Monthly Archives: April 2014

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: Session 41

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image via Worlds End

The Question:

I grow hellebores to use as cut flowers but they always go limp. What is the trick to keep them from wilting once they have been cut?


The Answers:

The trick to this flower is to not cut it too young. These flowers last for weeks if they are in an almost antiqued state.  So be patient and wait for the flowers to mature before cutting. If you are not cutting from your own garden be prepared to fight with these blooms, I have always found quick dip works remarkably well.

-Holly Chapple (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers)

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Once hellebores have formed their seed head, they are fine to use without any special treatment. Before that, you need to treat the stems. Plunge the bottom inch or so in boiling water for a minute or two. Then plunge the stems (or the entire flower) in cold water for five to ten minutes. The flowers will last a long time this way. Just be sure that if you are cutting the stems again, that you keep some of the seared part of the stem, otherwise it will wilt. 

-Clare Day (Clare Day Flowers)

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— ah, hellebores, I’m so obsessed with them!! I grow them, I buy them, I hunt for them. The thing is is that you have to pick the older blooms, the ones going to seed. The new hellebores will wilt almost immediately upon picking. (Don’t even try to stick them in floral foam)  I pick the older blooms and they will hold up for days in my arrangements. Now two tricks I have heard of, but have not tried yet are: 1) submerge the stems up to the blossoms for 24 hours so they are thoroughly hydrated before designing with them. 2) cauterize the bottom of the stem. Again, I have not tried this myself, but plan to give it a try sometime soon and see if it really works.

-Alicia Schwede (Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs)

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I’ve never had any problems with hellebores. Maybe I’m lucky, but here is what I do. I cut them from the plant the day before with a sharp knife (I always use a knife, never scissors) and place them directly in cold water. Hellebores open up quite quickly so I always keep them in a cooler. When the bouquet or arrangement is made, I try to keep it as long as possible in a cooler.

-Emelie Ekborg (Svenska Blomsterbloggar)

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Hellebores are a notoriously tricky flower. I make several insertions with a pin all the way up the stem. This helps them take up water and hopefully will stop them from going limp.

 

-Nick Priestly (Mood Flowers)

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Thanks Nick, Emelie, Alicia, Clare & Holly!


Thought you might enjoy seeing hellebores used in some bouquets and arrangements. Let’s start off with a design from Expert Panel member Alicia (Bella Fiori)…

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Bella Fiori

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Botanica and Shannon Morse Photography

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Frida & Sophia Floral Design

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Botanique

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Sullivan Owen

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Finch & Thistle and Ryan Flynn Photography

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The Arrangement Company

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The Little Flower Farm

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The Arrangement Company

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Fleuropean

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

Flowers For The Little Ones

For a birth announcement…

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The Moss & Rose and Alyse French Photography


For a baby shower…

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L’Oasis Floral Design

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The Hidden Garden

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Shea Hopely Flowers and Alex Michele Photography


For a maternity shoot…

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Oak and the Owl and Tonya Joy Photography

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Giverny Design and Tyrone Turner Photography

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Bristol Lane Floral Design and Love, The Nelsons


For a new baby…

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Blush Floral Design Studio

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Zinnia Floral Design


For the tiniest member of the bridal party…

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Cebolla Fine Flowers


For a child’s birthday party…

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Passionflower and Alli McWhinney Photography

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The Hidden Garden

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Entwined Design

Happy Tuesday!

Best Bouquets +The Arm – Part 2

Because you enjoyed the debut of the arm so much…

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Frk. Iberis

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Estelle Flowers

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The Cutting Garden

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Shea Hopely Flowers

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Atelier Carmel

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Bows and Arrows

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Giverny Design

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Primary Petals

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The Cutting Garden

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Krista Jon

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Petal

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Honey of a Thousand Flowers

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Lock Cottage Flowers

Happy Monday!

Magnolia

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Sullivan Owen

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McKenzie Powell and Ryan Flynn Photography

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Blomsterskuret

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Blush Flowers

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Poppies Flowers

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Finch & Thistle

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Living Fresh

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Emily Thompson Flowers and Sophia Moreno Photography

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Sullivan Owen

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Wild at Heart

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Simply Bloom Photography


Don’t forget about the magnolia leaves…

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Affair with George

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La Petite Fleur

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Bloom Box and Details Details

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Zinnia Floral Designs

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Foret Design Studio

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Floral Art

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Krista Jon and Steve Cowell Photography and Jesi Haack Design

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Alicia Jayne Florals and Stacey Windsor Photography

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Bliss in Bloom

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Events by Nouveau and Dear Wesleyann Photography

Have a great weekend!

Astilbe

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SYG Designs

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Bows and Arrows and N Barrett Photography

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Dandelion & Grey

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Flowers by Bornay

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Dandelion Ranch

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Bows and Arrows

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Ashley Fox Designs and Kate Botwinski Photography

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Lily & May

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Entwined Design and Manchik Photography

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Bows and Arrows

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Max Gill Design and Punam Bean Photography

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Planet Flowers

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Tulipina and Joe Appel Photography

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Fleurish Design Studio and Jesse James Photography

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Sullivan Owen

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Love, Lily

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Sullivan Owen

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Flora Bella

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Anastasia Ehlers Floral Design and Amanda K Photography

Happy Thursday…again.