Meet the Sunflower

Meet Helianthus Annuus, the Sunflower

Table of Citrus Theme Sunflower arrangements displayed Robinson’s Gardens Beverly Hills, CA.
 A native of North America, the sunflower’s Latin botanical name is Helianthus Annuus.  The best known of these bold, cheery flowers grows as an annual and is a member of the largest floral family, the Asteraceae family which includes Daisies, Chrysanthemums, Gerberas, Asters, Cosmos, etc.  
The ancient Peruvian Incan sun worshipers attached it with meanings of “wishes & loyalty”. This flower was revered by many cultures, deriving its name from the Greek word heliosanthos, helios, meaning “sun,” and anthos, meaning “flower”.
Garland of sunflowers, roses and other flowers
Homage and Devotion are other meanings of this flower.  It is known as the “3rd wedding anniversary flower” and the state flower of Kansas.
Wedding Cake with Sunflowers


In the summer months sunflowers are abundant in California and other parts of the United States. California is the largest grower of fresh cut flowers in the country.  Our flower shop is so lucky to be located in California.  In the summer when sunflowers are at their seasonal peak, we have so many varieties of sunflowers available to our clients.  We have sunflowers with the traditional or common “black eyes” or centers. They can come with green centers, bronze petals, burgundy petals, bi-color yellow and bronze petals like the picture on the left.  We also have “Teddy Bear” sunflowers–are fun with lots of little golden yellow petals.  Our shop does carry the traditional sunflower with the black centers throughout most of the year.  

Our shop, Edelweiss Flower Boutique, uses sunflowers in numerous floral designs.  Most feel sunflowers cannot be elegant, but as you can see elegance is not a problem.  The floral arrangement below can be used for a wedding, or as an accent decor for garden party or event.

Elegant arrangement of sunflowers, roses and hydrangeas

Caring for Your Fresh Cut Sunflowers

Vase life is from 7-14 days depending on variety. Remove bottom leaves if present, re-cut stems under water and place into a vase of warm water and fresh flower food provided by our flower shop. If no flower food is available, then place your sunflowers into a bleach solution (6-8 drops per quart) with a small amount of clear sweetened soda (seven-up works wonders).  Change water daily and re-cut your flowers for best results.  Keep any flowers you have in a cool place in your home or office.  Do not put any flowers next to a sunny hot window!  The best vase life is obtained in flower food solutions which should be provided with your purchase from a professional florist that cares about their product and clients.

Choosing a Sunflower Bouquet

Your sunflower design can be modern and colorful or you can have a traditional pitcher of sunflowers.  We use sunflowers for bridal bouquets, to decorate wedding cakes and garlands… the possibilities are endless.
Piled high with cheerful sunflowers, this hand-painted, hand-glazed Chevy pickup is a Father’s Day dream come true. T18F100A


Send the unexpected – an artistic and modern design of sunflowers, green anthuriums & hydrangeas with tropical grasses. EFB-61


Rise and shine! Send her a sunrise with this golden bouquet of bright-as-day sunflowers. TEV32-1A


Pour on the fun by sending this dazzling bouquet of sunflowers in a bright yellow ceramic pitcher! T153-1A
Whoever receives this stunning bouquet is sure to be bowled over by its bold beauty! It’s big on fun and big on sunflowers. T152-2A






With bright yellow sunflowers and roses, it”s like bringing a little bit of the outdoors in! Sunflowers, chrysanthemums and roses in a matching cachepot. TF67-2

Like rays of light, the brightly colored petals of the sunflower sweep upward and outward in this bright bouquet.

Choosing Mother’s Day Flowers for Mom – Who Taught Us Life Skills

What kind of rules did your mom make you follow when you were a kid?  Most likely, they seemed really strict, but now that you’re older, you might have a little more perspective.  They were there to teach us valuable lessons, of course, even if it was hard to see at the time.  Here are a few of mom’s rules that now make sense:


As kids, we loved to stay up late at night watching TV, playing games, or doing whatever we wanted.  But then we would be dead tired the next day at school.  Mom’s bedtime wasn’t arbitrary; it was to help us get in the habit of getting up early during the week so we could have the energy to get through a full day of work.


Then there were chores.  This was mom’s way of teaching us that there are certain things that have to be done to keep the house in order, even if we don’t like them.  If we ignore this, well, think of all the garbage that will pile up!

Saving Money

Saving money and learning to stick to a budget.  Mom wouldn’t buy us everything we wanted, and she often made us do chores or other tasks to earn an allowance or reward.  This was mom teaching us finances.  We all have to work to earn our paychecks.  Mom just wanted us to get used to this fact of life at an early age.  You’ve got to do the work if you want to earn the reward!

Did your mom have any rules that seem a little crazy but now make you realize she was teaching you?  She seems a lot smarter now, huh?

Be sure to thank mom for all she did by giving her Mother’s Day flowers in Santa Monica, CA.

Winter Flowers We Love to Decorate With

Most people don’t think there are any amazing flowers that bloom during the winter months, but while there aren’t as many as you would see during the spring, there are some beautiful winter flowers.  You may see a number of these gorgeous flowers in your area.  Even if you don’t have that many blooming flowers, never despair—there are always flowers blooming somewhere, and your local florist can get them for you!

If you have a mild winter, you may find that some traditional late summer and fall flowers keep right on blooming during December and even January.  If it stays warm enough and doesn’t freeze, your favorite flowers might keep right on blooming.  However, if temperatures do get down into the single digits, you might only see some of these flowers around:

-Lenten/Christmas Rose
-Winter Daphne
-Winter Jasmine
-Winter Honeysuckle
-Kaffir Lily

These are just some of the beautiful winter flowers you might see during this season.  Want to bring some of these gorgeous blooms indoors?  Take a look at the many winter flowers in Santa Monica, CA, that can be delivered right to your doorstep.

Kylie Jenner & POM Wonderful Event Flowers

Kylie Jenner POM Wonderful Event Flower Design by Edelweiss Flower Boutique in Santa Monica

Sometimes we get to do event flowers for the most interesting people!  This one we did in the fall of 2017 for Kylie Jenner at a POM Wonderful event and it was shared online and with us.

We love making custom floral designs to complement the event’s look and feel.  Usually we work with the organizers on colors, flower types, budget and overall design goals.  And then we work our design magic!

Thanks for sharing the @POMWonderful Arils love on Snapchat, @KylieJenner. We’re so glad you enjoyed them!

— POM Wonderful (@pomwonderful) October 12, 2017


Contact us today to request a quote for your upcoming event:

Edelweiss Flower Bouquet

1722 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

There Are Angels in Los Angeles | Sympathy Flowers to Mother’s Day Flowers

Edelweiss Flower Boutique

As a local Santa Monica florist for almost 30 years, we have serviced our community and designed many flowers for endless occasions, happy and sad.   We have been able to celebrate and comfort our many cherished clients through all the milestones in their lives.  From sympathy flowers to Mother’s Day flowers, we strive to offer comfort and compassion as well as beautiful ways to express joy!

Prom Flowers

Ruby roses and purple butterfly orchid arrangement
Red Roses & Purple Butterfly Orchid Arrangement

We have been here to help the shy teenager to pick out the perfect flowers for a first prom date.  Later send flowers to express his affection to a new found love interest.  Have the honor to design the flowers for the wedding, send flowers for anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day and just because he wants to see her smile.  They later become parents and share many baby pictures with us.


Mother’s Day Flowers

Garden roses and dahlia bridal bouquet
Garden Roses and Dahlia Bridal Bouquet

Several young fathers come in with the new addition or many small ones to pick out Mommy’s first Mother’s Day flowers.  In order to keep the children entertained we offer a balloon and have become to be known as the balloon store.  We help choose a wrist corsage for their first father/daughter dance.  We have made countless nosegays for little girls first dance recitals from proud parents and friends.

Sympathy Flowers

As for the sad times, we have cried and hugged many of those in our community.  We breath some light into their lives with beautiful  floral tributes in memory of a loved-one during difficult times.
Open Heart Sympathy wreath
Open Heart Sympathy Wreath

Recently we had a very sad occurrence.  One of our families lost their Mother,  two young girls 18 and 19 years old.  They had recently lost their father just a few months earlier.  Even though still saddened by their loss, their mother decided to still have a 50th birthday party. A party she was joyfully planning for months with her now deceased husband and family. But the week of her  party she passed away.

The young ladies called our shop to inquire about  sympathy flowers for the funeral.  They wanted standing sprays for the service as well as several centerpieces for the meal after the service with limited funds.  We told them we would work it out with their limited budget in making the flowers beautiful.
Later that day the young sisters came in to discuss the items they were needing.  At the same time we had a woman in the shop deciding on what gift she wanted to send to her friend in Europe.  As the sisters cried and our manager tried to hold back her tears, they re-told her their heart-wrenching story as they chose the sympathy flowers for the funeral and meal.
When they were about to pay for the flowers,  the woman looking at flowers for her friend asked to speak to the manager.  The woman told our manager that she would pay for all the sympathy flowers for the funeral and the after meal.  The woman thought we were going above and beyond to help the mourning sisters.  When we told the sisters,  tearfully they hugged and thanked the generous stranger.
Later I asked my manager, who knows all our clients if the lady had been here before, she told me she had never see her before.  We looked at our list of clients and this was the first time she ever purchased flowers from our shop.
God had sent an Angel from heaven to help these sisters.  What are the chances?  There are Angels, even in Los Angeles!

Send Your Love On Valentine’s Day with Flowers

Valentine Roses

Ever wondered why we send flowers and celebrate Valentine’s Day? It all can be traced to the Roman celebration of Lupercalia that was celebrated on February 15. Honoring the gods Faunus and Lupercus, along with the founders of Rome, Romulus, and Remus, Lupercalia festivities included a bountiful feast as well as the pairing of young men and women.

The young men would draw women’s names from a box and the two would be coupled together until the next year’s celebration. The pairing of these couples has set the tone for today’s holiday. It didn’t gain its current name, Valentine’s Day, until Valentine, an area priest, came into the picture.

The Emperor Claudius II handed down a decree that soldiers must remain bachelors, believing if they were engaged or married they would be unable to concentrate on fighting. Valentine was a romantic and disobeyed the emperor by secretly performing marriage ceremonies. Because of his actions, Valentine was put to death on the date of February 14. Valentine was named St. Valentine after his death and, as Christianity spread throughout Rome, the priests moved the celebration of Lupercalia from February 15 to February 14 and renamed it St. Valentine’s Day in his honor.

Historically, flowers have represented fertility, love, marriage, and romance. During these earlier times, speaking in the language of flowers (Fluorography), flourished since courtship was severely prohibited. Lovers would communicate through flowers for weeks, sometimes even months. To this day, sending flowers, especially roses, to that special someone on Valentine’s Day is extra meaningful because it represents eternal love.
Area florists in Los Angeles have just what you need for this Valentine’s Day. There are many to choose from, all offering beautiful arrangements that are bound to put a smile on someone’s face. The easiest way to do this in the Los Angeles area is through floral delivery. There are several ways to get floral delivery in Los Angeles. You can visit a florist shop, place an order over the phone, or shop the Internet for a vast variety of selections. Most florists in Los Angeles offer same-day, hand delivery.

Going into the store of a florist in Los Angeles enables you to browse through their pre-arranged bouquets, along with accessories such as candy, balloons, and cards. You may also choose to create your own special arrangement. You can choose from many different styles, vases, and pick out just the right flowers you want in your arrangement.

More Valentine’s Day Bouquets from Edelweiss Flower Boutique, A Los Angeles Florist

Arranging for floral delivery can be perfect for the person who just doesn’t have the time to spend shopping. On the phone, the florist will help you choose the best flowers for your love,  tell you what arrangements they have in stock, prices, and their deal of the day.  They can even customize the arrangement and the attached card for you.

Ordering flowers online is another convenient option. Most florists in Los Angeles have a website that is very user-friendly. You can browse through bouquets conveniently and place your order online.  Rest assured your delivery will be made that same day if you order by noon!

No matter which option you choose to buy that special someone flowers for Valentine’s Day, choose Los Angeles flower delivery service for a convenient way to show someone you care.

For colorful arrangements and impeccable service, choose a trusted floral source. For over 60 years, Edelweiss Flower Boutique has been serving the Los Angeles area with gorgeous, award-winning floral arrangements and delivery. See all of our intricate designs, some of which have appeared in popular magazine publications, by clicking here…make your Valentine’s Day delivery arrangements today for all of the special people in your life!

Contact us today!  310-452-1377 or order flowers online.

A Wedding at the Biltmore in Ashville, NC

A Wedding at the Lodge

Liz Seji, Certified Master Florist and Member of the American Institute of Floral Design

Fall Wedding Flowers

The epitome of a destination wedding, this featured event by Liz is held at the Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Biltmore Forest Country Club


The Groom is a Hollywood producer claiming many projects of note including the biographies of famous people.  The location is lush and green. The venue has a country lodge feel and since it was in the fall months, flowers chosen were of that color theme.
Fall Wedding Flowers Fireplace Mantle

The large fireplace in the main dining room had to be decorated with ladders and installing done on site. Tall Johnson grass harvested in the fields add a whimsical “fresh from the field” air to the design. The beautiful hunting lodge decor of the dining room was complemented by the imposing fireplace.

Wedding Flowers Guestbook Table

A lush display of flowers designed in a footed compote. swirls of bittersweet add a forested autumnal feel for this entry guest book table.

Wedding Reception Flowers in Bold Fall Colors

For a big wedding reception in a large dining room, Liz  added more drama with a bouquet for every table.

Dramatic Wedding Cake Cascade of Flowers

A dramatic cake cascade of rich fall flowers flows onto an ocean of blossoms. Accent swirls are created by individual insertions of hypericum berries.

Elizabeth Seiji AIFD and Edelweiss Flower Boutique

Success through Innovation, Internet and Involvement 

Elizabeth Seiji AIFD can point to a handful of professional practices that she firmly believes have boosted the success of her shop in Santa Monica. The amazing thing is that her practices and philosophies are incredibly basic tricks of many trades and professions. To succeed, it sometimes seems, one needs to step outside the shop. Take Liz’s belief that “industry networking” is crucial to the success of the entrepreneurial florist-designer. Operating in a vacuum and ignoring industry opportunities. Her participation at a competitive level demonstrates another of her business success  philosophies: Competition is good for the floral soul.

Elizabeth believes her broad network of florist friends, cultivated over 22 years of entering design contests and volunteering on floral event planning committees, has taught her, through the experiences of colleagues and herself, how to manage her floral business more efficiently. Being involved is a big key to continuous learning.

“Competition is what made me a better florist,” she says. “It’s valuable experience; it’s fun and it doesn’t matter if you win or lose.”

Although she has never won the top spot in a CSFA “Top Ten” contest, she did win Top Ten’s second place, the 1998 Carik Cup and several FTD competitions.

But perhaps the biggest competition Elizabeth experienced was when she dedicated herself to become a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. It was a huge achievement for this former Hawaiian who majored in Bio-Chemistry and Plant Morphology at UCLA.

Posted by SouthWest Regional Chapter AIFD