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December 01, 2017

Christmas Trees!

Christmas Trees - Fleuristic
It’s December, and you know what that means? It’s time to get your Christmas tree!

We know that for many people, the Christmas season doesn’t begin when the jingles start playing in the malls, it starts when you bring home and decorate your tree. It’s a great tradition and Fleuristic is happy to help people warm up their home with a beautiful tree this holiday season.


Christmas tree tips

People often ask us about how best to select and care for their tree. Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Decide where you will be placing your tree before you go shopping. No one wants to pull a Clark Griswold and bring home a tree that doesn’t fit through your door.

  2. If possible, choose a Fraser Fir or Balsam Fir, as they last the longest.

  3. Check the needles to make sure they don’t come off in your hand (i.e. too dry).

  4. Make sure the tree has a good, green colour and smell. Older trees will look more grey or brown and won’t have as nice an odour.

  5. Once your tree is installed in your home, make sure you have a stand that holds a sufficient amount of water. Some trees will drink up to four litres of water each day.

  6. Be sure to keep your tree away from heaters, fireplaces, or any other items in your home that produce heat or flames.

  7. Ensure that you use lights that are not frayed. LED lights are best as they produce virtually no heat.


Christmas tree lighting

No Christmas tree is complete until it is lit up. Gone are the days of struggling with chains of bulbs searching for the one that needs to be replaced because all the lights are out. Now you can find flexible lighting that can be draped over your tree, instead of wound around and around.

LED lighting is also a great choice. Now available in a wide variety of styles, LED lighting doesn’t produce heat, uses very little electricity, and looks great. At Fleuristic, we are proud to carry Luca Lighting (both plug-in and battery options) LED lights for your tree. These lights are strung along a flexible wire (available in copper, silver, or clear) for easy use. These fairy lights are easy to put on your tree and can be bent into a variety of shapes to be used throughout your home.

Come and visit Fleuristic today and get everything you need to have a Merry Christmas.

November 01, 2017

Christmas Boutique

Christmas Boutique - Fleuristic
The Holiday season is officially here! As the temperature begins to drop and we spend more time indoors, it’s the perfect time to decorate your home inside and out — it’s also the perfect time to show people you care with gift giving.


Winter planters

November is the perfect time to swap out your Fall decor for a more wintery and seasonal container.

Winter planters filled with fresh cut evergreens, berries, decorative balls, birch logs, and dogwood will look stunning at the front of your home or business.

Come and visit us to build your own masterpiece. We have everything you need in the store, including the container!

Or, if you’d prefer, Fleuristic will craft a gorgeous, custom planter for you. We will build it, deliver it, and install it for you — so there’s no fuss, no muss. These long-lasting planters will look great right up until Spring, and the only thing you’ll need to do is occasionally brush the snow off.


Christmas decorations

If you’re looking for inspiration to decorate the inside of your home, we’ve got it all. Popular favourites include:

  • Seasonal floral centrepieces
  • Decorative Tree Ornaments
  • Candles
  • Light-up table vases
  • Artificial decorative picks
  • Seasonal terrarium

We can also build a custom floral arrangement for your home, or as a gift.


Unique gifts

If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we have a wide variety of fashion jewelry, scarves, pashminas, and home decor.

Featuring the designs of local artisan Boo James, and beautiful clothing and accessories by Simply Noelle, our selection is ever-changing.

Come and visit us at Fleuristic and we’ll help you get ready for the season.

October 02, 2017

Best Florals for Special Occasions

Best Florals for Special Occasions - Fleuristic
In the Victorian era, romantic relations were typically discrete and people would show their affection for one another by sending flowers to each other. Then, in the 1930s, there was a movie called
Say It With Flowers about a flower seller who falls gravely ill and the people who rally around to support her. In the 1980s, marketers adopted the phrase ‘Say it with Flowers’ and used it to promote selling flowers and floral arrangements for all occasions. Today, flowers are one of the simplest and most effective ways to show you care.

Special occasions don’t stop after the summer. There are plenty of celebrations, weddings, and anniversaries during the harvest season — and there’s Thanksgiving and Halloween! Adding floral arrangements to your events will help to make these special occasions even more memorable.


Fall florals

The trend during the Fall is to incorporate a wide variety of warm colours into your bouquets and arrangements. Using a mix of in-season and imported flowers will allow you to have a bouquet, centrepiece, or urn that features rich, deep hues.

Popular choices include:

  • Asters
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Anemones
  • Berries
  • Eucalyptus
  • Roses
  • Dahlias
  • Calla lillies

You may also want to consider adding in some fun, seasonal adornments like gourds, pumpkins, or even scarecrows and ghosts!


Planter urns and container gardens

Filling your urns and containers with plants, flowers, and decor is a great way to embrace the season. Adding Fall colours in containers will look stunning in the front of your home or business.

Popular choices include:

  • Ornamental cabbage
  • Coleus
  • Mums
  • Yucca
  • Echeverias
  • Kalanchoe
  • Ornamental peppers
  • Grasses


Seasonal planter services

Do you have empty flower planters outside your home or business just waiting to be filled, but you don't have the time to fill them?

At Fleuristic, we offer seasonal planter and container services.

We will meet with you, decide on your colour scheme and preferences, build you a custom container, and deliver it to your home or business! Contact us today to learn more. 

September 01, 2017

Floral Workshops, Floral Parties, and Team Building

Floral Workshops, Floral Parties, and Teambuilding - Fleuristic
Are you looking for a fun thing to do with some friends? Do you want to learn about creating floral arrangements? Are you trying to find something fun to do with your team at work? Did you want to do something different as part of a special event?

Instead of throwing axes or doing something physical, why not create something beautiful? At Fleuristic we offer floral parties, workshops, and team building.

Working together in small groups, or as individuals, to complete a flower arrangement is a lot of fun — and you get to leave with something beautiful at the end!


BENEFITS

An added benefit to taking part in a hands-on floral event is that plant-related activities have been proven to promote health and wellness for individuals and groups. Some of the benefits include improving cognitive function as well as physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Spending time around plants and flowers, and working hands-on with them, is a great way to get in some bonding time, team building time, and reap the rewards of horticultural therapy.

At your event, we will work alongside your group and keep your activities running smoothly. We can make it relaxing or competitive, whatever you prefer. And don’t worry, you don’t have to have a green thumb to participate.

Fleuristic will create a unique experience to meet the needs of your group, and we can hold the event at our shop, or we can come to you. 

Playing and working with flowers is a great way to have fun and engage with your friends, family, and co-workers. Contact us today and we’ll help build the perfect event to meet your needs, timelines, and budget.

August 01, 2017

Fairy Gardening!

Fairy Gardens- Fleuristic
Fairy Gardens are a terrific way to add some whimsy to your garden, planters, and indoor pots — some people say they bring a home good luck.

While fairy gardens may seem like a new idea, they have actually been around a long time. Originally presented as part of the bonsai dish gardens at the Japanese Pavilion at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, fairy gardens have since become popular all over the world.

What is a fairy garden?

Fairy gardens are miniature gardens that feature living plants, tiny structures, and accessories for fairies. You can design a unique mini garden and then create small scenes with fairies enjoying themselves in amongst the plants.

Fairy garden plants are specially selected to flourish in small spaces and not grow too tall. There are all sorts of flowering plants, groundcovers, and greenery that you can choose from when planting your dream fairy garden.

Then, after your garden is planted, it’s time to select your fairies!

Fleuristic carries a wide variety of ceramic, hand-painted fairy garden figurines and accessories that are made in Canada. There are all kinds of fairy figurines to choose from; single fairies, best friend fairies, cottages, benches, wheelbarrows and other gardening accessories, and even gates and decor!

Creating fairy gardens is a great family activity and the number of scenes you can create is virtually endless.


Fairy Doors

In some gardens and parks people place a fairy door at the bottom of trees. If you have a look around some of the parks in Guelph, you will come across fairy doors. Sometimes you will see little presents that children have left by the doors for the fairies — it’s enchanting.

There is a magical element behind Fairy Gardening, and some people say that if you build the fairies a home they will come!

Visit Fleuristic to see our full line of Fairy Gardening — we carry it all year ‘round.

July 01, 2017

Tropical Plants for Hot Summer Days

Tropical Plants - Succulents - Fleuristic
Hot summer days are great for getting out and enjoying the sunshine, but the heat can be hard on your plants. During the summer months, annuals and perennials will need frequent watering, and may even need to be moved into the shade. Succulents, on the other hand, are drought tolerant, low maintenance, and are not typically susceptible to same kind of heat damage.

At Fleuristic, we love succulents. Here are a few of the benefits of succulents:

  • They don’t need large pots or large space.
    • They work well in small spaces, like windowsills, on desks, tables, etc.
  • They are available in all sorts of shapes and colours.
    • They look lovely when planted in groups.
  • Certain varieties of succulents produce beautiful flowers.
    • Flowering succulents add a nice dimension to the lower growing types.
  • They are flexible.
    • They can be planted in the ground outside, or in a container, or can remain inside.
  • They are drought resistant.
    • They require very little water and are low maintenance.


How to care for your succulent

People often ask us how they should look after their succulents. There is a lot of confusion as to how often to water, how much to water, how much sunlight they require, and what kinds of soil work best. Here are some tips to care for your succulent:

  1. Succulents prefer to get six hours of indirect sunlight. So you will want to carefully consider where they will be situated.


  2. Succulents like water, but not often. The key is to water them, not spray them — they want a drink, not a mist. You want to ensure that the roots are wet when you water, but then you will want to wait to water them again until the roots have time to thoroughly dry out. The length of time will vary depending on how humid or dry your home or garden is. Overwatering is the easiest way to kill your plants as the roots will rot.


  3. Succulents prefer to be planted in sandy, well-drained soil. To achieve this, try mixing half potting soil and half sand. You can even use coloured sand in a glass container for a contemporary and fun look.

Succulents are a great addition to your home, your office, or your garden. Come and visit us at Fleuristic and choose your favourites!

June 01, 2017

Garden Centre!

Fleuristic- Garden Centre is Open!

It’s that time of year again — time to get out there and do some gardening! Whether you're planting annuals or perennials, creating a container garden of herbs or vegetables, or looking for a custom urn, it’s the perfect time to work on your green thumb.

At Fleuristic, we get a lot of questions about what to plant and how to plant. Here are a few ideas and tips to get you inspired.

Annuals

Annuals are a great way to add instant colour to your garden, your urns and planters, or even your window sill. There are so many annuals to choose from, how do you know what you want?

Here are few questions to ask before choosing your annuals:

  1. Are you planting them in a sunny or shady area?
  2. How tall do you want them to get?
  3. How wide do you want them to spread?
  4. Do you prefer them to be drought tolerant?
  5. Are they going in the ground or into a container?

Once you determine the answers to these important questions, let the hunt begin!

If you’re still uncertain, here are a few annuals that won’t disappoint:

For Sun

  • Snapdragons
  • Petunias
  • Diplodenia
  • Million Bells
  • Geraniums
  • Bacopa
  • Verbena

For Shade

  • Impatiens
  • Begonias
  • Fuscia
  • Ivy
  • Coleus
  • Streptocarpella

Perennials

Perennials make for a terrific investment in your garden as they will come back every year. Available in a wide variety of flowering, non-flowering, ground covers, and evergreens, perennials do it all!

Here are few questions to ask before choosing your perennials:

  1. Are you planting them in a sunny or shady area?
  2. How tall do you want them to get?
  3. How wide do you want them to spread?
  4. Do you prefer them to be drought tolerant?
  5. Are they going to outgrow their space the following season and require replanting?
  6. Are they insect/bug repellant?
  7. Will they produce seeds and begin growing elsewhere in your garden?

Once you determine the answers to these important questions, let the hunt begin!

If you’re still uncertain, here are a few perennials that won’t disappoint:

For Sun

  • Daylily
  • Sedum
  • Periwinkle
  • Coneflower

For Shade

  • Astilbe
  • Japanese Painted Fern
  • Coral Bells
  • Hosta

Custom urns and containers

If you enjoy having plants and flowers, but don’t have the time to garden, we can help!

Fleuristic’s floral designers can create a custom urn or container for you. We will work with you to select exactly the right plants to suit your style and your home or business. We’ll design and build the container for you, and we’ll even deliver it!  Give us a call to learn more!