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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.

Recycled Wine Bottles: Use As a Vase Idea

By Casey Schwartz

Recycled Wine Bottle Vases

Recy­cled wine bot­tles will be grac­ing many wed­ding recep­tion tables this sea­son.

The lat­est vase on the scene comes in a stan­dard shape, in a few sub­tle earthy shades and has a very small open­ing. The ancient, ele­gant wine bot­tle is grac­ing tables this wed­ding sea­son. Records indi­cate that glass was cre­at­ed in the area we know today as Syr­ia in 3000 BC, the Romans then devel­oped glass blow­ing and the wine bot­tle was born. More ele­gant than a giant clay con­tain­er which the Greeks and Romans had been using.

Wine is an estab­lished guest at many social occa­sions and cel­e­bra­tions, so it is not sur­pris­ing that cre­ative cou­ples and design­ers have found a great way to re-pur­pose these glass pieces.  The wine has already been enjoyed and the bot­tle is re-filled with water and flow­ers.  Unal­tered they are rather tall for a table, how­ev­er because they can only take a lim­it­ed num­ber of stems, they cre­ate a light and airy arrange­ment.

Recycled Wine Bottle Tumblers

One of our grooms cre­at­ed these wine bot­tle vas­es by cut­ting them and then sand­ing the raw edges to make them safe to use!

One of our engaged cou­ples has worked out a suc­cess­ful tech­nique of cut­ting the wine bot­tles at two dif­fer­ent heights so that we can use the trio on the tables for their wed­ding. The tall bot­tle will be graced with a tall line flower, and the two low­er pieces will be filled with green­ery and select­ed flow­ers. We will be sure to post these images on our Insta­gram and Face­book pages after their August wed­ding.

Anoth­er great way to use these bot­tles would be as the table num­ber. Chalk board paint has more bloom­ing col­ors than stan­dard black. In fact, Ben­jamin Moore can mix any col­or you want to match any par­ty theme.

Chalkboard-paint-wine-bottles

We designed these cen­ter­pieces for a recent wed­ding at the SMOG Shoppe and the bride made these wine bot­tle vas­es by paint­ing them with black chalk­board paint and then writ­ing “Cheers to LOVE!” on them with white chalk.

 
recycled-wine-bottle-wedding-centerpiece

Last week Casey designed these wine bot­tle vase mock­ups for a meet­ing with our bride at Clas­sic Par­ty Rentals show­room in El Segun­do.

July 4th Flower  Ideas

We have a long week­end com­ing up and Flower Duet will be cre­at­ing flow­ers for two wed­dings over the week­end. So, while you are bar­be­quing and head­ing to watch fire­works, we’ll be putting fin­ish­ing touch­es on bou­quets, bou­ton­nieres and cen­ter­pieces.

For this annu­al fes­ti­val of red, white and blue, we thought we’d offer a few new ideas on how to dec­o­rate for Inde­pen­dence Day! Have fun!

July 4th Flowers

Some­times that essen­tial col­or in a design trio can be incor­po­rat­ed into the vase as we show here with our red vase and white and blue flow­ers. The white flow­ers con­sist of lilies, daisy mums, spray ros­es, phlox and lark­spur. The blue flow­ers are Sea Hol­ly and del­phini­um. The green­ery stems are olive branch­es.

July 4th flower ideas

Blue flow­ers are hard to find, but these Sea Hol­ly that mim­ic this­tle are per­fect for the third essen­tial col­or for our July 4th cel­e­bra­tions and works quite well here with white Phlox and red ros­es.

Red, White, and Blue Flowers

We re-pur­posed these vas­es from an event we held in May when we used only white Ger­ber daisies in each vase. In these, we make them very patri­ot­ic with red flow­ers in them. In the sphere, we have a “Free­dom” rose which is per­fect for our July 4th theme. In the low droplet vase, we fea­ture a group of red Alstroe­me­ria. In the tall vase, is a sin­gle red Ger­bera Daisy!

Kit Wertz joins The Bloomin’ News as Design Columnist

Colorful blooms abound in summerKit Wertz of Flower Duet has been con­tract­ed by The Bloomin’ News to write flo­ral design arti­cles for each issue. This month marks her for­mal intro­duc­tion as the new design colum­nist. In the July 2014 issue, Kit’s author biog­ra­phy appears as well as an arti­cle about col­or and pat­tern for sum­mer.

The Bloomin’ News is the quar­ter­ly pub­li­ca­tion of the Orig­i­nal Los Ange­les Flower Mar­ket. It is a flo­ral news mag­a­zine for retail florists, design­ers, event and wed­ding plan­ners, dec­o­ra­tors and oth­ers in the flo­ral indus­try, par­tic­u­lar­ly those in met­ro­pol­i­tan Los Ange­les and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Kit is very excit­ed to be part of such a won­der­ful and his­tor­i­cal part of the flo­ral trade in Los Ange­les.

You can pick up a hard copy of the mag­a­zine at the Orig­i­nal Los Ange­les Flower Mar­ket or down­load it here: The Bloomin’ News — Sum­mer 2014 Issue.

Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the news and sub­scribe to the email newslet­ter and print mag­a­zine!

Book Club Studies The Language of Flowers

The Language of FlowersAnd…then learns how to arrange flowers!

We were con­tract­ed by a love­ly group of ladies in a local book club to cre­ate a cus­tom flower par­ty work­shop that reflect­ed the lat­est book they were study­ing in their group. They had just fin­ished read­ing New York Times Best­seller Vanes­sa Dif­f­en­baugh­’s The Lan­guage of Flow­ers which is about a young woman who spent her child­hood in the fos­ter-care sys­tem who finds that the only thing that she under­stands in her life are flow­ers.

Casey took them through a class which includ­ed two tech­niques of build­ing flow­ers in a vase and told each stu­dent the mean­ing of each flower. In Vic­to­ri­an times, young ladies stud­ied the lan­guage of flow­ers which was called “flo­ri­og­ra­phy.” There were many pub­lished dic­tio­nar­ies dur­ing that peri­od that edu­cat­ed their read­ers on the secret mean­ings that each flower held. By giv­ing some­one a bou­quet of flow­ers, you could actu­al­ly be send­ing them a mes­sage — intend­ed or not!

We held a class at The Hunt­ing­ton Library, Art Col­lec­tions and Botan­i­cal Gar­dens this past June for chil­dren aged 7–12 about how to cre­ate Tussie Mussie bou­quets which also held great mean­ings. Here are some flower recipes that have a shared theme of love, friend­ship and remem­brance.

Ophelia painting by John Everett Millais

Ophe­lia paint­ing by John Everett Mil­lais from Shake­speare’s Ham­let Act IV. Scene V where she says: “There’s rose­mary, that’s for remem­brance; pray, love, remem­ber; and there is pan­sies, that’s for thoughts.”

Love Message Tussie Mussie Bouquet

Dark Pink Spray Ros­es — Thank­ful­ness
Green But­ton Mums — Long Life, Cheer­ful­ness
White Alstroe­me­ria — Strength
White Stock — Last­ing Beau­ty
Fern — Sin­cer­i­ty, Fas­ci­na­tion

Red Rose MeaningMemorial or Missing Friends or Family Bouquet Flower Message

Red Rose — Love, Har­mo­ny, Joy, Luck
Red Zin­nia — Thoughts of Absent friends
Pur­ple Sta­t­ice- Nev­er-ceas­ing remem­brance
Rose­mary — Remem­brance
Mint — Warmth of feel­ing

Friendship Flowers

Yel­low rose — Friend­ship
Orange Ger­ber Daisy — Friend­ship
Sol­ida­go — Encour­age­ment, good for­tune
Scent­ed Gera­ni­um — Love, Fun, Under­stand­ing

You can learn more about the lan­guage of flow­ers by study­ing Flo­ri­og­ra­phy or by pur­chas­ing one of many dic­tio­nar­ies on the sub­ject.

The Lonely Bouquet Project

By Kit Wertz

The Lonely Bouquet

Kit cre­at­ed this bou­quet for some lucky stranger!

The Lone­ly Bou­quet is “a move­ment ded­i­cat­ed to spread­ing hap­pi­ness and smiles, one flower at a time.” It was found­ed by an Amer­i­can woman who lives in the Bel­gian coun­try­side, grows flow­ers and cre­ates cus­tom flo­ral designs for wed­dings and spe­cial occa­sions. Her organ­ic flower farm in Bel­gium is called Fleu­ro­pean where they grow dahlias, ros­es, peonies, cos­mos, pop­pies, aneomone, ranun­cu­lus, del­phini­ums, hydrangeas, clema­tis, tra­di­tion­al cot­tage flow­ers, herbs and wild­flow­ers.

The basic con­cept of the Lone­ly Bou­quet is to:

1) pick flow­ers fresh from the gar­den

2) arrange the flow­ers in a small, recy­cled jar

3) add a sig­na­ture “take me!” tag

4) leave the home­grown arrange­ment behind for a lucky local to take home and hope­ful­ly make a stranger smile!

The basic con­cept of the Lone­ly Bou­quet goes a lit­tle some­thing like this: 1) pick flow­ers fresh from the gar­den or for­age straight from nature, 2) arrange the flow­ers in a small, recy­cled jar, 3) add a sig­na­ture “take me!” tag, and 4) leave the home­grown arrange­ment behind for a lucky local to take home. Voila! You have just deliv­ered a hand­ful of flow­ers that will sure­ly put a smile on a stranger’s face. — See more at: http://www.fleuropean.com/international_lonely_bouquet_day/#sthash.BrtNPMhK.dpuf

Lonley Bouquet LogoOur local whole­sale flower mar­ket near LAX, Mayesh Whole­sale Florist, asked me to par­tic­i­pate by mak­ing a bou­quet at their facil­i­ty using their donat­ed flow­ers on Wednes­day morn­ing after I picked out my order from the cool­er. I picked two dif­fer­ent ros­es, Star of Beth­le­hem, Dusty Miller and plumo­sus green­ery to cre­ate a sim­ple hand-tied bou­quet that I left out­side the entrance to a retire­ment home in Tor­rance. I reg­is­tered the bou­quet online at thelonelybouquet.com to see if any­one adopt­ed it. I am just hap­py know­ing that I must have made some­one else hap­py with flow­ers on Wednes­day.

Inter­na­tion­al Lone­ly Bou­quet day was held June 29, 2014, but you can par­tic­i­pate any day of the year!

Book Review: Decorate With Flowers

by Hol­ly Beck­er and Leslie Shewring

Decorate With Flowers Book In this gor­geous and unique book, Dec­o­rate author Hol­ly Beck­er teams up with styl­ist Leslie Shewring to offer prac­ti­cal know-how and col­or­ful inspi­ra­tion for dec­o­rat­ing the home with flo­rals. Begin­ning with the basics of flower arrang­ing and pro­gress­ing on to dec­o­rat­ing ideas for a range of styles—such as vin­tage, eclec­tic, and mod­ern— with cre­ative DIY flower and con­tain­er projects pep­pered through­out, this book offers a bunch of fresh ideas for flower enthu­si­asts and home dec­o­ra­tors on any bud­get.

We love the sim­plic­i­ty of this book and its time­li­ness with the trend toward dec­o­rat­ing with flow­ers that you might grow your­self (field to vase move­ment) in your own gar­den or can obtain from a local farmer.

Where to pur­chase: At major book­stores or online.

Floral Design Tool: Paint Brush

How to Clean Vases with Small Openings

By Casey Schwartz

paint-brush-vase-cleaning-toolUsu­al­ly adding a drop of bleach and fill­ing a vase with warm water does the trick for clean­ing vas­es. Some­times though, the lin­ger­ing film is just too stub­born to release with­out a lit­tle elbow grease. I was at the sink with some vas­es with a chal­leng­ing 1/2″ open­ing and a  per­sis­tent green hue at the very bot­tom. After some unsuc­cess­ful soak­ing, swish­ing and aggres­sive swirling lead me to a search for anoth­er option.

My kids had been paint­ing and their paint brush­es had been rinsed, and sat on the kitchen win­dow sill.  Sit­ting in plain sight was a per­fect tool. Slim enough to fit, long enough to han­dle and a per­fect brush to loosen the sticky sub­stance.  With the arrival of the wine bot­tle vase, a longer paint brush would be in order.

2019 Flower Design Classes

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

  • Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — The Ele­gant Calla Lily
  • Feb­ru­ary 9, 2019 – Organ­ic Con­tain­ers
  • March 9, 2019 – Eccen­tric Emer­ald Flow­ers
  • April 20, 2019 – A Mod­ern Take on the Bas­ket of Flow­ers
  • May 11, 2019 – Tulips for Mother’s Day
  • June 15, 2019 – A Pock­et Full of Posies
  • July 20, 2019 – Large-Scale Flo­ral Design with Ros­es
  • August 17, 2019 – Too Hot Trop­i­cal Flow­ers with Orchids
  • Sep­tem­ber 14, 2019 – Suc­cu­lents & Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 12, 2019 – Fall, Tall & Ter­rif­ic Flow­ers
  • Novem­ber 23, 2019 – Flo­rals On the Table Work­shop
  • Decem­ber 7, 2019 – Wreaths!

Wednes­day Night Wed­ding Series Work­shops:

  • Jan­u­ary 23, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 27, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 22, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 26, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 25, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 23, 2019 – 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.

  • Jan­u­ary 19, 2019 — Herb Gar­den Flow­ers
  • March 2, 2019 — Bulb Spring Flow­ers
  • May 4, 2019 — Cin­co de Mayo Bright Flow­ers
  • June 1, 2019 — The Hunt­ing­ton’s 100th Rose
  • Sept 2, 2019 — A Flower from Every Gar­den
  • Sept/Oct 2019 — Spe­cial Cock­tails & Flower Evenings Planned — Con­tact Us for details as dates are being decid­ed soon!
  • Oct 19, 2019 — Suc­cu­lent Pump­kins
  • Nov 9, 2019 — Fall Flow­ers Inspired by Paint­ings in the Art Col­lec­tion by
  • Dec 14, 2019 — Tra­di­tion­al Hol­i­day Designs inspired from 100 years ago

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

Autry Muse­um
Watch for Novem­ber Class in 2019!



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!