Monthly Archives: November 2017

Carnation Comeback

We’ve talked about it for years…but we think it’s official. The Carnation Comeback is happening with the help of some incredibly talented designers who press us to see them with fresh eyes.

Bridal bouquet of white carnations with pink edges mustard colored cymbidium orchids from Running Wild Florals

Running Wild Florals

Bridal bouquet of blush dahlias and roses with chocolate cosmos and mauve carnations designed by Cultivated by Christin


Peaches and cream colored centerpiece of ranunculus, anemones and carnatins designed by Abelia Floral Design  photographed  by Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Abelia Floral Studio  | Stephanie Brazzle Photography

centerpiece of white amaryllis, burgany carnations, white anemones and white waxflower designed by White Magnolia Designs photographed by Ashlee Mintz Photography

White Magnolia Designs | Ashlee Mintz Photography

centerpiece of buff carnations and dogwood by Philosophy Flowers photographed by  Landon Jacob photo

Philosophy Flowers | Landon Jacob Photography

bridal bouquet of carnations, dahlias, zinnias and pampas grass by Helios Floral phtographed by Wildanimas

Helios Floral | Wildanimas

Running Wild Florals

Running Wild Florals



 Kaye Fleurs | Meredith Leyenhorst Photography

Kaye Fleur | Meredith Leyenhorst Photography

Flower Vibes | Kate Elizabeth Photography

Flower Vibes | Kate Elizabeth Photography

Mignon Floral Co | Maven Market Box

Mignon Floral Co | Maven Market Box

Oh Flora

Oh Flora

Running Wild Florals

Running Wild Florals

white, pink and buff carnations from Lavenders Flowers

Lavenders Flowers

BB Podcast Episode 10: Françoise Weeks

“When the desire to succeed becomes greater than the fear to fail, I move forward.”

Françoise Weeks

Françoise teaching in her Portland Oregan studio photo by Theresa Bear Photography

Françoise Weeks | Theresa Bear Photography

Today we’re sitting down with Françoise Weeks, owner of Françoise Weeks European Floral Design in Portland, Oregon to discuss:

  • her transition from substitute teacher and medical lab technician to floral couture artist
  • her wardrobe preferences (smile)
  • how she defines texture in floral design
  • the 45 year old childhood memory that ignited her journey into woodland floral designs
  • her segue into teaching floral design and taking her workshops on the road
  • what she wishes more designers had the courage to do
  • her new tutorial video series

Floral couture headpiece and botanical necklace by Francoise Weeks Photo by Alba Betancourt Model Sarah Meyer

Françoise Weeks | Alba Betancourt Photographer

Links mentioned in Episode Ten:

Botanical necklace by Françoise Weeks and Ted Mishima Photography

Françoise Weeks | Ted Mishima Photography

Some of Françoise’s Favorite Designers:

Botanical necklace on bride designed by Francoise Weeks Taken by Sarah Photography

Francoise Weeks | Taken by Sarah Photography

Flower girl with auburn hair wearing a botanical flower crown designed by Francoise Weeks Stephanie Jarstad Photography

Francoise Weeks | Stephanie Jarstad Photography

Francoise Weeks Links of Interest:

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Video Tutorial Series


BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: No. 107

Today’s Expert Panel Discussion marks the end of yet another year for the panel as we prepare to take some time off to enjoy our families during the holidays. I would like to thank all of the 2017 panel members for their generosity in sharing valuable information based on their experience and expertise. What a blessing you all have been to me personally and to the BB readers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

2017 Botanical Brouhaha Expert Panel

Susan McLeary (Passionflower), Nick Priestly (Mood Flowers), Emily Avenson (Fleuropean), Holly Chapple (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers), Alicia Schwede (Bella Fiori), Clare Day (Clare Day Flowers), Hitomi Gilliam, Beth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design), Laetitia Mayor (Floresie), Jennie Love (Love ‘n Fresh Flowers), Jo Rodwell (Jo Flowers)


What was your favorite new flower industry find in 2017?

White butterfly ranununculus in a footed vase

Butterfly Ranunculus | Floresie


It might seem frivolous and simplistic, but my favorite find in 2017 was the butterfly ranunculus…

Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)


My absolute favorite flower industry find for 2017 was the workshop-retreat concept!! I am so grateful for the sequence of serendipitous events that led to hosting my first workshop-retreat this year, and after a successful start going on to organize another two! The combination of simultaneously teaching and learning (it’s really a two way street), bonding with like-minded flower lovers from around the world, sharing my passion for growing/designing/styling, and encouraging others to reconnect with both their creative visions and nature is a total dream come true.

Emily Avenson (Fleuropean)


I think my favorite 2017 floral revelation was tea lights in clear cups– not the most exciting thing in the world but so very practical! No more putting a drop of water in the base of every candle holder and no more scraping wax from glass!! I also discovered that Windex wipes remove wax from glass very effectively (again not very exciting, but a dream come true for a florist!!). I also played around with using chicken wire for installation work (floral chandeliers, chuppahs, arbors, wreaths) and it made designing a lot more fun than working strictly with oasis cages, I highly recommend!

Beth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design)


Short full arrangement of peach foxgloves, phlox, smokebush, scabios pods and suflowers of pale yellow with plum

There are several new pieces in Accent Decor’s inventory that I’m loving. I think they’re doing a great job keeping up with trends. I’ve also become smitten with red and plum sunflowers this year. A real surprise for me since I typically detest sunflowers!

Jennie Love (Love ‘n Fresh Flowers)


After 3 years of designing with my homemade bouquet holder called the “egg” and my centerpiece holder called the “pillow” I have to admit the release and announcement of my exclusive partnership with Syndicate Sales is quite possibly my favorite industry find. Of course, I am partial to the product!! I am also really benefiting from using Ularas which is the software system I use for invoicing and buying flowers. The software capabilities are incredible and always evolving.

Holly Chapple (Holly Chapple Flowers)