The Block at Freytag’s: Out of the Box 2

The Block at Freytag's

A PLACE FOR CREATIVITY, INSPIRATION, & FUN!



MEDRANO

What Medrano loved the most about the Austin was its diversity in music and the art scene. Soon enough, he was convinced to make Austin his new home and has been here since 1991. Medrano loves being part of the Austin community too and has collaborated with other artists to raise awareness for non-profit organizations and charity events.

Medrano’s Peace Rocks!

 

In his free time, he likes crafting, painting, and exploring different artistic mediums like silk-screen printing, sculpturing, and digital paint programming.

Medrano’s Silkscreen Print

 

Medrano also loves that Freytag’s Florist allows him to explore his creativity with plants and flowers. Here are some examples of his recent work.

Hand Tied Ribbon Flowers

 

Medrano’s Fairy Garden

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CREATIVITY

From our previous blog post, April Rose has newer custom gardens and other pieces of artwork she would love to share this week!

Fairy garden with succulents, black glass beads, moss, lotus pods, miniature park bench & terra-cotta mushrooms in a terra-cotta planter.

 

Orchid and succulent garden with moss & yellow butterfly in a gray oblong ceramic planter.

 

Fairy river garden with succulents, river rocks, sand, blue gems, & lotus pods in a terra-cotta planter.

Crescent moon & sunflower embroidery on black cotton canvas.

 

Check out more of April’s work on her Instagram!

 



INSPIRATION & FUN

We thought we’d share some extra custom designs from our employees that lie under the unique category for this week’s entry!

JoBeth’s Custom Plant Design

Nelson’s Custom Psychedelic Arr.

Ray’s Custom Design Arr.

 


For more information about our seasonal flowers and custom designs, give us a call at 512-371-5640. We’ll work
with you in creating something spectacular!

The Block at Freytag’s: Summer Food & Flowers

The Block at Freytag's


FOURTH OF JULY POTLUCK FUN 

Summer is all about beautiful flowers, hot weather, and food. At Freytag’s, we celebrated our Fourth of July with all that plus some pictures of the delicious foods everyone brought in to share!

For more information about our summer flowers and custom designs, give us a call at 512-371-5640. We’ll work with you in creating something spectacular for your next summer event!

The Block at Freytag’s: Out of the Box

The Block at Freytag's

A PLACE FOR CREATIVITY, INSPIRATION, & FUN!



INSPIRATION

Jasmine and Brandon visiting East Austin Succulents!

Jasmine was born in Austin, Texas. She loves the idea of residing at the Capital of Live Music city where all the weirdos come hang out. She doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon! Art’s a big part of her life and it’s therapeutic at the same time. Jasmine’s interest began in first grade when her assignment was creating self-portraits. Ultimately, her piece was submitted into a local art gallery and became hooked ever since!

Jasmine’s Pinup Illustration

Jasmine’s Owl Illustration

Jasmine’s Framed Skull Illustration

Jasmine’s Wolf Painting

 

Freytag’s Florist caught Jasmine’s attention because it is a different type of art form that she never worked with before. Different flower & plant colors, textures, and styles taught her to appreciate them more, plus learning all their names is really neat. At first, Jasmine didn’t have an idea how many different types of flowers and occasions there is, but working here has helped develop a new form of artistry outlet. She loves to give the flowers & plants a new home too! Here are floral designs she has created while working at Freytag’s Florist;

 

 

 


CREATIVITY

Succulent Designer: Jobeth

 

Have any special requests on how you’d like a design to be? Just give us a call (512-371-5640) and our designers can create extraordinary and unique pieces just for you!

Floral Designer: Britten

Floral Designer: Britten

Floral Designer: Britten

Freytag’s Florist Custom Bouquet

 


FOURTH OF JULY FUN

What’s on your table this summer? Gather your family and friends and celebrate with Freytag’s Florist limited edition arrangements we have available on our site. There’s nothing like celebrating with good food, fireworks, and our beautiful patriotic flowers!  How are you celebrating this year’s
Independence Day?
 

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Introducing: The Block at Freytag’s!


The Block at Freytag's

A PLACE FOR CREATIVITY, INSPIRATION, & FUN!

No doubt that Freytag’s Florist is the shop to consider for distinctive bouquets and greenery. Our designers create awesome custom designed products with their unique imagination and incredible talent.

Proudly, almost all of Freytag’s employees have a creative side to them that can’t be overlooked.
The Block at Freytag’s present some of their stories.



APRIL ROSE

She graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2013 with a BFA concentrating in 3-D Design. April currently resides in Austin, TX and has been working with florals for the past two years. In 2016, April began working as a Florists’ Assistant & training in floral design at Freytag’s Florist.

Succulent Garden with tree mushroom in a green ceramic dish.

Ocean fairy garden with succulents, seashells, and a dolphin figurine.

Her goal is to create accessible art with high-quality craftsmanship. She developed her passion for 3-D design & color theory while studying sculpture and art education in college. April is inspired by working with natural and organic materials, exploring combinations of textures, colors, and lines to create
striking compositions.

Dish garden with peace lily, fern, pothos ivy & English ivy with tree mushrooms in a gray oval dish

Orchid & succulent garden with moss & curly willow in a white ceramic cube planter

Intergeneric Orchid variety garden with English ivy, pothos ivy & fern, bamboo, lotus pod, & tree mushroom accents in a green ceramic dish.

Dish garden in a green ceramic dish with yellow kalanchoes, fern, ivy & tree mushroom

Succulent garden with pencil cactus, grafted cactus, echeveria succulents, driftwood & river rocks in a rectangular metal planter.

Succulent garden in round white ceramic dish, tree mushrooms, moss & fresh cut birds of paradise

A succulent garden for a local Austin office.

Succulent garden for a local Austin office.

Succulent garden in a blue & white ceramic planter with glass gem & color stick accents.

Green basket garden with fresh cut flowers, kale, mixed ferns, pothos ivy, English ivy, areca palm, peace lily, & purple alstroemeria.


Check out more of April Rose’s work on her Instagram!



NICKI KNACKS

 Nicki Holm is a Texas native from the Cowboy Capital of the World, Bandera. She hung up her lasso and decided to call Austin her home in her early 20s. Since moving to Austin, she has become the wife of an amazing nerd, a Cat Mom to 5 beautiful rescued fur babies, a published poet, a Customer Service & AR Clerk at Freytag’s Florist, and curated an enormous craft supply collection (that her husband does not complain about).

Nicki’s paintings with reused flower petals

Oscar, The Pancake!

Nicki is a Pinterest Pro, crafty queen, and will put Modge Podge on almost anything from multi-medium canvas paintings to glass cubes made into decorative lighting. She loves incorporating flowers from the shop into craft and art projects.

Decorative lighting with reused, pressed flower pedals.

 

Green plants from Freytag’s turned into an art project.

Green plant from Freytag’s turned into an art project by Nicki.

 

The first step in making custom gift tags with pressed flowers.

Mixing some paint!

Paint splatter technique.

The final result of the pressed flower gift tag!


Check out more of Nicki Knack’s work on her Instagram!



NIMAI’S KORNER

Summer of 2015, Kristy’s boyfriend, Ryan, and herself were in an unfortunate position of being unhappy with their jobs. Freytag’s was the most unique after applying to what felt like a hundred places. Coming home one day, Kristy’s heart melted after she noticed beautiful surprise flowers that Ryan had gotten for her from Freytag’s (good job, Ryan!).

The flowers Ryan bought from Freytag’s (Kristy’s attempt to be a good floral designer with her new bouquet).

Some time passed and Kristy received a call for an in-person interview. She quickly let Ryan know about the news…”What?! I applied there weeks ago for the driver position and they haven’t called me back!” (They didn’t know they each had applied at Freytag’s…haha!) Kristy hasn’t loved a job more.  Her love for plants and flowers grew tremendously after hoping to gain that green thumb she couldn’t inherit from her family growing up. She loves to adopt and save those sad, dying plants that come from the shop, including the flowers. Kristy is proud of her strong green thumb and rightfully holds the title of that crazy plant lady!

A plant basket Kristy created on her first Valentine’s.

A custom Tulip arrangement by Kristy.

Kristy’s personal succulents from Freytag’s.

Kristy’s personal succulent and pot from Freytag’s.

June’s Roses

June is finally here and what better way to celebrate than with flowers…right?! Each month is associated with different birth flowers and Roses fit right in with June (Honeysuckles are June’s birth flower too). Dating back to the Ancient Romans, it’s believed seasonal flowers were used as gifts accordingly to the month when celebrating births and birthdays. Fortunately, the concept and traditions are still used today as flowers of the month or birth month flowers.

There’re so many types of events and reasons why Roses are often considered when designing an arrangement. Roses are generally known for their symbol of love, beauty, sophistication, elegance, and passion. Although delicate and beautiful, they are still capable of injury when handled because of their thorns. Roses also have high fragrance and are often used for scented items such as candles and perfumes. Not to mention all the Rose colors and sizes that are available, especially here at our shop!


Need some assistance in finding out which arrangement has roses in them and are currently available for purchase on our website? Here are a few that are just a click away.
Celebrate with us and have a happy month of June!

Citrus Crush | Freytag’s Florist

Summer Sorbet | Freytag’s Florist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtue | Freytag’s Florist

Twenty Four Red Roses | Freytag’s Florist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Five Valentine’s Day flowers and their Meaning

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The ‘Language of Flowers’ has helped us express our affections for thousands of years. Everyone recognizes the red rose as the ultimate symbol of love, but our Valentine’s Day bouquets say so much more.  Express your love in the most meaningful way with these top five Valentine’s Day flowers and their meanings.

1: Roses – Versatile flower talkermeaning-of-flowers-valentines-day-roses-austin-txRed: Deep Love
Pink: Happiness
Hot Pink: Sweet Fondness
White: Innocence
Bi-Color: Unity
Lavender: Enchantment
Yellow: Promise of a New Beginning
Orange: Desire and Enthusiasm

 

2: Lilies – Purity and Innocence

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Pink: Dynamic Love
White: Happiness and Jubilation
Orange: Adventurous Passion
Yellow: Delight

 

3: Orchid – Beauty and Refinement

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Purple: Admiration, majesty
White: Elegance
Pink: Femininity and Grace,
Red: Passion and Desire,
Yellow: Exhilaration

 

4: Gerbera Daisies – Joy and Cheerfulness

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Red: Immersed in love
Pink: Adoration and Esteem
Yellow: Happiness
White: Innocence and purity
Hot Pink: Boldness and Whole-hearted Excitement

 

5: Tulips – Perfect Love

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Red: Deeply in love
White: Newness and purity
Yellow: Hopelessly in Love
Pink: New Love or Secret Admirer
Orange: Desire and enthusiasm
Purple: Flourishing, Maturing Love and Renewal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Plants: Make Sprits Bloom Beyond the Holiday Season

christmas-plants-grow-freytags-florist-2cHoliday plants such as poinsettias, amaryllises, and Zygo Christmas cactus are traditional gifts that can be enjoyed long after the Christmas season is over. If you decide to purchase a Christmas plant or receive one as a gift, care for them and they will thrive now—and later.

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Poinsettia Paul Ecke Jr., from Eagle Rock California was responsible for advancing the association between the plant and Christmas. For generations his family owned dairy and orchard had cornered the market on poinsettias for decades before finally, publicly sharing their unique grafting techniques.  As of 2008, they still serve about 70 percent of the domestic market and 50 percent of the worldwide market.

There is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This misconception was spread by a 1919 urban legend of a two-year-old child dying after consuming a poinsettia leaf. Poinsettias are actually safe around children and pets. Get more Poinsettia safety facts here.

Poinsettia Care Tips: Water when the surface soil is dry to the touch, pouring water into the soil until it runs freely out the drainage hole in the container. Allow to drain completely. Keep your poinsettia near a sunny window. South, east or west facing windows are preferable. Poinsettias are from a warm climate and prefer temperatures between 65° F to 70° F degrees during the day and around 60° F at night. Don’t place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat from appliances, fireplaces or ventilating ducts. Even the hearty Freedom Poinsettias are sensitive to cold, so don’t place them outside during winter months or expose to temperatures below 50° F. To rejuvenate your poinsettia for next year’s holiday season, move it outside after the threat of frost is over and prune back to keep it bushy and compact. To promote flowering, the poinsettia needs at least eight hours of dark beginning in fall. Get more tips on caring for poinsettias, plus an illustrated re-blooming schedule here.

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Amaryllis are prized for their striking, large trumpet shaped flowers that bloom on tall stalks. They have become popular Christmas plants because they can bloom in mid-winter.

Amaryllis Care Tips: Once your amaryllis has stopped flowering, it can flower again in just a few months. Just snip old flowers from the stem once the blooms wither and dry out. Cut the entire stem back to the top of the bulb once it begins to droop. You can remove your Amaryllis from its decorative container and replant the blub in a year-round planter. Water and fertilize as normal for 5 to 6 months, allowing new leaves to fully develop and grow. When the leaves start to turn yellow, cut them back to about 2 inches from the top of the bulb and remove the bulb from the soil for storage. Store the bulb in a cool (40-50 deg. F), dark place such as the crisper of your refrigerator for a minimum of 6 weeks. (Note: The refrigerator method works only if it does not contain apples. Apples give off ethylene gasses which will sterilize the bulbs). Your Amaryllis bulb can be replanted after the 6-week cold storage period. New flowers should begin sprouting and start to bloom in about eight weeks.

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Christmas ‘Zygo’ cactus has been a favorite houseplant for generations and is a tradition in many European and North American homes during the holidays. It’s perfect for a window box or hanging basket which creates a colorfull cascade of fuchsia, salmon, and white flowers.

Christmas Cactus Tips: It’s not unusual for it to flower several times throughout the year. To promote further blooming seasons, let your Christmas cactus rest after the holiday season for about a month. Keep the temps around 50 degrees. Christmas cactus requires about 12 hours of complete darkness at night and about 50 to 60 percent humidity. Place a cardboard box over the plant to keep out natural or artificial light at night. Keep a glass, vase or tray of water near the plant for humidity. Prune only between March and April by pinching off a few sections of each stem to encourage branching. And if you like, re-root these sections to start new plants. Fertilize from April through September.

Thanksgiving Décor Traditions

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Thanksgiving is just a week away. Not sure how that happened, it seems like it was just summertime. Anyway, we’re especially excited for the holiday season this year. The holidays mean food, friends, and family.  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, people are looking forward to their family traditions. We are excited to do our part in creating our customers Thanksgiving decor traditions as they spruce up their homes inside and out for the holiday.

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Greet guests with a welcoming wreath or garland at the front door. Natural elements like wheat, Indian corn, and millet add that special harvest-feel of the season.

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Think outside the dining room and place small, Thanksgiving themed bouquets in other areas of the house where guests will relax and gather, like guestrooms and powder rooms.

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Cornucopias are by far the most popular Thanksgiving decor item. They look great as centerpieces, in an entryway, or on a buffet table. There are a few designs on our website and we can create a custom design if you have something else in mind.

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We’re ready to help you set the scene. Check out our Thanksgiving collection or give us a call to schedule your designer Thanksgiving decor delivery or pick up today.

 

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexico’s most important holiday, is a two-day festival honoring deceased loved ones. It coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day.  The belief is that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31st, and the spirits of deceased children reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2nd, the spirits of the adults come down to take part in the festivities that are by this time well underway, and just for them.

dia-de-los-muertos-austin-tx-1During the celebration, vibrant altars are set up in the home and adorned with candles, boldly hued flowers (like marigolds and cock’s combs), little folk art skeletons, sugar skulls, and tons of food. Toys and candies are left for the children spirits and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits.

dia-de-los-muertos-austin-tx-6Day of the Dead celebrations include gatherings in cemeteries, block parties, parades, and festivals. In each of these settings participants paint their faces to mimic Mexican sugar skulls. A favorite finishing touch is a Día de los Muertos flower crown proudly worn in their hair. This is typically a simple design of one flower like a large mum or grouping on one side of the head.

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Find a celebration from Austin’s growing pool of Día de los Muertos events for grown-ups, kids, or the whole family. Courtesy of TODOAustin.

Simple Ways to Celebrate Bosses Day


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Boss’s Day, aka National Boss Day or Bosses Day falls on Monday, October 17 this year. It’s a time to appreciate employers, managers and supervisors for their leadership, mentorship and inspiration.  It is observed each year in the United States on October 16, or the nearest working day. This year the holiday falls on Monday, October 17. Most bosses don’t expect expensive gifts on this holiday, and typically coworkers pool their resources. Here are a few thoughtful ideas to to help you and everyone on your team say thanks for a year of inspiration and support:

To thank a boss for being ‘the life’ of the office: Give a living gift (of the plant variety) for his or her workspace like a succulent, a dish garden, or a small desk plant.

To thank a boss for mentoring and sharing their time:  Make a donation to their favorite charity. It’s a very thoughtful way to show you care about the causes that are close to their heart.

To thank a boss that is away from the office:  Set up a Facebook group or page and invite coworkers to join. Have everyone post a memorable moment with the boss. (Include photos if they are available.)

To thank multiple bosses in one office: Have a voting contest in the office similar to high school senior year with Most Friendly boss, Most Encouraging boss, Best Smile boss, Best Dressed Boss, Most Entrepreneurial boss, etc., and then make letter or legal size posters with their new titles to decorate their office doors.

 

Bonus Card messages for those at loss for words on Boss’s Day:

I am (we are) inspired by your tenacity, your work ethic, and outstanding leadership qualities. Thank you for all your encouragement and support.

Thank you for your cool, calm and collected leadership style, dedication and hard work.

Thanks for making our work (at X company) so much easier and fun.

Thanks for all you do for the team throughout the year.

Thanks for being the coolest boss.