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The Cyclamen - Not Just a Pretty Face!

  A member of the primrose family, the pretty cyclamen grows around the Mediterranean and is a winter-flowering plant. With delicate silvery-green markings on their heart-shaped leaves, and butterfly-like upswept petals, this unique and beautiful flower adds colour and splendor to the colder months.  The name ‘cyclamen’ is derived from the Greek ‘kuklos’, meaning ‘circle’, probably due to the round tuber from which the leaves, flowers and roots grow. In most species, leaves come up in the fall, grow through the winter, and then die in spring. The plant then becomes dormant through the hot summer and then the cycle begins again. Cyclamens prefer cooler conditions but are not frost-hardy. Water only when the soil just below the surface is...

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Hydrangea - Is It a Love/Hate Thang?

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular cut flowers that we design with in the shop, and there’s nothing like a mass of them to create a dramatic effect. However, they do sometimes get a bad rep’.  Well known for their fluffy marshmallow-like appearance and striking look when arranged en masse, hydrangea’s large and beautiful blooms can sometimes elicit a love/hate response from customers. It seems people are either in one camp or the other. On the one hand, hydrangea reminds us of a stunning country garden and has a classically elegant look. On the other, however, they are known for having a darker side. If you’ve ever experienced the hydrangea shrivel, you’ll know what we mean! They can be...

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Bring Home Spring

With Christmas almost all but a distant memory, the winter months are a perfect time to treat yourself and add a touch of spring to your home.   Tulips are available in a stunning variety of shapes and colours.  The varieties we carry in the shop, January through early May are all locally grown in Ontario (Let’s hear it for local growers!!!) The magic of tulips is that they continue to grow several inches while in your vase so be sure to select a clean vase that is tall enough or simply enjoy watching them do their flower yoga 😊    If given proper care, tulips bloom 3-7 days. Your vase should be kept in a cool place out of the...

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