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Dish gardens are an item frequently ordered by customers at NORTH RALEIGH FLORIST. Their more compact size and variety of easy-care plants make them a popular choice for get well, happy housewarming, thinking of you, and expressions of sympathy. A dish garden usually has an assortment of plants with similar light and care requirements. They are relatively low maintenance, but some care is needed.

Serene Retreat -- T100-3A

First, make sure your dish garden has proper light. Medium light is sufficient. This means not getting full sun through a window, but don’t put your garden in a room that is dark most of the day. Usually a counter, coffee table or desk is a good spot.

The second requirement is proper watering. This can a little tricky. You don’t want to drown your planter, but if isn’t a cactus or succulent garden, don’t let it get bone dry! A general rule is about a cup or less of water about once a week for a 6 inch diameter container. Now, that said, some planters need more water more often! Most dish gardens are planted in a ceramic bowl or a basket with a plastic liner. These containers almost never have drainage. So, not letting your plants roots sit in water is important. If your container is ceramic, try to check the soil dryness about twice a week. If there is moss covering the soil surface, pull it back. You can frequently just look and tell the soil is dry. Otherwise use your finger or a sharpened pencil to stick about one inch into the soil. If you can feel dampness or coolness it should be fine. If the wooden part o f the pencil looks darker it is fine. If not take your planter to the sink, and using a cup or container with a spout, slowly drizzle a cup or so of water over all sides of the pot. If the water starts to overflow, you good! Let the planter sit for a few minutes, and then tip it sideways. Any excess water should drain out.

Emerald Garden Basket - T106-1A

The procedure for a basket is similar, but you can often remove the liner with the plants and see the soil. This is great, because you can see if the soil is dry and when the water is pooling at the bottom of the liner. If your planter gets too dry, the soil has a harder time absorbing water. It tends to just run off the surface. If you are at this point, again set the planter in a sink of water that just comes over the edge of the container. Let it absorb for a good 5 minutes, the drain the water from the sink, and tilt the dish as before. If this happens frequently, the plants will become stressed, get yellow leaves, and tend to do poorly. Consistent watering is best. If you have an unusually large planter, this procedure can be trickier. 8-10 inch diameter containers may need up to 2 cups of water. 12-16 inch containers could take up to 4 cups.

Lastly, plants do continue to grow in a dish garden, although usually slower than normal. It is not suggested to fertilize a dish garden, as you don’t want to the plants to grow too quickly! If they do begin to grow too large, some light trimming with sharp scissors may help. Otherwise, you may need to split and replant the plants. We’ll address that next time.  Come by NORTH RALEIGH FLORIST and choose from a broad selection of lush dish gardens for your next “what should I send?” occasion!


Have you ever wondered where the saying “Tying the Knot” came from? At North Raleigh Florist we love sharing traditions and where they came from. “Tying the Knot” in many cultures, came from literally tying the bride and groom together to show their commitment and bond in life and in marriage.

Tying the Knot

The great tradition of the toss bouquet didn’t actually start with flowers. It was said that on a bride’s wedding day she was especially lucky so guests would tear at her dress to get a souvenir of good luck to take home. In later times, the bride would toss her bouquet to prevent party goers from taking pieces of her dress. The toss bouquet became a symbol of good look that has come to mean, that whom ever catches the bouquet will be the next to marry.

Catching of the Toss Bouquet

Do you know why groom’s wear a boutonniere? In Medieval times a knight would wear a flower in his Lady’s family crest color as a statement of his love.

Purple Calla Bout

Why do we carry flowers on our wedding day? Where did that tradition come from? Ancient Romans, Europeans and many others carried or wore flowers to ward off evil spirits, bad luck and ill health. Garlic and chives were also popular for the same reasons.

Wedding Bouquet

The superstition of the Bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue originated in Europe and symbolized warding off evil spirits. Something Old: Symbolic of the sense of community while making the transition from a single person to that of a married couple. Something New: symbolizes that a marriage represented a transition in adulthood. Something Borrowed: Popular belief that by borrowing something from a happily married couple, good fortune would follow the newlyweds. Something Blue: In ancient Israel, blue was the border color for the Bride’s dress, symbolizing purity, constancy and fidelity .

Although we now know that there is no vein that leads from your ring finger straight to your heart, ancient Egyptians believed that this was true and named it “The Vein of Love”, so putting the ring on this finger to them was a sign of love. In ceremonies in 17th century Europe, the groom would slide the ring part way down the brides thumb, index and middle fingers to symbolize: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The ring was then placed on the ring finger since it was the first free finger to use .

Wedding Rings

There are so many great traditions and customs that there is no way we could tell them all. Here at North Raleigh Florist traditions are an important part of each of our weddings. Please share with us your family and cultural traditions; comment on our blog, post on facebook, send us a tweet or write us an e-mail we would love to hear from you.




Pomander Ball In Hot Pink

For many brides, tradition is a necessary aspect of the wedding experience. Take the wedding dress for example. As a symbol of purity and beauty, this tradition can be displayed in the most conservative of manners or be adapted to fit the unique style of the more outgoing bride. The same concept is carried over into decisions about the bride’s personal flowers.

As the desire to be different escalates with each coming year, the question of the Pomander vs. Traditional Bouquet is being asked more often than before. Here at North Raleigh Florist, our brides are finding that.

Flower Girl Pomander Ball

Bridesmaid Pomander Balls


The Pomander can have a more elegant feel and can also be a nice addition to a garden wedding. Also, brides enjoy the extra accessories available with the Pomander from custom handles to multiple colored ribbons. The best part about them is that they are versatile and can be re-used at the reception for centerpieces over a glass vase, hanging along the head table, or hanging from an arbor… the list goes on. We enjoy finding ways for our brides to stretch their budget wherever they can and still achieve the look and feel that is true to their style.  Here are just a few of the many possibilities for these unique designs.

Pomander Balls On Vases

Pomander Balls on Shepherd Hooks

Aisle Marker Pomander Balls

Your wedding consultant at North Raleigh Florist can help you decide if the Pomander is the right choice for your wedding venue. Let us help you express your unique style for your big day.

Wedding Work With Brandi

At North Raleigh Florist we love weddings and summer is a great time for them. Your summer wedding can be held indoors or outdoors and the array of color options are endless. Bright and bold colors like violet, coral, mango, green and magenta are just a few of the great color options that are in for summer weddings.

Bright Wedding Bouquet

Another big trend for the summer is the unique and unusual tropical flower bouquets. With flowers like antherium, birds of paradise, cymbidium orchids, dendrobium orchids, ginger and monkey tail your wedding will be the hit of the summer and your guests will talk about it all year long.

Tropical Wedding Bouquet

If tropicals are too unusual for you, some of our more traditional flowers are available in these same bold colors. Flowers like calla lilies, gerbera daisies, lilies, freesia, scabiosa, sunflowers and roses are all available at our fingertips for your special day.

Traditional Flower Bouquet

If you would like to know more about summer wedding trends or just trends in general contact North Raleigh Florist’s wedding coordinator Brandi Dennison.


Gerbera and Rose Bouquet

Palm Tree

North Raleigh Florist is your place to go anytime you need fresh cut flowers or arrangements, but we are also your go to florist for living tropical plants.

We carry a variety of lush foliage and blooming plants for your home decor. Did you know, the term tropical indicates that most of the plants we grow indoors are natives of tropical climates. Some of the early explorers began collecting tropical plants for the British Victorian Homes. The plants they found were frequently smaller, growing low to the ground on the various tropical islands they traveled to. These plants thrived in the lower light exposures on the floor of the forests and jungles, making them excellent choices for the home.

Some of the plants frequently grown included Pothos (Devil’s Ivy), Palms, and other similar ferns, Aglaneoma (Chinese Evergreen) , Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily), and Aspidistra also known as cast iron plant. These are among some of the most popular house plants to this day.

Boston Fern

Did you know that Aspidistra got the nickname due to the fact that it did not seem to be affected by the occasional gas that might leak from the pipes in old Victorian homes. Most of the plants listed above do exceptionally well in low to medium light and other than the Fern, can tolerate missing an occasional watering.

Aspidistra Plant

Need more ideas or info on caring for indoor tropical plants? Call North Raleigh Florist and ask for Venetia, our resident horticulturist.

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