Chicago’s Local Flower Farmers

With the Summer sun in full force we have the opportunity to fully support Chicagoland’s natural flower farms. Our local growers deliver the freshest summer flowers in bright and abundant colors! We take pride of not only having beautiful unique flowers in our bouquets, but also supporting our natural local partners whenever possible. Take a look below at what they brought us this week!



Picking from our favorite local fresh flowers, Christine Noelle put together this bridal, garden bouquet– perfect for any casual Summer Wedding! 

Happy Summer!





Can Helleborus predict the weather?

Once used as a forcast flower, Helleborus told the people of the upcoming weather. Cut and placed in a vase they were left to either open or close. If the flower stayed closed, the people were warned of the bad weather to come. If they opened, it was sign that the season would be good!

Ours at the shop are open! With spring around the corner we are listening to the Helleborus and awaiting the wonderful weather. Hope they are right!

The Golden Leaf

Today we just wanted to share these pictures from photoshoot we did awhile back.

The mix of the pistachio green hydrangea and green/white parrot tulips was a big hit! The golden leaves are hand dipped in 24kt gold. So decadent. They make beautiful ornaments all on their own or we love to use them to accent our floral arrangements and bouquets. (We still have some at the shop if you are interested.)

And of course we love the echeveria place card holders! Hope you do too! 

Tricks of the Trade: We used lentil beans that were painted gold to create our placemats and to add texture to the echeveria place card holders- it was a very cool effect.

Just Like Cotton Candy

We received the most beautiful hydrangeas from Holland today, so big and fluffy and pink!

Just like cotton candy from the Fair – Don’t miss it!


Tricks of the Trade: Prolonging the life of Hydrangeas by HydrangeasHydrangeas

“Have you ever cut hydrangeas blooms and put them into a vase of water only to have them wilt within an hour or two? This seems to be caused by a sticky substance that clogs the stems, preventing moisture from reaching the blooms. This does not happen every time. Cut-hydrangeas often last for days and other times they will wilt almost immediately after being added to an arrangement.”

There are several remedies for a wilted hydrangea, at the Dilly Lily, we use the hot water method.

1. Have a vase ready and filled with room temperature water and appropriate flower food mix

2. Immediately upon receiving your hydrangeas give them a fresh cut with a clean straight knife – it is best to remove about 1″ of the stem and cut at an angle

3. Dip the end of the stems into a cup of hot (yes, hot) water

4. Place directly in the room temperature vase and arrange 



Ahhh….the Garden Rose

We just love this time of year at the Dilly Lily! When the irresistable garden roses return with their intoxicating scents and delicate appeal. I can’t wait to send them out in the daily arrangements to all our deserving clients ……..Could they be for you??


Tricks of the Trade: How to care for your garden roses by David Austin

Our luxury cut garden roses should last at least five days in the home. Here are some tips to help keep them looking beautiful for as long as possible. Good hygiene is the most important way to ensure maximum vase life, but room temperatures will also have a significant influence.

1. Remove the roses from their packaging. Handle the roses carefully, as the many folded petals are relatively soft compared to traditional cut roses and so can be damaged more easily.

2. We recommend that you transfer the flowers to a vase as soon as possible after they arrive. If this is not immediately possible it is very important to open the package, check the water level and top the water up as needed.

3. Make sure the vase is really clean, using bleach if necessary and rinsing well. Cleanliness is a major factor in the life of any cut flowers. Glass, pottery or porcelain containers are ideal. Avoid metal containers which may shorten vase life.

4. Dissolve the flower feed in one litre of lukewarm water according to the instructions.

5. Remove the bottom 2/3cm (1″) of the stem, making a slanted cut. Always use a clean, sharp, non-serrated blade or pair of scissors. If you would normally crush the stems, please don’t! Instead, make a small 1cm (1/2″) cut vertically up the stem.

6. Remove all foliage which will be below the level of the water in the vase. This will otherwise decay and contaminate the water.

7. You’ll find that English cut roses can quickly take up water, especially in warm conditions. Keep the water level well topped up.

8. Every second day, rinse the stems clean and change the water. Dissolve half a teaspoon of sugar in a litre of water with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and a few drops of bleach to create a home-made flower food. You may like to recut the stems at the same time.

9. The warmer the room, the shorter the vase life. For longest life, place the roses in a cool place, away from draughts, fresh fruit, radiators or direct sunlight.

10. If you would like your roses to open up quickly and perfectly for a special event, place them spaced well apart in plenty of water in a warm, brightly-lit room. Always add flower food to the water. The shorter you cut the stems, the wider the blooms will open.