Preserving Your Bridal Bouquet: 4 Ways to Do It

Posted: September 16th, 2020
Bridal Bouquets & Wedding Flowers in Middlebury, VT

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone, so it makes sense that you would want to hold onto as many mementos as possible from that special day. A popular tradition among brides is preserving the bouquet they carefully selected and carried down the aisle.

While you could always have your flowers preserved by a professional, there are a few easy DIY options you can do at home if you want to save money or just have the experience of doing it yourself. Try one of the methods below to turn your bridal bouquet into an everlasting keepsake!

1) Press your flowers

Place the flowers from your bridal bouquet between two pieces of parchment or wax paper (one underneath and one on top). Close them between a heavy book, such as a textbook or phonebook, and weigh it down with a few more items on top. Leave for 7-10 days and voila! The press method is perfect for framing flowers for the wall or gluing them into your guestbook.

2) Immerse in silica gel

Silica gel removes moisture from its surrounding environment and will preserve the shape and color of your bridal bouquet. Pick some up at any craft store and create a bed layer in an airtight container that can fit your flowers. Place the flowers on the gel layer, then cover them fully among the petals with more gel, taking care not to compromise the shape. Let them sit for one week.

3) Preserve in resin

Resin is a fun way to turn bridal flowers into unique décor! Head to the craft store and grab a mold of your desired shape—a heart, initials, etc.—and some clear epoxy resin. Fill the mold halfway with the resin, then carefully arrange the flowers how you want them to look in the liquid. Once set, fill the rest of the mold to the top and let it dry.

4) Hang your bouquet to dry

Although the colors of your flowers may be a little more muted with this method, it is your simplest option. Tie your bouquet together tightly and hang it upside down somewhere warm and dry, such as the inside of a cabinet, for several weeks. If you can dry them in a spot that’s also dark, this will help preserve as much of the color and scent as possible.

For help crafting a one-of-a-kind custom bridal bouquet you’ll want to preserve and look upon for years to come, enlist Cole’s Flowers to take care of your wedding flowers! Our bouquets range from traditional to modern in style and are available with all the embellishments necessary to make it feel like you.

Call us today at 802-388-4003 to discuss all of your wedding flower needs!

How to Resurrect Your Dying Flowers

Posted: September 2nd, 2020
Flowers for Delivery in Middlebury, VT

Fresh-cut flowers are a beautiful addition to your home. They infuse life, color, and aroma in your space and brighten up the entire room. Unfortunately, it always seems that once you bring home a fresh arrangement or bouquet, it only takes a few days for the flowers to begin to wilt.

But if you walk by your flowers and notice they’re looking worse for the wear, don’t start planning their funeral just yet. Try these steps to bring them back to life and you just might be able to enjoy them for longer than you thought!

Snip the stems.

When flowers in your house start to die, it’s usually because the bottom of their stems are drying out and absorbing less water. If you see them starting to wilt, cut off these dead ends at about one inch from the bottom of the stems. Be sure to cut them at an angle, to increase the amount of surface area for maximum water absorption, and to keep the stems from resting directly on the bottom of the vase, where they will be unable to get the water they need.

Refresh the water.

Dump out and refill your vase with lukewarm water when you remove the flowers to cut the stems. This will help eliminate any bacteria that may have been lurking (flower food can often attract bacteria growth) and killing your flowers. Warm water also helps to open the stems, travels up them faster, and can loosen any tissue blockages along the way.

*Just be sure to double check that the type of flowers you have can tolerate warm water. Most can without a problem, but better safe than sorry.

Add plant food.

Give your flowers a boost of nutrients with an extra serving of plant food. You can get packaged plant food at your local flower shop or just use sugar from your pantry. When flowers are cut from the plant, they lose a lot of the naturally-produced sugars that help them thrive. Adding the packaged food or a little extra sugar will extend the life of your flowers and promote growth.

Did you intervene too late to save your dying blooms? Order yourself a brand-new bouquet from Cole’s Flowers in Middlebury! We have gorgeous bouquets and arrangements available for delivery for every season and occasion you can think of.

Give us a call at 802-388-4003 to order some new life for your home!

What Do These Common Bouquet Flowers Mean?

Posted: July 15th, 2020
Flower Delivery in Middlebury, VT

Flowers can serve many different purposes—brightening up indoor and outdoor spaces, decorating for a special celebration, and the perfect gift for almost any occasion. But when you’re giving flowers as a gift, you’re also using them to send a message. Different flowers, colors, and arrangements can convey different messages, so the ones you choose matter.

Check out the symbolism behind some of the most common bouquet flowers below, so the next time you want to show someone how you feel, you know exactly which ones will craft the perfect message!

Lily

Lilies are a pure and innocent flower. They represent modesty, sweetness, and sometimes, sympathy. The exact meaning will depend on the type of lily you choose.

Best Occasions: Wedding (calla lilies, lily of the valley), Funerals/Loss (white stargazer lily)

Carnation

When it comes to expressing any kind of love, you can’t go wrong with carnations. These beauties mean love, admiration, and good luck. Different colors symbolize different types of love.

Best Occasions: Mother’s Day (pink), Anniversary (dark red), Graduation (white)

Roses for Sale & Delivery near Middlebury, VTRose

Everybody knows the rose as the flower of love and passion. But its meaning can go deeper to also symbolize happiness, enchantment, gratitude, and appreciation. Like the carnation, the exact meaning of a rose depends on its color.

Best Occasions: Anniversary (red), Birthday (pink), Valentine’s Day (red or lavender), Miss You (peach)

Aster

Aster is typically used as an accent flower in many types of bouquets. It symbolizes love, daintiness, wisdom, faith, and patience.

Best Occasions: New Baby, Anniversary, Easter

Orchid

The orchid is considered a flower of rare, exotic beauty. It is representative of love, sensuality, delicacy and fertility.

Best Occasions: Prom, Wedding, Anniversary, New Baby

Gerbera

Gerberas are a type of daisy known for their bright, attractive colors. As such, they tend to convey cheerfulness, happiness, and energy. They can also be used to symbolize loyalty.

Best Occasions: Just Because, New Baby, Birthday

At Cole’s Flowers, we craft our bouquets with a wide variety of different flowers and colors to help you send the right message for every occasion! If you’re not sure which ones will best express how you feel, our flower specialists are always on hand to help you decide on the perfect arrangement.

Stop into our shop or give us a call at 802-388-4003 to get started with your order!

Planning Your Valentine’s Day Romance

Posted: January 14th, 2020

With Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away, it is not too soon to start looking into floral gifts for your special someone. Instead of rushing to the grocery store to find a generic bouquet, do something different this year by preordering your Valentine’s Day bouquet. Making your flower plans in advance will save a great deal of time and stress!  classic-dozen-roses2.425

There are a variety of options to choose from to celebrate the one you love: 

Love is Eternal

Our Love is Eternal bouquet is one of our more mellow Valentine’s Day arrangements. The bouquet uses ivory roses, pink and white stargazer lilies, and white anemones to create a sweet look. This particular arrangement also has bells of Ireland, snapdragons, hydrangeas, and peach hypericum. Overall, this bouquet is the sweetest!

Embraceable You

The Embraceable You arrangement is in the same family as the Our Love is Eternal bouquet but pops more with even more color. This particular bouquet uses shades of pink to make its statement, featuring hot pink hydrangeas, light pink lilies, hot pink roses, pink tulips, pink gerbera daisies, and more! Pink shades wrap all throughout this gift and are perfect for an arrangement named for a warm hug.

Charismatic Crimson

The Charismatic Crimson arrangement takes a page from the Embraceable You bouquet, but instead uses vibrant shades of red instead of pink, to say “I Love You.” This statement features roses, gerberas, carnations, spray roses, and alstroemeria to create a bold and vivid statement. This is an excellent piece for romantic gestures – after all, red is the color of love.

Red Roses and Wispy White Accent Flowers

Speaking of red roses, you can never go wrong with a traditional Valentine’s Day bouquet. Our team can create a custom arrangement of red roses, dressed up with accenting white waxflowers, silver eucalyptus, and leather leaf. This statement piece bouquet is sure to make an impression they won’t soon forget!

After ordering your Valentine’s Day bouquet from Coles Flowers, try planning a romantic night to share with your significant other. 

Here are a few tips for planning the evening:

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  • Instead of going out to a busy restaurant, spend the night inside. 
  • Create a romantic vibe in your home by using candles, scattering rose petals and playing soft music. 
  • If you feel confident in your cooking skills, prepare a meal, and incorporate some of their favorite foods. There are a variety of options for preparing a romantic meal, but if you really want to take it up a notch, consider incorporating a few 
  • If you’d rather skip the meal prep, use a private catering service instead
  • You can set the dinner table with a romantic centerpiece bouquet and taper candles. 
  • After dinner, nestle up with your loved one and watch a romantic film, or you can head out for a nightcap and dessert! 

With these simple tips, you can plan the perfect night of romance for your loved one this Valentine’s Day! 

Be sure to browse our full Valentine’s Day selection to find the perfect choice, then place your order online or call Cole’s Flowers at 802-388-4003 to order your floral arrangement today! 

 

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!