Don’t Forget to Order Thanksgiving Flowers!

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Thanksgiving is all about celebrating and expressing gratitude with family and friends. It is a time for loved ones to gather and share stories and food. The “good dishes” are pulled out from the cupboard, and an extravagantly indulgent meal is prepared. Whether your celebration is filled with dozens of friends and family members or just a few, Thanksgiving is a time to feast and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.

Floral arrangements and centerpieces help set the mood for the meal and celebration to follow. Warm colors accentuate the season and act as the perfect supporting cast to those highly anticipated family recipes. You have likely spent days creating your shopping list and preparing side dishes, so let Boesen make decorating easy! Visit our website and pick from a delightful assortment of Thanksgiving centerpieces and arrangements.

How to Decorate for Fall with Seasonal Plants

Porch Decorated for Fall with Plants

Fall ushers in crisp breezes and changing leaves. Brightly hued summer decorations are stored away in favor of plaids and muted fall colors. While there are many ways to decorate for autumn and the upcoming holidays, seasonal plants, foliage, pumpkins and gourds are popular themes that continuously withstand the test of time. Whether you are looking to create a festive mantel, an inviting front porch or a beautiful centerpiece, these are just some of the ways to incorporate richly colored plants and arrangements into your own autumn decor.

Bring the Warm Colors of Autumn into Your Home with Seasonal Plants

  • Create an autumn-inspired front porch. Artfully stagger mums, pumpkins and gourds down your front steps. For a more dramatic or modern look, quickly spray paint the pumpkins and gourds white or metallic to emphasize the beautiful colors of the mums.
  • Decorate your table. Pick out a seasonal centerpiece from Boesen and surround it with candles and miniature pumpkins.
  • Think outside the box. While mums are quintessentially fall, other house plants also provide beautiful fall colors. For example, certain varieties of the bromeliad plant — while tropical — are full of deep red, orange and yellow hues. The croton plant provides similar colors. Plus, both of these hardy plants are easy to care for indoors, and with proper care, will last you well past the fall season.
  • Order arrangements. Add pops of color throughout your home with beautiful arrangements. Autumn flowers and bouquets quickly bring the colors of fall into your home. From sunflowers to roses to daisies and beyond, fall-inspired arrangements are an incredibly easy way to bring the season into any room in your home.

For more inspiration, visit our website and explore our vast selection of seasonal plants and flowers.

Top Trends for Wedding Flowers

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When it comes time to choose wedding flowers, color schemes and individual wedding details undoubtedly come into play. However, just like wedding dress styles, wedding flower trends are constantly evolving. While flowers in general will always remain classic, these are the specific wedding flower trends to look for this year.

Wedding Flower Trends

  1. Foliage. Thanks in part to the spectacular Royal Wedding, foliage is huge this year and beyond. Gorgeous greenery is dominating table decor, and bouquets are full of foliage. Some brides are even opting to include herbs for subtle fragrance. Plus, not only is foliage aesthetically pleasing, it is also comparatively gentle on the budget.
  2. Locally Grown. With the increasing emphasis on all things environmentally friendly, locally grown flowers are trending in a big way. Freshly picked seasonal blooms are working their way into wedding decor and bouquets. These locally sourced flowers add a sense of personalization to ceremonies, while also being more green.
  3. Deep, Muted Tones. Rich, deep shades like burgundy and plum are currently being mixed with lighter shades like soft sage green — often in succulents and eucalyptus — to create eye-catching bouquets and arrangements. For formal weddings, these deep tones and extreme contrasts set a romantic tone.
  4. Smaller Bouquets. Smaller bouquets are tending to take center stage over large and cascading bridal bouquets. Smaller wedding bouquets put the focus on the dress, and they are often more flattering on camera. Brides are also choosing textured, unstructured bouquets, as well as tightly packed, hand-tied creations.
  5. Floral Decor. Floral wedding decor is trending away from uber-traditional centerpieces to items like floral and foliage garlands, wreaths and chandeliers. These unique, eye-catching items emphasize the natural beauty of the flowers and foliage. While floral arrangements will always be classic and beautiful, alternative floral decor is becoming increasingly popular.

Wedding flowers have the ability to transform a normal venue into a romantic fairytale. While you can’t go wrong with any flower choice, these floral trends are especially appealing and excite us. Contact us today to request an appointment with our Des Moines wedding specialists.

 

Springtime Means Tulip Time!

Sometimes it feels like winter will never end, but every year around this time we’re inevitably rewarded with the wonders of spring. Of course, one of the most telling signs of spring – and one of our favorites – is the arrival of tulips!

Despite their brief blooming period, which ranges from a few days to just over a week, tulips are the world’s third most popular flower – trailing only roses and chrysanthemums. With their nearly perfect symmetry made up of elegant lines and rich vibrant colors, it’s no wonder why these beautiful flowers are so popular.

Native to central Asia, and later introduced to Turkey, tulips quickly became an important part of the Turkish culture and remain Turkey’s national flower.

Their popularity really took off around 1560, however, when the flowers were introduced to the Netherlands and were so prized there that they caused the entire economy to collapse. During the height of during that era, a single tulip bulb was worth more than ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsman – making them more valuable than most houses.

Spring Tulips by Boesen the Florist

Today, the Dutch still lead the world in tulip production by growing and producing around three billion tulips each year, although the prices have dropped significantly since then.

As a member of the lily family, tulips are classified as herbaceous perennials, although their bulbs differ from other species in that they are living plants that house self-contained nutrients. When the bulb grows into the flower, the original bulb will disappear, and a clone bulb will form in its place.

Tulips have three petals and three sepals, which are almost the same size and shape as the petals making them appear to have six to a bulb. They can also be found in nearly every color of the rainbow with red being the most popular. Streaking tulips boast two colors instead of one solid color. This unique combination was originally the result of a viral infection, although in modern times this unusual coloring is a deliberate result of breeding.

No matter which color you choose, tulips are an intriguing flower with a rich history – and a terrific choice when sending flowers in the spring. Their extremely vibrant colors make a statement and they also look great in centerpieces for your home or office environment.

Say hello to spring with some tulips from Boesen the Florist. We have many different options for every different occasion including one of our most popular designs, the Spring Tulips. Call us today or order online to enjoy this wonderful springtime treat.

Did You Know?

  • There are more than 150 different species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties known to exist.
  • Tulip petals are edible and can be used as a substitute for onions in many recipes, although many people find their taste extremely unpleasant.
  • Tulips continue to grow up to one extra inch after they’re cut.
  • Tulips will bend and twist to grow towards light – even in a vase.
  • By 1636, tulips were traded on exchanges in Dutch cities. The skyrocketing prices caused many people to become suddenly rich or lose fortunes overnight.
  • In the Netherlands, tulips represent the briefness of life, but in Turkish culture, they’re a symbol of paradise on earth and have achieved a nearly-divine status.
  • Tulips have a short lifespan that typically only lasts for 3-7 days.
  • A sap released by daffodils cause tulips to wilt if the two flowers are arranged together.
  • Paul McCartney and Fats Domino are among a list of people who have had tulips named after them.

Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet

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As a nod to inventiveness and imagination – with a little tribute to Prince mixed in for good measure – Pantone has chosen Ultra Violet as color of the year for 2018.

Ultra Violet (18-3838) is a deep, rich blue-based purple that, according to Pantone, communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking. Pantone goes on to describe their pick of the provocative purple shade as a tribute to the unknown

This year’s color selection is a stark contrast to the past four years which have consisted of softer and more muted colors such as Greenery in 2017, the duo of Rose Quartz and the light blue Serenity in 2016, along with the wine-colored Marsala of 2015. Prior to that, Pantone used a lighter shade of purple in 2014 with their selection of Radiant Orchid.

Happy Day Bouquet by Boesen the Florist

The bold purple may be a curious choice for some, but a closer look reveals that the opposing colors that make up Ultra Violet – red and blue – are largely symbolic of the polarizing American political climate of 2017 along with the hope that we can become more unified in 2018.

Aside from the political overtones, Ultra Violet is just a fun color that comes at a time when we could all use a little more fun in our lives. The dynamic shade of Purple also fits perfectly in the floral industry since it can be such an eye-catching accent color.

Lilacs, sage, clematis, and allium are close matches for Ultra Violet, but there are other options as well. Carnations, Lily of the Nile, anemones, hyacinth, chrysanthemums, hydrangea, and orchids can also be closely matched to Ultra Violet, as can a multitude of other varieties.

Now is your chance to jump on this new trend in its infancy. Your friends at Boesen the Florist are ready to help you select the perfect bouquet featuring 2018’s hottest color – Ultra Violet. Only time will tell if this year’s color of the year is prophecy, but even if not, it’s still a fun shade to use.

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The Cornucopia: An Iconic Symbol of Thanksgiving

Chrysanthemum Cornucopia by Boesen the Florist

Ready, or not – the holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Thanksgiving is a special holiday for many reasons, but what makes it so unique is the fact that it is the one major holiday where the meal is the main event.

Not only that, but It is also the holiday that will set the tone for the remainder of the holiday season. So why not make it beautiful with a cornucopia of your own, or some Thanksgiving flowers from Boesen the Florist?

According to lore, Thanksgiving began as the celebration of a bountiful harvest. It was – and still is – a time to reflect and give thanks through a meal shared with friends and loved ones.

One of the most iconic symbols of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia. Typically hollow and made out of wicker in the shape of a horn, it is often called the “horn of plenty.” Cornucopias represent an abundance of food and nourishment and serve as a visible reminder of the meaning of the holiday while also giving the table a finished, polished, look.

While cornucopias are most closely associated with Thanksgiving, their origin can be traced all the way back to Greek and Roman mythology. Cornucopias are even depicted on the state flags of Idaho and Wisconsin, as well as the coats of arms for Columbia, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

With food being the center of attention at Thanksgiving, the table itself an important part of the holiday as it often serves as the hub of the day’s activities. Long after the food is enjoyed and the dishes are put away, the cornucopia and other autumn-inspired centerpieces remain to serve as a reminder of the prosperity and good things in life for which we give thanks.

It’s never too soon to start thinking about Christmas

Since Thursday is Thanksgiving, that means Black Friday is here as well to kick off the official start of the holiday shopping season. Wouldn’t it be nice if you already had your holiday shopping done before the calendar even turned to December?

You’re in luck because Boesen the Florist is your one-stop-shop for all your holiday needs. Of course, flowers always make an outstanding gift, but we also carry a wide assortment of other holiday presents for everyone on your list.

Make things extra-easy for yourself and order your holiday flowers and gifts at the same time you place your Thanksgiving order. Let everyone else fight the traffic and the crowds while you enjoy the holiday season from the comfort of your own couch, knowing your shopping is already complete!

Bringing Back Brown

Autumn Abundance by Boesen the Florist

Every season brings with it a new “hot” color pallet that dictates everything from high fashion to floral designs. Certain decades are even defined by the colors that were popular during that particular era.

We have to reach way back to the 1970s to truly find the roots of this season’s hottest color resurgence, and while many people may try to forget some of the gaudy looks of the disco era, it’s about time that we embrace brown once again.

After falling from its place of prominence in the 70s, brown’s popularity has been slow to recover, which can only mean that this earthy tone is long overdue for a comeback, especially now that autumn is upon us. After years of disrespect, the color brown is back in a big way this fall.

Perhaps the biggest reason for the resurgence of the color brown is because it is decidedly anti-tech. In fact, it’s nearly polar opposite of the whites, greys, silvers and neon hues that are increasingly popular in today’s digital world. While most technology is designed to get your attention, brown is more comfortable existing in the background – blending in and often hiding in plain sight.

In color psychology, the color brown represents quality, honesty, hard work and reliability while also reflecting a feeling of calmness and comfort. Brown is trustworthy, loyal and dependable in a realistic and practical way. It’s not a flashy color, that much is for sure, but the rugged, natural color takes a certain confidence to pull off.

Brown isn’t often used as the primary color in most floral applications – in fact, it is one of the least preferred colors of the western world – but it is a very important contrast color, especially when paired with the oranges and yellows of traditional fall designs. Best of all, it acts as a soothing presence to help us deal with the stresses of modern life – something we can probably all use a little more of in our lives!