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Terrariums

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Terrariums are hot right now! They look so cool that people often think they must be difficult to make or care for. Not true!! By the way, did you know Rouvalis offers workshops? That's right! We bring the supplies, the plants and the knowledge. You bring your friends, colleagues or bridesmaids (...and wine...). 

Here's a quick tutorial-

You need:

-Glass container, could be a sphere, hurricane shape or fancy hot house like above.

-Soil and something for drainage is recommended, stones, sand, broken pottery. Charcoal pieces are great because they also detoxify.

-Decor- moss, stones, cork, wood slices, marbles, maybe some of those super cool fairy garden pieces (tiny doors, tables, chairs, etc)

-Plants- ferns, orchids, small low light foliage plants,  succulents work very well and are easy to care for.

Fill the base of your container with a layer of drainage medium, next add a layer of soil. Now start placing the plants. I usually start with the biggest and work around it. If you are using cut succulents those should be placed after moss. Once your plants are in place cover your soil with moss and add in whatever decor you have. Maybe some sea glass? Add your cut succulents and Voila!! Maintenance will differ slightly depending on the plants you chose. Generally bright indirect light is a safe choice. Terrariums should be watered lightly once a week, we recommend using a mister. Foliage plants will require a bit more water than succulents. Be careful not to soak the succulent leaves as it can cause rot.

 Easy right?.... Well, maybe you should just have us show you. Book your workshop today!

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Rose Garden Party Follow Up

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 Here are the Rouvalis girls! So 2018!!

Here are the Rouvalis girls! So 2018!!

Well, if you couldn't tell from the photo, we had a fab time at the Mayor's Rose Garden Party again this year. Though the weather was a bit threatening, the rain held off long enough for everyone to have a great time. Congratulations to all of the hat contest winners. Shout out to our girl Madeline!

White after Memorial Day

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 Tidal Pool

Tidal Pool

At this point the old fashion rule of only wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been largely tossed to the wayside. Some of you millennials may have never even heard of such a thing. Some say it started as a way for the elite to show their status, others that it was started by southern belles. No matter how or why it is undeniable that crisp bright white looks gorgeous in the summer time (if you ask me it's the lighting). This was our mindset for the second part of our current collection. Bright clean white that really pops against lush green and a touch of soft gray blue.

Our new collection is here!

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 Sun + Sea

Sun + Sea

Spring has been holding strong around Boston but with the first day of summer just around the corner it seems we are finally getting into beach season. Time to put your toes in the warm sand, pop a cute little umbrella into your favorite fruity drink and enjoy the sunshine! This was our inspiration for the new collection. Hot days, cool nights, summer dresses, vibrant sunsets. Take the top off the jeep and shoot down to the cape to see the favorite family members you coincidentally see most often in the summertime. Just make sure you pick up one of these gorgeous arrangements to bring as a hostess gift!

Boston Mayor's Rose Garden Party

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 Boston Mayor's Rose Garden Party

Boston Mayor's Rose Garden Party

Get that fascinator ready! Deck out your best garden bonnet in blossoms! But better bring your A game-- competition is fierce with Team Rouvalis on scene...

We couldn't be more thrilled, this is one of our favorite events of the year. Stop and smell the roses while supporting a very worthy cause. Proceeds from the ticketed event fund free programming in neighborhood parks. Hope we see you there!!

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Meet Monet

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 Waterlilies by Claude Monet

Waterlilies by Claude Monet

Claude Monet was a founder of the French Impressionist movement. He did approximately 250 variations of the famous Waterlilies, capturing the subtle changes in light and color throughout the day.  His incredible gardens at Giverny were the inspiration for many of his masterpieces. More than one hundred years later the beauty of his art and gardens are still driving us to create. Soft blues, a burst of green and the perfect pink peony reminded us of the cool hues of the famous waterlilies for our late spring collection.

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Herbs

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 Summer is approaching, herbs are here!

Summer is approaching, herbs are here!

Herbs are great plants for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike. Not overly fussy, just good light and sufficient water. Perfect in a rooftop garden, bright window box, or a simple pot of basil by a kitchen window. Of course they can highlight your culinary skills too! Are you a person who can barely boil water for pasta? Well, if you can get through that part, chop some fresh herbs, add them to any dish and Voila! -you've gone from line cook to gourmet chef!

 Or maybe you prefer to drink your herbs...  Basil Cucumber Mojito  Ingredients:  3 slices 1/4-inch-thick slices cucumber  8 leaves basil, or more to taste  2 lime slices  2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers rum  2 raw sugar cubes  ice cubes as desired  1 splash club soda (optional)  1 cucumber wedge for garnish  1 sprig fresh basil for garnish  Put cucumbers, basil leaves, lime slices, rum, and raw sugar cubes into a metal cocktail shaker. Mash mixture together with a muddler until the sugar cubes have dissolved. Add ice, place lid onto the shaker, and shake vigorously; strain into a chilled glass tumbler filled with ice. Top cocktail with club soda and garnish with cucumber wedge and basil sprig.     Thank you DJSayaka and Allrecipes.com for this great twist on the classic mojito!

Or maybe you prefer to drink your herbs...

Basil Cucumber Mojito

Ingredients:

3 slices 1/4-inch-thick slices cucumber

8 leaves basil, or more to taste

2 lime slices

2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers rum

2 raw sugar cubes

ice cubes as desired

1 splash club soda (optional)

1 cucumber wedge for garnish

1 sprig fresh basil for garnish

Put cucumbers, basil leaves, lime slices, rum, and raw sugar cubes into a metal cocktail shaker. Mash mixture together with a muddler until the sugar cubes have dissolved. Add ice, place lid onto the shaker, and shake vigorously; strain into a chilled glass tumbler filled with ice. Top cocktail with club soda and garnish with cucumber wedge and basil sprig.

 

Thank you DJSayaka and Allrecipes.com for this great twist on the classic mojito!

Kate Spade

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 Designer Kate Spade passed away June 5, 2018

Designer Kate Spade passed away June 5, 2018

With heavy hearts the fashion world must now say an untimely goodbye to Kate Spade. Though our work surrounds flowers and plants, we are all designers just the same. Her use of bold color and clean lines was design perfection. More importantly though, she showed the world that taking risks and putting yourself out into the unknown can have big pay off. We will be forever grateful for inspiring us to take risks, be brave, and design boldly. Not one of us will ever forget our first Kate Spade purse.

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Understanding Peony Pricing

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Local Peony season is officially here, we have been sourcing locally grown peonies from numerous from the New England and Tri State areas. A few questions we always receive is why are peonies expensive. Numerous factors dictate the price of peonies, demanding being the biggest factor but a few others also dictate the price,  

In the Mid Atlantic,  peonies are one of the earliest field grown flowers commercially available to wholesalers.  They are long lasting and have a fantastic shelf life within the chain from grower to end user.  Finally, demand is always high, especially around Mother’s Day and the beginning of wedding season. Any one of these factors would make the price high, but peonies cover all the bases. The market demand helps to set the pricing. However, growing conditions in the Carolinas and a few places south of that also has an impact on the market. If the big growers are at full production, prices are lower and conversely if their production was hampered in any way prices are higher.

Most consumers are unaware that buying direct from farms like we do, is the different grades in flowers. Certain grades yield higher pricing such as length of stem, head size and a few other details. The longer the stem means the peony has been maintained by the farm longer therefore yielding a higher price point. Lower grade flowers are usually sold to supermarkets as the length is shorter and heads are smaller resulting in a cheaper price point. 

”Field grown peonies take around three years to yield any commercially viable production.

Purely from a growers perspective, peonies are a long term crop. Anyone getting into it has to be willing and able to set aside the acreage for a minimum of around 10 years. That acreage is off limits for other crops for the duration of the peony project. Plant material is an expense that can vary by variety, but the labor is all the same – they have to be planted by hand. Soil borne diseases can set in at any time and start to reduce the return on investment of the long term project. Field grown peonies take around three years to yield any commercially viable production – for instance, you may only get 3-4 stems per plant in the early portion. As the plants mature, they produce more stems. They will eventually reach a stage where they are producing too many stems and the head size suffers. This is when a grower will need to manually dig and divide from his clumps to reduce the density. All of this work is done by hand as far as I know, and that is not cheap. Stem production will decrease at this time due to the trauma the plant endures – not quite like going back to square one, but still a cost and factor in production. Compared to other crops, these are the factors that shape market pricing.

Why is the peony  variety Coral Charm the most expensive?
Everything above is true for Coral Charm, with two added factors. Plant material for this variety costs more and they happen to be the first to bloom; both push the price up. I would also say that the supply side of Coral has never really matched the demand, which also increases the market price. If the supply side changes, prices may change as well.   From a growing perspective, they are really no more difficult than any other peony; some nuances, yes, but no major difference.

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