Five Tips for St. Patrick’s Day Flowers
by Kit Wertz
There are many ways to decorate your home or office for St. Patrick’s day with flowers, plants and other organic materials. Here are a few ideas for you to help bring out the Irish in you. Check out our past article on green flowers for inspiration.
Tip 1: Hellebores
Hellebores are nearing the end of their season, so we are seeing them at the mart. They are also great plants to grow in the garden for early spring flowers. We love these uncommon flowers in bridal bouquets and boutonnieres, but the plants also look great on their own. I’ve placed them as the first tip since they come in a vibrant spring green color which is perfect for any March celebration.
Tip 2: Flowering Branches
Our flower market and gardens are full of trees that are just budding with flowers. Cherry Blossoms, Forsythia, Plum and more are great choices to add a lovely spring texture, height and lightness to any floral arrangement. They also look great on their own. You can learn how to force flowering branches from one of our past articles.
Tip 3: Purple Shamrocks
Purple Shamrocks offer a fun color twist on St. Paddy’s Day. You can grow your own, cut them for a little posy and share a little luck, too! Where to purchase bulbs for Purple Shamrock plants.
Tip 4: Potatoes
Potatoes can be a great way to add a little flair to your placecard table designs. Below, we used potatoes as a platform for green flowers like spider Mums or these green Echeveria succulent rosettes.
Tip 5: Cabbage as a Vase Liner
We often tell our students not to keep any leaves below the water line in the vase, but for a one-day event like St. Patrick’s Day, adding a few cabbage leaves as a vase liner in a cylinder adds to a “corned beef and cabbage” dinner theme.
by Casey Schwartz
What do an FBI agent, Rocket Scientist, Accountant, Canadian Mountie, Interior Designer, Police Dispatcher, Girl Scout, Egypt Tour guide and Painter have in common? Each is a past or present student of the floral design workshops held with Flower Duet. Every month over the next year, we are going to be featuring our amazing, talented floral design students and how their relationship with flowers has changed. We hope you’ll find their experience inspiring, too!
Floral Design Student Tina C.
“I’ve had such an amazing experience training with Casey and Kit from Flower Duet. These ladies are amazing teachers and I’m so lucky to be student. They’ve made me much more confident and my skill set has improved tremendously. My approach to flowers has changed to an educated one. I no longer roll the dice hoping I pick the right flowers, I know I am. I’ve been training with them for close to a year now and every time I take a class or join them downtown I learn something new. I now design with confidence, excitement and even more passion than before! I can’t express how valuable their design classes have been to me and my growth as fellow designer. These Sisters are the Best of the Best.”
Tina C., Senior Marketing Coordinator and Floral Designer
How Flowers Impact Emotions
Last month we featured floral design day and mentioned a study on how flowers make us happy. Our floral design students know that flowers make them happy. That is probably the wonderful feedback we hear most often. Here are some more fun facts on flower happiness from the website globalrose.com. Enjoy!
by Kit Wertz
Join Floret’s founder, Erin Benzakein, for an intensive, hands-on, three-day workshop focused exclusively on flower farming and floral design utilizing high quality, seasonal cut flowers. As one of the nation’s foremost “farmer florists” Erin is known as much for her distinctive design style as her expertise in organic cut-flower farming. If you are interested in flower farmer as a business or hobby and love to arrange flowers, you must sign up for this workshop. It’s offered by Floret Flowers in Washington State and will sell out fast!
When: April 3rd, 4th & 5th 2014
Where: Mount Vernon, WA
What: This three day hands on intensive is specifically designed for “farmer-florists” seeking to enhance their growing and design skills, flower fanatics wishing to expand their cutting gardens in a BIG way and dreamers ready to make the leap and start their own flower business.
Reserve Your Space: Reservations for Workshop
by Flower Duet
Debra Prinzing, author of many books on gardening and floral design, has announced a new website called SlowFlowers.com, which will be a directory of eco-friendly florists and flower sellers in the United States. It’s just been funded through crowdsourcing and will be live soon.
It will be a nationwide guide to florists, shops and studios who design with American-grown flowers throughout the USA. Debra answers,”Why is this important?” on her site. She says, “Increasingly, people are asking: Where were these flowers grown? How far did they have to travel to get here? I want to meet the farmer! When you choose locally-grown, American flowers, they are in-season and definitely more sustainable than any product that was shipped here on jumbo jets from another continent. We want to help you find the best U.S. floral designers who are committed to sourcing from American flower farms,” says Prinzing.
Book Review: Inspire – The Art of Living with Nature
This book comes out today, March 1, 2014, so we’ve not seen it yet, but will definitely order a copy for our library. What’s not to love about using branches, flowers and berries from your garden combined with other flowers you can buy at your local farmer’s market or florist.
From Amazon.com: Divided into five chapters on Hedgerow, Vegetable Patch, Orchard, Flower Garden and Beach, here are more that 50 ideas ranging from hellebores displayed in test tubes to a wreath made from hydrangeas, spring narcissi planted in wooden wine boxes, a mantlepiece display incorporating apples and pears, displays of pebbles, coral and shells, sea urchins fashioned into napkins rings, hollowed-out red cabbages used as vases, a colorful posy of chillies and a stylish wall display of antlers and feathers.
Check out author, Willow Crossley’s blog for more ideas!
When you want to create a really large floral display for an arch or pergola, you’ll have to use a lot of floral foam to keep flowers like Hydrangea or Pink Jasmine fluffy and perky throughout wind, sun and the wedding ceremony or party. We will use this type of foam for a bridal show at Los Verdes Golf Club on Sunday to decorate the new Pergola. Check out our Facebook page next week to see our work at the show!
- Deluxe OASIS® Floral Foam Maxlife Bar wrapped in perforated green poly film to saturate quickly and hold moisture even longer.
- Available in two lengths: 18″L x 4″W x 3″H and 27″L x 4″W x 3″H.
- Rigid plastic base with two drilled holes provides flexibility for final display on mantels, altars, stages or other locations.
- Perfect for creating larger horizontal or vertical arrangements.
- Where to buy a 27″ Oasis Raquette Holder? You can find them online or at your local wholesale floral supplier.