Flowering Facts: Orchids…25,000 different varieties in this vast plant family!

Purple orchid

Oncidium, Dendrobium, Cymbidium and Cattleya are just a few of the more known varieties of orchids, which is the common name for a family comprising of the largest groups of flowering plants.  The family is worldwide in distribution, being absent only from Antarctica and some of the most arid desert zones of Eurasia.  The greatest diversity of genera and species occurs in tropical regions that remain poorly explored.  For this reason, and because of the complexity of the family, estimates of the number of orchid species vary from 15,000 to 25,000, and the number of genera from 400 to 800.  In describing a plant family so vast and so diverse, it is almost safe to say that there are no rules, only exceptions.

Orchids by the stem at Field of FlowersBiologists generally agree, however that one feature above all others defines the orchid and differentiates it from virtually all other flowering plants – the fusion of the male portion of the flower (stamens) and the female portion (pistils).  Orchid flowers are pollinated by a great variety of flying animals, and their diversity in floral structure has resulted from adaptations to various pollinators.  About half the orchid species are pollinated by bees; moths, butterflies, flies, birds, and other agents pollinate the rest.  Many orchid flowers are adapted for pollination by a single species of insect.

Elegant White Orchid in tall cylinder vase from Field of FlowersThere is nothing more striking and graceful than an orchid in bloom.  Orchid flowers come in virtually every color of the rainbow with shapes, textures and fragrances  abounding.  Some are so beautiful they will take your breath away, while others are so unusual, they can resemble creatures of unknown origin!  .

Orchid plants will dress up a tabletop or window.  Several orchid plants together give a splash of interesting color and shapes.  Orchids have the unwarranted reputation of being difficult to grow, but in truth, they are not fussy at all.  In fact, the very adaptability that has allowed them to colonize all corners of the earth has made them very forgiving and rewarding in cultivation.

Orchid stems, cut from the plant, are often used with tropical flowers to create an elegant look.  Perhaps the most show-stopping is of a single or multiple stems of cymbidium blooms simply put in a vase.  Each stem is about 12” long and boasts 5-8 blooms in shades of pink, white, green or lavender.

Holiday and gift orchids for sale at Field of Flowers flower market in Davie, Boca Raton, and South Miami, FL

Orchid plants and gifts for sale at Field of Flowers in Davie, FL are also available at our Boca Raton and South Miami locations

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for your favorite variety of orchid plants and orchid flowering stems.  In store…or we deliver flowers and orchids throughout South Florida.

If you are an orchid lover, look to Field of Flowers’ annual orchid celebration in January!

(Note: This blog post, written by Donn F. Flipse, originally appeared as an article in Gold Coast Magazine)

The Language of Flowers: Shakespeare’s Christmas Merriment

Merry Christmas to our friends and customers.

"Merrily, merrily shall I live now. Under the blossom that hangs on the bough" quote from William Shakespeare with a Christmas flower arrangement from Field of Flowers.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day. Let our blossoms, bouquets, and flower arrangements speak for you in their poetic language.

In store, online..and we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

The above image is a custom Christmas flower arrangement created by Field of Flowers’ floral designers. The quote, “Merrily, merrily shall I live now. Under the blossom that hangs on the bough,” is by the English playwright, William Shakespeare (1564 -1616).

Sneak Peek: A warm holiday welcome at our Boca flower market

This beautifully decorated archway welcomes you into the Boca Raton Field of Flowers. See slide show below for a gift and holiday ideas that are in store right now (these photos were taken today).

Welcome to Field of Flowers - Boca Raton, FL florist and flower market

Welcome to Field of Flowers' Boca Raton Flower Market

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Flowering Facts: Ginger (Red Ginger, Ornamental Ginger)

Red Ginger flowers available at Field of Flowers in South Florida

Field of Flowers sells Red Ginger by the bunch and in flower arrangements. This 5-stem bunch was photographed this week in the Davie, FL flower market.

Since ancient times, Ginger has been grown in the tropics of Asia. Botanists speculate that the plant originated in India, but because it is not found in the wild, this flower’s origin is uncertain. What is certain is that for centuries, ginger has been used as a food, tea and flavoring. In Roman times, it was valued for its medicinal properties. The Romans may have learned this from the plant’s use in traditional Ayurvedic medicine practiced in India. As an important trade product, potted ginger plants made their way along traditional sea trade routes, and ginger is now grown in most tropical climates.

Of course, while most the medicinal and food uses are focused on the bulbous ginger root, what we love are the beautiful asymmetrical flowers of these tropical plants most typically available in red and pink.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties of flowers, including Red Ginger, in-store and for delivery throughout South Florida. Open 7 days in Boca and Davie.

Red Ginger flowers available at Field of Flowers in South Florida

Hanukkah flowers and floral arrangements still available today.

Happy Hanukkah! We have beautiful holiday flower arrangements ready in our flower markets — for pick up or delivery. Here is a sneak peek at a few:

Sparkling Hanukkah flower arrangements from Field of Flowers

Beautiful hydrangeas, white roses, blue delphinium with white glitter branches, perfect for the holidays!

Blue and white flower arrangements at Field of Flowers - Davie, FL

Holiday Floral Arrangements ready to pick up or same day delivery in South Florida

Custom flower arrangement for Hanukkah from Field of Flowers

A custom made flower arrangement for Hanukkah

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for your Hannukah flower arrangements and centerpieces.  In store…or we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

Interesting Facts about Hanukkah…

  • Hanukkah is the annual eight day Jewish Festival of Lights.
  • Hanukkah can be spelt differently. Some spell it Chanukkah while others spell it Hanukkah.
  • The Western calendar, the date for the commencement of Chanukah varies every year.
  • Lighting of Menorah is the main Hanukkah tradition.
  • The Hanukkah candles are added onto the special candelabrum from right to left, but are lit only from left to right.
  • ‘Hanerot Hallalu’, an ancient Hanukkah song is recited or sang while lighting the candles.
  • According to Chanukkah tradition, the candles on the candelabrum should not blow out until the end of the festival.
  • Traditional Hanukkah food is cooked during the festival. Oil is the key ingredient of the foods.
  • Gifts are also exchanged during the festival of Hanukkah.
  • A game called “dreidel” is a popular Hanukkah tradition.
Silver Delight. Elegant blue and white floral centerpiece from Field of Flowers

Silver Delight

This year, Hanukkah starts Tuesday, December 20th at sundown. If you’d like to add some elegance and holiday cheer to your table or home, call us at 800.963.7374 or click here for Silver Delight and other beautiful Hanukkah centerpieces and flower arrangements. Ready for pick up at our flower markets in South Miami, Boca Raton, and Davie, FL…and we offer same day delivery throughout South Florida.

H A P P Y  H A N U K K A H !

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Flowering Facts: about Poinsettias

  1. Did you know that the poinsettia’s main attraction is not its flowers but its leaves? The actual flower is the tiny yellow bud in the center of the plant.
  2. Red is the most popular color, followed by white and pink. Poinsettias also come in a variety of colors from salmon, apricot, yellow and cream. There are also unusual speckled or marbled varieties.
  3. The United States grows poinsettias commercially, however, California is the top producer with about 27 million pots grown, followed by Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Michigan.
  4. Did you know that in the wild, the poinsettia can reach heights of 12 feet with leaves measuring six to eight inches across?
  5. The Aztecs called poinsettias “Cuelaxochitle.”   During the 14th – 16th century the Azetcs used the poinsettia leaves to dye fabric on clothing and the sap was used for medical purposes, including helping to control fevers. They also considered the red color a symbol of purity, so poinsettias were traditionally a part of religious ceremonies.
  6. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day as declared by congress to honor US Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Robert Poinsett, who first brought the plant back to the United States.  The United States has observed this official day since the mid-1800s.
  7. Poinsettias are also known as the “Mexican Flame Leaf” or “The Christmas Star.”
  8. How to prolong the life of this Christmas plant? Avoid hot or cold drafts, keep the soil moist not soggy, and place in a room with sufficient natural light. Only water when the soil feels dry to the touch.
  9. During April and May the poinsettia are actually green all over. It’s not until the shorter days of winter that the upper leaves turn red.
  10. The botanical name, Euphorbia Pulcherrima was given to the poinsettia by a German botanist, Wilenow.  The plant grew through a crack of his greenhouse, he was so amazed by its color, he gave it the botanical name, Euphorbia Pulcherrima meaning “Very Beautiful.”

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Style Setter’s Holiday Gift Package featuring “My First Ladies” by Nancy Clarke

My First Ladies, 25 Years as the White House Chief Floral Designer, by Nancy Clarke

Field of Flowers is excited to offer the new “Style Setter’s Gift Package” which features the new Nancy Clarke book, My First Ladies: 25 Years as the White House Chief Floral Designer. The gift package includes one copy of My First Ladies, plus a $7.50 Field of Flowers gift card, all for just $14.95 (a $29.45 value…save 50%)...a perfect way to wrap up a gift for that someone on your list who loves flowers, floral design, entertaining, and style at the White House…or maybe needs to plan the table settings for a state dinner.

Nancy provides entertaining stories and insights on dinners, decor, favorite flowers and holiday decorating throughout the White House for these six First Ladies: Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan and Rosalyn Carter.

My First Ladies and the Style Setter’s Gift Package are available at Field of Flowers fresh flower markets, along with everything you need in flowers and supplies to apply your new style setting insights and recreate these White House floral designs.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for your gifts for flower lovers.  In store…or we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

Sneak Peek: This week at Field of Flowers

Here are some slides of what’s in the store this week — fun, festive holiday decorations..amazing centerpieces for celebrations…and we are so happy to have a full selection of orchids from Thailand back. Also we have Alstromeria on sale this week while supplies last….just $3.89 for a bunch of 6 stems, $21.95 for a professional designed arrangement in a colored glass cube vase.

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Visit the Field of Flowers flower markets:

Field of Flowers – Davie, 5101 South University Drive, Davie, FL 33328

Field of Flowers – Boca, 8177 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434

Field of Flowers – South Miami-Dade Design Studio and full service florist, 8803 SW 129th Street, Miami, FL 33176

Easy, Inexpensive Christmas Decorating Ideas

Holiday decorating made easy and inexpensive!  All you need are some inventive ways to create your own beautiful, elegant and festive holiday decorations – and almost all the items can be found around your house.

Group together glass vases of various shapes and sizes, then fill them with seasonal goodies such as peppermints or festive colored ornaments. 

For a more dramatic look and feel, try filling your vases with ornaments in monochromatic tones of gold or red.  This is a very easy way to add style to your room or table!

Have some ornaments not being used?  Add them to a decorative container and nestle them around evergreens and candles.

Pinecones are another holiday favorite for decorating. Designing them can be as simple as placing them in a bowl with evergreen trim and berries or you can give your pinecones a wintry look by spraying them with silver paint and fake snow.  For that extra touch, add shimmer to your winter pinecones with pearl glitter or glue fake pearls to the tips.

Using small tins or wooden containers around the house are a creative yet frugal way to decorate for the holidays.  Just fill them up with holly and berries or just add some evergreens with pinecones for a festive look.

Add a terrific touch with evergreens! Add them around mirrors, picture frames or mantels for instant holiday cheer. For an extra elegant look, you can add bows, ornaments or pine cones.

For a contemporary and chic look add natural branches or iced branches to any glass vase.  For a touch of elegance hang festive ornaments all around.  For an inviting look instead of hanging ornaments utilize and hang your holiday greeting cards!

Glowing candles are a must during the holiday.  A unique way to decorate your glass votives is to artfully glue evergreens to the outside.  This will not only light up your room but the fragrance of the evergreens will last throughout the holiday season.

Want to try some of these Christmas decorating ideas and don’t have the right items around the house?

Field of Flowers carries many glass vases in all sizes and colors, starting at just $2.50.  Branches are seasonal, but right now you’ll find in our stores branches and leaves covered in gold, silver, red, and green glitter to enhance your centerpieces and displays. We also have a selection of curly willow and various Christmas greens.  Plus we have wreaths, candles, pine cones, spray paints, bows and everything you need to add the perfect finishing touch to your holiday display.

Need more ideas?  Stop in and talk to one of our floral designers. You might also be interested in these past posts:

It’s Beginning to Look Like a Lot Like….a Flowerful Holiday in South Florida

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Try Branches!

Have you heard the old rumor about Poinsettias being toxic? 

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties of flowers in-store to design into your hand-tied bouquet. Open 7 days in Boca and Davie.