Citrus for Summer

Citrus for Summer

Oranges, kumquats, Meyer lemons; they seem such a strange combination of common fruit and tropical treat. Especially around Ottawa where we need them shipped in from more temperate climes, few people realize just how common they can be when you keep a fruit-bearing...
Canada 150

Canada 150

It’s a very exciting time at Flowers Talk Tivoli; it’s prom season in the neighbourhood, everyone’s gearing up for a very exciting Canada Day weekend, and we have been loving our new location at Dream Weaver in the Rideau Center! While the weather...
Plant Profile: Watering

Plant Profile: Watering

While each plant type requires it’s own tailored watering schedule, there are a few general guidelines anyone can follow, at least when starting out, to help make sure your plants get all the moisture they need without risking drowning. I’ll go over some basic rules for all plants to help you acclimate any new green friend to your particular home environment.

Preserving wedding flowers

Preserving wedding flowers

You spent months planning and pinning your dream bouquet, but when the day finally comes it can seem over in a flash! You carried it down the aisle, you glanced at it over dinner, but by the end of the night, you’re lucky to know where it is, and then what?...
Mother’s Day in Ottawa

Mother’s Day in Ottawa

Grey skies, high waters, chilly nights; spring in Ottawa is always a delight! The forecast this weekend may look bleak outside, but we have all the bright, spring colours to brighten your mother’s special day this Sunday! Peonies are just coming into season and...
Plant Profile: Philodendron

Plant Profile: Philodendron

Philodendrons are wonderful plants; lush and shiny new growth, easy care, quick to fill out. And there’s so many different kinds! Bushy, viney, trailing, climbing, some varieties can grow to be huge while others can be pruned into little bushes. They are easily...
Plant profile: Air Cleaners

Plant profile: Air Cleaners

While we know that any plant exchanges CO2 for oxygen, some houseplants are just a little more prolific than others in their 02 output. Owners of these particular varieties of plants may notice a better air quality in their homes and it just so happens all these super...
Spring Time in Ottawa

Spring Time in Ottawa

That’s what it keeps looking like at least. Those deep snowbanks keep dwindling and the sun keeps peeking out to remind us that February doesn’t have to be all that bad. Despite the early demise of the canal skate season (you left us too soon!) I’ll...
Staff Picks: February

Staff Picks: February

One of the hardest thing as a designer (especially at our shop) is trying to decide which of the copious flowers to use and where. We get so many beautiful, unusual and varied blooms in any given week it can be a challenge to choose. This time of year it gets even...
Plant Profile: Echeveria

Plant Profile: Echeveria

As delicate looking as a rose and as sturdy as a cactus: the echeveria is a very fun plant to have. Echeverias are easy to grow, easy to propagate and a great addition to any house-plant collection. Native to semi-desert areas of southern North, Central, and northern...
But What Does the Poppy Do?

But What Does the Poppy Do?

“In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow; Between the crosses, row on row” We all know the words; we’ve read them, recited them, memorized them since grade school. I’m 31 years old and I can still recite it, almost verbatim, hands clasped,...
Plant Profile: Fabulous Ferns

Plant Profile: Fabulous Ferns

Delicate, both in appearance and temperament, ferns are a beautiful addition to any home. Their soft leaf structure and often bizarre root systems make them an interesting piece of living art. Sensitive to drought and heat, they aren’t for everyone. But if you’re willing to give them the time and attention they crave, you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous display of luxurious greenery that most other plants just can’t offer.

Darling Dahlias!

Darling Dahlias!

Oh darling! Aren’t dahlias delightful? These summer beauties are one of our favourites; their colours are more vibrant, they come in all shapes and sizes and their petal symmetry is so damn satisfying! The national flower of Mexico, they are native to the region...
Thanks Mom!

Thanks Mom!

A Mother is selfless, caring and giving. She thinks of others before herself and sacrifices those little things to make others happy. This May 8th give just a little of that lost luxury back; treat your mother to a beautiful bouquet!

Wedding Trends 2016

Wedding Trends 2016

You don’t want to take something so beautifully delicate by nature and force it into this hard, strict shape. We want to work with the flowers, with their natural flow and expression, to help create an intuitive complement to your look.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day has changed a lot in the last 105 years. From protests to posies, the agenda of the day has softened as over the years the provoking issues came to be largely resolved. We’ve still got a lot to talk about, but also to celebrate!

Let’s Get Ready for SPRING!

Let’s Get Ready for SPRING!

Beautiful spring bulbs and green plants are the way to March sanity. We have gorgeous tulips, adorable mini daffodils, sweet muscari, and heavenly scented hyacinths to fill your home with the promise of the glory that will eventually come to our frazzled city.

Fairy Plants!

Fairy Plants!

Fairy plants are miniaturized versions of common house plants and gosh-darn it they are adorable! They are wonderful for terrariums and small spaces. Because of their size they make a perfect gift for the office or as a small house-warming gift. They’re so tiny and sweet they’re great for teaching kids responsibility, they’ll love having a tiny garden of their own!

Plant Profile: The Fiddle Leaf Fig

Plant Profile: The Fiddle Leaf Fig

Everyone knows the Ficus benjamina, they’ve been sitting in your Grandma’s living room and dentists waiting rooms for years. They have dainty little leaves and a slender trunk that just scream 90’s décor. But it’s time for this standard standard to move aside for it’s funny, funky, awkward but in a somehow graceful way cousin: the Lyrata!

Workshops! Workshops galore!

Workshops! Workshops galore!

Just in time for Thanksgiving is our table centre piece workshop. Learn to make a festive arrangement in a pumpkin or low dish for Turkey Day! And then at the end of November we’ll teach you how to make an urn insert for your outdoor container with all the winter greens you can handle. We’ll even have some berries and pine cones and maybe if you’re good something with sparkles.

Terrariums Part 3!!

Terrariums Part 3!!

Now that you’ve built your totally terrific terrarium I bet you want to know how to keep it from turning into a diorama of the nuclear apocalypse. In this the penultimate installment of Terrariums!! we will go over basic care and troubleshooting to help you keep it healthy, happy and growing.

Terrariums!!

Terrariums!!

The first in our workshop series at Flowers Talk Tivoli has been an amazing success!  Originally to consist of only one night of glass-covered goodness it has since generated an additional 3 terrarium workshops just to accommodate the overwhelming demand for these...
Pesky Pests!

Pesky Pests!

Are you noticing plants wilting? Leaf tips browning? Yellowing leaves? If you are, you could have yourself some pesky pests on your house plants! In this blog we will focus on pest problems. There are; however, other sources of reoccurring problems with house plants,...
Wedding Memories

Wedding Memories

From the very moment your man slips that ring on to your finger and you become a “Bride-to-be” everything that is routine and normal gets put on the back burner, because girl, you have a wedding to plan!!! It’s amazing to me how instantaneously we brides...

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