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We received an email a few weeks back from the editor at City Style and Living Magazine asking us if they could feature one of our Bridal bouquet in their wedding spread for Summer 2010. We said YES, of course. Follow the link below to check out their gorgeous magazine. We are featured on page 28/29.



Paphiopedilum, or slipper orchids, originate from the jungles of the Far East and Indonesia. They are semi-terrestrial, growing in humus and other material on the forest floor, on cliffs in pockets and occasionally in trees.


Most Paphiopedilum prefer shady conditions. In the home, east, shaded south and east windows are ideal.


Temperatures of the Paphiopedilum vary considerably, but most are separated by the warm growing mottled leaf group and the cool growing green leaf types. Warm types prefer 60-65F at night and 75-80F or more during in the day, cool types prefer 50-60F at night and 75-80Fduring the day.  Although higher temperatures force faster vegetative growth, higher humidity and air movement must accompany higher temperatures, the recommended maximum being 100F


Water must be available to the roots constantly, since they have no pseudbulbs, and therefore store most of their water in their leaves. They need a moist medium – never soggy, but never dry either. Water once or twice a week and water only in the morning so the leaves are dry by nightfall to avoid rot from occurring on the leaves.


Paphiopedilum require humidity between 40-50%. In the home, set the plants on trays of gravel, partially filled with water so that the pot never sits in water or have a humidifier in the room. Mist the plant in dry climates or during dry weather in the morning only.


Use a fertilizer high in nitrogen (grow fertilizer) from about March to September and a fertilizer high in phosphorus (bloom fertilizer) the rest of the year. When in active growth plants need fertilizer every 2 weeks and when not growing, once a month. Thorough flushing with clear water every month is recommended to prevent build-up of fertilizer salts.


This is best done in the Spring after blooming.  Potting is usually done every 1 – 3 years. Mature plants can grow in the same pot until the potting medium starts to decompose, usually in 2 years. Root rot occurs if plants are left in a soggy medium. A fine grade potting medium is usually used for fine rooted plants and coarser mixes with large rooted plants. To re-pot, remove the entire old medium from the roots, trim soft/rotted roots and spread the remaining roots over a handful of medium in the bottom if a new pot. Fill the rest of the pot with medium, working it through the roots, so that the junction of the roots and the stem is buried ½” in the center of the pot. Keep plant shaded and humid, but drier in the pot, for several weeks, to promote new root growth.  Do not over pot the average plant should have a 4-6” pot.

March 10th, 2010

Petal Pushers

Baby’s breath and greenery filler be gone.

At the new floral boutique Modern Petals, the mandate is let the flowers shine. With an L.A.-boutique feel, the shop’s large windows, stark white interior and contemporary artwork set the scene for the modern floral arrangements.

Inspired by popular cocktails, choose from bouquets (from $35) online, including the Tequila Sunrise, Cosmopolitan Twist or our pick, the Perfect Manhattan (pictured).

Now you’re in bloom.

Check out Vitamin Daily at


The Flowers

Beautiful blooms

By Karen Rudolph Durrie, For Neighbours February 11, 2010

While roses and orchids continue to be classic choices, many couples are being more adventurous with their floral arrangements, says Monica Petryk, floral designer with Modern Petals.

“Calla lilies are huge, and everybody is all about the green-and-purple right now, with big black callas (which are really a deep eggplant hue), and lime-green spider mums,” Petryk says.

Rolled-leaf collars and unusual grasses are other funky twists Petryk is being asked to do.

And grooms are getting more involved with helping choose flowers, including putting unique spins their boutonnieres and asking for unique collections of foliage that are more artsy, says Petryk, adding the greenery is also going — well, green.

“We’re doing potted wheat grasses and bouquets that are living plants with the roots that you can still plant afterward. The ecofriendly thing is just massive, so I’m trying to show you can be green and friendly but classic, without being all patchouli and hippy,” she says.

Wedding flowers can be as small-scale as just going with personal flowers for the wedding party to having arrangements for the ceremony and reception.

Another trend is to incorporate meaningful trinkets into bridal bouquets, such as antique handkerchiefs or charms, which pay homage to family members while acting as the traditional “something old.”

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