Birthstone Collection – Citrine (November)

Citrine, which comes from the French word “citron”, means lemon. While the Citrine birthstone is seen as a little darker than a lemon, its color is more of a honey color. This is why Breen’s Florist uses an array of yellow tones in our Citrine birthstone arrangement.

The yellow stardust roses we use in this arrangement are a true yellow while the alstromeria creates the honey coloring throughout the arrangement.

When looking at the healing properties of the Citrine stone, happiness, prosperity, and strength are all visible in our design. The brightness of the arrangement brings out the happiness; prosperity is seen within the roses as they were once considered the flower of luxury; and the accents like alstromeria are hearty and long lasting florals to empower the strength of the gemstone.

Besides being November’s birthstone, it is also the 13th anniversary gemstone. During the art deco period between the world wars, the Citrine was sought after and many were used in many of the large display pieces. Even Hollywood starlets like Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo wore citrines as a sign of society.

Nowadays, citrine is more common. In fact, it is so common that it is now a popular stone for budget-minded women. As shoppers are being drawn to what is “retro”, citrine is getting a resurgence of popularity.

At Breen’s Florist, we love that this stone goes hand in hand with the autumn season. It allows us to use copper-birch leaves as accents to bring the warmth of autumn to this month of birthdays. Don’t forget about new babies being born this month too. The citrine babies will be motivated, creative, and self-expressed. Let’s celebrate those qualities with our Citrine Birthstone arrangement.

The Citrine will only be available through November 30th. Order today for everyone you know who is having a birthday this month.

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)

Appropriate Flowers for Butterfly Gardens

butterfly gardens

A summer garden is never complete until the butterflies arrive. They bring a fanciful feel to any flowerbed or yard, and there are particular flowers which you can add to your landscape to guarantee a visit from these delicate creatures. The floral experts at Breen’s Florist are here to help you find the right variety of blooms for your own personal butterfly gardens. Continue reading

Florals for Houston Weddings & Anniversaries

Houston weddingsThe cool wind of spring gives way to the warm early summer breezes in the glorious month of June. Is it any wonder that June is the most popular choice of brides when planning their big day? When it comes to Houston weddings, you won’t find more professional designs and beautiful arrangements than at Breen’s Florist.

Did You Know? Many feel that the tradition of June ceremonies goes all the way back to ancient Rome. Most weddings at the time were celebrated in the month named after the goddess Juno, who was the protector of women – especially when they were getting married or raising children.  Continue reading

Exquisite Twilight Roses for National Rose Month

twilight roses

Summertime is special for many reasons, but in the floral world it gives us the opportunity to celebrate one of our very favorite blooms. June is National Rose Month, and at Breen’s Florist we have an extra-special rose to recognize. If you haven’t seen them yet, be ready to be wowed!

Breen’s Exclusive “Twilight” Rose is a unique rose variety which opens up wide and holds for quite a while. It was chosen as our signature rose because of its amazing performance, as well as it’s exquisite coloring. If you’d like to send Twilight Roses to someone special in Houston this summer – the only place to call is Breen’s Florist. Continue reading

Father’s Day Gifts for Sophisticated Dads

Father's Day gifts

Father’s Day is June 18 – and although you could head out to the hardware store or sporting goods emporium as usual, we have a new suggestion this year. How about sending Dad a sophisticated, dramatic or elegant floral arrangement for his office? You may not have ever thought of giving flowers to Dad, but these arrangements are bold and confident and perfect for anyone – and are sure to be conversation piece wherever they are sent. For Father’s Day gifts that are unexpectedly beautiful, come to Breen’s Florist.

Did You Know? Father’s Day is a relatively new holiday, established in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson. The inspiration behind the holiday was William Smart, a single dad who had raised 6 children single handedly. His daughter felt that he deserved the same level of praise and recognition as moms traditionally received on Mother’s Day. Even though it was decades in the making, Father’s Day was finally recognized.  Continue reading

Spring Florals – Peonies to Tropical Arrangements

tropical arrangements

Every season has its own charms – and in the springtime, flowers are on display.  From the blooms on the side of the road to gardens overflowing with color, flowers are one of the most visible ambassadors of this time of the year. As we head into the summer, it is time to throw open the windows and let the fresh air in – and fill your home with these popular late spring florals from Breen’s Florist.

Although there are many choices of floral varieties, these are two of our favorite ways to decorate with flowers – peonies and tropical arrangements.   Continue reading