Flower of the Week: Green Hydrangeas

22 Jul

Mini hydrangeas

Lately Echelon has especially taken to the extremely intriguing green hydrangeas that have been cut slightly early by the growers. These hydrangeas have a greater variety of form and lines between the small buds and the larger petals that have bloomed. The buds have lovely, rounded petals tightly grouped together, and the full bloomed petals are flat and papery thin about 1″ across in bunches about 4-8″ wide. The stems are around 10-24″ long.

They add a very interesting touch to arrangements with other flowers and are fascinating enough to look very pleasing on their own! Another benefit of the early cut hydrangeas is that they will last longer when kept in water than the fully bloomed, as you get to watch all of the buds bloom over a span of up to 10 days. Hydrangeas are also available year round.

The hydrangea’s flower language meanings are perseverance and ‘Thank you for understanding.’

So, if you are only familiar with the fully bloomed hydrangeas you see growing on the bushes, give the early cuts a try for a unique edge in the floral arrangement of your choice!

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Echelon Moving Update

20 Jun

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For those customers not yet aware, Echelon Florist is currently going through a major transition leading to a relocation in a different building in the Rocky Hill Center. Our new address will be 1260 Rocky Hill Rd.
We are expanding the flower department, downsizing the gift shop. But this is great news for our gift and ornament shoppers, because we are having a massive moving sale! There is plenty to get rid of, so the merchandise is all discounted- a perfect opportunity to stock up on holiday decorations ahead of time for very low prices!

The store might be in a bit of disarray as we review and rearrange what we have and what we plan to take, but please feel free to come in and take advantage of the sale, and call if you need anything. We will keep you all updated on our progress and look forward to seeing you at the new store!

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10 Uses for Magnolia

19 Jun

One of our favorite flowers here in East Tennessee! Didn’t know you could do so much with them.

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magnolia flowersThe magnolia is one of the oldest flowering plants in the world dating back millions of years ago.  This magnificent tree is valued for its beautiful, fragrant flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. It is a popular ornamental tree that can be found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Southern United States. It is the state flower for both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Though magnolias are known for their ornamental purposes, there are other uses for this versatile plant. All parts of the plant, including the flowers, leaves, seeds and bark have practical use.

  1. Magnolias make wonderful fresh cut flowers. They will add charm, elegance and fragrant to any arrangement. The flowers will last about a week in a vase.
  2. The attractive dark green leaves are often used in both fresh and dried floral arrangements and wreaths.
  3. The fragrant magnolia is a popular ingredient in floral…

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Flower of the Week- Calla Lily

14 Jun

 

This summer wedding season, calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) , in all their vibrant color and size variations, are quickly becoming a favorite choice for outfit decorations, bouquets, room arrangements, etc. They are well suited for any ornamental need!

Also called Trumpet lilies, Arum lilies, and Pig lilies, Calla lilies have an elegant, swooping curvature to the petal shape and have large and mini sizes. They come in white, lavender, purple, pink, red, peach, orange, yellow, green, and the very intriguing bicolored forms.

Calla lilies are perennial and require part shade, and full sun in cooler climates. They are definitely not edible, but who would want to stop looking at them any how?

They are fragrant and  last between four and eight days, but look lovely dried if you want to hold on them to remember your special occasion!

Spring 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

16 Apr

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Spring, the season that symbolizes new beginnings, hope and all that good stuff, is the perfect time of the year to have a wedding! The weather is generally quite enjoyable; it’s not too cold or too hot. Many fresh flowers are available this time of the year. Plus, the cost of flowers is usually less expensive than a summer wedding, where fresh flowers are in high demand.

Here are some spring wedding flower trends of 2013:

Soft, Romantic Colours

wedding flowers from GrowerDirect.comPastels for spring isn’t a new trend. Pastels have always been a popular choice for spring brides. This soft, romantic colour palette is romantic, timeless and elegant. It’s perfect for brides wanting a vintage-theme wedding, which has been especially popular in recent years. Hot spring colour trends include: blush pink, cream and mint green. Wedding flowers to consider include: roses, peonies, anemones, and ranunculuses.

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Romance Blooms Flower Arrangement from GrowerDirect.comWith the popularity of the…

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Flower Of The Week

8 Apr

The flower this week is a very unique one that goes by many names.
Eremurus
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The common names for Eremurus are Desert Candle, Foxtail Lily, Bottle Brush, and Needle of Cleopatra. It’s a spring bloomer flowering from March to August. It comes in Peach, Orange, and Yellow. It is a long cylindrical, tapering flower with many star shaped florets clustered along a 24 to 48 inch stem. Be careful not to get the blooms wet because they are very fragile.
Meaning: Endurance; I hold you in high esteem

Flower Of The Week

1 Apr

The flower this week is actually a flowering shrub that blooms in the spring.
Azalea
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We’ll be seeing the azaleas bloom here in Knoxville very soon! We have some gorgeous potted azaleas here at the shop as well. They are in the Rhododendron family and like to be in the shade. The blooms can be one of the 4 colors pictured above. There are Azalea festivals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, & Virginia.
Meaning: Take care of yourself for me.