The Best Plants by Enneagram!

Not all plants are created equal. Sure, some are more popular than others, but there’s a broad range of houseplants—whether it comes to appearance, water and light needs, durability, or difficulty level. It’s almost like they have personalities of their own!

Not sure which plant you should add to your indoor garden next? For your best chance at successfully caring for a houseplant, choose one that matches your own personality type. And by that, we specifically mean your Enneagram type.

(Before you read on to determine which houseplant is best for you, take a free Enneagram test online!)

TYPE ONE: Bird’s Nest Fern

At their core, Enneagram Ones love two things: principle and purpose. The bird’s nest fern can satisfy both. It’s a classic plant safe for both children and pets that, much to the One’s delight, serve a higher purpose than just sitting in the corner of the room: bird’s nest ferns also act as natural air purifiers.

TYPE TWO: Monstera

Twos are other-focused empaths, so a plant that requires a bit of extra love and attention is right up their alley. Monstera is a bit temperamental. Not only does this plant struggle with too much sunlight, but it also requires regular watering and humidity to thrive. But let’s be honest, the intuitive Helper probably already knew that.

TYPE THREE: Ponytail Palm

The Achiever is here for status, yes, but this hard-working personality with a jam-packed schedule doesn’t have time to care for a needy plant. This trendy and popular Ponytail Palm meets both criteria: it’s up and coming in houseplant trends yet forgiving and easy in its care.

TYPE FOUR: Gerbera Daisy

A standard green houseplant won’t do for poetic, emotional Individualists, who would much rather take care of something as unique as they are. Commonly known for their bright and cheerful daisy-like flowers, the Gerbera Daisy, specifically in a quirky container, makes the ideal accent for any table of the Four’s already dreamy home.

TYPE FIVE: Aglaonema

Given their penchant for reading up on just about everything, you might think the Investigator would opt for a more demanding plant. But since the Five’s core desire is to be competent and helpful, why not set them up for success with a plant that’s relatively easy to keep alive? No matter how much you water the low-light.

TYPE SIX: Hydrangea

A stunning yet high-maintenance blooming beauty is just the ticket for a hardworking Six. The responsible and committed Loyalist will also be up for the task of keeping the Hydrangea alive by matching its native conditions of constant watering and morning sunlight.

TYPE SEVEN: Cactus

Cacti are notoriously low maintenance, which means fun-loving, spontaneous Sevens can book last-minute vacations without worrying about their plant babies back home. Bonus: Cacti are also whimsical and fun, adding a sunny, tropical vibe to any household — just like the Enthusiast!

TYPE EIGHT: Orchid

Known for their independence and confidence, the Challenger is, well, looking for a challenge. Look no further than the orchid, one of the more high-maintenance plants out there. Eights will also fawn over the orchid’s slender stem and vibrant blooms, which add a touch of elegance and mystique.

TYPE NINE: Peace Lily

It just makes sense, and not just because the Peacekeeper and peace lily shares a name. The peace lily is both stunning and extremely adaptable and easy to keep happy, requiring low light and watering just once a week—which means Nines won’t have to worry about disrupting anyone’s peace.

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Set Your Easter Table!

Your springtime table has never looked so good!

Spring has sprung, Easter is near, blooms are budding, and celebrations are on the horizon. Whether you are finally gathering with friends and family or keeping it small during these cherished holidays, go confident into your springtime celebrations with our fabulous tablescapes. From stunning centerpieces and show-stopper place settings, your Spring table has never looked so good!

Styles we love: 

Serene Spring and Anna Weatherley

Serene Spring: A pastel centerpiece adorned with blush Tulips and fragrant Hyacinth paired with Anna Weatherley china and a Hester & Cook placemat.

Garden Glow and Vietri

Garden Glow: A bright centerpiece featuring Ranunculus, Calla Lilies, and Hydrangea with a Vietri place setting.

Endless Spring and Vista Allegre

Endless Spring: A deep fuchsia and pink centerpiece featuring Anemones, Gerbera Daisies, and Tulips with a Vista Allegre place setting and Vietri stemware.

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Spring Bridal Bouquet!

 

March showers bring spring flowers! One of our brides requested a bridal bouquet made from fresh-cut jonquils she foraged herself. Follow along with Chris Norwood to learn how to build your own spring bloom bouquet.

Tips on bouquet making:

  1. Don’t use any flower that has a bent stem. The flowers won’t drink water after the stem has been bent. If the stem is broken, you can use a straw to stabilize the stem.
  2. Create the bouquet’s form by gathering one main variety loosely in the shape you would like.
  3. Add in the other varieties of floral to fill the inside of the bouquet.
  4. Use a filler flower such as baby’s breath or greenery to fill in the holes between flowers.
  5. Tie off the bouquet with a ribbon to hold the stems together.

Sham(ROCK) St. Paddy’s Day!

Currently fighting that “over it” feeling when it comes to party planning? Us too. One year into the pandemic, we’re in desperate need of fresh ideas. Fortunately, we have inspiration and the easy-to-follow tips you’ll need to (sham)rock your spring festivities, starting with St. Patrick’s Day.

1. Go for the gold. Warmer temperatures mean one thing: unlimited outdoor gatherings. Set the stage for an Instagram-worthy celebration with a rainbow balloon arch — pots of gold optional — or garlands of green and gold balloons.

2. Green light color. Avoid pinches by weaving St. Patrick’s Day’s signature color throughout your decor with stylish paper plates, disposable patterned table runners and seasonal arrangements from our spring collection or with our Wednesday BOGO flowers.

3. Focus on the fare. Skip the communal dishes and opt for Irish-inspired (and COVID-19 compliant) food like pre-packaged servings of Shepherd’s pie, corned beef sliders or individual charcuterie boards.

4. Sweeten the pot. Treat your attendees with on-theme party favors, such as potted shamrocks, mini floral arrangements, colorful bath bombs or Arkansas-made Kyya chocolate bars tied with green ribbons.

5. Lead the way. Before the outdoor celebrations begin, invite your friends to deck out their cars, bikes or golf carts to create your own neighborhood version of Hot Springs’ iconic World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Whether you choose to chase the rainbow (balloons) or do an Irish jig, give yourself the green light to go all out for St. Patrick’s Day this year. For more ideas and seasonal decor, stop by one of our stores.

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Tips on Foraging Flowers

Spring is nearly here and there are blooms popping up all over the place! Foraging for your own flowers and branches is a great way to create a DIY arrangement from start to finish. To truly get the organic look indoors, finding and harvesting your own blooms is the way to go! And while the idea of foraging can be quite intimidating, we promise you it’s easier and more fun than you think. To help you get started, we’ve shared some foraging tips below: 

 
  • Dress accordingly and bring the right tools! Foraging can get into the weeds (pun intended), so you want to be prepared. Long pants, long sleeve shirts, and proper footwear will help prevent cuts, scrapes, and allergies from overshadowing your foraging experience. You also want to ensure you have a really sharp pair of floral scissors and a basket to carry your findings. TIP: it’s best to forge product early in the morning when the water content is at its highest in the plants!
  • Take the early blooms. If you choose the branches and stems that are already in full bloom, your flowers will not last as long. Try to choose the stems that have a bloom or two left to go, so it will continue to flourish even when you’ve brought them inside. 
  • Clean up your stems before arranging them. Wipe off excess dirt and cut off any hanging leaves and branches that are unneeded. By properly cleaning your flowers the stems are able to “drink” better and the water will stay fresh longer. Plus it makes them easier to work with. Don’t forget you need to recut the blooms once you start to arrange in a vase of water! Anytime the stem is allowed to dry off, even in a mere few minutes, it will need to be recut to flush the air out of the stem.
  • Put them in water IMMEDIATELY! Have a bucket filled with cool water ready and submerge everything as quickly as possible. Vines especially can tend to wilt and dry out faster.
  • Change the water. Every couple of days, remove the water in the vase and replace it with fresh, clean water. This will do wonders for your blooms!

 

Coming Up Roses – Arkansas Living

Says Howard Hurst, president and CEO of Central Arkansas florist Tipton & Hurst, “Valentine’s is an old holiday. I mean, like, Victorian era  — that was huge, all the love letters. It’s nothing new. Mother’s Day is new; Valentine’s Day is much older. And giving flowers, humans have done this for a long time. So, they are not a new commodity to be sold, by any means.

“This is something that God gave us a long time ago.”

Though not as old as Valentine’s Day, Tipton & Hurst has been in existence an impressive 135 years and has helped Arkansans celebrate it as many times.

Read more here: http://arkansaslivingmagazine.com/article/coming-up-roses-arkansas-florists-deliver-beauty-and-bliss/

4 Local Gifts to Help You Sleigh the Holidays

This year has been challenging to say the least. Be intentional with your holiday shopping this year, and support local companies and businesses while you sleigh the holidays!
Here is a list of a few of our favorite #ArkansasMade gifts in Little Rock Soiree!

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