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Fall flowers in Houston Texas

Breen’s Florist – Changing Seasons

It’s 95 degrees outside, humidity snuggles in at approximately 50% and we are just a few days away from … you guessed it …FALL!

In as much as fall is a welcomed and beloved seasonal change synonymous with football, leaves changing color and lower temperatures; in Houston and surrounding areas this season is more of an idea, or, a suggestion. Heck, it’s an outright fantasy most days! In fact, it will still be hot, sticky and sweaty well into the next weeks (and maybe months) while much of the nation settles into this wonderful the-colors-are-a-changing time of year.   

So what’s a fall-lover to do if Houston is your home? Here at Breen’s Florist we have very good news for you – not so good for your overworked home and auto air conditioners per se – but good for you.

It's fall in Houston and time to send flowers

Breen’s Florist – Autumn Day

Since the season is perhaps most cherished for the leaves changing into their autumn best, we have many ways to bring fall foliage and flowers directly into your homes, offices and social events. Best of all, Breen’s Fall Collection designs are replete in the coloration and textures that only fall can claim. You and your recipients will instantly fall in love (pun intended) with the warm and earthy color palettes of rust, red, cinnamon, pumpkin, gold, cranberry and chocolate brown that are highlighted in our arrangements;  Fall Brights, Warm Amber, Changing Seasons, Wild About Autumn, Fall Crock and Amber Lights, to name a few. Breen’s is already receiving bi-weekly shipments of the most gorgeous leaves, branches and fall flower varieties that sooth the soul and spark a re-energized creativity in us all. 

If you long for cooler temps and changing colors outside like most, then we suggest keeping the AC on for now and treating yourself and loved ones immediately to one of our many stunning fall inspired arrangements. After all, you don’t have to travel up north to experience the powerful connection to Mother Nature this time of year when it can be simply be delivered to your own front door. Call Breen’s today and let the fall begin!   

 

Back to School List Includes Seeds (and Acts) of Thought

Send flowers to teachers in Houston

Okay Houston, it’s time to fill in the blank at the end of the following sentence. The first day of school for students, teachers, administrators and parents’ alike _______s. Hint: two syllables, seven letters and rhymes with scatters – answer: matters.

OMG does it ever! This one day out of 365 sets into motion critically important transitions that impact routines, relationships, and rules for learning over the course of the next two semesters. Mathematically speaking (and with a shout out to lessons in probability), chances are you know people who are going back to school in some capacity, and therefore gearing up for day and week one.

With this in mind, have you thought of sending them a flower arrangement or blooming plant to not only commemorate their next chapter in learning or teaching, but perhaps more importantly, as an expression of encouragement or appreciation for what’s ahead? The global floral industry teaches us time and again that precious moments like these reserved for meaningful connection and heart-to-heart communications when we say “’good luck,” “I hope it’s your best year yet,” “we are so proud of you,” and “you can do this,” resonate even stronger in our hearts and minds when done so with flowers.

Flower arrangements have the unique ability to elevate our words and thoughts

Why? “Because tangible acknowledgements, like flowers and plants, of milestone moments in our academic journeys and career paths evoke multisensory reactions and memories,” explains Breen’s Florist’s owner and local business leader Marcia Wilson.

Tell a teacher “thank you for sharing your love of learning with our students” and the compliment will likely be appreciated. Tell that teacher the same thing on a card attached to one dozen red roses and she or he will enjoy that sentiment longer as it sits proudly in a desktop vase. As time passes, future visuals and scents of red roses may trigger wonderful memories of that gesture of appreciation said with the simplicity and beauty of flowers. On a deeper level, it may also conjure a memory warmly associated with a love of teaching that did not go unnoticed! Wilson adds, “Flower arrangements and plants have the unique ability to elevate our words and thoughts into something visual, symbolic and extra special that leaves an instant and lasting impression.”

Flowers in Houston for 2018 HISD School Year

If you are looking for some inspiration on what to send to a teacher or student in your life we recommend some of our back-to-school favorite designs you’ll find on the Breen’s website. Just imagine the joy to be experienced when arrangements like Making the Grade, Extra Credit or Wild About Learning is sitting on a desktop. Any of these options are a great way to send someone back to school with the power of the sentiment.

If you enjoyed reading our “Back to School 2018” blog then thank a teacher – here at Breen’s we all remain indebted and thankful for ours.

Go Green This St Patrick’s Day

Houston Florist delivers St Patrick's Day Flowers

As we approach St. Patrick’s Day our work, restaurant and school environments become increasingly greener (so to speak), in various shades of bright shamrock and deep emerald greens. Themed décor of leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, and all things Irish seem to appear as quickly as they disappear once the parades end and the green beer runs dry at your favorite local pub. While the sights and sounds of St. Patrick’s Day are always festive, we rarely hear anyone tout disappoint when the decorations come down since posters and cutouts of clovers, rainbows with gold pots and little green clad men are rarely impressive. “Our Patty’s Day décor is so gorgeous its Pinterest worthy,” said no one ever!

Luck of The Irish Bouquet Flowers in Houston, Texas

Here at Breen’s Florist we seemingly have the “luck of the Irish” for this occasion as many of our clients enjoy taking advantage of this week by choosing floral arrangements in different shades of green. This approach lends itself to an endless array of creative options for St. Patrick’s Day floral décor that can range from classy to whimsical, elegant to trendy, modern to sophisticated.

We recommend getting creative inspiration this time of year with green flowers like Shamrock Hydrangea, Bells of Ireland, Hypericum, Gladiolas, Lisianthus, Roses and Cymbidium Orchids to name a few. Give us a call at 713-227-3367 if you’d like to hear about even more green flower and accompanying green foliage ideas.

Green With Envy Flowers For St Patrick's Day in Houston, Texas

Yes, you can have St. Patrick’s Day décor in flowers that gives you many more options than the paper decoration that are not always appropriate for the overall look and feel you have established at your place of business. And when it comes to the sentiment of wishing someone a day filled with “the luck of the Irish” we can appreciate that thoughtful exchange because we feel lucky every day for our Breen’s clients.

Homecoming Mum Traditions

Football mums are big part of the social scene for high school students to welcome back the school year. Usually worn to school the Friday before the school’s homecoming football game, this Texas tradition gets bigger each year because as always, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.”

Florists find themselves swamped with custom orders, but at Breen’s Florist, we love this time of year. Mums were once designed with fresh large mum flowers, but today’s football mums are created with silk flowers, streamers, ribbons, bows, lights, plush, and trinkets that celebrate the arrival of Football season for high schoolers.

These large creations are typically worn by girls while the boys wear a mini version designed on a garter for the upper arm. Both styles show school spirit with the school’s colors and may showcase trinkets based on various sports and activities. Texas high school seniors might choose silver and white or gold and white based on their school. Each football mum is specifically designed to each student with their name and date’s name for the school dance.

For those students who want to be a little more unique, quite often our designers will create mums that step away from school colors to embrace neon colors, black and white, and even animal prints. Specialty items like boas, feathers, and noise makers may be incorporated based on the individual.

In Texas, the bigger the better. Many students will try to out-design their friends or even create a homecoming mum party where everyone gets together to share in the design activities. Breen’s Florist has a complete supply of ribbons, lights, and everything you need to create your masterpiece at home. We pride ourselves on being the Homecoming Headquarters for your community.

With four locations in Houston, Breen’s is available for design tips, supplies, or even a location to have a homecoming design party.

Blog by: Jackie Wick (Floral Designer)

Flowers In Film :: Flowers on The Silver Screen

Welcome to our new monthly blog post discussing flowers in film. We hope you have as much fun with it as we will. Now, on with the show….

Dining room scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

It’s kind of funny how you never realize how many times you see flowers in a film and just not “see” them. I am new to the floral industry, and since I’ve started, I notice flowers everywhere. Flowers can be shown as part of the script or part of the scene itself.

Poppy fields in The Wizard Of Oz

Filmmakers have long shown flowers and floral arrangements in films. From the poppy fields of “The Wizard of Oz” to the now iconic “American Beauty” to movies that revolve around a florist like “I Hate Valentine’s Day”. The examples are endless.

Seen here, Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham fantasizing about Angela Hayes on a bed of red rose petals. Credit: © 1999 DreamWorks

Since I’ve started working in the floral industry, I’ve noticed more and more the actual flowers and arrangements throughout the history of movies. Did you know that during the mid-century, a good amount of arrangements were made with gladiolas, roses, and carnations? I didn’t either until I recently watched a lot of older movies that spanned the 30’s through the 60’s. The arrangements themselves were rather large too. I guess they really did say it with flowers!

Kim Novak starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Everywhere you look in movies and television, there are flowers around most scenes in one way, shape, or form. The next time you watch a film or a tv show, just look and see. Whether they are integral to the scene or just in the background, they’re there…sometimes lurking in the background, sometimes prominently featured. It’s pretty amazing just how much flowers play a part, just like actors.

Blog by: Elisabeth Stover (Dispatcher)

Peridot – August Birthstone Collection

Save 10% when ordering Breen’s Florist “Peridot” arrangement. Enter coupon code: PERIDOT

For the month of August, Breen’s Florist is celebrating with our birthstone collection arrangement, “Peridot.” Our arrangement features green antheriums, bells of Ireland, green cymbidium orchids, and other flowers to help accent the green that represents the peridot gemstone.

While the peridot gemstone is an inexpensive stone, it represents something much more valuable than money. The ancient Egyptians believed that the peridot harnessed the power of nature and was the gem of the sun. It is said that the stone brings protection, peace, and happiness. The accents of white roses represent a peacefulness within the arrangement, while the fun of the lime green orchids and antheriums bring a smile to those who celebrate their birthday this month.

The peridot gemstone is one of the few stones that have only one color: olive-green. The intensity of green depends on the amount of iron that is contained within the stone itself. Other flowers that might also be used to create a beautiful arrangement would be green hydrangea and succulents.

Breen’s Florist’s White Orchid and Succulent arrangement features the olive green colors from the peridot stone.

Married couples can also appreciate the peridot gemstone as it represents the 16th year of marriage. Perfect gift ideas may include 16 Lemonade roses, which have beautiful lime-green blooms.

Breen’s Florist will have the exclusive “Peridot” arrangement available throughout the month of August and remember, you can save 10% on the arrangement by using coupon code: PERIDOT.

If the tropical feel of this design is not up your alley, feel free to call one of our sales team to discuss creating a beautiful design featuring some of the other perfect flowers for this birthstone.

Blog by: Carol Shirley (Breen’s Florist Sales Team)

Fashion Up Floral Wearables

Flowers and fashion have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. Ladies with big bonnets of flowers to floral print patterns for dresses and blouses; flowers are a staple when it comes to fashion. During the 60’s, “Flower Power” was an iconic term used celebrate the use of flowers with fashion. No matter what Fashion Week runway you are watching, there will be inspiration coming from flowers.

Photo: Google Image Search

Breen’s Florist may not be designing your next prom dress in floral patterns, but we are here to accent it with floral accessories.

One of the most popular trends was made popular in the 50’s and 60’s with the floral headbands has come back into style. Celebrities are accenting their red carpet looks with subtle floral accents like headbands. It means stop and look at my face and not just my dress.

Photo: Breen’s Florist

Another interesting way to accent your dress without limiting your hand and arm movements is to bring your corsage down and wear it on your ankle. This new trend has been quite popular lately as girls have been wearing more bracelets but still want to show off flowers.

Even two guys from Portland, Oregon have gotten into Flowers & Fashion with an odd sort of trend that is actually catching on around the world. If women can put flowers in their hair, so can men. These two gents have captured a huge audience with their beard decorating.

Photo: The Gay Beards

As you can see, flowers play an important role in fashion and Breen’s Florist has you covered for all those needs. From headbands to ankle corsages to even decorating your boyfriend’s beard, let Breen’s Florist help you bring flowers into your fashion choices.

Blog by: Jenny Morgan (Buyer/Design Center Manager)

Spice Up Summer with New Blooming Plants Ideas

As we are in the prime of summer and everyone is out in their gardens playing with their plants; Breen’s Florist in Houston has created a collection of plants guaranteed to spice up summer.

Begonia Blooming PlantThe most popular plant this summer is the Begonia, which comes in bright colors like reds, oranges, and yellows. While our plants have been bred to do well indoors, you can acclimate them to be displayed on the patio or even planted outdoors in your own garden.

We have featured the begonia, as well as kalanchoes and mum plants, to be sold individually in a wicker basket, or in one of our two European gardens.

Our double basket features one of our summer plants side by side with a beautiful indoor plant such as a peace lily or Chinese evergreen. Or our triple euro which add another plant such as an ivy or pothos for a great harmony of colors and textures all in one basket.

Another cool item we have added is a new take on the classic dish garden. Previously our dish gardens were designed in an ornamental ceramic pot. Now we have modernized the look and have planted a variety of plants in a clear cylinder giving you the ability to see the natural beauty of the plants growing.

And don’t forget about our designer orchid plants. We have a couple of creative designs including our “Fairytale Orchids,” which features three beautiful Phalaenopsis plants in a rectangle ceramic cube. Its size and beauty is only surpassed by the beauty in our most famous fairytale stories.

No matter whether you want plants for your home or your garden; Breen’s Florist has a wide variety of beautiful plant designs. Send one to yourself and one to a friend. Plants are a great way to strengthen that friendship as you compare your green thumbs.

Blog by: Jenny Morgan (Buyer/Design Center Manager)

Introducing Our Birthstone Collection – July is RUBIES

Breen’s Florist has begun to take a new approach to birthdays by creating beautiful works of art based on the birthstones of the month. July’s birthstone is the Ruby and beautiful red flowers are used to create a “rubitastic” arrangement for those July babies.

Our deep red Explorer roses and the fun red gerbera daisies are the featured flowers in our “Rubies” arrangement. We have accented the arrangement with red alstromeria and a few mini carnations with a bracelet of eucalyptus for some exciting aroma.

This arrangement will only be available for delivery July 1st through July 31st and can be delivered throughout Houston and surrounding areas. It is the perfect way to celebrate those July birthdays.

Rubies, the birthstone of July, are considered the king of gems and represent love, health and wisdom. It was believed wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. A Ruby is the most valuable gemstone and its value increases based on its color and quality. This goes hand in hand with the red rose which is also considered to be the king of flowers.

The July birthstone, Ruby and the red rose are a match made in heaven.

Blog by: Jenny Morgan (Buyer/Design Center Manager)