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Each month, we cov­er a cur­rent event in the flo­ral trade, flo­rals from real wed­dings, our lat­est flower adven­tures and endeav­ors, design tips, cur­rent flo­ral trends, flo­ral design class­es and work­shops, book rec­om­men­da­tions and flo­ral tool tips.

Since 2010, we’ve cre­at­ed a hot list of what’s on for flo­ral design in and beyond South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. As guest speak­ers inside and out­side of Cal­i­for­nia, we know what clients need in the wed­ding and event indus­try. We are your trust­ed resource for flo­ral design tips and tech­niques for all lev­els of the flower enthu­si­ast.

We are Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz, the sis­ter design team of Flower Duet. We are com­mit­ted to edu­cat­ing our stu­dents and fans since we start­ed our flo­ral design busi­ness in 1999.

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Winter White Flowers

Hydrangeas and Ranun­cu­lus blooms make up this sim­ple vase design that is great for a win­ter white flo­ral dis­play. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Easter Flowers: DIY Floral Easter Egg

By Kit Wertz

Flower Easter Egg by Flower Duet

Kit’s 2017 ver­sion of a flower Easter Egg stands about 15 inch­es tall and 8 inch­es wide in the mid­dle. This can be dis­played nes­tled in a bas­ket or on a pil­lar can­dle stand as shown here.

I fea­tured a ver­sion of these giant over­sized flow­ery Easter Eggs many years back in our blog, but nev­er broke down how to make them. Here are step-by-step instruc­tions for how to make a giant Easter Egg out of flow­ers and suc­cu­lent blooms using flo­ral foam, bam­boo sticks and a vari­ety of small blooms.

Start with Floral Foam Shaping

Start with a 4‑inch flo­ral foam ball and a half a brick of wet flo­ral foam. Soak the foam for about 5 min­utes in water and flower food until all the bub­bles stop appear­ing in the water. Remem­ber to not push the foam down…just let it sink on its own.

Foam shapes

I used a half brick of Oasis flo­ral foam and a 4‑inch Oasis sphere to start. Cut the sphere in half. Placed half on top of the foam and cut down the sides to cre­ate a cylin­der. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Bamboo Skewers for floral foam attachment

I used two bam­boo skew­ers to attach the top and bot­tom half of the spheres to the cylin­der foam I cre­at­ed from the half brick of foam. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Floral foam egg capsule before shaping top.

Here is an over­all look of the two spheres on top of and below the cylin­der of foam with the bam­boo skew­ers show­ing at the bot­tom. I trimmed these before I start­ed to shape the top of the foam into an egg shape. I placed it on a cylin­der vase while I worked. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Shaping the top of the floral foam capsule to make an egg shape.

With a knife, I shaped the top third of the foam cap­sule to cre­ate more of an egg shape where the bot­tom of the foam is round­ed and the top is more elon­gat­ed. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Floral Foam Egg Shaped by Flower Duet

Here is my fin­ished egg shape made from two pieces of flo­ral foam (a half brick and a sphere). At this point, the egg shape does not have to be per­fect since you are adding fluffy flow­ers to it. It just has to have the basic small­er round­ed top than the bot­tom to mim­ic an egg shape. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Add the Fresh Flowers to the Egg Shape

Using a lot of short stems that are less than one inch long, fill the egg in a pat­tern that mim­ics a dec­o­rat­ed Easter egg.

I used waxflower, sta­t­ice, Bil­ly Balls (Cras­pe­dia), green Dianthus and Aeo­ni­ums in this design. Here is how much it will take to cov­er an entire egg.

White wax flower

White wax flower makes up a large part of this design. I had a lot of it and it was in full bloom, so it was easy to fill the egg quick­ly.

Aeoniums

I used about 16 small aeo­ni­um blooms for this design.

Statice flower

I cut this Sea Foam sta­t­ice from my gar­den where it is bloom­ing like gang­busters from all the rain we had this win­ter. If you buy sta­t­ice at the mart, get one full bunch per egg.

Billy Balls

I used 20 Bil­ly But­tons (Cras­pe­dia) for this design. That is two bunch­es.

Green Dianthus

Green Dianthus balls or green trick Dianthus will work well to cov­er an egg in short stems.

Stems for Flower Egg

Here are exam­ples of the sec­tions of flow­ers I put into the egg. Very few blooms with very short stems. It’s a long process and a bit like putting togeth­er a puz­zle. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Partial Flower Egg in process

Here is the egg par­tial­ly done. I end­ed up tak­ing out the mid­dle sec­tion of the pur­ple sta­t­ice and replac­ing it with more Dianthus. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Finished Flower Easter Eggs on Display

The final egg can be dis­played in many ways. Have fun and Hap­py Easter!

Flower Duet Easter Eggs. Photo by Kit Wertz.

Kit’s orig­i­nal eggs from around 2006 for her Easter brunch. These are made with mums and yel­low sta­t­ice.

Flower Duet Easter Egg flowers. Photo by Kit Wertz.

Plac­ing the flower Easter Egg on a pedestal vase makes it look like a Faberge egg come to life! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

April Fooling

Flower Duet’s Favorite Flower Jokes

What did the bee say to the flower?

Kit and Casey first heard a ver­sion of this joke on A Prairie Home Com­pan­ion with Gar­ri­son Keil­lor dur­ing one of his clas­sic joke shows.

Dur­ing our class­es, Casey and I have a fun time shar­ing a few of our favorite flower jokes and dur­ing our last work­shop, I real­ized that like an old stand-up com­ic, my mate­r­i­al was get­ting a lit­tle stale. Half of the class atten­dees were repeat stu­dents and they had heard this one before:

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Q: Why are flow­ers like old peo­ple?

A: “They don’t like to be moved.…they don’t like drafts.…and they need to stay hydrat­ed as much as pos­si­ble.”

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Since this is the month devot­ed to fool­ery, Casey and I thought we’d share some new flower jokes with you, our loy­al read­ers.

Here’s one that our mom made up (she is also our editor):

Q: What do you call the place where you buy used auto­mo­biles?
A: “Car­na­tion”

Black Eyed Susan - photo by Wikipedia

Black Eyed Susan is the com­mon name for Rud­beck­ia hir­ta, the state flower of Mary­land.

And a few more flower jokes that are pretty clever as told by kids:

Q: Which flow­ers roar?
A: “Dan­de­lions.”

Q: What flow­ers talk a lot?
A: “Tulips.”

Q: What do you say to a fan­cy cac­tus?
A: “You look sharp!”

Q: What did the bride say when she dropped her bou­quet?
A: “Whoop­sie Daisies!”

Lilacs in three colors!

Lilacs in three col­ors — almost too pret­ty to be a punch­line! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Q: What do you call a flower that can’t tell the truth?
A: “A lilac.”

Q: Why could­n’t a flower ride its bike?
A: “It lost its petals.”

Q: How do you tell a dog­wood when it’s not in bloom?
A: “You rec­og­nize its bark.”

Q: What kind of flower looks like it just came back from a fight?
A: “A Black-Eyed Susan.”

Q: What did the baby tulip say to its babysit­ter?
A: “I want my Pop­py and my Mum.”

Flowers as Art

Pho­tos by Jen Fujikawa

Lapis colored flowers Pantone spring 2017

One of the many love­ly pho­tos tak­en by wed­ding and event pho­tog­ra­ph­er Jen­nifer Fujikawa at our stu­dio this year.

We teamed up with a very tal­ent­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er named Jen­nifer Fujikawa whom we met at a WIPA event late last year to cre­ate some art­sy pho­tos of flow­ers in the spring palette for 2017.

We are pleased to announce that some of these pho­tos will be fea­tured in a blog fea­ture this month on Inspired by This! Stay tuned to our Face­book page for updates!

Book Review: The Art of Flower Arranging by Paula Pryke

The Art of Flower Arranging book cover

The Art of Flower Arrang­ing is the eigh­teenth book by master flo­ral design­er Paula Pryke of the Unit­ed King­dom. A flower stu­dent in the Con­stance Spry school, Ms. Pryke reveals her sig­na­ture British style with­in a pletho­ra of designs in this book.

When my work­shop stu­dents ask what books are a good start for begin­ners, I’ll often refer to  Pryke’s Flower School: Mas­ter­ing the Art of Flo­ral Design as a good ref­er­ence.

This newest book pub­lished in late Feb­ru­ary of 2017 is how­ev­er not for begin­ner flower arrangers. One would need to have more than a few hands-on flo­ral class­es or work­shops before try­ing to recre­ate most of the designs with­in the beau­ti­ful­ly pho­tographed pages. For exam­ple, there is only one page about floristry tools and equip­ment, but no instruc­tion or pho­tos with­in the book to explain what they look like or how to use them.

There are many love­ly col­or-filled pages which offer ideas for the most on-trend flow­ers in pop­u­lar palettes like the peach­es to browns selec­tion which includes a rich peachy-brown ‘Mar­rakesh’ rose.

At a hefty 288 pages, it’s well worth the invest­ment. Ms. Pryke offers 15 designs com­plete with flower recipes and steps to com­plete the look. There are designs for inter­me­di­ate to advanced design­ers in this book, so it’s a great addi­tion to your flower library if you’ve real­ly caught the flo­ral design bug.

Note that some of the ideas and images in this book have been fea­tured in pre­vi­ous­ly pub­lished books by Ms. Pryke. Some of the flo­ral designs in the book are not nec­es­sar­i­ly new; how­ev­er, they do con­tin­ue to rep­re­sent a clas­sic flo­ral design look and feel that is still very much in demand by today’s flo­ral clients.

Avail­able at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble stores.

Flower Tool: Rubber Bands

Rubber Bands Flower ToolFlower Duet uses rub­ber bands in our flower toolk­it for many rea­sons. Here are a few ways in which we use the ver­sa­tile rub­ber band:

  1. As a way to gath­er fab­ric when drap­ing an aisle: Gath­er a sec­tion like you would a pony­tail and then pouf out the fab­ric to cre­ate a wide loop.
  2. When cre­at­ing a bun­dle and place arrange­ment in a low vase or flo­ral con­tain­er: Use­ful for hand­ing out posies at the end of an event. See our arti­cle about this tech­nique.
  3. To bind stems for hand-held bou­quets: Using a rub­ber band to hold stems in place in a hand-tied bou­quet makes more sense than using just flo­ral tape or bind­ing wire. When stems are out of water, they dehy­drate and shrink. Bou­quets will loosen if they are not held togeth­er tight­ly and rub­ber bands will con­tract as stems shrink. So…the bou­quet stays stur­dy and strong through­out the event!
Rubber band bundles for flowers

Rub­ber bands bind the flow­ers in place. Make 3–4 bun­dles and place in a clock­wise direc­tion into a low cube vase to make a per­fect design.

Flower Design Classes

Flower Duet’s South­bay Stu­dio
Reg­is­ter for these class­es online. *LA Flower Mart Tours avail­able some dates also.

Saturday Classes & Optional Flower Mart Tours:

  • Jan­u­ary 11, 2020 — White Botan­i­cals
  • Feb­ru­ary 8, 2020 — Flo­ral Gift Box­es
  • March 21, 2020 — Wav­ing Ranun­cu­lus
  • April 18, 2020 — Tremen­dous Tulips
  • May 16, 2020 — Pock­et Full of Posies
  • June 13, 2020 — Ros­es + Peonies 
  • July 18, 2020 — Trop­i­cal Flow­ers
  • August 15, 2020 — Hap­py Dahlias
  • Sep­tem­ber 19, 2020 — Antiqued Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 17, 2020 — Pump­kin Crafts
  • Novem­ber 21, 2020 — Fall Flow­ers for Cel­e­brat­ing
  • Decem­ber 12, 2020 — Hol­i­day Flo­ral Wreaths

Wednesday Night Wedding Series Workshops:

  • Jan­u­ary 22, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 26, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 20, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 24, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 23, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 21, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents

Hunt­ing­ton Library

We will be cel­e­brat­ing the 100th Anniver­sary of The Hunt­ing­ton Library start­ing in June with themed flo­ral designs.
Reg­is­ter for these class­es through brownpapertickets.com.

Dates are set for 2020 — so more flower fun to come!

Autry Muse­um
Watch for our Annu­al Mem­bers-Only class in Novem­ber 2020



Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Bouquet by Flower Duet

Flower Duet offers a gen­er­ous wed­ding pack­age includ­ing a trip to the LA Flower Mart and a mock­up design of the wed­ding vision. Check out the details on our Wed­ding Flow­ers page. If you are com­ing to the Los Ange­les area for your wed­ding, we are your Los Ange­les wed­ding des­ti­na­tion florist!