Flower Astrology: Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 20

Zodiac Sign: The responsible, reliable Capricorn is one of the most stable and serious of the zodiac signs, so it’s not surprising that they’re an earth sign – deeply rooted and happiest when the ground around them is secure and steady. Although practicality and self-discipline are such an integral part of their nature, like the rest of us, Capricorns appreciate a little indulgence and beauty – which is why it’s so much fun to surprise them with it.

Birth Sign Flower: The Capricorn’s responsible, dependable personality makes them ideal caretakers for a long-lasting plant – and African violets, with their bright colorful flowers and soft, velvety petals – deliver an added indulgence. Symbolizing faithfulness – a trait in keeping with the Capricorn’s stable nature – with just a hint of luxuriousness and sensuality, the African violet may just be the Capricorn’s perfect match.

 

Christmas Centerpiece Workshop

Our sample centerpiece

Centerpiece ClassOn November 30th, we held a DIY Holiday Centerpiece class at the store, and boy what a great success it was! We had so much fun sharing our passion of designing floral arrangements and are so impressed with all of talented DIY designers! They were all so creative, filled with ribbons, ornaments, snow covered pine cones and more. It was truly a night of holiday cheer! For some Christmas centerpiece inspiration visit my other posts on  traditional centerpieces or modern centerpieces.

Here are some tips from our expert instructors Julianne and Jodie:

– get all of your supplies set out before you start (this goes for any project…it just makes it so much easier)

You can easily see here how the floral foam sits well above the lip of the container

– make sure your floral foam sits at least 1″ above the lip of your container

– Remove foliage from your stems where it will be inserted into foam (about 2″ since stems need deep insertions to ensure they draw up water and stay secure)

– Recut your stems before insertion

– Use your longest greenery stems at the ends of your centerpiece to create your base. Then make sure none of your other stems are longer than these base pieces.

– Create texture and depth to your centerpiece by alternating the angle of your insertions

– Keep your sides narrow. It’s easy to make centerpieces too full- long and narrow is often best for the size we demonstrated. Other styles of centerpeices are round but you don’t want greenery draping onto your guests’ plates!

One of the participants did a great job with their centerpiece keeping the sides narrow- and beautifully decorated

– Once your greenery is in, have fun with your decorations: ribbons, christmas balls, ornaments, pinecones or whatever suits your interest. We like to use wood picks to help secure items like Christmas balls & pinecones (glue onto pinecones or twist wire onto Christmas ball/ornament tops)

Adding artificial snow to greener can help add texture and a fun, wintery feel

Here is some video that we took during the class. This shows some of the wonderful centerpieces being made. This is not an instructional video but gives you a feel for the class.

More modern Christmas centerpieces

Although I am a big fan of traditional Christmas decorations, as a florist I love being able to showcase the artistic ability of flowers. You don’t have to be ultra modern yourself to use a Christmas centerpiece that has a little bit more interest & personality than the old standby. These centerpieces below would work in a variety of settings and would be a great conversation starter at the table.

roses, orchids, pinecones

Cream roses add dimension to a centerpiece of white candles and orchids

apples, roses, votive candles, unique centerpiece

Using votive candles elevates the eye and creates interest

non-traditional centerpiece, protea

Tropical protea and green roses make up this non-traditional centerpiece

green apples, centerpiece

Bright green apples are unexpected but make this arrangement pop

roses, beaded wire

A ring of roses is treated with beaded wire for an unusual but cool table decoration

purple flowers, purple centerpiece

A wonderful wreath of flowers makes a fun decoration