plant pop up X vase exchange @Hopscotch

You read right! The SF Fam is going to be in Saar this weekend with a plant pop up and our (now quarterly) vase exchange at one of our faves: Hopscotch.

And if plant babies and blooms aren’t incentive enough… Hopscotch is going to be debuting some lavender goodies for the summer. Win. Win. WIN!


SF Plant Pop Up x Vase Exchange

Location: Hopscotch Rustic Kitchen
Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Time: 9AM to 3PM


Plant Pop Up
We’ll be bringing along a few plant babies for you to check out as well as pots. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see leave us a note in the comments!

Vase Exchange
If you’re new to program the details are simple! Bring in any clear, uncoloured jars or vases you’d like to get rid of in exchange for a bouquet of flowers. Bouquets are limited to one per person, regardless of how many jars/vases you bring and sorry plant babies aren’t for trade!


We’ll have a variety of plant babies and containers on hand but you can just stop by to chat about your leafy friends. See you there!

Plants that Purify your Air: Resources

We all know that plants are great for oxygenating our air but did you know that some plants are actual air purifiers and help remove harmful toxins found in indoor air? As we become more desk-bound, most of us are spending more time indoors and studies have found that pollution indoors can be much higher than outside! Eeeep!!

But don’t worry! Some potted friends
can help with making sure you’re getting the best air possible!

Come visit our little oxygen tank at  Singapore Flower !

Come visit out little Oxygen Tank at Singapore Flower!

Some known air purifying plants include the Spider plant (Chlorophytum), Peace Lily plants (Spathiphyllum), and Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria)—look we don’t make these names! Surprisingly, most air purifying plants are quite hardy and easy to upkeep. Care guides coming soon, stay tuned! But trust us when we say all of these guys are resilient enough for even the blackest thumbs.

To help you find the best plant for your space—maybe you have a couple of fur babies to consider—and to help you understand the sources of indoor air pollution, we’ve pulled together some resources to get you started.

As you peruse these resources, just remember…


Keep Calm


(do not set your sofa on fire)
AND


Plant On!


 

Plant Air-Purifying Resources:

This helpful info-graphic based on the NASA Air Study is a great place to start! It provides types and sources of indoor air pollutants and a list of plants that help you to manage the nasties!

For the geeks out there here are a couple official studies! This is the original 1989 NASA Air Study and this paper details both how plants work their magic to get rid of indoor toxins as well as reviews additional studies on the same topic (serious geek out territory). 

This Wikipedia entry has a helpful grid which details which air purifiers are suitable for your fur babies! While not all plants are suitable for cats and/or dogs, we’ve had great success with placing smaller plants on top of bookshelves and hard to reach areas. 

Need images to go with the list of best indoor air purifiers? Check this page

For those interested in what contributes to indoor air pollution this is a helpful starter guide. This article from the Washington Post also details sources of pollutants and provides tips on making better future purchases.

And for those really wanting to nerd out on the sources and facts of specific indoor air pollutants check these links for formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

The Annual vase Exchange is Back!

(Title is actually supposed to read “Bring Vase get FREE COOKIES!”)

Hi Friends! We’re doing a another vase exchange. For those new to the idea check out our a previous exchange along with some rules below! We hope to see you in-store soon!

What Is a Vase Exchange?

We’ll exchange all the clear vases, bottles, and jars you don’t want or need for a bunch of blooms and/or cookies. (Note: Flower bunches and cookies are limited and we ran out of cookies before we ran out of flowers last year!)

When:

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 from 10AM to 3PM at in-store at our new back location.

Where:

At our new back extension in Adliya. Find us on Google Maps here.

We’ll exchange any clear vases, bottles and jars for blossoms and cookies!

Some Ground Rules:

  • Flower bunches are limited to one per customer – regardless of the number of vases dropped off. Cookies are unlimited though ;)

  • All vases, bottles and jars must be in good condition with no chips, scratches, logos, or prints

  • Vases must be clear, and not coloured**

  • Vases will only be exchanged for flowers within this time-frame on Tuesday

**If you have coloured pots or vases that need a new home we do have vase “shelter” where you can leave your items for someone else to pick up. You can also use this shelf to find some new containers for your own space at no cost!

Full Disclaimer: We will be reusing these vases with the intention of reducing production and waste on our little planet. It’s a small step in the grand scheme of things, but you’ve got to start somewhere!

Creating a Colour Story for Your Event

So let me let you in on a little secret… florists don’t just think about flowers… we also think a lot about colours! For us colour is never a secondary consideration to our compositions and how we use them definitely sets the tone for the florals and overall event. With our larger planned weddings we always start our clients out with a colour story to help anchor the overall feel of the event and to guide us in making decisions about other elements of décor.

For us a colour story is never just about one colour but a range of complimentary and contrasting shades, as you’ll see from the collection of purple and pink storyboards! The boards below were presented to our bride from The Botanical Affair—can you guess which she opted for based on the final event?

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See how the The Botanical Affair turned out Here!

The Comeback Kid

Oh HEY 90s! Oh HEY Carnations!

Haven’t you heard? The 90s are back… and they’re here to stay! Well, for now anyways. Today’s post is all about the carnation bloom. These guys have been up and coming for the better part of 2018, but whenever we say the word carnation, most folks go… “uhm no thanks.” But guys just LOOK!!

This trio are the beauties we received this week.  Aren’t they divine? We’re loving the peachy one.

Some of our fav designs have also featured these guys.. here’s a few from The Botanical Affair. Look at that awesome purple shade!

Miss Cheerio – probably the most popular mix for Mother’s day this year. (Fun fact: she’s named after the
Cheerio carnation)

So what do you think? Are you a carnation convert yet?

Honest Spaces Guest Post - 2

Hi SF Friends! Welcome to part two of Honest Spaces takeover. 

Yasmeen Alabdulla an Interior Design Blogger based in Bahrain who celebrates simple, minimalist spaces. Yasmeen is sharing tips on how to brighten up your work environment—a space where most of us spend a significant chunk of our time (whether you like it or not!).

Check out the Yasmeen's first entry here. You can find Yasmeen over at IG @HonestSpaces – Enjoy!


Refreshing a Snack Bar and Restroom 

4 easy steps to transform your work space into a more
beautiful and functional area that you will look forward to every morning

  1. Add life with simple plants or flowers—you don't need much
  2. Freshen up the air with diffusers and candles of your choice
  3. Categorise and organise with simple office accessories (we love Muji!)
  4. Most importantly, have fun! Don’t be afraid to show off random items around the office, they have a way of adding interesting textures and colors as decorative elements! 

Snack Bar 

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Before:

Messy, boring

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After:

Organised, easy to use, refreshing

Tip: Here I added height and color on the water dispenser to make the snack bar just a little bit more interesting! 

Products:
Flowers from Singapore Flower’s Blossom Buddy subscription
Jars from Muji
Cutlery and tray from Muji
Mugs from Muji


Restroom

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Before:

Dull, pale, boring

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After:

Fresh, alive, clean

Tips: Your bathroom should be cared for as much as any other space! It's important that you keep it clean and welcoming to accommodate any visitor or client.

Products:
Lavender from Singapore Flower via Carriage
Flowers from Singapore Flower’s Blossom Buddy subscription
Dark Amber diffuser from Zara Home
Dark Amber candle from Zara Home
Mirror from Zara Home
Soap dispenser from Muji


Looking for tips on revamping your entryway and workstation? Find them here!  

Honest Spaces Guest Post - 1

Hi SF Friends! Meet Yasmeen Alabdulla an Interior Design Blogger based in Bahrain who celebrates simple, minimalist spaces.

Yasmeen will be guest posting the next couple of entries sharing tips on how to brighten up your work environment—a space where most of us spend a significant chunk of our time (whether you like it or not!). You can find Yasmeen over at IG @HonestSpaces – Enjoy!


Rejuvenating an Entryway and Workstation 

4 easy steps to transform your work space into a more
beautiful and functional area that you will look forward to every morning

  1. Add life with simple plants or flowers—you don't need much
  2. Freshen up the air with diffusers and candles of your choice
  3. Categorise and organise with simple office accessories (we love Muji!)
  4. Most importantly, have fun! Don’t be afraid to show off random items around the office, they have a way of adding interesting textures and colors as decorative elements! 

Entryway

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Before:

Bare, lacks life, incomplete

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After:

Welcoming, warmer tones, accommodating

Tip: The entrance is your visitor or client’s first impression of your company - make sure it looks alive and accommodating!

Products:
Plants with white pots from Singapore Flower via Carriage
Dark Amber diffuser from Zara Home (our favorite scent!)
Oak bench from Muji
Terrazzo plant pots from West Elm
Rug from Zara Home


Workstations

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Before:

Uncategorised, messy stationery

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After:

Organised, orderly, productive, yet welcoming and easy on the eyes

Tips: Categorising your documents and stationery may take some time, but it’s time worth investing. It increases your productivity and decreases your stress levels—you’ll know that everything is in its place, which makes it harder to make a mess.  And I totally recommend Singapore Flower’s Blossom Buddy subscription if you love surprises—you won’t have to make any decisions on what to choose, and you get the most creative mix of flowers! If you already know what you want, you can also choose from a beautiful selection via Carriage and have it delivered to your office. 

Products:
Mini Orchid from Singapore Flower via Carriage
Bonsai Plant from Singapore Flower in store
Flowers from Singapore Flower’s Blossom Buddy subscription
Dark Amber diffuser from Zara Home
Tissue box from Muji
Stationery organisers from Muji


Part two is here! Enjoy!

Caring for Your Orchid Friend (A Beginners Guide)

Orchid Buying Guide and Care

Phalaenopsis plants are an excellent long-lasting gift and/or addition to any space. The elegant blooms work in both a contemporary or classic setting and as a plant has a much longer shelf life than cut flowers. But how do you care for these pretties once you have one? We’ve listed a few quick tips below to help you select and care for your new potted friend!

 

What to Look for When Buying a Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant
(The Easy Part)

  • Look for a florist or shop that has many plants for you to select from. Variety will help you find the healthiest plant.
  • Look for leaves and blooms that are firm. Leaves should be quite rigid and not wrinkly, soft, or droopy. The same goes for the open blooms, these should be wide open and crisp. (Please don’t check for crispness by touching the blooms! They are quite delicate and can bruise easily!!)
  • A plant with unopened buds will last longer. In general look for a plant with about 3-4 unopened buds. The buds should be firm and green and not wrinkly or yellowing. However, if you’re placing these plants at an event or dinner party you may want to opt for a branch that is fully bloomed to have a greater impact!
  • When sold as a gift, florists will usually cover the top of the pot with moss. Before packaging though, look for healthy roots that are firm and green.

Caring for Your Phalaenopsis (The Slightly Harder Part…)

There are a million and one ways to care for your plant and this is just a quick-and-dirty guide to help find an optimal place and routine for your plant. Orchids can be quite temperamental and, believe it or not, do a have a bit of a personality and preferences for what they like. If you’ve tried a few of the tips and your orchid is still not happy don’t despair! Keep experimenting with different locations and strategies to find a spot your plant enjoys and will thrive in.

How often do I water?

There’s a common misconception that because orchids are tropical plants they loooove a ton of water. Wrong! Phalaenopsis orchids should only be watered once the potting medium (the stuff around the roots in the pot) becomes dry to the touch. Poke a finger into the potting medium and if it’s dry give your plant some water—otherwise leave it be.

The best way to water an orchid plant is to remove the pot from it’s decorative container, place the pot under a tap of running water, and allow a stream of room temperature water to run through the roots and potting medium until water flows through the pots drainage holes at the bottom. Let water run through for about a minute but don’t allow the running water to touch the plant’s leaves. Once the potting medium is sufficiently damp allow the pot to completely drain of water BEFORE placing it back in its decorative container. Orchid pots should never be left to sit in a pool of water as this drowns the roots and eventually leads to root rot. (This applies to all plants!)

But I can’t remove my orchid from its decorative container!!!

Help!

In some instances it may be more of a hassle to remove an orchid from its container. In this case much of the same applies from above: only water once the potting medium is dry to the touch and water sparingly to prevent a puddle of water from building up in the base. Some strategies for using a minimal amount of water include placing 1-2 regular sized ice cubes on the roots and allowing the water to slowly trickle into the roots and potting medium. Another is to use a judicious amount, not more than ¼ cup of water, poured into the pot. These amounts apply to a large Phalaenopsis plant. Smaller plants will need much less water.

In this situation less is always better! It is better to give your plant less water more regularly than too much water in one go. You can tell if your plant is not getting enough water if the leaves begin to go droopy and/or wrinkly…in this case increase your watering frequency but again, not too much water! We don’t want to drown the roots!

OK. Got it don’t drown my plants roots! What next?

Orchids love humidity! (And each other apparently…)

Orchid plants thrive in a humid environment and ideally they’d love to be in a spot with 50-70% humidity. Although this isn’t ideal for humans (hair frizz anyone?!) there are still a few tricks to help your plant get a bit more moisture. First things first: don’t place your plant in a drafty spot. Next try a few of the tips below to increase the humidity for your plant.

  1. The easiest option: place a small humidifier near you plant.
  2. You can mist the roots of your plant daily with a small sprayer (Pick one up from Ikea or Daiso). The idea is to give the roots some moisture but not a full on watering! Use a light mist.
  3. If your plant is in a decorative pot place a few pebbles at the bottom of the pot and about enough water to come half way up the stones. Rest the orchid pot on top the stones. Water will slowly evaporate upwards creating a moist environment for the roots. You will probably need to top this up every 3-4 weeks.
  4. If you can’t take your plant out of its pot, place a glass of water near the pot. This option will probably give your plant the least amount of additional moisture.
  5. If you’re prone to hot steamy showers, place you plant near your bathroom door so it gets a shot of steam after each shower! (Some of us have been know to bring our plants into the shower a couple of times a week… not naming names…)
  6. Buy your plant a friend! Orchid plants like to be near other orchid plants. Clustering plants close to each other creates a humid environment for these beauties. 

We’ve covered a lot about water… what about light?

Orchid plants want to be in a bright spot without direct sunlight. These guys can get sunburnt! Your plant’s leaves will tell you if it’s getting optimal light. In general orchid leaves should be bright green and not a deep dark green.

  • Bright Green Leaves: Great Job! Your plant is getting sufficient light!
  • Dark Green Leaves: Hmm, your plant is getting too little light find a spot near a window or under a florescent light. Plants need about 10-12 hours of light daily.
  • Reddish-Green Leaves: Rare but this means your plants is getting too much light, try to move it in a slightly shaded area.
  • Black Blotches on the Leaves: SOS Your plant is sunburnt! Move the plant out of direct sunlight!

My buds bloomed and then the blooms died. Now what?

As with all flowering plants, blooms eventually die. As each bloom withers pluck it off the stem gently. Although your stem may no longer have any blooms this does not mean your plant is dead. Orchids bloom annually and with care your plant may produce another flowering spike for you next year.

Once the stem no longer has blooms you should trim the stem above a node lower down on the stem. Nodes are little ridges that run along the stem of the orchid branch usually spaced 6-10 cm apart.

Keep caring for your plant as normal and if you get a new plant, place these guys next to each other! If the roots of the plant begin to grow out of the pot it means it’s time for your plant to get a new home. Bring it over to a florist to get new potting medium for the roots.

We’d love to hear if you have any tips to add in the comments! What’s your strategy for keeping your plant happy?

 

 

My One-Vase Life / A Little Pre-Ramadan Cleanse

Oh how time flies! I can’t believe it’s already been a full year since Ramadan last year. As our wedding season has been slowing down in-store, we’ve suddenly found more time on our hands and minds. That’s translated to pool time (Finally!), gathering our thoughts for the season ahead, and working on de-cluttering our spaces (both professionally and personally). Those who know me are probably thinking “uumm sure…” since I’m pretty much known as the clutter queen!

Since getting married, I’ve moved into a more ‘compact’ space and have started to embrace the spirit of leading a more minimalistic life and realized that when it comes down to it, less really is more.

In the spirit of helping you de-clutter your space we’re hosting a vase exchange. So…
1)   Gather all of the vases you NEED to get out of your house
2)   Pop on down to Singapore Flower (we're on Google Maps if you need directions) on Wednesday May 24, 2017 from 11 – 5 PM.
3)   Trade your vases for a bunch of blooms and homemade cookies! (Flowers and food will forever be our fav combo!)

We Do Have Some Ground Rules:

  • Bouquets are limited to one per customer – regardless of the number of vases dropped off. Cookies are unlimited though ;)
  • All vases must be in good condition with no chips or scratches
  • Vases must be clear, and not coloured
  • Vases will only be exchanged for flowers within this time-frame on Wednesday

Full Disclaimer: We will be reusing these vases with the intention of reducing production and waste on our little planet. It’s a small step in the grand scheme of things, but you’ve got to start somewhere!

Who Run The World? Girls!

March was a crazy busy month for us and when April rolled around it gave us a chance to catch our breath and dive into some of the other work we’ve being doing around SF. For those of you that have been keeping tabs, we’ve been running our Blossom Buddy deliveries for over three years and have had some folks as subscribers since the very beginning!! (More sign up details over here.)

It’s been great having a group of loyal followers and although we have had some growing pains (delayed shipments and what nots), it’s always one of the more exciting parts of our week when we get to put together your surprise blooms! We also love seeing you share your #BlossomBuddy in real life on IG!

This April also marked the first time Blossom Buddy crossed over 100 subscribers! And we thought it would be an awesome opportunity to treat y’all with some other local-grown brands that have been doing cool things across the island.

Over the past two weeks we’ve collaborated with two other girl boss and sister crews (coincidentally both businesses are also run by sisters!).

Tru Active

Last week the sister’s at Tru Active, Bahrain’s first active wear company with a truly local spin on the trusty yoga pant, gave out two “Hot Pink Tickets” for a pair of lucky blossom buddies to get their hand on some of their coveted range. They were also generous enough to give out a promo code for 15% off all their items site-wide (pssst… it’s valid till April 30th and if you missed it use “BlossomBuddies15” at www.TruActive.me).

 

Raw Candy

And this week we’ve teamed up with the sisters at Raw Candy, another Bahrain first! The Raw Candy sisters have created the island's first raw, vegan, and all organic chocolate line. Yes, we said chocolate. Yes, it’s pretty much health food. As Blossom Buddies you get to try a pre-release of their new Choco Crunch Granola. Check them out on IG at @Raw.Candy

We hope you have been enjoying the little treats along with your Blossoms!

Yep. Girls! We Run The World!