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Spooktacular Halloween Flowers

Halloween, as we know it, is celebrated every 31st of October. This year it falls on a Friday, giving ghouls and ghals the chance to host spooktacular parties. You can get creative with decor and props to stage the perfect setting for your invited guests. We have compiled floral varieties that will make your centerpieces and event designs boo-tiful!


Explorer Rose

Explorer Rose

A new variety, Explorer is a gorgeous scarlet red. The petals have a velvet appearance and is similar to the rose Black Baccara–but not as dark. It blooms tight and has a lengthy vase life.

Inspiration: Get creative and recycle old glass bottles to make “potion” vases for your flowers. Add some labels from which you can get from Martha Stewart’s craft collection for Halloween.



Blue Eryngium

Blue Eryngium

Blue Eryngium is a unique filler, and is used in bouquets and boutonnieres. Also known as thistle, this flower is also available in green.

Inspiration: Eryngium is naturally eerie-looking, which is suitable for the occasion. Getting a bit more creative, use floral paint in black to make it resemble spiders.



Purple Intrigue rose

Purple Intrigue rose

Purple Intrigue is a novelty product. The roses are sprayed lightly on the tips with purple spray to give it a slight coloration.

Inspiration: These novel roses are excellent for Halloween designs. Make a purple intrigue rose wreath and embellish it with black feathers.






Celosia is availbale in many colors. This interesting flower closely resembles a coral you would find at the bottom of the ocean reef.  The velvet

Inspiration: The curvy shape of celosia also looks like a brain. If you think outside the noggin, you can create a fun centerpiece for a Halloween gathering. Get a skull head and arrange the celosia in the vase to give your skel-o-head a flowery brain!



Eternal Rose Dark Purple

Eternal Rose Dark Purple

Eternal roses are quite an interesting product at Virgin Farms. They were once living roses, but they were cut at the bloomed stage and preserved to last forever. Many are in natural colors, but the advantage with eternal roses is that you can dip it in any color dye you wish.

Inspiration: Eternal roses are excellent for craft projects. They still have a life-like texture and appearance, but the roses can be glued to surfaces or foam without compromising the flower. The best part–no water necessary and it lasts for an eternity. 

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Halloween Inspiration: Boo! Blooms

Halloween is creeping up in a few weeks! Whether you’re having a boo bash party or designing spook-tacular floral arrangements, we have the varieties that will knock ‘em dead. We’ve assembled an inspiration board with our most popular flowers themed around the occasion.

Follow our Harvest & Halloween board on Pinterest for more flower arranging inspiration, event themes and décor ideas.

Halloween Inspiration Board

Purple Intrigue

This rose is “spray tipped” in violet paint. It’s a science the farms have perfected to get the effect of an exotic bi-color rose. Incorporate eryngium into the design—get creative, and spray them with black floral paint to make them look like eerie spiders.


Red roses have always been a staple during Halloween often associated with graveyards and vampires. Hearts is a dramatic crimson hybrid tea rose with intricately shaped petals. Continue the dark theme by pairing it with Magical Hypericum Universe.

Orange varieties

Santana, one of our newest varieties, is a rich pumpkin color. It is a large blooming rose. Mix it among green foliage and fruits for a harvest-themed centerpiece. Ornithogalum dubium is a fantastic variety with a long vase life. Tulips are also a popular flower to use during autumn. If you look closely, the gradation of orange to yellow resembles a candy corn.Tulips are thirsty flowers, so make sure to re-cut the stems and hydrate often.

Fall Novelty Pack

This tray is available for shipments now through Tuesday, November 26th, 2013. The rich bronze, gold, and yellow colors create a sense of comfort and warmth that autumn radiates.

Novelty Fall Pack

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Chilean Peony Season 2015

Most floral designers can agree that peonies are the highly regarded. A majority of brides dream of a lush, luxurious bouquet, and usually peonies are on the wish list. One detail to keep in mind is that peonies are seasonal. At Virgin Farms, we source peonies from three countries allowing us to offer them frequently throughout the year. The Chilean peony season is November through early January. Israeli season is Mid January through March, and peonies from Holland are available April through July.

This year, the first shipment of peonies from Chile arrives October 26th. Production has a significant effect on the varieties that will be available. Tentatively, we will have coral peonies for October 2015. As the weeks progress into November, other varieties will surge: Festiva Maxima, Kansas, Red Charm, Gardenia and Pecher. In late November, we should also have Mother’s Choice, Red Sarah, Sarah Bernhardt, Karl Rosenfield, Gilbert Barthelot, and Shirley Temple.

We have two useful charts for your reference. Download and keep them handy:
Chilean Peony Photo Chart
Chilean Peony Production Program 2015/2016

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Coral Charm Peony Virgin Farms

Coral Charm Peony


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Pink Floral Inspiration for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is especially significant in raising awareness for breast cancer. This disease is most common in women, and statistics state that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although less common, men can also be at risk—an estimated 2,150 males will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Innovative advancements in research and various types of screening methods has decreased the number of deaths due to late diagnosis. Early stage detection is key in preventing breast cancer from progressing or spreading to other areas of the body.

Visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation website to learn more about breast cancer and creating an early detection plan.

To show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we dedicate this blog to those who have battled or are currently battling the disease. We have put together an inspiration board with pink floral varieties to inspire your designs.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Floral Inspiration

Pink Floral Varieties for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink Floyd rose
For a bold floral arrangement consider the flamboyance of the Pink Floyd rose. It is a relatively new variety, and has become popular among designers. Characteristics such as its large bloom, sturdy stem, and striking color is the perfect variety to create eye-catching floral installations for any special event.

Pink Snowberry
For festive texture, mix white or light pink snowberries into your floral design. They are available from August through November (Third and Fourth Quarter). The clusters of berries are small enough to use in a boutonniere.

Hydrangea Rodeo Pink
Hydrangeas are excellent for filling space in an arrangement. You can create a lush bouquet without compromising the elegance. Hydrangeas are available in many colors, and an interesting fact is that the colors produced depends on the alkalinity of the soil. High pH levels produce pink flowers, and low pH levels produce blue flowers.

These eye-catching bulb flowers are also known as Thai Tulips. They are available in a variety of colors including pink, white, salmon, purple and white. Curcuma have a long vase life (about 2 weeks) and survive well in water as cut flowers. If you are aiming for a modern and exotic design, this flower will do the trick.

Esperance (rose)
This Ecuadorian bi-color rose has an English garden appeal. The delicate cream petals, blush pink tips and green guard petals makes this rose a contender for wedding floral arrangements and bouquets.

Elegance best describes cymbidium orchids, and in the Victorian era they were quite the luxury flower. They are available in a wide range of colors such as pink, yellow, white, green, orange, and brown. Another reason this flower is popular is its resistance to cold temperatures and floral handling while arranging.

An interesting floral variety that resembles corals from the sea. Celosia is brightly colored in pink, red, yellow, and orange with a velvety texture.

Oriental Starfighter Lily
An alluring Oriental lily with hot pink petals and white edges. Unlike Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies are highly fragrant. These large blooming flowers are available year round.

Rosita Vendela (rose)
Another popular variety for wedding season is the bi-pink Ecuadorian rose, Rosita Vendela. It is a strong bubble-gum-colored pink rose that slightly fades to white at the edges. 

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Flower Fact Friday: Hypericum

Hypericum is mainly used for ornamental purposes, but did you know it also has medicinal properties?

Hypericum flower (St. John's wort)

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Why is hypericum called St. John’s wort?

More commonly referred to as St. John’s wort, hypericum has tiny yellow star-shaped flowers used as an herb. Its nickname is derived from the feast honoring St. John the Baptist on June 23rd, which is widely celebrated in the Christian and Catholic communities. It is tradition to pluck the herb on the night of the feast, and take it to church to receive a blessing. The herb was believed to have special powers to ward off evil spirits.

Origin & Characteristics

The hypericum plant is native to the mediterranean region of Europe, and also North Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia. The plant has leafy stems that are 24 to 36 inches in length and has round berries in clusters at the top. There are more than 400 cultivars of hypericum, and in a wide range of colors such as red, brown, ivory, pink, and burgundy for example. One third of those cultivars are used as ornamental cut flowers.

Medicinal Properties

Almost 2,400 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, recommended St. John’s wort to treat nervous unrest. The medicinal properties lie in the black dots along the margin of the blossom, which contain hypericin. The chemical makeup of hypericin is believed to produce sedative and pain relieving effects. In the Roman era, St. John’s wort was used to treat wounds from the battlefield. Hypericum is thought to treat mild depression, insomnia and anxiety. Used externally, it is used to treat wounds, mild burns, skin disorders and bruises. 

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Boxed Floral Specials for Autumn

Autumn season has officially begun, and many retail floral shops and event planners are getting busy. Window displays are decked out in harvest decor, pumpkins and earthy hues. Every year we create boxed specials containing colorful and unique fresh cut flowers in season.

Please contact the Sales Department at 1-888-548-ROSE, to pre-book any of the available autumn floral specials. (Refer to flyer below)

Autumn Floral Specials 2014

Boxed floral specials available for 2014 autumn season. 

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Autumn Flowers 2016

There’s something wholesome about the fall season. The changing foliage, the crisp air, the warm shades of nature—dormant, yet vivacious all at once. This quarter is one of the most abundant in varieties throughout the floral year. Our flowers come from all over the world, which allows us to bring the most unique flowers to make your floral creations stand out. You will be seeing euphorbia, hypericum, kangaroopaws, crocosmia, sunflowers, and other varieties throughout the season.

Novelty Fall Pom Box

Every year this specialty box is highly anticipated among floral designers. It is the perfect representation of autumn, including daisies, spider mums, cushions, disbuds and pom poms in gold, bronze, orange and rusty red. The box is available every week from September 26th through November 21st, 2016. If you love them so much, you can set up a standing order to receive a box every week.

Novelty Fall Pom Flowers

Novelty Fall Pom Box











Peony Season From Chile 

Every designer, and every bride loves peonies. Luckily for both parties, these austere blooms are in season from November until early January. Every variety has a rotation cycle, meaning certain varieties become available at different points throughout the peony season. Ask our floral experts to provide a chart with approximate rotation dates and variety names.

Chilean Peony Season

Chilean Peony Season











Weekly Garden Roses 

Although garden roses are in season year round, there are some varieties we suggest for your floral designs within the fall color palette. Romantic Antike and Caramel Antike are both cup-shaped garden roses, for a classic and traditional look for centerpieces. The auburn and golden yellow color would combine beautifully with fruits and earthy foliage. Red Piano also has a nostalgic cup-shaped head with side shoots that give it a hand-picked aesthetic. In the yellow palette, we recommend Lemon Pom Pom and Catalina. For a sophisticated floral arrangement, David Austin varieties up the ante and we love Edith with its light fragrance and also the ruffly-edged buttercream rose, Beatrice. Visit our garden rose gallery to browse all of our varieties.

Garden Rose Collage

Garden Rose Collage


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Autumn Flowers in Season


There’s something wholesome about the fall season. The foliage changes, the air becomes crisp—a sense of warmth overcomes our surrounding. Autumn is a great season for weddings. Not only is the weather favorable, but a larger array of floral varieties are readily available. Halloween and Thanksgiving is also approaching, and our farms have already begun to grow and harvest the earthy, auburn tones that are popular around this time of the year.

Below are some popular rose varieties. You may recognize Free Spirit, a peachy-orange rose with beautifully ruffled edges. The tangerine-orange hue of the Santana rose is impressive. The ever so seductive and classic Forever Young and Freedom are two of our best-selling red roses. If you like bi-colored roses, Circus and High Magic are excellent choices.

Autumn Roses

Aside from our roses, we bring other fillers and focal varieties: mini callas, Magical Hypericum Berries (new at Virgin Farms), Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies, assorted spray roses, and carnations. As always, we’re here to lend a hand—if you’re looking for a specific variety, we can help you find it.

Sprays, Lilies, Carnations

Each year we offer the Fall Novelty Pack. It’s a tray with an assortment of poms including spiders, disbuds, cushions, and daisies. We custom pack it within the box size you choose, along with other product you need. For instance, some of our customers order the Fall Novelty Pack and a few bunches of roses or fillers. Once the box is filled to capacity, we’ll ship your order. This is a popular floral tray, so reserve those poms before they’re sold out!

Shipments begin Monday, September 23rd through Tuesday, November 26th, 2013.

Novelty Fall Pack

Follow us on Pinterest to get inspiration and ideas for your designs, arrangements and events this fall season. Check back soon for more blog posts, and subscribe to our newsletter to receive specials and promotions!

What are your favorite varieties during this time of year? Share in the comments section. 

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Flower Fact Friday: Sunflowers

Did you know that sunflowers always face the sun? Heliotropism is a diurnal behavior of plant parts that move in the direction of the sun. Sunflowers are native to North and South America and were domesticated around 1000 B.C. In greek the word ‘helios’ means sun and anthos means flower.

The sunflower is a large blossom made of a disc and surrounded by ray florets, which are usually yellow, but depending on the variety can be maroon or orange. The head consists of about 1,000 to 2,000 petals. These radiant flowers are cultivated mostly for their seeds and as fresh cut flowers. The seeds are refined to produce sunflower oil, and accounts for 14% of the world production of seed oils. Sunflower seeds have excellent health properties, especially zinc, which is accountable for functions in the immune system. Other nutritional properties include fiber, calcium, vitamin E, iron, and selenium.

At Virgin Farms we generally bring in the mini sunflowers from Ecuador. Sunflowers are popular around harvest time, and especially for Thanksgiving. They symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. When processing your sunflowers, remove the leaves below vase level and cut the stems at a sharp angle. Be sure to use a vase strong enough to support the weight of stem and bloom.

Mini Sunflowers

Mini Sunflowers

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Flower Fact Friday: Dutch Flower Auction

Have ever wondered where did your tulips come from? Well, most dutch flowers such as amaryllis, kangaroo paws, and gerbera daisies are grown in Holland. In the Netherlands, the famed Aalsmeer Auction is where half of the world’s flowers and bought and sold.

The Aalsmeer Auction has been around since the early 20th century. The flowers are housed in a warehouse that is two million square meters. Buyers from all over gather to bid on flowers for the best lowest price. Before the auction begins at 6 a.m., buyers get a chance to visit the cooling rooms to inspect the flowers that will be auctioned.

Dutch Auction Clock

Dutch Auction Clock (source:

How Does the Dutch Auction Work?

At the facility, an auction clock is displayed overhead and a starting price is displayed. The price decreases until the first buyer pushes a button bidding the lowest price. The auctioneer will then ask the buyer how many buckets he or she will purchase at that price. Then the auction continues with the rest of the flower lots.

Technology and Dutch Flower Auction

Today, technology has changed the traditional way of auctioning. Buyers with a license can participate remotely from their computers. Many of the flowers never make it to the auction warehouse, in efforts to reduce carbon footprint and ship directly instead. Improvements to the digital bidding platform allows buyers to see photos, and a description of the length, size and condition of the flowers. The demand for flowers is such that most flowers are already sold before they’re even grown and harvested. This is usually the case around busy holidays in the industry like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

The Future of the Dutch Flower Industry

At Wageningen University near Amsterdam, researchers are working on ways to reduce energy and labor costs. They are testing containers that would store flowers for weeks at near-freezing temperatures. This method would allow flowers to be shipped by boat instead of planes.

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