Newsletter March 2014

Floral Trends - Volume 48

Five Tips for St. Patrick’s Day Flowers

by Kit Wertz

St. Patrick's Day Flowers from flowerduet.com

Green roses, Hypericum berries and Green Trick Dianthus make up this St. Patrick’s Day bouquet.

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.

Hellebore florets - Green flowers for St. Patrick's Day

Pictured above is a lovely collection of Hellebore florets. Photo credit: Simon Garbutt.

 

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.

St. Patrick's Day Flowers - Branches and Bells

Pictured above are Bells of Ireland (perfect choice for St. Patrick’s Day flowers) white Alstroemeria and some red Cherry flowering branches that have not popped yet.

Tip 3: Purple Shamrocks

St. Patrick's Day Flowers - Purple Shamrocks

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.
St. Patrick's Day Flowers - Potato Placecards

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.
St. Patrick's Day Flowers - Cabbage Vase

Flowers Make You Happy

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!

A beautiful bouquet from a student of Flower Duet.

One of our fre­quent and tal­ented flo­ral design stu­dents, Tina, cre­ated this beau­ti­ful wed­ding bou­quet and bou­ton­niere for a lovely wed­ding couple.

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!

Learn to be a Flower Farmer Intensive Workshop

by Kit Wertz

Flower Farmer Workshop
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

 

Slow Flowers Website Resource

by Flower Duet

Slow Flowers Prinzing

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.

We hosted Debra at our studio last year when she promoting her books, Slow Flowers and The 50-Mile Bouquet. Sign up on SlowFlowers.com to receive emails about this new online guide!

 

Book Review: Inspire – The Art of Living with Nature

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!

Floral Design Tool: Raquettes Floral Foam

Large Floral Foam RaquettesWhen 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.
Two 18 inch raquettes for a 5 foot gazebo front

Here is a floral spray we created for the lovely structure at the St. Regis Monarch resort in Dana Point. We used two 18-inch Oasis Raquettes for a 5-foot wide front. We used a standard ladder to put it in place and take it down. NOTE: We brought our own ladder. Many venues do not provide ladders for you to use.

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