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Need an easy to grow houseplant? Meet your new friend Tilly.

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Tillandsia, better known to us as air plants are quirky plant that are in the Bromeliad family. Native to the southern states of the US and in South America, they have found favor with fans who call them by their nickname Tilly. Since they don’t need soil to grow, air plants can grow in the most unlikely places. In their native environment air plants use their roots to anchor themselves to trees, rocks or whatever suits their fancy. There are over 650 types of Tillandsia that can grow and thrive without ever being potted.airplant pink

The leaves handle the job of absorbing moisture and nutrients. Each leaf is covered with tiny scales called trichomes which are smooth or hairy depending on the variety. These microscopic little pores on the plant are easily clogged by chalks or salts if you have either hard water or softened water, so using bottled water is best for watering. The best way to water an air plant is to submerge it in a dish of water for 8-10 hours about every other week.  Air plants only take up as much water as they need, so you won’t over water by doing this. Remove the plant and gently shake them upside down to make sure water isn’t trapped in the center of the plant where it may cause rot.

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Tilly loves a bright and cheerful window with filtered light. In the winter misting can help it with the humidity it craves. Watch carefully during the colder months for signs of stress such as curling or leaves that have flattened or turned brown. To fertilize, use a water-soluble fertilizer developed for Bromeliads which will have nitrogen that they can easily absorb.

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At Belle Fiori, we love the look of air plants in terrariums paired with river rocks and reindeer moss. These charming little southwestern-style landscapes add interest to a nook or cranny and are so easy to maintain.  We offer many different varieties of air plants and misters  and can customize a terrarium or decorative bowl for you!  Stop in and meet Tilly!

Belle Fiori Valentine’s Day Romance Packages

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Belle Fiori’s Valentine’s Day Romance Packages will delight every one on your list!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s not too early to place your order for beautiful floral to be delivered.  This year Belle Fiori has amazing packages to suit every need.  Easy online ordering available here, or call us to customize! 414.227.2234

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Want everyone in the office to be wide-eyed with jealousy? This premium package has it all.  Included is a voluptuous tall and airy arrangement in a romantic garden mix. If the size of this arrangement isn’t enough to make heads turn in the office than the teddy bear, chocolate and soy candle will! Make this Valentine’s Day special by showering your special someone with love.

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Make ‘em Jealous

A traditionally romantic package for that special someone in your life. This package includes a large arrangement in a romantic garden mix. A premium mid size arrangement  is available in a garden palette or any other colors you choose along with a cuddly teddy bear and a fragrant soy Eco Candle. Make this Valentine’s Day special by showering your someone special with love.
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Urban Chic-Premium

Are you trying to switch it up this year for Valentine’s Day? This long-lasting gift features beautiful lush succulents planted in a chic textured dish, perfect for the home or the office. Includes a stylish brass water mister for easy care. A soy Eco Candle in a romantic scent and delicious local chocolates make this trendy gift complete!

 

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Urban Chic

This stylish trend-forward package is just what you have been searching for! This package includes a beautiful, lush single succulent planter in a chic copper plated pot. To ensure longevity, we have even included a stylish small brass mister for care. The finishing touch is a soy Eco Candle to fill the room with a refreshing scent.

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My Zen Valentine

Is your love an adorer of orchids?  Why not send them love and Zen this Valentine’s Day?  This duet of colorful Phalaenopsis orchids dance upward gracefully between stems of fan tail willows. This unforgettable double orchid is presented in a matte black cube in a contemporary design. To ensure timeless elegance and Zen, we have included a watering can set including a mister in this package

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Love Is In the Air Plant

Give the gift of modern style this Valentine’s Day. Our Love Is In the Air Plant package features a trendy Tillandsia succulent planted in river rocks and reindeer moss.  This unique terrarium is a one-of-a-kind gift! Also included is a stylish small mister to ensure the air plant receives the love it needs.

 

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Romance on a Tuesday?  Belle Fiori Shares Ways to Make a Midweek Valentine’s Day Special in Milwaukee

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Valentines Day Flowers and GiftsFlowers are universal!  In every country flowers are seen as a gesture of how deeply you care for someone. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, you have the unique opportunity to wow them with a weekend of romance before the big day!

Start the weekend off with romance

It’s the little things mean a lot, and everyone loves a special meal. Planning for a night in can be as romantic as a night out! A specially prepared meal (by you or your favorite restaurant) and a beautifully set table with rose petals strewn about will help the stress of the week melt away.  You can go with the classic red rose petals, or we also have white, pink, and assorted romantic colors to choose from.

Take notice of their style

Isn’t it great when someone gets you that perfect gift and it’s just so “you”? With a little bit of thought we can help personalize the design of your arrangement and deliver a custom gift that will wow them.

Think about:

Are they traditional/classic, or more trendy/funky in their styling?
Are there any flowers you know they love?

Do you know their favorite color, or a color palette that they are especially drawn to?
If you are unsure of these questions, don’t worry. Our helpful designers will suggest some popular selections for you.  We have low and lush more modern compact designs to a taller and airy designs depending on their aesthetic preference.
Include a final touch

For the cherry on top of the sundae of love we have many beautiful watercolor cards in stock from local artist James Steeno.  We can hand-write a message of affection from you, or if you stop in to pick up your flowers you can write your own.  We also have local artisanal chocolates, Eco Soy candles, teddy bears, scarves and many other unique gift items in the shop to include. Just ask any of our friendly staff and we can put together a gift combination that will delight.

It’s not too early to plan, Belle Fiori is already beginning to take orders for Valentine’s Day!  We can deliver to any metro Milwaukee location.

If you want to enjoy flowers over the weekend, delivery can be scheduled for Friday February 10th or Saturday February 11th.

If you prefer closer to the holiday, we can deliver on Monday February 13 or on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday February 14.

Call us today to talk with us to help you make Valentine’s Day amazing! 414.227.2234

 

 

A Special Holiday Message…

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When we at Belle Fiori think of all the benefits of being in our business, we quickly think of our relationships with great customers, amazing community and local artisans. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy everyday.

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Our Favorite LOCAL Stocking Stuffer Picks

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The stockings are hung in time for St. Nick’s, and we’re sharing our favorite – LOCAL – stocking stuffer picks!

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We love to showcase some of our favorite community artists and artisans any chance we get! Here are three perfect picks for your stocking:

1) James Steeno art – A native of Wisconsin, James Steeno is an independent artist/illustrator in Milwaukee.

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2) eco candles – the eco candle company® is an artisan candle and soap company located in Appleton, Wisconsin. They specialize in soy candles, handmade soap, natural bath & body products and more!

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3) Directive – Directive has grown into a leather and hand painted canvas accessories line using high quality Milwaukee, WI tanned hides as much as possible and water based permanent fabric inks to paint unique designs rooted in the handmade tradition. Directive is a one-woman operation, every piece is cut, painted, and sewn by Jess Goehner.

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Celebrity Inspiration: Emma Watson

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After watching the highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast trailer this past week, we were blown away by the bright yellow gown! Since we love any excuse to bring in a bright pop of color, we had to feature the ever-classy, Emma Watson.

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Using dramatic yellow Roses, we recreated our version of Belle’s iconic ballgown.

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The gorgeous white Peonies and Ranunculus play off of the flouncy white ruffles in Emma’s pantsuit.

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Of course, we couldn’t feature Emma Watson without the mention of Harry Potter. Inspired by Hermione, we added some funky flowers – Craspedia, Alstroemeria and Protea- to potion bottles.

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Which celebrity should we feature next? Comment below!

October Top

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We feel like we were just recapping this summer’s top 5 and somehow we’re already bringing in the holiday season! While we’re excited to welcome November and all that it brings, we can’t help but look back at some our October favorites!

Our October arrangements were inspired by fall foliage and autumn colors – as you can see in our top 5 below!

bf_oct-top5_1pictured: Dahlias,  Seeded Eucalyptus, Astrantia, Mums and Spray Roses

 

bf_oct-top5_2pictured: Dahlias, Cymbidium Orchids, Stock and Luecadendron

 

bf_oct-top5_3pictured: assorted locally grown goodies

 

bf_oct-top5_4pictured: Roses, Snapdragons, Solidago Asters, and Australian Pine

 

bf_oct-top5_5pictured: Sunflowers, Mums, Hypericum berries, Magnolia leaves and River Oats

 

Which was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

And of course, we’re happy to recreate these or any other custom arrangements for your next event or to bring freshness to your home or office.

DIY: Harvest Arrangement

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Put a fun twist on your fall arrangement by swapping a traditional vase or dish for a fresh pumpkin! We’ll show you how to create this beauty in just a few simple steps.


belle-fiori_blog-post_harvest-arrangement_1STEP 1: Gather your fresh flower stems from Belle Fiori and a small pumpkin.

*For this arrangement we used:
1. Fresh Pumpkin
2. Sunflowers
3. Snapdragons
4. Grevillea foliage
5. River oats
6. Berries
7. Mums


STEP 2: Carve out the center of your pumpkin so that it can fit a small container to hold water for the arrangement. 


STEP 3: Create an arrangement by starting with the foliage (grevillea) and large blooms (sunflowers & snapdragons) first.  Fill in spaces between the large flowers with smaller flowers (mums) and unique elements (berries). As a finishing touch include seasonal grasses for fall flare.


STEP 4: Place the arrangement in a cool location out of direct sunlight for you and your guests to enjoy!

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Celebrity Inspiration: Jackie O.

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Introducing our latest blog series, Celebrity Inspiration! Each month we’ll feature one of our favorite celebrities and arrangements that they inspired.

Who better to start the series with than Jackie O?! After seeing the movie trailer for Jackie, we were so inspired! The gorgeous, elegance and traditional style was easy to convey through a simple, classic color palate and opulent arrangement.

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What celebrity should we feature next? Let us know in the comments!

Trending: Cascade Bouquet

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One of the most popular requests we’re getting this season are cascade bouquets.

The bouquets create a floral waterfall feature that adds movement, texture, drama and uniqueness to your event!

Below are just a few of the most recent cascade bouquets and centerpieces that we have created. Take a look and be inspired for your next event!

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Belle-Fiori_Cascade-Bouquet_Blog-Post_5Elizabeth Muscara Haas

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