Spring has sprung with Blooming Branches!
posted on April 11th, 2016 by Kristin Lares
Spring is here, winter is gone, and the blooming branches are in season! This time of year is such a great time for floral. One of my personal favorites of the season are our spring blooming branches that are grown in Oregon. They are only available for a short time once a year, and I always anticipate their arrival.
Our Floral Departments are currently offering a variety of beautiful blooming branches for spring! You can now find the following varieties in store: blossoms of peach, plum, prunus, flowering dogwood, pussy willow, and more.
Our spring blooming branches are the perfect way to invite the season into your home. I love the way they dress up a room with such a settle elegance within minutes. I always lean toward the vintage and rustic look by using my grandmother’s antique vase. When you use more than one variety in a setting, you will be pleased with the impact they make in your home décor. I find Pussy Willows are one of the most resilient branches.
Our spring blooming branches are grown by Oregon Coastal Flowers, a family-owned business that takes great pride in their product. Their farm is located along the Kilchis River in Tillamook, Oregon, which borders the Tillamook State Forest. The unique micro climate on the Oregon Coast allows the farm to produce the finest calla lilies and hydrangeas in the world, as well as their spring blooming branches. They are Salmon Safe Certified, which demonstrates that they use management practices that protect water quality and restore fish habitat. In addition to using integrated pest management, they employ many organic farm practices.
General Care & Handling Tips
- Don’t be alarmed if they look a little tired from the store to your home. They just need to soak up some water to perk up.
- Using sharp shears, give each stem a cut at a diagonal or split up the middle of the branch. You’ll want to trim off at least 1” off each stem or you can use a hammer to pound the bottom of the stems as this will help the blooming branches drink water.
- Immediately place the blooming branches in a clean vase or container with room temperature water. Remove any foliage that falls below the water line (this helps to keep the water clean).
- You’ll want to keep an eye on the water level as some branches can drink a lot and you may need to refill the vase.
- For the best vase life, you’ll want to re-cut and change the water every 1-2 days.
Please see one of our Floral Specialists on your next visit for assistance in selecting a blooming branch this season. Branches will be in season up until May with weather permitting.