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The Scent Of A Flower.

Sean MurphyComment

Would a fresh bouquet of flowers lose its appeal if it didn’t smell? Or what if you could no longer buy your favorite perfume? Find out why scientists are studying how pollution is interfering with flowers’ scents. 

“I've always loved plants. I love flowers in particular; I love smelling them. I'm also really interested in chemistry. I actually majored in chemistry as an undergrad, and also perfumery. The research that I do, it's a perfect mix of all these topics of interest for me. I'm investigating in particular is how pollution affects the ability of floral scent to be transmitted through air,” said Jeremy Chan at the University of Washington.

And being able to actually “smell the roses” is a big part of any flower’s allure. But how does pollution affect a flower’s scent?

“Let's say you were standing a few hundred meters downwind of the flowers. Are you able to smell the flower? And it turns out that where the chemical compounds that are in the atmosphere affect the ability of floral scent to travel distances,” said Chan.

And if pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths can’t pick up a flower’s scent, then these insects can’t do their job. To help them, first, scientists need to measure how far a flower’s scent can travel.

“It is really hard because, you might imagine, these scent compounds are present in the atmosphere at tiny concentrations; the atmosphere is mostly air, and even so, you don't feel much when you move your hand through the atmosphere. The best machines that we have can really detect these floral scents maybe a few meters away from the flower, but we know from observations that pollinators can detect floral scents from up to a kilometer away,” said Chan.

One example that Chan studies is the hummingbird moth. 

“I measured the electrical responses of the insect antennae to floral scent, which is a measure of what they're detecting. And I found that the responses were actually much higher to the oxidized gases than to the floral scent itself. That was kind of confusing,” said Chan.

Unfortunately, the moth was “smelling” all the scents in the air including the flowers and pollution.

“For the pollinators, it represents a lot of noise. It's like trying to listen to a conversation with another person, in a room full of other people that are yelling at each other,” said Chan.

The next step for Chan and his colleagues is to measure how far floral scents can travel when the concentration of gases, like ozone, change inside a large, closed room.

“Then we can release pollinators, in this case the large hummingbird moth, to observe the scent-tracking behavior in the room, and how it's impacted when we change the levels of these atmospheric gases,” concluded Chan.

Chan hopes to study pollution and pollinators to keep floral fragrances in the air, flower bouquets and your perfume bottle.

https://www.insidescience.org/video/scent-flower

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Copper Flower Arrangement

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Peach perfection pops against buttery creams, crisp whites and fresh greens. Silvery ferns and bright ascelpias are the perfect bedding for pincushion protea, mokara orchids, creme de la creme roses, mango calla lilies and crocosmia, in a rounded glass vase.

Another Early Fall Collection Arrangement

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Onyx

Another favorite of ours from the early fall collection is Onyx! Allow this stunning modern combination of velvety black, deep purples and crisp whites to add style to your day. Deep plum calla lilies and vanda orchid blossoms pop against white hydrangeas and roses, gathered with textural greens in a rounded glass vase

Early Fall Collection Is Here!

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Check out our newly released Early Fall Collection!

Our designers just finished up putting a beautiful pallet of colors and flower combinations together utilizing both locally grown and international grown flowers.

My favorite arrangement is Sepia, fall into a world of rich burgundies, soft oranges, and brilliant golds. This dazzling design features cherry brandy roses, dutch hydrangea, vanda orchids, calla lilies and seasonal textures like cotinus, dusty miller and amaranthus in a glass cylinder vase. This will be avaiable for the next couple of weeks until we are back at the design table and ready for another collection.

Sepia

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This flower arrangement can be found here: https://www.rouvalisflowers.com/seasonal-collection/sepia

Today starts Rosh Hashanah

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The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah actually means “Head of the Year.” Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year. Today marks the start of the celebration with it ending at sunset September 11th. 

Welcome in the Jewish New Year with a Rouvalis flower arrangment!

Book Your Fall Clean Up Today!

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Fall is upon us and our Garden Design Team is gearing up for all Fall Clean ups, we offer an array of fall cleaning services, such as mulch, trimming, leaf removal and winterizing irrigation systems, 

Let us know how we can help with your fall clean up. 

Email Sean@RouvalisFlowers.com to inquire

Low Maintenance College Dorm Room Plants

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Ponytail Palm 

Add a beautiful plant to your room with dramatic ponytail palm. Low-maintenance and stunning, ponytail palm features bright, pom-pom-style foliage that looks lively all year. 

Ponytail Palm Care
Place your ponytail palm in a bright spot, such as a windowsill or sunny desk. Because ponytail palm has low moisture needs, you only need to water it once the soil has dried—that may be once every seven to 10 days. 

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
Ponytail palm has a unique appearance, which makes a bold statement and sets your dorm apart from the typical college space. 

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Succulents 

Create your own desert escape on your desk or windowsill with cacti and succulents. These dry land plants are super easy to care for and come in an array of amazing textures and colors. 

Cacti and Succulent Care
Cacti and succulents love bright light; keep them near a sunny window or right under a desk light. Allow the soil to dry almost completely before you water them.

Why They're the Perfect Pick
With their trendy appearance and low water needs, cacti and succulents are terrific picks for busy and stylish students. 
 

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Peace Lily 

Peace lily is a popular houseplant that features dark green leaves and large white blooms, making it one of the prettiest houseplants you can grow. This easy-care plant has a resilient nature and natural ability to purify indoor air.

Peace Lily Care
Grow your peace lily in medium to bright light (the more light it gets, the more it blooms) and keep the soil evenly moist. 

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
Peace lily works hard to keep the air clean and fresh; it also adds a charming element to your décor. 

Anthurium 

Anthurium’s bright blooms and shiny, deep green leaves bring color and life to cramped rooms.  This pretty plant is easy to care for and tolerates a variety of living situations. 

Anthurium Care
Grow anthurium in bright indoor light for best results. Don’t let the soil dry completely, but don’t drench it either. 

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
With its colorful, heart-shaped blooms, anthurium makes any room feel cozy and homey. As long as it receives enough light, anthurium will bloom all year!
 

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Ferns

Ferns are classic houseplants that feature fine-textured fronds that add a graceful, elegant look to indoor spaces. Versatile and attractive, ferns work well with any decorating style and make terrific living accessories. 

Fern Care
Keep your ferns in a medium-bright spot and don’t let the soil dry out. Ferns love humidity, so group them together with other houseplants. 

Why They're the Perfect Pick
Ferns are some of the best natural humidifiers out there, and their fresh green color brightens any small space.  

Late Summer Early Fall Collection

Sean MurphyComment

Last week we debuted a few arrangements for our late summer, early fall collection, we will also be regularly changing our product line throughout the next coming weeks. Here are some of the new arrangements added to the collection. 

 Flutter 

Flutter 

Lacy asclepias and alchemilla mingle with protea, vanda orchids and saracena lilies in this envelope shaped vase arrangemet.

 Gossamer

Gossamer

Stunning ‘amnesia’ roses pop against lavendary-blue gentiana, creamy gerbera daisies and dusty miller.

 Monarch Bright, colorful tones of late summer combine into a glass cylinder vase. Hot pink roses, creamy gerbera daisies, pink calla lilies, astrantia and a pop of green sedum create a beautiful garden-inspired bouquet.

Monarch Bright, colorful tones of late summer combine into a glass cylinder vase. Hot pink roses, creamy gerbera daisies, pink calla lilies, astrantia and a pop of green sedum create a beautiful garden-inspired bouquet.

Bright, colorful tones of late summer combine into a glass cylinder vase. Hot pink roses, creamy gerbera daisies, pink calla lilies, astrantia and a pop of green sedum create a beautiful garden-inspired bouquet.

 Painted Lady 

Painted Lady 

Spectacular Saracena lilies float above Brenda protea, pink calla lilies, amnesia roses and alchemilla are gathered in a rounded glass vase.

4 Things To Plant This Fall!

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Fall is a great time to plant, bright sunny days  with cooler temperatures make for a perfect climate to plant and prepare for the next growing season. We also recommended planting these five plants in fall before the frost.

Shrubs and Trees 

Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. The root systems will begin to form before the frost sets in, essentially establishing the shrub or tree in the ground for the winter. We always suggest mulching around newly planted trees and shrubs this will ensure protection for new transplants throughout the winter. Be sure to remove any coverings on the root balls of plants before planting.

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BULBS

September is right around the corner and this is the time to plant for early spring blooming bulb flowers such as Daffodils, Tulips and Crocus.  A good rule of thumb is to plant Tulips and Daffodils 6 inches deep and crocus plants 3 inches deep. Bulbs should be put into the ground before late October to allow a bit of root growth before the frost.

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PERENNIALS

The biggest misconception for perennials is that once they start looking a bit passed they are no longer worth planting, this is not the case sping and summer perennials do great when planted in Fall.If you are undecided about where to plant them now, you can always keep them in pots and soil in a covered or protected area outside until the spring and plant them then. Be sure to label the perennials before hand for easy identification when it is time to put them in the ground.

HERBS

Fennel, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Wild Strawberry, mint and parsley are some of the herbs that do well when planted in the fall, provided they are established plants or divided from an existing herb plant and not new growth or seedlings.