How To: Repotting Your Plants

How To: Repotting Your Plants

How To: Repotting Your Plants We get asked a lot of questions about repotting plants so we put together a quick video to help you navigate repotting. ​ What you’ll need: A plant that is ready to repot; if they have been in the same pot for a few years it’s...
Taking Your Indoor Plants Outside

Taking Your Indoor Plants Outside

Taking Your Indoor Plants Outside It’s that time of year when we are all craving to be outdoors! And your plants are craving to be outside also! Your plants will thrive outdoors this summer with some of these tips and tricks: Wait until the temperature at night stays...
Give Her The Gift Of Green

Give Her The Gift Of Green

Give Her The Gift Of Green Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we’re not going to let COVID-19 stop you from getting the special ladies in your life something beautiful! Things are going to be a little bit different this year, but we think different can be very...
Our Plants Of The Week

Our Plants Of The Week

Our Plants Of The Week How can you go wrong when you mix flapjacks, sugar vine, Calathea and algaonema? That’s right, you can’t! Another large plant shipment came in this past week, and we narrowed down our favourites to share with you! Are you ready for it? I know...
The Amazing Benefits Of Eucalyptus

The Amazing Benefits Of Eucalyptus

The Amazing Benefits Of Eucalyptus Do you want to create a spa like atmosphere at home? Are you struggling with chest congestion or joint pain? Are you suffering with respiratory or sinus issues? ​ If you said yes to any of the above, you have to try this extremely...
New Year, New Plants

New Year, New Plants

New Year, New Plants Now that all the holiday decor is put away for another year and the snow is lightly falling on the ground, we are all feeling a need for a little green in our lives. January is actually one of the busiest plant months of the year for us! We just...
Plant Profile: Fabulous Ferns

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...
Decorating With Airplants

Decorating With Airplants

Decorating With Airplants I know that we all love easy to care for plants, and I don’t think there is an easier plant on earth to care for than the Tillandsia. That’s why I’ve put together this step by step guide so you can discover just how easy they are...
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...
Low Light? No Problem!

Low Light? No Problem!

It’s a question we hear quite often, “What house plants are good for low light areas?” We are so glad you asked! There are many beautiful and easy to care for options for those shadier areas of your home. Just make sure there is some light because...
This Just In: 5 New Plants

This Just In: 5 New Plants

If you walk into our store on an average Thursday, don’t be surprised to hear gasps and possibly squeals of delight coming from our designers. Picture small children on Christmas morning surrounded by wrapping paper, shiny new toys, wide-eyed with excitement. Yup,...
Decorating for the Holidays

Decorating for the Holidays

What an amazing week we’re having at the shop, especially as the holidays are fast approaching! We just wrapped up our 16th year of the Homes for The Holidays tour in Ottawa in support of Hospice Care Ottawa. We want to give a huge thank you to everyone that...
HOLIDAY BULB PLANTING

HOLIDAY BULB PLANTING

Paper white bulbs have become a staple for our holiday decor. It is so much fun to plant these little guys and watch them grow and bloom. What is even better, is how simple they are, no green thumb required! The bulbs only need about 3-4” for the roots, so lots of...
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...
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.

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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!

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...
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...