Archive | October, 2012

Flower Carpet of Belgium

31 Oct

Wow! I love huge flower installations, and the flower carpet of Belgium is no exception. Check out more awesome pictures on the Flirty Fleurs Website!


Flower Of The Week

30 Oct

Sorry this is a day late. We’ve been so busy getting ready for our Holiday Open House this weekend! Stop by and see us if you can (click the link above for our hours and location). In honor of the shop looking so festive for Christmas I thought I would choose a Christmas flower to share with you.

Amaryllis is popular for Christmas because it starts bloming in November and continues blooming throughout the winter. The flowers can be white, pink, red, peach, orange, or bicolor. There are 2 to 4 blooms on each thick, hollow stem. They are trumpet shaped and approximately 6 inches across. Meaning: Pride; Beauty; Drama; Timidity

Flower Of The Week

22 Oct

This week we won’t be talking about a flower, but we will be learning about a plant that is beautiful for fall!

Crotons are tropical plants and can only be grown indoors (unless you happen to live in Southern Florida). They have gorgeous variations of reds, oranges, and yellows in the leaves. Plants that are kept mostly in the shade tend to be more prominently green, while those in full sun develop more pronounced color patterns. Crotons are relatively easy to grow, but paying attention to the temperature can help you bring out more color in your Croton. Plants that are kept at cooler temperatures tend to have more vibrant colors, but be careful not to let them get too cold or they will start dropping their leaves. They like to be watered & misted, but you should let the soil dry out in between. If you keep the temperature and the moisture right Crotons are very easy to keep!

The faces of Echelon Florist: Caitie

16 Oct

Meet Caitie Cunic
Social Media Manager & Designer

Caitie’s Story: It’s kind of a funny story how I came to be a part of the floral industry. I graduated in May of 2011 with a degree in photography. I wasn’t so keen on running my own photography business, so I started looking for a job that I could still use the skills I had learned and that would also let me be my hands on and creative self. After many weeks of scouring job boards I found an ad for a position at a florist managing their social media. It was a shot in the dark since I had no experience with flowers, but I did learn a thing or two about internet advertising in college.  I sent in my resume and Matt called me the next day for an interview. That was a year ago, and I have truly fallen in love with flowers. I have always loved being creative and working with my hands. What better way to do both of those things than to be a floral designer? I am truly greatful for the opportunities and support that Laura, Matt, and Gary have given me. I am blessed to have found a career that I am passionate about and enjoy very much. I look forward to everything I will learn in the coming years.

Caitie’s favorite type of design: I love love love doing wedding work! Bouquets in particular.

Caitie’s favorite flower: I can’t pick just 1 so I will name my top 3. Ranunculus, Anemones, & Daffodils.

Flower Of The Week

15 Oct

This week you get to learn about a great fall “flower” ok it’s not really a flower, but it sure is cute!

Hypericum is also known as St. John’s Wort, or most commonly as Coffee Berry. It is available all year and can be Pink, Red, Burgundy (pictured) , Peach, Orange, Green, or Brown. Clusters of berries grow on woody, branching stems. Coffee Berry is most commonly used in the fall, but it is very versatile because of the its colors. The burgundy and brown are most popular for Autumn, the bright red is great for Christmas, and the pink/peach and green can be used in the spring. The berries also look great floating in the water of a vase arrangement. Meaning: Animosity

The faces of Echelon Florist: Gary

9 Oct

Meet Gary Lee Anderson
Award Winning Designer

Gary’s Story: I have been in the floral industry for 28 years, starting at a Knoxville icon, Baum’s Florist, and ending here at another. I feel very strongly about education in our industry, and have been to most educational programs that have been offered in this area & surrounding. I also enjoy the competitive side of our business, and have brought several trophies home to Echelon. Including; East Tennessee Professional Florist Association Designer of the year (1992, 1995, 2003, 2012), First Runner Up Tennessee State Florist Association Designer of the year (2000, 2012), Iris Cup (2000). I would love for you to stop by the shop and visit with me. I love talking to people about the power of the flower!

Gary’s favorite type of design: My favorite type of design is sympathy arrangements. I love being able to help people express their feelings in a difficult time in their life.

Gary’s favorite flower: I love all flowers,  but when each flower hits their peak season they usually stand above the rest.

Flower Of The Week

8 Oct

This week’s flower is very popular for fall (if you’re not allergic to it).

Solidago is more commonly known as Goldenrod and it’s growing everywhere around town right now! Goldenrod is always yellow and is very useful for a filler flower because of its fluffy appearance. Tiny flowers are clustered on branches coming from the top of the stem. They can grow to be 20 to 30 inches tall. Meaning: Precaution; Encouragement; Good Fortune