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Much like the turkey, cornucopias are a staple at the Thanksgiving table. But, where did these horned vessels overflowing with goodies come from?

Cornucopias have a surprisingly rich history, going all the way back to 5th century BC. The mouthful of a name derives from two Latin words: “cornu,” meaning horn and “copia,” meaning plenty. That’s why cornucopia and horn of plenty are often used interchangeably; we prefer cornucopia because it’s just plain fun to say.

Originally, the cornucopia was made of a real goat’s horn and filled with fruits and grains and placed in the center of the table. So, what’s with the goat’s horn? Well, the Greek legend states that Zeus, the Father of Gods and men, had to be banished to a cave so his cannibal father didn’t eat him. While hiding out in the cave, a goat named Amalthea watched over Zeus and as she was nursing him, he accidentally pulled off her horn. Zeus promised that the horn would always bring her what she wanted and from then on, it represented endless bounty.

These days, we’ve moved away from the goat’s horn and the modern day cornucopia is typically made out of woven wicker. Often florists place fall colored flowers inside, but our favorite stuffing is, you guessed it, food with the flowers. Our Thanksgiving table wouldn’t be complete without a bountiful cornucopia bursting with fresh fruit, crunchy nuts and of course, a little chocolate.

Will a cornucopia be on your Thanksgiving table this year?

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Art of Pave

My Favorite Style

Pave Floral Arrngements

Like so many of you lovely readers, I think of flowers as gorgeous little gems. I often identify my favorite style of floral design as “pavé”-style construction. In this week’s post, I wanted to share some prime examples of this compact and abundant, “flower-on-flower” look and describe some of its most valuable attributes.
Tips for Creating This Style of Arrangement
  • Try using one type of flower in varying shades.
  • Carefully clean stems so they are free of greens and foliage, leaving only the blossoms and stems.
  • Flowers should be cut so that the blooms fall just above the neck of the vase.
  • Work from the outside in — start by setting flowers in a ring around the edge of the vase and work row-by-row toward the middle. You will be begin to create concentric circles and the stems will form a “grid” in the vase.
  • With each successive layer of flowers, you will have more structure with the stems and you can use this structure to support the next layer.
  • Keep a “dome shape” in your mind’s eye and work to make the inner layers of flowers stand slightly taller than the outer layers.
  • Don’t be afraid of the flowers jutting out at an angle; with each new layer, they will stand a bit straighter and taller.
  • By the time you reach the middle, you should have a firm network of stems to support the taller flowers and they will stand straight up!
Image above: Garden roses in sweet peach and cream, including my peach garden rose obsession, “Juliet.” You might notice that this arrangement of garden roses doesn’t include greens or filler flowers. There is a purity to this design, yet the variety of colors within the soft spectrum and the range of rose types and shapes creates texture and movement. In this style, the technique is very accessible — simply clean the flowers of all greenery and cut them short so that the “head” of the blooms sit just above the “neck” of the vase.
Image above: An array of pavé-style arrangements viewed from above. These fresh green, purple and white arrangements are primarily single-flower, monochromatic arrangements made modern and sophisticated with a pavé design. Flowers above include roses, hydrangea, viburnum, ranunculus, hyacinth and sweat peas.


Image above: A “creamsicle” spectrum of carnations in pavé style. YES, EVEN CARNATIONS. I am a champion of the simple, fragrant and affordable carnation. In my view, the pavé style is never more effective than when used to turn an oft-overlooked “wallflower” into a sensation.
Image above: Icy chartreuse greens and whites arranged in a snug, clean design. Flowers include hydrangea, dahlias, roses, parrot tulips, snowberry and brassica cabbage. So modern! The pavé style allows you to use traditional flowers like hydrangeas and dahlias and still craft arrangements that could exist in the future 🙂
Image above: A riot of hot colors create a fabulous landscape. This arrangement includes ranunculus, parrot tulips, celosia, cabbage roses, hyacinth and a whimsical touch of jasmine. Don’t you want to take a bite out of these flowers? The pavé style allows you to truly appreciate and investigate the incredible blooms on the flowers in this arrangement. Let flowers like this speak (or scream!) for themselves by cutting them short and arranging them in this chic fashion.
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Spring Is Here Again – Early!

Spring Is Here Again – Early!

We are thinking of Easter Flowers and St Paddys Flowers and Mothers Day Flowers. We might be thinking of having some delivered anywhere close to Des moines, Iowa. Here is where you remember the The Wild Orchid and the wonderful designs they deliver, even after hours.

The wild orchid uses flowers over greenery to make our deigns “pop out” like they always do.  It is cheaper to use greens instead of flowers to make a  bouquet fuller; cheaper in any number of ways.  We do not do such things. Our flowers look full because they are healthy and fresh. Our bouquets see prettier because they are design to maximize their beauty and charm. Our gifts and chocolates are of the very best available.

We love spring..the sweet air, the warming winds and the the beginning of a new cycle. Stop and send the roses, friends…it makes Spring just that more memorable.

Go outside and feel the spring sun along with the cool breeze on your skin. See the flowers and hope they live through the next freeze. They have seen many many springs so maybe they will not be fooled this time.


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What We Do: A Beautiful Wedding With Our Flowers


We did a wedding for someone close and it was so wonderful. The Flowers just made the day even more special. We wanted to share these pictures with you so you can see what we offer. We always go all the way for weddings. That day is too important for so many people for anything less than perfect.