Monthly Archives: November 2015

Flower Math Winners

Winners of Flower Math Course by Alison Ellis

A Note From Alison Ellis:

Congratulations to the BB winners! You’ll receive an email shortly with details about the course and I’ll see you over in Flower Math! And to those who did not win, but would like to take my course I’m offering a special price through midnight tonight! Save $149 if you sign up today. Check out a sample version of the course if you’re sitting on the fence and would like a preview (click here).


Riceflower | Stacey Windsor Photography | Alicia Jayne Florals

Alicia Jayne Florals | Stacey Windsor Photography

Riceflower | Academy Florist

Academy Florist

Riceflower | i fiori

i fiori

Riceflower | The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie

Riceflower | Bouquets of Ascha Jolie

The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie

Riceflower | Ashley Hansen Photography | Shelly's Designs Florist

Shelly’s Designs Florist | Ashley Hansen Photography

Riceflower | b floral

b floral

Riceflower | Flowers by Bornay

Flowers by Bornay

Riceflower | whitecamelia


Riceflower | Dandie Andie Floral Designs | Strokes Photography

Dandie Andie Floral Designs | Strokes Photography

***Don’t forget to go over to Tuesday’s post (click here) and leave a comment for a chance to win Alison Ellis’s new course ‘Flower Math. The Florist’s Guide to Pricing and Profitability’. The giveaway ends at noon CST. In the meantime you may want to check out a sample of the course here. We’ll announce the two winners this afternoon!

Wearable Flowers

Francoise Weeks | Mishima Photography

Francoise Weeks | Mishima Photography

Em the Gem | Michelle Lywood

Michelle Lywood | Em the Gem

Vases Wild | Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography

Vases Wild | Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography

MSM-Fotographie | Das Blumenmädchen

Das Blumenmadchen | MSM Fotografie

 Flowers by Julia Rose | Sarah's Photography

Flowers by Julia Rose | Sarah’s Photography

Harijanto Setaiwan

Harijanto Setiawan

Noonan's Wine Country Designs | Mirelle Carmichael Photography

Noonan’s Wine Country Designs | Mirelle Carmichael Photography

Academy Florist | Kat Willson Photography

Academy Florist | Kat Willson Photography

Academy Florist (designed by Heather & Deanna) | Kat Willson Photography

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: No. 74


I love all the new compote designs I am seeing. What do you use as a base in your compote designs…foam, tape, chicken wire?


I’m a chicken wire and tape compote designer. I’m not a fan of frogs, they are expensive and I don’t like how it feels when inserting the stems into the pins. I prefer chicken wire taped into place, it allows multiple stem insertions while allowing a very naturally gathered look. I try to avoid floral foam as much as possible since it is bad for the environment.

Bella Fiori

Alicia Schwede (Bella Fiori & Flirty Fleurs)


Compotes are so much fun, I love creating them! The technique depends on the shape of the vessel and the flowers I am using. I almost never use foam for compotes, nor anything else in fact (I hate it). For compotes, I usually use chicken wire secured by tape if the vessel is deep enough and if not, I use kenzans with oasis fix adhesive.


Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)


I use foam. This way I do not have to worry about transportation issues.

Francoise Weeks (Francoise Weeks)


Chicken wire is the only mechanic we use in any of our designs. We never use floral foam for sustainability concerns, and I’ve just never been a big fan of frogs or tape grids since they both have an annoying tendency to shift just when I have the framework for a design right where I want it.

Love 'n Fresh Flowers

Jennie Love (Love ‘n Fresh Flowers)


I use chicken wire in my compote dish arrangements whenever possible. I find it easy to prep and design in, and the flowers hold up extremely well being directly in water as opposed to foam, so it allows me to be able to use more fragile flowers and foliage.

Elisabeth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design)


I use all three techniques for different designs and occasionally a combination of two. Foam is still my go to for large elevated designs and compote designs. I pretty much create everything at my studio and then transfer it to the venue and using foam means it arrives looking exactly as it did in the studio. For huge dome arrangements I will cover the foam balls or blocks with chicken wire for stability. I use a taped grid system for one of our weekly contracts. They have two large wide necked vases and using the tape allows me to create a look with depth without using a lot of foliage as support. It also means the flowers are in water rather than foam and last for a full week.

Nick Priestly (Mood Flowers)

Mood Flowers

Mood Flowers