Monthly Archives: February 2014

Favorite Flower Photographs

While preparing posts for you each week, I occasionally see a particularly artistic photograph of flowers and I save it. Today I want to share some of those favorite flower photos with you.

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Mi Belle Photographers and Camilla Svensson Burns

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Mirrorbox Photography and Sparrow & Rose

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Wes Davis Photography and Scarlett & Grace

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Stacey Hedman Photography and Petal

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Falcusan Photography and Liz Rusnac Floral Design

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Navy Blur

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Cassandra Eldridge Photography and Natural Beauties Floral

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Jessica Quadra Photography and Flowers by Bornay

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Clayton Austin Photography

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Daniel Davis Photography and Blue Eye Brown Eye

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Brian Kraft Photography and Cori Cook Floral Design

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Genine Gullickson Photography and Splendid Stems

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TM Photography and Inspired Floral Design

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She-N-He Photography and Pollen Floral Art

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Jonas Peterson Photography


And here’s a personal favorite…sans flowers. The caption from Lizzie, the photographer, read:

“Awkwardly third wheeling it…with the bride and groom!!”

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S’Wonderful Photography

Have a great weekend!

Pantone Color Inspiration: Celosia Orange

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Callista Designs and Andrew & Erin Photography

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Flora Organica Designs

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David Kurio Designs and Jerry Hayes Photography

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Petals and Promises and Kate Ignatowski Photography

419603_10151443754250498_544165778_n  Laura Parker photo and lush couture floral design

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Lush Couture Floral Design and Laura Parker Photography

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Robin Wood Flowers

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Panacea and Jen Rodriguez Photography

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Flora Bella and Sarah McGee Photography

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Sophisticated Floral

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Florisity

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Flower Afternoon

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Robin Wood Flowers

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Flowerwild and Amorology

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Bows and Arrows

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Finch and Thistle and Stephanie Cristalli Photography

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Panacea

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Cornelia McNamara

Happy Thursday!

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: Session 38

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                                                                                                                                                        image via Dilly Lily

Question:

Which floral supplies can you not live without?


Answers:

1. Cutting tools: pruning knife and hand pruner, and a good pair of scissors to cut ribbons (and only ribbons!)

2. Structure: chicken wire and kenzan

3. Binding: green cotton wire, natural raffia and all sorts of ribbons…

4. Tape: Green floral tape and green PVC tape

-Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)

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Supplies I could not live without include waterproof tape, pipe cleaners [I use them to secure bouquets before adding ribbon! They’re great when you are holding the bouquet in one hand and only have one other hand to wrap and tie up that bad boy!].  I also really love my hot glue gun and, of course, Oasis cold glue!

-Liz Rusnac (Liz Rusnac Floral Design)

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My Dorothy Biddle clippers are absolutely indispensable; they are smaller than most garden clippers (so are great for my small hands) but still heavy duty. I use them in the garden and the studio and LOVE THEM. I also couldn’t do with out my old leather holster for my clippers. I find aprons are a bit more awkward for holding clippers. I’m longing for a leather or heavy canvas holster that could hold my iphone and clippers (any leads, please let me know!). Beyond that, a few high quality floral frogs (Dorothy Biddle has some good ones), and green floral tape for tying bouquets.

-Clare Day (Clare Day Flowers)

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I carry a huge supply bag to all my events that is filled to the brim with everything you could imagine from hammers to floral gum to electrical tape to cover hopefully any floral ’emergency’ situation.  But the one supply I absolutely could not live without are my Dorothy Biddle floral clippers, they are my absolute favorite and are as sharp as when I got them 10 years ago!

-Elisabeth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design Studio)

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At Planet Flowers we are never far from a decent pair of secateurs, ribbon scissors, a hot glue gun and the ever useful elastic band!

-Gemma Bain (Planet Flowers)

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I could not live without my Suwada secateurs made from the highest quality Japanese stainless steel. I bought them at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show for around £100 and they have been one of my best ever investments. I also could not live without 15cm and 30cm orchid tubes from Fleurametz which allow me to use single heads of cymbidium and phalaenopsis orchids in my event and wedding designs.

-Nick Priestly (Mood Flowers)

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Scissors, glue, tape, and wire. Glue is essential. You can fix just about any emergency with floral adhesive glue.

-Holly Chapple (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers)


Thanks Holly, Nick, Gemma, Elisabeth, Clare, Liz and Laetitia!


We’ll leave you with a few designs from Floresie

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Have a great Wednesday!

Q&A With Jennie Love From Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

I’m thrilled to have Jennie Love with us today to answer some of your questions. Jennie is a farmer florist and owns Love ‘n Fresh Flowers. She is so generous with her time and expertise. Welcome Jennie!

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I’m curious what advice Jennie would give a prospective flower grower who wants to greenhouse grow cut flowers for winter sales in the Northeast. Where can I go to learn about how to do it? (Everything seems geared to warm season field and hoop house production.) Thanks!

Growing in a greenhouse over the winter in the Northeast is a very expensive undertaking. Our winters are harsh and the cost of fuel for heating is very expensive (several thousand dollars). You really have to be a large grower with a reliable winter market to support the overhead cost of growing in heated greenhouses here. That’s why there are not many growers doing it and it’s hard to learn about it. The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is the place to go to find more information about growing through the winter in a greenhouse. You may also want to consider using an unheated hoop house, which is what we do at Love ‘n Fresh Flowers. If you choose crops that are truly cold tolerant and can bloom in the lower light conditions of winter, then you don’t need to heat. We grow anemones and ranunculus in our hoop house and they usually start blooming in January. Unfortunately, this year it’s been so cold and snowy, the bloom time is behind schedule, but we’ll start picking anemones this coming week. No heat required!

Hoophouse

I’m a grower and designer but I still have trouble with wrapping boutonnières especially with ribbon. Can you give me step-by-step instructions?

It’s hard to explain without pictures, but here are my steps:
1. Gather and design your boutonniere in your hand.
2. Use florist tape (the kind that gets sticky when you stretch it) to securely wrap the stems of the bout so they are just the way you want them.
3. Use cold glue (I use Oasis brand) and dab a tiny bit of glue at the base of stems at the back of the boutonniere.
4. Press the end of a narrow ribbon on the glue dot and hold until it’s firmly attached.
5. Wrap the ribbon tightly around the stems in an upward spiral, ending at the back at the top of the stems, where you trim the ribbon to the desired length.
6. Use another small dab of cold glue to secure the end of the ribbon. And you’re done! Don’t forget to include a pin for pinning it on.

Boutonniere

I love the look of dahlias and have been experimenting with growing some for several years. How would I go about finding good selections for growing in the South?

I love dahlias and grow heaps. I don’t know much about growing them in the South though. Your best resource for learning more about growing in your specific climate is to find a local Dahlia Society. Usually every state has one. Visit the American Dahlia Society for resources. My favorite source for buying dahlia tubers is Swan Island. They’re super helpful and nice so you might want to also call them and ask if they know of any varieties that are particularly suited for Southern growers.

Dahlia Arrangement

I’ve been considering making the switch to using brown kraft paper sleeves for the mixed bouquets I sell at farmers’ markets and a local grocery store. Because I transport and deliver bouquets in water, and they’re on display in buckets of water, I’m concerned that the bottom edge of the paper would get wet and start to break down. Have you had this experience or heard feedback about this from any of the retail locations where you sell your bouquets? Thanks!

I use brown kraft paper for my bouquet wraps at grocery stores. Keep your bouquet stems long and your wraps short and up high, and you won’t have much trouble at all with water soaking them. I also keep the water level in my buckets to just an inch or two when I have them in the van for delivery and then when I get to the grocery stores, I top them off with more water after the risk of sloshing water is gone. My floral buyers and retail customers love the paper wrap! If you’re really concerned, you can try the wax coated brown paper, which would shed the water.

Bouquets in Brown Paper

I’ve been in the horticulture industry for 15 years (mostly retail sales) and am considering the switch to cut flower farming and/or floral design. As a prospective newcomer in the wedding/event cut flower world where would you suggest I start and what is the best way to go about marketing oneself to prospective customers (wholesale floral and floral design customers). The physical act of growing flowers and designing with them is not new to me. It is more of the how do I get my foot in the door.

You should come to one of our Master Classes this spring! Two in particular would be great for you: The Business of Local Flowers and Weddings From Seed to Centerpiece. We’ll cover all of your questions in-depth during those classes. It’s honestly too big a topic to cover in a short paragraph in this blog Q&A and is really dependent on your location, your personality, your skill set, etc etc etc. Besides coming to one of our classes, you should get a copy of The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski, which is a great starter reference book for flower farming and floral sales. Lynn also just released a new book about wedding flowers that you might want to pick up (I haven’t read it yet, but am sure it’s good). Additionally, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is a great resource for new flower farmers. Hopefully that gets you rolling a bit!

Workshop Diptych

Thank you, Jennie! You are welcome at the Brouhaha any time!

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What a great way to get this week started. Happy Monday!