A New Year: Celebrate With The Solstice Collection

Posted by emilyjones on January 3, 2020


 2019 truly felt like a whirlwind. Especially toward the end of the year, time

seemed to pass in the blink of an eye! It felt as if the space between Halloween
and Thanksgiving was minutes, and between Thanksgiving and the winter
holidays was seconds!

Just like people across the world, we at Flowers & Fancies celebrate
the arrival of the hurricane that is the holiday season. Then, as the season passes,
we rejoice in the fresh, new year (and this time, new decade)! During these last
few months of the year, many of us are vaguely aware of the coming Winter Solstice.
But what exactly is it?

winter solstice arrangement


 The winter solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year (for the northern

hemisphere). Before the solstice, days are shorter. After the solstice, days grow longer.
Ancient cultures recognized the winter solstice as a time of death and rebirth. Specifically,
the death of crops (and impending starvation) and the hope of the returning sun and new hope!
These long hours of darkness and the rebirth of the sun is recognized in the modern day as
holding powerful energy used for regeneration, renewal, and self-reflection. 

One of our long time clients orders a custom vase every December for his annual
winter solstice party! Featuring winter greens, snowy pinecones, and flowers in
blues and whites to capture the palette of the short days of winter. 


The world solstice translates roughly to "sun stands still."

"Solstice derives from the Latin scientific term solstitium, containing sol,
which means sun, and the past participle stem of 
sistere, meaning to make
stand. This comes from the fact that the sun’s position in the sky relative to
the horizon at noon, which increases and decreases throughout the year,
appears to pause in the days surrounding the solstice. In modern times, we view
the phenomenon of the solstice from the position of space, and of the Earth
relative to the sun. Earlier people, however, were thinking about the sun's
trajectory, how long it stayed in the sky and what sort of light it cast."
(Mental Floss, 2018)


Inspired by the seasonal transition, the thought of the sun's rays refracting
beautiful colored light to rejuvenate our dreary winter minds and refresh us after
the hectic holiday season, we created a new collection of florals to celebrate the solstice.
Exquisite new flower designs, featuring an energetic and refreshingly vibrant palette
to help ring in the new year with color and vitality!




Explosions of yellow, orange, and peach premium blooms bring a much needed burst of sunshine to short winter days. Elegant roses and garden roses are whimsically designed with ranunculus, mini calla lilies, oncidium orchids, snapdragons, and more. This loose, airy flower design is finished with cascading eucalyptus and accents of salal to bring you an array of vibrant color and texture.



This design is glowing with warm hues, cool tones, and wonderful texture. Purple lisianthus and mini calla lilies, lavender roses, and moon carnations fade into a gradient of peach spray roses, kahala roses, orange carnations, nectarine ranunculus, and red pincushion protea. Finished with fresh parvi eucalyptus and nestled into a rustic wooden rectangle, this arrangement truly has it all.


This jaw-dropping beauty features a sunset of roses that are out of this world! Stunning kahala roses, hot pink spray roses, and miyabi garden roses loosely flowering from a rustic wooden box among a garden of eucalyptus, ruscus, sword fern, and other greens. You will get to enjoy watching these stunning garden roses slowly open and bloom into a gorgeous array of color!




Capturing the beauty of the royal flower beds in Victorian England, this design glows with jewel tone hues and rich texture. Red heart roses, black bacarra roses, ocean song roses, red piano garden roses,  purple mini calla lilies, red ranunculus, purple lisianthus, on a bed of fluffy purple hydrangea. Adorned with baby blue eucalyptus and parvi eucalyptus and arranged in a tall tapered footed compote.






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Come in and see why Margaret Stansbury was so inspired to write Glass House of Dreams. We have copies of the book for sale, as well as prints of photographs from the book and prints of historic postcards, all of which celebrate Baltimore s Victorian glass palace.  Something is always in bloom at the Rawlings Conservatory! Flowers and fruiting plants change from week to week. The Orchid Room features an ever-changing display of exquisite forms and colors. The Tropical House smells sweet from prolific blossoms throughout the year.  
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