A Healthy Solution to the Effects of Social Distancing

To Our Flower-Loving Friends and Family,

French Florist cares deeply about our customers, and we wanted to let you know we are committed to continuing to serve our local and online community during the COVID-19 pandemic as safely and for as long as we possibly can.

With social distancing, schools and churches closed, events canceled, and

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The Special Flowers Loved Most by These Special Women

If you’ve ever wondered what the favorite flower of some of your favorite celebrity women, then you’ve arrived at the right spot. For Women’s History Month, Los Angeles’ floral expert’s French Florist has organized a list of pretty influential women from the past and now and highlight their favorite flower.

Mokara Orchid

Mokara Orchid

Angelina Jolie – Orchid

It is no surprise, someone who’s graceful, beautiful, mysterious, and exotic like Angelina Jolie, that her favorite flower is the orchid, also beautiful and exotic. Prized the world over because of the orchid’s unique design of three petals with different shapes based on the species, their fragile blooms also come in almost every color of the rainbow (except for black!) Orchids represent beauty, grace, love, and strength — all attributes Angelina Jolie possesses as well.

Anemones

Anemones

Anne Hathaway – Anemones

The striking and bright anemone flower is Anne Hathaway’s favorite flower. A talented and graceful actress, it is no wonder the variety of colors anemones are available in, and their associated meanings appeal to Anne, who has a diverse acting range. Pink and red anemones represent forsaken love, purple anemones offer protection against evil spirits, and white anemones signify grace, innocence, and purity.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Katy Perry – White and Purple Hydrangeas

Kay Perry’s favorite flower is the beautiful blooming hydrangea. With a lush, bountiful head of colorful flowers, the hydrangea shrub is popular in many gardens, as well as in floral arrangements. Katy prefers purple and white hydrangea, and these two colors together symbolize love, grace, purity, understanding, and royalty.

Bluebells

Bluebells

Lady Bird Johnson – Lavender Bluebell

An advocate for growing trees and flowers on the freeways and in urban areas across the U.S., Lady Bird Johnson’s love of blossoms had a massive influence while she was First Lady. Lady Bird’s preferred floral was the Lavender Bluebell, a shiny, pink, and lavender wildflower that takes to life any backyard garden. The bluebell floral represents undying, gratitude, devotion, and humility like – traits the inimitable Lady Bird Johnson also had.

White Roses

White Roses

Lady Gaga – White Roses

Lady Gaga’s favorite flower is the lovely white rose. Symbolizing rebirth, peace, love, and purity, the gorgeous and delicate white rose is also a popular wedding flower. An arrangement of white roses in a vase is also great for radiating positive energy throughout the space, which is probably why Lady Gaga loves to have her dressing room adorned with white roses.

Bring a touch of elegance to any special occasion with this stunning all white design. This dazzling design includes hydrangea, calla lilies and roses and is accented with a bear grass bow looped around the square vase. This design is sure to make a lasting impression.

Reflections

Springtime’s Earliest and Latest Flowers

In Los Angeles, we’re lucky enough to live in a climate where we can enjoy flowers that bloom throughout the year, but there’s something unmistakably unique about the flowers that bloom during spring. At French Florist, we love to celebrate the season of rebirth and new beginnings with batches of the most beautiful seasonal flowers, and we can’t wait to share all our new designs with you.

Fun Facts about Springtime and Flowers

This year, the vernal equinox and first official day of spring is March 19th, but plants don’t know that. Flowers know when it’s time to bloom because they can sense the lengthening days and warmer temperatures.

In the United States, we mark the beginning of spring with the equinox, but people in other places measure the seasons with other means, like the lunar calendar. In Japan, people take their cue from their national flower and don’t recognize the official beginning of spring until the cherry blossoms bloom.

A stunning, compact flower arrangement made with some of nature's finest blooms, including Hydrangea, Cymbidium Orchids, Roses, and Tulips!

Blushing Blooms

When the First and Last Flowers of Spring Bloom

The earliest spring flowers can actually start blooming well before spring begins, even in cold climates. Crocuses, snowdrops, and Lenten roses all push their way through the frost to bloom as early as late January!

The rest of the “early” spring bloomers like daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, and tulips emerge toward the end of March and beginning of April. Late spring bloomers need more sunshine and warmth before they’ll flower. These include roses, lilacs, bluebells, daisies, and peonies.

Our 7 Favorite Spring Flowers for Celebrating the Season of New Beginnings

So many lovely flowers bloom during spring that it’s tough to select just a few as favorites. We picked the following blossoms because of their unique beauty, alluring fragrances, and significant symbolic meanings make them easy for everyone to love.

Daffodils

Daffodils

1. Daffodils

With their trumpet-shaped blooms in bright yellow, orange, and white, daffodils are incredibly cheerful to look at. They are perhaps the flower that’s the most emblematic of spring because, like the season itself, daffodils also symbolize renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings.

Hyacinth

Hyacinth

2. Hyacinth

Hyacinths emerge early in spring with cones of flowers in blue, white, pink, and purple. Although they’re lovely to admire, they’re mostly adored for their pretty floral fragrance. You only need a couple of hyacinths to completely perfume a room.

Camellia

Camellia

3. Camellias

Camellia shrubs blossom with gloriously gorgeous flowers each spring. These beauties come in red, white, and pink and respectively symbolize deep desire, adoration, and longing.

Bluebells

Bluebells

4. Bluebells

These late-spring bloomers are worth the wait. They grow wildly in different regions around the United States and are also a favorite cultivated by flower suppliers everywhere. Several bell-shaped blooms hang gracefully from a single stem. The weight of the flowers causes the entire plant to bow gently toward the ground, which may be why bluebells have come to symbolize humility.

Roses

Roses

5. Roses

Roses are a favorite all year, but they’re actually in-season during spring. In the springtime, you can get the freshest, most beautiful flowers you’ll ever see. Plus, they’re way less expensive to buy in large quantities. This makes them a perfect choice for a spring wedding. Roses also have a rich history as a means of communicating in the Victorian Era. Each color has a different meaning. For example, pink represents gentle admiration, yellow is for friendship, and lavender represents love at first sight.

Pansies

Pansies

6. Pansies

Pansies bloom early in spring and have flowers that resemble happy, little faces. They come in a wide variety of colors and color combinations, making them fun to grow in large flower beds. They also look quite pretty as a single flower in a miniature pot. Pansies symbolize admiration and free thought.

Tulips

Tulips

7. Tulips

It’s impossible to list our favorite spring flowers without mentioning tulips. These beauties are just about as strongly associated with the season as daffodils. They bloom in endless varieties and work perfectly in a garden, container, or floral arrangement. Each color of the tulip has a different meaning. Yellow, representing happy thoughts, is our favorite.

Welcome Springtime with Indoor Flowers to Celebrate the Beauty Outside

The best way to celebrate the season of renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings is to decorate your home with a bouquet of fresh spring flowers from French Florist. A single vase of flowers will brighten your home, sweeten the air, and create an uplifting atmosphere to elevate your mood.

How to Grow Healthy Succulents

Succulents are on-trend, fun to collect, and super affordable. So, it’s no wonder why they’ve become some of the most sought-after houseplants. They’re also really easy to care for. That being said, you do need to have some information in order to make sure you do everything right to keep your succulents alive and happening. Check out this quick guide to simple succulent care from the experts at French Florist in Los Angeles.

What Makes Succulents So Special?

Unlike other green plants, succulents don’t have thin, papery leaves. Instead, they grow thick, rubbery spines, leaves, or segments. With these rubbery leaves, they’re perfectly adapted to L.A.’s sunny, dry weather because these strange appendages allow them to store water extremely efficiently. In fact, succulents keep water in their roots and stems, too, which is why they’re called succulents in the first place — succulent is another word for moist.

Various Succulent Plants

Various Succulent Plants

Why Grow Succulents Inside? 

Succulents will help create a calm, serene atmosphere in your home or office. In addition to putting out positive vibes, they also keep the indoor air healthy for breathing. Succulent roots generate a gentle pumping action that draws air toward the soil. When harmful toxins like VOCs reach their roots, they convert the chemicals into nutrients, effectively eradicating indoor air pollution. In addition to purifying the air, they also replenish the indoor atmosphere with plenty of fresh oxygen.

Popular Succulent Varieties

Succulents come in an almost endless number of varieties, which makes it fun to play with them in both succulent gardens and floral arrangements. If you receive a succulent in a floral bouquet, simply plant the succulent in soil once the flowers are spent. The succulent will soon sprout roots and start to grow.

Sedum

Sedum succulents tend to finger outward or upward in clumps of leaf segments. They’re perfect for filling out a succulent garden or arrangement. They grow in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Green Sedum

Green Sedum

Blue Sedum

Blue Sedum

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe plants are arguably the most cheerful of all succulents thanks to their pretty flower clusters that bloom in vibrant shades of pink, orange, yellow, red, and white. If cared for properly, a healthy kalanchoe will start blooming in autumn and continue until spring.

Orange Kalanchoe

Orange Kalanchoe

Echeveria

Echeveria plants are some of the most popular and commonly seen succulents. They come in several varieties, but they all feature starburst-shaped silhouettes. Echeveria grow in shades of green, pink, red, and even black. Their leaves vary in shape, too, ranging from round to pointed, tubular to stick-like, and crinkled to flat.

Black Prince Echeveria

Black Prince Echeveria

A truly unique design featuring bright golden sunflowers and beautiful blue hydrangeas nestled in with curiously delightful succulents. Accented with assorted greens, this wonderful bouquet is a bold design with a gentle touch that provides long-lasting beauty and intrigue to any home or office.

Sunflowers & Succulents

How to Care for Indoor Succulents

Caring for plants doesn’t get much easier than taking care of succulents. Pot a succulent in low-nutrient soil formulated specially for cacti or succulents and make sure the plant has a pot that will drain completely. Indoors, succulents need a warm location and lots of directly sunlight. Succulents rarely need pruning, but any dead leaves or debris should be removed promptly to prevent bacterial growth making the plant sick. Water succulents sparingly, only when the soil is completely dry and never let the plant sit in standing water.

Succulents - Collection

Succulents – Collection

If leaves begin turning yellow or brown, this means the plant is stressed. Most commonly, this occurs due to too much water, but can also indicate a very thirsty succulent. Check the soil to try to figure out what’s going on, and then contact an expert at Echeveria for additional help.

 

 

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Flowers: The Best Valentine’s Gift for Him

Romance is in the air in Los Angeles, which means Valentine’s Day is almost here! If you’re still not sure what to get for your husband or boyfriend for Valentine’s Day, our romance experts at French Florist recommend that you seriously consider flowers.

Why We Recommend Getting Your Guy Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Men love receiving flowers just as much as women and studies have shown that men who receive flowers actually become more open and communicative. Men who receive flowers tend to make stronger eye contact and stand closer to those around them. If you’re hoping to spend a day of intimacy with your partner, then we highly recommend giving him flowers for Valentine’s Day.

Our Top Floral Picks for Your Man’s Valentine’s Gift

A gorgeous, hand-selected, white Phalaenopsis Orchid plant displayed in an understated, stylishly elegant wooden box or ceramic container.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

1. Orchids

Orchids are perfect for a guy with an office, as they create a tranquil atmosphere. They look lovely in the home, too. There’s almost no flower that’s more alluring than the all-white Phalaenopsis orchid when it’s in full bloom. Orchids are relatively simple to care for, and they’ll continue to bloom every winter for as long as they’re loved.

This unique design features a Bromeliad plant incorporated in it's own basket. Surrounded by fresh cut tropical flowers & orchids, it creates a most unique gift.

Tropical Garden Basket

2. Tropical Flowers

Tropical flowers bloom in fiery colors and have interesting shapes and textures that make them perfect for the sort of contemporary designs to which men tend to be most attracted. Our Tropical Garden Basket makes the perfect gift for a man who loves the exotic. This basket features a live bromeliad plant surrounded by freshly cut tropical flowers to create a design that will make your recipient feel like he’s on an island getaway.

A vibrant display of Lilies, Tulips and Roses sprouting out of a bed of delicious green Hydrangea and wisps of curling bear grass.

Roses, Tulips, Lilies Galore!

3. Sunny Color Palette

Sunny colors, clean lines, compact designs, and clustered colors are all wonderful design elements to have in a floral arrangement for a man, and they can all be found in our Roses, Tulips, Lilies Galore! bouquet. This design will definitely make your beau feel well-loved.

n elegant display of roses in the color of your choice, tastefully arranged with complimenting filler flowers and / or green foliage, in a heavy glass rectangular vase.

Red Roses

4. Red Roses

The classic symbol of romantic love and the quintessential Valentine’s Day flower, the red rose is wonderful for both men and women — especially on Valentine’s Day! Paired with unexpected accents in a stylish cube vase, red roses rise above the over-done cliché and achieve true elegance in this design which features the sumptuous blooms of red South American roses.

How to Choose the Best Flowers for a Man on Valentine’s Day

When you start shopping for your guy’s Valentine’s gift, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices that are actually available. We recommend looking for a floral design that features a contemporary look or one with a natural, rustic vibe. Unless pink is your man’s favorite color, we recommend avoiding pastel tones and choosing monochrome palettes, vibrant colors, primary hues, or jewel tones.

If you’re not sure what to get for your boyfriend or husband, don’t worry! Our flower experts at French Florist are always here to help. Whether you order online, over the phone, or in person, we’ll provide you with personalized recommendations to help you choose the perfect gift for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

Order Flowers Early to Start Valentine’s Day off Right

Love is in the air, candy’s being sold in heart-shaped containers, and teddy bears are everywhere — Valentine’s Day must be drawing near! Our romance experts at French Florist in Los Angeles are here to remind you that the best way to plan for Valentine’s Day is to plan early! To make sure you get to enjoy a perfect day of romance with your Valentine, make your dinner reservations now, choose your gifts, and get ready to order your flowers. 

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The Fastest Method of Drying Flowers

Traditionally, flowers are dried by hanging them upside down, out of direct sunlight. Although this tried and true method works well and is the most recommended way for those who plan to display dried flowers in a vase, this flower preservation method requires days and days of drying. If you have a dried flower project that you want to work on today, waiting a week or longer for your flowers to dry simply won’t work. Our Los Angeles flower experts at French Florist recommend trying a more modern method of flower drying that will allow you to have fresh flowers now and dry flowers in just minutes.

Hanging Dried Flowers

Hanging Dried Flowers

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Our 5 Favorite Plants for the Coldest Months

In sunny Los Angeles, we’re lucky because flowers are always in bloom! Our mild climate accommodates plants that thrive in all four seasons, and we especially love to enjoying indoor plants that bloom in the winter. At French Florist, our florists put together a list of our top five favorite plants that bloom naturally during the coldest season. Read More

5 Popular Flowers We’re Thankful For

Flowers and floral arrangements are always in season and in style. At French Florist, serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, our florists fully believe in the year-round power of flowers. Flowers are pretty, they smell wonderful, and just being around them has all sorts of amazing health benefits. Flowers can lower stress, improve your mood, and strengthen your memory. They’ve also been shown to speed the recovery of people ailing from illness, injury, or recovering from surgery. With so many benefits, there’s no reason to wait for a holiday or special occasion. Why not order a bouquet of flowers today?

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Find the Perfect Gift for Your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving Host

It’s the time of year when we focus on spending time with our loved ones and practicing gratitude. If you’ve been invited to attend a holiday dinner at someone else’s home, this November, don’t forget to show your gratitude with a thoughtful gift for your host or hostess. At French Florist, serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, our professional florists and gift designers have been busy compiling a list of creative hostess gift ideas for Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving.

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