3 Colorful Flowers You Need For Spring
 Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

1. Kalanchoe

The first flower that we would recommend for spring is actually a succulent! The Kalanchoe plant has very thick leaves and foliage. However, the plant produces vibrant clusters of tiny blooms that will add some color to your living room or garden. This gorgeous succulent is great because it does not require very much maintenance. The plant loves indirect sunlight and thrives when watered thoroughly on a weekly basis. Whether you place the plant outside in your garden or indoors with a beautiful container, these blooms are perfect for the spring season!

 Hydrangea

Hydrangea

2. Hydrangea

The Hydrangea is a classic flower because they are easy to maintain, tolerate almost any soil, and bloom in beautiful shades of blue, pink, purple, and white.  The plant thrives with direct sunlight in the mornings with some afternoon shade. The flower should be planted in the spring so that the plant will blooms during the peak season from mid-summer through the fall. 

 Begonia Reiger

Begonia Reiger

3. Begonia Reiger 

The Begonia Reiger plant has shiny, glossy, and asymmetrical leaves. The stem of the plant blooms into a cluster of 3 vibrant rose-like flowers. To properly care for this plant, your should place the flowers near a sunny window, while avoiding direct light. Prior to watering, you should check to see if the surface of the soil is dry to touch. If dry, the plant should be watered so that the soil is kept moderately moist. The Begonia Reiger blooms in mid-spring so it is the perfect time to visit our greenhouse!

 Begonia Reiger

Begonia Reiger

Visit our greenhouses to shop these incredible flowers! Learn more about our Jefferson location and our eight greenhouses here.

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How to Encourage Cacti to Bloom

Right now our Jefferson location is filled with beautiful cacti that are in full bloom! These beautiful flowers only bloom for 3-4 days out of the year, making them even more special. Continue reading below for tips and tricks on how to encourage your cactus to bloom at home.

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There are many factors that will effect whether or not your cactus will bloom including age and care.  Every cactus has a specific age at which it will begin to bloom. For some, this can take up to 30 years!  The best way to ensure that your cacti will flower this year is to purchase a plant that is already in bloom. 

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Additionally, cacti will only bloom if they have the proper light conditions, watering, and fertilization. During the Spring and Summer months, or the growing season, cactus need maximum light and thrive in heat. The plant should be turned occasionally to ensure that it is receiving even light exposure. Additionally, the plant will need more water during this period. Prior to watering, ensure that the top two inches of soil are completely dry. The cactus should be fertilized during the growing period with a cactus specific fertilizer that will add phosphorus and potassium to the soil.  

During the Fall and Winter months, or the dormant period, cacti thrive best in a cool and dry environment. They should only be watered about once a month to prevent the plant from shriveling up. The cactus should be moved to a cooler location that still has plenty of light. 

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With the correct age and conditions, your cactus will bloom beautiful flowers in shades of white, pink, red, orange, yellow, or purple. Make sure to check out our wonderful selection of cacti and other plants at our Jefferson and Beverly locations

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10 Steps To Prepare Your Containers for Planting
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1. Scrub the dirt from the inside and outside of your container using a wire brush until it is clean.

2. Soak the container overnight with warm water and soap.  

3. The next day, rinse the pot so that any remaining soap and dirt is removed.

4. If you are planting with a terra cotta pot, you should soak the container once more before you plant so that the clay retains more water. This will help your soil stay moist during the planting process.

5. Determine the location that you would like your pot to sit. Set the pot in that area because once it is filled with soil and plants, the pot will be difficult to move.  

6. If your container has drainage holes, you should set the pot on clay feet or bricks. This will allow air to circulate under the pot and will prevent containers from over-heating and drying. 

7. Over the top of the drainage hole, distribute gravel, screening, or broken pottery that you have laying around your garden. This will prevent the soil from washing away in the holes after watering but will still allow the water to drain properly. 

8. Fill your desired container with soil leaving at least half an inch of room at the top of the container.

9. Before planting, soak the soil using a garden hose or watering can.

10. After this initial watering, check beneath the container to make sure that the water is draining and that there is no soil escaping from the drainage holes.

 

Both our Beverly and Jefferson locations have a wide assortment of containers perfect for the spring season! Learn more about our locations here

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Botanical Entertaining with Flutter Magazine
 Photography: Michelle Beller

Photography: Michelle Beller

The Flutter Magazine team recently stopped by our Jefferson store to create a Botanical Entertaining piece featured in their latest issue! Our green-house was the perfect setting for this picturesque tablescape filled with floral details and delicate linens. The lush greens in our store created a vital and inviting environment perfect for any celebration. Continue reading below for a behind the scenes look into Flutter Magazine's inspiring botanical set-up!

 Photography: Michelle Beller

Photography: Michelle Beller

Not only was the table surrounded by beautiful plant-life, there were also small details throughout the table that brought our botanical dream to life. At each place setting, there was a personalized menu printed with beautiful leaves and vines. The team also hand-tied miniature floral bouquets and placed them beside the menus. 

 Photography: Michelle Beller

Photography: Michelle Beller

When it comes to entertaining, the set-up is key. Create an incredible display table for your dessert offerings using unique plating for each sweet treat ensuring that it will compliment the rest of your decor.

In keeping with the botanical style, the team plated delicious desserts on rustic wooden boards and platters with neutral tones. The long-stemmed blooms above were perfect to fill in negative space and draw the eye to the star of the dessert table, the three-tiered cake. 

 Photography: Michelle Beller

Photography: Michelle Beller

Instead of opting for a standard floral centerpiece, try incorporating fresh blooms in a unique way! Consider serving a sweet treat with an edible flower garnish from The Kitchen For Exploring Foods that will leave your guests wanting more. Another great way to incorporate the botanical theme into your entertaining is using flower-filled ice cubes in your specialty cocktails!

 Photography: Michelle Beller

Photography: Michelle Beller

Check out Fliutter Magazine's full piece on Botanical Entertaining in their latest release, Issue No. 16! Other topics featured include: Spring Floral Recipes. Ojai Wedding Inspirations with Caroline Tran, and more. To learn more about hosting your private event at one of our locations click here

 

Bar + Chairs - Found
Paper Goods - Minted
Photography - Michelle Beller
Styling - Kelly Oshiro
Floral Design - Native Poppy
Location / Serveware / Barware / Linens / Hanging Plants / Potting Vessels / Wood Table - Rolling Greens
Food + Beverage - The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

 

 

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Springtime Al Fresco Dining

Spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time to host the al fresco dinner party you’ve always wanted! Continue reading below to learn a little more on how to host the perfect al fresco dinner party.

 Monica Wang Photography

Monica Wang Photography

Table Setting

The table setting is a crucial part to the aesthetic of your al fresco dinner party. It is the first thing that people will notice when they sit down. The best place to start with is a table cloth. Try to go with a color that fits the occasion or theme of the dinner. If you are hosting a dinner for a graduation, keep the colors of the school that the graduate is attending in mind. If it is for a wedding, make note of what the colors or theme of the wedding is and stick with that. If there is no specific celebration, have fun with it, but stick to a theme. You don’t want to stray too far from your core ideas. Consider thinking about outside factors such as what time of year it is. Spring time would be the perfect time to experiment with pastels! Once you have found the perfect tablecloth to fit your occasion, pick a centerpiece. Flowers make for the perfect focal point of your table, so check out your local nursery to see what flowers are in season!

 Monica Wang Photography

Monica Wang Photography

 

Lighting

Light up the night with some candles or lights throughout the table. This will make the setting more intimate and allow you and your guests to see each other when the sun sets. Take the indoors outdoors. Using furniture from inside to your table setting outside will make for a cozier setting. Guests will feel comfortable and enjoy themselves in this unique setting. Lastly, set up a second place to serve food and drinks that is outside. This way guests will not have to travel back inside when looking to get seconds.

 

Hosting

Hosting can be a lot of work so make it stress free by calling in catering! The Kitchen For Exploring Foods has an amazing team that will create the meal of your dreams.

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If you are looking for accessories to dress up your table for an al fresco dinner party, shop our home decor section to find everything you need! You can also host your dinner party at any of our stores. Our Beverly store makes for a great place to host baby showers, bridal parties, and more. Our new Mateo location opening this summer will also make for an incredible venue for weddings!  Learn more about our private event services here

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