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Prom Ideas and Trends 2019

Deciding what look to go for this year for you special day, whether it be your first or second time for a night of dancing, laughing, and having fun with people you care about. Here are some trendy looks we put together to help add some extra flavor and taste to your already beautiful dress and some ideas of what accessories to compliment your look.

Blue with a touch of yellow.
Vibrant blue, orange and a pop of red
Soft warm peach hues with a splash of green

Roses and Lace, Lace and Roses
Mixing Boho with the Garden
A Bit of Fantasy with Velvet, Succulents and Garden
Classic and Classy Ballroom Style

Jazzy Sleeveless Short Dress Touches
Elegance with Flare

We’d love to see your look for this years prom! Share the love by tagging #JPParkerProm to any of your social media posts! We’ll be looking for your smiling face and trendy floral style!

Special shout out and thanks to Chasey Bardach for the floral photos! Click her name to see more of her work!

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Spring In Bloom: Flower Types for Wedding Planning

 

JP Parker Spring Wedding Bouquet

Planning a Spring Wedding?

Spring brides have the option to use a variety of local seasonal flowers defined by bright, cheerful flowers in a vast array of perfect pinks, pretty purples and calming blues.

Spring Wedding Flowers

Spring is the time for new beginnings, so what better time to get married and start your new life together? Flowering bulbs, such as tulips and hyacinths come into season. Peonies are available from late spring to early summer.  The JP Parker farm supplies our stores with hundreds of stems of gorgeous peonies in all colors; they are the favorite flower of many brides. Another popular spring wedding flower is the Hyacinth. The fragrant flowers of the Hyacinth come in shades of red, blue, white, orange, pink, violet, or yellow.

Many of the spring seasonal flowers are known for their fragrance, choose flowers with pretty fragrances that are not overpowering. Just a few stems of Oriental lilies can fill the air with a strong sweet perfume, so they are best used in larger ceremony locations. Stephanotis, freesia, stock, tuberoses, sweet peas and English Garden Roses bring the outdoors in and are truly a pleasure for the senses. They have a light sweet fragrance and are perfect for mother-of-the-bride and groom corsages and bridal bouquets.

Spring seasonal flowers are the most economical for weddings held in March, April and May. You can mix the local seasonal flowers with flowers that are available all year round, such as roses, lilies, gerbera daisies, orchids, anthuriums, and other tropical flowers.

List of Flowers Available in Spring…(most of which are native to Indiana!)

Apple or cherry blossoms, Daffodils, Dogwoods, Forsythia branches, Hyacinths, Hydrangeas, Iris, Larkspur, Lilacs, Lilies, Lily of the valley, Lisianthus, Mini Calla Lily, Pansies, Peonies, Roses, Sweet peas, Tulips…and below are some pictures of our spring stems (some are available year round upon request).

delphinium

 Delphinium

iris

 Iris

tweedia

 Tweedia

cybidium orchid

 Cybidium Orchid

pink gerbera

 Pink Gerbera

peony

 Peony

pink ranunculus

 Pink Ranunculus

pink rose

 Pink Rose

sweet pea

 Sweet Pea

anemone

 Anemone

calla lily

 Calla Lily

hyacinth

 Hyacinth

purple hydrangea

 Hydrangea

lilac

 Lilac

lisianthus

 Lisianthus

purple tulip

 Purple Tulip

Filler stems round out a bouquet and come in a variety of exciting colors. Stems that are available year-round include:

queen anne's lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

solidago

Solidago

waxflower

Waxflower

limonium

Limonium

montecasino aster

Montecasino Aster

statice sinuata

Statice Sinuata

gypsophila

Gypsophila

hypericum

Hypericum

**Blog Courtesy of Teleflora**

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Building Bridges

Designer: Jasmine Farris, JP Parker

A week ago today we had the privileged of creating a Ikebana inspired display for the Japan-American Society of Indiana (JASI). The temperature was below zero but the warm atmosphere in the Skyline room of Indianapolis was far from such. For the center display, created by our very own Jasmin Farris, was a Japanese Ikebana container of history and great sentimental value that symbolized a woman’s hard work to help create bridges between two countries she once called home, America and Japan. Her name, Yuriko Ling. Yuriko and her husban Yu-Long Ling was in the forefront of connecting our city of Franklin to Japanese Industries.

One of Yuriko Ling’s Ikebana Container

 

She grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Komaba High School in Tokyo, Japan and studied at Tokyo Women’s Christian University earning a degree in English and American literature. She immigrated to the United States and received a Masters degree in Folklore from Indiana University. While at Indiana University, she met her husband, Yu-long Ling. While in Bloomington, IN they married and had their only child, Tony. She moved to Franklin, IN where she raised Tony, taught at Franklin College and IUPUI and became an adviser to KYB Industries. She was an accomplished and successful women.

She helped bring the first Japanese company to Franklin, IN, KYB Industries. She also established a sister city exchange between Franklin, IN and Kuji, Japan. For her accomplishments, she received the Woman of the Year Award from the Franklin Chamber of Commerce as well as numerous Mother of the Year and Grandmother of the Year awards from Tony and her granddaughters, Hana, Mei and Kei.

 

Yuriko was an author and wrote several children’s books, most notably, “The Little Tiny Bell,” dedicated to her son, Tony. She was also an avid collector, amassing a collection of hundreds of dolls and baskets. On top of all this, and more, she enjoyed the expressive art of flower arranging, Ikebana.

 

Yuriko is survived by her husband, Yu-long, her son, Tony (Anna)of Chicago, IL; her granddaughters, Hana, Mei and Kei and her brothers, Satoshi and Kunio. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a proud and doting grandmother. She is loved and will be deeply missed.[1]

 

So, here we stood; Pam Parker, Jasmine Farris and Jenny Sampson with Dr. Ling at the JASI Conferral of The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays upon a gentleman who too has made great contributions to building bridges between Japan and America, Larry Ingraham. Larry Ingraham has been a leader in Indiana’s economic development initiatives with Asia since the early 1980s. As a top aide to Governor Robert Orr and Lieutenant Governor John Mutz, he played a crucial part in Indiana’s successful efforts to build a bridge for Japanese investment. Congratulations from all of us.

 

 

 

Left to right: Yu-long Ling, Jasmine Farris, Pam Parker

Award Ceremony

Left: Yu-long Ling & Right: Larry Ingraham

 

Yuriko may not have physically been present with us on this special evening, but she definitely stood in spirit with us that night and continues to be with us as relations grow and deepen between two nations an ocean apart but connected by bridges her, Yu-long Ling, Larry Ingraham, and all of those trying to make the world a better place. There’s a song that was made back during the recovery of the Fukushima Earthquake and we would like to dedicate in memory of Yuriko Ling to her family, friends, and all the lives she touched during her journey here on Earth.

 

Flowers Will Bloom

(花は咲く)

My heart goes out to you,
When the winter snows give way to spring.
My heart is longing now,
Longing for the town where happiness had been.
Been a place of hope and of dreaming too,
Been a home where my heart always went back to you,
But for now I only dream of the people who I loved and knew.
Someone is singing, I can hear singing now,
Someone is weeping, I can feel their tears,
Someone is smiling, showing me why
and how to go on living for years and years.
Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.
My heart goes out to you,
When the morning sun lights up the pale blue sky.
My heart is heavy now,
With the grief I tried so often to deny.
But I know our love will never fade
and that you’ll live on instead of me,
And that you will have whatever love can be.
Someone is thinking, I can read every thought,
Someone is shedding tears for all that was lost,
Someone is leading you to love that they sought
asking you to love all that you love the most.
Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.
Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.
Yes they will
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
You’ll live and remember and love us forever more.
And love us forever more.

Songwriter: 菅野よう子 (Kanno Yoko)

Flowers Will Bloom (English Version) 
Flowers Will Bloom (Japanese Version) 

Also, we’d like to make a special thank you to Theresa Kulczak, the director of JASI, for contacting us upon recommendation to be part of such a memorable evening. Once again, congratulations to Larry Ingraham and the awarding of the Rising Sun Medal presented by the Consul-General of Japan in Chicago, Naoki Ito.

Designer: Jasmine Farris, JP Parker

 

 

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For more information about Ikebana you can read our blog: http://www.jpparkerco.com/jp-parker-blog/ikebana/

[1]Sourced by: By Staff Reports – http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/12/12/yuriko__ling/ 7:00 PM

 

 

 

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Art and Culture United in Japanese Ikebana

Ikebana (生花):The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging

 

You may have heard of this floral art form before and if not it is our great pleasure to introduce it to you today. Not only are we hoping to share information on such an elegant form of floral design from overseas but we hope to provide information that will help give a deeper meaning to a much more personal blog of a story dear to our hearts and lives of a beautiful friend who helped build international bridges and so much more.

 

Harold Feinstein: WhitePinkGreen Parrot

Photographer: Harold Feinstein; Flower: White Pink and Green Parrot

For centuries flowers have been a favorite subject among artists, philosophers, poets, photographers and writers in cultures world wide as a favored form of inspiration and self-expression. A few well renowned pieces are the Sunflowers series by Vincent Van Gogh, ‘Petunias’ by Georgia O’Keefe, famous haiku’s about cherry blossoms by Koboyashi Issa and Basho Matsuo, and photography works like ‘One Hundred Flowers‘ and LIFE Magazine’s short video, ‘A Garden of Psalms‘ by Harold Feinstein.

 

Flowers play not only a main role in an artist’s eye but also holds deep symbolic cultural values in the rituals of life, like celebrating a birth, the uniting of two lives in a wedding ceremony and the expressing of hardships when a loved one has passed. Their common associations with beauty, sensitivity, elegance and love, irrespective of what culture or religion, hold a significant symbolic value.  To give an example, in Hindu mythology places great importance on the lotus and deems it as the sacred seat of Lord Brahma, the Creator. For Christianity, passion flowers are primarily used to represent Christ’s suffering and sacrifice where as a white rose or lily has symbolic value for purity and has been associated with the Virgin Mary. White roses, in Islamic culture, are used occasionally for symbolizing virtue, while jasmine can be found in funerals. Lord Buddha is represented in Buddhism by the lotus, symbolic for knowledge and Chinese rituals, especially weddings, emphasize the use of orchids as a symbol for love and fertility. These beliefs and practices and their connections with flowers are almost synonymous. So, too, is another very popular floral culture—the ancient Japanese tradition of Ikebana.

 

Ikebana: JP Parker

Designer and Photographer: Jasmine Farris

Ikebana (生花) which literally translates into, ‘make flowers alive’ or ‘arranged flowers’ has also been referred to as Kadō (華道) translated as, ‘the way of flowers’. The introduction of Ikebana from China led to floral offerings, known as Kuge, to Buddha and to the souls of the dead. Since then, varied styles and unique techniques molded  from historical events, integrated theories of artistic composition, and one’s unique expression of subtle beauty grounded on the harmony of the flowers. Ikebana is the perfect blend of art and spiritual symbolism with the foundation of developing closeness between man and nature. It is a practice not taken lightly and entails years of training to receive a license to practice on a professional level.

Kado: JP Parker

Designer and Photographer: Jasmine Farris

 

There are essential elements for Ikebana, which consists of but not limited to living materials such as the freshly cut branches, vines, leaves, grasses, berries, fruit and seeds, even wilted or dried plants can be used. The container used is also of great significance. Deep thought and meaning is put behind the vessel that holds the arrangement. The relationship between the materials used, such as, their shape, size, color, paired with the style of arrangement and the place for its display, are all of vital. The depth of consideration put into the practice of Ikebana is also a form of meditation that places high value on awareness in respect to time, especially the change and passage of seasons. Becoming ‘aware’ is the first step to involving oneself with the art.

 

Visual display of the flower arrangement techniques essentially use asymmetrical form and empty space to represent a sense of harmony among the materials, the container and the setting. They have a word, Yugen (幽玄) which can mean ‘sense of beauty that comes from a subtle awareness of the unseen’. Over the course of time, Ikebana has achieved the status of an art form independent of its religious origins; yet, it continues to retain the core philosophical and symbolic implications. When practicing the art of Ikebana one tries convert the feeling of calmness and peace you experience while practicing Ikebana and apply the same feeling while performing other activities in life. Practicing Ikebana not only helps one to live ‘in the moment’ and become more tolerant and patient, but it is a form of meditation that enhances creativity and spiritual expressions.

 

While reflecting on the values of Ikeban it was a good reminder for the team of the New Years resolutions we mentioned in ‘The Year of Vision‘. Especially since New Years is the most popular holiday to celebrate in Japan we’ll close the New Year month with a reminder of enhancing creativity and pursuit of growth is something we’ll continue to strive for. January is coming to a close, but our New Years Resolutions continue strong and we encourage you to keep going strong with yours! Watch for our blog next week and our commemorative piece on how Franklin, Indiana connected with Kuji, Japan to build everlasting relations. It’s a story you won’t want to miss!

 

Oubaitori (桜梅桃李) – Like flowers, people bloom in their own time and in their own individual ways. How are you blooming?

Ikebana: JP Parker

Designer and Photographer: Jasmine Farris

We hope you come and visit our blog again next week!

 

For more information check out: Ikebana/Kado (The Art Of Flower Arrangement)

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How to Freshen Your Home for Spring with Live Plants

It’s January, and most of us are doing it- looking at our bare empty houses left in the wake of putting away all those Christmas decorations. The warm and cozy feeling of Christmas is gone and winter seems to be here to stay and we could all use some spring (at least) in our homes. Check out the images below to see how we used various plants to bring life into the home!

       Look how adding this Peace Lilly into the Corner adds SO MUCH to the space. Peace Lilly’s love the warm environments as they are a tropical plant, so a 60-70 degree  and up space is preferred. They also love lots of indirect light- an east facing window is best as they will receive lots of morning light without the intensity of mid day rays.

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We love succulents! They love sunshine and require very little upkeep- they are perfect for the green thumb and not-so-green-thumbs. They require water once a week (sometimes less!). Check out this sweet before and after and see the difference this aloe plant makes on this shelf!

   

Mini Succulents next to the kitchen sink.

                                    

 

Succulents add another great element to your shelves and decor-they nice pop of color and texture and bring so much life to your home.

                                                 

 

The Bonsai Tree is the perfect plant for a desk or even an end table. The Bonsai is a lover of light and water. It needs to be watered as soon as the soil starts to feel dry.

                                               

And last but not least! This Pony Palm is a super fun plant with lots of texture. We have it sitting on the mantle but it could go on a tabletop, desk, or even shelving. The Pony Palm is low maintenace, loves sunshine and mostly dry soil! 

                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Time of Loss

Our first blog this year is probably one of the hardest topics but one of the most important ones we all face and that’s finding the ways to express our sympathy for the loss of a loved one. For many part of the new year tradition is to set resolutions and part of looking forward is reflecting on the past. Over history this can be found in different cultures (History of New Years Resolutions). We think about those we’ve lost on our journey and how they still live in our hearts and memories. What if you’re experiencing that loss right now though? Or perhaps someone you know is? What do you say, what words of sympathy can best express your sincerest condolences?

                               Pam Parker often expresses, “Flowers say what we cannot put in words.” 

Image: Pam Parker

Our staff here at JP Parker is here to help you find the perfect flowers of expression and to help if you’re having trouble with a message to put on a card. We also have always specialized in reading obituaries and getting the information to know what arrangement would best be suitable. Often you can pick up a special interest or a hint of the “person” for whom we are creating a remembrance. There’s great consideration when making a memorable piece and we try to make sure there are items that can be used after the flowers have passed. 

Check out this lovely floral piece that has four candles that will burn in their home forever. Plus we are sent a piece that includes 4 crystal crosses. Each one will be taken from the arrangement and given to the four grandchildren.

Image: Pam Parker: This lovely floral piece that has four candles that will burn in their home forever. Plus we are sent a piece that includes 4 crystal crosses. Each one will be taken from the arrangement and given to the four grandchildren. In the picture below there are candles used because through the ages have been a significant part of reflection and pausing to remember. A real peace comes from them.

We’ve all had to face loss and JP Parker is here to help during you and your loved ones time of sorrow. 

Image: Jenny Sampson

 

 

                   

 

                 Contact us at: Indianapolis 317-624-0500 or Franklin 317-738-9837

                     ———We’re here for you.———

 

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———————————— 2019: The Year of Vision ————————————

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” LaoTzu

Image: Rachael E Photography

Every year, here at JP Parker, these words ring true and this year is no exception. We realize that exceptional quality and product doesn’t happen just over night but it takes pursuit of continuous growth, practice, and learning every single day. This past week and following into the new year the teams determination is reflected with the floral designers gathered together taking design courses, practicing new techniques, and focusing in on developing even more cutting edge methods to bring to the table in 2019.

Image: Jenny Sampson

 
The floral designers are not alone on their path to development. You’ll be able to find updates on our social media to keep you on the inside scoop of our current events, new floral arrangements, holiday and event specific designs, among so much more. Plus, every week you’ll be able to find new content in our blog; whether it’s on how to bring a warmer atmosphere to your business/store, what flowers and displays might be best for your event or ceremony, or maybe some ideas to help express yourself when words are hard to find. We love participation and want to hear topics you would like to have more information about so please don’t hesitate and contact us at flowers@jpparkerco.com.
Also, this year you might notice changes to our current website. We are striving to provide a platform that brings even more of an enjoyable user experience and providing you with the best service whether you visit our stores in person or online.
 
Here are some of the visions and goals that we’re taking our steps towards on our journey and we would like to send encouragement for yours, as well! Welcome 2019!
 
If you’re looking for some good motivational material to read check out:
Get Motivation . Positive minds are fed with positive words!

Image: Chasey Bardach

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Drying

The art of flower drying, a practice in floral preservation as old as some of our ancient history. Egyptian tombs have been found with brightly colored, vivid flowers in great condition. But what does that really mean to us in modern day? How can we preserve our flowers and repurpose them once they’ve lost their freshness without too much hassle?

 

Luckily at the JP Parker Flower Farm we have those answers! Pam and our designers have mastered the art of drying and have the tips and tricks you need to do it yourself. What dries well and what doesn’t, best “at-home” methods for preservation, and a rundown on awesome Indiana local flowers available for drying will all be covered in this blog today. So let’s get into it!

 

First things first, there’s a great rule of thumb to keep in mind with all of your floral drying projects. Drying means your flowers will alter look and color most of the time, as long as you’re flexible with that outcome you can dry almost anything with success! Which basically means if you understand how your dried product is going to turn out you can repurpose it towards something unexpected. For example, black-eyed susan is a flower that will lose its petals in the drying process, but underneath those petals is a very unique “spikey” ball shape that can create a terrific accent piece for an arrangement. So don’t get frustrated if your flowers don’t dry the way you expected, there’s a dried flower out there for everyone.

 

Most drying methods are super accessible. The most obvious and commonly practiced is hanging. This technique just requires you to hang your flowers upside-down in a well-ventilated area away from water. The only real enemy to the process is mold. If you find some on flowers you’ve kept in a vase for too long just remove spots with an alcohol wipe or hang in an extremely sunny spot for the day to dry out any potential mold. If you don’t have a lot of space, even a car dashboard can be a fantastic spot to quickly dry out your flowers without harm.

The classic flowers that will never let you down on the drying process include:

  • cockscomb
  • babies breath and limonium can be dried in an empty vase on your dinner table with ease
  • most types of thistle
  • wreaths are fantastic for drying
  • billy balls
  • seeded/berry eucalyptus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the tougher stuff (but still possible)

  • lilies can be tricky because they usually lose their petals
  • peonies are a great popular Indiana flower but are very difficult to dry
  • dahlias unfortunately do not dry well at all

 

Let’s wrap it up by covering a few of Indiana’s floral drying treasures. Sedum is a great native plant with excellent drying qualities that can be found in the wild. Amaranth is another fantastic drying plant that grows well in the Hoosier state and has a variety of colors. The cattail is a classic Indiana plant found around our lakes, but also possible to dry. Just be careful with handling the cattail so it doesn’t explode into fluff! For those looking to dry wreaths for the holiday season, try swapping out evergreens with magnolia leaves, eucalyptus, or ruscus. Evergreens are unfortunately bad for drying. 

 

Good luck to all the flower lovers and growers out there. Hopefully you find time to dry some of our JP Parker flowers soon! Stop by and feel free to ask any of our designers for more helpful hints on flower preservation and drying. Thanks for reading!

 

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Sunflower Season is in Action!

Here we are. The dog days of Indiana have arrived. Dropped right in the mid-summer heat with no sign of relief any time soon. But in the flower business we like to say, when life gives you sun, you make sunflowers! So today we are showing off some of JP Parker’s beautiful 2018 farm-raised sunflowers from the early stages, to the present day product you can find in our shop.

In the early process of growing sunflowers its important establish irregular, but deep watering schedule to encourage the plants to develop deep roots. The picture below is a great example of the claw-like formation that is a sure sign the sunflowers will be ready to bloom within the week or as soon as the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once harvested, sunflowers have a strong shelf life of about a week and a half to 2 weeks. These big beautiful flowers were harvested today and will be available immediately! Feel free to stop by our two retail locations in Franklin and Downtown Indy to pick up these seasonal giants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to hear more about the farm and harvesting process tune-in to Indy Style next Tuesday, July 3rd on WISH-TV. Pam Parker, the mind behind the whole operation, will be getting into the weeds on how the JP Parker farm has ran successfully for the past 30 years. Have a wonderful summer of sun and from the JP Parker crew!

 

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JP and the Ginormous Week

JP Parker locally owned award-winning flower company, dedicated to serving the Indianapolis and Franklin communities.

 

Meeting Professionals International known as MPI, the largest meeting and event industry association in the world, responsible for training thousands of small business owners, event planners, and meeting gurus of all sort.

 

The two worlds came together to create a magical atmosphere for the visitors of the national conference held in our very own Indianapolis this weekend. JP Parker was proud to provide table centerpieces and a variety of assortments for 3 different events put on by the MPI with a plenty of colorful themes and expressions. We hope to continue the relationship in the future and look forward to more exciting opportunities this summer!

 

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