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Echelon Moving Update

20 Jun


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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26 Mar

We may all have to plant this in our yards if this snow keeps coming!

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Chionodoxa; glory in the snowCan’t wait for the spring flowers to bloom? You may not have to wait much longer, if you have glory in the snow in your garden! Glory in the Snow (Chionodoxa) is one of the earliest blooming flowers in the spring and they will even bloom through the snow, hence the name.

Glory in the snow is a bulbous plant that produces small, dainty star-shaped flowers. Blue is the most common colour, but some are available in pink and white, with the center white. Each bulb produces 5-10 blooms on brown stems.

The blue ones are often confused with the similar looking Scilla plant, another a blue, star-shaped flower. To differentiate the two, look at the center of the flower. Glory in the snow will have flatten stamens and also the petals are joined together in the center. The plant is native to snowy alpine regions of Turkey, Crete and…

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25 Feb

“when the mature seed capsules are touched ever so lightly, they will “explode” and send seeds flying through the air as far as 20 ft” Haha that’s pretty cool

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impatiens; touch me not; busy lizzy flowersImpatiens is not a plant for the touchy-feely types. The nickname, touch-me-not, refers to the fact that when the mature seed capsules are touched ever so lightly, they will “explode” and send seeds flying through the air as far as 20 ft from the plant!

Impatiens can also be called “Busy Lizzy” because the plant is a prolific bloomer, producing bright, colourful flowers from early summer to fall. Flowers come in assorted solid colours including, red, orange, pink, white and violet; they can be single, semi-double and double blooms. The double blooms look like miniature roses.

It is a genus of about 850-100 species of flowering plants native to Africa. In the wild, they can be found in roadside ditches and river banks. The leaves are thick, shiny and feel somewhat greasy.

Impatiens plants are available in garden centers in the early spring. The most widely grown plants are shorter…

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5 Feb

Wow, this is such cool article on how to make your own Rose water!

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rosewaterSince the ancient times, the ever so fragrant rose has been used to scent perfumes. For thousands of years, women all around the world have been using rose water to beautify their skin and as a natural fragrance.

Rose water has been known to help relieve and minimize dryness, puffiness and large pores in the skin – perfect for those with sensitive skin. In India, rose water is used as eye drops and as a moisturizer. The liquid is also known to have some astringent properties and can be used as a light toner for fair, dry skin.

In addition, the distinctive taste of rose water is used flavour many Middle Eastern teas, ice cream, puddings cookies and other sweets.

Rose water can be purchased in health stores and some pharmacies, but they often have preservatives and other chemicals added.  And not to mention, expensive! For the freshest and purest…

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Flower Lovers!

7 Jan

Here’s a great, inspirational post about how flowers can improve your life in 2013!

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Girl with flowers.January is notorious for new beginnings. Resolutions are made by the young and the young at heart with hopes that these goals will improve one’s quality of life.

Whether they stick or not is another story, but they can certainly give a person positive things to look forward to in the new year. Or least the first few weeks, anyways.

Here are some new year’s resolutions to inspire you:

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The faces of Echelon Florist: Matt

2 Oct

Meet Matt Smith
General Manager & Designer

Matt’s Story: The flower shop has meant many, many things to me over the years. As the son of a florist when everyone else was sick as a child they got to go to the doctor. Not me, I went to the flower shop with mom. 18 years ago my folks purchased Echelon Florist and I had just turned 16, so I was able to deliver flowers and learn the area I had just moved to. After high school I pursued a different career path, but wherever I happened to work I always ended up in a management roll. When I chose to come to Echelon full time it was only natural for me to step into the position of manager. I’ve been here for 8 years, and I still enjoy watching the trends change and discovering new products and advances in the floral industry.

Matt’s favorite type of design: Tropical fusion (using tropical flowers and traditional flowers in the same arrangement)

Matt’s favorite flower: Either lilac or honeysuckle (both for the fragrance)