture to show your appreciation. This brightly colored basket includes an assortment of flowers like hot pink roses, snapdragons, and orange liliesBack to School Flowers

If you are the parent of college students, send them off with the popular Junk Food Basket! Filled with chips, candy, and other treats, this filling send-off is the perfect way to say goodbye and good luck during the new semester.

After all of your hard work this summer, take the time to treat yourself! Reward yourself by selecting a beautiful flower arrangement to decorate your kitchen or office. Oh, Happy Day features red asiatic lilies, blue delphinium, and lavender mini carnations!

Visit Coles Flowers in Middlebury, VT for high-quality arrangements and personable service! Place your back-to-school floral order online now or call Cole’s Flowers at 802-388-4003 today!

Signs of Overwatering/ Underwatering in Houseplants

Posted: August 1st, 2019
Signs of Overwatering/ Underwatering in Houseplants

There are many benefits to having plants in your home. They help to purify the air, reduce stress, reduce your chances of getting sick, and help you breathe better. Although plants are so great for us, it can be hard to maintain their overall health.  Maybe you forgot to water your peace lily for a couple weeks or left your Aloe plant I the sun for too long. As long as your plant isn’t completely dead, chances are you can easily revive them with some simple care tips.

The first thing you have to do is determine what the problem is.

Underwatering

Inspect the leaves and soil. This will help you figure out what is wrong with your plant. Dry, dead leaves are a sign of dehydration, which means your plant is not being watered properly. Another sign of dehydration is dry crumbly soil at the root.

OverwateringSigns of Overwatering/ Underwatering in Houseplants

An overwatered plant is essentially drowning. There are a few signs that will indicate that you are watering your plant too frequently. These signs include:

  • Wilting
  • Brown leaves
  • Yellow falling leaves
  • Root rot
  • Droopy

 

If your plant is displaying any of these signs it is best to change their soil, move them to a shady are and be sure that their pot is draining properly.

A pot that doesn’t have drainage holes or inadequate drainage will retain water, so even if you aren’t actually overwatering it, the pot is retaining water which can still lead to an overwatered plant.

If your plant has been overwatered, only water it when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. If the soil appears wet/moist it does not need to be watered right away.

With these tips, you should be able to figure out a better watering schedule for you plants and learn the signs of overwatering and underwatering. If you are looking for an easy plant to care for, consider a Dumb Cane Plant from Cole’s Flowers. Dumb Canes are great plants for your office and home. They also help to cleanse the air of toxins and require minimal care. 

Cole’s Flowers, in Middlebury, VT, is your source for plants and beautiful floral arrangements for any occasion. Check out our plant selection here!

 

 

Preserving Your Flower Bouquets

Posted: July 15th, 2019
Preserving Your Flower Bouquets

Flowers are beautiful gift to give to your loved one, but what happens when they begin to wilt and become unsightly? Most people don’t know how to care for flowers once they have them which is the key reason why most bouquets end up dying on a dining room table until they are ultimately thrown away. Of course, the beautiful bouquet you received won’t last forever but, there are a few steps you can take to keep them fresher longer and looking their absolute best.

One of the most important things to remember when you receive a bouquet of flowers is to care for them. Yes, they are pretty, but they do require a bit of attention to maintain that beauty.Preserving Your Flower Bouquets

Most bouquets come with flower food, don’t neglect this small package.

If your bouquet came with flower food, read the instructions carefully and do as it says.

The next thing you should do when you receive a bouquet of flowers is to trim the ends.

By cutting the stems you allow the flower to soak up the maximum amount of water which will keep the flowers hydrated and healthy. It’s best to cut off about one inch and to cut them at an angle for maximum water intake.

It is also important to change the water frequently (every 2-3 days) to decrease the build-up of bacteria.

Lastly, you can refrigerate your flowers at night to maximize freshness. 

Refrigerating flowers at 34-36 degrees Fahrenheit helps to slow their metabolism rate and stop them from wilting.

With these simple tips, you can get the most out of your bouquets by extending their lifetime.

Remember to check Cole’s Flowers blog for different flower tips and tricks. Visit our shop to browse our wide selection of beautiful custom bouquets!

 

Flowers for Father’s Day

Posted: June 13th, 2019
Flowers for Father’s Day

This special day is dedicated to dads, grandfathers, uncles, and any special man in your life. Father’s Day is a time to celebrate fathers across the world for all they do to positively impact the lives of their children. Often times, people don’t realize the sacrifices and hard work that goes in to being a dad. This year show your dad how much you love him by honoring him with special gift.

So, what do you give the man that gave you life? Flowers for Father’s Day

 There is an old saying that goes, “Give people their flowers while they can still smell them.” Although this can be taken literally, it has a deeper meaning that we should show appreciation to our loved ones while they can experience it.

Here are some fun activities to enjoy with your dad:

Spa day- Pampering isn’t just for women, and chances are it has been a long time since your dad had a good manicure-if ever! Treat your dad to a soothing spa day with a massage and personal grooming.  This will not only make him look better but he will feel refreshed and relaxed.

Backyard BBQ- Most dad’s love grilling outdoors but now it’s your time to shine! Show your dad that all his years of manning the grill paid off by grilling him the perfect steak.

Take him to the movies- Most fathers are too busy working or taking care of the house to get a chance to go to catch their favorite movie in theatre. This Father’s Day treat your dad to a special night out at the movies. Check out upcoming mFlowers for Father’s Dayovie releases here.

After a relaxing day at the spa, now is the perfect time to actually give your dad flowers! Cole’s Flowers has a wide selection of flowers just for dad. Browse our custom-made arrangements and our selection of plants. We offer local delivery in Middlebury, VT and surrounding areas.

Make this Father’s Day one to remember!