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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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Easter Flowers: DIY Floral Easter Egg
By Kit Wertz
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.
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.
Finished Flower Easter Eggs on Display
The final egg can be displayed in many ways. Have fun and Happy Easter!
Flower Duet’s Favorite Flower Jokes
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.”
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?
And a few more flower jokes that are pretty clever as told by kids:
Q: Which flowers roar?
Q: What flowers talk a lot?
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!”
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
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 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
Flower Duet uses rubber bands in our flower toolkit for many reasons. Here are a few ways in which we use the versatile rubber band:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Flower Design Classes
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
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!
Watch for our Annual Members-Only class in November 2020
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!