Monthly Archives: March 2014

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: Session 40

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                                                                                                                                                               image via Laura Kuy Flowers 

The Question:

Besides delphinium, are there other flowers that should not be used on a cake because of their toxins?

The Answers:

There are a couple of schools of thought on this one. Some florists and cake makers pretty much suggest that no fresh flowers should be used on cakes (see the following link However I feel this errs on the side of extreme caution. With the exception of flowers such as narcissus and delphinium (toxins) and lily and amaryllis (pollen) I have not thought too much about this. I am happy to use roses, orchids, freesia, lisianthus and many other flowers and foliages. My priority is to ensure that cake flowers are properly wired and finished so that no pieces of tape or wire fall away from the flowers and end up within the cake..

-Nick Priestly (Mood Flowers)


We try to avoid any flower that has a sap for example most spring flowering bulbs like hyacinths and narcissus.  Euphorbia and Ivy are two others that spring to mind! We never use water on our fresh flower cakes so generally our first question is what is going to last for several hours without water that is in the flower selection the bride has decided upon.

-Gemma Bain (Planet Flowers)


Lily of the valley, hellebores and poinsettia are toxic. Of course there are other toxic flowers but these are the ones I can remember at the moment. I would not recommend flowers with sap or milk like narcissus. The cut can be sealed with glue but I would try to avoid them if possible. Even if the flowers are not toxic, I would always place them on some kind of plastic disc, never directly on the cake. And I would use organic flowers only as many flowers are sprayed with pesticide.

-Emelie Ekborg (Svenska Blomsterbloggar)


Good question! I used to work with a bakery and they were known to just about have a meltdown whenever they saw flowers coming near a cake. For good reason, many flowers are toxic and let’s face it, many of the flowers are dirty. First of all, I always thoroughly wash any flowers that are to be placed on the cake. Yes, I wash the whole bloom under running water! Now as for flowers that I’ve always been told to keep off cakes – Delphinium, Hydrangea, Daffodils, Calla Lilies, Tulips and Ranunculus, to name a few. In fact, Google "toxic flowers on cakes" and you will find a lot on interesting blogs from Cake Bakers and how many of them deplore flowers on cakes for health reasons. And for that matter, I deplore waiting for the cake baker to deliver the cake, so I just as well not have any flowers on the cake either.

-Alicia Schwede (Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs)

Thanks Alicia, Emelie, Gemma and Nick!

Another amazing designer to share with you today…McKenzie Powell. Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Box Arrangements

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Seed Floral

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Flowers for the People

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Eddie Zaratsian and Marianne Lozano Photography

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Floral Art

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Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

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Stella Alesi Photography (anyone know the floral designer?)

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Julia’s Floral and La Vie Photography

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LA Premier

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Eddie Zaratsian and Marianne Lozono Photography

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Seed Floral

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Dandelion Ranch


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Floral Art

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Tic-Tock Couture Florals

Happy Tuesday!

Pantone Color Inspiration: Dazzling Blue

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Floral Art

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Flora Organica Designs

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Lila B

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Divine Floreal

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La Petite Fleur

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Floral Crush Studio

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Sweet Pea Floral Design

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Mood Flowers

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Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

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Jeff Leatham and Elie Saab

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Wild Bunch Studio and Nancy Gould Photography

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Michael Daigian Design

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Springwell Gardens

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Floret Cadet

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Bloom by Anuschka

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Scotts Flowers

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Planet Flowers

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Nine Blooms

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The Black Rose

Happy Monday!

Strolling Through the NYC Flower Market: Part Two

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Huge ranunculus

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Let me warn you…I got stuck in the ranunculus section!

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And then came the sweet peas…

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And, finally, a nod to the hydrangeas on the way out…

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So long NYC…you were a stunner.

Strolling Through the NYC Flower Market: Part One

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Frittilaria persica

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Cherry Blossom branches

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Wild Sweet Peas (crazy long and curling)

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Is this a dianthus?

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Gloriosa Lilies

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And more ranunculus

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David Austin ‘Patience’ roses

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‘Houdini’ rose (caught my eye from across the room)

More of my stroll through the flowers tomorrow!