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”.
Homage and Devotion are other meanings of this flower. It is known as the “3rd wedding anniversary flower” and the state flower of Kansas.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!