All year long at the shop we get at least one request per day for peonies, regardless of when peonies are in season. What a relief that it is finally peak season for the local peony! “Local” for NYC means that peonies are coming from up and down the east coast. They begin in the Carolinas and move up to NJ, then NY, then up to New England. During the months of May and June NYC peonies are abundant, affordable and absolutely GORGEOUS!
Why Are Peonies Flowers So Popular?
Artist Credit: Sheng Chiao
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March 20th, 2012 by Georgeann
The Springtime Psychological Effects of Color Are Intoxicating
It is officially here: March 20th, the first day of Spring! Spring is all about renewing, reawakening, reviving. As nature shakes off the grey cold of winter, so can we!
Daffodils & Crocuses by the Brooklyn Promenade
I think our “Spring Awakening” really started last week when we switched our clocks ahead, so the workday didn’t end with darkness. The increase in daylight tends to energize us, and I personally find myself responding intensely the spring colors’ effects on my mood – from the pops of green-gold on Forsythia bushes in the park, to the bright green spring bulb planting in my neighbor’s window box.
Could it be that colors really have a psychological effect? [Read more →]
March 16th, 2012 by Ashley
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Fine soft spring weather we’ve been having…it’s putting us in the mood for long lunches in the little park on the corner, iced coffee with lots of sugar, and leaving work earlier to stroll the Highline while the sun sets over Jersey. Spring is SO IN THE AIR! And St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner.
Aside from St. Patrick’s Day, we generally associate the spring color green with foliage. However, there are a remarkable number of gorgeous green flowers that floral designers love to use to bring that refreshing shade of springtime green indoors. Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, Tulips and Hydrangea all naturally-growing green flowers that are versatile staples in most flower shops. They can stand alone, or pair perfectly with every color.
February 14th, 2012 by Georgeann
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As a professional floral designer, I am a connoisseur of flowers. I study flowers with an insane passion, and my explorations have led me down many exotic and wild paths. As a rule, the weirder and pointier the flower – the more I love them. But I have one exception: roses!
There is nothing more beautiful and accommodating than a rose. It’s a flower for which professional floral designers have an endless affinity, because of its size and variety of color. It’s a flower that can convey a million hopes and feelings in a single petal. [Read more →]
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December 16th, 2011 by Georgeann
Amaryllis Bouquets for Stunning Christmas Flower Centerpieces
According to the Victorian language of flowers, the amaryllis flower symbolizes Pride, Timidity, and Splendid Beauty. It peaks in holiday month of December, making it an excellent Christmas flower bouquet or addition to your Christmas flower centerpiece. (The amaryllis is also available in all the months with an “r”: September through April.)
Hercules amaryllis sparkle in our “Bright Nights” Christmas flower arrangement – my favorite this month!
Also known as the hippeastrum or “Knight’s Star” (“hippeas”= knight and “astron”=star), amaryllis flowers have hollow stems that can produce 3-5 glorious trumpet-shaped blossoms. [Read more →]
October 28th, 2011 by Georgeann
In Search of the Natural Black Flower
Black Parrot Tulip
Rare, rich, romantic, hidden, secret, unseen, deep, dark, dangerous, elegant, mysterious, mournful, quiet, controversial, strong, silent, and sleek – the color black is powerful, and natural black flowers are particularly striking.
Natural black flowers are rare – out of 4,000 flower species, only 8 are dark enough to be called “black,” and they are usually highly sought-after for their color.
In reality, natural black flowers (i.e., in nature) are a deep, dark red or purple with pigmentations so rich they appear almost black. Flowers that appear flat black are usually enhanced with artificial dyes or spray.
As a person who worships flowers, in general I don’t like to mess with Mother Nature by manipulating colors as it tends to accelerate decomposition. Rather, by combining natural black flowers with white or gray accents in our black flower arrangements, the blackness can be intensified. [Read more →]
September 14th, 2011 by Georgeann
Perfect for Floral Table Centerpieces with Big, Bright, Fluffy Balls of Glorious Color!
Perfect alone or in mixed bouquets, the versatile hydrangea is a favorite flower for floral table centerpieces with the designers here at Big Apple Florist. The name translates to ‘hydro’ (water) and ‘angeion’ (tub or jug) because the 1739 Dutch botanist Gronovius felt the rounded flower resembled an ancient water vessel.
Hydrangeas have the unique property of changing color as they age. They start off in various shades of green, and by the time color changing is complete they are an autumnal shade of red. From December to May, colorful selections are increasingly available in New York. [Read more →]
Sending flowers for birthday occasions is one of the most popular reasons people call us. Many times, people ask for our recommendations for birthday flower arrangements. For special occasions like a birthday, we like suggest a brightly colored seasonal bouquet filled with lovely, luxurious flowers.
Here is a little guide to getting someone a birthday flower arrangement with a personal touch that makes them feel extra-special: a birthday flower of the month! Just like birth stones, there are birth flowers for every month as well. (We have adjusted the list to include only special, exotic, and high-end flowers that we carry and are available for flower delivery throughout Manhattan.)
You may think that being an NYC florist is all easy breezy smiles all day… and sometimes it is, but don’t be fooled! We are also a group of tough cookies working in and around many dangerous situations. B
etween hand delivering wonderfully large and fragile flower arrangements through zooming traffic in the streets of New York and handling sharp tools, cacti and thorn covered rose stems, we are actually susceptible to many injuries! Luckily, we are trained professionals and don’t find ourselves in troublesome situations very often.
Pets, however, aren’t trained professionals. There are many poisonous plants for pets, and they’re a danger that many pet-owners fail to consider – until their pets become sick.
Asher is Erin's pup. She takes care not to let him eat certain houseplants.
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March 16th, 2011 by Ashley
Did you know that many common indoor plants can actually absorb certain pollutants and actively clean the air inside your office building? Air purifying plants and regular Manhattan plant maintenance in your office can help you stay healthy, and avoid respiratory problems caused by certain air impurities.
NASA has found that various indoor houseplants are extremely effective at filtering nasty toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. These toxins often contribute to indoor air quality issues and indefinite illnesses. Symptoms of “sick building syndrome” include eye, nose, and throat irritation, hypersensitivity reactions, and odor/taste sensations. [Read more →]