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Mother's Day Gift Guide

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With Mother's Day around the corner we thought we'd put together a gift guide with some gift ideas you can find in our shop. First and foremost, we now have some beautiful locally and organically sourced flowers available from The Farmer's Florist. This week the Botanist Arrangement is available - featuring edible flowers + herbs. Organic flowers and herbs include sage, peppermint, chocolate mint, bachelor buttons, and medicinal yarrow.

We just got these awesome plant hangers from Obsidian Ironworks in the shop. They're perfect with our pothos or vining philodendrons. We're thinking they'd look pretty great with a cactus or succulent, too! They're available in 6" or 8".

We carry a selection of botanical themed books that make great gifts for mom. Our personal favorite right now is The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World's Great Drinks.

We also have a variety of botanical prints from Jenna Alexander and beautiful figure drawing water colors + greeting cards by Kami Baergen.

Mother's Day cards from Papersheep and botanical postcards from Emily Miller!

We've got a bunch of goodies for pampering like oils and scrubs from Oxalis Apothecary, soap from Little Seed Farm, and candles from Primary School. 

Drink up, Momma! Copper mugs available in the shop along with E Harlow Pristine Tonic + Magnolia Bitters.

Our 3 month pop-up with H. & Clark is still going on! Gorgeous leather goods make great gifts and they're in the shop through July!

And for those of you who can't decide, or think your mother would like to herself, we always have gift cards available!

Install at Le Sel

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We were so excited when Le Sel, a gorgeous French restaurant here in Nashville, reached out to us about installing some plants behind what used to be their raw bar. We converted the trough, which used to house ice and fresh seafood, into a planter where we planted a variety of low maintenance and lower light plants.

Gift Boxes

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We're offering new gift boxes along with our standard "For Her" and "For Him" boxes this holiday season at our pop-up at Nisolo and at the Porter Flea Holiday Market. See what's in our new "For the Cook" and "For Them" boxes below!

 
"For The Cook" includes: A rosemary plant in a 4in terra cotta pot, jar of Herbes de Provence from Hummus Chick, Tennessee Artisan Cardamom Honey from Queen Bee Pollinators, Flat Saute tool from Earlywood, and a recipe journal from Cultural Bindings.

"For The Cook" includes:

A rosemary plant in a 4in terra cotta pot, jar of Herbes de Provence from Hummus Chick, Tennessee Artisan Cardamom Honey from Queen Bee Pollinators, Flat Saute tool from Earlywood, and a recipe journal from Cultural Bindings.

"For Them" includes: A haworthia plant in a 4in terra cotta pot, 2 copper mugs, E Harlow Magnolia Bitters from PourTaste, and a candle from Primary School Candles.

"For Them" includes:

A haworthia plant in a 4in terra cotta pot, 2 copper mugs, E Harlow Magnolia Bitters from PourTaste, and a candle from Primary School Candles.

 
 
"For Her" includes: A haworthia plant in a 4in terra cotta pot, a hand drawn botanical themed pouch from Papersheep, Southern Artisan Chocolate from Olive & Sinclair, a candle from Primary School Candles, and Rosemary Mint Scrub from Little Seed Farm.

"For Her" includes:

A haworthia plant in a 4in terra cotta pot, a hand drawn botanical themed pouch from Papersheep, Southern Artisan Chocolate from Olive & Sinclair, a candle from Primary School Candles, and Rosemary Mint Scrub from Little Seed Farm.

 
 
"For Him" includes: Assorted cactus in a 4in pot, E Harlow Pristine Tonic from PourTaste, Hot & Spicy Cheddar Popcorn from Kernels Gourmet Popcorn, Mexican Style Chocolate from Olive & Sinclair, and a candle from Primary School Candles.

"For Him" includes:

Assorted cactus in a 4in pot, E Harlow Pristine Tonic from PourTaste, Hot & Spicy Cheddar Popcorn from Kernels Gourmet Popcorn, Mexican Style Chocolate from Olive & Sinclair, and a candle from Primary School Candles.

 

Holiday Market on Buchanan

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We're also very excited to be participating in the Holiday Market on Buchanan on Sunday December 11th! We'll be in our regular location at Nisolo with extended Sunday hours from 11am - 5pm. Come support the awesome small businesses on Buchanan!

Porter Flea Holiday Market!

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Come get your small business holiday shopping on at Porter Flea! This summer we set up outside but this time you can find us inside with all the other vendors. We'll be offering our gift boxes as well as a variety of other gift ideas. We look forward to talking presents and plants with you!

Papersheep's Houseplant Growing Guide

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Gina Houseman is founder & designer at Papersheep, a company whose mission is to create gorgeous prints & patterns inspired by joy. She's been a constant inspiration to us gals at Flora and we even carry some of her botanical pouches and adorable greeting cards at our pop-ups! Based in Brooklyn & then New Jersey, she finds some of her own joy in her houseplants & was so kind to create this guide for us to share with our readers. Read more from Gina below and be sure to check out her website & Etsy shop!

As you all know, I'm city livin' without a yard. Therefore all my gardening passion/efforts are going into my potted plants. It's quite satisfying to cultivate them and watch them grow. They give back in cleaner air, happier environment, as well as a calming effect. I love my plants so much I name them and talk to them on their watering schedule. I think they like it, as it reminds me to tend to them, and in the past eight months these guys have really thrived!

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Mounting A Staghorn Fern

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Staghorn ferns are beautiful plants that have recently become more popular due to their unusual growing habits and the easier care varieties becoming more widely available. They're epiphytes which means they grow well on and obtain nutrients from other living things. In the wild you'll see them growing on moss or trees, so a great way to watch them thrive is to mount them on wood wrapped in moss. Eventually, they can become huge and their roots will grow into the wood and moss. It also makes for lovely decor in your home! Below we've outlined easy steps to follow to make your own.

What you'll need:

  • a staghorn fern
  • wood to mount on - we used cedar because it is rot-resistant and cut it to 7x10 inches
  • picture hanging hardware
  • small nails
  • pencil
  • jute twine
  • sheet moss

1. Mount the picture hanging hardware to the back of the wood.

2. Trace a circle on the front of the wood (we used the bottom of a 6in terra cotta pot) and slightly hammer in several nails an equal distance apart.

3. Moisten the roots of the staghorn fern and place it in the center of the circle of nails. Moisten a piece of the moss and wrap it around the roots & soil of the fern. Cut 4 to 5 feet of twine and tie one end to a nail. Continue to wrap the twine around the moss, tying around other nails along the way until the moss & fern feel secured to the piece of wood.

Now find a perfect spot to hang your mounted fern! To care for them, take them down once a week and soak them wood side down in water. 

We hope you feel encouraged to give this a try for your home - a bit of plant art or "vegan taxidermy" as we like to call it. Other epiphytes include bromeliads & orchids - other possibilities for wall mounting! We'll also have these beauties available at our upcoming pop-ups for $40.

 

Instructions credit: Fresh Exchange

Kokedama, our latest obsession

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Say hello to our latest obsession, Kokedama! Kokedama is a Japanese-style plant art. Instead of potting the plant in soil, the roots are wrapped in moss then attched to string so it can hang beautifully in your home.

Care: To water, place the Kokedama in a bowl of water, plant side up, until the moss is moist (about 10 - 25 minutes). Remove and gently squeeze the moss to remove excess water. Water whenever you notice the moss feeling dried out and light, but less with succulent varieties. Place them in a bright location but not in direct sunlight.

This plant art encompasses the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which is centered on the acceptance of transience & imperfection. Other characteristics of this concept are simplicity, asymmetry, and the appreciation of the natural world. What a lovely meaning behind an even lovelier piece of art! Kokedamas are now available at any of our upcoming pop-ups.