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Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11

Enter our Mother’s Day giveaway draw to win her a hand-tied bouquet from Sage Flowers…and a $50 charitable donation in her name to the charity of her choice!

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Here’s how to enter:

  1. Like or follow our facebook page, blog, or twitter account.
  2. Leave us a comment or tweet: three words that describe your mom or another special mother in your life
  3. Check back on MONDAY MAY 5th!  We will announce the winner on facebook/ blog and twitter.

 

The fine print:

  • Contest is limited to the Kingston and surrounding area
  • Prize delivery is included within Kingston City Limits. Pick up is available at our pop up shop at 2312 Princess St. on Sat May 10 and Sun May 11
  • Approximate value of the prize bouquet is $50. No purchase is necessary, but the winner can choose to receive a $50 discount on a  higher-priced item, or a delivery item with a delivery surcharge for addresses outside of Kingston City limits.
  • Contest begins Mon April 28 and closes at 8 am on Monday, May 5th.

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Good Day Sunshine- Mother’s Day Pop up Shops!

Did some impulse buying on the flower truck today, I just had to have this sunny calla lily.   I love everything about calla plants. The flowers are pretty rad, obviously, but I also love the the curves and mass of the whole thing. AND THOSE LEAVES! The ripply fan shape! The dots! I cannot wait for the callas to grow in my garden. Summer brides, get ready- you are probably gonna carry some of these leaves down the aisle with you.

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Callas are a popular wedding flower, but for me they bring back travel memories.

Spence and I lived in Pacific Grove, California, for a year back in 2009, and the callas there were bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s.  Sorry, Ontario brides! Our primo $9 per stem bridal flower is Northern California’s garden weed. After a thunderstorm, I could walk around my block and  pick myself a $100 bridal bouquet from callas that had blown onto the sidewalk. (On the plus side…. yay, healthcare?)

These are amaryllis growing out of the sidewalk down the block from us, but same idea. Sorry, 2009 me really wasn’t thinking ahead…

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But I’m getting ridiculously off topic, I actually wanted to tell you all about Mother’s Day!

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 11! Don’t forget your mom, or the important mother-figures in your life.

I am excited to announce that we will be running TWO Mother’s Day pop up shops this year.

Lakeshore School has graciously rented us space from 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11.  They’re at 2312 Princess St. between the CAA and the RONA.

We will also have a table at the Mother’s Day Brunch market at the Queen’s University Club on Sunday May 11 from 10:00-2:00. We are so grateful to Nina and her team for the invitation to this lovely event- we’ll pass along more details as they become available.

Come out for some treats, pick up your order, or shop from our selection of bouquets and plants. At our Lakeshore shop, we can even make you up a custom bunch on the spot 🙂

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Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be adding more products to the shop, running a social media contest to win a hand-tied bouquet, and playing show and tell when our new shipment of planters and vases arrives May 1st.

We’re already taking orders, so give us a call, send us a message, or order online to ensure you’re the golden child for the rest of the year. You’re never too old to be a good kid.

Happy Thursday, all!

PS. Mr. Bingley and his new favourite (disgusting) toy, THE POM POM, send their warmest wishes. Now where’s the kibble?

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Thursday Fleursday- (Good) Moody Blues

Happy +10 degrees to all!

The cardinals and robins are going nutso in my backyard.  Now that the snow is melting, I can see chaos everywhere (busted my wrist just in time for fall cleanup last year), but I’m so relieved to see green shoots and critters that I can’t even stay mad. *

I had a great shipment of agapanthus and lisianthus this week, and some blue eringyum- thought it would be a good day to do some blue flower show and tell.

Blue is popular, especially with brides, but it can be tricky to find seasonal blooms that are really blue. (I’m working to expand my knowledge and repertoire obvs- leave me a comment if you know a good blue fleur that I’ve missed!)

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Cut agapanthus is usually an import- they are available from Mexico and South America Nov-June.  I was introduced to agapanthus by my Auntie B on a visit to Kew Garden- it will always remind me of that trip.

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Eryngium, or sea holly, or ‘those blue thistley things’ is a great, long-lasting filler.  The little leaves and calyxes can go yellow after a while- pull them off and keep on enjoying the blue centres.  As far as I know,eryngium is available year-round as an imported cut flower. I love them for their colour and spikey texture (If you mention your bouquet is going to someone from Scotland, and I can get my hands on this, guess what happens?)

Delphinium is available in the summer as a local cut, and most of the year as an import (it’s biggest and best in season)  It is available in a range of colours from white to pink to purple to BLUE.  I love the tall, spike shape, and the irridescent colouring and little spurs on the individual blooms.  It shows well and lasts a long time in the vase, and you can also get away with it in corsages and crowns.  Check out the difference between the import stems from February and the local stuff I was able to use last June- they’re in the same sized vase:

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At the other end of the shape-spectrum are fat, poofy hydrangeas- I use these for mass. It can be tough to visually balance other, smaller flowers with them in the vase- they are definitely showstoppers. Hydrangea is another flower available locally in the summer and as an import pretty much year-round.

Did you know- certain varieties of hydrangea will only bloom green or white, but other varieties range in colour from white, pink, purple, or blue, depending on the PH of the soil?

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And we’re heading into straight up purple territory with these lisianthus, but I couldn’t not show you how HUGE AND AWESOME
they are right now! Also, they are available in a much darker, almost bluish purple. I believe we are at peak season- these babies were grown at Slaman’s greenhouses in Burford, Ontario.  http://slamans.ca/index.php?cID=68

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Hope this helps you to better know a flower, and that you get to enjoy the double-digit temperatures and some sunshine this weekend.

Happy Thursday!

* There is ONE critter I can stay mad at.  He says ‘happy Thursday, chumps!’  Siiiigh.

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Great News, Everyone! – MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!

I am so excited I don’t have to keep this a secret anymore! 

After months of preparation, commercial real estate-ing, permits, dances with zoning bylaws, and of course PAINTING, I am thrilled to be able to open the doors to a place very dear to my heart, that I hope will become special to you, too:

The Sage Flowers &Kitty and Me Yoga Studio!

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Please come by for Cat Salutations and the bounty of spring flowers at our grand opening, and do bring your feline friend!

Thanks to Steven, my parents and family, my supportive clients, and of course, MR. BINGLEY for helping me make my lifelong dream come true! NAMASTE!

 

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