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!

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

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!

Why You Should Talk to Your Plants

Posted: May 20th, 2019
Why You Shoul Talk to You Plants

Just like any living creature, plants need “food” and water to survive, but these complex living organisms thrive with the help of other elements like sunlight, compost, and… a good talking-to?

Many horticulturalists believe that talking to your plants can result in better growth cycles. According to a study conducted by MythBusters, plants that were exposed to recorded soundtracks performed better and grew faster than plants that were grown in a silent environment. In this experiment, MythBusters used three different control groups. One group was exposed to recordings of pleasant, loving praise. Another group was exposed to recordings of cruel insults and the last group was completely silent. Both the positive and negative recordings plant groups performed about the same-although we don’t recommend hurling insults at your Dumb Cane Plant– it can be concluded that plants respond to the vibrations of sound, not necessarily the context of speech.Why You Should Talk to Your Plants

Although plants don’t have nerve cells like humans, scientists have proven that plants have neurotransmitters that produce dopamine and serotonin.

In another study conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society, 10 plants were exposed to recordings of both men and women. Researchers believe that the plants would respond better to the male voice but, after a month the plants that had been attached to the female voices grew an average of an inch taller than those exposed to the male voice.

Talking to your plant also helps establish a relationship and will help you remember to routinely water and ensure that it receives adequate sunlight.

There are many benefits to having a plant in your home which includes air purifying, reducing stress, and reducing background noise. If you are interested in adding a new plant to your home, consider Coles Flowers in Middlebury, VT. Cole’s Flowers provides professional service and high-quality floral items. Browse our extensive selection of plants today

Fresh Florals that are Allergy Friendly

Posted: September 21st, 2018
Fresh Florals

Unfortunately, fresh flowers often prove to be unpleasant to people with pollen allergies. However, all is not lost for the people that get sneezy in the presence of some florals.

Many allergy-friendly floral alternatives offer allergy sufferers a simple, sneeze-free way to enjoy fresh floral arrangements.

Lilies

As a pollen-free blossom, lilies lack the substance that triggers most allergy sufferers. Due to their lower levels of fragrance, asiatic lilies are least likely to result in headaches for those sensitive to strong smells. Lilies are colorful and bold, with colors ranging from soft pastels to bright oranges. These flowers are perfect for bringing the happiness of flowers to those who have trouble typically enjoying them.

Snapdragons

With minimal fragrance, snapdragons don’t shed much pollen, making them a great flower for those with allergies. These unique flowers represent graciousness and fascination, and their interesting shape makes them eye-catching among other flowers. Snapdragons are a festive addition to bouquets and are an allergy-friendly flower for all occasions.

Daffodils

Gorgeous yellow daffodils are one flower that are least likely to trigger allergy symptoms, making them a preferred choice in the realm of allergy-friendly florals. As a symbol of rebirth, daffodils are a symbol of cheer and fortune. Though most commonly found in shades of yellow, daffodils can also come in other shades such as orange and pink.

Cole’s Flowers is your full-service florist serving Middlebury, VT, and surrounding areas, family owned and operated.

Benefits of Ordering from Your Local Florist

Posted: July 9th, 2018
Fresh Floral Arrangement at Coles Flowers

Flowers bring joy and light into the world, making them the most suitable, all-purpose decoration and a gorgeous gift for any loved one.

Although you can often find flowers at numerous locations throughout your town, there are many benefits to ordering from your local florist.

Fresh Florals

Local florists focus solely on taking care of their precious flowers. Through ensuring they receive proper nutrition and changing the water, to storing the flowers at the right temperature, local florists are professionals who boast their specialized stash of fresh flowers. Places like supermarkets often receive flowers they fail to care for properly, leading to duller flowers that last for less time.

Vibrant Variety

Many local florists double as greenhouses where they grow their own flowers and plants. Local florists therefore offer large varieties of beautiful blooms, from seasonal treasures to all-time favorites. These locally grown plants look and smell fresher than ones you may find at a store, which may wilt in a few days depending on how it was stored before it found its way to your home.

Creative Combinations

Stores often sell mass-produced, premade bouquets containing a few different types of flowers bunched together the same way as the other bouquets behind it. On the other hand, local florists create stunning arrangements and combinations of flowers to suit different moods, seasons, and holidays! These artists use their expertise to mix together numerous types of flowers in varying spectacular colors, inventing awesome arrangements for every occasion.

Riveting Recommendations

We gift beautiful bouquets to our friends, coworkers, and family members to lift them up, celebrate their accomplishments, congratulate them for a new job, or to help them feel better. These important events require only the best bouquets to get your message across. Local florists work with you to provide recommendations for the best type of flowers to suit your needs, answering any questions and showing you possible floral combinations on the spot.

Trust Cole’s Flowers for local, fresh, vibrant, and creative arrangements perfect for all occasions!