The Evolution of Valentine’s Day

The Evolution of Valentine’s Day

The Evolution of Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day – It’s not just for lovers any more! For centuries (yes! It’s been around that long!) Valentine’s Day has been reserved only for couples, a special day to show the love you feel for...
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. Almost three decades later, I can still recite it, almost verbatim, hands clasped, memories of the middle...
Pesky Pests!

Pesky Pests!

Are you noticing plants wilting, leaf tips browning or yellowing leaves? If you are, you could have yourself some pesky pests on your houseplants! We want to focus on these pest problems to help you have happy, healthy plants again. There are; however, other sources...
A Colour For Every Arrangement

A Colour For Every Arrangement

We’ve all seen very typical flower arrangements even mentioning the word “arrangement” you probably have an idea of what your standard arrangement looks like – wether it’s one you like or not. The possibilities for floral arrangements go...
Small Space Decorating

Small Space Decorating

Do you live in an apartment, a condo, a dorm, or just don’t have very much space to decorate? Are you looking to add a little pop of green to your small living space? We have the perfect solution! We have a few great ideas for anyone with limited space to add...
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...
Everyone’s a princess with floral crowns

Everyone’s a princess with floral crowns

Once a daisy-filled staple of the average hippy, the floral crown has become one of the most popular bridal accessories of the past few years. Not just for rock festivals and sit-ins anymore, the crown can be styled to any theme: bohemian and natural, delicate...
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...
Are you ready for the Easter Bunny?

Are you ready for the Easter Bunny?

Easter is this weekend, is your home ready? Whether you’re hosting family dinner, visiting friends or eating a chocolate bunny quietly by yourself, we have all the springy things you need to welcome the Big Bun himself. We’re so excited to be working with...
Hints of Spring at Flowers Talk Tivoli

Hints of Spring at Flowers Talk Tivoli

I don’t know about you, but this month sure has thrown me for a loop. Warm – freezing – rain – snowstorm – warm again. It’s exhausting and I’m ready for spring. And that’s just what we’re preparing for in store! We...
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...
Ask an Expert: Decorating with Plants

Ask an Expert: Decorating with Plants

Here at Flowers Talk Tivoli, we have the pleasure of working with some of the best local professionals in the decor and event industries. Among our favourites are the kitchen and bath design specialists at Astro Design Center. Their amazing designers are often at the...
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...
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air my friends, which is a nice change from the buckets and buckets of snow we just saw! I hope wherever you are in this snowy, marshmallow world you are warm and happy and with (or will soon be with) your Valentine. I also hope you remembered to get...
A Very Special Tuesday

A Very Special Tuesday

Buckle up, boys and girls, it’s almost here; the most romantic Tuesday of the year. Are you ready? Because we sure are! It can be a wild ride for us, that second week of February, but we sure do love making beautiful things to spread the love. We can’t...
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...
Colour Theory in Floral Design

Colour Theory in Floral Design

As in any artistic practice, the use of colour in floral design is of utmost importance. It often carries the first impression and general emotion of any piece; bright and cheerful, soft and somber, eclectic and modern. Pieces with high contrast, like yellow and...
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...
We found spring! (It’s in the store)

We found spring! (It’s in the store)

Yesterday turned the roads to soup and today seems intent on blowing it all away. Anyone else ready for spring? We have it! This Thursday (that’s tomorrow, you guys) we are receiving a GIANT shipment of amazing plants. You remember plants, right? Green, calming,...
Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last minute visits, surprise invitations to a dinner party, forgetting your sister’s new boyfriend will be joining you for the weekend. It’s happened to us all and sometimes your ‘present drawer’ (you know the one; the one you stock throughout...
Keep the Holidays in Your Home All Year Long

Keep the Holidays in Your Home All Year Long

The store is filled with bright, full poinsettias, tall, graceful Norfolks and adorable tiny cypress shaped like little Christmas trees. They make wonderful gifts and are sure to bring that holiday mood to any room. But what to do with them after the holidays? Many of...
The Gift that Keeps Giving

The Gift that Keeps Giving

It’s that time of year again. That time to be stumped. We all have one on our list, but what do you get the guy or gal who has everything? Silly, of course the answer is flowers! Send that special someone something special with Flowers For A Year from Flowers...
You are Invited…

You are Invited…

To Flowers Talk Tivoli’s annual Holiday open house! Come see us at 282 Richmond Rd this Wednesday, November 30th 2016 to visit with your designers, schmooze with your neighbours and partake of some delicious nibbles. You’ll enjoy 20% off all in store...
Last Minute Gift Ideas

Homes for the Holidays: Take One

We just wrapped up another successful weekend of decorating, inspiring, and raising funds and awareness for the wonderful work at Hospice Care Ottawa with the 14th annual Homes for the Holidays Tour. Despite some fearsome weather, people came once again in droves to...
Winter Urns for Everyone!

Winter Urns for Everyone!

The season is fast approaching; is your home ready? The week of November 22nd we will be out in the city installing our signature winter urn arrangements and outdoor decor, is your home on the list? Call us to book your front step for the personalized Flowers Talk...
The Holidays Are Here!

The Holidays Are Here!

The holiday season has arrived at Flowers Talk Tivoli! The store is bursting with beauty and cheer and we can’t wait to show you. Timeless wreaths and garlands, elegant table decor, and baskets on baskets of adorable ornaments for your tree await at 282 Richmond...
Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays has been a staple of Ottawa’s holiday season for 14 years and with good reason! A stunning effort from the wonderful people at Hospice Care Ottawa to raise funds and awareness for the Hospice at May Court, it combines charity and the cheer...
Plant Profile: Pesky Pets

Plant Profile: Pesky Pets

Cats are brats. They have a look of permanent smugness about them, as they gaze at you over the up-ended pot they just sent crashing to the floor; a look that says “I could do this all day and you’ll still clean up my poop.” They are adorable...
Let’s Make Some Babies! Baby Succulents, That Is…

Let’s Make Some Babies! Baby Succulents, That Is…

Who doesn’t love babies? Especially tiny, chubby, soft-skinned, cuties that you made! With your own two hands! It’s so satisfying to see one you’ve nurtured, cared for, loved, turn into a real life grown up plant! Yes, I said plant. Succulents are a...
Let’s Give Thanks! With Flowers!

Let’s Give Thanks! With Flowers!

Some things change a lot; the seasons, your favourite pie flavour (right now mine is blueberry with a graham crumble crust),  flower trends, and whether or not tights as pants are ok. But some things stay the same. Like the universal appeal of a freshly raked leaf...
Pretty Fall Planters

Pretty Fall Planters

Beautiful orange and yellow leaves, a crisp breeze, depressed school kids, pumpkin spiced everything… it’s almost here! Fall: Everyone’s Favourite Season (Except for School Kids) You’ve watched your summer planters grow and flourish, your...
Different Flower Types

Different Flower Types

In floral design we are lucky to have a pretty big playground. There are so many different shapes, colours, sizes, textures, feelings of flowers there’s really no limit to what we can create. Whether you’re designing something cheerful and bright, somber...
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...
The Stones… They’re.. ALIVE!!

The Stones… They’re.. ALIVE!!

Animals aren’t the only ones who evolve camouflage to escape their predators. Plants do it too! Lithops is a genus of succulents native to southern Africa. They avoid being eaten by pretending to be – wait for it – butts. No, I’m kidding, they...
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!

Staff Picks: February

Administrative Assistants Day!

Wednesday, April 27th is Administrative Assistants Day. A time to show appreciation for those people in our lives who keep us on task, on time and the best we can be. They deserve a little thank you!

Be the Designer: A Cheater’s Guide

Be the Designer: A Cheater’s Guide

Not everyone has an artistic eye or a crafty hand. People of the type that designers are made love to play and experiment and manipulate stems and blooms to turn them into an intricate pattern and expression of joy or solidarity. Some people just want their kitchen...
Ask an Expert: Decorating with Plants

Offices need plants too!

Nothing brightens a place you’d rather not be than something that needs you! Like a baby, or a kitten, or a philodendron named Steve. Every office needs that extra little something to make you feel more comfy and at home and willing to be there. Since most of us...
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.

Hydrangeas! Why do they hate me?

Hydrangeas! Why do they hate me?

Hydrangea, the white fluffy marshmallow flower of which dreams are made, is one of the most popular blooms we carry. They are soft, elegant, look amazeballs on their own and can fill in a table centre piece like nobody’s business!

But they have a dark side… a sad, twisted, penchant for self-destruction.

Air Plants: Who Needs Dirt?

Air Plants: Who Needs Dirt?

Popular in the 80’s as shell-dwelling fridge magnets, air plants are regaining popularity as minimalist oddities for the office or modern living room. Their striking shape and their ability to live without soil makes them a great living art installation.

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!

Fall Bulb Planting! It’s never too early to think of spring!

Fall Bulb Planting! It’s never too early to think of spring!

With these tips you’ll be turning your neighbours green with envy and your garden every other colour with glorious, rapturous blooms that will come back year after year. Come into the store now to check out all the amazing new flower varieties we have on offer!

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 Part Two!!

Terrariums Part Two!!

Terrariums! Part the Second: You are God Congratulations!  You have decided to become an omnipotent creator of worlds!  Destroyer of… hopefully nothing, but we’ll see how green that thumb is.  In our second post on these pocket-sized ecosystems we’ll go over...
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...
5 Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

5 Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

Tired of winter yet? I know we are. It has been a long and bitterly cold start to 2015 and as the temperature hovers around the -20C mark, I think we are all anxiously awaiting the blooms of spring! Never fear. While you wait for the barbeque to thaw out, here are...
How to Prepare for a Wedding Floral Consultation

How to Prepare for a Wedding Floral Consultation

We are so blessed to be asked to provide flowers for so many of life’s BIG moments.  One of our favourites, of course, are weddings!   First off… it is always best to book a consultation.  You could always stop by your favourite flower shop to get a feel...
Pretty in Pink and Romantic in Red

Pretty in Pink and Romantic in Red

As we are getting ready for the rush of Valentine’s Day, we are looking at the flowers with special attention thinking of which ones we would like to have in our own Valentine’s bouquets! We all agree that pink ranunculus are one of our current favourites! Giving...
Valentine’s Day: I love you more than… CONTEST!

Valentine’s Day: I love you more than… CONTEST!

Sure, Valentine’s day makes you think of romance, hearts, pink and red, naked cupid, and of course roses. So who do you love!? Your best friend, partner, parents, siblings, your dog? Then why do we only think of Vday as a day to treat a significant other? Many years...