Available February 7, 2015
Flower Duet will offer two special floral Valentine’s gifts that can be ordered for Valentine’s Day! We’ll have options to ship to anywhere within the continental United States or to pick up at our studio in the South Bay of Los Angeles. Watch our Shopping page, floral trends blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feed to learn more on February 7, 2015. For now, it’s our little secret so stayed tuned!
Moss Covered Letter Initial Wreath Tutorial
By Kit Wertz
Over the last holiday season, I saw a wreath for sale online that was a moss-covered letter initial. The cost for the wreath was $45, plus shipping! I made one of my own for about $8.
Here is my tutorial on how to create a letter wreath that is perfect for any occasion whether it be for a first birthday party, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, wedding or your own front door.
Moss-Covered Wreath Supplies:
- Wooden Letter from Michael’s Craft Supply
- Super 77 Adhesive
- Preserved Moss
- Staple Gun & Wire (for Hook)
Step 1: Gather Materials; Prep Work Area
First, take the wooden letter you purchased from your local craft store and place it on top of craft paper or a painter’s tarp which you can toss when you are finished with your project. The spray glue will get all over the place and you’ll want to make clean up easy.
Step 2: Add Glue to letter
Spray the letter with the Super77 Adhesive liberally. Let it become a bit tacky by waiting about a minute before you start to add moss.
Step 3: Add First Moss Clumps
Add large amounts of moss to the glued letter. Press down and let dry for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Remove excess moss and spray again
Remove the excess moss that did not stick and re-spray the entire top of the letter again with the Super77. Then, add more moss. Press down. Let dry and then remove any excess moss by trimming away with sharp cutters or craft scissors. Remember to spray the sides of the wreath so you cover the sides with moss, too!
NOTE: I am wearing Nitrile gloves on this step because the moss tends to stick to everyting at this point. Also, sometimes moss can cause a type of dermatitis, so it’s a good idea to work while wearing gloves.
Step 5: Attach a Loop and It’s Ready to Hang
Turn over the back of the wreath and attach a loop of wire with a staple gun. I used some aluminum wire I had which I twisted around to make a loop. Then, I stapled it to the top of the W so I could hang it. You could use small hook eyes and hang it using invisible fishing line. If you want to hang it where people can see it from both sides, be sure to cover both sides with moss!
Hanging Moss-Covered Letter Wreath
Here is the finished product! Done in less than 30 minutes, for less than $10 for all the supplies.
Red Floral Ideas for Valentine’s Day Flowers
By Casey Schwartz
Ode to Red Blooms Red roses are great,
by Casey Schwartz
But the bank you may break.
There are many more red flowers,
Which may wield the same powers.
Ode to Red Blooms
Red roses are great,
Red means passion. When you give red flowers to someone, you are telling them that you are passionate for them.
Red anemones mean to “unlock the secret”, so these are perfect to send to one you secretly admire. They are spring flowers which we’ve seen at the flower mart already!
How much more message do you need if you send Tulips …. of course you will want a kiss. Amazingly your love will grow as your tulips will too. Expect your tulips to grow up to four inches once you have purchased them. Best to group these with just other tulips as not to overwhelm the other flowers.
Tulips Workshop – February 15, 2015: Flower Duet will hold a special flower arranging class featuring tricky tulips on February 21, 2015 at our floral design studio in Torrance. You can attend our optional tour of the Los Angeles Flower District before the class or just come to the class.
Ranunculus mean “Radiant with Charm” and are just starting their season this time of year. They are native to Asia, but have made an impact worldwide and are charmers with brides for bouquets! Vase life is still only a week, but worth it.
Anthuriums are amazing tropical blooms shaped like a heart. What could be more telling of how you feel. They also last up to a month in a vase. Talk about a long relationship. These are available year round and grown in the USA…a bit off the coast of California! Red, Pinks and Whites.
Another lovely tropical which makes a statement is Ginger. Tall and bold in red and pink, they last a long time and are available for Valentine’s Day.
Mango, Riffifi & Montoya Carnations
When one thinks of carnations, Grannies usually come to mind…these amazing carnations have hip names and visually pack punch. Mango, Riffifi, and Montoya sound like new age names at a local dog park in Los angeles, but they are amazing carnations which will also last for weeks in a vase.
Peruvian Lily: aka Alstroemeria
A red Peruvian lily like the one pictured here is called “Symphony Red Passion.” These lovely blooms are known by their latin name, Alstroemeria. We like to tell our brides who cannot remember the name that it sounds like, “Ask her to marry ya.”
So, choose these if you about to propose. They also last up to and beyond two weeks in a vase.
All flowers will last at least a week. Just remember to give them water and love and attention just like any relationship.
Flowering Branches Bloom at the Mart and in the Garden
By Kit Wertz
In the last week of January we saw the first flowering branches at the mart. They included forsythia, quince and some pussy willow. Next month we’ll see cherry blossoms, plum blossoms and more forsythia and pussy willow.
Join us on our next tour of the Los Angeles Flower District. We go almost every month and offer you guidance on how to choose fresh flowers, where to find specific flowers and plants and how to find that perfect vase!
If you want to learn more on how to force flowering branches at home, we wrote a tutorial a few years back in a previous post. Enjoy some recent photos of what is at the mart including locally grown Wax flower that is simply gorgeous in its magnitude!
Camellia Flower Arrangements
By Kit Wertz
Camellias are gorgeous flowering shrubs that are evergreen, drought tolerant once established and bloom from late fall through early spring. Primarily used in home garden design as opposed to the cut floral trade, camellias are available in many shapes, sizes and colors.
Camellia foliage is often available at the flower mart and makes a wonderful accent to all types of floral designs year round.
Most designs using garden-cut camellias won’t last more than a day or two in a vase, so enjoy them while you can. After the bloom has faded, save the greenery and add it to another floral design!
My mother-in-law has many beautiful bushes so I thought I would make a lovely design for her table out of a few different types of camellias. The design I created featured branches from three different camellia bushes. The red Camellia japonica ‘Cherries Jubilee’ has been blooming all month. The pink Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’ is in full bloom right now and a white Camellia japonica ‘Alba Plena’ is still waiting to bloom but had gorgeous greenery.
Waxing Camellia Blooms to Preserve the Flower
Many garden club growers use a method called “waxing” to preserve blooms for shows.
Here is one tutorial I found that might be handy if you want to preserve a perfect bloom.
By Flower Duet
In this issue, Alicia Schwede, the editor-in-chief, shares a selection of sensational bridal bouquets, the power of the Farmer/Florist movement, why teaching classes can be great for your business, and takes a trip to the London gem that is Neill Strain Floral Couture.
On the cover and inside offers photos of an amaryllis-inspired styled shoot by Nancy Teasley of Oak and the Owl. And since rose studies are one of Flirty Fleurs’ signature features, they feature a study of David Austin garden roses.
The purpose of Flirty Fleurs is to encourage and inspire floral designers. You should also add this blog to your feed to learn more about what is going on in the flower world!
The editor of Flirty Fleurs interviewed us a few years ago. Here is where you can read our profile on her site: Fabulous Florist:: Flower Duet, Los Angeles, CA on Flirty Fleurs.
Floral Design Tool:
Crowning Glory Hydration and Protection Spray
By Flower Duet
Crowning Glory® solution spray keeps arrangements fresher and customers satisfied. This easy to apply liquid shield holds in moisture which reduces water loss, keeping flowers more vibrant. We use it on all our boutonnieres, corsages, hair wreaths and bouquets to seal in moisture and keep flowers fresh.
Often used in delicate traditional wedding flowers, such as gardenias, stephanotis, roses, and lilies, where the arrangements are in no or little water, it’s the final hydrating step. Crowning Glory® is used by all levels of the floral industry including growers, wholesalers, and florists.
Order from Amazon or your local wholesale floral supplier.
Crowning Glory® is ready to use; no mixing or diluting required. Spray dries to a clear finish with no residue.
- Ready to use product, no mixing or diluting required.
- Spray dries to a clear finish with no residue.
- Slows deterioration and browning of fresh flowers, plants and greens.
- Can be used with either vase or designed floral foam arrangements.
- Perfect for corsages, boutonnieres, and wedding work.
- Safe to use on all flower types.