Author Archives: Rebekah McCune

Christmas Boxwood Wreaths!

16" fresh boxwood wreathWe’re getting close to that time again—fresh boxwood wreaths for Christmas! Check out our selection of wreaths in various sizes. Boxwood is a versatile, long-lasting greenery that’s great for indoors or out. These wreaths look good on exterior doors, but they’re also gorgeous on outside walls and windows as well as indoors over fireplaces. Boxwood will stay fresh 4–6 weeks outdoors and 1–2 weeks indoors. When you keep it indoors, it will dry without shedding and still look beautiful for many months.

And if you’d like an even more unique look, try a different shape: I offer square and heart-shaped wreaths as well. They make great gifts!

In addition, you can select a wreath made from English boxwood instead of American boxwood. English boxwood has a “fluffier” appearance than its American counterpart. Be aware, however, that English boxwood has an odor some people find unpleasant. (To others, the fragrance is reminiscent of older homes such as Monticello.) So if you’re unsure about the fragrance or need an indoor wreath, American boxwood is best!

Because of high demand for these wreaths, I can only accept a limited number of orders—particularly for peak times. When you order, you’ll be able to specify the shipment week so that your wreath will arrive fresh when you’re ready to use it. My calendar fills up quickly, so place your order today!

Blaithin Blair: What’s in a Name?

Flower field -- Blaithin Blair

You may have wondered what the name of my shop means—or even how it’s pronounced! Certainly, it’s unique. The words blaithin blair mean “flower field” in Gaelic. Roughly, it’s pronounced “blah-HEEN blair.” The name also has a history for my business.Flower field -- Blaithin Blair

When I first started working with flowers, I was growing my own—most of which I sold fresh at the farmers’ market, but some of which I dried to sell in the fall after the growing season. I leased an approximately one-third-acre field, plowed it up, and then grew all kinds of flowers from seed, often with very little use of machinery.

Naturally, the work was grueling at times. It also wasn’t enough to sustain a year-round dried-flower business. So, I decided to focus on selling dried flowers in bunches and in arrangements. I searched for farmers around the country who offer high-quality products, and I’ve developed good relationships with a number of them.

Today, I do very little flower growing, but Blaithin Blair remains. I’ve been privileged to serve thousands of customers around the world, some of whom purchase dried flowers for their own crafts and some of whom purchase my arrangements. My work has even appeared in some well-known publications such as Southern Living and Victoria. But the name of my business reminds me of its roots in growing things!

Sampler Bouquet: Try a Little of Everything!

Sampler bouquet

If you’re new to dried flowers or just don’t know which ones you’d like, check out my newly added sampler bouquet! This lovely little mix includes a small amount of different flowers and colors from the wide variety that The Blaithin Blair Shop offers. It’s a great and inexpensive way to help you decide what you want more of and what you can do without. At about 8–10″ long and 4″ wide, it also makes a nice little arrangement for a small vase or even a special event. I can even include certain flowers or colors if something in the shop catches your eye.

Some favorite varieties that typically appear in the sampler include billy balls, which are a unique and popular focus flower, and lavender, which has a pleasant aroma. Misty (also called caspia) provides a colorful accent, and wheat or oats add wispy interest.

The only thing to note is that the mix of flowers will tend to vary from bouquet to bouquet, depending on what I have in stock. So, if you’re looking for a particular style or a matching set for a wedding or other occasion, contact me—I’m happy to work with you. But if you’re flexible or just want to see some of my products, the sampler bouquet may be just what you need!

The New Blaithin Blair Website!

Wedding bouquets

The new Blaithin Blair website is now open! The site provides secure ordering and many of the same great dried-flower and boxwood products available through my Etsy shop, but it allows me to offer a wider variety. Keep an eye on the site for new items arriving soon! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

For a limited time, use coupon code GRAND1 to receive a 10% discount off your entire order (excludes taxes and shipping). Thank you for shopping!

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