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The Solution To Dying Flowers

Sick and tired of spending $20 on fresh flowers that only last a week and then always seem to leave a horrid lingering smell when they are thrown out?

Not having much luck with your green-thumb (and that includes killing succulents!)?

Do you lack enough hours in your day/week to tend to plant life around your home?

If you are like US and answered YES to all of the above – then you are in the right place.

Welcome to the home of Little Blooming Wonder – REAL chrysanthemum flowers that bloom for up to 10 years with minimal care.

What are they and how does it work?

 Little Blooming Wonder flowers are 100% real flowers.

They are not paper flowers, they are not silk or fabric flowers and they are not preserved flowers. They are a type of Chrysanthemum flower naturally grown and handpicked from Japan.

But if they are real – how do they bloom for so long?

At the early stages of growth the flower and the stem are handpicked and then snapped frozen. Frosting technology is also applied to sustain the softness and moisture of the flower. This process is what stops the flower naturally pollinating, growing, fading, withering away and it also keeps the flowers tiny size and shape.  To ensure the flowers stay as bright as possible over a 10 year period, a touch of colouring is added to the flowers during the freezing process.

There is actually no root system - it is purely the stem and flower arranged in a foam oasis. This means, there is no need to use soil, fertaliser, excessive watering or place the flowers in sunlight. So put simply – these guys can’t be killed!!!

How much of my time and attention will they require?

Stick with us here…..

Even though we have the same amount of hours in our day as Beyonce – most of us don’t have personal assistants, nannies, in-house maids, chefs, gyms etc so time is precious.

That’s the beauty of Little Blooming Wonder. Our flowers are incredibly low maintenance (unlike your partner or children) – all they require is one spray of water per week, but if you forget to spray them here or there, they still remain fully bloomed and look as vibrant as ever.

But something cool happens when they are sprayed with water…..

The flowers are in a semi-frozen state which means they differ from dried/ preserved flowers, that have of all their moisture extracted from them. But why do they react to water? The freezing and frosting process helps retain some moisture, however, it also leaves the flowers slightly dehydrated. This causes the flowers to absorb moisture & react by closing up within 20 seconds of being sprayed with water. You will not get this same reaction if you sprayed dried and/ or preserved flowers with water.

Check out this time lapsed video below.

 

A video posted by Olli & Ash (@olliandash) on

 

So if you love to having a little bit of nature or greenery in your home or office.

If you want flowers that last longer than 1 week.

If you’re after a super unique gift that no one has ever seen before then check out our Little Blooming Wonder range below. There is a design to suit any décor and a price point to suit any budget.

P.S  All of our designs can be customised to display flower colours of your preference.

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Choosing A Blooming Design

With a wide range of designs available and a multitude of flower colour combinations to select from, the idea of choosing which Little Blooming Wonder design is best for you can be quite difficult.

So here are some pointers to think about before making that perfect purchase:

  1. Who Is It For?

Is this a gift or are you spoiling yourself? If it is a gift, smaller designs are a nice way to surprise someone special with a very unique product and the larger designs are a great way to celebrate significant milestones and birthdays. Being able to customize the flower colours is also a very nice personal touch. If you are spoiling yourself – you may want to read on to help choose the right design.

  1. Where Will I Put It?

Knowing exactly what room your Little Blooming Wonder design will be placed makes the decision a little easier. Is it a grand room which demands larger scale designs? If so – the Large Projectile and Medium Projectile are great large scale eye catchers. Is it a dull room which just requires a touch of colour? If so – any of the medium sized designs such as the Small Sphere are the perfect size. Is it an office desk with limited space? No worries – the smaller designs like Small Square, Milk Bottle, Small Beaker etc are pint sized designs perfect for desk decoration (or desk distractions). Can you hang a design from the ceiling? If so, the Globe and Droplet are striking choices. Knowing the final resting place of your flowers helps when trying to determine the size you will need.

  1. What Flower Colours Would Work Best?

Again – you need to think about the final resting place of the flowers and then look around to see what the existing décor looks like. Olli & Ash love neutral bases with the accessories adding splashes of colour – therefore the multi colour flower colour option suits us to a tee. However, the flower colour combinations are endless, so consider whether or not you want your design to blend in with current room/ décor themes or add an eye-catching contrast. And remember – you can’t go wrong with white!

 

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What Colour Are You?

We often brag about our custom flower colour design service - but have never really showcased EXACTLY what flower colours you can choose from.

So without further ado - below is our Little Blooming Wonder flower colour menu :)

There are two categories: Frequently available flower colours and subject to availability flower colours.

Our Little Blooming Wonder flowers are 100% real flowers - therefore (just like in nature) there will be slight variations to the tones and colours + subject to availability of specific colours showcased below throughout the course of the year.

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They really do glow!!

Today we are taking a closer look at the NEW Glow In The Dark range and how you can get the best glowing results from your Little Blooming Wonder flowers.

The Glow In The Dark flowers are exactly the same type of Chrysanthemum flower which is naturally grown, hand picked and then subjected to the same freezing and frosting technology as the standard range of Little Blooming Wonder flowers. They call for the same weekly watering and they react the same to the water by closing up within 20 seconds of being sprayed and bloom back open once dry.

The difference with this new range of flowers, is that they all have a glowing substance carefully placed in each tiny little flower (by hand) which enables the flowers to glow for up to 5-8 hours at a time. Like all glowing substances (glow sticks, lights, paint, toys etc) they require a catalyst in order to glow. And in the case of our Little Blooming Wonder flowers, the catalyst is direct light.

We have found that artificial light such as lamps, torches and even the iPhone torch works best, as strong sunlight can damage the flowers. The longer you place the flowers under the artificial light, the longer the glowing effect will be.

 

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What Are We Made Of?

Our Little Blooming Wonder designs are individually handmade by us - Olli & Ash.

They are not a mass produced product - therefore, they remain a super unique creation and no two designs are ever the same.  This also means that creating each individual design takes time, love and patience. But who wouldn't love playing with tiny, colourful flowers everyday????

So what are we made of?

All Little Blooming Wonder designs are made up of the following components:

- Glass vase (all Australian / locally sourced)

- A foam oasis for the flowers (Australian / locally sourced)

- Dried moss (currently using reindeer moss which is Australian / locally sourced)

- Little Blooming Wonder flowers which bloom for up to 10 years

The flowers do not grow (as there is no root system) they are simply cut to suit the individual dimensions of the various glass designs.

Below is a time lapse video showcasing how our Little Blooming Wonder Milk Bottle design is made (if only we could make all of our designs within 37secs!!!)

 

On our Blog today: a closer look at what our designs are made of and a quick look at how they are made. Direct link in comments below

Posted by Olli & Ash on Monday, June 22, 2015

 

 

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What The Blooming Hell Is It?

Real flowers that bloom for 10 years? Yeah Right!!! I don't believe it!! Can't be true!!

Believe us - over the last 2 years it has been no easy task trying to educate people about our Little Blooming Wonder flowers, including their uniqueness and value for money. Without seeing and touching the flowers first hand, it's difficult to just take "someone's word for it".

One of the main reasons we have created this blog is to share all of our knowledge, tips and insights with you. Our blog is your one-stop-shop for information on this wonderfully intriguing and cute little flower.

So here are some quick facts about our flowers which we hope helps clear any confusion and also helps to highlight their uniqueness and worth:

1). Yes they are real flowers. They are not paper flowers, they are not silk or fabric flowers and they are not preserved flowers. They are a type of Chrysanthemum flower naturally grown and hand picked from Japan.

2). At the early stages of growth the flower and the stem are hand picked and snapped frozen. Frosting technology is also applied to sustain the softness and moisture of the flower. This process is what stops the flower naturally pollinating, growing, fading, withering away and it also keeps the flowers tiny size and shape. 

3). There is no root system - it is purely the stem and flower arranged in a foam oasis. This means, there is no need to use soil, fertaliser, excessive watering or place the flowers in sunlight. The flowers are covered with a dried moss purely for aesthetic purposes.

4). To ensure the flowers stay as bright as possible over a 10 year period, a touch of colouring is added to the flowers during the freezing process.

5). The flowers are in a semi-frozen state which means they differ from dried/ preserved flowers, which have of all their moisture extracted from them. But why do they react to water? The freezing and frosting process helps retain some moisture, however, it also leaves the flowers slightly dehydrated. This causes the flowers to absorb moisture & react by closing up within 20 seconds of being sprayed with water. You will not get this same reaction if you sprayed dried and/ or preserved flowers with water.

 

 

Our #littlebloomingwonder flowers close up tight within 20secs of being sprayed with water and they bloom back open again once completely dry.#littlebloomingwonder #flowers #blooms #chrysanthemums #timelapsevideo #magic #olliandash

Posted by Olli & Ash on Monday, June 8, 2015

 

 

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Baby It's Cold Outside!!!

It's cold! It's wet! It's damp and the sun doesn't come out as often.

Yepp - it's Winter!

Our Little Blooming Wonder flowers are designed to be very low maintenance, however, during Winter there are some tips and tricks you can implement to ensure your flowers see it through to the warmer months.

1). Do not over spray the flowers. Did you know that these tiny flowers can survive off the tiniest amount of moisture in the air? They can also last up to 2 months without needing a spray of water. There tends to be a lot more moisture & dampness in the air around Winter time and the cooler temps mean wet items take longer to dry. Therefore, follow the watering recommendations below and even hold off watering them every week, cutting back to once every 3 to 4 weeks:

Small designs (Itty Bitty Bottle, Necklace, Test Tube, Initial Design)  = 1 spray of water

Medium designs (Globe, Droplet, Milk Bottle, Little Square, Little Beaker, Little Flask, Light Bulb, Candy Jar) = 2 sprays of water

Large designs (Big Beaker, Big Flask, Large Projectile, Large Square, Medium Projectile) = 3 sprays of water

NB: The above spraying recommendations are based on using our Olli & Ash 50ml water spray bottles.

Try to resist the urge of spraying every flower within the design in a bid to evenly coat them. Rest assured that even if the flowers do not close up tight, they are still exposed to moisture within the glass design. Over spraying your flowers during the cooler months could result in the growth of mould within your design.

2). If your Little Blooming Wonder design has a lid, keep the lid off until the flowers have fully bloomed back open again. If you cover up any openings, natural ventilation can not occur and moisture remains trapped inside. This again, will encourage the growth of mould within your design.

3). We are all a littler slower throughout Winter time - so don't be surprised if your flowers take longer to fully dry out and bloom back open compared to the warmer months. Flowers which are positioned at the back of some designs or even down the very bottom will take longer to dry out as they are positioned further away from the ventilated opening. If your flowers usually stay in a dark, cool room, you may want to move them to a spot with more natural sunlight. If you wish to speed up the process of the flowers drying out after a watering - don't be afraid to place them in direct sunlight for 5-20 mins. The Winter sun isn't as harsh as the Summer sun.

 

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