Get into the Halloween Spirit with These Spectacularly Spooky Flowers

October has official crept in on its creepy-crawly feet and now it’s time for fall festivities. Press play on a few scary movies, eat all the candy corn you can stand, and sink your teeth into a caramel apple. At French Florist in Los Angeles, we’ll be getting our fall on with fresh florals for October and celebrating the scary season with some of the most frightening flowers on Earth. Read on, if you dare!

Don’t Scream! They’re Only Terrifying Flowers

Hydnora Africana

Hydnora-Africana

 

This flower’s almost enough to make a person believe in monsters. If it looks familiar, you’ve probably seen it (or something very similar) featured in film. The hydnora africana is though to have inspired the plant character from “Little Shop of Horrors.” It also closely resembles the monsters from “Tremors” and those featured in Netflix’s “Stranger Things” series.

Cinema aside, this flower’s scary all on its own. It spends most of its life living completely under ground, where it feeds on nutrients from the roots of neighboring plants. When it’s ready to reproduce, the monster-mouth flower blooms above ground and emits a feces-like stench to attract pollinators. Dung beetles and flies find the smell most attractive. When they land on its red flesh, the jaw-like flower snap shut, holding the insects captive until they’re sufficiently covered in pollen.

Stinking Corpse Lily

Stinking Corpse Lily

This alien-looking bloom is native to the island of Sumatra. It’s another parasitic flower that feeds off nutrients captured from its host vines. A truly strange flower, the stinking corpse lily grows no stems, leaves, or roots, resembling more of a fungus than a regular plant.

This monstrous flower’s the largest single blooming flower on Earth. It’s petals can stretch up to nearly three-and-a-half feet across. When it blooms, it also emits a strong, unpleasant odor. The smell of rotting flesh attracts beetles and flies that can then pollinate other blooming monsters.

Titan Arum

Titan Arum – Sumatran Corpse Flower

Another Sumatran native, the titan arum gets its name from the Greek word for giant because it’s also another monstrously massive plant. When in bloom, this plant’s flower clusters grow tall, helping the titan arum reach heights of up to 20 feet. It can also grow to up to 16 feet wide.

If the size isn’t enough to put you off, then the smell certainly will be. Like the stinking corpse lily, titan arum also packs a strong olfactory punch. Its stench has been compared to a bouquet of Limburger cheese, feces, sweaty socks, rotting fish, and Chloraseptic with a touch of something sweet mixed in.

Put These in Your Halloween Floral Arrangements Instead

Your Halloween flowers don’t have to pack a putrefying punch to scare your guests. We recommend decorating with these more common, pleasantly perfumed fall flowers, instead.

Black Roses

Orange Chrysanthemums

Snapgdragon Seed Pod -Photo by Kuriositas

Black Roses

People dye their hair all the time for Halloween. Why not dye the flowers, too? These black beauties don’t grow naturally, but that’s no reason not to use them for extra-frightening Halloween decor. They’ll create a perfectly macabre atmosphere at a Halloween party or make an impressive statement at a Halloween wedding. Put together an all-black bouquet or mix them up in a yellow, orange, and black arrangement. Tie them off with a festive ribbon and add a few sparkly bats or spiders to capture the full effect.

Chrysanthemums

These classic autumn flowers feature abundant blooms on a single plant. They’re available in almost every color you can imagine, including all the October classics like gold, yellow, orange, and burgundy. Chrysanthemums are perfect for creating a warm, welcoming entryway or front doorway, as they traditionally represent cheerfulness. Plus, these hardy blooms fare well outdoors, as long as they’re protected from the frost.

Snapdragon Seed Pods

It’s no scary story, honest. These spooky spectacles are all natural! They begin as beautifully vibrant snapdragon flowers. When the blooms dry up and die and they leave behind these seed pods that bear an astonishing resemblance to itty-bitty human skulls. Glue them to a Halloween wreath or pop a few into a festive floral arrangement to give all your Halloween house guests the chills.

Bootiful Bouquets and Other Frightening Florals for October

At French Florist, we have a wide variety of festive and unique floral arrangements perfect for this season, like our Jungle Sunset.

Jungle Sunset

Whether you’re going for a cheerful autumn look or a spooky spectacle, our expert florists have your floral needs covered. We’ll help you select the best arrangements for all of your seasonal needs. Stop by our floral shop or order online today!

The Right Way to Send Someone Flowers in the Hospital

There’s nothing better than a colorful and happy bouquet of flowers to lift someone’s spirits if they in the hospital. Flowers are vibrant, fresh-cut, full of life and beauty and do wonders for brightening up the hospital room and someone’s mood. In fact, people who receive flowers are happier than those who receive other gifts, and they remain happier for longer. That’s the incredible effect flowers have on us!

There a few things you should know, though, before you choose and send flowers to someone in the hospital. The floral experts at French’s florist can help you select the perfect flowers and get them to the right recipient in any hospital. Here are some helpful guidelines for you, as well.

A Cheery Display of Clusters

Best Practices for Sending Flowers to Someone in the Hospital

  1. Choose bright and colorful flowers! Vibrantly-colored flowers bring about joy and happiness into a room and the recipient.
  2. Choose flowers that last long and easy to care for. Also, try to have them in a see-through vase so the water level can be monitored for easier care.
  3. Smaller is better than bigger. Large arrangements may interfere with equipment or staff going about their daily routine. A more compact size floral arrangement is better for space reasons and will be easier to take home.
  4. Get flowers that are allergy-free. Hospital staff or other visitors may be allergic. Be on the safe side and choose hypoallergenic flowers like carnations, peonies, hydrangeas, daffodils, or orchids.
  5. Non-lightweight containers are best. Some ceramic or glass vases may be prone to breaking if they get accidentally bumped or pushed onto the floor. Plastic, wicker or metal floral containers are a better option.

Choose a Meaningful Floral Arrangement 

Tailor your get-well message to specifically convey a certain feeling by choosing flowers that symbolize a special meaning. Some popular choices are:

  • Asiatic Lily: Symbolizing long life and good fortune, lilies also have bright petals that burst forth from dark leaves in a beautiful contrast of tones.
  • Chrysanthemums: Symbolizing joy, long life, and optimism, chrysanthemums come in an assortment of colorful petals, shapes, and sizes.
  • Daffodils: Symbolizing new beginnings and eternal life, this beautiful star-shaped flower is very cheerful.
  • Heather:  Symbolizing protection and good luck, heather has dark blue bell-shaped petals and is a low-growing flowering plant.
  • Hydrangeas: Symbolizing perseverance, these gorgeous flowers change colors over time and are long-lasting.
  • Iris: Symbolizing good news, the Iris also means rainbow in the Greek language.
  • Pansies: Symboling caring and loving thoughts, these delicate and colorful flowers have four petals that face up and one that faces down.
  • Peonies: Symbolizing healing, good health, and a happy life, peonies are colorful, show-stopping blooms.
  • Yellow Tulips: Symbolizing the sun, hope, and cheerful thoughts, the tulip is much revered classic bulb.

Heaven Purple & Pink

 

Before you send your get-well flowers, give the florist the name of the recipient and the hospital where they are located. It’s customary for most floral shops to deliver flowers to area hospitals, so they’ll know all the ins and outs of getting your flowers to where they need to be. At French’s Florist, we use only the freshest and best quality flowers to design the perfect arrangements. Contact us when you need to send to someone flowers, no matter the occasion, and rest assured we’ll help you brighten their day.

 

Sunflowers Make the Perfect Gift

The Sunflower is a glorious flower that takes from summer into fall and spreading warmth and joy along the way. Full of cheer and brightness, this hardy flower is also easy to care for. The sunflower also makes a great addition to any flower display or fall decoration. It’s large, round disc with bold yellow radiating petals makes it a statement flower wherever it’s placed. Sunflowers also bring a festive element to any garden or home interior. Bursting with positive energy and life, these blooms make a great addition to other displays or can stand on its own without any help.

Taking care of sunflowers is simple, so you can enjoy them no matter where you are in the Los Angeles area. The floral designers at French Florist can help you with decorating ideas or provide you with the best quality sunflowers in the area for any of your decorating or gardening desires.

Giving Sunflowers as Gifts

Sunny, warm, happy, and friendly, make great gifts for just about anyone. Also, when paired with delicate, elegant flowers, the contrast is quite stunning and give the sunflower an air of sophistication, as seen in our Sensational Sunset bouquet. For a super stylish and trendy display, pair Sunflowers and Succulents for a gift that will turn heads. Or, for a charming and chic gift, combine sunflowers with contrasting colors which are just as bold such as purples, blues, and greens, as in our You Are My Sunshine basket.

Sensational Sunset

Sunflowers and Succulents

You Are My Sunshine

Perfect for any fall celebration, or, really, any occasion at all, you just can’t wrong with sunflowers.

Sunflower Care

When you bring sunflowers into your home, keep fresh as long as possible by displaying them in a cool, dry place away from heat and hot spots. Keep them near a window to ensure they receive plenty of sunlight. Also, keep the water in the vase clean and replenish daily back to the same water level. Follow these directions to enjoy your fresh, fabulous sunflower blooms as long as possible.

For more tips and advice about caring for or selecting flowers, talk to the floral designers at French Florist. We’ll make sure you’re surrounded by the best, freshest, and most fragrant flowers anytime you want.

 

Amazing Fall Floral Designs

Not to be outdone by the flowers of summer, the late-blooming flowers of fall are abundantly rich in color with deep jewel tones that proudly represent mother nature’s last hurrah before winter’s frost descends. Deep reds and oranges with a pop of bright yellows and purple are the trademark colors of the season. Some of the more popular flowers of fall include the bright yellow sunflower, the chrysanthemum (a symbol of fall’s abundance), and the Dahlia, which comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. At French Florist, we’re excited to introduce our fall collection of flowers which lend themselves to dazzling, richly-colored, and striking floral designs. Read More

Send Tokens of Love and Gratitude for Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day will be here soon! Usually celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, this is a wonderful opportunity for children and grandparents to learn more about each other and make beautiful memories for grandparents. Send beautiful flowers and gifts or a long-lasting plant design to Gram and Gramps from grandchildren as a token of their gratitude and love. The professionals at French Florist are happy to deliver your beautiful designs to any residents, nursing home, senior community or assisted living facility in the greater Los Angeles area. Make sure you remember grandparents on Grandparents Day with gorgeous blooms. If you get the opportunity to spend time with grandparents we also have a few fun ideas for making memories between grandchildren and grandparents.

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College Survival Kit- 5 Essentials

Soon it will be time for college students to head off to campus. This is an exciting time in their life. Students begin to exert their independence, gain responsibility and spread their wings. We want to support and encourage their effort. But, we also want to make sure they’re well provided for and prepared for what lies ahead. Setting them up for success can be done in many ways. That’s why the designers at French Florist have compiled a list of college survival kit essentials- items students may not even realize they need. Think about sending some of these to your student during the first week of classes. That way, you’ll help them know how much you care and have an excellent fall semester.

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Choose a Magical Gift

Being able to choose a magical gift for someone special on their special occasion is truly a talent. At French Florist, we want to help you become the best gift giver. Take a look around our shop. We have so much more to offer than just beautiful floral arrangements. Choose items to add-on to any floral design or simply pick a unique treasure that you know your recipient will love forever.

Find treasures galore when you explore our gift options and find amazing gifts for every occasion. For the friends or loved ones with a new baby, send our New Beginnings design. The vibrant, eye-catching colors of spring flowers are enhanced by a cuddly teddy bear for baby. Beautiful iris, tulips, and daisies combine to create a fabulous display that will be a hit for parents, too! Send something beautiful to welcome the new little one and let parents know how excited you are for them.

 

Our floral experts and gift designers are happy to help. We’ll gladly talk to you about your next upcoming events and help you choose a magical gift that’s perfect for any occasion. Our professional services include delivery to the greater Los Angeles area. Find something unique and meaningful in our shop for the special people in your life and make their next event or occasion one to remember. 

Celebrate Independence on the Fourth of July

Fourth of July is a wonderful time to celebrate our freedom and independence. It’s also appropriate to thank those who make those freedoms possible. To do so, send a beautiful bouquet of patriotic flowers to anyone you know in the military. Their service to our country is unmatched. The floral designers at French Florist have a beautiful array of patriotic blooms to choose from. Take a look at our selection and choose the perfect design to send or display on the Fourth of July this year.

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Brighten Summer Days With a Basket of Sunny Sunflowers

Now that summer has arrived, we anticipate bright beautiful colors, long lazy days, and warmer weather. There are many great ways to celebrate summer. Whether you’re lying by the pool or getting out with friends, be sure to include beautiful blooms in an array of colors. Summer flowers add to the festivities and give your summer gatherings a bit of color and style. The floral designers at French Florist have what you need for summer florals. Take a look at our beautiful summer collection so that you can find the perfect flowers for all of your summer activities. 

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Father’s Day Dish Gardens

As Father’s Day approaches, we recognize that dads can come in all shapes and sizes. Not all dads are created equal, so we have a vast array of excellent choices for fathers this year. Whether you’re celebrating your dad, stepdad, grandfather or other special father figure in your life, you’re sure to find something special for him. From plants or floral designs, gift baskets or gourmet treat boxes, find something perfect for the father figure in your life and let him know how special he is to you. The floral designers at French Florist have an excellent collection that we would love to share with you for Father’s Day this year.

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