Why Sprite, Aspirin and Pennies Don’t Keep Flowers Alive

There are lots of “home remedies” for keeping flowers fresh. You may have heard of putting pennies in the vase, or dropping an Aspirin in the water, for example. Each of these remedies has an ounce of truth to it. But none of these solutions remotely compare to properly mixed flower food from the florist. […]

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Rose Celebration in June

June is the month of roses. Every garden with a rosebush is bursting with colour and fragrance. Roses have been a preferred flower for centuries. Shakespeare, Browning, the Bronte sisters and many others found wisdom in considering the rose. Consider these quotes: Loveliest of lovely things are they On earth that soonest pass away. The […]

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Tall, beautiful and blue

We picked up some delphinium this morning… Have a look! We had to ask Katie to stand beside the vase, because these beauties are unbelievably long! The colour is that blue-purple that makes you go “Wow!” Mother Nature is so inspiring.

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Good news about pesticides in water

A new copy of The Grower arrived in the mail today. I was impressed by an article by Lilian Schaer about the progress Ontario is making in the handling of pesticides. The Grower website is not active, so rather than link to the article, I’ll do some quoting. The Ontario government recently released the results […]

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English Florist Delphinium

Came across the Blog of Miss Pickering this morning. She has a flower shop in Stamford, Lincolnshire that focuses on locally grown flowers and vintage accessories. This week, she has filled the shop with delphinium only. It is worth the trip to her blog to see fabulous photos of a thousand delphinium in shades of […]

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Rose Care Information

A recent post by another Toronto florist had me boiling! They recommended this treatment for a wilting rose: put the stem in boiling water. Now really! Where is the science for that one? The living tissue of a rose stem does not want to become tea just yet. Its job is to pull water up […]

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Ranunculus – The Dazzling Buttercup

We were able to get some gorgeous Ranunculus this week. These lovelies are from Holland. We have enjoyed watching them open and develop the last few days. The green centre grows larger, especially on the orange ones. Doing a little research, we found that they are native to Asia, and are based on the name […]

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Tulips, Daisies, Viburnum and More

We just received a shipment from Ontario Flower Growers, the co-operative organization owned by leading growers in south Ontario. The quality is excellent – everything is fresh and will be beautiful in Easter arrangements. Have a look at these bright green viburnum blooms! What says “Spring” like these daisies? And the Easter lilies are progressing […]

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Flower of the Month – Gladiolus

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