Buy Your Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorations Now Before they Disappear!
Fall is in full swing and right now there is a plethora of all types of fun gourds, squash and pumpkins in the supermarket and pumpkin patches. Buy up all you can today or this week if you want to have these lovely decorations around for your Thanksgiving feast. Come the end of November, these wonderful items are few and far between!
If you decide to use a pumpkin as a hollowed-out vase, be sure to wait to carve out the pumpkin right before your planned event. Even with fruit preservative, the pumpkin will get moldy quickly.
Gourds can be refrigerated to keep them fresher longer. Or if you live in a cold climate, they would last well outside in a shady spot until you are ready to bring them inside for your fancy table top feast floral design.
Fall Table Top Flower Decorations
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Rock and Roses
New Roses Breeds Named After Rock n’ Roll Bands
We’ve been rocking out with Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Moody Blues this fall at our floral design studio. But we’re talking about roses more than we are about amazing rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s.
New rose breeds have taken on new meaning to our generation. With these lovely shades of pinks and purples, rose breeders are getting creative when naming them.
How is it that suddenly these roses have hit the floral industry with these cool names? Who names roses anyway?
According to Constance Casey, a writer for Slate magazine, reports that garden-style roses were named after notable people and royalty. However, we learned from our vendor at FlowerLink that most roses are named by their breeders.
The roses grown for our cut floral industry are mostly bred in Europe in such countries as Holland, Germany and Belgium.
A new breed gains wide acclaim if it does well in large rose growing regions like South Africa and Central and South America. We imagine there are some botanical scientists in the flower labs of Europe having a lot of fun making beautiful flowers and reminding us of some great music of our recent past.
Other roses we love to use often include Freedom roses. Freedom was a psychedelic rock band in the 1960s, but it’s also the name of a current rose that’s a perfect shade of red that is not too dark, orange, nor does it open too big or too small. Freedom roses open nicely, hold their shape and last for at least a week.
Another great rose is Hocus Pocus, which is a small headed dark red rose featuring yellow highlights. Hocus Pocus was also a Hip Hop /Jazz band from France that started in the mid 90’s and reached success in 2006 with a song called “Hip Hop?
If you start digging, we’re sure you might find a rose named after a favorite band or song! Tell us your favorites? We like the song Patience (and the pretty white garden rose by the same name) by Guns N’ Roses. By the way, there is even a Mama Mia rose! Rock on!
Carnations Take on New Colors in Classic Designs
We’ve been really fortunate lately to incorporate a wonderful flower into our event and wedding designs. Carnations are back in vogue and we are happy to embrace this wonderful trend.
The standard colors for carnations are red, white and pink. All other colors including different shades of yellow, orange, peach, green, purples, earth tones and bi-colors are considered “Novelties”.
Look for new novelties in earth tones, peach tones, burgundy, greens, and bi-color purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows.
Here are a few fun ideas on how to use one of the most long-lasting and best-scented flowers in the business.
Tips for Using Carnations in Flower Designs
- Even though there is very little greenery on the stems, it’s still best to remove any leaves that will be below the vase water line so they don’t break down.
- Use flower food to extend the life of the flowers – these can last over two weeks in a vase!
- Be careful when handling these stems, even though the flower seems very sturdy, the stems are vulnerable at each joint. If you hold on too tight to a stem, it’s very easy to break them at the joint.
- Buy the carnations when the flowers buds are still not quite open. These means they are fresh. In order to help open them, you gently pet the petals open.
- Mini-carnations are a good filler flower, or for adding mass to an arrangement.
Blush Wedding Themes
We are still receiving many requests for blush-toned weddings. These themes feature white, creams, peaches and shades of light pink. While white hydrangea is a great way to fill up masses in arrangements we like to sometimes add what we call “Antique Carnations” to offer a hint of color to the designs.
Here is an example of a newer peachy colored novelty carnation that works really well in this blush wedding floral theme.
Here are some more novelty carnations in antique colors:
Fall Beach Wedding On the Sand
Last month, we created some gorgeous floral designs for a wedding on the sand in Hermosa Beach, California just a few miles from our design studio. The theme included peach and cream-colored roses, protea, and lots of seasonal pampas grass blooms we harvested ourselves from friends and local business partners.
Back in mid-2000s, Kit took Casey to Kauai and we learned how to make leis in the Hawaiian style by a lovely local named Auntie Tia. We made a couple of leis and a few bracelets using Dendrobium orchids.
We learned that they can last a few days in the fridge if you put them in a ziploc bag with a wet paper towel in the crisper section.
The next time Kit visited Kauai, she picked up this book on Hawaiian Lei Making. It’s a great resource for different types of leis.
We recommend this book in case you can’t make it to Hawaii and learn from a genuine Auntie!
Flower Tool: Lei Needles
Oh my Garland, Oh My Garland
How does one string flowers for a garland or a lei?
We recently were requested to create an arch with flowers by hanging them in a way to create and arch.
Lei needles are super long so you can fit a few flowers on it before sliding on to your thread. For making leis, dental floss works well, as it is pretty sturdy and will hold flowers around your neck pretty securely.
For longer garlands, using a heavier line would be best such as a fishing line that won’t stretch with the weight of the flowers.
To find these supplies online, go to ParadiseFarms.com for lei making kits.
Locally in Los Angeles, we purchase lei needles at Boulevard Florist.