Monday, December 28, 2020

Protea Brenda

In the language of flowers, protea is said to symbolize diversity and courage… and if Brenda had her own special language, she would be the symbol of resilience too! When asked to describe this gorgeous bloom, the first words that come to mind are hot pink and faux. The dark pink bracts or petals which surround Brenda are shiny and durable not soft and velvety like many other protea. STUNNING. And, perfect if you’re into self-care and hoping to start 2021 off on the right foot.

As COVID continues to impact our daily lives, flowers are more vital than ever for our health and well-being (apparently, pink flowers, that often convey a message of romance, also stand for love for one’s self… which, by the way, is super important right now). While navigating through the challenges of this “new normal”, they’ll bring a much-needed dose of happiness to break anyone out of a stress-induced funk.

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Photo by @constantiapera

Finally, as a reminder… no one needs a reason to ask if they deserve flowers today - the answer will always be YES!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Leucadendron Inca Gold

Looking for a winter pick-me-up? With one step into a field of Inca Gold, you can escape to a ‘botanical retreat’ filled with rays of golden sunshine, leaving the winter blues behind. Yes, Leucadendron, please! Who doesn’t love a burst of sunshine on a cold, dreary day? This popular cultivar (which is absolutely stunning during this time of the year) is believed to be a hybrid of L. laureolum and L. salignum yellow. The rich buttery-yellow flowering bracts (think Illuminating) with red tips do not open wide like many Leucadendrons as they tend to keep a closed tulip-like shape.

There’s no doubt the color yellow sparks a broad spectrum of emotions in all of us. While it can be playful and radiant, yellow can also be unforgiving and ominous, which makes it a wildly fascinating hue.

The many facets of the color yellow reveal its extremely impactful spirit.

Yellow can liven up any space instantly. It is, perhaps, one of the easiest ways to bring sunshine indoors and enjoy the soothing energy of nature while relaxing in your home. Yellow advances from surrounding colors and enlarges any space. It mimics a sun-filled space, creating feelings of liveliness and good cheer.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Welcome Winter’s Color Palettes with Festive Flowers

As 2021 (finally) draws nearer, we usher in winter with eager anticipation for the season’s many celebrations and, of course, its breath-taking blooms.

Discover the possibilities for this winter with our assemblage of floral creations. Featuring Proteas that indulge in the season’s warm color palettes, these unique designs will stir creativity and ignite holiday spirits well into the New Year.

A mix of lush pinks and subdued burgundy combined with forest greens create a quintessentially cheery holiday ambiance. To add more depth + dimension to a winter arrangement, showcase festive blooms, like Pink Minks and Bankisa menziesii.

Winter would not be complete without a wreath or two. Here, eucalyptus, Banksia intergrifolia and Grevillea Ivanhoe foliage set an idyllic base for textural eucalyptus pods, Leucadendron and colorful Protea, adding wonderful texture to complement the wreath's greenery.

Inspired by the season’s cold-weather hues, the crisp, whites and pale creams of Protea, Sugarbush + White Hawk and Leucadendron comprise an elegant winter palette in this wreath.

A gathering of bright, colorful Leucadendron Duet + Maui Sunset combined with warm neutral Protea obtusifolia + nitida create a radiant winter display.

Rich in texture and colors, Protea Cere and Brenda with burgundy lilies and chocolate callas. Stems of agonis, Leucadendron, Grevillea Flowers and peach blossoms add movement and a “spring feel” to this seasonal bouquet.

Winter jewel tones, like yellow citrine, emerald-green and turquoise, are the standout of this seasonal color scheme. The saturated hues and contrasting textures of the Protea, Leucospermum and feathery acacia further intensify the warmth of this display.

Friday, December 18, 2020

2021 Colors of the Year: Ultimate Gray & Illuminating

It's an annual announcement: Come early December we all eagerly wait for the experts at Pantone to release the Color of the Year, forecasting a shade that they believe will set the tone for the year ahead.

This year, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards, Pantone, has selected "Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating" for colors of the year 2021 (yes, two colors). In an official press release, Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, states, “The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope.”

Pantone emphasized that a hue of yellow, called Illuminating, will help to fill people with "energy, clarity and hope" to conquer the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality.

"Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power."

On the other hand, Ultimate Gray evokes feelings based on solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.

Ultimate Gray is also the color of pebbles on the beach and found on natural elements whose "weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time."

"Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience," added the company.

When it comes to flowers and foliage which are appreciated for their immense color selection, symbolic meanings + overall “happy” nature, Pantone’s color selection is perfect. Yellow has historically been used to kindle joy and inspired positivity. Here’s just a few of our floral faves to look for in 2021.

Leucospermum High Gold

Leucadendron Inca Gold

Leucadendron Pisa

Leucadendron Gold Strike


Grevillea Moonlight

Eucalyptus Tetragona

Leucadendron Galpinii

Whether Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are used as a pair or independently, these versatile colors will hopefully inspire creative ways of thinking and help move us forward with the optimism for a better tomorrow.