Mother’s Day Flowers Ready To Order

Mother’s Day Flowers Ready To Order

Mother’s Day Flowers Ready To Order Mother’s Day is only a few days away, have you placed your order yet? Mother’s Day flower orders will happen a little bit different this year but don’t worry, Mom will still get beautiful flowers that will...
Get Ready For Mother’s Day

Get Ready For Mother’s Day

Get Ready For Mother’s Day ​Mother’s Day is coming up fast, can you believe it? I know I can’t!  But I want all of you to be ready for it since it is May 10th this year which means you only have a few weeks to place an order. With everything going on in the...
Easter And Passover Blooms

Easter And Passover Blooms

Easter And Passover Blooms With Easter and the start of Passover only a few days away, it’s the perfect time to show off some of our wonderful spring blooms! I’ve enjoyed basking in the many colours at the shop in the past few days as spring flowers flow...
Colourful DIY Indoor Spring Bulb Planter

Colourful DIY Indoor Spring Bulb Planter

Colourful DIY Indoor Spring Bulb Planter When the days start getting longer and the hope of the snow melting grows stronger, I want to do anything that is spring inspired. I feel like when we fill our homes with spring, the outside will start to show it as well....
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...
The Most Romantic Day Of The Year

The Most Romantic Day Of The Year

The Most Romantic Day Of The Year Buckle up boys and girls, it’s almost here; the most romantic day 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...
Our Favourite Valentine’s Designs

Our Favourite Valentine’s Designs

Our Favourite Valentine’s Designs Valentine’s flowers don’t need to be boring, traditional or old school cheesy! They just need to be fresh, thoughtful and full of love. Take a look at some of our favourite designs just in time for Valentine’s Day!  We...
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...
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...
Holiday Design Guide

Holiday Design Guide

The holidays are coming up fast and the team here at Flowers Talk Tivoli is already in the festive mood! That’s why they helped me put together this amazing holiday design guide for you. These are the perfect gifts to send to loved ones, clients and also to...
Flowers for the First Lady

Flowers for the First Lady

Seven years ago I got a call from the production crew of the Oprah tour coming to Ottawa. They wanted me to provide all the florals for the stage, green room, and Ms. Winfrey’s dressing room. I was honoured and excited at the opportunity to be able to showcase...
Thanksgiving Holiday Decor!

Thanksgiving Holiday Decor!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year! There’s nothing better than being surrounded by great people, and delicious food! We thought we’d help you celebrate by sharing some Thanksgiving holiday decor inspiration!   There is a lot going on at the...
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 and...
Local Flower Spotlight

Local Flower Spotlight

You know that feeling when you walk through the local farmers market and you are surrounded with all the fresh grown local goodies? When you look at how fresh everything looks and you are in awe of the long hours that those farmers put into creating such a thing of...
Much More Than A Bouquet

Much More Than A Bouquet

When we think of wedding flowers our minds go right to the bouquet. Why not? It’s the centerpiece for the bride and oh so lovely. But there is so much more to wedding flowers than just the bouquet! We are going to take you through an inspirational journey of all...
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...
Fabulous Bridal Bouquets

Fabulous Bridal Bouquets

While most dream of their perfect wedding dress, we fantasize about the amazing bouquets to go with that dream wedding dress. Bridal bouquets can be made to fit any style, budget, and theme. Just because most people think of a ribbon wrapped bouquet of roses...
Welcome Summer With Fabulous Planters

Welcome Summer With Fabulous Planters

Is there anything better than when the long term forecast shows us that the threat of frost is gone and we can get outside and dig our hands in the dirt? Summer planters are my favourite out of all of the seasons to plant. I love the colours, the sizes, the variety...
Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and I have hand-picked some beauties for you that I know the mom in your life will love. From succulents to spring blooms, potted plants to fun tropicals, we have you covered! These sweet little succulent pots are the perfect addition to...
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...
Simple 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...
Celebrating International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Friday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, some choose to protest and others choose to celebrate womanhood. It is a wonderful day to show our love and respect for the women in our lives. Started in Italy in 1946, the mimosa flower became the custom flower to...
30 Years of Spectacular Wedding Flowers

30 Years of Spectacular Wedding Flowers

We have seen so many different trends over the last 30 years, but of course, my favourite is the change of trends in wedding flowers. We are seeing so many of the trends from the 80’s come full circle. Let’s take a walk down memory lane! Everything about this iconic...
Tropical Beauties

Tropical Beauties

Sometimes winter weather has us longing for an escape to a tropical paradise. I wish I could take all of our beautiful, loyal customers on a plane that would fly us somewhere balmy, warm and tropical. But, until I am able to do that, I want to take your thoughts...
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...
Love Your Flowers

Love Your Flowers

When you tell someone what you would like as a gift, you can really love your flowers. Let me explain. It was a couple of days before Christmas when a gentlemen came into our shop for a gift for his wife. He was very specific that he wanted a group of different...
Food & Flower Ideas for Chanukah

Food & Flower Ideas for Chanukah

If there is anything in the world that I love more than flowers, it’s food. A beautiful dance occurs on the holiday table when gorgeous flowers are intertwined with classic family recipes of food made with love. Flowers Talk Tivoli is lucky that we are able to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.

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.

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!!

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...
Winter Blues? Spring Bulbs!

Winter Blues? Spring Bulbs!

Winter can feel long and at times a little gray. That’s why we have many beautiful potted spring bulbs to help cheer you up (and cheer us up too) and add colour to these blustery white days. Here are a few of our in-store beauties! Daffodils, Muscari, and Hyacinth OH...
Creating an Indoor Garden!

Creating an Indoor Garden!

Bringing the Outside In for the Winter! Someone once told me that 30 minutes of gardening per week gives you a healthier, happier and longer life. But now it’s wintertime… Oh NO! Not to worry, bring your garden indoors! It is beautiful, fun and beneficial. Indoor air...
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...
Looking Back and Thank You!

Looking Back and Thank You!

What a year it has been! If you had asked me last January what I had expected out of 2014, never in my wildest dreams would I have known.   What a whirlwind it has been! From the dozens of couples that asked us to create florals for their special day, to providing the...
Staff Holiday Favourites!

Staff Holiday Favourites!

Amidst the holiday madness of this week we took some time to appreciate our favourite aspects of working as a florist during this time of year. Here are just a few current and awesome favourites!! Stephanotis: the white, waxy flowers give off an amazing scent! It has...
Holiday Decorating with Plants!

Holiday Decorating with Plants!

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, or any other special occasion (Festivus perhaps?!), plants are always a great way to add warmth, cheer, and colour to your home decor. One of our favourites is the Lemon Cypress, also known as Goldcrest. We...
New Store, Fresh Blog Posts!

New Store, Fresh Blog Posts!

As many of our loving and loyal customers may already know; Flowers Talk and Tivoli are now one!  The ‘wedding’ of Elizabeth’s Flowers Talk and Michael’s Tivoli occurred this past August and we couldn’t be happier! Michael has passed over the reigns to Elizabeth while...
What Do You Wear on November 11th?

What Do You Wear on November 11th?

Have you ever wondered why we wear poppies on November 11th?   According to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 17…. A writer first made the connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, remarking that...
Forget Me Not!

Forget Me Not!

I am so excited about the “Forget Me Not” floral program, I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time! These types of subscription programs give you the chance to pamper and treat yourself. This is the chance to bring something gorgeous into...
Orchid Care – YOU can do it!

Orchid Care – YOU can do it!

The most daunting houseplants out there are orchids. We have people stop into the shop all the time asking about the best way to care for them. People tend to be worried or intimidated about taking care of these beautiful plants. I’m here to tell you that you...
Succulents

Succulents

With the weather turning a little colder, people are asking us about plants for inside their homes.  One of our favourite suggestions are succulents.  They are everywhere right now, from home design magazines to table centerpieces, these little guys are back in a big...
National Boss Day October 16th

National Boss Day October 16th

Do you have a mentor that you look up to? A boss that has taken you under their wing? Now is the time to show your appreciation for the hard work and dedication to your learning and for taking the time to teach and mentor. October 16th is National Boss Day. A day to...