Friday, December 29, 2023

Peach Fuzz: Pantone Color of the Year 2024

As has become an annual year-end tradition, the Pantone color of 2024 has finally been revealed. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “In seeking a hue that echoes our innate yearning for closeness and connection, we chose a color radiant with warmth and modern elegance. A shade that resonates with compassion, offers a tactile embrace, and effortlessly bridges the youthful with the timeless.”

PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, as it’s officially called, is described as a “velvety gentle peach tone, whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul.” A shade between pink and orange, this lovely hue with a vintage vibe brings belonging and inspires recalibration. It's warm and cozy, highlighting our desire for togetherness and the feeling of safety.

Sensitive but sweet and airy, Peach Fuzz is described as 'quietly sophisticated' with gentle depth and a 'contemporary ambiance' that evokes a new modernity. It's a color that creates a welcoming and comforting ambience in and around the home, whether appearing in home furnishings, floral designs or even in the garden.

Looking through our collection of floral creations, we have several designs where peach is the focal color.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Laurina: The Pincushion Hakea

There's nothing like discovering new flowers and foliage, and feeling the amazement that their unique colors, forms, and textures bring. Even better is the realization that these unique florals will give you inspiration and enjoyment in the years to come.

The quest to find extraordinary botanicals is part of the learning process for many florists and designers. However, we know that searching for the “new and unusual” can be quite time-consuming. So, our mission has been, and it will always be, to make as many “cool and extraordinary” proteas more accessible to all who want them.

Therefore, if you’re looking for an interesting protea to transform an ordinary arrangement into something spectacular, look no further than the Hakea Laurina. This fabulous botanical will add any extra special touch to any centerpiece with its captivating flowers and beautiful foliage.

With poofy flowers, laurel-shaped leaves, and smooth brown stems, Laurina is truly awe-inspiring and eye-catching. Plus, it has several other fitting nicknames like Pincushion Hakea, Pincushion Flower, Pincushion Tree, and Emu Bush.

The faint, honey-scented blooms are round and measure up to two inches in diameter. Bulging from the reddish balls are 120-190 spikes. The long, white spikes together with the red hue of the flower make a very unusual version of a pincushion. Laurina’s flowering season typically begins during the month of December and runs through March.

If the Laurina’s flowers are not enough to let your love for this Hakea blossom, its beautiful foliage will. The laurel-shaped evergreen leaves are so striking that the plant was named after its foliage’s appearance… hence the name, Hakea Laurina.