Dahlias, Dahlias, And More Dahlias!

Dahlias, Dahlias, And More Dahlias!

One of my favourites with their bright, bold colours and oh-so-satisfying symmetrical petals – dahlias are perfect for pulling any arrangement together.

Caring For Your Valentine’s Bouquet 

Caring For Your Valentine’s Bouquet 

Caring For Your Valentine’s Bouquet  Many people will be receiving bouquets this year for Valentine’s Day and you may be wondering what to do with your bouquet once you receive it at your door. ​ A lot of people will be sending out hand-tied bouquets in...
Why Roses For Valentine’s?

Why Roses For Valentine’s?

Why Roses For Valentine’s? Love is in the air my friends! I hope wherever you are in this snowy, marshmallow world you are warm, happy and with (or will soon be with) your Valentine. I also hope you remembered to get them some very special Flowers Talk Tivoli...
DIY Spring Tulip Arrangement

DIY Spring Tulip Arrangement

DIY Spring Tulip Arrangement I love the simplicity of tulips; the clean lines and promise of spring. We receive quite a few different varieties of tulips from Holland and the Niagara Region, but one of our favourite tulip suppliers are Vanco tulips from PEI. It’s a...
Our Top Designs Of 2019

Our Top Designs Of 2019

Our Top Designs Of 2019 How many times have you written 2019 in the last week? I have more than I can count! Maybe I need to say a proper goodbye to 2019 before I welcome in 2020. What better way to pay tribute to this past year than a look back. When I asked the...
Falling Head Over Heels For Planters

Falling Head Over Heels For Planters

It’s that time of year when the temperatures at night are getting chillier, the leaves are starting to change colour and our thoughts turn to everything and anything pumpkin spiced. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are lots of beautiful summer filled days left, but in...
Floral Designs Straight From The Tropics

Floral Designs Straight From The Tropics

With the longer days and the beautiful sunshine, my favourite colour palettes move from the subdued pinks, peaches, and blushes towards the vibrant tones of the hot pink, lime green, and orange. There is no better way to start the celebration of summer off than with...
Colour Theory & Floral Design

Colour Theory & Floral Design

The use of colour theory is of utmost importance in any artistic practice. Floral design is no exception. Colour often carries the first impression and general emotion of any piece; bright and cheerful; soft and somber; or eclectic and modern. Pieces with high...
How To Design With a Floral Frog

How To Design With a Floral Frog

Sometimes I see a certain flower or a particular vessel and just have to create some pretty. When the first shipment of coral charm peonies arrived at the store I knew that I had to make a centrepiece to showcase them. Paired with the perfect blue compote bowl from...
African Violet – Not just your Granny’s plant

African Violet – Not just your Granny’s plant

Low on space and want a really cute plant with pops of colour? The African Violet may be the one for you. I know, I know, you have seen them sitting on your grandmother’s window sill in her living room and kitchen for years. If Granny loves this plant, then so should...
Greenery: An Arrangement Staple

Greenery: An Arrangement Staple

There are some flowers and greenery that we try to consistently carry in our shop. Some are the ‘staples’ that we couldn’t live without! As much as flowers are so important to an arrangement, we find that greenery is equally as important. Here are some of our...
DIY Spring Tulip Arrangement

Simple DIY Spring Tulip Arrangement

I love the simplicity of tulips; the clean lines and promise of spring. We receive quite a few different varieties of tulips from Holland and the Niagara Region, but one of our favourite tulip suppliers are Vanco tulips from PEI. It’s a family owned farm that prides...
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...
The Rose – Spin on an Old Classic!

The Rose – Spin on an Old Classic!

One of the most timeless and beautiful flowers that we receive in our store five times a week, is the rose. The rose is a classic and so many people love them. It is also one of the only flowers that comes in almost every colour (except blue, please don’t get me...
Rosh Hashanah Flowers

Rosh Hashanah Flowers

Wishing you a Sweet & Happy New Year! Rosh Hashanah is a traditional Jewish holiday that celebrates the beginning of the Jewish New Year. It begins at sundown on Sunday September 9th until Tuesday September 11th. It is one of the biggest holidays in the Jewish...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!

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...
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.