Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Skyline's President named local Rotary Club President Elect

No matter our location, Skyline is a firm believer that it's important to get involved in our community and give back. 

Skyline's President, Joe Goldberg, is now the President Elect for the Rotary Club of Santa Maria (noontime). For a look at the article, CLICK HERE.

Monday, February 25, 2013

More on Skyline's Nipomo, California location

Skyline Flower Growers nursery in Nipomo is a 65 acre farm tucked away in the beautiful hills of the Central Coast of California, a short two miles from the ocean, where we grow a large variety of fresh cut flowers and greens.  The Nipomo facility has more than two million square feet of greenhouses and shade houses where we grow our many varieties of flowers that we offer to our customers.  

Our hydroponic growing ranges use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques that are cutting edge in the flora culture.  Our computerized system closely monitors what's called the electric conductivity or EC.  It determines the nutrient levels so we can adjust what's needed to get a superior plant and we recycle our water as part of our effort to better the environment.  Our greenhouses and shade houses control the climate, adjusting the temperature and humidity to create the best conditions.  In addition, the near perfect weather of the Central Coast of California allows us the flexibility to grow inside or outside as needed.  

Friday, February 22, 2013

Do you know your baby's birth flowers?

Birth flowers for each month

Birth MonthBirth FlowerFlower ColorFlower Meaning
JanuaryCarnation or SnowdropBlack, Dark Blue or RedFascination; Devoted Love / Consolation; A Friend in Adversity
FebruaryViolet or PrimroseViolet, Sky Blue or YellowModesty; Faithfulness; Virtue / Young Love
MarchDaffodil or Jonquil White or Light BlueRegard; Devotion / Affection Returned; Sympathy
AprilDaisy or Sweet PeaYellow, Red and ColorlessInnocence; Youth; Purity / Goodbye; Blissful Pleasure; Departure
MayLily of the Valley or HawthornYellow, Red and GreenSweetness; Humility; Return of Happiness / Fertility; Hope
JuneRose or HoneysuckleLight Blue, White and CreamLove / Devoted Affection
JulyLarkspur or Water LilyGreen, Russet and RedLaughter / Purity of Heart
AugustGladiolas or Poppy Orange, Red and Light GreenStrength of Character; Sincerity; Generosity; Natural Grace / Eternal Sleep; Imagination; Oblivion
SeptemberAster orMorning GloryBrown, Deep BlueSymbol of Love; Daintiness / Talisman of Love; Affection
OctoberCalendula or Cosmos White, Yellow and VariedJoy / Modesty
NovemberChrysanthemumDark Blue, Red and YellowCheerfulness; You're a Wonderful Friend; Rest; Lovliness; Abundance; Wealth
DecemberNarcissus or HollyIndigo, Green, Greenish-BlueStay as Sweet as You Are; Egotism; Formality / Foresight, Good Wishes

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lilacs - symbolize the first emotions of love

First Lilac of the season - Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Courtesy of Tom Flowerman

Skyline grows what's considered "mild climate lilacs."  The color is that of a pale tone of a violet and has a fragrance described by some as a sweet, mild perfume fragrance.  While the ones we grow are beautiful, they are small in size if you compare them to lilacs grown in South Dakota.  However, the ones in that state could be difficult to put in arrangements because of their size.  To grow lilacs, they require a certain amount of chill hours (below 36 degrees).  A lot of fruits are like that as well.  

In the language of love, lilacs are known as the 8th wedding anniversary flower and the state flower of New Hampshire.  They are also frequently considered a harbinger of spring, with the time of their bloom signaling whether spring will be early or late.  It also symbolizes the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence.

Friday, February 15, 2013

What to do with flowers AFTER Valentine's Day!

We found numerous articles on "What to do with your flowers after Valentine's Day!"  To check them out, CLICK HERE.  We believe the best thing to do is take a picture and keep it for memories.  Remember you can always tag us or post those pictures on our Facebook page.  To do that, CLICK HERE.

Friday, February 8, 2013

History and Meaning of Tulips

(The Flame Tulip)

Finding out the history and meaning of flowers can be interesting and it seems there are many who have different views.  From what I've seen, tulips originated in ancient Persia and Turkey. In this region, it became fashionable for men to wear tulips in their turbans. It is from this practice that tulips derive their name. Tulip means turban in Persian. 

Here's an interesting article I found on tulips, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tulips - Significance and 11th Wedding Flower

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Skyline is cutting numerous kinds of tulips in all different colors.  We have regular tulips, french tulips, peony tulips and parrot tulips.  

There is much symbolism that surrounds tulips.  Generally, it means perfect LOVE.  However, like many flowers the different colors of tulips also carry their own significance.

Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple symbolizes royalty. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine. White tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness. Variegated tulips, once among the most popular varieties due to their striking color patterns, represent beautiful eyes.

In addition, tulips are known as the 11th wedding anniversary flower.    It's said that the tulip's velvety black center represents a lover's heart, darkened by the heat of passion.  A tulip bouquet is said to represent elegance and grace.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Extraordinary, flamboyant, fascinating - there are some many words that could be used to describe the beautiful Flaming Parrot Tulip.  The plants range in height from 12 to 28 inches, with the average size being 16 inches.  The parrot tulip has the same basic bowl shape of other tulips but with a more rounded and softer, wavy edges to the petals.  In fact, each flower grows individually on its own stem from the base of the plant.

The tulip is truly an incredible flower.  It's past is steeped in romance and has been a muse for art, poetry and passion.  The Tulip has obsessed nations taking flower power to the extreme.  It is known as the "Queen of Bulbs."

Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine's Countdown

The countdown is on to Valentine's Day.  

It's hard to believe it's already February 1st of 2013.  We want all of our friends to know we're here and ready to answer questions.  You can always find good information on our website as well:  www.skylineflowers.com.